Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!
Subtropical Storm Alberto has made its way away from my area and is on it’s way to Alabama. I would like to let all of my Alabama Krafters know that I am praying for you all and I hope that Alberto fall apart quickly.
As the day breaks here at the homestead, I am so excited to be talking about a really fun project I worked on over the weekend. I was asked by one of the sweetest ladies in the world if I could make a gift for her to give to her grandson that will be graduating fifth grade this year. I was over the moon! When people ask me to make a gift, I always have a few questions. What the recipients favorite color is, what hobbies they have, what kind of things they love, and if they prefer to have something they can display or something they can use to work with. In this particular case, he loves baseball, he loves the Bible, and he adores the Tampa Bay Rays.
I did some research on Pinterest and I found a few interesting pallet board projects. I showed all of the ideas I loved to my wonderful client and she told me she loved all of them. This made me happy. Why? Because with her loving all of them, I could really put my creativity to work and come up with something using elements from all of them.
I found a white pallet board at Walmart and got a hold of some paint pens. I did rough up the pallet board a bit more to give a really nice rustic look to the project. I wanted to personalize the board by using stencils to paint his name on the board. I decided to use a dark blue color to represent the Rays.
I haven’t worked with stencils in years. So, I have a few tips. One, if you use those paper stencils, do not use your paint pen to start tracing. The paint will bleed through the stencil and cause hideous blobs. Use a pencil to trace the image and then use your paint pen. I would also suggest that when using paint pens, use them on a smoother surface. With the pallet board, it was a bit difficult to keep and even layer on the board. The rough surface was also a bit rough on the pen itself.
After I painted the name at the top, I worked on the Bible chapter and verse on the bottom. I did offset the letters a bit, because, the stencils that I had to work with were not clear. They were paper and I wasn’t able to see well enough to make them perfectly even. When I finished tracing out the letters, I really liked how the letters came out. The scripture I used was Psalm 96:12 which says; “Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice.” I thought this scripture was fitting for a baseball themed board. I chose no to put the entire verse on the board due to the amount of space on the board. I didn’t want to overcrowd my board.
After the letters dried, it was time to work on the baseball stitching on the corners. I could not for the life of me find a compass to make a perfect circle. I went to several stores and just could not find one. I went home, feeling a bit defeated on that. Then I had a thought, I have some really awesome bowls n my kitchen. I pulled out one of my metal mixing bowls and used that trace a perfectly round line. Hey, you do what you have to, to get what you want. Am I right? I then went over that line in the traditional red and added the stitch marks.
The next part I worked on was a bit of trial and error. I saw on a few projects on Pinterest, people using baseball skins to form crosses. I loved them! I did however, not care for the look of using brand new, clean, baseballs. I decided to go to Play It Again Sports and bought two of the most dingy, nasty looking baseballs I could find. My husband was a saint and helped me with the next couple of things. He cut the baseball skins of the baseballs. I worked the skins in hopes of making them a bit more pliable. I read somewhere that soaking the skins in warm water with hair conditioner, would help do that. What they don’t tell you is that all of that amazing dinginess would wash away completely. I got two more dingy baseballs and we went again. This time, I did not condition them. Once the skins were ready, I positioned them on the board where I wanted them. My amazing husband, used his staple gun to staple the skins in place and I was thankful for that!
When I bough the board, it did not come with anything to hang it. My sweet husband drilled a hole in the back one either side, and tied in the jute. I loved it!! Once the jute was added, the project was finished. I absolutely loved making this project. I am already getting ready to make another for my sons room. I was so happy with the end result.
Working on this project, really makes me miss tee ball with Monkey. I cannot wait for the next season. The interesting part of the project has been Monkey. He was talking about how much he loved baseball and how much he wanted to go to the baseball field to play again. This makes me so happy. I was excited to get him into baseball because of my grandfather. Growing up, my Papa loved baseball. I remember sitting with him, watching our Braves play and how excited he would get when John Smoltz would strike out a batter or when Greg Maddox would hit a home run. Now that I have Monkey, it makes me so happy that I can share that love for baseball with him. I know my Papa is looking down from heaven, smiling on Monkey.
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