Vintage Inspired Painted Fan

Painted Fan

It always amazes me on how a little paint can change something from ordinary to extraordinary! At least that is how I feel about this fan. It was a basic black circulating fan that I like to use in the summer. Of course I have the AC blasting since it’s 110 degrees outside, but every little bit of circulating air helps. But this fan was dirty and filthy (5 years of dust) and I considered getting rid of it. Then I saw this…

Vornado Vintage Collection

The Vornado Vintage Collection VFAN. It’s so sleek and glamorous, if you can call a fan glamorous! I wanted it, but had no desire to spend money on it, that’s when I decided to try painting the fan that I had. I figured if I ruin the fan, it wouldn’t be too much of a loss.

Painted Fan http://sparklepantsgirl.comHere’s the before picture. This thing was difficult to clean. See all the dust on it, even after cleaning once. I had to use Q-tips to get all the dust out of the crevices of this fan. The front part of the fan snaps off so you can clean the grill and the blades. Of course, make sure it’s unplugged first.


fan, can of spray primer, 2 cans white glossy spray paint, plastic grocery bags, painters tape, liquid gold leaf, foam brushes, clear spray sealant, hot glue gun, 1/8th inch leather lace in medium brown (50 ft)

Vintage Inspired Painted Fan Once clean, I sprayed the fan with a coat of primer, so that the spray paint will stick. I stuffed a bunch plastic grocery bags behind the fan blades, to protect the little fan engine from the spray paint. Originally I was not going to paint the blades, but then decided that I liked them better white than black. I used three light coats of the white spray paint to adequately cover the surface of the fan.

Painted Fan http://sparklepantsgirl.comAfter spray painting the whole fan white and letting the paint dry, I taped the fan to protect the side and the center. I then used a foam brush to paint on the liquid gold leaf. Brush it gently across the top of the fan. The liquid gold leaf goes on so smoothly. When dry, use another foam brush to get in between the spokes. Once adequately covered and dry spray with the clear sealant spray.

Vintage Inspired Painted Fan http://sparklepantsgirl.comOne last detail. I didn’t like the look of the black cord. So I wrapped it with 1/8th inch leather craft lace, applying glue to the leather, in spots, to hold it in place.

Vintage Inspired Painted Fan

Cute, right! It so much prettier to look at now!




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German Chocolate Ganache S’mores

To make up for the health kick that was the Garlicky Butternut Squash Chips from yesterday, I present you with they sticky, sugary, rich decadence that are these German Chocolate Ganache S’mores.

German Chocolate Ganache S'mores

Traditional s’mores are great. They are amazing. These are decadent! If traditional s’mores are for camping, then these German Chocolate Ganache S’mores are for glamping! You get the picture.

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German Chocolate Ganache S'mores
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 10
Prepare the German Chocolate Cake Filling and Chocolate Ganache ahead of time. It may help to keep the pecans separate and sprinkle them on before serving so that they don't get soggy.
  • German Chocolate Cake Filling:
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 can evaporated milk (12 oz)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups shredded coconut
  • 1 cup toasted chopped pecans
  • Ganache:
  • 2 Cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 package graham crackers
  • 1 package marshmallows
  1. German Chocolate Cake Filling:
  2. Whisk together the 4 egg yolks in a saucepan, add the evaporated milk and sugars and salt and whisk throughly. Put the saucepan on medium-high heat and whisk constantly until it appears foamy and starts to thicken. This usually takes 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a separate bowl. Stir in vanilla and coconut. Let cool, then refrigerate until use.
  3. Ganache:
  4. Use a double boiler or place a glass bowl on top of a sauce pan that has a couple inches of water in it. Put the chocolate chips and the heavy cream in the double boiler and don't stir until the chocolate is melted. Once the chocolate it melted, stir thoroughly and then remove from heat.
  5. Coat the graham crackers with a layer of chocolate and stick them in the refrigerator.
  6. Roast the marshmallows; slap that gooey goodness on the chocolate coated graham cracker. Put a spoonful of German Chocolate Cake Filling on it and sprinkle with the chopped pecans. Place another graham cracker on top and devour!

German Chocolate Ganache S'mores

Now go brush your teeth!




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Garlicky Butternut Squash Chips

The World Cup is making me gain weight. Okay, not really…but I do feel like my diet has been on a downward spiral in the past two weeks. We’re a soccer family. We play soccer, we watch MLS games and to us the World Cup is more important than the Superbowl, the Rose Bowl and the Olympics combined. Well maybe not the Olympics, but you get the picture. So now that we’re two weeks into the World Cup, and have watched most of the games (it’s convenient for us because of working night shift) I am desperate for healthier game time snacks.

The Kettle Chips and onion dip are getting old (That’s a baldfaced lie…I love that stuff.)

Garlicky Butternut Squash Chips

The answer to came to me via my weekly Chow Locally produce box…Butternut Squash from Pinnacle Farms.

Garlicky Butternut Squash Chips

Aren’t they cute little butternut squishies? Can I call them squishies, since they are so little and cute? And yes, the butternut squash is a winter squash and when I looked at the dashboard in my car this morning it was 108 degrees outside…not exactly winter temperatures. But they are grown in the summer for winter harvest. Still, it’s the beginning of July. Arizona gardening baffles me.

Garlicky Butternut Squash Chips

There are three essentials to getting these chips crispy. First, slice them thin. One eighth of an inch or thinner. Secondly, make sure they are completely dry after blanching. Seriously dry. Bone dry. Thirdly (is thirdly even a word?) Don’t add any salt until the very end. I’ve been doing that with my kale chips and it makes a difference in the crispness.

Garlicky Butternut Squash Chips

I used a mixture of avocado oil and extra virgin olive oil. The avocado oil has a higher smoking point and I really like the flavor. It’s up to you. You could use coconut oil too, but sometimes the coconut flavor can be too much.

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Garlicky Butternut Squash Chips
Recipe type: vegetarian, paleo, vegan, good for you
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Serves: 4
  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 1½ teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1½ teaspoons avocado oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • sea salt to taste
  1. Heat oven to 375 F.
  2. Halve the butternut squash and scoop out the seeds of both halves.
  3. Very carefully cut off skin of squash.
  4. Slice the squash very thinly for the chip. ⅛th of an inch or less.
  5. Finely mince the garlic cloves until they are itty bitty.
  6. Place the sliced squash in boiling water for 2 minutes to blanch. Remove promptly and place on towel to throughly dry.
  7. Once dry, place in bowl and toss with the other ingredients sans the sea salt.
  8. Spread out the squash chips evenly on a cookie sheet.
  9. Place in oven, flipping over the chips at the 10 minute mark.
  10. Continue checking on and flipping the chips until they appear crunchy and browned at the edges.
  11. Let cool and sprinkle with sea salt as desired.
  12. Serve promptly and devour.

Butternut squash is lower in carbs than sweet potatoes, and both are better than potatoes… So yeah, you have my permission to eat the whole bowl. I promise I won’t tell.


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Floral Imprinted Summer Coasters

Imprinted Clay Coasters


Hi y’all! Thanks for coming back  to check out my second project for the DecoArt and Stampendous blog hop extravaganza! See the first one here. Today is a large blog hop that should keep you busy all weekend. Don’t forget to leave a comment and check out all the other links, hopefully you’ll win the giveaway!

I loved making these imprinted coasters. They are going to look great on my summer brunch picnic table. It was fun and a little messy and the kids were able to make some of their own as well.






I covered my workspace with freezer paper, shiny side up, so that the clay comes up easily. Roll out the clay to about ¼ inch (or about 6 millimeters for our metric friends) thick. Make sure it’s not too thick that it won’t dry, but not too thin that it will break. Dab your rubber stamp with paint with some sort of foam sponge or a makeup sponge. Place your stamp down on the clay and apply even pressure on the entire stamp. I found the best results were by gently rolling my rolling pin over the stamp.
Floral Imprinted Summer Coaster #DecoArt #Stampendous

Let-Me-Point-Out-The-Obvious-Tip: Wash the paint off of your rubber stamp after each use, particularly if you live in the hot desert. It dries fast and took some effort to get clean.

Imprinted Floral Summer Coasters

Cut out your coaster shapes with something round. I used the mouth of one of our drinking glasses. Then  use a butter knife to smooth the clay around the edges. Place the round shapes on a cooling rack if you have one. Another tip: Once the top of the coaster is dry, flip the coaster over so that it doesn’t start to curl on the edges and remains flat. I flipped mine 4 or 5 times during the drying process. It will probably take 24 hours to completely dry. Mine dried overnight, but remember, I live in an oven.

While it’s drying, cut your felt or cork so that it’s smaller than the coaster, and will fit nicely on the back. Once dry, gently sand the side and rough edges of the coasters so they are smooth. Paint the edges with a light coat of Champagne Gold metallic paint.

Once that is dry, paint a coat or two of satin varnish on top to seal the coaster so it can withstand a little moisture. After the top  varnish is dry varnish the bottom, and stick on the felt with the varnish.

Imprinted Floral Coaster #DecoArt #Stampendous

That’s it! You can package them up pretty for a hostess gift or customize them to the colors of your summer table. Cheers!

Now check out all the other amazing projects in the blog hop!


The excitement continues as conclude our grand tour of amazing artists playing with Stampendous, DecoArt, and Princeton Artist Brushes via inspired by Willow Wolfe products! The inspiration has been amazing, and today you’ll be even more astonished! If you missed the beginning of our journey, be sure to go back and check it out! MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAY

Visit each blog, leave a comment! • Like Stampendous, DecoArt, Princeton Artist Brushes, and inspired by Willow Wolfe on Facebook! • We’ve also got a Pinterest Board started!

Louise Crosbie (Scotland, UK)

Lea Kimmel (North Carolina, USA)

Claudia Neubacher (Vienna, Austria)

Asia King (Oxford, UK)

Iliane de Fockert (Elly) (Niedersachsen, Germany)

Suzanne Czosek (Illinois, USA)

Julia Stratford-Wright (near London, UK)

Kristine Reynolds (California, USA)

Angelica Stark (Hudiksvall, Sweden)

Mark Gould (West Sussex, UK)

Debbie Cole (California, USA)

Jamie Martin (Oklahoma, USA)

Tobi Crawford (BC, Canada)

Wendy Price (New Jersey, USA)

Jessa Plant (Arizona, USA)

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Geometric Stamped Step Stool

Our great friends at DecoArt , Princeton Brushes, and inspired by Willow Wolfe are joining with us this week to show you what you can do with stamps and acrylic paint! You’ll be amazed how these simple craft items make amazing things!

stamped foot stool

Hi there! I hope your weekend was fantastic! I wanted to share this cute little step stool I painted as part as a fun collaboration with Stampendous rubber stamps and DecoArt paint. I honestly never thought of using rubber stamps with paint as a way to decorate furniture, but it really works!


It was a super easy craft that really updated this old step stool that the girls use in the bathroom. I painted it with three coats of DecoArt’s Chalky Finish paint in Carbon. (I’m super in love with the smooth finish of the paint, and the low VOC makes it so I can paint inside the house with no problem.)


I chose the Square Illusion stamp from Stampendous, and stamped it on with the Americana Gloss Enamels in White.


The best way I found to get the paint on to the stamp was to dab it with a little round foam painter used for stencils, but a makeup sponge would work great as well.

I practiced a lot on paper, just to make sure I get the paint amount and pressure right. But I learned that stamping with paint is not an exact science and not every stamp is even. But I like it! Once it was dry I finished up with a coat of varnish. I love how it turned out!

Now for the blog hop…


Visit each blog, leave a comment! • Like Stampendous, DecoArt, Princeton Artist Brushes and inspired by Willow Wolfe on Facebook! • We’ve also got a Pinterest Board started!

Claudia Neubacher (Vienna, Austria)

Kristine Reynolds (California, USA)

Iliane de Fockert (Elly) (Niedersachsen, Germany)

Julia Stratford-Wright (near London, UK)

Julie Robertson (UK)

Asia King (Oxford, England)

Jessa Plant (Arizona, USA)

Kathi Rerek (New Jersey, USA)

A few of the bloggers this week are new to hopping, so if you have an issue with any of the links, here’s a little tip! If you get a page that says “Sorry that Page is not here” or something similar, try clicking on the header of the blog, or look for something that says Home. The hop page should be near the top of the day’s posts. We will fix broken links as the day goes on, as well, so check back here if you are really lost.

The Official Rules are here.

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Vintage Bicycle Ad Image Transfer

Vintage Bicycle Ad Image Transfer I really wanted to get this project up on the blog before Father’s Day, but it just didn’t happen. Why didn’t someone tell me that summer break was going to be so busy??? Anyhow, it’s a fun and crafty gift, that’s completely customizable. I love the vintagy and distressed look of this project! Vintage Bicycle Ad Image Transfer The French bicycle ad was ordered off of Etsy. I reversed the image using PicMonkey, then had it laser printed on an 8.5 x 14 piece of paper at Staples. For the transfer to work, the image has to be printed with a laser printer. Sorry, but ink jet printers won’t work. Vintage Inspired Bicycle Image Transfer   supplies Start by “aging” the wood. I mixed some brown and gray paint in a little bowl and added a splash of water to make a stain. I used one of my foam brushes and painted it on, then immediately wiped off the paint with a wet cloth.  Let the wood dry. When the wood is dry, grab your image that was printed out in reverse, particularly if there are letters on it. I cut off the borders of the image, but you don’t have to. Using a foam brush, spread the Acrylic Gel Medium on the wood, covering the whole surface area. Additionally, cover the image with gel medium as well. Carefully place the paper, image side down, onto the wood. Smooth out the paper so that there are no bubbles and it looks even. It helps to use something like a ruler or a credit card to smooth it out. I had an area on each side that the image didn’t cover, so I put a piece of plain white copy paper to cover up the gel medium. Vintage Inspired Wooden Bicycle Transfer Let the medium dry for at least 4 hours or overnight. Once it’s dry grab a small bowl of water and a wash cloth and start rubbing off the paper. You’ll start to see the image as the paper comes off. This is definitely the messy part. Vintage bicycle image transfer Once all the paper is off, let it dry again. Then grab your sanding block and sand away! Make it look as distressed (or not) as you’d like. This is where you can sand off any areas where the gel medium looks a little wonky ;) Wipe off the dust from sanding and paint on a little satin varnish to seal it all and even out the finish. It’s that easy! You can make this with any image you’d like!

Vintage Bicycle Transfer Art
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