Steps 1, 2 & 3

Steps 1, 2 & 3
"Cracklin Rose" Design

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Create A Faux-Bark Finish Using Wood Icing Products!


{Although this post is sponsored by Wood Icing™, the idea and comments are my own.}

Photo of tree bark faux finish.

I think my mind is on fall. Just a few leaves drop and crunch underfoot but I am so ready for fall colors, boots and campfires with my family.

With that in mind, I have been playing with – I swear I am not crazy – fallen branches from our back yard. While picking them up the other day I was struck by the wonderful texture and earth tones. And by the idea of trying to duplicate the look with Wood Icing™ products.

I am so excited about this finish that I came up with – you can hardly tell it apart from the real branch, and I swear I did not really work at it. Here, I just created it on a piece of black polystyrene since I was in design mode. But picture a huge canvas or a focus wall, or drawer fronts on a rustic furniture piece!

Want to try it?

SUPPLIES

Photo of Wood Icing™ supplies 

• tree branch at least 3″ diameter
Wood Icing™ Textura Paste, Fissure Size, Licorice, Tree Bark(!) and Mud Pie Furniture Glazing colors
• Paris Grey Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan
• rags, spray bottle, paint brushes, putty knife or some kind of spreader

STEP ONE
Find a branch and cut it or break it to about two feet long to make it easy to handle. Mine was pretty dead. Basecoat your surface with one or two coats of Chalk Paint® and let dry.

STEP TWO

Photo of Fissure Size paint step 

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Brush on a very liberal coat of Fissure Size, skipping some areas entirely. It will bead up and look a bit like my picture. (This will make cracks later.) Let dry completely. It can take awhile.

STEP THREE

Photo of Textura Paste application 

Spread a coat of Textura Paste on the surface, skipping a few areas. Do not let dry. Using the branch, roll it over the surface and drag it up and down to make texture. Mine left some bits on the surface and, loving it, I left them in. The Paste layer will tear and get crusty, which is a good thing. Let dry completely.

STEP FOUR

Photo of Paris Grey Chalk Paint 

Brush on one layer of Paris Grey, leaving a few areas open and let dry. Brush on a layer of Fissure Size in random areas and let dry. Cool cracks will soon appear and things are looking “bark-ish.”

STEP FIVE

Photo of Mud Pie Glaze 

Photo of Licorice glaze 

Photo of wiping back bark finish. 

Brush on one coat of the Mud Pie glaze and let dry a bit, then brush on a coat of Tree Bark and let dry a bit. Brush on a random layer of Licorice, scrubbing it into the cracks. Use a mist of water from the spray bottle if you like. While wet, drag a dry rag vertically over the surface until you like the look. This will pull color off the tops of the texture. Let dry.

And you have faux bark – made with Wood Icing™ – how cool is that?

Photo of tree bark faux finish 

You’ll notice I did not seal it. If you are doing this on a wall or a piece of furniture, I suggest Wood Icing™ Dull Poly Acrylic Top Coat. For art hanging on the wall, I would not seal it.

{Disclosure: This is a paid featured post in conjunction with Wood Icing™. All opinions, projects, and ideas are based on my own experience.}

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Gorgeous Lacy Wood – Look Glass Tray Using Wood Icing™ Products!

Debbie Dion Hayes of MyPatchOfBlueSky.com shares her newest Wood Icing™ project:

{Although this post is sponsored by Wood Icing™, the idea and comments are my own.}

Wood Icing™ glass tray project.

I am a lover of verre eglamis√©, or reverse-painted gilded glass. Artwork, glasses, trays. Everything! You can see on my website that I have created and sold my pieces for years. Naturally, I have a stash of tempered glass with polished edges in my studio waiting for a bit of time and inspiration. Today as I was deciding on a Wood Icing™ project I found two pieces, and this lacy wood-look glass tray is what happened. Love how it turned out.


I have to admit, often when I begin a post I have no earthly idea what will happen. I adore owner Rose Wilde for allowing me complete freedom to play. So, adventure with me and try your hand at this project. Up front I will say that I nailed it on the first try because I am familiar with all of the products. I was lucky, but please free yourself to make “mistakes” and enjoy playing.
For glass, you can use some pieces that come in frames from any source, like old picture frames. Just be aware that they will have sharp edges and they will not be tempered for extra breakage protection. You can use two of the same size like I did, and put them into a pretty frame as art – or add handles to make a tray.

