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April Craft Class April 20, 2013

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Katie and Korene will show crafters how to create their very own custom rustic-looking quote sign.

Sunday, April 28th
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Brandon Elementary Art Room (Martin Public School) 1619 University Street; Martin, Michigan 49070

Register no later than Thursday, April 25th. Have a favorite quote you would like to use? Email quote to craftredo@aol.com by THURSDAY, APRIL 25th (keep quote to no more than 7 words). We will provide quotes to choose from if we don’t receive your quote by the 25th.

To register, send us an email at: craftredo@aol.com
Cost for the session is $20 per person. Please bring payment to the craft class. All supplies will be provided by Katie and Korene.

Feel free to bring your own treats and drinks. No alcoholic beverages, please.

We ask that we keep the session for adults only (no kids please). Teens 13 and up are welcome to attend, but must be accompanied by a paid adult. Feel free to invite friends.

If you happen to have a hair dryer, bring it. We will have some available to use – but if you can bring your own dryer, feel free to do so.

Here’s a link for the directions to the school: http://www.martinpublicschools.org/schools/brandonel/directions
Enter through the main entrance on the West side of the building (Elementary entrance). Please park in the parking lot – NOT the loop or the student drop off area. Please arrive around or before 2:00, we will be locking the exterior doors (for our safety) a little bit after 2:00.

Don’t forget: There will be a table set out if you would like to display a flyer/brochure of what you do. Are you an exercise instructor, writer of a magazine, the head of an organization? Bring a brochure or flyer to display on the table.

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Want to order a quote sign. Email us at craftredo@aol.com

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March Craft Session March 16, 2013

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Custom-Colored Chalkboard Paint

Katie and Korene will show crafters how to create their very own custom-colored chalkboard paint. Crafters will also have the opportunity to use the paint on 4 surfaces (provided by Katie & Korene): wood, metal, glass, cardboard.

Sunday, March 24th
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Brandon Elementary Art Room (Martin Public School) 1619 University Street; Martin, Michigan 49070
Register no later than Thursday, March 21st.
To register, send us an email at: craftredo@aol.com
Cost for the session is $20 per person. Please bring payment to the craft class. All supplies will be provided by Katie and Korene.

Feel free to bring your own treats and drinks. No alcoholic beverages, please.

We ask that we keep the session for adults only (no kids please). Teens 13 and up are welcome to attend, but must be accompanied by a paid adult. Feel free to invite friends.

If you happen to have a hair dryer, bring it. We will have some available to use – but if you can bring your own dryer, feel free to do so.

Here’s a link for the directions to the school: http://www.martinpublicschools.org/schools/brandonel/directions
Enter through the main entrance on the West side of the building (Elementary entrance). Please park in the parking lot – NOT the loop or the student drop off area.

Don’t forget: There will be a table set out if you would like to display a flyer/brochure of what you do. Are you an exercise instructor, writer of a magazine, the head of an organization? Bring a brochure or flyer to display on the table.

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Upholstered Headboard September 14, 2012

The finished “cozy” headboard!

My husband and I had been talking about buying a bed for our room for years.  We were  using a mattress frame with no headboard or footboard.  We shopped at all of the local stores but couldn’t get ourselves to spend the money on something that just wasn’t that great.  We decided to take matters into our own hands and built our own headboard.  It was a lot of fun and super easy!  Thanks to http://www.centsationalgirl.com/2010/01/diy-simple-tufted-headboard/ for having such wonderful detailed directions.

What you need:

  • 1/2 inch plywood large enough for your bed dimensions
  • foam -we used our repurposing skills and used a foam mattress pad instead of buying expensive foam from the fabric store:-)
  • batting to cover foam
  • your favorite fabric
  • D ring hooks
  • button cover kit (these are so much fun:-)
  • embroidery thread
  • finish nails
  • jig saw
  • drill
  • staple gun

Here’s how to make it

  1. Cut your plywood to the desired size and add curvature if desired.  We simply measured 2 points and connected them to get our curve, then made a template to match the second side.   Be sure not to make it too drastic so it does not become a nightmare to fold the fabric around.
  2. Measure and mark where you want your buttons to go.  This took a little time to figure out for us, but I may have been overthinking it.  We ended up with 3 rows of buttons with 5 buttons in the middle row and 4 buttons in the top and bottom rows.  Drill holes using 5/16″ drill bit.
  3. Lay foam on cut plywood and cut foam to match the plywood.  As I mentioned, we used a foam mattress pad.  Ours was a 1 1/2″ king size pad.  We folded it in half to have 3″ of foam and cut it to fit.
  4. Wrap batting around the foam and plywood and secure with staples on the back side of the plywood.
  5. Wrap fabric over batting and secure as you did with batting.
  6. Cover your buttons using the nifty button cover kit.  My kids loved this part and were fighting over who got to cover the next button.  We used the 1 ” buttons.
  7. Thread and upholstery need with embroidery floss or upholstery thread.  We had lots of embroidery floss from a summer of making friendship bracelets so we used that.  Push your needle up through the back of the headboard and thread through the button.  Push the needle back down through the headboard and tie the thread to a small finish nail so that the nail is tied very close to the back of the headboard.  Twist the nail to pull the button to desired tension and staple the ends of the nail in place to hold at this tension.  Repeat with remaining buttons.
  8. Fasten D rings to the back of the headboard for mounting.  We first determined where we wanted to hang it on the wall and measured the stud location to make sure the D rings would line up.  Add large screws or nails to the wall, lift your new headboard, and hang.  This was trickier than it sounds.  It was definately a 2 person job.
  9. Enjoy your cozy new headboard!

