yarn wreath

Posted On November 28, 2010

Filed under Fabric, Home Decor, ribbon, wreath, yarn

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After a day of playing in the leaves with my little baby guy, I had planned on relaxing tonight and not doing a thing. 

Of course, that was before I got on the computer and googled “yarn wreath.”  There are so many gorgeous ones out there that I decided that I had to give it a try.  I had a styrofoam wreath and yarn on hand so there was nothing holding me back.  I also had brown woven fabric that I used for the flowers as well as the ribbon.  So it was my lucky night.  Here’s how it came out:

It was so simple to make.  I tied the yarn on and wrapped it around the wreath twice.  I was surprised that I only used one small thing of yarn…by the way, what do you call one thing of yarn?  I’m sure I it has a name but I can’t for the life of me think what it is.  Hmmm…  Anyway, in case you’re interested, I used Premier Yarn’s Serenity; it was 3.5 oz, 109 yards and “chunky weight.”

I cut strips from a brown woven fabric and made the rosettes using the tutorial found here (this link will show you, in addition to how to make the rosettes, another great idea for a DIY wreath).  I like the three grouped together on the bottom right, but I’m not sure if I’m in love with the single on I put on the top left. 

I just feel like it doesn’t look right.  Maybe it will grow on me. 

The last thing I did was use the ribbon to make a bow and hang.  By the way, I hung it by the wreath and then used a little piece of painter’s tape to hold the ribbon up.  I thought it would hold up better that way. 

All together, a pretty easy project that I think looks nice. 

Update: if you like yarn wreaths, check out my holiday yarn wreath, if you haven’t already seen it!


candy wreath

Posted On November 27, 2010

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My parents came for a visit last weekend and they didn’t come empty handed.  Among a few other things, like dinner, they brought a Christmas candy wreath that my mom made.

These make nice holiday gifts for teachers, neighbors, or really anyone.  And they are quite simple to make. 

All you need are: a wire hanger, candy, curly ribbon.  First prepare your hanger by reshaping into a circle.  You may want to untwist the top and make the circle smaller because the larger it is, the more candy is needed and the more candy used the heavier it gets.  Next, cut the curly ribbon, tie to candy, and tie candies on the hanger.  Finish up by curling the ribbon and tying on a bow, if desired; this help hides the hook .

I love my candy wreath, especially because when I look at it on the wall it puts me in the holiday spirit.  Thanks mom!

reupholstered dining room chairs

Posted On November 27, 2010

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The other night my husband decided to check out my blog.  He made this decision on his own, without any prompting from me.  At all.  Really.  While he was perusing, he noticed that I did not post anything on the dining room chairs we reupholstered.  And by “we” I mean “he,” which is why he was looking specifically for that because, while I did a little, he did most of the work.  So here it is.



My dining room set is only a few years old, but the fabric on the chairs just looked horrible.  Note: while off-white looks fantastic in the showroom, it is not a good idea for an actual home.  I wish I could blame this on the little guy, but the chairs looked bad long before he was born.  I’ve tried scrubbing the fabric with upholstery cleaner, but that only yielded mild improvements. The old me would have bought new furniture on my credit card and dealt with a mad accountant for a few weeks.  The worst part about that is he’s not only my accountant but also my husband so when he’s mad it’s twice as bad.  Then I happened across a few blogs where women were re-upholstering not only chairs, but whole couches and I decided that I can do it.  I’ve been looking for the right fabric.  In the dinning room I made these curtains; they are midnight blue with off white so the fabric I needed would have to go with these.

I first bought this fabric online from fabric.com. 

I thought it would be a good choice because it was heavy-duty fabric for outdoor furniture so I figured it would be easy to clean and durable.  However, in person I didn’t like it for the dining room so I’ll save it for another project that I’m sure I’ll have to make next summer.  Then I happened to run in to Joann’s Fabrics yesterday for a few Halloween projects (stay tuned for those in the next few days) and found this fabric.  I love it and think it is perfect.

Now for those of you who know me (and I’m assuming you do if you’re reading this…hi mom!), you know that I tend to jump into things without fully thinking out the details.  This is no exception.  I flipped over the chair, removed the screws holding the seat to the chair and used a flat screwdriver and pliers to help pry up the millions of staples holding the fabric on.  It was really hard prying the staples up.  Now I don’t think that my husband wanted to help (actually I know that he would rather not), but I think he felt obligated to help so he took over taking the staples out while I supervised. 

I did get him a beer to help express my gratitude. 

Once the first cushion was fabric-free, I used the fabric as a rough pattern to help me cut the new fabric for the four chairs.  I hate ironing and really, really, really didn’t want to iron the fabric.  I kept saying to my hubby, “hey, this fabric doesn’t look wrinkled.  I don’t think I have to iron it.”  After about five times he said, “you know you have to iron it, right?”  Yes, I know…I just didn’t want to; but I did.

We broke out our new staple gun, bought just for this occasion, and got to work.  We moved down to the basement because the little guy was sleeping and we were afraid the noise from the gun would wake him.  The next part was tricky.  I started stapling the fabric on but it was hard to do without any wrinkling around the corners of the chair.  It was frustrating.  Really, really frustrating.  I may or may not have stormed away out of the basement swearing that I was just going to buy new chairs and my husband may or may not have replied, “are you just going to quit?”  So that was fun.  Or not.  But while I was upstairs sulking, I was also googling.  There was so many conflicting strategies on line that it was hard to figure out where to start.  Some recommended doing each corner first, some last, some recommended starting with the sides, while others said to start with the back, and still others to start with the front.  I finally decided to go with the advice on this site…Re-uplolstering for Dummies.

We started stapling in the front center and then along the entire front of the seat.  Then we continued with the back center and along the back of the seat.  We followed with the sides and saved the corners for last.  We trimmed some fabric from the corners to make it less bulky.  Then we played around with it.  We stared with the center of the corners and stapled them down and then kept pulling and stapling until we had the entire corner secure.  There is some wrinkes, but overall it looks great.  We even compared it to one of the other chairs that still had the original fabric on it and there were no more wrinkles on our attempt then there.  So we were pretty pleased. 

By this time, it was pretty late so we saved the rest of the chairs for the next day.  That may or may not have turned into the next month.  But they are finally done.

Thanksgiving parade (of shoes)

Posted On November 25, 2010

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After sending my child out in the world for far too long in slip on shoes (aka glorified slipper socks), I decided it was time to get him some real shoes.  Sure he has real sandals, but those were bought during the summer and it is way too cold out for them now.  So off I went to buy one pair of shoes.  Just one.  And here’s what I left the store with:

These are my favorite:

Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar themed shoes.  So cute!

Of course, we had to also get some dressier shoes and I really liked the brown ones above.  I especially like the touch of orange.

I couldn’t help myself…I also had to get sneakers as well.  For some reason, my camera makes these look very sparkly, but they are not so in person.

Last but not least, snow boots.  I overheard another parent in the store talking about getting them and then I HAD to buy a pair too.  I was afraid if I waited I wouldn’t be able to get a pair.  But now that I’m prepared for the winter (I already bought him a snow suit), I’m sure it wont snow.  My little man loves his new shoes and my sister will be happy that I finally invested in them.  For that reason, today’s blog is dedicated to you, Suze!

crafting with mom

Sometimes I just can’t control myself.  Most of those times involve buying things.  That’s why subscribing to deal-of-the-day websites is just a bad idea.  I end up seeing things that I never knew existed but now that I know I have to have.  So the other day I opened my email from scrapbook steals.com and saw Boulder Innovations Custom Magnet Boards Kit.  Don’t know what that is?  Neither did I, but now I own it.  See below for a pic.

You decorate the wood,  the magnetic metal, and magnet (not pictured here) and then attach the metal to the wood and viola!  Custom magnet board!  I though I would be able to make a large message board for the kitchen or menu board.  But another part of the problem is when I buy things, I don’t often pay attention to the details.  Instead of this being really big, it’s actually quite small.  And instead of getting 1, I got 5.  But it turned out okay in the end.  My mom came to visit and we each decorated one.  I just got some new paper from Creative Memories and we used that. 

