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{{{Valentine Pillows}}}

27 Jan
I never really decorated for Valentine’s Day, until last year. And then it was like a big light bulb went off in my head!  
Now I think Valentine’s Day is in my top 3 favorite holidays to make projects for. 
 
Here’s a little project I made last week, using cute fabric, heat transfer material and my Silhouette.
{{Valentine’s Pillows}}

I wanted to make some pillows with a kind of modern twist!
And if you don’t have a Silhouette machine, you could still totally make these. All you need to do is print out an image and then put the image behind your heat transfer material and trace the image onto the heat transfer material. Then cut it out with scissors or an exacto knife. You might have to hold the image paper and heat transfer paper up to a window while you trace it out.
I made the heart using the Silhouette software and then downloaded the thought bubble from the Silhouette Online Store.
The pillows are simple, flap backed pillows with a 4 inch overlap in the back. 
**And my secret to pillows that keep a nice shape is this — after making the pillow covers, turn them right side out and iron them flat. Then sew a tiny seam all around the edges of the pillows. This keeps a nice, sharp edge.
Now I have some festive pillows for the 14th!!  
Yay!! 
And, if you follow TT&J on Facebook, you know that I am in Nashville at Blissdom!! I have met so many fun bloggers so far. It’s so fun!! We had a little party tonight where I was able to hang out with Beckie from Infarrantly, Kami from No Bigggie, Lorie from Be Different, Act Normal, Allison from House of Hepworth’s, Mique from 30 Handmade Days and April from Funky, Vintage Kitchen. Plus so many more cute girls!!! {Kellie from This Blessed Nest took this picture — she is so adorable IRL too}
Have a Super Day!!!!

I’m linking up to The CSI Project’s 
Pantone 2011 Color of the Year — Honeysuckle! 
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{{{Valentine Pillows}}}

27 Jan
I never really decorated for Valentine’s Day, until last year. And then it was like a big light bulb went off in my head!  
Now I think Valentine’s Day is in my top 3 favorite holidays to make projects for. 
 
Here’s a little project I made last week, using cute fabric, heat transfer material and my Silhouette.
{{Valentine’s Pillows}}

I wanted to make some pillows with a kind of modern twist!
And if you don’t have a Silhouette machine, you could still totally make these. All you need to do is print out an image and then put the image behind your heat transfer material and trace the image onto the heat transfer material. Then cut it out with scissors or an exacto knife. You might have to hold the image paper and heat transfer paper up to a window while you trace it out.
I made the heart using the Silhouette software and then downloaded the thought bubble from the Silhouette Online Store.
The pillows are simple, flap backed pillows with a 4 inch overlap in the back. 
**And my secret to pillows that keep a nice shape is this — after making the pillow covers, turn them right side out and iron them flat. Then sew a tiny seam all around the edges of the pillows. This keeps a nice, sharp edge.
Now I have some festive pillows for the 14th!!  
Yay!! 
And, if you follow TT&J on Facebook, you know that I am in Nashville at Blissdom!! I have met so many fun bloggers so far. It’s so fun!! We had a little party tonight where I was able to hang out with Beckie from Infarrantly, Kami from No Bigggie, Lorie from Be Different, Act Normal, Allison from House of Hepworth’s, Mique from 30 Handmade Days and April from Funky, Vintage Kitchen. Plus so many more cute girls!!! {Kellie from This Blessed Nest took this picture — she is so adorable IRL too}
Have a Super Day!!!!

I’m linking up to The CSI Project’s 
Pantone 2011 Color of the Year — Honeysuckle! 
Visit thecsiproject.com



It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — My Blue and Silver Christmas Mantel!!

1 Dec
I finally got my Living Room Mantel Done! I don’t know why it took me so long. I get all of those Christmas boxes out and get overwhelmed – lol. I decided not to put up my living room tree this year, so I used the ornaments I usually put on the tree on my mantel! 
I didn’t buy anything new except for some darling .99 cent faux Mercury Glass Votives from Target!! Aren’t they the cutest???

I arranged the ornaments in a ball by connecting the hooks together.
 

I also took a frame I got for $1 this summer at a garage sale, spray painted it blue and put made a little ornament wreath to fit inside of it. I love it laying on my big mirror above my fireplace.


