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J Crew-Inspired Threaded Necklace (with rosette)!

24 May

I was window shopping at one of my favorite stores the other day – J Crew.
I love their relaxed, classic style! 
I stumbled across a really simple, but elegant necklace and noticed that the beads were threaded onto the chain. I loved the look of it. I took this picture with my phone, and unfortunately it’s a little blurry. I wasn’t able to find the same necklace on their website either…
j crew necklace
{sorry  – I took this picture with my iphone so the picture quality isn’t the greatest}

I decided to go home and try making something similar. Of course I had to change it up a little – lol! Here’s what I came up with. I also made another necklace with the same technique, but using kind of seaside-ish colors. And I threw in a beaded rosette for fun too.

Threaded Rosette Necklace Tutorial
(15 minute project)
This is a super easy project and I think it would make an awesome birthday gift too.

So if you want to make one, here’s what I did:
the supplies collage
  • Chain (found in the jewelry section of your craft supply store)
  • Clasps
  • Round beads. I used 8mm.
  • Embroidery Thread or Beading Thread.
  • Needle
  • Fabric for the rosette – 1 inch wide by approx. 30 inch in length.
  • Fabric glue
  • Hot glue or super glue
thread the string
  • The first thing to do is measure out how long you want your necklace to be. Mine was 24 inches long.
    Then measure your thread twice that length. I double threaded the needle so the thread was very strong.
  • Now measure down about 6 inches from one end of the chain and make a knot in the thread to one of the links in the chain there.
  • Thread on a bead and then interweave the needle through a few of the links. I threaded a bead about every 5-6 links. But you can add as many beads or as little as you want. On the blue necklace, I threaded a few beads next to each other and then wove the thread through another 5-6 links and then added a few more beads…
  • Be sure to hold the one end of chain tight while threading the thread through the links. You want the thread to be the same length as the chain, so there is no gathering of the chain, or excess thread hanging down when you are done.
  • Do this all the way down the length of chain until you get about 6 inches from the other end. Pull the thread tight, so there is no gaps in the thread. Then make a knot at the other end of the necklace. I also put a dab of super glue on each knot to make sure it was secure.
  • Now you can attach your clasp, or if the necklace is long enough to fit over your head, just attach the links at each end together!
cut the fabric
  • Now you make your rosette (optional). I have a rosette tutorial you can reference if you want. Cut a length of fabric. 1 inch wide by about 24-30 inches in length, depending on how big you want your rosette to be.
  • Fold the fabric in half, width-wise and make a knot. Then roll the fabric and glue it with fabric glue as you roll, in a circular motion.
  • You can also thread some beads on the rosette to match the beads on your necklace is you want, at this point.
make a rosette
  • Once you have the rosette finished, glue it onto a piece of felt.
glue the rosettes on felt
  • Once the glue ha dried, cut around the felt and glue the felt with the rosettes onto one side at the top of the necklace. I used hot glue to attach the rosettes to the necklace. And then I glued another strip of felt over the chain to make it more comfortable to wear.
glue felt on chain
And that is it!
Now you have a pretty, threaded rosette necklace to wear this Summer.
Enjoy!!
threaded rosette necklace
threaded rosette necklace blue
Super fast and super simple! 


xoxo


Have a Fantastic Tuesday!!! 

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Guest Project — DIY Porch Swing Makeover!

20 May
Hi everyone! 

 I’m Angie from The Cellar Door Stories, and I’m just beyond excited to be here guest posting today!  I love to blog about decorating, crafting, cooking, frugal ideas, family life with my husband and two kiddos, and pretty much any other random thing that comes to mind….some may call it scatter-brained, but I prefer the term “eclectic.”  *wink*

Today I’d like to share one of our most recent projects ~ our porch swing makeover!!

Built in 1961 and not kept in the best condition, our home has been a bit of a fixer-upper, porch swing included!  
Here’s what we started with when we first moved in….


Fast forward 3 1/2 years, and my little guy has changed quite a bit, but unfortunately the porch swing had not!  Since we were already in the process of repainting our shutters (which were also the country blue color), it made sense to give our porch swing a makeover too!

The first step was to take it down, clean it, sand it, and clean it some more. 
I knew I wanted to cutesy it up a bit by stenciling on a phrase, so we removed two of the slats to be replaced later.  Then it was time to paint!  I had chosen the color “Lincoln Cottage Black” by Valspar.  We used our paint sprayer for a few coats and a foam brush to fix any runs and get all the other nooks and crannies that were hard to reach with the spray.
My handy hubby cut down the new board to fit, and once it was painted, measured out my chipboard letters for me!  
What a great guy ~ he handles any project that involves my arch enemy:  measuring. 
My tendency is to just eyeball everything, so if it actually needs to look good, he measures it all out.  I first traced around the letters with a pencil, then over the pencil with white paint, and then filled each letter in.  I lost count of how many coats it took, but I think it was around seven, so a little time consuming, but not difficult.  (Of course, those of you lucky ducks with a Silhouette could crank that baby out in vinyl in no time!!)

