Saturday, August 27, 2011

Candlestick Makeover Tutorial

I know what you are thinking. "Why is she doing a "makeover" on these candlesticks? They are already stylish." Let me tell you, it was hard!! I love these candlesticks. However, I needed some distressed/aged looking candlesticks in a much lighter color for a project that I am currently working on. To achieve this look, here is what I did in 5 easy steps: Sand, Prime, Paint, Paint, Paint.

You will need: 
Candlesticks of your choice
Fine Grit Sandpaper
4 Paint Brushes
Color you want shown through the crackle
Crackle Medium
Top Color of your choice




Apply your crackling medium where you want the paint to crackle. Avoid going over an area to much. 
I used "Weatherd Wood" from Michael's as my crackling medium. You have to let this dry for almost an hour.

Apply your top coat of paint. It does not have to be perfect.
**NOTE The crackling occurs very quickly so paint very quickly!**

Let dry and Viola!!

I actually went back after this photo and sandpapered a lot of the edges so more brown would show through. You will be able to see this when I post my final project. So, stay tuned! =)

Monday, August 22, 2011

"Love Soars" Bridal Shower

Welcome to my future Sister-in Laws Bridal Shower!
Come on in and make yourself at home. 

"Welcome to This Nest"


I had a small area for the guests to write down their addresses on an envelope for "Thank You" cards.

Does the picture look familiar? If not, you can check it out here.

Gift Table
Featuring the handmade Moss "H".


Eat up!! 
Featured here are the Mason Jars & Decorative Frame.


Featuring the handmade Bird's Nest Platters & Tutorial



To the Bride. I can't wait for you to become part of our family. I hope you enjoyed your shower and I wish you nothing but love and happiness together! <3
Custom Orders Available

Bird's Nest Platter Tutorial

You will need:

Amount of plates of your choice
Mod Podge Matte
Paint/sponge brush
Stamp/ink or patterned paper/tissue paper of your choice
Branches (either found outside or store bought)
Hot glue gun
Unfinished wooden candlesticks 
Unfinished small wooden plaque of your choice
Paint of your choice

Step 1: Paint your candlesticks & plaques to your liking. Once Dry, Glue the Candlestick to the center of the plaque.

Step 2: Trace and cut out paper. If you need to stamp it, like I did here, then you can do so.

Step 3: Mod Podge the paper to the plate as shown below.

Step 4: Glue the Candlestick to the center of the underside of your platter.

Step 5: Begin gluing branches to the underside of your platter as shown below. Break the branches to fit the size you need. **NOTE**You will want them to be slightly longer than the platter edge.

Continue Gluing the branches all the way around until yours looks similar to the pic below.

Step 6: Begin gluing branches onto the branches sticking out from the underside.

Work your way around...

...until your platter looks like the pic below.

Step 7: Begin building up your edges by continuing step 6.
When you are done, your platter should look like the 2 pics below.


Step 8: Begin gluing the moss in pizza slice forms all around the underside of the platter. **NOTE** This part is messy so make sure you do it in a place that is easy to clean up.

Your platter should now look like the pic below.
Step 9: The final step is to cover the glue from building up the branches around the platter. Take bits of moss and glue them right over the areas that have glue showing. 

(The 1st pic below is showing the glue and the pic below that is showing the glue now covered).


You have now completed your platter. Make some fun food and pile it on!! 

To see the platters in action in the "LOVE SOARS" Bridal Shower, Click HERE!

"Love Soars" Bridal Shower Mason Jars

I love the mason jars everyone has been using. I think they scream summertime! I added a little bit of twine and cut-outs of sparrows to them. Everyone at the shower wrote their name in white so, not only would they would know what glass was theirs but, it also helped everyone with each others names. An easy way to get to know who someone is and still enjoy a nice beverage.

Custom Orders Available

"Love Soars" Bridal Shower Tablecloths & Runner

I made these vibrant tablecloths/runner for the "Love Soars" Bridal Shower. Unfortunately, I am still without a sewing machine so, I had to make due with what I had available...a glue gun!! It worked perfectly for what I needed.  They are pretty simple too, believe it or not. They really helped pull all the decor together! =)

Square tablecloth

 Table Runner


Large tablecloth for the gift table

Custom Orders Available