Burlap Holiday Pillows

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Here's another Easy Sewing Project.

To make one 18 inch pillow you'll need…
One piece of fabric measuring 18.5" x 18.5"
One piece of burlap fabric (printed with holiday phrase), measuring 18.5" x 18.5"
18 inch pillow form
Silhouette Cameo Machine
Self Adhesive Vinyl - any color
Acrylic Craft Paint
Thread, Scissors and Sewing Machine.
(Below:  see example of the coordinating fabric on back of pillow)

You can find the instructions for painting burlap using Silhouette Cameo here.
After the paint has completely dried, place fabric with right sides facing each other.
Using 1/4" seam allowance, sew around three sides, leaving one side open.
Turn the fabric right side out.  
Pull over the pillow form.
Scrunch up the pillow into the end opposite of opening.  
Use straight pins to pin the bottom closed, turning it under 1/4" as if it is hemmed.  
Then sew the bottom closed, using your sewing machine or hand-sew.  
You might want to top stitch around the entire pillow if you used your machine to sew the bottom.  
This creates a finished look.  
The only difficult part is keeping the pillow form pushed out of the way of your seam.

 Happy Holidays and Happy Sewing!

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Preserved Boxwood Wreath Deal

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I just bought this beautiful 21.5" preserved boxwood wreath for my entry way table.
I found it at TARGET and wanted to share with you because it's on sale this week.  
Regular price is $44.99.
The sale goes through 11/22 for 15% off, if you use your CARTWHEEL coupon.  
This wreath is made by Smith & Hawken Decor.  
I just love it.
I added a pre-made bow that I found at Hobby Lobby for $4.99.

Happy Thrift Shopping for your Holiday Decor!

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Fabric Covered Baskets

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This is what the baskets looked like originally.

I measured each basket and cut fabric 3/4 of an inch wider, tall and longer than each measurement.
The long pieces is the measurement of the basket from the top side, around the base and back up the other side.  The small squares are the two ends of the basket.

I found the center of each piece and then pinned them and sewed them together.
Then, with right sides facing each other, I sewed the corner seams together.
The last step was to turn down the top and hem the edge.

These covers fit snugly around the baskets.
I used fabric hot glue to keep the inside edges in place.

I think they look so much better than before!

You can view the details of this furniture transformation here.

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Painted Tin

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I used Annie Sloan "Old White" Chalk Paint on this metal tin.  
I think the transformation makes it look like wood.

This is what the panels looked like before I painted them.

Then, I lightly sanded them to accentuate the detail.  

The hardest part of this project was getting the four tins on the wall, 
level and evenly spaced.
Yes, I am standing on the furniture, in my boots.

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DIY Canvas Photo

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I took lots of door photos while I was in Europe this summer.  
I loved how colorful and beautiful they were.
With this latest project, I was able to incorporate those beautiful doors 
into my decor for very little money.

Supplies for one canvas 8 x 10 photo:

Matte Finish Modge Podge
Paint Brush
(2) 8" x 10" Art Canvases
8 x 10" Photo (Costco Photo has the BEST quality)
Exacto knife

This is super easy and the effect is amazing! It looks like an expensive, professional photo canvas.

First, paint a coat of Modge Podge on one of the blank canvases.
Also, paint a thin coat of Modge Podge on the back of photograph.

Then, attach the photo to the canvas and allow Modge Podge to dry, about 20 minutes.After the attached photo is dry, paint a thin layer of Modge Podge on top of the photo.

Then, immediately press the other unused canvas, face down, onto the wet Modge Podge photo.
You may want to lift and repress a few times and in different areas.
You'll see the canvas imprinted into the Modge Podge.

Allow to dry for an hour.
Use the exacto knife to trim away any overlapping edges.

If you are using a thicker canvas, paint the sides black, for a professional look (as shown above). 
This canvas hides my thermostat, it's on hinges.  Read the tutorial here.

 I loved this door knocker - isn't it cool?

I took this photo on a beach in the French Riviera.  
The beach was made of these smooth, beautiful stones rather than sand.
Yep, that was taken with my iPhone. Impressive, huh?

