“Button, button who’s got the button?” – Tweedle Dee, Alice in Wonderland – Cute Button Garland

For some reason, like springs, I really like the look of buttons.  I have some berry garland all around the top of my kitchen cabinets.  I was getting pretty sick of it, and wanted to by new but the stuff is just so expensive.  I thought about painting it and may paint some of it still, but it would take forever!  So instead I had a bunch of buttons I’d gotten from people over time and ordered some yellow buttons off of Etsy.  I then strung the buttons on silver floral wire to make the garland.  I just did different sizes and shades and even some white ones too.  I think it adds a touch of color and cuteness to the berry garland!
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Upcycled Zipper Rosette – Brrrr it’s going to be a cold weekend!

I haven’t wanted to try these for so long!  I kept seeing flowers people made out of zippers and wanted to try my rosettes using a zipper.  The BF finally broke a zipper in his coat, so I ripped the old one out and took it to his grandma’s to get replaced.  Check out the result!

The only difference from my original rosette tutorial is, i had to use a lot more hot glue to keep it together but I still thinks it neat, I’m going to make 2 more smaller ones out of the other half of the zipper and put them on a headband!

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Upcycled Zipper Rosette – Brrrr it’s going to be a cold weekend!

I haven’t wanted to try these for so long!  I kept seeing flowers people made out of zippers and wanted to try my rosettes using a zipper.  The BF finally broke a zipper in his coat, so I ripped the old one out and took it to his grandma’s to get replaced.  Check out the result!

The only difference from my original rosette tutorial is, i had to use a lot more hot glue to keep it together but I still thinks it neat, I’m going to make 2 more smaller ones out of the other half of the zipper and put them on a headband!

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“J” is for Janessa

I needed some more decorations for my office at work so I decided to make a fun letter “J”.

I think I managed to find everything I loved in Martha Stewart Living magazines :).  I was even able to find some of my china pattern in there as well.

So to create this letter, I made the actual letter shape out of cereal boxes and glued it together then added some masking tape for some extra strength.

To start decorating it, I used some vintage sheet music I had gotten as packaging for springs I purchased off of Etsy.  It was too pretty to throw out so I knew I would use it for a project.  For the rest of the images, I just sat down with a stack of Martha Stewart Living magazines and clipped out everything I thought was “me”.  I used a glue stick to attach them b/c I didn’t have any mod podge :(, but I plan on sealing it with mod podge.  

I think this would be a creative gift for a friend or even for in a kid’s room.  Enjoy!

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“J” is for Janessa

I needed some more decorations for my office at work so I decided to make a fun letter “J”.

I think I managed to find everything I loved in Martha Stewart Living magazines :).  I was even able to find some of my china pattern in there as well.

So to create this letter, I made the actual letter shape out of cereal boxes and glued it together then added some masking tape for some extra strength.

To start decorating it, I used some vintage sheet music I had gotten as packaging for springs I purchased off of Etsy.  It was too pretty to throw out so I knew I would use it for a project.  For the rest of the images, I just sat down with a stack of Martha Stewart Living magazines and clipped out everything I thought was “me”.  I used a glue stick to attach them b/c I didn’t have any mod podge :(, but I plan on sealing it with mod podge.  

I think this would be a creative gift for a friend or even for in a kid’s room.  Enjoy!

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Upcycled Lace Tablecloth Hearts &heart;

I am still working with my huge lace tablecloth, but I have been creating so many cute things I just wanted to share more.  Last week I created some great rustic lace hearts.  
To make this, the first step is to create a small wire frame to stretch the lace around.  I used some old fence wire, but you could use coat hanger or whatever you have handy.   Cut a square of lace or whatever you want to stiffen around the wire shape, just a big enough to wrap around the wire shape.   Have a square of parchment paper ready to put it on.  

 Put the square in the glue/water mixture, used in the Lace Basket tutorial (glue with a little water)

Ring out the square place it on the parchment paper, then place the wire shape on top of it and stretch the lace around it. 

Wait for it to try then peel it apart a little to get the frame out, it should still hold its shape, if you want you can trim the back up a little bit too.  I ran a piece of twine through a hole in it to create the above decoration.    I also made another curly corned basket. 

After making a couple hearts and 2 baskets, I still have all this tablecloth left, so I think I’m going to make a rustic lace heart garland :).

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Upcycled Lace Tablecloth Hearts &heart;

I am still working with my huge lace tablecloth, but I have been creating so many cute things I just wanted to share more.  Last week I created some great rustic lace hearts.  
To make this, the first step is to create a small wire frame to stretch the lace around.  I used some old fence wire, but you could use coat hanger or whatever you have handy.   Cut a square of lace or whatever you want to stiffen around the wire shape, just a big enough to wrap around the wire shape.   Have a square of parchment paper ready to put it on.  

 Put the square in the glue/water mixture, used in the Lace Basket tutorial (glue with a little water)

Ring out the square place it on the parchment paper, then place the wire shape on top of it and stretch the lace around it. 

Wait for it to try then peel it apart a little to get the frame out, it should still hold its shape, if you want you can trim the back up a little bit too.  I ran a piece of twine through a hole in it to create the above decoration.    I also made another curly corned basket. 

After making a couple hearts and 2 baskets, I still have all this tablecloth left, so I think I’m going to make a rustic lace heart garland :).

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“Creative minds are rarely tidy” – Fabric Rosette Tutorial

I love the above quote, it describes my crafting chaos perfectly.

Fabric rosette’s can be seen in many of my projects, I love them for decorating.  They can be used for so many things, hair clips, magnets, attached to pillows, headbands etc.  So here is how you make them:

I normally cut my fabric all into strips before hand but if you want to cut it as you go that is fine.  The strips need to be about 1 inch wide, and the length is dependent on how big you want your flower to be.  If you are cutting up a fat quarter of fabric you will get medium size flowers, but you can always add on another strip if you want to continue.   One fat quarter of fabric makes quite a few flowers as well :).

So you will need:

1.  1 inch strips of fabric
2.  hot glue gun

Optional
3.  Wire to make a stem, floral tape, wire cutters
4.  Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Marshmallows 🙂

1.  Start by folding your strip in half and placing a small amount of glue at the end to hold it. 
(You can iron the strip in half if you would like too)
2.  Now with the strip folded in half begin to roll the fabric up, but while you are rolling it twist and flip the fabric over to create the petals, you can do this randomly throughout the flower 
– until you get really good at rolling them you may want to glue it together every now and again b/c if you drop it you will have to start over 🙂 

3.  Once you are about 1 – 1 1/2 inches from the end of the strip, you can either glue the strip folded in half to the rosette and glue on another strip or open up the remaining “tail” to prepare it to glue to the back of the flower

4.  If you want your rosette to have a stem, cut a piece of wire twice as long as you want your stem, place some glue on the back of the rosette place the middle of the wire across the back of the flower and then fold the 1 inch overhang over the back of the flower to finish it.

5.  Once the glue has dried, fold the two halves of the wire up and twist.  If you wish for a neater finish wrap the wire in floral tape.  

Watch JoAnn fabrics for their $1 fat quarter sale! These make beautiful rustic bouquets!  As seen in my bedspring bud vases!

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“Creative minds are rarely tidy” – Fabric Rosette Tutorial

I love the above quote, it describes my crafting chaos perfectly.

Fabric rosette’s can be seen in many of my projects, I love them for decorating.  They can be used for so many things, hair clips, magnets, attached to pillows, headbands etc.  So here is how you make them:

I normally cut my fabric all into strips before hand but if you want to cut it as you go that is fine.  The strips need to be about 1 inch wide, and the length is dependent on how big you want your flower to be.  If you are cutting up a fat quarter of fabric you will get medium size flowers, but you can always add on another strip if you want to continue.   One fat quarter of fabric makes quite a few flowers as well :).

So you will need:

1.  1 inch strips of fabric
2.  hot glue gun

Optional
3.  Wire to make a stem, floral tape, wire cutters
4.  Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Marshmallows 🙂

1.  Start by folding your strip in half and placing a small amount of glue at the end to hold it. 
(You can iron the strip in half if you would like too)
2.  Now with the strip folded in half begin to roll the fabric up, but while you are rolling it twist and flip the fabric over to create the petals, you can do this randomly throughout the flower 
– until you get really good at rolling them you may want to glue it together every now and again b/c if you drop it you will have to start over 🙂 

3.  Once you are about 1 – 1 1/2 inches from the end of the strip, you can either glue the strip folded in half to the rosette and glue on another strip or open up the remaining “tail” to prepare it to glue to the back of the flower

4.  If you want your rosette to have a stem, cut a piece of wire twice as long as you want your stem, place some glue on the back of the rosette place the middle of the wire across the back of the flower and then fold the 1 inch overhang over the back of the flower to finish it.

5.  Once the glue has dried, fold the two halves of the wire up and twist.  If you wish for a neater finish wrap the wire in floral tape.  

Watch JoAnn fabrics for their $1 fat quarter sale! These make beautiful rustic bouquets!  As seen in my bedspring bud vases!

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Upcycled Lace Tablecloth Basket – Failure and Success!

I got this old lace tablecloth from the North Country Neighbors Flea Market for $5.00 b/c it has a small stain on it.  It was not worth throwing out this huge tablecloth for a small little stain.  So I wanted to try making a basket out of it.  
I found somewhere on the internet that a good replacement for fabric starch/stiffener was 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to 1 cup of water.  That is a big FAIL it did not stiffen the fabric at all.  So I went to the old standby of mostly glue (I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue, but I’m going to try Elmer’s next time its cheaper) with a little bit of water and mixed it until it was well combined.   I dunked my round piece of the tablecloth into the glue mixture and stirred it around a little and then layed it over and upside down bowl to give it shape.  Make sure you place wax paper or parchment paper underneath b/c it will drip a little bit.  As it dries you may want to adjust it so that it ends up in the proper shape. It took overnight and the next day to dry but I think it turned out lovely.

It is now on the coffee table in our living room and I have but the hearts I crochet in it.  I will be trying other projects with whats left of the tablecloth!
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