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nailed it

twisterfishcrafts nailed it (6)

My ten year old wanted to make his big sister a special Christmas gift. A few weeks before the holiday they were both saying “nailed it” over and over and over to each other. Together we decided to get a piece of wood at the craft store, spray paint it, then hammer nails to form the words ‘nailed it’. He chose the font, and I did the nailing, because it was a lot harder than I thought it would be to nail those little things into the wood and he just couldn’t manage the hammer. This project took a few days and many sore fingers, but it was well worth it! His sister loved the present and it’s now displayed in her college apartment for all to see.

twisterfishcrafts nailed it (1)

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cross stitch — stay gold

twisterfishcrafts stay gold

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton was my favorite book when I was a child. One of my sisters also loved the book and she and I fought over the one copy of the book we were meant to share. All these years (decades) later, we still sign cards to each other with “stay gold” — it’s our signature phrase.  So when I went across the country to visit this sister back in May, it made sense to give her a gift that means a lot to her and will help her always think of me.


twisterfishcrafts stay gold (2)


My daughter liked the finished piece so much, and the colors worked so well in her room (see photo above), and she has come to love The Outsiders almost as much as I do, that I allowed her to keep the first one I made.  A week before my trip I quickly stitched a second one for my sister and put that in a white and gold frame (see photo below).

twisterfishcrafts stay gold (1)




twisterfishcrafts save water drink wine (2)


Another friend had a birthday and I wanted to make her a special gift. She enjoys wine so I made this for her to put on her wine bar.


Here’s a close up of the stitches (this photo shows the colors better than the photo of the framed piece):

twisterfishcrafts save water drink wine (1)

twisterfishcrafts be nice or get out

I’ve done a few more framed cross stitch pieces lately. Here’s one I made for my mom while visiting her this summer. She had complained about someone who came to her house and “didn’t have anything nice to say” and this came to me as the perfect thing to have in her kitchen. Just in case that person comes to visit again.


Here’s a pic of the piece in progress:

twisterfishcrafts be nice or get out (1)


cross stitch — bitch, please

twisterfish crafts bitch cross stitch

A good friend turned 40 and I wanted to make her a gift. Something personal and fun and very “her”. This is what I made.


The process:

#1: I used a dark gray color. Wanted it to have a modern, sophisticated look to it. (If you look very, very, very closely you may notice an extra stitch. Good news: That kind of mistake is hard to see unless you know it’s there!)

twisterfish crafts bitch cross stitch (1)

#2: After finishing the comma, I realized I had not planned ahead and wouldn’t have room to put both words on the same line.

twisterfish crafts bitch cross stitch (2)

#3: It needed a border, so I stitched a simple one.

twisterfish crafts bitch cross stitch (3)

#4: Decided it needed more than just that simple border, and a flower was too big, so I picked a fancy heart.

twisterfish crafts bitch cross stitch (4)

#5: I felt it needed still more. So another border and an additional heart. The placement of the small heart also helped to cover a missed stitch.

twisterfish crafts bitch cross stitch (5)

During this part of the process I had to put masking tape on two sides to prevent it from unraveling.

#6: Ironed the reverse side. Used the warm setting with no steam.

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#7: Used the back of a spiral notebook and some small duct tape to attach the piece to the cardboard before putting it into the frame.

twisterfish crafts bitch cross stitch (6)

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#8: Framed and ready for the birthday girl.

twisterfish crafts bitch cross stitch (8)

painted canvas — song lyrics

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I love painting canvases and I love words, so painting words on canvas is a favorite of mine. My daughter has been playing Ingrid Michaelson’s music while home on spring break, and I have fallen in love with the song, You and I. My daughter and I went to the craft store, purchased a black canvas (yahoo! that way we didn’t need to paint it black before putting the stickers on!), and some lower case stickers that not only had lots of each letter, but were on clearance. Then we went home and started the process.

Note to self: Never purchase stickers on clearance. There might just be a good reason why they are being sold cheaply.

Here are the photos of the process. Overall, we’re happy with how it turned out!

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abc canvas

After making word art canvases with advice and quotes and one for my anniversary (it has our names and our wedding date along with a line from our favorite song that we danced to), I had planned to make one with the ABCs and finally finished it this week.

What I love about this one is that I used a few different fonts as well as a mix of upper-case and lower-case letters. The final piece is so cute and will be perfect for a baby’s nursery.


First I placed raised (3D) stickers onto a canvas. I used what I had leftover from other projects.

abc canvas 1

Then I applied a few coats of Mod Podge (allowing each coat to dry completely before adding the next one). I made sure to get the Mod Podge into every nook and cranny of each letter. Below is what it looked like after applying a generous coat of Mod Podge.

abc canvas 2

As seen below, the piece was nice and shiny after all the Mod Podge had been applied and had dried.

abc canvas 3

I used spray paint to cover the canvas. It took at least three coats of paint (again, I allowed each coat to dry before spraying on the next coat).  I also made sure to paint the edges of the canvas.

