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Friday, October 26, 2012

The Many Faces of Bella

I haven't been doing much crafting this week, but I thought I would share some pictures of my favorite pup. She always makes me smile. Happy Friday Everyone!
Bella Rose
Bella Rose Frueh

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Spoon Holder to Shabby Key Holder

Bella's Crafty Mom

I found this at the Re-Store for $3.00 and knew right away that it would make a great key holder for our entry way.
Before-old spoon holder
First I removed the two spoon racks that were screwed in from the back.
I filled the holes with wood filler.
Then I painted it off white with my homemade chalk paint recipe. (I use plaster of Paris). Sorry no picture. I used a graphic from the The Graphics Fairy and added my own text.
I used the modge podge method, painting modge podge on the printed side, placing this face down on the surface and letting it dry. Remember to reverse your image before you print if you are using any lettering.  Then I wet it and carefully rubbed off the top layer of paper to reveal the graphic. I will say that the first time it did not work out so well, so I sanded it off and repeated.
Bella's crafty mom
Shabby Key Holder
I wanted it to look old and weathered, so I dry brushed some ASCP white on top of the off white paint I used and also dry brushed some black acrylic paint on the edges and around the base wherever I thought it needed it.  I finished it up with some clear AS wax.

I used a cow in the middle because when we move home to Kansas, we are going to raise some cattle.
I painted some brass cup holders with oil rubbed bronze spray paint and added them to the bottom.
Here she is all shabby and old looking and I love it. What do you think?
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Photo Box

I am so excited. I finally decided to try and improve my photos on the blog. My husband has a new DSLR camera and I am working on learning how to use it. Today, I bought a light box
and some photo lights on eBay.
They were really reasonable, each under 15.00 and with free shipping.  Hopefully, this will improve my photos of jewelry, knitting and smaller projects. We shall see.