Sunday, October 24, 2010

Spray Painted Computer Mouse

This project was so easy, everyone should do it. Seriously... it will make you smile when you blog (if you use a mouse:) )

I really really wanted a pink wireless mouse for my office, but everywhere I looked, they just had a really dark pink. I did end up finding a light pink wireless mouse, but I was not about to pay $60 for it.

So while looking at Target I found a blue wireless mouse on sale for $13. I can totally live with that.

Then I got home, and said "D, you should totally spray paint this". So that's exactly what I did. I sat on the couch and taped the entire mouse off with painter's tape while Mr. Husband watched football. He doesn't even ask what I'm doing anymore... He just smiles and shakes his head :)

I know sometimes he's thinking "What did I get myself in to!!" :)

Here's what she started out as....

Here she is taped off... really wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be.

Then I primed it. I think this is probably the most important part, as it doesn't allow the paint to scratch off as easily. (I've used this mouse for a couple of weeks, and no chips or scratches yet)

And here is the final result! Yes, if you look real close it kind of look like she has a sand paper , grainy coating. Of course the spray paint I bought was somewhat defective... It was almost like it was spitting out silly string. Other than the texture, I was more than pleased with it!

Think of all the other things you could do with spray painting a mouse... seriously... someone try it with a stencil!

Officle Rug

While shopping for "officle" decorations, I came across this lonely rug. You know how I knew she was lonely? She was on clearance for $2 ....

I immediately thought of a conversation with Mr. Husband's co-worker who told me she put a rug in her officle, so f course I scooped this little find right up!

I originally intended to just cover the outsides of the rug, but as always, I deviated from the plan!

I started by cutting strips to cover the outside of the rug, and then hemmed only one side of them. This was the only sewing I did for the entire rug.

I really liked the jute part of the rug, but I just loved this Amy Butler fabric so much better :) So I cut my rectangle and used witch stitchery to bond the fabric to the rug...

I then used witch stitchery again to bond together the ends of the fabric strips together at 45 degree angles...

I then flipped over the outside (with the sides together) and ironed it down with the stitch witchery stuff (yet again). One more flip of the entire rug and I hot glued the fabric to the underside of the rug.
Here's how she turned out!
And here she is in the officle :)

My officle is almost as awesome as my Scrapbook room, sigh :)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Front Porch Sign

I can't believe it's been almost two weeks since my last post! Hopefully that won't happen again. This new job has had me working during the day and then coming home to learn more about material I needed to know at night, so needless to say the fun stuff got put on hold :(

Don't worry though... I completely decorated my officle (next post) :)

Anyways... our front porch was looking dull... a little too dull... and after reading some tutorials from the Fabulous Miss Mustard Seed (Mustard Seed Creations) I decided I wanted to tackle our own sign.

A couple of months ago, a friend of mine asked me to grab some palates (we have them all over the place because of all the new houses going up). So I thought "D, you should grab one for yourself just in case." So glad that I did! I tore off some of the wood slats, glued them together, and it gave me the foundation for the sign. These boards worked great, because they were all beat up.... which is what exactly what I wanted.

Then I used the Cricut to cut own my stencil just to make sure they were the size I wanted

I then randomly brushed a "antique white" paint, to help give it a type of aged look... Just enough to where some wood was still peeking through...

Then traced on the letters...

Then PAINSTAKINGLY painted in the letters... Let me just say this... I'm a pretty patient person and typically like projects that are very meticulous in nature... but this got the best of me! I don't know how some of you sign makers do it! It took so long!

After painting in the rest of the letters, I then went ahead and sanded down in random places, then applied a coat of walnut stain over the entire sign, and it turned out exactly as I'd hoped :)

I drilled my holes and attached the signs together with hemp, then topped it off with a little garland from Hobby lobby... and got this :)

One last look!

Now here's my issue... it's too Of course right?!?!? I tried using one of those 3m sticky hooks outside, but when I tried to put it on it came right off... I just talked to my dad, and pretty much said that because our house is stucco, if I try and nail or screw something in I could crack a whole piece of the stucco off...
So does anyone have any ideas?!?