Welcome To My Front Door

Welcome To My Front Door
"Welcome To My Front Door"

Friday, 20 April 2012

"Object De Art"

One of these sphere's cost hundreds of dollars and the other two cost 50 cents ....Can you tell which one???? Of course you can, but all it took was a Styrofoam ball, bamboo skewers and silver spray paint and you have a piece of art and saved yourself s a few bucks!!! lol 

Long time no blog!

Hi Everyone.....Long time no blog.
Some of you may have notice or not, that I haven't been blogging lately,  I for for several years I suffer from depression. After my sons death I also suffer from anxiety.  I know lots of  people do, but don't like to talk about it..I was one of those people. But because I didn't,  I lost a lot of friends. When I couldn't get out of bed to answer their phone calls or call them back after leaving a message they took to mean I wasn't interested ..."Not true"!!!....I just couldn't stand myself and didn't want to face the world. So I set up a cocoon in my bed and would stay there however long it took to feel better. I take meds for depression and anxiety, but some times they just don't work. So to all my new friends in the blogging world I hope you understand...I am back to read your blogs and I hope you will read mine!!!!

Monday, 9 April 2012

A Beautiful Sun Set From My Back Yard

Picture taken from my back yard Easter Sunday April 8, 2012

My first Bracelet

I'm not much of a jewelry maker but I see other peoples jewels and see how beautiful they are...So I thought I would give it a try....Not to bad for my first bracelet!   

Friday, 6 April 2012

My Cousin Angela's Idea's

I wish I could take credit for this great idea but I can't...My cousin Angela comes up with the coolest ideas, she has two kids of her own and takes in day care kids, and she still finds time to do things like this for them....I wish I'd had a care giver like that.
PS...More to come.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Dip & Dye: DIY Easter Egg Decorations - CityLine

Dip & Dye: DIY Easter Egg Decorations - CityLine

A reclaimed Box

I did this project a few years ago....I thought I would share with you. It started out a plain wood box. I fist painted it black, then put on a crackle medium. after it was dry I painted it white....I hated it. I tucked it away somewhere for awhile. I stumbled across it one day and yes I still hated it. I used a stencil and some kind of medium that was the in thing back then, to make raised stencil....If any one remembers what it is please comment... Then I used a copper color on the stars, and used a  stain on the rest of the box. I like it now. I'm glad I didn't toss the box!

My Try At Water Color

This was my try at water color.....I don't think I will be doing it again. But it was fun to try. I framed them.....Not sure what to do with them now!!!

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Update on the recycled earrings

Update on the recycled earrings....Once the mod podge is set you can remove the plastic backing.(who new?)
Seed beads complete!
I did that to these and noticed there were empty spots around the edges, so I cut them off. It made the earring a little smaller so I think the moral of this story is.......make them bigger then the size you want. Once you remove the backing you can cut them down to the size and shape you want. I'm now working on beads....Stay tuned!

Steven and Chris

Steven and Chris

Steven and Chris | Easy DIY Art Projects

Steven and Chris | Easy DIY Art Projects

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Turn Your Recycle Items Into Jewelry

Items you will need:
mod podge
craft knife
sanding block
pop or water bottle
decorative paper

Cut the top and bottom off your bottle, I found it works well with the knife, then slice the bottle in half.  I used a small bottle of craft paint to make my circle onto the plastic. Trace around the bottle with a none permanent marker. Then cut it out using scissors.  I used a sanding block around the edges just to even them out. Then apply mod podge the back side, the side that's curved.  press down on the opposite side  using a brayer or a pen will do anything to remove the air pockets.  Let dry.....I waited an hour. I dont have a hole punch  with  multiple sizes, so I used the knife to make a small hole then sanded down the ruff edge. Add the earring and you have yourself  jewelry that cost virtually nothing put stuff you put in the recycle box.
You can also use paper napkins....fun if you had Easter themed napkins. or you could use fabric, old sheet music, newspaper. what ever you imagination can dream up....Have fun!
This pair I used left over yarn...mod podge the back side just like the first pair.then roll up your left over yarn, this yarn is very thin or you could use thread in multiple colors. Then use the mod podge on the back side coating it very thick...This one takes time to dry, ever 30 minutes or so I would remove any air pockets.  
24 hours later I went back to it to finish the earring, I placed a bead on this pair! Another pair of earrings that cost nothing more then salvaging stuff from the recycle bin!!!

