New Porch Post Design

Here is the second of two porch posts I created. I really like the look of this post, it’s a classic look that would fit any porch setting.

The post measures approximately 44″ tall and has a 12″ X 12″ base. It features wood letters stained with Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Ink in “Vintage Photo”. I used my “go-to” black acrylic paint from Liquitex in “Mars Black”. The creamy white top coat is Sherman Williams WeatherShield Paint in “Aged White”. The hardware was purchased through Amazon. I added a floral touch to the post with a 3D foam flower I had in my craft supplies. I decorated the flower Finnabair “Vintage Gold” and “Rich Copper” Metallique Wax Cire Cera. Lastly, I sealed the post with Minwax Polycrylic in “Clear Matte”.


Have Fun with Decorative Masks

I’ve been making and donating masks since early March of this year. I continue to make masks most every day or weekly. (made and donated a little over 300 masks) While I enjoy making, I started to have a little fun thanks to my sister Mary, who made some really nice “bling’d out” masks for our nieces. She inspired me.

I dug out my fabric stash and bling embellishments and started to play. Here are a few of masks I recently made.

I continue to keep mask fundamentals incorporated into the fun masks (i.e., 100% cotton, filter pocket, adjustable ear elastic, etc), that I am making.

It’s nice to add creative and fun designs to masks. Masks do not have be utilitarian looking. I know however, some people need a generic looking masks for their occupation or work requirement. I have made several for correction officers and EMTs. I consider the creative style masks as “weekend wear masks”, something to put on that’s fund but has the protection the CDC and scientists/doctors are recommending.

I was pleased with how the bridal mask turned out. I hand beaded the lace which was overlayed over a liner fabric for breathability.

I ended up selling two of these masks. Both customers were gifting them to brides-to-be for their upcoming weddings.

This next one was fun to make. It was the first time I used a rhinestone setter. I like the breathability of the stretch denim, also lined with a cotton fabric. The lace in the pocket added a bit of “denim and lace” style.

For my next “fun mask”, I plan to use some HTV. I’ve used HTV before, but not very experienced, so making a few masks with HTV will cross this learning curve off my crafting bucket list for the year!

I look forward sharing more fun masks with you and I hope you are inspired to create your fun masks.

Stay safe and health.


Porch Post Design

I’ve been wanting a porch post, some call them “Welcome Posts”, ever since we moved into our new home. I finally got the time to make one!

I love how this post turned out. Working on another post with a different color scheme and style and hope to post it soon.

I finished the post with a variety of waxes from Prima Marketing, Inc. and Finnabair.

I originally thought I would paint the word “welcome” on one side of the post. However, I already designed a door wreath with “welcome” on it.

I hope this inspires you to make your own porch post.

Stay safe and healthy.