Sunday, March 12, 2017

Lucky Shamrock Banner

Do you decorate for St. Patrick's Day? Me too, but to be honest, I only do when Easter falls later on. This year it turned out that I could keep the green stuff up a bit longer and enjoy it.
This little banner was so easy to put together.  I used my Cricut to cut everything out, but you could also just find the shapes online and cut it out by hand as well.
Here's what I used:
Cricut Expressions Machine

Paper Doll Dress Up - I cut the Shamrock at 3" five (5) times using Kraft card stock.

Cuttin' Up - I cut the letters out on the cartoon shadow @ 1 1/2" - L-U-C-K-Y using some green glitter paper.

Tags Bags Boxes & More - I cut using the blackout feature @ 7" five (5) times using old book pages.
First I glued all the pieces together and then folded my tag over towards the back so I had a space to run the cord through for hanging.  I used a piece of jute twine.  I made a loop on each end for hanging.
I hung mine on my chalk board in the kitchen.  So cute!  If you're interested, I have these for sale in my Etsy shop HERE.  I offer FREE shipping!

Here are a few more St. Patrick Day ideas for you:

An Easy Fun Rag Shamrock - HERE
St. Patrick's Day Yarn Wreath - HERE
Easy Pot Full of Shamrocks - HERE

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!
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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Pioneer Woman Tablecloth Turned Into Curtains

Hello! We're back! I'm so glad to be back too.  Just a little update, we've been working away from our home and living in an RV for the past 5 1/2 months of our lives.  Let's just say that it was an adventure and we were both grateful to have jobs to go to every day. Yay!

Now back to our regularly scheduled DIY!

I received lots of Pioneer Woman Collection dishes, pots and pans and other odds and ends for Christmas.  After we returned home, I got to get them all out and play with them.  Then I decided I wanted a new curtain for the kitchen because the old one didnt match anymore.  I went to Pinterest of course and then the light bulb went on! Ding!
Disclaimer:  I'm not a seamstress.
I can run a pretty straight line (mostly) and the end product was all that mattered to me and I love how it turned out! 
NOTE: My kitchen window measures 33" x 33".  If your window is smaller or larger, you may end up with a totally different look.
I started with a 70" round tablecloth in the Country Garden print from Walmart. You can find it HERE.  I paid $13.96 for mine and got two small curtains out of it.
First you'll want to wash and dry your new tablecloth to prevent any shrinkage in the future.  Next, I cut mine directly in half.
I knew I wanted a big ruffle on the top so after I had it cut in half I held it up to my window to see how far down I wanted it to hang.  I decide to cut 12" off the unfinished side to make my ruffle.
Next I need to hem all of the raw edges so I pressed them with a steam iron first for easier stitching.  For the lower edge of my ruffle I folded over once like above, pressed, then folded over once again the same width and pressed to make sure I had no ravels (no raw edges showing) in the future.  Stitch in place.
Now that I have all the raw edges stitched, I placed the two pieces together, right sides up, and pinned them in place for stitching.
I needed a sleeve for the tension rod to slide through so I used the other half of the table cloth that was left over and I cut a 3" piece from that.
I folded the edges to the center and then pressed it for stitching.
Next I pinned the sleeve to the curtain back only, I left the ruffle out.  I ran a stitching line on the very lower edge of the sleeve and then the very upper edge of the sleeve.  Lastly, I pressed the whole curtain using some spray starch for a crisp smooth finish.
I threaded the curtain onto the tension rod and then placed it in the window and fluffed as needed to achieve the look I wanted.  I hate that our window frames are a dark color, but that's whole other post isn't it! lol!
Since I had most of the other half of the tablecloth left over and I've always liked how the under sink curtains look, I decided to make these little cuties. 
They are just simple stitching all the way around.  I measured my openings and allowed myself some hemming room and whipped them out in like five minutes.  They are also mounted on a tension rod.  Loves it!
I think the Pioneer Woman Collection is adorable and I'm trying really hard not to fill my whole entire kitchen with it, but its hard yall!

Would you like to see more about our kitchen remodel?
Tiling Our Kitchen Floor
Kitchen Cabinet Makeover Part 1
Kitchen Cabinet Makeover Part 2
Kitchen Cabinet Makeover Part 3
Building a Corner Cabinet
Building a Drop in Kitchen Cabinet
Installing a Farmhouse Sink
Pantry Remodel
DIY Mosaic Tile Backsplash

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Halloween String Art

Hello again, long time no blog!  I just realized when I got on here to post this, that I last posted about string art too. What is this, a string art blog?  No, but it sure is fun! lol!  I really wanted to share this one with you and I needed to hurry since Halloween is on Monday!
Maybe you've noticed, maybe not, but we haven't done anything for our blog and I haven't blogged either.  We've been encountering a giant life change in our family.  My honey is now working about 5 1/2 hours away from our home.  We up and moved to where he's working and we are currently living in an RV.  This is ok for a weekend or so, but full time in a tiny space is very hard to adjust to. I could go on and on about this experience in its own blog post, but for today I have more string art for you.

You can see my very first string art project HERE and it has all the details and how-to there.  I'll admit that the ladies who do this to make money are very patient and most of all, very talented.  This is a fun craft, but a bit tedious too.  Pick your poison as they say!
I used pallet wood for these, this one is a 6 x 6 piece.  I used an off white to paint the entire piece of wood after I sanded it smooth.  I used my Cricut for this face pattern, but you can find all kinds of faces on the internet as you'll see down below.  I just used black acrylic paint and a tiny paint brush to add the face.  Next is the nail placement.
Lastly is the string.  I used embroidery floss that I find at Walmart.  There are so many colors and shades, you're sure to find what you need.
These cute faces and the B shape are some I googled and printed out, then traced to my pieces of board.  I didn't paint these boards, I just smoothed them out with the hand sander, pounded in my nails and strung the string.
You can add lots of string or a little like I did here.  Each way gives you a totally different look too.
These happy jack-o-lantern faces make me smile!  Who knew pallet wood could be so cute?
For this one I painted the board black and then used the sander to distress it.  TIP: Be sure to use a slightly damp rag to wipe off all the excess dust before beginning your string art.
For the bat, I painted the board, distressed it and then added a moon for more spookiness!
I think they are all cute and not too spooky, maybe just a little, naaaah!!  Have you made any string art projects? Leave me a link, I'd like to see yours too please!

See more of my string art projects here:

String Art with Mason Jar Vase
Doggie Paw String Art Memorial
Flamingo I posted on Instagram

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!
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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Paw Print String Art - A Memorial

I hope its not too soon for another string art project. lol!  Remember my first one HERE?  So this is my second try and I made this one for my sister.  Her sweet little dog Prissy passed away and I wanted to make her a little something to remember her by.  She loved her so much.

I included a little plate stand with it because it couldn't stand on its own and I didn't figure she'd want to hang it, but I suppose you could hang it up if you wanted to do so.
So, you will need a piece of board sanded smooth, paint for the board and the name (I used black for the name), paw pattern, small nails and string, oh and a small hammer of course.
I painted my board with acrylic paint in the color Warm Buff.  I gave it two thin coats for a pretty good coverage.  Let that dry really well.
I found the paw print just by searching Google.  You can tell by the pic above that I recycled my paper to resize it to fit my board.  I used my Cricut machine and some vinyl to make a stencil for her name.  Using black paint, I painted the name on first but I have the paw print on there for positioning purposes.

When adding paint to the stencil, use a dry brush technique.  This helps to keep from getting too much paint on there which causes it to seep under the vinyl and go where you don't want it to go.  Also, a dabbing or pouncing motion works better that actual swiping back and forth.  Just an FYI because I learned by trial and error.
Now for the nail holes.  Notice, I said NAIL HOLES.  You want to make the holes all the way around your pattern first, then add all the nails AFTER you remove the pattern.  I learned this trick the first time around! lol!  You can save your pattern and use it over and over again.
Again, if you've been following me for a while, you know I have to distress everything.  I used sand paper to distress the name and the rotary sander to distress the edges.  You don't have to do this of course, it is optional.
Now using a small hammer, tap your nails in each hole you previously made.  Try and make them all the same height, I'm still not good at that yet.
Lastly, add the string of your color choice.  I chose pink just because.  There really is no rhyme or reason to how I add the string, I just go for it, its art.  When I tie off an end I use a tiny bit of liquid-y, fast drying craft glue (Diamond Glaze) to seal the knots and keep them from accidentally coming loose.  That would be bad. :)

For more details visit my first try here:
String Art With a Mason Jar Vase

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Vintage Wood and Metal Side Table - A Story

This rustic table is pretty much like any other wood and metal table except that my honey made it and he made it using vintage wood that his Mother considers a family heirloom.  Most of this beautiful wood that was so cherished by his Mother was recently stolen. So sad.
The wood was hand milled by his grandfather many years ago. With the urging of his mother, we went and rescued the remaining wood from the old barn on the family property.  My honey wanted to make something using the old wood so he decided to try his hand at a metal and wood creation, his very first one I might add. I think it turned out really nice! Great job baby!
He welded the metal together first of course and when I asked to take his picture, this is what I got.  Such a comedian!
After he cut the perfect pieces of wood to fit the new table, he left the finishing to me.  I sanded it using our rotary sander and 4 levels of grit sandpaper.  I started at 60 and decreased to 220 by the end.  This wood is so old and dry and as hard as my head!  It was gorgeous when I finished it off using Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane (4 coats) to make sure it has a very long life.
This is what it looked like while drying in the shop, a bit darker than the finished product.  Beautiful, isn't it?  At this point he had already sealed the metal table with a clear lacquer to hopefully prevent any future rusting.
This is it a good 48 hours after the poly was applied.  He gave it to his Mom for Mother's Day this year.  She loved it of course.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

How to Make a Patriotic Rag Wreath

So remember last week I told you I was studying for a test on Friday?  Well, I took the test and I passed it! YAY!  Today I have the project I hinted about to show you.
I love red, white and blue.....always have.  I have no idea why I didn't already have a patriotic wreath to hang on the front door, but I didn't.  I finally made one!  I'd been seeing everyone's wreaths made with bandanas and I thought that was such a cute idea, so I went that way with it.
I found my straw wreath form at the thrift store for $2.50 and my bandanas at Walmart for $1 each.  I ended up using 2 reds, 2 whites and 1 blue.  The amount of bandanas will vary on how tight you place the pieces on the wreath form.
Mark your bandana at 2 inch sections.  I used a white pen so I could see the marks, but a sharpie would work too.  I made marks on both edges, the edge closes to me and then on the opposite side so I would know where to cut to. 
After you have all your long strips cut, stack them one on top the other and then cut into 2 inch squares like you see here.  They do not have to be perfect squares, just close.  I picked out all the ones that were solid red to use at the last if I needed them, just my preference though.  Imma a weirdo!
I used some washi tape to mark my sections and then wrote with a sharpie to guide me as to what color goes in that section.
I didn't notice until I was editing these pictures that you can't even see what I'm using to push the little squares in with! Gosh!

I used a really small phillips head screwdriver.  You can also use a wooden skewer if you want to.  Just try and place the screwdriver in the center of the little square holding the ends with your fingers.  It takes some getting used to, but you'll get the hang of it!
I pushed in each square pretty close to one another so it would look full.  NOTE:  I didn't fill the back of the wreath, but I did add squares down into the center edge and tried to make a straight line along the outside edge.
I just worked one section at a time, filling in all of one color and then going on to the next.
All ready for the blue section now.  I was just loving how this was looking at this point!
Stars are optional, but I chose to add some.  I used my Cricut machine and my George cartridge for may stars, but you could always draw some and cut them out too.  I used heavy white card stock for my stars.  I used the following sizes of stars: 1", 1 1/4" and 1 1/2".  I glued them on with hot glue.
As an after thought I added a hanger.  I just used the solid white strip from one of the bandanas.  I folded it in half with free edges to the back/inside and hot glued it to the wreath form.
I really love how it turned out and now its proudly hanging on the front door waiting to greet anyone who happens upon our doorstep!
Do you decorate for Memorial Day or just wait until the Fourth of July?  Did you make a patriotic wreath, if so, I'd like to see yours too!

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