Monday, November 14, 2011

DIY :: Ruffles and Rosettes Slipcovered Ottoman

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Good Morning!

I hope you enjoyed your weekend and are ready for a great week ahead. I spent all of Saturday completing my quilt design. I'd completed it on paper and with fabric.... surprisingly the graphics and layout of the actual pattern took longer than the other two steps! It was a really fun process, though, and I can't wait to share the finished product with you. I have some gorgeous fabric on order from Canton Village Quilt Works (free shipping special ends tonight, fyi!). Once I get that, I'll make another sample quilt, photograph it and then my debut quilt pattern will be ready to go! I'm very excited. Can you tell?  :)

Since I can't share the quilt with you quite yet, I'm going to show you the cute ottoman I slipcovered and a few step-by-step pics as well. I hope it'll inspire someone to slipcover something! You can find the ugliest chair and make it into something beautiful with just a simple slipcover. For my wingback chairs and the ottoman I used Finish Factor Drop Canvas Cloth from Lowe's. I pre-washed and dried it to prevent shrinking later on. The piping is made from the drop cloth and cording from Joann Fabric and Craft Stores.

Ruffled Ottoman Slipcover... looks very cute with just the ruffles, but I wanted to add just a little something more...
... how about some rosettes! With a quick Pinterest search (does anyone even use Google any more?), I found many tutorials on how to make rosettes. For these ones I ripped a 2.5" strip of drop cloth, tied a knot for the center, then twisted and glued (glue gun) all the way around until it was the size I wanted. Then I just cut the fabric and glued the end at the back. I attached them to the ottoman with the glue gun, too!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Giveaway :: Scor-Pal Winner

Lynn Osborne is the lucky winner of the Scor-Pal! Lynn, check your email! :) Thanks again, Scor-Pal for contributing the prize for this giveaway! Enjoy it, Lynn.


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Friday, November 11, 2011

Quilting :: AmyLouWho's Mini Quilt Challenge

Good Morning!

Today I thought I'd join in AmyLouWho's Mini Quilt Challenge! This little quilt is only 7" x 7", so I am sure it definitely qualifies as a mini quilt! I made it out of my Heather Bailey Freshcut scraps. My husband calls it a pot holder, but NO! It's way too much work and it's way too cute to just plunk a pot onto it. It looks adorable sitting on my daughter's night stand.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

DIY :: Knife Block Re-do

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I thought I'd share a super simple tutorial (if you can even call it that!) with you this morning. A couple months ago we (ie. my sister, all by her awesome self!) painted my entire kitchen white (Benjamin Moore Simply White). It was quite the transformation, since the previous color was super bright green apple green. I loved the white, but it made all the ugly, orange-ish wood really "pop", and not in a good way!

What was the solution? Well, paint of course! We (she) painted my ugly orange-ish wooden cabinets white. We (I) changed out the ugly wooden cabinet handles with lovely pewter ones. However, there was still one pop of ugly remaining... the knife block!

The "before"!
Wet paint!
et voila!
 Here's the "tutorial":

Step 1: Remove knives from knife block.
Step 2: Wash it thoroughly. Let it dry completely.
Step 3: Paint it with a couple coats of regular wall paint. (Sherwin Williams Comfort Grey). Let dry.
Step 4: Load it back up with knives. Step back and admire your work.

If you want to be fancy, you could stencil a design on it, such as a monogram or something. Another idea is to apply a cool vinyl decal to it. I'd put a bird on it, if I could find just the right bird in my thrifting adventures.

So, what are you waiting for? Go paint your knife block!


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Friday, November 04, 2011

DIY :: Paper Rosette Tutorial

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*** Welcome to Day 4 of La Diva’s 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop! ***


Today's post is brought to you by Scor-Pal! I don't know about you, but I always love a handmade Christmas! This year is no exception. I know it's early for some, but this whole 31 Days of Holiday Baking thing has put me in the mood! I've already been listening to Christmas carols, my girls have filled their shoe boxes. Everyone's getting excited because my sister and niece will be with us for Christmas. And, we've already been making some decorations! Please read to the bottom to find out how you can win your very own Scor-Pal.

Today, I thought I'd share with you a little tutorial for some Christmas ornaments I made with my girls on the weekend. This is a perfect family craft. Anyone older than a toddler should be able to easily help make these adorable Paper Rosettes.

I first caught a glimpse of this type of decoration on Miss Mustard Seed's amazing blog. I have no idea if this is how she makes them or not. We tried a few different ways and this is the one that seemed to work best for us!

Supplies: Vintage Sheet Music, double-sided tape, scissors,
double-sided foam tape, buttons, Scor-Pal.
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no more crooked cards. Multiple scores are done in seconds without moving the paper.
Perfect for accordion folds, boxes, fancy fold cards and other interesting projects!"
1. Score every 1/2" across the sheet music.

2. Rotate the sheet music and score every 2" across.

3. Fold accordion style every 1/2" following the scored lines.
4. Up close of the folding. See, it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful
(I love using that Nester quote! It's so true.).

5. Cut every 2" on those scored lines.

6.  You'll get 8 pieces (enough to make 4 ornaments)
out of an 11 3/4" x 8 3/4" sheet of music.

7. Apply a piece of double-sided tape to both ends of one piece.

8.  Get ready to stick 'em together.

9. Attach two pieces together to form an accordion cuff bracelet.
At this point, if you're my daughter, you'll put the bracelet
on your wrist and do a little dance.