Doily Easter Basket

This Easter basket was made with a old doily. It was full of stains I couldn't get out so I dyed it. I didn't have fabric dye on hand so I used blue food coloring paste in hot water.....It worked like a charm. Who new?
Once the doily was dry I socked it in fabric stiffy and molded it in a stainless steel bowl, I don't think it matter's what kind of bowl you use. I let it dry overnight.....And I now have a cute little Easter basket. I also used food coloring for the eggs, in pink!
This one was made with sugar, water and food coloring.....

Saturday, 31 March 2012

DIY Mirror Frame

Items you will need
Hot clue sticks
foam board
Craft paint

I purchased everything at the dollar store......So to get stared find the center of the foam board, place mirror on the back side of the board and trace around it. Then I used a ruler and a exacto knife to cut a nice straight line 1/2 inch smaller then the mirror line. Then the fun step, use your glue gun to make  random shapes on the board, you could also use white craft clue, longer drying time...I have no patience for that. Once you have the desired look and the clue is dry. Paint it the color of your choice. I used black craft paint, you could also spray paint it. After the base coat is dry I used a off white color on the raised area's with a dry brush....The mirror you get at the dollar store comes with double sided sticky tape, it works well.....So stick your mirror on and presto you have a framed mirror that cost about $3.00 to make!

Friday, 30 March 2012

From Trash To Treasure

In my small town people put out stuff for garbage that they should be taking to our local Salvation Army....I pick it up, some stuff I take to Sally Ann, some I take home....Like this little treasure....I guess for somebody they may think its trash, I think its treasure...It was a ugly green color. So I started off by painting it black, After it dried completely, I brushed a little white paint on the raised areas....And this is my little treasure I will put in my craft room, as soon as the walls are painted. With any luck that will be this weekend...Keep your fingers crossed for me!LOL 

Kathleen's Crafts and Home Decor: Some Fun With Left Over Eggs

Kathleen's Crafts and Home Decor: Some Fun With Left Over Eggs: I needed something for the inside of my back door...So with some left over plastic eggs I used decoupage to apply the flowers, then...

Some Fun With Left Over Eggs

I needed something for the inside of my back door...So with some left over plastic eggs I used decoupage to apply the flowers, then added some bling.... I strung the eggs with ribbon in pastel colors..... Easy door handle decoration! I like the way they rattle when the door opens and closes!

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Question to my circle of friends

I have a question to my circle of friends.....Since I'm new in the blogging world, there is still a lot I need to learn. I recently picked up blogging for dummies! LOL.....So my question is, am I doing something wrong to add people to  my circle or do you add yourself's ? I have added my self to other bloggers site...So I guess my concern is doesn't any one want to be in my circle or am I doing something wrong? Please let me know, I would really appreciate it.
Thank you.

My Sons Bed Room He Decorated Himself

Its hard to decorate a boys room when they have so much going on in there Lives...All there likes can clutter a room very quickly.....My son likes books, many different sports, music and of course video games..That did not make it into his room! He made a good choice in the paint color, Its CIL's pebble drift, Its the one with the built in primer I have never used it before...we will see how it stands up.
 The bedding and the ceiling light are from Ikea.....very good prices, I think the two purchases came to $45.00 .The curtains are from Giant tiger at $20.00. The ceiling light is pretty cool you can move it around to any direction you want, it can look like a square if you like. So for very little money he has a room that will grow with him until he goes of to college.Of course he will  make changes to the things he puts on his walls as he gets older. And the rate of his growth we will need to get him a double bed soon! 

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Cheap and Cheerful Easter Wreath

Once again my handy dandy dollar store....I purchased the eggs that already had the holes drilled out $1.25. (Faster).
I already had 20 gauge wire on hand. You can purchase it from the dollar store in the handy man section $1.25. Ribbon two sizes $2.50. Strung the wire through each hole I double up my wire, you don't have too, but if you want to make it bigger its a good idea to. Makes it sturdy....Added large 1.5 inch ribbon to make the bow. 1 inch cut into 3 inch pieces and tied the at each egg....And  easy breezy lemon squeezy you have a $4.50 wreath.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

My Kitchen Clock

So I had this clock hanging in my kitchen, I found a little boring.....I looked at that at it at least 6 times a day thinking nice clock, boring wall.....my local dollar store had this peel and stick black board I purchased some time ago and didn't know what I was going to do with it.  I thought I would just replace the clock with the black board and keep notes for the family.....Good idea if it was being used for that but my kids and their friends would draw stuff on it and right things they thought were funny, and of course the fighting who was going to do the graffiti was one of my favorite things to watch.... "SARCASM". I had to stop the madness. And I missed the clock...have you ever tried to take off peel and stick??? Not easy, I was taking pieces of the wall with it. I thought my husband would think that was very humerus in our new home that he build. so as you can see I left it there and to eliminate any arguing over who was going to draw what....I placed numbers with chalk all over it told the kids it was art and not to be touched! I now have my clock back peace and harmony in the house and I don't think the wall is boring any more!~

