Category: home decor

Painted Days: You Can’t Scare Me!

I started to get back into painting about a year ago. I haven’t painted much in the last few month due to other projects and commitments.

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However, I started seeing someone new. I think he’s really great.

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I painted him this picture, to let him know that there is nothing he can do to scare me.

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Between our nightly phone calls and late night rants, I grow to like him more and more.

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There’s nothing he can do to scare me aware.

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Recycled Soup Cans! (Five Different Ways)

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Hey! Hi! Howdy!

I hope you’re having a good weekend!

I know it’s totally not soup season, but I still enjoy a good can of soup every now and then! I feel guilty wasting a perfectly good can. The DIY-instinct in me says “recycle!” Here are five different ways to recycle your soup cans

Make a Weave!

DIY Do It Yourself Recycled Soup Cans Home Made Home Decor_2Try making a woven textile out of yarn the size of the can. Wrap is around and use hot glue to adhere in place!

Pipe Cleaners!

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Alternate colored pipe cleaner to make a colorful pattern! Use hot glue to adhere!

Macrame Cord!

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Wrap some macrame cord around the can! Also use hot glue to adhere in place.

Crochet!

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“Yarn bomb” around the can, alternating color until you reach the top. Weave in your ends.

Fabric Covered!

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Cut a piece of fabric the size of the can. Use fabric glue or modge podge to adhere them onto the can!

What ways do you recycle your soup cans??

Talk soon,
Jennifer

 

Painted Days: We Can Make A Run For It

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I talked a month or so ago about how I got back into painting after being burnt out for a really long time. Slowly, I’ve been sharing my paintings again.

Sometimes it’s hard to gather inspiration, other times it’s not. I draw a lot of my inspiration from my music.

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I was listening to a lot of Hit the Lights in January.
One of my favorite songs is “We Can Make a Run for It.”

We’ve got this down to a science, baby!

Don’t be afraid…

…be very afraid!

So good!!

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I LOVE drawing inspiration from music. I have a running list of quotes from songs that I want to paint!

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What about you? Where do you draw inspiration from?

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Use Your Stash: Arrow Banner!

Add some color to any room!

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I saw something similar to this on Pinterest a few months ago and finally got around to trying it. I think it was because I had finally cleaned my studio and had the space to sew. I’m also trying to use my fabric stash, and through this would be a great project for it!

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Here is what you will need:
Various Colors of Scrap Fabric
Poly-fiber Microfill (stuffing)
Freezer Paper
Iron and Ironing Board
Scissors
Sewing machine
Needle and Thread
Yarn

Project Time: over the weekend
Project Difficulty: Moderate

Project budget: around $5-10 (depending on if you need to but stuffing or fabric)

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Draw the arrow pattern on to the freezer paper, and cut it out. Place the waxy side down, and use the iron to temporarily adhere the pattern to a piece of scrap fabric. (top left)  Cut out around the pattern and remove the paper when done (top right). Repeat this step until you have cut out the number of arrows that you want to make your banner. (middle left) Make sure you are cutting out a front and a back for each arrow. I made six arrows!

Sew the right sides of each arrow together using a half inch seam allowance. Leave the end of the arrow’s open for turning and stuffing. (middle right) Turn each of the arrows and fill with the stuffing. (bottom left). Once stuffed, use the invisible stitch to hand sew the openings closed.

Measure out equal lengths of yarn. Tie on end in a knot and thread the other through a needle. Sew the arrows together, from the point on the arrow to the middle of the back. Repeat for all the arrows. (bottom right)

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I made my arrows a little bigger than I wanted, but that’s okay (I made adjustments).

Where do you get project inspiration from? How do you try and use your stash?

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Upcycle Your Accent Pillows!

Don’t but new ones! Update the pillows that came with your couch!

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Hi! How are you?

I bought a new couch about a year ago and, painfully, stared at these pillows for a year.

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I took it upon myself and challenge you, to update the accent pillows that came with your couch.

Here is what you will need:
Two Accent Pillows
Various Colors of Anti-Pill Fleece
Freezer Paper
Iron and Ironing Board
Scissors
Sewing machine
Needle and Thread

Project Time: over the weekend
Project Difficulty: Moderate

Project budget: around $20

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Fleece has a little stretch to it. Measure the accent pillows and cut four pieces the size of the pillow (top left).

