It’s been a trifle, um warm here of late. Like, 112. Ugh.
My friend Mary referred to this as LA’s version of a “snow day.”
That made me feel better. Who doesn’t love a snow day?!
When I was little my mom always managed to have some fun craft project for you to work on during a snow day. I’d do paint by numbers or she and I would experiment with Shrinky Dinks or some such thing. I have some very fond memories of those times.
(Honesty Alert #1: I don’t want to get to fake sweet nostalga-ish – She also made me clean my room and stuff so it wasn’t all joyful crafts and warm chocolate chip cookies)
So, in honor of my my mom and her creative use of down time I spent most of last week holed up in my house launching on bunch of different projects and, honestly, really enjoying myself
(Honesty alert #2: I also ate a lot of ice cream which greatly added to the “I’m having fun” feeling. I highly recommend it)
I’d recently stumbled across this awesome post by Jen at House of Wood.
She’d taken a bunch of scrap plywood and turned them into super cool candle holders.
Jen totally inspired me and I was eager to try my own hand at it.
(Honesty Alert #3: this part required me to go outside and work in the garage which was….not fun…..I ate more ice cream to compensate and was back on track.)
After letting them dry I sanded them smooth, drilled out the holes for the tealights with my drill press and stained the wood.
But being me I had to add text or graphics or something so I did a quick search on the Graphics Fairy site and turned up vintage bicycle ad.
Seriously, pretty much anything you ever needed in life can be found at the Graphics Fairy.
I know you’re thinking.
“Oh great he’s about to get out that stupid Lenk thing that I don’t own and therefore can’t use”…. but I’m not!!!!
I found another way to do transfers! It’s even easier AND it greatly reduces my chances of burning the house down (win/win!).
I’ll share the technique in an upcoming post after I’ve done some more experimenting but I’m really excited about it.
Thanks Jen! Really you should check out her site. Full of great ideas, tutorials and downloads.
Oh, and on a final note, I wanted to say thanks for the comments about my dad’s Father’s day present.
A couple of folks asked if he liked it. My sister Paula was there at the unveiling and reported that he loved it. And when I called later he seemed enthusiastic (he’s not really given to gushing outbursts of enthusiasm but, in his own way, he seemed pleased).
And although I really do believe him, the Eyore side of my personality can’t help imagining his thought process upon opening it going more like:
At least the girls seem well adjusted……
I guess I just have to buy my own books and ties.
Have a good week everybody!