Saturday, February 10, 2018

Love Shack Hot Pads

The title makes me laugh.

This is really about a simple Paint and Sewing DIY,

(not a blog tour of saucy homes)


There's still time to make some of these

for Valentines,

but they would be fun year round.

Maybe a fun anniversary gift idea!

What I love about these hearts

is the soft and textured paint application.

The diluted black paint 

looks like weathered gray barnwood.

Here are your templates.

The hot pads measure 8" x 8".

To make your own stencil,

cover front and back with clear packaging tape.

Then cut out interior design.

Use black acrylic paint


textile medium.

Use a pea sized puddle of black.

Use a quarter sized puddle of textile medium.

Mix together.

Dip your brush and wipe off slightly on paper towel

before stenciling.

Your brush strokes will be vertical

pulling from the top down on the heart.

(similar application on the letters, except

you will be pulling from top and bottom

carefully so that you don't have paint run under

your stencil.  It helps to keep a bit dryer brush.

You can use a fine liner to clean up lettering)

Less is more.

Maybe practice on scrap fabric first 

to get the pressure that you want.

Heat set paint.

Cover painted area with a light cloth.

Use hot iron and press for 15 seconds.

I used a medium weight cotton twill, cutting liberal 9" squares.

You could use a light canvas, cotton, or linen...

really many types of fabric work.

I like to use one layer of insulated batting

plus one layer of cotton batting.

The painted cotton and white cotton square

will be sewn right sides together.

 Leave an opening about 4".

Trim and turn.

Handstitch 4" opening closed.

Topstitch around edges

and diagonal lines.

Cute black and white addition 

to your kitchen!

I have several art endeavors

happening right now.

Here are a few new listings in my Etsy store:

Always sharing the love of paint with you all.

I hope you guys enjoy this easy love shack paint project.

If you're like me you love to give handmade things.

From the heart, ya know.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Sheep and Cedar Christmas Tags 2017

Hey Friends,

I thought I would share some Christmas Tags with you.

I've been painting barnyard critters and evergreens.

This sweet little barnyard sheep

is wearing a cedar branch wreath.

Sprigs of Cedar branches with blue berries

are tied with bakers twine

and have a light and airy outdoor winter feel.

All of these are reminders

of our maker's beautiful outdoors

and a humble little lamb

that could have been manger side at Christ's birth.

Enjoy your Christmas with family and friends!


(Right click to save image. Print full letter size on cardstock)