Monday, September 30, 2013

Fairy Tea Time Bow Holder

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Recently, my son-in-law painted an upstairs bathroom for my granddaughter from blue to pink.  When I saw this wallpaper at the Brewster Home Fashions website, I knew it would be perfect for a couple of projects to help decorate it.  This is another one of the wallpaper samples I got from Brewster.

The first thing I decided to make was a bow holder.  My granddaughter is more amenable to wearing them these days, so she has quite a few now.  I think having one neat place to keep them all will be helpful.  I started out with a wood plaque from Michael’s and painted the edging with a mix of two different brand name chalk paints in pink.  I had mixed them together to make up enough for another project I had done and had just enough left over for this project.

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I traced out the front of the plaque on the back of the wallpaper.  I used Mod Podge to apply the wallpaper to the plaque.  Once it dried, I applied one coat to the top.

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Once that all dried, I chose my ribbon and cut it to length.  I stapled it to the front of the board.

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To cover the staples, I picked up a package of three different shades of pink flower buttons.  I didn’t realize it until I got home, but the flowers actually fit in with the flowers in the image on the wallpaper.  I clipped of the backs and hot glued them in place over the staples.

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Done and ready to hold some bows! 

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The final addition of a sawtooth hanger to the back and it is good to go, providing some wall d├ęcor as well as being functional.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Creative Home & Garden Hop

 

Welcome to The Creative Home & Garden Hop!  The Creative Home & Garden Hop is hosted by me and,

Mary from Back to the Basics and Mary’s Kitchen

Alison from Mumtopia

and Lisa Lynn from The Little Homestead On The Hill

That means that when you link up your posts each week, they will be viewed by even more people! Each host will be sharing her own picks for Featured Bloggers. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured and increases your exposure to new readers. Be sure to check all of our blogs to see if you were featured!

A big thank you to everyone who had a link back to the hop! You made my job so much easier for choosing Features.

Victoria’s Vintage Designs did a beautiful makeover on a buffet! 

Cats On The Homestead made a really cute drawstring backpack for her daughter!

Katie at The Shabby Cottage Home shared some great Fall signs that she made!  This one is my favorite!

Don’t forget to visit the other co-hosts to see who they have featured.

If you were featured, feel free to grab the button and share it on your blog!

The Little Homestead on the Hill

Now, on to your latest creations!

  • Share up to 3 of your Creative Home and Garden posts. Etsy sellers are welcome to share here too. :)
  • Please link back to the hop in your post. If you don’t take a couple of seconds to do this, you won’t be featured. You can grab our cute button or use a text link in your post. Thanks for sharing the hop with others!
  • Pretty please, with cherries on top, go visit as many of the other bloggers posting as you can! The whole point of a hop is to build a community of like minded bloggers who share and support each other. :) We all love to hear from our visitors, so please leave thoughtful and kind comments when you visit!
  • Link your posts once. Please do not link the same post you linked last week! Let’s keep it fresh and fun!
  • By linking your posts here you are assuring us that all images and contents are your own, or you have permission to share them. You are also agreeing to let us share your post and images on social media and our blogs.
  • Happy hopping!

I’m looking forward to seeing all your links! 

Friday, September 27, 2013

One For Here, One For There . . .

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I’ve been alternating sewing and making things for my Etsy, my booth, and the Dickens Festival gift shop.  The most recent items I finished ~ two pillows.  This owl one for the booth.

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I already showed you the Jane Austen silhouette pillow that has been put aside for the Dickens Festival in December. 

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I also made a few pumpkins on stands for my booth.  You might remember that I made one of these for myself last year using a short wood candlestick from the craft store, and a pumpkin and witch hats from the dollar store.  You can see that post here.  The Halloween hair elastic came from Hobby Lobby.

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Okay. Breaks over! Back to work!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Jane Austen Silhouette Pillow

I found a round/oval crochet doily at a yard sale recently that had a linen insert in the middle.  It reminded me of a cameo so I knew I wanted to do something with a silhouette image.  I decided to go with the Jane Austen silhouette since it is easily available online and did an iron on transfer onto the linen insert.

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I am using dropcloth for the pillow cover and sewed the doily onto the center of the pillow, tacking down some of the outer crochet pieces that would tend to flop over.

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I played around with the stitch pattern on my sewing machine and used a curvy wave pattern to sew the pillow together.

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I’m really pleased with the way it turned out.  This is going on the side to come with me to the Dickens Festival gift shop in December.

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I’m going to tell you something and I hope you won’t laugh.  I will be 50 next month and I never read any of the Jane Austen books until two weeks ago!  I managed to catch “Emma” on Masterpiece Classic recently and loved it. 

