Thursday, January 29, 2015

Valentine chalkboard coasters

 
I love chalkboard projects and have been meaning to do more of them. I made a framed chalkboard  in 2013 and haven't gotten around to anymore. I decided that coasters would be a fun thing to paint. I started with these chipboard coasters from Michael's that were in my stash waiting for a makeover. No offense meant if you like roosters, but these were not for me.


These coasters were coated so I lightly sanded them first to make sure the paint would adhere. I ended up putting more coats than recommended by the directions on my paint because of the surface of the coasters. If you are working with plain chipboard or tile, then the standard two coats should be fine. I used the Michael's brand Craft Smart chalkboard paint.

Once they had dried and cured, I decided to decorate them in a them that is appropriate for Valentine's Day. I used a red chalk ink marker. I'm not really good at free handing script or art so I used some stencils for a little help.


The chalk marker ran under the stencils so I found it easier to outline the stencil with real chalk lightly and then go back and fill in with the chalk ink marker. Do you have any chalk art tips?


 
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Monday, January 26, 2015

5 Ways to Set up a Hot Cocoa Bar




Our up and down weather is on a down this week with the temps so a cup of hot cocoa would be great tonight. Or better yet it a whole cocoa bar would be a lot of fun. I think this would be great for Valentine's Day too. Here are five super ideas for a hot cocoa bar. Any of them could be adapted for Valentine's Day by changing the color scheme or decor a little if necessary.



Love how they used upside down glasses and platters to create a raised area for the goodies in mason jars!


via Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Love that the mugs were made to match the theme!


via Upcycled Treasures

Love the jars and twine!


via Funky Junky Interiors

Perfect if you don't have much space!

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Valentine's Day Painted Birdhouse


Welcome to my little "love shack"- one for love birds. I have a small stash of unfinished birdhouses and decided that now would be the perfect time to add one as part of my Valentine's Day decor. 

I started out with this: 


An unfinished wood birdhouse from Michael's and some sandpaper. It's always a good idea to sand these down smooth. It's a little obvious after painting that I should have done a little more sanding. 

This was one of those projects where I had an overall idea of what I wanted but didn't have the details together. They just sort of came together as I worked. I knew it was going to be red and pink. I used Americana paints Baby Pink and Craft Smart cherry cobbler. Both are acrylics. 


 My original idea was to have hearts on it somewhere. I have also been itching to try out some new stencils so I went to Michael's with a gift card in hand. I purchased the Martha Stewarts adhesive stencils in the scrolls set. (no hearts- we will get back to that.)  Have you worked with adhesive stencils yet? Love them! 


I decided to add a little border around the back.

And here is where the hearts come in- a little adornment on the top.
I had some unfinished wood hearts in my stash and I thought one would be perfect with this heart ribbon in my stash. I made a little bow for the top and glued it on. And bam- now my project has hearts!



I had fun painting this and love it, even with it's little imperfections.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Ten Creative Valentine's Day Wreaths




I'm in need of a new Valentine's Day wreath, so I've be scouring the web for ideas. Here are ten creative Valentine's Day Wreaths.






















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