Succulent Obsession! DIY Bath and Body Works candle jars

I've always loved being surrounded by plants and greenry, but i have more of a black thumb then a green on!! LOL

Well, that is until i discovered succulents! They are now my obsession and I am psychotically placing them everywhere in and outside my house... and they don't die!! yaay! 

So here's a very simple picture guide to using Bath and Body Works candle jars as planters for them. Those Jars are so great and scream with DIY possibilities!! heres one!

And thats pretty much it!! Arrange your succulents however you like, i water the soil a little bit once I'm done. They really don't require much water, and since i don't have a hole at the bottom of my jar I'm super careful to not over water them! 

 Replaced the small candle with a small arrangement! With a 1 year old in the house i never lit the candle i had placed in the lantern, since its within reach. I love this new idea!! 

Replaced the small candle with a small arrangement! With a 1 year old in the house i never lit the candle i had placed in the lantern, since its within reach. I love this new idea!! 

Dog Tail Coat Hanger- DIY

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 Talk about eye sore! 

Talk about eye sore! 

I know it’s been ages since I blogged, as always I’ve been swamped with just about everything! Well what better way to come back then with a DIY?!

A few months into ‘jacket weather’, and this ugly pile of jackets always lying in the corner of the house, had me thinking we need a coat hanger.

 The original ikea dog tails i was gifted.

The original ikea dog tails i was gifted.

So when I saw these IKEA dog tail hooks, posted on my local ‘Buy Nothing’ Facebook page, I had to request them, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them! And if you aren’t familiar with the Buy nothing groups, you need to Google it and facebook your local one, NOW!

 

Lucky me I was chosen to receive this gift, yaay! And then another awesome member of the same community offered her husband’s help when I was looking for a piece of wood for the project. He made this custom piece, in the size I needed… how nice is that?!

 

 'A' helping out! 

'A' helping out! 

So materials all in hand, I got to work.

 

1.     I first lightly sanded my hooks, so my base paint sticks to the surface a little better. Very easy step as you can see even ‘A’ helped with this part!

2.     Next we did two layers of white gesso. We did a pretty messy application, as I wanted texture in my final result.

3.     Be patient! We set our dog tails aside to let them dry, especially with the thick paint it will take a while.

4.     Put two coats of gesso on the wood, again I wanted a rough surface so I was not at all careful about applying my paint evenly.

5.     Here I ran out of patience! Both the kids were asleep by this point and I wanted my project done and up on the wall! So I used my heat gun to dry it.  If you use this method please be sure to keep your heat source moving, do not over heat any particular area as it will crack.

6.     I then used an old fan brush to apply the blue paint. Even when I destroy my brushes and the bristles are all stuck together, I don’t throw them as they are great for stuff like this when you want texture. But if you don’t have an old one a dry fan brush will also do the job well. DO NOT PUT WATER! This if very important, you will not be able to get this rough texture if you use water with your brush.

7.     Give it a few minutes to dry and then I used an old gift card, (again one of the things I like to collect for textures) take your white acrylic paint and apply it onto your board, with the card. Its up to you how much blue you want showing, using your card or something similar create a nice texture on your board through which your blue paint peeps through.

8.     Set your wood aside and get back to your dog tails, by now the base gesso would be dry. Apply two coats of copper metallic acrylic paint, (let dry between coats). Two coats was enough for me but if you feel like you need a third go right ahead!

9.     Use one dog tail at a time for this step. Once my copper paint was dry, I mixed a nice deep brown color with my Acrylics and using little water I covered up the surface.

10. Using a paper towel very roughly wipe of the brown paint, to your liking. Because of the texture that we created in the first few steps, the dark paint sticks in certain areas giving the dog tails a light antique look.

11. Your dog tails are complete now! So get back to the board, I wanted to add some more texture so very lightly I used my sand paper on the piece and that was it!

12. Time for the hardest part of the project; getting the screws to be aligned!! Best advice I can give you here, measure, measure and then measure again! I first just placed by dog tails on the board to see where I want them all to be; how far apart, centered or not? I choose not to center them.  Starting with the middle one, I found it helpful to place a crayon in the hole where the screw will rest, when I put the dog tail back into place the crayon marked the spot where the screw needs to go! Yaay!  Double check it’s in the right place before you go ahead and screw it in! Once the middle one is in measure and align the remaining two.

 

And that’s it your work is done! Place the dog tails on their spots and hang up your piece on the wall, step back and admire your craftiness! I love how this project turned out and how everything just fell into place for it!

It’s a pretty easy project and really the only thing you can go wrong with, is placing the screws!

So have fun with it, and ;let me know if you have any questions! 

Learning curves and picture wiring tutorial

I'm just that sort of person who works well with dead lines. I think I secretly enjoy the panic and stress that comes with it, but it also pushes me to work more. So after baby 'Z' was born and I was back to working on my art, I thought the next step should be taking part in Art fair.  The sammamish art FAir seemed like the perfect next step.... So I got my application form ready to send to the jury and then waited very impatiently to hear back! 

Almost immediately after getting my acceptance e-mail, panic mode hit! I've never done something like this, I don't know what all I'm supposed to do? I don't know how to make my work hang? How do I put it up? What will it hang on? Am I supposed to get it? Will they provide it???? Aaaaahh!!!! So the coming week I decided to go over to artEast (did I mention previously that I became a member of this community?!). I figured someone over there would be able to help me out, answers the trillion questions and guide me a bit in this new adventure! And boy was I right!! I met ..... Over there who was SUPER helpful, she even told me in which aisle of which shop to find which screw that would work best for my pieces!!!! And yes I was a complete dork asking the most ridiculous questions!  

Sooo! A few weeks later with paintings finished and ready to be hung I sat down to wire them, get them ready for hanging! So here's a small tutorial for doing the wiring and a list of materials I used.  

things you need:  

1. D hooks with screw 

2. Screwdriver  

3. Pliers  

4.gloves  

5. Super soft strand (I used No. 4 )  

6. Pencil  

7. Ruler  

How to: 

1. Flip your canvas over, so the back is facing you. Make sure to have it the right way around you don't want to do the whole wiring only to find out that'll it'll hang upside down!  

2. With your ruler measure the canvas height, if for example the height is 10 inches I'm going to put a mark on the side panels at about 2.5 inches. This is to mark where you screws are going to go, so make sure to measure properly.  

3. Once you've got your markings down, get your D hook, screw and screw driver, line up the hook hole to the mark, place your screw and with the screwdriver, screw it in nice and tight. I used the screw driver to just get it into the wood a bit and then used my drill, so much easier! It can be done by hand but if you have a faster easier option, why not?! 

4. Once you've got put your hooks in place. It's time to get your wire out. So I put the wire in from the front of the hook not the back, got it through both the hooks and then a little extra to wrap, I kept this almost the same length as the full front wire.... Just a little bit less, so when I cut it and held the wire taunt they were just a little short from meeting in the middle.  

5. The knotting of the wire was really easy because of the great instructions that came with the wire! 

So here are some little drawings to show you how to do it with instructions too, because if your like me, you need visuals!!  

Mosaic table DIY tutorial

 The products i used for my table. 

The products i used for my table. 

So it's finally summer here in Seattle. And we've been spending a lot of time outdoors soaking up some good Ol' vitamin D! When we're not out of the house we spend time in the balcony while A plays with his sand box, baby Z sits in her rocker and I contemplate life and important issues such as why is this black table so ugly?! In one of my over ambitious moods I decided it HAD to mosaic it!

Being the impatient person that I am, I got to it fairly quickly, this is the first time I've attempted mosaic so there were lots of mistakes to make and lots to learn! Here are some tips and a guide so you don't make the same mistakes! 

Things you need:  

1. Mosaic pieces - I got a bag from the thrift store but those weren't enough to cover the whole table so then I got a box of mixed blue pieces  

2. Strong craft glue - I used Craft smart 

3. wheeled Cutter - I loveeeee this tool!!  

