Category Archives: Crafting

Beautiful Bulletin Board

Remember this frame?  I decided to glaze it.  It looked beautiful and I loved it…until I started to put together the bulletin board to go inside it.  A bulletin board has been on my list of projects since I moved in, and I was thrilled to finally be getting it done, but it was really not working out.

It looked terrible (real life was worse than the picture).  The brown fabric looked reddish and clashed with the rest of the room, and the frame looked dingy.  So I bought a couple other fabrics to try, but none of them looked any better, so I repainted the frame and suddenly it worked!  The brown fabric was brown and the frame looked beautiful.  Huge sigh of relief.

The bulletin board is just batting and fabric stapled around a piece of cardboard that came with the frame.  I hotglued my ribbon to the back, stapled down the points where they crossed, and then glued little square mirrors at each point.  I absolutely love the mirrors – I’ve never been much of a girly girl, but I do love things that sparkle!

Word of advice – I wouldn’t recommend using a striped fabric, especially one with any stretch, for this type of project unless you’re a very patient person.  My stripes ended up quite squiggly (but its all the same color, so I didn’t care too much).

Into the frame…

And its done!  (Well it still needs to be hung up, but I’ll get to that eventually.)

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Faux Chandelier

I saw this post about creating a “chandelier” a few weeks ago and have been thinking about doing something similar ever since then.  I absolutely love glittery, glam chandeliers, but there was no way to ever fit one in my current apartment.  My lighting is basically a track with three lights, so I thought I would try doing something with the center light, because its directly over my “living room” area.  I didn’t take any before pictures, but you can see part of the track here.

Here are my supplies.  Two different sizes of clear beads, beading thread, and a pair of scissors.  It cost me $3 for the bag of bigger beads and I had everything else already.  But even if you had to buy every single thing, you could do this project for $5-6.

I just knotted the thread, slid on a small bead, a big one, and then repeated at roughly equal intervals for the length of the thread.  Usually I measure things out, but I did this kind of haphazardly and it worked out wonderfully, so I don’t think any planning is necessary for this.  I did 17 strands, each with 6 sets of beads.  It takes a while, but its easy to do while you’re watching tv or something.

Then I just tied the strands around the light and cut off all the loose ends.  You can still see all the knots if you look closely, but who would do that?

I love the way it looks finished.  It shines beautifully when the lights are on, and it gives my seating area a really warm, cozy feeling.  What do you think?

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To Glaze or Not To Glaze?

I found a beautiful frame at the thrift store the other day, but I wasn’t really a fan of the color.

Gorgeous detail though!

So I spray painted it in Heirloom White (I’d heard so much about it that I had to give it a try!) and it turned out beautifully.

Now comes the problem.  My original plan was to glaze it to bring out all of the details.  But now that it looks so nice I’m afraid to try it!  I’ve never glazed anything before and I have no idea how it would turn out.  So what do you think?  Glaze it or leave it be?

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How Not To Make A Pillow Cover

Step 1: Don’t measure the actual pillow.  Instead, measure the pillow cover that’s already on it.

Step 2: Decide that the cover on it has too much overlap and subtract a few inches from the length of the back pieces.

Step 3: This is the crucial step.  Do not think even once about seam allowances.  Then cut your fabric.

This would be what I did this weekend.  (Can you tell I’m a very amateur sewer?)  I hemmed the pieces that overlap, pinned all my pieces together and realized they barely touched.  So I repinned it so that they overlapped about half an inch, but that took away from the length of the pillow.  I thought it was a total failure, but figured I’d sew it up and try it anyway.  Miraculously, it fit!  It made for a very firm, plump pillow :).

It peeks out a bit in the back, but who sees the back anyway?

This was my other accomplishment.  Much less stressful 🙂

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Last-minute Valentine’s Decor

Yes, I procrastinate.  I did one Valentine’s Day project about three weeks ago, but never got around to doing anything else with all of my fun Valentine’s supplies.  So last night I finally made a Valentine’s card to send my parents (which I of course forgot to mail, so they’ll get it around the 18th or so) and this Valentine’s garland.

I took a bunch of little wooden hearts, painted them, and then embellished them with anything I could find.  I hotglued loops of ribbon to the back of each and then glued each loop to the longer ribbon so that they would stay where I wanted them.  It was a really fun project and it will probably stay up way past Valentine’s Day :).

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Quick and Easy Apron

This weekend I finally had a chance to do a project I’d had on my list for a while – a cute apron!  Here’s the fabric I used.

Isn’t it fun?  I used this Apron in an Hour tutorial.  It took me more than an hour, but I guess I just move slowly :).  The tutorial is really clear and easy to follow.  Here’s the finished product (sorry for the fuzzy picture).

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Get your craft on Thurs.

5-Minute Valentine’s Craft

I wanted to do a Valentine’s Day project today, but I didn’t have a lot of time (or energy), so I came up with this.

I hesitate to even call it a tassel after seeing The Nester’s tassels, but it does add some much appreciated color.  I just cut a bunch of ribbon to the same length and pulled the top together with beading wire.

Cheap, quick, and easy Valentine’s spirit!

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