Thursday, October 22, 2015

A Little Before and After

As I have mentioned before I have been working on some furniture pieces for my new place.  The place I had originally planned to move into fell through so I have been staying with family while waiting for my apartment to be ready.  I have a few of my furniture pieces almost completed.  I have been trying to work on them on weekends when I am back at the family family is ready for them to be out of their way!  So here is a small project that I worked on.

My Stepmother gave me this plant stand.  I'm not sure if she really wanted to give it to me but I asked real nice and she said I could have it.  I always forget to take an actual before picture.  The picture below is after I had sanded it.  It was painted green and had yellow and rust peeking through.

I liked the rough worn look but knew it wouldn't work with the other pieces I had done.  Below you can see come of the metal scroll work.  I think it would make a good side table or a plant stand again.  We will see.

Don't mind the background, there has been a lot going on at  the home where my pieces are stored.  i painted it a neutral almond color for now.  I would love to paint it a bright primary color but again I'm not sure of where this is going at the moment.  I had originally spray painted it an enamel white but it was awful (It was so bad it made me cry and then I had to sand it again...I don't think I will use enamel paint again.)

It looks so much prettier now and the finish feels very nice.  Once all the pieces are in place I will take a picture and show it to you all together.  I will also show you the other finished pieces soon.  I'm bad at taking pictures and realized I'm missing pictures of the finished pieces.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Halloween Swap 2015

I joined Sarah's Halloween Swap again this year.  I forgot I would be moving when I joined so it was pretty hectic and I wasn't able to do what I had planned but I was still able to submit, I think a cute ornament, but maybe not as cute as the others I received in return! 

This box is what I had to work with this year...paper straws, tulle, glitter, paper cupcake liners, glitter foam.  I was inspired by cupcake images I saw on Pinterest.

I found these cauldrons at a thrift and glittered them up.

I used two different glue techniques but I liked the hot glue best.  I was trying to make it look like a bubbling cauldron.

The witches shoes made out of glittered craft foam.  I didn't use a pattern to make them, I just free handed them and wrapped them around the straw legs.

Cupcake liners and tulle for the skirts, straws for the you see what they are becoming?

Witches in cauldrons.  You can head on over to Sarah's blog Makin' Projiks to check out a better picture of what I made and what she received in the swap.  Below are pictures of what I received. 

My box that came in the mail.  I came home and found it waiting for me.  (By the way, I am enjoying my new job so far!  Though I am still waiting for an apartment to become available.  I have been couch-surfing at my cousins, it has been fun but I'm looking forward to my own place and I'm sure she is looking forward to having her home restored.)

This is what it looked like when I opened the box.  I was so excited to see what was inside!

Everything in the box in the packaging they came in.

A house ornament...this is the front...

or maybe this is the front? It shows nicely from both sides.

A painted pumpkin acorn.  I have never seen elongated acorns before!

Sarah from Makin' Projiks made these cute mouse globes.  You can wear it on a chain if you don't want to use it as an ornament on a tree.

Kim from Musings from Kim K. sent all this.  The ornament has a cute front and back.  I'm not sure which side I like most.

Possibly the owl? or maybe the scarecrow?  I'm not sure.

There was this cute cone.

and this sparkly witches broom!

I loved this skeleton with her painted nails and skirt...I'm assuming it is a female skeleton!

Here is a cute pumpkin using a tart tin!

Now I need to fix this one.  You can't see it in the photo but he had an accident during the shipping process and he lost his head and hat, nothing a little glue can't fix.

I think I will need to use this in my dollhouse...if I ever get it completed!  This fireplace is all decorated for Halloween.   I think this was another really great Halloween Swap.  I hope you guys enjoyed it just as much as I did.

I will be posting pictures of the after from my furniture redo's soon.  I have a few more things to finish before I can show you and since i'm not home during the week to work on the projects they have been delayed.  My brother is also putting on a haunted house again this year and I have been "helping" him with it so the month of October is booked.  
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