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My Etsy Store has REOPENED!

Now known as #WeekendDIYGirl Crochet and Handsewn Creations, my Etsy store is live again!

I’ve had my Etsy store since 2014, but recently I decided to take everything down, rebrand, and sell only my crocheted and handsewn crafts. I also still have maker A. B. as part of my shop. We will offer more of her handsewn items, specifically aprons and table runners which will be in the coming months.

My items will focus on crochet scarves, crochet art, blankets, and other crochet crafts. We have more items to add, as soon as we can get photos of everything, but I wanted to share our new storefront now, because I’m so excited about offering these items to you!

Thanks so much for shopping! (Click photo below to go to our new Etsy shop!)

Link to #WeekendDIYGirl Etsy Store

Sometimes things don’t turn out right… Home Office Reno, part 6 of 7

I attempted two final projects in my home office renovation that I thought could easily be done with some items I already own. One was a clock, the other was a wastebasket. Turns out I was wrong. On both counts.

I attempted the clock a few months ago. Like, it was still hot outside. ( Of course that could have been yesterday in my neck of the woods.) After I broke down my desk for its upcycle, I had several pieces of wood left over. Because my clock was slowly disintegrating – as in every time I moved it, a piece would break off – I thought why not cut another clock out of one of these pieces?

The Clock Mistake

First problem: I used the glass front of my old clock as a template for the new one. I had a piece big enough for the pattern, but cutting it was a different story. This particleboard is seriously thick, and my jigsaw blade was not having it. Hence, the lopsided circle.

Second problem: After painting, I drilled a hole for the clock’s hands to fit through. After about 4 tries with estimating the size of the hole needed, I’d cut it too big – and as I would find out later – not centered. I threw it off to the side – paint still wet, so it stuck to some paper – and gave up on it for a few weeks.

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Home Office Reno, part 5 of … The Little Things

For the last few weeks, this #WeekendDIYGirl has been doing a few repainting and arts and crafts projects to finish up my home office. While some upsetting life stuff a few weeks ago threw a wrench into some of my plans and fizzled a little of my motivation, it also gave me more free time to finish my projects.

Repainting Everything

My color palate here for my accessories consists of white and charcoal gray. I repainted several items that I want to reintroduce into my office for functionality:

  • Pen and knick-knack container (gray)
  • Bookends ( gray and white)
  • File cabinet (white)
  • picture frames (gray)
File cabinet before ( left-hand side or 1st image) and after (right hand side or 2nd image)
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Easy Art Installation

I love flowers. But cut flowers depress me a little because they don’t last. Why not capture the beauty in a photo or better yet a series of photos?

I took a few pictures of this arrangement I received using my newly up-cycled coffee table as a background. These were staged photos, but they were simple camera phone pictures.

Then I used the grayscale filter most photo software has and created black and white artistic images. After choosing 3 I really liked, I sent them to a chain pharmacy for simple 4″x6″ prints.

Most chain pharmacies have online photo printing software where you can upload your photos and send them to the store to print. I even did some brightening and adjustment once I uploaded the photos to the pharmacy. These were ready the same day.

I purchased frames already matted with a simple style mat. These are 5×7″ frames matted for 4×6″ photos. After assembly, these are ready to hang!

This project was fast and cheap. Altogether, not including the flower arrangement, I spent around $15- $20 by getting these upgraded frames on sale (or you can get basic frames for the same price) and keeping the photo size a standard 4×6″.

Extra tips:

When hanging these make sure you have enough wall space for all the framed photos. Measure your space twice, marking where each picture will go, before attempting to hang them.

Hang the middle photo first, to ensure your art installation is centered.

Stained and Stenciled Photo Frame

Skill Level: Beginner

Tools Needed: Wood frame (this is a 5 x 7″ size), Water-based stain (this color is “Jacobean” from Minwax), acrylic paint water-based varnish (or other water-based sealants), paint brush or rag for stain, plastic picture glass or Plexiglas, sponge paintbrush (stencil brush), plastic stencil of your choice, picture hanging hardware, 320-grit sandpaper

Because I haven’t worked with wood in a little while, and because I had a perfect photo to go with a frame that was stained with this dark color that I’d already bought, I decided to craft a photo frame instead of buy one. If you would rather buy one, click here to go to my Etsy store.

Wood frame after staining

Steps:

1.) Before staining wood, sand and clean the wood, even it it’s something already shaped and “ready” like this is.  I did a light sanding with a 320-grit sandpaper just to make sure  it’s ready for stain. Then I wiped it off with a lint- free cloth, slightly dampened. After the frame dried it was ready for stain!

I like to brush this stain on with a sponge brush because I like the dark look of it. Wiping stain on with a cloth will give you a lighter version of your color. This is really about preference here and how your particular piece of wood will take stain.  Most of the craft store wood frames are a soft wood like this pine and will just soak up the stain.

Stencil applied, stencil brush shown on right side.

2.) Stain dries pretty quickly, but I gave it at least a day to fully dry before I stenciled the design on it. I used acrylic paint – you can find it in any craft store. Stenciling is easy once you get the hang of it.  The trick is to keep  the stencil stable while you paint. Adhesive stencils are always best. These were not adhesive, so I had to tape the stencil down first. As you can see, the bottom stencil moved some on me and the pattern came out blurry. This will also happen if you have too much paint on your stencil brush (which is what happened here). The top stencil, which looks a lot better in my opinion, was done after I had experimented with the bottom stencil.

Frame after 2 coats of varnish

3.) After I let my stencil dry, I used some water- based acrylic paint varnish to seal everything.  The varnish is in a satin finish to give it that shine. (pictured.) Once this was dry it was ready to assemble!

 

4.) This particular frame didn’t come with a glass to hold and preserve photos, so I purchased a plastic  one from a local craft store. I also purchased a photo matte sized for the frame and picture (here, a 5×7 matte with a 4×6 picture opening). Because of the frame style, I had to cut the corners of the matte and safety glass to get them in the frame.

5.) I attached a sawtooth picture hanger on the back of the frame to hang it to the wall. Now it’s ready for my favorite photo!

Lessons Learned

1.) Don’t load up stencil brush with paint and keep stencil in place when stenciling. This will take time.

2.) I didn’t like having to work with a rounded-edge frame, like this, so I probably wont do this again soon.

3.) Stain is awesome, but it’s even better with a sealant. Always seal if you want that professional polished look!