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Getting Ready for the Santa Ana Patchwork Festival May 24

I’ve spent the last few days in over-drive mode getting ready for the big, spring Patchwork Festival that is this Sunday in Santa Ana.PATCHWORK FESTIVAL SANTA ANA CALIFORNIA

I’m really looking forward to it. It’s always a great show and in such a cool setting.

I’m also excited to see how some new stuff goes over.Vintage Patent Prints Cheltenham Road

I’ve gone crazy lately for patent images! (you’ll be seeing them in a lot of projects)

So many possibilities

Of course millions of coaster are done…..or at least drying (and dusty…..)Retro Coaster Sets by Cheltenham Road

I grabbed some of the last few pieces of the never-ending dresser and put together a fun (I think) way to display the smaller patent prints.Vintage Style Display for Craft Shows

I snapped that picture before it was done. I’ll give a blow by blow of the final project next week.

And, while all this was going on I also put the finishing touches on my next Mod Podge Rocks project.  A small tribute to my mom and sisters for their crazy awesome fiber arts skills!Chletenham Road Tutorial for Mod Podge Rocks

If you are remotely local please do come to Patchwork. It’s an awesome show with free admission and live music in a totally charming revitalized downtown setting.

Make a Rustic Wood Sign that Doubles as a Coat Rack. UWUG Project #6

DIY Coat Rack Tutorial Cheltenham RoadI know that none of you will believe me if I say that old dresser is still yielding scrap wood for projects….BUT IT IS! So welcome to Use What Ya Got Project #6.

I’d became fixated on the idea of making a vintage looking sign that would say “Cabins for Rent.” Do you ever do that? Just get an idea in your mind and you must make it? I have no real use for a coat rack but, nevertheless – I have one now and it says “Cabin’s for Rent” so…..check that off my bucket list.

This project proved to be fun not just from a graphic design standpoint but as another step on the “David tries to make his own knobs” journey.

I started out with the side of the dresser which had that great green color along with a lot of chippiness. Trash To Treasure Dresser Project Cheltenham RoadI sanded it as smooth as possible and came up with a graphic in Photoshop.DIY Sign Tutorial Cheltenham RoadI printed it out (backwards) and grabbed the Lenk tool (you can see more detailed Lenk tutorials here). I’m getting better with the Lenk – it’s fussy but it can do a lot.

I’ve taken to peeling away the paper just a bit at a time to make sure enough color transferred but even doing that, as you can see in the pics below, some paper just stays resolutely stuck in place. But a damp cloth and some gentle rubbing and it cleans away quite nicely.Rustic Sign Tutorial Cheltenham Road

On rough wood like this the transfer is going to be equally rough which, in this case is just what I wanted.  It’s super-chippy and the heat of the Lenk actually melted through in spots to an older color which was OK with me.

So, with my image chippily transferred I turned my attention to the knobs. I wanted them large enough that you could hang something off them and I also wanted them to stick out far enough that they were useful so regular cabinet knobs wouldn’t do.

Looking around the shop I found two dowels that I had bought for……..well, really who knows – but there they were!

I sliced off a 1/2 thick piece of the larger dowel with my chop saw and a 3″ long piece of the smaller dowel. I wanted a really solid connection between the two pieces so I used my drill with a Forstner bit to drill 3/4 of the way through the disc and then glued them together. DIY Knobs by Cheltenham RoadI’d made appropriately sized images for the knobs (the pic shows an earlier version – I had to go back in and make them a bit more distressed) so now I just painted the wood black and Mod Podged the design into place.Custom Knobs Tutorial by Cheltenham RoadI wanted a shiny, finished look to the knobs so I sealed the end with a coat of Envirotex Lite.  It really only takes a few drops.  You could also use Hard Coat Mod Podge or Dimensional Magic (also by Plaid)

When it came time to assemble I used the same Forstner bit to drill almost all the way through the sign and then glued the knob into the hole. Make a rustic sign that doubles as a coat hanger.  Cheltenham RoadI’d previously sealed the sign with a polycrylic spray so now it was just a matter of hanging it up.

