Monday, February 20, 2012

Stripe Envy

I have been seeing stripes everywhere,  Magazines, TV, etc.  I have been wanting to try it.  After all, it is just paint.  If I don't like it, no harm done.  I tackled one wall.  I think that is enough to change a room.  This wall is 15 ft. long.  I did a stripe every foot, or 12 inches.  I have also seen them closer together.

Before.  Ok, but a little boring.

I used a level with a laser to help me get the lines straight.

So pretty.  I couldn't be happier.  A $15 fix.  It only took a pint of paint.  I also made the stripe a higher sheen.  The wall was eggshell and the stripe semi-gloss.  Total project time was 3 hours.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Homemade Valentines

My son, Dylan, shares my love of crafts.  So when I suggested that we make our Valentines this year he was on board.  A friend showed us how to make these lovely pendants.  The best part is they can be made for any occasion.  These also look great when connected for a banner.  Here is how to get started.

First, you will cut 3 inch strips off of a 12X12 inch piece of paper.  You will then score it every half inch.  We got this Martha Stewart tool at Michaels.  Of course, wait for that coupon.  You will then fold the paper back and forth according to the score marks.

You will then glue three strips together, forming a circle.

This is probably the hardest part.  You have to push it down and hold it together while glueing a  circle to the middle to secure it.

You then add ribbon to a stick.

Add the stick to the pendant, add embellishments (stickers, ribbon, cutouts), and you have a beautiful gift or decoration.

I am so proud of Dylan for understanding that it is a good thing to make things, for enjoying the process, and for being proud of his work.  I hope the 30 kids in his class also appreciate his effort and enjoy his gift.  I hope all of you have a great Valentines Day.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Button Love

I have been feeling very creative this Valentine season.  Pinterest has fueled this creativity.  I came upon something similar to this, but of course I put my own spin on it.  I had an old frame I didn't like so much.  I tore stripes of linen and wrapped them around the frame.  I then covered the frame back in linen,  Then, I started playing with buttons.  The options are endless.  I hope this gives you some fun ideas.

I added an extra piece of linen for the hanger, but you could also just use the back of the frame for hanging.  Enjoy.