Simple Summer Vase

Create a Simple Summer Vase using Transparent Adhesive Vinyl from StyleTechCraft.

Transparent vinyl is great when you just want to add a subtle touch of color.

It’s great for using on windows, glassware and just about anywhere else you want a unique look.

To create my Simple Vase I used:       (*affiliate link)

Directions:

  1. Cut several flower shapes using the Silhouette Cameo* and the Sky Blue Transparent Vinyl.  Don’t have a electronic die cutter?  The transparent vinyl can be cut using various metal dies.
  2. Cut leaves out of the teal vinyl.
  3. Using the weeding tool, I carefully removed the negative spaces in and around the flowers and leaves.
  4. Place a piece of Vinyl Transfer Tape* over the flower image.  Apply transfer tape onto the cylinder vase and rub over the vinyl using a vinyl scraper tool to eliminate bubbles.
  5. Remove transfer tape.
  6. Repeat with the leaves.

Allow vinyl to cure for several days.  (Hand washing is recommended.)

I added a piece of white paper inside the vase so you can see the pattern better.

It’s hard to see in this picture the variation between the sky blue and teal vinyl.

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Let’s Go Fly a Kite

Let’s Go Fly a Kite…

I’m so happy that Spring is finally here.

I’m ready to celebrate Spring with beautiful sunny skies and just enough breeze to fly a kite.

If you’re not into flying kites, you could always make a fabric one to hang up on the wall.

Kite Wall Hanging

How to make a Kite Wall Hanging:

  • Creating a kite pattern… Cut the white cardstock to 9″ x 12″.  Fold the cardstock in 1/2 lengthways.  On the two long sides make a mark at 4″.
  • For the top of the kite, draw a line from the top middle fold to the 4″ mark on each side.  For the bottom of the kite, draw a line from the 4″ mark to the bottom middle folds.
  • Cut out Kite pattern.
  • Trace and cut out the kite pattern on the backsides of both of the printed fabrics and the white felt.

  • Sandwich the white felt between the two patterned pieces .  Pin into place and top stitch around the kite.
  • Arrange the words “Lets go fly a kite” onto the front of the kite with the shiny side down.
  • Cover with soft clean cloth and iron on cotton settings for 30 seconds.  Turn kite over and repeat for an additional 30 seconds.

  • Cut the top flower and leaves off the floral applique.
  • Arrange the flowers on the kite and iron onto the kite the same way as the letters.
  • Glue rick rack around the edge of the kite.

  • Cut strips of fabric and tie onto a 14″ piece of twine.  Glue one end of the twine to the backside of the kite.
  • Make a small loop with a second piece of twine and glue to the top of the kite.

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Look for Joy® iron-on embroidered alphabet letter sheets and appliques at your local craft store.

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Glittered with Mod Podge Ultra

Rainbow Glittered Monogram with Mod Podge Ultra

I have used Mod Podge for years…

So, when Plaid gave me the opportunity to try out Mod Podge Ultra, I thought why not.

I always love trying something new.

What makes Mod Podge Ultra different?

America’s favorite decoupage medium is now available as a spray!  Mod Podge Ultra  is a super strong, non-toxic spray formula that works as all-in-one glue and sealer with a high adhesion level.  Perfect for adding dimensional design embellishments to your projects.  This versatile, water-based formula dries quickly and naturally self-levels, leaving no brush marks.  It cleans up easily with soap and water and is available in both matte or gloss finishes.

For my Framed Rainbow Glitter Monogram I used:                         (*affiliate links)

Directions:

  • Protect your work area with newspaper or drop cloth.
  • Shake Bottle for 15 seconds.
  • Prime the nozzle with a few test pumps.
  • Spray the chipboard letter with Mod Podge Ultra using short even strokes.
  • Add various colors of glitter over the letter.
  • Pour excess glitter off.  Allow project to dry for 30 minutes.
  • Seal letter with 1-2 coats of Mod Podge Ultra.
  • Allow  the letter to fully dry.
  • Accent the outside edge of the letter  using the silver leaf paint pen with a chisel point.
  • Spray or paint the back of the letter with Mod Podge Ultra and add to a piece of black chipboard.
  • Place inside frame for fun and funky framed art.
  • Just like a paint brush, Mod Podge Ultra Spray tops need to be cleaned after every use. If they aren’t they will clog and become unusable.

