Monday, May 21, 2012

Map Pencil Holders

Here is another project using Mod Podge.  I was inspired by David at Cheltenham Road who always has fabulous projects using Mod Podge and colourful graphics.  David once used a map on a lamp and I think maps have great colours and graphics and add a personal touch.  Maps are great as mementoes for people who either live in the area or have travelled or married somewhere in the world other than home.

I created some 2" x 2" pine from my rough stock.  Two of my holders were shellacked, and one was painted white.

The first holder I cut 4 1/4" long and drilled 7 pencil holes. The map is a local one and extends all the way around the block:

The second holder is painted white and the city map is on the top, where the 7 holes are and then continues down the front of the 4 5/8" long block:

The third pencil holder is 8" long and has 15 holes in it.  The map is local and extends completely around like the first one:

So far, I've made three of these holders, but hope to sell more through my etsy shop where they can be customized to whatever place buyers choose.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Violettes Tray

Although I most often work in wood, I sometimes do other types of projects.
This is a metal type tray I found that needed something extra.

I painted it white and then used Mod Podge to put a graphic design I found at The Graphics Fairy in the middle.

After that I cut some images out of some old gardening magazines that had purple flowers.  Each was cut to fit around the edges and beside the others and glued down with Mod Podge.  An extra couple coats over the top helps to seal it all together.

The white paint was distressed and dabbed here and there with some brown glaze.

This pretty tray is 13 1/2" long x 9 1/2" wide and available for $30 by contacting me.

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

This is a beautiful photo of my mother taken in London, England in 1947.  This photo was a taken a month before her 19th birthday.  

My mother has always loved and supported me and is now in a retirement home about four hours away and will soon move to a nursing home closer to me. Times are a little difficult for her, but she takes it all in stride, always joking around and worrying more about others than herself.

Happy Mother's Day!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Welcome Buntings

The great thing about having your own shop and your own tools is that you can make anything and any size. I keep a lot of offcuts and often have ideas of how to use the wood.
These are buntings or garlands made out of pine.
Each triangle is 3 1/2" deep and 3" across.  
They are strung up with twine which is threaded through drilled holes and is about 5'6" long.
One of the WELCOME buntings is stained pine, the other is stained pine with white paint over top and distressed with the vaseline technique I explained here.

Everything I make is for sale, check out my "For Sale" page.

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Barn Board Jar Holders

Here are a few Mason jar holders I just made from 1" thick barn board.

I left the angle that was on the ends of my boards at the top and then cut the lower ends straight across.

The bottom piece fits into a rabbet at the lower edge of the back piece.

I have routed out a circular area, about half the thickness of the wood which allows a mason jar to sit into it.

I made three of these, two are 15 3/4" high x 5 3/4" wide, the one just above with a flatter angled top is 13 1/4"  h x 5 1/2" wide.  They are all coated with tung oil and there is a sawtooth hanger on the back.  I wrap the top of the jar with twine and hot glue it on.

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