Sparkling Leopard Cross

This cross is elegant and sophisticated. It is unique with it’s Leopard Print Ribbon on top of Burlap Ribbon and Rhinestone Bling. My Mom made and designed this cross. I just added the bling. Pictures do not do the sparkle justice. When you walk by it, it just winks at you.

Mom cut out the cross with her jigsaw and painted it black. Then added the burlap ribbon and then the leopard ribbon on top of that. Now for the really fun part…..THE Embellishments.

First we added burlap and ribbon flowers that had brown middles. But it still needed more. lol.

Next, I added a Totally Dazzled pin in the middle of the flowers and then I decided to add a one layer rhinestone piece of ribbon down each branch of the cross.

My Mom loves to make crosses. It brings her peace and happiness. It is great therapy for her after her bout with Cancer.

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Picture Frame with Chicken Wire

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Here’s another chicken wire project that Mom and I worked on and it can be changed out for each season. I put a star on it to make it Americana Decor for Memorial Day and Fourth of July. We had this black and distressed painted frame just sitting in storage. So “The Shabby Tree” inspired us to make this around Valentine’s Day, but we did not get to it until now. Their project was to put red napkins poked inside the wire in the shape of a heart.

Chicken Wire Frame with Red Star in the middle for the Americana Season.

But we can do that next year. For now it looks great on my mantel along with other red, white and blue decor.

What took us so long to do this project was the fact that our old staple gun would not work. I bought a new electric one at Walmart. With an electric staple gun, one person could easily staple the wire to the frame. But if you have an extra pair of hands it is much much easier. Chicken wire wants to curl up on you. This wire had a line down the middle so we had to line that up down the middle of our frame. I am not sure all wire has that. But it is something to look out for when buying and using yours.

Stay tuned later in the year for other ways to change it out for the seasons. I think you should definitely try this project if you have a farmhouse, rustic style.

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Mason Jar Bouquet, Home Decor

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I just finished this whimsical DIY Farmhouse Style painting. I had fun with it. Who doesn’t like Mason Jars? And Spring Flowers? This is not FINE Art….but it is FuN ArT!

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This design was made by Heidi, one of my marketing coaches. She is so talented. I do have permission to use it and share it.

I did a Facebook Live explaining some of the details of how I painted it. The Facebook Live is linked below.

Below is a picture after I “washed in” my first coat of paint. It normally takes 2-3 coats depending on the brand of paint you use or the color of paint you use. Deco Art craft paint is one of the best pigmented paints out there. Of course you can use the thicker paints in the tube that you find in the artists aisles of the craft stores such as Liquidtex. I am trying to use up some of the paint I have had for years. So I have a crazy mixture of brands and types of paints.

All “washed in.”

It is best not to get anxious about what kind of paint, what brand of paint or what exact color of paint. Just go with the colors YOU like and the colors you may have on hand. And you can always mix colors to get the exact color you wish. That’s what is really fun. Mixing colors.

Here I had thought I had finished the background and table. But later I redo the table because when I stood back and breathed, the table looked like water. So you will see in the next pictures how I changed it.

I used a stippling brushstroke technique that I love since I love texture. But it enhanced the water look that I was NOT going for. lol….. I love paint because you can always change it.

I had the light coming in from the left so I shaded the right side. Even though this is FUN art, I still like to follow the rules as much as I can.
I put highlights on the left side.
Here is how I repainted the table. I added some pink so it wouldn’t look like water so much. But I do like to pick up the other colors I use throughout the painting. I think it pleases the eye as it moves and rests on different sections.
I blend many colors. I never want my paintings or crafts to look like simple coloring book pages.
Display for Spring. Hang it up, prop it up or even put a ribbon on it and hang as a door hanger. Seal it for a porch door or leave it for an inside garage door.
Happy upcoming Spring everyone!

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What can YOU make from Dollar Tree Arrows?

Want to guess what we made from Dollar Tree arrows? Before I retired, I was a Realtor. So naturally I see possible HOUSES in these little arrows.

Below is a picture after we took the twine hanger off. I bought four of these to do something with. I just wasn’t sure how to arrange them to look like a village.

I placed them how I wanted to glue them together and my Mom sawed the bottoms to all be level. I decided to paint each one a different color and I choose a neutral pallet. I did not want this to be only holiday decor. I wanted more everyday Farmhouse Decor.

