Thursday, April 25, 2013

HELP wanted...

Woohoo! Junque 2 Jewels has been selected as a finalist in the An Affair of the Heart of Tulsa "Win to Vend" contest. Why help wanted? The public voting phase of the contest is this week so we need your help to take this show on the road!

To win we must acquire the most votes! Friends and fans can vote ONCE PER DAY! To vote please use the link or visit the contest app on the An Affair of the Heart Tulsa FB page and click on “vote now.” 

Link to vote: https://apps.facebook.com/contestshq/contests/319377/voteable_entries

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

B.Y.O.F. {Bring your own Furniture} Workshop



It's a party - a B.Y.O.F. Party! That's right, after many requests for this type of workshop it's HERE in NW Arkansas. You can create a custom-looking furniture piece in just a few hours with paint and a little elbow grease. So hunt down your perfect piece & get ready to become a refinishing expert. 

Bring a furniture piece that you are able to carry by yourself – such as a small dresser, bookshelf, chair, side table, etc. We do provide help loading the day of the workshop, but please limit the size of your piece. Furniture must be in good condition, if you have specific questions on what works best please email me katie@2katiedesigns.com. 

Here are some great examples of acceptable projects for this workshop setting:


We will cover:

  • How to make & apply chalk paints
  • Sanding & Prepping furniture
  • 2 Color Distressing
  • Smooth, Modern Finishing
  • Aging/Distresed Finishing
  • Proper Waxing for durability
You’ll get to take home all of your completed sample boards along with your completed furniture piece.

Workshop Details: Workshop includes a consultation with J2J about your specific project & paint colors, prior to class. Instruction during the workshop, along with all your paint & supplies. We provide lunch/dinner and drinks as well. 

We will be available to answer any questions you may have as you finish your piece of furniture with paint & waxes. Classes are limited to 12 participants, so everyone gets in depth instruction with our crew. 

You simply show up with your piece of furniture, wearing your painting clothes, and be ready to make junque into a jewel!

Date: Saturday, May 25th OR Thursday, May 30th 
Location: Junque 2 Jewels Workshop
Cost: $75
Time: Saturday 9:30am-1:30pm or Thursday 5:30pm - 9:30pm




Dates


Class policies reminder:
Cancellation Policy
You must provide at least a 24 hour advance notice if you cannot make your reserved class in order to receive a credit toward a future class. No refunds will be issued as payments are processed at the time the reservations are made.
Right to Cancel
2Katie Designs reserves the right to cancel a class any time due to insufficient enrollment; registrants will be notified approximately 24 hours before the class is scheduled to begin and refunds will be processed or offer credit towards another class. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Attendees
Our regular scheduled classes are intended for painters age 16 and older. We do offer Kid classes on occasion for younger age groups where noted.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

CHALK PAINTING 101


J2J is proud to host the creative ladies from Rustic Soul. These two are going to ROCK your painting world with a new chalk paint product that will change how you view DIY projects! These experts in furniture refinishing, with the motto- REstyle, REpurpose, REfunk - will give you the peak behind the curtain to how they make old junk look junque fabulous. There workshop will be 2 hours of painting exploration & you will get hands-on use of different products including paints, tools & waxing. Leave empowered to tackle all your furniture with CHALK PAINT. Home make over here you come!

Space is limited to the first 15 registered participants.

Date: Thursday, May 2nd
Time: 6-8pm
Location: J2J Workshop, 1906 NW 3rd St



Class policies reminder:
Cancellation Policy
You must provide at least a 24 hour advance notice if you cannot make your reserved class in order to receive a credit toward a future class. No refunds will be issued as payments are processed at the time the reservations are made.
Right to Cancel
2Katie Designs reserves the right to cancel a class any time due to insufficient enrollment; registrants will be notified approximately 24 hours before the class is scheduled to begin and refunds will be processed or offer credit towards another class. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Attendees
Our regular scheduled classes are intended for painters age 16 and older. We do offer Kid classes on occasion for younger age groups where noted.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Gone Junkin'


We have spent at least every other weekend the past several months trekking around the Ozarks to attend our daughters volleyball tournaments. It's really been great family time & serves as a mandatory escape from the never ending "to-do" list which I'm grateful for. The bonus of our volleyball getaways is scouting new junkin' gems! I've found some new favorite flea markets, cheapo thrift stores & junky places I of course love. Now I have little treasures collected from all my new favorite places.




