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Sunday, July 15, 2018

DIY Twig Wreath

This pile of needlepoint ivy trimmings gave me the spark of an idea.

Why not make a twig wreath for my front porch?

Did you know you can still buy metal coat hangers?  
Yup! These "new" ones are plastic coated and still perfect for wire projects, 
like forming the base of my wreath.

I wrapped and tucked and wrapped and tucked all the way around.
 I didn't have to use the wire at all. After a few days
 drying time I retucked the loose ends.

 This ferny garland cost about $7 using a coupon at Michael's.
I also used a few Dollar Store bunches to fill it in.

Oooh aaaaah!

  Now comes the fun part; hanging it on the porch and taking photos! I LOVE the way it looks so real even compared to the ivy tower and other plants close by!

Well now, that was fun and easy and CHEAP.
Okay, thrifty and money saving.
Projects like this boost my mood immediately!

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Faux Wood Grain Glass Table Top Turned Out Great!

We have this corner on our front deck that needed a convenient table 
and I also wanted it to be pretty. Here is what we came up with and 
made it in one afternoon and, as usual, we did it without 
spending a ton of money. 

In fact, we already had everything we needed
 on hand so it was basically FREE.

Confetti goes here!

Ooh ahh! It turned out even better than I pictured!

Here is the DIY for this fun project...

A friend had given me two round patio table replacement glass circles. 
This is the bigger one at 36" diameter.

For the base we used a nursery tree pot 24" in diameter given to us by our neighbors.

I scrubbed the glass and the pot with a soap pad and rinsed them thoroughly.
I spray painted the planter with flat black spray paint.

I gathered our supplies which included various colors of acrylic latex paint, 
including our house trim paint in the big can. The wood grain tool 
I used is right front and I also used a pair of gardening gloves to protect my hands.

I painted a turquoise stripe and right away before it dried, 
used the wood grain tool to make the design in the wet paint. 
It is so exciting to see the texture appear like magic. 
When I didn't like the way the grain looked
 I simply wiped it off of the glass and redid it.
 It was so very simple and came out so very pretty!

Once the "boards" were completely dry (about an hour in the sunshine) I spray painted 
over the whole surface with flat black spray paint, right over the top of the boards.
The black paint made the wood grain pop and made the glass round opaque
 so the planter underneath is not visible.

We put three globs of silicone glue on the rim of the black planter and then
 we flipped the  round  over so the boards showed through
 the glass and centered it on the black planter. 

I LOVE how the glass protects the bright colors and wood grain of the boards.
It is the perfect size and the perfect height for the seating on our deck.
We could not be more pleased with this project, not just because it was free
 but because it came out so amazingly great looking.

And guess what? I still have another glass round in my
 stash so we can make another table. Now that's something 
to look forward to!

Friday, May 4, 2018

DIY Butterfly Wind Chime Dollar Store Crafts

For Mother's Day this year I went shopping for a wind chime for my mom's deck. 
Guess what, you guys? Nice wind chimes can be expensive if 
you want one in a larger size or theme!

Off I went to the Dollar Store. 
I knew there had to be something there I could use to MAKE a pretty 
wind chime that wouldn't break my budget. I bought...

five filigree metal butterflies with colored marble accents. 
The pretty colors seem to be powder coated 
and they are brushed with a coppery paint finish. 

A small silvery wind chime with purple plastic gems with a light tinkling sound.

A hanging planter basket so that I could use the light weight chains.
The hanging planter had 36" of chain, just the amount I needed!

 I grabbed a few things from my stash I thought would be useful but 
in the end didn't use much more than what I'd bought. 
I used some recycled wind chime parts and
 lightweight split rings in the end. 
Easy peasy!

The ring at the top is salvaged from an old metal planter 
and is far heavier than the rest of the components put together. 
It will last for years!

It is 30" long from top to bottom.
Oooh aaah!

Originally I added way more embellishments in the way of beads and 
bangles but it was way too confusing to the eye. So busy.

At least in this case, less is more. 
I dry brushed some copper Patio Paint over all the dark metal areas and it looks great.
                              I could not be happier with the way this wind chime turned out!

This special project for my mom cost less than $10 and a couple of hours of my time, most of that spent hanging things on and taking them off til I was finished. 

The tools I used were a pair of needle nose pliers and a pair of wire cutters. 

Next, I'm thinking of making some driftwood themed wind chimes using 
the bamboo wind chimes from...The Dollar Store!
Stay tuned for that blog post!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Making Memories...and Heirlooms. Wedding Fabric to Baby Easter Basket

My granddaughter's wedding back in 2014 was a wonderful BoHo theme 
and 90% handmade, starting with this 3 door backdrop 
and those huge gorgeous flowers. 
(I'll put links at the bottom for those projects.)

I also grew the flowers in the urns for this pretty display.

We made the navy blue table runners out of sheets then had a blast
 arranging all the decor items for the tables...