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With most glittered projects… if you touch the glittered area you leave a little bit of glitter everywhere you go.  Once I sealed the glittered “S” the glitter does not rub off.  How cool is that.

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Embroidery Hoop Art

Loving the new Home Décor trend using Embroidery Hoops. 

I really love the new Home Décor trend using embroidery hoops and was so excited

when I saw the new Mix the Media Embroidery Hoop Art from Jillibean Soup at Creativation.

The embroidery hoop comes plain with an embroidered word inside in 8″ and 10″.

So many opportunities for embellishments.  (I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one.)

At the show, the Jillibean Soup crew were doing make and takes using the embroidery hoops.

I loved the project, but once I got home, I decided to make-over the embroidery hoop

to better fit my style and décor.  (for me…it needed a little red)

Here’s what I added to my Embroidery Hoop…

Directions:

  1. Glue vintage flower trim around the edge of the embroidery hoop using Beacon Adhesives 3 in 1 glue.
  2. Create a banner using twine and 3″ strips of ribbon.  I added vinyl letters to spell the word “welcome”.
  3. Glue off white flowers from Prima Marketing onto the bottom of the hoop and add a couple heart stick pins.
  4.  Make a 1 1/2″ red and cream ribbon bow and glue it to the top of the embroidery hoop.

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My 90’s Kitchen Remodel

When we bought our house in 1996, a beautiful Southern Colonial…

we fell in love with the large trees and expansive yard.

What we didn’t fall in love with was the kitchen.

My husband hated the dark dated 80’s cabinets and blue and white windmill tile backsplash.

Being the frugal person that I am, I didn’t mind the tiles and wanted to live with it for awhile.

(2018 Kitchen Before Make Over)

Persuaded that the updates “had” to be done, we made over the kitchen in true 90’s fashion.

Victorian was the trend, so a nice tea cup border and complimentary wallpaper was installed.

To keep costs low, we decided to keep the original footprint and the 6″ x 6″ terra cotta tile floor.

I was young and inexperienced.

Because we didn’t have a lot of expendable money

we’ve spent the last few years doing minor changes.

The first to go was the tea cup border and terra cotta floors.

We had large 18″ x 18″ tiles installed to help the small kitchen look bigger.

Since I knew I wanted to eventually go with a lighter counter top,

a darker color was used on the floor.

Fast forward to 2018…

It was around this time last year when we started discussing a Kitchen Remodel.

We visited a Kitchen Showroom and talked to a designer on how we could refigure our kitchen.

We have a large peninsula in our small kitchen with cabinets overhead.  (a 80’s trend)

It gives us a lot of great counter space and storage.

The problem, it closes off the kitchen and doesn’t allow natural light to come in.

And…if you’re taller than 5′ 2” (which isn’t a problem for me) it’s hard to have a

conversation with anyone in the dining room.  It completely blocks their view.

We made arrangements for the designer to come and look at our kitchen. 

The first thing she said was “your kitchen has a good flow”.  (her first mistake)

She drew up 3 designs for our approval.  None of the designs really had what we wanted.

She didn’t come up with a solution for all the cabinets that I’d be giving up.  (mistake #2)

We’d also need to re-do the kitchen tile and patch the wood floor in the dining room.

Not to mention the fact that we’d spend $20K plus to have the work done.

We weren’t sure we had the energy for a complete remodel of this scale.

(I’m not young and inexperienced anymore.)

So after a lot of contemplation and discussion, we decided to try cleaning the cabinets.

We used Murphy Oil Multi-Use Wood Cleaner* to clean the cabinets and

Rejuvenate Cabinet & Furniture Restorer* to give them back their original shine.

It took several days of cleaning and polishing the cabinets. (2-3 coats for a good shine)

I was pleasantly surprised at how well the cabinets looked.

We had originally discussed painting the cabinets and decided to “try” cleaning and polishing

them first.   My husband had promised, that if I wasn’t happy we could try painting them.

I was happy with the results of the cleaning and polishing.

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Then for $220 we added new polish nickel hardware to replace the old brass ones.

We also installed new LED lighting under the peninsula.

Since I was saving so much money…I splurged by picking a beautiful quartz counter top.

It looks lovely with my red and white dishes.

Next, came the issue of the kitchen sink. 

I wanted a off-white “bisque” porcelain sink to complement the beautiful counter top.

We looked around at several of the big box Home Improvement Stores.

We finally found the sink I wanted, only to find out that because of a fire

in one of the main manufacturing locations the sink wouldn’t be available until June.

I’d waited this long what’s a little more. 

Then…I found out I couldn’t get the sink until July, then we were told they weren’t sure

when it would be available, then I was told November.  (Say What?)

I’ve had a “busy” looking kitchen for so long, what I wanted now was clean and simple.

Picking a tile should of been easy. 

I had it narrowed down to 2 or 3 tiles depending on how the sink dilemma went.

I was told to wait before choosing to see how everything went together.

Not wanting to wait until November, we decided to go with a in-stock white porcelain sink.

We paid to have the white sink installed and it didn’t look bad.

All I had to do was decide on the tile.

Within a few days of the sink installation, I noticed spots around the edges of the sink. 

It looked like rust.

The plumber came back out, re-caulked the sink and low and behold the spots came back.

My husband called the manufacturer of the sink, we had a couple options,

we could take the sink out and paint the bottom and see if that solved the problem

or they could send us a new sink.

During the conversation with the customer service guy,

my husband mentioned that we originally had wanted the “bisque” sink.

“I can send you the bisque sink if you want?”  

It was decided to send the bisque sink (which costs almost double than white).

In the meantime…the white sink had started to grow on us

and the tile selection had come down to which sink we decided to use.

Porcelain sinks are very heavy, so it wasn’t a “let’s just try it out” kind of decision.

With the plumber charging $400 to install, a final decision had to made in advance.

In the end, we decided to go with the bisque sink and off white subway tile. 

The tile was installed a week before Christmas.

And.. I am Happy!  (phew…what a process)

I love my “new kitchen” and the way the light reflects off the tile and counter.

It is bright and cheery with the clean and simple look I was going for.

Final tally…The cost of the make-over ended up being approximately 1/4 of what a total

kitchen remodel would have been.

On a curious side note… I just got an email last week from the kitchen designer following up on her designs.  (her third mistake)

  

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When your favorite cashmere sweater has a hole…

When your favorite Cashmere Sweater has a hole in it you make it into something new.

I was pretty bummed when I found out my favorite sweater had a hole in it.

My first instinct was to throw it in the garbage.

 After retrieving my sweater from the throw away pile…

I decided to make it into a super soft pillow instead.

To make the DIY Sweater Pillow I used:                                  (*affiliate link)

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DIY Upcycled Sweater Pillow

Directions:

  1. Turn the sweater inside out.  Line up the pillow form with the sweater to determine best placement to hide the holes.
  2. For my sweater, since the holes were on one side…I decided to sew the bottom of the sweater together first and insert the pillow to determine how much I needed to cut off the other side.
  3. Cut the sweater slightly larger than the pillow form.
  4. Remove pillow form and sew second side together.

5.  To Personalize my pillow…Turn sweater back to right sides and iron the Joy Iron-On Embroidered Letters.  Cover letters with a clean soft cloth and iron the letters for 30 seconds.  Turn sweater pillow cover inside out, cover with cloth and iron for and additional 30 seconds.  Allow letters to cool before finishing the pillow.    

6.  Because there is a lot of give with the sweater material.  I was able to sew the 4th side       halfway and stuff the pillow form inside.  I hand sewed the pillow closed.

7.  To dress up the pillow…I created a sash to go around the pillow by sewing together flannel scraps.


 

    8.  Secure the sash around the pillow using a couple of big black buttons.

The pillow is perfect for marking my spot on my favorite comfy chair.

Look for Joy® iron-on embroidered alphabet letter sheets and appliques at your local craft store.

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Love Makes a Family Banner

Create a sweet Home Décor Banner with Rose Appliques and letters.

To make the Love Makes a Family Banner you’ll need:             (*affiliate links)

Directions:
  1. Create a banner by folding the white felt in half lengthways.  Cut diagonally across the bottom from the center fold to a point approx. 3″ from the bottom corner on the outer edges.
  2. Set iron to cotton setting, or follow garment care label.  Position Rose Appliques and letters with shiny side down on felt.
  3. Cover with a fine cloth.  With firm pressure, iron over cloth for 30 seconds.  Turn banner over and iron the back of the letters for 30 seconds.
  4. Cut down 1″ longer than the banner.
  5. Glue or sew the top of the banner over the wood dowel.
  6. Glue gold trim to top of the banner.

You can find Joy® iron-on, embroidered letters, floral appliques at your local craft stores.

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