Front Porch Halloween Decor

October 10, 2014 AT 4:22 pm 12 Comments

 

So, I seriously do not think I have ever decorated my front door and shown it on my blog. 

Especially for Halloween.

I’m not a ghost and goblins kind-of-gal, so I usually skip Halloween.

But this year I decided to give it a whirl and have some fun.  I knew the boys would love it because they are always begging me to add lights to the front of our house during the holidays.

Here is what our front door usually looks like.  I am dreaming of a new front porch with double wood doors, but that is a loooong way down the road.  Smile

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To help get me started on my decorating, I added some Outdoor Command light clips to my doorframe.

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Command Outdoor adhesive strips are water- and UV-resistant and designed to resist all weather conditions such as rain, snow, and extreme temperatures.

I made sure to clean off the surface before adding the clips.

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The instructions are super easy to follow!

Peel off the blue side of the adhesive strip and attach it to the back of the clip…

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Next, remove the black side of the adhesive strip and attach the clip to the surface.

Press and hold for 30 seconds…

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I waited for over an hour before I added the orange light.

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Then I attached the jute string from the burlap bunting right over the lights.

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For the wreath on the door, I used a heavy duty Command outdoor hook that can hold up to five pounds.

 

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I followed the same steps as I did with the light clips.

 

I loved the graphite color of this hook because it is the exact same color as my door.  Smile

 

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Now my door is starting to come together!

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The wreath and sign are from Hobby Lobby.

The burlap bunting helps to hide the ugly dark green cording on the lights.

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I had another sign that I wanted to hang by the door, but didn’t want to nail into my brick, so I used one of the heavy duty Command hooks and applied it to the trim work.

 

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After letting the clip sit for an hour, I just added some jute string to my sign and hung it from the clip. 

 

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Now my front porch is starting to show some personality! Smile

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I scooted my wicker chair closer to the door and added some pillows and a throw.

This would be a great spot to sit and hand out candy.

 

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For the other side of the door, I moved my black table under the window and added some mums and pumpkins.

I love how easy it is to decorate for fall.

 

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The thing I like most about using Command clips and hooks is that they are damage free, and I can use them over and over again!

With the refill adhesive strips, I can take them down after Halloween and reuse them for end-of-the-year decorating!

 

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I loved seeing Adam and Eli’s expressions when they got off the school bus and saw the door for the first time.  They were so excited to see our front porch decorated for Halloween!

 

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And check out what the lights look like at night…

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Isn’t that fun?!  Eli sure thinks so! Smile

 

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Happy Fall, y’all! 

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*This post was sponsored by 3M.  I was compensated for this post.  All opinions and ideas are 100% mine.  :)

 


DIY Burlap Canvas Art {Pinterest Party with ME at Michaels!}

February 10, 2014 AT 10:32 am 2 Comments

Hey friends!

I’m sharing a DIY Burlap Canvas Art with you today…

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But first…

I am so excited to announce that I will be participating in a Pinterest Party with Hometalk at Michael’s in Lexington, the Lowry Road location, and I am hoping you will join me!!!

I would LOVE to meet some of my local readers and have fun crafting together.

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So here are the deets!

* Join ME, Hometalk, and Michaels for a Pinterest Party!

* Feb 16th, 1pm – 4pm  at the Lowry Road Michaels store in Lexington, Ky.

* Check out the Pinterest inspired displays at your local Michaels store, buy your supplies, and meet me in the classroom to create your own pin-worthy project. {You can make one of the suggested projects or create your very own Pinterest inspired project.}

You can find coupons to buy your supplies by clicking HERE.

To celebrate, Hometalk is having a great giveaway!

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Now, here’s a quick tutorial of how I made my burlap canvas art.

First, I painted my canvas with white paint.

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Then, I drew lines with a pencil and ruler.

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Lastly, I wrote the words of my saying with black paint.  I had wanted to create a stencil with my Silhouette, but that didn’t work out so I free-handed it.  It’s not perfect, but that is okay. Smile

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That picture of Cy and me was taken when we were dating.  Smile  We dated four months before we got engaged and married 6 months later.  You can read our love story HERE.

