Saturday, June 6, 2015

4th of July Wreath

Hello everyone! I have been MIA for a while due to my work schedule. I was able to get a chance to finally craft something up. July is coming next month and I have never done a 4th of July wreath. So I decided to make one. I looked to Pinterest for inspiration and came across one like this one. It was being sold on Etsy but it was too expensive for me at the moment. So I made my own wreath. I didn't want to copy the exact one that was being sold. I wanted to change it just a bit. I added the American Flag and the bow is a different color. The American flag means so much to me because 1.) I am a proud American, 2.) My husband was in the military, and 3.) I was a proud military wife. Even though he is no longer in the military I honor every soldier that put their lives in danger to keep our country safe as well as those that lost their lives in battle. They are all my Hero's and I respect what they do for our country. I was actually able to put my wreath up for Memorial Day to honor those who lost their lives in battle. My husband really liked it and told me I should put it up so I did. It will go back on on July to honor all those soldiers who have served and are currently serving. Everything I used was bought at Hobby Lobby except for the starry burlap and the flag. Here how my wreath turned out.

I didn't think the USA letters were going to hold well but they did pretty good. I hot glued the letters together and then glued it to the wreath.

So that is my 4th of July wreath! Hope you like. Have a nice day!


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spring Wreath

It is Spring! And what do I love the most about Spring? The beautiful flowers that bloom around this time. I needed a Spring wreath for my front door but I wasn't sure how I wanted to make it. All I knew was that I wanted pretty pink flowers and burlap. I always make burlap wreaths because I simply love burlap. I searched Pinterest for ideas and inspiration. Here is what I came up with!

I am very pleased with this wreath and will keep it up until its time for Fall decor. I really love the little jewels I wrapped around it. It is actually a garland that I bought from Michaels. I love sparkly things so it goes well with my personality. This wreath turned out to be quite pricey but it was worth it for me. Everything was bought from Michaels. Unfortunately I don't have a tutorial for this. I'm sorry! Just thought I would show you all what I created for my Spring wreath! Happy Spring to you all!


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

DIY Decorative Pillows Part 2

Hello! Today's post is going to be about part 2 of my DIY decorative pillows part 2. I have always wanted gold polk a dot pillows. My first thought was to use regular white material but I thought burlap would be much better. I went looking for them at stores but couldn't find any at the time. So I decided to make my own and I'm sure it would be so much cheaper if I made them myself. Little did I know it would be time consuming! I am still happy with how they turned out. Now that Spring is here I happened to find burlap pillows with gold polk a dots! But they were $20 each and I needed 2 of them.  Making my own, I spent less than half the price. I would say $7. I  am pretty pleased with how they turned out even though it was so time consuming.

Here are the materials I used to make these pillows

18x18 burlap pillowcases (you can buy ones already made at Hobby Lobby)
Gold glitter
Gold acrylic paint
Mod Podge
Card board to put inside the pillow cases so the Mod podge wont seep through the other side

With a penny coin trace around it with a pen to make the polk a dots. Keep making them about 1/2 inch apart until the entire pillowcase is covered in polk a dots.

Now you can either "paint" each circle with ModPodge and glitter them or you could do what I did, paint each circle with gold acrylic paint. Make sure you place a card board inside the pillowcase

This is why it was so time consuming for me. After I finished painting each circle and letting them dry I went over them with ModPodge and then placed glitter on all the circles.

The reason I did it this way was because using just modgepodge and glitter, you could see the pen marks a little. Being the pick person that I am, I did not like that. So I painted first with gold paint, modpodged each circle and added the glitter. Once you are done shake off all the glitter into a sheet of paper and clean up. I let that dry about 30 minutes and then added modpodge to each circle again to seal in the glitter and prevent fall out. Let dry for an hour.

Do this to all the pillows you made. Making two was tiresome but as I said earlier it was well worth it and cheaper. Your product is now finished. Hope you enjoyed!


