Monday, April 27, 2015

Stenciled Tote Tutorial



I love going to flea markets and antique stores.  One of my issues while shopping (aside from lack of money) is that my purse is too small.  While looking around Michael's, I spotted an entire section of totes and burlap bags.  I instantly knew I had to have the black and white chevron print.  I bought my tote for roughly $8 after using my 40% off coupon.  It's large enough to keep a bunch of little goodies in.







What you'll need:
-Tote bag
-Stencils
-Acrylic multi purpose paint or fabric paint
-Sponge Brush
-Optional: Masking Tape












Step one: Measured from the bottom of the bag to location you want the lettering to be placed. I used tape and remeasured to make sure my line was straight and centered on both ends of the tape.



Step two: When it came to stenciling the letters I worked from the middle out. In other words, I started with the XM (in teXMex craFTing) and then added the other letters.  I did this for two reasons; to keep the lettering even and to work around the wet paint.  At times I would even tape the top and bottom of the letters in place while stenciling them to avoid them from moving.



Tip: When stenciling I find that dabbing the paint on is better then brushing it on. It also helps create the stamped look.

I followed step two for each of the letters. Depending on placement of the letters I would have to wait 5-10 minutes for the previous letter to dry.

Step 3: Allow the tote to dry overnight and it should be ready to use in the morning. Make sure check to the directions on the paint to ensure a proper drying time

You can also waterproof your tote by using water resistant spray or using paraffin wax.


Me sporting my tote in Round Top, TX. Read more about my Round Top Trip here. 

Make it Spicy,
Amanda


The Pin Junkie

Thursday, April 23, 2015

West Elm Inspired Print



My amazingly talented friend Alex created this project and I just had to share it with you guys.  She saw this West Elm mirrored art piece online and fell in love with it. The price of this pretty piece of artwork was $149.  It’s awesome and would look great bedside, but is it worth the money?  I’ll let you decide.


Like many women before us, when we want something we will get it at any means possible. For Alex that meant driving up to Michael’s and buying a white modern frame and acrylic paint. 

She did an amazing job recreating the print and I love her choice of frame.  If they were side by side I would guess hers was the more expensive version.  Kuddos to her!



Be inspired and make it spicy,

Amanda 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cowboy Wreath



While out at a local flea market; McKinney Third Monday Trade Days, I came across some lasso rope. I immediately knew that I wanted to make a wreath out of it. Weird I know, but I had a vision.  I purchased the rope for around $8 but this project would be a great way to upcycle your used rope if you are indeed a rancher.

I didn't want to make the wreath too girlie or make it over-the-top so I kept it simple. I decided to make a sign saying "Howdy" out of clipboard letters and a chalk board sign I found at Micheal's.


I used mod podge to glue the letters and attach them to the chalkboard sign.




Finishing touches: I added a burlap bow to the top of the wreath and attached it with twine.


Well I hope you enjoyed this project. Come back soon to check for new projects


Make it Country,
Amanda


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Antique Week in Round Top/ Warrenton, Texas


I had the time of my life this weekend!! I got to go to Antique week in Round Top/Warrenton, Texas.  My mother came as my accomplice and we left Dallas Saturday at 5 am. We got to Warrenton around 10 am after a pit stop at a diner for breakfast. As we arrived closer to Antique week, the traffic got heavy as hundreds of cars were trying to park and find the perfect place to start shopping. My friend recommended parking behind the Warrenton gas station so we did just that.

We unpacked our cart, mini cooler, and stretched our legs with our eyes wide open looking at all the glorious shopping tents.  The sound of live music and fried food filled the air. After that the rest was a blur of shopping and walking...

Some of my purchases will be in later posts, so you'll have to stay tuned.


Love Fiestaware? I do, and they have several vendors that specialize in slightly damaged and new pieces. 


Rows of junk.... If you like to repurpose or upcycle, Antique week is calling your name.



My mother's name is Rose so we got a kick out of this sign. 



It's a bird... It's a plane... wait a minute what is a plane doing here?!









I love how they hung chandeliers from the trees.   This particular vendor specialized in antique lighting pieces. 



 This potpourri booth smelled heavenly. 






A trip to the Junk Gypsy's store







I had to take a picture of the plates they used as a border in their garden. I'm going to have to do something similar. 




Tips from our roadtrip:

Antique week is only twice a year.  Once in April and again in October. I'd recommend going in the spring, the bluebonnets were blooming and the drive in was gorgeous. 

Where we parked: 
Warrenton gas station 
4309 S Hwy 237
Warrenton, Texas 78961

Where we stayed (because we booked last minute):
Americas Best Value Inn Somerville, TX
18018 SH 36 South Somerville, TX, 77879 United States, 866-538-6252
This hotel was about 40 minutes from Roundtop but the drive with the bluebonnets blooming and country roads was amazing.  I would stay there again but I'd like to try to find a B&B for my next trip.

Visit the Junk Gypsys:

Junk Gypsy Company
1215 Texas 237, Round Top, TX 78954
I love this show and the store is defintely worth seeing.  It was a little over priced but they have some amazing and unique junk. I bought a shirt for my mom and I. 

Make it Spicy,
Amanda

Wordless Wednesday

A picture is worth a thousand words. . .




Make it Spicy, 
Amanda

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Curious George Banner



My friend Jessica welcomed her first child; Jase Liam, into the world this week. In honor of her bundle of joy I decided to make a banner for his nursery.  Jessica loves Curious George.  Even in college she had George in her dorm room so I had to incorporate him in the banner.




I used a copy of the first Curious George book that I bought from half priced books. I cut out the pages of the book to make the pendants of the banner.




I wanted the string exposed on the banner to make it seem like George was "hanging around".



It was a lot of fun flipping through the book picking out which pictures to use. 












Make it Spicy,
Amanda

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

A picture is worth a thousand words. . .




Make it beautiful,
Amanda