Monday, March 19, 2018

Spring Hoop Wreath Tutorial

Spring time means decorating. In spite of winter hanging around longer than I am comfortable with, the winter stuff has been put away and out came the spring decor! I have been using the same wreath on the front door for two years which is not unheard of but I think I want to do something different this year.

I went searching the in the Pinterest hole looking for ideas. I was seeing a lot of hoop wreaths. I have some embroidery hoops laying around, not being used.... I think I bought them for another craft project that never happened. Do you do that? Anyway, I decided that is what I wanted to do.

Armed with my coupons and an idea I went to the craft store and purchased one large peony, a sprig of green lamb's ear, a fern looking thing and some faux lavender. I found a welcome sign in a galvanized metal. I was looking for a little wood sign that said welcome or spring, or both. I went to three stores before finding the metal one. I didn't want the galvanized metal, but I can paint that. (Of course you can!)

First I took the hanger off the sign, marched outside and spray painted it an antique brass from Rustoleum. While that was drying I heated up the hot glue gun.

Remove the stem from the peony. Be careful on these multi-layer flowers as they will fall apart easily. Get the glue down into the center, on the underside, and hold it in place while it dries.

I cut the stems of the lamb's ear to fit my wreath and shaped them to match the curve of the wreath. I cut one smaller than the other as I do not want my wreath symmetrical. Hot glue the base in place and hold in place while cooling to prevent moving. This will be a larger dollop of glue so it will take a minute or two to cool. Use a scissor tip or something pointed to hold in place. You can spot glue a place or two up the side of the wreath.

Cut the lavender from the bunch. Mine had three stems on each bunch. I only ended up using one bunch. Hot glue them in place. I did two on the larger side and one on the smaller.

Next, I cut two stems from the fern-like thing and proceeded to glue them in place. At this point I thought I had enough so I held the peony in place but felt it needed just a little more. I used the two leaves that were on the peony stem. I glued one on each side and then glued the peony in place.

Happy with the wreath so far I went outside and retrieved my dried sign. I used clear filament to attach it the wreath and held it up. The sign slid to the side in a mess. I repositioned the sign and put a touch of hot glue on the backside to hold the filament string in place which worked perfectly.

Here it is in the living room.

I decided I didn't really like it over the mirror so I moved it to the hutch.

It looks perfect against the old frame I purchased at the closing of one of my favorite monthly markets. (I'll miss you Vintage Thymes!) My plan was to move it to the front door after St.Patty's Day but I don't think I want to move it now.

The total cost of this project (using my coupons) was less than $20. I love the way it looks, light and airy and ready for Spring! Hope you found this tutorial helpful and easy to follow.

Thanks for visiting with me today!   

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Hunting For The Right Color

So, you want to paint a room in your house. You grab your keys and run off to the hardware store, paint store, or home improvement store all excited. You get the perfect parking space...this is gonna be great! "Good morning!", sings the happy sales associate! Yup, a great start! You round the corner and... (enter screeching brakes sound here).

You are met with a wall of about a bazillion different colors and everything stops. How many shades of warm gray can there be?! And then I get distracted by all the beautiful colors!

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                                                    Photo credit: Sherwin Williams

Ok, think! You know a general idea of the color but exactly which one is going to work in your home? Can you see the room from other rooms, what color is the trim going to be. Are you working with an existing trim color? Oh, and what was that color?

Does any of this sound familiar? It happened to me so often that I decided I needed to carry my existing colors with me. I am not talking about all those paper squares. In my pocketbook they would get mangled and would be rendered useless in a matter of a couple weeks and who wants to shuffle through colors in store while holding your keys, phone and coffee? Maybe it's me.

Here is my solution for this problem. Most of the pictures were taken with my phone so be kind.

I bought some mini popsicle sticks.

I went to my basement and gathered all the mostly-empty cans of paint that were used to color my walls and brought them upstairs. (In a perfect world I will do this each time I get a new paint color... but we all know how that goes.) I painted each stick a different color and let them dry. I gave each one a second coat; important when painting to make sure the coverage and depth of color is there.

When the sticks were dry I labeled each one on one side with the brand, color and sheen. (All my wall colors are in eggshell finish so I skipped that step on most of them.)

Next drill a hole in one end.

Feed each stick onto a key ring.

Now, you can attach it to your key ring or just keep it in your purse or car. You will always have your home colors with you whether you are shopping for more paint, drapes, bedding, furniture or accessories.

My colors are the size of a key, easily accessible and always with me. This is a super easy project and it is a tool of immeasurable worth for those who are always on the hunt for the right color.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Attractive Magnet Attraction

Recently, while avoiding housework, I came across a blog post with the prettiest little magnets. I immediately commented that I was totally gonna make some! For the life of me I cannot find that post now. If I find it I will update this post. **

I went, with coupon in hand, to my local craft store and came home with a spring flower bunch. Not crazy expensive but pretty; I paid $5. I picked one that had different sized flowers in it. I didn't want to them all be the same. A package of magnet buttons finished my purchase for a grand total of $7.

With scissors in hand, cut off leaves that will be the base for my flowers. Some of the leaves I trimmed down a bit so they weren't so big. Put a dab of hot glue on the magnet and attach your leaf. (My hot glue gun is ancient so I am always careful to not burn my skin off when attaching things!)

I cut the blooms off the bunch that I wanted to make into magnets.

You want the flower to sit flat on the leaf secured to the magnet so you have to cut the base off. I cut them one at a time and glued them. The will fall apart without the base securing them so cut then glue right away.

That's it! Easy right?!?!

I am using them during Valentine's on my magnetic chalkboard but I think I will be using them far into Spring and possibly Summer. Stay tuned to see where/how they show up next!

Thanks for stopping by today! 

** Update: Found the original project at Kreativ K

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Decorating for Valentine's Day

With the passing of January my winter decorations are put away and I pulled out some things for Valentine's Day. I don't own a lot of decorations for this holiday and it is such a short time period so I usually don't do much. I decided to start in the living room this year.

I moved my picture of Paris to the hutch top in the living room; Paris is known as the "City of Love",  after all. I purchased the drawing in 1981 while on a trip to Paris with my parents. We had visited the artist's market a few streets away from Montmartre's Basilica of the Sacre' Coeur and this pen and ink drawing was all I could afford. I have loved this drawing since I bought it and have never regretted the purchase.

I felt the need for some color and thought the bridge needed a garland to dress it up for the holiday.

I went to the hardware store and grabbed a couple pink paint sample papers. Using a paper punch I cut a bunch of dots in different shades of pink and mixed in some red ones. Here is the tedious part... I lined up the itty-bitty dots in the pattern I wanted. When I was happy with that I had to turn them all over... itty-bitty little things are hard to get hold of! I then eye-balled the length of a piece of string and dipped it into glue, saturating the string. Now, stretching the string out, I laid it upon the dots and let it dry. Ta-da! A garland! I secured it to the glass using glue dots from the craft store. I had everything on hand so for me this was a free project! Sweet!

I cut hearts from some of the paint sample cards I picked up and secured them to a piece of twine with tiny clothes-line pins.

And sprinkled hearts in different places as needed.

The kitchen did not escape some Valentine decorating. My chalkboard reclaimed its rightful place after serving me well in the living room during the Christmas holidays.  After finishing my chalk art on the board I realized it was too small and a little off center. I truly contemplated erasing it and starting over... for about 3 seconds. It's only for a couple weeks and then it will be gone so... it''ll be fine... right?

These pretty little flowers are actually magnets I made! Yes, my chalkboard is magnetic. You can see how I managed that at this post: Chalkboard DIY. I will share details on the magnets with you soon. 

The cow I purchased at Vintage Prairie Home got a magnet flower, too!

I'm not crazy overdone for Valentine's Day but enough that we are celebrating the gift of love and family. Mister proposed 22 years ago in honor of Valentine's Day and I will forever connect that gift with the love the Father has shown me; for if he gave his only Son for me would he not also give me everything I need? ... Including a godly man to care for me and lead me?  Of course, I am paraphrasing... this is what it actually says,,

 "He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? " Romans 8:32

These decorations will be up only a few short weeks and though I do not know what those weeks will bring I do trust the the Lord knows and that he will give us everything that we need for the journey. 

Next stop is Spring! Who's counting down with me?!

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Winter Decorating

It is snowing again today. The temperatures have been so strange. For over a week it was below freezing... like way below and then the temperatures shot up to 60! Then the deep freeze returned. And, as I said, today it is snowing so I am home. That means I have to time to take a good look around, straighten and fuss a bit with things I've not had time for.

Christmas seems like it was so long ago! I had to be very pro-active about getting my decorations for the holiday put away. January 2nd we back into the swing of my baby's senior year of high school and I had two jobs that took we away from home so I knew that I would not have time to worry about Christmas decorations past January 1st.

There is a sadness that comes with taking out the decorations and I am usually left feeling like my home is naked. I know for some people there is a feeling of freshness... a little breathing room, if you will. Or maybe, it's like eating all the junk food around the holidays that leaves one really just craving a simple, well executed steak. Either way, I was not quite there. I decided to put away all the Christmas decorations except for those things that could just pass as "winter".

I left the greens out on the hutch top in the living room.

The ladder stays dressed with warm blankets that are ready to curl up with on a snowy day.

I cleaned up the buffet in the dining room.

And, redressed the table a bit...

Mister found these plates at Crate and Barrel. He likes to dabble in design stuff once in a while and if I can just let go of my ideas for things a bit he usually does pretty well. Dressed with my great-grandmother's silver and some crystal water glasses, the table is ready for dinner and guests.

I replaced some of the red dishes in the kitchen, left the greens and cocoa/coffee station.

I think I will grab a hot cup of cocoa and start planning some Valentine's decorating while I watch the snow fall. Thanks for stopping by... you're always welcome here.

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