Sunday, May 26, 2013

Pinspiration Sunday: Transfer Laser Copy Picture to Canvas

Thanks to the wonderful world on Pinterest, my best friend, Angela, and I stumbled across A Beautiful Mess and we're pretty much desperate to hang out with Elsie and Emma. They encompass all that we love. There are a number of great projects that I am looking forward to creating….and this is one of them. This is transferring a picture to canvas. I’ll take you through how I made my first one, however, I don’t really like how it turned out. The reason being is that I think there is too much dark tones so I tried it with a lighter image and I love how it turned out.

So here’s what I used:
Laser copy of picture (I made it 8 X 10 because that’s the size canvas I had)
Spray bottle with water
Paint brush
Canvas (I got a 10 pack from A.C. Moore. It was regularly $19.99 but I used a 40% coupon!)

My pictures are from the very talented Karey Dean of Karey Dean Photography.  She captures the most beautiful images. And to be honest, since these pictures are a black and white copy they DO NOT  do her work justice. She is so incredibly talented! You can check out her amazing portraits and other photos on her website,  her blog or on Facebook.

I covered the entire front of an  8 X 10 canvas with the Liquitex.
 Placed my photocopied image face down on top of the canvas, smoothed it out and allowed it to dry overnight.

The next morning I misted the paper with water from my spray bottle and gently rubbed until the image showed through. This is a long process….don’t try to hurry it too much or you will rub the image right off the canvas (although I like the look of that scattered throughout).

Once finished, seal in the image with the gel medium and allow to dry….then hang and enjoy!

The darker the image the more the paper fibers, I tried it with a picture a little brighter.
I just want to thank you, Karey, for allowing me to use your stunning pictures for this! And thank you to everyone who stopped by to check out this project!

**Special Note: A Beautiful Mess had lots of questions from their original post. I encourage you to check them out if you are having any difficulties. They go through and show different techniques and products used which did not have as good of an outcome as I have just demonstrated. I followed exactly how they described being the best way to complete this project....have fun!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

DIY Picnic Table

I had to share this AMAZING project my husband did. This picnic table with a cooler in the middle is absolutely wonderful. It took my husband one week, working only a few hours each day to build this all by himself and it turned out great! He found the FREE plans on The Design Confidential. Below are pictures of his progress.



Sunday, May 19, 2013

Ellie's Birthday Cake Martini

So I found a couple recipes on Pinterest for Cake Batter Martinis or Shots and I really wanted to try the martini. Well....that was A LOT of alcohol. So looking at the two recipes, I came up with my own. So if you like tasty drinks with a hint of liquor, this will work for you.
My recipe:
2 oz Cake Vodka
1/2 oz White/Clear Creme de Cacao
1 oz Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
3 oz Half & Half (I used Fat Free)
2 (heaping) Tbsp White Cake Powder (I used Funfetti)
Sprinkles (for glass rim)
Pour sprinkles onto a plate. Wet rim of glass with water or half and half (I used water). Dip rim of glass into sprinkles. Add all other ingredients to a shaker and shake for 30 seconds. Strain into martini glass. Enjoy!
Recipe makes one serving.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Pinspiration Sunday: DIY Canvas Quotes

I absolutely love these simple art pieces with a catchy phrase on them. When I came across this Pin from Southern Belle Soul, Mountain Bride Heart, I quickly wanted to try it.

Here’s what you will need:
Newspaper, book pages, magazines
Adhesive/Sealant (i.e. Mod Podge)
Paint brush
Letter stickers

Here’s what I used:
8X10 canvas
Mod Podge in Matte
Paint brush
Orange and Bronze acrylic paint
Sticker letters (I made mine using a Cricut Machine, Cricut Craft Room Software, Cricut Vinyl, Plantin Schoolbook cartridge…all I had, so no purchase necessary!)


First I covered the canvas with Mod Podge and firmly pressed the newspaper on to the canvas and allowed it to dry overnight.Unfortunately my newspaper was attached a little crooked :^/ But what are ya gonna do? It's homemade!

My words are lyrics from The Lumineers’ song Dead Sea. I cut them out and placed them on the newspaper covered canvas.

Next I combined the orange and bronze paint until I reach my desired color and painted over the entire canvas (2 coats allowed them to dry in between) including the sides.

Then, carefully removed the letters.

Seal with Mod Podge…and you’re done!

This will look great on our made over bedroom wall :)

Here's the inspiration from Southern Belle's:

Friday, May 10, 2013


As you can see my blog is set up a little different from before. I'm trying out some new styles, and honestly it's going to change again. Change is a good thing...I think. I hope you guys don't mind and keep checking back! Thanks!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Thrifty Finds & Spray Paint

So my husband and I decided to makeover our bedroom...our walls are white (our entire house was when we bought it) and the curtains are green (they came with the house). We haven't done anything to the room since we bought it....well actually that's a lie...our carpet smelled like dog urine so we pulled up the carpet and put down laminate wood flooring. So needless to say, the room needs some....pizazz. We decided on a color scheme of gray, orange and white. The walls will be gray, the trim white and lots of craft and DIY projects to decorate. I've already bought the fabric I'm going to use to make roman shades from vinyl mini blinds (which hen will be a future tutorial). And there are some wall hangings that I found at the thrift store or flea market. This is what I started with. I had a couple of frames I got from thrift store., I'm pretty sure the one was $1 and the other was 75 cents. The owls were found at either a thrift store or yard sale for 50 cents or less.

Next it was time to make them match our new bedroom. I bought Valspar satin spray paint in La Fonda Copper from Lowe's for about $4. I sprayed all my items and allowed them to dry. Here's what they look like.

I will be posting other bedroom makeover projects as I complete them. And once our bedroom is complete I will be sure to share pictures with you. Thanks for dropping by!