I also made a Ruffle Tree. I just adore it. I put it on a glass Dollar Store candlestick on my living room coffee table. I found some little finials at Hobby Lobby and put one on top. So cute!
 And I took that wooden platter I bought at Pier1 and put this cute Santa vinyl on it. I got the vinyl from the adorable Shelley from House of Smith’s Wonderfully Wordy shop!
And at night the candles are so festive. I just love candles at Christmas!!!
I’m linking this up to the Super Festive Mantel Party over at The Lettered Cottage!
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I am so excited to see all of the mantels!!

I’m linking up to these fabulous parties  – check them out!!
  

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xoxo

Pier1 Holiday Decorating!

26 Nov
This post brought to you by Pier 1 Imports. All opinions are 100% mine.

 I love this time of the year! 
Parties. Decorating. Being with family. 
I don’t know about you, but my Holiday Decorations needed a little freshening up. So I headed over to Pier1 — it’s been awhile since I had been over there. There are so many wonderful items at Pier1 to add some sparkle to your holiday decorations!
How cute would a Woodland Theme be this year?

This Peace Wreath makes me smile. 
 A White Feather Tree would be a fun addition this year. I love the idea of a black and white tree. It would look great with silhoutte ornaments.
 There are so many great table setting ideas for holiday entertaining at Pier 1. I love the idea of using runners instead of placemats!
 And if you are planning on throwing a holiday party  this year, you can use these appetizer plates and holiday entertaining pieces from the Tasting Collection!
 I picked out some beautiful Mercury Glass Candle Holders.
I love the classic beauty these will bring to my Holiday decorations. 
I created a fun little corner with my new Mercury Candle Holders. 
So pretty! 

I also found something that is at the top of my wish list — a Quatrefoil Mirror!!! LOVE!

I also saw all kinds of great items on sale and on clearance. 
There were some great holiday entertaining deals — and you know how much I love deals!! 
And during the month of November ,  Pier 1 is supporting Toys for Tots which is an awesome organization. Be sure to “like”  Pier 1 on  facebook — they will be donating a $1.00 to Toys for Tots, for every “like” they receive!! Such an easy way to help out!!! Head over and do that, will you?? 

  

 I also made a little video of me with some of my favorite finds at Pier 1 — if you want to take a look. There were so many awesome things to see — I had a wonderful time exploring the store! 
Thanks for letting me stop by, Pier1!!
xoxo

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Pier1 Holiday Decorating!

26 Nov
This post brought to you by Pier 1 Imports. All opinions are 100% mine.

 I love this time of the year! 
Parties. Decorating. Being with family. 
I don’t know about you, but my Holiday Decorations needed a little freshening up. So I headed over to Pier1 — it’s been awhile since I had been over there. There are so many wonderful items at Pier1 to add some sparkle to your holiday decorations!
How cute would a Woodland Theme be this year?

This Peace Wreath makes me smile. 
 A White Feather Tree would be a fun addition this year. I love the idea of a black and white tree. It would look great with silhoutte ornaments.
 There are so many great table setting ideas for holiday entertaining at Pier 1. I love the idea of using runners instead of placemats!
 And if you are planning on throwing a holiday party  this year, you can use these appetizer plates and holiday entertaining pieces from the Tasting Collection!
 I picked out some beautiful Mercury Glass Candle Holders.
I love the classic beauty these will bring to my Holiday decorations. 
I created a fun little corner with my new Mercury Candle Holders. 
So pretty! 

I also found something that is at the top of my wish list — a Quatrefoil Mirror!!! LOVE!

I also saw all kinds of great items on sale and on clearance. 
There were some great holiday entertaining deals — and you know how much I love deals!! 
And during the month of November ,  Pier 1 is supporting Toys for Tots which is an awesome organization. Be sure to “like”  Pier 1 on  facebook — they will be donating a $1.00 to Toys for Tots, for every “like” they receive!! Such an easy way to help out!!! Head over and do that, will you?? 

