Monday, November 26, 2012

Time to Project!

I wanted to introduce you to my newest favorite decorating tool.  Yes, this magical device can take this novice artist and make me look like I know what I am doing.  I can project on the walls, on furniture, the get the picture.  This little machine was purchased through a Craigs listing for pennies on the door.

I got my graphics from Graphic Fairy...her pieces are great. I am even tracing one on kitchen towels tonight.
This dresser is a cast off from my daughter. I mod-podged the top with scrap paper and stained the rest of the piece....still tooooooooooo boring.

You just set your machine over the image you want to project onto your surface.
You will have to adjust the distance by moving the machine closer or further back.
Just like in that was really years ago.

This looked great and I think I will reduce it and put it beside the sewing machine.

I decided on the sewing machine since this dresser holds my sewing supplies.

Now just is that easy.  I traced first with pencil and then with black sharpie pen.  The finished piece will be revealed later.

This is to find other places.  I am looking for a wall to project a table won't take up room space, yet it will look like a piece of furniture.  Where might you enjoy projecting?

My first project with my projector was my son's room.  Here is the full blog post of his room -

Let your imagination take you beyond your abilities with a projector!  

Monday, November 5, 2012

Drop Cloth Magic

Every since I discovered drop cloths I have been using them for everything.  Pillows, floor cloths, shams and now a table cloth have been made with drop cloths.  My next project is going to be curtains.  Price per yard can't be beat.  Drop cloths are not all the shop around.  They vary in color and even vary  if they have a seam down the middle or not.  Just throw them into the washer and dryer and get busy with your imagination.

This drop cloth was purchased at Wal-Mart for $20.00.  I will be covering a dining room table that seats 12 and is four feet wide.  There wasn't any seams in the drop cloth and all the edges were already turned over.  I washed and dried the drop cloth and cut the width down.  I turned the seams over to have a clear edge.

I ironed out the drop cloth.  I made a stencil for my "W" that would be painted on all four corners.

Since this would be a very long table cloth I wanted something in the middle. So I stamped a design with black paint.

Making an oval design with my stamp.

  In one afternoon I had a very large custom table cloth for $20.00!!!

Now to try curtains with another drop far I haven't made anything from them I didn't enjoy.

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