Upcycled black tray

P1070241Inexpensive and scratched up black tray from thrift store.  FLAT black paint is a nice bonus!!  Easier to paint over.

P1070243I added some little wood ‘feet’ to raise it up a bit.  (glued on with e6000)

P1070242Let the e6000 cure overnight before painting.

P1070252Two coats of paint, then some quality time with the orbital sander.

P1070251Selected a stencil that fit the inside area of the tray.


P1070312Available for purchase in my booth at Stars Antique Mall in Portland.

What I did on my blogging vacation . . .


This reminds o me of when I had to write essays on the first day of school, about what I did on my summer vacation. We never went anywhere or did anything special over summer vacation.  ‘Getting’ to go to summer school (for FUN!!) was about it!  Back then, summer school (elementary grades) was NOT for academic reasons.  Mostly just a way for the parents to keep the kids out of the way.  That, and Vacation Bible school was IT!!!

So, for the last month or so whilst I’ve not been blogging, I’ve kept busy, but not with anything terribly exciting or blogworthy.  I’m really TRYING to ‘craft more’ and SPEND less when it comes to procuring product for our mall spaces and shows.  And since I was soooooooooooo far behind on Christmas crafting, I just pretty much ‘skipped ahead’ to working on Valentine’s stuff.

So I’ve just been sitting in front of the TV, and watching  listening to a lot of court TV while I did hand stitching.  Lots of Lifetime Christmas movies too.  And if I hear that one commercial touting “A free gourmet box of chocolates with purchase..” ONE more time, I am going to SCREAM.  Bad grammar drives me NUTs, and on a TV commercial, no less?!?!?!  ARGH!  Is it not the CHOCOLATES that are ‘gourmet'”  The BOX isn’t gourmet!  Come on ad people!  I KNOW you make BIG money.  Can’t you at least speak proper English!?!?!

So, here’s the fruits of my recent labors:



I haven’t counted how many I’ve made since I was at 40.  The box below is FULL of felt hearts (not including the bigger quilt hearts) ; so I’m thinking a little over 200.