November 27, 2015

Project Challenge #11: Beadboard

Good Morning Everyone!

It's time once again for another Project Challenge!  

The theme for the the month of November is Bead Board!

Bead Board! You say?   

Oh yes, I'm a fan !!

Let's just jump right into what I did with a few scraps of bead board along with a quick tutorial and then we'll get you hooked up with all the fabulous projects from the other ladies participating in the challenge.

Take a look at my finished project . . . 

Cute right!

I had been planning for months to craft some dove ornaments for my Christmas tree out of card stock this year but then Project Challenge time rolled around and I thought why not try to make them out of bead board instead!

I'm so happy that I gave it a try since I am now obsessed with my bead board doves I've made over a dozen of them already. . . may have to stop soon or get a bigger tree - - hmmm, decisions, decisions.

To start my project I first had my daughter (since I can't draw - - at. all!)  draw out a template for me.  I was able to cut out the design with a pair of scissors all by myself, LOL.

I then took two small scraps of bead board leftover from my kitchen remodel and slid together the two pieces to make one larger piece . . . 

Then taking my template, I traced the design onto the bead board, being careful to keep the design centered along the line where I attached the two piece of bead board.

Then came the fun, yet sort of scary part...using my scroll saw.  I gently pulled apart the two piece of bead board to revile two separate sections of the dove to be cut out.  Placing one piece on the scroll saw at a time, I slowly cut along the lines I had previously traced. 

The next step is to gently sand down all the edges so everything was nice and smooth.

Followed by finally gluing the pieces of the dove together.  I started by adding a little hot glue to the grooved side of my bead board then quickly slid the other section of the dove into the groove making sure the edges lined up evenly.  Then using more hot glue I attached the wing.

And it looked like this!

For paint I started with a black base and then brushed on an off white top coat.  After it was dry, I took some fine grit sandpaper and distressed the edges to revile the base coat color.

And finally, I added a loop of pretty lace to the back with more hot glue to make a loop for hanging my doves on the tree.

I just love how the finished project turned out!  

Since I don't have my Christmas tree up yet, I hung them from the shelf hooks in my kitchen and I think they look great here too!   May have to make so more just to have extra's to hang here!

I had so much fun with this project . . .  now lets go check out all the other fabulous projects from the challenge!

These ladies are so creative and talented make sure to stop by their blogs and say hello using the links below!

Michelle at Shelstring
Christine at Little Brags

Quick links to the projects are below!

November 23, 2015

Hand Painted Arrow Signs

Good Monday Morning!

Hope your weekend was a relaxing and enjoyable one!

I was able to finish up a few small projects I've had on my mind recently.

One of which I've excited to share with you today.

I have been needing a little something to fill up the small, empty wall space over the family room fireplace and finally inspiration struck!

Arrow's are really on trend right now and I think they are so fun.  

I thought a couple painted up and distressed would be a great solution to that blank wall.

A super simple project that took me less than an hour and was totally FREE since all my supplies were leftovers from other projects.

You can't beat that!

If your interested in a tutorial you can check out the video below . . . 

I think they turned out pretty cute!

Have a great day now,

November 18, 2015

New Handbags!

I have been on the lookout for a new handbag for over a year and finally while out shopping for girls weekend a couple weeks ago I found not one, but two that I loved!

The one I am currently using is in a gorgeous light grey color which I never thought I would be drawn to but I couldn't stop thinking about.

It's great winter color for a girl like me who likes to accent with white.

I really like the big, chunky handles and the quilt detailing on the sides.
Plus it's the perfect size, large but not too over the top.

The second bag made me gasp when I first saw it (always a good sign!)

It in a charcoal grey color that has a metallic seen  look to it.

I love the shape of the bag also and the small gold accents on the corners.

Both bags have an optional larger over the shoulder strap to add if I want.  Which is a nice option to have.

I found both bags at Charming Charlie in case your wondering!

bye now,


November 11, 2015

How To Sew A Napkin

Good Morning!

This Thanksgiving Day quickly approaching I've been thinking about how I want to decorate by table for the big day.

I have really enjoyed the look I've giving the Dinning Room for fall and I'm not really ready to give it up yet so I've decided to keep most of the elements and just add to it.

