Saturday, December 28, 2013

Top 3 Posts from GiveMeAPaintbrush in 2013!

First of all, I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year!  I am excited for 2014, with hopes it will exceed my wildest dreams!

GiveMeAPaintbrush was Born is 2013 so the year was not a total waste. So much happened before and after the birth of my blog. From waiting for a new season of work that started late, to deciding to move to Oregon, to moving back to Washington, and I am about to return to Oregon. Crazy, Huh!

So I follow my stats for my blog like any one else and I am amazed at my number one post. It was for the November Silhouette Challenge, using reverse stencils cut out with my Silhouette Portrait which can be found Here. To date, this post has had over 1300 views which is pretty big for me.

My 2nd most popular post was my Oval Coffee table found Here. That was my very first real Silhouette project and was a lot of fun to do. I still like how that coffee table turned out. It sold before I left Oregon several months ago.

Coming in at #3 was all about making signs with stickers from the Dollar Store. That post is found here. Those signs were all about my experimenting and trying to stay busy.

My personal favorite project was a paint job on an old Buffet. I think it was my favorite because it was quite appealing to me in the end. I liked the way it was built and how nice it looked after I finished.

While I have no idea what 2014 is going to bring to me, I hope that it will be more fabulous pieces like this to work on! It was fun to see how it came together. It also sold before I moved, but I will continue to be on the lookout for more nice pieces to paint and resell in the future. Personally I find it quite therapeutic to repair and paint old neglected pieces. I look forward to the challenges in the coming year.

My next post will come after I get moved back to Oregon, after the New Year kicks off so have a wonderful New Year's and we'll chat on the flip side!! 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Merry Christmas

I haven't posted this week while I was preparing for Christmas so this is a mix of all that's going on.

With kids and grand kids I wanted to make things for them. It started with my December Silhouette Challenge project that I made for my daughter. You can find that post here!

For my son, I decided to try Subway Art. Using my Silhouette Portrait, and Double Sided Adhesive, and glitter, I made a Christmas Themed Subway Art for him and his wife. 

For my son's two girls, I made candy jars that turned out cute. I used Double Sided adhesive for their names and filled them with candy canes. They will be really good with hot cocoa! 

For my youngest daughter I made a simple vinyl project using a frame and a saying from the Silhouette store. For her two kids I made candy jars. Using large canning jars and a sheet each of glittered foam, a sheet of vinyl and a pair of scissors. It was a simple project and I like how they turned out too! 

It was nice to see all of my kids and the grands! On Christmas Day I went to my oldest daughter's and spent the day there. We watched Home Alone together while dinner was cooking. 

Now that Christmas is over, it is time to start packing. I have struggled with this decision, but the fact of the matter is, my family needs help. 

When I left Oregon, it was to come home and get back to work. I got 'some' work here, but haven't had anything for over 2 months. That was 4 months ago. I came 'home' in late August. Now I am going to pack up and move again. 

On Wednesday, December 18th, my brother had another stroke. He has MS and had already had one stroke. At this time, he is still in the Hospital. On December 23rd, my dad was forced to surrender his driver's license. Mom has not driven for many years. So my folks need me to drive them to appointments and shopping, etc, and my brother needs me there to help him more with things. We are not sure what he will be able to do on his own once he goes home, but it would be better to have me there and ready when he gets there.  

It felt very selfish to give this more than a thought, but I struggled with this decision. I already lived there for a year and was unable to find work there. I was living in my brother's house while he was remodeling, and I know much of those projects are still incomplete. My heart might be here, but my body is needed there. So I am going. 

I am packing as fast as I can. I need to go before the roads get too bad to make it over the passes. So between collecting boxes and filling them up, then traveling back to my brothers house in Oregon, I may not be able to post much for a bit. That saddens me too. While I am reluctant to leave Washington again, I do know that things have a way of working themselves out, and I do look forward to seeing what I left behind there. Like my 8 old windows, and my old door, and my dining table and chairs I was working on. They are still all there, from what I am told. And access to tools! Whoop Whoop! 

Yes, I believe and hope that there will still be time to do some repurposing and upcycling, decorating and creating. Maybe I will find enough time to get a bunch of stuff ready for spring to have a booth! I have to hang onto the hope that I will manage to keep doing what I have come to love when I get back, and that Is where it started. That's where my blog was born! 

Monday, December 9, 2013

No Glitter was worn...

First of all my friends, I want you to know, this is going to be a mind blowing post, and you will want to read all the way through! Not only am I going to share my project, but links to my buddies projects (on their blogs!) and even more fun! 

Sooo...No Glitter was Worn! Ahhhh...who am I fooling! I cannot tell a lie. Yes, there was 'some' glitter worn in the making of this project!! Ha ha! I mean, seriously, who would believe me if I said no Glitter was worn in the making of this project? We ALL know how impossible that is, right?

So, I wanted to attempt to do a few things with this project. One was to follow Lauren's lead in using different medians. as in Glass Etching, HTV, etc. For this project I took the easy way out, because...well, that's easy! But also because I was working with what I had on hand. I also wanted this project to be a gift to give for Christmas.

Items used for this project are:
Silhouette Glitter!


Adhesive spray

piece of white fabric (I already had this on hand ...and I don't sew!)
Old picture frame (I used one I had on hand with the glass still intact)

I got my hot little hands on a package of chipboard. As soon as I picked it up from the post office, I got straight to work. I had lettering lined up just how I wanted it to fit on the chipboard, in the Silhouette Studio. Because I have a Portrait I had to trim off some of the chipboard to make it fit my mat. I sent my file to the machine, using the recommended settings. I failed to set the type low enough, so messed up my first chipboard cut, go figure! My second attempt, I also adjusted the blade to 5 rather than 3 on the recommended settings. That is because it did not cut all the way through on 3. The 2nd attempt went beautifully. Score :  Silhouette-1,  Bev-1!