10. Back to the craft at hand: cut a piece of double-sided foam tape smaller
than your button and stick it to the back of the button.
Peel the backing off so it's ready to go.

11. Stand the "cuff" up on the table. Gently squish in the top of
the cuff and flatten it.

12. The top now becomes the center!

13. Arrange it nicely. If you let go at this point,
 it will sproing back into a cuff shape!

14. Press the button (with double-sided foam tape on the back) gently, but firmly into the center.
Other adhesive options are glue dots or a glue gun.
 If you decide to go for a messy, liquid type glue, you'll have to place
 something heavy over it to hold everything in place while the glue dries.

15. A Paper Rosette!
 Perfectly cute as is, but some other ideas I'll try next time are: glitter the edges. While it's still in the cuff shape I would dip the outer edge in runny glue and then into glitter and let dry before forming the rosette. I also plan to string a bunch of them on hemp to make a tree garland, and also will add some to my burlap bunting to hang on the piano (or my faux fireplace mantle, if I ever get it installed!!). The mantle is real, the fireplace is faux, in case you were wondering.

16. 4 Paper Rosettes from one page of vintage sheet music! A few other ideas for  these fantastic rosettes is to layer them with burlap or paper doilies, or both! Then attach to a card or scrapbook page as a cute embellishment.

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Winners will be announced at the end of the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop - November 13, 2011.

I've got two other giveaways going on right now that end today:
MyMemories Digital Scrapbook software giveaway
Henrietta Hippo sewing pattern giveaway
Please visit Gloria tomorrow for day 5 of the 12 Days of Christmas blog hop!

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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Crafts :: 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

Welcome to La Diva’s 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop! Each day from November 1st until November 12th, the La Diva 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop Team will be sharing holiday ideas using various techniques for their creations. We’ll also be announcing at the end of the blog hop who won from each team member. And here’s the good part… a nice gift will be given to the person who commented on every day of the blog hop! What will the prizes be? Well, you have to participate in the blog hops to find out. Here are the dates:

November 1st – Day 1

November 2nd – Day 2

November 3rd – Day 3

November 4th – Day 4
November 5th – Day 5

November 6th – Day 6

November 7th – Day 7

November 8th – Day 8

November 9th – Day 9

November 10th – Day 10

November 11th – Day 11

November 12th – Day 12

November 13th – Day 13

Happy Christmas Blog Hopping!!!

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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Crafts :: My Memories Coupon Code, Review and Giveaway

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The other day, Liz from My Memories emailed me to ask if I'd like to try out their digital scrapbooking software for free. Sure! Why not?! I gave up "real" scrapbooking a few years ago for a couple of reasons. Space and money. For awhile I felt bad that my photos were sitting neglected in boxes, and now I rarely/never even print my photos any more! Digital scrapbooking is the perfect solution for people like me. I take tons of pictures and would like to preserve them and share them in a pretty format with my family, but can't be bothered spending hundreds (or more!) of dollars while taking up a whole room for my scrapbooking supplies. Having an easy to use and affordable bit of software on my computer is ideal. To experiment with this new-to-me software I quickly whipped up an album with the pics from the recent craft day we had at our church. 

My Memories Suite is only $39.97, but with this coupon code you can save $10 off that price, making it extremely affordable! A bonus for me: every time someone uses this unique coupon code I get some cash. Awesome! If you're interested, please copy and paste this coupon code and use it during check out: 

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Now take a peek at the cute album I created it under half an hour! Thank you, Liz! I'm having so much fun with this. Scroll down to the very bottom to find out how you can win a copy of this amazing software.

You can make scrapbook layouts, photo books, cards, videos, you name it! Using my unique coupon code: STMMMS12494 gives you a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and a $10 coupon for the store - $20 value!

Plus, to make this even sweeter, we are giving away My Memories Suite Scrapbook software to one lucky reader. To enter, please leave a comment on this post telling me what you currently do with your photos, if anything. A winner will be randomly selected on Friday November 4, 2011 after supper and before craft night!

*** And, the winner is... Amber (bambi64)!! *** Congratulations, Amber! I'll be in touch by email!
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Thanks for reading! There will be another crafty giveaway on Friday as well. You won't want to miss it!!


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Guest Blogger :: Lorina from My Year with Jamie Oliver!

Good Morning!

I'm excited to have my niece, Lorina, blogging for us today. When you're done reading this delicious post, please pop on over to her blog, My Year with Jamie Oliver, to show her some love! Thanks for blogging here, Lorina!
I am very excited to be featured as a guest blogger today on Cindy’s blog. Cindy is my aunt, and it’s great to have a fellow blogger in the family to share ideas with and get advice from. I am relatively new to the world of blogging, which was spurred on by a Christmas present last year. Christmas morning I opened up, what was to become, one of my favourite gifts yet… Jamie Oliver’s cookbook, Jamie at Home. It was given to me because I absolutely love Jamie Oliver’s cooking style and because I was getting into gardening. The book features recipes appropriate for different seasons along with how to grow and gardening tips for all the vegetables. It was a great full-circle guide to everything I wanted to learn. I decided right then and there that I was going to use this book to its fullest potential and cook every single recipe in it and then blog about it. So here I am, with two months to go, plugging away with some great Fall recipes.