Friday, August 15, 2014

Let's Ride!

Yep. More Bicycles.
They seem to sell really fast over at Twigs and Twine.

Here's some pics from the store with some of my projects.

I'm happy to oblidge. 
It's such a fun image.
Very Vintage.
Very cool.
I have a hard time drawing in all the spoke lines
so this time I left them out. 
I did however add them in this project and this one.

Here's the original image I used from Graphics Fairy.
Much more detailed than I can paint on Pallet wood,
but enough to give me the basics for the image.

I'm obviously not great a staging.
Mostly this is just for me so I can remember
what I've done,
but if they help give someone some inspiration
for their own projects, then I'm happy.
These are pretty big so they ended up on the floor for pictures.
I think I seriously need to put together a vingette
somewhere in my house just to show these better.
Maybe next week....

So here's 2 versions of the same idea.
I played with another font for the saying.  It's Lobster.

This one is very similar to the last batch of bicycles I did.
I just changed up the colors and left out the spokes.

Hopefully some day soon the weather will be nice again
instead of so blasted hot and I can go cycling again.
I miss it.

But I can still enjoy the Ride of Life!

Friday, August 8, 2014

A Little Pallet Wood Geometry

It's been a while since I made one of these Pinterest images. 
I really should do that more often.
Usually it's good for me to actually take some pics of the latest batch of
pallet wood art I take over to Twigs and Twine.
So this time I'm super proud of myself.
I even made you a diagram of my cut lines.

{J} over at Twigs and Twine asked me to make up some
Geometric designs with my pallet wood.
Since I'm always trying to think up ways to use my scraps,
these perfectly fit the bill.
I'm super obsessed with chevrons and it shows in
these latest pieces.

I also took the minimalist approach... ie. I'm super math challenged.
If you asked me to do some math in my head, my brain turns to mush.
So for these I just laid some slats out and added and cut pieces as I went along.

One epic fail though,  I didn't glue down the pieces before moving them.
The one with the small squares had some pieces fall off when I tried
to bring it in the house to paint.

After much re-arrainging, pleading with the pieces to fit again, and maybe a few tears,
I resorted to cutting new pieces to make them fit.
I ended up with 1 extra piece and two new ones.
Go figure.

My process takes me from the backyard, to the patio, kitchen island, and garage.
Usually all 4 locations before a piece is done.  Sometimes only 2.
All that moving around can be a problem, especially with the 3x3 ft size.
It doesn't exactly fit in my door frame.
But with a little tipping and re-arrainging it worked. 

So here's a bit of the how to:

First I needed a backing for the pieces of pallet wood.
I'm cheap so I looked for some ultra thin plywood and found a sheet that was $13 at Lowes.
I took in my diagram and had them cut it apart for me.
Also, if I'm going to make one, I'm going to make 2.
Not sure why that is but I do that all the time.
So they stacked two sheets of plywood and cut them all at the same time.
Quick and efficient and saved me a ton of time!

Once it was done, then to decide on the design of the pieces.
The 1x3's got turned in to some short squaty arrows like these.
So loving the arrows right now!
Chevrons definitely.
Simple.  Of course!
Remember... Math Challenged!

Then it was a big game of tetris.
Love it.
Lay it out, mark and cut if needed.

I would recommend cutting all pieces to match the backing.
I didn't on this one and had to skill saw the edges when it was done.
Save time.
Cut once.

After that, I took each piece out individually and sanded it.
Then painted a few.
Swiped on some Cider Vinegar/Steel wool mix to a few and let it dry in the sun.
Seconds in this blasted Arizona Sun!

After that I took them to the garage and laid them out.
Each piece got a healthy application of Gorilla Glue and put back in place.
Then I found any heavy thing I could find to press the pieces
down while they dried.
My son's dumbells.
A full 2 liter of water.
Some horseshoes.
A dutch oven.

