Saturday, May 25, 2013

Button Heart

Alex said to me last night, 'Hey, do you want to do arts & crafts tonight?' I thought he was making fun of me but he truly wanted to go to a craft store, buy some stuff, and make a painting. We've talked about taking an art class for a date night and Alex thought why not just do it at home! What a great man I have =) So I browsed my 'Someday I'll Do This' board on Pinterest and found this little guy that's been waiting a long time. Button Burlap Heart. We went to Michael's and bought our supplies. Now I still have the very beginnings of a crafty person. Meaning I have 1 paintbrush and some sharpies. So I had to by the basic supplies too.

Black Paint
Felt (instead of burlap)
Masking Tape
Glue Gun
Glue Sticks

1. Tape off lines. I just did mine every 2 inches

2. Paint

3. While canvas dries, cut felt or burlap into heart & hot glue buttons on. I went around the edge first and continued this way until it was full. Then I glued buttons on top of buttons to cover up most of the white felt peeking through. I learned that I'm quite the amateur hot gluer. I burned my fingers multiple times and there is quite a bit of hot glue peeking from behind the buttons.

4. Once the canvas is dry, remove taped off lines. Hot glue heart onto canvas
5. I then used a fine tipped sharpie to write in the ME + YOU

I'm pretty pleased with my first canvas art! Alex painted a very impressive picture of a fox which I will share once he's completely done!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Red Wine Vinegar

I made a couple recipes that took dry red wine. Now I don't know anything about wine, especially the difference between dry & whatever other kinds there are. Aren't all wines wet? Anyways, with some help from the guy working I did find a 'dry' red wine. Turns out I only needed about a cup of the wine between the 2 recipes. I ended up with almost a whole bottle of disgusting tasting wine left. And I wasn't about to dump out something I just spent money on, albeit only $7. Still I don't like to waste stuff. So I found this on, what else, Pinterest. Homemade Red Wine Vinegar. I started it tonight & just have to leave it set for 2 weeks. Hopefully it turns out! I'll let you all know how it works =)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Cat Food Container

We have a semi-new kitty. We got him a couple months ago. For the most part, I suppose he is a pretty good cat & he likes to cuddle =) But he has a few flaws......One of the major ones being that he learned how to open our bi-fold pantry doors. This just happens to be where we keep his bag of cat food. He will get in there at night & chew as many holes as he can into the bag even when his dish is full. After the first couple times, we finally blocked the door off with a storage tub. Real classy & decorative. And then I saw the 'turn a popcorn tin into a pet food container' on Pinterest & got excited! I didn't take pictures of the steps because I started this a few weeks ago at my parents' house (that's where the tin & spray paint were) & finally finished it today.

1. I spray painted 3-4 coats of metallic champagne gold (the color Mom had in her collection so it was free!) I honestly can't remember how many coats because I took such a long break between start & finish.

2. Once it was dry I used a paw print stencil & brush painted a print on the side & on the lid.

3. Then my wonderful Mom painted HOBBES underneath.

4. Lastly, I spray painted on a clear finish.

**A couple disclaimers** Yes, the lid is dented. I painted in Dad's garage & when I left forgot to move it off the floor & I think it got a little run over. So I did have to hammer out a dent so that it would fit back on the can. Also the paint kind of peels off if it gets scratched, especially around where the lid fits on. I'm not sure how I could have avoided this so any suggestions are appreciated. Just in case I decide to redo it. 

Project #2--I would say a 3/4 success =)