Falling Shamrock Tea Towel

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It’s March! Spring is here in for us in Arizona and just around the corner for the rest of you. As a child back in Oregon, I used to spend hours hunting for the elusive four-leafed clover with my grandmother. I guess because of that shamrocks are rather special to me. My kitchen needed a little green, so I made this shamrock tea towel using DecoArt’s Ink Effects, which is a fabric transfer ink that you can paint on to plain paper and then iron on to fabric. Fun, huh?

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Now, Ink Effects is meant to be used on fabric that is less than 30% cotton for a more saturated transfer, but the towels that I used are 100% cotton and gave me this watercolor effect that I love.

Supplies: DecoArt Ink Effects in green, teal and blue, Ink Effects Base Coat, paint brush, plain copy paper, cotton dish towel (here), shamrock template or stencil, iron.

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Start by tracing or stencilling the shamrocks. I just traced around these felt ones that I bought. I traced lots and lots of different sizes. I also did an image search and traced some shamrocks right off of the computer screen. I guess I could have just printed them, silly me.

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Once you have quite a few shamrocks it’s time to start painting. The color of the paint appears really dark on the paper, but don’t worry, it will match the color of the cap of the paint. I promise.

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I painted the clovers in a thin layer of paint, then let them dry for an hour. I used way more green than teal or blue.20140305-163903.jpg

Once the paint is dry, spray the towel with the Ink Effects Base Coat. The Base Coat helps the ink transfer better to fabrics that are less than 40% synthetic material. Let the Base Coat dry for a few minutes while the iron is heating up. Heat up the iron to the hottest non-steam setting it has. I found a little travel iron that has a switch to turn off the steam and still be on a cotton setting. Between that function and its little size, it worked perfect for this project.

Cut around a shamrock or two, and lay the paper painted side down on the towel. Place a blank piece of paper on top of that and start ironing. The transfer needs about 3 minutes of heat from the iron. Make sure that the steam is off and to move the iron around so that you get an even transfer.

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Take off that shamrock and iron on another. I used some of the shamrock transfers more than once to get a lighter transfer. The effect looks like watercolor and I love the blues and the greens.

I read that on cotton the colors will fade a bit in the wash, even with the Base Coat. So I hand washed it in cool water and it faded very slightly. Yay!

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If you look closely, there’s a lucky four-leafed clover in there for you!

 

Bye for now!

Jessa

 

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Sparkly Wintery Wreath

I absolutely love making wreaths. Seriously. I mean for $15 (sometimes less) you can get all the supplies you need and craft something festive for your front door! This wreath is SUPER SPARKLY! (it was really hard to capture the intense sparkle in the pictures)
Wintery Wreath Supplies: 18 inch grapevine wreath, 18 silver berry floral picks (half of them glittery), pinecones, DecoArt Snow-Tex, glue, silver and white acrylic paint, glitter, floral wire, hot glue gun and glue, wooden laser cut snowflakes.

20131202-143340.jpgStart by tucking in the silver berry stems evenly around the wreath, using either the floral wire or hot glue to secure them in place.

20131202-103656.jpgI found a bag of pine cones left over from a couple years ago. Using the DecoArt Snow-Tex and a popsicle stick, I put a little Snow-Tex on each of the pine cone’s scales. Snow-Tex is cool stuff that DecoArt sent me a couple of years ago. It reminds me of grout for tile. It’s gritty and doesn’t seem to stick well to your project when it’s wet. But miraculously, it dries hard and sticks fast to whatever it’s applied to. I sprinkled the cones with clear glitter before the Snow-Tex dried. 

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Once dry, the pine cones were glued on in groups around the wreath with the hot glue gun.

I found the large wooden snowflakes at Lowe’s and the small ones in the button section at Joann’s. I painted some of them white and some silver. Then glittered them with coarse German glass glitter. I love this stuff. It doesn’t get more real than glittering with SHARDS OF GLASS. Hello sparkle!

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Glue the snowflakes around the wreath. That’s all! I love how easy this is!