I made a few flannel napkins for the table to see how I like them and I have to say they are so nice to use.  Soft and durable, plus they give the table a rustic look I think, which I love.

I originally only made four napkins, but after using them the past month I have decided I need more!

They will be perfect to use on Thanksgiving day or any day for that matter.

I will need to make another ten napkins for the big day and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to show you all just how easy it is to make some of your own.

First of all you'll need some fabric, I've used flannel because I'm obsessed with it right now but any fabric will work.

The next step is to cut your fabric to the size of napkin you would like.  I like a napkin on the smaller size so I've cut my fabric into a ten inch square.  Any size you'd like to make will work.

Next, you will sew a simple seam all around the outside of the fabric with either an 1/8" or 1/4" allowance on the outside of your seam.  
Like I've shown below.

The final step to making your napkin is to start fraying the edges of the fabric until you've almost reached your seam line.  Work on one side of the fabric at a time and then work your way around to all four sides of the fabric.

And that my friends is all that's needed to make a napkin.

Super easy and it doesn't take more than ten minutes to make a single napkin.

My favorite type of project.

I've made a short video tutorial on the how it to it also if your interested that link is below!

Hope you all have having a wonderful week,

Bye now,


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Work It Wednesday

November 9, 2015

How To Sew A Patchwork Quilt

Good Morning!

Today I'd like to share with you my latest sewing project - - a quilt for my daughter!

It turned out really well and was fairly easy to sew together since we wanted a simple patchwork style.

She is really into the black and white color combo right now, so this is perfect.   

And when she tires of it I will sure to be able to find a spot to use it since it's got that classic look that I like.

I used a backing fabric of fleece to make the quilt nice and cozy, plus a cute accent fabric for the binding.

I think it looks really nice with the color of the walls, which truthfully, I wasn't sure what we were going to end up with.

Both my two youngest daughters share this room so coming up with a wall color they both liked was a difficult process.  Now we are in the process of adding some personality to the room that reflects each of them individually.  

Having added the built in bed a while back has allowed us to create a personal space for each of them and I really want to make their bedding something they love.

(you can check out my post about the built in beds here, if you'd like)  

My daughter is very happy with the result which of course makes me happy about it also.

I made a video tutorial if you like to watch it below . . . 

I forgot to mention in the video that I ended up using ten blocks to make one row and I sewed together a total of 18 rows to make a generous sized quilt to fit her twin bed.

Please keep in mind if you are planning to sew something similar - - if her bed would have been more of a traditional free standing bed instead of the bunk bed type that the built in is I would have probably added a few more blocks to each row to add some length for it to hang down farther on the sides.

Hope you all have a wonderful day,

and I'll see you soon,


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November 3, 2015


You all know how much I enjoy my battery operated pillar candle with timers!

They are fantastic!

I love them, and use them in almost every room of the house to add a cozy touch.

I have been on the lookout for votive sized ones for ages . . . ages I tell you.

Until yesterday, they have been elusive!

But no longer.

This is a BIG deal for me.

So of course I had to share . . . 

I found them in the holiday section of Fleet Farm of all places!

I even squealed a little bit after I had reread the package at least three time - - unable to believe it was real!

My sister thought I'd lost my marbles (maybe you do too!), 

Never thought such a small thing would make me so happy!

bye now,


November 2, 2015

New Pillow Covers

Good Morning!

Hope you all had an enjoyable weekend!

The family and I had a nice relaxing weekend at home together which is sort of rare thing these days.

Found some time to work on a few sewing projects this past weekend which was amazing.  It's been a while since I've had the sewing machine out and I have been missing it.

I was able to sew two new slipcovers for my Ikea pillows . . .

This project has been on my to - do list for ages - - - you know the type that sits there and mocks you because it's been waiting so long!  

Yeah, not cool!

Sure is nice to finally be able to cross it off the list. . . 

Doesn't hurt that they turned out pretty fabulous either!

The pillow covers themselves are just a simple envelope style cover that I have shown you a tutorial on in the past. . . you can take a look here if you' like details.

Otherwise, I took little bit of time and made a quick video tutorial this time around,

You can watch below if you'd like...

A very quick and easy way to change things up a little!