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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Blue Chair Makeover with Chalky Finish Paint

I am a member of the DecoArt Blogger Outreach program and was provided with paint to finish this project, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

{Blue painted chair with striped seat}

I was about to get rid of this chair, but decided to give it one more chance...

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Handmade Pen Giveaway 2 Winners!

{Win a handmade wood pen}

I think you'll be glad you stopped by today. It turns out that I hit 3 years blogging this month, {3 years!} and while I wasn't planning on having a celebration or giveaway or anything, my husband actually gave me a reason to!

He recently opened an Etsy shop, SJPens where he sells pens and keychains made from woods like walnut or olive trees.  I couldn't help but get a little involved too (everything needs paint!)

So to celebrate, and kick off his shop opening we're giving away TWO pens, so there will be TWO winners! 
  • Koa wood pen (choice of metal finishes)

Koa wood pens | Crafting in the Rain
  • Paint dipped maple pen (choice of color)
Painted Wood Pens | Crafting in the Rain

**If you see something you love, or know would make a great gift, use the code GIVEAWAY at check out to receive 10% off your order (shipping not included) now through March 7th**

Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Open to US residents 18+ Giveaway ends midnight on Feb 28th. Huge thanks to all these blogs for hosting, and good luck!

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Yellow Entertainment Center

{Painted entertainment center for craft storage}

Do any of you remember me posting this entertainment center on Instagram several months ago?  I found it on Craigslist for just $30 so I could try to contain some of my craft messes supplies. 

This is how it started out, but now it looks awesome in my room. Here's how I got it all painted and finished up.

I bought 1 gallon of June Day Behr paint (1 quart wouldn't have been enough because it took 3 coats to cover the dark finish)  I turned it into chalk paint by adding a tablespoon of unsanded grout mixed with a bit of water for every cup of paint I used.  

Like I said, it took 3 coats of paint to cover it well, and I painted the inside as well.  I removed the doors and the shelves so I could paint them inside and laying flat.

When all coats were dry I did some distressing around the corners and edges.

I did a light sanding with a sanding block and wiped everything with a tack cloth to remove dust. For a top coat I went with a satin finish waterbased polycrylic.  I tried waxing a piece of furniture once and wasn't pleased with it. I'm sure it works great for people who know what they're doing, but I'm not one of those people :)  After 2 coats of polycrylic, I let it dry a couple of days and moved it into the bedroom to fill it up. I found that having the polycrylic was very important on the shelves and on the inside so that the paint didn't get scratched off as I moved boxes and other things around.

To cover the holes in the back where TV cords would normally go we cut two pieces of beadboard to fit on either side of the wood slat in the back.  I painted them Aqua Spray (Behr) blue and attached them with liquid nails on the back.  I weighted them down with paint cans and cement blocks overnight.

And you guys get a bonus double-post because I'm guest posting for Abbey at The Cards We Drew today--so click over to see how I have it all organized inside.

I want to know--do you have any yellow furniture in your house? If you've blogged about it, leave me a link!

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Paint Stamped Placemat

A few months ago I was sent some SoSoft fabric paint to try out from DecoArt.  

So I created at small triangle stamp and created a pattern on this pretty blue placemat. You can buy solid colored placemats, or make your own buy cutting colored tea towels in half and hemming the cut edges. 

My stamp is a triangle cut from craft foam (I stacked two layers) and then attached it to a clear acrylic stamp block using two glue dots.

Run a strip of tape down the side of the placemat to create a straight line to follow.  The clear block made it easy to line up the points of my stamp.  I even did two layers of paint since the white didn't show up very well with just one layer, and I could easily see where the first stamp went down.

Repeat on the other side of the placemat and allow to dry. Customized and easy!  What would you stamp on yours?

For more ways to use the SoSoft paint, see their project gallery.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

How to Sew A Fur Pillow

{Tutorial for a soft and fluffy faux fur pillow}

 Back in December I made a fur vest for my daughter.  I wanted one for her Christmas outfit I was putting together, and decided to just go for it and make one.  And it turned out so cute!  I had a bunch of faux fur leftover though (I'd made sure to buy extra in case I messed it up)

I asked on Instagram what I should do with the rest of it, and as soon as pillow was mentioned I knew that was the winner.

I made my own pillow form too, but you could use a pillow you already have.  The tricky thing is that this white fur is a little see through, so I couldn't try wrapping the dark pillow I already had.

Anyway, here's what you'll need to make this pillow

  • faux fur 28 x 23 inches
  • muslin or other white fabric (I also had this leftover from the vest) 23 x 20 inches
  • stuffing (I used the insides of an old throw pillow)
  • X-acto knife or box cutter
  • sewing machine and thread
  • cardboard to protect your work surface from the box cutter
TIP:  How to Cut Faux Fur
I learned that the correct way to cut fur is to turn it upside down and cut it from the back.  It will keep the fur on the front looking nice.

To make the pillow form, fold the fabric so it's 11.5 x 20 inches and sew the long side and one short side with a 1 inch seam allowance.  Turn inside out and stuff.  Sew the last seam close to where the stuffing ends.  Cut remaining fabric to about 1 inch (this will be a visible seam, but it doesn't matter)

Lay the pillow form on the piece of fur (fur side down) and over lap the fur on the top of the pillow.

Use pins to close the fur around the pillow form on one side. On the other side, just mark the end of the pillow with one pin. Slide the form out and sew both sides of the fur.

Now turn the pillow cover right side out and put the pillow form into the back, where the fur overlaps but isn't sewn shut.

