Thanks so much for the feedback about the HOME sign keyholder . Truly appreciated! I’ve “gone back to the drawing board” to incorporate some of your ideas and few of my own. And I think it has real possibilities.
I’m continuing to experiment with new ideas while simultaneously attempting to use all those craft supplies that stack up due to the “Oh this has so many cool possibilities! I must purchase it!” thinking that plagues me.
Sometimes playing around leads to great things. Sometimes it leads nowhere.
Let’s start with nowhere first shall we?
One of my vows for this year is to actually USE the Silhouette machine I bought on impulse a loooooong time ago.
I had also bought (a while ago……OK, to save time you can just fill in the phrase “a while ago” every time I mention purchasing something in this post), bought several little glass milk bottles. I also wanted to try Armor Etch glass etching cream.
In addition I received some Mod Podge Tints that I wanted to experiment with.
Each on it’s own was fine. Together…..I kinda made a mess.
First up using the Etching Cream.
The Silhouette worked perfectly in creating the stencil.
The Etching Cream worked fine – not quite as dramatic a difference between the etched and non-etched glass.
So I thought why not use the tint! It will make the dark part darker and the clear part different.
Not so much.
Not horrible (and it hadn’t completely dried yet) – all the products worked just as advertised – they just didn’t work together very well.
……..also…..blue milk bottles. IT WAS A PHASE! I WAS EXPERIMENTING!!!!!
Not really knowing when to let a mediocre idea go I thought I’d try again!
I grabbed a vase and, in a real stroke of creative genius etched the word “VASE” on it.No more confusing glassware in my house, no sir!
Then I taped off the etched part and tinted the outside of the glass.
Interesting.Not awful. Not great. Interesting.
So. Things were learned, supplies explored, I didn’t injure myself so….good….I guess.
Up next, and with better results, I tried out a new way of using Mod Podge and paper napkins.
I sanded and stained some scrap wood and grabbed some cheap napkins from the dollar store.(I may do a tutorial on this at some point if I decide I like it so forgive a few skipped steps here.)
Basically you pull the napkins apart, Mod Podge them into place and then use an orbital sander so distress them and bring out some texture.
I really like the results
You can see how the sander lets the wood sorta show through the super thin napkin. And the wrinkles that are inevitable when working with thin paper just become a part of the look.I really like it!
I’m not totally sure what I want to do with this new-found skill but I like it.
I mean, you could make trays I guess or coat racks but I’m trying to think of something new to do.
A CHRISTMAS GIFT UPDATE
I got together with some friends before going to a movie recently and the occasion allowed me to say what I’ve been longing to say since my father’s Christmas gift arrived:
RELEASE THE CRACKERRACK!!!
Happy to report that although I swapped in some non-compliant edibles the rack performed beautifully and was much admired.
Also, my mother informed me that it was her idea that I would use the toast rack as a bill sorter. If she says that the proper use of a 300 year old piece of valuable, handmade, silver is to hold my Ikea bill who am I to argue?