Thursday, September 8, 2011

Upcycling: fall vase

I’m starting to think ahead and prepare a few things for fall.


I’ve been saving this brown bottle and thought it would make a nice vase. I used Plaid’s new Martha Stewart stencils and paints to create the pinecone.

Note: I don’t have a lot of experience stenciling and didn’t use the special adhesive type stencil made especially for glass and round surfaces. The stenciled edges probably would have been crisper if I had.

I’m still happy with the pretty pinecone and had these nice eucalyptus pods to use in the vase.

Since the vase was brown I wanted to lighten up the pods a little and gave them a little white wash with paint thinned with water.


I wasn’t quite ready to give up summer but just looking at these pods has me ready to head into fall. 

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Etceteras: ewaste bin

I try to use rechargeable batteries as much as possible. But I still end up with a baggy of old batteries every now and then. The baggies get shoved into drawers or cupboards and eventually (hopefully) are dropped off at an EWaste (electronic waste) center.

In an effort to get the rest of the house onboard and to not throw batteries or other small EWaste in the regular trash, I made a little EWaste bin for everyone to use.

I had this round box on hand and it was already covered in the brown kraft paper. I simply designed a label, printed it out and glued it on. I added a ribbon for accent. If you don’t have a pretty box on hand, use an oatmeal box or any shape box will do.

I’ll be giving instructions to the family to deposit their EWaste in this bin. I better not see any regular trash, gum wrappers or what-not in this bin…. I’ll keep you posted on our progress.


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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Inspiration Board: link party 14

Welcome to The Inspiration Board link party. Thank you for stopping by. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been making. If you don’t have a project to link up, please stay awhile and enjoy the amazing array of creativity.

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, September 5, 2011

Inkling: fall leaf doily envelope

Today is Labor Day, a United States holiday that celebrates the contributions workers have made to our country. For most of us, Labor Day unofficially means the end of summer.

The crisp whites, pale blues, shells and driftwood will soon be replaced on our shelves and mantles with burnt orange, acorns and falling leaves. I’m not quite ready to make a full transition from summer to autumn yet but this doily autumn leaf envelope is helping me get in the fall mood.

I found these doily leaves at the Dollar Store and glued a few onto a piece of kraft paper that I had folded into an envelope. A bit of twine and twigs finish it off.

 How about you? Are you ready to say goodbye to summer and head into fall?
To those of you in the U.S. – enjoy the holiday!



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Friday, September 2, 2011

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~13~


There were so many beautiful and inspirational projects linked to this week’s Inspiration Board. Thank you to everyone who shared a project and to those who came to visit. Here are a few in the spotlight this week.






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A sweet embroidered geography pillow from In Between Laundry. The love story that the pillow represents is even sweeter.
Inspiration: true love


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Handheld fruit pies from Yesterday on Tuesday. Delicious looking and the packaging is adorable. I’ll take a dozen please.
Inspiration: summer berries


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  Midwestern Sewing Girl created a personalized butterfly specimen board to use a baby girl gift. One butterfly has the baby’s birth date and her name is embroidered underneath the butterflies. A beautiful gift and keepsake.
Inspiration: all a flutter


Refreshing fruit popsicles from Melissa's ZenGarden. What could be better on a hot summer day than a homemade popsicle with real fruit.
Inspiration: cool treat

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This mini album by Paper Vine is nestled in a vintage tin ready to be gifted. It’s beautifully crafted and holds precious black and white photos.
Inspiration: treasured paper

 
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A book clock by Shealynn’s Faerie Shoppe. The clock is nestled into a real book. Check out Shealynn’s tutorial to find out how to make one.
Inspiration: precious time
 

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 Stenciling is back in a big way and these canvas stenciled pillows by Oasis Accents are beautifully done and a perfect segue to fall.
Inspiration: hello autumn


 Heart Maine Home creates a beautiful botanical art piece. Instead of pressing the leaves she scanned, printed and then aged the canvas.
Inspiration: evergreen

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A hero card by Sandy’s Space for a “Let’s hear it for the boys” craft theme. I love the colors and how all of her elements work together so seamlessly.
Inspiration: paper perfection


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 What better way to beat the heat than with a lemonade party theme. Nature’s Heirloom created a pink and yellow lemonade party complete with these pink lemonade cupcakes.
Inspiration: sweet theme
 

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Color Inspiration: neutrals
 
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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Etceteras: faux beads and martha stewart paint


This is another project that has been on my list to make for quite awhile. Faux stone beads.

These bracelets are the inspiration. I wore these a lot this summer. The blue bracelet is turquoise and I’m not sure what type of stone the white bracelet is.

 
I love these bracelets. They’re easy to throw on since they’re on stretchy jewelry cord and their chunky size and variegated tones make a nice statement.

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Enter the new Martha Stewart Decorative Paint line from Plaid. I was really excited to receive a sampling of this line and test them out. What’s unique about this line of paints is you can use them on any surface; wood, metal, glass, ceramic, terra cotta or fabric. The line is debuting this week exclusively at Michaels Stores.


I started by making some salt dough beads. I don’t have a picture of the beads before I painted them but here’s the recipe I used:

4 cups flour
1 cup salt
1-1/2 cups cold water

Note: I cut the recipe in half and had more than enough dough to make a lot of beads.

Thoroughly mix the flour and salt together. Add the water and mix well. Knead the mixture for ten to fifteen minutes. Shape your beads and make a hole with a wooden skewer. Bake at 250 degrees for 2-3 hours or until they are completely dry and hardened.

Tip: The holes on most of my beads closed up during the baking process. I may try baking them on a piece of wire or the skewer next time I make these.


Once the beads were cooled, I started painting them with the Martha Stewart paints. I used two coats of High Gloss Wedding Cake for the white and while the white paint was still wet added Metallic Sterling for the accent. I didn’t have any varnish on hand to seal them so I used clear nail polish.

My favorite bracelets; turquoise, white stone and salt dough.

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