Little Girlie Necklace Tutorial

Oh Pinterest ! What have you done to me! I can’t even begin to tell you how many things I want to try and do because of the door you have opened !

I know I am not alone in this explosion of creativity sharing craziness. Come on admit it you have your ‘boards’ and list of ‘to do’s’ also.

My daughter Brianna showed me this one on her list and I thought it would be fun to do together. However the Pinterest picture just lead to a sweet Esty site not a tutorial. As great as that was I wanted to make my own. So I headed to the craft store for the supplies and was ready and waiting when Brianna arrived to try our hand at making these darling Little Girlie Necklaces.

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Here are the supplies I purchased:

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Beads , any size I used 5/8″

eye pins1 1/2″

small rings

metal ribbon clasps

5/8′ ribbon

Instructions:

First make a chain of 5 beads linked together.

Thread eye pin through the bead , snip off some of the extra length of the pin and then make a loop on the straight end the same size as the existing loop. Do this to all 5 beads.

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Using a jump ring or any size ring you chose, connect the beads together make the little chain of bobbles.

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Cut 2 lengths of ribbon ( I cut 24″ each) fold in have.You can adjust the length later before adding the ribbon clasps.

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Attach the ribbon to the end ring and knot. Add a bow if you’d like. I tied mine and hot glued it on.

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Now attach the ribbon end to the metal  clasps with a crimp of the plyers. You can add the little hook as well it comes in the package with the clasps.

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So cute!

Caution: I wouldn’t let children under 3 wear it as it could become a choking hazard so keep that in mind.

I will be making these for Easter gifts for my little girlies this week.

Hope you will have fun making one for the little girlie in your life too.

Linda

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Keepsake Box Tutorial

This past week my little granddaughter Sage turned 4. She is a fiesty, spunky,sassy, funny,adorable little bundle of girlie-ness.

She loves jewelry! All sorts of crazy bobbles and bling. Her Mommy is a Noonday Ambassador(http://summerscandrett.noondaycollection.com/necklaces) and maybe she comes by the obsession genetically. If you haven’t heard of Noonday, please take a moment and check it out, such a worthwhile and beautiful collection. Anyway little Miss Sage inspired me to make her a little keepsake box for all her jewels and treasures.

I started of with a little wooden box from Michael’s Crafts($2.99 used my 40% off coupon ) and a precut black wooden letter ‘S’ ($2.99).

I used acrylic paint to match her bedroom decor and added some scapbook paper flowers decopodged on the lid. Inside I added a little more decopodged scapbook paper and a small picture frame with a recent photo of us together.

I tucked a little silver ring inside a small velvet ring box to be her first treasure in her new keepsake box.

She loved it and it was really fun to personalize for my sweet little Sage.

She melts me! Happy 4th Birthday sweet little Miss Sage.You are LOVED!

Linda

Rolled Paper Flowers

This weekend I am co-hostessing a baby shower at my home and I have been fussing with the decorations. I have chalkboards and mason jars,along with fresh flowers and such. I am still gathering the details together and hope to share photos when it is all set up and ready for Saturday.

In the meantime I played around with an idea of using some of my birch branches and paper flowers. It may lay on the food table or lean up against the wall behind it. That is still to be determined. Around here you can’t finalize your plans until the morning of, because the weather is so unpredictable.

I know rolled paper flowers aren’t a new concept, but I thought I would share my take on the idea for those of you who haven’t done it before.

You will need :

Scrap book paper ( 2 sided works the best, but I used what I had on had for this project)

scissors

hot glue

That’s it! You probably have all that on hand.

Instructions: Cut out a circle any size you like, I cut it about 8″ in diameter. I did it free hand but you could trace around a bowl if you’d prefer.

I then drew a spiral wavey line to cut along. I also freehand that but wanted to show it what I meant.

Then just cut along your line or freehand it in a wavey spiral.

Then begin rolling from the outside end.

You can adjust the size of your flower by letting the tension from rolling a bit. Looser the twist the bigger the blossom.Then hot glue to the last bit of the paper in the center.

