Breadbox Makeover 

This weekend was a lazy weekend. I mean lazy as in no makeup, sweats wearing, reading on the couch (and bed) watching football – lazy weekend. Somehow in all that laziness I managed to squeeze in a little spray painting (I can’t help myself, I’m addicted).

There in the laundry room sat an old breadbox that I have but haven’t used in a long time because well it’s just on longer my “style”. With a little revamping and it is now definitely my style! I am giddy over how simple this project was and even more so about how it turned out. 

The before (I started spraying before I realized I didn’t take a picture)
Sprayed an Antique White
with Antique Glaze

I hand painted the word “Bread” on the front (don’t zoom in to close or your see my shaky handy work) and sanded the edges a bit for instant aging, added a black grosgrain ribbon and VIOLA!

My Version of Pottery Barn’s Peace Ornaments


This was a craft project that I did last year and I thought I would share it again. yes, I love them that much! 

December 22nd 2009 – Last week I showed you that I made these? I first saw them on the cover my of Pottery Barn catalog and I just knew I had to try it. My first stop was to find the Peace signs. Michael’s and AC Moore turned up nothing. So I turned to Etsy and of course I found them there. The shop is called Texas ArtCraft and they have wooden shapes for just about everything!

Here is my inspiration along with the wooden shapes.
1st I spray painted them silver.

Next you’ll need Mod Podge and Glitter – ultra fine silver glitter. I found mine at AC Moore, but I am sure any craft store carries it. After spraying both sides, allow to dry completely. I used silver spray in case I missed any spots with the glitter, the silver shows through, not the wood.

Next step is to brush Mod Podge all over one side. It doesn’t dry super fast, so you have time to make sure you put on a nice even coat. If there are any drips around the edges, just wipe them off before you go to the next step – sprinkling the glitter.

Move the peace sign onto a clean piece of paper and sprinkle the glitter all over it. Word of warning – this stuff is still all over my table. It’s hard to clean it up and stinks to everything Make sure you are working on a surface that you don’t mind glitter getting all over.

Allow to dry for at least 15 minutes then tap off the excess glitter. Once that side is dry, flip it over and do the same thing to the other side. As an extra step, once both sides were completely dry, I took a small brush and touched up the edges with glue and glitter. Then just string with thin silver a ribbon and hang! 

Quick Tip: I found if you stick a tooth pick through the hole at the start of the whole process, it’s helps to make sure the hanging hole stays open!

Here is the finished ornament. Just as cute and half the price.

Burlap Runner

Yeah, I finally finished it! This actually took me about 2 weeks to complete – start to finish. Only because I was in the midst of doing other crafty things. So last night I made myself stop and iron on the satin ribbon accents since that was all I had left to do. Isn’t it darling? I am really happy with how it turned out. And guess what? No sewing was involved. Which is great for me, since I can’t sew worth a darn. My secret? I used the iron on glue strips (the best invention for the non-sewers like me).

Here’s what I did. I measured out the burlap for space I was going to place the runner. This is on a bookcase that is on its side, up against the back of my leather sectional. To make the ends nice and neat, I used the iron on glue strips. Folded back the ends, used straight pins to hold it and then ironed. Removing the pins and me ironed it. I printed out the word “Serenity” in a font that I loved. I used the word “Serenity” because it makes me feel calm and happy looking at it.
Another thought was to monogrammed it with a “~C~” which would also look great. I then turned the paper over to the back (yes the back) and used charcoal pencils to write the word backward. Place the paper charcoal side down exactly where you want the word to be and using a hard object, firmly go back and forth over the word so the charcoal “word” imprints on the burlap. I then use brown paint to paint over the charcoal. Again – I used the glue strips to iron on the orange satin ribbons. Seriously EASY and I think, rather gorgeous. Looking at the pics, I can see that I need more Fall stuff!