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14 Days of Love- Valentine’s Yarn Wreath

 

Hello Everyone! Welcome to day four of my 14 Days of Love Valentine’s Special! Today I am going to share my Valentine’s wreath with you. I have always been head over heels for yarn wreathes! I love the texture of them! I made one back in the fall, which you can see Here, and had a great time making it! I have had these little fluffy white dog vintage salt and pepper shakers for a while now, and have been wanting to incorporate them into a wreath. So, I thought they would be perfect for a Valentine’s wreath since they are so cute and lovey dovey looking. I found that I enjoyed making this one even more than my previous wreath!

Here’s What You Need:

*Straw Wreath Form

*Yarn about 2 skeins

*Felt Flowers

*Valentine heart picks

*Wood cut out plaque

*Pipe Cleaners

*Tinsel Heart Wire (not exactly sure what this stuff is called)

*Vintage salt and pepper shakers, millenary birds, etc…

*Hot Glue

*Ribbon

Instructions:

To view more detailed instructions on the process of a yarn wrapped wreath visit my first wreath tutorial here. Start by wrapping your wreath form completely in yarn and tie off the ends or glue them down. To make the platform for your figures you first need to drill a couple of tiny holes with your smallest drill bit into the top on each side for the pipe cleaner you will put in later. Now prime and paint your platform. I sealed mine with matte modge podge. Let dry. Glue your choice of figures onto the middle of the platform. Take two pipe cleaners and twist together at the ends to make one longer pipe cleaner. Insert the pipe cleaner into one side of the platform, then bend it around and trim the end to where you want it. Now, take the pipe cleaner and wrap the wired tinsel around it, then insert both ends into the holes in your platform making a nice rounded shape over your figures. Now put a generous of hot glue onto the bottom of your platform and glue into place in the bottom curve of your wreath. Arrange your flowers and heart picks in the way you like best, then glue them all down to your wreath covering any gaps between the platform and the wreath form. Tie a length of ribbon to the top of your wreath and hang.

I absolutely LOVE how this wreath turned out! I may just have to keep it around inside throughout the year somewhere. These wreathes are quite a bit of work, but in the end they are well worth the effort. You can use other things than vintage salt and pepper shakers too. Birds would be really sweet too, or maybe a hand stitched felt creature.  I hope I have inspired some of you to give this one a try. You will seriously have a blast! Be sure to tune in tomorrow for another fun valentine DIY! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

14 Days of Love- Tutu Tassel Garland

Hi Everyone! Welcome to day 3 of my 14 Days of Love special! Today I have a super fun and easy DIY project for you, tutu garland. As some of you already know by now, I love garlands and buntings! I do at least one every season and on every holiday. For valentine’s day I wanted to make something sweet and airy. I have seen tassel garlands all over pinterest this past summer, and had originally thought of making one of those. Then I found this lovely tulle in spools at Papermart the other day and instantly knew it would make a fantastic garland!

Here’s What You Need:

*Tulle in spools of 6″ wide in your color choices

*Twine or Yarn

*Scissors and a Ruler

*Embroidery Floss

*Large eyed sewing needle

Instructions:

To make the tutu tassels you first want to cut the tulle ribbon in strips. I cut my tulle into 9″ long strips. It takes three strips of tulle to make one tutu tassel. So if you wanted to make a strand that has five red tassels, you would cut fifteen strips. Once you have cut all of the strips you wish to use you are ready to make your tassel. Lay out one piece of tulle on a flat surface, then stack the second skewed one way and the third skewed the other direction. Pinch all three layers as close to the center as you can with your fingers. Let the tulle layers drop and pinch the middle into a point. Tie embroidery floss of the same color as the tulle around the top of your tassel and knot it leaving a tail. Now wrap the top of the tassel several times and tie off with the tail of the first knot. Snip excess threads. Once you have made all the little tassles you want you are ready to string them. Cut a piece of twine however long you wish your garland to be. I think I made mine about 6-7 feet long. Thread one end of your twine with your large eyed needle. Now, insert the needle into the top of the tassel above the floss and pull it through until the tassel is near the end of the twine. Tie a knot around the tassel to keep it in place. Now repeat with the remaining tassels. You can string them all in a continuous row, or you can space them out by knotting around the tassel by looping and pulling the needle through to form a knot around the tassel as you go. Finish off the end with a knot and remove the needle. Now you are ready to hang your garland.

 

I LOVE how this turned out! I wasn’t sure if it was going to work well, but I have to say I think it is just lovely! This garland is so sweet and feminine. It is a perfect touch to add to your valentine decor. It would be fantastic for weddings too!  I hope some of you will give this one a try. It is really fun to make! Be sure to tune in tomorrow for more valentine fun! Until then….

Happy Crafting!

