Sunday, November 19, 2017

Holiday Ombre Pinecone Wreath

Gather up some pinecones, I've got a pretty holiday idea for you!  I'm going to be honest, this is not one of my quick and simple crafts that I normally like to do.  It's a bit of a chore, but its so worth it!
I came across this wreath idea via BH&G (Better Homes and Garden) and I "needed" one too!  It was not only beautiful, but it was a perfect color scheme for my freshly painted front door.
My Mama has two giant pine trees in her front yard and at almost any given time you can gather up quite a few pinecones for crafting.  We happen to have several bags full because I'm always "going to make something" with them and then I don't.  Sound familiar?

If you have just picked up your pinecones, you may want to de-bug and fully open them, see how by clicking here.  I've had mine for over a year so they are all open and buggie free!
You will need the following items to make your own wreath:

18" Grapevine Wreath (I usually get mine at Goodwill or thrift stores)
Lots of pinecones (I used 42), the smaller the better.  The larger ones are harder to work with.
Spray Paint - Colors of your choice.  I used three colors, Aqua, Destiny and Silver Fox but more is fine too.
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
I picked out all the small pinecones I had, but I did end up using some of the larger ones because I needed more in the end.  I ended up having three different paint sessions because I kept needing more pinecones.
Here are my paint colors.  The Aqua I already had left over from my thrifty lamp makeover.  You can see that post by clicking here.  The other two, Destiny and Silver Fox, I picked up at Lowes for about $4 each.  To be honest the Valspar paints are really pretty and all but the sprayer button itself needs some revision.  It's extremely hard to press down and get to start spraying!  Not even joking when I tell you my forearm muscle is sore after using them.
Here is my set up for painting.  I set up on our work bench and I laid down a big piece of cardboard so I didn't get paint all over everything.  You could also use a drop cloth or plastic.

NOTE: Please wear gloves and a mask to protect yourself.  The mask is a definite necessity because you DO NOT want to breath those paint fumes into your lungs.
I'm sure I don't have to tell you how hard it is to use a hot glue gun and snap pictures all by yourself, but to assemble your wreath, start out with one color of pinecones adding them to your grapevine wreath here and there and then go on to the next color and so forth and so on until you have your wreath looking the way you want it.....three paint sessions later even! lol!

Please click here for the BH&G video tutorial, its awesome!

It looks like Piper is standing on her head here, but she's actually playing with a piece of pinecone that fell to the floor as I was hanging the wreath.  Anytime I start taking pictures, all the kitties show up, especially Piper!
I really love how the wreath looks on our freshly painted blue door!  If you haven't read my post on Painting a Paneled Door you can click right here.  Its easier than you think!

The best thing about this wreath is that we can leave it up all Winter long! Yay!

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Vintage Mailbox Accent Wall

Vintage mailboxes and old book pages, what could be better? Not much!  Well ok, maybe chocolate cake, but that's about it.  I've had this idea for quite some time, but I had to collect my mailboxes first and well, that takes a little while to do and to make sure you get just the right ones.
When I started planning my wall I knew I wanted mailboxes and book pages on it and that was about it.  I also knew I wanted to change it up with the seasons or holidays, we'll see how that goes!  My Instagram followers may get tired of seeing my mailbox wall real fast because I am in love with it and can't stop staring at it!  Weird? Probably!
Like I said, first I collected my mailboxes.  Who knew there could be so many different mailboxes and also who knew that some people think their vintage mailboxes are worth millions! Sadly, my budget doesn't allow millions to spend on old stuff, so I kept on watching and waiting!

