Thursday, August 25, 2016

Customized Signs by Kammy's Korner

Sometimes I get a request for a customized sign -  usually through my Etsy shop
Customizing makes me nervous - what if they don't like it and think that is TOTALLY not what I had in mind....  It's HARD to get into someone else's head!   Eeeek!  They make me nervous.  That being said, here are some over the last year that I've done for some folks: 

This was requested by a man for his wife's birthday.  He wanted a rustic Ephesians 2:8 for a blank spot on his wall.  He even sent me a picture, and showed me the colors of his rug, walls, etc so I could help him. He was a self-proclaimed clueless man. :)

My buddy Chuck Tomasello over at Hearthstone Farms bought this awesome vintage-looking sign at Menards but the problem was it said "Rise and Shine Farms" - well HELLOOOOO that will never do!  So he wanted to know if I could change it to Hearthstone Farms...

Using an old piece of wainscoting from off of our house, I tried to mix a red color to match the rooster and stenciled the letters on.  I sanded the edges so it had some distressing to match the original sign and used Gorilla glue to secure it over top the Rise And Shine jazz going on. 

Chucky-boy also brought me this.  Any of you old-times know what it is?  I sure didn't!
Back in the days of milk deliveries, this little door on the house would slide up and Mr. Milk Man would put the milk bottles in their cool spot. 

And one last one I did for Chuck and their veggie stand by Spring Arbor:

Here was one for Colby Sharp, a beloved third grade teacher in "THE VILLAGE" of Parma, where my kids attend.  His mom requested this and gave it to him as a gift.  It's rumored he's got a minor obsession with "The Village". :)

 After seeing an "OCD Obsessive Chicken Disorder" sign I had for sale in my Etsy shop, a woman wanted one for cats instead!  Why hadn't I thought of that?  She requested some fun colors of aqua blue, orange, and black and I was happy to deliver!  I made the cat stencil - you can see how I make them HERE.

This is actually one from a while back and I don't even remember one bit of the story behind it!
I just know she requested this quote with a tree in the background. :)  Such a cool family quote!

This was one of those requests on Etsy that made me nervous.  She wanted a specific color, and since I usually mix up my own with what I have on hand, I did three different ones and sent her a picture of them all side by side to see which one she thought was best. 

She liked the middle one, more of a greenish blue and requested the scrolly shapes in the background be white.  Sometimes you people have a better eye for design than I do, that's for sure!!  I love it with white in the background!!

And I was so thrilled to get this feedback from her - sometimes you just never know why someone wants what they do:  "... I'm going into surgery in a few days and have had this just below my TV to help me remember my faith!"
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

PURE MICHIGAN Wood Spool Table

It's been so long since I got this thing I can't even REMEMBER the story behind it!  I think it was the time I dug around someone's old farm and they said "help yourself"?  Not sure!

So I'm editing this post because I just found the picture that tells the story!  Yes, I was right, this was a stash I took home from said farm - see it in there on the left?? :)

Anyways, it's moved houses with me, escaped the burn pile a few times, and now is a happy little outdoor table.  "Outdoor" because I'm too scared to clean the cobwebs out of the long dark spooky hole in the middle.

You know I have black chalkboard paint mixed up and on my brush when suddenly everything that's been sitting around in my stash for far too long is suddenly a black chalkboard!  This wood just soaked it up.  I stenciled the letters "PURE MICHIGAN" around the top using a creamy off white and sanded it a little to distress it slightly.  

Wouldn't you know it, one of my smallish sized terracotta pots fit in the center PERFECTLY.  Match made in heaven, yo.

 So I got this awesome striped burlap "ribbon" on clearance at Wal Mart for 75 cents!  I could get maybe 1.5 gumballs in the middle of the mall for that!  Yeah, I bought all they had.  It was in 10 foot rolls.  What a smokin' deal.

So how did I secure it on?  Good question.  With my new favoritest (spellcheck, you really should recognize my words) tool on the planet, my batter powered nail gun.  It's a Ryobi and I'm pretty sure if Ryobi was a man and I didn't have my wonderful hubby, I'd marry him.  I even went out on a shaky, skinny limb and bought a battery powered Ryobi WEED TRIMMER this year!  I feel like a dweeb, but I don't care.  I'm so done with gas trimmers - all I've used the last 20 years.  And I am DONE with them, folks!  And I can't believe I just said that!  One of my clients even told me the other day "I just can't take you seriously when you're using a battery powered trimmer!"  I laughed and took his money. :)

So since ya'll aren't dumb and it's not like you didn't already know that you can turn an ugly spool in a cute table... consider this your friendly reminder next time you come across one.  Or just throw in in your truck and drop it off at my house! :)  I do not turn down free things delivered to my door.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Rope Words, Denim Hearts, and A Chippy Board

My sons wear out jeans like two year olds who just learned the word "why" wear out their moms.
Could be partly because they're probably the third child to have worn them... I've never bought my boys new jeans.  We have been very blessed to receive lots of hand-me-downs from the good folks around us!!  So I have this huge stack of jeans and I've been having lots of fun being creative with them.  From making my little girl a skirt (which I'll show you just as soon as I can get her to model it for a photo shoot!), to a cute denim purse, or just having fun with these denim hearts......