Draw the words on freezer paper, and cut them out. (top right) Place the waxy side down, and use the iron to temporarily adhere the letters to alternating colors of fleece. (top right) Cut out around the pattern and remove the paper when done.

Freezer paper is a great tool for crafting. It allows you to draw and cut out ANY shape you want and will temporarily adhere to most mediums. The best part is when the paper is removed, there is no mess or residue left behind!

Lay out the letters on the pillow cut outs. (bottom left and right)

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Pin the letters into place that were laidout. (top left)

Sew around the letters (very carefully) using a half inch seam allowance. (top right, bottom left)

When finished sewing the letter on (bottom right), put right sides together of the main pillow cut outs and sew together, leaving an opening for turning and stuffing. Repeat with the second pillow.

Turn the pillows right side out and stuff with the accent pillows that came with the couch. Once stuffed, use the invisible stitch to hand sew the openings closed.

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Enjoy!

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

D.I.Y. Foxy Stuffed Animal

Make a best friend – for you best friend!

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Try this easy stuffed animal friend to gift to a friend or add a bit of decoration to your home! Some basic sewing skills are required.

Here is what you will need:
1 yard of red fabric
2 pieces of scrap fabric (they can be the same or different)
Poly-fiber Microfill (stuffing)
Fabric Paint
Freezer Paper
Scissors
Iron and Ironing Board
Sewing machine
Needle and Thread

Project Time: in an afternoon
Project Difficulty: Moderate

Project budget: around $15

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Draw the fox pattern on to the freezer paper, including the details, and cut it out. (top left) Place the waxy side down, and use the iron to temporarily adhere the pattern to the red fabric. (top right) Cut out around the pattern and remove the paper when done. Be sure to cut two of each (front and back).

Freezer paper is a great tool for crafting. It allows you to draw and cut out ANY shape you want and will temporarily adhere to most mediums. The best part is when the paper is removed, there is no mess or residue left behind!

Cut out the details from the fox pattern and repeat the steps above. (bottom left) Pin the details to the FRONT of the body and tail cut outs. (bottom right)

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Take the two tails and with RIGHT sides together (top left)  sew around the edge, leaving a half inch seam allowance. (top right) Leave the bottom edge open for stuffing. Turn it right side out.

Here is where it gets a little tricky. Take the body cut out with your patch detail and the tail (turned right side out) and line the tail up to the long edge, the tail detail and the body detail facing each other. Place the other body cut out on of the tail, lined up with it’s counterpart, and pin in place. (bottom left) Sew around the edge using a half inch seam allowance and leaving the bottom edge open for stuffing. Turn right out. (bottom right)

Take your stuffing and fill in the two halves. You can add as much or as little as you want. Once stuffed, use the invisible stitch to hand sew the openings closed. Add the face details with fabric paint and let dry overnight.

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Try it!

I usually don’t make stuffed animals for my friends and family because I know they won’t display them as much as I would. I made everyone different gifts for Valentine’s Day.

What about you? What did you make or get your friend’s or significant others for Valentine’s Day?

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Painted Days: Woodland Adventure Series

I have been on a woodland adventure kick this month!
First, I designed my first ever scrapbooking kit, which was a woodland theme.

I also worked on a project for April – which is a surprise!

But before all this started, I painted these…

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I’m not sure where I found the inspiration to paint these. Maybe it was the unusually warm weather I had in December and seeing the squirrels running around.

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I’ll be putting them up for sale on my Etsy later next month.

I loved painting these! I had so much fun!

What about nature inspires you? As you can tell, I’m inspired by tree bark!

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Talk soon,
Jennifer

D.I.Y. Clothes Pin Photo Wreath

Tired of only displaying one photo at a time? I was!

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I LOVE documenting life through photos. I’ve had past relationships where my “significant” other always got upset that I was “taking too many photos and not enjoying the moment.” (That’s why they are PAST relationships.) The past year, my phone has been filled time and time again with photos of JayJay and the crafts I make sprinkled with the occasional selfie (never got that into them).

