Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Boho Ribbon DIY!

In my never ending quest to use my leftover fabric pieces, I decided to try my hand at making some funky ribbons......I have absolutely no idea what I'm going to do with these, but I'm sure in no time they will be on everything from pillows to table runners.  The best part (about making these) is that you don't need a sewing machine.  Just grab some E-6000 Stitchless and an iron and you're in business.  If you do have a sewing machine and want to use it for this project, a zigzag stitch with a colorful thread will add some extra pizzazz.  I know I say this often, but I truly love this project.  Hope you do, too.  Remember, save your scraps, mix patterns and always Make Your Mark!
Rolled and ready!
These are all made using E-6000 Stitchless

See how easy it is to make here!
Stuff You'll Need
E-6000 Stitchless (Iron on glue)
Printed cotton fabrics
Pinking shears (or decorative edge scissors)
Here's how
1.  Draw 1 1/2" lines across the fabric
2. & 3.  Cut the strips, along the lines, with the pinking shears
4.  Draw 1" lines across a contrasting/matching fabric
5.  Cut the 1" strips with pinking shears
6. & 7.  Add a thin line of E-6000 Stitchless to the end of a 1 1/2" strip and iron it to another strip
*Continue doing this to create a long piece of 1 1/2" wide ribbon
8. & 9.  Add thin lines of Stitchless to the edges of the 1" strips and press them to center of the the 
1 1/2" wide strips
Boho beautiful! 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Roadside Rescue Nightstand Makeover

I can't do it....I can't pass up a piece of perfectly good furniture on the side of the road.  I at least have to TRY to spruce it up.  Hey, if it doesn't work out, I can always put it back outside again, right?  This little nightstand looked so lonely when I saw it on my street corner and because it was so kooky, I decided just to go nuts with it.  I discovered something amazing while working on it, too......the new Americana Decor Satin Enamels will paint over ANYTHING and make it look brand new.  Remember, have fun, rescue furniture and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
Still not sure where this little guy is going to end up... 

Watch the video here!
Stuff You'll Need
Metallic Lustres in Silver Spark
Old nightstand
Americana Decoupage
Americana Decor Satin Enamels in Charcoal Gray
Fabric to match the paint
Butcher paper and crayon
Here's How
1.  Remove the hardware
2. & 3.  Trace the pattern of the face of the drawers on butcher paper by rubbing crayon along the design
4.  Pin on fabric and cut out
5.  Paint the entire nightstand with Satin Enamels and let dry
6. - 8.  Apply Americana Decoupage to the face of the drawer (where the fabric will be placed) and apply the fabric to the drawer.
9.  Coat the fabric with more decoupage
10. & 11.  Add shimmer to the details and handles by rubbing them with Metallic Lustres 
in Silver Spark
12.  If you want, line the fabric with a silver paint marker
Loud and proud!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Modern Ginger Jars

Y'all know how much I love a jar makeover.....NOT a mason jar makeover, but a plain ole pasta, jam, pickle jar makeover.  A little bit of paint and some fancy knobs and you have something pretty to fancy-up your kitchen or vanity.  I grabbed these crystal knobs on Amazon for a song....Definitely check out the selection for your next jar project.  Remember, have fun, recycle and don't forget to
Make Your Mark!
Try different color schemes!

Watch the short video here!
Stuff You'll Need
Krylon Spray Paint in Black and Mambo Pink
Glass jars
Spray bottle
Flower printout *from your computer
Here's How
1. - 3. Spray the jar black and the lid in Mambo Pink and let dry
4.  Print out the flowers and cut to the size you want
*You can print these on your home computer
5.  Mist the front of the image with water and spray the E-6000 Spray Adhesive on the back of the cut out image
6.  Carefully adhere to the jar
7. & 8.  When the flowers are dry, edge them with the Allure in Silver Glitter
9.  Glue the crystal knob in the center of the lid and let dry

Fill with anything!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Easy Carved Wood Printing Blocks

I'm a big fan of the traditional wood printing blocks from India.  Not only are they wonderful pieces of decor, they're really fun to use, too.  Because I can't throw anything away I decided to experiment with my wood scraps and see if I could carve some of my own wood printing blocks using my adult coloring books as pattern inspiration.  The first couple were a mess until I realized that my handy Dremel would be the perfect tool for this project!  As soon as I heard that little engine buzzing I couldn't stop making them.  I have a feeling you might get hooked, too.  Remember, have fun, use your scraps and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
A few of my favorites
 I can't wait to make more

