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After living in New Mexico (closer to my family) for the past 5 years, I’ve decided that I’m not a desert girl after all.

I’m moving back to the state that I felt most at home in: Idaho.

So I’m on a new adventure!

The first order of business is to get this house totally in shape to sell in the spring.

I started off by hand painting the entire stucco house myself this summer. With that all done now, my focus is to do all the transplanting this fall and then this winter to work on the inside.

By April/May, I’ll list it then find my property in Idaho.

In the past 5 years, I’ve turned this acre of desert sand in a to a green oasis (unusual for this area). But it’s come out beautiful!

For instance, here’s the back yard when I moved in:

How it looks today:

The cute benches were made from scrap lumber and all the cushions covered in the same cheery fabric.

What a lovely place to relax with the sound of the water to soothe you.

My point for telling you all of this is that with a vision, you can turn your own home in to the home of your dreams in so many ways. Don’t let anything stop you.

Though I will sell this house, I know that the new owner will enjoy the fruits of my labor, and the really cool thing? I get to take all I’ve learned here and make my next home my “forever palace”.

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The creative gals of two chatty chicks had an adorable idea for fall.
They first painted a mailbox deep green then used our Raised Plaster Pine Branch and Mold Stencil Set to create the pine branches you see on the top of the mailbox. The pine cone mold comes with the stencil set and is used with plaster of paris or Durhams Water Putty to create dimensional pine cones.
They began by plastering the pine branch over the top area of the mailbox. You can save yourself tons of time by pre-tinting the joint compound with dark green paint. The compound will dry lighter, producing light green pine needles.
Once the pine cones were dry, they painted them light brown and glued them over the raised pine branches on the mailbox.
To finish this cute project, they turned the mailbox on it’s end and filled the opening with fall colored silk flowers and leaves.
Wouldn’t this be adorable as a table arrangement or on your front porch next to the door?
Visit their website at 2chattychicks.com
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Joni McDonald is a creative little thing. Full of fun and lots of ideas. It even comes across in her emails to me.

Discovering plaster stencils has added to her creative side by giving her yet one more medium with which to create.

She pondered, she plotted and planned, she calculated and experimented, and she finally came up with just the right solution for her new need to embellish. She used a plaster stencil on her metal mailbox! Now what a novel idea and Joni is just the gal to come up with it.

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Giving it a pretty patina paint finish, she then added the plaster stencil and painted it copper gold. Lovely isn’t it? Now, just imagine the oohs and aaahs coming from her mailman (or lady) the next time they deliver the mail. Joni delivers them some “beauty and originality!”. Joni graciously let me share this adorable project with you and for that, we all thank her! (Bowing to your greatness Joni!)

Margaret Tarkington knew exactly what she wanted to do on the exterior of her home and it had to be cheery and colorful! And what she did feels like it right out of a Bavarian village!
Using our Raised Plaster Art Deco Flower Border Stencil with just paint, she first painted the exterior trim with dark green paint then added the stencil design in lighter green for the body of the border and then brilliant red and yellow for the flowers.

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All the windows and doorways were done in the same manner.
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What I loved about this set of windows is that she decided to paint the frames between the panes of glass with the same lighter green she used in the border design. Set against that dark green background really made this set of windows come to life.

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Keeping the stencil design above the doorway only allowed her the creative use of paint she’s done to create this welcoming entry. Picking up the lighter green again, and buttery yellow of the flower centers, she brightened up the doors to create a real focal point.
I honestly just wanted to get on bended knee and applaud her for this wonderful make over of the exterior of her home. It’s unusual, creative and so cheerful! Thank you for letting me share Margaret! You did a spectacular job!

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I found a cute little folding table for my patio at the thrift store. Just $4.00!

I took it home, cleaned it up and spray painted the top black.

I then added a spray pattern of gray/ blue.

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Then patterns of metallic gold

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After it was all dry, I taped the stencil in place at the edge of the table, allowing only part of the pattern to be visible on the edge of the table.

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A 1/2″ stencil brush and black acrylic paint were used to add the stencil design to the table. For this project, I used our Raised Plaster Leaf Panel Stencil.

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Remove the stencil, by gently peeling it back, to reveal the pretty new stencil design.

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The black design against the muted colors of the top of the table making for a striking new look!

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Give it a coat of exterior sealer for outdoor use.

It’s never ceased to amaze me how you can take a thrift store find and turn it in to something really awesome with just paint and a stencil design!

Now, it’s a part of my yard decor and is something I use regularly and just love!

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Brenda Foster loves design and like me, sees a blank wall as a new canvas!

