Thursday, April 16, 2015

Somewhere Over the Rainbow with Craft Goodies

Happy spring to you all from Wendy at Craft Goodies! 
Hopefully spring has found you and you're sitting back enjoying sunshine, soft breezes,  and the color coming back to our world.  Spring is by far my favorite season,  it just makes me happy so a spring theme was right up my alley. 

Living in the Pacific northwest though,  Spring often means a lot of rain.  The best part of all the rain... RAINBOWS! 

I decided I needed a rainbow in my growing garden,  you know to encourage it to just keep growing.

 I drew my pattern,  traced it onto 3/4 inch mdf, and then cut it out. Once I had it cut,  I went back and traced in all the details-- the clouds and each stripe of the rainbow.  Then I painted each piece and then sanded each piece paying a lot of attention to the edges. I wiped it all clean and the glued it all back together. Because it will be outside,  I have it a thick coat of sealer to keep the rain out! I haven't decided if I want it to just sit in the garden,  ground level,  or float above it.  If I decide to float it,  I'll add a stake to the back of it.

So there we have it! My own little piece of spring,  happy, bright, and adding cheer to my little corner of the world. Here's hoping you all find find a little bit of spring happiness in yours-
Happy crafting!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Picket Fence Wreath Hanger Crafty Sisters

Hello from Crafty Sisters!  I am always so grateful for Wood You Like To Craft to get me motivated to finish some of my "to do" list items.  We thought this picket fence wreath hanger would be a perfect Spring project!  Of course I didn't hang a wreath from it....I had to make a springy sign too!
Years ago Candace and I noticed that most of the really pretty wreaths we saw in photos were hanging off of a picket fence~they just popped against it.  So we made our own picket fence to put in our entry ways to hang a wreath from.  It also made my hubby happy to not hear the wreath smack against the door every time the wind blew.  Our original hanger was built from lathing strips which were thinner and not as tall.  Over the years I noticed we didn't scale it quite big enough for some of the fun wreaths we like to make so I decided to upgrade....
This project only takes 3 4" cedar fence slats to make so about $5 in wood.  They come in 6 foot lengths.  After cutting them into 30" sections I used a pattern made from a handy dandy ad that came in the mail and cut the cute tops out using a scroll saw~you could use a jig saw too.

Using 2 cedar lathing strips we created 2 braces and using wood glue and nails we put it together.  All you need is a quick white wash of paint~I used my trim color paint from my house to tie it all in together and then added a couple of "D" rings to hang it from the wall.
You can add a hook directly to the holder to hang your wreath or greeting sign.  I opted to drive a long nail right into the wall to hold my sign from since it was centered differently than most of my wreaths.
So glad to have gotten this project done!  Thanks for the great inspiration ladies!  Happy Spring!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Watering Can Flower Pot- Sassy Sanctuary

Hello Everyone!  Krystal From Sassy Sanctuary here today!  You may have noticed that the WYLTC gals have been pretty hit and miss with posting in recent months.  Life tends to get in the way and crafting has taken a back burner for us.  But we still LOVE it so we've decided to shoot for at least posting once per season.  So I'm here to kick off  SPRING 2015, Wood You Like To Craft style!

Now we decided to keep things pretty general and say "anything Spring goes"  which is great because the sky is the limit.  But its also hard because "what to make!?"

So I'm going to walk you through my thought process.

I started on Pinterest (big surprise!) and looked up Spring Decor.  Some cute flowers planted in watering cans caught my eye.   So then I looked up Watering Can Flower Card.  I was trying to visualize how it would look 2 dimensional and found this image.

I loved it. Especially the buttons!

So I used that as a jumping off point and played around with scratch paper until I had my template.  Transfered it to wood and cut it out.  I'm a horrible blogger and this is the only "in progress" pic I took.

But its two layers.  The back layer is the whole can and taller branches. (3/4" thick)  The front layer is just the front of the can with shorter branches. (1/4" thick)

Anyway.  Hopefully you get the idea.  Here is the final product.

I think it turned out really cute.

And can I say one more thing,  Ive become OBSESSED with navy and aqua.  Its taking over my houes and I love it!

Be sure to come back tomorrow for some more Springtime from Crafty Sisters!

Happy Spring!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

"Adore"--ing Christmas with Craft Goodies

So did you read in Melinda's post yesterday about this being a really busy time of year and forgetting the important things? (Fortunately, I did remember it's my turn to post today before the day was over!)
It's Wendy here today to wrap up this fun week of ornaments and exchanges. I love that I got to be last, it's always so fun to see what the other ladies come up with, but more so this time because they came in real life first!
My little guy is a smaller version of a letter set I put together a few years ago. I loved it then, still love it, an couldn't pass on making a mini version.
I used 1/8 inch mdf just to keep it light and then mod podge and scrap book paper to add in the details.
It was a fun evening spent putting them together. A night full of thoughts of Christmas and good friends. Nothing better, right!
Merry Christmas to you all!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Each of us is an Innkeeper {Under My Umbrella}

Merry Christmas everyone!  Melinda here from over at Under My Umbrella.  I wanted to keep my ornament simple and let it speak for itself.   Christmas is such an important and busy time of the year.  I think we often find we don't have time to remember what it's all about.   Making this ornament helped me remember especially because I made 4 different ones trying to figure out what I really wanted to do.  I think it might be my process of learning.  I go big and then have to step back and simplify. 

