Archives for April 2012

Fun for the Family Faux Finishes (Love Your Home’s Walls)

The reason why I love a faux finish is that each one is unique. A finish gives walls personality and texture. Depending on the look, I usually like to keep it to one wall or half way up or down a wall in a room. Dramatic finishes look amazing in small bathrooms and powder rooms.

The cost is so much cheaper than buying wall paper and you don’t have to rip it off when you don’t like it anymore. Depending on the size of your room and your wall you can easily do all of these finishes in an afternoon!

Linen Faux

Super Simple with Terri OTray to mix paint and glaze that will also fit your brush, Stir stick, Paint, Glaze, Big brush, Paper towels


  • Make sure your wall is primed and has the desired background color. Light colors work best for a base while using a darker color as the finish.
  • 2 to 3 ratio of paint to glaze.
  • Test on something else first like poster board to make sure you are getting desired color.
  • Working in sections do top to bottom first, then side to side.

Faux Wood finish

Super Simple with Terri OWood Graining tool, Paint, Glaze, Sponge brush or paint brush, Container to mix glaze and paint in


  • 1 to 1 ratio paint to glaze.
  • Apply mixture of paint and glaze down wall in same width of tool. I do two rows at a time.
  • Using tool and starting at top pull tool down and rock in a back and forth motion slowly.
  • If you don’t like how it looks you can go over it with your sponge brush and do it again.

Brushed Metal Finish

Super Simple with Terri OMetal glaze, Big brush, Long brush, Scraper, Tray for glaze, Paper towels


  • I tried one of the expensive decorative brushes. I took it back because it shed! Just use a sponge brush to apply the glaze then use a wallpaper brush or long stiff brush to get the effect.
  • Move your brush from left to right in a half circle. The more varied your strokes the better it looks.

One Step Faux-Tuscan

Super Simple with Terri OTire brush, Tray to hold paint and glaze, Paint, Glaze, Sponge brush


  • Make sure your wall is primed and has your desired base coat. The lightest color should be your base.
  • Working in small sections, apply paint and glaze mixture in a random strokes.
  • Using a circular motion and light touch, immediately use the tire brush to work the glaze and paint into dark and light spots. You have a little bit of time before it dries to move the paint around to create highs and lows.

One more (ok, 2) important tips!!! Before you apply a faux finish to your walls test it out on a piece of poster board. Be sure to paint the base color so you can see exactly what it’s going to look like before you go to the trouble of doing a wall or room you don’t like.

You don’t need to buy all those expensive fancy tools! I used a tire brush from Wal-Mart that cost $3.00!! They sell the faux brushes for $15 to 20 bucks at the stores. At 3 bucks you can buy 3 of them and get the whole family involved!

If you are near Kingman, Arizona, I’m teaching Wow Factor Walls and Night Blooming Luminaries at the Mohave Home and Garden Expo today (April 20) and tomorrow.

Got the urge to craft right now? Check out these Night Blooming Luminaries:

Recycled Glass Candle Holder

Flames in a Bucket

Painted Terra Cotta Pots Candle Holder

I will include the instructions for the Rice Paper Tap Light in my May newsletter. The sign up button is in the upper right on this page.

Kids Will Love Their Own Puppet Theater

I love children! They teach us to look at the world through fresh eyes and at a different height. “Look! A catterpillar!” They sing when they feel like it. They laugh with their whole bodies.
Super Simple CraftsThis project is great for the budding imaginations of three and four year olds. These simple handmade puppets will take you and your kids just a few minutes to make, while the puppet theater will take about an hour.
It’s also a fun project for slightly older siblings to put on a show for the younger ones or the whole family!
Handmade Puppets
Materials Needed:
For Photo Rod Puppet:
One of the following: dowell, skewer or straw
Photo (one you don’t mind cutting)
Construction paper

For Wooden Spoon Puppet:
Wooden spoon (one you won’t cook with again)
Paint or markers
Piece of fabric

For Marionette Puppet:
Pompoms (3 or 4 little yarn balls)
Little feathers (or any feathery-like material)
Popsickle stick
Tiny piece of felt (yellow)
Pair of tiny eyes

For the Photo Rod Puppet: Our puppet expert took a photo of a child, cut out the face and glued that onto a body made out of construction paper. You can make your own or cut out figure from an old greeting card, wrapping paper, etc. Simply glue a stick or skewer (We used a straw!) onto the back of your character.
For the Wooden Spoon Puppet: The part of the spoon you used to stir with is now the head of your new puppet! Glue a little yarn around the edge for some hair. Paint or draw on a face. Cut out a little square or triangle of fabric, gather it around the neck area and glue it down. With a pair of scissors, cut out a small hole on each side for a finger.
For the Marionette Puppet: One pompom will become the head of your bird marionette. The others glued together will make up the body. Glue all of the pieces together until you’ve created something that looks like a bird. Glue feathers onto the sides, a little felt beak and eyes on the head. Take a nice piece of string or thread and glue the center of it onto the popsickle stick. Glue each end of the string onto each side of your bird.
Helpful Hints:
Materials for toy theaters and handmade puppets are often found around the home or you can pick them up in any craft store.

