It’s A Cinch

Do you remember the impossibilities challenge?

If you do…..wasn’t it inspiring?

If you don’t… here to see 361 people who set out to accomplish their Impossible

                                                               ……..and did it.

Recently it’s been kind of lonely around here without all those impossibles.

I miss them.

I mean we have told each other what we wanted our blogs to be when they grew up and we wrapped ourselves in smocked burlap and hit the town and wondered what life would be like without the letter Q.

But even so… just wasn’t the same.

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Until now.

Introducing a years’ worth of Mission: Possible.

Are you as excited as I am?

We are.

We….as in…

Kelly from Eclectically Vintage

Andrea from The Cottage Market

Linda from it all started with paint

Karah from the space between

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We are partying this year like it’s 2099.

And we are kicking it all off in March with “It’s a Cinch.”

From the overwhelming “impossible” to the “easy peasy.  The 20 minute project.  No long tutorials.  No complicated directions.  No 24-hour drying time.


That’s how we roll.

I’ll start.

Actually, I started with pinterest.

Seriously, why re-invent the wheel when you have pinterest?  If you haven’t noticed, pinterest is full of cinchy projects.  I pinned an entire board of them.

Here’s the super cinchy project that was my inspiration.


4 x 4 Blank White Canvas from craft store

lowercase metal alphabet letters from craft store

grey paint (in many introspective shades from other projects) 🙂


(1)  Take the blank canvas and sketch a pencil line in the shape of part of a heart.

(2)  Decide on your quote.  I chose, “Life is a series of moments called now.”

That’s 31 letters.

Then take those 31 letters and stick them on to your canvas following your pencil line.

(3)  Keep sticking the letters…..following the pencil line of the half-formed heart until it looks like this.  Don’t worry if you can see the pencil line.  You’ll paint over it after the next step.

(4)  Then take out your introspective grey paint and paint the canvas.

I painted one coat of grey and then invented a cinchy finish that involved dipping the brush in different greys and pouncing the brush onto the canvas.  If you are not up for pouncing with your brush.  Leave it plain grey.  We are going for cinchy….remember.

(5)  Seal the entire canvas with water-based polyurethane.

That’s it.

The entire project took 17.25 minutes (and that included taking the plastic off the canvas).

So if you can find an extra 17.25 minutes, I would love to see your project.

On March 27.

Link it up.

Show it off.

Let’s party.

I’ll be the one eating coconut M & M’s 🙂

PS  I am partying at the Pinterest Party with Katie and Sherry and Erin and Cassie

PPS  I am also pinning it up here:

DIY Show Off Pinterest PinFest

57 thoughts on “It’s A Cinch

  1. How convenient! My sweet husband just finished putting the paneling that needs liming back on the wall…there will be a whole lotta lime going on! (And it will take under an hour, I promise.)

  2. Coconut m&ms???? Now I’m the one who’s been living under a rock!

    I love your project… should have led with that one but the coconut m&ms threw me off topic. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm


    1. Karah, that’s exactly what I was going to say! 😉

      Karianne, I love your project! So simple and inspirational, and definitely a cinch!

  3. You are one “cinchsational girl”…I was wondering what plans you had for all those painted letters! Now we know and it is “cinchsational”…

    I am all for the “cinchsational” (have I said that enough?) projects….however your project looks as though you spent countless hours on it…I HEART, HEART with all my HEART your canvas of “moments”..

  4. wait a minute…are their coconut m&m’s???? oh my GOODNESS…just came back from google — WHERE HAVE I BEEN!!! this is like the best news ever…getting these today!!!

    now your it’s a cinch project is magical!!! love it and you!!! : ) hugs and let’s toast it’s a cinch!!!

  5. LOVE how your heart is always open! =>

    However, I am stuck here with what a 4X4 canvas is. 4 inches? 4 feet? 4 centimeters? 4 millimeters? If I can figure that out, it’ll be my cinch project, ok?


  6. Wow, that is gorgeous!!! I love it, I want to make one. Your party sounds fun, I’ll do everything I can to be there!
    Btw, I pinned all of your ideas from that board, I am always looking for fast, fun crafts, I have a girls club that loves crafts.
    Hugs, Cindy

  7. Looking forward to seeing many great, quick projects! I love this one. I need to explore the craft store a bit more! Didn’t even know there were cool, metal letters like that. I’m going to grab your button and try to come up with something to share… I have an idea, but will have to time it!

  8. Just yesterday I saw some little carboard letters like these and wondered what I could do with them – what a great idea. And I already have some spare canvases !
    If I think of something linkable that’s likeable and not impossible, just cinch-able I shall
    join you all at the party !!

  9. I love this project and I will have to plan to link something up! I just finished my girls’ room makeover and did stenciling that only took about 20 minutes so I can attest that quick results is how I roll as well.

    You are crafty!

  10. This is so exciting!! I love your latest project. It is truly wonderful!

    Come over to visit, I have a New Giveaway I think you will love!

    Art by Karena

  11. Now that’s cute. I’m not sure what little metal alphabet letters are though, and just for the record, coconut m&m’s got nothing on a regular Mounds candy bar.


  12. I love, love, LOVE this project! And I love the idea of an “It’s a Cinch” blog party. It’ll be nice to focus on an easy-peasy project for a change – no building & installing railings this time around! 😉 And I think I have the perfect project for the party. Looking forward to it!


  13. I love your project…looks fabulous.
    I am craftyLESS so I don’t hook up with many craft ideas. I burn myself if I use a hot glue gun…I spray myself if I use spray glue….or paint…I can’t draw half a heart….I hate sewing…can’t even sing !!
    Poor Pitiful Pearl….:)
    But I sure do enjoy looking at all the talent in Blogland, including YOU.:))
    xoxoxo bj

  14. Ok first up I read the title of this post and thought it said “I’m a crinch” then started reading it and had to go back and read the title again as it has nothing to do with being a crinch………….lol

    Secondly it may be a cinch for you but not sure if it would be for me, I am the most untalented person………….lol

    Thirdly I want to try coconut M & M’s haven’t found them in the shops yet just seen the add on telly for them………….

  15. Ok, so I may sound like an idiot…but this idea is new to me and I would love to join this “Mission: Possible!” Am I supposed to do the same project that you showed us, or come up with my own??

  16. You had me at metal letters…sigh! Your heart canvas turned out super cute. March 27th huh? I’ll have to rummage through my stash and see what I can come up with. I love cinchy projects. I will just have to keep repeating…20 minutes…only 20 minutes.

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