Autumn Leaf Stenciled Table Runner

Autumn Leaf Stenciled Table Runner

Yesterday was a cloudy and rainy and the weather caused me to have a little homesickness (I miss rain), and we all know the best cure for anything is to get creative. Right?

It’s no secret around here that I love the look of scattered leaves in my fall decor. For example, these two projects from way back when…(sorry for the bad photography!)

falling_leaves_closeupFalling Leaves Canvas Art

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Burlap Leaf Placemats

So I set out to make a new table runner. This lovely Maple Leaf stencil was free with purchase last month from Royal Design Studio (I can’t wait to show you what I’m doing with the one I purchased…but you’ll have to wait.) The entire stencil set is available here, with a total of 5 gorgeous leaves to stencil. I’ve become a stencil addict. Oh and did I mention that this table runner has no sewing involved? Yeah, I’m afraid of sewing machines. Maybe Santa will get me something inexpensive like a kid’s sewing machine to learn on (are you listening Santa?)

Autumn Leaf Stenciled Table Runner

Supplies

autumnleafpaint

Wash and dry your fabric without fabric softener or dryer sheets, to remove the sizing. Then iron it out and cut it to the desired length and width, leaving an inch on each side for the seams. Using a palette or paper plate, mix 2 parts paint to 1 part fabric painting medium. Be sure to cover your work surface, because the paint can seep through.

Autumn Leaf Stenciled Table Runner

Place the stencil down, hold it in place with one hand, and dab the pouncer in some paint, then pounce the paint on to the stencil. Make sure the paint is even on the pouncer and not too thick. Once done, lift the stencil directly off and repeat randomly on the fabric. After painting a couple of leaves, either rinse the paint off the stencil, or wipe it off with a baby wipe (that’s what I do.) You don’t want the paint to goop up your stencil.

Autumn Leaf Stenciled Table Runner

Once you’ve stenciled all the leaves on. Let the table runner dry for 30 minutes. After that, you need to heat set the paint. Do this by ironing the wrong side of the fabric, constantly moving the iron about the fabric.

At this point, you want to iron your seams down. I folded over an inch on each side and ironed it flat, making sharp angles at each corner.

Autumn Leaf Stenciled Table Runner

With the seams ironed down, I started applying my Fabri-Tac. Being careful that I didn’t use too much (you don’t want it to soak through) I applied the glue in 6 inch sections. Gently press the seam down, not too hard though, so it doesn’t soak through. Then continue to glue, until the whole table runner is done.

Autumn Leaf Stenciled Table Runner

Flip it over and you’ve made yourself one gorgeous and easy piece of fall decor!

The paint is washable with the fabric medium, but I’m not sure how the Fabri-Tac will hold up, so I would spot clean only.

xoxo

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Kicking Off Halloween Season at See Vanessa Craft

30 Crafty Days of Halloween

 

Hi friends! Guese what? It’s time to kick off some Halloween crafting and decorating! So super exciting AmIRight!?! Today I’m guest posting at See Vanessa Craft this morning. You’ll love the project I prepared!

Want a sneak peak??

Distressed Halloween Tin Can Candles

 

That’s all ya get. Now go check out the 30 Crafty Days of Halloween series at See Vanessa Craft!

 

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Colorful Confetti Keys

 

Colorful Confetti KeysThis craft project came out of necessity since I have two keys on my key ring that look exactly alike. I went to the hardware store the other day to get new keys and when I looked down at my keychain I didn’t know which one belonged to which lock. So I browsed the collection of decorated keys that they had at the store. Most of them were sports related, and not my team, so that wasn’t going to work. There were a couple of Tweety Birds…sorry no. So I got the regular keys made of both, and drove straight to the craft store for supplies to decorate my new keys with.

Color Confetti Key

This project takes 20 minutes to do, then 3 or 4 hours of drying time for each side.

Colorful Confetti Keys

Supplies

  • Keys
  • Nail Polish
  • Confetti, sequins or glitter
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
  • Pin

Make sure your key is clean before your start. I just wipe it with a little rubbing alcohol. Paint two or three coats of nail polish on the top of the key. Make sure that the polish doesn’t get on the actual key part, because that would be very bad, especially if you can’t get in to your house. Very bad indeed.

Colorful Confetti Key

After the last coat of nail polish sprinkle on your confetti. You can use a pin to direct the confetti to where you want it to go, but not too much, since you want it to look random.

Colorful Confetti Key

Oh so carefully apply the Dimensional Magic.   It spreads quickly and you want it to stay on the top part of the key. Use the pin to pop any bubbles and to spread the Dimensional Magic. Let it dry for 3 hours. Once dry, flip your key over and repeat.

Oh and be super careful the first time you open the Dimensional Magic. I couldn’t get it to squeeze out, and I squeezed to hard and POP, all over the vaulted ceiling and the floor. I had to act fast to get the stuff cleaned up before it hardened. My suggestion…don’t do that!