I attached it to a wooden frame and put on a clip for hanging.

abc canvas 4

And the finished piece!

abc canvas

life advice canvas art

My teenage daughter likes to get creative in the kitchen and will bake often, but she usually doesn’t do many crafts. Then one day recently she asked if she could use my supplies to make art for her bedroom. Of course!

She had purchased posters and decided to add homemade art by recreating a poster she had seen online. She took the words from the poster and used Sharpies and stickers to make her art on canvas. For the word “tree” she used one of my stencils and some craft paint and put it on newspaper.  It looks great!

The best part — though it wasn’t intentional — was her personal touch of painting “Make Mistakes” on top of some of the other words. The reason she did this is because when she completed the bottom line and looked at the canvas, she realized she had done one line twice. While she and I were talking about painting over that section, a friend of hers suggested writing “make mistakes” and that was the perfect solution!

life advice canvas

stencil tree on canvas

word art – dancing

Here is the other canvas art I did with stickers and a quote that I found online (author unknown).

This one was a bit challenging, in that I didn’t measure well at first and tried to put the quote on four lines rather than five. Once I realized the line of “you’re wasting” would not fit on one line, I had to move all the other stickers to accommodate a fifth line. So it turns out that having stickers that weren’t very sticky was a good thing — they came off easily, allowing me to reposition them.

The spray paint I used for this one was a brand I’ve not used before … and won’t use again. Even after many coats of paint (waiting for the paint to dry between coats, of course), the results were not pretty.

I gave this as birthday gift to a friend who loves to dance. I gave it to her at her birthday party but I plan on “borrowing” it from her soon so that I can fix the bad paint job!

dancing step 1 stickers on


dancing step 2 mod podge


step 3 final





word art — advice

I’ve done this project a few times … it’s my current favorite way to be crafty!  I call this one “advice”. If I had to give life advice, and only had a 5×7-inch canvas, what would I say? Well, this is it.

The first time I did this project I made the canvas as an anniversary gift to my husband. It has our names, our wedding date, and other personal info on it. It is displayed in our family room and I love it!

Here is where the inspiration came from:

wall art

I love the idea of art that is simple, and inexpensive, and unique … and a conversation starter.


Now, here’s my problem with crafts that I find online: I read about them, think about them, and then usually I don’t remember to go back and refer to them before doing the project. This can be good, and bad. Good in that it allows me to be creative, and to do the project in my own way, and with items I have on hand. And bad, because when I don’t follow the directions and instead do it my way, my way isn’t always easier.

So instead of doing this with wooden letters, I used large alphabet stickers. I like how this allows me to put almost anything I can imagine onto the canvas … quotes, names, advice, humor, etc. … but the problem is that some of the stickers I purchased aren’t very sticky, so they came off easily. I rectified that situation by putting a layer of Mod Podge over the stickers once they were placed where I wanted them. I did this carefully with a foam applicator and then let it dry completely before painting.

The first time I made one of these I did not remember that the instructions said to use spray paint. I tried using craft paint with a small brush and with a foam applicator, and, well, that didn’t work. It was a disaster. Spray paint saved the project and is what I’ve used since then. In the end, on each of the canvases I made, I used two coats of spray paint. It covered the pencil marks and gave the finished project a nice even look.


What I’ve learned from doing this project a few times:

  • Measure fourteen times, put stickers on once (or maybe twice).
  • Don’t worry about the pencil lines, unless you’re using white paint. But if using white paint, no worries if you make sure to do at least two coats of paint.
  • Wait for each coat of paint to dry before doing the second application.
  • Do not spray paint when it is windy outside.
  • Do not spray paint in the kitchen with the windows closed.
  • Do not waste hours of time doing online searches for favorite quotes. There are a gazillion quotes out there … a gazillion great quotes … and there just isn’t enough time to read them all.
  • Don’t pick a quote that is too long, or that won’t fit onto the canvas you want to put it on.
  • Using canvases that have been painted on before is a great way to reuse, reduce, recycle! Possibly a good idea to use a spray adhesive for the stickers, and might also be advisable to paint the canvas with a solid color prior to starting the project.
  • I really hope my family likes word art because I can think of about a million canvases I’d like to make using this technique.

Ideas for this project as a gift:

  • New baby: put baby name and date of birth and all those other important details on the canvas, or just the name
  • baby shower gift: (*this one is on my to-do list for the next project*) using large stickers or small wooden letters, put the ABCs on a large canvas and paint it yellow or light green — great gift for the nursery of a boy or girl … or twins!
  • Housewarming: put the street address, or the family name and the address, possibly with the year they moved in
  • Wedding: the names of the bride and groom and the date and city they were married in
  • Birthday: a favorite quote or inspirational quote
  • College or high school graduation: an inspirational quote or bits of wisdom

step 1 supplies

step 2 make lines

step 3 lines up the left side

step 4 keep going

step 5 all stickers on

step 6 ready for paint

step 7 finished