Toy Theaters
Materials Needed:
For Marionette Stage:
Cardboard box (Ours measured 12 inches by 12 inches by 8 inches.)
Construction paper (various colors to decorate interior walls)
Spray paint
Exacto knife

For Hand Puppet Stage:
Cardboard box (Ours measured 16 inches by 18 inches.)
Spray paint
Construction paper (or markers, stickers, etc.)
Sheer fabric for curtain
Exacto knife

Step 1:
To make a marionette stage, start with a fairly clean box. Place the box with flaps open, away from you. Using the Exacto knife (Adults only, please!), cut out a hole in top of the box (Ours measured 4-1/2 inches by 11-1/2 inches, allowing for a 3-1/2-inch border on each side).
Step 2:
You can cover the exterior sides with either construction paper or spray paint. If you choose to paint, be sure to do it outdoors. If you prefer paper, use tape to hold it down. (We chose green construction paper.)
Step 3:
Next, cover the top of the box with construction paper. Cut out a rectangle smaller than the hole cut out of the box. Cut slits at each inside corner and fold the tabs down, taping them to the inside of the box.
Step 4:
Cover inside walls of box. We used three pieces of blue construction paper (measuring 12 inches by 18 inches) covered with four cutouts of trees, each made from brown and green construction paper. The trees were glued before the paper was taped in place. For the floor, we used two pieces of green construction paper (One measured 12 inches by 18 inches; the other 6 inches by 18 inches). For the top, use a 6-inch-by-18-inch piece of blue construction paper. You can also create clouds by tearing out pieces of white paper and gluing them onto the blue construction paper.
Step 5:
To make a hand puppet stage, use another cardboard box (Ours was 16 inches by 18 inches). Cover or decorate the outside of box using construction paper, markers, stickers, etc. We spray painted ours red.
Step 6:
This next step is for an adult! Cut out a hole in the bottom of the box (Ours measured 13 inches by 15 inches.) using the Exacto knife. Tape flaps down inside box and, using sheer fabric, glue in a curtain on the inside of box at center.

For more things you can create and do with your little kids check out some of my featured videos on Favecrafts!

Create Mosaic Stepping Stones for Your Garden

One of the things I love about making a house into a home is how the garden and patio area evolves over time—that area needs a tree, and that’s the perfect shaded area for an extra bench and I think I will plant dahlias this year, or maybe Gerber Daisies. There’s a spot where I naturally step to turn on the hose so I can give my roses a little extra drink. The spot is bare making it the perfect place for a stepping stone!

Super Simple with Terri O

Mosaic Stepping Stones

It’s simple to make a stepping stone (or stones if you are planning a path) ,easy to complete in a weekend!

Materials Needed:

Cement stepping stone
Versabond bonding mortar
Polyblend sanded tile grout
Ceramic tiles
Large ziplock bag
2 disposable buckets
2 disposable stirring sticks

Step 1: I think it’s easiest to have your tiles broken before you start. Place ceramic tiles face down on newspaper and cover with a towel. Gently – but firmly – break tiles using your hammer.

Step 2: Mix mortar according to directions on bag using one of the buckets and stirring sticks. Spread out a thick layer across top of cement stepping stone. (Or, work in small sections as you go.)

Step 3: Start placing your tile pieces along mortared top of stepping stone. You’ll have about 15 minutes or so to work before mortar starts to dry. Continue until top is covered with tile pieces.

Step 4: Once tile is set, you’ll have to let the mortar dry for a couple of days before grouting. Follow instructions on bag.

Step 5: To mix grout: Follow instructions on back of bag.

TERRI TIP: Pour mixed grout into a Ziplock baggie. Slice off a corner and you’ve created a pastry bag. This is a great way to grout a project like this. Place a thick layer of grout across top of tiles. Using your sponge, wipe excess off tiles and make sure grooves are filled in.

Take time to inhale the sweetness of spring!