Crafts & DIY · Sewing Studio

It’s Fabric….it’s Wallpaper….it’s Art.

During the week one challenge, when I cleaned and organized my sewing space studio….it amazed me at how much my cutting table was lacking.

About five years ago or so my husband and I constructed this beast…

I had a vision of the height I wanted for a cutting table so that it would be comfortable as I stood…(I know there are lots of options out there. IKEA and all that. trust me I’ve seen all the Pinterest photos, blogs and suggestions from others sewists.

Here’s the thing.

I’m cheap.

Most of all of the furniture in my sewing studio is either clearance items, thrifted pieces or hand me downs.

So we went to the ReStore and found a an old bathroom vanity… And this creation came to life. My husband took it apart and added a little bit of height, shelves, a particleboard top, and casters so that it rolls. This thing is HEAVY!

Like I said, this was five or six years ago now, and since my sewing studio has been a complete and utter mess I’ve been able to ignore the fact that it’s ugly as sin. Well, no longer.

When I swivel my sewing chair around I saw this blank ugly piece of….of….Furniture. 🙂

So the past couple weeks I went to work on making it something I’d like to look at.

and what makes me happier than colorful beautiful fabric?

Not much

I sectioned it off and went to work Mod-Podging in pieces of my favorite stash to make it an art piece.

I still have room and things to add to the collage… But it is complete at least for now

Crafts & DIY

No Sew Fabric Christmas Trees

Happy December!!!!

I know I’ve just been all things Hallmark movies here on the blog lately….but I have been busy doing other more creative activities too.

I really needed to up my Christmas home decor game after watching all those beautiful Hallmark scenes for the last month and a half!

Enter these fabric/trim trees.

Now I’m sure you could find cones in the craft stores…..but I am nothing if not cheap…..so when I saw you could make them from poster board for some pocket change…..I began my forest!

I didn’t use a template at all…..just started rolling poster board into a cone…..taped it all up with good, quality packaging tape….and got to decorating. I got 2 large cones, 2 medium cones, and 2 small cones of varying sizes from one standard poster board.

With only my trusty glue gun as my weapon, I dug through my lace, trim ,and fabric and started construction from the bottom up.

The Lace versions are prefect for a softer look:

These are my kids’ favorites! The green was what I had left of this trim…..but I also love it so much, I might have to buy some more like that. And a straight-up peppermint candy quilting cotton is just glued down in strips.

I then proceeded to fancy it up a bit with the plaid. For this look, I cut 2 inch strips of fabric and ran a long stitch down the center and gathered for a ruffle. (I Know, I said no-sew….you could still totally hand gather the fabric as you glue….but I am all for quick and easy)

Those ones are my favorite!

I’d love to see what you come up with if you make some of your own!

Crafts & DIY · My Hallmark Obsession

Fill the Truck: Fabric Daffodils

Today I am struggling.  I’m struggling with patience.  I’m struggling with negativity.

I’m basically driving the whole Struggle Bus.

In short: I’ve got a bad attitude.

So, I thought I’d make something pretty.   (that didn’t involve masks)

Do you remember my Hallmark Inspired Truck that I keep out all year long?  Well, it needed something SPRINGY!

I meant to have at least two other Fill the Truck posts in between my Shamrocks and this one, but….well, quarantine life.

Alright, enough ho-hum…let’s get to some pretties, shall we?

I found a really cute, easy tutorial for fabric daffodils HERE from Crafty Staci  She gives you three ways to make them.  I followed one tutorial for the first one I made, and then just sort of wings the other two.  Remember, my attitude today.  I ran out of patience with that too, apparently.

 

Anywhoodle, I used some wooden skewers and wrapped them up with fabric for the stems….

HOT glue those bad boys on the back

Then, I just happened to have this cute little Terracotta pot Georgia painted for me back in 2018.  (says so on the bottom)

And for the dirt?  A rolled up brown sock that is one of a million without a match that I have piled in our guest room.

 

See, Who needs to run to the craft store to create something new?

Well, I might not NEED to…..but I REALLY REALLY REALLY cannot wait to anyway.

Also, I need to catch up on my Spring Fling Hallmark movies! (Perhaps that will lift my spirits?)

Have you been watching???

