Altered Items · Chalk Couture

Chalk Couture – Pet Food Rug

I used the Geo Cat transfer and Chalkology Ink Regal and Bright White.  When I saw this transfer I knew I had to do this, because anyone who has cats knows that you are not only owned by your cats but your “house is maintained for the comfort and convenience of the cats”.

However in my house my cats earn their keep.  I live in an area where I get a lot of field mice.  When I see mice I tend to jump onto the counter and shriek like a girl.

My fur babies may do what they want but I haven’t had to jump onto the counters and shriek for a few years, so it’s a win-win kind of thing.

I think Whiskers approves of his new food rug.

I bought the rug at Walmart.  It’s a rubber backed rug so I only heat set on the side I inked on.  Four minutes with a medium iron and a piece of parchment paper between the iron and rug.  For the most part, I only intend to spot clean this, but I can machine wash after heat setting.

Don’t worry dog lovers, there’s one for you also Geo Dog.

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Altered Items · Frugal · Papercrafting

Frugal Friday – Post-it-Note Mini Clipboard

To go along with last weeks Frugal Friday post-it-note key chain post, we have a post-it-note clipboard.  This clipboard is made out of one of those drink coasters that you can find at the dollar stores or Wal-Mart or pretty much any store.

Cover one side with paper, sand the edges with an old finger nail file to get a smooth fully adhered edge.  Rinse, lather, repeat on the other side.  Attach a post-it-note to the upper middle.  Embellish a small binder clip as desired.  Attach to the top of the clipboard.  You can even decorate a pen to match your new clipboard.  How easy was that?

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Chalk Couture · Frugal

Chalk Couture – For Kids

Over the weekend my 10 year old son did some chalk couture on coffee cups that he bought at a thrift store.

He used the Geo Cat transfer with Regal and Black ink on the first cup.  The rooster from the Farm Sweet Farm transfer and Regal and Shimmer Copper ink, for the second cup.  He just dabbed the Shimmer Copper on top of the Regal before he removed the transfer.  On the third cup he used the Awareness transfer and the Couture Coral ink.

Then, after they dried we heat set them in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes.

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Frugal · Papercrafting

Quick Handmade Gifts – Post-it-Note Key Chain

Keep those bits of paper for post-it-note pad covers.  Cut the paper to the width of the pad and double the length plus the thickness of the pad.  Fold the paper over the post-it-notes.

Punch a hole in the corner (you might need a tool like the crop-a-dile).  Put a loose-leaf ring in the hole, embellish as desired.  Voila you have post-it-notes at your fingertips all the time.  You can hang these on your key chain, purse, gym bag, by the phone, wherever you need them.

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Altered Items · Frugal

Frugal Friday – Embroidery Hoop Brooch Holder

I don’t do much embroidery any more, so I needed to find something for my lonely hoops to do.

I crackle painted the hoop.  While it was drying I cut a doily into 1/3 and 2/3 pieces.  I also cut a circle of fabric slightly larger than the largest hoop (about 1/2″).  I adhered the doily pieces to the fabric.  You can do this either by stitching or fabric glue.  You can also play around with the hoop and fabric looking for just the perfect placement of the doily.

Once the hoop is dry and the doily/fabric is perfected I put a small amount of glue on the outside of the inside hoop.  Got that?  Outside of the inside!  Place the fabric on the inner hoop, then place the outer hoop on top of the fabric.  Push them together (I find it easier to leave the whole assembly on the table as I push so that the outer hoop doesn’t go paste where it should).

After I had it all together, I turned the hoop over and pulled the fabric taut.  Then I trimmed the extra fabric flush with the back of the hoop.  The tightening screw is where I put my decoration, but I left room to use it for a hanger to hang on the wall.

Then you just pin your brooches to the fabric.  You can use any size hoop, or glue several hoops together to make a geometric shape.  Your imagination is the limit as to what you can do.

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Altered Items · Chalk Couture

Chalk Couture – Coffee Cups

I did some inking on coffee mugs.  Ink is a little different from paste.  Firstly, once it is heat set it is permanent.  So really it is better to use ink on fabrics, because they can be laundered then.  Secondly, the ink has a creamier consistency.  Thirdly, the ink dries a little slower than the paste.

I used the Geo Cat transfer and Regal and Couture Coral ink, as well as the Multi-Tool.  Using a transfer on a curved surface is a bit fiddly so I made sure that the screen part was completely adhered down but didn’t worry about the rest of the transfer.  I also used the multi-tool to apply the ink exactly where I wanted it.

After the mugs dried completely I baked them in my oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  Now they are heat set and dishwasher safe.

The ink is not FDA approved so you don’t want to use it where it will come in contact with your food, but on the outside of a mug is fine.

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