Saturday, July 30, 2016

Faux Cotton Boll Wreath

 I've been wanting a cotton boll wreath for my bedroom, but not really wanting to spend the money on one just yet. 
  I happened upon a pin for making faux cotton branches and decided to give it a try.
I'm pretty happy with how it turned out - and it only cost me the price of a bag of jumbo cotton balls since I had the other supplies!
 You can find the tutorial here:

Friday, July 29, 2016

Pretty Clipboard Frame

 Here's an upcycled metal picture frame that I painted and turned into a pretty clipboard frame. After painting I added a burlap insert with pretty lace bow, a burlap hanger, and clothespin clip.
 Perfect for clipping your favorite
 photo, recipe, verse, or quote.
Use it in your Farmhouse, Shabby Chic, Cottage Charm decor or perhaps for wedding/shower decor!
Available in my Etsy shop!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

I Believe

I got this "I believe" stamp on clearance at Hobby Lobby a while back, and decided to make up some cards in the same design as the 60th anniversary one I did last month. 
I love the clean and simple layout of this design with the pretty embossing in the background.
I love doing distressed edges by scraping my scissors along the side - it adds texture and interest to the card!

Supplies and Tools: Sentiment Stamp (American Art Stamps), 
Scalloped Daisy Border punch for tiny flowers (Fiskars), Cherry Blossom Embossing Folder (Darcie), Scissors, Gray Ink

This post linked to:

(Embossing and distressed edges)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Decorating with antiques

My brother knows that I've recently come to enjoy collecting and  decorating with antiques/old stuff.
He saved me three things that his 
customers ask him to "get rid of" for him!
The first was some old wooden ladders.
He cut me off a section and I'm using 
it in my living room as a blanket ladder!
The second item was an old metal mop bucket.
I turned it into a magazine/book bin for my guest room.
The last item was an old wooden toolbox.
I stood it up on end and am using it as a 
lamp stand in one corner of my dining room. 
Always fun to re-purpose "old stuff" and I love how homey 
antiques make a house feel!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Framed Paper Doll

I recently found this cute Mary Engelbreit paper doll when I was sorting through things.
I thought she'd look cute in a little girl's room, so I framed her and added this bright and cheery piece to my Etsy shop!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Rag Dolls

I recently added two rag doll listings to my Etsy shop.
The first is a handmade rag doll featuring coffee stained muslin, painted features, and a gingham dress.
If you're interested in making one of your own, 
you can find the free pattern at

The second rag doll item added to the shop is a:
Set of 3 rag doll ornaments
These are also made of
coffee-stained muslin with hand-painted faces. 
Both items are now available in my Etsy shop!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Crocheted Doily Garland

I'm back from vacation and trying to 
catch up on things around home
(like unpacking, putting things away, decorating with the antiques my brother gave me,  weeding the garden, picking vegetables, weeding flower beds etc. etc)
Since we traveled over 2,000 miles - I used my time in the van to crochet some pretty garlands for 
1)my sister-in-law, 2) myself and 3) the shop!!
The first one is made of 100% cotton yarn and is approx.
 60 inches long with motifs measuring 6 x 3 1/2 inches
The second one is made of crochet thread and is approx. 
44 inches long with each motif measure  4 x 1 3/4 inches
I didn't follow any one pattern exactly.
These are sort of a cross between the patterns found at:
Another fun looking garland can be found here:
Both of the above banners can be found in my Etsy shop!