Sunday, March 8, 2015

DIY Decorative Pillows Part 1

Hello all! Lately I have been redecorating my living room changing everything from golds and reds to golds, whites, and blacks. I  have been looking for certain kinds of decorative pillows but they are either too expensive or they didn't have what I was looking for. So, being the crafty girl that I am, I decided to make my own pillows! I made burlap pillows with gold polk a dots and black pillow with a gold heart. One of the pillows I bought already made and it cost $22. I needed a total of 3 so that would have cost $66. Not what I wanted to spend. I will talk about how I made the polk a dot pillows in part 2. This post is about the black with gold heart pillow. Here is what the decorative pillows I made look like.

Making this Gold heart pillow was very easy to make and less time consuming. I don't have a tutorial on how I made these pillows but there are many tutorials on how to make a pillow on Pinterest. I used a sewing machine to make mine. These pillows are 18x18. I bought 1/4 yards of black material to make this pillow. Here is how I made the gold heart. You will need

Gold material (I bought mine at hobby lobby where all the felt material is)
Heart stencil (You can find all kinds of printable heart stencils online)
Hot glue gun/fabric glue
Pillow stuffing

Cut out your heart stencil with scissors

Now that you have your heart stencil cut out flip the gold material over where the white part of the material is. Place your heart stencil on it and trace it with the marker. Then cut the heart out.
Place the gold heart on top of your already made pillow case to see if you like the placement of the heart.
Now turn over the heart to the white part and put hot glue all around the heart quickly and turn it back around to glue it on the pillow case. If the some of the hot glue has already dried and isn't sticking add more glue in there until there are no gaps. Make sure all the edges are glued well to the fabric. Now you can stuff your pillow case with pillow stuffing and sew, hot glue, or seal the opening with fabric glue. Let dry for a while if using fabric glue. Fabric glue can be tricky to work with when closing the opening of the pillow case. What I suggest is using books to put pressure on the side you just glued. Now your pillow is ready to place on your couch or bed. Hope you like this post. In the next post I will show you how I made the polk a dot ones!

 Thank you for reading!


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Frosty Glittery Votive Candle Holder

Hello! Well I must say I am pretty upset that I was not able to post any of my Christmas Crafts because my laptop broke down. It just doesn't want to turn on! So I am using my husbands old laptop which is not that great but hey its something! At first I couldn't use it because there was a virus and all these pop ups kept coming up making it hard to browse the internet. But I am back now and able to post. So on with this votive candle holder! I made two different ones. One was for me and the other one was a mason jar that had all these Christmas gifts inside for my sister in law. She can also use it as a candle holder.

This is the one I made for my sister in law

So how did I make these? These were rather easy to make! There is a lot of tutorials out there on how to get this frosty look. I will show you how I did mine anyways so lets get started!

Materials needed
Clean Jars of your choice
Glitter of any color you like (I used pink, gold, and white glitter)
Paint Brush/Sponge brush

First you grab any jars you might have laying around or you can buy mason jars at your local craft store.

Now you will mix all the glitters you chose in a bowl. I used Gold, Pink, and White. Mix the glitters well. When you mix your glitters put as much as you want. Play with them. That is what I did until I was satisfied with how the mixture of glitters looked together.
Pour some ModPodge into the bowl and mix with the glitter. I did not measure how much to mix in the glitter. I wanted the mixture to look frosty so I started off by pouring ModPodge little by little in the bowl and mixed until I got a thick pasty consistency. I hope the next picture shows the consistency I got. There should be a lot more in the bowl but I had already covered my jars in the mixture. I realized I forgot to take a picture and did so before I finished.

It is time to cover the outside of your jars with the mixture. Spread in a patting motion all around the jar, For the mason jar I used one layer and for the little candle holder I used two layers.

Allow to dry for a full day. Once it is dry you will notice the jars are not white anymore. That's how you know they are dry. OR you can tough them to see if they are dry too. Now you are finished! Aren't they pretty?!

 They look so pretty lit up! You can put any small candle to illuminate the jars. I just love how they turned out!

That is it for today. I will post my Christmas owl pillows soon I hope. Even though Christmas is already over I will still post them. Oh and these glittery frosty votives can be given as gifts for any occasion! Until next time!


