Sunday, February 3, 2013

Fabulous String Art

I must admit that I have become a Pinterest addict. I mean who hasn't? There are so many ideas pinned that I could literally spend weeks or even months trying to do everything I pin.
Ok, realistically--everything I pin could never be made in a single year lol. I am a bonafide pinaholic. Is there a 12-step program available for us yet---I am sure someone will pin it when there is hehehe.
Nail string art is not a new technique--I remember doing it in grade school, but as often as it has been pinned lately you would think that it was the newest technique discovered. I went to the mall the other day and saw an Owl String Art for $40!! I about fainted. Then I looked on Etsy and Ebay and was shocked to find prices just as crazy.
It is so EASY to make your own and I will show you how!
 Here is what you need:
1)- Printed image of what you want to do
2) a hammer
3) nails (i used 5/8" flat head wire nails)
4) floss or embroidery string
5) board for your canvas
and that is it
Paint your board any color you want. I am using MDF for my canvas and it is a scrap 10x10 piece I had laying around. You can use pine or whatever you have. My plan for this board is to make it school themed to show my Bobcat Pride!

You can tape your image to the board with painter's tape, but I didnt. I centered where I wanted it and put the first nail in place and it didnt move.
Hammer your nails evenly spaced around your image. I highly recommend that you take the time to mark dots around your image where you want the nails to go. I did not do this and later when I was putting on the string, I wish i had.
Here is what it will look like when all of your nails are in. You do not need to hammer them way down but you definitely want to make sure they are snug. I did go once around the entire batch of nails and made sure they were even heights.
I used over 100 nails in this design!

 Peel away the paper. Just rip it off and then you will be left with your board and whole bunch of nails.

Board with nails. Enough said. Looks pretty plain!

 Now you are ready to start stringing. I wanted to do a 2-color art board. I started with Maroon since it would be my dominant color. I started in the top left corner of the panhandle of Texas.
Tie your floss or embroidery string on one nail. Don't worry about the tail, you will cut it off later. Pick 2-3 nails on the heart and begin wrapping the string nail to nail until you have filled in the amount you want.
Tie off the end. and begin the next color. Tying the ends is not easy. I struggled with this for a bit and finally got it. You only end up with one end that you have to basically tie to itself around a nail. Give yourself a long tail, make a loop and feed it through the loop around the nail. pull it snug and keep moving your loop closer to the base of the nail until it tightens. I tried to get a picture of this but it just wasnt cooperating.

 Above is my failed attempt to show you the tail and loop tie technique but all ya got is scissors--sorry!

The panhandle was a bit tricky. Once I got to the far left corner nail, I literally just decided to weave the string along the right side nails until I got to the last nail of the panhandle. It was the easiest thing to do. When I first tried to pull the string to the heart from that right side, it was quite a mess. Weaving it was definitely much better!
Viola! here is my finished product:
I added the vinyl letters:
God Bless {Texas} & the Bobcats!
Let's Break it down:
Floss---5 for $1.00
Vinyl letters---Free
Total Cost--$2.44
I know many of you may not have stuff lying around like I do but you could buy a ready to use board piece at hobby lobby or Michaels for around $3.00. Paint in small bottles for $.99 so add that to my total and you can still make your own for $6.43!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Recapping 2012 and planning for 2013!

Wow! I cant believe we are already in 2013!!
How did this year get away from me so fast?!! I had so many goals for 2012 with this little blog but there just wasnt enough time in the year to make it all happen. I made a list of 9 goals and committments for 2012 and while I scored big on most, I also failed miserably on a few others.
I had planned on going through a whole list of recap but then this would make for a super wordy post so instead here is what I accomplished in 2012:
I paid more attention to family and put the phone down a lot more often! I had far less "what did you just say" moments because I actually detached from the phone to listen!
I learned new camera skills, took better care of my car, had more date nights with hubby--and they were fabulous---I kept my work area much neater, and accomplished a lot with my sign business As Unique As U!
I failed to lose 15lbs, didnt quite use that calendar the way I wanted to, and I did not make the one post a month I had committed to doing.
2012 was a great year and I just didnt have the time I would have liked to do everything I wanted. I created this blog because I love to make things and show others how they can make it too, but on a budget. It takes a lot of time to create a single post and the only way I can truly make it happen is to plan it into my day.
with that said, here is my 2013 plan:

1. Make time for me!!
I am always so busy doing for everyone else that I dont ever make time for me and what I love. Crafting is something I love! This year I am making the effort to be creative and make the things that I love to make and want to have in my house!!

2. Blog about it!
I am a bonafide pinaholic!! I pin, pin, pin away but rarely make anything that I pin. There is so much cuteness out there that I want and must have but I dont want to spend a fortune to get it. I will choose a list of my favorite pinterest finds and I will recreate them. I will document the process so I can share with you my trials and tribulations during the process. AND I have already started the year off right with Nail String Art. I made one and it is fabulous!
It will be my featured post next week with all of the how to's that go along with it. Also to come:
1. Mugs with sharpie art
2. Very cool love sign
3. Chalkboard menu board
4. small bench made with 2x4s
5. Valentine card box
and more!!!

3. Reduce my blood AIC down to 6.0. I learned I was diabetic several years ago. I was able to get my A1C under control really quickly but have since gotten lazy and it lapsed to a 7.1. I need it to be a 5 or better but this year my goal is simply to get it to a 6 and get back on the right track. I have several plans in motion to make this happen and I will chronicle my journey and share it on here in a future post about DIY exercise. I am old schooling it and I will give you the details on how after I see how I do lol.
4. keep growing that little business of mine.
I am keeping my list short and manageable because tomorrow I start a new job in corporate america managing a mulit-million dollar manufacturing facility in the high tech industry. It is an exciting opportunity for me and it will take a lot of my time. Balancing everything will be my biggest obstacle but I will do it!!!
I hope you have a very prosperous new year and I look forward to showing you my pinterest successes and hopefully no failures---but lets face it they do happen!!