Monday, March 5, 2018

Stained Glass and Art Studio

  Stained Glass and Art Studio designed by my husband, Larry and myself.  This was fun to put together down in the northwest side of the basement.  I'm looking forward to getting started in my new studio!

 I'm excited about the bulletin board Larry built for my grand kids when they come and do their artwork with me.  Now they have a great place to display their art.  I'm really proud of that wall Larry added with drywall too!  He's so talented!

 Here is my art and stained glass table Larry built.  It is 78" x 43".  The bottom shelf is 74" x 39".  Plenty of room for 4 people to work their art magic on 
at one time. 

  Here is the top and I love the idea of the strips of wood down the left and bottom edges of the table.  Now I can build any size stained glass window.  Can't wait to get started!

 Another bonus is the wheels Larry attached to the bottom of the table.  Easy to move out of the way if I need to 
have more room.  

Here is the table with a heavy plastic table cloth covering the top that we will use for scrapbooking, painting 
art work and more! 

 Another Pinterest Idea I couldn't resist!  I love this look of cross stitching on a peg board.  Such a neat idea by painting on the "threads".  My thanks goes out to Haley Pierson~Cox over at  Thank you Haley, for this fun idea!

  Larry picked up this hunters cleaning table at Menard's.  I thought it would work great in the studio to set my glass grinder on.  The water can drain into the drain groove that you can see runs around the edge of the table on that left side and into the sink.  Water will splash out the back of the grinder at times when you're using it and can collect on a table or counter.  I'm anxious to try this idea out.  I'll keep you posted on how it works. 

   Shot up top of the Hunters Cleaning Table.  Love the splash guard Larry made out of plexiglass.

I am thrilled with Larry's idea of getting PVC pipes for storing my zinc and lead came.  I have the lead came in the large PVC pipe.  The end for the back of the large pipe is a clean out cap and the other end of the pipe has a screw on cap.  Works great and they are up and out of the way in the studio.  The small one holds the zinc came.  It has a screw on cap at one end and a slide on cap at the 
other end.

Screw On Cap on the Large Pipe

Lead Came Inside the Large Pipe

Screw on Cap on the Smaller Pipe

Zinc Came Inside the Smaller Pipe

  Larry built this awesome cabinet for my stained glass sheets out of 3/4 inch and 1/2 inch plywood.  I love it!  It has doors and a panel on the back with wheels on the bottom so that I can turn the front of the cabinet to the 
wall when I'm not using the glass.  
Great safety feature!  Especially when there are children in the studio for the day.

Doors open to the front.  I really like the idea of being able to store glass in the front of the cabinet and also in the back.  The cabinet is 24 inches deep by 18 inches wide and stands 36 1/2 inches tall.  That height is without the wheels.  They add about another 2 inches.  

3/8 inch Dowels were used as dividers for the glass.  I really like this idea because when the doors in the back are open, I can see all the colors of glass well.  A big thanks to everyone over at for this great idea!

That's my Studio!  Looking forward to wine and painting classes with friends and family and of course, stained glass crafting!  Happy Creating!!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Nutcracker Suite Sugar Plum Fairy Lawn Ornament

Sugar Plum Fairy Lawn Ornament
Artist Diana Rudolf

We always dreamed of a Nutcracker theme for the front yard at Christmas.  This year we were able to fulfill that dream with the Nutcracker and Sugar Plum Fairy.  We're hoping to add to it as the years go by.  Hope you enjoy! 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Chalk Painted Dresser

Chalk Painted Dresser using
Stella's DIY Furniture Paint.  Color ~ Kelley


These products worked great!  No stripping.  I just cleaned up the wood and you can see in the after photo how well they turned out without changing the original finish too much.  The color is a shade darker. 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Cross Stitch Christmas Village Wreath

Cross Stitch Christmas Village Wreath
Cross stitch houses made by Celia Avery

 I was inspired to make this wreath by the lovely wreaths made with the Christmas village houses over on Pinterest.  This was a lot of fun to put together.  The cross stitched houses were made by my mom, Celia Avery, quite a few years ago.  I love displaying them on this wreath. 


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sewing Chair Make Over

Grandma's Sewing Chair make over using the chalk paint from Waverly.  I used the cream color Plaster and the blue color Ocean which you can purchase at Walmart in their craft section.  I love the beach chair look.


Here is the chair before.  All I had to do was wash the chair down with a mild soap and let it dry thoroughly.


The chalk paint is great in that it covers so well.  I didn't have to remove the old varnish at all.  The chair was painted first, then sanded.  I finished using the Waverly clear and antique waxes.  The chair goes great in our beach family room.  Very happy with the results.  A big thank you goes out to our daughter, Kristen for her painting ideas!