Crafts & DIY · Tutorial

Decorate the Windows: DIY Washable Window Paint Cross

I’ve seen this on so many of my friends and families Facebook Feeds…and I’ve been wanting to do it…

It’s just that: Paint is not an essential item.

I tried to order it online.  It’s either astronomically priced OR won’t be delivered for over a month.

I tried putting it in my pick-up grocery order:  NOT IN STOCK. no subsitutions

So whatever, I bought some Chalk Markers and went on with my life.

 

Well, it’s Holy Week…and the idea of having a large cross painted on one of our windows is just too good for me to let go.

Yesterday, we made it happen.

And I realized, it was WAY easier than I thought it would be to make our own washable paint from the paint we already had.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

WASHABLE PAINT: ACRYLIC PAINT, DISH SOAP, WATER

OTHER: PAINTER’S OR MASKING TAPE AND BRUSHES

 

I did the taping, because, well, I’ve reached my limit of “4 children distance learning from home with severely limited contact with the outside world for the past 3 weeks” expectation to work together in a manner that would please Jesus on this project (you’ll see I was not wrong)

Then I used a very little amount of paint, we’ll call it “a Squirt” with a tsp or less of water and “a drop” of dish soap for each color.  Super technical measurements.  If the mixture is TOO runny, you’ll know…because it will drip.   So use less water than you think at first.

(I also tested this out and it came off very easily with my natural window cleaner)

Then, my only “rule”  was to try and not let any of the same color touch…and let them go to town.

 

80% of the way done, and all was right in the world….

and then it wasn’t.

Daughter on chair spilled paint cup on head of daughter on floor.

Daughter on floor does. Not react well to many “uncomfortable” or sensory triggers

Guilty Party

After this, the last painter standing “accidently” painted some of my curtain pink.

 

Come Quickly, Lord Jesus!

We Need You Now!

 

All joking aside,

Paint washed away from the Hair.

We can now be reminded of the Beautiful Symbolism of the Ultimate washing away….

In a time where we could all use the Comfort.

I couldn’t think of a more fitting day to publish this post than today…what would have been my mom’s 70th birthday….but will be forever 67 in our eyes until we meet again.

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Pictures in the Window: Dinosaurs

After the fun we had with Shamrocks in the Windows  from last week…I was so excited to see someone continue the challenge with new prompts.  What made it even more fun was seeing our city grab on to the idea and sharing it through public channels as well!

I don’t know about you and your kids…but our house is THRILLED that more people will be participating!

If you have read this far and don’t know what I’m talking about.  The idea is to put pictures/projects of a certain theme in your windows, so kids (and who am I kidding…adults) will have some fun things to look at/search for on their walks or car rides.  Social distancing, but a little more HAPPY added 🙂

Here are the prompts for the next few weeks:

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Being that this is the 1st day of DINOSAUR WEEK…I thought I’d help those of you out that needed some ideas and didn’t feel like searching for them on your own.

Dinosaur Footprints from Crafty Morning: TUTORIAL HERE

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Dinosaur out of the Letter D  (how great is this for Letter Learning HomeSchool?) TUTORIAL HERE

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And HOW STINKIN’ CUTE are these Dinosaur Handprint Cards?!?!?! TUTORIAL HERE

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FREE Coloring Kid’s Pages to Print from Itsy Bitsy Fun  PAGES HERE 

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And Don’t Forget about the Coloring Pages!  Here are a few FREE ONES

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For the “COOL” Messy Parents ;0) Here’s some Hand and Footprint Dinosaurs  TUTORIAL HERE 

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Dinosaurs from Paper Plates TUTORIAL HERE

Wanna try to draw your own? 

Our family has LOVED doodling with this family!  ART FOR KIDS HUB on YOUTUBE  It’s such a cute concept!  The dad draws and one of the kids copies him.  It’s fun to see how they both turn out unique!

CLICK HERE FOR A BUNCH of their DINOSAUR drawing videos

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We might try a few of these in our house….but I am VERY EXCITED to make HOMEMADE WASHABLE WINDOW PAINT and see if we can create something BIG!  TUTORIAL HERE

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I’m EXCITED to see what you make! 

If you aren’t local to me, I’d love to see if you participate too….post a picture in the comments!