Crafts

Fence Plank Sign

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Happy Friday!

Today I wanted to share with you this quick and easy project to create a sign with your favorite quote.

For this project I used one plank of reclaimed fence. DSCF2248
Initially I wasn’t sure how the chalk writing would look on the plank since the surface wasn’t smooth but as you will see below, it came out just fine.

After painting the plank with chalk paint (I love how there is a variety of chalk paint colors, we no longer are restricted to using only black) and allowing it to dry, I wrote on the plank using a regular, old-school piece of chalk.

The final touch was nailing sawtooth picture frame hangers to the back side of the sign.
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I hung my sign near our dining area in the kitchen.
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My boys have always loved licking the spoon after I have whipped up dessert. I, too, enjoy it! ‘Happiness is lickin’ the spoon’, wouldn’t you agree? 😀
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What is your favorite quote?

Best wishes,
Anabela

Crafts

Candle Jars Flower Pot

Hi everyone!

Ever wonder what to do with all those used candle jars? If you’re like me, you hold on to them because you know you will eventually use them 😊 Today’s post is one of the many ways you can repurpose those jars.

 

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Used candle jars

 

Just a little background of why this project was done. I enjoy browsing through Pinterest and magazines, and visiting Home Goods for home décor ideas. Once I find an item or idea that I like, I try recreating it with items I already own (I don’t want to be constantly buying new things, it will only lead to cluttering my closets  😀  )

More recently I started noticing small plastic plants, such as succulents, being sold almost anywhere. I thought these would be a great way to add some greenery around the house.

I then remembered about my used candle jar stash that I had been saving for some time. I realized they would be the perfect size for plant pots. Some of the jars were ceramic and others were glass. The ceramic jars I merely cleaned out the old wax and used them as-is. For the glass ones, after cleaning the wax out, I sprayed painted them with gold paint. I chose to paint them in gold, not just because it’s a trendy color, but also because I thought the gold would really pop out in an elegant way. But of course, the colors and patterns you can choose from are endless. For example, you can paint them with black chalk paint so you can write on them. Another option is to add stripes or polka dots. So get creative and paint the jars with whatever makes you smile when you look at them 🙂

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Glass jars that were sprayed painted gold.

 

 

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Ceramic candle jar that was only cleaned but not painted.

 

So how did I remove the old wax from the jars? I placed the jars in the freezer overnight.  The next day, once I removed the jars from the freezer, the left over wax easily came off in whole pieces. I wiped clean the jars and sprayed painted the glass ones with gold spray. I let the paint completely dry. Once ready, I added just a few pebbles at the bottom and then dirt on top. Final step was adding the plant. (I used real plants but there is no reason you can’t use plastic ones if you prefer 🙂

Sometimes you just need a little something, like these small pots, to change up a room, desk, hallway, or any area in your home or office. We hope you enjoyed this project and that you will share with us your thoughts and comments about it.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers out there!

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Best wishes,
Anabela

Hi! Rosaly here. Just wanted to drop a note to say I was not aware of the freezer trick to remove old wax from jars! I have my own stash of used candle jars but I was neglecting to use them just because of dreading the work to remove the wax! When Bela (I call my sister Bela) told me about this, I was like, why hadn’t you told me already? 😀 I’ll be sure to try this project out myself too and most likely with plastic plants just to be on the safe side… (I’m not the one with the green thumb in this family!)

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Crafts

Wine Cork Heart

Hi Everyone! 

Today’s project is for those wine cork collectors out there. You know, the folks that have been saving all those corks so that one day they can ‘make something’ 🙂

IMG_3442At our house, that would be my husband, Jeff. His collection was steadily growing and even though we had already used some corks in other projects (posts to come), they never used up many corks. So I decided to make something a little bigger which resulted in this heart (about 2ft tall by 1.5ft wide).

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I cut a heart out of compressed cardboard (strong enough to maintain its shape without bending while thin enough to go practically unseen underneath the corks) using a power jigsaw.

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I then sorted the corks by wine stain color (some corks had no stain while others had a rich ruby tone to them). I did this because I wanted the heart to have a gradual darkening color toward the tip. And final step was gluing the corks onto the board with a hot glue gun (being  careful not to burn any finger as I’m notoriously know for doing when using my glue gun!).

And that’s it! A simple project for a lovely handmade wall décor.

You can easily put your on twist to this project by changing size or even shape. We would love to see your interpretation so please be sure to share with us.

Thank you for visiting!

Best wishes,
Anabela

 

P.S. This could also be a lovely gift for the Mother in your life, especially one that appreciates wine because as we know:  (Though truth be told, I prefer a cold beer 😉

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Did you know?

1.       Portugal is the world’s largest cork exported

(http://www.answers.com/Q/Which_country_is_the_worlds_largest_cork_exporter?#slide=2)

2.       Cork is the outer bark of the cork oak tree. The first harvest of cork is not stripped until the tree is approximately 20 years old.

http://www.greenbuildingsupply.com/Learning-Center/Flooring-Cork-LC/Cork-101
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Cork being removed from tree. http://www.ruadireita.com/info/img/o-sobreiro-e-a-cortica.jpg

3.       Each tree can be harvested once every 10 to 12 years.

http://www.gardenguides.com/91963-cork-oak-tree.html

4.       On a cellular level, cork looks like a honeycomb of air pockets. These pockets make cork both buoyant and fire resistant, which is why it’s quickly becoming a popular home insulation material. This is the same reason cork works so well to age wine — its molecular structure makes watertight seals easy, but lets tiny bits of air move in and out, allowing the flavor and aroma molecules of wine to evolve and become more complex over time.

https://vinepair.com/articles/what-is-cork-and-why-is-it-used-to-close-wine-bottles/

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Crafts

Bird Feeders

Good morning!

Mother’s Day is just a few days away and we are thinking of different gifts that can be made for mom. What better way to say ‘I love you’ to your mom, the mother of your kids, the mother figure in your life, to whomever!, then with something you made!

We found wine bottle bird feeders and tea cup bird feeders on Pinterest and here was our take on those posts.IMG_3434

We used whichever material we had at hand. The wood was old fence wood and other scrap pieces we had. We used leftover roof shingles but if we didn’t have any, we would just have painted the roofs. Used wine bottles and tea cups found at thrift stores. The bird feeders were either: painted with one coat of white paint, sprayed painted with clear or stain sealer , or sprayed painted with a white chalk color. The idea is to use the materials you already have and not feel the need to purchase any item, for example, paint that you might only use one time.

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Before picture of tea cup bird feeder.
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Left side is a clear stain spray. Right side is wood stain with color.
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Left side is white paint and right side is white chalk spray paint.

And for the final touch, since these will be given as gifts, a little goodie bag containing bird seed –

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Bag with bird seed to give with bird feeder.

Disclosure: We are not promoting any product. There is no compensation. We are simply showing which products we used.