Posts Tagged ‘Wood’

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You are my Sunshine.

August 12, 2013

Hello!

When we were children, my mom used to sing “You are my sunshine” to us.  It has always held a very special place in my heart, as well as my sisters’ hearts.  I knew when I wanted to make my new baby nephew a sign, and knew it should reflect mom’s love.

So here’s the sign I made:

You are my sunshine Sign

You are my sunshine Sign

It’s a fence post and acrylic paint.  A little jigsaw action.  And Voila!  I’m in love.  I want to paint 100 of them and share the sunshine!  What do you think?  🙂

Happy Singing,
Amanda

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A dream is a wish your heart makes…

February 28, 2013

Hello readers!

I have been looking forward to this post for a while now, but had to keep it top secret because it was a gift. Now that the gift has been given, I want to share it with you.

My sister-in-law is a big Disney fan and got engaged at Cinderella’s castle at Disney world! She is having a baby girl in the very near future. I wanted to make something sweet for her room and decided on a hand painted wooden sign with my favorite Disney quote, “A dream is a wish makes when you’re fast asleep.”

Instructions:
1. I started with a fence board and drew out triangle on either end to prepare for the jigsaw. (This was actually my first jigsaw project, but like I said before, it was top secret!)

painted detail

painted detail

2. I painted the finished shape with a beautiful grey paint. Once it dried, I sanded it down a bit to age the finish.

3. I decided to hand write the sign so I began with a sharpie and wrote out the whole quote.

hand painted detail

hand written detail

4. After the sharpie layer was complete, I went over with a paint pen to give it layers and a more finished look. (notice the color change as well)

hand painted detail

hand painted detail

5. I taped off the triangles with masking tape to ease the cut and using the jigsaw, cut out the shape.

Jigsaw detail on hand painted sign

Jigsaw detail on sign

6. Finally I covered the sign in a polyurethane to help protect it against the elements (though it will be indoors).

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes When You're Fast Asleep sign

Finished Product

I hope the sign brings peace to my soon-to-be sweet baby niece as she sleeps and dreams in her crib.

Happy dreams,
Amanda

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Jigsaw Project: Marriage sign

February 4, 2013

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all doing really well.  I am doing well and really excited Valentine’s day is quickly approaching.  I can tell you it is one of my favorite holidays and I’m not really sure why.  In my normal life I don’t love pink and red and hearts, but at Valentine’s I practically go overboard on it!  I have a few crafts I made recently that are full of love and celebration so I thought they would be most appropriate for the blogs leading up to Valentine’s Day.

I was finally able to give the gift of my first jigsaw project away!  It was simple, but something for me to practice on.  My beautiful aunt re-married over the Christmas break to a wonderful man.  As a wedding gift to them, I wanted to make a sign declaring the establishment of their new family bonded by marriage.  I sketched out their name and wedding date after cutting and painting an old fence board.  It was a pretty simple process.  I wrote out the text in sharpie and then painted over to complete the look.  Check out the finished product:

Miller Sign

Miller Sign

I didn’t get around to sealing it with any sort of sealer, but I would definitely suggest doing that.  I also did not attach a bracket to the back because, since it is a small sign, I believe they can hang it or put it on a shelf to display it.

I have yet to make one of these for David and I, but I hope to make one soon.  I made one for Melissa and her husband when they married and used their wedding colors.  The options are endless really, just let your creativity flow!

Miller sign on display

Miller Sign on Display

Happy love,
Amanda

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Jigsaw!

January 24, 2013

Hey everyone!

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this yet, but David and I got a jigsaw for Christmas and we (mostly me) are so excited!  I love woodwork and wood crafts.  Maybe it’s because my grandfather was a carpenter and I grew up going to his shop all the time or because my dad was Mr. Fix It and was always working on something.  No matter where it came from, I am so pumped to have one and to be able to create beautiful stuff with it!  I have already started a board on Pinterest with ideas for it’s use.

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My first projects are actually just with scrap wood in our shed and some fence posts from my parent’s old fence.  The picture above is the first time I used the jig saw.  If you ask David, he can confirm my overly giddy excitement.  I want to make a few signs for the house and others using the wood around our house to get practice on the jigsaw.  I really hope David takes an interest in it also and maybe together we can make a big project (like a new headboard)!

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Do you have a jigsaw or want one?  What crafts do you do or want to do?  The world is my oyster and I’m so excited to get moving!

Happy sawing!
-Amanda

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String art

August 20, 2012

My friend Nicole recently moved to a new place. I decided to make her housewarming gift and since she’s crafting creative I knew I had to make something and not just buy something. After searching through Pinterest I came across state string art and knew this was the perfect gift for her.

I went to The craft store and bought a pre-cut square of wood that had a pretty edge on it. I then painted it orange and the edges white and covered in modge podge so it would have a pretty sheen to it.

Next I printed out a map of the state of Texas a little smaller and then my piece of wood. I then laid it on my wood and marked spaces for where I would want to put nails around the edges to make the border of Texas.

I then hammered in nails less than an inch apart, depending on the size of wood, to make the border of Texas. I also wanted to put a heart in the middle of Texas to signify that her home is where her heart is.

After all the nails were in place I get a white piece of embroidery thread and tied a knot at one nail and then randomly stretched the thread from nail to nail to make a design. I tried many different designs from very organized to disorganized and found I liked disorganized better as you can see in my final product below.

This project was way easier than I thought it would be as inspired me to want to try new things like words or other images rather than just a state out of string.

I can’t wait to post my next idea!

Happy crafting!
Amanda

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Spring Wreath

May 2, 2011

Happy Monday!

I realized that I do a lot of cooking and not a lot of crafting so here goes: a springtime wreath!

I found an image online for an  Adorable Burlap Wreath!

I stopped at the store on the way home and picked up the following materials.

Materials:
One yard of Burlap
A roll of ribbon
A styrofoam round wreath
Hot Glue Gun
Glue Sticks
Wooden Letter
Paint/Brushes for letter

Procedure:
Cut the burlap into 2 inch strips.  I started by gluing the edge of a strip to the back of the wreath.  Wrap the burlap strips around the wreath, just slightly covering the previous piece.  I glued the burlap down on the backside of the wreath each time it crossed the back.  Continue until the whole wreath is covered.   After that I played with the ribbon I bought to make a nice decoration at the bottom.  I painted the letter blue and dotted the edge to resemble the ribbon.  I hot glued it to a piece of ribbon wrapped around the top of the wreath.

I realized later that the hook for the wreath holder wouldn’t fit where I tied the ribbon, so I added a red ribbon to the top to hang the wreath by.

It turned out cute, but I would’ve liked it a little different.  I think it’ll look beautiful on the front door though!

Enjoy!

Happy Crafting,

Amanda