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Friday, June 27, 2014

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I'll see you next week!!

Happy Crafting!

Mona



Monday, June 23, 2014

Roku Giveaway!!





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I'm excited to announce that you can now find me on ROKU!  Yay!  If you have a Roku, you can watch any time!  I have a giveaway, courtesy of Future Today, Inc.  You can win your very own Roku!  Millions of people are already using them, it's time you did too!



This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S only.  There are a number of ways to enter below, but two requirements.  First you MUST be subscribed to Craft Klatch on YouTube.  Second, on the video, on YouTube, you MUST answer the following question:

What other platform, such as tablet , phone (Android, iPhone), Roku, Amazon Fire, etc. are you most likely to watch my channel?

Oh, did I mention, I should have an app for Android and Apple soon?

Good Luck!  

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Garbage to Gorgeous Episode #4: Table Makeover DIY How To Craft Klatch

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I found a table for five bucks and it went from garbage to gorgeous!




You will need:

-  A table (stripped or sanded)
-  Paint - since I stripped the table, I did not prime it before painting - I used acrylic craft paint in turquoise, slate gray and white
-  Stencil
-  Painter's tape
-  Polyurethane or similar varnish - I used shiny, but satin would look nice too.


Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Clean your table.  Sand it, or strip it.  If you are only going to sand it, you might want to prime it first.  Once it is clean and dry, you are ready to get started.
2.  With painter's tape, tape off the top of the table.  Paint the turquoise on the legs, trim around the top and the sides.  This will take two coats.
3.  Remove the tape and allow to dry.
4.  Once dry, use painter's tape and tabs the trim.
5.  Paint the top of the table, with the gray paint.  Allow to dry.
6.  Tape you stencil to the top of the table.  Take your white paint and a stencil brush.  Dip your brush into the paint and rub most of it off onto a paper towel.  Begin tapping the brush down vertically.  Do not brush from side to side.  You don't want the tape to get under the stencil.
7.  Pull of stencil immediately when you are finished.  Allow to dry.
8.  Line up the stencil and tape it in place.  Repeat until the table is covered.
9.  Once dry, put two coats of a protective finish on.  Read directions on how soon second coats can be applied.
10.  Let dry!

That's it!  

Thanks for stopping by and go redecorate the world!  Happy Crafting!

Mona



Friday, June 20, 2014

DIY Pearl Coaster - Another Coaster Friday How To

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I used some more of my garage sale finds in this week's coaster!



You will need:

-  Fake pearls
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast (for more info on Easy Cast, go to www.eti-usa.com)
-  Coaster mold

If you are looking for the coaster mold, or resin, you can find them on Amazon:




Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Wind your necklace into your mold.  Cut it down to size and remove.
2.  Prepare you resin, according to the package directions.  I used Easy Cast.
3.  Pour a small amount of resin into the bottom of the mold.
4.  While wearing gloves, wind the necklace back into the mold and reposition as needed.
5.  Run your lighter over the resin, to remove any bubbles.
6.  Let that sit for about and hour and then come back and put another layer of resin on top.
7.  Let it sit for a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.  Remember, it takes a full 72 to hours to completely cure.

That's it!  Now you have an elegant coaster to add to your collection!

Thanks for stopping by!  

Mona




Tuesday, June 17, 2014

$25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!





Hi Everyone!

I'm having a giveaway!  I am giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card!  If you are under the age of 18, you need to ask your parents before entering the giveaway.  If they give you the okay, go for it.  Everyone else go for it too!  As long as you can shop on Amazon, you are eligible!

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Garbage to Gorgeous - Episode #3: DIY Beachy Wine Holder Makeover How To

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Our friend, Joe, had dropped off an old wine holder and it was just screaming for a makeover!  I decided to take it from 90's grapes to beachy fun!


Here is how it turned out:


You will need:

-  Wine holder
-  Wire cutters
-  Parchment, blue and medium gray acrylic paint
-  Hot glue and glue that adheres to plastic
-  Faux sea glass resin piece
-  Primer that adheres to glass, metal and plastic
-  Thin gauge wire


Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Remove the grapes and leaves off of the basket. 
2.  Clean and dry.
3.  Prime entire piece.
4.  Using a paint brush, load half of the brush with parchment paper and half with gray.  Use both colors on one brush to streak the basket.
5.  Do the same on the handle, but use mostly gray.
6.  Allow to dry, then wire back together.
7.  Use a combination of hot glue and a Weldbond or The Ultimate glue to attach the faux sea glass piece.


To see how I made the faux sea glass dragonfly, by clicking on the video below:



That's it!  Now you have a perfect hostess gift!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona


Friday, June 13, 2014

Keys Coaster - Another Coaster Friday DIY with Garage Sale Finds!