4. Sponge  

5. Rags 

6. Bowl for water  

7. Grout your choice of Colors I bought the Premixed one.

8. Sealer - optional  

9. Surface to mosaic  

 The beginning... only to realise i needed to get more pieces! 

The beginning... only to realise i needed to get more pieces! 

Step 1: thoroughly clean your surface with a wet cloth and let it dry. Make sure your surface is nice and dry before you get started, as your glue won't work too well otherwise.  

Step 2: start laying down your tiles!  

As I had mentioned earlier I got a bag of glass pieces from the thrift store, these were all irregular sizes and shapes. But the box of tiles I got were 1inch squares so with my cutting tool I started snipping these. It was extremely effortless to do. I just snipped away without too much thought! I was first laying down all the pieces, and then picking them up again, putting glue on the back and then sticking them back down. But this was taking agessss and I'm not the most patient person! So instead I put the glue down on in a small section of the table, (about 3 x 3 inch) and then just laid my mosaic pieces down on that. Just make sure you have lots of glue and work fast so the glue doesn't dry out. This method also worked well for me because I wasn't following any particular pattern I was just going by how they visually looked next to each other.

 All tiles glued down and ready for step 4. 

All tiles glued down and ready for step 4. 

This process of putting down your mosaic pieces takes a lot longer then I would have thought.... I was hoping to have it all laid down in one day! Yes, a little over ambitious I know! But realistically with giving it about and hour to two hours max a day; with distractions and ‘A’ laying down the tiles with me.... I got it done in about 4 days.

Step 3: let it dry! Let your glue dry over night. I used craft glue as it's easy to use, I already had it at home, it dries clear and it's got a strong hold. But glues specifically made for Mosaics are available also. I was happy with what I used. It did lightly rain one night and the table got wet, so I had to re-glue some of the pieces, which had come loose.  

 grouting- Round 1!

grouting- Round 1!

Step 4: Grouting!  Yet another process I really underestimated! It just looks so simple and easy to do in all the shows on TV....it's really Not! THEY LIE!! Of course they didn't have a 3 year old helper so I'm sure that had something to do with it! I started off by laying down the premixed grout, covered all the tiles and rubbing it into all the gaps. The instructions on the grout said to let it sit for half an hour and then wipe it down with a sponge and water. Which I did, but between me and ‘A’ turning it into a game of pouring water onto the table with the sponge, I think we kind off over did it. Because once it dried the entire thing had lots of cracks. So I let it dry over night and then the next day once ‘A’ was asleep I re-grouted it. Technically I should have first removed the first layer but it seemed like that would take too much time. The second layer seems to be working perfectly!

Step 5: sealer- after letting it set for a few days I applied a surface sealer which was a very easy process of applying it with a sponge brush. Not a very necessary step, but since I live in Seattle and usually it rains a lot and the table is outdoors I thought it was a good idea, but of course since having done that it hasn’t rained at all! So, I haven’t really been able to test it.

But I loveeeee how my table turned out! Here are a few tips so you don’t make the same mistakes I did! 

TIPS:

 Round 2 of grouting process- also applied a thinner layer this time. 

Round 2 of grouting process- also applied a thinner layer this time. 

1. Don’t be shy with the glue. Make sure to use enough so that each piece sticks. 

2. Wear gloves. 

3. When applying the grout rub it in all the little cracks. It doesn’t need to be a thick layer on top of each tile; it’ll just be more work for you later. 

4. i smoothened out my edges with an old credit card which worked perfectly!

5.Don’t use to much water when wiping it off. 

6. Use a soft cloth for cleaning when there’s a very light greyish residue remaining.  

Hope this helps with your mosaic project, if you have any questions leave me a comment and ill get back to you asap! 

Happy mosaic-ing! 

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 TAADAAAAHHH!!!! 

TAADAAAAHHH!!!!