Chicken Wire Picture Frame

In our neighborhood, we have what is called bulk item trash day.  It is the first week of the month.  So you can put out close to anything on your front driveway and the city comes buy and picks it up.  So this is a time when a lot of people do "drive by shopping".  You know the old saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure".  Well, I was driving on my way home and saw the neighbor had a pile of junk and on top of the junk was an old junky worn out water color painting in a frame, so I picked it up.  I took out the picture and was left with a wooden frame, then I spray painted it with Krylon paint and then went down to Home Depot and bought some Poultry Wire (they don't call it chicken wire).  You can find it in the fencing section.  I turned the frame upside down and measured the chicken wire to fit the frame.  The frame still had the staples in it, so I just wrapped the chicken wire around the staples and, using pliers, pressed the staples back against the frame.  I had some clothespins in various sizes, from all my craft supplies and use this to clip things to the wires.  I hung it on my wall and found it was the perfect place to hang all the cards my husband and I get throughout the year for various occasions.  I think this gives honor to the person who gave us the card, without having to take up space on our entertainment center or any other flat area that we put our cards.  It definitely freed up some counter space and made the room look a little cleaner.  There was plenty of leftover chicken wire, so I will have to go find more frames and make them for gifts. I wish I had taken a picture of the original picture and frame, so you could see the before and after, but I did take these few, so you can see how it came out.

~Living the Fairy Tale Life~


Alphabet Letter Gifts

I love making custom pieces for the home or to give as gifts.  I was at an art fair is San Diego and came across a guy who was selling framed letters that you can spell anything with.  After he spelled out my last name, the price he quoted me was over $70.00  So as a crafter I thought "I can do this myself".   I think if you look up the word crafter you would see a warning that says "don't let them see your work, they will steal the idea and make it themselves".
I found a GREAT flickr photo site.  It is an amazing source for letter photos.  There are literally hundreds of each letter.  You can see that site HERE!  You simply download for FREE and print from your own printer… Pretty darn cheap and easy!
I found the letters I wanted to use and saved them onto my computer (note to self:  I should start a folder, just for saved alphabet letters)  I then opened Word on my computer and "draw" four boxes, then copied the lettered into my draw boxes.  I double clicked the pictures and changed the color to gray-scale.  Then I drew one bog box, added the sunset template color and sent that box to the back.  Printed the entire thing and will put into a picture frame.
You can do this with peoples name and make a great, unique gift for a birthday, wedding or whatever.  Great for decorating as well.
You can also frame each individual letter and make any length word, great for hanging over a sofa, if the frames are large enough and spread evenly.

~Living the Fairy Tale Life~

Pinterest wins again

Yep, it gets me every time.  But I do find some wonderful card ideas.

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Setting Priorities

I need to give one up to get the other.  I will rely on God and Stamping to get me through this.

~Living the Fairy Tale Life~


Cross - To Be Determined

We were out visiting La Jolla, CA for work and came across a Veterans Memorial.  The lighting was perfect and I know that Jesus is Risen!!!  I was very sad to hear that some people want the cross to come down.  That just breaks my heart.   I wish everyone would just get a hobby like stamping to keep them busy and not worry about what they can destroy.

~Living the Fairy Tale Life~

Lucy wanted to wish you a Happy Easter!

~Living the Fairy Tale Life~