Decoupaged Americana Frame with Star

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Decorate your home for the summer with Americana. It takes in Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day. Look around your garage/attic/storage/craft stash and you will probably find most of the supplies for this Americana Project. It was made with a frame, star, decoupage paper and ribbon.

It can hang on the wall or be a shelf leaner.

My Mom actually made this project and I just added the bow. She blue washed the frame. She does this by mixing acrylic paint with water and rubs it on with a paper towel. Then she decoupaged the background and the star. She put in a piece of thin board for the background.

I love the distressed, vintage vibe of the decoupage paper. I love all things vintage!

Let me know if you make one similar to this!

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Flourish Finials Redone with Antiquing Wax and Bling

Hi Everyone! Come join me as I transform these Flourish Finials into decor for my buffet.

These Finials started out in life as a strange shade of white with a tinge of salmon color. Pictures really didn’t show anything but white but with the naked eye you could see how they really didn’t match anything white, ivory or cream. See picture below.

Here they are in their original white color.

My goal was to have them set on each side of my ivory antiqued Key Sign. So I spray painted them with Rustoleum 2X Paint and Primer in Heirloom White.

Rustoleum 2X Paint and Primer

Rustoleum 2x Paint and Primer in Heirloom White

Then I rubbed antiquing wax on them front and back. Rubbing so that the dark stayed in the recesses. I used Valspar Antiquing Wax in Dark Satin Acrylic # 87003. (Picture below) I like this brand because it is water based and does not smell. But I do recommend wearing gloves so that it does not stain your manicure.

Here they are all finished in their home next to my Love Key Sign.

This brooch came from Totally Dazzled. I love their bling. They have a lot to choose from. I glued with both E6000 glue and hot glue.

This bling is a button from Walmart. Just snip off the brooch and/or button backings with plier cutters.

I added cream felt to the bottom to prevent scratches on my buffet.

Thank you for reading about how I transformed these finials that I had in storage to actually be used in my home. They were in storage from when I was a Realtor and staged homes.

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Glass Vase Spring Arrangement with Bird Eggs

Hi Everyone! I was inspired by a Pinterest Post to make this glass vase arrangement. I had leftover eggs from another project and I wanted to also put some Spanish moss at the bottom of the vase. The eggs were shades of sage green, gray and beige. I bought them from Hobby Lobby. I was lucky to find three branch type stems at Hobby Lobby for only $1.24 each. The vase came from Dollar Tree last year.

Spring Arrangement in Clear Glass Vase with Moss and Bird's Eggs.
Spring Arrangement in Clear Glass Vase with Moss and Bird’s Eggs.
Spring Arrangement in Clear Glass Vase with Moss and Bird's Eggs.
This arrangement is perfect for a fireplace mantel or buffet.
Spring Arrangement in Clear Glass Vase with Moss and Bird's Eggs.
Take a look in your Hobby Lobby and you may find these stems/flowers on sale too.
Spring Arrangement in Clear Glass Vase with Moss and Bird's Eggs.
Here’s a close up of the vase with the eggs and moss.
Spring Arrangement in Clear Glass Vase with Moss and Bird's Eggs.
I like how the sage green of the stems match the eggs perfectly.

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Easy Gift Card Or Pocket For An Art Journal

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Learn how to fold and make this Loaded Vintage-Look Gift Card. This one has a vintage vibe, but I hope to inspire you to make one too with a theme of your choice. You could give this as a gift as is or you could put it inside a junk journal. Journaling is a great way to be creative. You can be creative with your Paper Art and also with your Writing.

Keeping a journal is also a great way to deal with grief and/or depression. Don’t forget……Writing is another form of Creating!

I was inspired by one of my favorite YouTubers for this cute Pocket that could also be a gift or a greeting card. Let the circle of inspiration continue. I’ll post her channel name and the video name at the bottom of the page. Please go check her out.

Here is a Short Video with a quick walk through. Click Here.

This paper is from my favorite collection that I bought at Hobby Lobby. The Paper Studio, Haberdashery. You can find these half off at least once a month.