Watch the video here
Jigsaw and Dremel
Wood blocks
 1.  Using adult coloring book pages for inspiration, draw your design on scrap wood
2. Carefully cut out the shape with a jigsaw
*You can skip this step and only work on squares if you want.....It's up to you
3. Carve out your design with the Dremel
*Add lots of detail with dots and lines to make your blocks more interesting
4.  Sand the sides and face of the block
5. & 6.  Gather your paints and foam sheets
7. Place the foam sheet under the fabric, sponge paint on the surface of the printing block
*The foam sheets allow for the wood block to stamp evenly on the fabric surface
8.  Carefully add even pressure to the printing block on the fabric
9.  Use the extra small scraps for smaller printing blocks
 Americana Multi-Surface Satin paints work well on fabrics once they are cured
See you next week!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Summer Watermelon Bowls DIY

I have been googling watermelon bowls all summer and finally decided to try my hand at painting my own.  It took some experimenting, but I figured out a great way to keep the colors looking their truest.  The best part?  These are food and dishwasher safe!  Just take your time and let the paint dry in between coats and you'll be just fine!  I may not even use them for food because I really like how they look empty.  What do you think?  Remember, have fun, paint everything and don't forget to 
Make Your Mark!
 Almost too pretty to use
I like them hanging around just like this!
Watch the quick video tutorial here!
Paint brushes (I like the fine hair brushes when painting on glass)
Rubbing alcohol
Glass bowls in different sizes
1.  Clean the outside of the bowl with rubbing alcohol
2. Paint a line of dark green around the edge of the bowl about 1/4" wide
*Dab the edges so it's a fuzzy line, not a clean, sharp line
3.  Paint seeds with black
4. & 5.  Paint a 3/4" wide fuzzy white line above the green fuzzy line overlapping them slightly
6. Mix the True Red and White to create a dark pink and paint 2 coats over the seeds 
up to the white line
7.  Next paint over the entire bowl with white and let dry
8. & 9.  Paint part of the bowl with the Foliage Green
10.  While still wet, paint the rind stripes with the Dark Green
*Thin at the center of the bowl and getting wider as you reach the rim
11.  Touch up until it looks like a watermelon rind
12.  Follow the instructions for curing and baking on the Gloss Enamels packaging

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Vintage Floral Glassware DIY

You can always be sure to find tons of glassware at dollar stores and thrift stores.  Thrift stores are the best because you can get it for almost nothing and there's always a terrific selection of interesting pieces.  Recently I saw some very simple floral glassware and decided I wanted to make my own set but I wasn't quite sure how to do it.  Finally I remembered I had some Americana Dishwasher Safe Decoupage and guess what?  It worked like a charm.  Remember to shop at thrift stores, make messes and don't forget to Make Your Mark!

Ready for breakfast!
Watch the video here!
Floral images to print (you can use your home computer for this)
1.  Carefully cut out your images
2.  Mist both sides with water to relax the paper
(this insures that it doesn't bubble when you apply it)
3. & 4.  For the plates, coat the FACE of the cut out with Americana Decoupage
5.  Carefully place face down on the UNDERSIDE of the plate
6. & 7.  With a small brush apply a generous amount of decoupage around the image and then fill in with more decoupage
8.  For the drinking glasses you want to apply the first coat of decoupage to the back of the cutout image (instead on the face of the image like we did for the plates) and then edge and fill
9.  Let cure and then set the table!
These make for a very happy morning

Friday, July 22, 2016

Mark and Julie's Shoe Makeover Challenge!

Julie and I challenged each other to a shoe makeover and this is what happened!  I gave her boots a couture mixed media makeover and she rocked my Vans with some of my favorite images.  Have to say, she did an amazing job AND I like them so much I don't even want to wear them.
Remember, recycle, make messes and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
Julie rocking her new couture boots
 Love these!

See how I gave Julie's boots a makeover!
Watch how Julie rocked my Vans!  
Heavy cotton fabric (like denim)
Andy Skinner Stencils (or stencils you like)
Metallic spray paint 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

No Sew Rag Rug Pillows

I'm all about NO SEW projects since so many of my friends out there don't have sewing machines.  I love figuring out ways to make pillows (and everything else) with as much ease as possible and these rag rug pillows were such a breeze to put together.  Just use my favorite glue, E-6000 Fabri-Fuse and you're good!  This stuff is washable and dry cleanable AND also has stretch.  Think of the possibilities.  Remember, have fun, use color and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
Another colorful addition to my outdoor space
I love that they will match ANYTHING!
The perfect floor pillows......They are rugs after all!
Watch how easy it is to do here!
Rag rugs
Heavy cotton fabric
1. & 2.   Measure your rug and cut a piece of fabric the same size
3.  Optional:  Fray the edges of the fabric by pulling the end threads
4. & 5. Place the fabric on the rug and squeeze a generous line of E-6000 Fabri-Fuse around all of the edges leaving a 5" gap on one side
6.  Place some books on the fabric (so that the glue is sure to get in every crevice of the rug) and let dry overnight
7.  Stuff the pillow starting with the corners and edges first, then the center
8.  Add more Fabri-Fuse to the opening and clip closed with metal office clips while it dries