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A little Project to do this weekend — Make a Burlap Scrabble Wreath!

19 Nov
Can you believe that next week is THANKGIVING???
  Gah – where did the time go?? There is so much to DO! If you have an hour to spare, here’s a little wreath that will add a little Thanksgiving cheer to your front door:

 {Click on the Read More button for the full tutorial}

Here’s what you need: 

  • A wreath form
  • Burlap — a 36″ square piece should do
  • A few fabric scraps
  • Some Scrabble tiles**
  • Hot glue and gun
  • Two types of coordinating ribbon

**Here’s a fun tip — if you want to make one of these and don’t want to destroy your Scrabble game, you can buy “lots” of Scrabble pieces on ebay or etsy. Or, if you contact Hasbro, you can order a complete replacement set of tiles. It was around $6 for 100 pieces last year.

Here’s what you do: 

  • Cut two pieces of burlap about 4 inches in width by 36 inches in length. Or, if you have a long piece of burlap you can use a 72 inch strip. Hot glue one end of the strip to the back of the wreath. Then wrap the burlap around your wreath. My wreath form was 12 inches wide, so if you are using a bigger form, you will need a longer piece of burlap.
 
  • Once the form is wrapped in burlap, set it aside. Now you will make some rolled flowers. I made  18 flowers in different sizes. For each flower, you will need a strip of material about 1 inch in width by either 32 inches, 24 inches or 18 inches, depending on how wide you want the flower to be. Fold the material in half width-wise and then roll it tightly about 8 times. Then add a dab of hot glue and twist the material around the rolled center, adding glue as you roll. The flower will continue to get bigger until you reach the end of the material. Then add some hot glue to the back and glue down the end of the material underneath the flower. For more in-depth instruction, check out my Rolled Flower Tutorial.
  • Now that you have the flowers made, lay out the scrabble pieces to whatever saying you want to display on your wreath. Then hot glue the tiles onto a piece of paper. Then cut out the tiles, trimming very close to the edges so no paper is showing.
 
  • Hot glue the Scrabble tiles to the wreath.
  • Now lay out the rolled flowers on the wreath. Once you are happy with the placement. Hot glue the flowers to the burlap wreath.
 
  • Cut the two coordinating ribbon for the top of the wreath. Make a loop of ribbon for the top of the wreath to hang on the door or wall. Then cut another length of the two ribbon and make a bow. Attach the bow at the top of the wreath to the loop. 
  • Hang up and enjoy your new wreath!

**Here’s another fun idea — use Scrabble Holders and letters to spell out your family’s names at the table! 

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Thanks to Amy at Living Locurto for letting me share this wreath on her blog a few days ago. Check out all of her fun printables. She also just came up with these adorable free 
that I am going to use this year. 

xoxo

PS — Only 2 more hours til WWU!! See you then!!

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Guest Project: Anthro-inspired Wreath & Giveaway

23 Jun
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I’d like to introduce you to my guest crafter today — Tia @ Two Junk Chix. Tia is such a fun and bubbly girl. And so creative! She has done a couple giveaways here for some of her gorgeous Crimson Clover jewelry. This is one of her newest creations that I am obsessed with:

Today she is sharing a fabulous project and a giveaway! Take it away Tia!

 

Anthro Style Wreath

 

Craft night with the girls resulted in these adorable wreaths inspired by my all time favorite store….ANTHROPOLOGIE. They were so fun to make but more importantly, they were so easy! I just love projects that give you instant gratification!
Up close and personal with some of the details…
 For mine, I decided to stick with a more neutral palette with touches of lime green, yellow, and robins egg blue.

We started out with these straw wreaths. You could use the styrofoam ones but we wanted ours to be really big and these were the perfect size. We gathered pearl pins, burlap, cloth flowers, vintage sheet music, ribbon and anything else we felt inspired by.

 

Vicki cut our strips of burlap for us. We needed 2 strips per wreath.

Once we got all of our burlap strips cut, Vick and I wrapped the burlap around the wreaths to cover up the straw.

We decided to leave the plastic packaging around the wreath so the straw wouldn’t poke through the burlap. Using a straight pin, the burlap is held in place. And now the fun begins!

Here is my dear friend, Deanne embellishing her wreath with my daughter, Paige. Even a 5 year old can do this! So much fun!!

Using pearl pins and hot glue, we just kept adding yummy treasures to our wreath. Here is a rosette using white and natural coffee filters and topped off with a big pearl.

All 3 of our wreaths turned out very differently but all were quite fabulous! Here is what mine looks like hanging on my door…

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Hope you have enjoyed our Anthro Style Wreath!!
Thank you so much, Jen! It is always a pleasure to work with you.
I’m so excited to give away another original Crimson Clover design. Crimson Clover is unique handmade jewelry that is vintage and vintage inspired with a hip and modern feel…and sometimes a little edgy. I’m a stay at home mother of 5 who loves to create and everything that I design, make and carry is made here in the fabulous USA!