Once the wording was completely dry, and the new board was attached, we could hang the swing back up in it’s rightful place on the front porch.  I whipped up some pillows ~ I use the term “whipped up” very lightly…actually my sewing machine and I were at odds for a few hours, but she finally relented, and we are now back on speaking terms.  Anyway, I plan on eventually painting the front door red, so I used a fun outdoor fabric with some red accents and some red burlap for the pillows.  
Since the pillows will be outside, I left the plastic packaging on the pillow forms to protect them from getting wet!  Smart thinking, right?  Well, they make a funny sound when you lean on them, but at least they look good!  Plus, I made the envelope type closure, so I can easily take out the pillow form if I change my mind.
*One quick note ~ I do plan on adding a coat of clear poly over the letters to protect them a little from the elements.  Although if I don’t get around to it, we could always just say we were going for the distressed look.
So, there you have it, our porch swing makeover ~ I can’t wait until all this rain stops so I can go relax on the swing with a nice tall glass of iced coffee in hand!

Thanks so much for having me, Jen ~ I always love seeing the great ideas here and now I’m so happy to be a part of it!  Hope to see you all over at The Cellar Door Stories!

 What a fun project Angie!!!

 Check out how cute Angie’s house is! 
{Another favorite — her Numbered Coat Rack and Laundry Room Reveal}
{How adorable is her Spring Burlap Wreath? Love it!}
{And check out Angie’s 101 goals for 2011 – what a great idea!}
 Be sure to stop by The Cellar Door Stories and give Angie a big TT&J hello!!! 
xoxo

PSIt’s Friday!!!! My favorite day of the week. I can’t wait to see what YOU are doing!!! The party starts at 6 pm {MST}. I hope you will stop by 🙂 

Pottery Barn-inspired Spring Butterfly Wreath!!

13 May
ashley's wreath on the door
Have I ever introduced you about my little sister Ashley?
She is beautiful. She’s an amazing mom. She is a great business woman. And she is so creative.
ashley at the flaunt store
ashley and hudson
So when she asked me for a good idea for a Spring Wreath the other day, I showed her a picture that has been pinned on my Craft Room wall for about 6 months:
Pottery Barn —
inspiration wreath
And she made an even better version for her front door! Check it out. What a cute wreath for Spring!!
moss and butterfly wreath from the side
PB-Inspired Butterfly Wreath

Here are the supplies she used:
butterfly wreath supplies
Here’s what Ashley says:
  • I had 2 kinds of moss. Spongy moss and large sheets of moss. Both were preserved but real.
  • I took a grapevine wreath form and started hot gluing the sheets of moss onto the wreath, wrapping each piece around to the back. It took probably 10-12 sheet pieces to cover the wreath.
  • I then took the spongy moss and glued that in the gaps and crevices to give the wreath depth and dimension.
  • I found white butterflies in the floral section of Michaels. They were attached to 12 inch long wire. I thread the wire through the moss and into the back of the grapevine wreath, wrapping the ends around a piece of the grapevine to secure. I left 2 inches of wire between the butterflies and the wreath so they could hover above and create depth.
  • Finally, I attached a large piece of satin ribbon at the top and put it on my door. Voila!
  • The project took a total of 20 minutes and was super simple!
{You can also find these wreath forms at the Dollar Store.}
ashley's whole door
I love the organic simplicity of this wreath!!!
ashley's wreath on the door
And here it is on her front door:
hudson in front of the door
{Isn’t her son Hudson 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
hudson and nick
Thanks Ashley!!!
ashley's chevron bathroom
Maybe she will show us all the fun things she has been doing to her new house too! I know she has done a CHEVRON bathroom!!
xxo
PS — Blogger has been down the past day. It deleted my guest project from Kerry yesterday — free printables. Blogger said that they would restore the post. So it should be coming back up sometime today.. In the meantime, be sure to head over to Sweet Sanity for her awesome giveaway today!!
PSS – It’s Friday!! Come link up to the Weekend Wrap Up Party and show off YOUR ideas. I would love to feature YOU! The party starts at 6 pm {MST}.

Porch Makeover Part 2 — make a 10 minute pillow cover out of cloth napkins!

28 Apr
The sun is out and I love looking at my freshened up front porch. Yesterday I showed you my Chevron Frame Door Hanging {with Washi Tape}:
And today I want to show you a 10 minute pillow you can make out of napkins!

