Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spring has sprung , a new release from Ponytails Designs

The days have been short and dreary, the nights cold and long. The rain and snow have been falling for so long that it seems endless. Sometimes you feel like you'll go mad if you have to spend one more day indoors looking out the window at such miserable sights. And then just as you think you can't bear it for one more day, a miraculous thing occurs. You see a small bud of green on a plant, or that first robin appears. Suddenly the tress are abloom in soft pink flowers all around and you know that finally... Spring has Sprung! ponytails_SHS_preview ponytails_SHS_blogcollage

Natasha has three coordinating freebies for you. The first you can pick up on her blog:
This next one is available on her Facebook Page...
Newsletter subscribers will be able to pick up these sweet little hearts...
Enjoy !

Monday, March 23, 2015

Make it Monday!.. Painted Wingback Chair

Todays another Make it Monday! day & I am SUPER excited to share this weeks tutorial.
As I've mentioned before Im redoing my bedroom in Peacock colors..
cuz well I just like love am obsessed with Peacocks.
So my bedroom used to be maroon and cream... and a looooong time
ago I bought a $20 wingback reclining chair . It matched my comforter perfectly.
Well while on.. Yes pintrest, I came across these beauties...

 So the first one was reupholstered. I gave that a thought... for about a second. then decided that would be hard.
The last 3 are painted. Yes I said Painted! I decided it was a cheap chair and didn't match anyways so the least that would happen was I'd throw it away....
 I am not even exaggerating. I am so pleased with it.
By the way you can click on the pictures to be taken to any of these lovely ladies blogs to see their
methods and pictures.
So lets get started!
Painted Wingback Chair
Here's what yall need
*chalk paint
*paint brushes
*plastic drop
*wax paste
* some aleve for your back just kidding.. well maybe

1)The first thing you want to do is make sure your chair is clean.Don't worry if it's wet.

2)Put some drop cloth on floor underneath and around so you don't get paint anywhere.
I was doing this in my bedroom and it took a bunch of room since I had to be able to get around it.

3) paint... now you can buy your own chalk paint but it's kinda expensive... OR you can make your own!
this is super simple. get a bowl you will never use again
The recipe for the chalk paint is:
1/2 cp plaster of paris
1/2 cp water
1 cp latex paint
~ mix the plaster of paris & water together in the bowl making sure you mix it thouroughly so no clumps of plaster is in it. Then add the paint and mix it all up.
I mixed this amount the first time, but the 2nd and 3rd time I used a double portion it was just easier that way
(by the way I ended up using 1 pint of paint and 2cps with some leftover from the 2nd pint to make this chair)
I picked out a lightish turquiose color. I got mine from Walmart.. hey I get a discount & im always there. I got the colorplace flat cool and clear turqiouse.
(For my legs and the stencil & stripes I just used acrylic craft paint)
My plaster of paris was leftover from when I redid a dresser, as was my wax paste.

4) Get a spray bottle and spray the are your gonna paint. This helps the paint stick & absorb.

5)Now is time to start painting. my chair had two different fabric on it. The sides and back was a diamond shaped pattern that made it hard to paint straight. I had to paint up and down then diagonal
and then diagonal the other way.  My front of the chair has those patterns and some are raised. That required me to do a little round swishing brushing. Just make sure you get it all painted every nook and cranny, including in between the cushions.

6) Let it dry. I really didnt let it dry for too long. just long enough to give my back a break for a
a little bit & took some aleve... Yep I really did. Bending over for that long takes a toll out of ya.. I must be getting old Jeesh lol
 This is what my chair looked like after one coat
7) Paint another coat on the entire chair.
I did 3 coats to get it totally covered and made sure none of that stubborn red was showing through.

8)Now you can leave your legs the color they are or paint them. I was going to do white but then I decided on black. It matched better. Im so glad I did. I used just plain acrylic paint the kind you get in those little bottles for like 50cents I didn't want the plastic to stick to the paint so I used lids to put under the legs (you can see in a couple pictures down)
I painted 2 coats on the legs. then I decided to paint the tubing parts of the chair. Im not sure of the technical term for this  but you can see what I mean in the picture.
(Be warned this is hard to not get any on the regular painted parts and to keep straight line. Mine is not straight and there are some parts I had to go over with the turquiose paint to cover up mistakes. It's not perfect but I like the way it turned out.)

