February 10, 2014

Illuminated Valentine Canvas

Today I'm sharing my entry for the glitter/metallic/shine category from season 14 of So You Think You're Crafty. Which was a year ago. But by the time it posted on the competition it was too late to post here so I waited until this year. As some of you are aware, I have taken a good amount of time off from blogging due to my husbands cancer diagnosis. He has finished all of his treatments and surgeries and is now cancer free! I have plans to return to blogging soon and so here is a step in that direction. Enjoy!

I love to make sparkly and shiny things. So I made an illuminated canvas!

I bought a big 20x20 canvas. I didn't get the thick one because it was like $30. I got the normal kind of canvas and it was priced at $13.99 but used a 40% off Hob Lob coupon! I designed what I wanted on the computer using this font and this font. I printed it out tiled and then taped it together. I taped it to the back of the canvas and used an outdoor floodlight to back light it so I could see the design through the canvas. I traced the design onto the canvas. I should have printed the whole thing black or at least used a black outline - it would have been easier to see it through the canvas.
I painted on my design with glitter paint for some sparkle. I painted it in order that I would have hand drawn it so that the brush strokes are going in the right direction. Then I poked holes in the heart (I used a Dremel but an awl would work, too) and pushed a string of 20 lights through the holes for some shine! I spaced the lights about every 2.5 to 3 inches. They're not evenly spaced because I wanted lights to be in the spots the letters and heart intersect. The strands of 20 come in either battery operated or UL. I went with the plug because we go through enough batteries as it is. But I am limited on placement options. Also, you can put the holes in before you paint. It really doesn't matter. 

And I am still in love with it! I had it out this year as part of our Valentine's d├ęcor. You still have time to make one this year!

Happy Valentine's Day!

August 3, 2013

Absence explained

Hello out there if anyone still comes to my blog :)

First off, I apologize if you received any spam from me or needed any of my tutorials over the past 12 hours. Seems I was hacked and Google shut down my blog when they noticed suspicious activity, which I appreciate. It all seems ok now, except I had to delete my Google+ account. I'll be working on reestablishing that.

I've had a few people ask where I've been. Well, I was in a craft contest end of last year into this year, which I won (YAY!), but it completely wiped.me.out. So I took a little break, during which my husband was diagnosed with breast cancer which turned my world on end. I knew he was one in a million but I didn't have to be proven right in this way :) Anyway, he had a mastectomy a few months ago and is doing well and is now about half way through chemo treatments and will be cancer free! I plan to be back blogging this fall so I hope you come back and see me then. Until then I hope you are all well and I am really looking forward to blogging again!

Take care,

March 26, 2013

Grandfather Clock Makeover (Thrifty to Nifty #11}

Once again, thank you all for the amazing honor of winning season 14 of So You Think You're Crafty! But I've got to say, even though it was fun, I'm glad it's over!

Here's my final project from that competition of how I transformed this "seen better days" clock from my husbands side of the family and gave it new life.

This clock was built in 1987 by a friend of my in-laws. It has spent many years in my basement. It had some damage (bottom corners and the weight sleeves are scratched and oxidized) and some missing pieces (pendulum bob and tall door glass) likely due to many moves over the years.

First thing I did was clean the surface. I wanted to give it a more commanding presence (because it's on the smaller side for a grandfather clock) so I added some molding along the front edges to give it more interest. Because the molding wood is "raw" I sprayed it with shellac so the surface wasn't as porous and would be more like the surface of the rest of the clock when I went to paint it. I also thought this front molding piece matched the molding on the top of the clock quite nicely and gave that "blank" space some interest! I added the molding with wood glue.

I took it apart and laid it down, using some really professional stilts (ok, cups) to prop it up off the floor. I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint {Old White}. I chose chalk paint because it covers so well without having to sand the previous finish.

Then I sanded it. I used 400 grit sandpaper to get a really nice and smooth finish. I also wanted some of the old finish to show throw along some of the edges and molding.

There was a large chip in one of the original moldings. While I was painting it, I found the chipped off piece inside the clock! So I glued it on with wood glue and painted it!

I finished it with Annie Sloan Dark Wax. I love that it picked up the wood grain from the veneer and worked its way into all the grooves in the molding!

For the damaged bottom corners, I picked up some brass corner covers and glued on some decorative corner pieces that I found in the scrapbooking section! I love that it mimics the clock face plate. I also replaced the "feet" for two reasons: one was missing and the remaining three were pretty worn.

I also found some decorative key hole plates in the scrapbooking section! Who knew?! Of course that was AFTER I went to all the hardware stores I could find looking for one. Ugh. I decided on one that I thought looked best on the clock then used some bronze foil paint so that it matched all the other metal pieces.

The glass was inexpensive and purchased from a local glazier. I made a stencil out of vinyl and used frosty spray paint to frost the glass. I decided to use paint for that rather than etching so that I can change the design every so often! :) Because of that, I put the design on the inside so that it is less likely to get scratched or washed off before I want it to. I also replaced the glass pins for the top glass and this glass.

As for the missing clock parts, I haven't been able to find replacement sleeves yet that are the same size as these, but I was able to borrow the pendulum bob for the photo shoot since the one I ordered hasn't arrived yet :/

It was a long ordeal getting this clock {mostly} done, but overall it was a fun project and I'm happy to have it "back in circulation"!

March 18, 2013

Thank you!


I am so grateful to all my family, friends, and all of you who I don't know personally, who supported me throughout the competition! It is a great feeling to know you have the the support and belief of those closest to you! I'm humbled and honored to have won Season 14 of So You Think You're Crafty! Thank you all!


Pin It

March 11, 2013

Season 14 Finale!

I made it to the season 14 finale of So You Think You're Crafty! Thank you all so much for your support along the way! If you have a minute, I'd really appreciate you voting {for me} one more time! Click here or click on my project to go to the competition page:

Thank you!

Pin It


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...