All you need is LOVE...and a DOG.

All you need is LOVE...and a DOG.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Playing Catch Up!

I can't believe we are already half way through Macrh...where does the time go?

My last blog post was right before the holidays and I've just been too busy to play with my blog. But I did take pictures of all of my crafting adventures, this is what I've been up to for the past 5 months...

{Distressed Chalk Paint Table}

I  took a huge risk using Annie Sloan "Barcelona Orange"for this project. I primed, painted and sanded the table to make it look distressed. I love the end result and I contemplated keeping the table. But I sold it to a very nice lady who said the orange was perfect for the decor in her guest room.

{Metal Cart makeover}

I found this metal utility cart at a garage sale for $3. With Alex's help we took the cart apart and scrubbed at least 30 years of dirt off this thing. We then spray painted it Turquoise and turned it into a mini coffee bar. I love having a special place just for our coffee & tea goodies. 

{Sweater Bling} 

I was inspired by this tutorial I found on Pinterest. I used a clearance sweater I bought for $5 from Old Navy and some acrylic jewels I bought at Hobby Lobby. This was my first experience using glue on fabric. I used 2 different products...Aleens' jewel it (didn't work and the jewels fell off even after 24 hrs of drying time). The 2nd product I used was the famous E6000 glue. This glue worked wonders, but smells really bad and don't get it on your skin :(. All the jewels stayed on, even after washing & drying. Overall this project was very simple if you use the right glue.

{Baby Gifts}

I love anything related to babies especially crafts. I made these 2 receiving blanket & burp cloth sets for 2 of my friends who recently had babies. I made both sets out of a light weight flanel, I love this fabric because every time you wash it, it gets softer and softer. These blankets are great for bundling up on chilly days or being the base for a cozy place to sit and play with toys. I love to pick unusual fabrics and color combos because I feel like a lot of the baby stuff out there is very generic and all looks the same.

{Monogram Wood Art}

I have always wanted a monogram with our initials ever since we got married. I was at Michael's a few weeks ago and found all these cool unfinished wood pieces. The best part is that it was all on sale and I had an extra 20% coupon so I think it only cost me $7 for everything. I hand painted the letters and the ornate scroll piece with some of Alex's POSCA paint pens and the base I painted with basic yellow acrylic paint. I let all of the pieces dry and then I glued the layers together using E6000 glue. I also added a handing bracket to the back ( not pictured). I plan to use this in a wall collage of our wedding photos.

{Wedding Photo Preview}

This is a sneak peek at one of our wedding photos. I absolutely adore my bouquet and how it looks on this tree stump. (Photo by Adam Furtado)

{Diy Magnets}

I actually bought these wooden bicycle clips last summer from World Market. I have a slight obsession with anything that has to do with cruiser bikes! Last month we had a few days of rainy weather so this was the perfect project when your stuck inside. I already had the magnets leftover from another project and my trusty tube of  E6000 glue. I simply glued the magnets to the back of the clips and that's it! I let then dry for 24 hours before using. I love how they add some fun and whimsy to my fridge.

{My latest project}

This is my most recent craft adventure. I'm experimenting with photo transfer on canvas using gel medium. Here's a link to the tutorial that inspired this project that I found on my favorite place in the world Pinterest!  I post pics as soon as I'm done...I've been super busy designing a new website for Amj Art, adding new products to our Etsy store and helping Alex with a very special project!

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