Spittin Toad

Friday, January 23, 2015

Vintage Desk Makeover or How to Paint Camouflage

I got two desks for a buck a piece about 3 years ago...Yup that's right 2 desks for $2.00...and yes, it took me 3 years to get around to doing something with ONE of them...
But it did turn out GREAT!!!

My nephew Gavin was turning 4 and loves to draw on our Chalkboard Coffee Table so I deiced it was time to pull one of the desks out of the garage and paint it!

With a daddy that was in the military, and Gavin being such an outdoorsy little guy Camo was the obvious choice.

The fist thing I did was lightly sand and prime the wooden top. I then paint it with 4 coats of chalkboard paint....This baby had to be sturdy, it was going to be abused in every way and I didn't want to have to repaint it in a month.  :)

Yup, I have great taste in beer.

After the top was dry I covered it and Garret sprayed the rest of it with primer.

I considered refinishing the wood on the chair but the clock was ticking so we just spray painted it too...

In the end I think it was the right choice!

After priming it we used two different shades of flat green and sprayed them on randomly.

Now for the fun part...(which happened while I was at my real job).  Bryan gathered up some fern and some cedar branches.  Holding them against the desk he sprayed them with flat black paint, to create the wonderful leave pattern on the desk.

This is what the desk top looked like by the end of the party...
I think one could say it was a big hit!  :)

Thanks for visiting and if you have any questions on this project just leave a message in my comment box, I would love to here from you!

I will be linking up to may of the parties in my side bar.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Red Fox Coffee Cup

Autumn painted me this darling fox mug for Christmas....It is so cute I just had to share it!!!

The fox has the sweetest face....

And I love the Birch trees...they give it such a wonderful wintery feeling.  I think I will have to do some on my next Christmas stocking (the fox too)!!

Do you think she could sell these on Etsy??
She could do a whole woodland group of mugs...  :)

Well Happy New Years Everyone!!
Make this the year you focus on things you love!!!
I will yet again link up to the parties on my side bar.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fall Pumpkin Floral Arrangement DIY

Thought I'd share some fun little floral arrangements I did at work....
Yup...They'er in real pumpkins!

Aren't they fun?



*Carve out the pumpkin and line the inside with cellophane (to help hold water).
*Add a fully wet block of floral foam, cutting and piecing if need (to fill the whole pumpkin).
*I like to add the lid..using a wooden skewer   
*Next step is to fill in the sides with greens...I added Hypericum for a touch of red...but rose hips would be lovely too.
*Lastly add the flowers. 

Wouldn't these look great on your Thanksgiving table??

Have a great day!!

I will be linking up to many of the parties on my side bar...do check them out.  :)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Re-Purposed Globe

I have been wanting to share this since last year but because I put a skeleton and a pumpkin in my cute worldly bowl...I felt like I need to wait till closer to Halloween....Note to self don't make things seasonal if they're not.  :)

Anyway, it was a fun fairly simple project.  I after cutting the globe in half (okay after having my husband cut the globe in half) I painted the inside blue with acrylic paint...The globe is cardboard so it took several coats to get an even coverage.

For the bowl I used my hot glue gun and glued a crystal candle stick to the bottom...brilliant...nope!!!
When I picked up the bowl the first layer of the globe just ripped off and the two pieces came apart...so I re-glued but the same thing kept happening....Not a sell-able item.  :(
If I was to try it again I would use a wooden candle stick and screw the two pieces together...The crystal was just to heavy for the paper on the globe.

To make the lamp shade I again used my hot glue gun to glue the ribbon of beads around the bottom of the shade...This time there was no problem.  
I picked up the lamp at G.W. ...the colors were perfect so I didn't even have to paint it...SCORE!!
The screw went threw the hole on the top of the globe and the finial on top of that...So Simple!

Well I guess you could say I've gone global.  :)

Yet again, I will be linking up to the parties on my side bar.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Frakinpillow an Easy to Sew Project

Today I'm sharing a project my daughter Autumn did.....

I call it "Frakinpillow."
Isn't it cute???

So here's what she did....
The size of Auto's pill form was 15"X 15" so the first thing she did is cut the canvas for the front 16"X 16"...This gave her room for a 1/2 inch seam allowance all the way around.

 After finding a image she liked on the internet, she used a pencil and lightly free handed the image onto her cloth canvas.  Using acrylic craft paint she simply filled it in....Easy Peasy!!

For the back she choose a fun bat fabric and used the envelope closure method...making the over lap large enough that we didn't have to put  buttons or a zipper in...(my goal was to make it a quick and easy project).  There are plenty of on line tutorials on sewing the back and we were in to big of a hurry to "get-er done" to take pics.....but a visit to Pinterest will give you more than enough instructions.  :)
Yup...She made a Candy Corn one too...Dang it's fun having a daughter!!...


I plan on linking to many of the parties on my side bar...check them out.
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Friday, October 3, 2014

Hello Autumn....

 Made this little table over a year ago for the market...it didn't sell but that's fine by me!  :)

Although the colors don't really work in my house I sure have had fun drawing on it!!!

Happy Autumn Ya'All!!!

You can find the tutorial on it here and here.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fox Gloves from Felted Wool

Good morning my friends!!!

Thought I'd share with you these cute little fox gloves I just finished.  (They're in my etsy shop if your interested)...

With Autumn finally here I'm in a sewing mood...isn't that funny how your moods and interests change with the seasons...Suddenly I'm cooking and sewing (as apposed to the lets cook hot dogs at the fire pit attitude I have all summer).  :)

Anyway these little cuties were made out of a wool sweater that was felted and then I cut the end of sleeves off  to create the finger-less gloves.  For the face I just used pieces out of wool I had left over from other projects.

I love the fall feeling of these babys!!

I know you haven't seen much of me this summer and just so ya know...I did miss blogging!!!  I have a new job and it took a bit of adjusting to the schedule but I think I'm back.  :)  I HAVE been working on my vintage trailer and it's coming together nicely, so watch for some posts on that....

And as always...Thanks for visiting!!
I might just link up to some of the parties on my side bar so please check them out.

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Autumn modeling a hat I knit for my etsy shop...What energy!!