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As many of you know, especially if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, I did a big garage sale day a few weeks ago.  Meaning I went to garage sales, I didn't have one.  

I bought chairs, an ottoman, bunches of buttons, tables, fake pearls and keys.  There were two lamps, another chair and a fireplace screen on the side of the road too.  Oh!  And a garden settee that was on the side of the road.  I have plans for most of it.  I'm on the fence about a few things.

Today I'm using some of the keys.  It was an estate sale and it was hoarderville.  I bought a bunch of keys and the guy looked at me like I was crazy.  I might be crazy, but I prefer to think Crazy Crafty!!  

Here is my coaster for the week:



Everything that came from that house was filthy and stinky.  I bought buttons, fake pearls (I think they are fake, but I'm not sure how to tell) and a large amount of buttons.  Armed with rubber gloves, I put all of it into a container with hot water and Dawn dish soap.  I let it soak and the water turned gray.  I dumped the water and did it again.  The water turned gray.  I did it again and the water turned just was gray as the first time.  I did that several times, letting it soak each time.  There was a stink to it too that wouldn't let up.  Finally,  I took out the pearls and washed them separately, a couple more times.  I put the buttons and the keys back in the container with hot water, Dawn and bleach.  It took a couple times and days of soaking before things took a turn for the better.  I didn't scrub the keys or do anything to get rid of the patina.  I just had to get rid of the smell.  

You will need:

-  Keys
-  Resin (I used Easy Cast for more info on Easy Cast, go to www.eti-usa.com)
-  Coaster mold



Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.
2.  Pour a small amount into the mold - just enough to cover the bottom.
3.  Take each key and dip into the resin - this helps remove bubbles.
4.  Put them into the resin that is in the mold.
5.  Add the remaining resin.
6.  Take your lighter and run it across the resin to remove any bubbles.
7.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding - remember it takes 72 hours for a full cure!

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

DIY Father's Day Beer Bottle Cap Keychain

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Father's Day is right around the corner, are you ready?  Here's a gift you still have time to make!


You will need:

-  Keychain blank (I found the keychain at Hobby Lobby)
-  Bottle cap (preferably of your dad's favorite beer)
-  Envirotex jewelry clay

Here is the jewelry clay from Amazon:



Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:

1.  Mix your jewelry clay together.  Follow the directions on the package.
2.  When properly mixed, roll into a ball and press into the recess of the keychain.
3.  Press the bottle cap into the clay.  Make sure it makes good contact.
4.  Position it and if needed, take a Q-tip and rubbing alcohol to clean up any fingerprints from the keychain.  
5.  Let if fully cure.

That's it!  Now you have a very personalized gift for dad!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona




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Monday, June 9, 2014

DIY Resin Glitter Garden Ball Ornament - Make Something Monday




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I found this mold, which is actually made for making large ice balls, for whiskey or whatever you want to use it for.  Being silicone, I thought it was perfect for resin.  It comes in a set of four, so I will dedicate one (maybe two) to the craft room and use the other two for ice cubes.  This is my first attempt at using it with resin:





You will need:

-  Silicone mold:  http://amzn.to/24iSaQg (FYI:  This is a different mold than I used in the original project.  It's better because it has a shiny surface on the inside).
-  Various glitter and confetti
-  Wire - I used 20 gauge
-  Disposable paintbrush


Here is a link to the mold and resin I used for this project:





Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Prepare some resin, according to the package directions, and mix in glitter.  This is actually a great leftover resin project.  As you have leftovers, you just drop them right into the mold.
2.  I tried adding the glittered resin to both sides of the mold, but I think it all ended up at the bottom anyway.  TIP:  You do want your mixture to be thick.  That way, you won't have much settling and then a clear layer, between the layers.
3.  Continue doing that with varying glitters.  You can choose to either wait a few hours between the layers, or just put them all in together and leave it to chance.  I did both.
4.  When you are almost full, take a piece of wire and bend it into a loop and twist the ends together.  Insert that into the mold and it will become embedded into the resin.  
5.  Keep filling until full, if it overflows, that is okay.
6.  Once cured - wait a minimum of 12 hours, you can unmold it.
7.  I created a stand using two glass bottles, with water in them, a skewer stick and duct tape.  See video for the set up.  I hung the ball from the stand.  
8.  Preparing a small amount of resin (it does not take much), dip the brush into the resin and brush the entire ball.  
9.  Remember that the resin will run to the bottom and drip off.  Make sure you are working on a safe surface.  Also remember to go back periodically and wipe the bottom of the ball, otherwise you will end up with a permanent drip.
10.  Allow it to cure for a minimum of 12 hours before handling.  Remember it takes a full 72 hours to fully cure.

That's it!  Use is to hang in the garden, as Christmas ornaments, hang in a window or from a light fixture.  The possibilities are endless!  

