Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fall Yarn Wreath and DIY Faux Window

I have a pretty fall yarn wreath and a faux window to share with you today.
Warning - This post is photo heavy.

My inspiration came from Decor Chick's fall mantel post here.
She used a window that she found at an antique store, but I couldn't find one that I was willing to bring into my home.  I showed my husband her window and asked if he could make me a faux window and he said yes! Woo-Hoo!! (my window does not have any glass)
I also knew that I wanted to make a fall yarn wreath as well.  I made a Christmas yarn wreath last year and you can see that video here.
Let me tell you about the window first. We made a trip to Home Depot for the wood.
We bought 5 pieces of this 3/4" x 36" wood for our cross pieces.

We bought 2 of these 2x2-8ft strip wood pieces for the frame of the window.

Here are the directions from my husband and various pictures of the building stages.

We made the window a 30x30 square. Using a miter saw, he cut the frame pieces at 30 inches and 45 degrees on each end.

He used finish nails and wood glue to secure the frame.

He attached the cross pieces with finish nails as well. The top cross pieces are 6 inches and the bottom cross pieces are 20 1/2 inches.  We attached the cross pieces at 7, 14, and 21 inches on the frame.

He then sanded the whole frame with 220 grit sand paper.

We decided to use some leftover house paint for the window. The first coat is called Toffee Bar by Behr paint. Then we painted over that with our white trim paint. Then we took 120 grit sand paper and distressed the entire window to make it looked aged.

Okay, now onto the wreath.

Here are my supplies used. Everything came from Michael's.

18 inch straw wreath with the clear wrapping left on
Fall leaves, feathers, and a fall ornament
3 colors of yarn by Vanna's Choice (Terracotta, Mustard, and Copper)
Ribbon of choice

Since I used three different colored yarns, I measured out 4 inch sections on my wreath. You just start wrapping your yarn around your wreath and secure the end piece with some glue. I used Fabri-Tac. 

Once the yarn was all wrapped, I used my glue gun to adhere the leaves, feathers, and ornament to the bottom right hand corner.

I looped some brown burlap type ribbon over the top of the wreath for my hanger. See my last picture below on how I hung the wreath on the window.

Here are some more pictures of the completed project.


To hang the wreath over the window I used some ribbon and a command hook. I placed the 3M command hook upside down on the back of the window and looped my ribbon knot over it. I like this method because you don't see the hook and I can remove it in the future if needed.

I am working on some more fall projects and will share those over the weekend and into next week.

To see this project up close, please view the YouTube video below.

Whew, did you stick with me through all of that!!  If so, I hope you like the project and that you are inspired to create.

Thanks for looking!

Linking up to the following blog parties:
 At The Picket Fence
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 The Frugal Girls
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
Shaken Together Life
My Simple Home Life
Serenity Now

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Recipe - Bean Salad

Today I want to share a wonderful recipe called Bean Salad.

I have my best friend and her family to thank for this recipe.  We have this every year at our New Year's Eve celebration party and I finally got my hands on the recipe!!
It tastes as good as it looks! 

1 can black eyed peas, drained
1 can shoe peg corn, drained
1 can black beans, drained
1 bunch of cilantro
2-3 jalapenos, diced
1 red onion, diced
1 carton cherry tomatoes, cut in 4ths
1 - 8oz bottle Italian Dressing
Mix all ingredients together in a big bowl and refrigerate.
This recipe is good served with chips and avocado, over a salad, chicken breast, etc. 
My Mom came over on the day I made this salad.  I sent some home with her and my Dad to eat later. Here is the text message I received. Guess I should have sent more!!
Hope you will give it a try. Thanks for looking.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Refurbished Sewing Drawer

I would like to share how I refurbished this antique sewing drawer for my craft room.

I found this wonderful sewing drawer in an antique shop for $10.00. It was a little used and abused but I knew it would look great on my craft table.It just needed some love in the form of spray paint and a couple of pretty knobs.
Here are more before pictures.
Here are my supplies used:
The spray paint is by Rust-Oleum and I chose a Satin Paint and Primer In One in the color White.
I found these gorgeous knobs from Hobby Lobby.
Here it is after. My husband gave her a little sanding to touch up some rough spots and then sprayed her twice using about 1/2 of the can of paint. He screwed in the knobs on either end and that was it.
I love how it cleaned up and how it looks on my desk. The drawer is currently holding my Project Life journal cards and some scrapbook supplies and pictures.



It cleaned up well don't you think? 
Thanks for looking!
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Skip To My Lou
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Uncommon Designs Online
Southern Lovely
Faded Charm Cottage
Free Pretty Things for You
Crafty Scrappy Happy Hour Link Party
52 Mantels
Live Laugh Rowe
The Frugal Girls
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
Western Warmth
Shaken Together Life
My Simple Home Life
Serenity Now
Thistlewood Farms - fall-in-love-with-spray-paint

Friday, September 21, 2012

Project Life Layouts

Hello! Here are my project life layouts for the week of September 9-15, 2012.

For these layouts, I decided to follow Two Peas in a Bucket and Garden Girl Lisa Truesdell. For the September 2012 Captured class, Lisa talks about how to add embellishments to your project life without making it too bulky for the album.
I tried some of her ideas and love how it all came together.
For these layouts I used the new Lily Bee Persnickety collection and a variety of stamps, inks, and other embellishments. The best way to see all supplies used is to view the YouTube video linked below.
For added embellishments, I added a doily, washi tape, flair badge, brad,  Martha Stewart metal rimmed tag, metal arrow, created a banner, stamping, and used a lot of staples from the Tim Holtz tiny attacher.
For the left side of my layouts above, I covered Emily helping me make homemade lemonade, us having allergies this week, remembering 9/11, Emily playing under the sheets, and my recipe holder and boxes. I added additional journaling to cover how much Emily has been helping me out in the kitchen and wanting to learn to cook.
For the right side layouts above, I included some pictures of a beautiful butterfly that I was able to capture last week.  I added a picture of my finalized pantry with new baskets, etc. I added a fun picture of Andy making us breakfast and a fun picture and post it note that Emily left on her lunch box for me one morning. I love to keep little things like this! I added a picture of Emily's favorite breakfast right now which is chocolate chip pancakes. I snapped a couple of my new fall favorites which is the Salted Caramel candle from Bath and Body Works and these fabulous ceramic owls that are actually measuring cups. These came from World Market/Cost Plus. The last picture is a picture of Emily and her friend (covered her picture) from their sleepover and a picture of their school project.
Here are some closer views.
For an up close and better view of my layouts, please see the YouTube video below.
Thank you for looking!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tulle Wreath

I have a tulle wreath to share with you today.

I saw a beautiful tulle wreath on Pinterest ( that gave me the inspiration to make this wreath for my daughter's bedroom door.
Here are the necessary supplies:
Wreath form
Fabric (optional)
My wreath form is a 14inch green foam however I painted it with white acrylic paint. I didn't want to be able to see the green showing through the tulle.
I cut my tulle into 2x12 inch strips. You just double tie them around the wreath form until you have the desired coverage.  I cut my fabric strips around the same size. I loved the addition of the fabric. It adds another element and design to the wreath.
I also created a banner for my daughter's name using a Fiskars cloud punch, patterned paper, chipboard letters and hemp cord for stringing the banner.  The patterned paper, letters, and chipboard flowers are from the Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday collection.
For a look at my supplies and how I made this wreath, please see my YouTube video below.
Thanks for looking!
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Two Yellow Birds Decor

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