Monday, October 10, 2011

Celebrations: halloween {crow garland}

Like many crafters this season, I picked up some black crows at the dollar store. These guys are a crafters dream. For only a dollar each, you can adorn just about anything.


I’ve seen these black crows on wreaths, pumpkins, branches, under bell jars and just about everything – each one looking spectacularly spooky!


I had several ideas for these crows but decided to make a fall garland out of paper that I had on hand. For this garland I used a a circle paper punch and glued them to string. Since the garland tends to flip around, I used a front and back for each circle so the string wouldn’t show.


The crows were perfect to hold each end of the garland. I mounted the crows onto a white tile for weight and glued the garland ends to the beaks.


I added a few nuts in a votive and a weathered copper urn along with the black flowers I posted about last week.


I think he’s quite happy to be out of the dollar store bin and on my tabletop.
How about you? Did you find these crows at your local dollar store? How did you decorate with them?



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Friday, October 7, 2011

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~18~


This week’s Inspiration Board was filled with beautiful projects and loads of fall and Halloween creativity. Thank you to everyone who linked up and to everyone who came by to visit. 

Here are a few that I’m spotlighting this week.
 
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A gorgeous table runner by Sew Woodsy. I find that I’m stencil challenged so I’m in awe of stencil projects that repeat a pattern so cleanly and beautifully. 

 
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One of the best upcycle projects I’ve seen. A rich earth-toned fall garland made from painted paper bags by Bliss Bloom. What a great use of an overflowing stash of paper bags. 

 
I love the fabric used on this accent chair renovation by How to Nest for Less. Red, Damask and Burlap all rolled into one – perfect! 

 
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My Covered Bridge gives new life to this coffee table. It’s amazing what hard work and paint can achieve. 

 
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Our House of Joyful Noise created a storage area for kids’ shoes, jackets and more out of doors. Great creative organization. 

 
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Candy and treats always taste better when they’re in cute packaging. Adorable treat bag toppers from Alderberry Hill. Owls, polka dots and buttons – definitely on the top of my list for cute embellishments. 

 
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Speaking of owls, I just never get tired of seeing creative uses for owls. 

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This tablescape by The Rooster and the Hen is stunning. The color palette is carried throughout all the details and the table runner is edged in “owl feathers”. Wonderful! 

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I love the simplicity of this wreath by Lauren Inspired. The bare twigs make a perfect perch for the saucer-eyed owl.
 
 
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I’m really into black accents this season and this spider is the perfect spooky touch for Halloween. Giggles Galore and More created these black spiders from jingle bells.
  

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This door décor by Two Shades of Pink is such a refreshing take on fall. I love rich fall colors but these green apples in a basket are a lovely departure from the typical oranges and browns.
 
 
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Spooky Potion Bottles by Frozen Earth Designs. Truly these are little works of art using the Raku method of pottery. Gorgeous!
  


This week’s Pin Board {autumn letters}.
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Thank you again to everyone who linked a project and to everyone who came to visit. I loved looking at all the projects and visiting your sites.
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Celebrations: black velvet pumpkins

Making velvet pumpkins has been popular for a few years now and they've been on my list of projects to make since I first saw them.


I’ve seen some absolutely gorgeous velvet pumpkins on several sites in deep rich colors like, copper, burgundy, auburn, gold and even blue. I especially love the ones that use real pumpkin stems.


When I spied a roll of black velvet in the remnant bin of the fabric store I knew I could put it to good use. However, I couldn’t find any real pumpkin stems. 



These pumpkins are fairly easy to make.
  1. Cut a circle out of your fabric.
  2. With a needle and thread, gather the outer edge of the circle with a running stitch. Pull your thread so that your pumpkin is partially closed. Do not cut your thread yet.
  3. Fill your pumpkin about 1/3 full with beans, rice or some other weighted filler.
  4. Fill the rest of your pumpkin with fiber fill or other soft stuffing.
  5. Insert a stem into your pumpkin. You can use a real pumpkin stem or a branch like I did. I also added a few stems of autumn floral that I had spray painted gold.
  6. Pull your thread tightly around the stem so that the raw edges are tucked inside. Add a few more stitches to secure and tie off.
The black velvet was difficult to photograph and it’s hard to see the gathers in the pumpkins so here’s the same photo as above brightened and with the contrast increased so you get an idea of how the gathered fabric looks. 


Even without the real pumpkin stems, I’m happy with how these turned out. 


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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Little Crafts: goblin treat jar


This is a fun and easy project for your little crafters.


Make a goblin treat jar for Halloween out of an upcycled container. Wash and dry your jar or plastic container and decorate the lid with paper and ribbon. I used Martha Stewart’s Spider Web Edge Puncher and purple raffia.


Add stickers or if you’re lucky enough to have a die-cutting machine, make your own. I used K&Company Alphabet Glitter Stickers.


Use the treat jar to add a decorative touch…


Or, give in to the fact that the jar will soon be empty and you’ll need to refill it several times before Halloween.


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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Inspiration Board: link party 18

Welcome to The Inspiration Board link party. I’m excited to see what you’ve been making. If you’re new to the party – welcome! I’ll be going through the projects and featuring some in the spotlight on Friday. If you’ve linked up projects in the past – thank you so much for coming back each week.


A few rules:
  • Link up your own projects – something you created.
  • Link to a specific post, not your blog home page (No Etsy shops or giveaways).
  • Grab a “homework” button and include it somewhere on the post you’re linking, on your home page or a page of link parties. Or, if you prefer, add a text link.
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Monday, October 3, 2011

Inkling: halloween décor {black flowers}

It’s October! Do you decorate for Halloween or do you skip the ghosts and goblins and go straight for the overall autumn look?


I don’t do too much Halloween decorating but I couldn’t resist adding a touch of spookiness to my décor.


These black flowers are easy to make and add a splash of inky blackness to a table or mantle.


The flowers are made out of black crepe paper and the stems are twigs wrapped in the same black crepe paper. Click here for the crepe paper flower instructions.


I think these flowers would work even post-Halloween. Soften the look with some non-spooky knick knacks like this little bird for a stark centerpiece for a party or wedding.


Hope to see you tomorrow for the Inspiration Board link party.


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