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona




Friday, June 6, 2014

DIY Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville Inspired Coaster - Another Coaster Friday


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Summer is finally here and what says summer more than Jimmy Buffet?  This coaster was inspired by Jimmy Buffet and his awesome music.  For those of you who may not know who Jimmy Buffet is, look his music up and you are sure to know a tune or two!


You will need:

-  Coaster mold
-  Resin (I used Easy Cast - for more info. go to www.eti-usa.com)
-  Stickers
-  Packing tape
-  Pictures
-  Buttons
-  Glitter
-  Sand
-  Clear drying glue, or clear glue dots

Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:

1.  Prepare resin, according to the package directions, and split into two cups.  You only need enough to cover the bottom of the mold.  Add blue glitter into one of the cups and stir.
2.  Add sand into the other cup, along with white glitter.  The sand will take on a darker, wet sand look.  By adding the white glitter, it lightens up the sand.
3.  Pour the sand resin into one half of the mold.  Pour the blue glitter resin into the other.  They will mix and blend together.  This creates the background.
4.  After about an hour, I added the tropical buttons - palm tree, sun and salamander.  Before adding them, I snipped the back part off, where you would sew and attach the button.  That way, they will lie flat.  
5.  Allow to cure.  I would give it 12 hours.
6.  Now it's time to add your stickers and other embellishments.  When I was originally planning on doing this coaster, I looked everywhere for stickers that would work.  I found some, but not others.  Some were pretty specific and I knew I would never find them, so I had to figure out an alternative.  I remember one of my viewers telling me about putting packing tape on paper, or paper stickers, to seal it, so the resin wouldn't seep through the leave dark marks.  So, I got on the computer, found pictures that worked, sized them, printed them and sealed them in packing tape.  You cut out the picture, stick it onto the packing tape and take another piece to sandwich it in between.  Make sure you rub it real good, with a fingernail, bone folder, something, to ensure you have a good seal.  Trim it again, but leave a small clear border around the piece because that is where the seal is.  I did that with the clock, pop top, the margarita (that one I did not seal well enough), cheeseburger, the pirate flag and the fins.  

For reference, I use them for the following:

Margarita for Margaritaville
Cheeseburger for Cheeseburger in Paradise
Pirate flag for A Pirate Looks at Forty
Clock that reads five o'clock for It's Five O'Clock Somewhere
Shark fins for Fins
Flip flops and pop top for lyrics in Margaritaville, where he blew out his flip flop, on a pop top
Parrot for his followers being called Parrotheads

The remaining items were used just for the whole tropical feel.

7.  Affix the stickers and pictures to the resin by used either a clear drying glue - which MUST be COMPLETELY dry before you pour your next layer of resin, or it will remain forever white.  I used clear glue dots to affix my pictures.  They worked great!
8.  Prepare more resin and pour it right over everything.
9.  Run the lighter over the resin, to pop any bubbles and let it sit for a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding!

That's it!  I think it's the perfect coaster to hold my margarita!!

Do you have a favorite Jimmy Buffet song?  If so, what is it?  Leave it in the comments below!  Thanks for stopping by, Happy Crafting and beware pop tops and tourists covered in oil!

Mona



Tuesday, June 3, 2014

DIY: How to Make an Easy Cat Toy!

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For all you animal lovers out there, here is a craft for you!  I have been asked on multiple occasions to make a cat toy.  I don't know if this would work for dogs too.  If you have a dog, let me know!


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It got an official two paws up from our resident testers (you can see them at the end of the video).

You will need:

-  Dowel rod - you can use a long one cut down, or they sell packages of pre cut ones.
-  Scrap fabric - fleece works especially well.
-  Hot glue
-  White glue - I recommend a Weldbond, Tacky Glue, or Ultimate Glue.
-  Duck Tape
-  Scrap ribbon 


Here are some items that might be of help:





Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Take your dowel rod and decorate if you want.  I decided to keep mine natural.
2.  Cut scrap fabric into strips.  The lengths and widths can be different.
3.  With your hot glue, glue on 4-6 strips - attaching only on the end.
4.  With your other glue (Weldbond, Ultimate, Tacky or whichever you choose), put a generous bead around the attached areas of those strips.
5.  Add more hot glue above those strips and attach remaining strips.  You are using both glues because the hot glue holds the fabric in place, while the other glue dries.  Add more of the liquid glue.
6.  Take a strip of duct tape and put it around the dowel and the top of the fabric.  Make sure to pull it tight and make it nice and secure.
7.  Repeat step 6 if necessary.
8.  Optional:  Hot glue ribbon around the edges of the tape, to give it a more finished look.  You can actually cover the whole piece of tape with the ribbon.
9.  Allow to fully dry before playing with your pet!

Make sure to always be kind to animals!  May you have hours of fun with your pet and your new toy!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona