Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The clacking of knitting needles continues!

I made my nephew and his wife a soft, cuddly blanket for their baby-to-be.  They are expecting a little girl, it is exciting for the family and their son will enjoy being a big brother!

Here is the blanket keeping the baby toasty warm now...she is due to make her arrival at the beginning of December.


Here are two scarves I made that will keep the wearer protected from the cold 
and be fashionable at the same time!

This was done with one strand of multi-color yarn and a strand of blue.  I did my own stitch repeat and it falls quite nicely.  The length is long enough for a double loop  infinity scarf

This double loop infinity features one strand of purple and one of cream.
 It is also destined to be toasty warm.

Thanks for looking today.

I can be contacted at penandinkwell@yahoo.com 

and am also on Pinterest!

Monday, October 27, 2014

I have been having a great time with chalk paint.  While I have made my own batches with plaster of paris in the past, I am now using brand name paint to see which ones I like the best.  For these projects I have been using Deco Americana Chalky Finish paint and creamy wax.

 My second bucket...base coated with yellow chalk paint, top coated with green and then sanded a bit off of it. I put a couple of coats of wax on it for protection.

I lacquered the label of this coffee jar to make it water resistant. There is a hole in the top - I inserted a pump into it. Voila - soap dispenser for the kitchen! 

Set of two canning jars....for decorative purposes....chalk painted a light blue then sanded a bit to distress them. Wax top coat for protection. Not to be immersed in water.

Set of two canning jars...painted a pinkish color in chalk paint, sanded to distress; followed with some ivory chalk paint dry brushed on and then waxed. Raffia ties accent the jars. Not to be immersed in water.
 These are for decorative purposes only.

Large canning jar...painted with blue chalk paint and lightly distressed. Top coated with wax and accented with raffia. Not to be immersed in water. This is for decorative purposes only.

Vintage loaf pan painted with blue chalk paint. Coordinates with large jar and also the small blue jars. Top coated with wax. Not to be immersed in water. This is for decorative purposes only.

I will continue to share more projects soon!

Thank you for looking.

You can reach me by email at penandinkwell@yahoo.com 

 and I am also on Pinterest!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Busy Hands for October

I continue to work on projects, some of them can't be posted on-line until after Christmas as they are gifts...it's that time of year to get your gift list together.  

So here are is just a small sample of what I have been doing! 

This is a plaque for a new baby girl. I stained the wood then painted the lettering with acrylic paint. I painted the edges and then floated pink around it.  For protection I used Deco Americana soft wax. I have been using it on some furniture and thought I would see how it worked on a plaque.....
it worked nicely!

This scarf is made using double strands of multi-colored yarn in green, blue and white.
 It is about 58" long and I finished it off with fringe.

These two canvas signs are for brothers-in-law for Christmas.  Acrylic paint on canvas board, sanded back the paint a bit to make it look a bit rougher.  Top coated with varnish.  I drilled holes and inserted wire to hang.

Before and After

I found a couple of wooden buckets at a thrift store and painted them with Deco Americana paint, sanded the paint back a bit and then waxed it with the cream wax.  Raffia on the handle tops it off.

A marriage keepsake canvas board....black acrylic paint, lettered with gray Krylon enamel. 
 I floated gray around the edges.  
Not shown in this photo - I drilled holes and inserted black ribbon for hanging.

That's it for now, I will be making more projects and am excited to be receiving some 
General Finishes products that I will try out on a large piece.

Please contact me at penandinkwell@yahoo.com

You can also visit me on Pinterest and see all the fun pins!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Playing with more paint

I've been busy with more projects so take a look!

In previous blog posts I have shown pictures of chalk painted tables and a bookcase. I also posted the re-do of the old settee that has a new life.

These are my latest projects and I am in the process of working on some wooden buckets now and will finish those in the next few days. Come back soon to take a peek!

This night table started out with a shiny lacquer-type finish. To transform this, I mixed up my own batch of chalk paint using some latex semi-gloss paint (that I used in my kitchen.) This taupe color already made a big difference. For the drawer I used Deco Americana Relic chalky paint. Since I have seen others use chalk paint for metal handles, I tried that, too.  Using the same taupe, it covered well.  To complete the transformation I waxed the whole piece using the Americana creme wax. 

Project number two this week started out as a mystery piece. This wooden 'thing' has a spring loaded sliding wood piece. A few of us could not figure out what it was. My hubby to the rescue- he figured out it would hold a decorator plate! 

This is the completed piece with an Americana themed plate.  I painted the wooden piece with Americana Relic chalky paint. Once it dried, I sanded back a bit to distress it. I sealed it with the Americana creme wax.

This is one of my fun projects.  I made some chalk paint with plaster of Paris.  I painted the whole table the light blue. I then came back with red, white and blue to make the flag. Stencilled stars complete the look. From there I went a bit rough with the sandpaper to give it a chippy look. It's for my Americana themed family room.

This vanity started out white but lacked personality.  I removed all the knobs and doors and painted the vanity with BeautiTone Exterior paint from Home Hardware. No other top coat used, this exterior paint holds up well in the bathroom.

That's about it for now, thanks for looking! I am getting excited to do more projects, will be painting up a storm and also continuing with my knitting.  Christmas will soon be here!

If you have any questions or would like me to complete a project for you, contact me at penandinkwell@yahoo.com

I can also be found on Pinterest!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fall is already in the air...perfect knitting weather!

I've been busy creating so here are some of my newest projects!

This is a sign for a wedding - the placecard sticks will go into caramel apples so the people can take a treat (the apple) and find their seat (with the numbered placecard.) The placecards are made of cardstock disks that I cut on the Cricut machine, I added the guests' names in calligraphy. The little couple on top is a design I created for the theme of invitations, etc. and I did each one individually. The disk is then glued onto the stick and raffia added. There is a space for the table number.

This will sit flat on the entrance table. It is a reclaimed frame, painted flat black and dry brushed. With a foam core backing, I then put black bristol board for a background and then white bristol board on top of that. The guests will sign the white board. I lettered it with black ink and added a raffia bow.

This before and after is an old settee.  I stripped off all of the fabric to begin with. My husband cut new wood pieces for inserts and the seat. I painted it gray and then dark waxed it to bring out the details. The trim (hard to see it) is black along the bottom of the new cushion. I got vintage fabric at a thrift store and washed it then used it for the cushion cover.

This is a long infinity scarf knitted with two colors of yarn on large needles.
 I then stitched the ends together.  It's toasty warm.

This is a yellow knitted infinity scarf, I was fooling around designing a stitch repeat that I liked - knit and purl stitches.

A toddler cowl - pink acrylic yarn.  Safer for the little one to wear than a dangling scarf.

Extra long baby yarn scarf. Knitted and added fringe.  Super soft!

That's about it for now. I will be adding more projects as I complete them. 

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Thanks for looking at my projects!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Time to take a knitting and crafting break and blog!

I didn't realize I was this far behind in my blog!  I knew I was behind but this is terrible! I have been so busy crafting and knitting that I just didn't get to typing. Throw in a computer that blew itself up (well, not totally but you get the idea) and my days turned into weeks.

 Here are some of the projects that I have been working on the last while.

Black cozy cowl...this is one of my favorite things to knit, 
you can wear it rolled up or down depending on the weather.

This set of 3 canvas signs were for my friend's daughter's wedding in Michigan. There were little kiddies in the wedding who carried these as they up the aisle. They are a rubbed gray background, black floated around the edges and lettered with black paint. White grosgrain ribbon was inserted through holes I drilled to make it easier for carrying.  When I get the professional wedding photos I will add them to the blog.

 Table numbers for a wedding - black bristol board with white card stock on top; I scored them for easy folding, numbers are on both sides.  I used black ink for the lettering.

A family sign....I did an antique rub on the canvas and and made the lettering with my Cricut machine using colored cardstock.  The hearts are scrapbooking paper cut with the Cricut. It has been varnished to seal and protect it and hung a little hanger on the back.

Using soft baby yarn, I knitted this hoodie-  it can be worn up to cover the ears or down as a cowl scarf.

Table number for a wedding. The Mason Jar will be filled with some beans or rice or stones to hold the stick. It is a tongue depressor with raffia tied on it; the numbers (both sides) are done with ink on cardstock.

Yellow baby blanket; acrylic...one of my favorite patterns.

Baby blanket, acrylic; using larger needles.

Cowl/infinity knit with orange acrylic yarn.

Purple cowl/infinity knit with purple acrylic yarn.

Aqua cozy cowl - wear it up or down! Acrylic yarn.

Reclaimed wood sign....I attached three planks together to make a sign board.  I painted the lettering (wedding info) and lightly sanded the paint to distress it. The nail holes and some of the rusted nail heads remain.  I have attached a wire loop onto the back and tied some raffia on it. 

Super soft baby blanket I made for my new little neighbor. 

Long scarf made with pink acrylic yarn on large needles to make it have a lacy feel.

Ivory baby blanket made for (and modeled by) the newest member of our extended family. 
Soft baby acrylic yarn.

Cowl made with multi- colored yarn.

Baby's room canvas - canvas board, basecoated with acrylic paint;  taped off the borders then stenciled the checkerboard. Painted Tigger and put a quote from AA Milne.  I put a coat of varnish on top then drilled two holes to insert the wire for hanging. Topped it off with a green grosgrain ribbon and it was ready to hang.

Charcoal gray cozy cowl.  Wear it up or down. It is a donation for a silent auction for an event in October.

Baby canvas - acrylic paint on canvas with an AA Milne quote.  Hook on the back.

Purple ombre cozy cowl - used two shades of purple yarn to fade into each other.

I think I am about caught up for now. Thankfully I had backed up my photos onto a disk before the big crash.  I will be adding more projects periodically to share with you.

I can be found on Pinterest at:

If you would like me to make a project for you, just ask!  I can be reached by email at:

Thanks for looking at my projects!