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From Old Window to Wall Art!

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It has been a while since my last post. A lot of changes had happened in my life, and even though I still work in my projects once and a while, lately I’ve been more active and decided to come back. This time I’ll add spanish translation at the end of every post, to comply with friends requests 😉

We are in a new home now! …again, this one we like the most. As the previous two homes, this one is also a rental. So, as you may guess there are changes that can or can’t be made in a rental home. This house is amazing. Middle century exterior (original with some paint in it) and a total upgrade inside… Did I mention we are on the lake now? :O We are getting a little bit spoiled here.

Well, as you may imagine, decor taste vary depending on the space you are working with. I want this house felling to be relaxing, upscale and still colorful. The master bedroom turn is next. There are a few projects I have on mind and this was the first one I tackled.

Two years ago I bought a pair of old windows at an antique mall. I have to make clear… I am not an expert on bargains. In fact, I am more than worse at it (I may have to improve in that area). So I paid $16 each. This is how the looked like…

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The opposite side was painted white with brush strokes and everything (I forgot to take that picture). First things first, I removed the hardware. Then, I used a paint deglosser to remove a bit of the varnish on the window side I was going to paint blue. With the paint deglosser I used it as directed, however the results were not what I expected so I scraped a bit the surface and also sanded a bit more. I wanted to make sure the paint will adhere perfectly.

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Next step, I turned around the windows (put some paper underneath to protect the wood and also the floor from the spray paint), clean the glass thoroughly to remove any residue. I mixed 1 part vinegar + 1 part water in a clean spray bottle. Make sure the tip of the spray bottle is set to “mist”. Spray enough water/vinegar mixture in the glass to accomplish a great Mercury Glass effect. Use a Mirror like spray paint (I used the Krylon one in silver), spray all the glass panels and make sure the borders are well covered as well. Let dry. you can keep working the following day.

Now, without touching the painted glass. Turn around the windows again and use masking tape to cover the glass the front side of the window (the side you are going to paint whatever color you want to). Cover the glass well since I did not do it and after painting I had to scrape the glass with a glass scraper, not fun at all. Then spray paint the entire window making sure every corner is covered.

 

 

As soon as the window is dry, remove all the masking tape. As I mentioned before, if the paint finds its way to the glass, it is your turn to use a glass scraper and remover it from the glass.

Remember the hardware? I wanted to keep the “Reused” feeling of the window so I cleaned it then put it back. I used a mixture of 1 part vinegar + 1 part water (sounds familiar?) I put the water/vinegar mixture in a pot and put the hardware inside. Heat the pot until the water start boiling and let boiled the hardware a couple of minutes. Let rest a bit until you can put your hands inside without burning, and using a toothbrush brush the dirt away. You can then start cleaning with a paper towel until the paper comes clean. You can boil the hardware as many times as necessary. Put the hardware back in the windows.

As every nice art piece, you need to finish it nicely. REMEMBER! Without touching the painted glass… Turn around the window one more time. This time try to lay it down on a carpet or pad, you don’t want any scuffed paint. Close to the edge of the window, place double side tape all around it. Use your favorite paper as a dust protector for your window (I always use contractor paper). Help yourself with a metal ruler and a box cutter to cut any excess paper. Add hardware for hanging you window and… Decorate!

 

Materials:

Old windows.

Paint deglosser, sand paper or similar (you can mix material to get the best result for you)

Mirror spray paint (I used silver but you can use gold, copper or the one you like the best)

Spray paint for the front of the window (I used a satin Rust-Oleum dark blue… I can’t find the exact color’s name)

Masking tape and paper to protect your surfaces.

Spray Bottle

Water and vinegar for spraying the glass and cleaning the hardware.

double side tape

paper for the back of the window ( I used contractor paper, I bought it at the hardware store)

Metal ruler and box cutter.

Hangers (I used large D-Ring Handers, also from the hardware store)

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Let me know if you have any questions related to this or other posts, I’ll be more than happy to help. Fell free to post any similar project or let me know if you have a different technique to accomplish similar results… See you in a bit!

Juliana.

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The Ventanas Viejas a Obra de Arte.

Ha pasado bastante tiempo desde la última publicación. Muchas cosas han cambiado en mi vida e incluso así he logrado completar algunos proyectos de vez en cuando. Ultimamente he estado más activa y decidí volver al blog. De ahora en adelante habrá una traducción en español al final del post para complacer a aquellos amigos que lo han solicitado 😉

Estamos en una nueva casa! … de nuevo. Esta nos gusta mucho más. Igual que las últimas dos casas, esta es rentada. Como es de suponerse, hay cambios que pueden hacerse y hay otros que no son posibles. Esta casa es maravillosa. El estilo del exterior es de mediados de siglo (original con una pinturita) y por dentro está totalmente remodelada estilo actual… Les dije que estamos en el lago ahora? :O Nos estamos poniendo malcriados aquí.

Bueno, como pueden imaginarse, los gustos en decoración varían dependiendo del espacio en el cual estas trabajando. Con esta casa quiero que la sensación sea de relajación, lujo y aún así mucho color. Es el turno del cuarto principal. Hay algunos proyectos que tengo en mente y el siguiente es el primero que decidí completar.

Hace dos años compré un par de ventanas en un mall de antigüedades. Debo aclarar  que no soy experta en gangas. De hecho, soy la peor (debería mejorar en el area). Bueno, pagué $16 cada una. Y así es como se veían… (foto)

El lado opuesto estaba pintado de blanco con marcas de brocha y todo incluido. (se me olvidó tomar esa foto). Primero, removí las manillas y la cerradura. Luego, usé un removedor de barniz para remover un poco de el barniz viejo en el lado del frente de la ventana, el que va pintado del color que quieran ustedes. Con el removedor de pintura que usé como decían las indicaciones, no me fié muy bien, me tocó usar una espátula y hasta papel de lija. Hay que estar seguro que la pintura va a adherirse a la superficie. (foto)

Próximo paso, Dale vuelta a la ventana (pon papel por debajo para proteger la madera y el piso de la pintura) limpia el vidrio removiendo cualquier residuo. Yo mezclé 1 medidas de vinagre con 1 medida de agua y la metí en una botella limpia de spray. Hay que asegurarse que la boquilla de la botella esté en la parte de “rocío”. Rocía el vidrio con la mezcla suficientemente para que de el efecto de vidrio mercury. Usa una pintura de efecto espejo en spray (yo usé Krylon en plata), pinta todos los páneles de vidrio asegurándote de cubrir  los bordes de igual manera. Deja secar, puedes seguir trabajo al día siguiente.

Ahora,  Sin tocar el vidrio pintado. Voltea las ventanas de nuevo, usa cinta de enmascarar para cubrir el vidrio del lado del frente (el lado que vas a pintar del color que quieras). Cubre bien el vidrio, yo no lo hice y me tocó raspar el vidrio con un rascavidrios, Nada emocionante. Luego pinta la ventana completa con la pintura en spray, asegúrate que todas las esquinas estén cubiertas. (foto)

En cuanto la ventana esté seca, remueve la cinta de enmascarar. Como mencioné anteriormente, si el vidrio se llena de pintura, es tu turno de usar el rascavidrios para remover la pintura del vidrio.

Recuerdan las manillas y la cerradura? Yo quise seguir con el tema de la “reutilización” de la ventana, entonces los limpié y los volví a colocar. Usé una mezcla de 1 parte de agua y 1 parte de vinagre (les suena familiar?) Puse la mezcla de agua y vinagre en una olla y coloqué las manillas y la cerradura adentro, las puse a hervir por unos minutitos. cuando el agua este a una temperatura tolerable usa un cepillo de dientes para cepillar y remover el sucio, luego con una toalla de papel continúa limpiando hasta que el papel salga limpio. puedes repetir el proceso las veces que sea necesario. Pon las manillas y la cerradura en la ventada seca de nuevo. Hay que RECORDAR! Sin tocar el vidrio pintado… Dale vuelta a la ventana una vez más. Esta vez trata de colocarla sobre una alfombra o una superficie suave, no quieres que se pele la pintura. Cerca de los bordes de la ventana, coloca cinta adhesiva (la que tiene pega de ambos lados). Usa tu papel favorito como guarda polvo (yo siempre uso papel de construcción). Usa una regla de metal y un cortador de caja or exacto para cortar el excedente de papel. Coloca el gancho para colgar tu ventana y… Decora! (foto)

Materiales:

Ventanas viejas.

Removedor de pintura, papel de lija o algo similar (puedes mezclar materiales hasta lograr el resultado deseado)

Pintura de spray efecto espejo (yo usé color plata pero se puede usar dorada, cobre o cual sea mejor)

Pintura en spray para el frente de la ventana (yo usé una satinada de Rust-Oleum azul oscuro… No encuentro el nombre exacto del color)

Cinta de enmascarar y papel para proteger las superficies.

botella de spray

Agua y vinagre para rociar el vidrio y para limpiar las manillas y la cerradura.