I started with a scrapbook page I loved. It was a 12×12 and I cut it down to regular copy size. The example on YouTube is even smaller. These scrapbook pages are thick and the backside is plain brown as you can see when I start folding it. Pictures of the supplies are down at the bottom of the blog page.

This is the first fold.
This is the second fold.

Please refer to the video linked above for the final fold. There are two ways to do it and the video is much better at showing how. As you make the final fold, put the two “mountain peaks” at the top and fold the two bottom pieces in toward the center.

When I was finished folding all my favorite images had disappeared. So I selected another same exact paper and made several inserts to go inside all the pockets. The first one I made was the tall tag for the back pocket. I wanted it to be strong so I doubled the layers. Below is a picture of how I was determining to place a charm on it. The inspiration piece used metal grommets and a bracelet chain. I did not have that option so I used buttons and an old necklace with beads. I added a quote “With brave wings she flies.” It became a vintage butterfly theme.

Working on the tall insert for the back pocket.
Here are two of the finished inserts.

The second insert is two butterfly images from the same booklet of scrapbook pages. I just cut them to fit into the second pocket and added “Don’t forget to fly” quote at the top. The quotes are from a Tim Holtz collection pictured below. On the right side of the pocket I glued another butterfly that would show even with all the inserts inside. I also made the back more sturdy and used Liquitex Gel Medium to double side a portion of the backside. Below is a picture of the pocket after adding the butterfly on the right hand side.

My next step was to make a small tag for the next pocket. I knew I wanted a tag with lace and ribbon to grab onto as I pull in and out of the pocket. I had a wooden tag just the right size. So I inked the raw wood and then added a butterfly, quote, lace and ribbons. I may or may not keep the charm attached to the ribbons. For now it is weighing them down and keeping them all together for the photos.

Small tag for one of the middle pockets.

For the small front pocket I knew I wanted a flower of some sort. But I wanted to put a scrap snippet on it. Snippets are made from little scraps of anything. I used lace, paper and two buttons. These are fun to make and use up some of your scraps.

I ended up putting the snippet to the side for easy movement in and out of the
pocket.

Below is a picture of a flat lay with all the components. I added lace edging around the two main pockets and inked all the edges front and back with Ranger Distressed Oxide in Vintage Photo. I worked on this off and on for a whole weekend. I used my stash. I didn’t want to go “buy” anything.

Flat lay of all components.

Below are some pictures of the supplies I used. I also used Mod Podge, Gel Medium and Fabric Tack.

I used about 3-4 different partial sheets of this paper.
I used three of these quotes and inked them with Ranger Distressed Oxide in Vintage Photo.

YouTube Inspiration: Quick and Easy Junk Journal Pocket, Junk Journaling Tutorial, Loaded Pocket for Junk Journal by PinkMonarchPrints

I think this would be a GREAT gift for youngsters birthdays with a gift card in one of the pockets. How about graduation? Mother’s Day? Your daughter or sister’s birthday? I just see endless possibilities.

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Reversible Wooden Fabric Decoupaged Bunny

Hi Everyone! Here is another decoupage project. Decoupaging is definitely a way to go to get a custom one-of-a-kind look. This may be our last bunny for the season. Easter is upon us.

Reversible Wooden Fabric Decoupaged Bunny. It has green circles on one side and pink, yellow, green, blue plaid on the other side. Both sides have matching bows.

We decoupaged this bunny with fabric on both sides. The hardest part was choosing which two fabrics to use. Then choosing a paint color for the side edges.

Reversible Wooden Fabric Decoupaged Bunny. It has green circles on one side and pink, yellow, green, blue plaid on the other side. Both sides have matching bows.

Mom cut the bunny out of some thick wood we had on hand. She also did the decoupaging. I then painted the sides and sanded it and put the bows on it. I think he turned out so cute! I had painted the sides white, then green…..then yellow won out.

Reversible Wooden Fabric Decoupaged Bunny. It has green circles on one side and pink, yellow, green, blue plaid on the other side. Both sides have matching bows.
The top ribbon with the flowers on it is extraordinarily beautiful. It is sheer with flowers and on top and around the edges.
Reversible Wooden Fabric Decoupaged Bunny. It has green circles on one side and pink, yellow, green, blue plaid on the other side. Both sides have matching bows.
Here is the green side. It has a smaller ribbon.
Reversible Wooden Fabric Decoupaged Bunny. It has green circles on one side and pink, yellow, green, blue plaid on the other side. Both sides have matching bows.

This little bunny could be put on a kitchen island and seen from all sides. I love that it is reversible.

I hope this project has inspired you in some small way. That’s what this blog is all about. Sharing of ideas. It keeps Mom and I busy and filled with purpose. We don’t make a lot of money doing this but that is okay. It is just fun.

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Turquoise and Brown Wooden Cross with Jeweled Pendant

Hi Everyone! We are here to inspire you to be creative. Having a hobby can help you with grief and depression. Here is another craft idea if you are interested.

Turquoise is a very special color to me. It is my birthstone. So this is a very special cross. It has three layers of wooden crosses plus a turquoise and brown (tiger’s eye) stone embellished cross. The stones are faux but they are beautiful!! I will be keeping this cross. It is just beautiful and I don’t think the pictures do it justice.

Mom began with the bottom layer which has a very nice shape to it. But when she put the second layer it really began to look like a work of art. The third cross was added on top because the jeweled pendant didn’t show up against the brown background. It along with the jewel was the pièce de ré·sis·tance.

Here it is sitting on my buffet. It matches my buffet and painting perfectly.
Mom bought this pendant at Joann’s Fabric store. Luckily they were half off when we went. This was the PERFECT cross to put this jeweled cross on!!
Here it is at another angle on my Farmhouse buffet.

I hope we have inspired you to go out and be creative. Even if you don’t have wood to work with you can recycle and repurpose items you do have. Think outside the box and create mixed media which is a combination of painting, collage, decoupage, ink stamping, etc. The possibilities are endless! Just have fun!

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Aqua Striped Bunny, Farmhouse Home Decor

Hip Hop Hooray! Easter’s On Its Way!

This wooden home decor will make someBUNNY feel special. He is made from heavy duty scrap wood we had on hand. The wood had a lot of character and looked rustic so staining it seemed the perfect finishing touch. Keep reading for the details and pictures.

Wooden Bunny with Brown and Aqua Stripes.  Stands on a base and has "Hoppy Easter" on it.

Mom “stained” the whole bunny with watered down brown acrylic craft paint. Then I used painter’s tape to make the striped lines. I wanted it to match my home which has shades of aqua and brown. I was going to also add cream but decided I liked just the blue and brown.

Wooden Bunny stained brown.
Here he is without his stripes. He stands up easily on his own.

I used my Chalk Couture teal paste to “stain” the stripes. I also used a Chalk Couture transfer to put on the words “Hoppy Easter”. I am a Chalk Couture Independent Designer. The paste is not permanent until you seal it. So I will seal it with spray on clear acrylic spray when I am totally finished.

I used one large strip of painter’s tape and one small strip of painter’s tape to make my large stripe.
Here are the stripes ready to begin using the paste to make the “teal stain”.
Here is where I decided he needed a base to stand on. He just looked too lonely as a porch leaner.

We were going to just use it as a porch leaner. But I asked Mom if she could put a base on it so it could stand anywhere in your home or outside your home. Ask and you shall have it with my Mom. She screwed the base onto the bunny and also glued it for good measure with E6000. This is one substantial bunny rabbit!

Here are the screw holes Mom used to attach the base.
Wooden Aqua Striped Bunny with wooden stand. Aqua and Burlap bow and has a saying of "Hoppy Easter".
He looks so good in my house, maybe I won’t even try to sell him.

I made a bow with tails using aqua polka dot burlap ribbons, aqua lace, and even some dollar tree ribbon. I love bows. They always add the finishing touch!

