Monday, January 30, 2012

Love is in the air..

Inspired by Miranda's recent projects and also some posts I've seen on my bff, Pinterest, I decided to do a pallet project. I had my wonderful assistant, my hubby, cut some boards from a pallet using a reciprocating saw. I love this method because it allows you to keep the look of the nails in the boards without having a sharp rusty nail sticking out of the back. I wanted to make a larger sign so I decided to steal borrow two pieces of scrap wood from my husband's shed to attach the pallet boards to (it's half mine anyways, right?).

Since the commandeered wood was newer than my pallet wood I decided to paint it black so the new wood would not be obvious through the slats of the pallet wood. I am not much of a tape measure person so I decided to paint and attach first and then cut later. I positioned the pallet boards on the scrap wood until I was happy with the spacing and then using wood glue I lifted each piece one at a time and glued it to the board. I then weighted the wood down with a box of dishes (very professional I know). Please note: I did not take a picture of this as I was a little embarrassed that I was too lazy to go get the clamps... I would suggest using clamps on this step if you have them.

The next morning, I started painting the word "love" on the pallets. I did use a pencil to give myself a rough idea of where the letters should be. I mainly did this so the wording would be fairly even. Please note the bottom of the picture below: I finally went to the shed and got clamps for the bottom piece!

I then painted the wording on my pallet piece and had my lovely assistant (what can I say he is the Vanna White to my Pat Sajak) cut the excess wood from the top and bottom of the sign. I decided due to my fear of the glue not holding and flashes in my mind of the destruction that would follow to use screws to secure the pallet wood in addition to the wood glue. I also added wall hangers to the back for easy hanging.

Then I showed it to my daughter, Madi, who either thought it was the most amazing thing she has ever seen or the scariest thing she has ever seen. I'm not completely sure which one this face means so I decided to think it was because of how awesome it is.

After receiving Madi's stamp of approval, I hung my latest project on the wall. I am very happy with the end product. It was relatively simple and aside from the time it took for the glue to dry was fairly quick.I am also in the final stages of another project that I cannot wait to share with everyone. I am hoping to have it completed by this weekend. I hope everyone enjoys!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Burlap Pillow

I had casually mentioned to hubs that I wanted to use my burlap to make a pillow.  His response was unfavorable.... He said that it would be terrible & very uncomfortable.  I guess he was imagining burlap pillows to nap with on the couch or something.  That was not what I had in mind.  I wanted something "pretty" not "functional"!  I'm glad his reaction didn't detour me.  I couldn't be happier with how it turned out.


I made this the same night I made the Valentine Flags.  I already had the iron, burlap, paint & sewing machine out.  So this was a quick project.  I decided on a rectangle size pillow.  I doubled the intended size & cut out the burlap.  Then I ironed it in half.  I used the fold as one of my sides.  So I only ended up having to sew 3 sides.  Be sure to leave an opening for the fluff.  Then turn it inside out. 

Before stuffing, I inserted a paper towel so the paint wouldn't bleed through.  I used the Vintage White Acrylic to paint "Love" on the burlap. 

When it was mostly dry, I filled it with fluff.  I actually used a "snow" tree skirt that I bought for 75 cents after Christmas.  Then I used a whip stitch to sew up the hole. 

It's the perfect addition to my mismatched sitting room.  I'm slowly pulling it all together.  I just "love" it!!!  I think I'll even keep this out even after Valentines :)


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Be my Valentine flags

I found an awesome tutorial on Pinterest on How to Cut Burlap.  I clicked on it even though I didn't realize I was doing it wrong.  It's very simple & makes so much sense.  All you do is figure out the size you want to cut & pull one of the threads out.  Be sure to pull gently, it can break easily.  As you are pulling, you get this cool ruffle like the picture... Oh the possibilities for future projects!

Here's what it looks like once the selected strings are pull out.  It's like a templete.  Then you just cut along the lines.

I measured out flags & about 4 inches wide & 6 inches long.  The iron was very handy because the burlap was very wrinkled.  I folded down approx 1 inch on each flag & ironed it to form a crease.

