Flannel Buck Pillows

Hello, everyone!

I’ve awaken from my month-long design coma, design slump or what ever you want to call it. Anyway, I’ve been absent. Work, school, kids and all that good stuff have kept me away.

Today, I wanted to share my Buck pillow covers I whipped up for the Christmas season. I have been added some Christmas touches around the house but  I haven’t had enough time to really get any good pictures and now with the daylight savings time and the overcast days the light has been less than optimal. So, with that being said the pictures from today are not so great.

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I do want to add this is like a half tutorial since I would never subject anyone to my sewing instruction. It’s at best haphazard. So, I’ll basically explain what I did.

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I gathered my supplies I’ve been storing for just such a project.  I picked up 2 yards of the black and white flannel at Joann Fabric and the down pillow forms are from Lowes.

Next, I printed out an image of a buck head and cut it out. It was my first thought to use white canvas but I found some green wool felt around the house left over from another project so I thought why not.

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I just pinned the image of the buck head to the felt and cut it out.

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Next, I cut the flannel to size. I wanted to make an envelope style because of my changeable ways and I doubt I’ll be wanting buck pillows in my family room come spring. I’m just psychic that way.

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I pinned and slowly stitched the buck head to the flannel fabric Other than cutting around the antlers this takes the most time. I just went very slowly using my sewing machine.

I have no pictures for the strange manner in which I then wrapped pinned and stitched the pillows. It would seem on this day I chose not to measure anything  instead I like to eye-ball it and call it a day.

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Some how they turned out just like I imaged them.

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Then, later that day all the pillows were thrown from the sofa by a little girl, just like I imaged they would.

Have a great day.

Susan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fast and Easy Halloween Craft

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I have been checking out Halloween decorations since August. I love them, there is always something new and fun.

Now, that we’re in the second week of October the Halloween decorations are all but gone, giving way to Christmas. Not even Thanksgiving. That holiday gets like an end rack at best, but oh… Christmas,  it’s coming.

But I digress, it is still October and Halloween is in a couple more weeks. So there’s still time to make some Halloween crafts.

I’ve seem so many pretty mercury glass gray and black smoky pumpkins and I just love them. Of course I love all the skeletons, and owls and witches and that new show  Sleepy Hollow too but the mercury glass pumpkins lead me to my craft today.

How to make a mercury glass vase…from a pickle jar.

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I know you’re like…oh my, let me read on…right?

Ok.

Here’s what you’ll need:

One institutional size jar of pickles, or any size glass jar you may have handy. I just so happen to like pickles and for the fun of it I bought the giant size jar.

Spray bottle of water

Kryon Looking glass spray paint (I got mine from Walmart)

Gauze tape: Joann Fabrics and Crafts

Jute twine:  Walmart

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Here’s what I did:

I spent most of my time on peeling the labels off of the jars for some reason it is never an easy task to remove all the glue and in the end I just put the printable over what was left of the glue.

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Next, spray the inside of the jars with water. A small amount will do. Then spray a light coat of the Kryon Looking-Glass spray paint to the inside of the jars. I love this stuff I used it to make my windows into mirrors, so easy. I just continued to spray light coats letting it dry in between coats until I reached my desired effect.

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While the jars were drying I went on the hunt for some fun Halloween themed printables to add to my jars.

The owl printable came from here and the skull is from here.

I just used plain paper and printed them out and cut them to size.

I found this tape at the craft store way back in the spring and just loved the graphics so I thought this was my chance to use it. The tape is almost like a paper tape and is very easy to work with I think I readjusted the tape about six times to get it right and the tape peeled right off and went right back on with no trouble.

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I also added the tape around the top of each jar and some twine to spice things up a bit.

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DONE.

I like them because they add a cool Halloween flavor to my home, I recycled some jars and the cost was just about nothing.

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 Have a great day.

Susan

 

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How To Make A Sunburst Mirror

Sunburst mirrors you see them everywhere. Nowadays the lovely shape of the sunburst mirror is seen in shelter magazines, catalogs, Pinterest you name it. They are no doubt very popular and why not sunburst mirrors are just so pretty. I think I see a different one each time I’m in HomeGoods.