(OK, I’ll admit it’s actually hanging on my back yard fence which is not remotely where one needs a towel/coat rack.  But the fence has excellent light and an appropriately rustic look!….unlike most of the rooms in my house.)Tutorial for making a vintage sign.  Cheltenham RoadI may have gone a bit overboard with the distress on the knobsMake custom wood knobs.  Cheltenham Roadand for some reason, in the pics they look like they are a very different color than the “Cabin” text but it’s closer in real life.DIY Rustic Wood Sign Coat Rack by Cheltenham RoadNow I just need a place to hang it, you know……. inside the house.YTTSMain5hostsKnick of Time Inspiration Party

Happy Mother’s Day!

As you know, my mom and I have always been a team!just hanging out and blending in

And while I never learned to sew or embroider I owe my mom pretty much everything about my creative nature (and of course the part I don’t owe my mom I owe my dad but his day is coming – let’s not get ahead of ourselves).

If you were home sick from school you didn’t just sit and watch tv (OK, sometimes you did) but there was always a paint-by-number kit or shrinky dinks or a Popsicle stick project to take on and distract you from feeling lousy.

Got a school project? She was in the trenches with you helping you build, say, an entire Aztec village or a Hardy Boys shoe box diorama.

Wanna have a pie fight birthday party? She made it happen (everyone in swimming suits in the backyard chucking tin foil pans of whipped cream at each other.  AWESOME!!!!).

Need a Patrick Henry costume for the Bicentennial Celebration?Spirit of 1776

DONE!

Suffering from delusions of grandeur and want to be the Great Pumpkin for Halloween?The Great Pumpkin!

Done!

Need a Charlie Brown shirt to go with your handmade 4th of July float?  Charlie BrownDone! (my patriotic shoes are a nice touch, although she could have perhaps invested in some looser fitting shorts, no?)

I also owe her something for my work ethic.

When I called today to wish her a happy Mother’s day I interrupted her work on a felt Christmas ornament.Mom's Santa Ornament

(Ok, her work ethic is still better than mine since I haven’t even thought about Christmas yet)

And she is still going strong! Her handmade felt books keep selling out before she can finish the last order. Moms Felt Alphabet BooksNew embroidery projects roll out all the time (even teeny tiny ones – note the quarter).Mom's Stocking Perspective She takes classes goes to seminars (with the assistance of my wonderful sister’s who are also totally awesome moms!)

So Happy Mother’s Day mom!  You continue to amaze me.

And Happy Mother’s day to all you other hard-working moms out there!

UWUG Project #5 Vintage Milk Bottle Label Wall Art with Free Printables

Vintage Dairy Label Wall Art Tutorial Cheltenham RoadFor UWYG Project 5 I wanted to make use of some vintage dairy label graphics that I went crazy for a few years ago but never quite figured out how to use effectively.

I get these random ideas about projects. I’m at the gym or grocery shopping and think “wouldn’t it be totally cool if I…….”

Often times that’s as far as it goes. Sometimes I make it and realize that it was not, in fact, cool at all and sometimes I put it together and think “yup. cool!” and then….. I’m not quite sure what to do with it.  Is it just for me? A product? A tutorial?

I’m tagging this as a tutorial but it’s not so much a tutorial as an “I did this. If you are not obsessed with using scrap wood you could do this too!… but more easily.”

I started off with one of drawer fronts from that old dresserTrash To Treasure Dresser Project Cheltenham Road

and cut it into three 8″ squares that I then painted white and roughed up and didn’t take pictures of (write that down.  “Not taking pictures” is a key step in this project).

With yet more scrap 1/4 ” plywood and using my scroll saw I cut three, six inch circles and printed out my favorite Dairy Labels. The circles were painted white on the edges and the dairy labels were Mod Podged into place.Trash To Treasure DIY Wall Art Cheltenham Road

I had some leftover wood lattice (1 3/4″ wide) and after painting them different colors to match the lables I made mitered frames around the squares* to create shadow boxes.Vintage Style Decor.  Dairy Label Wall Art. Cheltenham Road

*Mitered corners are not my friend. I should stick with butt joints. I was contemplating calling this post “I Like Butt Joints and I Cannot Lie” but thought that might attract an iffy crowd.

