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Introducing ‘Roosters Creations’ | Unique Metal Artist

“Art is a journey. Through this journey the artist has the opportunity to learn about themselves and discover how they fit into this world. A great deal of thought and emotion go into every piece of artwork crafted by Rooster’s Creations. I Hope by passing on my own discoveries, my work will bring beauty to someone else’s ‘journey ” ~’Rooster

I have had the honor of meeting an amazing metal artist recently. After coming across his work online, I knew I just had to get to know him, see his work in person, and take the time to introduce him and his art to my readers as well.

Brandon Roost, known by most as ‘Rooster’ currently resides in Lake Mills, Wisconsin and has a passion for creating art out of pieces of metal.

Rooster’s Creations is a fresh, new & unique business that specializes in handmade scrap metal art, outdoor sculptures, Western Folk art, interior decor, garden art and custom metal art.

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Metal Flowers; $50.00

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Flower ; $45.oo

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Business card holder; $20.00

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Double hearts; 20.00 (includes 2 3.5″ horseshoe hearts looped together)

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Hay-Rake wheel, 4′ diameter ; $100.00

Rooster himself is a motivated, adventurous, and free-spirited young man who has the talent and gift of seeing art in something most others would see as useless , or see only for one specific use.

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He received his first welder at the age of 16 when his friends mother asked him and the friend to make her a metal rooster, and from there, the metal artist was born.

If you ever get the pleasure of meeting Rooster, you will see that he is truly passionate about his creations. His main motivation behind his projects and creations comes from his late Great Grandfather, who was a farmer, electrician,carpenter, small business owner, an overall great man and a strong Christian. “The fact that he did beautiful things with his hands, has always been amazing to me,” says Rooster, GEDC0132_zps7f709e52

“I enjoy how art causes a feeling inside people,” he says, ” that connection with my customers is the main reason why I enjoy what I do.”

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Contact Rooster with questions or custom orders; Roosterscreations@yahoo.com & make sure to follow Roosters Creations over on Facebook!

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Rooster’s Creations ships world wide Via UPS. Shipping cost is based on weight of the item, Email or call for an instant shipping quote.

I hope you enjoyed hearing about this talented metal artist I have recently discovered! Keep an eye out on the blog for more unique creations from this awesome artist!

 

Thanks for reading,

~Kelly

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Before & after; Upcycled farmhouse window

“Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” ~Henry Van Dyke
Spring is in the air- I can feel it!  Even though our green grass and our tulip bulbs are buried under the white snow, we all know- Spring will come, it always does.   Spring makes me think of  birds, and birds make me think of my Grandma Shirley, she loved birds, and that, makes me want to create something that says ‘Spring!’  Over the past few days I’ve been working on a project using an old window out of a 1924 farm house and I am finally done!  This window is now for sale & on display at The Living Room Coffee House in Eau Claire, WI .
www.thepinkhammerblog.comI started with a little old white window from a 1924 Farm house.  To some of you, this probably doesn’t  look like too much, but to me…when I came across this window, it gave me a feeling- I knew it needed a second chance at life-another opportunity to tell it’s story and fill someones home with a story.www.thepinkhammerblog.com

I cleaned the window-glass & frame, front & back.  Then gave it a nice coat of yellow paint.   Allowed the paint to dry (completely), and brushed it with some Minwax Poly + Stain in the shade of ‘Espresso’ and wiped off a majority of the stain, leaving it darker only in places that had dents/dings, and around the edges to give it an aged look.

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I once again washed the glass part of the window and applied a wall decal , then drilled holes and placed eye hooks & an old chain from a dairy farm on top of the window, and now it is ready to be hung in a new owners home!

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This beautiful one of a kind upcycled window is for sale!  It can be viewed and purchased at The Living Room Coffee House on Cameron Street in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

If you are interested in purchasing this window , please purchase at The Living Room, or contact Kelly at thepinkhammerblog @ hotmail.com .  I also take custom orders!

Thanks for reading, have a beautiful afternoon,

~Kelly


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Top 12 blog posts of 2012 | First 10 months in review

I can not believe I am sitting here almost exactly one year later from the time that I woke up in the middle of the night with the idea to start up my own diy blog and writing about the end of the year.

When I started this blog, I had not idea where I would be one year from the start, no clue what the result would be, and no real plans or goals in mind, except to share my love for all things vintage and DIY with family and friends.

Almost one year from the start of the blog, (Official start date was Feb of this year, so I am at 10 months of blogging!) and because of the blog,  I have made numerous friends with similar interests and  awesome connections that I am so thankful for.

Looking back at all of 2012, I have come up with a list based on the # of views, of my top 12 projects and blog posts!

Without making you wait any longer, here they are;

Top 12 blog posts by The Pink Hammer blog of 2012

(Please click on link or photo to be taken directly to the original project blog post)

1.) Primitive tipsy pot planter

This is one of my favorite projects to not only complete, but to take photos of.   Being a photographer, I have really enjoyed the photography portion of having a blog.  It has challenged me to step outside of my box of my usual photography subjects.
This project is one that I look forward to completing again in the Spring of 2013, and tweaking it as I re-create it, possibly making several different tipsy pots, using different kinds of pots-just to change things up a bit!
The primitive tipsy pot planter was a huge hit on Home Talk, made the front page of Pinterest a few times, and was shared on several other bloggers sites, bringing in thousands of visits to my website.  This project was also published in the Queen of the Castle Magazine.

Tipsy Pot planters by The Pink Hammer blog
2.) How to paint bathroom vanity

This project took place back in our old home.   We were on a budget, and buying a whole new bathroom vanity was way out of the question, but I knew I wanted a more serene look in my bathroom.  With just a few simple steps I transformed the look of the vanity cupboards and loved the result!   This was also my very first blog post here on The Pink Hammer, and my first project that was published in the Queen of the Castle magazine.

How to paint bathroom vanity by The Pink Hammer blog
3.) Old window to new wall art

This project holds a sweet spot in my heart.   While we were getting ready to move out of our old home, my daughter (3 at the time) started crying because she wanted to take her tree wall art with to our new house, but it was already placed on her wall.  In order to keep my sweet angel feeling connected to her old room, I thought and thought for a way I could bring the wall decal with, without ruining it, when my eyes came across an old window, and it was a perfect match!  I placed the decal on the window, and it came with us to the new house and it is now happily hanging above her bed.

Window wall art by The Pink Hammer blog
4.) Ladder book shelf

I just love ladders!  There are so many different ways one could repurpose a ladder and this is just one of the many ways I have used a ladder in my home.

Ladder bookshelf by The Pink Hammer blog
5.) Office dresser

This dresser was an amazing $10 find at a local thrift store.  I love the curves, the legs, & the old wheels, but felt it needed a more dramatic color.  I transformed it with a darker paint color, adding new hardware and chalkboard paint on the sides and front door creating a home office friendly dresser.

Distressed office dresser redo by The Pink Hammer blog
6.) Rake wine glass holder

A rusty old rake I found laying around and turned into a simple, yet functional wine glass holder!

Rake wine glass holder by The Pink Hammer blog
7.) Bold chair makeover

Green is one of my favorite colors to use in home design.   Even when in a bold color like this chair makeover, it is serene and peaceful for me.   I did a simple makeover, changing this chair from white to a bold tree frog green , which now makes a statement by my front entry door.

Bold chair makeover by The Pink Hammer blog
8.) Ladder plant stand

Home decor doesn’t have to end once you step outside.  I really enjoy decorating in my garden as well. Here is another great use for an old ladder.  I simply painted the ladder a soft blue and added a few potted plants in complimenting colors of the ladder and placed in the garden.

Ladder plant stand by The Pink Hammer blog
9.)Serene bathroom makeover

This project also took place in our first home.  I am in love with simple & serene colors and used the beach and Lake Superior as my inspiration when making over my bathroom.

Serene bathroom by The Pink Hammer blog
10.)Primitive planters DIY

For this project I was a guest blogger for Pretty Handy Girls talent parade.   Using old unwanted items I found or picked up for low costs at antique stores, I made simple yet beautiful primitive planters that were full of character and history.

Primitive planters by The Pink Hammer blog
11.) Door to desk

Working from home as a photographer , I needed a larger desk.  Half of my previous desk was always stacked with camera equipment and my project tools.   When I scored this awesome door (an original door of the exterior of our current home) I knew exactly what I was going to use it for.     With a few coats of Krylon spray paint, I had a brand new correctly sized desk for my home office !   This project was also published in Queen of The Castle Magazine.

Door desk by The Pink Hammer blog12.) Driftwood Christmas Tree

This is my most recent project.  Inspired by another bloggers idea of a driftwood Christmas tree, I took upon the task of creating my own , adding my own touches, like the blue back board and rope hanger.    This is another project that I really love, because it is a great way to bring nature indoors and bring in the serenity of the beach.

Driftwood Tree by The Pink Hammer blog

So there you have it!  The top 12 blog posts by The Pink Hammer blog since the start in February of 2012.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me, encouraged me, commented, left love, shared, liked, and taken time out of your life to read about what’s going on in mine.   You are truly the ones inspiring me to keep blogging.

I have many amazing new plans for the blog in 2013 and hope you will join me in a new year of projects and adventures.

I wish you all the best in 2013.

Thanks for reading!!!

xoxo,
Kelly


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Vintage map window-shelf | DIY upcycle project .

I have a major case of wanderlust.   [ Wanderlust = a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world] .

Except my desire to explore doesn’t pull me to explore the entire world, just the back roads of my favorite states like, Wyoming, Colorado & Montana.

Montana won my heart years ago when I was a little girl.  I remember traveling there numerous times, camping, exploring, and soaking in the beauty.  I specifically remember one time when I was about 16 when I re-fell in love with Montana again, and I told my dad , ” Dad, I want to go to college here & live here..” and he replied , “Oh Kelly, you could live anywhere..”     I’m a simple soul to please, and for as long as I can remember on all of our family road trips growing up, I said many times, in many places & in many states, ‘Dad I could live here.’      But -Montana stole my heart.   You know when you are in love & being with that person feels like a breath of fresh air to your soul?!  The mountains in Montana give me that feeling- it fills my heart up!   & just makes me breathe easy, think freely, & feel completely fulfilled.

This quote explains it all ;  “I’m in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love. And it’s difficult to analyze love when you’re in it.”~ John Steinbeck.

Last year I picked up several Montana maps, knowing how much I admire the state, I figured I would do something with them someday.     Now that I have my own home office , I want to fill it with things that inspire me and items that I love.

Today I woke up with no plans to create a project, when I was looking for something else in our attic and I came across a Montana map.    Then my little project creating wheels started turning.  I went out to the barn, grabbed an old window, and started creating my own vintage window map.   Read below to see how I created it & how you can too!

Project Supplies:

*Old Window (or picture frame) *Map  *Coffee (if you desire to age your map)* Paint  *Screws *Drill *Old board *Screwdriver *Wood glue

Project Time: Several hours (including time for paint & map to dry).

Project Level: Easy!

Project directions:
1.)  Gather your supplies, find an old window (or a picture frame will do, if using a picture frame you can skip to painting step).
You can get maps at travel centers, or by requesting one from online visitor sites for different states.

2.) Clean your window! Wipe free from all dirt , debris and peeling paint.

3.) Paint window your desired color.   I painted the first coat in a soft blue and topped it with a bright yellow.

A behind the scenes look at what happens when I start a painting project in my house 🙂

4.) Age your map. (If desired). Wrinkle it up, allow a few tears along the seams.   Make up a cup of instant coffee & brush it onto your map, do this several times until your map reaches the look you like.  You can also sprinkle some of the instant coffee grounds onto your map and brush with warm water.  It is okay to let it pool up in some areas , this will create darker spots in those areas.  There are several ways to age maps, this is just a way that I found worked good for me.

5.)  Wait  for your map and window to dry.

6.) Age your window (again, if you desire) I scuffed the window in a few places to reveal some of the underlying blue paint.

7.) Attach your map to your window.  There are several ways to do this -I used the easy way-  good ol’ tape.

The following steps apply if you’d like to add a little shelf onto your window map to place some of your treasures from your favorite state!

8.)  Purchase, find, or dig out of the hay pile in the barn (like I did) a board that will fit your window.  I didn’t measure, but found a board I liked, and brought it in and liked the way it looked hanging over the edge of the window-sometimes you just need to go with what you like and set the perfectionism aside & it all works out  ! 🙂

9.)   Drill 4-5 holes into the back of your window & shelf.  (In the exact same places on window/shelf) Next screw 4-5 screws into the back of your window & into your board in the holes your just drilled.  If it is a longer shelf, apply more screws.  You may also want to throw some wood glue between your board & window for extra hold.

10.)  Hang up your new window map shelf & enjoy!

You could even draw your favorite routes, circle your favorite towns, or plan out your next trip on your window with a dry erase marker…

…Have fun with it!  After all – the best creations are both beautiful and functional!
After all of this writing about wanderlust, maps and Montana.. I think it is time to plan my next big trip for 2013!

Thanks for reading & happy traveling!

~Kelly


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Distressed office dresser re-do | DIY by The Pink Hammer blog

“Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’” -Brian Tracy

Working from home isn’t always glamorous, let me tell you- as I’m writing this I’m also making grilled cheese sandwiches for my kids,  (pretty sure I just burnt one while writing this 😉 ) doing laundry, unloading the dishwasher, processing photos from my latest wedding, packing for our move (I have 4 days left at this house!), packing for an upcoming road trip, and prepping the house for the new owners!    All on top of two wonderful, but very busy children running around me  like wild animals!  (Love them to pieces, wild animals or not!)

But…you know what, I wouldn’t change all of this for anything. It is who I was made to be, exactly where God wants me to be, and I embrace it every day.  Working on pieces like the one you will see below-is another way I find serenity in my life as well, and take a little time to refresh myself!  (I may sound a little crazy, but I’m sure some of you out there understand this craziness 😉 )

So, how do I bring a little bit of peace, calm, and cheer to my space?!  I customize pieces that will surround me, that I can look at and be reminded when and how I did the project, and I bring in pieces that don’t say ‘office’ or ‘work’ so I feel relaxed while I am working.

Today I decided was THE day to finally re-do an awesome dresser/cabinet that I picked up from a thrift store last year for just $10.00.   It is a beautiful piece that spoke to me and there was no way I was leaving the store without this in tow in the back of my Jeep.

I love white, I really do, but I have so much white in my space, that I decided it was time to add some darker colors in my work area, to add depth and character.    After a trip to the deep south-west of Texas in 2009, I fell in love with the rustic side of home decor, and you will see in a little while how I add some rustic into this re-do as well.

So grab an old dresser, some paint, your paintbrush and come along with me on this little re-do journey!

PROJECT: Office dresser re-do.

PROJECT COST: Under $30.00

PROJECT LEVEL: Easy

PROJECT SUPPLIES: Dresser, paint, paintbrush, chalkboard paint.

PROJECT TOOLS: Palm Sander, sand paper.

Project Instructions:

1.) Grab an old dresser from your room, your basement or pick one up for a good deal at a local thrift store.

2.) Prep work.  Prepare your dresser for painting. Remove drawer pulls and knobs for easier painting & to replace if desired.  [I noticed that there was a beautiful turquoise paint showing through.  Turquoise is one of my favorite colors, so I thought it would be cool to let some of that show through on the completed project.   ]

Wash your dresser down top to bottom with warm soapy water, to rid it from any dirt or residue that has built up on it over the years.  Once completely dry, you can grab your awesome palm sander and get to work!  I sanded quickly over the top and a little on the sides.  [This will again be sanded after the final coat of paint, but will make the final steps of sanding/aging easier, with less paint to cut through]

3.) If you sanded your dresser as I did, you will need to wipe the entire piece down again with warm soapy water.

4.) Paint! This is the fun part.
Grab whatever color/kind of paint your prefer.  I had Rust-Oleum metallic accents paint laying around from a previous project, so I decided to use it again and save myself some $!  [LOVE this paint, it has such an awesome shimmer to it, and goes on very smooth]

5.) Customize.  Add some chalkboard paint in any areas that you can!  I chose to paint chalkboard paint on the front door and on both sides on a few of the panels.  This will be great for taking quick notes while I am working!

Scuff with sandpaper where desired, to give your piece an aged, vintage look and to add character.

6.) Add new hardware (if desired).  I picked up these awesome , rustic drawer pulls & knob all for under $17.00 at Menards in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

7.) Enjoy!  The project is over, now it’s time to sit back and enjoy, draw some doodles and add your piece to your work space or location of your choice!

Bonus Tips:

*When sanding, make sure to sand in the direction of the grain on your piece, and keep in one constant direction, and always take care and caution when using any kind of power tool!  Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re afraid to try something on your own, or  have someone show you exactly how to use the tool you are using, if you are a bit unsure.

*While, sanding and painting, stop every now and then and take a walk around your entire project to check for places you may have missed, messed up, or have some dripping paint, so you can correct your error before it’s too late.

*If no other color under your current color, and you wish for the layered look, just swipe on a quick coat of color before your final coat-and sand/scuff in random areas!

*On warm days, always hydrate yourself and take breaks when needed.

* Do not toss or throw away your old hardware; knobs/drawer pulls.  Instead, donate them to a place like Building Hope in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, or even Habitat For Humanity where they can reused and re-purposed!

How fun was that?  Easy too wasn’t it?!   Remember, you don’t need to spend a ton of money or go over your budget to bring some cheer, fun, and character into your space!

Thanks for reading,

~Kelly

{To purchase your own Tomboy Tools Pink paintbrush, please email Tracey at tomboytracey@aol.com , make sure to tell her Kelly from The Pink Hammer blog sent you!}


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Primitive tipsy pot planters | DIY Rustic garden decor.

