41 Gifts for the Crafty Lady in your Life

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YA’LL.  Just 9 more days until Santa comes sliding down the chimney!  I just started my Christmas shopping and I have been thinking about a few things to add my own wish list.  And since I am a Pinterest loving lady I am guessing you are too.  Here is my TOP 40 Crafting and DIY Gifts for yourself or that lovely lady in your life (PS: Feel free to forward this list on over to your hubs!) All of these items I have used, own, or are on my personal wish list.  Enjoy!

craft gifts 1 1. Artograph Tracer Projector And Enlarger – LOVE this projector!  You can use it on a project like I did here.

2. Martha Stewart Stencil Adhesive Spray – A Must have for stencilers

3. Stencil Brush – I own this brush and it’s nothing short of magical.  You can see it in action here.

4. Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design – I haven’t read this book but it sure looks fun.

5. Stencil Creme  – the perfect companion to the stencil brush – this creme makes stenciling a snap.

6. German Glass Glitter – made in Germany for Miss Mustard Seed – I want to rub this stuff all over meh body.

7. Stencil 101: Make Your Mark with 25 Reusable Stencils and Step-by-Step Instructions – LOVE ED ROTH. 


craft gifts 28. Heirloom Colored Waxes – These are so fun to play with!  Pictured is Row House finished in Peacock Wax. 

9. Jewelry Making Tools Kit – I use this kit to make 99% of my jewelry like here and here.

10. GreatNeck 32-Piece Tool Set in Pink Bag – I own a similiar tool bag and I can say it has all of the essentials.

11. Olympia Tool Grand Pack-N-Roll Portable Tool Carrier- I use mine all the time – especially nice if you go to job site or teach off-site workshops.

12. Tomboy Tools Pink Angled Edge Brushmy favorite paint brush. Period.

13. Furniture Makeovers: Simple Techniques for Transforming Furniture with Paint, Stains, Paper, Stencils, and More – I pretend that Barb Blair and I are besties.

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15. Cricut Explore Electronic Cutting Machine – Want one!

16. Sharpie Oil-Based Medium Point Paint Marker, Assorted Colors, 5-Pack (1770458) – I can never have enough of these on hand.  Like on this project here.

17. Scrubby Soap – makes washing your brushes enjoyable.

18. Artograph LightPad Lightbox – Don’t have one but woulda come in handy here.

19. Where Women Create Business Magazine – business ladies unite!

craft gifts 420.  Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit – Haven’t used this but have heard rave reviews.

21. Martha Stewart Liquid Gilding – OBESSED with this stuff – it makes anything look glamorous like these cheap Ikea frames and $2.00 Christmas Ornaments.

22.  Murphy Oil Soap – I use this to clean my paint brushes – more info on that here.

23. The Best of Stampington & Company Handcrafted Magazine - Love me some Stampington & Co!

24.  Collectors Encyclopedia Of Milk Glass Identification/Values – for the Milk Glass obsessed.

25. SuperChalks White Liquid Chalk Marker Pens – I feel like I am always running to the store for these!

26. I Brake for Yard Sales – Um, yes please!

craft gifts 527.  Flea Market Style Magazine – I always love magazines in my stocking!

28. Surebonder Cordless High Temperature Glue Gun – I own this and the cordless factor is life changing.

29. E6000® Craft Adhesive – I also use this in my jewelry making ventures.

30.  Creative Options Grab N’ Go Rack System

31.  Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Look Book – Inspiration for all of your milk paint projects!

32. Krylon Leafing Gold Paint Pen – Gold leafing precision goodness.,

33. Rub N Buff Wax Metallic Finishes 12 Color Sampler Set – ALL 12 COLORS OF RUB N BUFF! What!?!?

craft gifts 634. Stanley Mobile Work Center – This is great for moving supplies and tools from in the house to out in the garage. 

35. Wax Brush – can’t live without this guy.

36. Where Women Create: Inspiring Work Spaces of Extraordinary Women – studio dreaming and creative space envy abound.

37. The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Furniture Painting   – I heard a rumor this is going on sale on Amazon for .99 the day after Christmas.  Get a reminder email about the sale here.

38. Metallic Pigments – tint your furniture wax into metallic finishing goodness – tutorial here.

39.  Power Drill Buffing Brush  – check out this video demonstration here (on a side note: will I ever fit back into those skinny jeans?)

40. CraftFail: When Homemade Goes Terribly Wrong – full review on this book here.

41. Burt’s Bees Hand Repair Kit – I know this list was supposed to have 40 gift ideas but after all that crafting our poor hands need pampering – don’t you agree?

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A Makeover in Heirloom Traditions Paint

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Happy Friday friends!  Even when you don’t have a traditional job Friday still feels good! I have been working on painting an antique vanity this week and the makeover is more drastic than a Joan Rivers facelift (RIP Joan). 


heirloom traditions paint

I bought this piece on an impulse on a Facebook Garage Sale page.  Do you belong to any of those?  I am a member of 15+ groups and I NEVER buy anything.  I am addicted to window shopping but I rarely pull the trigger and make a purchase.  But on Monday I bid on this piece for $115.00 and 10 minutes later I was the proud new owner of this vanity.  My husband was absolutely delighted to find out the guy who sold it wanted it out of his house immediately and it was located all the way across town.  Oh the joys of being married to a furniture painter and picking stuff up in 5 o’clock rush hour traffic.  Love you honey!

