Friday, May 22, 2015

Distressed Stacked Frames with Burlap Bow

Some good friends got married recently and I needed a unique and special gift just for them.
My go-to colors these days are grey, white and black. Burlap is my favorite accessory!
I found this vintage white burlap wired ribbon at Michaels along with these two wood frames
 (one 5 x 7 the other 8 x 10). They were perfect for my project.
I painted the larger 8 x 10 one gray and the smaller 5 x7 one white.
I distressed each of them lightly to give a worn and vintage look.
Using some regular old wood glue I attached the two frames together.
I used the glass from the 5 x 7 frame and the backing from the 8 x 10 frame.
I added some vinyl lettering (cut out from my Silhouette) and...
I love the way it turned out.
I hope they love it too!
Check out this post for another spin on the stacked wood frames

Friday, May 15, 2015

Vintage Inspired Fabric Banner

It's that time of the year to celebrate. 
And what better way to do that then with a cute Vintage Inspired Fabric Banner. 
 It's really easy to do and I'm going to show you how!
I found these great fabrics at Hobby Lobby. I bought 1/4 of a yard of each.
 I used a heavy piece of cardstock to create a template.
Using a ruler I measured out how large I wanted each pennant on the banner to be.
It's roughly 4" wide and 6.5" wide (when folded).
 It's helpful to have this pattern-I'm sure I will use it again!
For the template a heavy cardstock is a good idea, but not necessary.
After folding the fabric I layed the template down...
I traced around my template with this "special" disappearing ink marker (sold at fabric stores) 
although a pencil will work fine too...
After a couple minutes my purple line will disappear!
 I cut out each of my pennants. 
I was able to get 4 (folded) pennants out of each piece of fabric.
With a hot iron, I pressed each pennant to get it nice and smooth and ready for sewing.
I already had this vintage looking yellow and white bakers twine, 
but just about anything would look good (rick-rack, yarn, thin rope, gross-grain ribbon...)
I layed part of the twine under the folded part of my pennant...
And then sewed over the twine and very close to the edges, all the way around the pennant.
However, I did not think it's necessary to sew along the top. I measured 2" in between each pennant and continued to sew them all on the same piece of twine until I had used all my fabric pieces.
You can see that the edges are a little frayed. And I like them that way. 
It adds to the charm and character-the vintage look I was going for.
I love the way it turned out!
And I think it will be great for lots of occassions!
Check out some of the other banner's I've made, 
Birthday Banner at the Mustashe Party
Burlap Banner at the Vintage Circus Party
Fabric Banner at the Rainbow Party

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Giving Gifts

I'm a gift giver. It's one of my "Love Languages." 
And I love putting together something fun and creative!
How about something fun like this for Mother's Day or
to say Thanks to a Teacher or
maybe something for your neighbor!
I found all items at Target and obviously my theme color was YELLOW!
A $3.00 bucket from the One Spot
I just walked around looking for a variety of things with my theme color of sunshine.
I printed out "You are my Sunshine" and attached it to a card and then added it to my basket.
For my Mom's birthday I went with the ORANGE theme.
And I made cute little tags that started out "Orange you glad..."
Her birthday is close to summer and every year I have trouble coming up with some good...
Until this year!
It was fun to walk around Target, you know my favorite place...
and find different things I thought my mom would like, all in ORANGE!
I added orange tissue paper to the mailing box and sent it off. She LOVED it!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

What's Up?!

Oh my goodness, you must be wondering what I've been up to? Why no more posting you say? I don't really have any good excuses. I'm still moving. Still creating. Just not doing a very good job of documenting anything! Here's a look at some of the things I've been working on since I posted last:
(in no particular order, pictures from my phone!)
 I made some tea light candle holders from birch logs. Just drilled a big-O hold with a special paddle bit.
Greatest makeover of 2014 (next to refinishing our hardwood floors). 
Concrete countertops and tile backsplash (and undermount sink!)
A L L   D I Y  (or DIO-Did It Ourselves!)
More detailed blog post on all that some other time!
Entertaining family for Thanksgiving called for me to make a buffet for our dining room. 
Worked out great and now were using it in the basemet as a tv/blanket/wi console/DVD stand!
 Cloth napkins from canvas drop cloth!
Spray painted leaf as place-marker.
Recovered this chair in my bed room with a 
simple scrap piece of linen fabric and painted on silver polka-dots.
Made this light fixture for my foyer, and a smaller one for upstairs in the hallway. Used some of the hardware from my existing light fixture and garden orb from Target. Love Love Love to outcome!
More detailed blog post on the DIY for this one.
 My first attempt at plumbing... installed this new faucet!
Found this little one on the curb. Painted it green (from one of those little sample paints) and added this gold pull from Hobby Lobby. Now it's a fun accent piece in the kids bathroom.
Picture this guy with a dark oak look in it's former life-$10 at Salvation Army. 
A little chalk paint and updated finish on the hardware.
One Saturday afternoon we put together this firepit. 
The guy in the blue did most of the work! But these girls are tough enough!
Celebrated the new teenager of the house, my favorite son (my only son!) 
with a triple chocolate kit-kat, m&m cake.
Repainted and recovered this antique chair. 
Little secret, the black and white striped "fabric" is really a blanket from IKEA!
 Took down the wallpaper in the dining room. 
It started when I just tore a tiny little piece off and then there was no turning back!
I also painted this chandelier, the ceiling and walls. 
Do not be decieved by the guy in the redsweatshirt-he tore one little piece off and then never came into the room again!

Painted the front door and added vinyl numbers.
Painted the dark oak cabinets in the kids bath. Chalk paint and hardware from Habitat Restore.
So that's all for now. Come back soon. I promised to post the details on some of these projects. 
I'm just having so much fun it's hard to stop and blog about it all!