Make a moss ball with plastic bags

When I was putting together my Valentine’s mantel, I  wanted to add something green and thought moss balls would be the answer. Not having any Styrofoam balls at home and not wanting to go out in the middle of yet another snow storm, I had to put on my thinking cap to come up with a substitute.  What did I have at home that I could shape into a sphere? I thought of aluminum foil, newspaper, plastic wrap, plastic……………bags! Grocery store bags.

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I love the way this plastic bag moss ball looks, it’s a touch of green while waiting for Spring to arrive.

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This is only about one quarter of the plastic bags I have at home.  We do take them back to the store for recycling though. But boy do they ever accumulate!  Did you know these facts about plastic bags?  Makes you think twice about using so many of them!

Every year the United States uses 30 billion plastic bags. Each bag you reuse has the potential to eliminate an average of 1,000 plastic bags over its lifetime. The average family accumulates 60 plastic bags in only four trips to the grocery store. We throw away almost 100 billion plastic bags every year, and only 1 percent to 3 percent are ever recycled. Plastic bags are not biodegradable. They clog waterways and end up in landfills where they take 1,000 years or more to break down into smaller pieces that pollute the soil and water. Plastic bags also pose a serious danger to birds and marine mammals that mistake them for food. Thousands die each year after swallowing or choking on discarded plastic bags. Producing plastic bags requires millions of gallons of petroleum that could be used for transportation or heating.

Well, that’s not good. I think I’ll make a real effort to remember to use the cloth bags from now on.

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Here’s how I made the plastic bag spheres. Put a bunch of bags inside a bag and shape into a ball. Keep adding bags and smashing it into a round shape. Tape it together and that’s it.

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The spheres may not be perfectly round but that’s ok. You can shape it more as you go along. You’ll need a small brush, some glue and moss. Plain  white school glue is what I used and it worked fine. I think hot glue would melt the plastic so I didn’t even try using it.bagged moss

I had this moss from the Dollar store in my stash and used about 2 bags per ball.

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Each bag had 4 different kinds of moss.

Warning, MESS ALERT, this is a very messy project so be prepared. At this point I stopped taking pictures because my hands were full of glue and moss. Just brush on some glue, add a little moss, press it on and repeat. I took a little break and allowed the glue to dry when I was about half finished with each sphere.

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They look good on the mantel atop pretty white ironstone vases.

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This was a quick project and a good way to reuse those plastic bags. I felt pretty good using up some of those bags.

Here’s another previous plastic bag project, you might remember the burlap pumpkins.burlap pumpkins

 5 minutes to craft a burlap pumpkin.  I made them in several versions. Plastic bags can be used in lots of different ways and I’ll be trying to think up new ways to use them for Spring and Easter crafts.

Hey, we are getting a little warmer here! Temperatures in the 40’s, WOW it’s a heat wave! Come on Spring!

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frozen colorful ice orbs, A Pinterest project

With snow and cold all over the place what to do for a little entertainment?

While I was in western NY at my daughter’s house I decided to try a Pintertest project with my 5 year old granddaughter, icy orbs. This is a messy project with water, balloons and food coloring, so be warned. I made a drippy mess with these things! But they turned out pretty good and she was thrilled to show everyone her ice balls in the backyard.

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These pictures were taken with my phone so they’re not so good.

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They look so small but were actually about the size of a soccer ball. We made 5 balls but one broke and one is still in the freezer for another day.

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I thought the icy orbs looked like frozen Easter eggs and if the snow would have been good for a snowman I would have built a snowman/Easter bunny beside the orbs! This snow was the most powdery snow I had ever seen, definitely not good for snowmen making.

Here’s the link to the project on Pintertest. I followed the directions and found that it helped to blow up the balloons to stretch them out first. Basically it’s just water balloons with food coloring in them. I put them in the freezer but probably should have just put them outside to freeze. I used a wash basket to move them to and from the freezer and each orb was wrapped in a plastic bag for a little extra protection in case they broke and one did break in the freezer. It took about 2 days for them to freeze completely. After frozen, cut off the balloon and that’s it.  I don’t think I’d put them on a porch or deck because of the food coloring causing stains but they do look so pretty and twinkly in the snow.mia snow

Even thought it was really cold we were bundled up and had fun in the snow that day!

Do you like being out in the snow?

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Creating a design on fabric with permanent marker

Using permanent fabric marker to create a design on fabric is such an easy project.  I made some cute towels to go with the re-purposed vintage kitchen cart to bar cart.