A better look at the bow and HOPPY EASTER! 🙂
Wooden Aqua and Brown Striped Bunny Home Decor.
He looks good everywhere I put him! Maybe I will have him HOP around until Easter.

Please view my time lapsed video on Facebook of me making this bunny. The link is below.

If Aqua is NOT your color, you could use pink, yellow, etc to make the stripes. You could even make the stripes look like ship lap. There are so many options with Easter Colors. Easter will be here before we know it.

Thank you so much for reading about how we made this Aqua Hoppy Bunny. Take care, God Bless!

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Cutie Potootie, Egg Bunny, Creating is Therapy

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Are y’all looking forward to SPRING! Mom and I sure are. Here is a cute little Bunny with FEET. Mom did get her inspiration from Pinterest. I searched to give that person credit, but could not find the inspiration picture again.

Home Decor, Cutie Potootie Egg Bunny

Mom stained the wood with acrylic paint mixed with water. Regular stain has such an odor and takes so long to dry that we frequently use this type “stain”.

The ears and whiskers are made from fairly heavy duty wire. The eyes are tacks and the nose and teeth are wood.

At first the bunny had only one wire whisker, but it look more like a mustache, so Mom put three on each side and Voila’ WHISKERS. He is so stinking cute. I love his teeth and feet.

He looks good sitting on my fireplace mantel.
Spring is in the air…..It was 70 degrees yesterday! Yippee!

Scrap wood really comes in handy when making DIY woodcraft home decor. Making these projects makes my Mom so, so happy! It defeats her depression and is great therapy!

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Enchanting Garden Angel, “Just an eye blink…”

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I had made three different angel like creatures for my Garden Fairy. I only needed one so this was an extra and she looked best with doily wings. So she became a GARDEN ANGEL! Keep reading if you are interested in knowing how she came to land in my garage.

I wasn’t brave enough to draw the body of my garden fairy right onto my canvas. So I practiced in my mixed media pad first. That is the great thing about practicing in a sketch/paint pad first. If you like what you create, you can always cut it out and decoupage it onto a canvas and use it as a mixed media project.

Here I was laying out all the flowers and butterflies that I had in my stash that blended well with the Angel and her wings. I do not put faces on my angels or fairies.

I had painted three angel/fairy girls trying to match their dresses with the wings I had on hand. This particular angel girl looked best with this heart shaped doily that I coffee stained. I cut the doily in half so her wings would look bigger.

Here I had everything glued down. But It still needed some pizazz. You can tell by this picture that I had used some metallic sheen paint.

The quote I decided to use is a partial quote I have heard from many people. I had just used it that week when my husband was commenting about someone on TV and how they had robbed a bank. Yes, they got away with it and that money would help them in THIS LIFE, but what about their eternal life?

Chaim Potok was known for a similar quote.

There is a key in the bottom right hand corner that is kind of hidden in the flower. I love mixed media, because it can have so many hidden messages and meanings.
Here is the quote before I added glitter.
Here it is AFTER glitter.

Below are some closeup pictures so you can see the glitter better. The overall affect of the glitter is not overwhelming. But it does add so much depth and fairy like qualities.

Flowers and butterflies and glitter and shimmer. These are a few of my favorite things.
I outlined her with gold glitter. The rest of the canvas has twilight glitter.
Don’t put your projects away when you are finished. Display them in with seasonal decor or everyday decor.

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Adorable Bunny Family, Home Decor

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My Mom has to keep busy. She is from the old school of believing that staying busy is the best therapy to ward off depression and anxiety. The winter season is hard on her because being outside is another way for her to beat depression. Thank goodness spring is coming soon.

Here is a project she worked on during a bad weather spell that kept her inside. I didn’t get many pictures because she finished them before I knew she was even working on them.

She had put button eyes and noses on them. But the buttons made the bunnies look mean and beady eyed. So we decided they would be faceless and flowers would go next to their bows.

I have a collection of flowers but I needed quite a few so I went with the pastel ones because I had a whole full package of them.

These flowers looked the best with the ribbon I had on hand too!
They look so spring time!
Black, white and aqua with a little pink and yellow thrown in!

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