Mod Podge Mess

 

 

Colorful Confetti Keys

 

xoxo

 

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20 Amazing Fall Wreaths – To Buy or DIY

20 Amazing Fall Wreaths to Buy of DIYHappy Labor Day! It’s September 1st and I can now throw myself full on into fall! Yes, I know that Autumn doesn’t officially start until the 22nd, but I’m ready for fall now. And we are close enough, right?

Well, to get you in the mood for fall, I’ve curated a selection of wreaths that I feel really embrace fall, and look classy to boot. A lot of these wreaths are from stores, but I am a firm believer in making your own wreath. Seriously, you can make a gorgeous wreath for a fraction of the cost that you would pay for it at the store. They are easy and fun to make, and yours will turn out way better than a store bought one… I’m sure of it.

 

Autumn Mix Wreath - Frontgate

Autumn Mix Wreath – Frontage

Antique Bloom Wreath - Terrain

Antique Bloom Wreath – Terrain

White Pumpkin Wreath - Refresh Restyle

White Pumpkin Wreath – Refresh Restyle

Fall Colors Eucalyptus Wreath - ElegantWreath

Fall Colors Eucalyptus Wreath – ElegantWreath

Brown Bag Faux Bay Leaf Wreath - Homework

Brown Bag Faux Bay Leaf Wreath – Homework

Wheat Wreath - Crate and Barrel

Wheat Wreath – Crate and Barrel

Fall Hydrangeas Orange Pumpkin - Two Inspire You

Fall Hydrangea Orange Pumpkin – Two Inspire You

Wood and Burlap Wreath - Finding Home

Wood and Burlap Fall Wreath – Finding Home

Faux Pomegranate and Pinecone Wreath - Pottery Barn

Faux Pomegranate and Pinecone Wreath – Pottery Barn

Pumpkin Circle Wreath - On Sutton Place

Circle Of Pumpkins – On Sutton Place

White Magnolia Wreath - Frontgate

White Magnolia Wreath – Frontage

Pepper Patch Wreath  - Terrain

Pepper Patch Wreath – Terrain

Grateful Wreath Kit - PaperSource

Grateful Wreath Kit – PaperSource

Fall Wreath - Something Sweet Designs

Fall Wreath – Something Sweet Designs

Sparkle Faux Berry Wreath - Pier 1Sparkle Faux Berry Wreath – Pier 1

Eucalyptus Wreath - World Market

Eucalyptus Wreath – World Market

Paper Wreath - Crate and Barrel

Paper Wreath – Crate and Barrel

Vine, Leaves and Gourd Wreath - Pier 1Vine, Leaves and Gourd Wreath – Pier 1

Burlap Wreath Kit - PaperSource

Burlap Wreath Kit – PaperSource

DIY Sparkly Autumn Leaf Wreath sparklelivingblog.com

Sparkly Autumn Leaf Wreath – Sparkle

I’m really in love with a couple of the more unique ones, particularly the Antique Bloom Wreath from Terrain and the Paper Wreath from Crate and Barrel. Of course I can’t get enough of the fall colors, especially all the oranges and reds. There’s just too many tough decisions!

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DIY Sparkly Autumn Leaf Wreath

I know. You think it’s too early to start thinking about fall. I’m pretty sure you think I’m crazy. I’m so over the heat and the kidlets are back in school, and it’s almost football time. (Yay!) The start of school signifies fall everywhere except in Arizona. I’m so ready.

Sparkly Autumn Leaf Wreath sparklelivingblog.com Yup, there it is in all it’s autumn glory. I love wreaths, as evidenced here and here. It was easy. AND…it has a little glitter on it. Of course it does. Must. Have. Sparkle.

Pier 1 Faux Mixed Leaves Wreath

Pier 1 Faux Mixed Leaves Wreath

It’s based off of this one that I saw at Pier 1 last year. I love it, but I can’t bring myself to buy a wreath when I know I can make one for 1/4 of the cost. Plus, I like to be able to customize my colors. Less green, more red. I really love making wreaths. I find it soothing and ridiculously simple.

DIY Sparkly Autumn Leaf Wreath sparklelivingblog.com
Get all your supplies together. I bought a ton of different leaf bunches at Michaels and Joanns. Michael and Joann are really good friends of mine. Anyhoo…basically, I wanted a decent variety and I wanted the wreath to be full.

glitterglue Make a glitter soup. That’s what I call this slurry of Decou-page, glitter and a couple of drops of water. I wanted a variety of texture with the glitter, so I used some basic gold glitter, then I added some elements from the Stampendous Encrusted Jewel Kit. The kit contains glitter, embossing powder, mica, and glass glitter. I LOVE glass glitter! Add a couple pinches to each to your glitter soup. But be sure to break up the mica between your fingers before you add it, otherwise it’ll look weird.

glitterglueleaf Paint the veins of your leaves with the glitter soup. If the soup is too thick, add water. I think I have glitter in my veins too.

glitterleaf When it dries, it looks like the picture above. Pretty huh? So now it’s time to at the leaves to your wreath. I didn’t take pictures of this part because it was too easy. Honestly, I didn’t want to insult your intelligence by explaining something so simple {I totally forgot to take pictures.} Fire up your glue gun and break up your leaf bunches with scissors, leaving the stems a little long. Weave the stems in to the grapevine wreath, and hot glue the leaf into place. You don’t have to glue every leaf in, but you want to make sure they stay in place and the leaves face outward. Work your way around the wreath. Ok, good, all done. So pretty!