“In my garden there is a large place for sentiment.  My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams.  The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful. ” ~Abram L. Urban

Oh, sweet Summer time.  The sounds of bees buzzing around the yard and the laughter of children fill the air, the grass is warm on your toes and you are ready to plant some flowers, but aren’t sure what to plant to be different from every other garden on your block.

The tipsy pot planter is a great Do It Yourself project anyone can do, with just a few supplies and a bit of a green thumb.

Using these simple steps below, you can create your own primitive tipsy pot planter!

Primitive Tipsy Pot Planter

Project Cost: Under $60.00
Project Level: Medium
Project Supplies: Flowers, Potting soil, Primitive pots, 1/2″ steel conduit |Project Tools: Drill, 1″ hole saw.


1.) Pick the location where you want your tipsy pot planter.  I chose to place mine in a place where the grass has never really grown well, right near my main entrance, which makes a great way to greet guests as they come for a visit.

2.) Drill holes into the bottom of each pot.  If you are using the 1/2″ conduit, you will need to drill a 1″ hole in each pot.  This is what allows the pots to tip from side to side.

I used a drill with a 1″ hole saw attached.

3.) Place your first, larger pot in the location you desire.

4.) Push your conduit into the ground,  through the hole you drilled in the larger pot & fill your pot with potting soil.

5.) Continue stacking your pots, tipping them as you go, along the way.  Fill them with dirt and whatever flowers your little heart desires. I mainly use flowers that will grow and eventually drape over the edge of the buckets (ivy, vinca vine, petunias, Calibrachoa etc).

Finished Project:

Your guests (and you) will LOVE walking up to your door and being greeted by such beauty and character, and don’t forget to add a sweet little sign to personalize your new tipsy pot planter :

Tips:

Your steel conduit should be even or below the top tipsy pot, if needed, give it a few good pounds to push it down into the ground farther.

Pack your soil nice and tight into the first pot, as the rest of your pots will be resting right in the larger of all the pots.

The more rust your bucket has, the easier it will be to drill through.

A primitive tipsy pot planter  is a great way to upcycle ,(be creative and design your own with whatever you have laying around or find for a good deal at an antique store) and will add beauty and character to your garden and yard, and leave your guests asking ‘How did you do that!?’

Thanks for reading,

~Kelly

*You can also read this blog post in the June issue of Queen of the Castle Magazine online , or pick up a copy at a local business.

*Garden gloves used for this project; Tomboy Tools pink rubber grip gloves. (Just $7.00, to order, email Tracey at tomboytracey@aol.com and please tell her Kelly from The Pink Hammer blog sent you!)

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Finding treasures & embracing visions | My adventure at Meadowview Farms’ Spring Sale.

“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” ~Joel Barker

Oh… to have a dream so close to your heart and to find a place that reflects your vision almost completely, is a beautiful feeling.

I discovered Meadowview Farm a few years back, right after I also had a vision about owning a small 5 acre hobby farm and using the barn, outbuildings and land for my business.     {This was THE clearest, or only vision really I have ever had in my life.. so I am taking steps daily to get myself to where that vision becomes my reality}

Last weekend Meadowview Farm held their annual Spring barn sale.  A sale that makes my heart do a little leap, my soul smile, and leaves me feeling completely inspired.

Every year Meadowview Farm holds a Spring & Fall barn sale (starting in 2013 they will only be holding one Fall sale) near Osseo & Augusta, Wisconsin.

So come on a journey with me and see what an adventure at Meadowview Farm is all about!

As you take the beautiful Wisconsin back road on your way to the sale.. you will see this and know you are almost there….

As you get closer to the farm, you will see these signs….

As you pull in the driveway ready for a shopping adventure and your eyes will feast upon a beautiful scene…

Just follow the license plate stairway up to the loft of the barn….

….and take your time to look around the loft.  I usually circle the loft at least 3 times, each time finding treasures I had missed before.

My daughter Camryn spotted this sweet little bear all lonely by herself and decided she needed a new home…(upon bringing this little bear home, Camryn  named her ‘Meadow’ )…


I always leave the Meadowview Farm sale with some new treasures, below are just a few ;

A beautiful way to spend part of my Mothers Day, on a beautiful farm…

As always, I left Meadowview Farm feeling once again encouraged and inspired.  Someday my friends, I guarantee that you will see photos of my little hobby farm and you will see my vision become a reality.

Keep pushing yourself to not just reach your vision, but to encourage and inspire others to do the same along the way.  Take action & take steps daily to get yourself where you feel you need to be.
Stay inspired!

Thanks for reading,

~Kelly