Friday, February 10, 2017

Heart Banner

I LOVE felt.....fitting for Valentine's Day. For this banner I bought several different colors of felt. I took a marker and drew hearts on the fabric all different sizes but similar.  I then doubled the fabric over (so I could cut two hearts at once)and cut them out by hand.  After I had them cut I took them to my sewing machine. Placing one heart after another, I sewed down the middle.  Creating a long line of hearts.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Spread the Love

Valentines day is approaching. One quick decoration is my Holiday Kisses cup.
Grab a white bowl, cup, jar  or mug.  You can get one like this at Ikea.  Use a silhouette machine or some other vinyl cutting machine and cut out your words in red (or pink). I like red because I can use this for Christmas!
Fill with the candy of your choice.  Maybe chocolate kisses??
Happy Valentines Day!

Work at Home

If you are looking for a job working from home....this is a great job.  VIPKID!

You teach English online to students in China.  You do need to have some schooling but a teaching degree is not required. It took me about two weeks to interview and train and I was off and teaching.  It took me a couple of weeks to get a full week of students scheduled.  Let me know if you need any more advice or tips with you interview or when you start teaching!! VIPKID

I have been working with them for over two months.  If you don't mind some early mornings, which works great for me, you should look into it!  You can also work Weekends (morning and evenings).

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Painted Chandelier

 
I am following the trend and painting my chandelier.  Originally I was going to go with a basic color...silver or black.  I found this paint color (Jamaican Sea) and loved it.
 
Before 
 


After



 
 
Up close
 
 
I took all the crystal off and painted it using a craft sponge brush.
Let the paint dry and put back the crystal.
That simple!!
 
Check out some more fun Blue things, including this...just click here.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Back To School Backpacks

 
 
 
 
Kids are already in school.  I remember as a child summers going so fast, it hasn't changed as an adult.  I love that they are in school, but I miss them.
 
For Backpacks this year we went to DownEastHome
 
They have these great canvas backpacks and lunch boxes that are seconds only because a company has made a mistake on monogramming. 
 
 
 EASY FIX:
 
I took some scrap fabric and used my silhouette machine to cut out my kids names and initials.  You have to buy the fabric blade for this, but I love to use fabric so it was a no brainer when I bought it.
 
  1. Iron on interfacing.
  2. Cut out pattern with machine.
  3. Iron on fabric
  4. I hand stitched it to give a little extra strength.
  5. You're done!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Family Home Evening Chalk Board

 
 
 
FHE Chalk Board
 
 
I have wanted to create this for my family for awhile and finally got around to it.
 
 
 
 
I found an old piece of wood in our garage from other projects.
 
 
Instructions for chalk board paint:
 
1/2 cup acrylic paint (any color)
 
1 tablespoon un-sanded grout
 
I mixed them together with disposable plastic cup and spoon.  I used a sponge brush to paint with.  Easy clean up.  The paint can dry quickly.  I doubled the batch and painted this piece front and back with two coats and still had some left over for my daughter to paint a smaller board.
 
While the paint dried I used my Silhouette machine to cut out the white vinyl for the lettering.
 
After the paint was dry, I placed my vinyl on the painted surface. 
 
Next take a piece of chalk and rub it all around the painted surface and rub off the excess chalk with a paper towel.  Done!
 
This was so much fun and really took less time then I expected!
 
 
 

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Rocking Chair Redo

Wow...it has been awhile since I last posted.  Vacation, sickness and just summer fun has slowed down my posting. 

 I have a fun new project that I recently finished.  I bought this old rocking chair at a yard sale for $15.00.  What a deal.  It did need some work and now it is all done!  Material and padding cost a total of $ 25.00.  So grand total for the new chair (to me) $40.00.

 
 
What you need:
 
1. Material of your choice.  I used upholstery fabric
2. Heavy duty stapler and staples
3. Foam square, I used 3 inch thick
4. Board that fits to your chair
5. Quilt batting
6.Hammer
 
 
 
 
This board was on the rocking chair.  Not in the best of shape, very thin and broken.
 
 
 
 
Luckily my Husband is pretty handy for me.  He cut out my new shape with some extra wood we had around the house.
 
 
 
I forgot to take pictures before I started.  This was the size of foam I used.  I traced the shape of the wood then used a serrated knife to cut my shape.
 
 
 
 
Finished shape.
 
 
Place foam and wood together.
 
 
 
Lay foam own onto quilt batting.
 
 
 
Pull batting taut on ones side and start stapling (I start on one side in the middle and staple that side.  I then move to the opposite side and staple that side).
 
 
Corners are tricky.  I fold one side across and then pull the other side up and over.
 
 
This creates a clean edge.
 
 
 
Hammer every staple that you have to make sure it is tight against the wood.
 
 
 
Cut off any excess batting.


 
Almost finished seat.  I didn't want to leave the wood exposed so I found some extra material to staple on the bottom.  With little kids crawling under things I wanted to avoid slivers.
 
 
 
I stapled this material and cut off excess then hammered nails once again.
 
 
 
For the finish material I folded the ends under to have a cleaner look.  Same steps as the batting.  Start on one side in the middle and then move to the right and left stapling. Then go to the opposite side.   I also had to cut off excess fabric along the corners.  It also helps to have an extra pair of hands.  My husband would pull taut and I would staple has he held.
 
 
 
Underside of finished seat.
 
 
My finished rocking chair!