Craft Review: Kid’s Mosaic Stone Kit

I had a poll up on my Instagram and Facebook asking what kind of blog posts you all would like to see from me, and one of the topics that came up a few times is that you’d like some product reviews. Well, with Jack being at home so much it kinda makes sense to do a few craft/game reviews! The first one is for the Kid’s Mosaic Stone Kit.

I purchased a shrink-wrapped Mosaic Stone Kit when I was out thrifting at some point. I have no idea how much I paid for it, or exactly when I thrifted it. But it has been living in my ‘craft corner’ for quite a while. Over the weekend, I was digging through some potential projects and Jack and I decided to give it a try.

The kit was pretty simple and contained all the ingredients… you never know when you thrift something! All you have to do is mix the concrete, use the stained glass pieces to make your original design, and let it dry for a day or so.

I found two similar kits on Amazon with Prime shipping:

There were warnings on our kit about inhaling the dust when mixing, so I took it outside and mixed it with water into an old tupperware. I didn’t have Jack help with this, due to the dust. But once I brought it back inside he helped pour the wet concrete into the mold.

Then, Jack used the stained glass pieces to create his design – first on the countertop before transferring it into the concrete. He smushed each piece into the wet concrete and we put the wet mold out of the way for a full day.

After about 24 hours, I popped the stone out of the mold and let it sit upside-down until the entire stepping stone was completely dry.

We are SO HAPPY with the finished design. The cement somehow has a sparkly/shimmery finish and the design turned out beautifully. I added it to our front walkway and when I do leave the house, it’s makes me smile.

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Grab Your Boots, We’re Going to a Barn Sale!

I had planned to spend the weekend at Lindsey’s house (a couple weekends ago), and she texted me a couple days before about the barn sale. I’m never one to miss out on the chance to dig through someone else’s crap, so it was ON! I had planned to drive down to her house on Saturday morning and come home on Sunday… but everything else was unplanned.

Except the barn sale.

For those of you unfamiliar with the barn sale concept, it’s typically a barn in the middle of the country filled with random crap. There are some antiques, some random rusty tools and just an all around hodge-podge of what-the-heck-is-this and do-I-need-this-in-my-life and how-much-is-it?

Some barn sale junk:

As it was, we didn’t find any big winners at the barn sale, but one of us had the idea to google to see if there were any fun antique or consignment stores around. We popped by one and that is when we found out where we actually were…

Apparently Deale, Maryland is your place to get a deal (should I have warned you that there was a dad joke ahead…?). We had somehow stumbled into The Vintage Loop and one nice shopkeeper gave us this handy postcard which pointed out all the nearby shops!

If my memory serves me right, we ended stopping by: Vintage by the Bay, Somewhere in Time, A Vintage Deale, Second Wind Consignments, Somewhere in Time, Salvage Chic, Spice, This & That Treasures, Re-Find, Capt’n Harvey’s Antiques and The Red Dresser.

So. Many. Treasures. And a lot of crap too.

Oh, and we stopped at Happy Harbor Restaurant in Deale for a truly fantastic Orange Crush and crab cake sandwich!

Which brings us to… which treasures I brought home!

Each item in this photo ranged from $2.70 – $4.99. I loved the honeybee container and the pie bird for my china cabinet. The blue honeycomb vase will take the place of a similar white one I recently broke. The green bud vase was too cute to pass up. And I just realized as I was typing this that the white and green container came from another stop that I still need to blog about…oops.

This little oil painting is by a local artist, Glenn Stewart. There were a bunch to pick from, but I love this little 8 x 8 canvas. It was only $15, so I had to buy it and it now lives in my den.

This original painting also came home with me. The artist is also relatively local, Kimberly Scott Stein is based out of Vienna, VA. I have no idea how much her pieces typically cost. On her website it asks you to contact her for pricing, which is typically code for out of my price range. This one was at a consignment shop for just $31.50 and I loved it so much I had to buy it. It’s currently on my dresser in my bedroom, but I’m not sure if that will be it’s final place.

All in all, the day was super fun. And we certainly found some treasures in Deale!

Have you been to a barn sale before?

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AR Workshop: 2 Projects at 1 Session

Okay, I know I’ve blogged about AR workshops a bunch before… but I think this is my last visit for a while. They totally sucked me in with their stamp card and once I got to 5 visits, I qualified for a free project. Well, of COURSE I’m going to go back for my free project!

But when they sent me my code (the promo is for the average price of all your completed projects), it was for more than the one project I wanted to do and it wouldn’t let me use it unless I spent a higher amount. And that is how I ended up signing up to do two projects at one session!

{Pssst, this isn’t a sponsored post, but if you want to find an AR Workshop you can find them here: https://www.arworkshop.com/}

Project #1: My Office Project

I saw this project on the website and I thought it would be the perfect addition to my office. My coffee addiction is a running joke between me and my co-worker. This project was relatively easy – I stained the frame boards chestnut, painted the plywood backboard black, applied the stencil, painted all the text antique white, and then went over the word “coffee” with gold.

The problem was that the stencil wasn’t totally stuck to the plywood when I used it, so there was some color seepage. Luckily, Lindsey finished her project early because she did some touch-up painting for me while I focused on my other piece. The last bit of this one was to use the nail gun to secure the frame boards. I love the way this one turned out and I took it to work the next day and hung it in my office:

Project #3: My Home Project

I have a spot in my living room that needed some color, so this one with all the flowers was right up my alley. I started this the same as my office project, by painting the plywood black and staining the frame boards chestnut. This one had a TON of colors in it though, which made it very challenging when working with the stencil. I did the best I could with the stencil in place, but then did quite a bit of touch-up painting where some colors bled into other flowers by mistake.

I really love the way this one turned out and hung it in the perfect spot in a boring corner:

And now, I’m done with the AR workshops for a while! I mean, unless I need to make a gift for someone…

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