Saturday, February 17, 2018

How to make your own FARMHOUSE sign


I really wasn't looking to make a new sign for my kitchen, but as I was looking around the


  on Friday I found this great looking piece stuck in the corner.

It was my price.....$.99....but when I flipped it over, I gasped. It was not only hideous but it had an

offensive bit of so called humor.

I was embarrassed by my purchase, I ignored the stares and repeated over and over....I'm going to

paint it !

SO....There are NO before pictures !  I used white Chalk Paint to cover it immediately!

The sign was large 28'' long by 7'' wide and just the right size for the word FARMHOUSE.
                             I used : white chalk paint, black acrylic paint, clear wax
                                             a brush, foam or bristle

                                        3 '' stencils,  a couple sheets of paper taped together
                                                carbon paper taped to the back of lettering

                                          sand paper or sanding block
Laid out the stencils to see if it would fit the sign
Stenciled on to paper for final placement

                                                Taped carbon paper to back of paper.

                               Center the word on the board. Tape in place. Draw over your stencil lines.

                                   Remove your paper and fill in with paint. After the paint has dried,

                                       you can go over the whole sign with a light sanding to give it a

                                     distressed look. You can seal with clear wax if you like.

The after was much better than the before!
Keep a look out for those wood items with great potential.
Happy Hunting at the GOOD WILL,

Monday, February 12, 2018

Happy Valentines' Day ! A gift from me to you !

       I would like to share some retro VALENTINES with you to save on  your computer and print.
These can be printed on card stock and trimmed to use for all types of crafts. In my last post I showed how to make photo or card holders with wire. These would be great to use with that project. Maybe make a banner and attach with mini clothespins. Let me know in the comments what you make !


Sunday, February 11, 2018

How to make a wire photo or card holder

With just a piece of bailing wire you can turn old salt and pepper shakers into a place you can display your photos. What a beautiful center piece for a wedding or party.

Here's what you need :

Any miscellaneous shaker, with or without a mate

Bailing wire- 16 or 18 gauge- approx. 12 '' per holder
Home Depot approx. $3.00 a roll
One roll will last a lifetime!

Needle nose Pliers

A pencil to wrap around
Cut a piece of wire about 12''
Use pliers to curl in at one end. This will protect you from the sharp ends.

          Make a loop, about the size of a quarter-twice, this is where the photo will be held.

Wrap the straight end 2 or 3 times around a pencil. Slide the pencil out and your holder is done.

             Use your hands to straighten and adjust where needed. Now decide how tall you
                                       want your holder to be and trim with pliers.

                                                         Here are some variations. Have fun !
                                      I used mine to display some vintage Valentines.

Let me know if you enjoyed making these !
Thank you,
xox LisaS

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Almost Homemade Peppermint Bark for Valentines' Day

Here is how I make Peppermint Bark with a little help from the Dollar Tree.

First you are going to need these Peppermint Bark Bars. The bars are white chocolate ONLY with the peppermint candy mixed inside, but that just won't do!  We will bump it up a notch and add more goodness. I was able to buy these after Christmas for .25 each. Their best by date is July.....the candy will be long gone by then. I bought 6 knowing they will fit nicely on a cookie sheet.

You will also need Parchment paper.
Chocolate for melting. You can use chocolate chips. Dollar Tree has both these items.
The chips at Dollar Tree are 6 oz. I would use 2 bags.
I was able to find dark chocolate in a 10 oz. bag. and that's my husbands' favorite. I  used 1 bag of the dark chocolate.
The parchment paper from the Dollar Tree is a great deal.
Cover cookie sheet with Parchment paper, open up the peppermint bark place on cookie sheet with the scored side up.
Set aside
Open the chocolate and put inside a microwave safe container. I used a pyrex measuring cup.
Microwave for 30 sec. and check, stir and add another 30 sec. Watch carefully so the chocolate
doesn't burn. Stir until smooth. Cover the bars evenly, and let it set.

          After a few minuets it will set up. You will be able to tell because it loses it's sheen.
        Now for the fun part. Break into small pieces. Place in bags to give as gifts. The bags also came from Dollar Tree. I was able to make enough for 12 Valentine's gifts.

                                                       Happy Valentines' Day ! xoxLisaS

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

How to make a Paper Doily Wreath for Valentines' Day

This wreath is a quick and easy project using only 2 items from the Dollar Tree !

It reminds me of white eyelet cloth

You will need :

1 metal wreath form

1 pkg. of 30 Heart Shaped paper doilies

a hot glue gun

a stapler

Separate all 30 doilies. Pinch at the point of heart and staple.

After you have all the doilies ready, flip the wreath over so you are working from the under side.

You will be tucking under 2 doilies per section on the inner ring of wreath.
Fold under at staple and glue in place,

and 2 doilies per section on the outer ring.

Flip over and fluff!

you did it!
Only $2.00 and about 30 min.
A pretty wreath for your Valentine.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

How to paint BUFFALO CHECK PLAID on Mason Jars

Am I the only one who feels sad to see all the Christmas  Decorations put away? The house looks so empty. I decided to leave out some items like the Buffalo Check Plaid Jars on  the mantel and the plaid throws on the sofa. I am thinking it looks like winter décor.

I added an early Valentine's sign too.
This is an easy project. No need to worry about straight's what you need.

Any glass jar, I used a pint jar
White Chalk paint, you can use Acrylic but the chalk will stick to the glass
Black Acrylic paint, Grey Acrylic paint. I used Pewter Grey.
A foam or bristle  1 '' brush and a smaller brush for detail work.

Paint the outside of your jar with the chalk paint and let dry.

Next you will be painting the vertical stripes. I painted 5 stripes about 1'' thick with about 1'' space between each stripe. The stripes don't need to be perfect, messy is fine.

Then add the horizontal stripes. I started under the rim near the lip of the jar. Stripes are 1'' with 1'' of space between.

It starts to look like plaid but the real magic begins with the next step.
Now you use the black paint and a small brush to come back over all the places where the stripes cross over each other. Isn't that amazing!
After your jar is dry, you can fill with fresh flowers like I did and add some ribbon if you prefer.
I just tied some jute around the top. If you have it you can seal with clear wax or matte spray sealer but it is not necessary.
I hope you like this project!

Monday, January 1, 2018

DIY Pottery Barn Knock-Off Wall Art from free printable

Happy New Year !

Time passes so quickly.... as this clock reminds me.

I saw something very similar in a Pottery Barn Catalog and decided to make my own.

You will need a page from a book about 8 1/2 ''x 11''. I used a page from a Dictionary 8''x 10''

Any size frame to match your décor.


I have a free download for you to make this project.

 Save to your computer in pictures and when you go to print you will add an old book page to your paper tray and print with black ink. You can change size and placement before you print.


 After the ink is dry,  you can go over the artwork with water colors or colored pencils.

I used 5'' x 7'' frames from the Dollar Tree
Here is another free printable

I used a 8''x 10''frame from the Dollar Tree. On this project I used a vintage page of sheet music.

 If  you try this project let me know what you decided to print on your book pages.

What a nice gift this would be. It can be personalized with a picture of their favorite hobby or something special. Your only expense is the frame, maybe you already have a collection of frames like I do !

How to make your own FARMHOUSE sign

        I really wasn't looking to make a new sign for my kitchen, but as I was looking around the GOOD WILL STORE    ...