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Chromatic Wall Clock

on April 1, 2016

This chromatic wall clock was inspired by a similar one found at one of my favorite decor sources – The Land of Nod

This Chromatic Wall Clock was inspired by The Land of Nod

For those of you who’ve not been subjected to the swoon-worthiness of The Land of Nod, first, you’re missing out – second, think your favorite store or catalog, full of every one of your favorite decor items and some you didn’t know you’d love until you saw them. Now imagine that same store is for kids. 

I was asked by Melissa of Pig and Rabbit to join with a group of talented bloggers tasked with creating one item – any item – from the Land of Nod catalog. Please be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page for a look at some of the projects submitted. 

I’m not a stranger to The Land of Nod inspired projects, nor is this the first TLON project used in my son’s room, but it’s currently my favorite TLON inspired project! 

I chose to create a fun, 12-point star-shaped chromatic clock for my son’s room. This project was such a great learning experience for me – a great intermediate-beginner project. I’ve done some woodworking over the years, but I played with more tools, and gained more knowledge from this little clock than on anything else I’ve ever worked on! 

The pattern was made on my Silhouette Portrait and pieced together, then transferred to a 17.5″, 1″ thick,  round. 

I used a table saw to cut the first few inches into each tip and finished with a jig saw. 

Next, I used a router to cut out a large enough square to house the clock case, by tracing the clock case onto the back. I was so excited to be using the router that I didn’t concern myself with cutting a perfect square, as you can see! Next time, I’ll be using a guide now that I’m comfortable with the router – so proud of that! 

I added a hole to the center of the routered box to accommodate the clock shaft and added a coat of black paint to the back and sides of the clock. 

Despite my best efforts, and taped off the front diligently, there was a significant amount of bleed-through. But nothing that a good sanding couldn’t help! 

Once the clock base was complete, I moved onto the clock face. Once again, I used my Silhouette Portrait to create and cut out the stencil patterns in self-adhesive vinyl. Working with a few star points at a time, I applied the stencil and painted each point in a different acrylic paint color.  

Then, I applied the number stencils, ensuring each lined up appropriately, outlined each diamond shape using a fine black paint-pen and a ruler. 

Then touched up where needed using a small brush. 

Finally, the whole piece received two or three coats of clear glossy enamel. 

The clock case and hands were added to the clock face, the time was set, then the whole clock found it’s new home in my son’s room. It was love at first sight! 

I hope this project is love at first sight for you too! 

Please visit these other Land of Nod inspired projects by some of my favorite DIY’ers! 

 Hobnail House – Designer Inspired DIY Lighting 
 Uncookie Cutter – Simple Toy Shelf Upgrade 
 Pocketful of Posies – Rainy Day in Paris Play Tent 
 Pig + Rabbit – Easy DIY Kid’s Table 
 Knock It Off Kim – Chromatic Wall Clock 
 My Life From Home – DIY Wall Cubbies

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DIY Otomi Coasters

Posted in DIY
on February 4, 2016

otomi print coasters

*This giveaway is closed and the winner announced!
Hiya and welcome! Can you believe February is upon us? As dreary as winter can be, this one seems to be passing us by pretty quickly. Maybe I’m having more fun than I realize!
silhouette - otomi coasters
So, you know those cool electronic craft cutters.. the ones you can use to make vinyl art signs, and cut fabric? I have one, and I love it.  I received my Silhouette as a Christmas gift last year, and I can’t believe all the things I can do with it. Update: I’m now using a Cricuit Explore Air that I just LOVE! Check out my comparison post on the two machines!
When Cat at Pocketful of Posies invited me to participate in an Instagram and Blog hop, with a few friends, that would end with one of our readers winning their very own Silhouette; I couldn’t have been more excited!
Equally exciting is seeing these sixteen new ideas for using my Silhouette in the future.. all of which will make winter go by even quicker!
Hang out with me for a bit and be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom, where I’ll tell you how you too can be crafting right along with me on your very own Silhouette Cameo II!