Cinta adhesiva de ambos lados.

papel para el guarda polvo de la ventana (yo usé papel de construcción que compré en la ferretería)

Regla de metal y cortador de cajas o exacto.

Gancho para colgar la ventana (yo usé un gancho grande de anillo en D)

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Si tienen preguntas acerca de esta u otra publicación, háganmela saber, con gusto les responderé. Siéntanse libres de publicar cualquier proyecto similar o dejarme saber si hay alguna técnica diferente que te gusta usar y que logra resultados similares… Nos vemos en un ratito!

Juliana.

 

Happy Stairs (Removable Wallpaper)

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Para la publicación en español, sigue hasta el final.

Hi there! I’ve been thinking for a long time how to give some life to the entryway. No matter what time of the day it is, the entrance will look dark of just boring. I wanted to give some color to it but there is not much space to add an entry table or something similar. The choices I have will be limited to the stairs and the wall where the stairs are. Just to remind you, I live in a rental home so whatever choice I take it shouldn’t be permanent.

And then… I checked different choices to decorate stairs. The best thing one could do when feeling stuck it is to go and look for ideas! COLOR! That is what I wanted, happy, colorful stairs. I decide to go with removable and INEXPENSIVE wallpaper. After researching online for removable wallpaper well… it is too expensive for a home that is not mine 😦 but WAIT! I found two pins on pinterest about removable wallpaper made out of fabric TA-DA!

Note for Renters: you can remove this wallpaper using just water. Easy to do!

So here you go, to add some interest to your stairs (or walls) you will need:

Fabric of your choice. I used three different prints and one yard of each one (I used cotton Calico prints that I found at Hobby Lobby)

Iron and Ironing table

Water

Cornstarch

Measure tape

Pushpins

Utility Knife (or Rotary cutter and rotary cutter mat plus ruler)

Scissors

Paintbrush

Old credit card

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The stairs I wallpapered had 15 steps each 5 3/4′ tall by 33 1/2′ wide (minus one step in an angle that was 39′ wide)

To make the starch for this quantity you will need to boil 2 cups of water, then in 1/4 cup of cold water add 3 tablespoons of cornstarch and mix until it is completely dissolved. When the 2 cups of water are boiling, add the water and cornstarch mixture whisking at all times until it have the consistency of gravy.

I tried two ways of putting the fabric (the first one took more time and, honestly, I didn’t think it was worth the work unless the surface you will be doing it is not perfectly square) anyway I’ll let you know both ways.

First I used the pushpins to fix the fabric over the space where I would place it (to level the fabric print the better I could). Then I move the fabric up so I could apply the starch with the brush as if you were painting. With an old credit card I started placing the fabric.

NOTE: If you press the fabric too hard with the card, you may end up stretching the fabric and messing how the print will look at the end. Be gentle!

I used the rotary cutter to cut off the excess on the longest edges, for the small ones I used either the utility knife or scissors.

After you have all the cuts done, apply a layer of starch over the fabric to protect it and fix it better to the surface.

 

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Great right?

After the third step I decided to measure ever single step (very well) to make sure they where the same size and then… I started the second option I used to finish this project.

First I cut the pieces using a cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter (like cutting pieces for a quilt). I placed the fabric on the step to have it centered. I add a layer of starch to the surface and using and old credit card to place it on the right spot. Then add the layer of starch on top (easier right?)

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Very important:

1. Iron the fabric as needed, this will give a better quality to your work.

2. Measure, measure, measure.

The layer of starch will take some time to dry. Try placing the same print in their spots giving some time to the other ones to dry a bit. I first started placing the steps in order (1,2, and 3) and my knees were getting starched. Everything was better when I place it 4,7,10,13, and so on. When I came back to place 5,8,11,14. The previous step wasn’t as wet as before.

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It took me 3 hours including gathering together the materials and tools and ironing and making mistakes. I bet you can make a better timing 😉

Questions anyone?

I wish you to enjoy this tutorial 🙂

Take care!

 

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Escaleras Alegres (Papel Tapiz Removible)

Hola! He estado pensando, ya por un tiempo, cómo darle vida a la entrada de la casa?. No importa que hora sea, la entrada de la casa se ve oscura y aburrida. Quise darle un poco de color, pero no hay mucho espacio para una mesa o algo similar. Las opciones que tengo están limitadas a las escaleras y la pared de las escaleras. Solo como recordatorio, Vivo en una casa rentada, así que cualquier opción que escoja, no puede ser permanente.

