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Pet themed coasters…a quick and simple to make gift idea.

MAIN6My husband and I recently finished up decorating some new vacation rental properties…one of which is a pet friendly unit.  I needed some coasters for the unit…when I attempted to shop for them I was surprised at what stores charge for coasters  these days…so I made some of my own.  After a little research on materials they were super easy and fast to make.

Your Supply list: Travetine tiles (Home Depot), Grout Sealer, Archival stamp pad, stamps, felt or cork backing

The best tiles for coasters are travertine…porous tiles.  Stamping on non-porous/glazed tiles is not going to work.  The only place I could find the TILEStravertine tiles (at a reasonable price) was Home Depot.  I purchased two different styles of these Premiere Decor tiles…both worked fine.   Be careful when you buy them…inspect the package as best you can to make sure none of the tiles are cracked, chipped or broken.    Your results will be best if you rinse the tiles well before you use them (let them dry over night).

STAMPSI used a variety of stamps I had in the house to decorate the tiles.  You will need to use an archival stamping ink.  I use the Ranger Archival Ink pads for most projects.  You can get these pads at Michaels or Hobby Lobby…they are usually about $12.00 and they last a really long time.    After you stamp your design on your coasters let the ink dry (I would let it set for at least a few hours).

I looked up all sorts of methods for waterproofing coasters before I did this project.  I saw ideas to use everything from Mod Podge to boat sealer.  I don’t know about boat sealer…didn’t try it.  But I am not a fan of using Mod Podge SEALERon coasters because it does not interact well with water.  I wanted a waterproof coaster…not smudged by or stained by a sweating glass.  Since my husband and I just finished remodeling several bathrooms we had a bottle of grout sealer on hand.  I gave it a try and it turned out to be a great solution for waterproofing these coasters.  I set my stamped (dry) coasters in a box..took them outside (grout sealer smells) and sprayed them (soaked them actually) with the grout sealer.  I let them dry and repeated the spray two more times.  The end result was washable, non-smudging coasters.

The last step was to back the coasters so they wouldn’t scratch my tables.  I used a metal die for my Big Shot to cut my backings…but you could easily just cut squares by hand.  I glued my backing (I used cork that I picked up at Michaels) with Beacon’s glue.  Beacons is my “go to”
20141015_22302920141015_222006glue for projects that need a really heavy duty glue.  Beacon’s has a wicked odor…so open a window and don’t get it on your fingers.   Once Beacons glue is completely dry the odor is gone.  I set my coasters upside down and let the glue dry overnight.

coastersI also tried this project with coasters that I hand painted with acrylic paint.  The grout sealer worked well to waterproof the hand painted coasters.

Have fun!

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Our sweet Luna!

Things here at Misfit Manor have been insanely busy…our vacation rentals have been busy and the dogs keep me endlessly (but joyously) occupied.   We are all happy to see spring…it is so lovely here in Kentucky.

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Pet Crafts: Pet Themed Christmas Wreath

Paw Print Christmas Wreath for Pet Lovers!

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When we “deck the walls” at our house pretty much everything has a pet theme to it.  This wreath was super easy to make and fairly inexpensive as well.  Most of the embellishments on the wreath were made from supplies I had in my craft stash.  You could use just about anything for this, pet toys, chews, ribbons with paw prints, etc.

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20141101_193633I started with a plain wreath I purchased on sale at Hobby Lobby.  I cut the red beads off of it but left the pine cones.  I also purchased a plain burlap bow at Hobby Lobby (on sale).  You could easily make your wreath bow out of any pet themed ribbon but I have been going with a lot of burlap crafts this year.   I used a paw print stamp, Archival Ink and black craft paint to decorate the bow.  After it was dry I tied it on to the wreath.

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The red wooden bone ornaments were plain wood dog bones that I purchased at JoAnne’s last year after Christmas on sale.  I painted them red with craft paint and tied large jingle bells to them.  20141101_203736I looked at the JoAnne’s website and I don’t yet see them on sale this year.  However, you could use a dog bone cookie cutter and trace them on to felt.  There are also really cute glass dog bone ornaments at Hobby Lobby that would work well too.

