Wednesday, March 28, 2018
I was asked to do a bulletin board for Easter. I knew it would only be up for a few weeks and I needed to hurry, so I did this one in record time. I did some creative recycling (starting to get the hang of that) by using the mountain from the bulletin board I was replacing (posted HERE). I'm sure it is not geographically correct, but it gets the main point across.
Friday, March 2, 2018
Since I'm not doing much crafting these days, I just keep digging up past projects. This was my table for our ladies tea at church back in 2012. I was pleased with how it turned out.
This is before I added all the details.
After adding more accessories. It was probably a little too cluttered/busy for some people's taste, but I liked it. 😊
Here is a close up of one of the table settings. I made the placemats from old blue jeans. For the plates, I started with a clear glass plate and put the design on using reverse decoupage. Working from the backside (in reverse layering), I first put the cowboy themed cutouts which were made using my Slice machine and the Happy Trails design card. The faux leather look was created by ripping kraft paper into small pieces and inking the edges of each piece, then overlapping the pieces until the area was completely covered. For the final layer I used bandana fabric. Each of the layers was adhered using Mod Podge. I added a couple of extra coats to finish it off.
These two pictures show some of the details. I was excited to find the cactus glasses at the Dollar Tree. I personalized each one using vinyl. I also added vinyl cutouts to each of the coffee mugs. The tiny cowboy boots are keychains. I used bandanas for napkins. The little pails were from Logan's Roadhouse. (I saved them from their little bucket desserts.) I filled them with peanuts.
As you can see, I used a camping lantern and rope on top of two pieces of burlap (a light piece over a dark piece) as the centerpiece. I added the small lanterns and cacti and then scattered small stones and cowboy themed cutouts.
Here is a better shot of the cactus glass. I added the small cowboy hat and some jute for rope. If you look closely you can see the wagon wheel coaster under the glass.
I sent my guests home with their whole table setting -- cowboy hat, plate, placemat, cactus glass, bandana napkin, bucket of peanuts, and cowboy boot keychain -- everything except the coffee mugs and silverware.
Everyone seemed to enjoy it, especially one of my guests who is from Texas. 😊