Sunday, November 12, 2017

Aging and stenciling metal buckets..

I challenged myself to stock my very small 8 x 5 booth with Daily and holiday decor that is more than 50% recycled.  In other words no money to little money will go in to materials.
This is Idea 7:

Aging and stenciling metal buckets...

This project has a little more investment in it....but the learning curve and the results are well worth it!



I have been intrigued with the process of Aging metal. I am most intrigued with the concept of Aging metal with household items.  With this project I took new buckets I purchased from Tractor Supply and Lysol toilet bowl cleaner and aged them to look like they had been sitting on the farm for years. The process is very simple. You will need a few simple supplies I found buckets at Tractor Supply and they were a three-pack of Steel buckets for $12.99. I also purchased a container of Lysol power toilet bowl cleaner I think it roughly cost me about 3 bucks. With this project I also had gloves, a mask, an old paintbrush and goggles or safety glasses  to protect your eyes.  ( Lysol is acid).  Do this out side in a well ventilated area.!



I brushed on the lysol with a large brush.  It is thick and really adhered to the side of the bucket.  I also brushed the interior.  I let the lysol sit for about and hour and a half then reapplied a light coat over the old coat,  and let it set another hour and a half.  when I felt (or saw ) that the process had been long enough I rinsed the buckets really well rubbing them with a rag to remove the lysol and stop the process, then air dried.  There was a white residue on the buckets and some you wanted but you did not want so much that it came off on your hands when you handled it.  A nylon scrubber removed the loose bits then I wiped the bucket down with a damp cloth and let air dry again..


Where the lysol ran down the sides of the bucket in the inside, it pooled.  Where the lysol pooled it really ate off the top coat till rust started to form......



Not quiet the effect I wanted...however was able to fix it with a little spray metallic paint...just hit or miss you do not want full coverage just want to hide, not make look new.....




Now that the bucket is aged and the inside has been addressed time to stencil.

I chose three Christmas themes and the Feed bucket is my favorite!







The first challenge was to stencil on a curved surface using projector sheets.  



Using A cameo Silhouette I found the clip art and created the text designs for the buckets and cut them out of overhead projector sheets, Making stencils that can be reused.  



I had to cut down the 8x11 inch sheet to fit the side of the bucket....



A few mental notes....Center your design on the bucket before you cut it and crease the sheet at the top and bottom edges so that you have a idea of where to cut...


When you cut make sure you cut your edges in a slight arch ...that way you can move the stencil a little more freely to get it positioned where you want it.  If you have difficulty eyeballing then you will need a ruler to measure your distances from top and bottom....

Once you get the stencil positioned you are ready to add paint...

The paint I chose is Waverly chalk paint in crimson.  You can find it at Walmart or order it on line.  I order on line because it is cheaper and I will be ordering enough to get free shipping.  And life is really good when chalk paint arrives at your door step!


 I like to use make up sponges to stencil on metal and painted surfaces with.  They do not hold a lot of paint and do not leave stipple marks....I also had some brown paper to protect my table with, q tips to clean mistakes with , container to hold paint and paper towel to dab on.

Waverly paint is thick luscious paint designed for coverage, I did not water it down.  It being a little thick made it hard to seep under the stencil.

Same rules apply to technique pounce gently up and down making sure not to rub against your stencil edges.  ...and hit somewhere you do not want paint...Hence the Q tip on stand by....


A damp Q tip rubbed this mistake off....



You will need to seal your chalk paint.  If you use paint that does not need to be sealed like craft paint then you are good to go from here.  I used some paste wax with wavery white wax mixed in....sealed the whole bucket with a oxidized look.  


I did not sand the design because I did not want to mess up the aging on the bucket....


These would make some great gift buckets....or would hold a little rosemary tree or fake fir...well you get the idea....
These will be available at Vintage Collections Down town Camden next week....

Hoping your are excited about the Holidays.
Sheryl

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Barn Screen to Inspirational decor

I challenged myself to stock my very small 8 x 5 booth with Daily and holiday decor that is more than 50% recycled.  In other words no money to little money will go in to materials.
This is Idea 6:
Recently at a yard sale I lucked up and found an old metal screened window...and it was on the cheap. ..

Chippy and Lovely...I scraped the loose paint off and sealed it with clear coat with a matte finish.
Cleaned the dust from the old metal screen and hit it with some rubbed oiled bronze spray paint...Had some laying around as well as the clear coat.  



I also had the wax paper and cutting machine and paint I needed to stencil it....


The most difficult part of this project was stenciling an uneven surface, the screen was warped in places..and to boot when you peel paper from a cutting mat is may want to curl on you .  So the stencil would curl and not lay flat on the screen.....

