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Making a Twiggy Large Letter

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I have to plan better next winter. I need some small projects to do in the house while waiting for it to get warm enough for me to head into the Garagemahal, or if all goes well, our new, yet to be named, workshop.

This year I have had a few projects going, but not enough to keep me from being bored.

A lot of searching Pinterest gave me some ideas for quick ideas to keep me busy.

The first was a twiggy letter “S” that got done this weekend. It is an easy project that requires few supplies; a glue gun, large wooden letter, wood stain, garden limb cutters, lots of sticks, and lots of glue sticks.

I bought a large wooden letter at Hobby Lobby 40% off and stained it with walnut stain so it looks a little aged.

To gather twigs at the lake house meant going out to the burn pile and saving some from being burned. The trick is to get the twigs as straight as possible and a consistent size.

Lots and lots of patience are also a requirement for this project.

The steps are easy. Cut the twigs to fit and glue them down.

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I love the rustic textural quality of the finished product.

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Craft Night

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In our adopted city, Coldspring, Texas, I am lucky enough to have met a group of ladies who want to hang out once a month and do something crafty. The rules are simple; each person has to take a month, plan the craft, provide the space, a shopping list for those coming, and the basic supplies.

The social planner, Tanis, had this month at her beautiful home. She planned a collage project and collected a bunch of supplies to make the collages with. Everyone had to bring a frame. No rules about size, color, shape, or design.

I made filled my 8X 10 Goodwill frame with Texas winery wine corks that the social planner had access to and was willing to share.

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Burlap, scrabble tiles and a key gave the frame the look I was going for.

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We used glue guns, E 6000, and spray adhesive depending on the material we wanted to attach.

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We laughed, worked, burned our fingers, and came up with some pretty cool frames.

All eight turned out differently and each is special. I love the diversity.

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I also love the fact that these ladies have welcomed me to their group.

I hope you are taking the time to do something creative for yourself this week.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog I appreciate you all more than you will know.

Blessings,

Karen

Making a Standing Chalkboard

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We are clearing out the Garagemahal as we prepare to put our beloved Star Hill on the market. I am getting pressure from Mr. Math to get rid of the hoard. My collection of odd bits and parts, Doo dads, rusty metal, and miscellaneous hardware needs a new home. Mr. Math would be fine with the new home being the trash.

Not this girl.

Saturday morning I stood in the hoard and started looking at what I had to work with. I decided to make a standing chalkboard/ message board. (They need a better name and I am open for suggestions.) In fact while I was at it, I figured I may as well make six of them for the ladies at craft night.

I pulled out a set ls spindles from a table the social planner and I got off the road one day. It was a wreck when we got it but the spindles were solid wood so I saved them.

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I pulled out my stash of hardware. I have quite a collection of odd handles, knobs and bits. Some of them I buy for pennies at thrift stores, garage sales, or ReStore but most come off pieces I redo and change the look.

I had a can of spray chalkboard paint in the cabinet. I have to admit that the spray chalkboard paint is not my favorite, but it works.

I grabbed two sections of 1X12 pine board that were shelves an a section of 1X1 moulding and a 2X6 board for the project.

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My sweet husband cut all the spindles down to the same size and then used the drill press to put a hole in the center of each top for a screw to go in.

I played with the parts until I came up with a plan.

I cut the pine board, the 1X1 moulding, and the 2X6 into 6 inch segments each.

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The assembly process took both Mr. Math and me working. The steps were to connect the spindle to the 2X6 with wood glue and a screw, then connect the 1X1 to the other end of the spindle with a screw in the center.

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Two screws at each end of the 1×1 went into the 1 inch width of the 6 inch section of the 1X12,

A little wood glue, wood filler, and a quick spray of primer unified the four sections.

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The whole thing got primed, painted with sea salt, then heavily distressed and glazed.

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I then taped off a chalkboard rectangle on each board then spayed them.

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While the chalkboards were drying, my friend the social planner helped me pick out some of the hardware and knobs to attach to the pieces.

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Do you remember the roadside end table? The handle from that piece made it onto a piece here.

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So did some hardware from my windfall.

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Once the chalkboard was dry we attached the hardware to each piece and the social planner attached a clip with E6000 in case someone wanted to use it for invitations or photos.

Here they are ready for the party.

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The cost of this entire project was what I spent in screws, wood glue and paint. I am estimating I spent $10.00 total in supplies I will have to replenish.

These would be great table numbers at a wedding or on a buffet table  Here they are lined up for craft night.

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It was nice to see the craft group enjoying their surprise.

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When the ladies came in they got to put a tag on their chalkboard.  It was fun to see the different ones each chose.

Well, what do you think?

I love hearing from you,

Blessings,

Karen

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