Sunday, August 29, 2010

100 Piece Mirror, Part III

Well I was super excited that this was going to be my final post on the tutorial of this mirror..."was" being the key word. Wouldn't you know it, that after I had completed all the assembly of the wood, that I would grab the mirror and find a crack! Grrrr, so frustrating, so now I'm in the process of ordering/finding one online.

To view the first two posts of the tutorial you can click here and here.

So after all the pieces had been sanded and stained, I again used the Gorilla Brand Wood Glue and glued the two piece section onto my base. Note that its important to lay this on a flat surface, we chose the garage floor :)




After this dried, we nailed and glued the 1 1/4" inch pieces in between the two piece sections.



At this point, you can touch up any stain that you may have missed before. Then, be amazed at the awesome mirror that you have assembled (well almost :)...



Now, the mirror that I am ordering will cover the nails completely so you won't see them or the slight unproportion in the center! I'm really excited how this turned out and can't wait until I can post the completed project with mirror:)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Friday Finds (on Saturday, sorry :)

So this week you have to check out another of my favorite blogs Under the Table Dreaming. ! Stephanie has a pretty awesome giveaway that I think you will be thrilled about...a Silhouette! This is like the Cricut on steroids, it's absolutely amazing!

Now if you win, promise me you'll at least make me a cool print :)

UndertheTableandDreaming

Friday, August 27, 2010

100 Piece Mirror, Part II

So originally I thought this process was only going to be two parts...evidently I underestimated this project :) Oh well, I am still excited about it, I just wish I could complete it faster.

After I finished sanding, I began staining. I choose a tinted water base stain by Minwax called Coffee. Now there is no reason I used a water base over the oil base except for the fact that they didn't have the color that I wanted :)



So do you remember in the previous post that I laid my 1" and 1/2" layers out around my base...well I decided that after I stained the 1" I would "save" on stain and glue them down to the 1/2". So I laid them all out and began the process (I had my hubby helping me so it went pretty quick). We drew a line all the way across of where I wanted to 1" pieces to lay.



Then glued them down using Gorilla brand Wood Glue



They looked like this...



I thought I was pretty happy, until I went to stain the remaining portion...BIG pain in the butt! Not only is it harder to make sure you are getting stain in between the boards, but you also have to make sure you don't get any more stain on the 1" piece, otherwise it continues to get darker...grrrr!

Needless to say this process is taking alot longer then I wanted, so please, just stain all your pieces first before starting to assemble (learn from my mistake :)

And I'm still being distracted by cuteness :)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Still in Progress

Well day two of my mirror project is continuing the same....sanding! Having two kiddos doesn't make for an easy time to get projects done sometimes :) Anyways, hopefully I will have more progress to show you tomorrow, but until then...my cute distractions :)




(Please ignore my dirty window, between Little Sister trying to kiss our black lab and him trying to lick her back, it never stays clean :)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

100 Piece Mirror, Part I

I need to preface this post by saying, I would not recommend trying this project if you are easily frustrated :) This has taken much work and planning (more then I had anticipated), but I am still hoping that the end result will be worth it!

I convinced Hubby to help me make a Sunburst Mirror to be the centerpiece over our bed (...yes, I am redecorating another room and still have others to complete, I know I'm bad about that). This project has taken most of one day, and is still along way from over.

Here is one of my "fed up" stages during the project :)



So I found a round mirror at a local consignment shop for $6 (I'm sure you could do better, but I'm not very patient when I have something on my mind to create).

Sorry I forgot to take pictures of the original mirror, but the previous picture shows it in four pieces :)



So here is what you'll need for part I...

A circular mirror (you can find just the mirror at many hobby stores)
3/8" plywood
At least a table saw
Sander

We cut 32 1 1/2" x 12" sections. We laid them out around a portion of the original mirror. (Now you could liquid nail these onto the actual mirror without the circular portion, or you could cut that out of plywood as well)



We then cut 32 1" x 12" sections and laid them out on top of the previous sections.




Then sand like crazy! This portion will take you plenty of time, so tomorrow will be Part II of this project :)

Monday, August 23, 2010

I'm Back

Thank you to everyone for your prayers, I sure do appreciate them. The doctors still have no idea what is going on with me, I go in for more blood work next week, but hopefully we will know sooner then later :)

Now, don't think that this little hiccup is getting in the way of my craftiness or summer family fun :)

We have had ALOT of warm days this past week, so the kiddos needed to soak up some rays in the pool.




Big Brother also got a new fishing pole from Daddy and they headed out for the first time!



He was pretty excited and successful!




He caught five fish and a turtle!



Last week I was also able to throw my good friend a baby shower to celebrate her upcoming little girl. Unfortunately I didn't get as many pictures as I would have liked, but I think you'll enjoy what I did.

My friend has a 3 year old little girl as well, so I thought it was a good idea to give her a little something to show the world she was going to be a big sister! Here is the goody bag I made for her.



You can find directions to the canvas tote bag here. And I also made the t-shirt with iron on letters and freezer paper! I'll be making another shirt for Little Sister's upcoming birthday in the next few weeks, so watch for that tutorial. If you just can't wait, Google "Freezer Paper Stencil."

I made all the centerpieces using coffee syrup bottles, added some goldfish and made some paper pinwheels. They were a big hit!



And just a preview of a couple projects I'm working on in the next few weeks...


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Do You Love Prints?!?!

Well do you? I know that I do, and I especially love to page through all the different one's Etsy has to offer :) The other evening I found myself doing just that, but couldn't quite seem to find one to fill my empty shelf space. So, I decided to make one myself! I used this handy dandy site...



And the best part is that most of their font's and editing software is free! So I know you're dying to see the print I made right?!?!



I love this song, and this print looks great in my living room!



And just as an FYI, I've been having some medical problems (should explain my lack of recent posts). I have a surgery scheduled for next Wednesday, so please be patient if I don't get around to posting :)