Welcome to my Creative Blog. I'm now a "Retired" file designer.

I hope you find inspiration and lots of creative ideas when you visit my blog. Smokey is my sweet lil cat who LOVES to get into my scrap room and play with all my stuff!

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Sharon (and Smokey too!)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Bow Holder Tutorial!

I'm going to be making a bunch of bows for the grand daughters and needed a place to put them.  So I made this bow holder.  It took about an hour and was super easy.  Shipping on one of these I bet would be high because of the size and weight.  So I'm going to tell you how to make one yourself and save some money. This one cost me about $16 to make.

Do you remember the frames I painted with my HomeRight Command Max paint sprayer.  This is the smaller frame.  It's 23 x 19 which is good medium size.  And will hold lots of bows. I got this frame at the good will for $5.

Step 1.  Get a piece of Poster board and use the cardboard backer from the picture to trace on the Poster board   This will be your new backer board to give you a nice finished look.

 Step 2.  Cut out the part you traced and set aside for last step.

Step 3.   Get a piece of batting and trace the same cardboard backer with a maker and cut out and set aside.

Step 4.  Get your favorite piece of material and cut it a couple inches bigger on all sides then your Cardboard backer.

Step 5.   Lay material on the table. "Right side down".  And lay your batting on next (Center it) then lay your Cardboard backer on (Center over batting). "This picture is not centered yet, just showing you the layers step".

Step 6.   Next use a Stapler opened up and staple the material to the cardboard backer. Try and pull the material evenly and some what taught so it fits nicely.  And make sure you fold corners over nice and flat.

Step 7.   Next cut 5 ( More or Less depending on your size frame) for this one 5 worked good.  I used 7/8 inch wide.  Lay one in the middle then check your spacing for each additional ribbon. For this frame, it worked good to have them about 2 1/2 Inches apart so the ones on the ends are not to close to the sides.

Step 8.  Next use the stapler to staple the ribbon to the back side.  Do the top row first. Then pull the ribbon from the bottom tight.  And staple the bottom.  You can do one staple first to hold it in place but make sure you go back and add another staple or two to each so it gives it more holding power.

Step 9.   Remember the poster board you cut in the first step.  This is where you use that.  You will play our fabric covered backer board (Might be a little tight but that is good).  Then lay the white poster board down.  And use a pair of scissor or flat head screw driver to mash down the the staples that were holding it all in.

 And this is your finished "Bow Holder".   From this point you can do almost any thing.  You can get wood letters for a special little girls name, paint them and attach them.  Or you can add hooks or dowels for "Hair bands, or Pony Tail holders.

And for the glass you took out.  Don't throw it out. That glass is expensive. You might be able to use it for some thing else.  Like, get some scrap wood and make a frame to fit the glass, put some vinyl words on the glass and hang it on the wall or some thing like that.

I think I will use the two pieces I have now to put on top of the Island I plan to make for my scrap room to protect the top.  You can cut on it and not damage the table.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. Its super easy and took me about an hour (After the frame was painted)  to put it all together and cost about $16.

Frame $5  (Goodwill but check yardsales and thriftstores)

Material  $5 ( check Joanns clearance rack, use a coupon, check good will, yardsales)

Ribbon $2.50 ( check sales and use coupon)

Batting $2.50 ( Got on sale)

Poster board , Paint, Staples I already had here ($1) LOL!

Now to start on my next project. This one will involve "Mod Podge" I'm not very experienced with it so I hope it goes well.  Will be posting that in a few days. With drying time and cutting and all that stuff. LOL!

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, March 11, 2013

HomeRight Command Max Sprayer Review!

Wow! where have I been the past two weeks.  It's been busy here at the "Mobley" house.  All kinds of projects going on.  And trying to work outside when the weather plays along.

It's been cold, Windy, Overcast and some days Rainy.  So with this weekend being beautiful this weekend, Sunny and warm.  I took advantage of the great outdoors to play with a new Power tool!  This girl just loves her power tools.

This new one is a "HomeRight Command Max" power sprayer.

Do y'all remember my recent post on my "DVD shelf to Ribbon Shelf" post.  I posted that I really wanted one of these and planned to get one by the end of this year.  Well, I was super excited when HomeRight contacted me and asked if I would like to review one.  You just don't know how excited I was at this opportunity.

