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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Makin' my crock rock... on: February 01, 2014 07:23:14 PM
It all started with an ugly crockpot. I've had it since our housewarming party 12 years ago. It served its purpose and I didn't really hate it, but it was starting to look ROUGH. Like "embarrassing to take to a potluck" rough.  So I ran across this tutorial: http://angela-thesimplethings.blogspot.com/2012/04/how-to-paint-crock-pot.html and thought I'd give it a try. Nothing to lose but an ugly crockpot afterall...

Here she is in all her glory (please don't judge how gross she looked before)



Taped off with plastic bags (bottom/inside), masking tape (top/knob) and packing tape (handles). I recommend the packing tape because it tends to go around the curves better than masking tape did.


Planning the layout...


After 50 coats of yellow automotive paint - if I had it to do again, I would have primed it in white to cover the flowers better.


Final vinyls applied and ready for the red.


I just finished early this afternoon and took the vinyl off about an hour ago. I have NOT cooked in it yet (and honestly will probably give it a week or two to cure to be on the safe side.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Kitchen towel/potholder sets on: December 08, 2013 08:35:00 AM
A couple of kitchen sets that I made for my best friend (flowers) and my mom.


Also did a peppermill, I have one for my mom as well, but don't know if I want to use the same design, or something different - suggestions?
 
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Backsplash accent tiles on: August 24, 2013 05:20:26 PM


We recently remodeled our kitchen and I have been coveting a cool backsplash. A while back, I took a few pottery classes and really enjoyed working with leaves, so I thought it would be cool to do some tiles with leaves from our garden to use in a back splash (you might be able to spot: sage, rosemary, parsley, Japanese maple, thyme, coleus, watermelon, tomato, cucumber, marigold, creeping jenny, and a few other leaves).

Here are all the tiles together:


Instead of glazing them (which would require another firing that I do not have the patience for), I finished them by rubbing them down with brown shoe polish paste to act sort of like a resist. Then I painted over them with a thin wash of ivory acrylic paint and then washed the paint off of the waxed surface.  I will seal them with a coat of satin finish poly before installation.

Here's what they'll look like with the background tiles:


Update (9/7/13): Grouted, caulked, and complete!
4  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Mosaic Birdhouse on: July 06, 2013 08:52:45 AM
I recently made this birdhouse for my mother-in-law. I used a warped old pottery tile I made in class several years ago (textured pieces). Smashed it up and added mirror, stained glass, and flat marbles.


I liked this mix of materials so much I had to make another. This one uses textured glass, pieces of an old patterned dinner plate, and a few flat marbles thrown in for good measure. This one still needs to be grouted.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Painted carpet squares/welcome mats on: July 06, 2013 08:38:42 AM
Our local Habitat Restore did a class a while back on painting carpet squares. My friend and I went to the class and we've been hooked on painting "rugs" ever since. The carpet squares are $2 each at the Habitat store and it only takes an hour or two to paint them. SO much FUN!

My favorite so far:


This one still needs something. I'm unhappy with how close the lettering is to the edge of the rug too...
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / New garden sign on: June 02, 2013 07:33:41 AM
We recently had our electric meter replaced/moved and it left a gnarly hole in the siding. With old aluminum siding, I'm not sure we could find a patch that doesn't look like a complete eye sore, so I made a garden sign to hang over it in the mean time. For the lettering, I used this technique (http://www.craftionary.net/2012/05/hand-painted-kitchen-sign-board-tutorial-guest-post.html), but before I taped down the paper, I rubbed the back with graphite so I could skip the additional outlining step.  The wood had knotholes on the left-hand side so I placed the flower centers there. The flowers, vines and banners were drawn on freehand.

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby Quilt [Zigzag with Minky Dot] on: April 27, 2013 06:42:02 AM
Just got this sucker out of the wash. I finished it last night and the baby shower is today at 2:30 - nothing like waiting until the last minute. This was the first time I ever worked with Minky Dot - I love that stuff! It's difficult to tell in the photo, but the thin border is a solid pink while the zigzag is a subtle tone on tone pattern. The baby's room is pale blue with yellow/white chevron curtains and pink accents. I hope she likes it...



8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Pet portrait on: February 17, 2013 06:40:14 PM
Just finished up this painting for a friend. I'm still not sure about the dog on the right, I think she needs a little bit of work on the highlights, but overall, I'm glad it's (nearly) done!
Here's the original photo:
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Encouragement card on: December 23, 2012 02:39:23 PM
Made this card for some friends who are having a hard time...





Inside - a line from Les Miserables
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / How to build a dog bed by the seat of your pants... on: July 03, 2012 03:19:17 PM
so I came across this http://www.shelterness.com/diy-pallet-pet-beds/ and thought it was pretty darn cute. Our oldest dachshund is blind and arthritic and her old bones can't take the cold tile floor even under a cushy dog bed, so I wanted her to have a place where she was raised up and out of way of foot traffic.

Here it is before I got started:



Ok,  I did NOT do my research before starting. Apparently there are ways of disassembling these things that make it way easier (drilling out nails, etc.) My method involved a crowbar, a hammer, pliers a lot of cursing and a little prayer - so it's VERY um, rustic? This is the base of the bed:



I wasn't sure how to do the sides, so I thought lathing strips would work to hold them together. I didn't have any of those, so I sawed up 3 yard sticks and used them instead. I used wood glue and finishing nails to hold the side walls together.



Once the side walls were done, I used L brackets to attach the side walls to the back and then drywall screws to attach the resulting piece to the base. There's probably a better way to do this, but I was winging it.



And here it is in "action". It's actually big enough for all three of our dogs!

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