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Freebie Contest!

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Hello all! I just started making these typewriter prints for my shop with lovey messages, but I could use some help. Here is where you come in. Here’s the deal: tell me what you would like to see the message in my little machine say in seven words or less. It can be funny, sweet, or just plain smart; whatever your little heart desires. If I choose your idea, I will create a typewriter print using your phrase and will sell and feature it in my shop and send you one, free of charge! More than one winner may be chosen, depending on how many brilliant ideas I receive.  Now, what have you got?

You can visit my facebook page or just comment below with your ideas! 

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Valentine’s Day L-O-V-E

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(you can order this print for your special Valentine)

Don’t you just love Valentine’s Day? Being a huge romantic at heart, I love to find the romance in every day. I admit I do have this pretty incredible husband (and incredible is kind of a huge understatement), but even if I didn’t, romance is painted all around us, we just have to look. I found it in my cup of coconut, mango oolong tea this morning that warmed me from top to bottom on a snot-freezing morning. I found a bit of romance in the warm slippers and cozy sweater I put on this morning. I found it in the sloppy kisses and bear hugs I got from two squirmy little girls this morning. I found it in the stillness of my home once everyone left and I had two faithful dogs laying at my feet and one orange cat sprawled on the bed beside me. And, if you are anything like me, I found it in the ideas just bursting out of my head for little projects I can do this week; quilts to be made, valentine’s day boxes to be fashioned, treats to be baked, and love to be spread through creative process! Here are a few projects I am thinking of working on this week:

1.Doggie in Tutu Valentine’s Day box

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2. Heart Tarts

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3.Heart quilt

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What projects do you plan to do for Valentine’s day? Do tell!! 

 

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Pillow Face Lift in Ten Minutes

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The night before we closed on our house nearly a year ago now, I laid in bed panicked that maybe we had been too hasty. Was the house right for us? It had everything I wanted-three bedrooms, an office for me, a playroom for the kids, tons of storage space, pocket doors, tin ceilings, a huge wrap-around porch, a nice yard, a big kitchen, a clawfoot tub, an ornate fireplace with built in mirror and pillars, chandeliers, two baths, a large formal dining room-yeah, it was pretty much perfect for me. But as I laid in bed, all I could think about was how dark everything was. It was a foreclosure turned flip by a contracting company and they had stayed very true to the Victorian style of the home. They finished the floors in a very dark stain to match the original woodwork throughout the home. Since I feel like it’s practically blasphemous to paint over the original wood and stripping it all down is not even an option, I am stuck with a very dark atmosphere sometimes. Do I have buyers remorse? Not on your life. Our house is so charming and perfect for us and so true to my style, but  on dark and dreary days like today, I am ready for a little sunshine! 

So, with all the preamble, I present to you my face-lifted pillows. My friend made me covers for these pillows a few years ago and I was in love with them at our other home. However, in the last few years, with two kids, three pets, and many dinners on the couch, they have taken a beating. They are dingy, worn and riddled with holes not to mention a little drab. So, on this dismal day, I thought I would bring a little sunshine in with bright, bold, and fun fabrics.  These pillow cases are soooooo ridiculously easy that I made six-count ’em-SIX in less than an hour. No Joke. 

Since my pillows are all different sizes and yours will be as well, it’s hard to give you real measurements for how much fabric you will need. I’m sorry to say you will have to do that yourself. I started out by choosing fabrics I thought would be eclectically charming and sunny together and went to work. First, I laid out my fabric on the floor and put the pillow on top, cutting it width wise just enough so that when folded together over the pillow, the edges were just touching. When making a case, you want it to fit a little snugly so that the pillow doesn’t lose it’s poofiness if it gets lost in the case.

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I cut it just long enough so that it could be folded over the pillow on each side like you were wrapping a present with about three inches overlap. Then I hemmed the ends.

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After hemming the short ends, I folded it, wrong side out, over top of the pillow and pinned just the top layer where the fabrics overlapped one another. Then I removed the pillow (and the dog who loves to plop himself in the middle of any project I’m working on), pinned the sides together and sewed from one end to the other. In the end, it’s sort of a little pillow pocket. Once sewn, just turn inside out and stuff with pillow! Easy, right??

Here is the final product:

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I was on such a roll, I made some for the girls’ beds, too, since I don’t even want to show you a before and after picture of what their pillows looked like. It would make you squeamish. But, here is the end result:

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I’m thinking of offering custom covers in my Etsy shop. What do you think??

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24 Days of Christmas Crafts: Day eleven (sort of)

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Soooooooo…..this is me. A  little cross-eyed and crazy with Christmas preps. I am a little embarrassed to even be writing this post because my promise of 24 days of Christmas was paved with good intentions! But, simply put, I’m pooped! Christmas is only two weeks away and my list doesn’t seem to be getting any shorter. Though I HAVE been busily preparing and crafting to get things ready for Christmas (making a superman quilt, a queen size quilt, teacher gifts, garland, a bunny and a kitty hat, two princess dolls, two ballerina shirts, a painted plate, two books, two screen printed tees, shrinky dink dog name things {see? this is how tired I am}, a wreath, two VERY ugly Christmas sweaters….you get the idea), I have neglected to take pictures and haven’t had time to blog about them. This is me being incredibly lazy because I am tired! I have also been trying to potty train a puppy at the same time (an early Christmas present for me from my amazingly sweet husband), but it’s honestly like having a toddler in the house. Sooooooo….rather than make any more excuses or promises (though I do hope to be able to post some of my crafts soon as well as yummy recipes) I am offering a peace….um…..offering. Here is a free Christmas printable. Maybe you can use it to make some Christmas crafts of your own!

