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As you are well aware, organizing is my mantra these days (or it would be if I could find my mantra – I think it’s under a pile of papers somewhere)
So, when my friend Aimee requested a small, decorative wall organizer for her desk I was up for it.
Also, because “organized” means using time wisely, I thought I’d combine two projects and make her wall organizer my latest Mod Pod Rocks project!
See? I’m getting really good at this!
I took some inexpensive (dollar bin!) boxes from Michaels, some scrapbook paper, a bit of scrap wood and, of course some poor, innocent candle and got to work. It’s a very easy project although quite specific to Aimee so I think of this as more of a “jumping off point” idea.
Although I’m pretty sure you can intuit the various steps of this project you can, if you’d like, see the full tutorial at MPR.
“I will blog tomorrow.”
That’s what I kept telling myself each day. Each day as I got up and got rolling on finishing coasters, making subway signs, cutting letters, sending out Etsy orders I would say to myself, “as soon as I’m done with this I will write a blog post.”
The problem is – I never seem to be done with “this” whatever “this” may be.
And when I am done with “this” I tend to eat ice cream rather than blog (Trader Joe’s Mint Chip. I’ve been living on that and coffee for about a week. You know, cause I’m all about healthy).
So clearly, I need to become a “right when I get up” blogger. This will, of course lead to numerous spelling mistakes and poor grammar but I’m afraid that’s just the way it has to be.
Good Morning! It’s 6:01AM!!!!!
I have spent my week not blogging and prepping for the Renegade Craft Fair which is this weekend!
My prepping was a bit hindered when I discovered that my scroll saw was busted. A quick call to the folks at Porter Cable resulted in this easy fix.
I could either mail it to the factory (no problem – it only huge, awkwardly sized and weighs 50 pounds or so) or drive it 60 miles to a factory! After that it would just take them three short months to get the tiny little part that’s broken installed because it’s back ordered!
How totally awesome!
Amazon came to my rescue and I now have a brand new scroll saw…..and an old scroll saw……..anybody want a used, broken scroll saw? No? Weird.
Happily before my scroll saw trauma I had completed two custom orders. And it really is true – your customers come up with the best ideas.
Recently, two separate customers asked me if I’d consider making one large letter for them rather than my regular HOME sign. I’m always up for something new so we collaborated and emails flew back and forth and decisions were made and sawing was done and we emerged at the other end with these.
I hope he likes it!
It’s 20” high by 13.5” wide which – fun fact – is exactly ½” larger than the largest box my local box supplier makes! I turns out my artistry is not constrained by my imagination, finances or skill but by conveniently available box sizes!
OK. It’s now 6:45AM and as soon as I’m done with this blog post I’m gonna eat ice cream get to work!
My new tutorial has just been posted over at Mod Podge Rocks and it marks another anniversary for me – my one year ManPodgerVersary.
A little over a year ago Amy (the Mod Podge Rocks Grand Poo-bah and master of all things podgy) put out a call asking if there were any guys who used Mod Podge. The talented Walter Silva and I responded and she asked us to come up with projects and it has been an amazing opportunity.
Amy is a constant source of encouragement and positive energy and incredibly patient (I keep turning in my tutorials late or just-on-time-but-not-really-on-time-enough). And being pleasantly “forced” to come up with ideas has been the best imagination-stretching opportunity ever!
In addition it has lead me to meet most if not all of you who read this blog and for that I am very grateful!
Here is a brief anniversary tour of some of the projects that never would have happened without Ms. Anderson’s encouragement (and my friends who help me brainstorm when I’m stuck):
(If you click on the pictures it will take you to the tutorial on Mod Podge Rocks)
And there are tons more. It’s been great!
Anyway, the new project is up.
As you know from my previous post I (sort of) recently found out about Anaglypta Paper and have been looking for ways to use it. I’ve put it under glass on some tables but this time around I thought I’d try using it on some of my letters.
I thought these could make for cool centerpieces or wedding….things? I’m not sure but they seem potentially very weddingy (it’s a word!) to meIf you like the look head on over to MPR for the full tutorial.
I’m workin’ away getting ready for Patchwork on Sunday. If anyone is LA-local please do consider dropping by. The historic Helms Bakery is one of the coolest spots in LA to cruise around (whether you go to the show or not) and the Patchwork show is inside so you can peruse without need of sunscreen!
