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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Spring Block Letters, Home Decor

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Hope all of you are fairing well during this blast of cold weather. We are even feeling it here in South Louisiana. STAY SAFE!

Needless to say, I am looking forward to Spring weather. So Easter, flowers, green grass, butterflies, and birds are on my mind. I needed to spend time crafting and creating something for SPRING!

Easter Home Decor, Spring Block Letters

I got this inspiration from Brooke at Re-fabbed. She is one of my marketing coaches. I love all her crafts. With this project, everyone’s project will look different because we will all have different scrapbook paper, different letters and fonts, and different embellishments.

To begin, Mom cut some blocks out of a 2×4 we had leftover from building her “little house”. Then Lexi and I stained them. (Lexi is my sweet granddaughter who helps me especially with my Chalk Couture creations.)

This is the WAX/stain we used in DEEP BROWN. So easy to clean up and no smell like the oil stains have. It dries really quick too. In about 20 minutes we could have started the next step.
Here they are all finished. You can add more coats for a deeper, richer stain color.

Next we decided on which letters to use from a precut letter package I bought from Hobby Lobby.

Lexi and I selected the fonts we wanted to use for each block. Later we will decide on the backgrounds.
This is the alphabet stickers we used. I had got them on sale for 50 percent off at Hobby Lobby. There are quite a few in the package. It also has small and capital letters. Perfect for fall.

Next we chose which background scrapbook paper we wanted for each block. So many colors and patterns to choose from. I love spring time colors. (I love spring, but FALL is still my favorite season.)

I love all the spring colors. But we decided on just 3 different patterns.
I had a hard time selecting which embellishments to use. I used the ones on top. I got these 50 percent off too at Hobby Lobby.

I hot glued all the embellishments at the top of each letter block. I wanted part of it to stick up and look more three dimensional. I outlined each alphabet letter with my graphite pencil and brushed a tiny bit of water on the outline. It creates that smokey, hazy look. They really stood out from the background that way.

For the photos, I had to raise them up on more blocks. I intend to paint all those black.

This faux fireplace has added so much to my garage workstation. I am so glad I bought it and revamped it.

These letters are great on a fireplace mantel. I love the greenery in front of them. But you could put the letters in the front too.

I hope you stay warm! Take care, God Bless, Kathy

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DIY Dollar Tree Candy Container

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Look what can be made with two Dollar Tree items. Plus some spray paint and some candy.

Mom made this for Valentine’s Presents. But it could be done for any holiday or occasion. It looks almost like a gum ball machine. It is so cute!

She bought a glass candle holder and a glass screw top jar with a lid on it. She spray painted the candle holder and lid and glued them onto each other with E6000 glue. Put candy or gum inside and voila you are done!

Here it is before the candy. It doesn’t have to be just for candy either.

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Nature Inspired Spring Wreath, Home Decor

I needed a spring wreath to put on my fireplace mantel. I needed it to replace my berry wreath that I converted from Christmas to Valentine’s. I saw a wreath with a bird’s nest and thought I really liked that idea since I love nature.

I had a green wreath, but the bird’s nest didn’t look good on that wreath. So when I went to Walmart for the paint for my Antique Fireplace Surround I bought a grapevine wreath and a few small flowers. I didn’t want large flowers to overpower the bird’s nest. Here’s what it looks like.

I think it turned out perfect! It was just what I was wanting to transition into Spring. Yay for Spring. Come on Spring!

Here are some more pictures of during and after with explanations of how I made it. I also have a show and tell video on my Facebook Page.

I didn’t want the wreath to be a permanent fixture on my tray. (remember my tray that I painted last month?) So I used a burlap type ribbon to hang the wreath from and hot glued it to the back of my tray. I can change out with the seasons or use my tray for what it was meant to be used for. Options….options….

See below for a picture of it on the fireplace mantel. This fireplace of course is not real but it adds a homey touch to the garage as I sit out there and paint and craft. I love it out there with my candles on and listening to music as I create. The mantel and the shelves around it hold all the arts and crafts my Mom and I create.