The paw print hearts I made from burlap and felt from my stash.  I used a heart heart shaped stencil to cut them out.  I used a stamp, Archival ink and black craft paint to put the paw print on the front of the heart.  I filled them with a little stuffing and glued them shut with Beacons (felt on the back).   I added a bow made from paw print ribbon.  I attached them to the wreath with thread.

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I finished the wreath off by gluing several small red and white raw hide dog bones around the wreath. I found these at Walmart for a few dollars (I do not feed these to my dogs).

I hope you are having fun getting ready for the holidays this year!  We moved this summer to a new house in Kentucky (from Minnesota) and while it is a super cool house (built in 1875) it is a bit of a project so we are decorating for the holidays around our remodeling projects.

We are excited this year for the holidays in our new home…and thrilled that our pets are going to have a warmer winter to enjoy than what we used to have in Minnesota.  We are grateful that our Sam is doing so well (he is our dog that had the stem cell procedure) and we are also grateful for the two foster dogs living in our home.  We can’t wait to have a great holiday season with them.  One of our foster dogs, Turnip (Jack Russell mix) lived a life of hell chained to a post for four years; sick, skinny and cold.  This will be his first winter inside a warm home and we are THRILLED that he is spending it here.  Our other foster dog, Buster (lab mix), was dumped by his family recently and is working hard to try to fit in here…we are thrilled to have him in our home.  I firmly believe that some of life’s greatest blessings come wrapped in fur….Buster and Turnip are great blessings.

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Pet Crafts: Pet Yard Safety Sign

Keeping Pets Safe Behind Your Fence

20141103_160108Having trouble getting people to keep your gates closed in your yard?  Our property at our new home in Kentucky is not a typical set up.  When visitors, deliveries or service people come to our house they arrive at our back yard gate (our driveway winds to the back of our house).  Our backyard is where are dogs go out to play so it is really important that our gates remain securely closed at all times.  We have foster dogs at the house who don’t yet have a sense of where they are and two of our own dogs are deaf.  If any of them were ever to wander from the yard it would be …well I don’t even want to think of what could happen.  I decided I needed to make it as obvious as possible to visitors that it is important to always shut the gates to our yard.  This sign is what I came up with… it is big enough and bright enough that I think it should do the trick and keep the dogs safe.

It was super easy to make.  I actually purchased the frame with a chalkboard base already in it at a flea market.  It would be easy enough to do this on your own with wood and chalkboard paint. I repainted the frame with Valspar Latex paint.  I printed the lettering out on my computer, cut it up and traced (with carbon paper) the letters on to the board.  I painted the lettering white.  I put several coats of polyurethane on the finished project.

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Nancy

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Pet Crafts: Pet Themed Christmas Tree Skirt

20141101_181212Paw Print Christmas Tree Skirt

In our house the Christmas season starts the day after Halloween and for us the season is an awesome time to focus on spoiling our pets.  Christmas is a time to celebrate to all that good and joyful in creation and that most certainly includes the pets!   I put up a pet themed Christmas tree every year. My pets love their Christmas tree because I hide treats in it throughout the holiday season.   We moved from MN to KY this summer so I sold or donated many of my Christmas decorations before we moved (at 50 cents a pound to move things I figured it was time to cleanse and refresh some of my Christmas supplies).  My pet themed Christmas tree come with us though and I decided it was time for a new skirt!  I made this new skirt in one evening for less than $30.

20141026_152438I started with a plain burlap pre-made tree skirt at Hobby Lobby for 50% off (net $20).  Usually I sew my own tree skirts but when I took in to consideration the cost of the burlap, the lining and my time to sew the project it just made sense to buy the skirt already finished.  At $20 this was a great deal and time saver.   This skirt is well made and has a tan silk lining on its backside.   I ironed the tree skirt before I started working on it.

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To get the paw prints on the skirt I used a paw print stamp, Archival Ink and glossy black craft paint.  Simply stamping the paws prints on the fabric will not make a dark enough image for burlap.  I stamped the paw prints first and then painted over them with the glossy black paint.  Your are either going to have to do this in a workspace large enough to lay out your entire skirt or work on sections at a time and let the paint dry so you don’t smudge paint all over the skirt.