Entonces, Estudié diferentes opciones para decorar las escaleras. Lo mejor que se puede hacer cuando falta la creatividad es buscar nuevas ideas! COLOR! Eso es lo que estaba buscando, escaleras alegres y coloridas. Decidí utilizar una papel tapiz económico. Luego de buscar paper tapiz removible en el internet, buehh… Es demasiado costoso para una casa que no es mía 😦 pero ESPEREN! Encontré dos pins en Pinterest, acerca de como hacer papel tapiz removible con tela TA-DA!

Nota para arrendatarios: Puedes remover este papel utilizando solo agua. Fácil verdad?

Bueno, aquí va. Para agregar un toque interesante a tus escaleras (o paredes) vas a necesitar:

Tela de tu preferencia. yo utilicé tres tipos de estampados y una yarda de de cada uno (90cm). Utilicé algodón Calico que encontré en Hobby Lobby.

Plancha y mesa de planchar

Agua

Fécula de maíz

Cinta métrica

Tachuelas

Cortador de cajas/exacto, o cortadora rotativa, superficie para cortadora rotativa y regla para cortar.

Tijeras

Brocha

Tarjeta de crédito vieja.

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Las escaleras que empapelé tienen 15 escalones, cada uno de 5 3/4 pulgadas de alto y 33 1/2 pulgadas de ancho (excepto un escalón que esta en ángulo y tenía 39 pulgadas de ancho) Para hacer el engrudo para esta cantidad, vas a necesitar hervir 2 tazas de agua, luego en 1/4 de taza de agua fría, agrega 3 cucharadas de fécula de maíz y mezcla hasta que esté completamente disuelta. Cuando las dos tazas de agua estén hirviendo, agrega la mezcla de fécula de maíz y agua fría batiendo constantemente hasta que espese.

Traté dos formas de colocar la tela (la primera  toma más tiempo, honestamente no creo que valga la pena a menos que la superficie no tenga ángulos y medidas perfectas) En fin, Aquí les dejo las dos maneras de montar la tela. Primero usé las tachuelas para colocar la tela en el espacio donde se iba a pegar (hay que considerar que el estampado esté nivelado/centrado de la mejor manera). Luego, subí la tela para poner el engrudo en la superficie, cuando ya tenía suficiente engrudo, coloqué la tela y con ayuda de una tarjeta de crédito vieja se va pegando la tela tratando de sacar las burbujas, si se hace alguna.

NOTA: Si presionas la tela muy fuerte con la tarjeta, puede que la tela se estire deformando el estampado y vas a terminar con un desastre. Trabaja con cuidado!

Yo utilicé un cortador rotativo para cortar el excedente de la tela en los lados más largos, para los lugares mas pequeños o las esquinas, utilicé exacto o tijeras. Luego que tengas todo cortado, aplica una capa de engrudo por encima de la tela para pegarla bien a la superficie y protegerla.

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Excelente cierto?

Luego del tercer escalón decidí medir cada escalón por separado (muy bien) para asegurarme que tenían la misma medida y luego… Comencé con la segunda opción hasta terminar el proyecto. Primero corté la tela usando un cortador rotativo junto con su superficie de corte y la regla (como lo que se usa para cortar los quilt/acolchados). Coloqué la tela en los escalones hasta tenerla bien centrada. Coloqué una capa de engrudo en la superficie y utilizando la tarjeta de crédito la pegué en el lugar donde iba. Luego agregué la capa de engrudo por encima (fácil verdad?)

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Muy importante:

  1. Plancha la tela las veces que sea necesario, el resultado será de mejor calidad.
  2. 2. Mide, mide, mide.
  3. La capa de engrudo va a tomar un tiempo en secar. Trata de colocar primero un estampado en los escalones que corresponden, dándole un tiempo para que se seque cuando vayas a colocar el que le sigue. Yo primero intenté pegar la tela en el orden de los escalones (1, 2, 3) y las rodillas se me estaban llenando de engrudo. Todo mejoró cuando coloqué 4,7,10,13, y así sucesivamente. Cuando volví para colocar 5,8,11,14, los escalones con la tela ya no estaban tan húmedos como al comienzo.

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Me tomó tres horas terminar el proyecto, incluyendo el tiempo que tomó buscar los materiales, prepararlos, planchar y meter la pata. Te apuesto que puedes hacerlo en menos tiempo 😉

Alguna pregunta?

Espero que hayan disfrutado este tutorial 🙂

 

Cuídense,

Juliana

 

Glass Lamps (from Glass Vases)

 

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Hello! Today I want to show you one of my favorite projects. I really like glass. I can not have too many glass products at home because of the kids but I managed to make and add a few of my lamps around the house. Because this tutorial may be a little long I’ll try to get to the point soon. Before we start, I’ll add some of the resources I use to buy material at the end and I will also limit the tutorial to the glass base. For the shade I’ll recommend checking the lamp shade tutorial at Design Sponge here. She has a great tutorial that I have use to make all my lamp shades.

Materials:

Glass Base.

5/16 inch diamond bit

A good drill

Masking tape

Safety glasses

Rubber gloves

Standard quality cork stopper (the size of the vase opening)

1/4 IPS Internal pipe hole bushing

8 Ft. 18/2 SPT-2cord set with molded plug (the color you prefer)

2 1/2 Inch X 1/8 IPS nipple steel

1/8 IPS star lock washer (X2)

1/8F Hex head nut-steel (X2)

1 1/2 Inch 1/8 SL Checkring (The color you prefer) (X2)

3-Way lamp socket (the color you prefer)

Regular duty harp. it may be 8 inches or 10 inches depending on how big it is your vase (the color you prefer)

Lamp finial (the color you prefer)

To start you will need a sink or a water source to keep the vase wet while drilling the hole. Put some masking tape in the place where you want the hole to be drill. As with a lot of power tolls, you will need to start it before placing it on the vase (this will give you an idea of the best speed and how much control you will need over the drill to keep it in place while drilling). Start with the bit in a 45 degrees angle until you get some control over the drill and you notice it won’t move out of place. If the drill move out of place it may scratch the surface of the vase. slowly move the bit, while drilling, in a 90 degrees angle. it will take sometime, usually about 10 minutes. Do NOT push the drill, do NOT wiggle the drill while opening the hole. This may break the glass and you won’t get a clean cut. Because it is glass you will note some of the mistakes. Wear your glasses and gloves while drilling and keep the water running so the glass won’t get to hot and break.

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After opening the hole, you will get some little pieces of glass inside the vase. Add a little bit of dish soap and rinse until you get all the soap out. This way you will minimize water marks. Turn upside-down until it dries.

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Now that the vase is ready to become a lamp, lets start installing the electrical. Take the cork stopper and drill a hole in the middle big enough to be able to pass the nipple through but not too big that the nipple will be loose in it (I usually open the hole with a smaller drill bit so the nipple will fit tight). pass the nipple leaving almost equal parts out of both sides. In the smaller end of the cork add FIRST, one checkring, one star lock washer and then one hex head nut.

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On the widest end of the cork add FIRST, one star lock washer, one hex head nut and one checkering. Also, add the bottom part of the harp. Now, separate the lamp socket (bottom and top) and screw the bottom part to the nipple on this same side of the cork (don’t forget the ring that keep both half of the socket together). Note: you may need to loose a little the screw at the bottom part of the socket. remember to tight that little screw at the end.

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Put the pipe hole bushing in the hole you drilled in the vase. take the wire and pass it through the hole and also through the nipple until you have enough wire to connect the electrical. (I did this before putting together the hardware on the top part but, I have done that as I instructed here before and there is no difference that I have noticed)

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Connect each way of the wire to the screws on the socket (one end to one screw and the other end to the other screw). slide the socket top part to the internal part where you connected the wires and then screw to the bottom part attached to the cork.

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Press the cork down until it gets real tight to the vase (I usually try lifting the vase by the socket to get sure it is tight enough and won’t come off the vase). Be sure that the cork and the electrical are leveled and then add the top part of the harp, lamp shade and finial.

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It may seem like a lot of work but it is not. after you get the hole drilled in the vase it may take about 5 minutes to put the electrical together. you can even buy a lamp shade and have the whole thing done pretty quickly.

As always, any question I’ll be more than happy to answer 😉

Almost forget! I am sure there may be more places to buy the materials. I’ll share with you the ones I have been using.

http://www.grandbrass.com (for electrical parts)

http://www.widgetco.com (for corks)

http://www.lampshop.com (for lamp shade supplies)

If you decide to tackle this project, please send pictures 🙂

Ciao!!!

Silhouettes Gallery Wall (No Expensive Tools Necessary)

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Yes! this is my third post. I hope this continue in a regular basis because it fells great to share so many stuff.

