Simplicity

"There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit". Alexander Pope

RITA READE "MAMMABELLARTE"

CO-HOST OF THE VINTAGE MARKETPLACE AT THE OAKS IN RAINBOW/FALLBROOK, CALIFORNIA
WOODWORKER AND SOLDERING TEACHER.
Next SOLDERING CLASSES:Rainbow JANUARY 17TH, 2015

Aug 23, 2015

TABLE TOP TUTORIAL for props/styling

I made a couple of table tops for myself and for few photographers. They are perfect for props/styling and easy to transport. I have a white one that I use all the time to photograph my jewelry on and wanted to make a more tattered looking one. 

SO....
HERE IS AN EASY WAY TO MAKE A TABLE TOP LOOK VINTAGE/TATTERED/DISTRESSED/CHIPPY....WHICHEVER WAY YOU WANT TO CALL IT.


I built the table top using a piece of plywood for the base and I randomly cut left over pieces of pine with my compound miter saw. 
Then I  glued and nail the pieces together. The easiest way to nail each piece is with an air compressor nail gun. 



 Always measure twice cut once! Right? I should know by now after all these years...but I didn't and I cut the wood strips a little bit too small. So I had to create a skirt around the table.
 It actually looks much better this way.
Use wood patty to hide the nails, sand and wipe clean.


Now for the distressing technique...

Step 1 Paint the table using an acrylic flat brownish color

Step 2 Choose your favorite color for the second layer. 
There will be a total of 3 layer of paint. 
I picked green


 Step 3 Rub a candle here and there on the table top, the wax acts as a barrier between paint colors. 


and since I was also going for the crackle look I wiped school glue here and there also.
No need to wait for the glue to dry, 
step 3 paint your top layer....I used eggshell linen white from Behr.



 Check out this little video, you can see how easy the top layer comes off where I rubbed the candle.
Use an electric sander with a fine sandpaper

video

I get so excited when I start seeing the top layer come off! 

Step 4 Brush a coat of Provencial Minwax and wipe off the excess.
Let it dry.

Great prop/styling table top!  
Wishing you a wonderful week!!

Ciao Rita

Aug 21, 2015

Love!!!

....I am so happy with the results. It takes a long time to make these beauties but it's worth it!
Wishing you a lovely weekend!

Ciao
Rita

Aug 19, 2015

FOR THE LOVE OF HEARTS!

Monday I was playing with a new idea and I never thought this project would come out so adorable! 

Today I ran out of wood or I think I would have made more hearts. I think I am obsessed with them. 

But not just hearts, I decoupaged a faux mirror and a drawer also.....





Ciao 
Rita


Aug 13, 2015

HAND PAINTED SIGN

I see more and more artists mass producing signs and there is nothing wrong with that. They are using a wonderful method called SCREEN PRINTING ON WOOD. They probably realized how much time and work it takes to create and handmade/hand painted signs, and kudos to them for doing it and be able to sell the signs a little bit cheaper. 

I haven't reached that point yet.....I still love to hand paint my signs.

So today I started at 8 am and just finished this sign! It only took 7 hours. It's big! 2 feet x 4 feet, and I always wanted to make one just like this. So after all these hours and complaining to myself how much time it took to make it, I am so happy with the results!

Feel free to give me your opinion on screen printing versus hand painted signs....

Ciao for now

Rita


Aug 12, 2015

CHINTZ

I almost sold my only chintz tea cup at the flea market....what was I thinking? 
The next day while working on custom necklaces there she was sitting on the dining room table. The colors are so bright and beautiful and because of it I was inspired to make a vintage mini bottle charm. Today I am working on more charms "Chintz Inspired" 



Ciao for now

Rita

Aug 10, 2015

WOODEN PALLET JEWELRY DISPLAY

We are getting ready for the next Vintage Marketplace at the Oaks and I really want to bring some rustic into my booth. I always think of rustic and I think of brown. 
Brown is not one of my favorite colors....so I decided to create some rustic style using gray.


Here it is my newest necklace display stand, 
what do you think?

After adding brackets in the back of the wood to keep the planks together I gave it a coat of paint using Berh linen white paint from Home Depot and sand it a little. I also added different knobs and    hardware to hang the necklaces from. 

 
I love this frame! and had it for so long....
At first I wanted the entire project to be rustic but then I thought why not mix "ornate and rustic". 
I mixed some Behr linen white and rustoleum chalkboard paint to make this gray color.

The frame didn't come with a mirror and since finding old mirror is getting harder and harder I made my own faux aged mirror.
I hope to have a tutorial for you on how to make an aged faux mirror soon...


I can add more hooks and knobs but for now this works!

Ciao for now

Rita


Aug 7, 2015

CROWN TUTORIAL

I Love making crowns....and I made this crown September 2014 for the Fall event
 "The Vintage Marketplace at the Oaks"
I do spend a lot of time at Home Depot or Lowes. Hours.....
The employees always ask me if I need any help. I usually answer...."you don't want to know". 
Half of the time I don't even know why I am there. :) 
I love the Vent/Pipe thingy isle. And that's where I found this vent pipe adapter at Lowe's. 
 Don't ask the employees, just look for it. 
Before leaving Lowes make sure to purchase a gallon of muriatic acid,you will need it. 

If you are not familiar with muriatic acid please
READ HERE

Step 1: if the steel crown has a sticker, take it off. 

Step: 2 lay the crown inside a deep plastic bucket, fill the bucket with enough muriatic acid to cover the crown (goggles and gloves are a must! ), let the crown stand in the acid for 24 hours. 
Step 3 remove the crown from the acid using a painter stick, rinse the crown (always wear plastic gloves) and let it dry out, and it will turn into rust like magic. To dispose of the muriatic acid please neutralize it first by adding baking soda. 
please read this to be safe! (same link as above)

Step 4 Have fun gluing (E-6000) lace and rhinestones. 

Ciao for now

Rita

Aug 3, 2015

PRETTY LITTLE THINGS

As always I am cleaning, organizing all my pretty little things so I can start creating again! 
We do collect so much, don't we?
I found all these pretty flowers and wondering why did I purchase them? What did I have in mind? And now I really need to figure out what to do with them....
I can't wait! 
Ciao for now

Rita

Jul 22, 2015

PUBLISHED! SOMERSET HOME

It's always a surprise to get my copy of a Stampington & Company publication with my work in it! 
This time I am super excited because they published not only my work but the photos that I took. Usually you send your product in and they photograph it....
Thank you again Stampington for choosing my items.
Unfortunatelly my scanner stop working and I only was able to take a photo of the first page of one of my projects.
That means you should purchase a copy real soon!!! There are some amazing projects and inspirations. 


Ciao for now

Rita