I hope this tutorial will get you to try sewing with faux fur. And in other fur news, I totally bought myself a fur vest from the thrift store for $4.50 last week! If I can figure out what to pair it with, I may post about it :)

For more sewing ideas, check out this Pinterest board

Follow Stephanie Paxman (Crafting in the Rain)'s board Needle and Thread on Pinterest.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Blonde Brownies Recipe

{Many people know these as Blondies, but I've always called them Blonde Brownies}

Blonde Brownie Recipe | Crafting in the Rain  #dessert
One of my earliest kitchen memories involves these brownies.  I was probably 10, and was making these with my best friend at my house.  This was pre-microwave days, so we melted the butter in a pan on the stove.  

Monday, February 17, 2014

Mini Bubble Blower

{Make mini bubbles!}

Are you still having snow days? Here's a bubble activity that can entertain all ages of kids, and you can do it all right at your kitchen table.  

You'll need:
a straw
small square of mesh material (I used some plastic window screen, but tulle would work too)
glue gun
liquid dish soap
Straw craft

Glue the mesh around the bottom of the straw with the hot glue.  Use the low setting if you have one, because the glue can melt the straw.  Don't burn your fingers.
Straw bubble blower | Crafting in the Rain #bubbles

As the glue cools, mix a 2:1 ratio of water to dish soap in a small bowl.  Dip the end of the straw into the bubble solution and blow.  Blowing fast will send tons of tiny bubbles flying, and slower will create bubbles like this.  

Blow bubbles with straws | Crafting in the Rain #bubbles

Let your kids experiment, and when you're done, it all wipes up with a washcloth (and your table is cleaner than when you started..win-win!)
Kids Bubble Activity | Crafting in the Rain #bubbles

For more fun things to keep kids busy, visit this board:
Follow Stephanie Paxman (Crafting in the Rain)'s board You Know, For Kids! on Pinterest.

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Hippo Crafts for National Hippo Day

{Happy Hippo Day!  Here are some cute hippo ideas for you to try}

1 Hungry Hippo  by Tip Toe Crafts
2 Stuffed Hippo Pattern (Russian tutorial, good pics!)
3 Swimming Hippo by I Heart Crafty Things
4 Pink Hippo Card by Giovana Smith
5 Hungry Hippo Nails by Devilish Polish
Hippopotamus Box by She Knows 
7 Hippo Cookies by Sweet Sugar Belle
8 Felt Hippo by A Handmade Tale

And how about a box of animal crackers dressed up as a hippo!


Box of animal crackers with string cut off. Pink or purple cardstock
  • (1) 9 x 5 1/8 inches, folded at 2 3/4, 4 1/2 and 7 1/4 inch marks
  • (2) 2 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches
White cardstock (2) 3/4 x 1/2 inches, round corners if desired
Hippo faces printed onto pink or purple
Glue or tape

Attach two small cardstock pieces to the ends of the box.
Wrap the large piece around the box and attach it to the bottom.

Cut out the hippo faces

**There are several pictures on the page, so you can delete the ones you don't need before printing**

Glue the white cardstock pieces to the face so they stick out from behind as teeth.

Attach the face to one end of the box.

Snacks for National Hippo Day, or Hippopotamus party favors!  I turned them into little Valentines for my kids and wrote on the side: I made you this hippopotamus, Cuz I love you quite a-lot-amus. :)

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

#MyMashUp Playing with Marvel Super Hero Mashers

I received compensation as well as free products from Marvel Super Hero Mashers as a part of a campaign through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network in order to facilitate this review. It was perfect timing for some snow days! All opinions are 100% my own. 

Take a look at this face--you think he was a little excited to try out these new Marvel Super Hero Mashers from Hasbro?

Our package arrived with Iron Man and Dr. Doom, and they totally come apart and have interchangeable parts (better than all those toys we dismantled as kids, but weren't meant to be!)

Here's a look at our mash-up.  It's Dr. Iron Doom!

Asher could even detach and put pieces together by himself. Sometimes he'd need a little help to get them to stay balanced and stand up though.  Check out all that extra equipment!  We loved using the shooter to try to knock down the other guy.

So what would you build?
Iron Hulk?
The Incredible Spider Thor?

So many possible combinations, and a great way to spend some cooped-up snow day time.  Visit Hasbro to learn more about the toy line and even create your own online Mash-Ups! 

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Pixy Stix Valentine

{Printable Pixy Stix Valentines}

With the snow and ice that hit the PNW this last weekend, which canceled school for 2 days, church on Sunday, caused one early release and one late start, plus a yucky cold that caught me off guard, it was a mad dash to get Valentines ready for all the kids last night.  We're out of school this Friday as well, so their classes are doing Valentine celebrations either today or tomorrow.

I got these all printed out, had the kids fill them in, and then we attached the Pixy Stix with pieces of washi tape.  

When you download the printable, it will open two pages. The first just has a line on top to write their name. The second page also as a "to" space at the bottom for writing in classmates' names. Select the page you need and print as many copies as you need then cut apart. (There are 8 per page)

Click here to download

Hope this helps you out if you're looking for a last minute class Valentine idea! And if you want more printable Valentines, here are some others I've made.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Date Night Gift Basket for Valentine's Day {No Peeking Husband} #ad

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. 

With Valentine's Day coming up this Friday, here's a creative gift for your honey.  Maybe you're like us and don't plan on spending a lot of money on Valentine's gifts, but it's always fun to do a little something special. Make a date night gift basket and let him know you love him all the time!

Valentine Gift Basket | Crafting in the Rain  #ad

Friday, February 7, 2014

Contributor for The Girl Creative

Just a quick post today to let you know that I'm a new contributor over at The Girl Creative!  I've followed Diana's blog for a long time now, and my first post went up yesterday. Click over to see how I decorated some Ikea Lanterns

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