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Velour Pumpkins

November is flying so I wanted to share these velour pumpkins and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.  A short post today since these pumpkins have been all over the internet and, of course, I had to make some!
I made two sizes in two colors and there not real velvet or velour.  Go to the fabric store and ask for crushed panne.  It's a LOT less expensive! Since I saved some pumpkin stems from last year, I used them on the big ones.   The small ones got branches for stems, but they did get a bit "dressed-up". In case you're wondering how the stems were attached, I used tacky glue and a rubber band:
That's it! It's that time of year when I take a couple of weeks off for Thanksgiving.  I'll be back in December with some projects, then it's off for Christmas. 
Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving.   See you in December!

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Pairpoint Silver Bowl

Welcome back!  Is it starting to feel like Fall at your house?  This morning our temperature was in the 30's.  It's official, summer is over, but let me reminisce about it though, by showing the silver bowl I found last summer at a yard sale:
It didn't look that good at the sale...here's the 'before' picture: It was pretty dirty and tarnished.  I took this pic after giving it a washing.  Sadly, it looks like someone used it for a plant saucer to catch the extra water.  I'm not sure what to do about that, so if you have any ideas, let me know in the comments. It is made by Pairpoint and from what I can tell from my little bit of internet research, it's worth more than the $5 I paid for it. Here's a close-up of some of the detail...look at those leaves, before & after: All it needed was some silver polish and elbow grease to makes it shine as a great fall centerpiece.
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A Little Bit of Halloween

Halloween is just a few days away and I want to share the last of my Halloween projects.  First up is the Witch's Boot:


There are no step-by-step pictures, but this started with drawing a pattern and cutting it out of pallet wood.  Two pieces were needed, so the seam was filled-in with wood dough, sanded smooth, and painted black.  The edges were distressed and holes were drilled for the laces.  
A piece of black scrapbook paper was cut to fit and heat-embossed with spider webs and spiders.  It was then decoupaged on the wood.


The top 'brim' of the boot was painted purple and some black stripes were added.  At this point, the boot was sprayed with clear sealant.

A piece of tulle was threaded through the holes and tied in a bow.  


I'm pretty sure this is what every well-dressed witch will be wearing this season!

Next is one for the kiddos:
This little ghost was also made with pallet wood and painted white.  The face was painted on with black paint and he was done. Thanks for st…

Candy Corn From Pallet Wood

Now that the transformation of that little chest of drawers is complete, it's time to share what I've been working on for Halloween!

Since I had two sizes of pallet wood, it all began with making two patterns:
The patterns were placed across three pieces of pallet wood, traced, and cut with a jigsaw. This is a great way to use up any small pieces that are left over from other projects.  This is the only picture I have of the beginning of the process.  Sorry, I get carried away... You can see the top of it, along with a pallet pumpkin and a bird!
The pieces were sanded and painted with white, orange, and yellow craft paint.  Once the paint was dry, they were distressed with 220-grit sandpaper.  I like how the wood shows through the different color paint - a little bit of bare wood and a little yellow tint!
The pieces were wood-glued together and strapped with screws and a paint stirrer. I used jute twine and a staple gun to create a loop for hanging.
That's it!  A simple process f…

How To Decoupage Dresser Drawers - With Napkins!

Welcome back!  Last week you saw a garage sale dresser transformed with paint and decoupaged napkins.  If you missed it, click here

Today I have a little tutorial showing how it was done.  Let's get started, shall we?

The drawers were sanded down to bare wood and the edges were painted black to match the rest of the dresser.  The napkins were found at the Dollar Store.
Notice they are 2-ply napkins?  You only need one, so separate those layers! Iron the one-layer.  It helps when you are ready to lay it down on the wet decoupage medium.   Since the napkins were not wide enough to cover the entire drawer, I was going to have to piece them together.  These napkins also had a very definite pattern that was going to need matching, so it was time for some measuring.  I found the middle of the drawer and matched it to the middle of the napkin.  Then I marked the edges of the napkin on the edge of the drawer with chalk.  See the white (chalk) dot? There are actually two of them as guides for …

The Poplar Chest of Drawers

It's been a bit of a whirlwind around here with cutting and sanding.  Winter will be here before we know it and it will be too cold for those activities!  
So, I bring to you - this little chest of drawers that was advertised on a garage sale site:
This is a small chest, only about 40 inches tall, but perfect for small-space living.  Advertised on-line, it looked like this: It had that lovely orange, 1940's look, but it was solid wood.  The original plan was to paint it black and give the drawers a lovely stain to show-off the wood grain.  Out came the sander and here's what I found: Poplar!   Poplar is and inexpensive hardwood. The tell-tale green tint gives it away.  It is usually painted because poplar is notorious for being 'blotchy' when stained.   On to Plan B!  After all, it was solid wood and and the drawers were dovetailed. The chest itself was painted with 2 coats of Ink Chalk Paint (available at your local discount store that begins with a 'W'), distres…