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Craft Space Redo part 2: Glass Message Board

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As you all can see from previous posts, I like message boards. Writing my ideas out in an area where I can visualize them every day helps to keep me organized. So I created this quick message board for my craft space to stay on track with projects!

Supplies:

  • Picture frame with glass (I chose a large size -16x20in)
  • Fabric
  • Chalk board pens
  • Scissors

Choose a fabric that you can easily see writing on. Tip: if you find a fabric you love but the pattern is too busy or the colors are too bright/dark, no worries! An overlay of tracing paper can be used to mute the pattern and help visualize the writing.

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Cut the fabric to size to fit within the picture frame. Press the fabric to remove any wrinkles. Place the fabric within the frame and add padding to keep the fabric flat if necessary. There you have it! Chalk board pens or dry/wet erase markers can be used to write on the glass. Choose colors that pop!

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Side of the street find…

What makes me happy is stuff like this. I couldn’t believe my luck when I happened upon this desk. Just put out by one of my neighbors, tt may not look like much now, but it is gorgeous! It’s solid wood, sturdy, in good shape and best of all will fit perfectly in my boys’ room.

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After I got it home and wiped it down, I was quite pleased. The drawers need a little repair work, but overall it is in great shape!

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I am not sure exactly what I am going to do with it but I know I want to paint it blue. I found a few refinished desks that I love on Pinterest.

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Cute indigo desk redo

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Love the vintage feel of this desk from Number Fifty Three

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This is the color that I want – and the weathered feel! Knack Studio

I plan on painting me new desk in a few weeks! What do you think I should do with it?

Mother’s Day Throwback – Vintage Decoupaged Plates

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Since Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite gift ideas for this special day. When I worked in the craft industry, I had the pleasure of working with so many talented artists and crafters. One of my favorites of all time is  Cathie Fillian. A few years ago, I was inspired to do a series of plates honoring my favorite women after I saw a set of plates that Cathie created using Mod Podge.  I presented my parents and in-laws with these decoupaged plates honoring my two grandmothers and my husband’s grandmothers. I was lucky to find romantic, vintage pictures of each of the four women, that were then photocopied and paired with pretty scrapbook papers and cut out phrases that fit their personalities.

The first photo is of Eunice: My dad’s mom. She was the quintessential modern woman. Avid fisher, homemaker and an all-around lovely person. Erin’s antique re-do features her dressers.
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Inspired by Wu Tang Clan

It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since the release of the Wu-Tang clan’s epic album. Oh the memories…when Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) was released, I was riding around the campus of Florida A and M University pumping it from my Toyota Supra. (Did I just date myself? Yep). Never did I imagine that some 20 years later, I would be writing about crafts. So when my husband mentioned doing a post about Wu-Tang Clan on Craft Noire, I thought what do crafting and Wu_tang  have in common?  Imagine my surprise (delight) to have stumbled across so many Wu inspired crafts. Glad to know I’m not the only hip hop generation crafter. For more Wu-Tang history, check out the Wu-Tang Manual. Wu-Tang crafts aint nothing to F- with.

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1. The ground breaking Wu Tang album cover.

2. Wu-Tang Forever Big Hoop Earrings by Jade Stone Jewelry

3. Original Rza art by dosecreative.

4. Wu Tang Lyric T-shirt by Akilakbe.

5. Wu-tang Brosary: protect ya neck v.2 by sstrange.

6. C.R.E.A.M embroidered hoop.