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I had some large jingle bells that I had purchased on clearance after Christmas last year so I sewed them randomly around the skirt.  I used large bells in red, green, gold and white.  You could use any size or color of bell or even sew on some holly, felt cut outs, pom poms or whatever Christmas craft items you have on hand.   Because I have cats (who love all things that jingle) I sewed these bells on really tight.20141030_194516

I completed the whole project in one evening (while watching the newest Good Witch movie on Hallmark :)).  I just love the skirt and as it turns out apparently Taco loved it too…as soon as it was around the tree she was rolling around on it and playing with the jingle bells.  I never tire of taking pics of my pets…but it is especially fun during the holiday season.20141031_16564320141101_180522

 

I wasn’t kidding when I said my pets love their Christmas tree.  Below is a picture of Sparky with his head shoved in tree looking for holiday treats within minutes of me finishing the tree!20141101_185449

 

 

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Pet Craft: Pet Themed Banners

Pet Craft: Pet Themed Banners

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I recently moved in to a new home in KY.  Our new house has seven fireplaces, two of which are in my art studio.  I decided that I needed some cute pet themed banners to hang over my fireplaces.  I made all three of these with supplies I had laying around my studio.  Here is how I made them:

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Supplies: burlap (any color will work), Stiff felt (any color you like), craft paint, mod podge, stencil brushes or sponges, hot glue/gun, ribbon, Archival Stamp pad, paw print stamps, twine

I made my white WOOF banner first. woof banner

The first step is make a pattern shape for your banner.  I make my patterns on my computer (in powerpoint), cut them out and pin them to my banner fabric and cut each one.  Here is a pdf file of the template for this banner : WOOF Banner.  Particularly when you are cutting burlap you are going to want to pin your pattern securely to the burlap. 20140914_160333 Line the top edge of the pattern up with a strand of the burlap when you pin.  Once you cut your burlap piece, iron it and be gentle with it as you work so it will not fray (we will address stopping the fray shortly).

To create my letter stencils I printed out WOOF in the size and font I wanted in Microsoft Word and carefully cut out my letters. 20140914_185532

When I put the stencils down I tape them in place, and use a flat brush or sponge to dab the paint on (I use a minimal amount of paint and dab lightly).  Let the stencil sit for a few minutes to dry.  After I pull the stencil off I touch up the letter with a pointed brush to make it a darker and cleaner paint job.  If you use too much paint or press to hard with the initial stenciling you risk bleeding under the stencil.  I used a large paw print stamp to make my end banners. I stamped the paw prints with archival ink and then went back over the stamped image with paint.

20140916_183805When my banners were dry I flipped them upside down on my craft mat (important to use a craft mat underneath).  I ran my twine across the back and covered the crevice behind the twine with hot glue, folded the burlap over the twine and held it down until the glue was cooled.

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To address the fraying of the burlap and make this a lasting project I used Mod Podge.20140916_184819  For this project I used Matte but you could use Gloss if you want.  I set my banner on my craft mat (important to reduce the mess).  20140916_185336  I used a very generous amount of mod podge applied with sponge to each banner and then I hung it to dry over night.  It is only necessary to apply the mod podge to one side with burlap.  The flags of the banner may curl a bit after the mod podge dries.   To reflatten the banners I set them on my ironing board, put a piece of card stock over them (important) and gave them a quick iron.

To finish off this banner I added some paw print bows; I tied them first and then hot glued them on.

love banner 2  My second banner was my love banner.  Here is the template I used to make the pattern: LOVE Banner Template.20140916_160115  The banners are made from stiff felt that I purchased at JoAnne’s, it comes in a variety of tie die color themes.  I just love this pink and orange…so girly!  I did the same process with letter stenciling on these banners.20140917_142134  I used a smaller paw print stamp but followed the same process as the WOOF banner; stamp with archival ink and then paint over it with craft paint.  I added some pink gem stones to the banner and some orange bows to finish it off.

got rescue 2  My last banner is my Got Rescue Banner.  Here are the templates I used to cut the banners: Got Rescue Banner.  The back piece of the banner is made from stiff black felt and the front from brown burlap.20140917_151730  I cut both my banner shapes and then hot glued my burlap to the felt right away (I did each one as I cut) to keep my burlap from fraying.  Before I glued each piece of burlap down I ran an iron over it to make it nice and flat.  I used a paw print stamp and archival stamp pad to make my paw prints (again going over them with paint) 20140917_152327.  To make my “Got Rescue” letters I used some wood letters that I purchased at Walmart and painted them with red glossy craft paint.  20140917_151456.  To make the question mark I flipped an “S” backward and cut part of it off.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found it helpful.  For more tutorials check out my Craft Page and/or sign up to follow my blog.  Here is a picture of what my sweet labs were doing while I was working on this tutorial:

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DIY coasters made with images from a Golden Book – super cute for the pet lover!

