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Artist Market 07/20/13 July 20, 2013

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Katie and Korene are participating in the Artist Market at the Wayland Main Street Celebration this Saturday (July 20th). We’ll have a booth in downtown Wayland (Main Street), 12-5. Our wares include items that have been repurposed, recycled and picked up from the curb (and saved from the landfill). Reduce, reuse, recycle. Hope to see you there.

Please share on your wall. Thank you.

 

Here’s a sampling of some of our wares:

 

 

… and more!

 

Patriotic Quote Sign – Praise And Coffee The Magazine July 10, 2013

 

Thank you Praise And Coffee for allowing us to feature an article in their magazine. Here’s the link: http://issuu.com/praiseandcoffee/docs/summer_2013/50?e=1741187%2F3985515

 

We love the distressed look. The more grungy, dirty, rusty, worn and faded an object is . . . the better. We have easy instructions for creating your very own rustic qu

ote sign. The great part is you probably have most of the items already.Glam Patriotic 0171SMALL

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You will need:

  • Weathered wood roughly cut to the size you need (Our wood was from old skids. We had 2 different widths, 5 1/2” and 3 1/4”). Check out the post ‘Wood and Ribbon Cross Craft – Praise and Coffee the Magazine’ for tips on collecting weathered wood.
  • Brown paper bag
  • Acrylic paint – Do you happen to have 1/2 of a gallon of paint from when you decided to repaint your bedroom light blue or the living room taupe? Go grab that. Use what you have.
  • Sharpie markers or white paint pen (if you are using a light color for the background of the board you will need a dark colored Sharpie. If you will be using a darker color for your background (navy, black, red, etc) you will need to use the white paint pen)
  • Various tapes – For this project, we used blue tape and clear tape
  • Sand paper or sanding block (Various grits – You may find that light-weight grits work best)
  • Jute string
  • Screw eyes
  • Drill
  • Pencil
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Red or blue ink pen
  • Computer print out of quote

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Directions:

  1. Trim the weathered wood to desired size. Crinkle up brown paper bag, lightly ‘sand’ board with brown paper bag. (It may be a good idea to use protective gloves so you won’t get a sliver.) You want to get the dirt, debris and frayed wood off of the board, without losing the integrity of the weathered wood. By using the brown paper bag, it lightly sands and gets all the stray pieces of fibers off the board.
  2. Lightly paint one side of the board. Do not paint the surface entirely – Have the paint ‘feather out’ to the edges, exposing the weathered wood texture.
  3. Print out your favorite quote from your computer. Helpful tip: On your computer, create a file the size of your board, place type into the file, print it out as ‘tiles’. Tape printouts onto a window to help line up the type, tape printouts together. It’s A-O.K. if printouts overlap.
  4. To transfer words onto the board – Turn printout over and cover the backs of the letters with graphite from the pencil. Hold paper up to the light to make sure you are getting all the parts of the letters covered with graphite.
  5. Tape quote printout onto board with blue painter tape.
  6. Trace the outer edges of the letters with a blue or red pen. By using the blue or red pen, you will be able to see the areas you have traced and the areas you have not traced. When done tracing do NOT take paper totally off, leave it attached at the top. Carefully lift paper up to ensure you have transferred over all of the parts of the letters. You may need to place the paper  back down onto the board to trace areas you’ve missed. Helpful tip: If you are using a really dark background and are finding out that the graphite from the pencil is hard to see – Try using a colored white pencil or chalk instead of the graphite.
  7. With the Sharpie (or white paint pen) simply color in your letters. Yes, it’s THAT simple.
  8. Allow letters to fully dry. Letting the letters dry overnight is best, but usually we don’t have that type of patience so we get out the hair dryer.
  9. With a sanding block or sand paper, lightly sand the letters and background. It’s awesome to see. The board will start to ‘distress’ right before your eyes.
  10. Grab the drill and drill 2 holes on the top edge of the board – This is how you’ll hang the board. We drilled holes about 2-3 inches from each end. Screw in screw eyes. You may need to use a random nail to help twist in the screw eyes. Don’t screw in the eyes all the way, they may break. Be careful when drilling your holes and screwing in the eyes – We’ve ‘lost’ many bits and eyes, they break right off in the wood, if you’re not careful. If you’re using wood from a skid, it will more than likely be a hard wood which can cause the bits and eyes to break off if the items are forced into the wood. If that does happen, move over a bit and re-drill. It just adds to the character.
  11. Tie one end of the jute string to an eye. Leave about 2 inches of tail. We fray the ends of the tail, which adds to the distressed charm. Stretch out string to the other screw eye, tie-off (leaving a tail) & trim, fray tail.

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There you go! You’re a distressed board-making rock star!

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Photos from our ‘quote sign’ craft class session.

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Stamped Washer Craft

My husband had purchased a steel letter/number stamping set for me during one of our excursions to Harbor Freight. I had been dyin’ to try it out. Father’s Day was coming . . . I saw an opportunity.