For this project I got a pack of 2 bar towels at Walmart. They’re 100 cotton, about 30′”x 30” and are fairly thin, which it great for this project. I washed, dried and ironed them and was surprised to see that they didn’t shrink. You can also find similar towels online.

Next, I printed out clipart from a program that’s on my computer, and now I was ready to trace the design with my permanent fabric marker.

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Before you start tracing, make sure the fabric is smooth and held tightly in place, I used large office clips and paper clips.

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There was just a little feathering from the ink but it didn’t bother me. After I was finished tracing, I ironed the design to help set it and then washed and dried it again.

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And here is the finished towel. I was surprised that some of the feathering washed away but so happy that the design didn’t fade.  

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It’s so ca-uute!

These towels are fairly large and if I make more I’ll cut them into smaller sizes before I trace on a design.   I‘ve seen designs made with sharpies on pillows, but for this project I was really concerned about the design washing away and it didn’t! Yeah!

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The permanent marker I used has a fine tip on one end and a wider tip on the other.

What an easy project with so many possibilities! Think about tracing your child’s hands or their artwork on kitchen towels or making thanksgiving or Christmas napkins. Endless ideas for gifts too!

 

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A retro inspired bar cart from a vintage kitchen cart

With the popularity of the series Mad Men, all things 60s are back in style. Bar carts are making a comeback. I had a vintage 3 tiered kitchen cart in my laundry room that I wasn’t using and decided to turn it into a bar cart. Not for us, but for my grandson who lives in Brooklyn. I know he likes to invite people to drop in on the holidays for a bit of cheer so I think he will like it.

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A few years ago I found the cart at a yard sales for only 2 bucks!

 

 

 

 

 

wood grain on metal

I don’t have a complete before picture but here’s what it looked like before I painted it, wood grain on metal. You can see it was in good shape.

After I took it apart and cleaned it well, I sprayed the shelves with Rustoleum’s metallic aluminum and the handles with Rustoleum’s metallic rich caramel.

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It’s so cute now! I love the way it turned out.

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I styled it with a vintage ice bucket and red napkins for a festive touch.

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I’ll be posting how I made the cheers and martini bar towel next.

Growing up in the 60s, Mad Men’s mid century modern style furniture is not new to me. I remember my aunt Grace’s sprawling ranch home that was filled with brand new furniture. She had a long sofa with tall art behind it and kidney shaped tables that I thought were so cool back then. It was so different from today. No cell phones, internet or microwaves, imagine that!

Are you on Pinterest? I have a new board dedicated to vintage bar carts but I’ll be expanding it to include 60’s style. I’d love for you to check out my boards, you might find some inspiration or decide to create your own boards. It’s fun!

 

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Progress on the cabinet project and Advance paint from Benjamin Moore

The paint I chose for this project was Benjamin Moore’s Advance, a waterborne alkyd. It’s a latex paint that acts like an oil based paint. I first cleaned the cabinets with TSP and then sanded with fine sandpaper to scuff up the surface before painting. I wiped off all the sanding dust and then painted. On the upper cabinets and doors that were new, unfinished wood, I first primed with BM Fresh Start primer. When I ran out of BM primer I used what I had, Kilz.

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I applied the paint with Purdy brushes and sanded between coats with a sanding block.

BM claims that Advance paint is easy to clean up with soap and water, has low VOCs,  outstanding flow, and  is self leveling. It’s low odor and available in unlimited tinted colors and dries to a hard durable finish.

My experience has been that it is easy to clean up with soap and water, but not on your skin. I tweeted about cleaning my hands after using Advance and someone suggested using a magic eraser. It worked great. Magic eraser was the only way to get it off my hands. I definitely didn’t want to use smelly turpentine.

The flow of the paint was fine with the proper amount of paint on the brush, but the leveling was hard to get right. I have a definite love/hate relationship with this paint. It was hard for me to determine the right amount of paint to put on the brush. Too little made brush marks and streaks and too much left sagging and brush marks. A small roller left an orange peel look. You can’t brush back over it or it will gunk up.  I wish I had researched paint techniques for using Advance before I started painting. I’ve since found youtube videos on brush techniques when using Advance and lots of mixed reviews.  Seems I’m not the only one who had problems getting a streak free finish with this paint which claims to be self leveling.

As far as odor, I didn’t really notice much at all.

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This is how it looks as it’s drying. The streaks almost look like they are raising up, but they do level out a bit.

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I call this the orange peel finish.

