10.27.2014

New Obsession: Painted Mason Jars

Happy Halloween everyone! Can you believe it's already here?!?! And can you also believe that here in Kentucky we're slated to get SNOW?!?! It really doesn't surprise me, but it is a little early for all of that nonsense. I'm just not ready. Anyways today's post isn't Halloween themed, but it is another crafting project that can be year-round, and customized for all seasons.

With my spare time I've really made more of an effort to start/continue/complete small DIY projects that have been on the to-do list. I've fallen in love with painting (everything), and have caught on to the craze of painted mason jars. Yes, yes I know I'm a little late, but I now see why it's so popular. It really isn't that hard, and they really are cute once done! 

The first try was this small jar that had been tucked away in my kitchen cabinet for months. The only supplies used were a gold Sharpie paint pen, and Americana's Multi-Surface satin paint. Basically I was experimenting on this one so it's not spectacular, but I like how it turned out.


The next attempt was using an old soap bottle, and rolled some acrylic paint around to coat the inside evenly. Very easy, and not as messy. Successful!


Jar number two isn't as ornate. This was actually the true test of painting a jar. My first coat didn't go on so well. I used a bristle brush, and there was terrible brush strokes. Luckily I was able to rinse off the paint, and start over. If I remember correctly I used a foam brush the second time. After letting it air dry for a day or so I then used a small makeup (yes I said makeup) brush, and the second coat went on beautifully. I was so thrilled that I didn't do anything else. It now lives on my ladder shelf in the bedroom. 


The most recent jar is somewhat a bummer. The color wasn't as light as I had hoped, and there were brush strokes again. I even bought a pack of paint brushes, and still had some trouble. Maybe the wrong ones? The color part is my fault due to not purchasing white paint to lighten it up. After applying a second coat of paint the strokes were minimized, but a third coat may be added on later. Maybe I'm over-analyzing...I tend to do that.


I hot glued some twine around the top, and it's not so bad now. My original vision was for the color to be mint green not turquoise (hence the need for white paint to mix for desired color). Lesson learned. And next time I will experiment with primier, and/or a different brush type. 


So how did I do? They're not terrible for this being my first two attempts. I plan on getting in some more practice soon. This would make great Christmas gifts filled with goodies, and can be customized for each of my friends and family. Hmmm...I see more jars in my future....

If you have any suggestions please feel free to comment below, or find me on my other social media accounts!  Thanks for stopping by, and have a fun and safe Halloween!!

10.26.2014

Art from Craft Supplies

Happy Monday folks!! This weekend the weather here was gorgeous!! It felt more like early summer, but it's coming to an end this week. Kinda sad, but I'm ready for that crisp, Fall air to make a comeback. Even though I didn't spend much time outside I was able to complete a somewhat spur-of-the-moment diy project. I'm so in love with the end result. Seriously you would think it came from a high-end retailer when really it cost me less than $10 to make! 



All I used for this was a frame (on clearance for $2 at Michael's), white card stock, and this sparkly gold leaf from the Christmas decor section at Michael's. The leaf is what was the inspiration behind this project. The light champagne color was too pretty to pass up, and immediately thought "I could totally frame this"!! My goal is to have a gallery wall above my sofa, and this piece just has to be a part of it. So two went in my basket, and bought everything else a week later.

I took some leftover paint from past projects, and painted the frame first. The paint dries fairly quickly (20-30 minutes between coats) so I had it completed on Saturday. Until I realized that I forgot to paint the inside ledge where the glass sits against. Here's what the original color of the frame was compared to it painted:



Everything else from here was easy. I cut down the card stock so it would fit within the frame, and trim down the stick on the leaf. I didn't want to trim it too much out of fear the leaf would stay in place once it was hung. I could have hot glued the leaf onto the card stock, but I just pictured a messy, complicate disaster. So no hot glue.

I had failed to notice that there were 2 hooks to hang not one. However, instead of using a measuring tape and pencil marks, I just cut a piece of painters tape to measure out. Slapped it on the wall where I wanted it (aka eye-balled it), and put in the nails.


 

Final result:




Not trying to brag on myself, but I mean seriously?!?! This really looks like something that you'd find out of a West Elm catalog, or the like. I'm so so so happy with it! 


This room is still a work in progress. So just ignore the couch, and focus on the art haha. Slowly, but surely my vision of what I want this space to be will come together. The pieces I've made so far in this space is doing that, and the newest addition blends both grey, and beige. I think I may be in love (just don't tell TA haha)!



Have a great start to the week, and thanks for stopping by!! I'll have more painted goodies later this week to share so stay tuned!!

10.21.2014

Touches of Fall

Hey all!! It's the most wonderful time of year again!! No, not Christmas (which is soon if you haven't noticed displays at some stores), but FALL!!! Beautiful and vibrant colored leaves, cooler temps, hoodies, and the obvious pumpkin-flavored/scented everything. It really is the best season...too bad it can't be year round. I'm sure most of us would love it!

Now that I have a bit more free time I've been in a nesting mode, and have gotten around to adding some fall decor in our living room. Nothing too extravagant since we are planning to move in a month! I'd hate to decorate all around, pack it then unpack, and re-decorate again. It's really not the decorating part that bothers me (duh), but packing/unpacking can be a major pain. Can I get an amen?!?!

On a recent trip to Michael's I picked up a crafting pumpkin, and a glittery-felt pumpkin for some extra bling. I'm a sucker for glittery fall goodness. The craft pumpkin turned into a polka-dotted success! 


The glittery one along with a rustic pumpkin, and a recent bday gift I made up this little vignette for the entertainment center. 


The bottle is an old wine bottle wrapped in twine. I had to attach the flower with some hot glue, and it's so cute! 


I picked up this awesome plate for very little at HomeGoods a few weeks ago. I am the walking definition of a girl who loves everything pumpkin. But I prefer Pumpkin Spice Fraps vs. The latte any day from Starbucks. 



As a parting gift a co-worker brought in this funky little votive candle holder. She now keeps a very watchful eye from the bookshelf...googly eyes and all!


Another shelf houses a very simple (and probably boring) vignette with a wreath, and a vase filled with autumn-tone glass beads. 


Last, but not least my lovely arrangement I made last year. With an ivory bow, and a spray painted vase (can you tell it used to be green?!) it pops more. Two more bday gifts snuck in and wanted to be a part of it this year ...the salt and pepper pumpkin shakers, and the fall motif plate. I'm really happy with how it looks. It's all tied in together color-wise which makese smile.


There you have it! Like I said nothing too dramatic just keeping it basic and simple. I may do some more fall-themed projects like a wreath which is high on my to-do list, and display some printables. For now I'll enjoy what I have, and soak up all of this glorious Fall-ness! Have a fantastic rest of the week!