The first approach was to iron it flat on the screen ...it made the paper lay flat but it did not say put so the centers of the letters wanted to shift, making the letters look wonky...


The solution was magnets.  
Those that you get from the vet or dr office that have information on them...they cut easily.  So I was able to lay them  between lettering to hold the stencil.




I still had to hold the edges down as I stenciled but it was much easier with the help of the magnets.  Mental note:  make sure you use a absorbent backer when stenciling screen.  It will make your design a lot neater by not letting the paint pool and goop up the screen holes.


The extra details make this...there are two top brackets with holes...easy hangers...


and I left the latches on the bottom....





I will have to admit that it was difficult to get rid of this ....However it was for sale at market days and has sold!.

There is potential in the most unlikely places!  You just have to look.
Sheryl

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Posh Bag Lady cart from vintage folding shopping cart

 I challenged myself to stock my very small 8 x 5 booth with Daily and holiday decor that is more than 50% recycled.  In other words no money to little money will go in to materials.
This is Idea 5:

I know some of you do not have one of these laying around and then again some of you may.
An aluminium Folding light weight vintage cart or shopping cart, We jokingly call it a bag lady cart here.

So cute!..So I had the cart...the drop cloth to make a liner...the paint on hand to stencil it and the twill for the ties....No cost!  YEA!



What also helped with this project...a serger and sewing machine ...and I have those....


She is old but reliable!


An this room is rarely this clean...Looking!

So the first approach is this is a  rectangle.  No Curves to match up...and easy project!  and it was...


You simply measure the front , side and bottom panels in the basket.  I added an inch to give me an half inch seam allowance.  This was ample so that I could clean the edge up with the serger.  This particular drop cloth really liked to unravel.  I also sewed two seams with a very short stitch length to insure it would not come apart....


And the delicate's bag also got the dual seam and a serged finish...


Don't you love those Wheels....very cool color....

and well before I become a posh bag lady I thought it would work great as a laundry basket...so the back bag is for delicates....



Once I had the liner completed I then determined the center of the front and created my stencil with my Cameo.  I cut it out of freezer paper ironed it on (slick side Down) and stenciled.  You can read more about using the cameo and Freezer paper here:  http://redtininn.blogspot.com/2015/01/drop-cloth-pillow-covers-personalized.html


Mental note:  Make sure you put something behind the fabric that you are stenciling, especially in this case where I had to fold the bag on it self, to prevent bleed through.  





It is available at Vintage Market Days at the arena in Camden



I hope this in inspires you to Look at that storage in a new light....
Sheryl 

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Stars that measure up!

 I challenged myself to stock my very small 8 x 5 booth with holiday decor that is more than 50% recycled.  In other words no money to little money will go in to materials.
This is Idea 4:

I am drawn to vintage tools and have a stash....
I came across this idea in a magazine


A star made from a vintage folding carpenters Ruler.

I have a few of those!
gathered my supplies....





 I glued each joint with e6000 when I acheived the shape I wanted....






I let each star dry overnight before trying to drill or hang...


Drilled a hole in each end to attach a hanger....









Love It!

Can find them at Vintage Collections down town Camden!

Happy crafting!
Sheryl


I was a Dukes Girl!


I was a Dukes Mayo girl until....I made homemade Mayo.........



You are correct this is not an original Idea...Many people make their own mayo.  I was encouraged by a Dear friend to give it a try that she was hooked!
The biggest fear is of course it is worth the time and extra effort.  
Well Yes it is!


You will need an egg and mine was cold out of the fridge.....
I pictured two here because I had to fix an error in ingredients....

Good light flavored to non flavored oil...
I used olive oil..1 cup per egg

Start light on the salt..especially if you add Dijon mustard (1 tsp per egg) or an already prepared ingredient....
2 Tsp of rice vinegar I substituted for white vinegar.
An alternative to the Dijon is 1 tsp of dried ground mustard seed.  
A measuring cup with pour spout
Immersion Blender 
Bowl to mix in
were my tools to pull this together.




Here is what I learned:  add your oil slowly at first and once it starts to get creamy you can speed it up.  Also use a bowl that you think is a little to big for the project these ingredients expand as air is whipped in.  I added sea salt and dijon to my first batch and it was two salty....so I made a second batch with half tsp of dijon , 1 tsp of vinegar , one egg and 3/4 cup of oil...You may have to adjust the oil it just depends on how thick you want it.  I mixed the two batches and perfect....
The beauty of this is that you can control your fat content in your mayo.as well as your ingredients.




taste test...I have to admit the Dukes, after tasting the homemade, seemed greasy.  

Will I make this again...Of course.!

Happy Cooking!
Sheryl