More scrap wood spacers were glued into place and then the dairy label disk was pin-nailed onto that.

A little hanger in the back and look at that.Vintage Dairy Label Wall Art Cheltenham Road

Dairy label shadow box wall art.  Maybe for a kitchen.Cheltenham Road TutorialOr perhaps just sitting around on a table that randomly has flowers on it.  You know, whatever works for youVintage Dairy Cap Label Shadow boxes.  Cheltenham RoadSo, how you can do it better and more easily?

Here are some of my favorite dairy labels for you to download.  vintage milk bottle cap printable cheltenham road

Vintage Milk Bottle Dairy Label Free Printable

Right click on the link for the high res download.

Some other great vintage milk bottle labels can be found via the super generous and crazily creative Angie at Knick of Time Interiors.

You can pick up small shadow boxes at Michaels or perhaps at one of Aaron brothers penny sales. Pop out the hardwood/cardboard backer and paint it or cover it with scrap book paper. Paint the frame (spray paint is easiest and comes in huge range of colors now).

Michaels also sells bass wood disks of varying size and you can Mod Podge your label to that and BAM! you too can have random milk bottle wall art!

Comic Book Superhero Coaster Tutorial

DIY Comic Book Coaster SetIt’s not quite Thursday but it’s time for a flash-back.

A project I did a loooong time ago for Mod Podge Rocks has been getting some attention and I wanted to do a little updating.

As you know my Etsy shop is all about coasters.  I also love comic book graphics but can’t make comic book coasters (pesky copyright law) and I thought it would be fun to share a way to make a set of that’s easy and doesn’t break the bank.

In the electrical/lighting section of Home Depot, I came across these metal blanks that are made to cover up unused outlets ($1.40 each).DIY Comic Coasters Cheltenham RoadYou can, of course,  buy round chip-board blanks for coasters and they are fine but a bit too light weight maybe.   A lot of people use ceramic tiles which are great (and could certainly be used here) but seem a bit large and heavy to me.  So I liked these outlet covers – sturdy, thin, moderately heavy and inexpensive!

For this project I usedSupplies for DIY Superhero Coaster Set

  1. The blanks – they come with a rubber gasket that will come in handy
  2. Outdoor Mod Podge (update! Mod Podge now comes in a dishwasher safe version which would be great!)
  3. Foam Brush
  4. Copies of comic book pages made with a laser printer
  5. Glue (not pictured – I used E6000)
  6. Spray paint (optional)
  7. 220 grit Sand paper

Step 1 Painting.

I wanted a white coaster so after lightly sanding the blank with some 220 Grit sandpaper (just to rough up the surface and give the paint something to stick to) I just popped them on top of some plastic cups and used Heirloom White spray paint.Geek Gifts Comic Book Coaster Tutorial Cheltenham RoadStep 2 Images

For my images I used cut-outs from a book about comics (I found it on a remainder table) but you can scan any comic books that you like and just print them (or have them printed out) on a laser printer/copier.  Do not destroy actual comic books!  It makes the nerds very angry.

Sometimes I find it hard to visualize what a section will look like when it’s cut out so I used my Fiskars Circle guide to get a sense of where on the page I wanted to cut. You could do the same by just cutting an appropriate sized hole in a piece of paper.Comic Book Coaster Set Cheltenham Road Tutorial

There are two screw holes in the blank and your paper will need to cover them. I chose to leave a little edge showing but it would also work to cover the entire surface with paper. If you go that route cut a circle a little larger than the blank and after applying it and allowing it to dry cut away the excess paper with a craft knife

STEP 3 MOD PODGING

After checking to make sure that my images were the right size and would cover the screw holes it was time to Mod Podge.

I like to dampen my images before attaching them as it reduces the bubbles and wrinkles that plagued me in my early Mod Podge attempts.

