Christmas Wreath With Christmas just around the corner, I’m noticing stores bringing in decorations, playing holiday music and already spreading the cheer. I’m a sucker for all things Christmas, it’s my favorite holiday by far! I love the family gatherings, baking, cooking, decorating, music, shopping, wrapping, giving, driving around looking at lights and anything else that comes with this time of year. Even the snow (unfortunately, I don’t see a whole lot of it these days). I’m the annoying one that wants to pull the tree out as soon as it’s November and start playing Christmas music morning, noon and night. So, I decided to spare my husband with the pre-Christmas drama and just stick to the malls and department stores to get my fix. Until December, of course. I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for possible presents and festive home decor. I saw lovely wreaths at one of the stores and nearly fell flat on my face when I saw how much they were selling for. It was just a fake wreath with delicate beading and a few other things for $70. So, it occurred to me that another crafty project was soon to commence. I went straight to the craft store and bought a few items to create my own, unique wreath. It didn’t have to cost me $70, but rather $8. I think that’s something worth getting cheerful about. I wanted my wreath to be obviously handmade and not so perfect or Martha Stewart inspired. Not to say that I don’t think there are some AMAZING wreaths out there, cause there are (and our next craft...

Oh, hello halloween Just this week I realized that Halloween was only a week away. I know, I can be a bit slow. I still had no pumpkins on our front porch and by now we should. I don’t know if it’s just me, but with all the hustle and bustle I couldn’t find the time to really put a lot of thought and time in to my pumpkins this year. Yes, I wish I didn’t have to work everyday so I could sit at home and craft the day away, but that is not reality and life must go on. So, I borrowed this idea from a friend who showed me a wonderful idea on a blog called Young House Love, which we love! It’s super simple and hardly takes any time! ::1:: All you will need is a few pumpkins, some Puff Paint and some spray paint (color is your choice). Easy, right?  ::2:: First, make a pattern on your pumpkin. If you’re a perfectionist, you may want to pre-plan your design and stencil it on, or you can wing like I did and take your chances. Either way, it’s hard to mess up! Then, simply apply the puff paint by making tiny dots on your design.  Let the puff paint dry for about an hour.  ::3:: Second, spray paint the pumpkins. Let them dry completely. ::4:: Lastly, display your pumpkins on your front porch!  Hope this helps any latecomers in the new fall season…I think I might use this technique on a lot more things than just pumpkins! ...

Easy project I decided that since I had a million sheets of felt laying around, I would do something fun and creative for the first time in a while!  Turns out, my little felt project was super easy (thanks to the little inspiration I got from Mrs. Priss blog) and one of the quickest crafts I’ve done in a while! So, my husband and I relaxed and watched a bit of television…of course. We both worked on our little projects, feeling quite content in the silence of our little living room.  I managed to whip up a few felt flowered lovelies and am in love with them already! I’m appreciating the bright colors for fall and the vintage vibe you get when you wear one with your outfit. It never hurts to have a burst of color on something so delicate and darling as a felt flower! I encourage you to buy some felt (as cheap as it is, you can’t go wrong) and have a little fun with your project. There are SO many things you can create, so do a little research and see what comes up! Feel free to share your neat ideas!...

Attention all Felt Lovers Recently, I have discovered how much I LOVE felt! It is such an easy material to work with: it doesn’t fray , it’s easy to cut, easy to sew and great for so many projects. I can’t think of anything negative about it really. Best part is, most felt is made with recycled materials such as plastic bottles. I’ve had our Vintage Peach banner for some time now…of course, I used Felt for part of it. It took me less than 30 minutes to cut my letters, hand sew the edges and buttons. I also made a little woodland garland made up of flowers with buttons, an owl and mushroom. It’s a lot of fun to experiment with and it always ends up super cute! One of my crafting gals has been making her embroidery hoop art with felt flowers and they look adorable! There are just so many colors, textures, and projects you can do with Felt. Here are a few of my favorite! I’ve also attached an easy tutorial on how to make cute felt flower clips for your hair, jacket, necklace, garland or whatever your imagination leads you to! For more fun inspiration check out her site here. She has all sorts of fun felt projects!  Here is our Vintage Peach Banner made with recycled post-consumer plastic bottles (not shown is my little floral and woodland garland) I absolutely love this wreath! I think it’s perfect for fall and has a funky feel! You don’t see a lot of these, which I love! I think I will attempt to make this real...

Handmade cards with vintage lace When I am thrifting or picking treasures, I am always on the look out for vintage lace. It’s a beautiful touch for any project you might be working on. This little project, I am very excited to share with you! Have you ever looked at the prices of cards these days? I find them to be overpriced and a bit impersonal. I can’t tell you how many times I have spent close to $5 for cards and have them lost, forgotten or thrown out soon after giving them away. So, it had me thinking. What if I could create a card with a little more flare and funk under $5, where it might be held on to for a little while at least? Hence, my little DIY project!  First: Make a little trip to your nearest craft store! Can’t complain about that, right?! Grab yourself some card stock paper with a good texture and color. If you are good at cutting out straight lines, use scissors. If not, you may have to invest in a paper trimmer. You will also need to invest in a single hole punch, which you will be using on your card. Last but not least, you will need a selection of lace (doesn’t have to be vintage, old or antique) or some ribbon. Second: Browse the internet for some fun pictures you can use to print on your card stock! There are tons of images to choose from that are totally free. If you like a certain theme, simply search for that image. It’s up to you! Once you saved your...

Steal of a deal Last weekend, while in Santa Barbara, we stumbled across this wacky store. I wouldn’t even call it that, it was an open market of the most RANDOM stuff. I’m talking random. From seat belts, sequins, wooden frames, prints, vases, cards, wrapping paper, furniture, masks, comic books, knobs, fabric and SO much more. Don’t ask me where they got all that stuff, but there was piles of it. The prices were super cheap and I knew I had to jump on this opportunity….but what to get?!?! I came across some beautiful stones of all sorts of colors and sizes. I grabbed just a selected few to take home with me. I could totally see them making vintage inspired earrings! I think I might have found another hobby and addiction! ...

Crocheted Paper Clips  It’s been a while since I’ve had the time to blog. I’ve been a little busy with treasure hunting and getting ready for our fun adventure in October. I didn’t think it would be so much work, but it is! Although I love every second of this process, it does take up a lot of time. Of course, any extra time I do have I’m busy crafting away! So, my poor little blog will suffer, but just a little. Please don’t go anywhere….I promise there are a lot of fun things coming shortly!  Today, I’ve been dying to share!! This past weekend, I made a little trip to Santa Barbara with my dear mother and friend of mine. We walked all of State Street and browsed almost every shop. One of which, I have yet to share with you…..but that’s for a later time! The store we spent some extra time in was Anthropologie, of course! I love to see the new inventory and long to find some inspiration! I came across something rather genius. If you are anything like me, then you love all things stationary! Especially the cute, frilly and eye catching papery things and other supplies. This however, was a pack of ten crocheted paper clips with cute colored wool and sparkly added flare. This was a fantastic opportunity! After spotting this, how couldn’t we: my mom and I sat down and recreated what we saw and the result was wonderful! We created handmade, crocheted paper clips with recycled buttons. I don’t know if anyone is as excited as me, but I am...

It’s a crafty kind of day My dear friend Ashley came over to play today! I got out my sewing machine, she got out her needle, hoop and floss. Together, we decided to work on a few projects and try something new: handmade tea towels. The result was adorable! Sure, it isn’t perfectly stitched or brilliantly hemmed. But isn’t that the definition  of being a crafter and creating things that are full of character? This was just a test run today, but we are going to get right back into the groove sometime this week. Mark my words, because practice makes perfect…..if that’s what you’re looking for. I can honestly say, I never really am looking for perfection. Just something that leaves me feeling inspired and happy. And happy is exactly how I’ve been feeling the last couple months! ...

The art of Decoupage  The other day, I went to a craft store looking for some supplies. Of course, there are a million other things that catch my eye while I’m browsing aisles of inspiration. By the time I left, I had my hands full of all sorts of fun stuff! Particularly, an assortment of fun scrap-booking paper and random wooden letters. I wanted to do something quick, simple and cute. Here is a super easy way of explaining the project, which you can simply look up here. It also gives you a little history behind the art. I did my project with wooden letters, which come in all sorts of sizes. It’s perfect for your home or a little gift for a friend! I did the letter “D” for our home and a little “N” for some friends of ours. With some practice, this project can be done in no time!  Decoupage (or découpage) is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf and so on. Commonly an object like a small box or an item of furniture is covered by cutouts from magazines or from purpose-manufactured papers. Each layer is sealed with varnishes (often multiple coats) until the “stuck on” appearance disappears and the result looks like painting or inlay work. The traditional technique used 30-40 layers of varnish which were then sanded to a polished finish. This was known in 18th century England as The Art of Japanning after its presumed origins. Step 1: Pick out your paper Step 2: Trace both sides of your letter Step 3: Place glue on wood and apply paper.  Make sure there are no air pockets.  Add one more layer of...

Vintage Banner Today, I finally got my sewing machine to work. Turns out, there wasn’t anything wrong with it. Just me. It felt so good to sew a little something today. I had all this scrap material left over from other projects, so I decided to make a vintage banner. I loved the end result with all the strings of color! It was so easy to make and good for whipping up something cute for any occasion: birthdays, weddings, passing an important test, decor in a bedroom, or just because. It’s great for any age too! Not to mention, it’s even more fun when it’s mixed and matched and far from perfect. It gives the banner a unique look, if that’s what you’re looking for of course! I’m going to be using this banner for our booth at the Faire. I have a lot more sewing to do for that, so I better get started! ...
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