Freebie Friday!

fridayfreebieHey, everybody! I can’t stay long to chat, but I wanted to make sure that you all got the freebie being that it is Friday! The hubby and I are headed off for a little vacay today for my 30th birthday!! Okay, so my birthday isn’t until December 13th, but we are celebrating early because my husband is taking me to The One of a Kind Craft Show. It is the biggest craft show in my province! I am so excited!!! I can’t wait. By the time my birthday gets here is will be over that is why we are going this weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

I received a request for the quote, “Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle” … so here it is!tinseltangle.pngdownloadbutton


I hope you all have a great weekend! I will let you all know how the craft show goes ๐Ÿ™‚

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Freebie Friday

fridayfreebieYay for Fridays! And here comes another Freebie!!

Short and sweet tonight because I am absolutely spent. It has been a long week and my bed is calling my name… actually at this point it is screaming!!

Another free Christmas file!ย Merrylittlechristmas.pngdownloadbuttondisclaimer

Enjoy the file everyone and I hope you enjoy what is left of your Friday!

If you have any suggestions or ideas for files you would like to see, please fill out this contact form. ๐Ÿ™‚


Baby Jar Advent Calendar

header.pngHello! My name is Veronica and this is my very first post for By The Stand! If you have been to our Meet The Team page, you will have seen me there. I am Holly’s sister. I am super excited to share my first post with you guys!

If you don’t know, I have a son named Logan. He is going to be one year in January. We are at such a fun stage right now and he has been on solids for a little while. Like any mom knows, being on solids means lots and lots of baby food jars. I thought to myself that I should start saving all these jars. A couple weeks ago, I came up with the idea to upcycle the jars into an advent calendar.

Take a look and see how I did it!

First, I removed all the labels and cleaned and washed the jars.14964093_10154726271114851_1086973283_o-1

Before we go any further, I just want to let you know that I made this project with the stuff that I already had kickin’ around the house. So this is a perfect example of go with what you got. If you decide to recreate this project, I am sure that you will do things differently, but that is what is so great about DIY. YOU do what works for you!

So… this is where I went with what I had. I didn’t have any green paint and Logan was napping… I have learnt that you NEVER wake a sleeping baby! So I mixed up colors that I had.

I mixed the paint into glossy Mod Podge because I wanted the jars to look really shiny.ย 14975788_10154726271034851_1720659887_o-2

I have painted glass before and I can’t stand the streaky look and I don’t like how you have to do multiple coats to get a full finish, so I used a sponge to make a cool effect on the jars.14924049_10154726270999851_14247933_o-114964300_10154726271229851_616361673_o-1Well I was waiting for the jars to dry, I worked on the lids.

Rather than paint multiple coats, I dipped the lids in the paint and plus I wanted the paint to be thick on the lids.

I got this stamping set from Micheal’s a while ago. It was on sale for dirt cheap. I think I paid like $4 for it. I used the stamps to stamp pieces of burlap style fabric sheets that I got from the dollar store.ย 14954380_10154726271209851_1961288307_o-114975695_10154726271234851_1224196969_o-1Notice the three brown lids for the base of the tree.

I attached tiny pieces of red and white fabric to resemble boys. I thought the lids needed a little color.

I used E6000 to attach all the jars together in a tree formation.ย 14975736_10154726271049851_744821945_o-114975767_10154726271014851_1470114044_o-1

Here is a side view โ€” you will notice that some of the jars are larger. This doesn’t bother me because it is only noticeable from the side.ย 14957997_10154726271239851_618698009_o-1

From the front you can’t even tell!ย 14958203_10154726271134851_24802334_o-1The star I picked up from the dollar store and used the E6000 to glue it to the top.

What do you think?ย 14964241_10154726271154851_2126381878_o-1Those little reindeer are from the dollar store, too. I tell you, you just can’t beat the dollar store these days!

I can’t wait to fill these jars with all kinds of goodies for Logan!

Comment below and let me know what you think of this project!

Hope to be back soon!


Table Makeover with Country Chic Paint

header1.pngWell guys, I have been working very hard on this post! This DIY is a couple of months in the making and I hope that it is worth the wait.

Before we get into the project, I would like to take a minute to tell you all about the paint that I used for this project โ€” Country Chic Paint. This paint is amazing! Their colors are so crisp and bright. The paint is easy to work with and the finish is phenomenal!

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So this table that I made over belonged to my Auntie Grace, who was my great-great aunt. My Auntie Grace was the center of our family and we all loved her very dearly. We just couldn’t toss away her table, so we hung on to it, but is was pretty beat up. My mother and I decided that it was time to refinish it. Since, I already have a table that I am pretty fond of, I thought I would do this one up for my grandma’s basement. There is a little apartment down there and I am going to renovate it… so there will be lots of great projects and pictures to come!

Since I am starting with a blank slate and no one lives down there I took this opportunity to have some fun and do something totally different โ€” something out of my comfort zone.

I picked colors from Country Chic that I would normally not ever even pick up. Take a look and see what I did!

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Time to sand! I love sanding… I find it so relaxing.

Very important to remember: after you are done sanding, make sure you ALWAYS wipe your furniture down really well before you bring out your paint.ย 15052102_10154760902739851_122263854_o

Now the fun part! Time to get out the paint!!

For the table top and the tops of the chairs I used “Dark Roast”15034225_10154760898884851_1419860693_o-copyI don’t know if it is the lighting in the basement, but this paint looked like it had a navy tinge to it after I painted it on. It could also be an effect from the furniture that I was painting, too. It is weird because in the can it is a chestnut, dark brown.

I allowed this to dry for two days before applying a coat of “Tough Coat”, which is also from Country Chic15065034_10154760905409851_1354965997_o-copyThis top coat is amazing and really protects the wood and your furniture.

Time for the legs!15034244_10154760898079851_1937447855_o-copyFirst, I painted all the legs in “Simplicity”. A most perfect shade of white.ย 15060328_10154760903819851_1215205312_oAfter all the legs were painted white, I let them dry fully.

Now this is where I broke out of my comfort zone…

Enter the most perfect shade of pink you have ever seen.ย 15044857_10154760901034851_979256170_oIt almost kind of looks likeย pink Pepto- stomach stuff. LOL But I fell in love with it. And normally I don’t throw a shade of pink like this in my decor because it seems like it is more for a kid’s room or something. But again, I wanted to break out of my comfort zone.ย 15034207_10154760897559851_413596025_o-copy

I did a dry brush technique over top of the white legs.ย 15102234_10154760897424851_407769607_o15053365_10154760903779851_1608613403_o15065044_10154760897759851_1134401190_oHere is a quick video of me brushing on the pink

After the legs had dried for 24 hours, I applied some Pearl wax, which gave the legs a beautiful “pearl” like finish.ย 15102101_10154760897409851_1410147317_o

All that was left was to put the look together! Since we are getting close to Christmas, I thought I would do up a nice Christmas table.ย 15053198_10154760901594851_612378507_o

I hung up this piece on the wall…. that I love and just had to share a close up!ย 15126048_10154760900479851_1349073732_o-1I picked this up off the side of the road… I didn’t do anything to it other than add the poinsettias and snowy greens. Isn’t it wonderful?

And then my two favorites… these deer.ย 15060450_10154760905084851_819566004_oMy mom picked up these deer for the Thorndale Christmas Home Tour we are doing in December, but there is nothing saying they can’t hang out here until then! ๐Ÿ˜€ย 15065156_10154760901609851_2143662356_oCute, right?

Let me know what you think of this makeover!!

And be sure to pick up some Country Chic Paint for your next project โ€” you will LOVE it!


Freebie Friday

fridayfreebieIt’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday!! … Okay. I will stop. No one liked that Rebecca Black song anyway, right?

Either way it is time for another Freebie Friday! I am going to start rolling out some Christmas files and I am going to start with the Grinch! Here is one of my favorite quotes from Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch and I have designed it into a pretty cut file for you!ย Grinchquote.pngdownloadbutton


So what do you think of this file! Let me know! You can fill out this comment box below. Also, let me know if you have any requests for Christmas!


Freebie Friday!

HEY EVERYONE!!! It’s Friday and you know what that means!! Time for a cute dog pic!Image result for friday memeJust kiddin!!! Ok, well the dog is still cute, but it’s FREEBIE FRIDAY!!!

So let’s get to it!ย fridayfreebieHere is today’s free cut file –ย glitter.pngdownloadbutton

When it comes to DIY, sometimes all you need is a little glitter… or a lot!

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Enjoy the file guys!

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DIY Paint Splatter Art

header.pngGood Evening, Everyone! I hope that you all had a fantastic day!! I am so excited to share this project with you! This was a spur of the moment idea and it couldn’t have turned out better!

Did you all see my post from yesterday? The Geometric Decor Shapes? Well, when I was making those, I had the Metallic copper paint out from Americana Decor, so I thought I would whip up another project, too!

This project is actually a continuation from my DIY Watercolor Art using coffee filters. When I did that post, I actually made up a ton of watercolor canvas and I have just had them sitting around waiting to do something else with them.

If you missed my DIY Watercolor Art post, you can check it out here.

Here is the watercolor canvas that I used.ย 14924152_10154723459564851_416392255_o.jpgThis one didn’t turn out as well as the others. That is how I knew it needed a little something else.

I cannot resist this beautiful copper color from DecoArt. Seriously, the photos do not do this paint any justice. It is gorgeous!14907734_10154720482429851_1220900541_o

I have wanted to try a paint splatter effect for a long time, and I had the straws sitting right there because I was making my Geometric shapes. There is not time like the present, right?ย 14964289_10154723459484851_376663008_o.jpg

So, super simple โ€” I put the tip of the straw in the paint, just enough to get a bit on the end, and then I blew it out onto the canvas.ย 14924110_10154723459384851_65993587_o14924055_10154723459469851_1629417907_oThere is no right or wrong way to do this and it is a fun little project. I love DIYs that have no rules and no set guidelines… this project is all about creativity.

The paint was a little thick in some spots, but I really liked that. I let the paint dry over night just because of the thick spots, though.

14964287_10154723459524851_1228972407_oI used my Cricut to cut this super cool antler image in black matte vinyl.ย 14957995_10154723458014851_1651264082_o

What do you think? Pretty cool, right?14954554_10154723459519851_660364540_oI love having my creations around my home. I get this sense of pride every time I walk in a room and see something that I have made. It is so much more fulfilling than purchasing home decor items.ย 14958989_10154723458219851_2072171705_oI think that I am going to try and make some more with different colors of paints, maybe even multiple colors on the same canvas.

If you try this project, share your pictures with me!!ย signaturebest