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Craft Store coupons, deals, and free offers

 Coupons for:
Michael’s  (  www.michaels.com )
AC Moore  ( www.acmoore.com )
Joann’s Fabric  ( www.joanns.com )
Hobby Lobby ( www.hobbylobby.com )
Deals and free offers at Dick Blicks Art supply (www.dickblicks.com)

Sitting Pretty

I volunteer for a local fundraising organization that supports only our local community hospital:  Cape Cod Hospital Auxilary.

This year one of our fundraisers will be an Auction of chairs refinished and redesigned by local artists.  You can look at all the chairs at www.ccha-orleans.org

This is my “BEFORE” chair, although I did sand it before I took the picture, oops.

unfinished chair BEFORE-Mhurley

Here are multiple views of the final results of the chair I designed.

Chalkboard chair 1 Chalkboard chair 2 Chalkboard chair 3

Chair was coated in resin after these pictures were taken.

My chair was chosen to be part of a pre-auction display at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, MA.

In addition to this chair, I did another chair that was only for advertising purposes.  Multiple views are shown here. This chair looks better in person.  I have had many requests for this chair as it will not be auctioned.  Chair already has already been promised to someone  😦

DSCN1426 (2) DSCN1427 DSCN1426 DSCN1425 DSCN1424 DSCN1423

Check out the web site listed above to see these chairs and many others.

Information about reserving a place at the auction is available on the website.

–Em

Leaves of Grass Wall Art

Leaves of Grass Wall Art

From Kryloncrafts.com

 Ordinary painter’s tape and spray paint are great tools for creating affordable art fast. Customize colors and images to suit your personal style.

What you need:

  • Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint – Gloss White (#51501)
  • Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint – Semi-Gloss Black (#51603)
  • Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint – Ivy Leaf (#51515)
  • Krylon Brushed Metallic – Satin Nickel (#51255)
  • Krylon Webbing Spray – Gold Chiffon (#603)
  • (2) Canvases 22″ by 28″ with wrapped edges
  • (3) Leaf images
  • Blue painters masking tape
  • Newspaper
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Paper towels
  • Latex gloves

Tips

Temperatures influence the length of project dry time. Spray paints are generally very quick drying. Getting very good tape adhesion by rubbing the painters tape edges will go a long way to insure your project comes out nicely. This technique can be easily adapted to different colors and images. Instead of adhering leaf cutouts, stencils could also be used to get a similar look.

How and How Long:

  1. In a well-ventilated area, lay both canvases onto work surface without touching. Spray with Gloss White and let dry. Cut out and spray leaf images with Semi-Gloss Black in 1-2 thin coats letting dry between each.
  2. For Ivy Leaf and Nickel “stripes”: Start masking by running a tape stripe down the length of one canvas on one edge. Add runs of tape to widen the taped portions but place some of those at angles on the existing tape. Make some taped areas wider than others. Leave random spaces as you tape continuing across the canvas. For additional effect, add tape at little angles away from the original runs.
  3. When satisfied with tape placement, rub very, very well over all the edges of the tape to secure a very tight edge. This will prevent paint from seeping under the tape’s edge and ensure crisp lines.
  4. To avoid overspray of Ivy Leaf green into the Nickel areas (at about 2/3 of the way across canvas) Cover the remaining masked areas by taping newspaper onto an existing strip (make sure you aren’t sneaking out of the masked line at all).
  5. Spray your first portion of the canvas with Ivy Leaf, let dry.
  6. Remove the newspaper. With a clean piece of newspaper protect your green painted area in the same manner as step 4. Spray Nickel, let dry. When completely dry, remove newspaper and all tape.
  7. Practice spraying the webbing on a sample surface. Standing directly above and at about 2 feet away spray webbing quickly across canvases in one direction and then another direction running off the canvases. Go very easy at first, you can always add more.
  8. When all is dry, apply adhesive to back of leaves and place onto painted “grasses” randomly.

Approximate project time: 3 hours.

What it Costs:

Approximate cost is $35.

Mark Montano

You really need to check out Mark Montano’s series of Big-Ass Craft Books as well as his others.

Check out his blog at http://markmontanoblogs.blogspot.com

This man has a great eye for other’s creative works which you can see at his blog.  His work is also quite unique.  Some of it is so easy you would wonder why no one else thought of it.  Other craft ideas are more complicated.  He has two BiG-Ass Craft books as well as “Pulp Fiction Perfect Paper Projects,” “The Big-Ass Book of Home Decor: More Than 100 Inventive Projects for Cool Homes Like Yours ,” “Dollar Store Decor: 100 Projects for Lush Living That Won’t Break the Bank ,” “Super Suite: The Ultimate Bedroom Makeover Guide for Girls,” “Pulp Fiction Perfect Paper Projects ,” “CosmoGIRL Cool Room: 35 Make-It-Yourself Projects ,” and  “The Big-Ass Book of Bling .”

When you check out his blog make sure you sign up for his feed and his email.

I believe he has recently finished shooting pictures for his next book.  Can’t wait.

Mark also has give-aways on Tuesday’s from Krylon and then there is Fiskar’s Fridays.

He has partnered with these companies who both have great products as well as great creative ideas on their Facebook pages and their websites so don’t forget to check them out also.

Enjoy the books and I hope they help you find your own inspiration for unique crafts.

marianne

A Sampling of Some of My Sold Jewelry and Accessories.

Please excuse my terrible pictures.   I have been improving by trying different lighting techniques.  Much of the jewelry in these pictures was made for a children’s shop.  There are earrings, bracelets, hair clips, and barettes.

There is lots more jewelry to post but the jewelry for sale will only be posted when I have better pictures.

Take a look back and see the paper beads and the bracelets I made with those beads.  My picures are improving.

Jewelry I made that I just cannot part with

My Messy Organized Small Studio – Part One (not complete, check back in a few days) Part 2 Coming Soon

Diagram of my Studio - numbered to match writings

1.) [SEE (#1) on diagram]Shelves on this bookcase have photo boxes and shoe boxes used for storage of old CDs and CD cases.  I use the CD cases to store my unmounted stamps.  On top of these shelves are a dorm sized refrigerator .  I keep non-perishable snacks in a vintage snack can on top and a tiny set of three drwers.  In the first drawer is used stamps to send to disabled Veterans.  The second drawer has misc. car and window type stickers and the bottom drawer has old business cards.  I keep current business cards in a slot in the printers desk [SEE(# 10) on diagram)left side of wire cubes in forefront.  In the background is dorm frig. with vintage (yellow) snack can from Charles Chips)

2.)[SEE (#2)on diagram] Shelves on this bookcase store old video games belonging to my deceased son.  I am not sure what I want to do with them yet so they are staying put for now.  There is also a bucket of cloth loops for potholder loom, a potholder loom, 2-rectangle storage boxes I use to transport ornaments and edible crafts.  Storage boxes for the lightbulbs for my table top photo studio are located here also.Microwave area (see area #2 on diagram of studio)