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(Just right click on image to save and download)

 

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DIY Easy Picture Frames

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This is one of those posts again that seem a little silly for me to even be giving a tutorial about because these are so ridiculously easy to make, but….well, here we are.

I was shopping for a friend for her wedding shower, and I had this big idea to put together this cute little package of goodies for her to decorate her home with. I started, of course, by stalking her on Pinterest to find out what her style was. Though this might seem a little creepy, it is incredibly effective when trying to pick out the perfect gift for someone.

Anyway, on my quest to finding such aforementioned items, I hunted for cute and affordable picture frames. This friend is super trendy. She always looks like she just stepped out of a magazine, so I wanted to find her something that would fit her style. I did. I found this adorable chevron picture frame that was classy, but still looked a little rough around the edges to give it that shabby chic charm. It was a 4×6 (perfect) and…what?!!! Fifteen dollars!! Have I mentioned before how cheap I am? I could have gotten her the picture frame, but I couldn’t afford to add much else to it. So instead, I grabbed two white frames, $5 each, one a 4×6, the other 8×11. I headed home, got out my Sharpies, only second to Duct Tape in their versatility, and went to work.  My husband so wisely looked at me and said, “You’re doing that freehand?” Yep, was my confident reply.  How hard is it to do a chevron pattern?? Well, apparently for someone like me working at 10 o’clock at night, it’s no small feat.  I hated the way it looked, which was completely uneven and I was sure she wouldn’t like it either. So, my original DIY list looked like this:

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then quickly changed to this:

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Instead of Sharpie, I decided to go with decoupaging instead. I had this darling paper called, “The Sweetest Thing” that I picked up from Micheal’s to wallpaper my girls’ room and thought it would be perfect for this project. So here’s what I used:

*2 white picture frames

*glue (for decoupage-so much cheaper than Mod Podge!)

*scrapbook paper

*foam brush

Okay, so I know this is probably pretty self explanatory, but this is how it was done: I started by taking the glass and backing off to be able to wrap the paper smoothly around the edges.  Then I cut strips of paper the length of each side and then some so it could wrap around the edges and be tucked around the side and glued to the back.  I cut diagonal slits in inside corners of the paper so they could be fold neatly around the inside edges. I started gluing my paper down, edge by edge, then I covered the whole thing with a layer of glue, then let it dry and did another layer. My first attempted side looked like this:

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And here are the final products. Pretty easy, right? All in all these took me about a half hour to make both of them. Not too bad!

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I think she liked ’em.

xo

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Personalized Plates

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Due to the fact that I already wrote this post and it erased it on me, I will make this brief. I made these for my nieces after these adorable plates I saw on Pinterest, but they are $25 apiece, so I decided to make my own version of them with plates from the Dollar Tree and oil-based Sharpies.

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Supplies:

1.Rubbing alcohol (to clean off surface of plate before you begin to ensure the paint bonds thoroughly)

2.Oil based permanent marker(available at any craft store)

3. Blank plate

As a lot of my tutorials are, this is pretty self-explanatory. I started out by sketching my design onto the plate and then filled it in with marker. It took me all of 20 minutes to do both plates.  I tried to match the hair/eyes to what my nieces’ look like as far as style and color and purposely did not color the hair in thoroughly to give it that “sketchy” look. I popped them in the oven at 350F for 30 minutes (put the plate in while the oven is heating up and remove it after it has cooled off to prevent cracking) and voila!

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Simple, cheap, cute. One Christmas present down.

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Drab to Fab: A Desk Make Over

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This is Desk. She is from Pennsylvania and she loves sitting in the corner, holding pictures and acting as a drop-off center from time to time of loose change and keys.  In her spare time she acts as a buffet for dinner parties. She is here with us today because she needs a make-over.  She is ready to shed her dull lackluster brown facade and step into something a little more bold and lively. Let’s welcome her, shall we….?

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I love nothing more than a good makeover story. When we bought this house two months ago, I fell head-over-heels for the character it oozed from every nook and cranny. It is an old Victorian home, a restoration itself, and the people who set about restoring her to her original glory really kept true to her Victorian roots. All of the dark, mahogany woodwork has been kept untouched and the dark wood floors are spread throughout our main floor. I adore it! The only setback is, with so much dark wood things can look a little drab.  After spending months trying to paint our other home in preparation to sell it, the last thing I wanted to do was to pick up another roller and start on this one, as least not for a few months. In comes this desk. It is old and even missing a support section that connect the two legs, but I have always loved the character of this desk. She has served our family well over the years, but she has not aged well. She needed a face-lift. 

Like all of my other tutorials, this is cheap and easy. And, I got what I needed from The Dollar Tree. 

Supplies:

1.Pretty contact paper (they always have this pattern at the Dollar Tree, no matter what store I have gone to).

2.Latex paint

3.Medium sandpaper

4.Metallic spray paint

I started off by removing the hardware on the drawers and spraying them with silver metallic spray paint and set them aside to dry.  Then I cut the contact paper to fit the size of the drawer. This only took one roll of the paper to cover them all. A dollar! Score!

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Then I painted it with the latex paint. It only took about two layers of paint. Since I love the “distressed” look, I went through the process of carefully rubbing off some of the paint on the corners and edges to age it a little bit.

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And, there you have it! It took me only about and hour and a half, beginning to end. Not bad. Not bad at all. 

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