Also, if you’re keen on such things, my new tutorial is up over at Amy’s Mod Podge Rocks site. I came up with (yet another) variation on my tea light holders but the tutorial also goes into how to get that distressed look under the paper.And now it’s out to the garage! Things to paint! Things to sand!
Well, my noble goal to become totally organized, amazingly efficient and completely together is……going to take longer than anticipated.
Honestly, I think I made more of a mess this weekend than ever before. But I have faith that it’s a mess that is going in the right direction.
And I must say you folks are a great motivator! Thank you!
I spent my weekend working, working, working to get the room finished (among other things) because I kept thinking “I promised this for Monday.” Clearly DEADLINES are going to be the key to my success.
I’m happy to report my workroom is almost done and I’m very pleased with it. But, I’m waiting on a couple of finishing touches so the big reveal will have to wait a day or two.
In the meantime part of my weekend was spent prepping and finishing my latest Mod Podge Rocks Project which Amy posted today.
I’ve been contemplating for a while how to make a vase using PVC piping and, while discussing the idea with my imaginative friend Karla she suggested making a Mother’s Day themed vase using old photos and it all clicked.
Of course, since I finished it, all I can think about is all the OTHER ways I could do it and all the possible variations. I love it when an idea takes off like that. So we may be revisiting this one later as well.
If you’d like to find out the details please head on over to Mod Podge Rocks to check out the full tutorial
In the meantime I’m back to the workroom project!
Happy Wednesday everyone!
I’m pleased to report that Amy just posted my latest tutorial over on Mod Podge Rocks.
Apparently a deep desire to create lazy susans runs in my family.
You may remember my dad’s beautiful lazy susans. Well, in an Oedipus like maneuver (without the killing, eye gouging or marrying your mom part)I have come up with my on lazy susan design!
Of course, my father’s were meticulously crafted using fine wood, incredible patience, creativity and crazy-mad woodworking skills and mine were…….made of random stuff I grabbed on sale at Home Depot. But lets not quibble about minor details or explore too deeply what makes my dad my dad and me, well, me.
So, I found some metal plant saucers (the things that go under the planters to protect your floor) and thought they would make great, oversize, lazy susans when combined with an inexpensive turntable.
I hope you’ll check it out and, as always, if you have any questions you can ask over on the site or drop me a line here and I’ll be happy to answer.
It’s the big Rose Bowl run up. One piece of furniture down……several to go……..
However, my sister Phebe wisely weighed in on that idea.
You see Phebe marches to a different drummer than I do.
Phebe’s drummer is way cool and waaaay together. Her drummer leads her to have alphabetized spices and to never be late. My drummer…..probably got fired from the band for missing rehearsal.
Anyway, Phebe pointed out that as a mom of three she wouldn’t have been thrilled to find chalk dust all over her children’s clean clothes.
I really couldn’t argue with her reasoning and so a new idea was born.
Or rather a recent idea was expanded.
I seem to have a thing lately for old postcards. So after some mad downloading from the Graphics Fairy and a few other sources I came up with this.
First off I apologize for being a total tease and I am now happy to report that the awesome Amy of Mod Podge Rocks has completed her cross-country trek and has posted my tutorial for the Subway signs! So, if you’re at all interested in learning how to make theseOut of some bits and pieces then by all means head on over to Mod Podge Rocks to get the full tutorial.
They are easy to make and, of course, totally customizable to whatever city inspires you. For a local store I’ve since made ones for London and Chicago!
Now, I think I’ve chronicled my exploits of furniture acquisitions:
- Beg: “you gonna take that with you when you move”,
- Borrow: “Does taking things left on the street count as borrow?” and of course
- Steal: It wasn’t my fault!
Bottom line: I’m all about getting furniture wherever I can.
However, I’ve never had a piece of furniture just walk to my front door of its own volition.
Logic tells me, of course, that a friend, knowing of my sickness, dropped it off. However, there was no note or subsequent email.
So, I’m choosing to believe that word has gotten out among the cast off, discarded and dilapidated furniture subculture that “there’s this guy in LA who can help you out.” And, even as I type, pieces of furniture are making their way carefully down the yellow brick road to my door. There’s no place like home…the garage. There’s no place like the garage…..!
When I come across a good, affordable tray I always pick it up. They are a great canvas for my graphic obsession and pretty easy to make. I created a bunch for the recent Unique LA and they were a hit.and I thought I’d share how I made my Vintage Postage tray that I made using images from the invaluable Graphic’s Fairy.