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Mini Foil Trees

 

Mini Foil Trees

It’s a wet, drizzly day here in Scottsdale. I feel like that is something that I never get to say. Have I ever mentioned that I love the rain? These kind of days are my absolute favorite. I’m sure it comes from growing up in Oregon. It’s a perfect day for crafting.

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The idea for these little foil trees came about because I was debating whether I wanted to put up my vintage aluminum tree this year, and if I do, how I’m going to decorate it. (Gold ornaments on a silver tree perhaps?) It takes up a lot of space. (I was going to put a picture of it here, but I guess I’ve never taken one. Which pretty much means that I need to put it up this year, so that I can take a stinkin’ picture!)

Anyhoo… Thinking of the tree inspired me to create mini ones. (hello attention deficit disorder.) Oh and this is another project using bamboo skewers. Like this and this.

Supplies: bamboo skewers, aluminum foil, scissors, hot glue gun, wine cork (optional)

Cut the foil into four strips, each about 5 inches long. Make one strip 2 inches tall, one 1 and 3/4 inches, one 1 and a 1/2 and one that is 1 and 1/4 inches tall.

20131122-124510.jpgTake the biggest one and cut it into a fringe. Space the cuts 1/4 inch apart. Do this for the other foil strips. Making sure to keep the cuts 1/4 inch for all pieces.

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Pick a spot about 4 inches from the top of your skewer, and glue the edge of the foil fringe to it. 
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Start wrapping it around, slowing layering the fringe as you move up.20131122-124552.jpg

Keep adding the next smaller size, until you used all the foil fringe and your at the top of the skewer.

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Fluff out the fringe. I gently curled up the ends of the fringe using pencil.
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Then cut off the extra bottom of the skewer. Or don’t. I stuck the skewer in a wine cork, so it would stand.  I can think of a ton of places to put these. Stick one in a cube of cheese and decorate a cheese and cracker platter. Stick one in a wreath. Use them to decorate your gingerbread house. Use them your mini Christmas villiage. Got any other ideas?

Of course the foil wrinkles easily, so be cautious lying these down. But it’s easy to straighten out.

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Geometric Christmas Tree

Geometric Christmas Tree

I love all the geometric decor I’ve been seeing around. It looks so clean and modern. So I decided to make some of my own with a Christmas twist.

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Using bamboo skewers, a T ruler, study scissors, a glue gun and paint, I created these geometric Christmas trees.

Using you scissors and ruler cut the bamboo skewers as follows:

4- 9 inch long
1- 6 inch long
50- 2 and 9/10 inch long sticks

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Start by measuring down 3 inches from the top of a 9 inch stick and make a small mark. Do the same with another 9 inch stick. Glue a 2-9/10 inch stick to where you made the marks, forming a triangle with the three sticks.

Do the same thing 6 inches from the top on the long sides of the tree, and glue the 6 inch long skewer in. Use the 2-9/10 inch sticks to form 3 inch equilateral triangles.

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Continue to repeat this process making each row of triangles longer. For the forth row of triangles add a small stick to the end of both long sides to make the tree 12 inches long.

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Continue process until you have the desired size of your tree. You can then make a square shaped stump at the bottom.

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To make the pyramid effect, glue a small stick to each corner of the triangle and have the sticks meet in the middle. Secure with a drop of hot glue, and hold until it’s dry. Then paint the silly tree. I used DecoArt Glorious Gold.

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Or don’t make pyramids and make a larger tree, like the one above.

