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Friday, December 16, 2011

Anniversary Pillow


I originally saw this type of pillow on Pinterest, so I decided to tackle it on my own, and I must say, it was E-A-S-Y.  I made a few for our family members for Christmas, and this would also be a really neat gift for a wedding/anniversary.

Here's what you'll need:
  • 1/2 yard Burlap/Linen Fabric - Hobby Lobby ($2)
  • Black Fabric Paint - Hobby Lobby ($1)
  • Stuffing - Hancock Fabrics ($3 with 40% off coupon)
  • Computer and Printer (for type)
  • Small scissors
  • Paint brush
  • Smaller paint brush or q-tips
  • Sewing Machine (or hand sew, if you're patient)
  • T-Square or ruler
Total Project Cost: $6 per Pillow

First, print out your letters. I used the "Arno Pro Caption" font in the following sizes:
  • name - 245
  • "est." - 150
  • year - 130
The reason the "est." and year are different sizes is because the same font size for numbers is taller than the lower case letters and I wanted it to all line up nicely.  I used Word and made the margins very small to get all the letters on the same page. Don't worry about the vertical spacing between the name and est. year; you are going to make those separate pieces. Print. 

Then, you will need to cut out the letters and numbers to create a stencil; I used the tiny scissors from my manicure set. Remember to leave parts of the letter attached where there are centers of a letter (A's, G's, E's, 9's, 8's, etc.).


Now you will need to cut your linen fabric to the size you would like (mine were about 18" x 16" at this stage).  They don't have to be perfect, since you are going to measure, sew and cut your pillow later. Lay out some newspaper and tape your stencils to your linen.


Now, we start painting. FYI this gets messy.  You will need to hold down the edges of each letter as you are painting it to ensure the paint stays within the lines. I would recommend blotting the paint on vs. normal paint strokes.  Once you are done, you can take off the stencils and touch up where you left parts of the letters (I used a Q-Tip), and let it dry for a few hours to be safe.



If you see at the bottom of this pillow, I accidentally got paint outside of my stencil, so to balance that, I added another little splotch at the top to make it look like it was less of an accident.  The greatest part about this project is that since these look old, they don't have to be perfect; in fact, I think they look better when they have imperfections.


Then, sew up the edges leaving a slit to stuff the pillow.  You could also use a pillow form, but I wanted to be able to customize the size of my pillows.  Stuff the pillow and hand sew up the slit.

  

P.S. I will be posting a tutorial on how to make the ruffle pillow behind this pillow in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

January Wreath

I absolutely love wreaths! They are a great way to dress up a door and make it very welcoming!  In our new house, I plan to have a wreath for most of the months...maybe not summer, but I haven't quite decided yet.

I never know what to do on my door in January since it's still winter and I want it to be festive, but my Christmas decorations have already been packed away.  Then, I was on Pinterest the other day and found an amazing wreath. The original post was by Two Junk Chix.



I made a few changes to the original piece.  For instance, I found that the price of Styrofoam balls was more than I wanted to spend, so I just bought Christmas ornaments at the Dollar store.  The packs are 6 large or 15 small for only $1...so economical! I also decided to wrap the the wreath form in grey yarn instead of burlap since I already had that on hand!

Here's what you'll need:
  • Wreath Form - Michaels ($3 with 40% off coupon)
  • Yarn (I chose light grey/blue, dark grey, white and sparkly silver) - Wal-Mart and Michaels ($10)
  • Twine - Walmart ($2)
  • 18 large plastic ornaments - Dollar Store ($3)
  • 15 small plastic ornaments - Dollar Store ($1)
  • Snowflake Ornament - Hobby Lobby ($1)
  • Hot Glue Gun
Total Project Cost: $20


First, I wrapped my entire wreath form in grey yarn.  This was a bit time-consuming, but once you get a good rhythm going, it's not so bad.  You will end up with a nice texture, and I find it blends in very well with my completed wreath.

Then, I started on making the yarn balls. You could spray paint the ornaments if you'd like, but I found that if I wrapped them enough, very little or the original ornament color shows through.  I started with an ornament, hot glued the end of the yarn to it, and started wrapping.  This takes some getting used to as well, but gets easier after you've made 30+ balls!


After you have all of your yarn balls made, start gluing! I just started adding and letting the wreath form itself a bit; mixing sizes colors and textures with no real pattern.  After I got all the way around, I found a few spots that were a bit "heavier" than others, so I added a few more of the small balls until I got the look I wanted.

Then, after rotating my wreath about a million times to determine where the top was, I added my snowflake ornament to add some sparkle. I am so happy with how it turned out, and can't wait to put it on my door for January!!


It's Nice To Meet You!


Hello! I'm Erin. I recently moved back to my hometown in Colorado with my fiance and we are getting ready to start two of the biggest adventures of our life: Buying a House and Getting Married.  


We are over the moon, and I have discovered my creative side during all the planning we have been doing.

I hope to share my ideas, inspirations and memories with you.



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