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It doesn’t look that bad in person. Thank goodness! And the finish is tough after it cures. There’s a definite leaning curve and I got better as I got further into the project. Some areas are perfect and others are not.

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Progress continues a little every day and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. We decided to add another set of doors on the pantry wall and I’m excited about the extra storage space. There are a couple of doors to finish and then the cabinet painting is finished! Yippee! I still have to touch up the walls where the blue tape failed. I finished up the project with Frog tape after that.

Chugging along but Almost done!

As far as Benjamin Moore Advance paint, it’s hard to work with so I honestly don’t think I’d use it again.

 

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Painted pumpkins

Pumpkins painted in hues not usually seen in pumpkins are a hot trend.  Anything goes, from navy blue to chartreuse. Since I love the colors of Annie Sloan chalk paint, that’s what I used to add some color to fake pumpkins from the craft store.

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Provence is my favorite and with a coat of light wax and a little dark wax I think they almost look real.

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source This is actually a real pumpkin!

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Here’s Paris grey with light and dark wax. You can see that my pumpkins are kind of beat up, but so are real pumpkins.

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Here’s Old white.

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I also cut off the fake stems with a utility knife and glued on branches to look like stems. The fake pumpkins cut easily, but be careful with a sharp utility knife. It could slip easily and you don’t want to cut yourself or lose a finger. Confused smile I added some fake leaves too.

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This is Chateau Grey, I’d describe it as olive drab and it looks great with Provence. I used this color on my Fall mantel and I’ll be showing that soon!

Now my pumpkins are ready for decorating tabletops or mantels. Check out Pinterest for tons of inspiration!

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A Pumpkin Wreath

Let the Fall decorating begin! I’ve been busy adding a few Fall touches to welcome the new season. This year I made a wreath using a faux pumpkin that I cut in half and stenciled.

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I added bits and pieces of fake greenery that I have used over and over again, to a grapevine wreath. The colors are so much prettier in person.

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On the porch, I moved the gigantic coleus to the side and will probably add a few real pumpkins or squash. I can’t believe how big they got on their own… no miracle grow used at all! They’ll be good until frost hits them.

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I used a fake pumpkin that I got on sale at Michaels.

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My jigsaw cut through the fake pumpkin like butter. I didn’t realize that they were hollow inside. You could probably just use a knife.

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After cutting, there was a bit of a rough edge that I smoothed easily with my finger.

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Next I used one of my Royal Design stencils. The color is Annie Sloan chateau grey, which I’d describe as olive drab. A round surface and a flat stencil is not the greatest combination. It’s a good thing I wasn’t going for perfection!

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I had to add a frame to hold the pumpkin, so I pushed a couple sticks into the wreath frame and wired them together. The pumpkin is glued to the sticks.

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And there it is! A new Autumn wreath to welcome you!

The other half of the pumpkin is on the mantel and that post is coming soon. How are you decorating this year? Did you put a pretty wreath on the front door?

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A fast way to slipcover a throw pillow.

This has got to be the fastest and easiest way to slipcover a pillows.

Whenever we get new pillows, I like to keep them looking new and crisp for as long as possible and that means no napping on the new pillows. Our old pillows no longer go with the new décor, so I made simple slipcovers for them and they become the napping pillows. You could use this method to change out your pillows for the season or when you want a new look without buying new pillows.

There’s a little sewing but it’s only two shorts seams.pillow

Place the pillow on a piece of fabric with enough fabric on the edge to make a nice seam. I can’t say how much fabric, it depends on the size of your pillow.

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Bring one side of fabric over pillow and fold back an edge of at least 1”.

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Do the same on the other side. Since I don’t sew this folded over part I like to leave a decent amount of fabric. Make sure to place the folds over each other. You don’t want a big gap here.

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The pillow should look like this now.

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Before you take out the pillow, mark where you will sew the edges on both sides. It can be as tight or lose as you like. After you sew, you may want to trim the edges to get rid of excess fabric and then turn right side out.

 

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Here you can see where the sewn edges are and how the folds look when it’s finished. Now you can stuff in your pillow. That’s it! You can stop here or add an edge.

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If you make the slipcovers loose, you could sew all the way around the edge, (take out the pillow first) for a little nicer look like the blue ones in the picture below. . I chose not to do that this time.

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The middle pillows are the slipcovered pillows.  Now we have napping pillows with covers that come off easily for washing.  My husband likes to nap here in the afternoon, so man head smelly pillows no more!

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I’ve made pillows covers this way for the European style pillows on our bed. The covers are easy on and easy off and easy to keep clean.

