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starched flower {tutorial}

I never grow tired of making new flowers – as you can tell by the crazy amount of tutorials I have done on flower-making.  I saw instructions for a starched flower a few years ago in the Life:Beautiful magazine {a really lovely christian publication} which looked a bit like my very favorite flowers by EmersonMade. […]

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using gathering tape for curtains

A few months ago I posted photos of our living room. I received a few questions about the gathered curtains, so I thought I’d {finally!} show you how I made them. When I visited a friend in Texas, she had just had her living room curtains using gathering tape and I fell in love. She […]

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raspberry jam {tutorial + printable labels}

I’ve been wanting to make homemade jam for a few years, but was intimidated by the intense process of preparing the jars, boiling the liquid, timing everything just right. But last weekend my Aunt Laura eased my fears and clued me in to the quick and easy way to make berry jam : freezer jam. […]

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a summer wreath {tutorial}

Changing out the wreath on our front door is one of the easiest ways to celebrate each season. I’ve done a fall wreath {burlap ruffles}, a winter wreath {the nonna wreath} and a spring wreath {linen ruffles} and so it seemed about time to try a summer wreath. I’ve been in the beachy mood and […]

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striped pillow {tutorial}

As promised, here is the tutorial for that cute striped pillow in the july giveaway. {have you entered to win the july goodies yet? click here for a chance} A little back story : my in-laws were out of town this past weekend and we were at their house waiting for my brother & sister-in-law […]

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patterned pinwheels {tutorial}

How about a cute summery project? This one is not totally original, but I love the mix of patterns and think these pinwheels make a delightful centerpiece for a summer party. Want to make some? Here’s what you’ll need: :: patterned paper {see the printable collection below} :: strips of solid paper :: pencils with […]

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fabric envelope {tutorial}

My cousin is graduating from law school this weekend and I am so proud of her. I really can’t imagine going through the amount of undivided studying that girl has done these past few years, but hip, hip, hooray : she is done {okay, not completely since there is still the Bar to study for, […]

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monogram art {tutorial}

Remember this picture from a few days ago? I put together a tutorial for how I made it.  I spent this morning with my friend Rae who is pregnant with No.4. I think my favorite thing to talk about with pregnant women is what they are going to name the baby. I’m sure it gets […]

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flouncy flowers {two tutorials & more}

Well, today is the final day of flower week and I can say that I’ve loved it! I hope you have learned a few new things, have been inspired to create and maybe even finished a few of the projects. Like I said earlier this week, I could probably keep going for days and days […]

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rolled fabric flowers {tutorial}

Perhaps you’ve seen this flower elsewhere : it is a popular one.  There are many different ways to roll and fold the fabric for different looks, but today I’ll show how I make these rolled fabric flowers. Here’s what you’ll need: :: fabric :: scissors :: hot glue gun {you could also hand stitch if […]

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button flowers {tutorial}

Today’s flower is the simplest of them all {perfect for a mid-week spurt of creativity}. I saw this project in the April 2008 issue of FamilyFun magazine {yep, I still have the tear out in a binder}. I didn’t changed much from the original how-to, other than using silver wire instead of florists’ green.  These […]

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gathered flower {tutorial}

A few months ago my sister found a really cute burlap table runner with three fabric flowers on each end. She loved it, but didn’t really love the crazy-expensive price tag. So she asked me to re-create the flowers to attach to her handmade burlap table runner and this is what I came up with. […]

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rolled paper flowers {tutorial}

Welcome to flower week – five days of simple and delightful flower projects. I could probably do three weeks of flowers because there are so many different ways to create them, but I’ve limited it to five of my current favorites. Before we get started, let me make a few disclaimers: 1. I find inspiration […]

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painted wallpaper how-to & share your project

Painting ‘wallpaper’ in my office has been one of the most ambitious projects I’ve done : but it totally paid off. Even after eight months, I still love it. And I’m pretty fickle, so that says a lot. I know many of you have done your own versions and I’m so excited to see what […]

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