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striped pillow {tutorial}

As promised, here is the tutorial for that cute striped pillow in the july giveaway.

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{have you entered to win the july goodies yet? click here for a chance}

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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 to come into town. The kids were busy playing with nonna’s toys, so I took it upon myself to raid nonna’s sewing supplies.  Had she not been snorkeling in the warm Maui waters, I would have called to ask first. Hope you don’t mind grandma nonna and thanks for letting me use your stuff!

Okay, on to the tutorial.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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:: two contrasting fabrics

:: pillow insert {I used an 18 x 18}

:: scissors, pins, iron & sewing machine

STEP ONE: cut strips of fabric

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Decide how large or small you would like your stripes, then add 1/2 to 1 inch for seam allowance. I cut these strips 3 inches x 20 inches. 

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Do you know this trick? If you make a little snip in the fabric {with the weave}, you can tear a straight strip. Makes life easy.

Here are the stack of strips:

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STEP TWO: pin one of each fabric right sides together

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STEP THREE: stitch along one long edge

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STEP FOUR: press seams open

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Do the same to each set of strips.

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STEP FIVE: put two sets of sewn pieces right sides together and stitch along one long edge

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Press seams open again and continue with each piece until you’ll have this:

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STEP SIX: add back piece of fabric, pin and stitch around the edges {leaving an opening to insert pillow}

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STEP SEVEN: trim excess fabric

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STEP EIGHT: turn right-side out, insert pillow and hand stitch closed

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The finished pillow:

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I want to try one with linen stripes, and a few more with outdoor fabric in thick black & white awning stripe.

Enjoy!

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patterned pinwheels {tutorial}

How about a cute summery project?

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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:

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:: patterned paper {see the printable collection below}

:: strips of solid paper

:: pencils with erasers

:: thumbtacks

:: scissors, tiny hole punch, glue dots

STEP ONE: cover each pencil

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Cut a strip of paper to about 1/2 inch x 15 inches. Use a glue dot to hold top in place and begin wrapping around the pencil, securing with a glue dot at the end.

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STEP TWO: select two pieces of paper for pinwheel and cut to desired size

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The finished size of your pinwheel is determined by the size of the square {I cut mine 6 x 6}

STEP THREE: glue papers back to back

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STEP FOUR: fold diagonally

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and again

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STEP FIVE: hole punch each corner

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I used a hole punch with a teensy hole {1/16″}

STEP SIX: cut along folded line, leaving 1/2″ at center

cut diagonal

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STEP SEVEN: poke thumbtack through hole in each corner

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through center

and poke through back

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STEP EIGHT: attach to pencil

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Press the thumbtack into eraser of the pencil.

And you’ll have this:

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Any scrapbook paper will work {although very heavyweight paper doesn’t hold well}. I love using a combination of prints and colors … you can go with a color scheme {say, red, white & blue for the 4th of July} or a specific pattern {like gingham for an outdoor picnic in the park}. I created a collection of patterns, printed them onto regular text-weight printer paper and they turned out great.

The entire printable paper collection is now available in the shop

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Or you can get them all.

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{each pdf is 8.5 x 11 and will be delivered to your email once your purchase has been completed. Make sure you check the email address used in your paypal purchase. Don’t forget to save the files to your computer so that you can print as often as you need}

Enjoy your weekend!

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summer in snapshots {week one} and a simple way to make a photo collage {tutorial}

Last week I mentioned that I’d be playing along with Amber of Starfish Jewelry and taking a photo each day to document our summer. Did you do it too? Here is our week in snapshots:

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I’m linking up at Starfish Jewelry Designs : click the button below to link up too.

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I’ve been asked a few times how I create my photo collages {you can see more examples here and here}. And now I will give out my secret.

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That’s right. There’s no fancy photoshop steps involved : just Google’s pretty amazing free photo-editing software called Picasa.

There are lots of different ways to edit your photos and as I get more into photography, I’m learning more about how important editing is. But Picasa has been a great resource for me {especially since it is simple and free} and is what I often use for my photos on the blog.  You can download it HERE.