I love the look of lots of comfy pillows but want them fresh smelling and clean. How do you keep your pillows nice and fresh?

 

 

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Thrift store finds, Paint over an oil Painting

 

These pretty glass vases and bottles were all on sale for 25¢ at my favorite thrift store. At that price I couldn’t resist getting a couple more pieces of white ironstone and that peachy colored planter.  Sometimes they put the housewares on sale just get rid of them and that’s just ,fine by me.

colored glass thrifty finds

The colored glass pieces look so pretty grouped together.  I have plans on using these pieces in my kitchen when I get around to restyling the shelves in there, after I finish the cabinets.

 

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The carafe has a great glass stopper and I think the other bottle is pretty old. It has bubbles in the glass.

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This oil painting on canvas was just $1.80. You can’t even buy a canvas that cheap!  The painting isn’t bad, but it felt kind of dark to me, so I painted over it. It was signed by Mona. Sorry Mona. I really hope you don’t mind.

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First I painted it white and then went crazy with the paint.   Pretty ugly, huh? Don’t gag now, it’s modern art!  Think Jackson Pollock.

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It’s not that bad. is it? It might look better framed. Probably just wishful thinking.

I hated it at first, but I’m starting to like it now. It’s for the powder room which is painted BM Palladian blue. I’m not sure I‘ll use it, we’ll see.Be right back  maybe, I dunno…….

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Diy Pallet coffee table, Restoration Hardware knock off

This Reclaimed French Floorboard coffee table from Restoration Hardware is totally the look I wanted in the family room, but at $1500 to $2000, depending on the size, it’s too much for my budget. So if I wanted it, I had to figure out how to turn it into a DIY project.

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Making this knockoff wasn’t hard at all after I figured out how to get the frame made.  My husband can weld, but doesn’t have his own equipment, but he knows someone who does. Smile  So that solved the dilemma of how to get the frame made.

welded coffee table frame

We bought steel angle iron at Lowe’s and I drew up a plan of how I wanted it to look and the dimensions. My DIY knockoff version  is 45” long, 22” wide and 18” high. I plan to have the top come over the edges a little.

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The welded parts are very well done. I couldn’t wish for it to be any nicer….as for as welds go. To get a nice rusty patina, we left it outside.  I finished it off by spraying it with Valspar clear sealer.

 

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A pallet came in handy for the top. I had a hard time using a sawzall to cut it apart so I had to have Bill help. He has much more experience with power tools so it was easy for him. I really struggled and got the blade caught and didn’t even seem to be getting through the nails. I cut a pallet apart before and didn’t have this much trouble.  Of course the blade just went through those nails like buttah for him.

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I started laying out the top, staggering the boards, so that meant more cutting to get the length I needed. Then we had to stop for the day. It was getting too hot and I had someplace to go so we’ll finish up this project probably on Thursday.

Once it’s in place I’ll show you the room, at last!

 

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How to create a chevron pattern on a rug

Creating a chevron pattern on a small rug is pretty easy and quick. I don’t think I’d try it on a bigger rug unless I had a stencil to keep everything in a straight line. This is a small sisal rug that I first painted grey. You can see that I need to put more gray paint on the edges. 2012_06_30_5725

Basically I just starting putting on the tape, measuring a little as I went along to make sure it wasn’t too wonky.  I filled in the parts I didn’t want to paint with smaller pieces of tape so I didn’t paint the wrong area. The width of the stripes is random because I was too lazy for all that measuring. I did measure down on each side to make sure the stripes were level and for the points, I used the weave of the sisal to help me keep it straight.

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I used the Frog Tape I got at Haven 2012 and was pretty impressed at the sharpness of the lines. I used a cheap chip brush and had to really push the paint into the weave of the rug.

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You might wonder why I painted it orange ……to match my toes!

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My plan is to use this colorful rug in the Wythe blue powder room.

 

 

 

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Yard sale chair makeover

Did you ever have a thrifty find that you made over and then made over again? That’s exactly what I did with this black chair. When I bought it, it was beat up but really sturdy and at just a couple bucks, a great find. I sprayed it black, added new fabric on the seat and it was like that for several years.

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Here’s how it looked in the old family room. Back then I was a big fan of fake plants…..

In the process of redecorating that room, I decided to lighten up the chair with my concocted homemade chalk paint and CeCe Caldwell chalk paint.