I grabbed some 1/4 inch MDF.  I cut out a circle, small oval and a small circle.  I used a cup for the circle and a dime for the smaller circle.  Items to use as patterns are all around us!  I painted the circle and oval a creamy white.  I left the small circle it's natural color because it seemed perfect the way it is!

I designed a circle with one of my favorite quotes and printed it on scrapbook paper.   The first time around I tried the wax paper thing.  You know where you print it out and then transfer it to the wood.  Epic fail!  It worked but it was really hard and sometimes the writing was hard to read.  Plus if it gets wet the ink smears.   Now you might be thinking why would an ornament on my tree get wet?   Anything is possible in my house....anything!!!!

I  used mod podge to glue the paper to the wood and then used a hot glue gun to attach the other pieces.

Simple, easy and fun!   Tonight my group of activity day girls are going to make these also.  Two of Wendy's (from Craft Goodies and my neighbor) girls are in my group so Wendy is going to end up with more of these than she ever wanted!

I hope you all have a happy and safe holiday season.  Make yourself some ornaments and hot chocolate and sit back and enjoy the beauty all around!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Star of Bethlehem- Sassy Sanctuary

Hello everyone!  Krystal from Sassy Sanctuary here today and so excited to be back for another round of WYLTC!  Now I have a confession to make.  I have never made a Christmas ornament before.  I know...crazy!  What kind of crafter am I?!

Now I have seen several versions of clothes pin snowflakes and just love them, so I knew I wanted to do a spin off of that.  But in order to make it fit our baby Jesus theme I decided to make it the star of Bethlehem instead.  Here is what I came up with.

Pretty cute right?!

It was a pretty fun little project too.  Here is what I did...

1-  Gather supplies.  You need one wooden star cut out, 4 regular clothes pins, and 4 mini clothes pin, per ornament.  (You should be able to find everything at most craft stores)
2-  Deconstruct your clothes pins and hot glue the larger sized pins together so the back sides are together.
3-  Leave the small pins apart and give everything a quick coat of white paint.  If you have a 6 year old daughter laying around, this is a perfect thing to have her help you with.
4-  Give everything a quick sanding to distress slightly and to even out the less then perfect paint job done by the 6 year old.
5-  Then hot glue all the pieces together to form your star,  You can see in images 4 & 5 how I lined everything up and how they look from the front and back.
6- Then its time for the fun part!  Embellish! I added rinestones to the center star and on the ends of each large clothes pin.  Added lots of glitter, and a nativity sticker I cut from vinyl to really drive home the "star of Bethlehem" thing.

And thats it!

I hope all the WYLTC ladies enjoy it!  It was fun to make and I'm so excited to check my mail all week as the fun goodies from the other ladies start coming in.  How fun!!!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Baby Jesus Ornaments from Crafty Sisters

Seasons Greetings from Crafty Sisters!
We are so glad to be back with Wood You Like To Craft and
December's theme of Baby Jesus Ornaments! Krystal, Wendy, Melinda, Candace and I thought it would be so fun to do an Ornament Exchange with a common theme.

We are so excited to share our little ornament with you!
Each year I make a new Baby Jesus ornament to give to my Primary kids I teach at church.  Sometimes it gets a little challenging because there's only so many ways to do a cute little pink face and a brown manger right?

This year I wanted to do a lighter theme and use some spray glitter!
Here's the little pattern I came up with.
The finished size is about 3 1/2" tall by 2 1/2" wide.
I cut both pieces out of 1/4" MDF.  This thickness is just right for ornaments and gives you enough thickness to be able to screw in a tiny "i" hook to attach either ribbon or ornament hooks.  Make sure you pre drill your holes because MDF can split easily when you put in those hooks.
Once cut and sanded I painted them a really light buttermilk for the swaddling cloth and a a light tan for the manger.  Again~make sure you paint the back~it makes the perfect place to either write in a Christmas greeting or to date the year you created the ornament.
Remember our great tip for painting all those little baby heads?  Stick them onto some masking tape that you can stick to your counter.  It makes it so easy to paint all those heads but even easier to dot all those little eyes with out them rolling off under your oven to find next year!  The perfect size head is a wooden 1" plug found at your local craft store or home improvement store.

After everything is painted and dried I always sand of a bit of the edges to create a highlighted look.  I glued everything together with hot glue, running a strip of glue along the bottom of the swaddling edge to stick a bit of excelsior onto.  Then if you are in a glitter mode do a light spray of glitter followed with a bit of clear craft spray to seal everything in.  
There ya go~a perfect little Baby Jesus I only have about 80 more to make......

We are so excited to see what Krystal, Melinda and Wendy come up with and I'm even more excited to get one in the mail to hang on my tree!  Make sure to come back each day this week to see what they create!  
Merry Christmas!