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Making a few changes for each season

FallMy favorite time of year I love everything about it, the colors, the crunching of the leafs when you take a walk, the smells of  roaring fires coming from the chimney tops. A few changes in your house for each season doesn't have to be hard or expensive.  I just make a few changes throughout my home. Like the tables my bathrooms. Little nooks where you can add the smallest little thing to make a big changes.
Winter: Time to be like a bear and hibernate at least that's what I think.  Make your house a cozy as you can lots of pillows and comfy blankets throughout your home make it warm and inviting.
 Spring: Spring everything is coming to life, a few dried branches or a vase filled with tulips can make a room come to life for very little money. I added a cushion in the apple green color that I like so much.
Summer: summer is the time of year for plants lots of greenery and minimalist, you don't want a lot of stuff hanging about.  Put the clutter away no one wants to spend the summer cleaning nick knacks....I think the less stuff you have hanging around the cooler your house will seem. And everyone wants to be cooler on those hot summer days. 

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

The First Day Of Spring

The fist day of spring....For most people spring is a new beginning, new things coming to life...Grass is turning green the bulbs are coming out the earth, buds on the trees. We can open our windows and let all the fresh air into our homes listen to the birds singing. People coming out of hibernation walking there dogs riding there bikes ....it truly is a magical time of the year for most.....I wish I could feel all the good things that everyone else feels the fist day of spring, but for me it is a very sad day. 5 years ago today my son took his life....I miss him everyday, but today is just a ugly reminder that another year has gone bye that he hasn't been in my life. for 28 years it was David and I against the world, I was a teenager when I had him he was born prematurely and with that came some mild brain damage he had cerebral palsy.  Every day was a fight for him.. but it never broke his spirit. He went through life with teasing from other kids stares from other people....He didn't let it get him down, he was always happy and friendly with everyone.
I guess the happiness went out of him that day!
RIP my dear David. 

Sunday, 18 March 2012

"Spring Is In The Air"

Mount Tremblant

We have been away for a few days in Mount Tremblant for the march break.  There is nothing better then getting away for awhile to forget all the problems of life......much  needed R&R.  I haven't been there in a couple years forgot how beautiful it is.  I could have spent days going in and out of all the shops, but I don't think my kids would appreciate that. I have decided I need a store, someplace I can change the window displays and the decor inside the store....There is only so many times I can change up the house before my husband get's mad...lol.  One can only dream! Happy to be back I got some inspirational ideas while going through the shops. Will share soon!
"Happy Crafting"

Thursday, 15 March 2012

$3.00 Message Board

I made this message board with a cookie sheet purchased at the dollar store..... I added some paper also purchased from the dollar store. On the sides I hot clued heavy duty jute twin also from the dollar store, I started at the bottom of the sheet with the jute and glued around until I reached the top.Makes a interesting frame for the board...I hot glued magnets to the back of the spring paper clips. I also found at the dollar store I don't know what life would be like without the dollar store..LOL. You can add a hook to the back like I did to hang on the wall or you can drill a hole through the sheet......I think its a great message board!

Make your own cherry blossom tree

 Make your own cherry blossom tree. I went into my back yard and found some loose branches.  I had this pink tissue paper on hand you can purchase it anywhere I get mine from the dollar store.  fold the tissue paper up so you only have to cute once.  I just free handed this flower. Then cute it out.... Doubling up the paper makes it so much easier.

 Pinch the paper so it looks like a bloom...I used hot glue, please watch your fingers on this project, the tissue paper is so thin.
 Hot glue the blossoms to the branches and you have a good looking cherry blossom tree! Happy Crafting
 I found this brown lamp at a yard sale....they didn't want any thing for it...I wasn't passing up free!            
 I had it hanging around for a while I new I would eventually get to it,  I didn't really know what I wanted to do with it. I was doing my spring cleaning and came across the lamp, I thought if I don't do something with this now  it will sit around for another year...I had some antique white paint on hand, So I painted it white.
 Found this white lamp shade also spring cleaning so I painted it black, put some black and white trim then added white beads to the trim! Now that I'm looking at it I think I will do the same on the top......
Stay tuned for the final result!!!!