Friday, August 26, 2011

{Out for a Week}

I am happy that I am feeling better but sad to say that my great grandmother has passed away at 96 years old. She was such a wonderful woman and we were really close. She gave me great advice on dating my husband and also encouraged me to always be virtuous in life. She will truly be missed.

I will be out for a week and I have been waiting to post my last two wreath tutorials along with a bunch of other fun things. See you back then! Thanks for your patience.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Sick {today}

Do you ever have that one week that is going so well and then you wake up and you are sick?
Well, I woke up sick today and with a long list of things to do I can only rest. Bummer.
I will post a burlap wreath tutorial tomorrow and a felt one on Saturday. That is if I am feeling better.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wreath Week {number three} Book Wreath

I absolutely adore book wreaths. They are so whimsical and have a story to tell, literally! So I had to make one. I have seen many tutorials but I decided that I wouldn't look at any in reference and figure it out on my own. Here is what I came up with.

Pretty cute I think. Here is how I did it.
What you need:
Wreath (I use the twig ones wrapped in plastic. Cheaper and easy. Don't remove the plastic!)
Hot glue gun
Old book from a thrift store
Brown acrylic paint 

Step 1-The Book
Put a dab of paint on a paper plate. Put a small amount of water on the plate and mix together with plate.
Paint the edges of the book.
I ripped the cover off the book then painted. The paint should dry fairly fast. 
Then rip pages individually from the book. See the pile underneath my back up book. This may take 10-15 min.

Step 2-Folding and Gluing 
Fold each piece of paper accordion style. Make sure you pinch the ripped side and leave the painted side free.

Next crinkle the paper while still holding on to it.

Then open it back up. You will have the accordion structure but a worn look.

Then draw a line of hot glue on the back of the wreath and attach the book page along that line.

This is what it looks like from the back.

Next adhere to the center. Getting the back and center done first will save a lot of time later.

The inside from the back.

Step 3-Finishing
Attach the rest of the pages in the same as the back and middle.
The less space you leave, the more puffy it will look. Three to four rows should be good between the back and front. You may have to fold once at the base of the paper to keep a consistent height.

Voila! Look what you have done. So beautiful. You could even spray paint the edges a little with brown or dark yellow to look more antiqued. White would look really shabby chic.

By the way, this one is for sale for $25. Any takers? It's probably 18-20"

Check out some other ways to fold the paper.
Bumble Brier Boutique - Rolled book paper
Summerstead - This has lots of folding and is shorter. I love all the different styles.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Wreath Week {number two} Dying Coffee Filters

Dying coffee filters is very easy and worth it. Here's how.

Buy a 250 pack of coffee filters from Walmart.
Fill your sink 1/2 full of water.
Add food coloring to the water.
Take a coffee filter and put it in the water to test the color.
{Tip: you only need a few drops of food coloring. Even though the color doesn't show up well on one filter, once it is crumbled and added to the other 249 it will trust me!}
Once you have the desired color immerse the rest of coffee filters in the water.
Take out and blot with paper towels.
Next you can dry by laying them out but it may take a few days.
So toss them in the dryer checking every 5 min to make sure they don't clog the vent.
{Tip: you will find that coffee filters are nearly indestructible.}
It only takes 5-10 min to dry. And it's fun to see the transformation.
When you start to put these together you will find they have lost their shape. So make your own shape. It looks great any way you crinkle it.

Here is a yellow and a pink. More spring-y than fall-ish. This shows that I added too much food coloring. Even though it looked like there was no color on them.

For a more Anthro-inspired look you can dye them by diluting tea bags in water and blot and dry the same way. 

I really should do a whole week on coffee filters. They are fun stuff!
How did your dying process go?


Monday, August 15, 2011

Wreath Week {number one} Coffee Filter Wreath

I have made a few of these wreaths and they are quite fun...and time consuming. Needless to say cuddle up to your hot glue gun and a good movie (or 2!). Here are a few sites that explain it better than I ever could.
House of Hepworths
A Cultivated Nest has such a great idea I wish I'd thought of it! Use cardboard instead of a wreath!

A few tips from me:
1. I bought the twig wreath covered in plastic because well, it's cheap. Please don't remover the plastic! Some people do and that is bad. It gets everywhere.
2. The closer together you glue the coffee filters the puffier it is, and the longer it takes. :)
3. Yes you can dye the filters, more on that tomorrow!

This is a small version that I cut to look uniform.

Here is a large one that I haven't cut yet but I think I will. I am not sure I like the unevenness.

Now go and make one! It will be fun. 

Friday, August 12, 2011

Shabby {Chic} Desk

I found this poor desk at DI for 15 dollars. I proabaly shouldn't have bought it but I did. Sanding it down was hard but I decided to leave a lot and I mean a LOT of the scratches in the wood. I pained it with a latex white/grey/bluish mix, put a brown glaze in the cracks, changed the nobs and voila!

The crisp white paint with the black drawer pulls change the whole look.

I put fabric in the drawers and it makes it look even more chic.

Goes great with my vintage chair that I've re-done and had since I was 10 years old.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Lovely Summer {Jenny} Boutique

If you haven't heard about the boutique next Thursday then I suggest you take note. My good friend Jenny Hansen from Whimsical Headbands and I are throwing a boutique! Whimsical headbands will be SO cheap because Jenny is soon moving to New York and has to get rid of 600!! I will be selling everything from my Etsy shop printed at ridiculously low prices along with Jenny Made fabric, cake stands, wreaths, home decor items, refinished furniture, pillows, a set of gorgeous shabby chic chairs, a refinished desk with fabric lined drawers, and the most well known Jenny Made item fabric Cuff Bracelets!
Here is just a small taste...

If you do not live in Utah, don't fret, I will list all items on etsy that do not get sold. Hope to see you there!