The long one on the left reminds me of my Mama's mailbox.  She still uses it.  I always loved getting the mail as a kid, but I think that's a kid thing huh?  When you're older and adulting, its no fun anymore! Somebody keeps putting bills in mine, can you believe that?
As I saved and added to my mailbox collection, I was perusing Pinterest for different ideas to add to my wall.  When I searched "old book pages", the book art popped up and I was running to find my books I had stashed.  These books are really small.  Perfect size for my wall.  This fold is the easiest ever.  You literally fold the pages in half from front to back and you end up with art!
The second one I did is called "bird house".  Its a bit more tricky and you do have to pay attention to what you're doing.  To see how its done, click right here.
Mine are not perfect, but pretty good I guess.  I like them and they look great on my wall, and that's all that counts.  Book page folding is a bit time consuming but you can sit and fold pages while you're watching TV, that's what I did.
See the old yellow newspaper in the mailbox to the left?  That newspaper is a Christmas edition from the Fort Worth Star Telegram, December 21, 1977.  It came out of the storage space in the ceiling of my office at work.  I'm the only woman in an office with all guys and they thought I was a bit crazy for wanting to save the poor old newspaper, but see, it came in handy for my wall!

The letters in the top right mailbox are real letters from my honey.  When he noticed that I had placed them there, he said "awww, so sweet".  He's the sweet one because he's always willing to jump in and help me create all my weird ideas.
CRINGE ALERT:  lol!  I added all the book pages to the wall with my desk stapler.  It was the easiest way that I could think of to make sure that the pages would stay up on the wall as I placed them.

I have lots of old books, its something I like to craft with.  You can always find them at the thrift shops and sometime yard sales too.  I just grabbed one that was really yellowed and started pulling out pages.  I used a few pages out of a book with whiter pages too.  Some I left with the torn edges and some I trimmed with my paper trimmer.

We added the book art to the wall with little short nails and a good ole hammer, just one on each side was enough to hold them in place.
Now I bet you are wondering where I got all my mailboxes aren't you?

1. $27.00  The one on the left is from a sweet Instagram friend Kayla, she owns jack and maryjane antiques and will be glad to help you find what you're looking for.  She's a doll!

2.  $18.00  This one is from an Etsy shop called Atomic Phenomic and Suze has lots of good vintage stuff for your shopping enjoyment!

3.  $14.99   This one is also from Etsy and it came from a shop called Nitty Gritty Vintage where Donna also has loads of vintage goodness to shop through!

Be sure to check out all three of these ladies, because you will not be disappointed if you like the old stuff as I do!
What would you put in the mailboxes if you created a wall like this?  I need all the ideas I can get because I plan on changing them up often.
So many ideas in my head for this little wall.  Follow me on Instagram if you'd like to see what I do next!  My Insta handle is ddcamp170

Want to see what else I've done with book pages?

Framed Book Page Heart - CLICK HERE
Valentine Heart Banner - CLICK HERE
Book Page Bunting - CLICK HERE
Clothespin Snowflake Ornament - CLICK HERE
Halloween Monster Treat Bag - CLICK HERE
Old Book Page Easter Eggs - CLICK HERE 

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Painting a Paneled Door with a Window

Painting a paneled door with a window is really easy and I have no idea why I waited 6 long years to do it!  Ok, the reason was because I could not decide on a color....yep, couldn't make up my mind yall! I even asked you back here on this post and I got a lot of great ideas!
I did this project the weekend before Halloween so our spooky decor was still up for the pictures.  How do you like it? I love it!
A plain white metal door.  This is what we looked at for 6 years yall!  Honestly I don't think I thought much about it until we started to make over the entry hall. Links will be below for those details if you'd like to see them.

The first step to every good painting job is to use your blue painter's tape and tape off everything you do not want paint on.  Since my honey was at work this day, I chose to tape up the hardware and paint around it instead of taking it all off.  That oblong oval window was a booger bear to tape off, but I did it!  Also, lay down your drop cloth if you're a messy painter like me! *wink*