We made these frames with leftover beadboard and I used them to frame three of my favorite doors.
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Mudpaint Giveaway Winner

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Congratulations to Di at Cottage Wishes!

Thanks to everyone for entering.

Happy painting!



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Beadboard Wall

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The walls in our living room are 25 feet high.  Meaning that the wall behind our sofa has always seemed a little empty and blank.  There's not a lot you can do with a 25 foot wall!  After 7 years in this house, I finally got an idea for that space.  Why not put up beadboard with a shelf?  It would break up the wall height and allow me to hang and lean things on the shelf, plus it would give me the chance to bridge my decor with that ceiling, a goal for all of this was to make the room cozier.  We already had experience installing beadboard from our half bath remodel project and we even had some leftover paneling in the garage.  So, on our first available Saturday, we tackled the project.

Using liquid nails, a miter saw and my precious nail gun, the project moved rather quickly.

Steve created a shelf with scrap wood and some trim pieces.  He's so handy to have around.

 After a little caulk and paint, the wall was finished.

It's a pretty cool focal point for the room and I love the way it looks with the plank wall.

For decor, I used a farm window from my recent garage sale find… got it for $5.
The photographs are from our trip to Europe this summer.
I used modge podge to create a canvas look from regular photos.
The jar is an apple cider jar from Fresh Market and the greenery is from a magnolia tree in my yard.
I painted the ball mason jars with chalk paint to add a pop of color.

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Plaid is the new black - DIY Scarf

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In case you haven't heard, PLAID is the new black.
There you go... It's my little fashion gift to you this fall and winter.
I personally, feel a little too old to be rockin' plaid shirts and leggings. They're adorable on anyone under 30 but hello, I'm 40 and look like a butch lumberjack if I try to pull off that look. I seriously LOVE plaid though - always have. This fall, I will definitely be sporting some flats, button fitted shirts and scarves in this favorite pattern. But here's the problem - I couldn't find exactly what I wanted in a plaid scarf and say what... $30 - $60 for an infinity scarf? No sell!
Here's my cheap and ADORABLE solution, complete with tutorial pics, for you, my lovely readers. (Man, that's, a, lot, of, commas, DIY I AM, WRITER I AM NOT) Sorry, Mrs. Robinson.
This is a super easy sewing project.
You'll need 2 yards of flannel fabric.
This will make 2 scarves.
A scarf for you and one for a friend (or a teenage daughter).
I got my flannel at Hancock Fabrics
and it was 40% off, meaning I paid less than $4 a yard!
A $4 scarf!?!? Yep, now that's a deal and it's how we do!
Here's another deal - "retail me not" app always has Hancock coupons, along with almost every other store. If you don't have that app, download it as soon as you finish reading this awesome post. That app will change your life, err, your wallet. No kickbacks or compensation from Hancock Fabrics or Retail Me Not, for this post, although I'd love to propose just that, if they're reading this post... Just sayin'
I made 6 scarves in an hour and 40 minutes. That includes a coffee and snack break along with some watching of "The Chew". I think I could make them even faster, if I was really trying.
Take your two yards of fabric and fold it long ways, as shown below.
Cut on the fold. This will give you two pieces of fabric about 30" x 72".
Set one piece of fabric aside, you only need one piece per scarf.
Next, fold your fabric, long ways, with right sides facing each other. Then, sew the entire length of the open side, as shown below.
Now, you should have one long tube of fabric. Turn it right side out.
The next step is to place one end of the tube into the other end, without having any raw fabric edges showing. This is how you do that. My best tip is to get out your iron and turn both ends under 1/2 inch and press.
Slip one end into the other and pin.
Then sew it closed. Just be sure you move the under side loop out of the way or you'll have one funky infinity scarf.
And this is non-model me modeling my new favorite scarf.
Wait, there's more...
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this plaid. Mmmmm... Maybe it's my favorite.
All of these fabrics are from Hancock Fabricks.
Of course I had to buy some red plaid for Christmas...
Fa la la la la, these are so very warm too.
Happy sewing!

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