SUPPLIES

Glass and Wood Icing™ supplies.

• 2 pieces of tempered glass – like that from old store fixtures, or found glass pieces
Wood Icing™ Textura Paste and Furniture Glazes in Licorice and Tree Bark
• A stencil or one-time use Modello (which I used) and a picker tool to remove the embedded pattern
• putty knife or any wide smoothing tool, rags

STEP ONE

Modello patterns.

Clean your glass. If it is sharp, tape the edges to protect your fingers (or wear gloves when handling). If using a Modello pattern, carefully remove the thick backing and peel off. (I cut around the pattern in order to see it better.) Carefully place two edges in position and be sure they are exactly where you want them. Once the pattern begins to stick down you are often committed to the position. Gently roll the pattern down in place and burnish down tight. Grasp a corner and peel off the remaining paper. Be sure all of the design sticks on the glass.

STEP TWO

Add Textura Paste to Modello.

Using the Textura Paste, butter your wide tool with a stir stick and apply over the surface of the pattern. I left the edges rough and uncovered just for looks. Let dry until almost completely hard. You will need to check it. Stand the glass up facing a window and from the back, pick off the vinyl pattern carefully. Let dry completely hard. Use a hairdryer if you like.

STEP THREE
Use Furniture Glazing colors.

Brush on some Tree Bark Glaze and let dry. Brush on a layer of Licorice and let dry. With a damp rag, wipe off the glaze on the edges of the glass. Also touch the damp rag in a few areas of the design to lightly remove some glaze. This brings out the wood look of the raised pattern. Let dry completely.

Lay the second piece of glass on top and you have a lovely tray. Or, place into a picture frame and hang as a pretty piece of art.

Wood Icing™ glass tray project.

{Disclosure: This is a paid featured post in conjunction with Wood Icing™. All opinions, projects, and ideas are based on my own experience.}

Friday, June 27, 2014

Ikea Hack Bowl Using Wood Icing® + Tape


Sharing another post from Debbie Dion Hayes of MyPatchOfBlueSky.com

{Although this post is sponsored by Wood Icing™, the idea and comments are my own.}

Red bowl using Wood Icing

This is a post about an Ikea bowl and a roll of thin tape that have lived in my trove of goodies waiting for
hackinginspiration. The bowl is destined to hold some of my favorite things – yes, simple pine cones from my mother-in-law’s back yard. And tiny books I inherited from my French Canadian grandfather. Around our home, bowls are meant for filling with treasures!


Red bowl using Wood Icing™

Do you love it? Are you dying to get into some Wood Icing™ products like me? So fun and simple.
SUPPLIES
• From WoodIcing.com or local retailers: Textura Paste, Furniture Glazing Color in Tomato and Tree Bark, Poly Acrylic Top Coat Dull, off-set knife, Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan
• Paint brushes, rags, thin painter’s tape, 220-grit sandpaper, stir sticks

Wood Icing™ red bowl project

STEP ONE
Paint the bowl completely using two coats of Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint® and let dry.
STEP TWO
Creatively add tape to the surface in any design that you like. Burnish the tape down well. Be sure to add about 2″ to turn under on the ends. They will help to peel the tape off later.
STEP THREE
Using the off-set knife, “butter” the Textura Paste onto the surface. It’s just like frosting a cake! Let dry until the paste is slightly damp, then peel off the tape. Let dry overnight.

Red bowl Wood Icing™ project

STEP FOUR
Sand lightly.
STEP FIVE
Brush on Tomato Glazing color. I use three coats, letting dry in between. It dries quickly. Four the fourth coat, I added one coat of Tree Bark as a toner. Let dry completely.
Done!
CARE INSTRUCTIONS
Wood Icing™ products can be used for furniture, crafts, cabinets and walls. They are non-toxic and can be wiped lightly with a damp cloth. Do not use a project like this with food.



Wood Icing™ red bowl project 

Wood Icing™ Ikea red bowl project

Have you been inspired to play with Wood Icing™? Let us hear from you!

{Disclosure: This is a paid featured post in conjunction with Wood Icing™. All opinions, projects, and ideas are based on my own experience.}

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

How To Create A Gorgeous Antique-Looking Book Using Wood Icing™






Wood Icing™ - book - project - stencil 
Although this post is sponsored by Wood Icing™, the idea and comments are my own.

