Last week, they posted a Pinterest Challenge. You find something on Pinterest you like, you make it and then you blog it. This was just the motivation I needed to get moving.
About a year ago, I also started hanging out on Pinterest. There were so many pictures on there that made me was to make/do/create something. So much so, I actually started two projects, started being the key word. Now this weekend, I finished them.
Pinterest Challenge #1
I loved some of the cool embroidery projects I found on Pinterest. I didn't to make something traditional or cutesy. I wanted to make something abstract, something like this.
I came up with the idea of embroidering my fingerprint. I used markers to copy my fingerprints, picked one I liked (left index finger) and blew it up on our copier. I went all the way back to art class with Sr. Joseph Marie and drew a grid on the fingerprint and grid on fabric (bought off the sale rack at JoAnn's for $1.00.) I then copied the image to the fabric and set to chain-stitching.
I wasn't sure how to frame it and I knew I didn't want to spend a lot of money. I came up with foam core board from the $1.00. I used spray adhesive to glue them in a stack. I tried taping the fabric to the foam core board, but that was a failure. The tape kept peeling off. I propped it up against the fireplace and left it.
The Pinterest Challenge made me pick it up after two months of sitting. I trimmed the fabric better and used the spray adhesive to make it stick and hung it up with those command strip velcro picture hangers. I think it looks fabulous. And not bad for less $5.00 artwork.
Pinterest Challenge #2
DH likes to collect tree stumps. He picks them up from bulk trash piles and puts them out by our fire pit. I didn't think much of them until I saw tree stump tables.
I decided that I could make one of those. I picked a stump and, using a chisel and hammer, I knocked off some of the bark. I had to leave it outside to dry out more. On and off all summer long, I would hack at the tree stump a bit. Friday I finally bit the bullet and decided that it was as good as it would get. I stained it, decided I didn't like the top and painted it, decided I didn't like that paint and painted it again, added legs (very difficult with the slope of the bottom) and poly'd it to finish it off.
Despite the legs being a little short, I love my tree stump table. And it holds a diet coke (or tennis balls) without falling off. Project done!
Here are links back to the original Challenge posts.
Katie, Sherry, Erin & Ana