Tuesday, April 26, 2016

No-Sew Pillowcase DIY

When I say no-sew, I mean not one single stitch, baby!  It took me hours and hours to figure out how to make a professional, beautiful pillowcase for all my friends out there who don't have a sewing machine, but I finally did it!  I absolutely love the way these turned out.  In fact, they're on my bed as I write this.  The key with this project is measuring and ironing.  If you can do those two things, you're IN!  Have fun!



See exactly how it's made here!
Stuff You'll Need
2 Yards Cotton Fabric
Tape measure
Masking tape
E-6000 Stitchless (fabric glue)
1" wide ribbon
Iron
Scissors
Paintbrush
Ruler
1. Cut a piece of fabric that is 36" x 37" 
2.  Cut a piece of ribbon that is 36" long
3. Measure down 10" from the 36" edge and draw a line across the fabric
4. Squeeze out a very thin line of E-6000 Stitchless
*The key to using this glue is thin, clean lines
5. Place and iron the ribbon edge on the line of stitchless
*Don't worry if you see the glue through the ribbon, it will be covered in a second!
6.  Add a strip of masking tape 1/2" above the ribbon (on the 10" side)
7. Spread a thin layer of Stitchless along the tape in the area between the ribbon and the tape and then remove the tape
*Use a brush to spread the glue evenly along the tape to create a perfect line
8. Fold the 10" extension over the ribbon and press
9. Fold out the 10" extension back, exposing the ribbon, and press
10.  Working on the inside of the fabric, fold the edge of the 10" extension under the crease you just made with the ribbon and then press the fold
11. & 12. Add Stitchless in the crease along the edge and press the raw edge into the crease
13. Fold the pillowcase in half and mark the center on the raw edge side (not the finished side)
14.  On the right side of the fabric add tape (1/2" from the edge) along one side and to the center mark, fold and press the case in half
15. Clip the corner 
16.  Turn the pillowcase right side out and press

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Pearl & Resin Table Makeover

I recently saw a colorful resin table top filled with Mardi Gras beads and went NUTS!  What a terrific way to use up all of those crazy colorful beads!  Also, if you know anything about New Orleans and Mardi Gras, what did they have to do to get so many of them?!  I decided to try something similar with a little more of a "princess-chic" vibe using some extra pearl trim I picked up for a song.  One of my nieces is still going through the princess phase and I cannot wait until it's over.  I learned A LOT making this table.  For example, you can sand resin once it's cured and then coat it with more resin and it's perfect!   I also learned that you can create a barrier edge with simple masking tape.  Check out the video below to see how I did it.  Have fun!  Mark
Pretty sure this will end up in my niece's bedroom
Regal!
Watch how easy it is to make here!
Stuff You'll Need
Small round table
Masking tape
 Here's How
1.  2. & 3. Starting in the exact center of the table, glue beads in a spiral until you reach the outer edge
4. & 5. Create a rim/barrier edge around the table with two layers of masking tape 
*Make sure it's snug to the table and that the tape is higher than the top of the pearls
6. Follow the instructions for mixing the Glaze Coat
7. & 8. Pour the glaze coat on the table top and evenly distribute it with a sponge brush
9. Pop the bubbles with a torch and let cure overnight
*Make sure you cure your table in an unoccupied room free of dirt and dust
10.  Remove the masking tape
11.  If you need to, you can round the edge of the table with a sander
12. Glaze the rough sanded edges with another layer of Glaze Coat and let cure




Friday, April 15, 2016

Trash To Treasure Marquee Letters!

I admit it, I'm a dumpster diver....If I see something amazing sticking out of a dumpster, I will dive in there and fish it out!   Recently on my morning run I saw a ton of discarded styrofoam sticking out of a dumpster on my path and for the next hour I thought about what I could make with it.  Just as I passed it again on my way home, it came to me.....MARQUEE LETTERS!  I grabbed it and hauled it home!  My favorite part of this project was teaming up with GraphicStock.com and using their amazing library of patterns to print out and cover my letters!  This month GraphicStock.com is having a Creative Rewards Month and is offering 6 months of unlimited downloads for $39!  That's almost 90% of the regular price, which is $49 per month.  They seriously have thousands of royalty free patterns and photos for you to choose from.  Use them for your website, your designs, they even have amazing adult coloring book patterns.  Just click HERE for this very special deal! 
From trash to treasure!
Gifts for all of my friends (and one for my desk)
Slapped on a fence because, why not?
See how easy they are to make here!
Stuff You'll Need
Printed patterns from GraphicStock.com
Styrofoam
Large print out of a letter
Gold Glitter
Small spray bottle
Metallic gold paint marker
Here's How
1.  Print and cut a large letter
2. Trace it on the smooth side of the styrofoam
3. Using your styrofoam cutter, carefully (and slowly) cut out the letter
4. Print your patterns from GraphicStock.com
5. Trace the face of the styrofoam letter face down on the back of the printed pattern and then cut out
6. & 7.  Paint the edges of the styrofoam letter with the metallic gold paint
8. & 9. Coat the edges of the letter (over the paint) with Americana Decoupage
 and then cover with glitter
10.  Mist both sides of the paper letter with a spray bottle to relax the paper and then decoupage to the face of the styrofoam letter
11.  Place something flat on top for a few minutes while it dries
12.  Edge the letters with a metallic gold paint marker
*Keep your glitter from getting everywhere by adding another layer of Americana Decoupage 
over the glitter
Julie, Mark and Brandon!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Light-Up Boho Chandelier