14 Days of Love- Valentine’s Day Bell Jars

Hello there! Welcome to the second DIY in my 14 Days of Love special! Today I will be sharing some fun bell jar ornaments with you. I had originally made some of these for the holidays with sweet miniature trees and figures in them. You can see the tutorial Here. To my great delight, a lot of you made some of your own. Two of my favorites were These made by Amy of Inspired Ideas Magazine, and These from Jess at Made By Jess. They inspired me to make a batch of little bell jar ornaments for my Valentine’s tree with cut out paper valentines inside. They were a lot of fun to make! My mom even made some with me.

You can find the full tutorial Here.I have attached a set of free printable valentine cards to cut out and use as you wish. To make the valentines for inside the jar, crop and print them off to be about 2.5 inches tall. Cut around your subjects with a air of fine scissors. Leave a small strip at the bottom that is about 1/2 inch by an inch. Once you have your bottoms made for your jars, bend down the paper tab at the bottom of your valentine, and glue the bottom of the tab to the jar bottom. You can add little embellishments like tiny paper flowers in your jars too. One of the other things you can do for a topper for your jars is to use buttons instead of beads. I threaded twine through my buttons for hanging before I glued them to the top of my jars.

The best thing about these fun little jars is that your imagination is pretty much your only limit. I absolutely love how mine turned out! They are so cute on my tree! You can change the style of the jars by using your own valentine images and totally customize them to your liking. I hope I have inspired some of you to give these little valentine cuties a try! Be sure to tune in tomorrow for another fun DIY! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

14 Days of Love- DIY Finial Photo Holders

Hey everyone! I had planned on starting this holiday series yesterday, but I just couldn’t get to it. So, today I will be posting two tutorials, yay! For the next couple of weeks I will be posting a new DIY every weekday until Valentine’s Day.  My first project to kick off the series is Finial Photo Holders. This project is really fast and easy! And all you need is a few inexpensive supplies.

Here’s What You Need:

*Wood Finials from the hardware store

*Colored thick gauge wire

*Paint

*Modge Podge or other sealer

*Drill

*Channel Lock Pliers

*Wire Cutters

*Round nose or needle nose pliers

Instructions:

The first thing you want to do is remove the screw from the bottom of the wood finials. Lock onto the screw with your channel lock pliers and twist counterclockwise until the screw comes out. Now, with a skinny drill bit ( I used 1/16th inch) drill into the center of the top of the finial for inserting your wire. Prime your finials with white craft paint, and then paint your finials as you like them.I like to mix patterns like stripes and polka dots with solids and hearts. When your paint is dry, paint on a coat of sealer. I used modge podge matte. Now you are ready to add the wire. Cut a length of wire that is a little longer than your finial. bend your wire a little less than half way down at a 45 degree angle. Now, bend your wire around back towards the bottom to make the left side of the heart. Bend your wire back up and then bend around your pliers to make the second half of the top of the heart. Bend your wire around at an angle meeting and completing your heart shape at the bottom. Now, bend your wire back around a second time matching your first heart shape so that it matches and sits directly behind the first heart. Snip any excess wire from the heart end and then insert the bottom into the hole in the top you drilled earlier. Slide a photo or card in between the wire heart clip and you are finished.

These photo finials were really fun and easy to make! You can use them to display pictures, your favorite valentines, notes, or even a small calendar page. I love how sweet they look on a shelf all grouped together! The best thing about this project is that it is so easy to customize to your style just by varying the paint and wire colors. They would make fabulous gifts too! So go ahead and make one for your valentine this year!

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- January 28th

Red is one of my absolute favorite colors! It’s so fresh and happy! Valentine’s Day is coming up soon which is fantastic because we need something bright and cheery during the neutral winter season. So, this week’s finds are inspired by another one of my favorite color combos, red and white. I have some fabulous finds for you all this week including ladies’ fashions and accessories, and of course plenty of kitchen goodies! Check em’ out:

Check out these fantastic Vintage 1950s Red Mary Jane Flats Shoes from Raleigh Vintage Here

Check out these awesome Vintage Retro Lucite 1950s Striped Stripey Bangles from Deco and Vintage Here

Check out this lovely Vintage 1950’s Bright Red Felt Dainty Perch Hat from Nosilla Vintage Here

Check out this fabulous Vintage 1950s White Chiffon with Red Flocked Polkadot Dress from Mill Street Vintage Here

Check out these fun 1950s Red White Cutaway Gorgeous Clip On Lucite Earrings from Brunette 1 Here

Check out this awesome Vintage 1950’s 2 Strand Chunky Red and White Necklace from Not Domesticated Here

Check out this sweet 1950s Vintage Cherry Red Wallet from Lovely Vintage Girl Here