Yes, I am clearly like a kid in a candy store with Wood Icing™ products! Since many of my projects from the faux finishing biz were crusty and textured, the water-based Textura Paste is right up my alley. For my last post I used a cool hand-turned teak vase. Since then, everything I look at has possibilities since this product seems to stick to everything and it is so easy to use with my favorite paint and products.
For this post, I went back to basics – my unabashed love of painting hardcover books. Books are in everyone’s attic, in the Goodwill bin ready to donate and if you have to actually purchase one, the dollar store has them too.
The wonderful thing about a project like this is you can use bits of leftover materials.

Wood Icing™ - book - antique - pattern - stencil 

SUPPLIES FROM WOOD ICING:
• Wood Icing™ and an off-set knife • Wood Icing™ Furniture Glazes Colors – Tree Bark & Licorice • Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in Old White, Annie Sloan Dark Wax
SUPPLIES FROM ROYAL DESIGN STUDIO • Royal Design Studio Antique Gold Stencil Creme & Moorish Fleur de Lis stencil • Imitation gold metal leaf and leaf size
SUPPLIES FROM AROUND THE HOUSE • low-tack tape, paint brushes, wax paper, rags, 220-grit sandpaper

Wood Icing™ - stencil - book - pattern - gold leaf  antiqued
Choose a book, old or new, and if it is a bit bedraggled, even better. Tape off the area you want to gold leaf and position the stencil. For this one, it is centered which means I had to fill in a bit of the design in another step. Use the knife and spread some Textura Paste over the stencil openings, just like frosting a cake. Repeat to complete the front and back covers, then when dry, sand lightly to remove any raised areas. Dust off.

Wood Icing™ - stencil - book - pattern - gold leaf  antiqued
Paint two coats of Old White Chalk Paint® and let dry. Then re-tape the areas where you want to add imitation gold leaf and paint on the leaf size in one very thin layer. Let come to tack for about 15 minutes. Lay a piece of leaf over the tacky area and smooth with your finger. When the area is covered, burnish with a piece of wadded wax paper. Remove tape.

Wood Icing™ - stencil - book - pattern - gold leaf  antiqued
If you’d like to add some age and extra pizzazz to the edges of the pages, use a large stencil brush and paint on some Royal Design Studio Antique Gold stencil creme. To make the book look like leather, brush on layers of Wood Icing Furniture Glazes (I used alternating Tree Bark and Licorice), then wipe on some Annie Sloan Dark Soft Wax, removing any extra wax with a clean spot on your rag. Wait ten minutes and buff to a soft sheen. The glazes and the dark wax grab the debossed lettering for the title and author, a nice touch.

Now you have a lovely gift for a book lover that looks extra gorgeous on their shelf. I think these are gorgeous in groups as decoration as well. What can you use Wood Icing™ for? We’d love to know your project ideas and see your photos!

Disclosure: This is a paid featured post in conjunction with Wood Icing™. All opinions, projects, and ideas are based on my own experience.

Add A Hand-Painted Raised Pattern To A Lamp Shade Using Textura Paste!

 This is shared with you by Debbie Dion Hayes of MyPatchOfBlueSky.com.

 {Although this post is sponsored by Wood Icing™, the idea and comments are my own.}

Don’t you love this extremely expensive custom lamp shade? (Snicker.)

Wood Icing Lamp Shade

Would you love to hear that I discovered the lamp and shade buried under camping gear in my attic over the weekend and that it went from bland dorm room to designer gorgeous in no time? Wood Icing™ Textura Paste is my new favorite play product. There are several awesome products in the Wood Icing line but I am still playing with the paste, pushing the creative envelope.


I gave myself permission to play and fail on the lamp shade to see if the paste would stick to the shiny thin fabric. Well duh. Of course it stuck and beautifully.

Here’s how to do this easy and quick project. Our diva kitty Lacey Jane and I spent more time waiting for steps to dry than actually painting.

