Spray Paint and a smile

Hello there! I am up bright and early for a Friday morning. This weekend for me  is full of completing a few home projects.  I am still working on my laundry room makeover and I wanted to share a quick little change I did to this Picasso Print. My lovely mother purchased this print for me years ago. I remember seeing it in a frame store in a mall in Corpus Christi, Texas. I was drawn to the simplicity of the lines and the colors.

This 20 year old print has made a few moves with me and traveled from Texas to Georgia.  I did not have a place for it in my current home and I hated to put it in a closet so I hung it in my laundry room where it has been for 12 years.

While I have been sprucing up the laundry room and changing up the color scheme, I thought my old friend needed a little lift as well.

With  a little help from Rust-Oleum I was able to add a little pop back into a print I have loved for many years.

Tada! Here she is with a quick color change. I have fallen in love with her all over again! I think she looks lovely with the new wall color, Swimming by Sherwin Williams.

I found a few Pablo Picasso quotes I’d like to share.  I especially like the one that speaks to “ideas”. My DIY projects are usually “vague” ideas but they usually come through for me!

“Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? No. Just as one can never learn how to paint.”

“You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea”

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”

I have a busy day ahead of me. I do have a laundry room to put back together and I need to get moving along with a few other house projects I need to complete. I’ll also be “dusting” with a few art projects. Do you have a favorite item that you have held onto for years? Perhaps a quick color change will bring you a smile and a new appreciation for it.

Thanks Mom for gifting me this print long ago and to Pablo Picasso for the lovely inspiration.

It’s all good. ~ Donna

DIY Recipe Holder ~ Mod Podge Project

Have you heard of Pick Your Plum? It’s a wonderful “deal a day” site that offers craft and baking supplies, home decor, clothing and other terrific finds. I have ordered jewelry making items from them in the past and awhile back I came across a daily deal that I had a need for plus I thought it would make a nice gift. I ordered a few sets of the daily deal and here it what I made with it!

I often print recipes that I find online and when preparing dinner, I’ll place the recipe on the counter. That often leads to it getting wet or splattered on and while it may give the printed recipe some “character”, (think of recipes handed down on index cards from mom and grandma?) I needed something that would give the recipe a “pick me up”.  As a sidenote, if you are looking for free recipe card templates, I found this one at Vertex42.com

This is the item I ordered. A smooth, rounded corner, small block and a magnet board. The creative possibilities for these two pieces are endless. A sweet spot to hold photos,  or with chalk paint it can be used for a message board. My thought was recipe holder.

**Insert photo of how I used craft paint to paint the board and then applied Modge Podge to the entire piece when the paint was dry.  I don’t have a photo! Doh!**

I used my BFF of crafting Mod Podge and a sponge applicator and applied it to the front side of the magnet board. I then applied  some craft paper  to “pretty” it up! All those  items can be purchased at most craft stores. I usually pick my items up at JoAnns. After I applied the craft paper to the board, I then layered it with a thin coat of Mod Podge on top of the entire piece of paper.

I had some leftover flat marble pieces from my Decorative Magnets I made awhile ago. Using a pencil, I traced around the flat marble  on a piece of craft paper.  I  used  a  small craft brush to apply the Mod Podge on the back side of a flat marble piece.  The pretty side of the paper will lay flat on the Mod Podge.

E-6000 is a great industrial strength adhesive that can withstand stress and vibration. It can be used on solid and non porous surfaces and mends just about anything! I love this stuff. I used it on this project to  hot glue a super strength magnet to the back of the flat marble.

This pretty, helpful item, sits on my counter and I use it often! For the letters I used scrapbook paper that I cut with my Cricut personal cutting machine using the Classic Font Cartridge.

For more ideas on what you can use Mod Podge for, take a look at my Thank you sign and my Celebration Board! You can also visit Amy at Mod Podge rocks. She has loads of fun stuff!

I’ll be linking to some great parties this week. Hop on over to Amanda’s Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now for some crafty inspiration!

It’s all good.  ~ Donna

P.S. Mod Podge peeps do not know who I am. I love the stuff  and buy gobs of it for craft projects, so I thought I’d share it with you!