Coasters made with images from a Golden Book!

It’s snowing and lovely here in Minnesota so these snowy pictures from my favorite children’s book seemed like a great project idea.

Pokey Little Puppy coasters2 011 coasters2 012 coasters2 013 coasters2 014These are coasters I made with some images from my favorite Golden Book as a child; The Pokey Little Puppy.   I love the images in Golden Books (and many other old time children’s books) and have used them for Mod Podge projects on lamps, tables, handbags and more.

For this project I used slate coasters that I found on sale at Michaels.  You could just as easily use some matching tiles but these were inexpensive and very cute.  I ripped each image out of the book and stained the paper with Distress Ink to give it a bit of a light blue hue. I added the Distress Ink to tie the coloring of the four images together.  I Mod Podged the images on to the coasters. (Distress Ink reacts with water so it gave the whole coaster a slight blue hue when I Mod Podged the first layer).  When I make a coaster with Mod Podge I use several layers of Outdoor Mod Podge (very thin layers with a day to dry in between layers).  I finish it off with boat sealer, which I get at Ace Hardware.  This is the only product I have found (short of using epoxy) that will make a project reasonably waterproof.

These coasters came with some small tabs of felt on the underside. I ripped them off and covered the whole bottom side of the coasters with cork board.  I sure don’t want to give a gift that will scratch someone’s table.

Below is another set of coasters that I made exactly the same way. I used stamped images that I colored with pencils and gamsol.  I used Frayed Burlap Distress Ink to age the paper.

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This was a quick but fun project that would make a great gift for a dog loving friend!  Enjoy!

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Paws on the Wall – easy pet craft!

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This was a really fun project, especially since the dogs contributed the paw art.

Here is a free tutorial for this project: Paws on the Wall

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DIY-beautiful pieces made with Cavallini pet papers

Mod Podge and Cavallini Paper

dec 3 2013 022cavellini paper 007cavellini paper 005I love Cavallini gift paper almost as much as I love Mod Podge!  I made this TV tray and two lamps from the pet themed Cavallini Papers (I usually order it from The Paper Company) – they run about $5.00/sheet. Here is the link to The Paper Source: http://www.paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/cavallini/gift-wrap/default/p3.html. I have also found the papers on Amazon.  Cavallini paper is quite thick so it takes a bit more time and patience to Mod Podge.  I use both the Mod Podge roller and wedge to keep the bubbles out and get a good stick.    I always work with Matte Mod Podge for household projects.  I cut the Cavallini paper up into its separate images (takes some time) and placed one small piece at a time on the lamp shade.  (I also mixed in some images from a few Golden Books as well).  I Mod Podged slowly in layers.  The first layer, when I attached the papers, was a mulit-sitting project.  Each of these projects had three layers of Mod Podge, with a day in between to dry.  When I do lamps with Mod Podge I paint the inside of the lampshade first with black craft paint.  I do not like to see the edges of the papers showing through when the lamp is on.  If you paint the inside you won’t see the edges.  For the lamps I put a final coat of Mod Podge sealer (a very light coat) to finish it off.  The edge of the lamp shades I spruced up with upholstery trim (I glued it on with Beacon’s 3 in 1).    The table I wanted to be water proof.  I have found the only way to really water proof a Mod Podge project (like a table or coasters) is boat sealer.  I get it at Ace Hardware and apply several very light coats – it is important to let each coat dry for a day or you end up with a tacky project.  The sealers should be sprayed outside.   I did all of these projects with items I had around the house already that needed a makeover, the paper and glue was the only expense.   Enjoy, I love these pieces in my house!

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Dog “Wanted Poster”

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I made this Wanted Poster to showcase some really cute photos of my very naughty Lhasa; Lacey Mae.

I have attached a tutorial with the instructions and materials I used to make it – click here-Dog Wanted Poster