COME OVER TO MY BLOG —  TWO JUNK CHIX TO WIN THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND NECKLACE:

xoxo,

tia

Thanks Tia – I’ll be right over to enter!

Hey, all you burlap lovers!

23 Mar
A few weeks ago a reader suggested that I add a linky at the bottom of some of my more popular projects. I think it’s a great idea because you guys are so creative!  
You take ideas and improve on them, give them a twist and make them your own!
So — I added a linky to my 2010 Burlap Wreath.  
If you have made this wreath, or a variation of it, will you go HERE and link up your post! 
 I think it would be so great to have your links attached so that if anyone wants to make one in the future, they can go over to YOUR blogs and see YOUR amazing ideas!
I will be adding linkies to some of my other projects in the next few days – I’ll keep you posted.
Thanks so much! 
Have a great night!

XOXO
PS — my daughter goes in for surgery on her knee tomorrow morning — will you send us some good thoughts and prayers? Thanks!!!

Ruffled Burlap Easter Wreath tutorial

23 Mar
I finally made an Easter project. I don’t know what my problem has been lately. I didn’t make anything for St. Patrick’s Day, but I’ve finally got my Easter groove on. I also got my Easter boxes out today and decorated – yay!
This was a really quick and easy wreath to make. I think the total time was around 1 hour — including decoupaging the eggs (but not drying time).
If you want to make one, here’s what you need:
Wreath form: I used a 14 inch form.
Burlap — one 3 inch wide by 4 foot long strip, plus one 8 inch wide by 6 foot long section.
Fabric scraps
Glue gun and glue sticks
Sewing machine — or you could use hot glue
Mod podge
3 plastic Easter eggs
Ribbon
First I took the wreath form and wrapped the thinner strip of burlap around the form, covering the entire form. I hot glued the edges down. Then I took some fabric scraps and covered each of the edges of the larger piece of burlap with material down each side — 3 inches in width — I folded the fabric in two and butted the edge of the burlap against the fold of the material.{I sewed the fabric onto the burlap, but you could hot glue the material on also.} 
The next thing I did was sew a really wide stitch down in between the two sides, about 1/3 of the way closer to one side and 3/4 away from the other side. I backstitched on the beginning of the stitch and then left the stitches open at the other end. Then I gathered the burlap up by pulling on the exposed thread at the open end of the burlap section. I pulled it very slowly and carefully so the thread wouldn’t break. Burlap is hard to ruffle because it is so heavy, but if you are careful you can do it.
If you don’t have a machine, you can ruffle the burlap by hot gluing folds together and creating the same look. If you want to do this, hot glue the ends of the burlap together — creating a circle. Then lay the circle on top of your wreath form. Hot glue one section on first, then take the opposite side of the circle and hot glue it onto the opposite side of the wreath form. Do this at all four points of the form. There will be a lot of fabric left over between. Then carefully make folds in the burlap between each of the glued sections, until it looks ruffled.
Once you have ruffled your burlap material by pulling on the thread, take it and measure it next to the wreath form. Make sure it is about the same size. Then hot glue the ends of the material together, making sure the seam is to the back side of the material. Then hot glue the material onto the wreath form. The take some ribbon and hot glue it onto the ruffled burlap to cover up the stitching.
After that is done, take some fabric straps and cut them into very thin ribbons of material. Take half of the strips, tie them in the center with some string or one of the strips of material and hot glue that onto the form, making sure that some of the strips hang on both sides off the wreath. Then take the other strips of material, and make it into a ball and glue that ball on top of the long strips. It should look messy. Then take some burlap scraps and glue that on top of the fabric ball. 
Now decoupage some strips of material onto your plastic eggs. I cut my material into 1 inch by 3 inch section and then I put a layer on the back of the material and smoothed it onto the egg. Then I took the next strip and smoothed it overlapping the previous strip. Do this until the egg is covered. Then add a coat of decoupaging medium over the whole egg. Let the egg dry on wax paper. Do this with all three eggs. I used different material on each egg for more color.
Once the eggs have dried, hot glue them on top of the burlap and fabric ball.
Then add some ribbon to the back of the wreath and hang it up.
I have another rufflier burlap project coming up later in the week. Plus, another Easter project!
And, if you would like a chance to win a beautiful, custom soldered necklace, click HERE.

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I am linking this up to:

Have a Terrific Tuesday!

