Monday, November 24, 2014

Christmas 2014 Handmade Gift - Secret Santa Blog Tour

I am so happy to be sharing with you a gift I made for the Secret Santa Blog Tour and it was for Shanna Gilbert of Restoration Redoux. My inspiration for her gift came from a Kirkland's ad that I recieved in the mail. I love their Christmas tree bunting they have displayed on their Christmas tree. Here is the flyer - 
I knew Shanna's main color is turquoise, so I changed the look around to fit her home decor. I also added a little vintage charm to her package as well. Before I show you her gift, I wanted to let you know that, I thought I took pictures of my project during the making of it. I was mistaken however. I was in the process of creating a tutorial on this same process, so the pictures you are going to see are not from Shanna's gift but the process is the same.  

All my painted letters are freee hand. I printed off a word or individual letters that I want to paint on my fabric. I created the words in PicMonkey. I took my word and I laid my fabric on top. Make sure your fabric is light in color and lite weight as well. This will make the process easier. I do have other methods, where I will show you at a later time, on how to do this free hand method on dark fabrics. Anyhoo, as you can see in the picture, on the left, I can see the letters which allowed me to be able to paint each letter with ease. Using a narrow tip paint brush, I was able to follow and paint each letter. The picture on the right, you can see the finished result. 

Here is the Shanna's gift. 
I specifically chose Joy, Love and Peace. These words are related and also because Joy has 3 letters, Love has 4 and Peace has 5 and they would lay on the Christmas tree nicely. I am a bit A type. LOL 

I also created this lovely pin cushion using a silver plated vintage sugar bowl. I love how it turned out. There you have it, my handmade gift for Shanna. 

My secret Santa was Therese from Fresh Idea Studio. This was her beautiful handmade gift to me.
Isn't it so cool? I love it and its going to go great in my home. Thank you Therese!

Now, it's time for you to stop by and visit my friends on this Secret Santa Blog Tour and see their lovely handmade creations. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Pottery Barn Inspired Christmas Tree Pillow

I have another knock off today from the Pottery Barn Christmas pillow and the cost is $29.50 but my cost was only $1.00. I had all the supplies on hand and all I needed was green paint.

I started out making an envelope pillow just like the one I made here. Before I assemble the fabric pieces together, I went ahead and took an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of freezer paper, a black sharpie and made a christmas tree. Then I ironed it on my white fabric and now I am ready to paint.
Here is the finished product and I love how it turned out. What's great about painting, is the more you layer the better the painting looks. I just kept adding layers to this Christmas tree and I love how it turned out. 

Here are both of my Pottery Barn inspired pillows and I just love how they turned out and all I spent was $1 for both. My snowman pillow you can see here. Who wouldn't love that! I have received a lot of queations about how to make these pillows and I am actually going to be doing a how-to video class in a couple of weeks. I am so excited and I hope you will sign up to join me live for this tutorial. More information will be coming out soon so you can sign up.
 Happy you stopped by! Have a great weekend!



Friday, November 14, 2014

Pottery Barn Inspired Snowman Pillow - Knock Off Holiday Tour

#RockYourKnockOff Tour is a group of talented bloggers who are inspired by stores like Pottery Barn and/or Ballard Designs and show you how to create one of their products. At the end of my post you can visit these amazing blogger knockoff. 

My knock off today is from Pottery Barn Painted Snowman pillow and the cost is $39.50, my cost, free. I love snowman and since that is the theme for our Christmas it was only fitting that I make this pillow. I had all the supplies on hand; let's face if you are a crafter like me, you have endless supplies of products in your home to make tons of projects. The products I used were a pillow, paint, paint brushes, freezer paper, sharpie and iron. 

I drew on freezer paper with the shiny side up and created my snowman using sharpies. Once I was done I ironed the freezer paper design, shiny side down to the pillow case. Make sure to iron the design well. Once I was done with the iron, I peeled away the freezer paper and I was left with this outline. The outline was helpful and I was able to use paint and paint inside the lines. I really love how it turned out. 

PB pillow on the left and DIY180 pillow to the right. What do you think? Pretty close right? I loved how it turned out and the best part is it didn't cost me a thing. I love doing knockoffs and I have a few more I am going to be sharing with you. Thanks for stopping by and make sure to visit my friends from the tour. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Thanksgiving Tablescape - Thanksgiving Traditions

I am so happy to being joining several talented bloggers today, in our Thanksgiving Traditions tour. At the end of my post, you will be able to click and visit my follow bloggers and see their Thanksgiving traditions.

Thanksgiving is my favorite time of year, because I know I get to bake, eat turkey and spend time with my family. I remember as a little girl I would go to my aunt's home and my job would be to set the table. My aunt's table decor was always the same every year; crytals, greenary, gold accents and candles. This is why I love using these same items. I am grateful for those beautiful memories.

My favorite thing to do is create a table scape using what I have in my home. Let's face it, the food alone is expensive, why buy more decor when its already in your home! I am going to show you a simple but elegant table scape I created by using items from my home. I always start with the place settings and then I create the center piece. Thanksgiving reminds me of pumpkins, leaves and candles.

We will have 25 family members and this is one of the tables (this table is 55 inches) we will be using. I still love using white dishes, clear stemware and for the bling, a touch of gold. The burlap runner is a nice touch of neutral along with the greenary.  