Wood Icing on lamp shade

SUPPLIES

FROM YOUR ATTIC Lamp shade
FROM WOOD ICING Wood Icing™ Textura Paste (a very small amount) & Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan
FROM ROYAL DESIGN STUDIO Royal Design Studio Stencil Cremes in two or more colors
(I used Lime Shine & Metallic Teal)
• Rags or paper towels, small squeeze bottle, stir sticks, paint brushes, squirt bottle with water
• One kitty to drink out of your paint brush water (optional)

TexturaPaste and squirt bottle 

STEP ONE  Put some Textura Paste into a clean small container and add a bit of water until the consistency is like soft pudding. I ended up pouring a bit of water back out into another container. STEP TWO  Use a funnel or just make a little one using paper and tape. Pour the mixture into the squeeze bottle. If it is new, cut the top open with a small hole and make it bigger after testing the size of the pattern it makes.

Wood Icing and Chalk Paint® 

STEP THREE  Make a pattern all over the lamp, trying not to let the paste get too think in any area so it won’t run. I have a cute little battery-operated fan I used to help dry as I turned the shade around to make the pattern. Let dry completely, maybe thirty minutes or so. STEP FOUR  Pour some Duck Egg Chalk Paint® into a container and add a little water. Paint it on the shade and let dry completely.

Stencil Cremes on lamp shade 

STEP FIVE  On some type of palette, (I used a piece of tempered glass left over from a workshop) put out your Stencil Creme colors and choose two that are similar in tone and intensity. Use a larger brush like an Annie Sloan paint brush to wash on the color, blending or not until you like the look. Keep the squirt bottle handy to add water to blend if you like that look. I did a couple of coats of the stencil cremes mostly because I was having too much fun to quit!

Calico cat and lamp shade 

But quit we did. One sweet feline can only drink so much paint water AND watch me work.

{Disclosure: This is a paid featured post in conjunction with Wood Icing™. All opinions, projects, and ideas are based on my own experience. - Debbie Hayes}

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Make A Flat Project Fabulous Using Wood Icing™ Textura Paste And A Stencil!


 
 
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{Although this post is sponsored by Wood Icing™, the idea and comments are my own.}

I just love this little cabinet. It sits near my bathroom and holds all of my very important girl stuff like lotions and potions. It has morphed over the years. I repaint it about every year, practically as often as I put new pillows on our bed.

Now that I have discovered Wood Icing™ products I am loving the fact that I can add texture and depth to even a small project to get a new look. Plus it’s water based so clean up is a breeze.

Though this piece is fun – with its gold shiny metallic and flat Paris Grey Chalk Paint® stripes, it clearly could use something. Some dimension on the stencil seems a quick and easy project.

Wood Icing, texture, Textura Paste, stencil, Royal Design Studio, stencil creme, project 

SUPPLIES FROM WOOD ICING: Wood Icing™ Textura Paste & the Off Set Pallet Knife used to apply it

SUPPLIES FROM ROYAL DESIGN STUDIO: I used Royal Design Studio stencil Sun Flower Moroccan, Royal Design Studio Patina Green Stencil Creme and 3/4″ stencil brush

SUPPLIES FROM AROUND THE HOUSE:  Tape, rags

Wood Icing™, Textura Paste, project, texture, stencil, stencil creme, Royal Design Studio 

STEP ONE  Remove any hardware. Lightly mist the stencil on the back side (to help keep the Textura Paste from bleeding underneath). Place it in position and tape it down.

STEP TWO  Using the Off Set Knife, “butter” some Textura Paste over the stencil design. Let dry. This is a water-based product so it dries in about 15 minutes. Repeat and let dry.

STEP THREE  Pull up an edge of the stencil and decide if you want to sand the design a bit. If you do, just wipe off and re-tape the stencil in place. Dip the tips of your stencil brush in the stencil creme and stencil using a swirling motion. I began by layering on colors of blue, then settled on Patina Green as my top layer. Let dry completely and replace your hardware.

Clean the stencil as soon as you finish with soap and water and a green scrubby pad.

Done! What do you think? I love the added pop of texture and color to pull in the colors around the room including the bedding and ottoman. Give this easy project a try. It takes so little product and it’s great to work on while you are doing other tasks around the house!

{Disclosure: This is a paid featured post in conjunction with Wood Icing™.
All opinions, projects, and ideas are based on my own experience.}

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

How To Create A Gorgeous Antique-Looking Book Using Wood Icing™



Wood Icing™ - book - project - stencil 

Although this post is sponsored by Wood Icing™, the idea and comments are my own.

