I like to keep some sort of seasonal decoration on my side door. It’s the door the family uses and the one I see most often. From Memorial Day until Independence Day, I usually leave a patriotic-themed hanging and then change things out in early July This year, I was unmotivated (as in lazy) and didn’t take my red, white, and blue decor down until mid-August. It’s too damn hot, though, to think about fall decor (it’s been in the triple digits this month!), so I did this quick and easy momogram. You know my obsession with monograms, right? Read the rest of this entry
America the Beautiful! I made this patriotic door hanging to decorate my side door from Memorial Day until the Fourth of July. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos as I made it, but the assembly is easy.
Several weeks ago, I blogged about the monogram I was making for my son and daughter-in-law’s new house. (https://crapsmanship.com/2015/05/06/can-you-stand-one-more-monogram/). Now I’ll share the crapsmanship that ensued as I attempted to put the wreath together. Read the rest of this entry
I’m making a housewarming present for Robert and Amanda, and I thought a wreath would be perfect. Amanda likes monograms, LSU, and fleur-de-lis, so my plan is to incorporate all three. First, the monogram. I bought an over-sized R and painted it — front and back — with yellow craft paint. It needed a couple coats.
I’ll let you know when I get the wreath finished. I’m sure Robert and Amanda will love it!
I wanted purple and gold stripes (Rah, rah, LSU!), so I covered the sections that I wanted to remain yellow with blue painters tape. I used a small piece of painters tape to act as a spacer so all my rows would be evenly spaced.
I didn’t have purple craft paint, so I mixed some red and blue. No point in a drive to the craft store for one little thing, right? I then painted the purple over the open yellow spots, remembering to paint the sides too. When the paint dried, I gave it all a second coat. After than had dried, I used a black Sharpie pen to mark each spot where the yellow met the purple paint. This hid several spots where they paint had bled slightly under the painters tape.
Now the fun begins! This is my favorite decorative painting trick ever — so easy and so cute when finished. Usingsmall daps of yellow, lavender, and white paint, I dipped a toothpick in a color and dabbed it onto the monogram. The picture below shows the design I used up close and personal.
I would argue with you if you accused me of being obsessed with monograms, but I sure do make a lot of them! This was an easy one using a $2 white R from Michaels. I first used green craft paint to cover the letter and then gloss ModPodge to give it some shine. Piece of cake! Read the rest of this entry
This snowflake-embellished “R” hangs from my side door each winter. I bought the wooden letter and white snowflakes at Michael’s and used the following tutorial to do the blue and white chevron pattern: http://2crafty4myskirt.blogspot.com/2013/05/how-to-tape-off-chevron-pattern.html?m=1. Read the rest of this entry
My last post — “Christmas Tree Topper” — showed how I made a Christmas-themed monogram for a friend of mine. I did another one, this time an R, for myself. Here it is in all its glory at the top of my Christmas tree.
When I made the cork monogram Z for my friend Carol, I bought two Z’s. I bought the second one because I’d forgotten I’d already purchased one (a brief moment of old-age-ness!). Not knowing any other Z friends, I decided to make the extra Z into something Christmas-y for Carol. This is a true story of crapsmanship — I had many missteps along the way, but in the end, it turned out cute, cute, cute!
Several weeks ago, I posted a craft where I glammed up a faux pumpkin so it would lose some of its orange-y brightness. Today, I bought another pumpkin, antiqued it with brown craft paint, and then got the inspiration for this monogram. I already had the these pearlized pins on hand from another project. I purchased these in the sewing section of Wal-Mart, and they remind me of my mom and her sewing attempts. I’m afraid I come by my craftsmanship honestly!