Its a good thing to have traditions and I am grateful for my aunt for teaching me her traditions. Thanks so much for stopping by and I am wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving. Now go see what the other ladies Thanksgiving traditions are.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

How To Make A Pillow & Online Fabric Store Giveaway

*This post is sponsored by Online Fabric Store. All opinions are 100% mine.
Today, I am excited to be joining 18 other bloggers on creating pillows for your home. Thank you to Online Fabric Store for sponsoring this tour and providing us with the fabric and pillow insert. I have known about the Online Fabric Store for 2 years now and have ordered from them in the past. I love the quality of the fabrics, the different styles, tons of colors and patterns, trims, burlap and so much more. They even carry ready made decorative throw pillows


For my pillow I went with a pattern , it's called the Braemore Paloma/OXF Sunflower.  Love!

Braemore Paloma/OXF Sunflower Fabric

This is the pillow form I received. What I love about this one is there is a zipper and you can add more stuffing to it if you want.

Fairfield Soft Touch Poly-Fil Supreme Pillow Form - 16" x 16"
Materials Needed: 
  • Fabric
  • Pillow insert 
  • Sewing machine 
  • Matching thread
  • Straight pins
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Scissors
  • Rotary cutter & mat
*Before you cut and pin your fabric remember to line up your patterns. The patterns should be going in the same direction.

In this first picture, you need to cut your fabric in the following order. The top piece needs to be cut and measured 16 1/2 inches on each side. The 1/2 inch is for seam allowance. The bottom 2 pieces are going to overlay each other slightly, so you take your fabric and cut each piece 16 1/2 x 10 1/2. The bottom left picture you see all 3 cut pieces.  

Take your two bottom pieces and fold over once about 1/4 inch and iron flat and fold over a second time and iron flat. Now pin the fold in place (left pic). This part I forgot a picture of but once you have pinned the 2 bottom piece in place, just simply sew down the middle of the fold. Once you have sewed the two pieces, iron these two pieces and now you are ready to pin these two pieces to the top piece. Placing your top piece of fabric right side up and take one of your bottom pieces and pin right side down. As you can see in the picture on the right, the folds of the 2 pieces should be in the middle.

Pin the second bottom piece over the first bottom piece (remember these 2 pieces will slightly overlap each other) and it should look like the picture on the left. The picture on the right shows the 3 pieces all pinned all around. Now you are ready to sew the entire square with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. 

Once you have sewed the pillow you need to trim the corners and sides. This helps keep the pillow from being bulky and those corners sharp . As you can see from the picture on the right, I cut each corner diagonal and trimmed some on the sides. When you are done trimming, iron the pillow inside out. When you are done, turn the pillow right side out. Take a wooden dowel rod (something with a point but not sharp) and poke the corners out. 

There you have it, the finished product. You can see the front side (pillow in the front) and the back side (pillow in the back). I love making pillow shams. 
Now we are giving away Two $100 gift cards to Online Fabric Store! Fun! Enter below for your chance to win. Don't forget once your are done entering the giveaway, scroll down and visit my other friends in the tour.

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Visit my buddies on the tour….it’s happening all week…you can find the links here anytime….tour at your leisure!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Online Fabric Store Pillow Tour and Giveaway!

I am so happy to be able to write this post today. My computer was not working for the last 3 days, so needless to say I am catching up today. I really want to share with you all about the Pillow Challenge & Giveaway. This week there are 19 bloggers who are taking part in a Pillow Challenge tour & Giveaway with Online Fabric Store. The Online Fabric Store has some beautiful fabrics, burlaps, trims, pillow forms, decorative pillows and so much more. Each blogger has received a pillow form and 1 yard of fabric that we each picked out. This Monday, October 13th thru the 16th we will be sharing with you our own creation and how to.

Also, there is not one, but TWO $100 Gift cards to the Online Fabric Store! WOO HOO!

Fun with Fabric and a Giveaway

Come back every day and see the newest pillow creation and enter to win one of the gift cards. Come back this Thursday when I will be sharing my pillow. I can't wait to show you it all. Just click on each link below to see each bloggers pillow. Don't forget to share about the tour with your family and friends and on your social media sites. Thanks so much!

Fun With Fabric Pillow Tour


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Pumpkins Makeover That Can Be Used For Halloween and Thanksgiving

I have been working on some dollar store bought pumpkins that I picked up last year and I just wanted to give it my own touch. I love more of a natural looking pumpkin and I went with an old white color and gold.

As you can see, I started out with the original plastic pumpkins and then I used American Decor Chalky finish in whisper. This color reminds me of Old White by ASCP. Once I gave the pumpkins two coats, I painted the stem in a mixture of brown and cream color. Can you tell which is the real pumpkin and which is the faux on the cake plate? They are close in color. As you can see, I took three other pumpkins and painted them gold. I love the combination of the two colors!

I added these lovely ceramic pumpkins with the faux pumpkins and I love the feel of all of these together. My kind of neutral.

I also had these cravable pumpkins that I used the Americana Decor in whisper and added gold tones. I do love the different designs I picked out and it just gives them that extra pretty. : )

My final pumpkin is a real pumpkin that I just left it in its original natural color but I added my last name initial. I simply printed off the letter and cut it out and taped in place. I traced around the letter and with a flat tip paint brush I filled in the letter with Folk Art Vintage White. I love that color, too. This pumpkin is simplistic and charming and would look fabulous on my Thanksgiving table this year. I love the two cake plates to give this pumpkin height and you can add mini pumpkins all around it or tea lights. This is for sure going on my Thanksgiving table.

I am loving these vintage white mini pumpkins and these of course will be on my Thanksgiving table as well. I will be adding other elements to the table this year, like some leaves, branches and some vintage books. I am really going for a natural look this year. 

There you have it, my natural looking and simplistic Halloween/Thanksgiving decor. Next post I will be sharing my tablescape. Thanks for stopping by.