Saturday, February 15, 2014

Personalized Stationery for the Graduate



Spring is coming and that means graduation time...




Our middle daughter graduates this May and, if you've had a senior before, you know that graduation can get expensive.




I came across this almost complete stationery kit at the thrift store a few weeks ago.  It was only $.59 for the box and it was a nice quality of paper.  I thought it would be perfect for my daughter to use for thank you letters for graduation gifts.  So, I took it home and ran it though the printer, adding her initials.



I think it took me longer to decide which font to use than to actually make these.  Literally, it took less than 10 minutes from start to finish and we ended up with 24 pages and 25 envelopes.




I think they turned out pretty spiffy for only $.59!  So, the next time you've got a partial box of "something" to donate and you wonder if you should even bother??  Yes!  Yes you should!  People like me are counting on it.  :)

Thanks for stopping by and God bless!
Angie

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Upcycling Thrift Store Plates

upcycling, thrift store, stoneware, china

I found a couple of small plates at the thrift store for just 29 cents.  I loved their shape and the black edging but they seemed a little plain to hang as is.


That's when I remembered the Pinterest trick for adding designs to plates using a Sharpie.  I love Sharpies.  If you could see my work table, you would see Sharpies in every color.  It's an addiction.


My office (former dining room) has sort of a hunt theme with antlers, dog paintings, and horse sculptures along with vintage map so I thought a fox silhouette would be ideal.  I found a simple pattern online, printed it, and cut out a template.



I traced the outline with a fine tip Sharpie first, then removed the template and filled the rest with a broad tip Sharpie.  The black ink covered well without leaving stroke marks.  Now, according to the pins on using Sharpies on ceramics, you should set the ink by placing the object in the oven.  Since my plates are just for decoration, I skipped this step.  I'm not very good at following instructions.




I did flip the stencil for the second plate.  I wanted the silhouette images to mirror each other.  


I ended up hanging them in the kitchen near my cabinet, another thrift store find that you can read about here.  I think their size fit perfectly above the tole tray and ironstone platter.  



Kind of an eclectic mix I guess...fox plate, ironstone, architectural print, and tole tray...but I like it.



So, for under a dollar, I have the perfect little additions to my wall.  How about you?  Are you a plate-on-the-wall type person?

Thanks for stopping by and God bless!
Angie

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