I cut out 10 different pieces

Then I folded them in half & cut out a triangle shape to create the point on the bottom of the flag

Then, I sewed the flap in place.

Then I painted hearts on flags.

And put them on the newspaper to dry.

I used a safety pin to thread jute string through the flags.

Then I hung them from the mantel using gorilla tape.  (That stuff will hold anything!) 

I love decorating for the Holidays.  (I get it from my Mom.  When I was growing up, she always had the house festive & made a big deal about every holiday.)  Even if Valentines is "a made up Hallmark Holiday," so Hubs says, I Love it!  Fortunately, even though he hates it, he amuses me by always buying me flowers. 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Another pallet project

This past week, hubs picked me up a few more pallets from the burn pile at his work.  I've been meaning to go with him (I want to make sure he's not leaving behind any treasures), but I've been too busy with work.  Plus, he's not in any sort of hurry to go back to work after he's already home!  This afternoon, I was all ready to blow off some steam & do a "me" project, and tear apart the pallets.  Hubs had a better idea. 

The sawzall is AWESOME!!!!  Instead of using 2 hammers & prying the boards up.  Last time it took me 45 minutes.  He used this awesome power tool & just cut all the nails!!!  He's so supportive of my projects (I think he just amuses me because we've spent sooooooooo much money on all the fancy power tools that rarely get used.  So, now I can't nag! lol) 

Originally, I was planned to just deconstruct the pallet today, so I'd have them ready for projects later.  Since hubs was finished with that in less than 10 minutes, I had to find something on my pinterest board to make! 

I settled on painting another quote.  This time I remembered to take progress pictures!!!  I used the weathered look of the wood for the background, Vintage White Acrylic paint (my new favorite, thanks Lindsay) & I painted the quote freehand.

I'm not sure where I'm going to actually hang it, or if it'll eventually be for sale.  Either way, I like it.  I might actually have to hang onto it, just like Hubs!  He is pretty handy!  


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A little bit of this, a little bit of that

For my first post, I thought I would share a few of my old projects as a way of introducing myself and my style. The first picture is a very simple project but is a great keepsake and also wonderful for filling shelf space in a nursery. When my daughter, Madilyn, was born I wanted to remember every inch of her and who can resist baby feet? I painted a small canvas pink and then used ink to add my baby girl's footprints. I then used some ribbon from her baby shower to line the top and bottom of the frame. This is a great project for a new mommy as it probably took about five minutes. Also if you are not happy with the first attempt you can wipe the canvas off and try again as long as you do it quickly (I know this from experience). I will suggest having someone else help you by holding the baby that way you can center the canvas as needed. My baby girl is now one and a half and I love comparing her feet to this just to see how much she has grown. I also suggest dating the canvas so you know exactly when it was done. I chose to date mine on the side but it would also be cute to add the date and maybe even the name to the front.

Next, is my Christmas project from this year. I know it is a little late but I really loved this project. I spend a few weeks looking for stocking holders and came to the conclusion that I was not happy paying $15 for a generic stocking holder. I build my own using a 4x4 for the top and 2x4 for the base. I cut one piece of each to roughly the same size to make each holder and then nailed the base to the top. I painted each solid white and then used a top coat of red. I then used the eraser from a pencil dipped in white paint to dot each base. This is much easier than trying to paint that many circles. After I dotted each base I did go back with a small paint brush just to touch up any dots that did not fill completely. I then took fine grain sandpaper and sanded each holder concentrating mainly on the edges. I then painted pre-cut wooden letters green and hot glued them to the 4x4. Lastly, I bought silver hooks to attach to the front. I used the reusable hooks with the sticky back but you could also use the screw in ones. The end result is a fully personalized stocking holder for a fraction of the cost.

I love owls. They have a special meaning to my family. My husband has an owl tattoo in remembrance of his grandfather who he dearly loved. I dearly love my husband and therefore owls now have a special place in my heart as well. I actually started owl projects before they became so trendy and could not find many owl items. The picture below is of a 70s home interior owl that I painted solid white. I wish I had a before picture so you could see what a transformation this is. I actually was given the owl by a family member and wanted to update it a little to go with my decor. I decided to paint it a solid color to make it more contemporary. The solid color also brings out all the details of the owl. I spent about a dollar total on this and I cannot tell you what a statement it makes. I think this is probably one of my favorite projects even though it was also the easiest.

As I stated above, I LOVE owls! Guess what? My daughter's room is owl themed. I painted the picture below for her room. I started with a large canvas and painted it green with a dry brush to give the textured background and then drew the rest with a pencil and then proceeded to fill with color. I then just erased any remaining visible pencil marks and Viola here you have it. Can't draw? Use a projector to copy an image and then add your own unique touch. I decided to use buttons for the owl eyes and middle of the flowers partly because I liked the look and partly because it is really hard to draw a perfect circle (at least for me). I outlined the name and leaves with a painter's pen to smooth the lines. The rest I left as is. My personal feeling is a painting should not be perfect that is what makes it unique.

I hope you enjoyed a few of my older projects. Unfortunately, I only have pictures of the completed products. I hope to have more on here soon and am really excited about some projects I have on my current to do list. I cannot wait to share them with everyone and hopefully inspire someone else!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Opportunities Await Us

Crafting has always been a passion of mine. I am so enjoying sharing ideas and crafting with two of my favorite people and greatest friends, Miranda and Karen. These ladies have been an inspiration to me on my projects, and we have fun creating together, and shopping together...but what girls don't have fun shopping? Anyways, we have been approached with an opportunity to sell our creations. Stay tuned...maybe our "Picker Dreams" will come true.

- Lindsay (:

My Vintage Vignette

Today, I don't have a craft to share with you, but instead I want to share my vintage vignette that is displayed in my laundry room. This is created from my finds at the Old Feed Store and Antique Mall when Miranda, Karen, and I went this weekend.
Here, you can see the old shutter that I found in my barn. I purchased the galvanized pitcher at Hobby Lobby for $9.99 (and used a 40% off coupon). The lamp was given to me several years ago. I'm going to eventually cover it with burlap. The old scale was a splurge at the antique store this past weekend, but I validated the purchase because I have been wanting one for awhile, and this red and white one goes along with my decor. The old white frame I purchased at Three French Hens, an antique store in Nolensville, TN.

This is a better picture of the scale. As you can see, I set an old Ball jar on top and filled it with old clothespins.

In this picture, you can see my book wreath that I had previously made. Directions can be found here. I also bought the old suitcase at the Old Feed Store. It is a really nice leather on the outside, and has the cutest vintage fabric on the inside. I placed the bronzed candle holders inside. The bowl and pitcher set is also a purchase from this weekend. I snagged the set for $15 which I thought was a steal.
We had such a great time this weekend! I can't wait to do it again soon!

-Lindsay (:

Monday, January 16, 2012

Book Wreath

I love to read.  This fall I saw one of my book blog friends at the local craft fair selling a very similar book wreath, I almost bought it.  But I was unsure where I'd hang it & it looked a little fragile.  When I found a couple tutorials marked on Lindsay's Pinterest page, I was intrigued.  It looked easy enough, and it would fit perfect in my sitting room near my very full bookshelf!  I really didn't have any books that I wanted to part with, so I found one at Goodwill (on half price day for only 50 cents)  It was very worn, approx 400 page harlequin novel, but the pages were perfect! 

I started out tearing out all the pages.  The rolled them all up in different ways & hot glued the ends to hold.  This is what it looked like when I was finished with all of the pages!  and it was almost not enough!  I found it easier to roll all the pages 1st.  I got into a routine & I was able to make all of them while watching Private Practice on dvr. 

I made the mistake of not buying a wreath when I was at Hobby Lobby, thinking I could find one cheaper at Walmart!  I was WRONG.  When I bought the book, I didn't think I would actually make the wreath that night, but I got started & didn't stop!  So, at 8pm on a Saturday night I went looking for a wreath and there were none to be found in my little town!  I did find an 8in wreath at Dollar Tree, but I figured it would be too small.  Not wanted to be beat out of finishing my project, I decided I would make one.  I bought a sheet of foam core poster board & cut out 5 - 10 in circles (I used a dinner plate as my guide & then a sandwich plate as a guide to cut out the center) Then, glued them together & wrapped it in brown packing paper.  It actually worked! 

Following the guide, I started at the edge gluing my pages onto the wreath, working my way around & around.  I'm a slacker & didn't take any "during" pictures myself, but this video worked great for me!

Here is the finished product!  I love how it turned out.  I had hubby hang it for me today with the wall sconces & it looks great in my sitting room!  The whole project (minus the wreath hunt) only took a couple hours.  Great couch project!


Reclaimed Barn Wood Wall Tree

I rent a house that sits on a large farm, so I have the privilege of finding old junk lying around all the time. While snooping around the old barn on my property, I stumbled across several VERY weathered boards that had come off my barn. I had been wanting to do this wall tree that I saw on Pinterest for some time, so I immediately thought of this project when I saw the wood. My dad helped me cut the boards, and my mom helped me lay them out in a pattern that looked good (but not perfect).

After several tries...

This is what I came up with.

Now this is the space in my laundry room before I hung anything.

Voila! Doesn't this look amazing!
Now, these are all the cool little hooks that I purchased at Hobby Lobby. Most were $4.99 or less (and they were half off)!!!

This is what it looks like with my cool little hooks all attached!

Here it is in use...I love it!

- Lindsay (:

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Antique shopping!

On Saturday, Lindsay & I went antiquing!  We had a meeting at work, but afterwards we headed into town to The Old Feed Store & Antique Mall.  I used to go to antique stores all the time when I was kid, but all of the ones that my mom used to take me to have closed.  This was my 1st time going to the Feed Store & it was huge & packed with all sorts of wonderful things that I wanted to take home.   I did use restraint, and here are some pics of what came home with me!

Old Window... oh the possibilities.  I've narrowed down which wall it's going on, but I'm still not 100% sure what I'm going to do with it!

A vanity table & plate holder.  I went specifically looking for pieces of furniture & this piece it great.  It was only $15. 

3 vases, extra long silver loaf pan, wooden plate, 2 jars & a plant mister. 

Record table.  Hubby has already claimed this as a bedside table.  I still want to paint it, but I'm pretty sure it's going to end up staying in the bedroom. 

After almost 3 hours of shopping & I was happy with all my finds.  We had lunch.  I headed home & Lindsay headed on to Nashville to do some more!  I can't wait to see everything she found :)


Friday, January 13, 2012

My Last Name in Frames

I used to be a picture fanatic in high school & college... and I have a huge assortment of picture frames.  I didn't need to spend money on art work, when I could decorate with memories.  Plus I missed all my friends when I went to college, so I wanted to be surrounded by them.  Well now, I don't like all the clutter & I have a tote of assorted picture frames. 

When browsing Pinterest, I'm always looking for project ideas that can be made with stuff I already have.  I made this a couple months ago. 

It was one of my 1st Pinterest inspired projects. I have a ton of scrapbook paper, the assortment of frames, & spray paint.  (My original intentions where to paint all the frames black, but once I had it all set up, I liked the way it looked)

I used my last name, but you could spell out anything.  I'm just a little obsessed with monogrammed things!

Step 1: pick out scrapbook paper for the backgrounds & cut to fit the frame
Step 2: Use a Cricut or scissors to cut out each letter.  I used scissors & just free hand cut them out of black paper
Step 3: Glue the letter in the middle
Optional Step: stray paint the frames

This project seriously took me no time at all.  It was super easy!  You could change it up & do it for holidays (Harvest, Winter....) The hardest part was figuring it out my frame arrangement.  I kept it on my mantel for a couple months.  I'm in the process of finding it a new home because I have a big project I'm working on for my mantle.  I'm just not ready to put it away yet!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!  I've got a few projects in mind, can't wait to share!!!