My First {Make A Splash} Challenge: Stencils


July 7th

I just got my email from Steph over at Crafting in the Rain. This month’s challenge:

PhotobucketI got really excited, and already made a detailed project list { complete with a very rough little sketch that I will spare you } even though I’m probably a week or two from the project itself. Here’s what I’ll be using:

  • Count Your Blessing stencil (made in Word & cut from cardstock)
  • Willow wreath (cut from my own willow tree and made by me earlier this year)
  • Wooden slat (from a broken chair I found on the side of the road)
  • Hemp (already had from an earlier project)
  • Bronze #s (Goodwill find from earlier craft)
  • Fabric/felt flowers (inspiration here)
  • Hot glue
  • Paint

If I stick to the plan, I will not have to pay for this project. I already have everything I need. Granted, some things were paid for “at one time” but they’re old enough that I don’t think their cost is something worth factoring in. That’s all I’ve got for now. Next time, I should have pictures. { yay!! }

August 17

Had a productive few days off work, and managed to put a few pieces together. I glued the copper/bronze numbers to my wreath. Each number got a light smear of paint so it would stand out a little more from the willow. I dipped the tip of my finger in white(ish) paint and smeared it on. }


I also got the sign made. The turkey is extra special because of the effort {and craft-cheating} that went into it. Long story short, my Little is a teeny bit OCD and had a meltdown over me putting paint on his hand. I had to cheat improvise for the feathers.


And now for the stencil… since that is what this challenge was about. Count Your Blessings. Thanks to my friends Word and Exact-o, I was able to make my own stencil at zero cost to me! And, really, who isn’t proud of themselves for getting something for nothing? I tied the two wooden pieces from the highway chair using hemp, and “Got my paint on!”  I didn’t take a close-up, but it has its flaws like bleeding under the edge of the stencil, but oh well. I like it.


August 22

And here we are… is everyone as excited as I am for the finished product? haha This is the type of project where you don’t actually care if anyone else loves it or even likes it, because you feel such a sense of accomplishment. Anyway, here you go!


This is the second wreath that has made me wish my front door was different… or at least a different color. Something must be done! }

See Vanessa Craft


About fromlondonwithlove2011

In no particular order, I am a Christian, a wife, a mother, a lab rat, a poet, a gardener, a craft goddess-in-training, a daydreamer, a painter, a doodler, a bookworm, a some day entrepreneur, a rock star, a super hero, a fixer, a coffee enthusiast, a music lover, a beach dweller, a treadmill dreader, and a would-be tree-hugger. I love beautiful things, and sometimes have a really different take on what's beautiful. I have a wonderful (albeit stressful) life that I wouldn't trade for anything in the world. Some days I want to pull the covers over my head and stay indefinitely, but other days I want to jump up and find something amazing to see/ do/ make. I want to share the things I am passionate about with other passionate people. And so it begins...

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