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Kiddo Tip: Screen Door = Feline Barrier September 12, 2012

You can just imagine my horror when I walked into the nursery one morning and found our beloved cat sleeping on top of our 3-WEEK-old son’s chest! Our son is fine, he’s 12 (almost 13) and breathing quite well – but, that discovery absolutely made my skin crawl. Within hours my husband and I had installed a screen door to keep the feline out.

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You will need:

  • Screen door (If you pick up an older door from a sale, just make 100% sure that there is absolutely NO LEAD PAINT on it)
  • Hinges and screws to mount the door
  • Handle
  • Drill
  • Stain/paint/polyurethane
  • Brushes
  • Drop cloths
  • Sand paper
  • Tack cloth (A specialized type of wiping cloth that is treated with a ‘tacky’ material. It’s designed to remove loose particles of dust, dirt and lint from an area that you’re going to paint or stain.)
  • We installed a spring that pulls the door closed

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Directions:

  1. Lightly sand door. With a tack cloth, wipe remaining saw dust from door.
  2. Paint or stain/polyurethane door.
  3. Install hinges, hang door.
  4. Install handle and spring (optional).

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Note to self. Youngest son is 6, time to take down screen door. I guess I’ll add THAT to my never ending ‘To Do’ list.

 

1970’s Dresser = TV Console February 19, 2012

Upon purchasing his coveted flat screen television my husband, John, started to research consoles for the TV components. He was flabbergasted by the price of the consoles, so he got creative and transformed an old discarded dresser into a TV console.

You will need:

  • Dresser
  • Drop cloth
  • Primer (John used spray primer)
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint (he used spray paint)
  • Drill with a hole saw bit (3″ hole saw drill bit)
  • Handles
  1. Remove hardware (handles) from dresser.
  2. Take top drawer out, this will be the area to hold components. On the back panel of that same area, drill big holes in the back panel or with a saw, cut a rectangle shape. This will allow air to flow through to the component unit for ventilation.
  3. Sand and prep dresser for primer. Our dresser had a metallic gold and white laminate finish (oh so 70’s). John sanded the surface just enough to take the sheen off, giving something for the primer to adhere to. At this point, it’s a good time to fill in the holes from the old handles with wood putty. Place dresser on drop cloth and prime dresser.
  4. Allow primer to fully dry, paint with the colored topcoat you’ve chosen.
  5. When dry, attach new hardware.

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I borrowed this photo from ebay, it’s similar to the finish that our dresser had. If you come across a not-so-attractive dresser at a sale, pick it up and transform it!!

 

Entertainment Center = Bench

When we bought our flat screen TV, our enormous, oak entertainment center had no purpose. We called several resale shops and donation centers, but nobody wanted the poor thing. They said it was obsolete. I mentioned to John how he could truncate the piece and turn it into a bench (I’ve always wanted a bench in our foyer). He wasn’t too certain it could be done, he just couldn’t see my vision. I tried persuasion, complementation, encouragement, double dares and threats – he still couldn’t visualize it. I gave up on my persuasions and put it on MY ‘to do list’. One day I would feel brave and strong enough to hold up the heavy piece and just go for it. I’m not sure if John knew I would be crazy enough to try the transformation myself or if he actually saw the same vision, but I came home one day and there it was, the bench I was looking for. He said it really wasn’t too hard to do, either.

John did a fantastic job with the bench, it couldn’t be more perfect. The doors on the left hold mittens and hats. The drawer on the right holds wooden puzzles and games. I often catch the kids sitting on it and reading. I have fabric to sew a cushion for it, but that’s on my ‘to do list’. I just wish I had a before photo to show you. I know I have one, somewhere – when I come across it, I’ll post it. You really need to see the before photo to appreciate the bench. We saved beautiful wood from a landfill and I finally got my beloved bench.

You will need:

  • Entertainment Center
  • Saw
  • Nails (Finish Nails – size will depend on your piece. John used 2 1/2”)
  • Putty
  • Pry Bar

Directions (In John’s words):

I first cut the sides and middle supports with a sawsall at the base. Then turned the upright supports with the top still attached upside down and removed the uprights from the top with a flat pry bar. (This model was nailed with a 2 1/2” finish nail). I then removed the nails from the top section and placed it on top of what was the bottom or cabinet section of the entertainment center. Make sure you have a smooth surface where you cut the uprights off so that the top will have a level area to bear on.  Take 2 1/2” finish nails and nail the top to the cabinet, fill holes with wood putty. I took a touch up marker for wood furniture and stained the putty to a color that matched the rest of the bench.

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