Simple Country Christmas Vase

Simple Country Christmas Vase

Create a sweet Country Christmas Vase with a little help using Joy Iron On Embroidered Letters.

Supplies Used:

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Directions:

  1.  Spray the mason jar with a couple coats of ivory colored spray paint.

2.  After the paint has dried, lightly sand the jar to remove the paint off the letters.

3.   Drill a hole on the top of a small wood slice and paint the center with red acrylic paint.
4.  Glue the embroidered letters and wood star onto the wood slice with craft glue.
5.  Tie ribbon around the neck of the jar and add embellished wood slice.

You can find a wide selection of Joy® embroidered iron-on letters and alphabet sheets in different sizes at your local craft stores. 

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A Merry Little Holiday House

How to make A Merry Little Holiday House.

A cute little holiday decoration using the Eileen Hull House Ornament Die.

Perfect for gift giving.  Just add a small battery operated tea light and see it glow.

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Directions:

  • Cut two pieces of Red and Black Buffalo Plaid paper 6″ x 8″.
  • Run both pieces of paper design side up through the Xyron Creative Station*.  As the paper moves through the Creative Station it adds adhesive to the underneath side of the paper.  You get full and complete adhesive covering on the paper.
  • Cut two pieces of Mat Board* 6″ x 8″.
  • Adhere the buffalo plaid paper onto each one of the mat board.  (underneath will be plain)

  • Lay covered matboard on top of the house ornament die and sandwich it between two sizzix cutting plates.  Run the die, mat board and cutting plates through the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine*.  The Big Shot will cut out the house shape and two tiny houses that you can use on a later project.
  • Cut two houses shapes.

A Merry Little Holiday House bits and pieces.

  • Carefully fold on the scored lines.
  • Cut off the top tab with the two holes on both houses.  (This tab is used if you want to make it an ornament.)
  • You will also need to cut the bottom flap from one of the houses.
  • Use Super Glue to assemble the house. Glue all sides of the house together before gluing the roof tabs.  Leave bottom tab unglued so that you can add a small battery operated tea light.

  • For the Roof:  Cut a piece of Black Corrugated paper 2 1/2″ x 4″.  Fold in half and glue to top of the roof.
  • Place two small pieces of white matboard over the window section of the ornament house die and run through the big shot die cutting machine.  Trim around matboard to create two small windows.  Glue windows frames onto house.

  • Add the “Merry” chipboard sticker from the Christmas Market Chipboard Accents to the front of the house.
  • Make wreath out of a 6″ piece of the craft pine stem.
  • Create a small bow from the red twine and glue onto front of wreath.
  • Glue wreath to front of the house.

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Shared Kindness…

 (project tutorial at Bottom of Post)

Blessings are the Harvest of Kindness

When I create, I create projects for a variety of reasons. 

Sometimes the project helps me tell a story. 

This particular project reminded me of a sweet exchange that happened between

my mom and a stranger several years ago. 

Just a reminder… World Kindness Day is November 13th. 

Please take a moment to spread a little kindness.

Shared kindness…

After eating lunch with my parents and sister at the local Steak and Shake,

Dad got up to pay the bill at the counter.  I stayed back to help Mom. 

When Mom got up, she noticed a lady sitting at a nearby table and said: “I know her”. 

Mom was in later stages of dementia, so I questioned her, “I don’t think we do Mom” I said. 

As I was trying to get her to leave, she said:  “I want to talk to her, I know her.” 

The lady must have heard us and looked up.  I quietly asked, “Does she know you?” 

Mom had worked at a school for many years and she knew a lot of people that I didn’t.

The lady shook her head no.

Then without missing a beat, the lady got up, put my mom’s hand in hers and said:

“So, you think you know me?” and introduced herself.

After Mom struggled to get her name out, the woman smiled and said: “so nice to meet you”.

And with that, my mom was happy and left the restaurant with a smile on her face.

It only took a minute for this sweet woman to make a difference.

Mom’s been gone for a while now, but, It’s something I’ve never forgotten.

To create the Wood Plaque…

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Directions:

  • Lightly sand the wooden rectangle with the sanding block to prepare the surface for paint.
  • Paint four horizontal autumn hued stripes on the wood.
  • With a flat dry brush blend the colors together to create a “Fall Rainbow”.
  • Lightly sand over the painted surface to smooth the grain of the wood.

  • Using an electronic die cutting machine, I cut the words.
  • Using a weeding tool carefully remove the negative spaces in and around the letters.
  • Place a piece of Vinyl Transfer Tape* over the letters.  Rub over the letters using a vinyl scraper tool to help the vinyl cling
  • Apply words onto a small wood rectangle.


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Faux Barn Wood Pumpkin

Add a little Joy to your Fall Home Décor with this quick and easy Fall Centerpiece.

I decided that I wanted to make something new to decorate my mantel for fall this year.

So…I made a quick (or not so quick) trip to my local Hobby Lobby.

While there, I found this unfinished wood pumpkin and a fall floral pick (among other things).

It went together really quick, I had it painted and put together in no time.

To be honest, the project didn’t turn out exactly how I envisioned in my head,

I think it turned out better.  (my original thought was to paint it in soft muted fall colors)

The best part of the whole process was…

this simple wood painted pumpkin inspired my son to spend the next few hours arranging

and rearranging my mantels until he got them just perfect.  (and that makes me happy!)

Faux Barn Wood Pumpkin Supplies Needed:

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Create the look of old barn wood using a wood pumpkin cut-out and acyrlic paint.