I’m so excited to start the Christmas season! I told the Mr. to put up the Christmas ligthts tomorrow. Is it too soon? I can’t wait. Plus it will look pretty for Thanksgiving right? You can tell me if I’m crazy…

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Paper Raffia Pumpkin

Paper Raffia Pumpkin Now that the the trick-or-treating is over and I may or may not have eaten 5 pounds of chocolate, it’s time to put away the spooky stuff and focus on celebrating autumn and Thanksgiving. Pumpkins seem to always be on my mind this time of year, but today in particular, because it was Pumpkin Day at my daughter’s kindergarten. She learned all about the pumpkin parts and the growing process. It was so much fun! So when I got home from Pumpkin Day I decided to make my own pumpkins out of paper raffia. pumpkin supplies This project is so easy, all you really need is a spool of paper raffia, 22 gauge floral wire, scissors and/or a wire cutter and glue. Of course I added glitter, but you don’t have to. Oh and candy helps too.
chunky holiday gllitter Oh and speaking of glitter… For the past few years, I’ve been partial to the fine glitter, especially Martha’s. The chunky kind was always for kindergarteners (shhh, don’t tell my daughter!) But this year I have fallen hard for the chunky glitter! I’m head-over-heels for this holiday glitter pack I found yesterday at Michaels. To make the pumpkin, take your raffia, and start wrapping it around 3 or 4 fingers (depending on the size of pumpkin you desire.) photo 5 Keep wrapping… raffia wrapping Just when you think you have enough…add more.  Then, before taking your hand out of the raffia, pull the wire through your raffia and twist it tight. photo 2-1 Oh look, I have a labrodoodle helper! labradoodle helper Fan out the raffia, with the wire holding it together hidden in the middle. If at this point you feel that your pumpkin is too spare, grab more raffia, wrap it around your fingers, repeating the process, so it’s the same size and use the wire to attach the center of your second one to the center of the first. Next, make a stem, using the same process, but only wrapping the raffia around 2 fingers. pumpkin stem Wrap it around 5 or 6 times, then start wrapping the raffia around itself. stem Tie it off and glue it into the center of the pumpkin. Now it’s time for the fun part. glitterI made a glitter paste by using Decoupage glue, both of my glitters and a few drops of water. Then I used a paint brush and haphazardly painted on the paste. So much less messier this way! I didn’t want them super glittery, just enough to be festive. pumpkinAnd it’s done! autumn table   photo 3-2   Linked to: Tatertots & Jello , Sunday Showcase, Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Spooky Last Minute Halloween Decor


Yeah, yeah, I know. I haven’t written a blog post in.. I dunno, a year and a half now! It’s been on my mind. I just needed to sit down and do it. So. Here. I. Am.

Did you miss me?

I missed you.

So do you want a couple of last minute Halloween decor ideas? If you have a couple of hours I got your back.

Halloween Table

Here is my lovely spooky console table. Since I don’t have a fireplace mantle to decorate, I use this instead. Most of the decorations I already had. I shopped my house, found the candle sticks, stole the bird cage and fake birds from the kiddos, and the creepy rusty old lantern was from a thrift shop.

Candles can go both ways, either spooky or romantic. Black ones are definitely NOT romantic. I found these at Pier 1, but any color will do. Throw on some crows, gourds, leaves and you got yourself a Halloween display!

So to make the creepy tablecloth, run to the store and buy some cheese cloth. Lay it out on your table, so that there is plenty draping over the edge. Grab your scissors, then snip and rip.

Snip and Rip

I ripped the cheesecloth about every three to four inches. Straighten out as needed and voila! Instant tablecloth.

Spider

Next, add on an itsy bitsy spider. I just placed him on the cheese cloth, and he stuck there, like he knew it was his home.

If you have an iPhone or iPad, you should download the app Zombie Me or if you don’t go to zombieme.com. There you can take a picture of your seemingly cute and innocent little girls and turn them into vicious zombies. Like this…

Spooky Photo Frame

Print that out or email to your favorite print shop for printing. When you have it, put it in your favorite photo frame. The spooky photo border is just some black cardstock cut with small scissors and an X-acto knife. And by little scissors, I mean little…Like your husband’s nose hair trimmers. Not really, that’s gross.

photo mat

If you are feeling extra crafty, I suggest you make these plates from House of Earnest

Spider Plate

Aren’t it adorable?? All it takes are a scary rubber stamp, glass plates and some solvent based ink. Check out the how to here.

That’s it for now… Until next year.

Just kidding. Boo!

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