Here are our final products, with the magnets…

And without the magnets…

Here’s my mom’s…

And mine…

And another view…

Sinced this one is decorated for fall, I think I’m going to decorate the last three I have for the other three seasons of the year.  And now I have to wait until they come up again on scrapbooksteals.com to get more so my mom can have one for each season too.  My sister might want to do one and I’m sure my niece would love to decorate one as well.  Not exactly sure what I’ll use it for, but my mom is planning on using it while she cooks to hold her recipes.

the hardest part about blogging…

Posted On November 21, 2010

Filed under Home Decor, Projects, ribbon, wood

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…No, it’s actually not knowing that my two loyal readers are my mom and sister and that the only reason they check the blog is because the second I post things I immediately call them up and tell them to do it.  No, as I was saying, the hardest part about blogging is coming up with good titles for my projects.  I’m not too clever.  I’m sure I would be able to come up with some good ones if I waited a while and thought about it.  But I can’t help myself; once I finish something I rush to take pictures to add to the blog.  So here is my new, nameless project.

I was thinking of calling it a wreath-bow-plaque-thingy, but I didn’t think that was catchy enough. 

So a quick run down of what I did…I got a small plaque from Joann’s…I belive it is 7×5.  I also picked up that small wooded wreath and the ribbon (with all the ribbon I have, I never seem to have what I need).  I spray painted the plaque white, used sand paper to slightly distress the edges.  I then hot glued the ribbon and wreath on.  Made the bow and hot glued that on as well.  I like it!  It looks like a present.  Perfect for the holiday season!

And, as always, and extreme close up.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog…And I actually know the title already: Crafting with mom!

Christmas books for the baby

Posted On November 21, 2010

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I know what you’re thinking…Christmas books already?  Of course!  Okay, I wasn’t planning on giving these to my 14 month old yet, but I couldn’t help myself.  He loves them…especially this one:

It has flaps that lift and that made him crack up…I suppose my yelling “surprise!” every time he lifted each flap might also have added to the delight.

Next he liked this one. 

It had different textures he could feel inside.  He especially liked the rough texture of the christmas tree.

This one is sure to be his favorite, probably next year and for the next few years to come. 

Not only does it say “underwear” but it also hints that Santa has to go…you know go to the bathroom.  That’s a recipe for a few laughs from a toddler. 

Any other recommendations for other good Christmas books for little ones?  As far as I’m concerned, you can never have enough books!

faux twine pumpkin

Posted On November 5, 2010

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Since I started this blog, I’ve been trying to try out some of the crafty things I’ve come across on my internet travels so I can post about them.  About a month ago I came across Floral Wire Pumpkins for $1.  A project that seemed easy and was cheap is right up my alley so I decided to give it a try.  As I looked through the floral section of Joann’s, I came across different floral wires as well as wire that was covered in twine.  It was somewhere in the neighborhood of $3.  (I should probably start paying more attention to these things).  I like how it looked like twine and not wire, so I decided to spend the extra buck or two to get it.   

Here’s where I learned (relearned) a few important lessons.  1. Don’t craft when you’re tired.  2. Don’t craft when you’re frustrated.  3.  If you’re tired or frustrated walk away and go back to your project later.  I thought I could sit on my couch and make this craft last night after a full day of work and an evening of babysitting my sister’s two kids and chasing after my own ball of energy.  Bad idea.  This morning, however, I found a few minutes before work and was able to make this in about 10 minutes without all the frustration. 

I wound the wire around a wine bottle. 

This is where I had trouble last night.  The wire wouldn’t stay.  This morning I decided to use a rubber band to hold the end into place.  Easy solution.

I then slid if off and held one side of it together.

I used one end of the wired twine to wrap around the middle to hold it into place.  Above you’ll see where I started to do that.  I just kept wrapping it around and pulling through the middle.

 Then I fanned out the wire to give the overall round shape. 

Last, I took the other end of the wire and wrapped it tightly around a pen to give it spiral curls. 

Remove the pen and enjoy!

on to thanksgiving

Halloween is over.  My little tiger had a fun day and so did I.  Check him out above hugging one of our dogs; he was so excited to see the dogs in their costumes. 

Now that halloween is over, it’s time to start getting ready for Thanksgiving.  Before we know it, it will be time to decorate for Christmas…but I’m getting a little ahead of myself here.

I picked up this frame tonight at Target and used the cricuit and some scrapbook paper that I had to fill it; I’m not sure how I feel about it…one second I like it, the next I think I want to redo it.  I think I’ll sleep on it.  Either way, I see a trip to the craft store in my immediate future.