Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Junk projects. 1 down...99 to go!

Yes those are just numbers. I could have just as easily said 1,000 to go because around my house there are so many projects I will probably NEVER get them all done! I thought perhaps that if I made a point to share with you and do somewhat of a countdown...maybe that would get me moving. You know...OFF THE COUCH. Of course I will draw the line at a few things...like the American Idol tryouts (*pants on the ground!*) and a few other select shows. Anywho, I'll try to keep those projects coming, and when I slack I'll share a "past" project or two, or three. Hey, my rules!
I've shown you these sexy lady wire dressforms before. I sold a few at JunkFest 2009 and filled a request for another after, for a display chalkboard for a jewelry designer and metalsmith. (check out Tamra's link on the sidebar!) Since then, I've completed two more, one as a gift for my son's sweet girlfriend, and one for ME!

I got the wire forms at an auction, cheap cheap!! (see the black screen door in that pic below? that baby is one of the next projects I'll post!)
Added 3/8" finished plywood, painted with chalkboard paint.

Of course it took the longest to get MINE done, but here she is...in my GirlCave!Here's a TIP for getting a nice result when writing on a chalkboard...quickly run the tip of your chalk through running water. Don't saturate it, just a tinkle will do. As you start to write it will look like no chalk is going on your board at all...give it a few seconds and as it dries...you'll love how it looks!!

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  1. Hi Sweet Melissa -
    I love your "girlie" chalkboard!! :) Question...How did you attach the metal frame to the wood?

  2. Hi there ~ What cute chalkboard lady forms!! Very clever of you - I'm impressed! I think you'll sell as many of those as you can make - I really do.

    Have a Beautifully Blessed 2010...

    Cynthia K. (Beauty an Blessings)

  3. These are really cute. Perfect for a 'girl cave'. Thanks for the tip about the chalk!
    Living it up at Lakewood,

  4. Toni, I only have one more frame...but I think for now I'll hang on to it for the chance I need a special gift at some point. To attach the wire to the plywood I drilled tiny holes and wrapped wire throught the plywood and around the metal frame, then twisted it in the back.

    I've never seen these kind of forms before, but I'll have my eye out for them now!!!

  5. How cute are those! Love them!

  6. I love that! I've always been drawn to dress forms (though don't own any). A chalkboard would be the perfect piece for my studio!

  7. She is so cute. What about using her as a towel holder? Could you hand candles from her hmmm boobs?

  8. I like your "tinkle" comment. Hey do you fine junk girls know where I could find some cool (but not ridiculously expensive) cat eyes glasses for a costume party I'm going to? I need two pairs.

    Also, have you watched the new show "Pickers" on the history channel.

    Yea. It is so all of you!

    I want to be part of this business, though!


  9. i am blown away by that project. it is amazing...i love it. you did a great job reinventing that wire form indeed. thanks for sharing.

  10. I love your chalkboard! I just stumbled across your blog and love it as well! I will be back!

    Maddycakes Muse

  11. Very cool! But please tell me that the girl cave is not just the wooden armoire...it IS the whole room, right?!?! (Oh yeah...the washer/dryer is out there. No guy goes near those....) You've been having fun with that room...like doing some sewing!?!

  12. Love your chalkboard lady....thanks for the chalk tip...will have to try it!
    Happy day.

  13. Those forms were a really cool find and you used them so creatively. Thanks for the chalk advice, too.

  14. Love your girls!!!! Never been lucky enough to find forms quite like theirs - but now I'll be keeping my eye out! I'm always doing chalkboards out of one thing or another so the chalk tip will come in very handy - Many thanks!

  15. OK this is over the top! LOVE it, WANT one!

    We too wish we were closer to you gals. OOOOHHH can't you just imagine the magic we could create? SCARY! We know we will meet sometime. Keep up the awesome work.....maybe you should take a trip in May to The Fabulous Pacific Northwest. Help us put on our Big Blogger Party Bash, you gals can be the stars of the show. We will show you a good time!

    Linda & Dixie

  16. I love it!!! Perfect for a girl cave. Thanks for visiting my blog & leaving me a comment.

  17. Great chalk tip! And I love that dress form-turned-chalkboard. Awesome!


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