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otomi print coasters - before
I decided to use my Silhouette to up-cycle a set of coasters I’d picked up on a thrift shopping trip eons ago. Half the fun was removing the contact paper pattern. Wait.. that wasn’t fun at all, but was unavoidable.I’ve used my Silhouette to cut stencils in the past, but I’ve not done many projects using vinyl. I decided on Otomi patterns for my coasters. I just love the whimsy and color of Otomi. The Otomi patterns I used were generously shared by Lena Corwin and are available for download on her page.

In addition to the Otomi patterns,  I used the following supplies:

After messing with the Otomi images to get them sized and placed as I wanted onto one sheet, I imported them into the Silhouette software. To import, go to the File – Import – Import to Library, saving the image into your Silhouette Studio.To select the area to cut, go to Object – Trace and select Select Trace Area. Choose the image you’d like to trace by dragging and highlighting a square over it. Click “Trace,” then drag the top layer of the image to the right.

otomi coaster - mexican embroidery print
Click on the original image and delete, leaving only the outlined image.  Next, you’ll want to set your cut settings. Click on Silhouette – Cut Settings. Set the cut style to Cut Edge and the Material Type to Vinyl.

otomi coaster - cut pattern with silhouette
Now you’ll need to prepare your Silhouette for cutting. To do this, ensure this blade is set to 1-3, depending on the age of your blade. Many people use the cutting mat for cutting vinyl – it helps to keep it from moving around too much and gives it a bit of stability. I did not do that this time, but I would recommend it in the future. Whatever method you decide, feed your vinyl into the Silhouette. Make sure you have a hair-tie handy. Just in case. What, everyone doesn’t do that?

otomi print coasters with vinyl stencil
In the software, click Send to Silhouette. These are the four designs I used for my coasters, as I cut them as one. As detailed as these cuts were, it took less than five minutes for the Silhouette to complete.

otomi coasters - cuttingcoasters

Here they are cutting – you can see the vinyl sliding a bit.

otomi coasters - cutting vinyl
Because I was using clear glass, I decided to use the relief of the Otomi pattern as my stencil instead of the animal cutouts themselves.

otomi coasters - removingbackground
Using the included hook tool, I carefully removed the shapes and images from the vinyl sheet, one at a time.
otomi coasters - transfer paper transferring design
Then, using a piece of sticky transfer paper, I lay the transfer paper over the vinyl, pressing firmly, and smoothed away any air bubbles.
otomi coasters - life image from transfer paper
When I lifted the transfer paper, the vinyl was arranged perfectly.
otomi coaster - vinyl image on tile
Laying the Vinyl side up onto the glass tile, again, I applied pressure and smoothed it over to ensure no air bubbles and pulled away from the transfer paper, leaving the vinyl stencil adhered to the tile. Just like magic.
otomi coaster - add paint with pouncer
Now it was time to paint. Using a spouncer, I applied a thin layer of paint to the stencil. Let it set for 15-minutes – and remove the stencil. Leaving it any longer will result in removing not only the stencil but also the paint. Pretty frustrating! Allow the paint to air dry for one hour.
otomi coasters - bake to set paint
Place the coasters in the cold, filthy and archaic oven, paint side up, and set the oven to 350F. When the oven reaches 350F, bake the coasters for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven and allow the tiles to cool in the oven.
otomi coaster - finished otomi coaster
Apply felt circles to the corners of the paint side, and your coasters are ready to use!

I love the pop of color and fun they add!Now onto the good stuff! First, do check out my friend’s blogs and projects. It is truly an honor to work with such talented women, and you are sure to find something that catches your eye!