I'm grasping a straws here, but really what ever you have will work.
I let them dry overnight, and checked them in the morning.
All locked on tight!

Lastly a little hanging hardware and I'm done.
The 3x3 ft pieces got some D-rings,
the 2x2's got some screws and wire like my other projects.

Since they are huge, I just set them on the floor for pictures.

 I love the texture of the different kinds of pallet slats, plus the simple designs.
They were super fun to put together.
A girl... some pallet wood... a miter saw... and some paint.  
A perfect combination!

Monday, July 28, 2014

A Majestic Piece of Pallet Art

It's been a little while since my last post.

Kids home from school.
Summer vacations.
Pool time.

I haven't made time for posting lately.
Life has been a little crazy.
Not that I haven't been making Pallet stuff.
I have.

2 weeks ago I had a huge batch of custom orders
which of course I didn't get around to taking pictures of.
But they were very custom.
Names and dates.
Personal sayings. etc.

But before I get to one I did just 'cause I wanted to,
I would like to share my favorite little piece of heaven.
It's my families Ranch purchased by my great grandparents years and years ago
so the family had a place to gather for Family Reunions.

It's been a huge blessing for our family.
Some of my fondest and funnest memories were created in this little valley
that doesn't get cell reception.  
You have to turn on a generator for electricity.
The water comes from a spring in the mountain.
A place where kids run free.
Parents sit and visit.
Teenagers take hikes around the mountains.
And everyone stays up super late playing card games and reminiscing.

We got to spend a week there again this summer.
It was Heavenly!

Since I got to spend so much time in the great outdoors,
I had to do a deer piece of pallet art.
We actually saw several of these majestic creatures as we
roamed around the mountains.
It took me a little while to find the perfect image.
This is the one I settled on.

I did a quick vinegar/steel wool wash on the pallet wood after screwing them together.
Then painted the image using a creamy white.
A bit of hanging hardware and it's ready for a Man Cave.
Or mountain cabin.
Maybe even a living room.

I love how it turned out.
Hopefully I will get some good feedback from the store, 
and it will sell quickly.
So nice when that happens!

Here it is over at Twigs and Twine.

I love it!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Good Life

I regularly play with word art.
That and scour Pinterest for ideas for my pallet projects.

I have also been on a journey of introspection and reflection.
There are a couple of things I really want right now.
Things that I don't have in my life that make me feel like "the grass is greener."
If I could just have those things, THEN I would be happy.
Then everything would be right with the world.
Then life would be all that I imagine it could be.

The problem is that I don't have any control over whether those things will happen or not.
So rather than stew over what I want and don't have,
I have to rethink my attitude.

There are some song lyrics by Cheryl Crow that say,
"It's not having what you want,
It's wanting what you've got."

When I start feeling sad about the things I want and don't have,
I have been forcing myself to look around and appreciate the things I do have.

A wonderful husband and 5 amazing kids.
A beautiful house in an awseome neighborhood.
I live close to my family.
I get to create pallet art, AND get paid for it.
And on and on and on.


So here's the board I created, to remind myself.

Be grateful.

Life really is that good!

Here's to you.
Here's to the GOOD LIFE!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Here Birdy Birdy!

I regularly get requests for bird images on my pallet wood boards.
I think I've done this image maybe 20 times.

It never gets old.

This one wasn't a custom request, I just felt like I needed to do it.
Then when I dropped off the latest batch over at Twigs and Twine,
{M} asked me if this was the custom one they had a customer reqest.

I hadn't heard of any request.

I guess I was just on the right wavelength that day.
That doesn't happen often, but is so nice when it does.

The image comes from The Graphics Fairy here.

I will use different parts of the image depending on what look I'm going for.
This time I did the 4th line from the bottom.

The boards got screwed together, a light blue wash,
then I drew the image on with a Sharpie.
Not my regular method of paint and paintbrush,
but much more control.

If I could find a good paint pen that actually worked right all the time,
I would probably switch, but I haven't found one yet that works the way I want it to.

