Saturday, July 18, 2015

Mod Podge Photo Transfer

 

I was thrilled when I learned photos can be transferred onto wood or almost any surface. (Thanks, Pinterest)!

I read a few different techniques on how to do this and thought it sounded a little complicated. I even had my doubts that it would work for me, but amazingly enough it turned out pretty good!

I dug through my stash of old doors and found the perfect one, not too big and not to small.

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I then went to Staples to print out a few pictures. The reason I didn’t use my own inkjet printer is that this mod podge method will only work with laser printers! ( I have since tried it using my inkjet printer and it didn’t work for me.)

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I got these printed out on regular copy paper, black and white. It cost mere cents per picture. Oh, and you need to ask them to print them out in reverse, so that once transferred they will be right.

I bought some mod podge image transfer in Walmart.

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I trimmed the images the size I wanted them. ( You will need to trim any white borders off since they will show up.)

Next I spread mod podge evenly over the first picture. It seemed a little scary to just cover it up like this!

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I used a bristle brush to distribute, but I imagine any brush would do.

I then placed the image, mod podge side down on the door. I tried to press out any air bubbles, but it was kind of hard to get them all. For this project it was okay, since it ended up giving it an aged look.

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Now comes the hard part for me.. leaving it set for 24 hours! After I had mod podged all the pictures, I slid the door under our bed. (I thought out of sight out of mind.) :/ I could hardly wait until the next afternoon!

Finally the time came.. I wet a rag and laid it on one of the images for a minute or two.

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I then proceeded to gently rub the paper off, using the wet rag.

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I was amazed how the image stayed on the door! I tried to be careful ad not rub to hard, as the image can be rubbed off too.

After I had all three pictures finished and they were dry, I applied a coat of matte mod podge sealer.

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Next time I will probably use polycrylic to seal images like this since the mod podge yellowed a little. It fits the old look I wanted so it’s okay for this door, but I feel a satin, Minwax polycrylic wouldn’t yellow at all.

Oh, and I rubbed off some of the image around the edges to give it an old look.

The finished project…

 

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After adding hooks I was finished!

I really enjoyed doing this project and I’m sure it won’t be the last time I experiment with mod podge!

 

Thanks for visiting!

-Mary

 

 

 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Linda’s Home

 

Home is the nicest word there is.

                                              -Laura Ingalls Wilder

 

Isn’t that true? Coming home is always a good thing, even when you visit the most beautiful paradises, there’s just nothing quite like coming home again.

I have a friend Linda who has the most inviting, warm, tastefully decorated home, inside and out. Her home really reflects her. She has a kind heart and is always doing things for others. I’ve always said if there were more Lindas in the world, it would be a better place!

I feel pictures don’t really justify her home, but I will share a few with you. Imagine, as you look at the pictures, the smell of a candle wafting throughout her house or the scent of flowers as you stroll through her flowerbeds. Every time I stop in, she has fresh garden tea steeping in a tea pot. We sit a while and chat, watching the birds at her feeder. There are an abundance of Baltimore Orioles and even a few Orchard Orioles steadily coming for the grape jelly Linda sets out for them.

You get the picture… 

We’ll start outside…

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Love the flag that she made!

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Love the potting shed!

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Adorable fairy gardens..

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Step inside…

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Like I mentioned before, pictures hardly capture everything, but I imagine you could sense the lived in feeling people get when visiting Linda’s home!

I hope you enjoyed the tour!

-Mary

 

 

   

Monday, June 29, 2015

A Gray and White Bedroom

 

For a few years our master bedroom had been a lot of white with a splash of cottagey blue…

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Also included was the headboard that I made using an old door…

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I loved the look, but our bedroom isn’t very big and the headboard took up a lot of room. I had about one wall that was suitable for the bed and to me, that’s a little scary, since I couldn’t rearrange the furniture now and then. I also tired of the blue accents and knew the room needed a new look.

So, I thought of what I had around here to use. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on the makeover.