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First I painted the chair with my cream colored, homemade chalk paint. After it dried I added CeCe Caldwell paint on top. The darker grey spots are the wet CCC paint and the real chalky looking areas are the CCC paint that’s dried. Basically, I just slapped on the paint. Please just ignore the drips, I sanded them off. That’s how I do projects….go back and fix up mistakes later. I’m not fussy, cuz  that’s how I roll!

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You can actually see the paint change as it dries.

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Next I waxed the chair. The darker areas are wax.

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You can see how the wax brings out the brush marks and adds texture.

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After the wax dried, I buffed it up and sanded for lots of distressing.

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Here’s how the yardsale chair looks now. I might add even more distressing.

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Make an owl pillow-toy {tutorial}

My younger daughter sent me a picture of an owl and said,  “make this”. Well okay! I’m not going to show you the picture she sent me because I don’t know where she got it, but here’s how to make my version of the owl pillow/stuffed animal. The finished owl looks like this.

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Well, kinda sorta, I forgot to take a picture of the owls after they were stuffed Crying face and I already sent them to her house for Easter.

 

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First, I made a pattern from newspaper. You can use as many different fabrics as you like, that’s why the pattern is split in 4 sections. This works for the front and back. You’ll also need 2 feet and 2 wings and a beak.

 

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For the striped owl, I used 2 pieces of fabric for the front and 2 pieces of plain denim for the back. For the flowered owl, I used 3 pieces of fabric for the front and 2 for the back. Hope that makes sense.

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If using different fabrics for your sections, sew them together first.

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Sew the front and back top pieces together. Again, if you’re using different fabrics in sections, sew them together first.

Next, sew the bottom sections together.

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The feet are cut from felt. In this owl, I left a section under the wing area open for stuffing.

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Pin in the wings, again these are made from felt, then insert the top into the bottom with right sides facing. Don’t forget to add the beak. It’s a small piece of fabric sewed into a triangular shape. Sew around the edge as shown below.

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Now you’re ready to reach in the opening and pull the right side out.  Stuff it with polyester fiber and hand sew the open seam.

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You can embellish them any way you like. I added a pocket to this one before I sewed it all together. I left the bottom open for stuffing, but it looks better if you leave an open area under the wing.

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For the eyes, I used peel and stick felt but I think fusible web may have been better. The peel and stick felt comes off easily.

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The eyeballs and edges are colored in with a black sharpie pen.

 

 

 

 

 

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  Here’s Jake’s boy owl.

He’s so cute and so is his owl.

He loves playing in mud, as you can see! 

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Here’s my very pretty older granddaughter Taylor,

and here’s her girl owl. She even has blue toe nails.

 

 

 

This is a really good project to use up fabric scraps and you can personalize your owls any way you want.

 

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CeCe caldwell chalk paint

My first paint project with real chalk paint was successful! I painted a laminate bombe chest in Seattle Mist, a soft taupey gray. Not knowing what to expect, watching the process unfold was interesting.

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There was no prepping the surface, I just dusted it off. The paint went on smoothly like butter, but was really streaky.

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As it dried, it became chalky and white. At this point I was worried about the color, where did the gray go? .

 

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It’s so different from latex paint. See what I’m talking about? The white parts are dry. But after 2 coats of paint, it no longer looked so white and chalky.  Phew, I was getting a little worried.  Next, it was time for the wax. I rubbed it in, let it dry a little and then buffed it up. Wax on wax off……..

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Here’s a close up of how the finish looks after sanding. I used a sanding block on the whole piece and on the edges for some distressing.

 

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I might distress it a little more and add some dark wax on the detailed lower edge but I think it turned out pretty nice. You wouldn’t believe how smooth the surface feels!

Here’s my home made chalk paint project if you want to check it out.

I’m almost done with the room now. It looks and feels so different! This week the chairs will be going for out slipcovers, since I decided the price of having them reupholstered was ridiculous. Totally!  I just need some lamps and a coffee table and that’s it! Smile

The Spring mantle will be posted this week, it’s so pretty! I hope you’ll stop by to see it.

 

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A child’s umbrella becomes a Spring door Decoration

 

Welcome Spring! Inspired by a pin from Pinterest and the warmer weather, I made a pretty new door decoration for Spring.  On our front door, a child’s umbrella now welcomes Spring to our house. I found the child size umbrella at Dollar General and used things I had from old wreaths and arrangements. It turned out pretty cute.

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To give the bottom end a little pouf, I stuffed in some newspaper before I added the ribbon.

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Next, I loosely arranged the flowers in a small piece of floral foam and then stuffed that in the left side of the umbrella and put more newspaper around it to hold it in place.

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For shaping, I put more newspaper in the other side of the umbrella and added lots of moss on top of that and in the folds.

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I glued a little nest and eggs on top of the moss.

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Here’s the inspiration and mine.

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The scale of my tulips is a bit too big and the handle is turned but it’s still cute and colorful.

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Pansies were planted in the urns and are looking pretty sparse right now but they’ll fill in.

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I used moss from the back yard to fill in around the pansies.

We had the most gorgeous weather last week, but this week it’s back to cold and windy with frost warnings at night! Come on Spring!

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Painting fabric on a chair Part 3

Painting the fabric on this chair is finally finished, at least as far as I’m concerned. Some of the nap of the fabric didn’t take the paint as well as other areas. But it is about 25 years old, so I guess that’s as good as it gets. The back of the chair looks best because there wasn’t any wear on the fabric.
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You can see the areas  I’m referring to where the fabric is worn. I’m happy with how it looks though. It’s a great color in this green room which I’ll be sharing soon. Today I actually spray painted some accessories for the room outside, because it was so warm.
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You can see I used lots of paint and textile medium!
Here’s how I did it;
first I sprayed the fabric with water to really wet it down. Next, I mixed together equal parts acrylic paint and textile medium, thinned it with water and painted the chair in many thin coats, letting it dry thoroughly before adding another coat. I sanded any spots that felt stiff or rough between coats and that really made the fabric soft.
The trim and upholstery tacks got painted too. I was going to take off the trim and add new, but decided not to in the end. I think it looks ok as it is. Painting the legs and wood trim white really makes the color pop.

Here are Part 1  and  Part 2  in case you missed them.
This is the basic tutorial from Kristy at Hyphen Interiors, that I used and there are lots of examples of painted fabric and tips on this site.
So to sum it up I’d say, it’s ok for an accent chair in a guest room, but probably wouldn’t work on a full room of furniture or a chair that you like to curl up in. That’s just my opinion.
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When this room is finished I’m going to move right along to the next project; it might be board and batten, bead board wallpaper, plank ceiling or painting the kitchen, family room and powder room. I’m an a roll!

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Painting fabric on a chair, Part 2

Part 1 is HERE if you missed it. The chair after 2 coats of paint has streaks that I’m hoping will disappear after more coats. The fabric has some spots where the nap was worn down and I’ve tried sanding, but that didn’t help, but sanding does a great job of softening the fabric.

 

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I sand like an obsessed person after each coat of paint is dry and it’s only those few arrow marked spots that give me problems. The raised spots with rough fabric are harder to paint. I don’t know what caused the fabric to be like that.

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Several coats of paint later and this is how she looks. The paint is wet, that’s why it looks blotchy. I’m going to paint the wood white.

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Here’s the fabric on the back of the chair. You can see how nice the nap is, and it’s soft.

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I think I’m going to like it, flaws and all, just because she’s so pretty!

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This little dresser is getting a makeover too. Maybe an ombre pattern like this cute little dresser.

  While working on this room I got sidetracked working on 2 projects in the basement. More about that later, nothing décor related, mostly maintenance and housekeeping

The chair is getting there! Yeah

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Painting fabric on a chair, Part 1

Painting fabric is something I always wanted to do. I’ve seen gorgeous examples on Pinterest and knew I had to try. This chair from my grandmother is the perfect chair to try it on. It’s a chair that I always sat in at her house. At the time it was covered in a textured orange vinyl. After she gave it to me I had it recovered in gold velvet, in the 80’s.

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Even after years in the basement, the chair is in good shape with just a few stains and nicks in the wood.

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You’ll need textile medium, paint, fine sandpaper, a spray bottle of water and brushes. I’m using acrylic paint but you could use latex too.q22012_01_09_3388

I bought all the bottles of My Studio acrylic paint in aqua that were in the store and will be looking for more I’m sure. Mix up equal parts of paint and textile medium and thin with water to make it really thin.

First you vacuum the chair well.

Next, using the spray bottle of water, liberally spray the area you’ll be painting and then just do it. I used a foam brush.

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I got the back of the chair painted today and will post the progress as I go along. For the next coat of paint I’m going to try a paint brush instead of a foam brush to see if that makes any difference. I’m not sure yet how I want to handle the tacks. Wish me luck on this one, it’s not looking so pretty at this point.  Have you got any tips for painting fabric?

In case you’re wondering where this bright chair will go, in my newly painted green guest room, see post below.

 

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