Check out these fantastic Vintage 1950s Red Velvet & Satin Heels from Erstwhile Style Here

Check out these amazing 1950’s Westmoreland Milk Glass Chicken Bowls from Loved By Jess Here

Check out these fun 1950’s Pyrex Red Hostess Square Serving Bowls with Ramekins from Kitchen Culinaria Here

Check out this fabulous Red and White Dot 1950s Vintage Fire King Bowl from Domicidal Tendencies Here

Check out this amazing 1950s Red and White Kitchen Scale – Made in France from Cozy Cottage Chic Here

Check out these fantastic Vintage 1950’s Hazel Atlas Red Candy Stripe Plates Collection Of 4 from 4 The Love of Vintage Here

Check out this sweet 1950’s Vintage biscuit tin in red and white polka dots from Old Keys Vintage Here

Check out this fun Red / Orange Instant Collection 1930s-1950s Vintage German Berlin Books from Zu Hause Berlin Here

Check out this lovely Sweet Red and White Gingham 1950s Peter Pan collar blouse from Practice in Time Vintage Here

Aren’t they all just so sweet! I absolutely love red! I love each and every one of these, especially the dotty dress and dishes! I hope you all enjoy perusing these shops as much as I always do!

Happy Shopping!

Instagram Love- January 27th

Here are my instagram pics from this week for my 365 Instagram Challenge. You can follow along with me daily on Instagram, or see them on Facebook or Twitter. Until next week…

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Earth 911 Reuse Design Challenge Contest

Hi everybody! I have been meaning to post this little blurb for a few days now, and time has gotten the better of me this week. I am participating in Earth 911’s latest blogger design challenge. We were asked to come up with a project for a gadget case that would be functional and use recycled components as it’s main materials. I chose to make my ipad case and my mom a case for her kindle using a padded mailer and record covers from my ever growing collection. It was a lot of fun to make! Earth 911 is a fantastic website and blog. They have info on where you can find your nearest recycling center, and their blog is full of cool ways to repurpose lots of stuff. Their design contest is going on until the January 30th. I’d be just delighted to have my lovely readers vote for me :) You can vote on their website Here. Once the contest is over I’ll be posting the tutorial for it on the blog. Until then….

Happy Crafting!

DIY Family Portrait Hoops

Pictures have always been among my most treasured items! My mom is a pro photographer, so I have tons of fantastic shots of my family through the years. Before my grandfather passed away he gave me his collection of slides that were pictures my grandparents had taken when my mom and aunt were growing up. They are just fantastic! For a while now, I have been wanting to create a collage of fabric embroidery hoops above my vintage vanity in my bedroom. I had originally thought of displaying vintage fabrics in the hoops, but recently had the idea of getting my favorite pictures printed on fabric to use in the hoops instead. So, I immediately thought of Spoonflower.  For those of you unfamiliar with the company, they are an on demand printer of fabrics. Spoonflower is fabulous! They have a variety of fabrics you can get your designs printed on, as well as wallpaper and decals. This project is such a blast to make, and the finished project looks amazing!

Here’s What You Need:

*Photo Editing Software(I use Photoshop Elements)

*Photos

*Embroidery Hoops

*Paint (optional)

*Needle and thread (optional)

Instructions:

The first thing you want to do is gather your hoops and measure them. Decide which photos you wish to have in what size hoops and make notes. Now, in your photo editing software open your pictures. Create a new canvas and make it the size of the fabric you will be getting. For example a yard would be 36″x54″ for the cotton linen canvass that I printed mine on. Now resize your photos to fit your hoops. If I have a four inch hoop I will crop my photo to 4.25×4.25 square and then drag my picture onto my canvas. It is important to space your pictures about 2″ or so apart to make it easier to cut and finish the backs later on. Once you have your canvas filled, you need to save your design and upload it to your spoonflower account. They have great design help on their website Here. While waiting on your fabric you can paint your hoops with your color of choice if you like. When you get your fabric, cut out your pictures leaving about an inch of white around the pictures. You can add embroidery if you like, or you can leave them as they are. I embroidered a few with names or doodles. To assemble your hoops take the outer hoop off of the inner. Open it up a little with the screw. Lay out your fabric picture over the inner hoop. Then, push the outer hoop over the fabric onto the inner hoop. Pull and straighten out your fabric if it is wrinkled. Tighten the screw and pull your fabric taught so it is nice and stretched over the inner hoop. Tighten the screw as much as you can. There are several ways to finish off the back of your hoops. What I did was trim the fabric down to about 3/4″ wide around the hoop trimming it into a circle. Then I glued the excess fabric hanging outside the loop into the inside of the inner loop frame. You can also finish them out like this or this. It’s really up to you which way you wish to finish it out. I had a bunch and I will never see the back, so I finished mine the lazy way. It works for me. Now you are ready to hang them. I laid mine out on my bed in the way I liked them arranged and hung them one by one starting in the middle and going out on each side from there. You can make a collage in any shape or fashion you like, it’s totally customizable.

