Thursday, August 30, 2012

Crafting Up a Storm

     After being in our house for a while now, believe it or not, we don't really have any pictures up on the walls yet. I've been buying black frames when I see them on sale and looking for pictures that we may want to print and put up. In fact, yesterday at Michael's I found several frames that originally were $30 or more marked down to $2! A few were white or brown but it was worth it to spray paint them.
     I used a simple glossy black spray paint that was on sale for $2.50.

     I've got all my pictures picked out but a certain someone (ahem- Travis!) was not as speedy about it. He finally got started on it today. Just in time because I painted the frames today. It was simple; I just removed the glass and went to work.

     I spray painted them in the back yard and brought them in when they were almost dry. They look just like normal frames so far. I've never spray painted frames before, though so we'll have to see when they're on the wall.
     Also at my trip to Michael's I snatched up some raffia, flowers, and burlap. I got some foam pipe insulators and masking tape at Fred Meyers. I used the masking tape to form the foam into the ring of a wreath. Then I covered it with raffia, using hot glue to secure it. I had to go around twice to keep the foam from showing. Then I cut four pieces of the brown burlap and glued them on in a cross shape. Next came the flowers. I chose a large orange flower (reminded me of Fall) and some light orange berries and attached them on the wreath. I used the string that came with the wrapped burlap to hang it from a screw that has been in our front door since we moved in. I would never advise anyone to put a screw in your front door! They have great wreath hangers you can buy, even clear ones. I went ahead and used it since it was already there, though. Excuse the picture, I took it after dark tonight but you get the idea :)

     What's next? An art project! Take a guess at what these are:

Glass pipettes! I'm going to paint then, then take the canvas I got yesterday at the craft store, paint it,  and stick the pipettes on the canvas. I think it will be super neat looking. I will post it when it's done and try to take pictures along the way. Tomorrow I start my three shifts, though. Soon my pretties!



  1. Looks like fun, glad you guys are enjoying the new place.

  2. Thanks, Kayla. We love our new house and are trying to make it "ours". It's harder than I thought it would be but I suppose that's part of the fun, huh?