I've been wanting to make a boho chandelier for quite a while, so when Osram Lightify asked me to make a project using their new Gardenspot Mini Lights, I jumped at the chance!  This light up chandelier would be PERFECT for an outdoor wedding.  The best part is that it uses a simple tomato cage as a base AND it changes color!  Yup, you heard me.  I can control the brightness and hue of this chandelier with a swipe on my smart phone!  Just download the app, install the Osram Gardenspot Mini lights, plug in the Gateway and wirelessly connect the lights to your phone.  BOOM!  Your chandelier can now go from pink to orange in a swipe.  How cool is that!
A rainbow of color choices for evening.......
Beautiful during the day.....
See how to put it together here!
See Julie's Light-Up Dreamcatcher project here!
Stuff You'll Need
Large tomato cage
3 yards sheer cream fabric
3 yards lace cream fabric
Lace trim & ribbon in cream
Doilies or heavy lace trim
Osram Lightify Gardenspot Mini Lights
Lightify on Amazon:  http://bit.ly/1NoJEYf
Lightify at Lowes:  http://bit.ly/1qIrjkd
Glue gun
Pearl trim (about 5 yards)
4-6 large white feathers
Here's How
1. Cut about twenty 10" pieces of ribbon
2. & 3. Tie the end of your string of Gardenspot Mini lights to the largest ring of the tomato cage
4. Wrap and tie until you get to the 3rd (smallest) ring of the cage
5. & 6. Cut 1 1/2" wide strips of lace and sheer fabric
*Clip along the selvage edge and rip if you can, it's easier
7. Tie 4 strips of lace or sheer fabric on the largest ring to hang the cage while you work
8. Fold the pieces in half and slip knot them around the rings and light wires
*Start with the smallest ring and work your way up
9. Drape and hot glue strands of pearls, ribbon and lace trim around the top ring of the chandelier
10.  Hot glue the heavy lace trim around the top rim of the chandelier and add more pearl trim
11. Plug in the Osram Lightify Gateway
12. Connect the Gateway to your phone with the app and pick a color for your chandelier

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Vintage Marimekko Dishes DIY

I've been inspired by the Target commercials for the new line of modern Marimekko products they launch on April 17th!  Though I have to say, I'm more a fan of the colorful, vintage Marimekko patterns.....So, instead of hunting down a full set, one piece at a time, at thrift stores and on EBay, I decided to paint my own set on some mismatched dollar store dishes.  Americana Gloss Enamels is the perfect paint for this because after curing and baking, they are dishwasher safe!  Still, because I spent so much time on them, I always wash them by hand.  It's my thing and I'm a bit freaky about the stuff I make. Google "vintage Marimekko" for some amazing inspiration!
Oh, remember to have fun, make messes and Make Your Mark, OK! 
These are mine....
These are the originals
My new breakfast set!
See how I made them here!
Stuff You'll Need
Dollar Store Dishes
Pencil
Fine hair paintbrush
Rubbing Alcohol
Here's how:
1. Clean your dishes with rubbing alcohol
2. & 3. Use a pencil to draw your design
*The originals are above to use as reference
4.  Fill in the petals with yellow
5.  Fill in the center with black
6. Draw around the 2nd circle with the glass marker
7. & 8. Draw dots around the 2nd circle and around the base of the petals
9. Draw lines connecting the row of dots at the base of the petals and the 2nd row of dots
10.  Draw lines around the petals
11.  On the mug, draw leaves with veins on the sides of the flowers
12.  Follow the instructions for curing and baking on the Gloss Enamels packaging

Where is that toast?!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Faux Opals DIY

I seriously had no idea that opals are found in every color until I started researching this project!  Not only that, raw opals are just as beautiful as the polished stones we're used to seeing.  For some reason when I was making this project I kept thinking of my gram who used to give me all of her old brooches when I was a kid.  I loved hoarding anything sparkly that looked like a treasure.  Truth be told, I went a little overboard making this jewelry and I now have a stash that could sink a pirate ship!  Also, who knew there was another use for gift basket Easter grass?! I hope you like this project as much as I do and remember.......
Have fun, make stuff and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
Julie rocking her new stash of faux opal jewelry
This is only part of the stash I made for this project!
Every color under the sun
See exactly how they're made here
Stuff You'll Need
Nail Polish
Jewelry Findings
Angel Hair (Opalescent Easter Grass)
Cabochons
Small Torch or Lighter
Here's How
1. Knead equal parts of the molding putty together and create a flat ball
2. & 3. Push the cabochons into the molding putty and wait 10 minutes for your mold to set
4. Cut angel hair into small pieces so it looks like chunky glitter
5.  Mix a small amount of the Glaze Coat together
6.  Mix in the angel hair pieces into the Glaze Coat
7. Pour into the molds and pop bubbles with a small torch or lighter
8.  When set (wait 8 hours) paint the backs with different colors of nail polish
*This will give the opals different colors
9.  Set in jewelry with E-6000 glue


So chic!




Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Alice In Wonderland Bookcase

Every once in awhile you get a bug to do something extra special......Something you might not otherwise even venture to tackle.  That was the case with this Alice In Wonderland Bookcase DIY.  I'm truly in love with this piece and even though I have no room for it in my house, I'm still going to keep it until I figure out where to put it.  My best suggestion, if you want to attempt a piece like this, is to take your time and enjoy the process.  This took me two full days and I loved every minute of it.  Just have fun, make a mess and as always remember Make Your Mark! 


Photographed in my back yard
See how it's made here!
Stuff You'll Need
Bookcase in need of a makeover
1" x 12" pine planks to repair the shelf and make a pediment
Masking tape
Paintbrush
Americana Decor Chalky Finish in your color scheme
*I used Everlasting, Romance, Innocence, Treasure & Carbon
Drill
Four 1" x 1" x 5" legs
8 "L" brackets
Butterfly and foliage printouts
Optional: Jigsaw, Wood glue, Sander, Metallic Gold Paint
1.  Attach 1" x 12" pine board to the base of the bookcase if you need to 
*my shelf did not have a base
2. Attach the four 1" x 1" x 5" legs to the base using "L" brackets and 1" screws
3.  The repaired bookcase ready for paint
4. Paint the inside and sides of the bookcase in Everlasting (white)
5.  Paint the very top of the bookcase and the base of the shelf in Treasure
*refer to the beauty shots if you need to see exactly where I painted
6. Paint the face of each shelf in Romance red
7.  Paint the base of each shelf in Innocence pink
8. & 9. Measure and draw stripes on each side of the bookcase 
10. & 11.  Tape and loosely paint the stripes in Carbon
*no need to be perfect, we want this to look aged
12.  Paint the legs black
13. & 14.  If you have extra details on your bookcase, tape and paint Everlasting and Carbon stripes along the front
*I realize not all bookcases have this detail, but there might be a spot that you can incorporate this on yours
15. Measure, tape and paint Romance red strips on the back of the cabinet from top to bottom
16. 17. & 18.  Trace, cut and sand a pediment from a piece of 1" x 12" pine wood
HERE is a pattern for the pediment that I used
19. & 20. Paint Romance and Everlasting stripes on the pediment
21. Paint the ball on top of the pediment in metallic gold or black
22.  With wood glue, attach the pediment to the top center of the bookcase 
23. Paint the entire bookcase in Americana Decor Clear Crème Wax and let dry
24.  Paint sections in the Americana Decor Golden Brown Crème Wax and wipe as you go to create an antique, aged look
25. 26. & 27.  Print, cut and mist butterflies and foliage images to decoupage on the inside of the sides of the shelf
*Get the images HERE
28. Decoupage the images in place using Americana Decoupage Matte
29. & 30.  Edge the pediment and the top of the bookcase with a metallic gold paint pen

I don't want to put anything in it!


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Adult Coloring Book Dishes DIY

Still trying to figure out what to do with all of those beautiful adult coloring book pages you've been working on?  Why not create a set of dishes for yourself using dollar store glass plates!  These are dishwasher safe and you can eat off of them because all the work is done on the back.  Plus, you can use this technique for your most beautiful work!  Have fun and Make Your Mark! 
xoxo, Mark



See how easily they come together here!
Stuff You'll Need
Your favorite coloring book pages
Thick permanent marker
Americana acrylic paint in white (and other colors)
Rubbing Alcohol
Glass plates
Paintbrushes or cosmetic sponge
Here's How:
1.  Clean the back of the glass plate with rubbing alchol
2.  Edge the plate with a black paint pen
3. Trace around your design with a thick black permanent marker
4.  Make copies of your page on white and in colors you like
5. & 6.  Carefully cut out your images and decide on your design
7.  Mist the front and back of your cutouts with water using a small spray bottle
8. & 9. Add the Americana Decoupage to the face of your cutout
10.  Gently place on the plate and clip the edges so they adhere around the curves
11.  When all the pieces are adhered, paint the back of the plate with white (or a color) using a cosmetic sponge
12.  When dry, coat the entire back of the plate with Americana Dishwasher Safe Decoupage
*follow the instructions for curing time