Pocketful of Posies – Sultry and Saucy One of a Kind DIY DIP Cups
Hobnail House – Silhouette Craft Blog Hop: Cut Vinyl Art Upcycle
In The Loop – How to Create a Silhouette Using the Silhouette Cameo
Craving Some Creativity – Silhouette Project Challenge: Distressed Laundry Room Sign
DIY Passion – Cheeky DIY Tote Bags that will Make You Smile
Domestic Ability – Paper Boxwood Wreath
Our House Now A Home – A Silhouette Giveaway and Creating New Wall Art
My Life From Home – Silhouette Challenge: What’s Cooking? Recipe Holder
Holy Craft – How to Use a Photograph to Make a Custom T-Shirt with Your Silhouette
Knock it Off Crafts – DIY Otomi Coasters using a Silhouette Machine and Silhouette Giveaway!
One Project Closer – DIY Princess Party Decorations
Dream Design DIY – Chalkboard Workout Calendar and Silhouette Giveaway
The Country Chic Cottage – Makeup Organizer
Refresh Living – Custom Word Throw Pillows with Vintage Fabric
The Deans List – Scalloped Milk Glass for Valentine’s Day
Tried & True – “Life Is Good” Bicycle Lover’s Tee

Tastefully Frugal – Valentine’s Day/St. Patrick’s Day Reversible Sign

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Secret Santa Thrift Flip

on January 29, 2016

Hey, There! Yes. You read that title right. I did say Secret Santa. In January.
If you’ve been to these parts before, you may remember around Christmas when I was asked by the lovely Sara of ShabbyGraceBlog to participate

along with a group of some of my most favorite and admired bloggers, in a Secret Santa gift exchange

My Secret Santa, Amy, from My Life from Home, sent me the most adorable Christmas tray, salt and pepper shakers, and various other Christmas fun – I was SO excited to open that box, and it was a ton of fun sharing my gifts with you!

But what you didn’t see that ALSO came in that box was the surprise thrift item, full of upcycling potential, that was included in our packages for all of us girls to show to you later! Later is now, and this was my thrift flip – cute!  

I’ve had so much fun putting my personal spin on what was already a sweet little piece. Here it is now – I like to call it “An upcycled hanging bud vase”! 
To get this look, I started by disassembling the shelf and removing the apron from the bottom. It was very easy.. no glue involved at all, I just simply removed four screws, popped the panes off the back, and it was in pieces.
Next, using a hole saw (a bit used to drill doorknob holes) and my drill, I created a large hole in the center of the shelf. 
After a quick coat of white chalkboard paint, that I forgot to take pictures of, ample drying time, followed by a light sanding on the edges to lend just a touch of shabby chic, I reassembled the shelf using the original four screws and added anchor hooks to the middle of the window pane edge.
After taping off the ends to prevent fraying, I then threaded jute twine through the anchor hook and then through the hole originally intended for the heart skirt I removed, tying off in a large knot on the underside of the shelf. 
Next, I prepared the vase. The vase was a simple dollar store bud vase. I attached a doubled-row of hemp twine around the middle to act as both an accent, as well as a stopper preventing the bud vase from falling through the hole. 
The rest was as simple as placing the bud vase in the hole and hanging the shelf, and adding fresh daisies! 
Can I just say I hope I’m invited to participate in the Secret Santa/Thrift Flip again next year?! I mean how fun is it to have just a little bit more Christmas cheer in January? 
For more Thrift Flip fun, please be sure to stop by and visit all of my Secret Santa friends! I’m excited to see what they all came up with, too! 
Thanks so much for stopping by – Let’s talk soon! 

Thrift Collage1. The Dean’s List Blog // 2. Pretty Practical Home // 3. Casa Watkins 4. The Twin Cedars // 5. Our Crafty Mom // 6. Twelve on Main // 7. Creatively Homespun // 8. My Life From Home // 9. Hobnail House // 10. Domicile 37 // 11. Beauteeful Living // 12. Knock it off Crafts 13. Pocket of Posies 14. The Weathered Fox // 15. Shabby Grace Blog

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