November 28, 2010

Conatiner Makeover

I really love seeing before and afters....
I have one to show you today!

Check it out...

I never come across any kind of awesome deal....but my Granny did.
She found these babies at a yard sale for $3.00. 
That's .75 per container. 
She saw them and knew that I would love them so she snatched 'em lady!!

They were in serious need of a makeover so I did just that.
Look at this hideous lid...


I took all the handles off, and covered the lids with wood filler.

After letting them dry, which only took about 15 minutes...I sanded and painted them with Krylon White Semi-Gloss spray paint.
I painted the screws and the handles also.

  Then, I used Mod Podge to adhere some really cute wrapping paper, attached the handles, and filled the containers with treats.

I'm using these at the Christmas party I'm hosting at work.
I hope they love them as much as I do. 

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November 6, 2010

Ridin' Retro

I was reminded of this transfer paper that I've had for years after seeing all the Silhouette giveaways lately......(I've been trying so desperately to win). I didn't know what I wanted to do with the transfer paper until it hit me......

Covers for my throw pillows...which I call....Ridin' Retro.

Let me just show you what I was workin' with before I covered the pillows.



You get it....they're hideous! I wasn't about to buy new ones so I just upgraded them.

I sketched all of the designs by hand, scanned them into my computer, and printed them on Iron On Transfer Sheets. 

I'm obsessed with anything retro!!

I used this old fabric that my Granny gave me. I cut out the pieces I needed for the case itself then ironed on my awesome design.
Then I sewed away, inserted the pillows into the case, and this is what I got...

These three are my favorites...

Seriously....who else do you know that has a Gremlin Car print for decoration??


November 2, 2010

Christmas Advent Calendar....or Not

I haven't even finished decorating for Thanksgiving but I couldn't wait to work on this......

For a printable tutorial go here!

I intended for this to be an advent calendar but I like it as a decoration too. This was so easy and quick! You'll need a corkboard, paint, 24 buttons, earring posts, hot glue and a marker.

First paint the corkboard. Add a cute tree...I free handed this tree (so easy)!

 Attach earring posts to cute buttons with hot glue.

If you decide you want to make an advent calendar out of it, write numbers 1-24 on the board itself with a marker. Cover up the numbers with the buttons....1 a day. Your tree will be fully decorated complete with a star on Christmas Day.

Countdown the days 'till Christmas!

Get the kids involved...they love this!!

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October 23, 2010

Halloween "Newsprint" Framed

This is the last Halloween project I plan on doing this year.....I think I've had enough.
Most of my decor is super scary.....which is the one reason why my nephew is afraid to be inside my house.
So I thought I'd make something that is...not so scary.
Check it out....

I really wanted to do something with newsprint or pages from a book but.....they're just not as colorful as I'd like them to be. To be perfectly honest...I don't have any books that I want to destroy and I definitely don't read newspapers...that's what the internet is for right?

So I made my own "newsprint" in Microsoft Word and chose some bright, colorful, patterned paper.

The "newsprint" is actually Halloween related poems.

I cut out some basic Halloween shapes, inked the edges a little bit and attached them to the patterned paper.

Finally, I swapped out some pictures that were in this black frame and added the new stuff.

So there you have, simple and cute!!

October 17, 2010

Chair Decor

I've been working so hard on my Halloween decor that I neglected my Fall decor. 
Since we're hosting Thanksgiving dinner at our house, I decided to get started before it's too late.

My grandmother gave me a ton of old fabric not so long ago. So I dug through the mounds of fabric and I found this long piece of brownish golden fabric. 

I started unraveling it and I decided it would be perfect to tie around the dining room chairs. So I cut 6 pieces all the same size (I didn't measure them) to fit around the back of the chair. 

I knew I had to add something extra to the center of the tie. I decided to use two pieces of raffia. 
I matched both ends of the raffia together to measure the same length.

Then I connected the bottom ends to the top ends.

I cut the opposite end that formed a loop. Repeat this step until you've reached the size that works for you.

Take a piece of the cut raffia and use it to tie the other pieces together forming a bundle.

Now, embellish the bundle!

I wanted the option to use these in places other than on the fabric so I added a bobby pin to the back with hot glue. I didn't want the bobby pin to show so I added a piece of fabric with Fabri-tac.

Attach your piece of fabric to wherever you choose and pin on the embellishment.

You could use anything as an embellishment...acorns, pine cones, miniature scarecrows, etc. You could also use ribbon instead of fabric for the chairs.
This is just the beginning.....I have so many more ideas so stay tuned!

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