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I have also seen Pride and Prejudice {the Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen version}, which I also loved.  I downloaded “Emma” to my kindle for free and read it right after I saw it on Masterpiece Classic.  Mansfield Park is waiting on the kindle to be read next!

Linking up with

Open House Party at No Minimalist Here

Be Inspired at Common Ground

Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

Blissful Whites Wednesday at Timewashed

Monday, September 23, 2013

Magnetic Makeup Holder

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Recently, Brewster Home Fashions generously sent me some sample wallpapers from their collections to utilize in some projects.  I’ve got lots of ideas for these samples and today I’d like to share one of those projects with you.

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You might recall I found this picture at a garage {or estate} sale not too long ago and I really just bought it for the frame.  I removed the print and glass, and painted the frame with Old White Chalk paint.  I then added a glaze to it to pick up on the decorative detailing with some brown craft paint.  I chose the Belle Maison Flourish Blue Cameo Fleur sample paper that I received from Brewster and attached that to some foam core that I cut to the size of the opening {I used the cardboard backing as a template}.

I also picked up this screening, which apparently has a lot of uses.

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I used the glass from the picture to measure for the screening size needed.  I had to get my husband’s help with the screening because it was a bit difficult to cut.  He had to use his Rotozip tool. 

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The great thing about this screening is that it is magnetic, so this project can be used as a memo board, or

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To hold jewelry, or

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in this case, to hold makeup!

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Some magnets attached to the makeup makes it easy.  This will be going home with my daughter to hang in her bathroom, and will make for an easy and attractive way for her to get at her makeup easily.

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Linking up with

Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm

Fall Into Fall at DIY by Design

 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Creative Home & Garden Hop

Welcome to The Creative Home & Garden Hop!  The Creative Home & Garden Hop is hosted by me and,

Mary from Back to the Basics and Mary’s Kitchen

Alison from Mumtopia

and Lisa Lynn from The Little Homestead On The Hill

That means that when you link up your posts each week, they will be viewed by even more people! Each host will be sharing her own picks for Featured Bloggers. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured and increases your exposure to new readers. Be sure to check all of our blogs to see if you were featured!

There were a few people I wanted to feature but couldn’t because there was no link back to the hop. 

Diane from Design Till It Shines made a window look frame out of a plain frame and gave it a vintage look with some old family photos!

Lorena at Rose Chic Friends took matters into her own hands and updated her kitchen island’s countertop without spending a lot of money!

Don’t forget to visit the other co-hosts to see who they have featured.

If you were featured, feel free to grab the button and share it on your blog!

The Little Homestead on the Hill

Now, on to your latest creations!

  • Share up to 3 of your Creative Home and Garden posts. Etsy sellers are welcome to share here too. :)
  • Please link back to the hop in your post. If you don’t take a couple of seconds to do this, you won’t be featured. You can grab our cute button or use a text link in your post. Thanks for sharing the hop with others!
  • Pretty please, with cherries on top, go visit as many of the other bloggers posting as you can! The whole point of a hop is to build a community of like minded bloggers who share and support each other. :) We all love to hear from our visitors, so please leave thoughtful and kind comments when you visit!
  • Link your posts once. Please do not link the same post you linked last week! Let’s keep it fresh and fun!
  • By linking your posts here you are assuring us that all images and contents are your own, or you have permission to share them. You are also agreeing to let us share your post and images on social media and our blogs.
  • Happy hopping!

I’m looking forward to seeing all your links! 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Gross Anatomy {Or A Halloween Pillow}

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I’ve been wanting to make a pillow for my son and finally got to it the other day.  The only thing I had to buy was the pillow form and I used a 12 x 16 for this one.  I decided to use some left over drop cloth material for this pillow and two images that I had saved from Karen at The Graphics Fairy.

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As many of you know, my son graduated from college in June with a degree in Athletic Training.  He is now in Pennsylvania pursuing his Masters in Athletic Training.  One of the classes he had to take was Gross Anatomy.  When he explained the class to me, I had to give him a lot of credit for dealing with that.  Anyway, I thought this pillow would be fun to help commemorate that class for him {although, I’m sure he will never forget it!}.

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I was able to use a portion of the drop cloth that was hemmed, but for the other sides that were not, after I ironed on the images, I turned over the seams and ironed them.  Then I sewed those on the machine with white thread.

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I wanted to put this pillow together with right sides facing out so I chose a black thread to sew it up.  I tried to take a close up shot of the stitch pattern I chose.  I thought it looked like a heart rate that you might see on a monitor.  I know, it is sad how I amuse myself {or worrying}.

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I like how the black thread gives some interest to the pillow as opposed to if I had just used white thread.

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Typical for my pillows in recent years, it is reversible so either side can really be considered the “front”.  He can flip it to suit his mood.  Because of the images, it can also be considered a Halloween pillow!

Linking up with

Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy

Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life

 

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