Add a leaf if you’d like, and optional button or jewel in the center.

 

I then attached them to the birch branch. I have glued floral wire on them before and wrapped with floral tape to make a bouquet, equally cute.

Hopefully it will all come together for the shower on Saturday, and we are praying for sunshine so we can celebrate outside.

I’ll let you know how it all turns out .

Linda

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Sea Glass Bottles

I have always loved the beach and things that are associated with the ocean and seashore. I love to bring out shells, sand, sea glass and photos of past beach vacations to decorate with over the summer. I usually start bringing the items out around Father’s day to accessorize the deck area and then it spills over to the kitchen and family room, entry and where ever else I think it needs a kiss of summer.

Love the frosted colors in Beach Glass:

I decided to start a little project before I bring all things beachy out to decorate with. I had seen something similar on Pinterest and started to experiment with my version of the Sea Glass or Beach Glass Bottle tinting.

Well here is my take on a tutorial of the process:

You will need :

* Mod Podge (or watered down white glue :3 parts glue to 1 part water)

*food coloring ( I used the neon colors, that’s what I have on hand. )

*dish washing liquid

* sponge paint brush

* clean and dry clear bottles ( I like the shapes of small vinegar, syrup, tabasco sauce, or jars, even canning jars)

That’s it! You probably have that on hand right now.

Cover your work surface with newspaper or a paper sack or whatever you’d like to keep from staining the area.

Now for the mixing:

I poured a little of the Mod Podge in a bowl. Then added 3 drops of the blue food coloring and 1 drop of green to get the aqua color I was going for. You can mix whatever color you want, there are no rules . I then added a few drops of dish soap. I think it may help it become frosted and not clear, and it also helps make clean up easier.  I was going for beach glass I didn’t want just a tinted glass like some of the blue mason glass tutorials. I found adding the dish soap helped that for some reason as well as using Mod Podge Matt Finish.

Then I mixed it all together:

Started applying it:

I like to be able to add fresh flowers to the container so I opted for coloring the outside of the bottle, so water could be added inside if desired. I gave it an even coat , then let it dry. It you want more intense color add 2-3 coats allowing it to dry in between each coat.

Drying:

 There are a few subtle streaks sometimes, I didn’t mind them. It may depend on how thick the mod podge/ glue mixture is and also the surface of the glass. I had some with slight streaks and others with none at all using the same mixture. If you don’t like the results, wash it off and try again

Since this is a temporary color project, it washes off easily if you aren’t satisfied with it or just want to use it a while and then change the color for a different look.

I am giving my bottles a coat of matt varnish to seal it and hope that will allow me to use it a while without the color chipping off . If you don’t put a sealer over it , it will wash right off.

I had suggested a liquid matt varnish, however some readers had trouble with it removing the mod podge mixture. So I have used this product with great success, Krylon Matt Finish.

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This is how mine turned out:

Let me know if  you give it a try and how it works for you. Always apprecitate good feedback and helpful advice.

Let’s get BEACHY!

Linda

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It’s a TWO-fer

I am posting twice today since it’s been so long and I actually have time today to share.

Speaking of TWO , my little grandson Asher turns 2 this weekend and we are celebrating with the family at our house. My daughter is super clever and makes the sweetest cards and invitations and sent us one announcing it will be a pirate theme. She will be bring all the decorations and most of the food for our crowd. Thanks to pinterest, ideas are numerous and there is inspiration for just about any theme you’re looking for. I hope to share pictures from the party but for know I will show my little contribution to the festivities.

In my quest to help set the mood, I thought I would try a rope craft/ knot to the mix of nautical items. I bring out beach theme decor around Father’s day so I was thinking of this project for next month, but decided to practice for the’ pirate party’.

It’s called a Monkey Fist Knot and I noticed it used in a Ballard Design catalog for a door stopper. It is listed in their catalog for $45, I think this girl can do it for less.

I went on YouTube , where they have a video for just about anything and low and behold there were multiple to chose from.