As a renter, I need to live with wall colors that are not my favorites. This house we have been living in since November 2013 has not the worst color choices ever. However, The very green room that works as my younger child’s room is just waaaay to green, And taking the pink and green flowers chandelier as a clue, I could say it was a girl’s room before. Because I want my deposit back when we move. I choose to accessorized the walls in a way that it won’t be so green anymore. My solution? you guessed it! a silhouettes gallery wall. This wall would give me enough white surface to enjoy the green.

First things first, The frames. You need to find as much frames as you want in order to cover the space you want to transform and arrange them in a way pleasant to the view (check pinterest for some ideas) I usually buy frames when I find good deals and I had a bunch I used for my gallery. Very important ASK! try different arrangement and ask people what do they think about them, which one they like better and why, and always, the last choice is yours 😉

I bought the mats people use for framing pictures at Michael’s. I decided to go with white and Blue so the main colors of the room will be white, green and blue.

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Ok, Don’t be hard on me! I was moving that’s the mess you see there.

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These mats can be a little bit thick for certain frames. you need to make sure that your frames have enough space so you can insert two mats and close it just fine. If it is too thick for your frames, try other materials like construction paper or another light and colorful option. The next step is to find the silhouettes you want to draw or transfer, and do so on a piece of regular paper. I used letter size white paper. Because I didn’t want any shade of color showing near the cuts, I put the paper with the drawing on top of the mat and trace the shape making pressure so I could notice the shape on the mat.
With a lot of patience, and light, I started cutting out the shape.

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I used craft knives I bought on amazon. They’re very inexpensive and actually bought the set as an add-on item. After you have the shape all cut out. Place the mat with the shape on the frame’s glass, then put the mat with the color you choose (in this case blue) on top of this one. The color mat should be cut the size of what the frame holds. For instance: 8 X 10. and then, close the frame as you do when you add a picture to it.

I really recommend to clean your frames carefully so you don’t end up with dust or dirt between the glass and the silhouettes.

Here are some of the pieces up close;

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Ah! in case you are wondering. Yes! I did change the pink and green flower chandelier for a little bit more masculine fixture. 😉 Talk to you soon.

Hasta luego amigos!

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P.S. If you are a renter. Don’t you dare to forget these!

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😉

Spring Wreath!

Spring Wreath.

Spring Wreath.

Hi there! I’m Juliana and this my first post. I have been postponing all this blogging idea for a long time now and as part of overcoming this I just gave myself an ultimatum.

Well then, after waiting what it felt FOREVER for spring… It is finally here! yeiiiiii I’m so excited and I wanted to celebrate it with a little something for my front door.

This wreath is very easy. You just need yarn of all the colors you want. Even if you just choose two colors, you just will need 1 count of each. That will be more than enough.

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I used 5 colors, one wreath, ribbon and a wooden letter. added to this materials, and my four-year-old boy hand, I also used yellow acrylic paint, hot glue, and also staple a little bit of the ribbon. we’ll get there!

CanonAbril_14 087This is the starting knot, I tried to do it real tight so it wouldn’t move as I wrap the yarn around the wreath. It has a double knot.

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At the time you are wrapping the yarn around. you need to make sure the colors follow a pattern and also you need to tighten it as you go. This will help your wreath to have a nice spacing and the green background won’t be seen.

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This is the final knot. you can also see in the picture part of the started knot. Don’t worry about it, the ribbon will cover it without leaving a nasty appearance.

CanonAbril_14 101The original idea was to wrap the letter in yarn as well (which I did and it was way to much wrapping for one wreath) I decided to paint the wooden letter in a happy yellow. I opened a hole in the letter using the screw-in hook you can see in the picture. After the paint dried I used the hook to hang the letter in the wreath.

Just so you know, after finishing the wrapping you should measure the ribbon to hang the wreath from the door. I used hot glue and staples to fix the ribbon in the wreath and just staples to hang it on the door. Then, I made a bow and with hot glue I added it to the wreath. I wasn’t sure the screw-in hook will hold so I took it out and put some hot glue inside the hole before putting the screw-in hook back in the wreath.

you can use the glue or material that you want to keep the parts together. I wanted to be really sure it wouldn’t blow away. By the time I finished and hanged it on the door, the weather was really crazy and the wind impossible.

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And this is how it looks like in SPRING!

I am currently working in a bunch of projects and I will loooove to keep showing you what I can do.

Thanks! and see you very soon 🙂

Juliana.-