I say they are “easy to make” and it’s true – however it does take a few days as they require a lot of drying time between steps.
- Tray (was that too obvious?)
- TSP (Tri Sodium Phosphate)
- Spray Primer, Paint and Sealer
- Wood filler or spackle
- Painters Tape
- Graphics Fairy images!
- Foam Brush
- Plastic mixing cup (not pictured)
- Mod Podge (not pictured – I use the matte finish)
- Toothpick (too small to be pictured)
- Wooden Coffee Stirrer (not pictured – used the last one in my coffee without thinking…sorry)
I gave the tray a light sanding and cleaned it with some TSP. A quick coat of primer ensures good, even paint coverage. (The primer will also reveal any spots that need a little touch up with spackle or wood filler. If you do have some spots just fill and sand and then do some spot priming to even everything out.)
NOTE: You don’t need to prime or paint the actual bottom the tray where your images will be.
I wanted a stripe on the tray so I painted the sides of the tray the color of the stripe.
After that paint dried VERY THOROUGHLY I used painters tape to tape off the stripe (I measured but I’ve eye-balled it too and been OK)
Now it was time for the best part – the graphics!
As I mentioned the majority of my images come from the oh-so-generous Graphics Fairy. She has, literally, thousands to choose from and you can create your own “theme” so easily. Or if you’re not into that sort of thing a commercially produced paper will work too (in the picture of my Unique LA trays up top the Paris tray is actually a commercial paper).
I design my collage on the computer and then print it out. I use Photoshop now but I used to do these in MS Word so that’s a very doable option.
I save each image as a JPEG and then start playing around until I’m satisfied with the design.This particular tray is larger than the largest size paper I can print so I broke the design down into print-size chunksI printed out several “chunks” and then some individual pieces that would fill in the gaps.
I then layed (laid? Lay?) them in the tray for a dry fit.
Then I removed each piece, marking on the tray, if possible, where it went. I also stacked them in reverse order – the bottom-most pieces were on the top of my pile – so I could remember what order to lay/lie them down (OK, I’m just giving up on proper English) in.
I then got busy with the Mod Podge.
Since I was working in layers I Mod Podged just the area I wanted to stick down and then layed/laid/lay that image on the tray. Then I moved onto the next section and did the same until I had covered the entire tray.After giving it a few hours to dry I top-coated the whole thing with a layer of Mod Podge. This step is very important. The Envirotex will discolor any paper it comes in contact with so the sealing layer of Mod Podge needs to be thorough – go into all the corners and along all the edges. It doesn’t need to be a super-thick layer but it does need to cover thoroughly.
After that I set it aside to dry overnight – I wanted it to be thoroughly cured. The next morning I mixed and poured the Envirotex.
Envirotex is a great product and the only time I’ve had any trouble with it was when I didn’t follow the directions to the letter.
There are no pictures of me pouring the Envirotex as I’m not that coordinated.
However, here are my Envirotex tips.
- Follow the mixing directions. Measure carefully, mix thoroughly.
- Humidity and heat do play a factor. Warm up the fluids, if necessary, as directed.
- I use a wooden coffee stirrer to spread out the Envirotex and gently nudge it into corners and such.
- I always have a toothpick handy to pop any stubborn bubbles or to fish out little bits of “stuff” that always manage to fall into the mix (or bugs…stupid bugs that manage THAT VERY MOMENT to decide to commit suicide by tray…stupid bugs….)
- Give it plenty of time to dry in a dust free(ish – lets be honest, outside a lab there is no such thing as “dust free”) environment.
Once it dried thoroughly I was ready to go.
If you have any questions or if something seems unclear please don’t hesitate to ask or point it out. I realize I said it was “easy” and then provided a loooong tutorial but I assure you that once you do it you’ll realize just how straightforward it is.
Some other, random thoughts.
- I have a laser printer and I’ve found that, during the Mod Podging stage, if I dip the images in water for just a few seconds it allows them to lay down more quickly and more smoothly. I almost never have bubbling issues. However, this won’t work with ink-jet printers as the ink will run. Also, if you’re using a commercial paper test a little section first to make sure it will hold up.
- Make sure there are no gaps in your tray (like at the corners). The Envirotex is a liquid and it will find any decent sized crack and pour out if given the chance and it’s a huge mess….trust me…I learned the hard way.
- Mod Podge drying time is also affected by humidity – make sure to check that your final seal coat has dried before you pour the Envirotex
Hope that was informative.
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