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DIY Pretty Prehistoric Ring Holders

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Today I have a really easy and fun DIY for you, prehistoric ring holders. Certain toy dinos have a perfect shape or features for holding your favorite rings! I found this Brachiosaurus, and wooly mammoth at the craft store the other day. With a coupon they are really affordable, around $5 a piece. You could use other animals than dinosaurs as well, just pick what you like best.

Here’s What You Need:

*Large Plastic Animal or Dino Toys

*Krylon Plastic Spray Paint

*Craft Acrylic Paints

*Masking Tape

*Crystals

*Glue

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Step 1: Spray paint- Clean off your dinos and spray paint them according to the directions on the can. I sprayed them lightly and did several coats. Let Dry

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Step 2: Tape off areas you want to be left white

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Step 3: Paint- Grab a decent paint brush and paint your dinos in your favorite colors. While paint is still wet, remove tape. Once dry, touch up any spots you need to.

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Step 4: Add crystals(optional)- place small dabs of clear glue( I used e6000) on your dino, and add crystals. Tweezers can be a help when working with small crystals, but I find it just fine to use my finger and press them on that way. Let dry

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Step 5: Add a little necklace(optional)- I added a little necklace to each of mine. I strung beads on embroidery floss and ties around their necks. Enjoy!

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These dinos make a quirky and fun statement to my vanity, and I love them! They are a little bit serious and a little bit silly, which I totally dig! Like I said earlier, you could use any type of animal or dino you like as long as the shape will work. The possibilities are many! I can’t wait to try more! And this would also be a fun craft to do with your kids, or for a party! These would make great gifts to for any gal!

Happy Crafting!

DIY Shabby and Sweet Push Pins

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Today I have a great and easy twofer DIY for you! I’m going to show you how to make these cute push pins for your cork board, and how to use a fabric yoyo maker to make quick and easy, and adorable, fabric yoyos for any number of cute projects. I made these push pins for my window organizer, but they would be just as lovely on your full sized message board, or even for your teen to hang posters in their room!

Here’s What You Need:

*Flat Top Push Pins

*Hot Glue or E6000

*Buttons, Cabochons, Vintage earrings, Resin Flowers

*Fabric

*Yoyo Maker and Template

*Scissors, Needle, & Thread

First I’m going to show you how to make fabric yoyos:

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Step 1: Gather supplies and cut fabric- Using the template on the back of your fabric yoyo maker, mark and cut out your circles. Then gather your needle and thread and your yoyo maker.

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Step 2: Place fabric in yoyo maker- Place your fabric with the right side out around the disc that looks like a gear, serrated edge. Center and hold as you snap the disc into the yoyo maker bottom. There are three lines on the disc you need to try to line up with the raised bumps on the yoyo bottom.

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Step 3: Sew Yoyo- Flip the yoyo maker over so that the bottom of the maker is facing you and the side with the edges of your circle is facing away. Start from behind and bring your needle through the back in one curve, then push the needle down into the front to the back of the other end of the curve. Repeat with each little curve until you have stitched back to where you started.

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Step 4: Make Yoyo- Snap the disc out of the bottom piece, then carefully remove the gathered fabric from the plastic disc. Pull the threads and move and place gathers with your fingers until the gathers, or pleats are all the way pulled in together. Mash the top pleats down to the middle and your yoyo should form when flattened a bit. Tie off your thread and snip ends.

And there you have it. Easy, right! Now let’s make some fabulous push pins!

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Step 1: Gather your supplies- Heat up your glue gun. Get out your flat push pins, and gather all of your yoyos, buttons, cabachons, cameos, and resin flowers.

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Step 2: Glue- Place a small drop of hot glue on your piece, then firmly push the flat part of the pin into the glue. Let dry, and then pin your favorite things and enjoy!

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Wasn’t that easy! This is such an easy craft, and these sweet little pins look so impressive on your cork board! They would make lovely gifts to give for the holidays, and you could make dozens in just a few hours, and they are also so inexpensive to make. The yoyos you can make from scrap fabrics, and the cabs and cameos you can get from the supplies section of Etsy pretty cheap, or raid your local vintage shop for buttons and old cabochons. And perhaps the best of all, is that these little beauties are super fun to make, almost instant gratification! So grab your glue gun gals, and let’s get crafting!

My Latest Craft Show Display

This past weekend I had the pleasure of being a vendor at Raleigh’s Designers Downtown Market. It’s a small show, but there are always a lot of cool artists and crafters there, and it’s a good place to spend a saturday afternoon. They have the show five times a year, and there is always something new and different to see. This month they had a local ice cream truck that was really yummy.

The show this past weekend was the first craft show I have done since starting my new line, and I had a lot of new display ideas. I wasn’t able to get them all organized in time but my booth still ended up being fairly cute. Check it out:

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Don’t you love this old door!

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I would love to have vintage tables to display items! And maybe another window as well. I still have a lot of tweaking to do, but it’s a start. Overall, I think it turned out well. I’d love to hear some feedback and/ or suggestions!

DIY Organizer from Old Window

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Today I have a fun and versatile craft for you all, we’re going to make an organizer from an old window! I made mine with some cork, chicken wire and chalkboard painted wood. It’s fairly simple to do, and the best part is that it doesn’t take long at all to make, you could craft one in an afternoon.

Here’s What You Need:

* An Old Window

*Cork Squares

*Chalkboard Spray Paint

*Chicken Wire

*1.4″ Wood ( I used plywood, but in hindsight I would recommend MDF for a much better finish)

*Sawtooth Hanger

*Power saw or table saw for cutting wood

*Wire Cutters

*Razor Knife

*Scraper

*Rubber Mallet

*Trim nailer, hammer and tacs, or silicone caulk

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Step 1: Remove window glazing- With a sharp razor knife cut along each side of the window glazing popping pieces of it out until all the glazing has been removed. Then scrape the sides with a scraper.

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Step 2: Remove the Glass- Lightly tap upwards on the glass from underneath to slowly move glass to the top and out. If you have a stubborn pane and your glass breaks, carefully pull out the glass shards, preferably with gloves. Carefully discard glass. Then, scrape down the sides of the empty window pane with the scraper until it’s relatively smooth.

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Step 3: Cut Wood- Measure the inside dimensions of the window panes. Mark the measurements on your wood and cut down to size using a table saw or power saw, or you could use a hand saw if you had to.

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Step 4: Prepare Cork and Blackboards- For the blackboard surface boards, clean off the wood and spray the boards with paint according to the directions on the can. Let dry. For the cork; place a generous amount of wood glue on your boards, lay cork on top and secure with a weight, then let it dry. Once your glue is dry, cut down the cork to fit the boards.

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Step 5: Attach boards to your window- Place each board you have in the window pane you would like them in. You can hammer tacs into the sides of the panes, use a trim nailer to shoot small nails to secure it, or you can squeeze a bead of silicone caulk around each board to secure it as well.

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Step 6: Attach Chicken Wire- Cut your wire down to a manageable size using the wire cutters. Stretch the wire and tac down with your nailer or hammer and tacs on each side, trying to keep it taut as possible. Then clip end of wire to fit window pane.

Step 7: Add hangers- You can add a sawtooth hanger to the back, just measure for the center and nail it in. And that’s it! Now you can hang and enjoy!

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I made my organizer to use as a display for my jewelry at craft shows. It works great for jewelry, but it would also be fantastic as an organizer for your kitchen or mud room to make lists, reminders, clip important things to, hang up your favorite comic from the day, really anything you like. I think it would be fun to add some hangers or knobs to the bottom to hang keys or bags from! You can let your imagination run free, there are so many possibilities. So go ahead and make one, and add a little organizational piece of mind to your favorite space!

Happy Crafting!

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My New Gals

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We have added four new chickens to our little backyard flock this year. They are all so cute and curious. Our Black Austrolorp, Betty is the most curious. We frequently find her looking in the french doors. The other day my mom opened them up to see what she would do, and she was able to get some really cute pictures of all four of the newbies! The big black one is Betty(black austrolorp), the reddish brown is Rosie(americauna), the blonde buff colored one is Nora( buff brahma), and the fuzzy black one is Maybelle(silkie). We think Maybelle may be a rooster, which in that case he would be Mayboch instead. They all were feeling a little curious and Nora even stepped her foot inside the door, but none of them ever made it past the doorway. And although I am glad they prefer their nest to ours, there’s really not anything else much cuter than looking over and seeing four curious, wide eyed little chickens starring in at you throught the door to the patio! Adorable!

 

DIY Fun and Chunky Chain Necklaces

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Today’s DIY is oh so simple and easy! In 15 minutes you can whip up a few of these necklaces yourself. I had bought some of these plastic link chain from Etsy a while back and have been holding on to it for a while trying to decide what I wanted to do with it. Then I was watching the news the other day and saw a woman wearing a necklace similar to these and immediately knew I wanted to make one myself.

All you need is some funky chunky plastic chain or links to make chain, some gold or silver chain in any finish and size you like, and some large thick jump rings. I bought my chain from Tomorrows Unknown on Etsy and there were links of several fab colors in my order.

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First you want to assemble your plastic chain. If you have links, you just push the slits together and link one link to the next and so on. If you have closed curb chain, just cut your chain to the length you wish.

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Next you will need to attach a jump ring and your metal chain to one end of your plastic chain. Wrap the chain around to where you like how it fits and drops from your neck, then cut the metal chain to length you need, and attach to the other end of the chain with a jump ring. My necklaces are long, but if you want a shorter necklace you would cut the metal chain in the middle and add a clasp. You can add a little dab of glue to where the jump ring meets the chain for extra security if you like. And that’s it, so so easy right!

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I love how versatile these can be! If you have the colored links you could do solids or mix the colors, make a rainbow. I think these are great accessories for summer, they add a great splash of color to an ensemble! They would make lovely gifts for your girlfriends! And of course a few for you too!

Happy Crafting!

I Heart Etsy Fridays- In With The Old

I don’t usually feature vintage shops since inventory is sort of one of a kind, but I just had to share one of my favorite Etsy vintage shop’s, In With The Old, with you all today. This cute little shop is full of all kinds of vintage goodies! But I do believe the reason I love this shop so much is not just how awesome the items are, but how they are all so beautifully photographed. It’s like eye candy! I just love it! Here are some of my favorites from In With The Old:

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Aren’t they fantastic! I just love them all! Although I do believe my favorite may just be the little lamp with the couple in the car, so cute! And i’d love to have those pillowcases. Hope you all enjoy browsing this amazing shop as much as I do! You can check out In With The Old on Etsy Here

Happy Shopping!

Beau & Roux’s Corner- DIY Pet Bed

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This month on Beau and Roux’s corner I have a fun DIY pet bed you can make from an old suitcase. I’ve seen a bunch of them on pinterest, and I just happened to find a bright red vintage samsonite suitcase at an antique mall for $5 a couple of months ago, so I just had to try one of my own. I would have loved to have bought some retro legs for the bottom of the bed, but did not want to spend a lot without knowing whether it would actually be used by the little fuzzies, so I used wooden ball feet I bought at the craft store and painted aqua. I love how easy it was to make, and if you are a savvy shopper, economical too!

Here’s what you need:

* A Suitcase

*A Pillow and Pillowcase

*Wooden Ball feet or furniture feet of your choice

*Wood Screws

*A ruler, pencil, and drill

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Step 1: Take apart suitcase- My suitcase had a piano hinge which we were able to just pull out easily with pliers. If your has rivets, you can try to hammer them out.

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Step 2: Mark bottom for feet- Measure from each corner where you want your feet. I measured in 2.5″ from each corner for mine

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Step 3: Attach Feet- Drill screws through the bottom to make the pilot holes. Then, flip the suitcase over. Put a washer on your screw and screw into the bottom of the suitcase a bit. Take your foot and screw onto the screw a few turns, then hold the foot tightly with your hand while you tighten the screw down all the way until tight. Repeat with other feet.

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Step 4: Finish- Finish off your pet bed with a fluffy pillow and a sweet pillowcase. My pet bed fit a standard pillow.

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And there you have it. Easy peasy! I love how cute this turned out, and it only took about 20 minutes to make. Beauregard, our dog, really likes it so far! I used one of his favorite pillows from our bed and one of my favorite vintage pillowcases from my stash. Overall a cute, and fun craft for you top make for your favorite furry friend!

I Heart Etsy Fridays- 13 Bears by Sasha Pokrass

This weeks featured artist comes to us from Russia. Sasha Pokrass is my favorite artist bear artist on Etsy! Her toys are wonderful and whimsical, and oh so vintage looking! They kind of remind me a bit of vintage Steiff toys. I love the personality they each posses, and of course I’m smitten with their little outfits! Sasha does amazing art bears, but the other great thing she has in her shop is patterns for some of her bears and other animals! Not only does Sasha make amazing bears, she makes all kinds of other animals from alligators and owls, to elephants, to moose, and one of my favorites, giraffes! There are so many beautiful toys and patterns in her shop! Here are a few of my favorites:

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Happy Shopping!

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Current/Elliott boyfriend shorts
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Red trainer
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Dooney Bourke handbag
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Alex and Ani yellow gold bangle
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Silver chain necklace
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Navy earrings
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