 

I absolutely LOVE how my family hoop wall is turning out! I am still collecting pictures from family so I know it will grow. I love how customizable it is. To me this is such a special and sweet way to preserve and display those moments captured in time. I especially love the ones of my grandparents from when they were young and lovely! I love my hoops, they make me smile every time I pass by them! I hope I have inspired some of you to try this fun project out! I know you will love it too!

Happy Crafting!

 

Like my Recycled Record Cover Padded Ipad Case? Please vote for it on Earth 911’s design contest Here!

The Wonderful World of Pinterest – January 2013

Hi everyone! Welcome to my first Pinterest feature of the year. Most of you know by now, I just adore Pinterest! I admit, I am hooked. I’m sure some of you are too. There is so much inspiration to be found on Pinterest, and so many beautiful things! Here are some of my favorite recent pins:

From my board DIY Ideas I Love:

LOVE These!

So cute!

From my board Vintage Finds I Love:

Holt Howard is my fave!

I absolutely adore this, definitely go check out this pin! The blog it came from is fabulous! Saturday finds…

From my board For The Home:

This wall is just fantastic!

Suitcase love!

From my board Pets and Animals:

I NEED this doormat!

<3 <3 <3!

So sweet!

From my board Art:

Educational and cute :)

I absolutely love this!

This cracks me up, it’s so fantastic!

From my board My Style:

This dress is divine!

From my board Food:

Avocado goat cheese and lime, yumm!

What can I say, Pinterest is an endless supply of awesome! To see these fantastic pins and a whole lot more check out my pinterest Here. I’ll be back next month with more of my favorite recent pins. Until then…

Happy Pinning!

DIY Funky Leather Cuff Bracelet

Hi Everyone! Today I am going to show you how to make these fun leather cuff bracelets! I absolutely adore Spoonflower! For those of you unfamiliar with the company, they are a fantastic fabric printer where you can print your own fabric. I had tried them out around the holidays for my advent calendar. I was really happy with the printing and the linen cotton fabric that I had my designs printed on. I have been wanting to make some inspirational leather cuff bracelets for a while. I had originally thought of embroidering little sayings on them by hand, but it kills my fingers. So, I decided that it would be fun to get my little words printed on fabric and machine stitched onto the leather. You can easily make your own quotes or sayings by typing them up in a photo editing program to fit a whatever width you want your bracelets to be.

Here’s What You Need:

*Spoonflower Fabric

*Leather Scraps

*Heavy Duty Snaps

*Snap Assembly Tool

*Sewing Machine and Thread or Leather Needle and Embroidery Floss

Instructions:

The first thing you will need to do is prepare your fabric for printing. Decide how much fabric you wish to order and make your canvas in your photo editing program that size. For example if you’d like a fat quarter, you’d make your canvas 18×21″. Decide how tall you are going to make your cuffs and then size your fonts accordingly. I made my words between an inch and an inch and a quarter tall. Now you need to upload your design to spoonflower and order your fabric. The Spoonflower website has a great faq’s section with all kinds of how to info you can see here. Once you receive your fabric, cut out your words, leaving a little space around them for sewing. Now, measure out your cuff size and mark on your leather. I made my bracelets 8.5″ long by 1 to 2″ tall. You want to measure your wrist and then add an inch to the measurement to add space for the overlap for the snaps. Cut out your leather strips. Mark where you want the snaps to be. I marked mine about a half an inch inwards and centered on each end. Now you can add the snaps. Follow the directions on your package of snaps. Some tools are all in one. You can also buy the snaps as a kit with a little tool included. My tool required me to punch a hole on each end and then there was a little metal tap and a circular holder to fit the snap and then tap together with the metal tap and a hammer. Once your snaps are assembled, you are ready to sew on your patch. I used a little stitch witchery to hold my patch in place while stitching. You can topstitch around your patch on your machine, or hand stitch it with floss and a leather needle. Once your patch is stitched down, clip your threads and then you are finished. Pretty cool, right!

I love how these inspirational cuff bracelets turned out! They were unbelievably easy to make, and adding the spoonflower patch added a fun punch or style and sweetness. You could personalize them and customize them to suit your taste. They would make fantastic gifts too! If you’d like to get my word fabric you can find it through my spoonflower here. I hope you all will try your hand at a fun cuff! Make em’ for the whole family! They will love them!

Happy Crafting!

 

Like my Recycled Record Cover Padded Ipad Case? Please vote for it on Earth 911’s design contest Here!

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