Yes, I am clearly like a kid in a candy store with Wood Icing™ products! Since many of my projects from the faux finishing biz were crusty and textured, the water-based Textura Paste is right up my alley. For my last post I used a cool hand-turned teak vase. Since then, everything I look at has possibilities since this product seems to stick to everything and it is so easy to use with my favorite paint and products.

For this post, I went back to basics – my unabashed love of painting hardcover books. Books are in everyone’s attic, in the Goodwill bin ready to donate and if you have to actually purchase one, the dollar store has them too.

The wonderful thing about a project like this is you can use bits of leftover materials.

Wood Icing™ - book - antique - pattern - stencil 

SUPPLIES FROM WOOD ICING:
• Wood Icing™ and an off-set knife • Wood Icing™ Furniture Glazes Colors – Tree Bark & Licorice • Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in Old White, Annie Sloan Dark Wax

SUPPLIES FROM ROYAL DESIGN STUDIO • Royal Design Studio Antique Gold Stencil Creme & Moorish Fleur de Lis stencil • Imitation gold metal leaf and leaf size

SUPPLIES FROM AROUND THE HOUSE • low-tack tape, paint brushes, wax paper, rags, 220-grit sandpaper

Wood Icing™ - stencil - book - pattern - gold leaf  antiqued

Choose a book, old or new, and if it is a bit bedraggled, even better. Tape off the area you want to gold leaf and position the stencil. For this one, it is centered which means I had to fill in a bit of the design in another step. Use the knife and spread some Textura Paste over the stencil openings, just like frosting a cake. Repeat to complete the front and back covers, then when dry, sand lightly to remove any raised areas. Dust off.

Wood Icing™ - stencil - book - pattern - gold leaf  antiqued

Paint two coats of Old White Chalk Paint® and let dry. Then re-tape the areas where you want to add imitation gold leaf and paint on the leaf size in one very thin layer. Let come to tack for about 15 minutes. Lay a piece of leaf over the tacky area and smooth with your finger. When the area is covered, burnish with a piece of wadded wax paper. Remove tape.

Wood Icing™ - stencil - book - pattern - gold leaf  antiqued

 If you’d like to add some age and extra pizzazz to the edges of the pages, use a large stencil brush and paint on some Royal Design Studio Antique Gold stencil creme. To make the book look like leather, brush on layers of Wood Icing Furniture Glazes (I used alternating Tree Bark and Licorice), then wipe on some Annie Sloan Dark Soft Wax, removing any extra wax with a clean spot on your rag. Wait ten minutes and buff to a soft sheen. The glazes and the dark wax grab the debossed lettering for the title and author, a nice touch.

Now you have a lovely gift for a book lover that looks extra gorgeous on their shelf. I think these are gorgeous in groups as decoration as well. What can you use Wood Icing™ for? We’d love to know your project ideas and see your photos!

Disclosure: This is a paid featured post in conjunction with Wood Icing™. All opinions, projects, and ideas are based on my own experience.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Debbie Dion Hayes: A Rustic Vase Project Using Wood Icing™ and Chalk Paint®



Here is a fun recent post from MyPatchOfBlueSky.com.




Want a fun, easy, almost-anything-goes project? Let’s have a blast delving into Rose Wilde’s cool Wood Icing™ products! Having a bit of a reputation for using products in funky ways, I decided to use some of my favorite products in conjunction with the basic Textura Paste on a hunk of fallen teak from Indonesia that an artist turned into a gorgeous vase. Here is my finished project!
I can hear you saying, “Debbie I do not have one of those laying around my house, nor do I have a clue as to where to buy one.” I know. But somewhere you do have something made of wood that you can use right? A candlestick, maybe a lamp base or go crazy and do the inside panels of doors on a chest of drawers. This post is all about getting creative with Wood Icing™, Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and a gorgeous stencil – getting out of our comfort zone called Perfection – and getting into Fabulous, Rustic and Imperfect.

SUPPLIES: Use the colors and stencil listed or try your own
Wood Icing™ Textura Paste, “Tree Bark” Furniture Glazing Color, Off-Set Knife
Chalk Paint® in Graphite, Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax
• Stencil – I used Royal Design Studio Large Allover Brocade
• Water, containers, brushes, rags, paper towels, 220-grit sandpaper


 STEP ONE  Clean your piece with a damp cloth if necessary. STEP TWO  Arrange the stencil in an artful way. (This stencil was chosen because perfection is not necessary and it can be turned to accommodate the odd shape of the piece.) Hold the stencil in place and dip the Off-Set knife into the Textura Paste. Trowel it over the stencil.  Let dry. Repeat until the item is completely stenciled. Wash the stencil with water in between uses. STEP THREE  Lightly sand. STEP FOUR  Wipe.