  

 I also made a little video of me with some of my favorite finds at Pier 1 — if you want to take a look. There were so many awesome things to see — I had a wonderful time exploring the store! 
Thanks for letting me stop by, Pier1!!
xoxo

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{Creepy} Halloween Specimen Art w/printable

14 Sep
 
I am sure you have all seen the Ali Edward’s Awesome Butterfly Art. 
Genius, pure genius.
 https://i1.wp.com/aliedwards.typepad.com/_a_/images/2008/02/07/creativeweekend_punch1.jpg
 I had one of those nights the other night where all I did was dream about projects. 
Craaaazy!
And when I woke up I wanted to make a project similar to this but with a Halloween theme. 
So I headed off to Michael’s to see what kind of frames I could find. 
And it was my lucky day — all of their frames were on sale!
I wanted to make this project for as little money as possible. 
I spied these t-shirt frames for $3.99 — I grabbed three. 
I loved that they were deep for 3-D art.
I also grabbed this fun Martha Stewart Spider Punch: 
It was on sale too – I was on a roll! I already had paper — so I headed home to start working.

I decided that I want to use the frames over in case I want to make some different versions of the specimen art — maybe Christmas or a version that I can keep out all year. So I decided to make some removeable frames that I can take out and replace with different ones. I cut some thin plywood from my garage into 12 inch x 12 inch squares. I covered them with fabric from an old bedskirt that I have in my fabric pile. I wrapped it around the frame and secured it using my trusty Gorilla Glue Tape. This stuff is great for securing fabric. 
Once I had those done, I punched out my spiders. I used 6 different papers in Halloween colors. 
I bought 3 frames because I think everything looks best in groups of three – don’t you?? 
 So I needed to come up with two other types of “specimens”. 
I knew I wanted to use a bat shape. 
That was what brought me to this project — the way the bat mimics the butterfly in the original idea. 
There is a really cute bat punch that Martha Stewart makes — it looks like this: 
https://i2.wp.com/papercrave.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/martha-stewart-bat-paper-punch.jpg
But since I was being cheap, and since I have a really cool Silhouette machine, I decided to try to use my Silhouette to make the bats. I found out something really nifty about the Silhouette! You can take any image online that you like and transfer it to the Silhouette and then the Silhouette software will copy the outline of that image — and… You don’t have to pay anything to do that.
It’s free!!!!  
Cool! So I did that and cut the bats out using my Silhouette.
Then for the third shape, I used a small circle punch using the Halloween papers. 
Once I had my “specimens” cut out, I made a grid on my computer. Since it was on my computer I could only make a 8.5 by 8.5 grid that was square. Of course, I could have printed off 2 copies and taped them together, but I thought a smaller grid inside the frames with blank space on the sides would be cool.  
So – here is the printable square 8.5 x 8.5 Grid, and here is the printable 8.5 x 11 Grid that you can copy off twice and then paste together if you have a larger board.
I printed the grid off and then poked a pen through the center of each of the x’s. Then I centered the paper in the middle of my square fabric back and poked my pencil through each hole, marking where the specimen went.
Once those were marked, I stacked TWO dimensional adhesive circles together and placed them on each of the pencil marks.
Then I put the “specimen” on top of each of the dimensional stickers. 
Now the grid will work if you have something that’s square. Each grid on my printable is 1.5 inches across. My bats were longer so I had to space them out 3 inches across by 1.5 inches in height. It took a little arranging. 

Now, I attached the specimen board to the back of the frame. I used sticky Velcro squares. I put two squares on the back of each of the frames. Then put the back of the Velcro on top of the front so the sticky side of the Velcro was sticking up. Then I put the back of the frame on top and turned it upside down so the plywood would connect with the back of the frame. I had to do it this way so I could get the center of the plywood centered in the middle. Then I took the back off and pressed down on the Velcro with my hands to be sure it was on tightly.
This way I can remove the plywood inserts and make new ones in the future.
Now it was time to hang the “specimen” art! 
My favorite part!!! 
Here’s a tip for hanging things the easy way! Take a piece of Painter tape, put a thumbtack through the center, then put it underneath the hanger part of the frame. Stand where you want the frame to go on the wall. Put your level on top and make sure it is where you want it to be in the wall. 
The thumbtacks should be pointing toward the wall. 
Press against the frame and the pointy part of the thumbtacks will make holes in the wall where you can hang your nails. It works so great!!!!
The end 🙂
Have a {Creepy} Day!
XOXO

