Friday, December 12, 2014

Deer Head Wall Art

I came across this pin a few months ago


The pin itself is wall art made of washi tape! Genius! I loved the idea, but wanted to add my own twist to it for a project for my booth! 

I've had this crate piece sitting around forever and I thought it would make the perfect backdrop for this fun deer head. 



For my piece, I really wanted the shape of the deer head be the focus rather than the tape. So, instead of washi tape I used painter's tape and used the pin as my guide to create my deer head on the crate piece. 

I dry brushed white paint over the tape and peeled it off once it was dry. 


I love the mix of the wood tone with the white!!! It turned out better than I was hoping!! 



I've got my eye out for another perfect piece of scrap wood to make another one! 

I'm linking to the parties listed HERE and to:
Persia Lou

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Home Decor

I usually wait until after Thanksgiving to start all of my Christmas decorating, but we went away for the holiday and I wanted to come home with it all finished and able to enjoy it. I got most of it done before we left and finished things up last weekend! 

I kept things pretty simple this year and only decorated our living room and kitchen. 


We need a new tree, but I'm waiting until the end of the season when they go on sale. In the meantime, we went with a very unconventional look and I really kind of like it!  



My husband and I put together this little "forest" by using a back piece of a chair as the base and wood trees I found last year at an antique store. 


I just found this well worn deer at a thrift store. It's missing an ear, has some cracks and lots of chipped paint, but I think he's so cute! 



I painted this cupboard white to use on my fake mantle and filled it with all my new Christmas finds! 


Moving onto the kitchen. I simplified my ironstone collection and had to include bottle brush trees. Who doesn't love those?!?


I love vintage ornaments and couldn't resist these bells made in West Germany when I spotted them at a thrift store. 


I'm linking to the parties listed HERE and to:
Persia Lou

Friday, November 21, 2014

Holiday Thrift Store Challenge Blog Hop

Hello my friends!! I am so excited you are here today because I have teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers for a Holiday Thrift Store blog hop! Our challenge was to find an item at a thrift store under $25 and repurpose it to decorate for the holidays and hopefully inspire you to do the same!!! A big thanks goes out to my sweet friend Alice from Thoughts from Alice for bringing us all together to share these amazing holiday projects!!

I decided to use two ordinary vintage tennis racket presses that I pass by at thrift stores ALL.THE.TIME for my rustic, woodsy theme I'm going with this year for Christmas.


I see these everywhere and they are always very inexpensive and they have the best wood patina!!



With the larger of the two, I traced the shape of the press on a grain sack I already had, cut it out and used hot glue in each corner on the inside of the press to secure the sack to the frame.


I also glued on turkey feathers to use as "antlers". I reassembled the press and tightened the screws.


With the small press I used faux fur I purchased from Joann's. Like the first one, I traced the fur using the shape of the frame as my guide, cut it out and glued it in place. This press did not come apart like the other one, but I was still able to get some glue on each corner to keep the fur in place.



I used sticks as antlers for this one. Again, I tightened the screws as much as I could to clamp down on the sticks and hold them in place. It took me about 15 minutes each to put together the tennis racket press deer! So easy!



Between the two presses and the fur from Joann's, my total for this project was around $15!!





Now, you must go and visit the rest of these fabulous ladies! I know you will be blown away by all the talent!!

  
Glam Christmas Throw Pillows by Thoughts from Alice



A Deerly Beloved Thrift Store Vignette by Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson





Christmas Cloche by Craftberry Bush

A Vintage Mantel for Winter by Finding Silver Pennies


Thrifty DIY Part One: Faux Fur Throw Rug by Creating Vintage Charm

DIY Holiday Walling Hanging by House of Hipsters


Christmas Decor from Thrifty Find by Town and Country Living

The Trellis Tree by Cozy Little House


DIY Centerpiece Tray by Cherished Bliss





Rustic Christmas Tree by Delineate Your Dwelling





DIY Crocks by So Much Better With Age


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Christmas Mantle

Wow! I just realized it's been a couple of weeks since I've blogged! Things have been so busy around here and I haven't really been working on much which means I had nothing exciting to share! But, this weekend was very productive! I got some projects done and some Christmas decorating started!!! Join me over the next week or two for all the updates!!
 
Today I'll be sharing my Christmas mantle with you!!
 
I've had a pine cupboard in my garage for over a year that I've been meaning to get to, but you know how it goes.....time just slips away and other things become a priority..... 
 
The stain was a little too orange for me, so I painted it white and filled it with all sorts of Christmas lovelies!!!
 

I think it was the best decision! Everything always pops so nicely off white. Don't you think?


 
 I am in love with these sparkly antlers I found at Michael's!!!!!



 Snowmen are my favorite!







 
 

So that's my mantle! The cupboard probably won't be a permanent fixture here, but I really love it! I am so excited about the rest of my d├ęcor I'll be sharing with you later, including the nontraditional route I took with our tree this year!!!! Stay tuned for more fun!!

I'm linking to the parties listed HERE and to:
Persia Lou

Monday, October 27, 2014

Paint-A-Pillow Review and Giveaway

*This post was brought to you by Paint-A-Pillow. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Hey friends! I have an awesome project to share with you today!! I'm working with Paint-A-Pillow (sister site to Cutting Edge Stencils) to make two custom pillows! I've been looking for new pillows for my couch, so I'm very excited that I get to make them myself with an easy stenciled design!
The kit comes with everything you need to make a pillow - pillow insert, pillow cover, stencil, paint, roller, tray, and stencil brush! When I opened the box, everything was so beautifully packed. It was like Christmas!!!



And the best part? The cover already comes set up and ready to stencil. Paint-A-Pillow came up with this genius way to stencil the cover and keep it in place without the use of tape. The pillow cover rests in this cardboard square. The stencil sits over top and is secured in place with metal tabs that fold over. The stencil didn't move one bit!




I got so excited that I forgot to take pictures while stenciling, but the trick is to pour some paint on the tray that comes in your kit, get your roller evenly covered and roll off any excess. You don't want any globs.

Then with a little bit of pressure, roll over your stencil. You can use a brush to get near the edges and other spots that are hard to reach with your roller.

To be honest here, I had no idea what to expect when I went to lift the stencil. It seems with stenciling, no matter how careful I am, I always seem to have at least one spot that bleeds.

I was pleasantly surprised to find here that everything was absolutely perfect!!!!! No bleeding, no smudging, no mistakes whatsoever! Yay!


After letting the paint dry, I placed a piece of material over the cover and ironed it to heat set the paint, making the covers washable now!

There are also accessories available such as tassels and rhinestones you can get to further customize your pillow! I chose not to use any on my pillows, but they would add a fun little touch! 
Then I zipped my pillow inserts inside the covers and plopped them on my couch! Love them!!

This was one of the easiest and fastest projects ever! I kind of want to stencil every pillow in sight now! I really can't say enough good things about this product!!


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