I thought I'd share with you a fun and easy way to use some of your own photos to create some amazing postcards!
CCB has some fun postcards in their shop that I used for this project. I started out by cutting the postcards down to size from the 12x12 sheet (they also have precut postcards available, but this is what I had on hand). Then, I cut a piece of canvas fabric just a tad larger than the postcard. Then I adhered the canvas to the postcard and my photos to the canvas.
To add a border and to make sure all the layers stayed together, I also ran along the edges with my sewing machine. It's that easy!
To bring the whole set together I also made a fun little box to put them in. I have the whole process and instructions in this video.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed it!
I feel very fortunate to have a husband that enjoys woodworking! I'll be honest, I have a long list of projects that I have in mind for him to do for me. One project that he did last summer was this little end table. I was looking for something specific and just couldnt find anything in our price range. So, he went ahead and built me one!
I debated on how to paint or stain it for a while, and finally decided on staining the top and painting the bottom.
So the first thing you want to do before painting or staining is always to wipe down your furniture with a damp cloth. You want a clean surface! Then, I just took some painters tape and taped off the area right underneath the top. I didnt want any stain getting where it shouldnt be.
I used cloth rags to stain the top with. You can absolutely use a paintbrush but using a cloth is just a personal preference for me. I feel it leaves less drips. I did two coats of stain and then two coats of satin poly over the top.
Once the stain was done I moved on to the painting! I chose to use Tattered Angels Decor and DIY paint in Mankato. I love this color! Its a greenish blue. Kind of a turqouise but not a super bright hue. It matches perfectly with my living room curtains.
One coat of paint covered it well enough that I didn't worry about a second coat. All I had to do was go back and touch up a few spots after it was dry. Then, for the inside I decided to do a fun color. I used some more paint from Tattered Angels, this time in Chamois. Its a light yellow and pairs beautifully with Mankato.
Again, one coat of this yellow was enough. I didn't even bother to touch up the inside, since it would be filled with Hayden's toys and not seen much anyhow.
After the end table was completely dried, I brought it inside to my living room. I love the finished product!
Thanks for checking it out!
If you are interested in some of the products I used, I included links below!
When we bought our couch it came with three ugly pillows. They didnt coordinate at all with my living room so I went ahead and sewed some simple envelope pillowcases for them out of some canvas fabric. Ive had them on my couch like that for a while now, and decided that it was time to go ahead and decorate them!
This first pillow I did by simply cutting a piece of burlap from Canvas Corp to go around the middle. Then, I took a piece of 7 Gypsies lace and a piece of Jute Cord and tied those around as well, hot gluing them into place.
For this second pillow, I sewed a burlap ruffle onto the pillow's opening. Then, I hot glued some fabric flowers to the front. For the lettering, I penciled in "rejoice evermore", and when I was happy with how it looked, I used my Tombow monotwin permanent marker to write over my pencil marks.
This last pillow took a little more time to accomplish. I took some of the Mixed Media paper from Canvas Corp and painted it in with some Tattered Angels' paints. This paper is so unique because its paper but it feels and acts as fabric. It's so pliable that it makes it possible to sew it on as an applique, which is what I did here.
After my paper was painted and dry, I cut it out and then laid it down on a piece of burlap. I cut the burlap into a square for the rooster to fit on. Then, I took some ticking fabric and ruffled it around the burlap. The way I ruffled my fabric is just by folding and pinning into place. After all my ruffles were pinned, I sewed them on.
After my ruffles were sewn, I sewed on the rooster. I am not a very good seamstress, so I went very slowly during this part! Then, I took the whole burlap square and just hot glued it onto my pillow. Since these are decorative pillows and I dont plan on throwing them in the washer, I don't mind cheating a little and using hot glue.
I hope you enjoyed a glimpse of these pillows and have been inspired to try your own! These pillows were also featured on Canvas Corp's Blog, so jump on over there to check it out, as well!
Have a great day and happy crafting!
Heres some products I used:
I love the look of really tall, elegant candlesticks. I think they just add a lot to the feel of your decor. I DONT, however, love the prices on those things!