9) I stepped away from the chair at this point and thought this is pretty cool. But I really liked the stencil in the artychicks chair.. so I decided to try it. I had previously bought a stencil kinda like that a long time ago, that I never used. I searched everywhere for that sucker. while I did not ever find it, I did find stuff I had been looking for  for awhile. Oh well you win some you lose some.
I looked online and saw one I kinda liked so I free drew it on a paper in the size I wanted it to be.
I thought I would be clever and scribble with pencil all over the back of it and go over the stencil with a pen so that it transfered the pattern to the chair....
(make sure you use painters tape so it doesnt pull your paint off when you take it off)
However after meticulously retracing all those patterns & pulling it off. Very little showed on the pattern due to the raised areas of the fabric.. Well C@$%&t ! So I grabbed my pencil and redrew it all again on the chair.

See the lids... Here is the chair before I retouched areas
Now that it was completely dry & the way I wanted it. It was time to wax it
10) I bought my wax paste at walmart. I waxed a pretty big dresser, and this chair, and there is just a small dent out of it. this stuff really goes a long way.
So you need to find some cheesecloth or a soft cotton cloth. I used a old white tshirt. Just smoosh it around on the paste and start rubbing it into the fabric. I was a little worried about the stenciled part so I did that first, but it went on fine and didn't mess it up. You want to make sure you cover the whole chair, into nooks and cranny, legs, around those stripes parts. after it's dry buff it off a little
and your done! Throw away your drop cloth, clean your paint brushes.. and Enjoy your creation!
You can see on the bottom left of the chair there is a bit if rough spot. My fabric was messed up there a bit. I thought it might smooth out when I painted it but it didn't. I don't mind it. I thought about uplostering just that section, but then I decided it wouldn't match right so I just left it the way it is.
Now Im gonna tell you this chair will not be soft like fabric. It feels more like leather or vinyl. But it's still comfortable to sit in.
Do you remember my peacock pillow from last week? Here's where that little guy is. And that cool blanket on the back is one my mom made me for xmas a couple years ago. It fits in perfectly and wasn't even planned that way lol.
 If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below.
As always you can follow me on Pintrest HERE!
And if you make one of these I'd love to see it just leave me a linkie to your page!

Happy Craftin Ya'All!
Until next time...

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Keystone Scraps has a new release & a new store!

Happy Saturday!!! Keystone Scraps new shop at Pickleberrypop is now OFFICIALLY OPEN!! Paula is  so excited to make this huge change of being an EXCLUSIVE designer for such a great store!  She has uploaded most of her old kits (templates and the World Traveler collection will be there soon, don’t worry!) that she plans to have available there.

So to start off the celebration she am having a grand opening sale!

The Keystone Scraps store is opening on a PICKLE BARREL WEEKEND!!  The Pickle Barrel is a once a month promotion that last only from noon on Friday until midnight Monday.  Everything in the Pickle Barrel is just $1…. BUT if you pick up my whole 6 piece Pickle Barrel Collection… you’ll also get a FREE BONUS!!  This month’s Pickle Barrel is screaming spring,but I decided to go a little away from the spring theme and go with a girls one instead!  Introducing My Girl:

Here is a little inspiration from the creative team:

You can also find this beautiful freebie created by Karrie on the Keystone Scraps blog

Thanks so very much for stopping by!!  Be sure to sign up for the Keystone Scraps newsletter while on the blog, and subscribe to Keystone Scraps newsletter to get all her blog freebies, sales, new releases, and MORE delivered right to your inbox!

Happy Scrappin Ya'all!

Take a chance a new release from Anna BV Designs

It's pickle barrel time at Pickleberrypop!
Anna BV Designs has 6 new packs for you all for $1 each.
Take a chance is available as a bundle with a free with purchase right HERE!
or individually HERE!
Wanna see a little inspiration from the ct team?

Happy Scrappin Ya'All!