Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Fall Decor-Pumpkin Decorations

Hello friends!
Happy Labor Day to all.
It's another balmy 100 degrees here in the Dallas area. LOL
sure doesn't feel like fall to me but one can hope. 
I recently had a dear client request I make some cute pumpkin decor for her and I thought I'd share with you.
These half pumpkins can be found at any crafts store. 
They are ready to hang and so cute and realistic looking. 

You will need one or more pumpkin halves
floral wire
wire cutters
vinyl decals or stickers
Cricut Explore die cutting machine
hot glue
assorted fall foliage
clear satin or matte sealer (Krylon)

First I either cut the vinyl on my machine or bought the stickers from the craft store. 
You can find them in the scrapbooking section with all the other stickers. 
I picked some pretty flourishes for this one. 
Pick out a fall foliage bunch that you like along with some coordinating ribbon. 
Place the stickers here and there on your pumpkin half.

Once in place take the Krylon Matte sealer and spray it lightly. Wait about 20 minutes for it to dry and press down on stickers if you need to. Spray again. 

Choose the flowers that you like. 

Cut the ribbon you like and make a bow. Make a slightly larger bow to put behind that one. I chose two constrasting ribbons for this pumpkin.
Use the wire to tie them together securely. Take a piece of ribbon and blue it to the front so the wire doesn't show. 
Hot glue the bows to the pumpkin.
Next, take your foliage bush and clip flowers and leaves as desired. Hot glue around the sides and in the middle of the bows to make a pleasing arrangement. 
You're done!

 These are so easy and fun to make. Great as gifts for teachers too!

 (Please excuse the bubbles in the M. I wasn't done yet )

(what the back looks like)

See how cute the turn out! You can even buy the bigger 16 inch ones and decorate. A fun alternative to a door wreath. 

Until next time 

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Painting Furniture and the French Cottage Look-McKinney Furniture Painting Class

I have been so busy with life and all that comes with it that I've neglected my blog.
And since tonight seems to be another night of insomnia I thought I'd come and visit with you.
I was painting just about an hour ago. A dresser and a roll top desk. I really have come to enjoy
painting furniture, fabric, walls - really anything but especially furniture.

I also love to share my enthusiasm for this Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, that I started 
teaching a furniture painting class. Now I'm not a stockist-so I teach my students about
different ways to paint but then I let them try their hand at it using my own personal stash of paint, wax, everything!

We have such a blast! August 22nd was my last class since the beginning of the busy photography season for me is about to begin. 

I've come to love each and every furniture piece that I paint. It gives me great pleasure to know
that someone is enjoying that dresser or desk in their own home-making it a little brighter. 

I hand paint each and every piece. Every nook and cranny. Then I hand wax it then hand buff it. 
I hand sand the edges just enough so it looks like it's been worn thru time. 

Here are a few photos of my painting class in McKinney, Texas and the projects the students worked on. I think they did a great job!

Here are a few projects that I finished and have sold!

                         (ASCP in Old White with clear wax)

(ASCP in Coco with a lime wax on the front frame)

I hope to share my enthusiasm for painting furniture as the new year rolls around and teach another class.
My classes are taught in McKinney, Texas at the MPAC. 
Do stop in if you are in town. 



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