Directions:

  • Paint the wood pumpkin with brown acrylic paint.  Make sure to get down into the grooves.
  • After the brown paint has dried paint the sections of the pumpkin with alternating colors.
  • Sand the pumpkin with a fine grit sandpaper* to distress and smooth the wood.

Glue the embroidered letters and floral pick onto the wood pumpkin with Beacon 3 in 1 Glue*.

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Faux Barn Wood Pumpkin

  • Create a bow with sheer ribbon tied in the center with twine and glue onto the top of the pumpkin for the finishing touch.

A quick and easy Fall Centerpiece for my mantel.  

You can find a wide selection of Joy® embroidered iron-on letters 

and alphabet sheets in different sizes at your local craft stores.  

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Barn Art

If you had a newly remodeled little red barn…

would you make Barn Art for its newly painted walls?

Our newly remodeled little red barn is finally done and it’s looking really good. 

(maybe even cute)

So… I decided to make it some art using my Silhouette Cameo Wireless Cutting Machine*

and luster vinyl from StyleTechCraft.  A simple little project and fun sign that’ll adorn

the barn walls along with the old personalized license plates that I found.

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I will be posting the complete barn remodel in the next week or two.

Here’s a sneak peek until I do.

Don’t you just love this old weathervane?

It had been sitting in the barn for years just waiting to be polished up good as new.

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Indigo Shibori Dyeing

Indigo Shibori Dyeing

We had a little fun this past week-end and tried something new….

My daughter asked me to purchase a Indigo Dye Kit* for her birthday.

She wanted to use it when she came home.  (I’m always up for trying something different.)

Shibori is a Japanese term for methods of dyeing cloth.  Similar to tie-dyeing you create patterns by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, and compressing.  In Japan, the earliest known example of cloth dyed with the shibori technique dates back to the 8th century where indigo was the main dye used.

Shibori Indigo Dye Kit from Made Kits by One-OneThousand*

The kit came with everything we would need:

  • Thiox
  • Soda Ash
  • Pre-reduced Indigo
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Rubber Bands
  • Acrylic Plates
  • Great Instructions

Everything except a very large bucket and items to dye.

It said right on the front of the box…”no chemistry degree needed”.

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My daughter had purchased a few new items to dye and we quickly added other items like…

pillowcases, old doilies, vintage linens, old jeans and other miscellaneous items.

The kit comes with great instructions on how to mix the Thiox, Indigo and Soda Ash with water.

It is recommended to use a 5 gallon bucket with lid.

After everything is mixed cover the bucket tightly with the lid and let it rest for one hour.

When you are ready to start dyeing, remove the cover.

The liquid will be a greenish-yellow in color and you will see a cluster of bubbles called

“the flower” and a film on top.  (It will have a smell, that’s normal, they said)

Carefully scoop out the bubbles “the flower” and set aside with a little of the dye liquid.

The instructions say that you can put “the flower” back in the bucket after your done

dyeing to keep the dye bucket going for future dye projects.  (hmmm.)

The dye can be used for several dye sessions if carefully stored.

It’s always a good idea to pre-wash new items with a mild detergent.

We used several different twisting and rubber banding techniques on the fabric.

FYI…The dye reacts best if your item is wet first.

When you lift your item out of the dye mixture it will be a yellow greenish color.  

As the air hits the dyed item, the indigo will gradually oxidize and the dyed item will turn blue.

The longer the item is in the dye, the darker it becomes once it hits the air.

They suggest ringing the item and letting it sit for 15 minutes and then re-dipping the item

in the dye for deeper hues.

Creating a Wax Resist

My daughter and her husband created dots on their shoes by using melted wax and the end

of a paintbrush.  (We kept the melted wax hot in a old mini crock pot.)

The melted wax creates a resist that will repel the dye.

They covered the souls of the shoes with removable painters tape to protect it from the dye.

A large brush was used to paint the dye on the shoes instead of dipping them.

Once dyed…we hung the items on a clothesline tied between two trees in the front yard.

My husband said it looked real classy.  I thought it looked beautiful.

We left them hanging overnight as they need 24-48 hours to dry and oxidize.

As with a lot of new techniques…there is a little bit of a learning curve.

We were pleased with the results and can’t wait until she’s home again to dye some more.

FYI…We used Shibori Indigo Dye Kit from Made Kits by One-OneThousand*

Dream Create Inspire Wall Decor

Dream Create Inspire Wall Décor

I have been working diligently for the last couple of months on my new craft room.

Moving, purging, organizing and very slowly decorating.  (so much stuff!)

I’m almost ready for a “craft room reveal” but not quite yet.

This past week-end I decided to add a little inspiration to my freshly painted closet doors.

I like the look of inspirational quotes on walls and decided to create one of my own.

With the help of my Silhouette Cameo Wireless Cutting Machine* and

Matte Removable Adhesive Vinyl* from Styletechcraft the project was real easy to create.

(getting a good picture of the final project not so easy)

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  • I measured the space on the door where I wanted the words to go and decided where the best spacing would be for all three words.
  • I cut the Gridded Vinyl Transfer Tape* to fit inside the space.
  • I used the bottom line of the grid and line on the door inset to line up my words.
  • Once you place your word onto your surface, smooth over word with the vinyl tool.

  • I found it easier to place the words Dream and Inspire first and then center the word Create in between the two.

  • I cut two small flowers using dark red removeable vinyl and placed them in between the words.

 

Did you know that Matte Removable Vinyl will remove cleanly for up to two years?

This vinyl  film is great for decorating a kid’s room, a classroom or just about anywhere

you just  need a temporary graphic.

“This is a sponsored post.  As a member of the StyleTechCraft Design Team I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

You can now find the full line of StyletechCraft online at ATSM.

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