Happy Easter!!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Cover Pict eggs

When I was a kid I loved dyeing eggs for the celebration of Easter. When it comes to dyeing eggs and dipping them in dye, I loved leaving the egg in the dye as long as I could, until someone wanted that color. I tried to make my eggs the most vibrant. I remember using the dye tablets, vinegar, and hot water. Now as you look through the store aisles you can find other ways to dye your eggs.

When it comes to Easter eggs, dipping them in dye is so much more fun especially when you have kids around.

For getting creative and a more long-lasting result, I tried decoupage.

The art of Decoupage or Découpage is an old art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto the object. It is a bit time consuming and depending on the object, it can be a bit messy.

As you layer the Mod Podge and paper cut-outs the effect is beautiful and timeless!

Easter Decor

Here’s whatcha need:

  • Plastic eggs
  • decorative napkins or tissue paper cut into small strips or squares
  • Mod Podge or Elmer’s White Glue will work
  • Foam brush or paint brush

Paper pieces

Here’s how you begin.

Grab an egg, dip your brush in the Mod Podge and start gluing.

Step 1 Decoupage

Layer the paper cut outs.

Steps to decoupage

As you lay the cut outs on the egg, brush another layer of Mod Podge on top of the paper. Layer the paper cut-outs/strips to the plastic egg until you have hidden the colored plastic egg.

Just a tip: Using thinner paper is probably the best. I tried a thicker paper from scrap-booking materials. The heavier paper is it a bit more difficult to get to lay flat and take out the bubbles.

Be careful not to let your hands get too sticky while handling the egg. The paper will stick to your fingers and pull away from the egg. Oh, yes. I learned the hard way!:(

Decoupage eggs

Use your brush to seal and smooth out the bubbles and wrinkles in the paper.

Then let dry. Super easy! Easy squeezy!;)

Here is the finished product.

eggs in basket close

Have a blessed weekend celebrating Easter and

the Resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ.

water can

Happy Good Friday!

My Trash to Treasure

Monday, April 10, 2017

A Little DIY Re-Purpose

The way I see it, a girl can take ‘trash’ from the left over wood pile and throw it in the wood stove or you can decide to create something else using scraps from the Mr.’s project. Well, it was free!

Everything is not always what it seems!

Like maybe it wasn’t supposed to be this originally?

Like a couple of scraps from posts re-purposed into candle holders.

A little rustic. A little refound.

red candle holder with bit

Needing to be free from the stereotypical uses that 4x4s are usually forced into…

Things just need a new existence beyond the wood pile.

They aren’t fancy schmancy…

But different they are!;)

red candle holder

That little bit of scrap wood has reinvented itself and achieved a dream.  They have textures, natural surfaces, wood and metal.

I don’t think that rustic country style decorating needn’t be expensive. There are many ways to produce a ‘country’ look without spending a fortune on #antique, #rustic, wooden furniture or accents.

By getting creative you get originals … create your own look!

Depending on the look we are going for in our living spaces we can keep decor to a small scale or if you’re going for traditional country style decorating… choose larger designs if you want a bold look.

Sometimes I like a bit on the bolder side!

Like a little serape and turquoise! :0

turqoise candle holders and serape

I guess I was feeling a bit loud that day!;)

A little turquoise treasure?

turqoise candle holder

This is not your everyday elegance.

If you remember, I told you I don’t adhere to conventional rules;)

and

every man’s trash is someone’s treasure. Well it’s usually mine!

I’m always on the hunt for lifestyle inspirations.

I like rustic country style decor that can be derived on shoestring.

turqoise candle holder

For me rustic country style decor is both beautiful and useful – not just beautiful, or just antique and rustic. Primitive rustic country decor and country home decorating ideas are even better when they literally ‘work’ – when you can put your decorating items to good use.

Although my works may not fall under the beautiful category, but useful and literally ‘work’ they do!

They fit into my western rustic and refound home style of decor

I think I quoted that you should “Create your own style, let it be unique for yourself…”

…Like a little wild west stylin’ for a little wild west living.

Wishing you a happy Monday;)

team roping