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Stenciled Napkin Pillows for my banquette — with Royal Design Studios!! {tutorial}!!

9 Sep
 I have been on a bit of a stenciling kick this summer…
stenciled projects
I stenciled a Chevron rug,  a Spray Painted Circle Rug, and then I tackled my kitchen window with some Faux Roman Shades and some painted pillows for my kitchen banquette.

And yesterday I stenciled this rug for my family room — only with thicker stripes!! It turned out SOOO good!! I’ll be sharing that soon. 

I thought it might be fun to make some pillows for my Kitchen Banquette with Royal Design Studio stencils and some white and patterned napkins I found at Target. {these are the Chain Link and Lattice Endless Circle Stencils}

Super easy!!
stenciled napkin pillows header
Here’s how to make them — 

Stenciled Napkin Pillows

stenciled napkin pillows collage
  1. The first thing I did was I mixed up some paint and Martha Stewart’s paint medium. This makes the paint softer and washable.
  2. Then I laid the napkin on my work surface and taped the Royal Design Studio – Chain Link Stencil and Endless Circles Stencil over the top with some painter’s tape.
  3. I used this really cool roller top that fits on top a container and it makes stenciling a breeze. It’s also from Martha Stewart’s new decorative paint line.
  4. Once it was painted, I laid the napkins out to dry.
  5. Then I sewed another napkin to the stenciled side and added a zipper.
So now I have some fun pillows that go with my new kitchen décor AND they were super easy to make!!
stenciled napkin pillows from the side
I love Royal Design Studio because they have amazing, modern design AND their stencils are made out of the highest quality materials and they have guide marks that make lining up the stencils on a wall a breeze.
three stenciled napkin pillows
Have a Fantastic Friday!!!

 PSDo you love Chevron as much as I do?? Check out the 22 Chevron DIY Ideas I shared on Babble’s New Home Ec today 🙂
PPSDid I say FRIDAY??? It’s my favorite day of the week. Why??? It’s almost time for the Weekend Wrap Up Party!! It’s YOUR time to show off what YOU have been doing. I love featuring YOU!!! The party starts at 6 pm MST.

See you then!!! 

Fall Embroidery Hoop Door Hanging {tutorial}!!

6 Sep
I have LOVED all of the fun tutorials featuring embroidery hoops floating all over blogland lately. 
There are so many awesome projects using these humble sewing tools.  

ashley at the flaunt store

 So when my *CUTE* sister Ashley called me up asking what a trendy Fall Wreath project would be — of course I answered — “something with embroidery hoops”.
And here’s her fun and whimsical Fall Embroidery Hoop Door Hanging!!

I love it!!

 Here’s how to make one: 

Take it away Ashley —
10″ embroidery hoop (or whatever size you want to use)
Linen or fabric to place in center of hoop
embroidery thread
fall colored felt
burlap garland (I found mine at Jo-Anne’s in the floral section)
  • First off, I put the linen fabric in the center of the embroidery
    I made it taut and left the extra fabric hanging out the sides.
    You will need to tighten the fabric again at the end.
  • Decide on what you want the wreath to say and sketch it out on
    the fabric.
    I chose the saying “hello fall” and used the two different
    fonts to make it interesting. I had to google how to embroider and used
    this website as my guide: Needle ‘n Thread. I used the
    chain stitch for “fall” and the stem stitch for “hello”.
  • After I had the phrase embroidered on the fabric, I started cutting
    out leaves and grouping them together.
    I also used some leftover fabric
    from a tank top that I shortened to make some rosettes and to add
  • Lastly, I added the burlap
    garland around the edge as a ruffle.
    I threw in a wide stitch through
    the garland edge and pulled it tight until I had the right size. Once I
    tied it off and brought the two edges together, I turned over the hoop
    and hot glued the ruffle to the back of the wreath.
  • I love the bright colors of the design and natural textures of the linen and burlap together!

Thanks Ashley!!! 
 {isn’t her little boy the cutest?}

And if you are in the Bay Area – check out Ashley’s Boutique Flaunt in Danville, CA.

It is the ultimate in casual cool. 

Tell her I sent you!!!

flaunt danville

flaunt inside

And I am so excited — Ashley is going to share a monthly tutorial with us!!

Have a Happy Day!! 

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Great Ideas — Painted Projects {1}!

28 Aug
Painted Chandelier @ How Does She
Painted Sofa @ Johnny in a Dress
Chevron Wall Painting Tutorial @ The Tall Chick
Painted Nursery Dresser @ Never a Dull Moment

 Stenciled Basket Liners @ Blissfully Ever After
 Make a Farmhouse Table @ The Real Housewives of BC
Painted Lamp Transformation @ She’s Crafty
 Painted Thrifted Table @ Organize and Decorate Everything
 Tray Makeover @ Coley’s Corner
Paint with Chalk and Stencils @ 504 Main
Spruce up a table with Paint @ The Craft Monkey
Painted Dresser Redo @ The Prezidential Life
 Painted Sun Sign @ Erin at Lemon Tree Creations
Painted Pew @ Harbour Breeze
 Stained Countertop @ Nest Nesting Nested
 Painted Pink Cabinet @ Girls in the Garden
Contact Paper Stencils @ Always in Wonder
Painted Headboard @ My Jadie Cakes
Kids Table Redo @ A Grace Full Life
Homemade Bed @ Kristin Duke Photography
Painted Kitchen Cabinets @ Projects Around the House


I am AMAZED at all of the wonderful ideas linked up. I wish I could feature each of them!! 
Come check them out and  link up YOUR ideas and enter to win $50 to:


Happy Sunday!! 