Friday, December 19, 2014

Reindeer Wall Art

Hello all! In this post I do have a tutorial! This is a reindeer wall art that I saw on Anneorshine's Youtube channel. I just love how hers turned out! Mine came out decent lol. I am still pretty pleased with the turn out. I wanted to add a red poinsettia to my reindeer like Anneorshine, but 1. I didn't want to copy her too much and 2. A red poinsettia wouldn't have gone with my blue, silver, and gold Christmas theme in my living room. My husband thought it would be best to just put a white one on it. I had a burlap poinsettia on it as well but my husband didn't like how it looked. He thought it was too much and it hid the reindeers ear. So I kept it with a simple white poinsettia. What do you think? Also, I would like to add that this photo had to be taken outside. I wish I could have taken one inside with all my Christmas décor but the lighting in my living room is terrible! There is basically no light in my living room. That's how this apartment is set up. I have a basic lamp but the photos were not coming out right so I had to take picture outside. You will see in a minute what I mean.
Here I added the blue poinsettia to see a different way to make it
Anneorshine's tutorial is on this link.
This is what I did.
I used a 20X16 canvas. I first used painters tape and taped it on my canvas like so.

Then I began to paint the white parts with gold acrylic paint. This took several coats. I used a sponge brush and for some reason it just wasn't sticking to the canvas.
I used my fingers instead and got it to be somewhat opaque. I quickly added the gold glitter.
When I shook off all the glitter I noticed the glitter wasn't sticking very well so I decided to use my trusted method. ModPodge! Note: Do not do this on your carpet like I did! lol I had to move outside in the patio when using the glitter.
What I did here is I put one coat of ModPodge on the glitter that was already on the canvas. I let that dry for a little and then added more glitter to make it opaque. Then I added another layer of ModgePodge over that and let it dry for a few hours to seal in the glitter. Then I gently removed the painters tape.

Tada!! I let this sit for a day to completely dry. It was already late that night so I decided to leave it for another day. On to the reindeer head! Now I'm not a very good drawer like Anneorshine so I found this template on google search and used this one.
I cut traced the shape on cardboard that you can buy at Walmart and cut it out with a exacto knife.
Sorry this is so gross! I had used the top of a pizza box to do this to show you an idea but I did not use this. I forgot to take a picture of the process with the cardboard I found at Walmart so I got the pizza box my husband had on the table and redid this to show you a picture of what I did. I dont have a picture of me glittering the reindeer head but I used the ModPodge method. I first put a later of it on the head and then covered it with glitter. I let it dry for 2 hours and then put another layer of ModPodge to seal in the glitter to prevent any fallout.

I found this little cup laying around that I dont use anymore. I painted it gold and let it dry. Last I placed this in the center of my canvas and hot glued it down. Last I hot glued the reindeer head on it and glued the white poinsettia. Sorry I did not take pictures of the entire process!! I totally forgot about it. When I craft I just get so into it that I forget to take pictures to provide a tutorial. I will try harder next time!

 I think I like it with the blue poinsettia better!


Chevron Christmas Wreath

Hello all. On this post, I don't have a tutorial on how to make this wreath. This is something I wanted to have on my kitchen wall. It took me days to figure out how I wanted this wreath to look. I found the burlap at Walmart and I had no clue as to what this wreath would look like but I just knew it would look so pretty because of the chevron. So here is what it looks like.
I just love the outcome!! I love everything glittery so that is how I figured out how I would decorate this wreath. Crazy story...I was at Hobby Lobby for 2 hours trying to figure out what I was going to put on this wreath! I was trying to imagine in my head what it would look like if I put this or that on the wreath. It was a bit frustrating to be honest. People would stare at me cause I was in the same spot for those 2 hours.

Then I remembered the glittery poinsettias I used to make my Santa Owl Wreath. I was lucky to find more of those flowers. Then I find the red and gold ornament pick. I knew now this is what I wanted!
Originally I had this without a bow. But I felt it wasn't complete. So the next day I bought some red burlap ribbon, made the bow, and glued it on top. Now it was complete!

I don't know if you can see the gold glitter lining on the red chevron but I just love that part so much!
It looks so pretty in person. If you go to Walmart you probably saw this chevron burlap on the Christmas section. When I saw it I just knew I had to get it and make something with it. hehe.
I will have another post of something I created with this chevron burlap. Hope you all have a wondering holiday!