The duvet and shams had a blue strip of fabric sewn on them, which I discovered could be torn off without too much hassle. I quickly did that and washed them so the little needle holes would disappear.

I sewed a few cushion covers and covered some pillows I had around here.

I wandered through storage and my eyes were drawn to these roman shades that I’d stored for a number of years…

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I painted them white, using my sprayer. After that, I used a paint brush to apply gray painted stripes. It took some time but I loved the end result.

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I found two industrial looking lamp shades in a flea market that I knew would land in our bedroom. They were a dull silver finish so I spray painted them gray.

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Hubby kindly bent some conduit for me, to hold the shades. I also painted those pieces gray. (This will make sense later on.)

The wall beside the bed needed something big hanging on it. Partially to cover some scuffs & nail holes and partially because the wall was just too bare and big. I knew I wanted to display pictures on that wall but I wasn’t sure how. So a few Pinterest pages later I found what I wanted.. a mod podge image transfer technique. I will share a tutorial on this later.

Oh, and lets not forget the old wooden gates that I had made a few years ago for our porch. They have a major part in this makeover.

So,again, here is a before picture ( not a very good pic, but you can kinda tell how it looked)..

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Now, the after…

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The room seemed to grow after removing the big door headboard! As you can see, we used the wooden gates to mount the conduit for the lights. Hubby made so we each have our own personal light switches within easy reach, which I love!

I like the cozy glow when the lights are turned on..

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I used painted suitcases as a night stand…

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As you can see, these pictures were taken earlier this spring when the lilacs and columbine were in bloom. Right now I have beautiful lilies in the vases.

I painted a plain white plastic Walmart fan gray and silver to add character to it..

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I transferred the words onto the white pillow using carbon paper and a paint marker.

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The mod podge image transfer piece…(which you will hear more about soon)

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I am happy to say that I spent barely $30.00 on this makeover! The fabric for a few of the cushions comes from Jo-Anne fabrics and that was probably my main expense.

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I hope I can inspire you to use what you have and get a nice, new look to your home, which in turn can bring cheer to your life!

Blessings, Mary

Thursday, June 25, 2015

2015 Vintage Fair

 

It’s that time of year again.. the vintage fair! Okay there is one damper (literally) .. this weather! But since there’s absolutely nothing we can do about it, we may as well accept it and see the beauty of it.

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Looking back now, I see how I totally took it for granted.. the weather last year. I don’t believe there was a cloud in sight all day!

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I wanted to take bright, outdoor pictures of some of the items I will have in my booth this year, but with all the rain, they ended up being drab, dark, indoor pics… but anyhow, here goes…

 

I will humble myself and show you my cluttered spaces around here containing my fair stuff.

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Shop 1

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Shop 2

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Basement

 

Now, up close…

 

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My sister made these awesome shabby chic pillows!

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Okay, I have a hang up with painting jars.

 

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I will be a bit sad to see this Farmhouse table go. :/

 

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Three beaded room dividers

 

A before picture of one of three panels I picked up that were ready to be thrown out…

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After

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Before picture of an old dresser I got at a garage sale recently…

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After

 

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(this was taken on a rare sunny day)

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A guy that I had to drag out of bed to help me a bit helpful guy that showed up in the shop the other day.

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We love these little tables around the house. We use them for the laptop when sitting on the couch or as little end tables that can be conveniently folded and stored away.

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The dresser pictured above will make a nice island for someone. I used my presently favorite color of paint (rainwashed) for the base and the top is white. If you look closely, you can see that I added a wooden ledge. The matching bar stools would go great with the island, along with the ladder to hang pots and pans. (I’m almost wishing I would need an island!)

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I have many more items than what is featured on this post, but hopefully it gives you an idea of what to expect. The last I heard, there will be close to 40 vendors, which is very exciting! For more info visit: The vintage Fair’s facebook page.

I have had the time of my life working on these pieces and I’m so excited for Saturday. I hope to see many of you!

Following is the Vintage Fair ad, if you need directions…

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See you Saturday!

-Mary