Personalizing with Painters Paint Markers.

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One of the perks of blogging is getting to try out new products and let your creativity take you where it will.
This week I had the opportunity to experiment with Painters Paint Markers.  You know those things that you draw with by holding it in your hand?  I’ve gotten so used to typing, tapping and dragging my finger over a screen to create images in some fancy program then have a machine design, draw and cut it simultaneously for me.  I almost didn’t know what to do with these Painters.


In the past, I’ve used paint that comes in the form of a marker or pen before but only on my walls.
This time I wanted to see how well they would do on canvas accessories which I found at Hobby Lobby.
Using a fine medium point Painters I drew a pattern on a canvas bag.


I was pleasantly surprised how well it drew on canvas material.

I then decided to try my luck on a pair of canvas shoes for my niece as a gift. Using a fine tip marker I carefully drew a pattern on the shoes.
I was nervous it would bleed and then I’d have to figure out a way to make a ink stain look like something intentional but there was no bleeding whatsoever.



What girl wouldn’t love a matching bag and shoes?


I had so much fun I decided to make all my little nieces a bag for Christmas gifts.


If you’re not good at free-handing or are planning a more deliberate design I would highly recommend sketching it out in pencil first then go over it with a marker.


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I even drew a simple monogram on a little zip clutch (yes, I went a little crazy with all these accessories).


I’m not an artist by any means but I actually surprised myself.  I can actually draw without the help of an electronic device…who knew!?  Painters markers allow you to give things an personal touch and I found that drawing designs became a hypnotic therapy of sorts.  Plus the Painters rock.  Really quality paint markers.

Now for some exciting news.  Painters is having a monthly contest between October – December where you can make your own creations using Painters. They are giving each monthly winner a prize valued at $500! The Style by Aisle with Painters Contest will have five different themes (August-December) which are based on store “aisles.” You can submit your homemade creations to the Painters site.  You can also download a coupon for Painters products on their site.
Happy Drawing!

What to do with twine.

When it comes to must-have household items I have several but among my favorites is twine.
Yep. Twine.
Seriously can’t live without it.
It’s hands down one of the most versatile things in my home.

I was walking the isle’s at ACE Hardware the other day. All of the sudden the clouds parted and rays of sunshine beamed upon this…


2500 ft of twine.  Can I get a hallelujah!?

Give me a year, this whole thing will be gone.  Aside from it’s usefulness, it’s pretty darn neat as a bookend/decoration?


The spool hole is just big enough for a pair of scissors for quick cutting.  And not just any scissors, cool iron Chinese scissors.

PicMonkey Collage

I do cartwheels when form and function come together.


There’s not a week that goes by that I’m not using it for something.
Wrapping presents…


Tying up plants…


Hanging pictures…

Hang a picture


Arts and crafts…


and dragging it around for el gato (the neighbor’s cat) to chase.

Need to stock up? Here’s some to consider…

Twine Roundup

1,  2,  3,  4,  5,  6.

P.S. have you heard Jim Gaffigan’s comedy skit on twine?
Listen here.

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DIY Halloween Shrouds

Today I’m guest posting over at Eighteen 25 about how to fool people in to thinking you’re a really good chalkboard artist.
Pop on over there to see how plus download my free Halloween Printable.
In the meantime, Halloween is right around the corner and I made some shrouds for my boy’s Halloween costumes this year.
However, I also found that they also make great decorations which I’ve draped on the chalkboard.


Cheesecloth from the Hardware store is the perfect Halloween embellishment.


I picked up some black dye from the grocery store to make it more spooktactular.  Orange, purple or red would also look great for Halloween.

PicMonkey Collage

This is the easiest project ever.  The hard part is trying no to get any dye on you (which is why I’m wearing my son’s shoes instead of my own). Following the directions on the Dye box, simply put the dye in to a bucket of water and immerse the cloth in to the mixture.  Because cheesecloth is so thin you really don’t need to leave it in for very long.  I found 5 minutes was plenty of time.


Squeeze out excess water and hang to dry.


You can use it for a costume, hang it around your chalkboard, embellish a fireplace mantel or hang as curtains.

Remember this fun project we did a couple years ago (and there’s another fun printable on that post)…


Spray painted pumpkins

Don’t forget to check out our chalkboard tutorial at Eighteen 25.

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