Spring Is In the Air

Oh man spring is here. I am absolutely ready for it. Warmer weather, bulbs blooming, birds chirping, plants in the garden, and on and on. I am not a huge fan of winter, so spring is always such a relief for me. Even though there are still some days that are cold, there have been a few more days of warmer weather. So I have been preparing my home for the change of season and am excited to bring in some spring colors and spring items. I have to admit that I am not a super huge fan of pastel colors that are typical for spring. So I am trying to stay with a more neutral color pallet with some pop of spring colors. I have decided to go with a rustic spring decor using whites, grays, muted blues and greens. Also I really don’t care much for the colorful Easter/spring staples of the colorful eggs, bunnies and the such. I just feel it’s too cutesy. So I thought that can add some simple and pretty white bunnies and other things that I will mention soon.

Well to start things off, I went to my local craft store and found some very cute and rustic looking eggs that I thought would fit perfectly with what I want to do. The bag of eggs had some faux moss eggs, brown craft paper covered eggs, some muted blue and green eggs and even some had speckles like a robins egg. It even had some craft paper covered carrots. They are so cool. I also had on hand a stash of moss that I purchased a while ago at my local Goodwill.

So this first project was something very simple to put together. I had small wire/wicker baskets with handles in my house that has been empty for a while. So I chose this thinking it would be a great little basket for this spring season. I simply stuffed the bottom section of the with foam block and put on top of it the moss. I covered the area really well giving it a nice green soft base to add the eggs and carrots I purchased. So here is the final look…

I simply love how it turned out. I decided to place it on the bottom section of the table in my foyer area. Now anyone who visits can see it.

My next little DIY project was quite simple and so cute in my opinion. I got this idea from something I saw at a local antique store. It was a simple 1/2 dozen egg carton with these little eggs and some grass. So this is my take on that inspiration. I love how it turned out.

So I used an egg carton that I had on hand and cut it in half. I put some of my moss as the grass. Thankfully I had these pretty little white faux flowers that I got at my local dollar store and added them in with the grass. I just simply cut them up in small chunks to fit them the egg holders and added my fun speckled little eggs. To add a little extra touch and depth, I used a stamp pad of a dark brown color and marked it along the edges of the egg carton.

I love how it turned out and how it added a lovely little spring/Easter feel to my foyer table.

Well those are just some of my little DIY projects for the spring/Easter season. On my next post, I will continue on with this subject with some more fun little decor projects that I did. Until then, enjoy the beginning of the spring season.

Card For My Valentine

So Happy Valentine’s Day to all. Not only to husbands, wives, boyfriends, and girlfriends, but to loved ones as well. The loved ones can be parents, children and friends that you love and care for. Why does this day have to only be for lovers. It should be a day to love those who we care about. Also why do we only designate one day out of the year to show love and/or compassion to those we love. For me it just seems silly. Only one day out of 365 days.

Well in the spirit of the day of hearts and kisses, candies and flowers, and colors of reds and pinks, I have created a handmade card for my husband. Here it is…

When I created this card, I was scrapbooking with a friend on Super Bowl Sunday. (I have more to add to this scrapbooking event at another post.) I originally was not planning to do any cards that day. I was really focused on doing another project, but there was a challenge that was brought to our attention which lead me to do a Valentine’s Day card. With that in mind, I had nothing extra with me that was love or Valentine related. So I had to improvise and use what I had. So what you see on the picture above is what was in my stash. Thankfully I did have a couple of items that did help in making my card more for Valentine’s Day.

So to give a closer look to see what I use, the card was quite simple. Nothing too frilly since this was going to my husband. I only used some card stock and patterned paper. Also included chipboard shapes and brads. Honestly very simple and didn’t take long to put together. What took a while was going through all my stuff to see what I had to make this card. This really helped me use some items that I had for a long time and to think a bit outside of the box.

So I had this burgundy, red card stock that I thought would be fitting as a base. Then I found some coordinating pattern paper that seems to go really well with the solid color card stock. I layered the pattern paper on top of the burgundy colored card stock and punched out this pretty scalloped edge to both. I thought it gave it an interesting look to it verses it being squared and plain. You know typical card shape.

As I searched through my stash, I luckily found some chipboard that had some heart shapes. Yes something that would help the card be more for Valentine’s Day. I had some colored markers and colored them to go well with the rest of the color scheme of the card.

And of course, what’s a card without a title to it. I didn’t have any stamps on had and the sticker letters in my stash was way to big. So I wrote it out. I cut out a little banner shape out of white card stock and wrote out “Happy Valentine’s Day” in red. I marked the edges with same red marker to help make it pop out. Plus I had some foam adhesive to give it more dimension. The last detail was a bonus find in my stash. Something I had that I totally forgot about. I found brads of red lips. PERFECT! So I added that to the title banner to give it a little something extra.

I love how it turned out and hope my husband will like it too. Now every detail I did to this card was part of that challenge that I mentioned early. It made doing this little project more fun to do. It challenged me and made me use what I had. Maybe I’ll do more of these types of challenges and hopefully use up my stash that I’ve had for years now. Maybe on a future post.

Well everyone, enjoy this day. Show your loved ones how much you love them. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Wanted to show this cute Valentine decor that I found a long time ago at a dollar store. Don’t remember which store.

Monogram Wall Hangings

A couple of posts ago, I mentioned about going to antique shops with a friend. Well every time we went to one, she was always on the look out for big letters to hang on her wall to display. She wanted letters of the first initial to each of her family members’ name. Well I thought that was a cool idea. After a while of doing this, she had an amazing collection of letters. The letters were of different sizes, fonts, and colors. Once she got the amount that she wanted she hung them up on her wall in her living room. It honestly turned out so cool. Of course the idea wasn’t original. She said got some ideas from either Pinterest or a home decor magazine that she had. Either way it looked really cool.

After seeing her collection of letters on her wall so many times that I was so inspired to do something similar. Of course I didn’t want to completely copy her idea. So I had decided to go with the initial of my last name. With that decision, the hunt began.

Hunting for my specific letter was actually quite fun. It was like going on a treasure hunt. Now it took some time and two actually three different states to find all of the letters that I wanted for my wall. Not only did I find some letters in antique malls and shops, but I also found one or two in stores in their home section.

Once I had enough, I was able to put them on the wall in my foyer. I absolutely love how it turned out. Even against the paint on the way, it has such a nice contrast.

Now with all of the letters I collected there was one that I wasn’t too impressed with. It was very simple and plain. It was a good size, but it’s color white wasn’t peaking my interest. I felt like I needed to do something more to it to make it look interesting.

This letter I had was sitting for a while in my craft room after I finished the foyer wall. I just didn’t know what to do with it. At first, I thought of hot gluing some red and green buttons that I had and put it on a wreath for Christmas. I decided against it since I already had a couple of wreaths that I preferred more. So again, the letter sat in my craft room for a bit longer until this weekend.

I was determined to do something with this plain old letter “H”. Now I wish I had taken a picture of it before I jazzed it up. That way you can see how plain it was. Well I decided to wrap the letter with some jute twine I had on hand since I was using some to make my macrame key chains.

Thankfully hot glue does the trick on adhering the twine onto the letter. I then had some paper flowers from my scrapbooking stash. They were originally white so I sprayed some colorful glimmer mist onto them and added some flower brads to collect them together. With the help of hot glue again, I attached the flower clusters onto the letter.

I plan to hang this in my craft room. I feel it the most appropriate place for it since I upcycled it in a way. There was nothing on the back of it for me to hang the letter on my wall. I cut up a couple of pieces of twine and glued it on to make a loop to hook it on a nail.

And that’s it. A very simple and quick little craft project that I did over the weekend. I am in the middle of two other projects that I hope to finish soon to share on my blog. So I hopefully one of them will be finished by the next blog post.

More Picture Frames and Wine… Oh My!

The past few posts I wrote about my upcycles of picture frames and wine bottles. I had a lot of fun creating them. Of course now I am left with small picture frames that didn’t make a great wall hanging or door hanging and not to mention a few corks from the wine bottles.

So I kept thinking what to do with these corks. Then I thought about my cork boards hanging in my kitchen. Then why not make my own cork board with the wine corks. But how do I put it together or hold it together? Ahh… put it in the small picture frames. Why not. I do remember seeing something like it in Pinterest at some point a while ago.

Of course I only had a few wine corks and I needed more to make a descent cork board to hang on my wall. Happily I had some friends who were collecting them and were willingly able to furnish me with their wine corks. I was thrilled and excited to get this little project going.

Now I had to play around with sizing the corks into the picture frame so it could fit the best way it could. Some wine corks were smaller than others and after sifting through my collection, I found the right fit. Below is a picture frame that I had which fortunately was already white. Then I hot glued the corks onto the glass part of the frame.

I think it looks very cool. Of course you can’t pin up anything that is too heavy. (Remember it is a small size picture frame.) I have pinned small pictures or small scraps of paper onto the board. It seems to do the job.

*On a side note, my craft room gets a bit cold in the winter months and unfortunately so does the hot glue that adheres the corks to the picture frame. With that occurring, some corks have fallen off. Thankfully it’s an easy fix that a little more hot glue can resolve. So I suggest hanging them in a room that doesn’t get too cold or if you don’t care to adhering them if they fall off, then place them anywhere you like.

Drink Wine? If so, what do you do with the bottles?

My husband and I like to drink wine. We like to try different kinds. After a while you realize that you go through some and have all these glass wine bottles. Now I recycle them all the time. Grateful that my local recycling center recycles glass. After recycling many wine bottles, I asked myself what else can I do with them. There has to be something.

Some of my wine bottles waiting to be made into something new.

After looking around through Pinterest for ideas, I was amazed of what is out there. So many creative ideas. Awesomeness! So I created a couple of upcycled wine bottles. I think it goes well in my house with the decor. As you will see, I was going for the farmhouse look. I’ve always felt this style was best suited for me. I feel it is warm and inviting.

Are these not pretty? I love them.
Of course after removing the labels, I wrapped this jute twine all around covering the majority of the bottle. I used hot glue here and there to keep it adhered to the bottle. Then I had these flower embellishments from my scrapbooking stash. I had several different kinds of styles and sizes in which I layered them and attached them together with some flower brads. I then hot glued the flower groups onto the bottle. I think it turned out great and the flowers gave it a softer look against the course jute twine.
Now this one was fun to make as well. As you can see, I painted this bottle with white acrylic paint that I had on hand. After it dried, I glued on 3 layers of this ribbon that I got at my local dollar store. I then wrapped around, a few times, this thin jute twine from the dollar store as well. I felt like this bottle needed something more so attached these beads and key charm that was in my stash. I think it turned out great as well.

Well another upcycled project that I did. I think they turned out great. I do love where I have them in my house. I did think about trying to cut the glass for a specific project but I am not sure about it yet. I guess we’ll see if I can get my hands on the tools to cutting glass.

Oh Those Photo Frames! What Else To Do With Them…

Oh my goodness so many photo frames out there. It amazes me how many. You know if you really need a photo frame, you can find many of various sizes, colors, and styles at local consignment shops and/or local thrift stores. A lot of times you can find a descent frame at a lower cost compared to a new one. Well at least in my experience I have found descent and inexpensive frames out there at my local consignment/thrift shops. It really doesn’t bother me that they are not new.

It has become a benefit to me to find these types of frames at their low cost. Not only to get more frames for pictures but for decor projects. Originally someone suggested to decorate the background of the frames with scrapbook paper and embellishments like doing a scrapbook layout. I was just not feeling it. The idea is great but I was just not motivated to do it.

Then an idea! After seeing so many beautiful wreaths on Pinterest, You Tube and at the stores, I got an idea. Why not make a wreath out of the these frames. Square wreaths, why not! I am sure I picked up the idea somewhere and truly don’t know where. I thought it was a neat idea and still do. Something a bit different from the typical circle wreaths.

Here are examples and how I created them…

Now this frame I painted it and distressed it a bit. Then I wrapped some jute twine all around but obviously not covering up the entire frame. I added the burlap leaves, ribbon and flower at the bottom.
Now this one a little bit more simple. I painted it as well and added the flowers on the corners. I then wrapped and glued the burlap ribbon and the word “Welcome”.
This frame is smaller, but just as lovely as the other frame wreaths. So again I painted the frame and distressed. I added the burlap ribbon and flower. I glued the word “Harvest” onto the burlap ribbon. Before I glued the word, I painted the “Harvest” word.

Now all the materials came from local thrift stores and dollar stores and also some items I had on had. Oh almost forgot, that all of these frame upcyclings are wood frames and was easy to paint. I thoroughly enjoyed making these transformations and plan to make more.

Who Loves Macrame?! I do!

Macrame seems to be back. At least in my mind they are. I know so retro but yet cool! As a child born in the 70’s (yikes I just dated myself), I vaguely remember seeing some macrame plant hangers that my aunt had at her house. I believe she made them herself. She had a few randomly hanging in various rooms in her house, but you know that’s all that I can remember about macrame. I always thought they were just for hanging plants. Just one function to them.

Well let’s push forward to the present, well more like sometime last year. I was doing some crafting by upcycling some glass jars. I would paint them and wrap them up with some jute twine. Then I saw someone’s vlog (honestly I don’t remember who) on YouTube and that person was making macrame plant hanger. I figure I would give it a try. I made a very simple jute macrame plant hanger. I thought it turned out great.

Months later I started seeing more macrame plant hangers and macrame wall decor on Pinterest. I was loving it. It opened up a whole new crafting venture for me. I started making some macrame wall hangings. What fun! Here are some examples of what I have done.

Recently I had foot surgery done and wanted to do some crafting that I can do while I sit. In my crafting stash I found some key rings that I had for a while and had no idea what to do with them until just recently. Why not make macrame keychains. I know not too terribly exciting but it was to me. Plus I had some wood beads on had and added them to the mix of my macrame keychain creations. I was such on a role that I made several keychains. So much fun! Here are some examples that I created.

I really love making macrame items. It’s been so fun. I plan to continue creating more creations and plan to share what I make. I recently purchased two macrame books in hopes of learning more knots and implement them into new macrame projects. So stay tuned and we’ll see what creations I will make next.

What have I done.

I wanted to share with you some crafts I have done. Some are new items I created and some are upcycled items. This past fall I did my first craft fair. It wasn’t a large fair, just a small fall fair at a nearby senior center. I chose this place because I felt like it was the right fit and scale for me since I was just starting. I only had an 6 ft. table and a corner space to set up.

Thankfully my wonderful husband created these amazing stands that allowed me to display my wreathes or wall decor hangings. It can be used either way. Below is a close up of the stands with the items. I really love how they turned out. I especially love the squared shaped wall decor. I feel that they are just different from the typical circular wreathes. You can put it on the front door (it might be a bit small for some front doors), bed room door or even on a wall as part of the decor.

A lot of these items are not original ideas, but they do have my personal twist or style to them. They stem from projects that are out there on Pinterest or from the creative community that one can find on YouTube. With these ideas that I pin on my Pinterest boards and who I follow on YouTube has inspired me to be creative and to create. It has motivated me to go out there and sell my creations. I truly enjoyed making these items and plan to make more for my next craft fair.