Tuesday, July 26, 2016

New Addiction - Sea Glass Spray Paint

So I admit it.  I have a new addiction.  I can not stop using Krylon Sea Glass Spray Paint.  I have been spraying anything glass I can get my hands on - vases, wine bottles, milk bottles, canning jars, olive oil containers, the list goes on.

It's so easy, so pretty, and SO fits into my coastal shabby chic classroom decor!  I have found the best selection at Lowe's, but it's also available at Walmart, Hobby Lobby, and various other craft stores.  My personal favorite is Sea Foam, but I have also used the aqua.  I hope to get a hold of some of the other colors soon, too.

$1 each at Michaels.

30 cents at a thrift shop!
I just sprayed the glassware lightly, you can always add more, but you can't take it off.  Then I added twine, netting, frayed material, sea shells, ribbon, and various other supplies to make it my own.  Here are some more examples.  Try it out!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Make Your Own Wooden Sign - The EASY way!

While at the beach this summer, I saw the most adorable shopping tote in The Cotton Gin- a favorite shop of mine in OBX.  The tote had the quote, "Always be yourself, unless you can be a mermaid then be a mermaid," written on the front and I instantly fell in love with the idea.

I moved it to the top of the pile of totes and thought that I would come back and get it after I finished perusing the merchandise and made my final selections.  But of course, when I came back to get it, it was gone.

Disappointed, I set out searching for the tote online.  While I found many objects containing my beloved quote, I never did find the actual tote bag.  Then I started thinking.  Wouldn't I rather have the quote on a piece of artwork where everyone can see it instead of just on a tote bag.  Of course I would!  But I'm cheap, and they were expensive!

So I decided to make my own.  Here's the finished project followed by the hacks - I mean details - of how I made it.

So it started out with me finding a junk piece of wood in my husband's stash that was roughly 15" x 13".  Not sure what he was planning to do with it, but...

Then I first painted the entire board with Rust-oleum Ocean Mist spray paint.  I think I was just spray paint happy that day.  I was painting everything this shade!  Good thing the dog is fast...  I guess I thought I'd just spray the entire board that color, rough up the edges and be done, but I wasn't quite happy with the results.  

So...  I let it dry and then I dry brushed some of Anita's Morning Blue craft paint on top.  Still not quite right, so I added a touch of the Blue Bahama Patio Paint, also with a dry brush.  And finally, because I had no white acrylic paint here, I added a couple of strokes of white tempera that was in Aiden's closet!  Then I sanded the edges once it dried to give it a nice worn look.

This is what it ended up looking like, but really, the picture doesn't do it justice.  It was really pretty with the blues and turquoise and wood shining through.  

Now I did not freehand the lettering, nor did I use stencils.  I took an extreme shortcut and used alphabet stickers I bought at Michaels - on sale of course - plus, they have a teacher discount. I wanted to use different fonts to make it fun, so I chose a 3" font from Mambisticks - sorry they don't have a link to this particular sticker set on their website - and a 2" letter from Recollections.  I also wanted to use the gold font from Heidi Swapp so that "be a mermaid" would stand out on the sign- again, no link, sorry.  

I'd love to tell you I planned everything out and measured, but that would be a lie.  I thought about measuring and everything, but I'm too impatient.  So I just sat down in front of the television and started slapping letters on the board.  I actually ran out of E's and had to get creative with a C and a J.  Finally, I used the hot glue gun to add some shells that we had lying around the house and finished it all off with a quick clear coat.  Done.  What do you think?

Friday, July 15, 2016

Coastal Shabby Chic No-Sew Curtains

I just realized that I never posted about the curtains I made.  These were the first additions to my new classroom theme.  If you're looking for a shabby chic, no-sew curtain, these were easy and I love how they turned out.

Here they are actually on a window in my classroom, but this isn't how they started!

I actually started by ripping up a flat sheet!  I knew I needed some filler pieces, and we no longer had a queen-sized bed, so...  I used those frayed-edge strips along with a mix of various laces, netting, burlap, and ribbons to construct these no-sew curtains.  Some of the laces I grabbed from my mom's antique shop.  It's very handy having a fabric-loving hoarder for a mother!  Seriously, some of the lace was from my junior prom dress!  I also used some pieces that I had on hand from my parents' 50th wedding anniversary.  I bought very few pieces, but what I did buy, I got on sale 50% off at Hobby Lobby.  Here is a picture of some of my supplies before I started!

My anchor was this 4 inch natural jute woven lattice wire edge ribbon from Hobby Lobby - which was of course 50% off.  I made all 3 curtains with 1 roll of this and still have some left over to decorate with!  I measured the width of my window and then added 4 inches so the curtain would drape.  I cut the 4 inch jute lattice to the length I needed.  I also measured how long I wanted the curtains to be and then subtracted 4 inches for the width of the jute ribbon.

Next I measured each type of ribbon and cut it to the desired length of the curtains.  I divided each type into three piles, since I was making 3 curtains, so that each curtain would contain the same elements.  Some of my cheap, clearance ribbon was too wide, so I cut it into strips that would fit.  It really didn't matter if it frayed.  I liked that look.

Then I started knotting the laces and other items into the bottom box on the lattice.  Most times I doubled the lace and slipped the fold through the box, threading the ends through the fold loop to make a knot.  If the elements were too wide, like the frayed burlap, I just did a regular knot.  I filled every box and tried to space the various items out so they would look similar, but not identical.  I put the bigger pieces in first, the sheeting, burlap, netting, etc., and then filled in with the thinner pieces of ribbons and laces.  I didn't worry if all of the pieces were the same length, the varying lengths added to the curtain's charm.

To hang the curtains I used 3 Command Hooks above my window and hung them from the center and both ends.  Then I covered the hooks by adding a knot of burlap.  Easy!

Here's a closer picture of one of them hanging from our mantle.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Trash to Treasure

Decorating my classroom.  The saga continues.

So this morning I woke up and had my favorite oatmeal.  Quaker Steel Cut Apple Pear Pecan.  Yum.  I wondered if the remnants should go in the recycling bin or not, as I wasn't sure if the container was thin plastic or heavy coated cardboard, so I dissected it.  Upon removing its skin - okay, its label...  I discovered a beautiful white plastic container just perfect for holding things such as pencils, Q-tips, cotton balls, or other wonderful supplies that need holders.  Inspiration.

So I added some twine, a ribbon, and a small sand dollar with my hot glue gun - and voila!  A new container for my Coastal Shabby Chic classroom!  I see many variations of this in my future.

Simple Supplies


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Bucket Seats

I thought I was all prepared to just walk into my room in August and start teaching.  I even put up my August calendar before leaving school for the summer.  Then I decided that my crates needed redone, and I could no longer purchase the fabric that coordinates with Dots on Chocolate.  Sooooo...

You guessed it.  It's a summer of complete redecorating!  Inspiration struck while I was at the beach and it's been nonstop since I got back.

This week I made new bucket seats from 5 gallon buckets.  Here's the finished product.

And here's the video, if you'd like help making your own.

More updates to come as the decorating continues.