Take two cloth napkins. I found mine at Target.
If you can find a pillow form that’s the same size as the pillow, all you do is sew around the edges of the napkins, with the napkin outside facing toward each other. Then turn it right side out. Leave one seam open so you can insert your pillow form. Or, you can also stuff it with cotton batting material.
I cut out some Heat Transfer material letters that spell HELLO and ironed them on the pillow cover. Another fun idea would be to print out your HOUSE NUMBER!
I also took a 6 foot length of ribbon and sewed a big running stitch down one end of the ribbon and gathered it. 
Then I wrapped it around until it made a flower and then I sewed it onto the front of the pillow cover. Then I took a scrapbooking fabric brad and used some fabric glue to glue that in the middle of the flower.
Then insert the pillow form or stuff it with cotton batten. Once the pillow is stuffed, then pin the seam together with the edges
folded under. You can sew the seam shut or use hot glue. And if you want
to wash the pillow cover, you can use velcro strips to close the seam
and that way you can open it up and take the pillow cover or batting out
and wash the cover.
I love how my new pillow brightens up my bench!

I took another matching napkin and put it on top of my little side table and then I also took a little striped gray Ikea platter and attached a doily and another brad to the center and added that too.  I love the yellow and gray/black theme on my porch!

And I have a fun surprise for you tomorrow.
Something to help YOU makeover YOUR front door or outdoor space!!
xoxo
PS — Have you heard about the NEW Creative Conference — SNAP? It’s going to be held next year 2012 and I am so excited about it!! 

Porch Makeover Part 2 — make a 10 minute pillow cover out of cloth napkins!

28 Apr
The sun is out and I love looking at my freshened up front porch. Yesterday I showed you my Chevron Frame Door Hanging {with Washi Tape}:
And today I want to show you a 10 minute pillow you can make out of napkins!

Take two cloth napkins. I found mine at Target.
If you can find a pillow form that’s the same size as the pillow, all you do is sew around the edges of the napkins, with the napkin outside facing toward each other. Then turn it right side out. Leave one seam open so you can insert your pillow form. Or, you can also stuff it with cotton batting material.
I cut out some Heat Transfer material letters that spell HELLO and ironed them on the pillow cover. Another fun idea would be to print out your HOUSE NUMBER!
I also took a 6 foot length of ribbon and sewed a big running stitch down one end of the ribbon and gathered it. 
Then I wrapped it around until it made a flower and then I sewed it onto the front of the pillow cover. Then I took a scrapbooking fabric brad and used some fabric glue to glue that in the middle of the flower.
Then insert the pillow form or stuff it with cotton batten. Once the pillow is stuffed, then pin the seam together with the edges
folded under. You can sew the seam shut or use hot glue. And if you want
to wash the pillow cover, you can use velcro strips to close the seam
and that way you can open it up and take the pillow cover or batting out
and wash the cover.
I love how my new pillow brightens up my bench!

I took another matching napkin and put it on top of my little side table and then I also took a little striped gray Ikea platter and attached a doily and another brad to the center and added that too.  I love the yellow and gray/black theme on my porch!

And I have a fun surprise for you tomorrow.
Something to help YOU makeover YOUR front door or outdoor space!!
xoxo
PS — Have you heard about the NEW Creative Conference — SNAP? It’s going to be held next year 2012 and I am so excited about it!! 

Porch Makeover Part 1 — Chevron Door Hanging {tutorial}

27 Apr
chevron door hanging straight on
It snowed here yesterday, but that didn’t stop me from trying to Spring-ify my front porch. 
I am so ready for some warm weather!!  
I started off with my front door.
wood frame
I had a unfinished wood frame in my garage, so I pulled that out. My inspiration for this door hanging is this beautiful chevron fabric I found on Fabric.com – I’m a little obsessed with it right now.
premier prints yellow chevron fabric
I used the same stencil that I also used for my Spring Chevron Subway Art.
chevron stencil
First I painted the frame white and then I stenciled the chevron pattern on the wood. 

rosettes close up
Super easy. Then I made a few fabric rosettes – I have a tutorial for those if you want to make some. And then I thought it would be fun to make a part in the middle of the frame where I can spell out different things.
beautiful chevron paper
 chevron paper with a sheen
So I printed off some words using this beautiful new paper from LifestyleCrafts (they are the people that also make the Epic LetterPress – more on that at the bottom). I love this paper. It has a sheen to it. So pretty!
 (and it’s on sale this week)
chevron paper
I also added some pretty Washi Paper to the outside of the frame: 
I printed off a few different sayings that I can switch out.  Hello.
chevron hello wall hanging
And Welcome.
chevron welcome door hanging
I attached a piece of ribbon to the inside of the frame with hot glue. And then I used these cute teeny tiny clothespins from Canvas Corp. The last thing I did was added some ribbon at the top to hang it on my door.
the hello canvas
I love how my door hanging goes along with the little canvas pennant I made a few weeks ago. I put on a little table by my front door.
And coming up tomorrow afternoon – Part 2 of my porch!!
xoxo

PS — I am linking up to these fun parties – check them out!

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PPS – Here is the winner of the LifeStyle Crafts Letterpress package: 
#35 — Simply AJ @ Queen of My Nest
And if you didn’t win —
**Lifestyle Crafts is also offering YOU  20% off ANYTHING at  lifestylecrafts.com, through the end of April (including the Epic Letterpress)!! Just type in TATERTOTS at checkout to get the discount! 
Yippee!!!

Spring Project — make Nest Placecards {Letterpress Tutorial}

19 Apr

I am having such a great time experimenting with my Epic Six Letterpress system that LifeStyle Crafts sent me. 
There are so many ideas that I have swimming around in my head! 
I had never tried making anything with a Letterpress before, so I asked LifeStyle Crafts if I could come up to their offices for a demo since they are pretty to close to me.

Check out their warehouse, my heart had palpitations thinking of all of the awesome die cuts sitting down there – ha! 
It was super informative to get all of the inside tips on letterpressing.

After the demo, I was all fired up to make something. So I came up with this Spring Placecard idea. I used this die cut with picks of all sorts of sizes. I think they are so cute!!

Another thing I love about the Epic System is that you can do all sorts of projects with it. AND, you can combine different things for your projects. 

For the Spring Placecards I used the Epic System in three different ways:
  • I used the letterpress for the design
  • I used the plain plate to EMBOSS the paper
  • and I used the die cut system to cut out the picks. 

And, you can also cut out fabric with your Epic die cuts. 
{more on that coming up soon…}
So fun!!!
These placecards are super easy to make. 
So if you have about 1/2 hour, you can whip these out and impress your guests. Or, they would be really cute in cupcakes too!!

The first thing I did was letterpress the design onto the paper
Letterpress paper is a lot thicker than normal paper. And the letterpress inks and embosses at the same time. So you get that awesome indentation of the design on the paper. 
I love that!

Now, there are a few steps to this letterpressing process:

1. The first is that there are some adhesive sheets that come inside of each letterpress plate. They are the exact size of the plate, but you can cut them down if you have a smaller plate you want to use.

2. Once you peel that off and apply it to the plate, you can peel the other side off and attach the plate to the underside of the letterpress grid plates. I love the grids, because they help you line up the plates exactly with the paper underneath.

3. There are also some foam strips you can attach to the bottom of the grid plates to position your paper exactly where you want it to be in relation to the upper decorative plate. So clever!!

4. Then you take a SMALL amount of ink and roll it out on the clear square with a special brayer. And, I also found out that you can leave the ink out for a few days. It won’t dry out. So if you have another project to do, you can do it without worrying that the ink will dry out.

5. The letterpress also comes with some special wipes that make cleaning the plates and rolling suqare a breeze.

6. Once you have the plate attached and the foam guides in place for your paper, you roll ink on the decorative plate. Roll the brayer over the plate a few times to make sure the ink is evenly applied.

7. Then you put your paper in and shut the lid on the grid plates. And then you run it through the Epic machine. I rolled it through once, and then reversed so that the plate went back through a second time.

 And now you have a beautiful, letterpressed paper. For the placecards, I then used my pick die cut and cut out the shapes. To do this, there is another plate that is made for the die cutting. And a mat that does on top of the die cut plate. Then you just roll that plate through the machine.

The next step in making the placecards was cutting out some little ovals to write people’s name on. I used a small oval die cut to cut these out. But first, I ran the plain letterpress paper through the Epic machine WITHOUT any ink. This was to emboss the paper. And I love it!!

So if you needed a card really quickly, it would be so easy to emboss a piece of paper and then add a decorative ribbon and you would have a gorgeous card!!

Then I wrote {I really had my husband do this because he has beautiful handwriting} each person’s name on the ovals and then attached them to the picks with a dimensional sticker. The last thing I did was I attached a little velvet flower with a rhinestone brad to each of the placecards.


Then I put the picks through a little nest, added some ribbon and some chocolate eggs. And I had a festive placesetting for a Spring Party!!!

I also have this fun Pennant die cut. 
I can’t wait to make some pennants of all different sizes!!!  
And I was so impressed with all of the different dies that you can make some things with. 
Here are some other dies and plates that I love —

So fun!!
Don’t forget to enter to win an Epic Six Combo System {$169}. And, you can get an extra 20% off ANYTHING at the Lifestyle Craft website, including the Epic Six machines by entering TATERTOTS at checkout {good through the end of April}.

xoxo

PS — Check out this sweet Spring Paper Bag Bunting  from my friend Becca at Blue Cricket Design. I love this!!