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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Give Thanks Chalk and Ink Sign

Fall has finally found its way to the South.  We still don't have a lot of color in the trees and our flowers are still blooming beautifully but, the temperatures have become quite cooler, giving us some beautiful days.  And, the evenings are just cool and crisp enough we can actually get our firepit out and sit around it roasting marshmallows or just having a cup of coffee and chatting with friends and family.  With these changes, of course, comes the prelude to the holidays and all the prep and frenzy that go with them.  I have been seeing quite a lot of Christmas in my social media feeds but, I am just not ready to embark on it yet.  So, today I decided to share a beautiful little sign I made to celebrate Thanksgiving and all it means.  

 Vintage Paint and more... a chalkboard sign diy'd using Chalk Couture transfers, chalk paste and ink

Monday, October 22, 2018

Fabric Rag Wreath with Chalkboard Sign

    Fall is finally in full swing here at the beach - we woke to 42* this morning (a bit low for us), but, I'll take it.  I've been so looking forward to Fall and am so excited it finally made it.  So, I thought I would share a bit of easy Fall decor with you.  I love decorating for fall and the easier I can make it the better it is for me.  I try to use pieces I already have on display and just add a touch here and there to make them more "fallish" - like this fabric rag wreath I have hanging almost year round.  I simply added a cute little chalk sign to it and wallah - Fall is in the air. 

Vintage Paint and more... a fall wreath diyed with fabric and a diy chalkboard sign added to it

Saturday, October 13, 2018

LightView Rolling Base Magnifier Light

**This post contains a partnership with Brightech, I was provided with a light and am giving my honest review of it. All opinions and text are my own.**

As you all know I do lots of different types of crafts to share with you and many of them have very detailed up close work that has to be done.  As I have gotten older, it has gotten increasingly difficult to see that very detailed work due to the normal aging process of my eyes.  Many times I have to get the strongest light I can find and magnifier glasses to see what I am doing.  So, when Brightech contacted me and asked if I would like to try one of their magnifier lamps I was ecstatic.  Following is a review of what I received.

   LightView Rolling Base Magnifier Light 
                                                 by Brightech

Vintage Paint and more... a rolling maginifier light to make your crafting easier

I chose the LightView Rolling Base Magnifier Light.  I liked the fact that it was on a base that could be rolled about to the different areas I work in.  I am constantly moving about the house to do my projects and needed something that was easy to take with me.  
Vintage Paint and more... weighted rolling base for magnifier light

This light is on a very sturdy, weighted base that takes up very little floor space - so very important to me as sometimes I am working in a small cramped space.  It has 6 wheels on the base that move quite easily from tile to wood to carpet keeping it steady so it doesn't tip - this is also a very important feature for me as I move about the house. 

It stands about 5' tall when it's fully extended.   It has a flexible and multi-jointed arm that can be arched at an angle or raised to about 34"  staying where you place it - quite versatile in its ability to adapt to your area.  Below I am using it while doing some fabric flowers in my comfy chair in the family room.  But, I can easily roll it to my craft table, kitchen table, or even out to my porch when I want to enjoy the cooler weather. I love that I can take it wherever I feel like working that day.

Vintage Paint and more... a light that magnifies small craft projects and print

The magnified portion has a large area for you to see what you are doing.  It actually magnifies up to 225% - that's a lot of magnification for those tiny little areas I work in - like the 22-count counted cross-stitch I like to do or the very tiny detailed painting and lettering.   It also has a dust cover to protect the magnifier glass from dust and scratches.

Vintage Paint and more... Magnifying area of Brightech Magnifier Light

The magnifier lamp is amazing with its ability to go from reading to working on intricate projects with just the touch of a finger.  The light will last up to 100,000 hours and has 60,000 miniature LED lights that produce the amount of brightness you need without generating any heat.  This is a big plus for me - as my photography lights generate enough heat without adding more from another light.

The light arrived in just 2 days after Brightech notified me of their shipping it.  It arrived in a very carefully packed box - I was actually impressed with all the packaging.  It is quite simple to set up - I was able to put it together in less than 5 minutes time.  I love the overall look of it - the white fits in with our decor so well that I don't mind leaving it sitting in whatever room I am working.  It doesn't look like a piece of equipment.  I'd also like to mention Brightech offers a 5-year warranty on this light.
Vintage Paint and more... Brightech magnifier light on a rolling base

If you're looking for something to help you see those intricate details or that fine print better this light may just be what you're looking for - and the fact that it can basically go wherever your projects are is a big plus. You can check it out here and if you decide you would like one for yourself I would appreciate if you would use my affiliate link:  

I am doing some holiday crafting and will be sharing that with you soon.  So, until then - have fun creating something you love.  

Friday, August 24, 2018

How to Make a Reverse Canvas

 We are in full wedding mode over here right now.  My granddaughter's wedding is only 6 weeks away and things are getting a little hectic.  But, today I had to take a bit of a break from lace and flowers and all things wedding and do a bit of Fall.  Usually, by now I have our home all decked out in its Fall regalia but, this year it hasn't happened yet.  Hopefully, next week I will be pretty much done with the wedding and can put up some Fall.  So, I decided to make a little Fall sign on a reverse canvas today.

Vintage Paint and more... making Fall decor using an artist canvas and Chalk Couture transfers and chalk paste

I love the reverse canvas method of making signs and art for our home.  It is so easy and actually inexpensive to do.  I have had several requests to show how to do this method so I put together a tutorial.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Sign

This year is just flying by for me.  It seems like only yesterday I was attending my oldest granddaughter's wedding (which was in June) and today Miss A is picking up her schedule to start back to school next week.  Where have the days gone?  It's still hot and summer is still in full swing but Fall is definitely just around the corner.  So, I have been working on a bit of Fall decor.  Today I thought I would share this cute chalk paste sign I made to celebrate the coming of Fall.

Vintage Paint and more... a vintage farmhouse Fall sign made with Chalk Couture chalk paste and transfer on a wood framed chalkboard

Hands down, Pumpkin Spice is my favorite Fall flavor and scent.  I just can't seem to get enough of it as, I'm sure many of you are the same.  There is just nothing better than the fresh aroma of pumpkin spice coffee outside on a cool afternoon, in my book.  And the wonderful aroma of those scented candles in my home is the bomb - smells like I have been baking all day, lol... So it was kind of a given that I would be making this cute transfer from Chalk Couture.  How could I not?  I love it!!