Friday, December 30, 2011

London Crate- A mini tutorial

Hello All!
A long while back I bought two wooden crates 
for about two dollars a piece at an estate sale.
I always knew I would paint them but wasn't sure how...
until recently.

I used Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in Old White
and very lightly painted a thin coat all over the entire crate.
I wanted the paint to look worn, without having to get out the sandpaper.

After the paint dried (two whole minutes later), I traced 
the address of the Portobello Market onto the crate with
my handy dandy carbon paper.

I then traced over the image left behind after tracing 
with the carbon paper with a Sharpie.
Yep. That easy. Awesome right?

It turned out great!

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Blanket Stitch Pillows and My $12 Quilt

Happy New Year!
I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas Holiday. I've been so spoiled 
with my Handsome Hubby here at home with me for a whole week!
Loving every minute of it! 
I've also had some time to do a little crafting here, and little sewing there,
and some rearranging almost everywhere. I thought I would share with you
some of my most recent work. I mentioned in my last post that my sewing machine broke 
(since then my neighbor has given me one of her' sweet!) But before I received 
my new old machine I did a little sewing by hand.

I shared with you in my last post that I recently learned how to sew a blanket stitch.
I even made our stockings this Christmas using the blanket stitch and you can see those darlings here.
More recently I made a couple of white throw pillows using a fuzzy grey acrylic yarn for the stitch.

Here they are on my bed.

I love how beautifully the grey yarn contrasted against the white linens.

I love the homey feel a hand sewn stitch creates.

I found that sewing these pillows by hand was surprisingly relaxing, 
and even though I now have a working sewing machine I find myself trying
to find little projects I can do without it.

Also in these pics is my new favorite quilt! 
A great $12 find at an antique store I visited in Colorado.

I just love how these muted colors come together
in a beautiful and warm way.

And just one more close look at the stitch.

Isn't that quilt just lovely?

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Mantel & Handmade Stockings

Merry Christmas Fellow Bloggers!
It's been a while since my last post I know. 
I have sewn our stockings by hand this year and wanted
them all completed before I took pictures.
Hope you all enjoy!

I chose to hand stitch all of our stockings this year 
with a blanket stitch. (mainly because my sewing machine is broke)  :)

I felt a blanket stitch gave off a very home-y and traditional feel, 
plus I wanted us to all have stockings that could have some 
sentimental value and I feel that making them all by hand accomplished that.

I love using whites, lights, neutrals, and naturals.
I chose fabrics that I thought would look vintage and fresh, 
and would look good against the blanket stitch.
I used a thin fuzzy white thread that I picked up at a 
thrift store for all but one stocking. 

I chose what I would consider coordinating fabrics that 
compliment each other since our family is young 
and you never know, I might need to make one more 
stocking someday.

On a couple of stockings
I stitched them up twice since the thread was so thin and I 
really wanted you to be able to see and feel the stitch. On one stocking 
I used a white yarn to stitch it up (because I lost my thread!!). 
I still think they came fantastic. They look exactly as I had hoped!
Can't get much better than that.

Everyone was represented including our 
sweetheart Beagle Heidi.

As for the rest of the mantel I went for a traditional, rustic look 
with cottage-y touches.

I added a touch of cottage to this traditional
Christmas vignette with splashes of white in the
form of a pair of serving plates, a ceramic vase, 
and a soup tureen. I think the blue Ball mason jars 
add to the cottage-y feel.

I was able to accomplish the more traditional and rustic look 
with the red cranberries, pine cones, red cardinal, and fresh greenery
cut from the pines of our backyard.

A German Erzgebirge Pyramid from my mother and father-in-law
adds a touch of whimsy as the windmill like blades
 spin .from the heat of our fireplace.

Look familiar? This ceramic vase and antique mirror
haven't moved from this spot on the mantel in a long time.
You can see it here in my Halloween vignette
 and here in my Autumn vignette. 
If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

One more look at the stockings, can you tell I'm proud?
The letters were cut out of ply wood by my handsome husband
and myself. After the Old White Chalk Paint dried, I painted
on some good ol' Mod Podge and then sprinkled on 
some German glass glitter.

Hope you all enjoyed!
Happy Holidays and God Bless!

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Gorgeous Fall Mantel on a Budget

Hello All! Happy Fall!
One of my favorite times of the year.
It's fun to watch all of the leaves changing and gracefully falling
to the ground, making fires in the fireplace to cuddle up next to, 
watching a pair of yearling does prance around each other in the
backyard on a crisp morning, and we can't forget the gorgeous fall decor!
What's not to love?

So here it is! 
Our Fall Mantel for this year; simple, sweet, and on the cheap.
Everything on the mantle was either a gift, a thrift store or 
bargain store purchase, or free!

I made the "Give Thanks" leaves out of pages from a thrift 
store book. So super simple!

The old mirror you've seen before here, it was free at an antique store.
The vase you have seen my bedroom, it was a gift from my Great Aunt.

Things don't stay put in my house, 
I am constantly rearranging and moving stuff around.

I think I might have the "Thanks" moved to read from right 
to left instead of left to right.

The apothecary jar was from TJMaxx, 
and those books were from a thrift store for 50 cents each.

The pine cones were from my friend's front yard. :)
And the pumpkins were from Walmart, less then $2 for 3 pumpkins.

The garland was made from coffee filters, it was kind of a pain,
I haven't decided if I'll do that again.

I love the soft colors of the pumpkins. 
I like how they are white, but they still have hints of fall
colors in them.

This candle stick was a $1.99 at a thrift store, 
it's a beautiful blue color.

You can't go wrong with tattered books, 
especially in muted hues.

I used natural and neutral colors on the mantel. 
I wanted a soft look.

This is the most of my living room I've shown at once!
It's still not ready for the full reveal. I'm working on it, 
I'm just at anxious to see it all complete. :)

P.S. Pay no attention to those ugly light fixtures...
they won't be allowed to stay!

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