Vintage Frame, Colorful spring vase & snazzy "s". I can never resist typography!





This ugly round table is going to be hacked up & transformed into the perfect end table for my living room...some day!




I'm hoarding colorful plates for a fabulous plate wall I am envisioning. Seriously I picked up some for .10, who can resist??? Now I need to find the wall space because I think my mission to find plates is complete.






      





Of coarse Kaia wanted to bring home a WHALE! It really was for sale & gave a good ride, alas our decor isn't suited for such shenanigans.



Bunches of goodness included a vintage globe, sheet music, a happy yellow egg basket, brass bunny and some antlers. Good junk I'm sure to find useful as decor in our house. Love a good chotchkie!

Drum roll please....the shining glory of my finds is this $40 dazzling gem!


Isn't she fabulous? Or at least she will be when I get time to mend her. Perhaps she will live over my bathtub.

Happy Junkin'
Katie



Friday, April 12, 2013

Burlap Door Hanger Tutorial

                                            Photo courtesy of: Krista Campbell Photography

Some creative types are hesitant to share the steps to their craft but I think you will find I am just the OPPOSITE. I will tell you everything I know. For real. You will probably tune out about halfway thru my rant if we are talking ideas about how to make something...I am just that passionate about it, I can't keep anything crafty a secret!

I am also passionate about Pinterest {follow me here} and bringing everyone's favorite pins to life in our crafty classes at Junque 2 Jewels. We taught a Chevron Heart Burlap Door Hanger class back in January & it was one of our most popular crafts. Several ladies have since had crafting parties & started making "burlies" for every occasion.





Seriously aren't our crafty classes the funnest?

Now I realize not EVERYONE can make it to our stellar classes so here is my secret of making super duper cute burlap door hangers. Hopefully this is helpful & it will spark your creativity to make something of your own.


Photo courtesy of: Krista Campbell Photography



Burlap Door Hanger Tutorial


Supplies:

  •  Burlap (Approximately 1 yard will suffice for most projects)
  •  Bow materials (Burlap, Ribbon, Mesh or Raffia)
  •  Stuffing for door hanger (Wax paper, plastic bags or fluff will work)
  •  Wax Paper, Poster Board or cardboard (used to make template)
  •  Modge Podge
  •  Wire (12 gauge+ to create door hanger & floral wire to attach bow)
  •  Wire Cutters
  •  Paint Brush
  •  Adhesive (hot glue, modge podge or fabric spray adhesives will all work, use whatcha got!)

Instructions:
1. Decide on shape & size of your door hanger and create a template using wax paper, poster board or cardboard (or you can free hand). You need a front & back from burlap that are the same size & shape and then a slightly smaller version of the shape for your fabric.
***J2J TIP: Keep in mind the size of your front door or the area you plan to hang your finished product so you size the template appropriately.***

2. Trace design in pencil on burlap & cut out all burlap and/or fabric elements for the door hanger.





3. Embellish the front of your Burlap Door Hanger by adhering fabric to the front piece of your burlap door hanger. You can use: Hot Glue, Modge Podge, Spray Adhesive or Fabric Tac to secure your fabric.



4. Coat the burlap pieces with Modge Podge & allow to dry.
***J2J TIP: Cutting burlap makes the fabric lose its rigidity. Modge Podge helps minimize fraying & also provides some protection from the elements.***

5. Secure front & back pieces of burlap together around the edges with hot glue or preferred adhesive. Only secure ¾ of the way around the edges to create a "pocket" for stuffing.


6. Fill door hanger with desired stuffing & secure around remaining edges.You can make it more flat or puffy according to how much fill you put it, totally personal preference!
***J2J TIP: Using left over wax paper or plastic bags is economical & helps ensure your door hanger last longer since it is non-absorbent***


7. Cut wire for hanging to desired length and push thru top of burlap in 2 places. Use needle nose pliers to curl ends to secure.




8. Adorn door hanger with bow of your choice.
***J2J TIP: If hanging your finished project outside where it will be exposed, we recommend spraying with a sealer such as Polyurethane or other sealant. ***






9. SHOW OFF your fabulous creation!





See additional project examples & ideas for related projects on our Pinterest Boards!
For examples on: Making home-made Modge Podge,  Bow Making Instructions, or Burlap Door Hangers for every occasion.

Enjoy sharing your passion!
Katie





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