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Reclaimed Wood Signs

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I love the look of reclaimed wood and I have been smitten with reclaimed wood signs for a while.  This week it was my turn to do the craft project for our ladies craft night so of course I planned a reclaimed wood sign project.  We picked up  a ton of cedar fence pickets off the side of the road a while back and have been putting them to good use.  We have used them to cover my office wall, our bedroom wall at the lake, and I covered the top and drawers of a dresser with the wood.

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This week we cut the wood to length for 8 signs and I glued and nailed two thin strips of scrap to the back of each set in order to make a canvas for our signs.

I used the vinyl cutter to cut out some sayings, brought a set of stencils, paints, painter’s tape, brushes, sanding block, sander, and anything else I thought we might use.

Each lady chose a canvas and set off on their project.

First, several of us whitewashed our boards.

The steps are easy.  Remove the letters from the vinyl and keep the part that you removed the letters from.  Lay the vinyl on the wood, make sure to press it all down really well.

     

 Lightly apply paint  to the spaces.

   
     

Allow the paint to set for a little bit the gently peel off the vinyl. You will end up with a picture or saying.

   
          

One of our friends decided to paint a picture on her canvas.  Wow! 

   

 

It was a fun, rainy night.  You will see my “Kiss me” picture in our new place.  It still needs some work to be done,

It was a fun night.

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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

Valentine Craft Party

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This past week I did something that I do not do often enough, I spent an evening with a fun group of ladies. They were all young enough to be my child, but they didn’t seem to mind me joining in. We had a craft night.

My neighbor, Shahana, who invited me over, happens to be a talented young lady I have known since she was a child. She is creative, artistic, and a good cook. I am more than a little jealous of her. Here is a picture of her in front of her mantle.

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She had everything ready for craft night. We were making looped ribbon wreaths. Shahana even had our loops of ribbon cut and stitched down onto tissue paper. I really am not sure she sleeps.

The group started arriving and each of us asked Shahana the same thing… “Will this wreath work?” There were foam wreaths, heart shaped wreaths, wire wreaths, small wreaths, large wreaths and one grapevine wreath. Shahana told us all the same thing: ” Sure, it will work fine.”

She was right. They all worked. The trick is wrapping each wreath with left over red velvet ribbon she got 80% off after Christmas.

I loved the colors of ribbon Shahana picked for the wreaths, red, pink, turquoise, and gray. They were wide, narrow, striped, patterned, and textured. The varitey worked! Here is my set:

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We plugged in glue guns and got busy. Tear the loops off the tissue then glue it to the wreath. The trick was to try to glue them upright. It took me a few tries but I got the hang of it.

This is a fun project to do with a group. There is not much thinking involved when gluing so there is plenty of time to talk and laugh.

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We all had to promise to post our wreath hung in our house. Here is mine, but you don’t get to see where it is hung. I have several projects to show you before I show the finished Valentine mantle.

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All the wreaths turned out great.

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I hope you have a wonderful week.