Like many before me, I’m trying to work through the pins that I’ve pinned on my Pinterest. With the new year upon me, what a great way to reminisce about the past year with this fun photo wreath!

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Here is what you will need:
Styrofoam wreath
Clothes Pins (I bought a pack of 40)
Glitter
Modge Podge
Paint
Paint Brushes
Hot Glue Gun
10 or so of your fav. photos!

Project Time: over the weekend
Project Difficulty: Easy Peasy

Project budget: around $20

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First, let’s make those glitter clothes pins! I LOVE glitter, but it always makes such a mess (crafter be warned)! I’ve discovered the trick to locking your glitter in place: Modge Podge!

On a table lined with newspaper, pour a pile of glitter the size of small plate. This will be used to dip the clothes pins.
Paint one “face” of a clothes pin with modge podge then immediately dip the modge podge side in the pile of glitter.
Set aside to dry.

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Repeat this step with each clothes pin. I used two different colors of glitter. Let dry overnight.

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Once your glitter clothes pins are dry, paint a layer of modge podge directly OVER the glitter. This will seal the glitter in place and prevent future messes of glitter once the project is complete. Let that dry overnight.

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Paint the Styrofoam wreath with the color of your choice, and also let dry. It may take a few coats, Styrofoam can be tricky to paint.

Hot glue the clothes pins around the Styrofoam wreath in a circular pattern.

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Optional: Add a decorative ribbon for hanging!

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Now arrange your photos and enjoy! A little lengthy process, but the middle step of painting the glitter with modge podge secures the glitter in place and will save you a headache!

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Restyled: Update an Old Footstool!

Update a hand-me-down or thrift store find!

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I love making furniture my own! I had a coworker a few months ago who was moving out of her house and getting rid of all of her furniture.
She had these two wooden footstools and as soon as I saw them, I knew exactly how I wanted to update them!

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Here is what you will need:
An old footstool
Spray Paint
Macrame Cord (two colors)
Drop cloth
Scissors

Project Time: Over the weekend
Project difficulty: Intermediate

Project Budget: around 25 dollars

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Remove the old seat cover using scissors or a box cutter. This can be a little messy.
Once stripped down to the “base,” place your drop cloth on the ground outside and use your spray paint on the base of the stools.

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This is going to take a couple coats. Make sure you pick up spray paint that is paint and primer, otherwise it make take three or four coats.

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Let dry OUTSIDE overnight. Otherwise your home will smell like paint!

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To start the base of your seat, tie your macrame cord around one side of your base.

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Now wrap the cord around the base on opposite sides to form the core “seat”, making sure your are wrapping very tightly and close together.

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Continue down the length of the base until you reach the end. This part can be a little confusing.
Wrap your cord around ONE SIDE and tie in a knot, similar to how you started the row. Trim the excess cord down and tuck “behind” your seat.

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You’re halfway done!

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On the other sides of the base, tie your second color in a similar fashion to how your knotted your first color cord.

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You can weave whatever pattern you want!

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If you want to keep it simple, you can weave the “over then under” technique, or you can make up your own pattern!

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One helpful hint for weaving, since it is almost impossible to gauge how much cord you will need is cut enough cord for a few rows at a time.
You can connect each row of cords with a knot and hide it underneath your base color.

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Continue down the rows alternating your pattern until you reach the end! I made a pyramid shaped pattern.

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I heart upcycling! Like I said, I THRIVE on making things my own. I would rather take the time to upgrade what I have than buy something new! What about you??

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Restyled! Paint-a-Table

Create a unique design on an old table you own!

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Here is what you will need:
An old table
Acrylic paint (I found that “Basic” brand works best)
Various Paint Brushes
Pencil and eraser

Project Time: 2-3 hours
Project difficulty: Moderately Easy

Project Budget: around 10 dollars (unless you need to buy a table)

Draw on your pattern than you want to paint with you pencil. Feel free to make mistakes and erase!

Then just go for it!

Here’s a time lapse of me painting! Don’t be afraid to change your mind. There was a balloon I had painted on blue – then painted over green!

Like I always say…have fun! Here is my finished product.

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Talk soon,
Jennifer