Once you have it installed on your computer, import your photos either from your camera or from a file on your computer. You can learn more about the editing features on the picasa site, but feel free just to play around – they make it pretty easy.  Okay, on to the tutorial :

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When you open picasa and have photos uploaded, it will look something like this:

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Now you can select the photos you would like to put in your collage Continue Reading →

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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, but at least she has earned her law degree!}

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I have been trying to come up with something memorable and special to give her as a congratulation gift but finally came to the conclusion that money is always the most appreciated gift for any student.

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Rather than just giving a wad of cash, I created this fabric envelope as the wrapping for the money inside.

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If you have a grad to celebrate, this might be a great gift idea for you too.

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monogram art {tutorial}

Remember this picture from a few days ago?

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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 old for my poor friends, but I never grow tired of it. I love talking baby names. I sort of wish I could have more kids just so I could name them. Actually, I don’t. I take that back.

Anyway : we were talking about her baby names {both of which I ADORE}. She is one of those crazy ladies who doesn’t find out what she is having beforehand {which is actually really quite fun} but I decided to make this monogram art for the new baby’s room, should he come out a boy. If she comes out a girl, I will tear it all apart and girlify it. But I like the idea for a baby’s room – it is not totally babyish, but still sentimental and a nice keepsake.

Geesh, I’m longwinded today.

So, here is the finished project:

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And here’s what you’ll need to make one of your own:

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:: picture frame {this one is 5 x 7 with a 4 x 6 opening}

:: linen {or other fabric for background}

:: book page for monogram

:: metal book plate {found in the scrapbook section of most craft stores}

:: stamps and ink pad for adding birthdate, year, etc.

:: glue gun, scissors

STEP ONE: cover back of frame with fabric

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Just cut the fabric slightly larger than the back and wrap snugly around the back. Secure with hot glue.

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STEP TWO: create your monogram

I designed mine in Illustrator and printed directly on to the book page {temporarily attached to a standard piece of paper so it would run through the printer}.

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You could just as easily free hand a letter, trace a stencil, die-cut it or use the transfer method I used to write on my chalkboard wall in the office.

STEP THREE: cut out letters

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This took some patience on my part and if I were to do it again I would have mirror-imaged the letters when I printed them so that you wouldn’t see the outline. But I don’t think the baby will mind.

STEP FOUR: attach the monogram

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Place the letters where you want them, then hot glue. This was a little tricky for the teensy letters.

STEP FIVE: attach the metal book plate

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Again, just use hot glue.

STEP SIX: add a label with the birthdate, anniversary, established date, etc.

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Let me talk for just a second about these stamps. I made them. Well, sort of. Last summer when I needed number stamps to price items for the summer boutique I searched and searched for a nice set of number stamps. With a dollar sign. Not too big, not too small. You would think that would be easy to find, but it was not. So I found these clear stamps at Michaels {Martha Stewart brand, but I can’t find them online} along with some dowels and glued them on to create a stamp. Not pretty, but does the trick. If you would rather just buy stamps, these ones are great and so are these. And here is a selection of alphabet stamps too.

And here it is, ready to adorn the baby boy’s room {if he, in fact, is a baby boy}.

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You can be so creative with this one – use a single monogram, an entire name, a favorite shape or symbol. A patterned fabric would be cute and making a banner for the date would be fun if you can’t find a bookplate. I think it makes a wonderful wedding gift for a newly established family or a sweet baby gift.

I hope you have fun with it!

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flouncy flowers {two tutorials & more}

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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 with so many fun ways to create blossoms. I tried to narrow it down to five of my current favorites, but I just couldn’t. So today, there are two flowers.

Be sure to scroll all the way down for a few extra goodies at the end of the post.

The first flower today is a simple and modern one.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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:: satin fabric

:: beads for embellishing {I used pearls from a broken pearl bracelet}

:: round template {mine is approximately 2 1/2 inches}

:: needle, thread & scissors

STEP ONE: cut four circles

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STEP TWO: stack circles and stitch through center

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STEP THREE: add beads to center to embellish

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STEP FOUR: snip into circle

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And you’re done!

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Pin a little bunch to a sweater for a fun accessory.

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Cute and simple, right?

Let’s move right into the next flower:

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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:: organza

:: a small piece of satin for the center

:: thread, needle & scissors

STEP ONE: cut organza into eight rectangles

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My rectangles are 2 x 1, but you could cut them any size you like

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STEP TWO: layer

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STEP THREE: stitch through the center of the layered pieces

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Just use a running stitch and go from end to end, gathering as you go

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STEP FOUR: wrap thread around center

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Tie off in back and snip thread and you’ll have this:

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STEP FIVE: add center embellishment

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cut small circle from satin {approximately 3/4″}

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fold into quarters and stitch through the bottom to secure

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then attach with a stitch through the center of the flouncy flower.

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So sweet. I attached two to a pair of shoes for a summery look:

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And there you have it. Flower Week 2011. Six great flower projects to get you in the spring and summer mood.

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As a special gift for mother’s day, I’ve created a free printable card for you to download and print.

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Just click the image below for the pdf, print on cardstock, cut along dotted lines and fold in half.

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I hope the mothers in your life enjoy it!

 

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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.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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:: fabric

:: scissors

:: hot glue gun {you could also hand stitch if you prefer}

STEP ONE: cut fabric into strip

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For this 2 1/2″ flower, the strip is 2 1/4″ x 28″

I tear the fabric both for ease and because I like the frayed edges

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STEP TWO: fold strip in half

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STEP THREE: roll end into a ball for the center

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Add a dab of hot glue to hold securely

STEP FOUR: twist and roll

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starting with the strip held straight, twist away from the center

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then roll around the center

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Did you get that? Twist away

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then roll.

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Every few twists you can add hot glue to hold

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Keep twisting and rolling to your desired size

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STEP FIVE: finish the back

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Leave a bit of fabric at the end so that you can flip it over the back

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add hot glue

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and trim the ends

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The back will look like that and the front looks like this:

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I attached a mini flower {and felt leaf} to a hair clip for the baby

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and added one to a piece of thin elastic for a dainty headband

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A bundled group of funky flowers makes a fun belt when pinned to a grosgrain ribbon.

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For this pillow I cut up an old shirt and used the material to hot glue a enormous flower to an existing pillow.

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I can’t decide if I’m in love, but it was super easy and a good mindless activity while the kids were out making mud pies in the back yard. You should have seen their muddy little bodies when they were finished. Oh my.

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So have you enjoyed flower week so far? I hope I’ve given you the inspiration and easy steps for making a few of these blossoms. I’ve heard from many that it is teacher appreciation week and a few of the flowers have been made for the sweet ladies who teach our kids. I’m sure they love receiving a hand-made gift! And, of course, we have Mother’s Day on Sunday and what mom doesn’t like a flower?!  So keep creating and I’ll be back tomorrow with one more flower tutorial.

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button flowers {tutorial}

Today’s flower is the simplest of them all {perfect for a mid-week spurt of creativity}.

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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 are super easy and a great craft to do with kids.

Here is what you’ll need:

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:: buttons in various sizes {I went monochromatic, but you can be as crazy as you want}

:: 26 gauge wire {or whatever you have that is easily bendable}

:: scissors or wire cutters

STEP ONE: select your buttons

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Choose three buttons in varying sizes and stack them up

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STEP TWO: cut wire to desired length {mine are approximately 6 inches}

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STEP THREE: thread wire through holes in buttons

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STEP FOUR: loop the wire up through the hole and down the opposite button hole

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{oh good heavens, don’t judge my hands}

Thread the wire back through the bottom button

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STEP FIVE: twist the wire to secure

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Aren’t they so sweet?

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I used a silver egg cup, added play dough to the inside {you could use florists foam if you have it, but I didn’t and play dough seemed to do the trick!} then covered with a bit of moss.  Poke the wire stems in and you have a playful little flower arrangement.

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These are the same button flowers that are in Audrey’s room, except in white and tied up with twine.

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I did a search on google images for ‘button flowers’ and look what else I found:

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How beautiful, unexpected and cheap{!} for bridal bouquets. Wish I thought of that for my wedding! You could even have each of the bridesmaids make their own at a button-flower making party. I like that idea.

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This is the photo from that magazine article where I first saw these flowers. They look awfully cute sticking out of a plant.

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And I love these ones that have black wire stems that twist all the way down. Very whimsical.

So many variations you can do with sizes and colors of buttons. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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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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Here is what you’ll need:

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:: fabric {linen, canvas, wool, felt – something slightly sturdy}

:: template {download here or at the bottom of post}

:: scissors, needle, thread

:: something pretty for the center {rhinestone, old brooch, a button}

STEP ONE: print template and cut out petals

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There are two templates available for download: small and large. I used the small for this example and the large for the pillows. You can certainly adjust the size and shape to your liking and disregard the template altogether if you prefer.

STEP TWO: cut petals

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I fold the fabric so that I only have to cut once.

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You’ll need FOUR large petals and THREE small

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STEP THREE: gather the center of each petal

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Make a running stich through the center, then pull the thread taught, wrap it around the center a few times and make another stitch through the center. Knot it off and cut the thread.

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You’ll have this:

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all the petals

STEP FOUR: stack the petals

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Start with the large,

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then layer on the small.

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STEP FIVE: stitch the petals together

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Just stitch back and forth through the center several times to secure the layers.

STEP SIX: embellish the center

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a little dab of hot glue does the trick.

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This size is just right to attach to a headband

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And do you remember this cute flower pillow? It is part of this month’s giveaway {have you entered for a chance to win? You can do it here}. I made it out of felt then stitched directly onto the pillow.

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If you would like to make a few of your own, please feel free to download my templates:

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Note: to make a fuller flower keep the center a bit wider than on the template.

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I hope you are enjoying flower week! Come back tomorrow for another great flower project.

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rolled paper flowers {tutorial}

flower-week

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 for projects all over the place {online, in shops, in magazines}, then figure out how to re-create them on my own. Each of these projects are my adaptation of something I’ve seen elsewhere.  In other words, I do not take credit for ‘inventing’ these blossoms.

2. Simple, inexpensive projects are my favorite. Each of the flowers this week use just a few low-cost materials and can be created by even the beginning crafter.  I hope you give them a try!

3. My fingernails are a mess. I should probably take calcium supplements or at least get a manicure. Sorry you have to look at them.

Okay, so let’s begin.

FLOWER WEEK PROJECT ONE:

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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:: paper {either cover or text weight}

:: florist wire

:: scissors, pencil, glue gun

STEP ONE: cut irregular circle

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This circle is approximately 8 inches, but you can do any size you wish.

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STEP TWO: cut spiral

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Start at the outside edge and cut in a spiral fashion to the center.

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I like a sort of bumpy shape so that the petals end up a bit irregular

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If you aren’t so sure about your cutting skills, feel free to draw your spiral before cutting. I did this one with a straight edge, but you could make it bumpy as well.

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To add a little interest to my bouquet, I used a variety of yellow scrapbook papers {my favorite is that yellow dot}

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STEP THREE: roll your blossom

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start at the outside edge and coil tightly

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Continue rolling until you get to the center. You’ll have a tightly coiled rosette.

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STEP FOUR: release coil

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And your flower grows.

STEP FIVE: glue together

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Add a glob of glue to the center and press to adhere the coiled paper

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TO MAKE A LEAF:

cut a leaf shape out of green paper

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Fold in an accordion-style fold

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and adhere with a dab of hot glue.

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TO ADD A WIRE STEM:

Cut a piece of floral wire to desired size {mine are about 6 inches} and bend a small piece at a 90 angle.

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Glue wire to the bottom of the flower.

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Then attach the leaf to cover the wire.

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When grouped together, you have a very sweet bouquet of wilt-less blossoms.

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I also tried these with sheet music.

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And attached to a wreath form covered in linen.

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Aren’t those the cutest paper rosettes?

To help make things easier for you, I created a printable instruction sheet with all the steps in illustrations.

Click the image above to download!

I’ll see you tomorrow for another flower project.

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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.

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I know many of you have done your own versions and I’m so excited to see what you’ve accomplished. At the end of the post, you can link to your blog to share.

If you are thinking about painting the wallpaper pattern, you can read the first tutorial {HERE}. I’ve updated the template, which you can also find at the end of this post.

One question that I get from time to time is “how do you create the double lines?”. So here is a mini-tutorial on how it was done. For ease, I did this on our large chalkboard with a chalk pen, so just pretend that it is a wall, I am tracing with a pencil, and that I am using a paintbrush and paint to fill it in.

First, cut out your pattern.

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Next, start at the top of your wall {or chalkboard, in my case} and trace around the pattern.

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To get the double line, move the template down and space it out about 1/2 inch from the first.

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When you trace it, it will look like this:

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Keep going :

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: and you’ll eventually cover your surface.

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When you are ready to paint, use a 1/4 inch flat artists’ brush and paint along the inside of each shape.

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Here is how it looked when I really did it.

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If you look closely, you’ll notice some pencil lines. I suppose I could have erased them when the paint was dry, but they don’t bother me.  The finished walls are not perfect, but they are interesting and add subtle pattern and they make me smile.

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If you’d like to give it a try, you can download the template below.

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Now, if you’ve done your own painted wallpaper, please share you project!

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. instructions .

1. link directly to your post {not just your blog}

2. add the ‘share your project’ link button to your post {copy & paste}

Enjoy clicking around for lots of painted wallpaper inspiration!

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woven pin board {tutorial}

The other day I found a large {3 ft x 4 ft} cork board at the thrift store. I figured I could always use another pin board and the price was right, so I brought it home.

I was thinking I would cover it with linen like this one from potterybarn:

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But then while perusing some of my favorite blogs, I came across this photo at Grace Happens:

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That little woven bench caught my eye and I just knew that was what I wanted to do with the enormous bulletin board.

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Want to make one too?

Here is what you’ll need:

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:: cork board

:: burlap {or other fabric of choice}

:: scissors, staple gun, ruler, sharpie, thumb tacks

STEP ONE: cut two pieces of burlap to fit cork board. Add 3 inches to each side for wrap around.

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STEP TWO: cut strips of burlap.

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With a ruler and sharpie, mark equal increments on your fabric piece {mine are 3 inches}.

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Draw lines with the ruler and cut. Make sure you cut one piece of fabric with the strips going vertically and one horizontally so that they fit all the way across the board. {I folded my fabric in half so I didn’t have to cut all the way down}

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STEP THREE: staple strips to the back of the board

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STEP FOUR: add a row of strips to the vertical edge.

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When you turn the cork board over, it will look like this:

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STEP FIVE: weave in a basket weave pattern {over-under-over-under}

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STEP SIX: pin ends in place, pulling the strip taut.

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STEP SEVEN: remove pins and staple back of strips in place.

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Trim excess, if you wish.

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STEP EIGHT: trim frayed edges

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STEP NINE: add ribbon to hang

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Cut ribbon a bit longer than the board, fold end over and staple to the back of the board.

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Hang and embellish!

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{a little sneak peak of our *unfinished* bedroom}

Because I hung this over our bed, I wanted to embellish with thing that are just about US.

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I had a great time collecting some of my most cherished love notes, wedding photos and creating a silhouette of the two of us on our wedding day.

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A photo from our wedding.   What a beautiful day.

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silhouette

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An early love note from my sweet husband. Perhaps the nicest thing ever said to me.

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I really love how this project turned out.

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a spring wreath

A few weeks ago I spent some time with two of my oldest friends {not old as in age, but old as in I’ve known them for a long, long time}.  Both mentioned that they had their burlap wreaths up and that they wanted something a little springier for their front doors.

So Lindsay & Erin, this one is for you :

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Here is what you’ll need:

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:: wreath form {mine is 10 inches, but you could definitely go larger}

:: linen for the ruffles {about 12″ x 72″}

:: embellishments: eggs, nest, sheet moss, glitter, glue, white fabric, green felt

:: scissors, sewing machine, glue gun

STEP ONE: cut four strips of fabric {approximately 2.5″ x 72″}

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I find it helpful to fold fabric to cut down on cutting distance.

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STEP TWO: wrap wreath form with one strip

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Using hot glue to adhere the end.

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STEP THREE: stitch the remaining three strips of fabric together to create one long strip.

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STEP FOUR: stitch the ruffle

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With the machine set to the longest stitch, sew along one side of of the strip {about 1/8″ in}.

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STEP FIVE: ruffle, ruffle, ruffle

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{pull one thread to gather the fabric}

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STEP FIVE: attach the ruffle to the wreath

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with a bead of hot glue, adhere one end of the ruffle

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STEP SIX: wrap the ruffle

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Add a dab of hot glue under each ruffle edge to hold in place.

To finish, cut off remaining ruffle and glue down to hold.

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So pretty on its own!

. . . to embellish . . .

STEP ONE: glitter the eggs {fun + messy craft to do with kids}

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STEP TWO: add moss to wreath

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cut moss to just larger than nest and attach to wreath with hot glue.

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STEP THREE: add the nest

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STEP FOUR: add mini flowers {tutorial here} and twigs

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STEP FIVE: glue eggs in the nest

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and you have a sweet spring wreath.

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happy spring

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ruffled rubber gloves {tutorial}

A few years ago one of my friends gifted me ruffled rubber gloves. I loved them. But after a few wears, they developed that terrible rubber glove stench {do you know the one I’m talking about? eww}. So I tossed them out, never to find another pair.

A few weeks ago when I was composing the March Giveaway, I remembered these darling dish-washing accessories and decided to try my hand {ha} at making a pair.

So here they are:rubber gloves

Here is what you’ll need:

glove supplies

:: pair of rubber gloves

:: fabric for the ruffles {two strips approximately 4″ x 24″}

:: scissors, pins, sewing machine & thread

STEP ONE: cut two strips of fabric for the ruffles

fabric

Mine are approximately 4 x 24″ – but you can make yours as wide or narrow as you like. If you want to be fancy about it, you could hem one side so that the ruffles do not fray.  I took the easy way and call the fraying ‘character’.

STEP TWO: ruffle each strip

machine

With your machine set to the longest stitch, sew along the length of one side, not backstitching

STEP THREE: pull the thread to ruffle the strip

ruffle

This is what you’ll have:

two ruffles

STEP FOUR: stitch the ruffle ends together to form a circle

right sides

placing right sides together, stitch closed. This is what you’ll have:

ruffle circle

STEP FIVE: pin ruffle to glove

glove and ruffle

turn glove inside out and pin ruffle.

inside

pinned

STEP SIX: stitch ruffle to glove

sewing

This was the trickiest part because the machine wasn’t crazy about stitching through rubber. I went around a few times just to really secure them. 

close

Done! They are fun, fanciful and really do make doing dishes much more enjoyable!

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A few of you asked : where those placemats in the giveaway are from :

placemat

They are dwell studio for Target.

Super cute.

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party hat {tutorial}

They were a hit with the kids {even the birthday girl didn’t mind wearing hers} and very simple to make, so here is a tutorial on these festive paper party hats.

party-hats

Here’s what you will need:

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:: party hat template {download below}

:: decorative paper

:: scissors & glue {I used a hot glue gun}

:: embellishments {pom poms, ric rack, ribbon, hole punch, fabric}

:: elastic

STEP ONE: print and cut out paper hat template {download below}

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STEP TWO: trace pattern onto decorative paper

trace

I used scrapbook paper, cardstock and wrapping paper.

STEP THREE: cut out shape

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STEP FOUR: *optional* score where the dotted line is on the template

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This just makes it easy to fold when you form the cone and adhere.

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STEP FIVE: fold a small flap

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STEP SIX: add a bead of hot glue to the flap

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STEP SEVEN: roll the paper into a cone and glue together.

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STEP EIGHT: embellish!

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For the tops of my hats I cut apart some pom pom trim I had and hot glued to the top of the hats. I used a leftover ruffle scrap for the birthday girl’s hat, polka dots made out paper for another and ric rack, ribbon and pom pom trim around the base of others.

STEP NINE: add the elastic band

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I cut my pieces of thin elastic {from the fabric store} to 15 inches, then hot glued inside the edge of the hat.

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Very simple project that makes for a custom decoration and party favor!

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I have created a template that you are welcome to use.

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