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The previous owner had sanded almost the entire piece of furniture.  I wondered if he was going to stain it – I sure hope so because he woulda saved himself a lot of time by using a chalk-type paint!  I am tempted to send him a sample – bless his heart – that was a lot of work! 

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I decided to take advantage of the sanded down feature and I stained the top of the vanity (watch out for my super sneaky easy way I stain pieces next week!) and sealed it with Best Chalk Top Coat for maximum durability.

heirloom traditions paint 

I painted the body of the piece in Heirloom Buttermilk.  I am trying to see how many projects I can get out of one quart of Heirloom Traditions Paints and this is my FOURTH project!  It’s like a fairy comes in the middle of the night and adds more paint to the can – I still have paint left after this project.


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  I sealed the piece in Clear Soft Wax.

heirloom traditions paint

I used Dust of Ages to bring out all of the curvy and ornate detail on the piece.  I love using this powder on pieces I paint white because when you use a dark or colored wax it can really change the color of your piece.  Using Dust of Ages keeps the original color while still giving the appearance of dust settling into the low points of the furniture. 


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See what I mean?  This piece only took 2 coats of paint and had no bleed thru.  Many times in my workshops students choose a white colored paint because they assume that it will be an easy choice to get started painting furniture.  I totally disagree – white can be one of the most challenging colors to work with.  Usually it takes more coats and can be a challenge to hide flaws in furniture when painted white.  Brush strokes also tend to be more predominant when painting with white hues. 

Heirloom goes on so smooth and the brush strokes are so much less noticeable – it made working on the piece of furniture a joy instead of frustrating!

heirloom traditions paint

Using Dust of Ages allows the powder to settle in all the right places while still keeping the crisp, white finish of Buttermilk.

heirloom traditions paint

I decided to keep all of the original hardware on the piece because it was just so darn pretty and kept the original antique flair of the piece. 


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Recovering the seat with neutral, burlap, chevron fabric will make this piece perfect for a little girl’s room or even an adult.


heirloom traditions paints

Despite this vanity’s rough start I love how this makeover story turned out.  I have got to haul this piece over to one of my retail spaces this weekend and I am already jealous of it’s new owner. 

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Furniture Painting Tips on Tuesday

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It’s Furniture Painting Tips on Tuesday!  In case you are new here I share tips from my eBook: The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Furniture Painting every Tuesday.   I am so passionate about teaching you how to paint furniture the easy way – I want to share with you my trade secret tips here on my blog too!

furniture painting tips Since there are over 119 furniture painting tricks from the pros in the book it is gonna take me over 2 years to get through the entire collection of time & money saving tips!  If you don’t want to miss a tip you can subscribe to have my posts sent to your Inbox daily and you can follow my Furniture Painting Tips Board on Pinterest!  I will pin each of these tips on the board as they are published so you can follow along!


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Did you know all paint has a shelf life of 18-months?  It doesn’t matter what brand or type of paint you buy, all of it will most likely not be useable in 18 months.  And when you buy a specialty furniture paint or a high quality latex paint we all know that they are not cheap!  One way to help your paint keep it’s shelf life is to not dip your paint brush directly into the can of paint.

Dipping your paint brush into the paint will contaminate the entire can.  Germs from dirty brushes, damp bristles, and bacteria can move from your paintbrush into your paint and cause your paint to “go bad”.  Avoid this by simply pouring your paint into a separate container, like a coffee mug from the thrift store.  Plus, working out of a coffee mug is so much easier than lugging around a quart or gallon of paint while you work on your project!

You can access to all of the time and money saving furniture painting tips from professional faux finishers, furniture painting contractors, and furniture painting business owners in my eBook by downloading it here or purchasing it on Amazon Kindle here! Share your own tips and successes with the Lazy Girl method online using #lazygirltips !

See you next Tuesday!

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More Shop Additions

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I added a few upcycled necklaces to my online shop I made this weekend.  And guess what?  I am giving one away as a Christmas present to you guys!

I am loving all of my recent vintage finds to add to my jewelry making stash.  Check out a few of my favorites…

art deco 1

Secret Knock

prom queen 2 Prom Queen

 granny's brooch Granny’s Cameo

keyhole 2

My Uncle’s Liquor Cabinet

birds of a feather 2 Bird’s of a Feather

cross with turq Sunday Mass

diary key Diary Key

winter wedding 1

Winter Wedding

grannys brooch 2Winnie

sundays best Sunday Brunch

So are you ready to win one of these babies?  All you have to do is go browse my online shop and leave a comment telling me which one of the necklaces you would choose if you won!  That’s it! The winner will be chosen next Monday and he or she will get to choose any In Stock necklace as their prize!

Good Luck!

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