Category Archives: Creative Projects

Tutorial: How to Make a Rag Quilt Tree Skirt

Shaggy Rag Quilt Tree Skirt

Making a rag quilt anything is not a quick project. It takes a bit of time and patience but I simply adore the texture this process creates.

Rag Quilt Flag Pillow 1

My first rag quilt project was a Rag Quilt Flag Pillow. I liked the results so much I decided to try it out on a tree skirt.

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Kraft Paper Ornament & Placecard (3)

Kraft Paper Place Cards, Ornaments and Alfresco Holiday Dining

Kraft Paper Ornament & Placecard (3)

Our family celebrated Thanksgiving at our house this year and I didn’t take one picture to share with you. Not a single one.

When it comes to hostessing, I am notorious for assuming I can accomplish way more than I technically have time for. I tend to think of it as being optimistic. For the first time in my life, I decided to decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving. Not just my house but 2 others as well!
In the days leading up to Thanksgiving I was decorating trees, cleaning off the dining room table (which was covered in client projects), cleaning my house and stuffing empty boxes back in the attic.
Thanksgiving morning finds me doing all my baking & cooking, cutting up drop cloths to use as table cloths and scrounging around for centerpieces. (Luckily I wasn’t in charge of the entire meal!)

All this to say that when I go to a dinner where the hostess has planned ahead and created adorable little place cards for each of her guests…I am in awe.

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Painted Fall Centerpiece

Dining Room Before & After Including Updated Fall Centerpiece

Painted Fall Centerpiece

Know what the key ingredient was for updating this Fall centerpiece?

Spray paint! Specifically several different shades of metallic spray paint.

My friend Jan has a large Fall centerpiece that I have admired for several years. This year I went to her home and it was completely different. Gone were the oranges, reds & yellow golds and in their place was this shimmering neutral beauty.

In fact, that wasn’t the only thing that was different.

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Modern Masters Metal Effects Planter

3 Paint Projects with Modern Masters Metal Effects and a Giveaway

Modern Master Metal Effects Bronze

When I started experimenting with this metal effect paint I intended to paint one item. But it was so much fun I kept finding more things to paint!Modern Master Metal Effects Bronze (6)

Last Christmas I sold these vintage pickup trucks in The Shop. I decided to experiment on one of them with Modern Masters Paint.

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Recoved Lamp shade (4)

Curvy Lamp Shade ~ Updated & Recovered

Recoved Lamp shade (24)

I’ve shared several lamp shade projects over the years but this one may be the most difficult to date.

Working with only two fabrics plus a lining wasn’t the struggle but the shape of the shade made things a bit tricky.

I began the process by taking a good look at how the shade had been constructed in the first place.

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How to Recover a Lamp Shade

Creating a Lamp Shade Slipcover with Six Different Fabrics

 

How to Recover a Lamp Shade

Meghan sent me this lampshade along with 6 different fabrics in shades of red, gold and black and asked it I’d recover it for her. Well, technically she asked before she shipped it.

As you can see, the before shade is very cute but Meghan wanted to spice things up a bit.

Warning: Lots of how-to pics ahead!

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Creating Bridal Bouquets (5)

Creating Fresh Flower and Sola Flower Wedding Bouquets

Creating Bridal Bouquets (5)

If you’ve ever been involved in planning a wedding one of the most important decisions is whether to use fresh flowers or silk, fake, faux or some other form of not-real flowers.

Kaleigh chose to use both.

The bridesmaids carried fresh flowers while Kaleigh carried a bouquet she created herself from Sola Flowers.

Creating these bouquets involved many things including a bride, bridesmaids and a bathtub.

Making Bridal Bouquets (5)

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Bridal Shower Party Balloons

Bridal Shower Details – DIY Ombre Clothespins, Banners, Oversize Balloons & More

 

Ombre' ClothespinsI love details. In this last post about Kaleigh’s bridal shower I’m sharing the rest of the details that made the day so special including a tutorial for these adorable DIY pink ombre’ clothespins.

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