Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Mod Podge Miracle

     If you have read my blog before you know our lake home is named Dragonfly. If you haven't read the story you might want to read here to catch-up. The first week we spent at the lake house was in middle of  Winter 2012. We had plenty to do with picking out what furniture should go where, selecting how we would use the space in the house and what priorities should be on the top of our list. Well of course, we all know that a girl must put her own touch on her home, with Prince Charming's approval. Tee Hee! Pier Imports had a few items I was looking for, along with a coupon of course. So as any good husband would do, for his lady, off to the store we went, with coupon in hand. I found a beautiful dragonfly vase and bought two right away. One for my girlfriend whose Dad had passed away and one for the lake home. We saw a few other items we were interested in but wanted to be sure we would use them.
 By early Spring I was on a first name bases with the Manager of the store, at that time it was (Steve). We had become Platinum Members of the savings club. Our home was shaping up nicely. I bought another dragonfly vase for my girlfriends sister for a birthday gift. As luck would have it my darling guy had a little accident and broke it while transporting it. Oh well accidents happen so we bought another. Is there anything better then platinum is what your thinking right? Ok, now three girls, who love dragonflies, each have a vase! Success Right? For a while every thing was perfect in dragonfly world, until one fine Spring day I bought myself some flowers, stuck them proudly in the vase, sat back, and took in the view. Brilliant you might say but, when it came time to clean out the vase that yuck line, that you get from the water, would not budge. Since it did not say," Do Not Use Dishwasher", clearly that would work. CLEARLY it did because that is exactly how it came of the dishwasher. Clean and glistening with not a touch of color, or a thought of a dragonfly. I thought I couldn't fix the vase, so I left it sparkle, filled it with fake flowers and called it day. 
  I toyed around with the idea of painting it myself.  As you can see in the picture below my first attempt was not successful. I set the vase aside again, thinking about scraping off the painting I had started.
I found these napkins at Pier 1 Imports, on sale naturally. Bought +Mod Podge at +Joann Fabrics. I never used this product  before but, I figured it can't look any worse then it already turn out. 
 To make the napkins more sheer I took two white layers of paper off the napkin. This made only pattern translucent. I painted on the Mod Podge and then applied the napkin on top. I was surprised it dried faster then the directions explained. After placing the first napkin, I figured I would just place the next one, matching up the patterns similar to sewing. Nope, the patterns did not follow one another, so I had to tear and paste the pieces together matching each one. A few places just did not match so I used my creative license to make the pattern pleasant to your eyes. This is what it look like before I put the final coat of Mod Podge to seal the vase.

 Here is the vase in its current place in our Dragonfly Pad as we call it for blog. I am very pleased with the completed project. It does not look exactly like the original but, now I have a one of a kind vase that, I know Not To Wash It In The Dishwasher. 

 It sits atop an antique back bar from a lake home in Kansas City, MO. 
I love the red flowers, purple dragonflies and soft shades of green. There is also pink, white, lavender, yellow and deeper green flowers in 
the paper napkin pattern. I think it turned out beautiful, which is why I called it a miracle because, I thought I had melted my dragonfly vase. Who knew napkins with Mod Podge & gold paint could save my vase.

Stay warm and toasty while crafting your way through this Polar Vortex!


You have taken your time to view my blog. Please leave a comment so I can thank you personally. I would love to read your cleaning blunders show a girl some blog love.

16 comments :

Sandra Cuellar said...

I just bought my first bottle of Mod Podge. I hope I do a good job on my first project.

Natasha Peter said...

This is so beautifully creative! And you made it with a dragonfly vase, napkins, and Mod Podge! I will definitely have to try this!

Thanks so much for sharing on Turn It Up Tuesday! We love having you! :)

Deborah Sommerlot said...

That is so very pretty. I just love it and am inspired now.

Sue said...

Who knew is right! Just love your miracle vase and thanks for the tip on Mod Podge, napkins, and vases....thinking...dollar store here I come.

ARod Rodriguez said...

such a cute vase love how this turned out thanks so much for sharing at Meet the Neighbors

House with the View said...

What a great Idea! love it the ideas are flowing now. thanks:)

Marti @ SewLicious Home Decor said...

What a great way to use a pretty napkin, love it!! Thanks so much for sharing this with everyone at Sewlicious Home Decor! I pinned it to the party board! :)

Marti

Karen Marie Kedzuch said...

I am sure you will do just great. Thank you

Karen Marie Kedzuch said...

I am thrilled that you like my project. Thank you for having me on Turn It Up Teusdays.

Karen Marie Kedzuch said...

Thank you for your kind words. I feel proud to have inspired you.

Karen Marie Kedzuch said...

I am so glad you llved my vase. I think I will get over to the Dollar Store too. Good Idea. Thank you I am happy to have your friendship too.

Karen Marie Kedzuch said...

I love sharing what I do. Meet the Neighbors is a great event, thank you for having me over.

Karen Marie Kedzuch said...

Wow! Who new a dishwasher accident would turn out to be so great. Thank you for the compliment. I would love to see what you make. Pictures Please!

Karen Marie Kedzuch said...

Thank you for Pinning my vase to the Sewlicious Home Decor party board. Marti that makes me feel very honored. I too have a great love for sewing. My next Silhouette Challenge will be about making a Quilt. I can't wait to see what you are up doing next.

Rainy said...

New to your blog and found it full of great stuff.

Karen Marie Kedzuch said...

Rainy,
Thank you for the compliment. I hope you'll be back to visit soon!
Happy Creating,
Karen Marie