DIY Ever since the Renegade Craft Fair, I’ve been itching to do some sort of project. Not too long ago I was browsing design sponge and I spotted what looked to be an easy DIY project! Unfortunately, I didn’t find any instructions on how to go about doing this task so I decided to wing it. I’ve been looking for something fun and original to fill this empty wall in our master bedroom. I thought I would try this out and see how it turned out. If it was a flop, at least I tried! ::Materials:: Circular Wooden Embroidery Hoops: your choice as to how many and what sizeVarious patterns of fabric: your choice of color and design. Just remember too much is better than not enough. Fabric scissorsIron: this is optional, but I like to iron out my fabric before projects, wrinkles are the worst. ::Directions:: Step 1 Iron out your fabric and make sure all the fine wrinkles are no longer visible Step 2 Unscrew first hoop and seperate the inner/outer hoop. Step 3 Place fabric in between both hoops and push smaller hoop back into the larger hoop. Step 4 Pull fabric tightly through both hoops and slowly tighten screw on the outer hoop. Make sure the fabric is as tight and secure as possible. Step 5 Fasten screw as much as it will allow and cut excess fabric along the sides of the hoop.  Step 6 Repeat steps 1 through 5 for each of your hoops Now you’re ready to hang your easy and fun DIY project! Suddenly, that itch is no longer there…for now anyway! ...

Sewing notions display art I found this diy project and thought it was really cute! Plus, I’m up for anything funky and unique. I have a lot of left over fabric and buttons from past projects that seem to be collecting dust these days. So, a project like this was perfect for just that. In our living room on our wall we have 3 generic Ikea pictures of Paris. At the time, I loved them and we enjoyed them. Now, it seems like you could find those 3 exact pictures in every other persons home. I wanted something that you can’t just find in a store, I wanted something that was different. And the only way you’re gonna get something different is if you put effort into it. So, here it is! Hope you feel inspired to find the courage to work on a project that will leave your home feeling fun, fresh and a bit quirky! Materials & Tools: 8×10 Frames (glass removed) Cardstock Printer & Ink Needle & Thread or thin wire X-Acto Cutting mat & ruler Scotch- Tape Swatches of materials/ notions Step 1: Print Templates onto 8.5×11 card stock (color of your choice). Using x-acto and cutting mat- cut print-out to size. Step 2: For the ribbon swatches, use x-acto to cut two opposing sides of each diamond skipping every other row of diamonds. I also sliced the diamonds in alternating directions for more variety in texture. For the button chart, find & mark center of circles, then poke holes using your needle, where button attaches. Step 3: Slide ribbons into slots, and sew buttons into place....

A little project I love the ideas some people come up with! I feel inspired and excited to start new projects to make my home look a little more unique! This is one I found while reading a blog I LOVE! The instructions are easy…this is something I’m going to be working on myself! I can’t wait…. What you’ll need: – a large pile of heavy books, including a phonebook or something similar – frames – several fronds from ferns or other flat leafed plants – rubber cement – decorative paper, like pretty old kraft paper 1. Locate and clip a few different varieties of fern fronds or other flat leafed plants. These can be from your garden or something found growing in between the sidewalk cracks, doesn’t matter! 2. When you’ve clipped your ferns, hold them up against the background of your frame and trim the bottoms, stripping some of the leaves to fit if necessary. You can also decide on the basic layout of your specimens. Should they curl to the right or left? Up and down? 3. Each frond will need to be pressed dry for a week inside the pages of a heavy phone book or encyclopedia. Warning- now is not the time get out your lovely Taschen art book collection, this process will leave your pages bumpy so it’s best to use a book you don’t mind getting a little messy! Once your specimens are in between a page of their own, place several heavy books on top of them and leave alone for a week. 4. Just a few small dabs of rubber...

Learning to sew… I will never forget the first time I learned to sew. I was in 7th grade taking a Home Economics class. My project was a pair of boxer shorts with yellow happy faces on them. I guess I figured that would be the easiest thing to do. I remember having no clue what I was doing and thought I was paying attention in class. Guess not. For some reason, I was in a hurry and I pressed hard on the pedal and figured it needed a good push. Let me tell you, I was forever changed. It had a lot more power than I thought and got those boxers sewn up in no time. Over the years I kept my distance from sewing machines. I was afraid of sewing my finger or maybe it just wasn’t my thing. Then, the first year I was married my husband asked me what was something I might like to have for Christmas. I thought about it for days and seeing I had no ideas I blurted the words “Sewing Machine”. What was I thinking? This was going to cause all sorts of expectations: from myself and him. Well, I got my sewing machine for Christmas that year. The box was sure pretty and the sewing machine so clean, crisp and white. It looked good on the table in the guest room. It made me feel a bit more domesticated. When friends or family came over it was something I could use to my advantage, “Hey, check out my sewing machine….it’s awesome”. Of course, this was in hopes they might...
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