I participate in quite a few weekly “linky parties” as you see in all the links at the bottom of this post. I have to say honestly discovering this world of blogging has really been a lifesaver for me. While there is the obvious reason that I blog-getting to share my love of creating with others who understand my excitement over burlap & chicken wire, lol-it is so much more than that. It has been a tough transition the past few years, separating after 22 years of marriage & feeling the pressures of having to support a household of 3 on my own, not to mention the maintenance of keeping up the house, now moving my youngest daughter into College 3 hours away. This blog has kept me busy, focused, excited, allowed me to be home but still have something for me separate from my children. I have been encouraged & inspired by so many it just amazes me. The wonderful comments, emails & “features” have made me smile more times than I can count. I am forever grateful. Ok, can you tell I’m emotional-two days before my baby leaves! Now one such lady who has inspired me, not only with her incredible talent-her artwork is breathtaking-but also with her overall positive attitude, is Lucy from http://www.craftberrybush.com. I participate in her Thursday party & follow her blog. I came across a gorgeous natural fall wreath she shared & she also included a tutorial on how to make it. I made a few changes, as I had a Big Shot Die of leaves so used that rather than hand cutting leaves. Here is mine:
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Years ago I found this awesome wood caddy at an antique store. It was stained a dark wood & I refinished it in burgundy to go in my guest bathroom to hold magazines. As I am updating to a new color scheme of soft blues & greens, I gave this an update similar to my shelf that I just showed. I love the color Annie Sloan Louis Blue finished with clear wax. Unfortunately I forgot to take a before pic, but it was the same shade as the shelf. Once I finished it, I really felt it needed a graphic & as I went with the french paper on the shelf I thought I would give it a french graphic to go along with the theme. I used the chalk method transfer for this & painted the letters in black, then sanded them. I love my new magazine holder! Amazing what a little paint can do!
I know people are not ready to see Summer end just yet & I am right there with ya, but I also know Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year to decorate, even more than Christmas. Because I diy most of my projects I start early so I can begin in September. I had made a paper wreath before, but it was for a customer, so this ones for me!
I continue making items for the fair & had picked up embroidery hoops a while back with my 40% off coupon. I love the metal spheres that are sold at Pottery Barn & Restoration Hardware & saw several posts on Pinterest about recreating them with embroidery hoops. These are so simple to make & look so cool. I purchased spray paint in a “metal” finish-I forget the exact name but I believe Rustoleum makes it. I gave the hoops a couple coats and added twine to the ends of the larger ones. It gives it a nice contrast. These would look cool hung as well.
I am making items for a craft fair next Saturday & had one more dress form lamp to decorate. I posted pics of one of the lamps a few weeks back when I added rolled flowers to the shade. This time I left the shade alone & added Stampin’ Up! Designer series paper to the base. I simply rolled it, stapled the top then hot glued it to the base. I wanted it to be full so I layered it & then added black tulle around the waist to finish it off. Of course I had to add a little sparkle with rhinestones. Can’t you just see this on a little girl’s nightstand?
A friend of mine was going to Ikea & asked if I wanted anything-to which I immediately replied of course I do!! I saw they had pillow covers in a natural canvas for something crazy cheap like $4.99 for 26×26. I love the canvas because you can personalize them however you want. I am continuing with my “coastal theme” so used ASCP in Louis Blue and a stencil to make this:
I picked up the pillow form for 65% off at Joann Fabrics so for $16.99 I have a huge comfy unique pillow. Of course you need two-one for each end of the couch. This can be machine washed inside out also.
I am still refinishing my recent thrift store finds from NH. I saw this awesome wrought iron floor lamp in my favorite whitewash finish, but I totally didnt need another lamp. I figured I’d just peek at the price just for the heck of it-big mistake! This baby was $7.99-how could I turn that down?!! It is solid too, not that lightweight pretend iron. When I picked up my daughter from College Orientation she looks in the back, shakes her head & said I see you went thrifting?? I explained what a steal it was but she didn’t seem to understand, lol. Wait until you see what I did with the shade. I’ve been on a real coastal look lately, with blues and sea foams. I picked up these gorgeous almost beach glass marbles at the Dollar Store and used E6000 glue. Here is the before of the shade: