First Craft Show

First Craft Show

I recently did a small Make &/or Bake Sale for Alzheimer’s research. It was the first time I’d ever done something like that. I didn’t have a lot of props and I used sticky notes to show prices, but it went really really well.
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So First ever show a success! Aaaaannndd a friend asked me to share a booth with her in October, so second show here I come! I’m very excited! I have to make some more items and look around the house for some props. If you live in Tennessee, or want to visit, it’s the Grundy County Craft Show on October 1st. Come and see me!

Some items that will be with me in Grundy County:
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Also, I’m taking orders for custom jewelry for gifts or upcoming holiday party gatherings and for custom bags. Get your orders in early for a special surprise!

A Very Spidey Christmas Project

A Very Spidey Christmas Project

I picked up a bunch of Spider-Man comics at an antique mall a while back for my Dad’s Christmas present. I also snagged a vintage style Spider-Man poster off Amazon. My original plan to house these was to pick up some old picture frames from goodwill or some other thrift store. But I decided to go for a different look that makes much more of a statement. I decided to make the “frames.”

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My Dad loved them!! I think he was a little shocked by them, but he absolutely loved them. I know he couldn’t wait to get them hung up in his media room. I’ll be sure to post a picture once he hangs them up.

For those of you who would like to see how I built them, continue reading. For those of you who just wanted to see them, there you have it. I hope you enjoyed it!!

To Build
First I bought all the materials from Lowes online and they had them ready for pick up in 20 mins! I bought:

  • 5- 8ft x 2 inch x 1/4 inch wood slats
  • 3- 24 x 36 inch metal sheets
  • 3- 18 x 24 inch clear acrylic sheets
  • 12 socket hd cap screws & 18 hex nuts & 12 6×3/8 screws

I also used some black acrylic paint, black and red spray paint, poster board, wood glue, staple gun, and hand saw that I already had.

I used poster board to create my spray paint template. First I drew the spiderweb with a marker and then used a utility knife to cut the web out, keeping all the pieces. I used the web itself as a template for placing each piece on the metal. I used painters tape to attach them. Covered large areas with magazine pages. I used black low voc spray paint. While that dried, I created the Spider-man mask template and painted it on the metal as well.
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After painting the metal pieces I began measuring for the holes to be drilled into the metal and plexiglass. To do this I worked from the back of the metal so that I could write on it. The plexiglass has a protective film that I wrote on. I suggest keeping it on until you attach it with the bolts to the metal.

I measured the metal and plexiglass pieces in pairs and numbered them to match. I did this because even though I’m using the same measurements on each piece, most likely the metal and plexiglass have subtle inaccuracies. So numbering them to match ensures that they will fit together.

Because of the size pieces I bought, I already knew I wanted the plexiglass 6 inches from the top and bottom of the metal and 3 inches on each of the sides. Once I had the glass positioned to those measurements, I traced the corners of the plexiglass onto the metal for reference later.

After tracing the corners, I broke out my ruler and from the plexiglass corner measured 1 inch on either side. I made little tick marks on the metal to match the ones on the glass. Then lining up the side of my ruler to the side edge of the metal, to ensure a straight line, I drew a line across the glass slightly longer than an inch. I repeated this from the top edge, so that the two lines crossed. That is the point to drill your bolt hole. I drew a small circle around this point. Repeat this process for the other three plexiglass corners. Then remove the plexiglass and using the tick marks already there and the metal edge, continue using the ruler to draw the crossed lines and circle the intersections. (To test your measurements place the plexiglass back over the metal. Your circles will be visible through the plexiglass glass. Make sure all the circles line up.)

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The plexiglass doesn’t need any prep work before drilling, but be careful not to go too fast or you make crack it.

The metal I used was very thin, and when drilling the hole, it will bend the edges of the hole down. So I didn’t want to drill from the back and have the holes cause space between the metal and plexiglass later. To avoid this, I took a nail and hammer and made a pin hole through my drill point from the back and wah-lah! I can drill from the front of the metal.
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I made frames from wood to act as a base for my project. To do this so that the metal actually sits on top of the frame, I measured and cut the wood at a 45 degree angle so that the interior of the frames were to be 34.5 inches for the long side and 22.5 inches for the short sides. I don’t have any cool power tools so I used a hand saw and guide to cut my pieces.

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After all the pieces were cut I painted them mostly black, sparing the area that will be covered by the metal. Once that dried, I glued the corners together with gorilla wood glue and let it set over night.
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I used a staple gun to re-in force the corners after the glue dried.
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I attached the metal to the frame making sure each metal corner lined up with the frame seams. I then used a hammer and nail to make 4 guide holes through each metal and frame for the screws. I pulled the nail out and screwed in the 6×3/8 screws

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Next it was time to attach the plexiglass to the metal. I took the film off each side and put the bolts through each hole. I laid it down on the table with the bolt faces and front of the plexiglass towards the table. I positioned the poster/comics on the plexiglass, also face down, and then laid the metal over it face down with the bolts going through the holes. I then tightened nuts over the bolts to hold in place.

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I then measured across the frames in order to cut a support for the frame. I made the pieces 1 inch longer on each side to over lap the back of the frame. The bolts will travel from the plexiglass all the way through this support across the top two bolts. I measured where the bolt holes should be by placing the piece across the frame right under the bolts. Then I drew a line from the bolt to the bottom of the board. With my ruler, I then measured to the middle of the line, creating a kind of t shape. That intersection is the drill point. After I drilled them, I slipped two nuts over the bolts to secure in place.

20130109-085600.jpgMy dad is going to hang them with picture wire attached to the two bolts across the top. I learned so much by building these and I can’t wait to share my next project with you!! X)

A fine place to hang a coat.

I came across an idea for a standing coat rack made from an old porch post, and I absolutely fell in love with it. The article featured beautiful columns, rescued from renovation sites, with simple hooks in a zigzag pattern all the way around. I wasn’t able to find a recycled column, but I employed a friend’s boyfriend to make me a standing coat rack from a porch post. He did such a wonderful job, and the base he created is beautiful.

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I took it home and picked out the hooks for it and got to work, measuring and hanging the hooks. Then Over the weekend I painted it. I haven’t found its permanent spot yet, but it’s quickly become one of my favorite pieces of furniture.

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Adler thought it was silly and that we didn’t need one, but as you can see below, he has filled it up pretty quickly.

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Antique mall excursion and a very Spidy Christmas

There is an amazing little antique mall here in Murfreesboro. My mother, one of my sisters, Amber, and I went there on Saturday. There were some amazing items and I wish that I could have spent much more money than I did! But, alas, I have to save some money for food and rent. Even still, the prices were very reasonable and I was able to buy a lot with my budget. I even snagged a couple gifts.

For myself, I found an amazing vase to go in my living room and a couple of working vintage cameras. I love vintage cameras. I also found an old picnic box. The utensils and such were gone, but it still has the key. I thought it would make a wonderful excuse for picnic date. I can’t wait to blog about that! 😉

My two big finds, though, were 2 old records and 14 Spider-Man comics. The records are for my boyfriend’s dad. His birthday is Thursday and I think he’s going to be pleasantly surprised. I just hope he doesn’t already have them! The Spider-Man Comics are for my dad’s christmas gift. Spider-Man is his favorite super hero and I have some big plans for this little collection. Dad’s pool table room won’t have such bare walls after Christmas! X)

We all had a great time combing through the displays and looking at everything. In some cases trying to find out what it was or could be used for and I think Amber tried on every hat in the place. It was a great way to spend a Saturday morning and I can’t wait to go back!