I've been wanting to try making rope words for a while now and this seemed like the perfect project for that!  It was  easier than I thought. Dude, love it when that happens. I just hot glued a little at a time, but since it dries so fast, forming the letters was not as painstaking as I thought it'd be.  Just don't use too much glue, or it's easy to burn your fingers, since you need to push the jute down into the line of glue.  Go slow, and a small bit at a time, or you'll have a mess on your hands.  Then trim the end and glue it down. 

I stenciled a "black bird on a branch" on to this chippy painted white board I've had in my stash, then used wood glue to adhere the jean hearts to the wood (hot glue doesn't usually stick real well to wood).

To hang this, I screwed two hooks into the top and used some more jute to tie around each hook.  Man, that jute comes in handy.  It's one of my favorite things to keep on hand!  

Me and You.  We love each other.  And the bird.  We love the bird, too.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Rustic Little Table For The Horse Lover

Oh Baby.  This is the kind of furniture updo that I lovest.  Small, quick, and easy but still get to use the right part of my brain which they tell me is the creative juicy side.

So this little table makeover is for all you horse lovers.  
I'm not necessarily a "horse lover", however I am a country girl and have a great admiration for the beast.  One of my favorite things about the community where I live is things like the following scenario:

I've got my truck and trailer in the Parma Ice Cream parking lot, and I'm just finishing up mowing their grass when three girls, each on horse back, ride up and go through the drive through to order their treats.  Seriously?  That just makes me sigh and pat my heart.  "A day in the country is worth a month in the city!"

So the bottom of this little table got painted with black DIY chalk paint and I sanded the edges so the wood would peek through.  Then on to the fun part - the top!  I sanded it with my palm sander, then using a horse stencil (see how to easily make your own stencil HERE) and the same black paint that went on the bottom I stenciled a horse in the center and then stenciled the stars on each side along with the "USA" between it's legs:

To make it look slightly vintage and add a rustic touch, I sanded a few spots on the painted picture lightly.  
I added a coat of polyurethane to seal it in and bring out the wood grain.

 I added an old horseshoe to the side for the perfect embellishment.  It's secured with small nails that have a head wide enough to hold it in place.  I picked up a whole metal bucket full of horseshoes once at a side-of-the-road flea market down South once.  I'm slowly finding a place for them. :)

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The biggest compliment you can give me is to pin it! :)

I am thinking of being at the Tompkin's Center Freedom Festival this fall and if I am, yee haw, look for this table to be for sale! :)

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Turn "Bad Drawers" into Cubbies! {My FREE French Provincial Dresser}

It was one of those swell days where someone sends you a furniture photo with a "you want this? come and get it" message.  Not being one to turn down free furniture - especially a french provincial set no matter it's condition - I jumped in my F150 and met up with big bearded man Nate Drumhiller and his Dad who nicely loaded it all into the truck for me.  I was already envisioning it with it's new gray outfit and white jewelry.
I would worry about the busted drawer when the time came....

But that drawer.  It had been put in backwards, and someone had once attempted to glue the face of it back on but it looked like it was hot glue (thanks for pointing that out, Brandon!)  No, hot glue doesn't hold wood on wood real well.  I decided in order to make the defunct drawer to be "refunct" I was going to have to try to pick all that glue out of the dove tails and ain't nobody got time fer dat.

Since another drawer had a broken handle, I decided the two drawers would just go bye-bye and I'd turn the top into a shelf (or cubbies, whatever).  I removed the middle wood piece and painted it all gray to match the outside.  The using a darker shade of gray, I pulled out my well worn rabat design stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils.

I added the freshly white spray painted handles and had the finished product.  I'm so happy to have finally gotten to make over a french provincial dresser of my own after drooling over them on other people's blogs for years. Thanks Nate, for thinking of me when you had a storage unit full of potential instead of tossing it in the back dumpster!!:)

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Stay tuned, because there were three more pieces besides this dresser!!

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