Early last spring I knitted this hat for a gift this upcoming Christmas for a new little addition to my extended family. I've been waiting for the perfect idea for an embellishment. I ran across pictures of similar roses online that where used for tiny little baby things and thought they'd be perfect only I wanted mine to be bigger. You know, for the tiniest little diva.
You'll need to cut 4 graduated sizes of a synthetic satin. I up-cycled a pair of polyester pants in a bright and shiny fuchsia. I love the idea of up-cycling clothing!
They don't have to be perfect circles but do the best you can.
Use a steady flame and be careful not to get burned.
Take your circle shiny side facing the flame and let the flames tip, kiss the edge of the fabric. You will see that as it heats, the edge will melt. Let the flame heat the fabric just inside that edge to gently encourage it to turn inward.
Once you've finished all of your pieces you'll have a nice stacked set of petals.
Pick a pretty button, I wanted one with more sparkle but couldn't find one in my stash. You could even handstich these little circles together and put a drop of hot glue in the center and sprinkle with glass beads. Just do what you think you'll like most.
Cut your petals from felt and using upholstery or silk thread, stitch all the pieces together onto your accessory. I'm thinking headbands, hats, belts, and even shoes. I might have to make a set to dress up a pair of old heels. The end result is so much more beautiful in person.
I picked up these beautifully hot pink candle holders at our local thrift store, I'm sure most people looked at them and thought...TAAAACKKY! I looked at them and thought...$...how much? I'll take them!
This is such an easy project, and now you can be on the lookout for beautifully tacky, tea candle holders. Here's how!
Pick your fabrics...this is a Jennifer Paganelli - Dance with Me-Kalya in Tea...purchased here.
Draw a circle approximately 4.5 inches for a 2 inch tea candle cup.
cut out and thread your needle with really strong thread, I use silk threads. Tie a knot on one end leaving a tail your can work with, then 1/4" in all the way around stitch.
When you have come to your starting point, you'll want to pull the thread to start forming a ball.
Grab a small handful of polyfil and stuff it inside while pulling the string tighter and tighter
Put a dot of hot glue in the bottom of your cup and insert your fabric ball.
Tie on a pretty ribbon and it's ready!
Oh how I love me some wall lettering. I remember when I first discovered a beautiful company a couple of years ago. I scheduled a party and my consultant canceled and never rescheduled. BOOO!
I love this one!
Oh well, a girl can dream. Maybe one day...
but until then I will take consideration of the words on the wall. I'm inspired by what I love and my inspiration has guided me to this...
I'm going to...
My husband is leery of putting writing on walls, I think it's just because he doesn't want to read it or be reminded to wash his hands or something. I don't know! It might be because I tried buying these vinyl letters from Lowes and they were too tall for the space I wanted to use them (above my arch way). Oh well! So, tonight when I said, I want to paint "Pantry" on our pantry door, he actually said, "that sounds like a good idea!" What??? Really???? I can paint something on a door in our house? Really???
So, I did this!
Awe! I'm so happy! It's 2:00 in the morning and I'm blogging about something that took about 30 minutes to do! I'm SO happy!
Here's what you do!
Print off the lettering that you want from your computer... Isn't it pretty!
Then, I turned it over and did this...
I rubbed my pencil all over the back of my letters until they were all covered.
I taped it in place on the door and using a ball point pin, pressed slightly hard and traced around each and every line and curve. It was easy I promise!
What you'll end up with is this transfer. My art teacher taught me this trick in high school, her father was a painter, and painted signs for a living. I guess this is a technique passed down. It works and it's easy!
This is the rest, I simply painted with a thin brush. I used a black acrylic paint, one of my favorite paints to work with. I'd decided not to do the line underneath for fear I wouldn't make it straight but I like it better with out it. This takes little patience and a slight steady hand but anyone can do it. It all only took about 30 minutes so I KNOW you can do this!
If you try this, please send me a picture. I'm looking for clever ideas around our house. I think something in our laundry room will be next.
Since my pantry will always be my pantry and because of the wood grain texture, this technique is ideal.
Oh and here's what I did on the restroom door too. It is a pocket door so it's nice for guests to know what's on the other side without leaving it open all of the time.
Same technique and I don't have to worry about peeling off like my some vinyl someone sent to me is doing now. Also, painting over these is not a problem either...just in case you have worried about that. You can use a bit of paint thinner and remove it and then repaint as usual.
Last year I made one of these for Cooper before his first day of school.
So, this year I wanted to do one better. I grabbed up his school supply list and headed
out to the store for super cheap finds to go inside. I found tons of good stuff and
some special extras I think he'll love. Here's the step by step instructions for making these. You can click on images to see larger views.
Using poster board, a string and pencil, draw out a curve from corner to corner, trace
the template out onto some fun wrapping paper, then take your template and roll it over
the edge of a table to create a curl, follow the line of the curves.
You'll then glue the template into the shape of a cone and cover it with the wrapping paper.
Cut strips of tissue paper, glue them together and then glue the long strip
around the inside of your cone.
Now get all the goodies for back to school and feel up your cone.
Tie with a pretty ribbon and give to your new back to schooler!
Use this idea to give other great gifts through the year and get your little one
involved in making them.
Sometimes you get discouraged, because I am very small and always leave my fingerprints on furniture and walls.
But every day I’m growing, I’ll be grown someday and all those tiny hand prints will surely fade away
So here’s a little hand print, just so you can recall exactly how my fingers looked when I was very small.
Paint Canvas - $1.50
Paint in Brown
Printable Fabric or Card Stock
My fingers have been knitting and knitting for several days now, I'm SO slow! I try to work on it in bed in the evenings and I caught myself working a little on Sunday between cleaning the floors and fixing dinner.
This little gem has been hanging in my house for a long time. It was easy to make and cost very little and served several purposes. Because it is cork board and ribbons it is quite versatile.
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