I also used a 4×12 stretched burlap canvas to make something for Eli’s room.

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I used a cup to outline the size of baseball I wanted.

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(Yes, we love Duck Dynasty.) Winking smile

Then I used white paint, a sharpie, and a red chalk paint pen to make my baseball.

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You wouldn’t have to use those supplies, but that is what I had on hand.

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Soooo, would you like to party with me?

(Please say yes.)

You don’t have to make a burlap canvas.  You can make these other great projects too.

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If you do not live in Kentucky, you can see if there is a Michaels and Hometalk Pinterest Party in your state by clicking HERE.

ALSO…

Join Hometalk & Michaels for a Craft Party on Twitter!

You’re invited to join Hometalk & Michaels for a Craft Party on Twitter!
Expect laughter, inspiration, pictures, and prizes!

Hometalk Michaels TweetChat
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Time & Date: Monday, Feb 10 at 9PM ET.

How to participate
Use hashtag #CraftParty
Use Tweetchat for easy chatting.

RSVP HERE to enter to win one of six $25 gift cards to Michaels. Winners will be announced at the end of the chat.

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I hope to see you there!!


 


How to Create a Ballard Designs Knock Off Burlap Tablecloth

September 7, 2013 AT 9:44 pm 10 Comments

 Here is a blast from my blogging past!  Originally post on October, 30th, 2009.  :)

 

 

I’ve been needing a kitchen table for my guest house for a looooooooong time now.

But I wasn’t sure what I wanted.

At first, I was thinking my husband could make me an island with some bar stools to use as my eating area in the guest house.

But I placed a large buffet table in the middle of the room, to get an idea of what an island would look like, and I didn’t like it.

It took away from the detail of the cabinets.

So then I started thinking I wanted a small table with two chairs.

But what kind of table did I want?

Well, I found what I wanted in my favorite inspiration spot…Ballard Designs magazine. (If you don’t get this magazine in the mail, visit their website and sign up to get it FREE in the mail.)

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It is a burlap tablecloth with jute trim and sells for $85.00.

Of course I said, “Why buy it, when I can make it?”

So I went to Hobby Lobby and got 4 1/2 yards of burlap. I like their burlap because it is a softer, smoother material, and it doesn’t stink like most burlap. :)

Their burlap was on sale for $1.99 a yard, so it cost me only $9.00.

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And here is the table I was going to use. It was a small patio table that Mom and Dad had on their back porch. Since I was covering it with a tablecloth, it didn’t matter what it looked like underneath! And it was the perfect size. (And price…FREE!)

Here’s how I measured it:

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(Do not laugh at my drawing! I just really thought you would need to see this part if you wanted to make your own tablecloth. You would just use the measurements of the table you were using, not mine, of course.)

That is a total length of 94 inches.

My burlap was 45 inches wide. So I folded it over lengthwise 47 inches (half of the 94 inches I needed.)

I did that TWICE, so I would have two identical pieces.

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Then I took one of those pieces and cut it right down the middle.

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I laid the two smaller pieces on both sides of the larger piece. I unfolded them to show you what it would look like.

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Then I sewed each of the two smaller pieces to each side of the whole piece. Ladies, I didn’t even pin the pieces together! I just held the pieces together on the sewing machine and sewed a straight stitch all the way down. The burlap did well this way. I wouldn’t be able to do that with every fabric. And I wasn’t worried if the ends matched up perfectly because I knew I would be trimming it and adding fringe.

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(The reason you add two smaller pieces to the side is so that you don’t have a seam running down the middle of the top of your table. Doing it this way keeps the seams on the sides of the table.)

Now, we are almost finished.

You need to fold this entire piece in half (from top to bottom).

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Then fold it in half again, just like folding a piece of paper (from side to side).

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Since the total length of my tablecloth was 94 inches, I needed to take half that amount to measure where I was going to cut the material, which was 47 inches.

Since I couldn’t find my sewing tape measure, I used my husband’s metal tape measure to cut a string 47 inches long.

My oldest son helped me with this part.

He held the string at the top corner of the material, as I measured.