Here’s a picture of the whole fireplace revamped for Spring. I will add more flowers as spring actually gets here. We just repainted this fireplace surround. I posted about that day before yesterday.

I decorated my fireplace with pieces of decor we used to stage homes with. My husband and I flipped houses once upon a time before the oil and gas industry collapse hurt our market here in South Louisiana. We still have rent houses but we don’t really stage those like we did when we flipped. So all these decor items came in handy when I took down Valentine’s to paint the fireplace. I really didn’t think we would finish the fireplace surround so quickly. But I am glad it is ready for Spring.

I bought the birds nest from Hobby Lobby and the purple sage or heather from Walmart. My wood tray isn’t purple but it seems to pick up the purple hue from the flowers. It looks nice.

Below is the link to the Facebook Live I did showing and telling how I made it.

Thank you all so much for reading about my Spring Wreath. I really appreciate it! Go be creative and make one for yourself. It was easy peasy.

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Mardi Gras Fleur de Lis

I painted a Mardi Gras Gnome and now this Fleur De Lis. With MOST Mardi Gras Celebrations being cancelled everywhere because of COVID 19, there are not too many people putting up decorations. But I wanted to make a couple of projects so here is my last one for the year. Keep scrolling for info on how Mom and I made this.

Here it is hanging on my white garage door.

For those of you who are not from Louisiana, (I am originally from Texas, so I had to learn all the Louisiana/Cajun Culture) here is some info on the fleur de lis.

Here is a little info about the Fleur De Lis from Wikipedia:

The fleur-de-lis, also spelled fleur-de-lys (plural: fleurs-de-lis, or fleurs-de-lys)[pron 1] is a stylised lily (in French, fleur means “flower”, and lis means “lily”) that is used as a decorative design or symbol.

The fleur-de-lis has been used in the heraldry of numerous European nations, but is particularly associated with France, notably during its monarchical period. As France is a historically Catholic nation, the fleur-de-lis became “at one and the same time, religious, political, dynastic, artistic, emblematic, and symbolic,” especially in French heraldry.[4] The fleur-de-lis has been used by French royalty and throughout history to represent Catholic saints of France. In particular, the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph are often depicted with a lily.”

Wikipedia

Mom and I began this project with a piece of craft board from Lowe’s. We used the same board for our triple hearts and this Fleur de Lis. It is quite thick and heavy. I have a couple of wrought iron Fleur de Lis hanging in my garage. We used one as a template. Then I painted it the three colors of Mardi Gras. It took several coats of all three colors to get the saturation I wanted.

I had painted the whole project yellow as a base coat.
It did take several coats of each color.

I blended and blended until I had each color blended with the next color. It was just too flat to leave plain purple, plain yellow, and plain green. I was going to paint circles or swirls or polka dots on each color but after blending, I liked it as is.

I blended lighter green and lighter purple for the sides and mixed in some yellow too.
For the middle, I blended green on one side and purple on the other.

I couldn’t find any ribbon in Hobby Lobby, so I bought some decor from the Dollar Stores and made a ribbon. Plus I had the purple mesh ribbon. I think it turned out cute.

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Top 10 Craft Supplies

One of my most frequently asked questions is, “what are you favorite crafting supplies?” And although every crafter is different, I’m telling you what I love to personally have on hand tucked away in my craft stash!!! I listed out my TOP 10 crafting faves… see the whole list here!

More and more of us are not traveling as much as we used to. Some of us like to limit our time away from home due to Covid 19. Shopping Amazon is easy and it ships fast. Why not let your fingers do your walking? Stay at Home is the new NORM.

I found when all the stores shut down that Amazon had product when the stores could not get any. Paint colors were especially limited.

THE BELOW AFFILIATE LINKS ARE PROVIDED FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE and I do make a small monetary amount if you click and buy, but please don’t feel it is necessary.

Here are a few gifts I would love to receive as a crafter.

#1. Bowdabra

I love my Bowdabra. It is not necessary to make bows but it does make my life easier.

#2. Buffalo Plaid Ribbon

Because you can never have enough Buffalo Plaid. This ribbon was impossible to find when the pandemic hit. The stores around here did not have any for a long time. So I had to order from Amazon. Thank goodness for Amazon! And I am still using this roll. Below are links for 1.5 inch and 2.5 inch.

This one is my FAVORITE!

#3. Cordless Glue Gun

I like this one because of the charging dock. It always has a home to be placed in.

If I use a corded glue gun I like the ones that use the mini glue sticks. I find the larger ones tend to put out too much glue for my taste. But it is probably my heavy trigger finger. Stay safe with these things!! Don’t be like me and touch the glue before it cools.

#4. Chalkboard Paint

Every chalking crafter needs Chalkboard paint.

#5. Chalkboard Tags

These also come in handy for chalking surfaces. I am an Independent Designer for Chalk Couture and I like these to design on.

#6. Sharpie Oil Based Markers

Many crafts can be embellished with these marking pens. It’s hard to paint a precise line. Use a pen instead!

#7. Assorted Foam Brushes

You can buy these anywhere, but why not let your fingers do your shopping instead?

#8. Acrylic Paint

This is a great set to buy for your crafter. It has many great colors. I like Deco Art because the pigment is more opaque. You do not have to put down as many coats.

#9. Storage Totes

I use these totes FOR EVERYTHING! When we go to flea markets and back and forth to our market booth I use these to carry everything in. Larger totes get too heavy for me to carry. I do use some larger totes but having these really helps my back from getting injured. I also use these to store my holiday ribbons, holiday decor, stencils and transfers, scrapbook paper, etc. I don’t keep them under my bed but I do keep them stacked and labeled in my garage closet. They are so, so convenient.

#10. Tool Kit —in Pink of course

I have one similar to this one and I keep it in my Tahoe. We have rent houses and we put up curtains and blinds in them. So I have just got in the habit of leaving this in my vehicle which is everywhere I am and I use it on the road and at home. Because each tool is pink, it is easy to see that it belongs to ME and NOT my husband. LOL.

Well, that’s my TOP 10 CRAFTING SUPPLY LIST for the DIY Crafter. (check back, it could change and be updated)

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How Do You Decorate After Christmas?

I find taking Christmas decorations down can be very depressing. To alleviate that I usually put up something cute, fun and exciting to replace it. But this year, I started cleaning and organizing my craft spaces at the same time as I was taking down my decorations.

I am still looking for inspiration this year. Shall I go with a WINTER theme? Or go straight to VALENTINE’S DAY Decorations? Or should I do what many in my community do and go to MARDI GRAS Decorations? Mardi Gras celebrations will be very subdued this year. I think most of the balls have been canceled. We are not sure about the Parades yet.

We didn’t sell all our handmade Christmas crafts this year, so I am having to box those away for next year. The economy is so bad in South Louisiana that people are not buying anything extra. I had to find a space to store all those decor items, plus store all my arts and crafts supplies from the Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Because of the economy, Mom and I do not want to make too many crafts for Valentine’s or Mardi Gras, etc. But we do want to make some for my own home and her little house. I also plan on making art kits and craft kits. I want to make Kits that people can make in their home in their pajamas and at the end have a cute painting or craft to show off and bring them joy. Crafting and Painting is an experience. That experience can destress and bring joy and healing therapy. Buying kits allows people to: 1. Not buy a lot of supplies 2. Not have to get out to several stores 3. Stay safer in this pandemic.

We are also in the planning phase of making some door hangers and possibly a few porch leaners. I would also like to make kits for these or teach tutorials on how to make them online. More about this coming soon.

It is unbelievable how many supplies are needed to paint and or do crafts. Maybe NEED is not the word. Maybe WANT is a better word. It’s because we like to have choices. LOL If you craft or paint you know what I mean. 🙂

I rearranged, cleaned and organized my garage where I do the majority of my arts and crafts. I also organized some of my extra rooms in my house. My office was a mess and so was my spare bedroom. So instead of focusing on decorating, I focused on ORGANIZING.

