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Friday, December 30, 2011

Flower making tutorial

     Yesterday I showed you how to make my snowball wreath with a promise that I would be back for the flower making tutorial. There are a bagillion flower making tutorials out there that are really good. These are mine that were accomplished by trial and error {we won't talk about the errors!}.

     First is the tattered looking flower here:

      To make this guy, start with a strip of fabric {I used a drop cloth} about 1 and 1/2 inches wide and cut about 3/4 of the way down, all along your strip. You can make your "petals" as thin or as wide as you want.
Once you have it cut {see below pic if you aren't sure what I mean}you can make your center with yarn. Wrap your yarn around two little fingers, or one big one, and tie a knot around the base. Cut your loops and lay it out on the end of your fabric strip.

Roll your flower up starting at the end with your yarn center, gluing with hot glue as you go. When you are done it will look like this:

Lastly, fluff and you're done. These flowers were just hot glued into place with a generous amount of glue which may or may not result in a few burnt fingers!

     The petal flowers are done in a similar way with the same size fabric strip but this time you are going to cut random petals. The trick here is to make them slightly different sizes so that when you roll them they look random and not even.

To make the twisted rolled flower, check out this tutorial

     Have fun!


Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Snowball Wreath

     You know how it is, when you take all that Christmas stuff down and everything looks so bare! I'm not one to delay the restoring of order after Christmas. I'm actually a little behind this year by waiting until the 28th to take the tree down! But once I had it finished I knew I needed to do something a little more festive for this snowy season. {At least its supposed to be snowy, we haven't seen much of the white stuff lately}

     Once the outdoor decor came down, I wanted to do something for the front door, something snow ballish! While I was out grocery shopping at good ole Meijer this morning I came across this burlap wrapped foam wreath and knew it would be the perfect base.

     For the snowballs I used two different colors of yarn and rolled them into little balls.  These were just hot glued into place. The flowers were made with a few different techniques that I will explain in detail tomorrow (or Saturday, we have a little girls birthday party to throw tomorrow night).

     The spirals were ornaments that I found at the grocery store on 75% off, only .37 cents each! Ya can't beat that! ;) I'm all for a bargain!!!

     Have you started the after Christmas purge?  The process always motivates me to rearrange and freshen things up! Now if only the laundry and little people messes didn't slow me down! {That's ok, at least they're cute!}


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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Year end project review

       Last week I shared with you a review of all of the Christmas projects I did, just in case you missed any! This week in light of Rhoda's link party, I'm going to share my favorite projects from this year. Keep in mind that my blogging year began the end of August (when this blog was born), so my list will be meager.

The first is the start of the kitchen project. I'm so excited about how this has begun and can't wait to get it finished but here's the start:


 2.) Next I shared the before and after of my living room chair:



  3)    I jumped on the blogging band wagon and made my own drop cloth pillow and added a tutorial here:

4)  I slaved for hours upon hours to update the Master bedroom with a stencil. OK it wasn't that horrible and the outcome made it worth all of the work. Check out the process here.

 5)  We had lots of fun with chalkboard paint around here and did quite a few projects with it.

6)  We added banquette seating in our dining room to help maximize the space in this overused room.

The Christmas projects I shared as a group last week, you can check out the link here.

       Thank you for joining me on this blogging journey. I hope you enjoy some of these projects and will follow me into the new year! May God bless you and your family!



Tuesday, December 27, 2011

End of the year musings and a plan for the New Year

     As the end of the year approaches I look back with joy in my heart about all that God has done in our lives and in our home. He is forever faithful and true even when we are not, and that brings great encouragement to my soul.

     I'm in that post Christmas haze, sluggish from too many good treats, tired from all of the events and parties, blessed from the generosity of others, and overwhelmed by the mess!

     This week my precious daughter turns 6! So on top of two parties which I will share later I wanted to let you know what is in store in the upcoming year, Lord willing.

In no particular order, here they are:

> The kitchen reveal (if we can ever finish painting those cabinets)

> Couponing (why I do it and how I save)

> The conversion of our family room into a fourth bedroom

> Re-painting the bathroom including stenciling the ceiling {something like this from 4men 1lady}

> After Christmas organization

> Making a slip cover for the filing cabinet

> Creating a Christmas tree skirt to match the PB pillow I made this fall here

and hopefully many more!

    On a slightly gigantic note, I was over the moon excited to discover that one of my projects was chosen by Kate of Centsational Girl as her top picks from her Christmas craft link party! Let's just say that there may have been a bit of shrieking and jumping up and down going on! :)

May God bless you and your family in the upcoming new year!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Projects in Review

     So today I wanted to summarize for you all of the projects I've share with you this fall (you know, just in case you missed a few!) There still is a few days left if you want to squeeze something in!

     The first project {and still my favorite by far} was the knock of version of this Pottery Barn pillow. You can find the tutorial and make your own here. 

       I must be on a knock-off kick because the next project was another Pottery Barn beauty, this Christmas wreath with tutorial here.

       Inspired by a request/challenge from my husbands Aunt, I came up with homemade gift bags out of wrapping paper. Their success as a bag is dependent on the quality of your wrapping paper, but these from Hobby Lobby wrapping paper turned out great. To make your own, follow this tutorial here.

And here's another wreath. {I didn't say this in my post but this too was inspired by something I saw in a PB catalog~seriously if you are not on their mailing list it is worth it just for the ideas!} Check out this tutorial for the snowflake wreath here.

       After getting some of these projects out of the way, I began the decorating for Christmas. I always start in the bathroom. I think I start here because I start my decorating before Thanksgiving and its safer to do this where everyone won't see it right away (you know, in case they are the hostile 'don't decorate before thanksgiving' type, why I care I don't know!) :)

Then, I moved to the outside:

check out the tree tutorial here

Whew! All these projects are making me tired! {It couldn't be the long day I just worked!} Rounding out the projects for this Christmas season are a tablescape, a snowflake tree and a few other decorations around the house!

If you're not on Christmas picture overload here are a few more of our preparations for the big day!

My daughter McKinley and me!

If your eyes are keen you may see the progress in our kitchen with the cabinet painting....slow going!

May the Christ of Christmas and the peace He brings be yours this holiday season and forevermore! I'm taking time off to spend with my family and I hope you get time with yours!

                                                    Merry Christmas!


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