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Using our Raised Plaster Wisteria Stencil with pastel paints instead of plasters, she stenciled the whole back side of her shed with wisteria vines, dripping with lovely lavender blossoms. What a wonderful “garden” theme!

I love how she allowed the stenciled vines to trail and cover the surface as if they were actually growing from a live plant, seemingly coming right out of the soil!

This certainly makes me look at my garage door differently all of a sudden!

Great job Brenda! I love what you do!

Our front entries are always the first thing one sees from the street that stand out (or should).

Make your entry door something special with raised plaster stencils!

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Here, I used our Raised Plaster Chaumont Panel Stencil to add detail and drama to the panels on the front door. 

Giving the raised design a light brushing of metallic gold paint made that door something truly elegant!

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Now the front door also matches the interior doors since I did the same design on those as well.

See the project here.

When I moved to New Mexico, there was an acre of vacant land next to me. But when it was sold and a family built their home just 10 feet from my fence, my privacy was a thing of the past.

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I put up a lattice wall thinking it would solve the problem of neighbors staring in to my once private back yard, but it wasn’t enough to cut off their view.

I purchased 12″ x 8′ boards from Home Depot and stained them with exterior stain to protect them from the elements.

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I wanted a “natural” design so I chose the leafy branch portion of our Raised Plaster Aspen Tree Stencil. It was perfect to create pretty branches on my new wall.

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I first used metallic silver paint to randomly stencil branches.

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I then added more branches, (some overlapping the silver branches) with gold metallic paint.

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Once they were attached to the fence not only did they afford more privacy, but created an out door art wall that I could add ornamental items to.

Art is Art no matter what medium you use.

Last year, I saw a post on-line about how to make concrete leaves and just had to try it. I made many and loved every one. Most of them, I gave to my Mother who fell in love with them and now has a yard covered in them thanks to my great pumpkin plants that provided the leaf.

I’ve learned a lot since that original first project and have learned ways to actually create curves in the leaves.

This year, I pampered my rhubarb plant with lots of care and fertilizer so that it would provide me with extra large leaves for my new passion. It hasn’t disappointed!

Start by creating a mound of dirt in your yard. The higher this mound is, the more curved your leaf will be around the sides.

If you dig a small “ditch” around the outside of this mound, you can bend the leaves right in to ditch to make your final concrete leaf “curl” on the edges.

Firstly, choose a leaf that has no tears and has great veining.

Place a garbage bag over the mound of dirt and place your leaf face down over the bag. (Vein side up).

I like to use “Cement All” Rapid Set concrete which is a casting concrete that comes in boxes from Home Depot or Lowe’s. This product has no rocks in it like Quickrete does and it’s boxes are convenient and easy to carry.

Mix Concrete

Put some of the concrete in a bucket and add water a little at a time. Stir with a garden shovel to the consistency of pudding.

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Completely cover the leaf with a thick layer of concrete. I cover mine at least an inch thick.

Allow the concrete to set up completely. If it’s warm to the touch, the process is not yet complete.

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Once cool, lift the leaf from the mound.

Remove-leaf

The original instructions say to let the leaf dry then use a wire brush to remove the dry leaf from the concrete. I found it MUCH easier to remove the moist leaf right away!

For deep veins, it’s sometimes necessary to use a small, flat head screw driver to pry the vein material out of the crevices.

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Leaves can then be painted or left the natural concrete color.

Use these concrete leaves as pond ornaments (as I have done), candy dishes, bird baths, bird feeders, downspout water diverters or even bathroom soap holders (depending on the size of the leaf).

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These are not only a blast to make, they also make fabulous gifts! Just ask my Mother who has 12 of them now!

 

It started as a large, plain terra cotta pot from Walmart. 

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I put it on the lazy susan in my craft shop and got to work.

I used our Raised Plaster Cerise Vine Stencil and instead of joint compound as the medium, I used pre-mixed tile grout. It dries rock hard and you don’t have to worry about wind or rain disturbing the design.

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Don’t worry if the grout crumbles a little. That’s natural. But don’t over-work the grout.

Peel the stencil back to reveal the new design.

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When using tile grout, be sure to clean your stencil immediately after each use so it doesn’t dry and clog the stencil openings.

After the stenciling is done, let it dry overnight.

Once dry, I sprayed the entire pot with Rustoleum’s Hammered Copper spray paint.

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To create the Patina look, I used a damp sea sponge and after randomly brushing areas of the pot with Americana’s Sea Aqua craft paint (watered down just a hint), I sponged it to blend.

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I then hand painted the vine with Art Deco’s metallic aqua paint to make them pop.

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It’s now a permanent decorator fixture in my back yard!

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This would be a great “for sale” item at craft fairs or on Etsy. Give it a try for yourself. It was fun!

 

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