I have been wanting one of these ever since I seen Gail from "My Repurposed Life" show this machine. She gave great reviews on this machine so I emailed her several months back and talked to her about this one compared to one she used to use.  And she loved this one for its ease of use and lack of over spray. That is a must for power sprayers so I was Sold.  And knew I had to have one for all the projects we plan to do this summer.

So I started off with a small project as this wacky Florida weather can change in a matter of hours so I figured I would do some thing easy that I could do in one day and also be a good test and learn the machine.  And let me tell you.  "I LOVE IT"!  

So here is what I'm currently working on.  I bought these two large wood frames at the good will.  The largest one is 31 inches by 20 inches and has some beautiful details in the wood. It was $8.00 at good will.
Although the picture freaks me out a little. (No information on this one)  I wont be using that. I have another Idea for this frame. (Post to come later)

The second frame is 23 inches by 19 inches.  And was $5 at good will.  And about this picture, I pulled it out and it says it was printed in 1976 original printing was 1915. So that is pretty cool. I might keep this print. It's kind of cute.

So I took the backing off and removed the prints and glass (Hm, what to do with the glass?)  Will have to think on that one.  

I moved them out to the yard and did a light sanding on them to remove any dirt, and gloss so the primer will attach better.

I was using old primer and old paint so the directions say to use a strainer to remove clumps and debris from the paint. So I picked these up at Lowes. They are made by Blue Hawk. The one on the left is 1 gallon reusable mesh strainer. It's a 2 pk for only $2.28.  And when using water basted paint or primer, its really easy to wash with water.  The second pack is also by Blue Hawk and is a 4 pk of paper cone (Disposable) strainers for only .98  I got these to use with oil based paints and for the stain we plan to us on the fence in a few weeks.

This is what the look like out of the package.  So now we are ready to get started.  Paint has been stirred and mixed with water, strained and is now ready for action!.

Here you see the large frame painted with Primer using the HomeRight Command Max paint sprayer. WOW!  That was super fast. I was so shocked, I just had to snap a picture after the first one.  It took only about 2 minutes to spray both frames. Talk about fast. Man, so much better then using a paint brush to get in the small details. I did two light coats of primer.

And here are the frames with two coats of White latex water based paint.  I only needed a little paint for this project so I used a old measuring cup. I used a 1/3 cup scoop and used two scoops of paint and one scoop of water and stirred real well and it was perfect.

I totally loved this sprayer because it was so easy to use, it's lighter to hold then others on the market. I have arthritis in my hands so this was a great help and easy to hold.  And wow, it was a lot quieter then I thought it would be so that was a plus!

Some how I missed the picture of the water bucket,  But make sure to keep one handy. I actually used two, One was for the paint stir sticks, measuring cup, mesh strainer and washing my hands.  The other was clean water to add to the primer and paint.  And to add the parts of the sprayer you need to clean when your done. Which was also a super easy task.

To clean the Command Max.  Take the white bowl off and do some thing with the paint left over.  I used a old clean jar to put the paint in and wrote on the label. "White Latex water based paint. Mixed 2 to 1 with water". So next time I need it, its ready to go all mixed and strained.

Next, wash out the bowl with clean water, take the tube off and spray till clean.  Put tube back on, fill bowl with clean water and spay till water coming out is clean.  Then remove the screw on cap and the winged sprayer, Inner spacer with springs and the brass Nozzle and put in water and wash all and clean the needle on the sprayer.  When done cleaning, set parts on a towel to try then put back together. Its that simple. And ready to use next time.

I hope you like my review on the Command Max, I really have been wanting one for a long time and was so glad to have the opportunity to review this one.  And these opinions are my own.

Places to get this sprayer:
HomeRight.com  $89.99
Amazon   $65.58
Walmart    $68.75 (Free shipping to store)
Home Depot  $69.97 (Check your store for availability)

I'm not affiliated with any of these places. Just helping you find the best deal for you. And again, this machine was provided to me free. And the opinions are mine and I was not paid to make these statements. I truly love this product. And cant wait for the weather to stabilize so we can stain our wood fence.

Thanks for stopping by!