{Creepy} Halloween Specimen Art w/printable

14 Sep
 
I am sure you have all seen the Ali Edward’s Awesome Butterfly Art. 
Genius, pure genius.
 https://i1.wp.com/aliedwards.typepad.com/_a_/images/2008/02/07/creativeweekend_punch1.jpg
 I had one of those nights the other night where all I did was dream about projects. 
Craaaazy!
And when I woke up I wanted to make a project similar to this but with a Halloween theme. 
So I headed off to Michael’s to see what kind of frames I could find. 
And it was my lucky day — all of their frames were on sale!
I wanted to make this project for as little money as possible. 
I spied these t-shirt frames for $3.99 — I grabbed three. 
I loved that they were deep for 3-D art.
I also grabbed this fun Martha Stewart Spider Punch: 
It was on sale too – I was on a roll! I already had paper — so I headed home to start working.

I decided that I want to use the frames over in case I want to make some different versions of the specimen art — maybe Christmas or a version that I can keep out all year. So I decided to make some removeable frames that I can take out and replace with different ones. I cut some thin plywood from my garage into 12 inch x 12 inch squares. I covered them with fabric from an old bedskirt that I have in my fabric pile. I wrapped it around the frame and secured it using my trusty Gorilla Glue Tape. This stuff is great for securing fabric. 
Once I had those done, I punched out my spiders. I used 6 different papers in Halloween colors. 
I bought 3 frames because I think everything looks best in groups of three – don’t you?? 
 So I needed to come up with two other types of “specimens”. 
I knew I wanted to use a bat shape. 
That was what brought me to this project — the way the bat mimics the butterfly in the original idea. 
There is a really cute bat punch that Martha Stewart makes — it looks like this: 
https://i2.wp.com/papercrave.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/martha-stewart-bat-paper-punch.jpg
But since I was being cheap, and since I have a really cool Silhouette machine, I decided to try to use my Silhouette to make the bats. I found out something really nifty about the Silhouette! You can take any image online that you like and transfer it to the Silhouette and then the Silhouette software will copy the outline of that image — and… You don’t have to pay anything to do that.
It’s free!!!!  
Cool! So I did that and cut the bats out using my Silhouette.
Then for the third shape, I used a small circle punch using the Halloween papers. 
Once I had my “specimens” cut out, I made a grid on my computer. Since it was on my computer I could only make a 8.5 by 8.5 grid that was square. Of course, I could have printed off 2 copies and taped them together, but I thought a smaller grid inside the frames with blank space on the sides would be cool.  
So – here is the printable square 8.5 x 8.5 Grid, and here is the printable 8.5 x 11 Grid that you can copy off twice and then paste together if you have a larger board.
I printed the grid off and then poked a pen through the center of each of the x’s. Then I centered the paper in the middle of my square fabric back and poked my pencil through each hole, marking where the specimen went.
Once those were marked, I stacked TWO dimensional adhesive circles together and placed them on each of the pencil marks.
Then I put the “specimen” on top of each of the dimensional stickers. 
Now the grid will work if you have something that’s square. Each grid on my printable is 1.5 inches across. My bats were longer so I had to space them out 3 inches across by 1.5 inches in height. It took a little arranging. 

Now, I attached the specimen board to the back of the frame. I used sticky Velcro squares. I put two squares on the back of each of the frames. Then put the back of the Velcro on top of the front so the sticky side of the Velcro was sticking up. Then I put the back of the frame on top and turned it upside down so the plywood would connect with the back of the frame. I had to do it this way so I could get the center of the plywood centered in the middle. Then I took the back off and pressed down on the Velcro with my hands to be sure it was on tightly.
This way I can remove the plywood inserts and make new ones in the future.
Now it was time to hang the “specimen” art! 
My favorite part!!! 
Here’s a tip for hanging things the easy way! Take a piece of Painter tape, put a thumbtack through the center, then put it underneath the hanger part of the frame. Stand where you want the frame to go on the wall. Put your level on top and make sure it is where you want it to be in the wall. 
The thumbtacks should be pointing toward the wall. 
Press against the frame and the pointy part of the thumbtacks will make holes in the wall where you can hang your nails. It works so great!!!!
The end 🙂
Have a {Creepy} Day!
XOXO