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Then I drew a line from one side to the other to show where to cut.

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(My son told me I should leave the scissors on the material to show you guys that I cut it with them. How cute is that?)

The angle at which I took this picture makes the right side look long than the other side, but they are both 47 inches long.

Then I put it on the table to see if it worked. (I was doubting myself a little at this point.)

But it DID!

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Now I need to add some fringe at the bottom. I found some at Hobby Lobby that I loved, but even with the 40% off coupon, it is still pretty pricey.

So I am on the hunt for a bargain, or a homemade version.

I will post about that when I get it finished.

I could just sew a hem on the bottom, but I was really wanting some cute fringe.

But for now, I am very pleased with the results.

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And now our guests have a place to eat!

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I will be getting some glass to put on top of the table to protect the burlap.

The two black chairs on each side of the table were purchased at Goodwill for $30.00.

They looked like this when I bought them…

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And after I re-did them, they looked like this…

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You can read about that project HERE.

I thought I would be using them by the couch in the “living” area of the guest house. But now I think they are perfect for the kitchen table.

I still have some more projects for the guest house that I am working on, and I will share them as soon as they are finished.

But for now, thanks for letting me share this project with you!

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Blessings,

 


 


Decorative Burlap Memo Board {for my office}

July 2, 2013 AT 12:25 am 21 Comments

 

Hey friends!

I wanted to show you something I made for my office.

It is a large burlap memo board.

 

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I love it because it is decorative and functional.

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It was super easy to make, and I got all my supplies at Lowe’s {minus the burlap.}

Supplies from Lowe’s:

Large Green Foam Board {Insulated Sheathing}

1×2 pieces of wood

Oil Rubbed Bronze Upholstery tacks

 

Here is what the insulated sheathing looks like…

Pactiv 1/2-in x 8-ft x 4-ft Extruded Polystyrene Insulated Sheathing

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It’s over near the lumbar section at Lowe’s.

 

 

FIRST, I measured the space between my office desktop and the upper cabinets and created a frame out of the 1×2 pieces of wood.

 

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I used wood glue and my nail gun to attach the pieces of wood together.

THEN, I laid the wooden frame on top of the green foam board and used a box cutter to cut the foam board the same size.

 

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I used a glue gun to attach the wood frame to the foam board.

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AFTER THAT, I laid the board on to of a large piece of burlap that I got at Hobby Lobby.

 

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I just pulled the burlap tightly over the frame and hot glued it to the wood.

BE CAREFUL!!  You can easily burn your fingers during this step.  {Don’t ask how I know.} Smile

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Lastly, I turned the board over and nailed the upholstery tacks evenly around the edges of the board.

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How big your board is will determine how far apart your upholstery tacks are.  You can space them out however you want.

Then I placed the board against the wall.  It was a very snug fit, but just to secure it a little more, my husband screwed the top of the frame to the upper cabinets.  {He screwed the screw down through the bottom shelf of the cabinets into the wood frame.}

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I absolutely LOVE my new decorative memo board!  It adds texture and color to the walls, but it is also functional.

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It’s going to really help me stay more organized.

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I look forward to showing you the rest of my office transformation soon!

Stay tuned….

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Check out the Lowe’s Creative Ideas site or download their app to view it on your iPad.

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Disclosure: As a blogger for Lowe’s creative team, I was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to purchase supplies for this post. All ideas and words are always my own.


 


Burlap Lamp Shades {Pottery Barn Copied Me!}

March 11, 2012 AT 9:21 pm 27 Comments

Okay, ladies.

Last night, I was looking through the latest Pottery Barn Kids magazine for some decorating inspiration, when I saw something that caught my eye.

It was something that looked very familiar to me.  A boy’s burlap lampshade.

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I recognized it because it looks eerily similar to the lamp shades I made for my boys’ room 3 years ago!

 

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Yep!  It was my idea first!

(Okay, maybe not.  But I’m am TOTALLY claiming it as my original idea!)

I had never seen anything like them before.  I just had some lamp shades for my boys’ room that needed some updating.  So I decided on burlap, (since it is my favorite material in the world.)  But they were still a little too plain, so I decided to paint some red numbers on them to match the colors in their room.

So ya see?  My idea.  Smile

These lamp shades were featured a lot in blogland, so I think the folks at Pottery Barn saw them and was inspired by ME.  (A girl can dream, right?!)

Anyway, since I completed this project “pre-Pinterest” days, I thought I would share the post with my readers again.  (Especially since I have about 4,000 new readers since I first published this!)

 

 

Updating Lamp Shades for the Boys’ Room

I am loving the new update for the lamp shades in my boys’ room!

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It’s exactly what I had envisioned in my head. I bought some lamp shades from Target for the boys’ room a couple of years ago. They weren’t exactly what I was looking for, but they were the right size and shape, (and price).

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They were covered with a tan paper that began to bubble. I tried to ignore it, but it was driving me crazy.

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I began to think about how I could recover them…maybe with new material? blue? red? khaki? And then it hit me….BURLAP, BABY!

If you don’t know about my obsession with burlap, just click on “burlap projects” in my archives, and you’ll get a good idea.   Smile

I already had some leftover burlap, so I quickly got to work. First I pulled the navy blue trim off of the lamp shade. That was super easy.

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Then I took my burlap and wrapped it around the shade.

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I covered each side of the shade with fabric glue and a sponge brush and pressed the burlap to the shade.

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Then I let it dry. I tucked the edge of the material under and secured it with my glue gun.

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Press the seam down and it will lay nice and flat. Just be careful because the glue can seep through the holes of the burlap! Trust me…I know!

 

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Once I had the whole shade covered in burlap, it was time to put the trim back on.

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First, I trimmed the burlap around all of the edges with my scissors.  Next, I got out my trusty glue gun and glued the ribbon back on.

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They were already looking sooooo good to me!

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But it needed something else.  They were just a little too plain for me.

Sooooo. I bought some stencils at Michael’s (with a coupon) for 4 bucks. Then I got out my sponge brush and the same paint that I used to paint the boys’ collector’s shelves. (Colonial Red)

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I let the boys picked out a number that they wanted stenciled on their lamp shade, and I got to work.

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I taped the stencil in place and applied the paint with my sponge brush.

 

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Then I used a smaller paint brush to go over the edges of the numbers to make them more even.

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They are perfect! To me, at least.

 

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It was nighttime when I took the pictures of the lamp shades in the boys’ room, so I used my flash for some of them. ( I usually try not to do that, but in this case I thought some of the pictures turned out better with the flash.)

 

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The boys are thrilled! They love having those lamps beside their beds to read at night.

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If you want to learn how to make a collector’s shelf similar to the ones in the boys’ room, click HERE.

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I bought the swing arm lamps at Goodwill for $2.50 a piece. They were an ugly brass, so I spray painted them with a metal spray paint from Lowe’s. It was called “hammered metal” or something like that. It was two years ago…

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Well, that’s it! It took me about 30 minutes to complete this project. It was well worth the time and $4.00 I spent on it. Don’t you agree?

 

 

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So there you have it!

What do you think?  Do you agree they copied off me?  (I’m not looking for honesty here, y’all!)

Maybe I should change their picture a little (hee,hee)…

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Pin that, Baby!

 

(P.S.  If you were to find out that Pottery Barn had these lamps shades for sale before I made mine, please do not leave a comment telling me so.  It will burst the little happy bubble I am living in right now.) Smile


 


“I Celebrate YOU” Tablescape {Guest Post by Me!}

May 25, 2011 AT 12:07 am 16 Comments

Hey Guys!

Today is the only day that someone didn’t sign up to guest post for my “Help, I’m moving!” series, but I had a saved post from a guest post I did at Positively Splendid, so I thought this would be the perfect time to share it.

Can I guest post on my own blog?

Well, I am!

But before I do, I just had to share this year’s Easter picture with the boys.  It was a rainy day, but that didn’t stop us from getting a quick picture.  Unfortunately, dead batteries did stop us from getting a picture with Daddy.  :(

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I love these boys so much!!!!  (and I love the one taking the picture too!)

