Friday, September 18, 2009

Making Stuff

OK, I'm so happy! I've been making stuff again. Here are a couple of the things I've done this past week. (nothing major, but's crafty stuff! yay!!) :)

First, a crayon roll. I've loved the concept of these since I first saw them on the internet. But I didn't really see any need or good reason to make one. Until... a couple of weeks ago at church DH pulled out these crayons for the kids to use:

I instantly thought, "Those babies need a crayon roll to hold them! Yes!" I had a piece of felt that I knew would work wonderfully, and wouldn't need to be hemmed or anything like that. So when I got home I laid out the crayons on the felt, folded up the bottom and marked it, marked between each crayon, and voila! Sewed it up in about 5 minutes! I may go back and re-do the ribbon with something fabulous, but I sewed on what I had and it works just fine. I did sew the ribbon on wrong, cut it off, and re-sewed it on wrong in a different way. But this time it works so I just left it. It's just to have in the diaper bag for church for the kids anyway, right? They love it, so I love it.

Here's another one:
I had these candlesticks.

Nothing wrong with them at all, just wanting a new look. Here is their makeover:

I think they will look great with some little pumpkins or fall colored candles on top, don't you?

OK, last one for now. I found this picture at Goodwill a few weeks ago and fell in LOVE with the metal scroll work on top. The whole thing is metal and lovely:

Although I like the color of the metal, it felt a little dark for my house and didn't really fit in with the "light and airy" scheme I'm trying to create. So a little paint and glaze later...

The middle is chalkboard now. But I'm having second thoughts about that. I was going to put it near the kitchen and write the daily dinner menu on it, but I am thinking of putting it somewhere else and putting a picture in the middle. When I figure it out, I'll make sure to post the REAL "after" picture.

Here's something I've learned with these little projects. I have always bought the cheap 97 cent Walmart spray paint for my painting needs. Well, I heard great reviews about Rustoleum's Heirloom White (used on the candlesticks) so I got some to try. Was there any difference in the spray paint? HECK. YES. I don't think I'll ever use the Walmart kind again. Serious. The Rustoleum covers way better, sprays way better, has a more comfortable button, and can spray when held in any direction. Totally worth the extra cost because one can goes much farther anyway. And yes, the Heirloom White is a gorgeous creamy white color.

Fun, fun fun!!!


MegRich said...

How fun! I love that crayon roll-up idea. And way to turn okay into fabulous with a little bit of paint. Awesome!

Melinda said...

Way cool Sally! You are so creative. Love the candlesticks.

RhondaLue said...

I love your makeovers! So cute!

Kimmy said...

Love them all!! Adorable! My favorite is the menu board, it's gorgeous!