Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Matilda Jane Knock-Off

How's this for a Matilda Jane knock-off?
Several months ago, a friend asked me to make an apron dress for her daughter.  I had been admiring these dresses as well, so I thought I would give it a try.  I love how old-fashioned it looks.  In the picture above, I have paired the apron dress with matching ruffle pants.

I'll be listing these in my Etsy shop soon.  
If you are interested in purchasing one, I'm selling them for $40 each.  

This one will fit a girl size 8-10, and is ready to find a home.  These are made so that it can be worn for more than one year, 
and definitely more than one season.  

Imagine putting a long-sleeve brown tee under this for fall!  So cute!  

No two of these will be identical!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Where will I be the next two days?

No crafting for me for the next two days!  Our consignment sale at my church is getting ready to start this week and I'm drowning in a sea of hangers, pins, clothing and tags.  My drop off time is tomorrow evening, so hopefully I'll be back after tomorrow!

If you are in the Nashville area and want to find some great deals, here is the flyer about the sale or click HERE for more information.

Congratulations to.......

Melissa T!!!!  Melissa is the winner of the Veggie Steamer Wreath.  Melissa, please contact me with your mailing address to

Thank you to everyone who entered!
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Friday, August 20, 2010

Rosette Headband Tutorial

You can hardly go a store or online without seeing flower rosettes.  I'm loving them right now because they are so versatile.  Rosettes can be added to just about anything from home decor, to clothing, to accessories for a little pizazz.

There are so many ways to make rosettes.  Below, I will give you step-by-step instructions on how I made mine.

Here is what you'll need:
-glue gun
-glue stick
-heavier fabric for backing

Step 1:  Cut three strips of fabric for each rosette that you want to make..  Stitch the ends together and pin at the top to hold them together.  I'm doing one rosette, so I'm using three strips of fabric.  Find a way to hold the pin tight so you can begin braiding the strips.  I use my teeth.... shhh!   However, if you prefer, you can use a clipboard.  Once it is braided, stitch the end to prevent unraveling.
Step 2:  You will glue the rosette to the backing fabric. Begin wrapping the the braided piece into a spiral pattern, gluing as you go.

Step 3:  Trim the backing fabric so it is even with the edges of the spiral.  It will look like this.

Step 4:  Make a thin strip of glue on the back of the rosette and  press the headband into it.  You'll want to press the rosette into the headband for a minute or two to make sure it adheres correctly.
Step 5:  Cut a thin strip of backing and glue to the back of the rosette to cover the headband and trim the excess.

You're done!  Now, isn't that cute?

Linking to these fun parties:
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Time For Another Giveaway!


I was going to wait until I reached 100 followers, but we're SO close, 
so let's go ahead and celebrate!

What am I giving away?  

I'm in a very generous mood today, so I'm giving away my Veggie Steamer Wreath!!!!

This post was such a hit that I decided to share it 
with one of my followers.

Click here for the original post.

To enter:
1) Become a follower.
2) Leave me a comment telling me you are a follower and where you would put this wreath.
3) For an extra entry, blog about this giveaway and let me know you did so.

This giveaway will close on Sunday, August 22 at midnight.  
I will announce the winner on Monday morning.  

Hurry and enter now!!!

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Old Frame Repurposed

You all know how I LOOOOVVVVEEE to repurpose thrifted finds.  It is so much fun to turn trash into treasure.  I especially love to decorate my home with thrifted finds.  It is a great way to unique elements to your home.  
Below are some pictures of a LOTTO game I found a while back.  
Check out my original post to see how much I paid for it and what else I found on that day!
I've been dying to do more with this!

I have lots of old frames laying around, but don't want to fill them ALL with personal pictures, so sometimes I'll do something unexpected with all those frames.

While digging around, I found this beautiful chunky old frame that I found at Goodwill.  I don't remember exactly, but I'm sure I paid no more than $2 for it.  I thought the dark stain on the frame would look beautiful with the LOTTO game cards.  The frame has a few rough spots on it, and I had originally planned to paint it, but I think it adds some character to it.
  This project was way too easy!  
All I did was place the game cards in just as I would a photograph. Since the game cards were smaller than the picture opening, I just layered them until there were no holes.  Once I did this, I thought it needed a little something, so I hot glued some of the wood playing chips to the glass on in the frame.  
I'm pleased with how it looks.  The colors warm up this little nook table.  
I've been trying to incorporate some blues throughout my house.  No, I'm not a blue person, but I'm beginning to find an unexpected love for the color blue!  This added a perfect little touch of blue in this corner of the room.
See here, here, and here  for more ideas on repurposing old frames. 

Be sure to comment below with the links to any of your frame projects!

Linking to these great parties:
Debbiedoos Before & After Party
Someday Crafts Whatever Goes Wednesday


Monday, August 16, 2010

Desperately Needed Front Door Make Over

Updated 8/16/10!
About a month ago, I painted our front door which was desperately in the need of a coat of paint.  It was another thing that I've been meaning to do since we bought the house almost five years ago. 

So, let's take a look at the before....

Since then, I've gone back and forth between red and chocolate brown.  I finally decided on chocolate brown because it was a little more neutral AND because I had some leftover from my bathroom cabinet re-do.  Sorry red, but FREE won this time. 

Update:  My husband pointed out to me that I forgot to include a full length picture of the finished product.... Here it is.....

By the way, do you know how hard it is to find the perfect chocolate brown paint?  I searched forever and finally found one at Lowe's.  The color that I used was Phantom Mist by Valspar.  Seriously, it is perfect.

Today, I finally got around to making a wreath for my beautiful chocolate door. 

Here's a close up...

I already had some strips and circles of fabric cut out that was leftover from my
Veggie Steamer Wreath from a few months back, so I used this. 
I wanted to make a quick wreath, so I used what was on hand and ready to go! 

Want to take a guess on what the base of the wreath is?
An embroidery hoop!  It was the perfect size and I had this on hand also! 
I just took the strips of fabric and burlap and tied them around the hoop.  That's it!

This make over was completly free since everything I needed I had on hand!

I love how it turned out!

Linking up to these Parties:
  Keeping It Simple
The Girl Creative

Saturday, August 7, 2010

I'm Back

Wow!  It's already been a week since we've been back from our beach vacation! 

Here are a few pics.....

Our view every morning

Elizabeth loved to sit out on the balcony in the mornings

Me and Elizabeth outside the Red Bar Restaurant in Grayton Beach

Daniel and Elizabeth

Our jetty beach was so awesome!  Barely no waves...perfect for Elizabeth.

After lunch at Dewey Destin's.  Next time you're in Destin, be sure to check out Dewey's!

I just love this one!

We had such a wonderful time! 
 And to think we almost did not go!  We had cancelled our trip because Daniel still had not had a job offer, but the next day he did! ..... so, we rebooked our trip!  Isn't it funny how God works?!?  This was our first real family vacation with the three of us (well, that didn't involve visiting family).

Now, back to work. 
 Daniel starts back to school (he's a teacher) next week.  Elizabeth and I have enjoyed having him here with us, but I think we're all looking forward to getting back into a routine.

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