I am hoping to get some family pictures soon when the weather starts cooperating!

 

My post for today is about celebrating your loved ones.

This would be a great tablescape to celebrate your children on their first full day home for the summer.

Or it would be a great way to celebrate the special friends in your life.

There is not much of a tutorial for this post, just inspiration.

I had a wooden picture frame that I painted white, and then I hot glued a pink flower to the top right corner.

I used my Silhouette machine to print out the words “there is no one like YOU” on black fabric.  I used my heat transfer material from Silhouette to iron the words on a piece of burlap.

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This can be done without a Silhouette machine.  If I didn’t have one, I would find a stencil I liked and use black paint and a sponge brush to paint it on the burlap. (Or just paint it free hand!)

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For my tablescape, I cut rectangular placemats from burlap and frayed the edges.

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I used some black and white gingham napkins that I got at a yard sale last year for 25 cents a piece.

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Then I used some expressions from the online Silhouette store to iron on the bottom right corner of each placemat.

 

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I love thinking of my guests or my children reading these words over and over as they eat their meal.

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I kept moving the picture frame around as I took pictures.  It finally ended up on the side table!

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It’s so bright and cheerful!

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When my boys came home from school today, they saw my tablescape and loved it.  They asked me which seat was theirs?

I said, “Take your pick! Because each of you make me smile, make me happy, melt my heart, and I simply adore you.”

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I hope this gives you a little idea of how you can celebrate the ones you love this summer!

A few days after I took these pictures, it was Mother’s Day.  So I decided my frame would be a perfect gift for mom.  Dad and I visited Mom’s grave on Mother’s Day, and I placed the frame on her headstone with the bright yellow flowers.

I miss her so much.

Promise me you will take time this very day to tell your loved ones how precious they are to you!

Thanks!

Traci

P.S. YOU are precious to me!!!


 


Burlap Tiebacks with Interchangeable Flowers

May 6, 2011 AT 10:17 am 11 Comments

 

Happy Friday, ya’ll!

If you missed this tutorial that I did for my fellow Kentuckian, Gail at My Repurposed Life, here it is!

I want to share with you how I made burlap tiebacks with interchangeable flowers that I made for my drop cloth curtains.

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I got my inspiration for this project when I went shopping with Sarah, Thrifty Decor Chick, last month.  We went to the Ballard Designs’ outlet store, and I almost bought these burlap curtain tiebacks that were on sale(picture below).  One thing you need to know about me is I love burlap!

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Then I came to my senses and said,  “Why would I buy this, when I can make it!”

Oh, it’s the blogger in me.

:)

I decided I wanted to make a flower with a little more spring flare, so I chose to make a pink one.  (Or we can call it “Honeysuckle” which is the color of the year.)

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You have probably seen how to make one of these silk flowers before in blogland.  So have I, but I had never tried to make one for myself.

Can you say, F-U-N!

I had a blast making these flowers.  (I may have even created a new obsession for me!)

I bought this costume silk at Walmart.  I got 1/4 of a yard, and it cost me only $.67!

First, I cut out five circles of descending sizes and traced them onto my pink silk fabric.

 

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Then, I cut five slits on each circle to create the “petals”.

Carefully hold each circle of material over a small flame, (a tea light works best) and let the heat singe the edges.

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Follow the two steps above with each circle and then layer them on top of each other to create the flower.

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The last step is to get a needle and thread to attach the pearl button in the middle of the flower.  Start from the back of the flower so the knot in the thread will not be seen.

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Precious!

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To make the burlap tieback, I just cut a piece of burlap 9 inches by 30 inches, folded it longways, and stitched up 2 of the three sides, leaving a hole at one end to pull the material through.

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Then I ironed it flat…right side out, and stitched up the remaining side.

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I also made two little strips of burlap to create loops on the inside of each side of my tieback, so I could attach the tieback to the wall with a hook.

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The only thing left to do was attach the “hook & eyes” to the flowers and tiebacks.

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And now I have a beautiful burlap curtain tieback!

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I had so much fun making that flower, that I made two more flowers using a different technique that I will be sharing on my blog in the future.