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Our father’s do not need anything, not a THING – they continue to tell us that. So we focused on the ‘thought’ of the gift. We gave them a personalized flashlight, monster magnet and a heaping plate of home-made cookies (I’ll have to share this recipe later, it’s awesome).

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You will need:

  • Steel Letter/Number Stamping Set (We used the 1/8” set. Here’s the link for the stamping set from Harbor Freight: http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result?q=stamping+set)
  • Hammer
  • Safety glasses
  • Cutting board or flexible cutting mat
  • Washers (For our project we used 3/8” & 1/2”. Helpful Hint: Buy a few extra washers, it may take a few tries before you get the hang of it.)
  • Permanent Sharpie marker
  • Baby wipes
  • Key ring flashlight (Purchased at dollar store)
  • Hard surface for pounding

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Directions for stamping onto washers:

  1. Place cutting board/mat onto hard surface. We used our garage concrete floor. The concrete is a hard enough surface to pound on, the cutting board/mat creates a stable surface that will, hopefully, keep the washers from moving around while you are pounding on them.
  2. With safety glasses on, position stamp onto washer, pound top of stamp with hammer. Pound super-duper hard. 8-10 pounds with the hammer worked well. I found it helpful to hold my fingers against the mat and stamp, towards the bottom, while pounding with the hammer. This appeared to minimize any bouncing with the stamp. You don’t want the stamp to move at all.
  3. Wipe surface of the washer with a baby wipe. Color in letters with the Sharpie marker. Do about 3-4 letters at a time, making sure to fill in all the parts of each letter. Wipe surface with baby wipe. If you are having a hard time not getting all of the marker off of the surface, try coloring over the surface area again with the marker and then quickly wiping with baby wipe.
  4. Attach washers to key ring flashlight.

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This project can be used in many other ways. Use it as an embellishment onto of a package or an added highlight to a hand-made gift.

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Here are the monster magnets.

My mom and I made these when I was a kid (that was when wheels were square, according to my children). I totally forgot about these monster magnets until I came across them on Pinterest, old crafts never die.

We saved plastic bread tags, glued on googly eyes, embellished with glitter glue. Allowed to fully dry, flipped them over and attached magnet strips to the backs.

The grandpas really got a kick out of ‘em.

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Baby Shower Gift – Baby Body Suit July 8, 2013

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I had an upcoming baby showing for my niece and her husband. I wanted to create a personal, hand-crafted gift, so I started researching Pinterest. I came across a post for a baby body suit idea, the post also included a recycled packaging idea (which Katie and I are all about): http://keephomesimple.blogspot.de/2010/07/precious-onsies.html

The post gave me inspiration to try the iron-on adhesive. It’s an amazing product and I wanted to share it with you.

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You will need:

  • White, cotton baby body suits
  • Heat n Bond® (There’s Heat n Bond Lite (purple package) & Heat n Bond Ultra Hold (red package). I purchased the Lite (purple). The associate at the store told me the Ultra will eventually come off and it’s best NOT to sew with the Ultra (it will ‘gum’ up your needle). I wanted to stitch around my images so I purchased the Lite.)
  • Fabric scraps (I went with flannel. I wanted the edges to fray when the item was washed and I felt flannel would be my best bet.)
  • Scissors
  • Print out of a silhouette (Here’s a site to check out for referencing silhouettes: http://www.fun-with-pictures.com/printable-silhouettes.html)
  • Iron and ironing board (ironing surface)
  • Pen or pencil (something to use for tracing around silhouette)
  • Corresponding thread
  • Needle

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Directions for baby body suit:

  1. Pre-wash (without fabric softener) and fully dry, baby body suits and fabric scraps.
  2. Iron Heat n Bond onto the back of fabric scraps, follow directions on back of Heat n Bond package.
  3. Trace silhouette onto fabric scrap. I flipped my image over and traced directly onto the Heat n Bond.
  4. Cut out image.
  5. Peel off paper liner from Heat n Bond, place fabric silhouette onto front of baby body suit (adhesive side down), iron on silhouette.
  6. Allow to cool. With needle and thread – stitch around outside edges, leaving an area about 1/8″-1/4″ to allow for fraying (optional).

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Supplies & Directions for Packaging

You will need:

  • Jar with lid (anything will do – pickle, spaghetti, etc). Make sure mouth of jar is big enough to fit the body suits into.
  • Spray paint (and primer is a good idea)
  • E-6000 Adhesive
  • Drawer knob
  • Jute string, ribbon (embellishments)

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Directions:

  1. I recommend painting jar lid with a primer first. Allow to fully dry, apply spray paint (2-3 coats of spray paint).
  2. When lid is fully dried, attach drawer knob onto jar lid with E-6000 (follow manufacturer’s directions on back of E-6000 package).
  3. Roll up body suits, place into jar.
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The nursery is yellow so I rolled up yellow-themed wash clothes and placed them into another jar.

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