Santa Claus is coming to town!!!

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Just got my new Silhouette Cameo and cutout this cut Santa.  I glued him to the 4 inch circles I carry in my shop here.

 

Santa on Round 4 inch

 

 

How can I clean my paint brushes?

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I paint a lot with acrylic paint and the very best brush cleaner is Murphy’s Oil.  I also have a bar of Ivory soap at my sink too and once I clean the brush with Murphy Oil and then run the brush across the Ivory soap.

Murphys Oil

 

Can you drill holes in your wood for me?

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I get asked this questions a lot in mylittlewoodshop2 on etsy Can you pre-drill holes for me?   The answer is… it depends on what you want holes drilled in.   For any of our laser cut wood yes we can drill holes for an additional 2 cents per hole.  If you are interested in holes just convo me on etsy or email me at mylittlewoodshop@msn.com.

 

Here is an example of my 2 inch circle cutouts.  The piece on the left has 1 2mm hole pre drill and the piece on the right has not hole.  Having the holes pre drilled makes it so easy to use jump rings or bails.

 

2 inch with and without holes

Rectangles and Flourishes

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I love this color of blue and as soon as I saw the scrapbook paper I picked it up to use on pendants.  Before I paint any of my unfinished wooden pieces I always prepare them with acrylic gesso (I use the Liqutex brand).  I use acrylic gesso for several reasons.

  • After you paint with the initial coat of gesso the gesso will “raise” the grain of the wood.  You will need to sand the piece lightly and this will give a nice smooth finish to paint on.
  • Gesso will help give “tooth” to the surface and the paint will adhere much better.
  • Using acrylic gesso will help cover the burnt edges on the wood from the laser cuts.

This pendant is the size of a domino piece and it measures 2 inches by 1 inch and is 1/8 inch thick.  You can find this rectangle in my etsy shop found here and I also carry the same size 2 inches by 1 inch by 1/8 with rounded corners and they are found herein my etsy shop.

Rectangle with Spa Blue design

Oval Wooden Cutout

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I used this 2 x 1 oval cutout found here in my etsy shop.  First I gesso’d the front back and side of the unfinished wooden piece, then I sanded and finally painted the sides and back with black.  Next I glued cutout scrapbook paper and adhered to front of the design.  Varnished the entire piece and finally finished with 3D Crystal Lacquer.

 

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Unique Cross Shape

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Just added this new shape in the Etsy shop. Going to carry this design in 1 inch, 1-1/2 inch and 2 inch. I think this design would look really nice painted and then wire wrapped around it for the latest wire wrapped jewelry.

 

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Scroll Squares!!! I’m thinking Chalkboard Paint

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Just started carrying these little guys in my shop (https://www.etsy.com/shop/MyLittleWoodShop2). I have them in 1 inch, 1-1/2 and 2 inch squares. I’m going to be making a trip to JoAnn’s Fabrics this week to buy some Chalkboard paint by FolkArt. I will be posting pictures later this week along with my comments on how the Chalkboard paint worked out.

A painting tip from the Mom Cave (painting small pieces)

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Been down in the Mom-Cave tonight (my new name for the basement with all my wood, crafting supplies, clearance items, office, workshop and so on). Working on projects for the Holiday Boutique and thought it would be a nice idea to post this little tip. Whenever I have small pieces to paint I use blue painters tape and turn it stick side up then tape it on the back. I then place any small pieces of wood I need to paint on the sticky side. The sticky tape holds the small pieces in place really nice. If I need to paint the backside I flip the wood piece over and paint. I have to give credit for this tip to my good friend Gloria who taught always provides such great painting tips.How to paint small pieces

Getting Ready for Holiday Boutique

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Every year my painting group hosts holiday boutique (I will talk a little more about the boutique throught the rest of this year) but I wanted to give everyone a preview of what I am working on.

Hear is the final project

Red and White Gift Box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I always do I search the end caps at Target looking for clearance items I can convert to really cute Christmas items.  I had been watching this cutie and when the box was marked down to $2.98 I snatched it up

 

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First I wiped down the top (lid)…  didn’t need to do anything to the lower box as the white was perfect.   I used Target brand rubbing alcohol and a paper towel to clean the lid of any oil, grease or dirt that maybe on the top.

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Next I spray painted the lid with Gloss Apple Red (note to self always wear gloves when spray painting as it is almost impossible to get red paint off of fingernails).   I used Rust-oleum Painters Touch spray paint and let me say i LOVE this paint.  I have used other brands of spray paint and hands down this is the BEST!!!!

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Next I added red and white ribbon, little Christmas greenery, little white roses but then I ran into a problem in that I had no little red berries for accent.  So I pulled out the 3/8 unfinished wooden balls I see in mylittlewoodshop here

Spray painted these little guys with the same Gloss Apple Red (Note I used blue painters tape, turned it upside down on a piece of cardboard and it held the little balls really nice.

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Finally I sprayed away

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Glued the berries on the lid and Done!!!!  Project now ready for the Holiday Boutique

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Heart Necklace

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Check out this cute heart necklace I made from my unfinished wood using mod podge and scrapbook paper! Just think of all the possibilities for jewelry making using the different variety of cuts I sell!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/122301496/26-heart-swirl-oblong-2-x-1-x-18-inch?

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