The sunburst mirror is such a classic they’ve been around for ages and I don’t think that it will ever go out of style. That style of mirror really turns heads, it turns my head every time I see one. I’ve seen so many different types made out of so many unique materials. All beautiful.

Personally, I love them but know what, I’ve never owned one…until now.

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How To Make A Sunburst Mirror…using Skelton leaves. Seems different right, well that’s what I liked about it. Love different.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Skelton leaves  (I ordered mine from here)

Round mirror, I bought a pack of five from Lowes a while back for another project.

Glue gun

piece of screen

piece of poster board

Any project I can have finished in just an afternoon is great and this one is one of them. I had a little dread using the glue gun because I ALWAYS burn myself and this project was no different, so be careful!

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First thing I did was to lay out the leaves on the table to give me a sense of the design I wanted. Also, this helped me to gauge the size I wanted and the amount of leaves I would need. Plus, this gave me an idea how it was going to look when I was finished.

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The mirror was black and I wasn’t loving the contrast so I gave it a quick coat of cream spray paint.

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Granted it took me longer to tape off  the mirror then it did to make the whole project but the cream color paint it perfect with the leaves.

While I was at it I cut a piece of screen larger than the mirror but small then the finished piece and spray painted it the same cream color. Why screen? Well, I wanted to use something that wouldn’t show through the leaves and I wanted to give the leaves some support. I didn’t really measure the screen I just placed the mirror on a piece poster board and cut a circle the size I wanted it and then traced the screen. I hope that makes some sense.

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Next, I just started gluing. I started to attach the leaves on the outermost edge working my way in towards the middle. I had it all worked out in my mind but after I started to gluing it just took on a life of its own so there is really no right or wrong number of leaves to use. I think I bought three packs of leaves and I still have plenty.

Once I was satisfied with the amount of leaves I glued the mirror to the center and made a small hole in the screen to expose the hanger that was already attached to the mirror.

Done.

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I am loving it.

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Thanks for stopping by.

Have a great day.

 

How To Make Egg Place Card Holders

Sometimes out of the blue I get these ideas and I say to myself hey why not. I thinking about spring, flowers, birds, tablescapes and eggs.  That’s when I had my big idea.

I’ll be so crafty and make egg place card holders.

Yesterday, I showed everyone my springtime tablescape. Today, I wanted to how to make the egg place card holders.

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Super easy.

Supplies:

Paperclay: sold at places like Micheals and AC Moore and I’m sure that wonderous place called Hobby Lobby I hear so much about. We don’t have one in these parts, but it does sound magical.

paints: I used brown craft paint, blue and tan sample paint.

Brushes: Small craft brushes one with stiff bristles

Oven:  (for the impatient soul like myself)

Here’s what I did.

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I just so happened to have creative paperclay in my house because I do love the crafting supplies.

I just grabbed a piece of the paperclay and made a ball then shaped it until I thought it resembled an egg.

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I wanted to make eight eggs so I just took from one to add to another until they were all about the say size. If the paperclay gets a little dry or you have a hard time shaping the eggs you can use some water. I just dipped my finger tips into water and worked the paperclay. So easy.

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Next, I took a knife and made a silt across the top of each egg. I then tried out a card in the cut that I make to make sure it was the right depth and would hold the card.

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I then popped them in the oven at 250 degrees for about 20 minutes. The directions say to air dry overnight but the oven is quicker and as I said before I have no patience for that, so in the oven they went.

After the eggs are out the oven and cooled it’s time to paint.

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I of course went with my Benjamin Moore paint samples in lovely shades of tan and blue.

At this point they look the eggs look a little creepy.

What I did next was to add the flicks of brown to give it that Rev. Francis O. Morris egg look that I love so much.

I did not take any pictures at this point but here is what I did.

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I took a stiff paint brush and dipped the tip into a mixture of brown paint and water. You want to be able to have a little movement to the paint but not to watery or it may run.

I just ran my thumb across the tip of the brush and splattered the paint over the eggs then let it dry.

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Done.

I made all eight eggs in about an hour and a half with the cooling and drying times.

Give it a try…Easter is not until Sunday. You have plenty of time.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

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