 STEP FIVE  Add about 40% water to a container with Graphite Chalk Paint® and stir. Paint the surface. Let dry. STEP SIX  Sand. STEP SEVEN  Dip a brush into the Tree Bark Glazing Color and cover the surface. Let dry. STEP EIGHT  Dip a clean cloth into the Clear Soft Wax and wipe over the entire exterior surface. Turn the cloth to a clean spot as needed and wipe off any excess wax. After about five minutes, buff to a lovely sheen.


 Voila! A gorgeous piece to enjoy indoors – numerous ways. Add a glass full of flowers, turn it into a lamp with a string of white lights inside, or love it on its own!


 MORE ABOUT WOOD ICING™ TEXTURA PASTE:
A water-based product the consistency of peanut butter. Spread it with a trowel or spatula, then use objects or tools to make impressions. Foam rubber stamps, mesh, lace, stencils and more are perfect. Stain, glaze or paint it. Oil or water-based products can be used with it. Normally 2 or 3 coats of Wood Icing PolyAcrylic is used for protection, but this project needed only a pretty sheen so Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax was used.

One Gallon covers 64 square feet, One Quart covers 16 square feet

Friday, January 10, 2014

My Mushroom Addiction

This post is not about Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan or Wood Icing™  It is about something not too many people know about me.  It is about my addiction to mushrooms.  Shocking I know, but sadly true. My addiction has nothing to do with the consumption of them or the recreational qualities some mushrooms have.  It has everything to do with the beauty I find in them. 
My addiction began with this big ole mushroom, I happened across it nearly 20 years ago.  I call it my Brain Mushroom.  It is quite large. measuring 12 inches across and approximately 8 inches tall.  As I got out of my car to go into the  building where I worked there this beauty was at the base of a tree. I believe the gardener knocked it loose while spreading fresh mulch.  As soon as I laid eyes on it and realized it was probably headed to the scrap pile, I felt compelled to pick it up and put it in the trunk of my car.  I left it on a shelf in the garage for nearly 6 months. The color never changed, I believe because it was kept out of the light all that time.   Once I felt it was dried out enough I shellacked it and put it up on my book shelf. 
 
I make these little sculptures from my menagerie of mushrooms and a glue gun.  As you can see, I include sea shells we find when we go to the ocean or gulf.    This one has two sea shells flanking each side. We found them on the beach while visiting San Diego, CA a few years ago.  
 
Of course my husband Jack thought I had lost my mind at the time, but now he is addicted too He brings me fascinating mushrooms when he finds them in the woods.  He brought me those beautiful white frilly lacey ones that are extremely fragile.  Some of them don't make it through the drying phase but most survive and into my little collection on the shelf they go.
  
 
This sculpture  includes a sand dollar we found while vacationing in Sarasota, Florida. We love Sarasota and have such fond memories while there with our kids.  One visit I felt sooo guilty when I realized  my children might  have taken every single sand dollar out of the Gulf that summer. Happy to say they had left plenty behind. 
 
This mushroom has been on my web site for years.  Of course it has Wood Icing™ spread onto it and some leaf and fern stamps pressed into it.  This is the type mushroom used to make those cute little mushroom birds for flower arrangements.  It grows on the side of trees and once it is dry it has bark like finish on one side and a velvety feel to the inside.  Over the years, children and visitors would scratch into it, with their finger nails, to see if it was indeed a real mushroom, so eventually it became a little ugly. Soooo, here comes the Wood Icing™ to save the day!

This one has a Rose Rock (on the bottom left) my sister-in-law Chris gave that to me a few years ago. I just love the fact that a "Rose" rock even exists.  I also love it when I receive things that represent my name.  It is so thoughtful, and I enjoy the fact someone thought of me enough to bring me something that reminds them of me at that moment. So sweet.

Well it is out now, I really am addicted to mushrooms. I know you have seen some crazy ones too.  Try leaving them in a cool dark place for um-ever ( 6 months) and eventually they will dry out.  You can then seal them with a polyurethane or shellac to help preserve them.