Sunday, July 4, 2010

Nine Out of Ten Ain't Bad!

So the 10 days are up and I've completed 9 out of the 10 tasks I assigned myself!  I have to say, I'm quite proud that I did that much.  I tend to procrastinate...a lot!  But I was determined and am happy with what I accomplished. 
I really like how my apothocary jar turned out.  I was inspired by Stephie over at Made By Stephie on this one!  I changed it up a bit, using a smaller jar, gray paint instead of silver (I hate silvery paint for some reason) and making my own finial for the top.  I did buy a finial for my jar, but just didn't like the look of it.  Because I used a smaller jar, the finial was too big.  I'm happy with how it turned out with the changes and think it looks cute filled with colorful gumballs!

Although not one of my tasks, I also wanted to make a luminary like I saw on The Idea Attic so after picking up a canning jar for .25 at a recent yard sale and buying glass frosting paint at Home Depot, I made this. The star stickers were a bit of a challenge to remove after painting, but well worth the effort it took to peel them off and use a bit of Undo to get the sticker residue off. 

For another "off the list" project,I made a fun sign for my studio.  I broke rule number one of spray painting and did not primer the board first so it took almost an entire can of paint for the board.  (I seem to have to relearn this lesson every summer as I begin my outside painting.)  This whole project took much longer than normal due to the primer issue and the fact that it took me 6 hours, yes 6 hours, to cut the letters out.  Why?  Because although I knew right where my Cricut was, where the cartridge I wanted was, even where the cord was...I had no idea where the cutting mat was.  I put it in that super secret place where cutting mats go and promptly forget about it.  But isn't that the point of super secret hiding places anyway?  Anyway, instead of just tearing through boxes, drawers and totes, I decided to do more organizing and labeling and finally gave up looking for the mat, resolved to put off the cutting of the letters until Sunday when I could run to the store for a replacement.  Then I found it in the last box I looked in.  I should have known! 
By the way, the "e" is crooked on purpose.  That was my "thing" when I scrapbooked a lot.  I don't know how it started, but whenever I used an "e" in a title, I always made it a bit crooked and it kind of became my signature.
I think the pinwheel may be overkill.  I may remove it and add flowers or something else fun.  What do you think?  If no pinwheel, what would you put there? 
I did also get this chair, mentioned in my post last week, primered (see, I learned my lesson!) but it was way too hot to start painting it.  I guess it will have to hold off until next weekend because it isn't expected to be below 100 degrees here until next Friday.
So how did you do on your 10 tasks?  If you didn't play, but want to see all the super cool projects completed by others on the challenge, visit Gina at The Shabby Chic Cottage and check out the linky's.
Happy Independence Day all!


  1. 9 out of 10 is awesome!! Great work! I like the pinwheel but it could be fun to have several items so you can change them at will. :-)

  2. Look at you, cricut girl. great choices for letters - I've missed your crooked E!

    The frosted glass jar is A-Mazing - Why oh why didn't I buy that paint when I had the chance?

  3. Great job! Love your projects! I think the pinwheel is cute :)

  4. Love your gumball container. It is so bright and fun. Your canning jar votives look really nice too.

  5. Your apothecary jar is just adorable! I love that you put gumballs in it! SO CUTE! You did a great job!

    Thanks so much for stopping by! :)