Gather your supplies.  Hmm, looks like I've used these items for LOTS of paint jobs!  I always use a canvas drop cloth, gloves, paint tray lined with foil for easy clean up and my angle brush.  Since I was painting a door, I chose a smooth foam roller for this paint job.
The paint I chose with the help of the friendly Lowe's people was Valspar Duramax Exterior paint in the color SEA CREATURE, its a Sherwin Williams color.  This paint is great because its a paint and primer all in one and I only needed two coats for my door.
Using a brush, paint the inside panels making sure to get in all the crevasses. 
Since our door has a window in it, we only had three inside panels to paint.  Two small ones and one large one around the window.
Still using your paint brush, paint the window frame and the area around your door knob and dead lock.  These areas don't allow the roller to be used properly.
Using your foam roller, with a thin even coat of paint, paint all the flat surfaces of your panels.
Tah Dah! This is going great at this point except for the fact that our new kitten Piper is trying her best to make blue kitten foot prints in my new entry hall!
Still using your roller and a thin even coat of paint, starting at the top and moving downward, paint all the rest of your door.
The first coat of paint is going to be very uneven and patchy looking.  It's ok! Let it dry for about 30 minutes and then move on to the next coat. Oh and be sure to put up your paint, brush and roller so your kitten doesn't have a finger/paw paint party while you're outside planting a new flower! lol! That didn't happen, but it could have if I hadn't picked it all up before going outside.  She was very persistent!
For the second coat, paint it all over again with another thin even coat of paint starting at step one and moving through all the steps until you're finished.  It may look a bit patchy again, but that is just because the paint is still drying.  Be patient and wait for the paint to dry.  I'm telling you this because this is what I ran into because I'm the most impatient person in the world!  Depending on the paint and color you choose, you could need more than two coats.
When you're sure your paint is mostly dried, carefully remove all of the painter's tape, clean up your area and then step back and marvel at your awesome painting talents!  It's so awesome to have that blue pop of color in the hallway now.  It's like having a brand new door!
If you saw any thing in the first and last picture you'd like to know more about, I'm going to try and link it all below, but if you don't see what you're looking for, just ask and I'll be happy to answer.

Halloween Accent Wall - click HERE
Chevron Burlap Fall Wreath - click HERE
Spooky Skeleton Wreath - click HERE
DIY Barn Wood Light Fixture - click HERE
Porcelain Wood Look Tile Floor - click HERE
Builder Grade Door Makeover - click HERE
DIY Perfect Basboards - click HERE
2 x 4 Pumpkin - click HERE

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Spooky Skeleton Wreath

Halloween is almost here, are you ready?  I think I am!  I'm cutting it real close with getting this wreath posted before Halloween, but I had to share it with you because I am loving how it turned out.

You can just pin it for next year, right?!

I saw an awesome version of this wreath on Pinterest and I was on a mission to make one of my own! See my inspiration here.  Isn't it awesome!!
Do you decorate spooky or cute? I use a little of both, but not too blood and gore at our house!  I love using lots of orange at Halloween time normally, but for this wreath, I kept it all pretty neutral with some black accents.
These arms are salad tongs from the Dollar General, yes, I said salad tongs! lol!  They were stark white, but I used a combo of white, brown and black acrylic paints to make them look old and spooky.  I used a dry brush technique with very little paint on my brush at all times.  The skull is from Amazon and although it was ok looking, I wanted the skull and arms to match, so I painted it too.  After the paint dried, I sprayed them with clear enamel to seal them.

NOTE: You may want to use a plastic primer on the arms (salad tongs).  I did not and the acrylic paint would come right off at the slightest little bump.
I used one 12" wire wreath form and one 18" wire wreath form to create my finished wreath.  I did this because I wanted a smaller open space in the middle and more fullness on the wreath to work with.
I connected the two wreath forms together using some small zip ties and tried to get them pretty tight, but not so tight that it would stretch the forms out of shape.
I'm pretty sure I grab at least three packs of these Creepy Cloth Decorations each year in this off white color and black too.  They are great for decorating at Halloween. This is what you see along the bottom edge of my wreath.
I used an actual feed sack from our local feed store for my burlap strips of fabric, but look here for something similar if you don't have access to real feed sacks.  Your strips will be about 1 1/2" to 2" wide by about 8" long.  These do not have to be perfect either.

