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November Craft Class – Ribbon, Pallet Board Art November 9, 2013

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We’ll start your Thanksgiving week off right with an upcycled Holiday craft. Crafters will choose from 3 designs: heart, cross or star. Size of finished product will be roughly 9 1/2″ w x 11″h. What a great way to get ONE of your Holiday gifts off your shopping list.

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If you happen to have a drill, bring it (electric or cordless – if it’s cordless, the drill needs to be fully charged when you bring it to class). We will have some available to use – but if you can bring your own drill, feel free to do so.

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Craft class is Sunday, November 24th
2:00pm – 4:00pm
We are planning on holding the class at Brandon Elementary Art Room, (Martin Public School) 1619 University Street; Martin, Michigan 49070, but waiting for the final A-OK from the school. We’ll keep you updated.

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Register by Thursday, November 21st.

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To register, send us an email at: craftredo@aol.com

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Cost for the session is $20 per person. Please bring payment to the craft class. All supplies will be provided by Katie and Korene.

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

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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.

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Here’s a link for the directions to the school: http://www.martinpublicschools.org/schools/brandonel/directions

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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.

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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, product consultant, the head of an organization? Bring a brochure or flyer to display on the table.

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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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Valentine Craft June 5, 2013

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Our Valentine Craft Session was a success!FIRST SHOT 100_3076

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The great thing about this craft is you can give the craft all year round. My youngest son gave it to his teacher for a Christmas present. His teacher currently still displays the heart board in her entryway.

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For a full ‘run down’ on how to craft this lovely project, reference:

Wood and Ribbon Cross Craft – Praise and Coffee the Magazine

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You’ll need to download the heart template:

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On the template you will notice black and gray dots. We generally use the black dots, if you are reducing or enlarging the project you may find a different dot works better for your project. We wanted to offer other solutions for dot placement.

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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

 

Wood and Ribbon Cross Craft – Praise and Coffee the Magazine February 21, 2013

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Who knew that weathered wood could create such a stir in the crafting decor world? We have our own little secret stash in the back, hidden from husbands who would love to use it in a burn pile. Want to create your own weathered wood? Contact a local business that may use wooden skids – carpet store, restaurant, building supply, local farmer. Let them know what you’re up to, some may give them to you or offer them to you at a low price. Toss them outside where they will get exposed to the elements, wait a few months and there you go . . . or you can check craigslist.

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Now let’s get craftin’!

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You will need:

  • Roll of 7/8” ribbed ribbon (Ribbed ribbon tends to grip better on the screws)
  • An old towel, folded over a few times (To protect your work surface)
  • 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” – both were cut down to 9” long)
  • Ruler
  • Chalk
  • Blue tape
  • Jute string
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  • Mending plates (We used 2”)
  • Screws for mending plates (We used #6 x 5/8”)
  • Screws for the front of the board. They need to be long enough to go into the board (not all the way through the board) and long enough for the ribbon to wrap around. (Use what you have. We had 1-5/8” gold screws on hand. They didn’t match the screw eyes, which were a silver color. You don’t notice at all. If anything it adds to the rustic charm)
  • Drill
  • Print out of the cross template. You can download it from the link below

Directions:

1. Lay out the boards the way you would like them to be displayed. Flip them over and attach the mending plates. To ensure you are screwing into the correct side of the mending plate, look at the holes on the plate. You will notice the holes have a contour to them. The screw heads will set flush with the plate when you place the screw through the correct side. We used 2 brackets for each board (Even for the 3 board craft. Place one plate on the right, holding the top and middle boards together. Place the other plate on the left, holding the bottom and middle boards together. The jute string will help hold the entire piece together.)

2. Cut a piece of jute string about the length of your arm span. Wrap jute string 2 times around board about 1/2” from the edge. Tie off, on the backside, with a double not. Trim off bow. This string will have 2 purposes – #1 it will act as a bumper to keep your board from scratching the wall. #2 if your board is not fully dried it will tend to crack and possibly break apart. By tying the string to both sides, when/if it does crack it will stay in one piece.

3. On the top edge of the board, drill pilot holes for the screw eyes to go through. With your fingers twist in screw eyes. To make screw eyes go into the board all the way – place a screw through the eye of the screw eye, use the screw as leverage to turn the screw eye deeper into the wood.

4. On the front of the board – find the center of the board, with chalk and a ruler draw a vertical line down the center of the board.

5. Print off template, it may need to be enlarged or reduced to fit your board. Trim off excess paper and tape template onto your board – aligning center of the template (gray line) with the center chalk line on the board. The black dots on the template are where you will be drilling in the screws for the cross layout.

6. With the hand drill, drill the screws through each black dot on the paper template into your board. Place the ribbon next to the first screw to get the correct depth of your screw. Use the first screw as a ‘master’ to base the depth of the other screws. It works best to start at the top of the design and work your way down. Drill the screws through each black dot, there will be 13 total. When done, pull off paper and tape.

7. Use a rag to wipe off the chalk line.

8. Grab the ribbon. Tie a double knot on the screw marked ‘Start’ (reference template). Take the ribbon to the screw above the ‘Start’ screw, go on the right (inside) of the screw. Run ribbon to the screw to the left, go on the outside of that screw. Go up (outside) to the next screw. Over to the right (inside). Up (outside). Right (outside). Down (inside). Right (outside). Down (outside). Left (inside). Down (outside). Left (outside). Up (outside). Tie off ribbon with a double knot. Trim off excess ribbon.

9. With a separate piece of ribbon, tie a bow around the screw head marked ‘Start’. The knot of the bow will cover up the head of the screw. (We used about 30” of ribbon to make the bow). Trim ends of ribbon at an angle.

10. Cut a length of ribbon, measure from your nose to the end of your fingers, for the hanger. Tie the 2 ends into a bow. Trim ends at an angle.

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Download the cross template:  CROSS TEMPLATE

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