After the wedding I latched on to all the blue table runners. 
I knew I would be using all that fabric again, starting with this sweet project.

This year I made a liner for an Easter basket using that blue fabric.

It looks great with an arrangement of her wedding flowers!

But THIS is what the project is really about. A personalized Easter basket 
for their son, my great grandson, born in 2017. This year was his first Easter
 and the wedding fabric was perfect for this project.

Insanely Creative Christy, his grandma, made these iron on letters with her
 Silhouette vinyl cutter. It came out great!

We love the sweet memories that come with this project and 
look forward to making more heirlooms for this wonderful little boy
 with his parents wedding fabric.

So sweet! And the best thing is, I still have the blue fabric runners from the other 15 tables!

Here is the link for making the huge flowers....

...and for the three door backdrop....

Friday, April 6, 2018

Love My Penny Island Project!

Way back when, we turned two of our old nightstands into this wonderfully useful kitchen island. 
It is still one of my favorite projects for our home!
Here is a link to that project....

Originally I used old cook book pages on top in the same hue as the floor and sealed them with
 a single coat of "bar top" resin. It looked great and held up for several years
 BUT we should have sealed it with more resin. 
The edges started to peel and we knew it was time to replace it.

And here's what we did....

Yup, we put a penny top on our kitchen island and it came out 

We like it!
We like it ALOT!

Oooh aaaah!

Here's a before and after. What a pretty solution!

I did NOT want to buy pennies so I scrounged up all our stashed pennies and saved
even more for months. Then I chose to clean and polish them using Brasso.

While watching "The West Wing" on Netflix.

It took about 12 hours total so do this part of the job. Would I do it again? 
Would I buy at least a few rolls of new pennies for my next project? 
YES. Lesson learned.

We had the boards in our stash, so I stained them using Minwax Polyshades in Maple. 
It is a stain and sealer in one. It was also in our stash.
I scuffed up the old cookbook top with sandpaper then painted it with flat black craft paint.
It makes the coins really pop against that dark background.
We did not glue the pennies down and we did not put them in any pattern.

Envirotex Lite is an improvement on the original formula we used over 5 years ago. 
It isn't smelly, it sets up fast and looks fantastic when you're done.
 I used a 50% off coupon and got it for less than $20.
Win win!

The light coming through our skylight during the day really brings 
out the many different hues of the coins.  As the light changes, the metallic colors change.
We love it!

                       THIS time we used triple the amount of resin to give a deep and shiny finish.
It's been a couple of weeks and I'm still being careful setting heavy containers on top.
And we will ALWAYS use trivets and pads for anything hot. 
It is just good sense.

And when the sun goes down and hits those shiny pennies the light is just dazzling!

We are very pleased with the way this project came out. The most time consuming 
part was polishing pennies. Would we do it again? 
I'm thinking.....backsplash!

There are so very many penny projects online that I did not go into alot of detail here. If you want to tackle this project I say do your research, gather your supplies and GO! 
Even if you bought everything at full price and new, this is not an expensive project.
Try it!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Leaf Table Runner-Quick and Thrifty!

What do you get with 4 packs of faux leaves from the Dollar Store and a length of burlap looking fabric? 

This pretty, quick and CHEAP table runner for fall!

I wanted a nice, colorful table runner but, you know me, didn't want to spend alot of money.

So I crashed my stash and found I had loads of fake silk leaves from the Dollar Store.


Note to self-stop buying autumn leaves from the Dollar Store.

I also found a nice length of burlap looking fabric that paired up nicely with the leaves, including some book page leaves left over from another project.

I've kind of got a thing about book page craft projects.

I plugged in my glue gun and went to town.

Man, quick and easy!!

Originally I made each end square to match the fabric.

By adding more leaves I was able to get this nice pointed shape.

I like it alot!

It looks wonderful on the bare wood of our table and also over an autumn woven table cloth.

This is my kind of fun project....quick, easy, fun, CHEAP and it looks great!

Materials needed-

Fabric for runner in the the length you wish (you could also use a Dollar Store table runner)
Fake leaves from the Dollar Store (50 to a pack so maybe 4 packs?)
Hot glue and gun
Optional-book page maple leaves (traced and cut out)

Time needed? 
An hour if you spend alot of time rearranging and fussing with the leaves. 
I say, just do it. Your table runner will thank you for it!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Colorful Felt Pillow Covers

I make these appliqued felt pillow covers for family gifts and decor. 
I use straight stitching on my Singer and I'm not too awful picky
 about keeping everything neat and tidy. I like the texture that
 the multiple stitching gives to the thick felt and
 LOVE all the colors available. 

 Here's a gallery of my designs so far. This year I'm going to try some 
Halloween and Christmas designs, those should be fun!
It really is a simple process. Cut out the felt shapes and sew them in layers
 on your pillow fabric. You can be as neat and accurate or as abstract and casual as you prefer. 

Do you have questions about the DIY? Just ask them below and I'll answer them all!
Thanks for stopping by!