I fill a container with water and drop the image in to soak while I spread the Mod Podge on the outlet covers.

Super Hero Comic Book Coaster DIY Tutorial Cheltenham RoadWhen I pull the image out of the bath I run my fingers along either side of it to remove any excess water. After that I lay it on the surface and gently smooth it out pushing out any air that gets trapped or any excess Mod Podge (having a paper towel handy is helpful) and allow it to dry.

STEP 4 TOP COAT

After about 20 minutes I top coated the coasters with a layer of Mod Podge and allowed it to dry. I like to use a fairly thick coat as it minimized the brush marks – but, be warned, that method is a little messy.DIY Coasters with Vintage Comic Books a Cheltenham Road Tutorial

After that top coat had dried I  gave it a light sanding and applied another coat of Mod Podge.

STEP 5: GLUE ON THE BACK

I glued the foam rubber gaskets that come with the blanks onto the back using E-6000 glue. The gaskets are just a tiny, tiny bit bigger than the blanks so if you don’t like that look just use cork, some felt or some self-adhesive furniture pads.

And that’s all there is to it.

Vintage Comic Book Graphic Coasters Cheltenham Road Tutorial Just make sure you give the coasters plenty of time to cure before using them – several days to a week is best especially if you live in a humid climate.

If you use the diswasher safe Mod Podge they will be even sturdier – just don’t, you know, put them in the dishwasher.Superhero Coasters a DIY Tutorial Cheltenham RoadIf you wanted a truly hard surface on the coaster that would be more heat resistant you could use  Envirotex Lite – you can find it at Michaels.  It’s easy to work with just be sure to follow the package directions precisely.

I hope you found this useful and if you do make some coasters please make sure let me know

 

 

UWUG Project 4 Knife Holder and a Learning Curve

Vintage Sign Knife Holder tutorialMy parents are Life-Long-Learners. In their 90s they are taking classes at the local college – history, literature etc. Always learning. Very admirable. I, on the other hand, am not a learning fan.  Or, more specifically, not a fan of the learning curve. I want to know exactly how to do everything right out of the box. I don’t want to look at the map I want to know where I am!  I want to come up with an idea for a project and execute it flawlessly. Weirdly, it juuuust doesn’t seem to work that way (I get lost a lot too). For UWUG Project #4 I thought it would be cool to make a knife holder that was a vintag-y sign. Simple!  Totes know how to do that! And then the dreaded learning curve kicked in. OK, supplies: Another piece of that old  dresser (another of the drawer sides like I’d used for the scrap wood trays) painted and distressed.Trash To Treasure Dresser Project Cheltenham Road Some magnets I had lying around for…..no apparent reason (where do these things come from? Who buys them and why do they keep leaving them at my house?) and a few strips of scrap wood.Magnets for DIY Knife Holder Cheltenham RoadI laid out my knife collection on the board and drew around them just to get a rough placement.How to make a vintage sign and knife holder Cheltenham Roadthen came up with a simple graphic – just textVintage Sign Knife Holder Tutorial Cheltenham Road I printed it out in reverse and, using the Lenk tool, transferred it to my painted wood base. I used scrap wood strips to make a little red frame around the sign just to give it some pop. Just strips of wood painted red and glued around the edges – butt joints again – nothing fancy. I marked where I wanted my magnets to goHow to make a vintage sign and knife holder Cheltenham Road drilled shallow holes with a forstner bit Scrap Wood Sign and Knife Holderand glued them in place using trusty E6000. Done! Nope! It turns out that the wood surface is a bit uneven so my carefully drilled holes weren’t all the same depth. That wasn’t a problem for the knifes that only had one magnet to hold them in place but for the bigger knives I’d used two magnets which were now at different levels and….no worky. So I drilled them out and did it again.  All nice and level. Done! Nope! All the knives gave a solid, reassuring click when placed on the magnets and then, when I tilted the sign up like you would on a wall, all the knives just gently slid down and crashed to the floor (no I did not stab myself in the foot…..I came close to stabbing myself in the foot which is VERY DIFFERENT!….Nicki…..) Awesome. Why hello drawing board. I have returned!  Did you miss me? I had some more magnets (still no clue why) – smaller, more intense. More holes were drilled. Small magnets were glued.knife holder tutorial Cheltenham Road Done! Nope! These magnets were so magnetty that when I put the big knife on it it defeated the glue and yanked the magnet out of the wood. More glue and more drying time solved the problem. Done! For reals! I had learned. I had curved. And next time will be super easy.Vintage Sign Knife Holder Cheltenham RoadNo, the knife on the end didn’t fall off.  I had created a tableau – cause I’m artsy like that.  I picked flowers!  I baked banana bread!   But then realized I couldn’t quite get the tableau in the picture. Better. Make a vintage sign and use it as a knife holder  Cheltenham Road tutorialOK.  Learning Curve Summary.  Notes for next time.