I sewed a “hook” on the back of each of my flowers, so I can change them out whenever I want.  How fun!!

 

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I can think of a million different kinds of flowers to make.  Maybe red ones around Christmas?

What do you think?

Of course, you could used this same concept with a different type material, if you do not like burlap.

Let me know if you give it a try.  :)

Have a blessed day!


 


Burlap Bird Pillow

July 19, 2010 AT 12:19 am 25 Comments

Well, I was inspired so much by the bird pillows that Suzanne from Just Another Hang Up made that I decided to try and make one for myself.

Now don’t go a thinkin’ that my pillow will look anything like hers, ’cause it won’t!  I just wanted to make a pillow with a bird on it..that’s it folks!  No fancy ruffles.  :)

Since we stained our patio concrete floor brown to look like tile, I decided to use some leftover brown burlap material to make my pillow.

I followed Suzanne’s instructions and found a picture of a bird online.  I found it by googling “bird silhouette” to see what would come up.  When I found a bird that I liked, I printed it out on my computer.

Then I placed a cutting board underneath the paper, and cut out the shape of the bird with my exacto knife.

I cut two 14.5 x 14.5 inch pieces of burlap for my 14 x 14 pillow.  The extra half inch on each side allows for the seam.

Next, I centered the bird cutout in the middle of the burlap.

Then I used some white acrylic paint I had and a sponge brush to paint the bird on the material.

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I wasn’t sure I was liking my bird, but I put the pillow together anyway.

I sewed the right sides together, leaving a big enough space in the seam to slide the pillow form in, then I sewed up the opening.

To be honest, I wasn’t real crazy about the way it turned out.

But she’s kind of growing on me!  :)

The more I see the pillow outside on the patio, the more I kind of like her.

So I think I am going to keep her for now!

I found some pillows for my patio table and chairs at Target and Garden Ridge today that I think I like.  I was hoping to have my patio finished already, but it is taking me fo-eva since I am now working full time this summer.

But I am getting close!

I am definitely going to visit Kimba’s DIY Day this week!  She is hosting a special DIY Day–Outdoor Edition!

If you have an outdoor project that you have completed this summer, like a front porch or a back patio, then link up and join the fun!

I will be checking out all the great ideas!

Have a blessed day.
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Velcro Burlap Bed skirt

March 21, 2010 AT 10:49 pm 62 Comments

I am continuing to work on my master bedroom makeover.

I found an entertainment armoire to hide our tv in for $40.oo! It needs a little work and a fresh coat of paint, but I think it will look great when I am finished. :)

A little progress has been made on my bedding. This part can be stressful. I am trying to come up with the colors that I want in my bedroom. I was leaning toward my favorite colors…tan, black, white, and red. But lately, I’ve been wanting to add a little bit of light blue instead of red to my palette.

I went to some fabric stores and found a fabric that I loved. It had some blues and browns in it, and I might make some pillows with it. Not sure.

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But I did decide what material to use for my bed skirt.

Brown burlap.

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Ya’ll know that I love burlap. And when I was looking at my inspiration fabric, I could picture it with a brown bed skirt. I remembered that Hobby Lobby had some brown burlap on sale for $1.99 a yard. How can you beat that?

I bought four yards of it and brought it home. I tucked it under my mattress to get an idea of what it would look like and I loved it!

So here is what I did to make it.

The burlap comes in a 45 inch width, so I unfolded the material and cut it in half. I will be able to make skirts for two sides of my bed with this.

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Using one half of the material, I decided to make my hem on the outer un-cut edge by first ironing the edge over about a half inch.

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Then I folded it over again about an inch and pressed it again

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Next I sewed a straight stitch down the hem.

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Now I have to explain this great idea I had for making a bed skirt.

I wanted to make a skirt that I could just velcro onto my box springs. I have made bed skirts before that are like the kind you buy in the store. The ones that have the material all the way across the box springs that the skirt is attached to.

It was always really hard for me to get the bed skirt to fit “just right”. One side was usually too long, and I would have to use safety pins to keep the skirt in place. Even bed skirts you purchase in stores can drive you nuts. They are always moving around when you put your fitted sheet on, or they will end up sliding over and drooping on one side. I can’t stand that.

So to keep my bed skirt in place, I decided to velcro it to my box springs. I didn’t come up with this idea on my own. My mom was a professional seamstress, and she had told me about this idea. She hadn’t tried it herself, but she said she had seen other professionals do it.

I have always wanted to try it, and my bedroom makeover was the perfect place.

So I bought some industrial strength velcro from Walmart for twenty dollars. I didn’t like paying that much, but it was a lot cheaper than the velcro I almost bought at JoAnn’s Fabrics. It would have been over 40 dollars there!

I got it because it was two inches wide, and I thought that it would make the bed skirt more durable. (You may be able to find it somewhere else for less.)

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Unfortunately, I didn’t notice that it had a “sticky” back to it. (I know…it says it right on the box! Duh.) The stickiness actually became a huge pain when I was sewing the material to it.

Now you might think I am crazy, but I hot glued the velcro to my box springs. I wanted to make sure it wasn’t going anywhere. :)

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The velcro strip looked something like this when I was done. (I have pushed my mattress back to take this picture.)

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The edge of the velcro was 17 inches from the ground so I decided to make the skirt 18 inches long.

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The next steps are not easy to describe in a post, but I will try.

The total length of my material from top to bottom was about 22 inches long (after I had already hemmed the bottom). I wanted the skirt to be a finished length of 20 inches…18 inches for the part of the skirt you would see, and 2 inches to sew onto the velcro strip
and tuck under the mattress.

I also created a one inch hem on each side of the skirt.

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The next part made me almost lose my sanity!!!

I was going to show you an easy way to pin the material to the velcro strip, but there was no EASY to it! The material kept sticking to the strip when I didn’t want it to. (I’m not going to go into detail of how I literally wrestled that strip of sticky velcro…it’s just too painful to re-live.)

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I finally decided to use the “stinky” to my advantage.

I just folded the material over every couple of inches and pressed it to the “sticky”.

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It still wasn’t holding together very well, so I ran to my sewing machine and began sewing.

I sewed a straight stitch on the top and bottom of the two inch velcro strip and attached it to the box springs.

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Though I wasn’t sure it was all going to come together…

it turned out exactly as I had hoped.

(I still need to iron it in a few spots.)

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I ADORE the look of burlap.

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I only have pictures of the left side of my bed because I haven’t done the other sides yet. :)

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I used a little less than four yards for this side of the bed. I had to cut off about 6 inches of one end because there was a bad place in the burlap. Sometimes that happens.

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The other half of this material will be used for the skirt at the end of the bed. I will need to get 4 more yards to do the right side of the bed and will have material left over for pillows if I need it. ;) I will have 8 total yards in the whole bed skirt which will cost me $16.00. So the whole skirt ended up costing me $36.00. I think that’s pretty good! (I already had the other supplies like thread and glue sticks.)

I am hoping to finish the skirt tomorrow, and start painting the armoire.

Update:  Here is a picture of my bedskirt in my completed bedroom makeover.

 

If you have any questions about my bed skirt, please feel free to ask. It’s usually best to email me at

beneathmyheart4(at)gmail(dot)com

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Blessings!

Traci

 

I will be announcing the winner of the $50 dollar gift certificate to Leen the Graphic Queen Monday afternoon!


 


My first video tutorial

February 15, 2010 AT 6:06 pm 76 Comments

I just posted a tutorial on how to make my magnet boards earlier today.  I had hoped to post my video, but couldn’t get it to work.

Making this video and trying to post it has definitely been a learning experience!

I tried to upload it 4 or 5 times but nothing worked.

I finally tried to upload a different copy of the video, and it worked!  Unfortunately, this video wasn’t the one I wanted to post.  I had better music on the other one, but oh well!  What do you do?

I hope and pray that you will still keep following me after you watch this.  Promise me that you won’t think I’m a weird-o, okay?

Pinky promise?

(You may want to hit pause and let the video fully load before playing.)

Nervously awaiting your approval…

Traci


 





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