Someday maybe.

The next two pics are from Twigs and Twine.
The middle board used the same graphic, I just painted the birds in rather than outlining the image.

The same for the bottom board.
I thought it would be fun to paint one of the birds Orange.
Kind of a "Be your own kind of Beautiful."

I just don't always have time to stage the boards for the blog
before delivery.
I try.
But sometimes it just doesn't happen.

Pretty Birds all in a row.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Feeling Patriotic with Pallet Wood

I made these a while ago and just never got around to posting them.
I love playing with the stars and stripes.
Especially during the summer.
Perfect for Memorial Day and the 4th of July.
Or just some fun summer time color.

We had the opportunity to go back east and tour Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington DC.
The history, workmanship and sacrifice that went in to building our country is astounding.

Sometimes I wish we could go back to that time.
The honor and respect for each other and our country.

The building that floored me the most was the Library of Congress.
The craftsmanship that went in to that building.... WOW!

And while I'm no master craftsman...
I work with pallet wood after all.

I would like to think I make things a little more beautiful.
A little more good for those around me.

So here's a few of my recent patriotic creations.

Red White and Blue.

Home Sweet Home!

This one is very simple.
A bit of paint here and there and done.
You can't go wrong with some stars and stripes.

I also love stars.
I thought I would just keep things simple and paint a red star.
I decided it needed a little outline to finish it off.

Last but not least is this cute wreath.
It's hanging on my door as we speak... er.. write.
Anyway, I just painted a few scraps of pallet wood
red, white, and blue.
I layed them out on the ground and screwed them together.
It needed a few extra screws to keep it from shifting.

Then I roughly figured out where the points of a star would be and added screws
partly screwed in.
Then wrapped some bailing wire around the screws to form the star in the center.

I like it.




Perfect for Summer!

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

An Elegant Dinner on the Patio


A super fun, super expensive fancy event for teenagers.

I'm jealous.

How often do Moms and Dads get this kind of treatment without having to pay through the nose?

So I guess you could say I'm living through my child.

My boy was going with a great group of kids and I knew a couple of the moms.
We suggested doing a dinner supplied by the Mom's as a way to help the kids save money.

I think it turned out fabulously!

And with minimal cost.

Sometimes it really does take a village to pull off something this amazing.

So let me give you the low-down.

There were 12 kids, 6 couples.
Someone supplied the table linens and dishware.

I did the center piece.

There are Mason Jars, votive candles, playground sand, Christmas lights, sheer curtain fabric, 
babys breath flowers and a Pallet wood platform with finials for legs.
The only thing I spent money on was the candles and the babys breath.

The Christmas lights were piled up in the center.
Then the sheer fabric draped over the lights.
Then the pallet wood platform and finials.
Mason jars with playground sand and candles were next.
Finished off with the babys breath flowers spread around the jars.

It truly looked magical with the Candles lit, twinkling lights in the background,
and lovely dinnerware for each place setting.

The kids had a great time.
And at the end they called out the moms and gave us a standing ovation.
It was awesome!!

Just a quick rundown of the dinner:

To start it was artisan bread bowls with spinach dip served with pita chips.

A small cup of lime sorbet to cleanse the pallet.
(my boy was the only one who knew what that was, 
the rest were just excited to have some ice cream!)

Salad with choice of toppings and dressing.

More Lime Sorbet.

Dinner was chicken breast, roasted vegetables, and baked potato.

Lime Sorbet.

And finally a gorgeous Piezookie which is just my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe 
pressed into a ramekin, baked and topped with vanilla ice cream, 
and drizzled with chocolate and caramel sauce.

They looked so good I had to take a picture.

My friend went a little crazy with the chocolate and caramel drizzle-ing across the top,
but hey, how often do we get to do that?!?
Plus it makes the dessert look amazing!

All in all, it was a lot of work, for not much money.

And the kids had a great time.


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