Do you hear that?

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June 3, 2016

Psst! Over here…..

I bought two of these beauties at a garage sale recently. They are identical twins!
I bought two of these beauties at a garage sale recently. They are identical twins!

As all of you know, you can’t create anything cool without supplies. My favorite items to work with are garage sale finds, discarded treasure and estate auction wins. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love to create new projects as inspiration strikes too.

In my mind, there’s nothing like getting an item that “speaks” to me. The objects that I have been collecting either “speak” to me or were given to me (I can’t turn down free items). Now let me explain, I don’t sit down with a shelf and say “Hey, how’s it going? What would you like to have done to you?” That would just be silly. I force myself to work through all the things I have collected. Taking one item at a time to my work area and changing it. I paint, sand, glue and nail it. It turns into something amazing and new. I feel so inspired when I create.

After some sanding...

One of the twins after some sanding….

These girls spoke to me. They were loud, like long lost girlfriends trying to catch up. They wanted to be chic, shabby chic.

After I removed all the hardware and sanded them I painted them black. It took three coats to get a really good coverage on them. After several hours of drying time I started to distress them heavily. Once I was done distressing them I applied dark wax to them (Minwax brand) I love how they turned out, but unfortunately I don’t have an amazing picture to share, more like a tiny glimpse. I hope you can get the feel for them from it though.

The inspired creation...

I have so many projects to share that I’m working on…..

How about a small sneaky peak?

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More pictures and a small tutorial to come!

Until we speak again, Stay crafty!

-Michelle-

My Obsession…….

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March 10, 2016

Do you have an obsession? I do….. I love steamer trunks! I know what you’re thinking…how many trunks can one person have? Well, I currently own 4, yes 4! I will share with you one of them today. First let me introduce you to “Ruby”. She’s a beauty. I believe that she’s a Victorian Humpback born sometime in the 1800’s

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Well, as absolutely gorgeous as I thought she was without any tweaking, I HAD to paint her.

WARNING: if you are faint of heart or against painting cool old treasures, leave now! Just kidding, but please don’t spend time blasting and hating me. The world needs more love…..

 

 

trunk after

 

Isn’t she just amazing? I had to paint her because of the amount of work it would’ve been to get all the rust off her. Her whole front was a rusty type color and corrosion was setting in. I had toyed around with the idea of painting her teal. I decided against it since I wouldn’t want her in my home if she was. How could I expect someone else too? I love how the barn red turned out on her.

The details….painting Ruby actually started with a complete bath with soapy water and a plastic scrub brush. I needed to evaluate her so I could make some decisions on whether to paint her or not. Well as I told you, her corrosion was getting pretty extensive.

After deciding that painting was the next action I had to chose between an aqua rustoleum and a barn red house paint (actually it’s Dutch Boy Brand , Oops! paint from Menards, but that’s another post on a different day).

I spent one afternoon painting her red and black. She has the most amazing embossing on her metal. I wanted to show that off so I dry brushed black over her red when it dried. It gave her an old type feel, which is what I wanted. I sealed her with a dark wax to enhance her even more. I just love how she looks!

So, what have you made or painted lately?

Michelle

 

 

The first step is the most difficult…..

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March 10, 2016

The beginning of this year I made a BIG decision, huge really. I decided to believe in myself. We don’t realize how many chances we avoid because of fear. Fear we may fail mostly. So, I decided to fight through the fear and believe that I’m worth the effort.

 

You may be asking yourself what I did that was so life altering? Good question! I signed on as a consignor in a local boutique. I create handmade, one of a kind, crafts. I use mostly reclaimed items. My favorite items to use are “found” items. I like inexpensive materials that are often times landfill bound.

 

 

This blog is another leap of “faith” as well. I read a lot of blogs. I really enjoy reading them. I have decided to chronicle my creations online to inspire other creative, blog loving crafty people (that’s you!)

So, Hello! Join me on my journey. I can’t tell you where it goes, but I can tell you, it will be fun!

Michelle