XOXO

Ruffled Burlap Easter Wreath tutorial

23 Mar
I finally made an Easter project. I don’t know what my problem has been lately. I didn’t make anything for St. Patrick’s Day, but I’ve finally got my Easter groove on. I also got my Easter boxes out today and decorated – yay!
This was a really quick and easy wreath to make. I think the total time was around 1 hour — including decoupaging the eggs (but not drying time).
If you want to make one, here’s what you need:
Wreath form: I used a 14 inch form.
Burlap — one 3 inch wide by 4 foot long strip, plus one 8 inch wide by 6 foot long section.
Fabric scraps
Glue gun and glue sticks
Sewing machine — or you could use hot glue
Mod podge
3 plastic Easter eggs
Ribbon
First I took the wreath form and wrapped the thinner strip of burlap around the form, covering the entire form. I hot glued the edges down. Then I took some fabric scraps and covered each of the edges of the larger piece of burlap with material down each side — 3 inches in width — I folded the fabric in two and butted the edge of the burlap against the fold of the material.{I sewed the fabric onto the burlap, but you could hot glue the material on also.} 
The next thing I did was sew a really wide stitch down in between the two sides, about 1/3 of the way closer to one side and 3/4 away from the other side. I backstitched on the beginning of the stitch and then left the stitches open at the other end. Then I gathered the burlap up by pulling on the exposed thread at the open end of the burlap section. I pulled it very slowly and carefully so the thread wouldn’t break. Burlap is hard to ruffle because it is so heavy, but if you are careful you can do it.
If you don’t have a machine, you can ruffle the burlap by hot gluing folds together and creating the same look. If you want to do this, hot glue the ends of the burlap together — creating a circle. Then lay the circle on top of your wreath form. Hot glue one section on first, then take the opposite side of the circle and hot glue it onto the opposite side of the wreath form. Do this at all four points of the form. There will be a lot of fabric left over between. Then carefully make folds in the burlap between each of the glued sections, until it looks ruffled.
Once you have ruffled your burlap material by pulling on the thread, take it and measure it next to the wreath form. Make sure it is about the same size. Then hot glue the ends of the material together, making sure the seam is to the back side of the material. Then hot glue the material onto the wreath form. The take some ribbon and hot glue it onto the ruffled burlap to cover up the stitching.
After that is done, take some fabric straps and cut them into very thin ribbons of material. Take half of the strips, tie them in the center with some string or one of the strips of material and hot glue that onto the form, making sure that some of the strips hang on both sides off the wreath. Then take the other strips of material, and make it into a ball and glue that ball on top of the long strips. It should look messy. Then take some burlap scraps and glue that on top of the fabric ball. 
Now decoupage some strips of material onto your plastic eggs. I cut my material into 1 inch by 3 inch section and then I put a layer on the back of the material and smoothed it onto the egg. Then I took the next strip and smoothed it overlapping the previous strip. Do this until the egg is covered. Then add a coat of decoupaging medium over the whole egg. Let the egg dry on wax paper. Do this with all three eggs. I used different material on each egg for more color.
Once the eggs have dried, hot glue them on top of the burlap and fabric ball.
Then add some ribbon to the back of the wreath and hang it up.
I have another rufflier burlap project coming up later in the week. Plus, another Easter project!
And, if you would like a chance to win a beautiful, custom soldered necklace, click HERE.

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I am linking this up to:

Have a Terrific Tuesday!

XOXO

My 15 Minutes of Fame… well, actually about 6 minutes – lol…

26 Feb



Today was the day! I have been looking forward/dreading it for about 6 weeks. I woke up so nervous, but was excited at the same time. It ended up being a wonderful experience – I am so glad I didn’t chicken out!

My mom went with me which was great. Between the two of us, we cannot find out way anywhere! Of course we got lost in the parking garage! We ended up wandering around until we found a security guy who took pity on us and showed us where to go.

I meet Brooke and Darin – they are so nice!!

And the segment went really well. I forgot what to say a few times, but — what can you do? I am really glad I did it! And I get to do it again next week! Now I am excited rather than terrified. Yay!

I did find a wonderful tool that I am going to ask for when my birthday rolls around — The Big Shot!!! I borrowed it from my friend Jenifer — she’s a Stampin’ Up Rep. It is the coolest thing. I didn’t realize that it can cut fabric — like 8 layers at a time. So fun!

So I made a few new burlap Spring wreaths using it. I love it! The flower shapes are so cute! If you want to make one, the tutorial is HERE.

And now back to real life. Your probably wondering if I’m going to make any more projects… Yes! I have a really fun one I am going to work on this weekend. I think you’re going to love it!
And don’t forget, the Bobbity Boo Children’s Clothing giveaway ends Friday night at midnight. And the Weekend Wrap Up Party starts on Saturday — with a Gorilla Glue Giveaway for those that enter. There were some fabulous projects last week that I am going to spotlight – can’t wait!!


XOXO