From The Painted Apron: Painted Flatware


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What should you do when you have some gorgeous new plates, but no flatware to go with them?


Why, paint some of course!!  These are $1 forks from Target, the same forks that I used for the Seashell Flatware


I used glossy acrylic enamel paint and painted the stems about 1/3 of the way up with a yellow I mixed with a touch of white and orange, to mellow it out a little,  and soften the bright yellow color


Don’t fret that it looks like a hot mess at first, patience!! Let that dry thoroughly.


A flat, square brush works great for adding “checks” around the edge


Next a green stem and some leaves


A dot of orange for some color


The paint brush tip end is great for painting perfect dots


Smaller red dots around the leaves and as a border are added between the yellow handle and the rest of the fork

painted flatware

Ta da!  Once it’s finished you don’t notice any little imperfections~


I didn’t try to copy the pattern, just matched the colors and the general feel of the design

painted forks

Stop by on Sunday and I will show you how they look on my Mother’s Day table~

NOTES:  To wash forks, dip unpainted tines and neck of fork in hot soapy water.  Do not soak.  Paint is very durable but is subject to chipping with rough handling.  You can clear coat it with clear nail polish or spray varnish for extra protection, or to get a glossy finish if using matte paint.




This is one of those rare projects that I could do over and over and over again! It’s easy and artistic and fun, fun, FUN! Even if you are not “crafty” this would be one for you to try.
I bet I could even wallpaper a wall with torn napkins! Just kidding… I’m done with wallpaper for a decade or so. I have wasted months of my life scraping wallpaper OFF walls!
Do you have a napkin addiction like I do? I cannot go past pretty paper napkins without getting them. I got this problem from my mother!  So instead of napkins in my drawer they are hanging on my wall!
Now, let’s get going with this easy peasy diy…
Here’s what you will need…
a canvas or two… or 10  ( mine was 12 x 12″ to fit in the chippy frames)
Mod Podge
decorative cocktail napkins
I made both Art Tiles for less than $6.00!
1. Separate the ply of the napkin. You only want to use the top layer that has the design on it.
2. Tear the napkin. I tore some of  the blue area and some flowers. I used several napkins to make each tile. You don’t have to use all of the napkin, only the parts you want.
3. Using a foam brush, apply a very thin layer of Mod Podge. Don’t go overboard! Very very thin!
Lay down the napkin and press gently on to the cavas. Brush another very thin layer of Mod Podge over the napkin layer. If it tears a little don’t worry just try to stick it back together.
4. Continue tearing and pasting.
5. I used the flowers in the napkins to make a pattern of a profusion of blooms.
6. Don’t forget to wrap the pattern around the edges of the art tile.
Once the Art Tile is dry it is ready to hang!
So easy!!!!

How to Melt Glass in the Microwave!

How to Melt Glass in the Microwave!

Glass microwave kilt

PBS: Craft in America

crafts in america

Craft in America “Holiday”

Friday, December 20 at 8 p.m.

* Watch the trailer
* Visit the website

Celebrate the season’s classic crafts as artists create clay menorahs, gingerbread houses, glass ornaments and a Mexican Tree of Life.

Paper Roses

Charlotte Hoather

As promised here is a step by step guide on how to make the roses that I have used in my earlier picture, I have never done one of these guides before so here goes 🙂

Step 1:

I have used a template cutter to press out the spiral shape that I used to make the roses, but you can achieve the same effect by cutting out a circle and then cutting out the spiral shape from within the circle.



Step 2 :

Take the spiral shape that you have cut out from your piece of card or paper and remove any excess paper.


Step 3:

Now I use my Mum’s quilling tool which has a split end that you can thread the paper into in order to help you twist the paper into shape.  You can get the same effect by twisting the paper spiral around your finger but it is easier…

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Sponsored by NICHE magazine, the NICHE Awards competition began in 1989 to celebrate excellence and innovation in American and Canadian fine craft. Artists are recognized in both professional and student divisions.

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NEW – Holiday ornaments and decorations

NEW – Objects for the kitchen and for dining

For a detailed list of contest categories, click here.

FINALISTS RECEIVE: A listing in the winter issue of NICHE magazine (professionals only), a listing in the Winter Buyers Guide, a listing on, and are invited to display their works in front of thousands of craft buyers during a special exhibit at the Buyers Market of American Craft.

WINNERS RECEIVE: A feature announcement in the spring issue of NICHE magazine, a trophy and winners’ press materials. Winners will also continuously have their images used in promotional materials and press packets throughout the year.

All finalists are invited to display their work in the NICHE Awards exhibit at the Buyers Market of American Craft, January 18-21, 2014, in Philadelphia. Winners will be announced at a special ceremony held during the Buyers Market and featured in the Spring 2014 issue of NICHE magazine.

Professional Division: The competition is open to professional craft artists over the age of 21 who reside in the U.S. or Canada and are actively involved in the design and production of craftwork supplied to galleries and craft stores. Contest Deadline: September 16, 2013

Student Division: The student division of the NICHE Awards was created to encourage emerging talent and aspiring artists who are enrolled in arts certificate or diploma programs, art centers, craft schools, colleges and universities. Contest Deadline: October 15, 2013

All submitted work must have been produced or introduced after September 1, 2012 to be eligible.


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