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10 Ideas To Help Cure Crafter’s Block

I’ve been frustrated this week. Like seriously frustrated. I suffered from Crafter’s Block last week. It was pretty awful. Notice I didn’t post anything last week. I tried, I really tried. It was like someone built a concrete wall right in the middle of my creative process. Ideas I had previously just didn’t look right and I couldn’t think of anything new. I’m always influenced by holidays, but there’s not too much holiday inspiration in late July and early August. What’s a creative girl to do?

10 Ideas To Help Cure Crafter's Block

So I searched all kinds of blogs and websites for information on creative blocks. Writer’s block, crafter’s block; there are tons of places to find information to help combat it. But all the info is the same. Go on Pinterest, buy a magazine. Blah. I love Pinterest (you should follow me!), but it’s a bunch of other peoples’ ideas. And there’s too much. Pinterest can pose a problem if you have Creative A.D.D. (Yes, that’s my official diagnosis.) Magazines are great as well, but the best ones are at the book store, and by the time I get there, deal with what the kids want to look at, find a magazine (probably British and overpriced), purchase and drive home, I’ll need a nap. So much for being creative.

So here are ten ideas I came up with that worked for me:

1. Clear your space. Sometimes when I have a creative block I look around and find clutter all over. Sometimes it’s my stuff…supplies from other projects that I didn’t put away. Sometimes Usually it is toys that belong to the kids. Regardless of who owns it, it needs to go. Clutter is distracting and really unnecessary. It’s also very hard to keep on top of. But if you can get rid of it, that clears up that much space in your brain for new creative ideas.

2. Cook something new. Cooking, baking and preparing food is creative. There is always a sense of accomplishment when someone devours some kind of culinary creation that you made for them. Use a new spice in an unexpected way. Today at Costco I had TajÍn on freshly sliced apples…common in Mexico but totally new to me. My tastebuds came alive. Play with your food.

3. Pick a color. Check out Design Seeds. It’s a site that has color palettes inspired by gorgeous photography. I often go there with a certain color in mind and discover amazing palettes based off of that one color. Or you can pick a color out of a paint deck. Do it randomly. Ask yourself what you could do with that color…

10 Ideas to Cure Crafter's Block

Chihuly Exhibit at the Desert Botancal Gardern 2014

4. Grab your camera and take a walk. You picked a color, or a palette, now go for a walk and take pictures of anything you see in that color. Take thousands of pictures.  Go to a park or the zoo. I’d hit up the Desert Botanical Garden here in Scottsdale or the Japanese Garden in Portland. But my creative works are very influenced by botanicals. Do you have an inspirational space? If your answer is no, maybe focus on finding one.

5. Take a class. Why not learn a new skill? Thank goodness for the internet. You are now able to take classes at 1:27 am via the internet for the price of  couple lattes (or Dirty Diet Coke if that’s your thing). Craftsy's BIG Summer Sale: Save Up to 50% On All Online Classes!" target="_blank">Craftsy and Skillshare are the first two that come to mind. Oh, and the gorgeous ladies at A Beautiful Mess have online classes too! I will be taking French Macarons 101 pretty soon here. I think French Macarons are glamourous and probably calorie free. Don’t judge.

10 Ideas To Cure Writer's Block

6. Buy a box. New craft ideas delivered to your door? Yes please. Order a Whimseybox (<—shameless affiliate link!) and get a surprise craft box delivered to your door. Learn a new craft! I hear the calligraphy box was particularly popular. But branch out…try needle felting an adorable little birdie or even a happy turnip! Ok, so this isn’t an immediate fix, but it will definitely help.

7. Exercise. It sounds stupid but it’s proven that exercise helps clear your mind and elevate your mood. We all need that and a clear mind makes way for new ideas. If you don’t believe me, read this article by the American Psychiatric Association.

8. Repeat a project you’ve already done. Make it better. Chances are you have supplies left over from a project you made ages ago. You may have even blogged about it. Do it again and make it better. (And take better photos!)

9. Call your mom. Or your dad. Or someone else who knows your creative style. You’d be surprised on the input they have to give you. Even if the ideas seems stupid they are still ideas, and you can build upon them. (To my mom: Not yours! Your ideas are never stupid. Love you!)

10. Pinterest. Fine. I give in. Check out Pinterest or Craftgawker. Great ideas are posted on Pinterest every second. Just remember, there’s a difference between pinning and doing. You’re a doer.

Does this help? What do you do to inspire creativity? I’d love to know!

xoxo

10 Ideas To Help Cure Crafter's Block

 

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