I figured there had to be a cheaper way to make your own, so here's what I came up with!
First, I found a wooden baluster at my local home improvement store. I think this particular one I bought was about $5. I now wish in hindsight that I had taken pictures during the process of this project but since it was mostly an experiment I didn't bother. It's fairly simple to do, though, so I think you will get the general idea!
I enlisted the help of my husband to chop the baluster in half using his miter saw. He also shortened one a bit so it gave a little variation to the two candlesticks.
Then, I painted them! I picked up a small container of sample paint from the home improvement store as well. Its a light greenish-blue and its just gorgeous. I put this color on first and let it dry completely.
After the paint was dry, I applied a layer of Valspar crackle glaze. I let the glaze dry for about an hour before applying the second coat of paint.
For the second coat of paint, I used Canvas Corp's Crystal DIY paint. It's a beautiful white. Applying it over the glaze, I could see the cracks begin to form almost immediately, showing some of the blue underneath. The effect is just gorgeous!
I let the candlesticks dry completely. Then, for the tops and bottoms of the candlesticks, I found these wooden squares at my local Hobby Lobby. I applied the same blue that I used on the candlesticks but I didnt bother to crackle them. I thought it looked nice to have a bit more of that gorgeous blue showing.
When the tops and bottoms were dry, I just adhered them on using a small amount of wood glue. I just applied the glue, added the wood squares, and then placed a can of soup on the top of each candlestick to give it some weight while it dried.
Voila! Thats it! I have these candlesticks on my table right now with some battery candles on top. They really add the "wow factor" to my table. I feel like I could also embellish them in the future with some burlap or cute charms or something. Maybe change out the look for the seasons.
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Everyone looks for fun, creative ways to decorate their Easter eggs around this time. These eggs are so easy to create and they look great as a centerpiece or decor item in your home!
I found a dozen of these white plastic eggs on sale for about $.50! Then I used some leftover white tissue paper we had lying around, so these eggs are super inexpensive to make. I stamped some script text on the tissue paper, tore it into strips, and then stuck them onto the eggs decoupage-style using Tattered Angels' Clear Glimmer Glam. It dries clear and gives a nice shiny coat to your projects.
Once you are done coating your eggs with tissue paper just leave them to dry and you are done! I can imagine kids having fun doing this with different colors and patterns of tissue paper as well. You can store the plastic eggs and use them again year after year. Change up the look of them to match your decor!
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This banner isn't exactly new to me. I made it several years ago, but I like to pull it out of my storage every year for Valentine's Day.
I don't remember all the products that I used, but I do know that the hearts were cut from some heavy posterboard, and that I used some thin scrapbooking paper over the top.
The hearts on the ends I embellished using some buttons, paper doilies, and crepe paper layered and fluffed into flowers.
On the middle hearts that spell "love", I made some paper rosettes but scoring and folding them, and then gluing the ends together. After its glued you gently push it flat. I then glued some scalloped circles on top of the rosettes and then placed some fun letter stickers to spell out the word love.
Then I just strung it up with some twine! I've placed it in various places around my home but this year I think it looks great hanging above my craft room window.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Im linking this project up with:
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge!
I wanted to share with you today a quick, easy DIY craft you can do that looks great in any of your home décor or craft projects!!
These ruffled flowers can be made with basically scraps! I just used some scrap fabric and cardstock. With a little hot glue, and a few extra minutes, you can make one or a ton.
In the picture below, I have all the supplies laid out that you will need:
*Extra glue sticks
*Cardstock cut into circles
*Scraps of fabric cut into strips
I also put together this quick video to show the process of putting these flowers together. Quite simple! Just add a layer of glue around the outside edges of your cardstock, and then add your fabric, folding and pushing it into the glue as you go around. Hopefully the video gives you a clear idea of how it works.
So that's it! Super easy.
I have a few examples below of where I have some of my flowers in my house. I have a fun frame shelf in my craft room that my husband built for me, and I just added a few flowers to the corner of it. The blue one you see here has been spritzed with Tattered Angels' Patina Glimmer Mist.
These next flowers I made quite a while ago and added them to these candle holders I made out of old shutters. The ruffled flower is made the same way the other ones were, but the rolled flower is just a strip of fabric that I twisted and curled up, gluing as I go.
So that's it! Very simple. Maybe I've given you some ideas to get started on some of your own. Thanks for taking the time to stop by!!
Check out some fun products I used!
I am so excited to share this project with you! It's one that we have been talking about doing for quite a while and have finally gotten around to doing it!
My husband brought into our marriage his beat up little dresser that he has used for probably most of his life (don't tell him I called it "beat up", please!). When we were planning Hayden's nursery, instead of buying a new dresser we decided to just give him Daddy's old one. We have been planning on fixing it up for a while, it just never happened. Until now...
I introduce to you, Daddy's old dresser!!
After scouring Pinterest, I found a few inspiration ideas and settled on staining the dresser and painting the front of the drawers with chalkboard paint. I thought it would be fun to write notes to Hayden on it, or label his drawers, or let him do his own thing with the chalk once he gets older. We recently finished staining the toy box I had made at a woodworking class I attended over a year ago (yes, I know, I procrastinated). Anyway, we had leftover stain from the toy box so we just used it on the dresser as well. We thought it would be nice to have Hayden's furniture somewhat matching.
Well, the first step was to take off the hardware and get sanding.
I plan on keeping the dresser knobs so I can use them in future projects.
After all the sanding was done, we moved on to the staining...
Finally, the painting of the drawers! As I mentioned earlier, we used chalkboard paint.
We let it set outside for a good week so it could totally dry and air out before bringing it inside. Then, Daddy put on the new knobs and brought it inside.
LOVE the finished product!!
I think it turned out even better than I thought it would. Can't wait to label those chalkboard drawers!
Also, after finishing this project I catch myself eyeing my other old furniture in the house thinking about what we could make into our next project....
I have something a little different to share with you than the usual cards!
My husband does a little woodworking as a hobby. I always hate seeing the scrap wood just sitting there going to waste, so I asked him to cut me three blocks for this project.
I started by sanding down my wood blocks with a piece of 80 grit sandpaper. You don't have to use 80, any number will do, but its what I had on hand. Giving your blocks a little sanding will help the paint go on smoother.
After I had my blocks sanded, I just used some orange acrylic paints and laid down one base coat. I didn't worry about a second coat because I like the look of some imperfections and grain showing through. After the orange base coat was dry, I used some cream colored paints and did a different design on each block.
And then, after the blocks were totally dry, they sat in my garage for a few weeks (maybe even longer). It just became one of those projects that I had good intentions to finish but just didn't get around to it... until today! I was out walking and finally remembered to grab a stick to use for the stems. That's right. A good old stick from nature. Totally free! Can't get better than that!
Anyhow, I brought my prized stick home and used my husband's drill to make a hole in the top of each block. Then, I put a little hot glue down in each of the holes and stuck a piece of the stick in each, creating the pumpkin's stems.
To give my pumpkins a finishing touch, I grabbed some of my ribbons, burlap, and string and gussied them up. It probably could be a pretty quick project if you don't leave it in your garage for several weeks!
I'm linking this project up with:
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge!
Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year! I love when the air crisps up, the leaves turn and you can wear your favorite cozy sweater. It's always so hard for me to wait until September to start decorating the house!
I try to do a wreath for each season. Usually I have a plain grapevine wreath that I decorate but on my last trip home to visit the parents they generously let me have an old tractor seat. Might look like junk to some, but I really love it! It's been sitting in my garage for a little while as I pondered what to do with it. Well, I got started thinking about what I wanted to do for a fall wreath and I figured, 'let's use the tractor seat!".
Anyway, I really didn't do a whole lot of work on this. I really just hot glued some fake flowers, pinecones, and a bow to the front of the thing and then stuck it up on the wall. I really like it... hopefully my husband doesn't think Im too crazy when he gets home tonight to see it. :)
At least I didn't decorate the whole house for fall, yet!
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