  • Small, super strong magnets are better.
  • Two magnets per knife
  • Drill all magnet holes to the same depth
  • I sealed it with wax which is great…..just do it perhaps, I don’t know,  before you glue the magnets in place (I got ahead of myself)
  • Give E6000 lots of drying time
  • wear shoes.  just in case.

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There is Always A Day Job And Proper Blog Usage

The Use What You’ve Got scrap wood project has really got my mind exploding with ideas.  I’m having a great time coming up with things but I’m having trouble getting to them because I have orders to fill.  And it is kind of slowly dawning on me that “Oh!  coasters and signs are my day job.  I guess there is always going to be a day job.”

What is kind of awesome is that, for the first time in my life, I really enjoy my day job.

And what is making it even more enjoyable of late is a run of customers coming to me with ideas that make me think outside the David box.

Lindsay wanted a HOME sign but asked if I could find some vintage cherry labels and do a collage that would go with the style of her kitchen.Wood Letters HOME sign with Vintage Cherry Label collage Cheltenham Road

Vintage Kitchen HOME SignIt was such a fun idea and I wouldn’t have thought of it on my own I’m pretty sure.

Next Susan wanted a Subway Sign but with some rules for her family.  Not a new idea really but I’ve never done one before and I like her rules a lot.Custom Family Rules Subway Sign by Cheltenham Road

Custom Family Rules Subway Graphic Sign by Cheltenham RoadAnd finally, Kevin got on a baseball kick after buying some Cardinals Coasters from me and, between us, we came up with these baseball themed coasters as gifts for his friends.  We made a few using the classic subway graphics that I’m so fond ofClass Baseball Field Coaster Set by Cheltenham Road

Subway Graphic Baseball Field Coaster Set by Cheltenham RoadAnd a few using vintage postcard graphics from classic ball fields.Vintage Baseball Stadium Coaster Set Cheltenham RoadEbbets Field.  Classic Baseball Stadium Coaster Set Cheltenham RoadI do feel very, very lucky to have a business where, not only do I get to stretch my imagination on my own but the customers pitch in!

And now a little business to take care of before we part.

I’ve become aware that some of you may be reading this blog with the wrong intentions. Approaching it, perhaps, as others might view the Indy 500. Sure, you say you’re there for the fun of the race but really, in your heart, you’re hoping for a crash.

I became aware of this fact when my friend Nicki told me that she thought of me when she burned her hand on a glue gun and was reminded of my experience with the heat gun.

My friend Nicki then told me that around her house a bozo, injury causing move was referred to as “pulling a David.”

Well, we laughed and laughed and then I said to my former friend Nicki: “former friend Nicki I don’t think you are taking the correct message from this blog” and I asked her to please return her Cheltenham Road membership card and decoder ring.

Admittedly I was perhaps feeling a bit sensitive having just (I’m not kidding) smacked my head into the underside of the giant hinge that holds my garage door open.

Again.

No stitches. But hats will be a major player in my Spring wardrobe.

Anyway. I just wanted to bring to your attention that this blog is not intended to be the America’s Funniest Home Videos of the cyber world.

Thank you.

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