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Thursday, 24 January 2013

Water Slide Decals

There is an up side to being laid up with a bum knee.  I'm attacking all those small projects and Pinterest pins I've been storing up to do.

Before Christmas, I ordered some water slide decals from Carol at The Polka Dot Closet.  She has a great tutorial on how to make your own here.  Since I didn't have the foggiest notion how to do a water slide decal transfer, I decided to order the ones she had already made and skip the design process.  To check out her shop click here.

She sent me three sheets of black and white and coloured designs. ~



Following her detailed directions and her advice to start with a small decal, I transferred a vanilla label to an antique bottle that I bought for 10 cents. ~



The whole process took less than a minute and was easy peasy to do!  I moved on to a medium size decal and put it on a dollar store glass container that nicely holds a full package of Q-tips. ~



It's a simple process of cutting out the decal from the sheets and immersing it in warm water for 15 to 30 seconds.  Place the decal in place and slide the paper backing off.  Smooth out any bubbles and let the decal dry for an hour.  For more detailed instructions, go to Carol's tutorial at The Polka Dot Closet.

These decals work on any non porous surface and the possibilities are endless.  What a simple and easy process to add script and pattern to painted furniture pieces!  Everyday glass, ceramics and metal become something special with a decal added!  Or, how about adding labels to spice jars and canisters?

Carol's blog is one of the sites I go to for regular inspiration.  She has a gift for making things pretty and, as a long time dealer in antiques and collectibles, is wonderful for sharing her ideas, methods and experience in reselling treasures.

Of course, my day couldn't end without a little adventure.  I had just finished doing the decals and was sitting down to sew when the power went out.  We're in a deep freeze here in Ontario with temperatures hitting -28 C.  No power means no heat!  Where I live in the country, it means no water, too.

For five hours there was nothing to do but take a step back in time.  I lit a great many candles, fired up the Vermont Castings wood stove and settled in with Jane Austen's Mansfield Park.  Add in a couple of cats, basking in the heat from the fire, and it was one perfect day to me!


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37 comments:

  1. Love the decals - what a horrible time to be without power!
    There's people in Quebec without it too - can you imagine what that's like with no fireplace?
    We're a nice balmy -16 here LOL
    XOX

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  2. How fun! You just reminded me that I have some of that waterslide paper! I'm going to play with it this weekend! Her decals are pretty on those jars! Love that you're curling up by the fire with a good book....hate that you had no power though!

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  3. first -- love the decals. they add so much. as for the fire and Mansfield Park, it sounds like a perfect day to me, too. Hope you warm up soon (you can always turn off the lights when they come back on and enjoy the light of the fire).

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  4. I never heard of these decals before, but they certainly look gorgeous! And you stove, so pretty! Hope the power is back by now

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  5. Wow, sure happy you introduced water slide decals. Totally new to me. What a transformation to the bottle and square glass container.

    Love your Ontario -28 C solution.

    Joy

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  6. I also enjoy Carol's blog. She's so generous with advice and how to's. I've been considering getting her decals...your projects look great. It's always an experience to be without power, but you sound prepared.
    Farmhouse hugs,
    Cindy

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  7. They look amazing, ill have to chek out carols blog. I love when I see something new, never heard of water slide decals before. Sorry about the power, that must be heaps of fun with a banged up knee :(

    It does look pretty though

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  8. I have never tried those water slide decals, Maureen. They do look easy! I just adore Carol-she has a wonderful blog and is just an crafting inspiration.
    Glad your power was only off for a few hours but it sounds like you nested-and that is a good thing sometimes-xo Diana

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  9. Love the decals! How you responded to the power outage brought back memories of living in Nova Scotia 30 years ago. The power went out on a regular basis with the terrible storms blowing in from the Atlantic. Instead of being upset about it, we came to love those times with the wood stove, the candles and a good stock of goodies onhand. We would make a big pot of chile or homemade soup on the woodstove and pull out a loaf of our homemade bread and hand churned butter and then we'd feast and talk...yes talk. We'd warm up by shovelling snow, and there was plenty of snow to shovel. Neighbours always helped neighbours; we shared whatever we had, and we laughed together a little bit more than usual during those extended outages. I believe something about being without electricity brings out the best in most of us because it stimulates our basic human need to overcome adversity. The memories of those times still bring a smile to my face and warmth to my heart. It's nice to know I have a kindred spirit in you Maureen. :)

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  10. Oh my goodness, to be without power in this awful freeze. Stay warm, my friend. It's snowing quite heavily here in Tillsonburg right now - finally, pretty, good for the gardens.

    As for the decals - I love them and have pinned this so that I can refer to it when I have more time for creative things.

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  11. Aren't you just lovin' this weather Maureen....real pleasant! Okay, I am going to get some of those decals. Fantastic possibilities.

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  12. Great job! I have some bottles, some graphics and no motivation.

    Bliss

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  13. As long as you had heat, candle light, a good book and cats you did indeed have a perfect day! Love the decals. I'll have to take a look at those!
    hugs, Linda

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  14. You make losing the power sound almost relaxing and rejuvenating. I hate the no water part about losing hydro as well. For some reason, I seem to get nervous and increase my urinary output. Yikes. Love, love, love the decals.

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  15. I've never even heard of a water slide decal! Those are cool!
    I used to live in the country and had a well, and when the power went out everything went out, just like you... so i know what that's like... it's hard when the water doesn't work... but with that cozy fire in the woodstove, snuggled in with the kitties and candles and a good book, you make it sound heavenly...

    Cindy

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  16. love carol's blog:) your bottles are awesome, maureen--stay warm!

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  17. Oh my! I was just checking my favorite blogs and low and behold....Goodness girl, sweeter words have never been said! I am so appreciative! Now as far as living in the dark, you did make it sound like fun, a fireplace, book, cats curled up...Yep, the perfect day!

    Carol

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  18. Oh I need some of these! Your projects are fabulous! Thank you for sharing.

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  19. I agree with Laura. I need the vanilla label for my homemade vanilla which is ready to bake with. At first I had zero clue what you were talking about. What Happened to your knee?

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  20. These are great decals! I guess a wood stove is a must in your neck of the woods. Fire=cozy, No water=not cozy ;) Thank you for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend.

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  21. Firstly- HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! (whistles)
    Secondly- This project is awesome. Can you tell me where can I buy some of these? Im sure its not available here.

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  22. I found you on the Totally Transformed blog hop. These decals are so pretty! I love them and am going to try them out.

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  23. Nice to see that water-slide decals are still around. "In my day" -- wow, does that make me sound ancient -- that type of decal was available just about everywhere. I decorated my children's little table and chairs set with water-slide decals. I really like how your glass pieces came out!

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  24. What a lovely project I may have to go over an check out what Carol has to sell. it's nice to know that somebody can enjoy life without electricity. Everything has an upside.

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  25. Gosh, I just love how the decals made those inexpensive items look SO elegant. You did a great job with them. I am going to check out Carol's decals. Thanks for sharing that with us. I saw your post over at Coastal Charm link party. I'm glad that you lived to tell about the power going out...I'm not sure that I would have made it.

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  26. Hi! I’m new follower of your blog and would like to invite you to join me at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/01/clever-chicks-blog-hop-19-hog-wash_27.html





    I hope you can make it!

    Cheers,

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

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  27. Great scott...I think I love the clear decals! I am off to order some ...I have too many naked bottles that need covering! Thanks for the link!

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  28. These are a great idea. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  29. Love this idea! Found you on Thursday Favorite Things! I'm kicking off a brand new blog hop on Superbowl Sunday called the Creative HomeAcre Hop! I would love to have you join the fun at:
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/02/the-creative-homeacre-hop.html

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  30. Hi Maureen, I've heard of these but never tried it before. You did a great job. I love old bottles. I'm glad you had the old stove to keep warm. Sounds like a nice and cozy afternoon. I hope your knee gets better real soon. Thanks for linking up again this week at Transformed Tuesday. Hugs, Peggy

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  31. Great job! I have some bottles, some graphics and no motivation.I love your blog
    Angelica

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  32. Nice job. I think I could have some fun with these. Going to check them out right now. Thanks for the tips.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  33. those decals are wonderful! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo P.S. the new giveaway started Friday :-)

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  34. I've been tempted to try these but I've not done so yet. Your projects look wonderful and I'm now I'm even more tempted! Thanks for the link of where to get them too!

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  35. Maureen, I love the decals! I didn't realize Carol sold them. I really like your choice of bottles. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  36. Perfectly designed and printed as it needs lots of creativity and experience. One good thing i have observed in you while reading your blog post is that you keep watching those blogs that frequently update their blogs regarding new designs which is really a professional approach to keep yourself update with ongoing industry trends.

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