Here I am putting them together after my Mom trimmed them.

I knew I wanted shades of gray and shades of tan. This project sat around and wasn’t worked on while we did Christmas Decor. So it took me awhile to come up with something cute. I decided it needed a background. I searched my stash and found the perfect size canvas to use. I did not paint it.

I am an Independent Chalk Couture Designer. I have a House Pattern Transfer. So I used it for the “Home Sweet Home” and the little windows and hearts. I used a wooden “Family” from Hobby Lobby since it fit so perfectly.

Home Sweet Home from Chalk Couture Transfer

Below is a picture of the crossover bow I made from gray and tan and brown ribbons.

The neutral colors match my home decor and hopefully many others’ decor too. I may try to sell it or I may keep it. It is really cute.

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Approved by Santa

Good Morning Everyone!

I hope this reading finds you doing well. And I hope this post cheers you up. This Santa is very cheerful.

This picture made in PicMonkey is a little blurry. I will post the original right below.
Less Blurry

I made this with a Chalk Couture Transfer. I am an Independent Chalk Couture Designer. I was worried about this transfer because it is so detailed with his whiskers and the holly and berries. But I think it turned out great. Especially the red against the white with some green accents.

I transferred this onto a wood surface. I painted the wood white and sanded it before, between coats, and afterwards. I then waxed it with Valspar Sealing Wax. This prevents the background paint from coming up with the transfer when you are finished.

A picture of my Valspar Clear Sealing Wax.

After it dried I began my chalking. I began by chalking the title SANTA in red. I put a fuzzing cloth or in my case just a fuzzy type of placemat between the wood and the rest of the transfer. I didn’t want my chalk to dry too soon. The mentors recommend doing this if you have a large or detailed transfer.

I worked on the red holly berries and then worked on the green “approved”.

I let each color or section dry before I replaced the transfer and worked on the Santa itself. The last thing I did was the holly berries and leaves on the cuff of his hat. Since it was in the middle I let everything around it dry first.

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Hang Tag Door Hanger

HANG TAGS are so popular this year. After making some other projects, we had enough wood to make these two hang tags. They aren’t very big so we combined them into one door hanger.

Mom decoupaged with red and black….and….black and white….buffalo plaid scrapbook paper.

Then we found that the Dollar Store Joy Ornament looked really good with it because it too had the red and black buffalo plaid.

The finishing touches were the evergreen, pinecone and holly picks. Also from the Dollar Stores.

Below is a picture with the whole door, so you can see the size.

Besides the decoupaging, this was an easy peasy decoration to make.

MAY YOUR HOLIDAYS BE FULL OF JOY THIS YEAR!!

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Gray Chunky Candle Holders

The color gray is ever so popular so we decided to make some gray candle holders. These will be great for Christmas but you can change the ribbon and presto, you have a home decor item for all year long.

Don’t put them away with your Christmas Decor….(even though this ribbon does NOT scream Christmas)….change the ribbon and voila’ , you have everyday Farm House Style.

We have made a lot of these chunky candle holders. They are made from 4×4’s. We try to find untreated lumber. When cedar is too expensive, we try to find lightweight treated ones.

We cut to all different heights. This set has a short one in the front instead of our usual set which is staggered.

I chose the red ribbon with whip stitching and then the gingham or buffalo check on top of that. My best tip for putting the ribbon on is to pull tight and hot glue the ends in the back. Hot glue one end on the back, then wrap tight and glue the other end. We tried gluing all the way around but it ends up showing through the ribbon.

Mom put the jute twine around the glass portion of the votive candle holder. We do sell the small battery operated tea light candles with the set.

Below is a closeup picture where you can see the tea lights.

Below you can see how the set looks on my patio table. Gray looks great with black and white and red.

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Little White Farmhouses

I have a “Home Patterns” Chalk Couture Transfer that I wanted to use on these little houses. I wanted them to look like little Farmhouses. I love the Pennsylvania Amish Farmhouses and Barns. I hope they look somewhat similar.

I am an independent Chalk Couture Designer and I chalked these two on my Chalk Facebook Page. Town and Country Chalk Creations. I’ve inserted a link to the video below.

I think they turned out really cute. I hope to get a large tray to put them in along with some other Green Trees. This particular tree was made from two Dollar Tree Trees.