Next, I took these letters to the back room, or my 'craft room'. This is where the magic happened. Let me first say that I have Never ever finished any project in just one day, until this one....(that's how easy peasy it was)! Another important fact: No Paint was used in this project! Faint!

I used a piece of plywood to work on. I did this to protect the carpet from my messy crafting abilities (meaning I make messes every.single.time!) I sprinkled out some glitter on a piece of printer paper. This made it easy to return the unused portion of glitter to the container...Red was first. A small squirt of adhesive spray on one letter at a time, quickly dunking each letter into red glitter. I followed the same pattern with each word & corresponding colors.

I used the original cardboard backing, the one that we put behind our photo's...and glued a piece of white fabric onto that, then glued the glittery words right onto the fabric. Popped that in behind the glass, and this is the result!

This will be my daughter's Christmas gift. (Good thing she doesn't read my blog!) Her name is Rochelle Hope. She has two daughters of her own. Their names are Kayla Renae Faith and Lena Marie Love. 

So  Faith, Hope, Love! is not just a theme, but it represents my girls too. My daughter has a lot of Faith Hope and Love things about her house...not too much, but just right. Hopefully she will be able and want to use this to decorate during the Holidays for years to come. 

This is my December Silhouette Challenge project, and this month we have an amazing number of ladies participating and sharing their creations!  This is an Epic Challenge month because there is something else going on!

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration! 

  1. 2013 Snowman Christmas Card by Please Excuse My Craftermath...
  2. Christmas Hoop Art by Lil' Mrs. Tori
  3. Silhouette Nativity Advent Candle Box by One Tough Mother
  4. Christmas Party Photo Booth Props by unOriginal Mom
  5. Another Stenciled Tea Towel by Cutesy Crafts
  6. Silhouette Gift Tags by Rain on a Tin Roof
  7. Snowflake Pin / Ornament by Coley's Corner
  8. State Sign Couple Gift by It Happens in a Blink
  9. Mason Jar Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
  10. Merry Christmas Wall Decor by One Artsy Mama
  11. Deer Head Holiday Banner...featuring Santa's Reindeer by The Thinking Closet
  12. Restore your UGGS (with PAINT) by From Wine to Whine
  13. Monogrammed Snowflake Ornaments by Architecture of a Mom
  14. Christmas Countdown Sign by The Girl Creative
  15. Elf Chalk Sign: "The Best Way to Spread Christmas" by Weekend Craft
  16. Glittery Christmas Subway Art by The Turquoise Home
  17. Sketch Pen Labels by Sowdering About in Seattle
  18. Snowflake NOEL Sign by My Favorite Finds
  19. DIY Holiday Hostess Gift by Everyday Paper
  20. Folding Nativity Backdrop by Chicken Scratch NY
  21. Recycled Glass Jar Advent Calendar by Nearly Handmade
  22. Reindeer Card: Double-Sided Print & Cut by GetSilvered
  23. Personalized Block Ornament by Suburble
  24. Paper Medallion Christmas Tree by Create & Babble
  25. Mini Mid-Century Homes by Tried & True
  26. Glitter and Vinyl Minecraft Christmas Ornament by A Tossed Salad Life
  27. DIY Countdown to Christmas Refrigerator Style by My Paper Craze
  28. Reversible Recipe Holder/Block Frame by The Sensory Emporium
  29. DIY: Lettered Christmas Pillows by The House on Hillbrook
  30. Simply Charming Christmas Ornaments by Life After Laundry
  31. No Glitter was Worn by GiveMeAPaintbrush
  32. Make Easy Ornaments from Paper Circles by Bringing Creativity to Life
  33. Cutting Machine Embroidery Applique by Terri Johnson Creates
  34. "Believe" Christmas Banner by Daily Dwelling
  35. DIY Christmas Nativity Card by Pitter and Glink

Do you have a Silhouette machine?

Looking for Silhouette inspiration, support, trouble-shooting? Interested in joining us for our group posting event next month? Then, we'd love to have you join our Silhouette Challenge Facebook group. To join, simply fill out the new member request form, and Lauren from The Thinking Closet will get you squared away.

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

I am obsessed!

I didn't realize just how obsessed I was until I was cleaning my 'craft room' today.

It hasn't even been quite a full year when I began this journey of crafting. But from the looks of my craft room, I feel like I have done it all of my life!

There is my tape collection:

Then there is my glue collection:

Staples anyone?

How about paint sticks, all used of course, and screw drivers and screws, nails, paintbrushes, scissors and who knows what else?

How about a few unfinished projects in case I get bored?

Or, for something different, my piggy banks, because of all the grand kids I have?

An if you look in front of Piggies, you can see my copper utensils. They are lonely without the rest of my copper collection, but seriously, this room is packed and Piggies and Copper are probably going back in storage soon. 

My paint cupboard sits in another corner of the room, which is where that staple collection rests, and my ribbon.

This is all because one day last winter, I was bored to tears, surfing Pintrest and thought "Hey, I can do THAT!" 

Collections not shown are Shutters, Mason Jars, pallet wood, a small button collection, crayons, and much much more. No wonder I needed to move away from my brother! I needed a house to put all my crafting goodies!! 

Can you guess what my next collection will be?