Monday, December 16, 2013

I am a stamp addict

I can admit it I am addicted to rubber stamps. I know I have too many to even count. People say what do you do with all of these? Do you make cards? My standard answer is I do everything with them except make cards. I hate making cards just not my thing. Here are some pics and ways I use some of my rubber stamps. Scrap wood painted and distressed, then stamped with a holiday message I use them when making jewelry, I stamp on dominoes or into polymer clay to give texture. I love stamping on fabric too. I make homemade muslin ribbon with script handwriting, love it! Here is a pic from Pinterest that shows I am not the only one who loves this. Hope some of these pics have inspired you to get out your stamps and use them in different ways than you have in the past.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Galvanized Storage Ottoman

I recently made this ottoman out of a old galvanized tub. It was really pretty easy to do with just a couple of common tools and materials. First I put the tub upside down on a piece of plywood and traced the circular opening. I suggest you at an inch to this circumference so it adequately covers the opening. Next I screwed another piece of plywood about 8 inches wide to intersect the center of the wood. I traced the curved edge of the round piece on this wood and cut away the excess with my jig saw. I did this to the plywood cushion base would not slide off of the tub. You can see how it looks below. Next I cut a piece of 3 inch high density foam to fit the round piece of plywood. You can get this at you local Joanne's or fabric store. This then was wrapped with a sheet of cotton batting and stapled onto the bottom of the plywood. Finally I cut the fabric in a large circle and stapled it to to the bottom of the plywood working to pleat and tuck the fabric as I went around the circular edge. I put my lid down and the extra piece of plywood I screwed onto the larger piece made it fit nice and snug with no sliding around. It is a now a fun piece furniture with a little spot to store my magazines.