Start to add your strips one at a time randomly by tying the strip just one time.  I always made sure I had two rows of wire under each tie, alternating the rows as I went along. Try and make it look full.
I made the sign as well using the same steps I used in my Easy to Make Fancy Hand Lettered Sign tutorial post.  Let me just say that the smaller font was HARD to make look nice...but maybe that's just me over here with my old eyes! lol!

That cute burlap chevron ribbon that I used as his bow tie was from my craft stash, but you can find it here too.
The creepy spider and his hat are both from the dollar store.  The hat was one of those headband hats that I disassembled from the headband so I could place it on his skull.  This one is pretty cute, but way more spendy than the dollar store version.

The black roses are from Walmart. I got two bundles that were .97 each.  I used all of the rose heads and leaves but not the stems...I threw those away.  You can find a bulk of (20) just the rose heads with no stems right here.  I used hot glue to add the roses around his head and then a few more around the wreath.
A hot glue gun with a low setting will be your best friend for this project.

To give you an idea of how I assembled the whole thing here's the order in which I added each part of the wreath.

Step 1: Tie all the burlap strips on to the wire form.
Step 2: Add the creepy cloth to the bottom area.
Step 3: Attach the skull with zip ties through the jaw area. I added a long piece of jute twine with hot glue to the back of the skull and tied it to the wire form to keep the head back.
Step 4: Add the hat/spider to the skull.
Step 5: Add the burlap ribbon bow tie.
Step 6: Add the roses.
Step 7: Attach the sign by hot gluing a few pieces of jute twine to the back of the sign and then tying them to the wire wreath form.
Step 8: Add the arms.

This wreath was very time consuming, but well worth it for how it turned out. I LOVE IT!

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Homemade Fabric Softener

Homemade Fabric Softener? Why not! I started making my own DIY Laundry Soap about five years ago and I haven't looked back since then.  Making your own laundry supplies is so much cheaper than the store bought variety.  For instance, I made this big batch of softener for less than $3.  You can't go wrong there!
ALERT! Shameless plug ahead!

Being the card maker that I am, I couldn't help but dress up my mason jar that sits on the counter in the laundry room.  I just make a new tag when I change scents.

Want to see the cards I make?  See my Etsy Shop HERE.
The way to easily dispense your softener is to save, rinse and use your giant creamer jug, that's what I do .  You will only need three (3) ingredients to make your own fabric softener and you probably already have two of them in your home right now.

 Homemade Fabric Softener Recipe:

  • 6 cups HOT water - I used hot tap water, but you can microwave it too
  • 2 cups or 15 oz. Hair Conditioner (I found it for $1.25 at Dollar General)
  • 3 cups white vinegar
Mix your water and conditioner together first.  I used a "big" bowl and added my 6 cups of water first.
Next, add your entire bottle (or 2 cups) of conditioner to the hot water. I should have used a larger bowl yall!
I transferred the mixture to a larger bowl in small increments and whisked it until it was smooth.  That's what I get for trying to use pretty dishes for the photo shoot! lol! BTW, I love my Pioneer Woman Measuring Cup.

Lastly, add your three (3) cups of vinegar, mix well and then transfer to your storage container(s).  The vinegar is the actual softening agent in this mixture, the conditioner is just for the scent mostly.
We have HE (High Efficiency) machines and this along with my homemade wash soap works awesome in them.  The dispenser tray in my washer shows a max fill line for the softener, but if you're just adding to your wash load, use 2 tablespoons per load.

Want to see more of my cleaning tips for using vinegar? Just click on the links below.

Cleaning an HE Washer with Household Products

Remove Hard Water Buildup Naturally 

DIY Carpet Cleaning 

Cleaning Your Hairbrush the Easy Way 

Cleaning Your Oven

Cleaning Your Sink's Spray Nozzle

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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