Friday, July 30, 2010

Tutorials Revisted

Hi everyone! I thought I’d re-post a few tutorials that I’ve done in the past. I’ve been getting x-rays and a MRI etc done on my knees (which I re-injured running a few months ago) this week and just haven’t had the time or energy to take any new photos. I'm more exhuasted from waiting to see the various doctors than anything else!

How To Make a Teacup Birdfeeder
Here’s what you need:
You need a teacup (of course), a 1/2 inch piece of copper pipe, a 1/2 in. copper cap that will sit on top of the pipe, some strong waterproof glue. I read one direction on the internet where they said use hot glue....I don't know if that will hold in wet weather. I made one last year that fell off it's wooden post because I used the wrong glue. So use Bondo, E6000 or a similar type glue.
Then glue your saucer onto your cup and then glue your cap onto the saucer (with the opening up)and let that sit for several hours to dry. Then you just slip the whole thing onto your copper pipe which should already be in the ground. The good thing is you can easily take the teacup part off to dump the water that will collect when it rains. I'm not really going to put birdfeed in mine but you can!
Stamped Plate Project
Take any stamp that you like, Archival Ink in the color of your choice (which I get at Hobby Lobby but I’m sure any craft store would carry it).
Load your stamp with ink and center your stamp. Press nice and hard. Lift off without too much movement so you don’t smear the design.
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Easy peasy! This is for decorative purposes only. I have rinsed it but I would not recommend scrubbing it. I made this in 2008 and still have it!

Chalkboad Paint Label
You can use chalkboard paint on just about anything! I added chalkboard paint labels to some glass jars in my pantry by taping off the area.
Paint inside the taped area with chalkboard paint. It may take more than one coat.
After it’s dry, prime it by covering it with some chalk, wipe off residue and now it’s ready to write on!
This makes the jars very versatile and it works on cups, plates, those old silver platers you can find every where etc!



Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Manuela, your tutorials are fabulous! I especially love the teacup feeder! The china border in your garden is a lovely idea! Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a lovely weekend.


Susie Homemaker said...

Oh Manuela...

I can relate to the knee pain...and all the appointments that go with it.

I wish you good luck...they have made great strides in this area.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Cindy said...

Those are great, thanks so much for them. I tried the teacup one and didn't use the right glue. It fell off and broke! I was so sad.
I love the chalkboard paint on the jar, hadn't thought of that!
Hugs, Cindy S

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How sweet of you to share your ideas! I love the chalkboard labels! Great idea...and one I think I could tackle! heehee! Have a wonderful day! ♥

Becky K. said...

I still think that chalkboard paint on glass is awesome. I loved it the first time and still think it is so cool.

Hope you get answers on your knee pain soon.

Becky K.

Melissa Miller said...

I'm sorry your knees are injured Manuela. That's terrible. I hope you get better very soon. I'm not a fan of waiting for doctors appointments either. I have a lab work story from earlier this week I could write a book about. Sigh.

Very nice tutorials! :)

Jennifer said...

I hope you get to feeling better soon! I know all the waiting on doctors has to be annoying. Knee injuries are tough!

Your tutorials are always so useful and appreciated. You have such a creative mind!

Have a good weekend,

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

These are great ideas! Love them! Thanks for sharing and I hope you're feeling 100% soon!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Sorry you are having problems with your knee. I know what you mean about the Dr. appts., tests, etc. Things like that wear me down.
Thanks for posting the tutorials again.
Have a grat weekend.

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Good Morning Manuela! I'm sorry to hear that you're having trouble with your knees...that takes the pleasure out of doing a lot of things. I hate waiting for doctors...they seem to think their time is worth more than ours! Thank you for the wonderful tutorials...I love them all. I think my favorite is the silver planter(?) with the chalkboard message on it. I hope your knees are feeling a bit better today...good luck with your appointments. sister in law had surgery on both her knees at the same time and it wasn't that long before she was getting around just fine. So hang in there! Have a wonderful day and weekend....Maura :) ps...thanks for your kind comment about our barn.

mizdarlin said...

I so hear you about your's never-ending, isn't it?

Thanks for these tutes..always wondered about the teacup thingies i see at craft fairs..gonna try that!
And the blackboard paint on storage jars is a great idea!

Gumbo Lily said...

Hoping for the best with your knees.

Thank you for sharing these tutorials. Love the chalkboard paint ones.


Storybook Woods said...

I am sorrry sweetie and am praying for you. Be good to yourself xoxo Clarice

Connie said...

Everything you did with those tutorials is darling, sugar. I especially want to try the chalkboard paint sometime soon. Hope I'm as good as you are.

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

I'm so sorry about your knees! Hope you are feeling better soon, I've had knee problems since I was in jr. high, NO FUN! I'm so glad you reposted that tea cup tutorial, I was JUST telling my mom about it and we are planning on making some in a few weeks when she comes to town! Hope you have a great weekend!

AshTreeCottage said...

Thank you Manuela for such wonderful project ideas!! I am headed off to start a bird cup feeder!!! But, before I do, I send you love and prayers for a perfectly healed knee!!

Susan and Bentley

Kathleen Grace said...

Ah! the perfect thing to make with some of the teacups lounging in the basement! Wouldn't they make cute birdbaths for hummingbirds? I bet they would love a teacup of fresh water near their favorite flowers:>)

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I hope they find out what's wrong. I don't have knee problems but my husband does, and I know they can be painful. Reposting your tutorials is a great idea.
I also want to thank you for including me on your sidebar. Now that blogger has that "stats" item, I've come to realize that much of the traffic on my blog comes from your blog. Thank you so much! It's so very thoughtful of you :-) I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate it.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I hope everything turns out okay with your leg, Manuela! I agree that the waiting for doctors and then for test results are the worst.

Bonita said...

Love that teacup bird feeder and the plates around the garden!

I hope you feel better and are on the mend soon. Pain is no fun!

Vee said...

Just saw another blogger who had done the tea cup bird feeder and thought of this tutorial so I'm finding this quite seredipitous since I didn't have to go looking for it. You run, too? Good heavens, Manuela! Hoping that it's a good word about your knees...nothing that a little time won't cure.

Michelle said...

Praying your knee heals quickly and completely! I always love your tutorials...thanks for sharing them again!

Blessings :)

Ally's Corner said...

Sorry to hear you are having knee problems, doing test and seeing doctors is no fun. I don't think I remember the stamp on plate post, glad you reposted it. Have a great day can you believe it will be almost 100 today?

Mrs.Rabe said...

Hope your knee is going to be okay!

Thanks for the tutorials...I had forgotten about the stamped mind is busy now!

Mrs.B said...

Great ideas~hope your knees are better soon!

Christa said...

Dear Manuela, I pray the doctors can help your knee.
Thank you for the tutorials, the chalkboard paint on the jars is my favorite. I think I will give it a try.

Have a wonderful weekend,


laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Manuela, I'm so sorry about your knee. I do hope it will be better soon. It is impossible to accomplish much if your knees are bothering you. I remember you darling tea cup bird feeder and your neat chalk labels, but I'm not sure I ever saw the post with the stamped plate. You are such a genius, and I just love seeing what your creative mind comes up with! laurie

Debbie said...

I don't remember the stamped plate one. That's neat,and I want to try it! What a great way to dress up a plain plate.

Julie Harward said...

Thanks for sharing the neat tutorials the tea cup! Hope all is going to be well with the knee! :D

Jennifer said...

Thank you so much!!!! I hope your knee gets to feeling better!

The one with the funny accent said...

These are great!!!... Cant wait to try the teacup feeder. Hope your knees feel better :)

Paula said...

I'm sorry to hear about your knee and hope that you get good news from the doctor.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Manuela, hope everything works out okay with the tests. Take good care of yourself.

Great tutorial.

Thanks for displaying the Rooster Button...will add your name to the drawing.

Barb ♥

Angela (Cottage Magpie) said...

So sorry to hear about your knees! I hope they get better very soon!

Meanwhile, though, great tutorials! I really love those. I'm especially excited about the birdfeeder idea--I think I'm going to have to try that.
~Angela :-)

Leann said...

Hi Manuela

I loved the revisit of your tutorials, especially the teacup feeder. I've started a plate border in our side garden - DH isn't too pleased. We'll see how long it stays there:)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

nannykim said...

cute ideas. I have been wanting to make a tea cup feeder.Thanks.

Nancy said...


HeathahLee said...

I love all of these projects! I am going to get one of those stamps when I get a HL coupon...I think I'm getting to go there Tuesday (our closest one is 30 minutes away). Then to Goodwill to find the perfect plate!

Karen June Miller said...

Manuella! I love your whimsy and creative expression! And, your garden with the plate border is genius!

Thanks for sharing!

Chook said...

Manuela,I love what you have done with those plates as edging for your plants!Thanks for this cos it will go down well with what I have in mind for my garden here.


A rootdigger said...

oh those plates are pretty. If you got them cheap, I wish I lived where you do. What a neat idea. I did try a vesion of your tea cup feeder. I kind of like glass holder as a use.