Please comment below or on my Facebook page on how you decorate after Christmas. Or do you go back to your home having no holiday decor at all? I am curious as to what people do all around the country.

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Santa is checking his list……

I finished this yesterday. I had painted the canvas board black about a week ago. Then I waxed it for Chalk Couture Decor.

Time just got away and I can’t believe Christmas is already going to be here in just 9 days!!

I am an Independent Chalk Couture Designer. I have a special Facebook Page devoted to just Chalk Couture. It is called Town and Country Chalk Creations. I made a time lapsed video of the process I did on this picture. Below is the link to watch it. I love time lapsed videos. It is only 1 minute and 21 seconds long. Even though it took me (off and on) about an hour to make this picture. Lol.

Here are some pictures I captured from the time lapsed video. This transfer requires several steps. First you put down all the white, which includes his beard, eyebrows and part of his hat. I also elected to do all the words in white. This chalk paste dries in just about 3 minutes. So it does not take long to put down each section. But I go and wash my transfers between steps. That’s what takes the longest.

Getting ready to put all the white chalk on.
Peel and reveal this first portion.
Next is the red portions.

I didn’t capture any other pictures, but after the red comes his flesh color and then I used gold for the HO, HO, HO and the design on his hat. The snowflakes were last.

I think this transfer is so cute. Next year, I will make a graphic tee shirt with it. I think I will get ahead this next year and do some Christmas in July craft shows. Because I CANNOT believe how fast time flew after Halloween.

SO CUTE!

I hope you liked seeing a glimpse of how Chalk Couture works. It is screen printing, not stenciling. It makes it really easy in my opinion. Thanks for reading!!

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Ribbon on a Twig Farmhouse Ornament (Buffalo Plaid)

Here is another simplistic ornament. You can make these with any color ribbon to fit any decor. It really didn’t cost me anything. I used a twig from my yard and ribbon and berries from my stash. I made this the same as the red one I posted about yesterday. Only this time I used Black and White Buffalo Plaid Ribbon.

These little ornaments would be perfect to put on a gift instead of a bow or in addition to a bow. Christmas will be here before you know it. Where did the time go?

See below for more details of how I made this.

First on the list was to choose which tree limbs are the straightest and cleanest. I use my clippers to cut them down to the size I want.
This one was the straightest.

Below is the link to the video I made while I was making it LIVE on Facebook.

All finished! It could be trimmed at an angle even more, but I love it!

I think it is homespun looking. Primitive, rustic, farmhouse or whatever word you use to describe it. Here is a another word for it….CUTE.

I put berries at the top. I am fresh out of stars.

I did not tie a knot. Only a half knot. Both the ribbons had wire.

I did trim the sides more. I still think it could use another haircut, but I am going to leave it for now.

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Ribbon on a Twig Farmhouse Ornament

This is a simplistic ornament. You can make these with any color ribbon to fit any decor. It really didn’t cost me anything. I used a twig from my yard and ribbon and berries from my stash.

Mom and I are finished with all our Christmas Crafts and I have some leftover Christmas Ribbon. I am obsessed with RED this year. So that was the color scheme of the first tree I made. I am also obsessed with TREES this year. I plan on painting some soon. Christmas will be here before you know it. Where did the time go?

See below for more details of how I made this.

First on the list was to choose which tree limbs are the straightest and cleanest. I use my clippers to cut them down to the size I want.
This one was the straightest.

I again forgot to take pictures WHILE I was making it. But below are some pictures of the finished tree. I plan to go live on Facebook and do another one in a different color.

All finished!

I think it is homespun looking. Primitive, rustic, farmhouse or whatever word you use to describe it. Here is a word for it….CUTE.

I saw this done somewhere on the internet, but mine looks totally different because of the different ribbons and colors.

I put berries at the top. I am fresh out of stars.

I did not tie a knot. Only a half knot. This ribbon was not the easiest to work with because some had words that I had to keep straight and some did not have the design on the backside. But it was worth the extra time. All the ribbon had wire.

I put a hanger on the top but mine stood on my mantel by itself against my little trees.

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