Wednesday, September 28, 2011

"C" is for Cupcakes

Sweet cupcakes painted sign.


No inspiration here, I just had this one in my head.


A little different from all my previous signs, I made a frame to complete the look:


The sign is distressed as usual:


Who can resist a little sweet treat?


Here's how I made the sign:

1. Using 3/4" plywood scrap (17" x 9.5") paint two coats base color.
Print out letters and align on wood.


2. Use ball point pen to trace letters.
Paint inside the indent.

Layer up the colors and add decorative details.

3. Sand to distress.

4. To make frame cut lattice molding to length.
(molding is 1/4"thick x 7/8"wide)


5. Glue and nail long frame pieces on top and bottom first:


6. Repeat process for short ends.
Sand lightly to smooth corners.

7. Stain with Minwax Ipswich Pine.
Seal with satin poly.


Makes my house feel like a real sweet shop.


I'm loving the framed edge, you can bet more signs will be finished in this fashion.


I'm linking up to:

Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk
Weekend Wrap Up @ Tatertots & Jello
Sundae Scoop @ I Heart Naptime
Sister Sunday @ Sisters of the Wild West
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
DIY Fall Festival @ The DIY Showoff
Made by You Mondays @ Skip to My Lou
Making the World Cuter @ Making the World Cuter
Nifty Thrifty @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Good Life @ A Beach Cottage
Delightfully Inspiring @ Delightful Order
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Tickled Pink @ 504 Main
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Feathered Nest @ French Country Cottage
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

"T" is for Treat

 A pumpkin bag for all those treats.


This pumpkin holds 3 whole bags of candy.


Batman didn't mind giving it a test drive, of course there was a candy incentive involved.

Friday, September 23, 2011

"T" is for Tweed

Tweed pouches in time for Fall.


Tweed and wool pouches with gingham ruffles and lining.


Although terry cloth will always have a special place in my sewing room it was time for a seasonal change for the pouches.



The dark colors and textures have Fall and Winter written all over them.



The tutorial can be found here in an earlier post.



And who can beat a little gingham, so classic and fun.


I'm itching to start some Christmas pouches and you can bet red gingham will be there.

I'm linking up to:

Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk
Weekend Wrap Up @ Tatertots & Jello
Sundae Scoop @ I Heart Naptime
Sister Sunday @ Sisters of the Wild West
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
DIY Fall Festival @ The DIY Showoff
Made by You Mondays @ Skip to My Lou
Making the World Cuter @ Making the World Cuter
Nifty Thrifty @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Good Life @ A Beach Cottage
Delightfully Inspiring @ Delightful Order
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Tickled Pink @ 504 Main
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Feathered Nest @ French Country Cottage
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Textiles @ Freckled Laundry
Weekly Challenge @ The CSI Project

Thursday, September 22, 2011

"M" is for Marriage

A marriage plaque to mark the beginning of a new life together.


This was a special request from a beach friend for her nephew's wedding.


A city skyline, buildings (with lots of windows Emily!) and the Brooklyn Bridge.


My beach friend was given a similar plaque for her wedding:


She wanted a 'city' version for her nephew and couldn't find one anywhere.

So I made one.


I used a few google pictures for inspiration:


Simplified the buildings and bridge to resemble the original plaque.


Here's how I made the plaque:

1. Using 1/2" plywood cut rectangle shape (18"w x 12"h) and draw basic building outline:
(Also cut 2 @ 18"w x 2"h)


2. Cut out building outline using jigsaw:


3. Sand, prime and paint base coat:


4. For buildings paint each one with background color:


5. For lettering print out words (I used Didot font) to fit space,
center on wood and trace outline using ballpoint pen:


6. Paint over indent left behind by pen:


7. Sand to distress edges, stain with Minwax Ipswich Pine, seal with satin poly.

8. To attach lettering pieces to buildings use screw eye hooks.
Pre drill holes, matching up pieces (I centered the holes in the top of the 2 end buildings.)
** Hammer sawtooth hooks on back top piece before assembling pieces.


9. Twist one screw eye into place.
For the the other bend open using pliers to create space for other eye to slide in.


10. Once second screw eye is in place, hook into other eye and squeeze eye shut using pliers.


Although the original plaque had thick wire holding the pieces together I wasn't sure how to go about making that work so I opted for the screw eyes.

Plaque complete.


A modern, sophisticated version of the original.


Detail of lights on the bridge.


Side by side for comparison:

 

Thanks beach friend for a great project.



Hope the lucky couple enjoy it in their home with many great years ahead.

I'm linking up to:


Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk
Weekend Wrap Up @ Tatertots & Jello
Sundae Scoop @ I Heart Naptime
Sister Sunday @ Sisters of the Wild West
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
DIY Fall Festival @ The DIY Showoff
Made by You Mondays @ Skip to My Lou
Making the World Cuter @ Making the World Cuter
Nifty Thrifty @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Good Life @ A Beach Cottage
Delightfully Inspiring @ Delightful Order
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Tickled Pink @ 504 Main
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Feathered Nest @ French Country Cottage
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework