Saturday, December 24, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Vintage Fringe Tree

Most of you know that I love to repurpose things so I came up with another project using my green vintage crushed velvet bedspread.
The vintage spread was found at a garage sale for 2.00, but this time I’m using the fringe.
I decoupaged an artist canvas with book pages, aged it a little and then glued on the fringe in the shape of a christmas tree.
Then I just added vintage buttons, beads and a vintage brooch for the tree topper.

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You could really do this project using any kind of fringe or even ruffled strips of fabric.
I think I’ll try strips of fabric next.

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Holiday House Tour

Please visit Paige from Simple Thoughts Blog, Stop #13



Welcome to our home and stop #14




I've decorated our living room and dining room for Christmas in turquoise and greens, along with some vintage and handmade items.

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It’s easy to change your every day framed art with custom holiday prints.


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Ornaments tied with ribbon and attached to the shutters, just adds a little color.


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Vintage brooch on old wool sweater turned into a pillow.


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Silk hydrangeas tucked into the tree to add a little cream color, it almost looks like popcorn, doesn’t it?


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The tree was made from branches from a dead dogwood tree we cut down.
I added moss rocks to the base and decorated it with some homemade and store bought ornaments. I love the way it turned out and you can’t beat free.


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A collection of vintage frames and book page art.



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If you've missed any days or just want to recap all the wonderful homes,
visit the Holiday House Walk

Thanks Jennifer for including me.

Happy Holidays!


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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Spoonflower Fat Quarter Sale

Spoonflower is having a 2 for 1 fat quarter sale on any fabric and even 2012 calendars, which make great tea towels.
The sale is going on now until December 2nd.

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My 2012 Chicken Calendar found HERE

and

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my 2012 Retro Flowers Calendar found HERE

Visit Spoonflower to find many great fabrics designed by talented artists.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Please join me for the Holiday House Walk at
December 5th-9th


I'll be the last stop on the tour no.13
see ya there!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Soda Chalkboard

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Finally, I’m done with the chalkboard.
I made it out of a metal side panel from a vintage soda cooler and a piece of MDF cut to size painted with chalkboard paint.

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The custom chalk holder I made out of a wood cup/finial found at the craft store, I just painted it and added tiny magnets.

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I also made bottle cap magnets.

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I love the red picking through the aqua color.

see the before picture Here

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving tablescapes

Decorating the natural way can be an inexpensive way to decorate for thanksgiving.
Use items like branches, berries and other items found in nature.
Here are some examples of simple yet gorgeous tablescapes.







Halloween Pumpkin Arrangement

Branch centerpiece

Leaf Vase with Pumpkins


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Vintage style miniature wreath ornaments


I found a really cool vintage funky green crushed velvet bedspread for 2.00, it has a small spot on the center but I didn’t care because I knew I was going to use it for fabric.
I’ve made several throw pillows and now the little wreath ornaments.


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I cut a small slits a little wider than 1/4 inch on the end of the fabric, then tore the fabric into strips.
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The wreath shape was cut out of cardboard, a fast trick for cutting out the inside is to cut a slit and then cut the inside, when your done, use clear tape to seal back the edges. It so much faster this way.
Just wrap a strip around the cardboard wreath and secure with hot glue. Then add any embellishments you like.



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They make great tree ornaments, magnets or gift package embellishments.
Fun, cheap and easy to do.



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Winner of Chalkboard print

Charity Donovan was the winner of the print giveaway, her final print choice was “let there be peace on earth.”
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Monday, November 14, 2011

Turquoise pallet shelf


We’ve all been seeing so many things made with pallets lately and I love the fact that they’re free and that they can be saved from ending up in the landfill.
Just recently I found a print shop not far from my house that has a ton of free pallets, in all shapes and sizes.
I thought I would first try a pallet shelf, and because I wanted to add a little color to mine, I just thinned down acrylic craft paint with water. The more water you use, the more transparent the color will be, just like whitewashing wood only with a color. When it was good and dry I sanded down any rough areas which gave it a worn rustic look.

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I love mine in turquoise, but I think these would look great any any color.



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