I purchased some 3/8″ rope ,50′ was around $8.00, I could probably make 2 or 3 from that at least. Found a tennis ball lying around and cut a small slit in it and filled it with pebbles. If you want to make it heavier , and I may next time, I will use buck shot or BB’s for weight.

Here are the written instructions:

 

You insert the ball before you start tighting down all the loops. BE PATIENT, it takes a little while and a few tries. I am still perfecting my own technique.

Here is the YouTube video as well,  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXdHcH3FRcM that worked better for me, but my husband liked the picture instructions best.

I will be trying this again and making it heavier, but not bad for a first attempt. I have to thank my husband for all his help , my little hands were struggling to pull it tight enough. I will give it another shot on my own soon.

What else can I make with $8 of rope? Hmmmm, I feel another project coming on.

Linda

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Mini Easter Eggs Craft

This last week I was adding a few Easter touches to the house. I wanted some small blue eggs and couldn’t find any at the craft store or Target. They were all pastel or sparkly and there isn’t a Pottery Barn near by, closest one is 60 miles away. Besides I wanted it to be very inexpensive and quick.

I ended up picking up some polymer clay at Michael’s ,

blue and ivory, as well as some burnt umber acrylic paint.

I then formed small eggs shapes out of each color and blended some of the blue and white together to get even a lighter shade. I have seen some amazing polymer clay art and jewelry and my creation looked like child’s play but I wasn’t going for any grand , just eggs.

After forming them I baked them according to the directions on the package of clay. 275 degrees and since they were thicker than 1/4 ” I kept checking them every 10 minutes until they seemed to be set, took about an hour.

After they cooled I mixed the burnt umber paint with a small amount of water to thin it down. Then using a tooth brush splatter painted the eggs. Let them dry and Ta-Da , mini speckled eggs.

So easy you could do it with children . I imagine their little fingers may even make cuter ones.

Speaking of children… I snapped a few photos of my youngest grand-daughter this weekend. She melts my heart!

Make the most of your Monday!

Linda

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Burlap Wreath Tutorial

 

Burlap is back! It’s texture and neutral color make it appeal to both contemporary and  vintage decorating styles, as well as everything in between. I have used it as a table runner, lamp shades and now a wreath in my own home decor.

I have seen something similar done before but in my efforts to make my own wreath it turned out slightly different so I will share my tutorial . We all have our own touch on a craft we take on and so making it our own rendition. I am sure if you make this yours too will look slightly different depending on the size you make your loops and if you embellish it or not.

Burlap Wreath:

Supplies : 1 roll burlap ribbon, purchased at Michael’s crafts store for $4.99 or if you have 40% off coupon only      $2.99. Also 1 wire wreath frame, mine was 12″ and cost $2.49. Total for project =$5.58

Making the wreath:

Make a small loop and come up through the the bottom of the wire wreath. Leave a few inches of the burlap end on the very first loop to tuck in when finished so it doesn’t unravel.

Repeat the loops going back and forth across all three rows of wire in the wreath.

Continue until you’ve gone all the way around the wreath and are back where you started.Adjust loops for fullness as  you go. Tuck ends in the back and wrap around the wire frame to finish off.

It only took about 30 minutes and was so easy and inexpensive. I may be making some for gifts as it was so fun and quick.

I really like it without any extra imbelishments but since Easter is just a few weeks away I decide to add a little Springy touch.

For Easter :

I think it would look really cute this summer with starfish and beach touches, so I didn’t glue anything down so I could change it later.

I do believe this is a no fail craft project and hope you enjoy making your own version.

Have a blessed day!

Linda

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Chalkboards

Chalkboards are everywhere lately, Pinterest, home decor stores and at my house.

Finished making the ones I had started last Saturday and got them in the frames today. I think I am addicted to chalkboard-ifing everything.

I started with an old picture frame and a mirror frame that the mirror broke out of. That’s a long story, let’s just say it has something to do with an earth quake and my husband trying to get the mirror back into the frame, it didn’t turn out so well. So I saved the silver frame and now have a new use for it.

Here is what I used:

Spray primer

Spray chalkboard paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Massonite cut to fit the frames I had. Home Depot and Lowe’s are happy to cut it for you if you know the size you need. They will even cut it whatever size so you can get it in your car and you can cut it more exact later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chalk of course. I used regular old crayola school chalk to season the board after it has been painted.

And a frame to finish it off.

Here are a few pictures of the process.

2 coats of primer . I had issues with this particular primer could have been operator error , but I would use a different one next time.

 

 

 

 

 

 2 coats of chalboard paint ( could do 3), apply in a well ventilated area, garage or outside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After they are dry you must season the surface by going over the whole board with chalk and then wiping it off.

Place in the frames and you are done!

 

 

 

 

Now I want to make all kinds of things into chalkboards.

courage #inspiration #courage 

Since I was in the chalkboard mood I redid my mantel already. I think that’s enough for today 🙂

Spring Decor

I am starting to refresh my home and lighten it up for Spring. It usually takes me a few days of moving things around and putting winter accessories away before it all comes together. I have started though and it feels good to get the lighter fabrics out and change the pillows, throws, my mantel and centerpieces.

I made some moss letters with reindeer moss from Michaels, wooden letters and a hot glue gun. So easy and Springy!

Mantel (phase 1)

Front door entry.

Some more moss accessories. When you live where we do moss is in great supply and so nice and green, so you may as well decorate with it.

Front door entry left side.

I will be adding other touches of Spring as we get into March and approach Easter. Can’t wait to add some flowers to the entry as soon as it’s a bit warmer.

As for the interior here’s the beginning stages of the Spring transformation.

The living room at the moment.

Entry  ( not sure if the Flower Market picture will be staying there , but for now..)

My friend Lynnette’s home is beautifully decorated for Spring. She has given me permission to share some sneak peeks into her warm and inviting home. Enjoy!

We like alot of the same things but put them together in different ways that reflect our personality and style. She” loves clutter” so she told me yesterday and I don’t. It’s fun to see what the same idea or item looks like in someone elses home and their interpretation of how it should be displayed.

So there is the beginning of Spring around my home. Chalkboards are painted and about to be inserted in their frames. I will let you know how that all turns out. I seem to be spraying everything with chalkboard paint lately. It however is very volatile in fumes and I needed to let the boards dry and air out well before bringing them inside.

I actually think I see a a ray of sunshine.. WhooHoo!

Have a great day!

Linda

A Rainy Day Project

So it is raining like crazy at the moment and I want to start a project, but I am not sure which one of the many on my ‘to do list’ I want to tackle.

To Do:

*Paint massonite for chalkboard, frame is ready

*Get out Spring pillows and throws for living room and redo decor

*Blog about all the various ways I’ve decorated my entry

*Repaint chalkboard door( seems like it could use a little touch up)

*I have a moss letter project ready to go

*Eat chocolate (check… already did that)

*Replace pictures in my photo gallery wall… redo totally . I have some other things to add.

*Put Spring bedding on guest bed and redo the room with the fresh decor I have.

These are my fun to do’s . I have another list of ‘not so fun to do’s’. You have them to,the things that you are never finished doing, like laundry, cleaning, cooking, paying bills, the usual.

OR…….

I could share this little project with you that I did a while back. I had an old glass door knob from Larry’s grandparents house.

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It was just laying on a shelf in the laundry room. I love the way the clear glass knob turned lavender over the years, but wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. The base was probably brass and I thought it looked about the same color as a metal clothes hanger… LIGHT BULB!

So I cut a section out of the clothes hanger with a pair of wire cutters.

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Then I used my jewelry pliers to bend the wire into some loops.

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Then twisted the base of the two ends together and put it inside the end of the door knob. Voila’! Picture holder.

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Kind of cute hunh?

Now hopefully I can get motivated enough to one of the other fun projects on my ‘to do ‘ list this weekend. Unless it happens to be sunny then I will be outside checking out my greenhouse and getting ready to build raised garden beds.  Ahhhh …Spring is just around the corner.

Have a great weekend!

Linda