Great Ideas — DIY Inspiration {12}

27 Aug
Pallet Day Bed @ La Famille Blog
Restoration Hardware-inspired Concrete Fire Column @ In My Own Style
Shutters become Bathroom Counters @ Cleverly Inspired
DIY Photo Display @ Shanty 2 Chic

Entryway Makeover @ PB&J Stories
 DIY Dry Erase Calendar @ SAS Interiors
Houndstooth Pendant Lamp @ A Girl and a Glue Gun
French Opera Sidetable @ Lovely Etc.
DIY Subway Art @ My Life as a Mrs.
DIy Message Center @ Sweet Serendipity
Yellow Bookshelf and Plate Wall @ By The Brook Designs
 Window Chalkboard @ Poofy Cheeks
Sassy Gallery Wall @ Sassy Style
Pretty Bench Redo @ The Remodeled Life
Pallet Toy Crate @ Onesie Twosie
So many great ideas going on this week!! 
Come link up YOUR ideas and enter to win $50 to:
Have a Happy Saturday!! 
PS — Thanks for the sweet words on my Stenciled Circle Rug!! It was a fun project to make. I am sharing 10 other Stenciled Rug Tutorials over at The New Home Ec today. Come over and get inspired to paint a rug for your home!!! 

Stenciled Circle Rug Tutorial {Spray Paint Project}

26 Aug

Have I ever mentioned that I have a slight obsession with the Disney Show “Good Luck Charlie”? 

I was sick last Spring and spent about 5 hours straight watching it in some sort of “Good Luck Charlie” marathon – lol! I adore the use of color in the “Good Luck Charlie” house!!

Like their turquoise couch! So fun. I developed a bit of a crush on the rug from that set. So I tracked it down and discovered that it is the Key Turquoise Rug from Suzanne Sharp – a famous rug designer and also several thousand dollars. Update — just requested the price list and yes, it’s $5,000 – yikes!!! I think I’m going to try to recreate this rug for my family room 🙂

And while I was obsessing about this rug, I fond another rug. Also by Suzanne Sharp and decided to try to recreate that — it’s the Sellarsbrook rug.

Here’s what I did: 

1. I used cheap rolls of shelf liner. 
2. I traced two sizes of plates onto the liner. 
3. I cut out the circles. 
4. I laid the circles on the rug and overlapped them, three rows.
5.Then I taped rows on top of the circles. And taped the edges up.
6. Then I spray painted the whole rug. 
I bought the rug from Ikea. It was $24.99. In retrospect, I should have rolled the paint on instead of spray painting. The rug has ridges, so it was hard to get the rug taped with the ridges, so some of the spray paint did get underneath the tape. If I had rolled it on, I think the edges would have been a little crisper. 
But overall I’m really pleased with the rug. It looks so pretty in my garden — with my striped yellow benchI love turquoise and yellow together!! 

So now my patio is extra colorful!!! 
and instead of the $3000 price tag — mine was under $40!!
Thanks for stopping by – I appreciate it!! 
Have a Fantastic Friday!! 


PS— This post is linked up with Beth!!

Great Ideas — DIY Inspiration {11}

21 Aug
Master Bedroom Reveal @ Classy Clutter
 Knotted Bed Quilt @ This Crazy, Blessed Life
 Guest Room Redo @ How Sweet It Is
 Jewelry Organizer out of an old Crib @ Infarrantly Creative

Keep calm Fabric Poster @ Sweet C’s Designs
 Glazed Gray Desk @ I Heart Naptime
 Beadboard Wallpaper Cabinet @ Thrifty Decorating
Vinyl Privacy Screen @ Welcome to Our Semi Normal Life
Farm Bench from a Pallet @ Craftberry Bush
 Budget Kitchen makeover @ Shaped By Grace
Glazed Cabinets @ Nest Nesting Nested
Light and Bright Laundry Room @ Thrifty and Chic
 Pretty Laundry Room @ Life in the Thrifty Lane
DIY Painted Rug @ Mothering with Style
PB-inspired Bar Stools @ Sisters of the Wild West

I love seeing YOUR projects!! There are so many great ideas linked up this week — from recipes to refashions and more.

And Come link up YOUR ideas to win a $100 credit to
UUPP — Uplifting Prints!!

{{Happy Sunday}}


PS — Are you getting ready for Fall?? I am sharing 20 DIY Fall Wreath Ideas over at Babble’s Home Ec today 🙂

Great Ideas — DIY Inspiration {10}

20 Aug
 Painted Cabinet Makeover @ The V Spot
 Ceiling Medallion Clock @ Positively Splendid
DIY Kids Table and Chairs @ Shanty 2 Chic
 New Old Crate @ Not Just a Housewife

 Bookcase to Play Kitchen @ Nap Time Journal
 Old Crate + Casters = New Coffee Table @ Cellar Door Stories
 Stenciled Magnet Board @ Craftionary
DIY Headboard Bench @ So Not Donna Reed
Laundry Room Cabinet Makeover @ Domestic Imperfection
 Modern Striped Chair Makeover @ Three Boys
Cedar Chest Makeover @ Christina’s Adventures
French Chair Transformation @ You Are Talking Too Much
Grey and White desk @ Elizabeth and Co.
Turquoise Dresser Makeover @ The Roseland Family
 DIY Lounge Chair @ Dittle Dattle
Skateboard Dresser @ Being Brook
There are so many great DIY ideas linked up. I am only done with about half of the list, but I will be doing another Great Ideas post tonight!! 
Come link up YOUR ideas to win a $100 credit to
UUPP — Uplifting Prints!!


 Have a Great Saturday!!! 
PSAnother Great Ideas post is coming up tonight!!