My Mom and I put two trees together and she wrapped them with the garland from Dollar Tree. With one tree, we pushed all the branches to one side and the other tree we did the same. Then we attached them with wire and glue. She hid the two columns of trunks with the garland.

I had the little galvanized bucket in my stash along with some styrofoam. Mom hid the styrofoam with more garland. It was top heavy due to the bucket not really being big enough or heavy enough. So we improvised and glued the bucket on a scrap piece of wood.

I plan on decorating it. I think it came out cute too since it really only cost about One dollar each for the two trees and garland.

HOME SWEET HOME. Isn’t home what is important right now?

FAMILY is why we are who we are. FAMILY is why we do what we do.

HOME and FAMILY given to us by the Lord’s Grace. The End.

I truly hope you have a wonderful holiday this year. I know so many people feel loneliness and unhappiness during the holidays. I pray for those that feel this way and hope they find peace and contentment.

Reach out to someone you think may feel this way. It may make all the difference in the world to them.

Thank you so much for reading this blog. I hope you read more in the future and go back and read some from the past. Drop me a comment on what you might like to see on my blog. Happy Holidays!

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Little Houses, Big Doors

Come On In Everyone!

WHAT DO YOU THINK WE DID WITH THESE LITTLE DOORS FROM DOLLAR GENERAL?

I found these little door ornaments at the Dollar General and knew right away we had to build some little houses around them. They only cost…..ONE DOLLAR!

Luckily we had a lot of scrap wood. I think they turned out really cute. I didn’t think they needed any windows or any other embellishment besides the door and roof ribbon.

See more pictures below.

We didn’t spend very much on these little table top or fireplace mantle decorations. Do you have scrap wood laying around? You too can make some really cute Christmas Village Houses. Happy Holidays!

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How to Make My Country Farmhouse Bows

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For some projects I need bigger bows with tails. Here is a picture of one I made on a Facebook Live Video. I love these Country Farmhouse Rustic Bows.

Below is a link to the video I made. Keep reading for more details too.

I don’t usually make my bows with loops. I go for a rustic or primitive look.

These were being made for my 52 inch WELCOME porch leaner signs. A picture can be seen below.

52 Inch Farmhouse Welcome Sign

I select all the ribbons I want to use. I love ALL my ribbons so this is easy AND this is hard. But I try to select 3-5 that look good together and look good with the project they are going on. Some are thin, some are wide. I try to mix it up.

I almost always use some burlap. I like that Country Farmhouse look.

I use a BOWDABRA…. if…..if…..I am making a bow with tails. Check out this affiliate Amazon link if you want to read more about this craft tool and check out the price. No pressure to buy because you can use clips too as you can see in my Facebook Video.

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Before you put any ribbon on the BOWDABRA, you should put your wire or twine or pipe cleaner in the grooves first. The BOWDABRA will come with instructions plus there are many, many YouTube videos on how to do this. But you can also watch my Facebook Video to see how I did mine. I use twine and for this bow I made my twine extra long to tie around my porch leaner. Below is a picture of the Red and White Bow I made on the Live Video.

Red and White and Burlap…..ready for Christmas!

I put my tails on first. One layer of my tails usually always includes a wired burlap ribbon. Let’s face it. Burlap goes with all colors. We work with a lot of wood. Burlap is the color of raw wood. So when you sand some projects and the raw wood shows through, the burlap matches or coordinates with that wood.

My next tail is a layer of the most desired color and/or designed ribbon. The pièce de ré·sis·tance. In most cases, it is the buffalo plaid. This is such a popular print right now.

I dovetail each end of each ribbon if it is wide enough. If short, I angle the ends.

Two layers of tails on each side is really enough. I did more on the Facebook video but they weren’t needed to make an impact for the project.

I then add my burlap. After the burlap, I add the other ribbon keeping the pièce de ré·sis·tance ribbon the focal point.

When you have all the layers you want, pull the twine tight and tie in the back.

Voila, you have a Country Farmhouse bow.

The Vintage Truck Ribbon was the pièce de ré·sis·tance on this bow. I love Vintage Trucks!

There are many, many ways to make a bow. Please don’t think mine is the only way. I have combined several techniques to reach my favorite practice. You will too after you make several. Happy bow making!!

Remember being CREATIVE is THERAPY!!

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So that’s how I make them. I hope you enjoyed and begin to make your own.