Posts Tagged ‘yellow’

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Pumpkin wreath

October 28, 2013

Hello friends,

As you can see by my recent posts, I’ve been crafting up a storm.  Particularly wreaths.  I’ve had these wreath forms laying around my house and been waiting to find time to do something spectacular with them.  Well, here it goes.  I found inspiration from non other than pinterest for this one.

Materials:
-Scrap fabric
-Wine corks for stems (or sticks)
-Batting
-Hot glue
-Wreath form
-Yarn or fabric to wrap wreath
-Extra fabric or ribbon for a bow

Pumpkin Wreath

Pumpkin Wreath

Directions:
1. Wrap your wreath form in yarn or fabric or ribbon to create a background or base for your pumpkins.

2. Cut my fabric into random sized rectangles to create different size pumpkins.  I sewed down the middle (horizontally) of each rectangle to create a gathering stitch to give the pumpkins shape.  Then sewing right sides together, stitch up the two vertical sides of your pumpkins.

3. Flip the pocket right side out.  Pull the gathering stitch to create the bottom gather, and stuff your pumpkins with batting.

4. Hand stitch the top of each pumpkin.  I gathered each top together and used embroidery thread to make a tight gathered top.

5. Hot glue your corks or sticks to create a top for each pumpkin.  I had broken corks I found worked best to vary in size depending on the pumpkin size.

6. Arrange finished pumpkins on wreath.  I used a foam wreath and straight pins to attach.  You could hot glue the pumpkins to the wreath for a more permanent wreath.  I added the yellow bow to give it some dimension and spice.

What do you think?
Happy Fall,
-Amanda

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Coffee Filter Garland.

October 24, 2013

Hello!

Finished Coffee Filter Garland

Finished Coffee Filter Garland

I bet you’re excited to see this craft doesn’t involve a wreath, aren’t you?  I decided to make a garland, but not just any garland.  I’ve been saving this stash of unused coffee filters for a while now and finally decided to make something with it.  I found this really easy to make garland online and decided to run with it.  Check out the process below.

Materials:
Unused coffee filters
-Food coloring
-water
-Cups
-Drying rack
-Sewing machine
-Scissors

Directions:

1. Divide your coffee filters into stacks.  I made 12 stacks because I was going to try to make 12 different color dyes.

Coffee Filters

Coffee Filters

2. Add a small amount of water and food coloring to cups.  The less water, the higher concentrated color.  I used gel food coloring, but you can use regular food coloring as well.  I found they all faded to a lighter color once dried in the sun, so take that into account.  (Also, you may want to wear gloves.  I squeezed the excess water off and ended up with lovely greenish-blue hands.  Nothing a little baking soda couldn’t remove, but if you can prevent it, I say go for it!)

Dying Coffee Filters

Dying Coffee Filters

3. After dying each pile, I attached them to the drying rack in the sun.  I left them in piles of about 10 until they got closer to dry.  Once I had a few dry, I’d remove them or try to separate the filters to allow them to dry more evenly.  The colors look very vibrant here, but you’ll see they faded after drying.

Dying Coffee Filters

Dying Coffee Filters

4. Once dried, randomly mix the coffee filters to create the effect you want in your garland.  I chose to make piles of between 7 and 10 coffee filters.  This allowed me to have a longer garland.  Once I had each pile, I folded them in half to keep them together, but give me guidance for the next step.

Dyed Coffee Filters

Dyed Coffee Filters

5.  Choose a thread color you’re happy with and stitch through each pile of coffee filters.  Leave some extra thread between each set of filters to allow the garland to sage and sway as you drape it.

Stitching coffee filters

Stitching coffee filters

6.  Once the filters are attached, you will cut them and fluff them to create your finished product.

How to cut coffee filters

How to cut coffee filters

Finished Coffee Filter Garland

Finished Coffee Filter Garland

 

Voila!  A beautiful garland for any occasion.  And so easy too!

Happy Garland!
-Amanda

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Another Burlap Wreath

October 14, 2013

Hello friends!

I am pretty sure we’re either sick of burlap wreaths or can’t get enough of them, right?  I am somewhere in between.  I will always be about rustic, primitive decor, but sometimes people go overboard with burlap.  I am not sure how much I love or hate this wreath, but I’ll share it with you anyway!

I started with a wire wreath frame and many different types of burlap ribbon.  I realized after I began I didn’t have enough of a single ribbon to do the whole wreath.  I mixed up the colors then decided to block it out.  I added the skinny burlap ribbon at the end for a pop of color/cohesiveness.

Another Burlap Wreath

Another Burlap Wreath

Close up of Another Burlap Wreath

Close up of Another Burlap Wreath

Close up of Another Burlap Wreath

Close up of Another Burlap Wreath

Ok- I decided I wasn’t a fan and took it all apart.  When I put it back together, this is what I got… still not sure I love it.  Thoughts?

Another Burlap Wreath, take 2

Another Burlap Wreath, take 2

Ok, I went and bought another roll of ribbon (it was 50% off)!  Here’s my take 3 on the same wreath:

Take 3

Take 3

(ps. I couldn’t find my camera, sorry for the mediocre shot)

Happy Burlap-ing.  🙂
-Amanda

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Bee Baby Shower

July 29, 2013

Hello!

This month we were lucky enough to throw a baby shower for our older sister, Melissa!  She’s due with her first child, and we couldn’t wait to shower her with love and gifts.  When deciding on a theme, we knew we wanted it to be gender neutral and “baby” without being pastels and too “baby.”  Melissa means “Honeybee” so we thought the perfect shower theme was “Mommy-to-Bee” and have it revolve around Melissa and her glowing mama self!

I started with invitations from TinyPrints (one of my favorite online printers for invitations).  There are tons of cute Etsy Bee shower invites as well.  It depends on what kind of bee theme you’re looking for.  We decided wanted a slightly more vintage, less in-your-face yellow and black.

As for the day of decor, we wanted to have the theme carry throughout the house beginning with the front door.  I made this wreath for Melissa to take once the shower ended.  Her nursery isn’t bee themed, so I tried to use the colors without going bee crazy!

Baby Shower Wreath

Baby Shower Wreath

I made a welcome canvas for inside the house as well as a sweet bee image for my mantle to help carry the theme throughout the house.

Mantle Decor

Mantle Decor

As for festivities during the shower, we wanted to keep it a bit low key, no crazy shower games.  Instead we decided to have a onesie decorating station so Melissa could go home with some sweet homemade clothes for her new baby.  We provided stencils, paint, paint pens, fabric sharpies, coloring book pages, and sample ideas to help jog creativity.  Sarah worked the table and got people motivated.  We hung a clothes line near the decorating table to make for decor and allow the onesies to dry while the party continued.

Onesie Decorating

Onesie Decorating

The shower was on a Saturday afternoon so we had a simple dessert bar and drinks.  Homemade cupcakes, lemon bars, and other desserts along with iced tea, lemonade, and water for the guests.

Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars

Cookie Dough Balls

Cookie Dough Balls

Beehive Cupcakes

Beehive Cupcakes

The only other baby shower game we played involved Melissa’s husband.  I recorded his answers to some predetermined questions and had Melissa guess what his answers would be.  It was fun to have the video recording to see his responses and reactions.

It turned out to be a beautiful shower, pouring love and gifts over Melissa and her baby-to-bee.

Happy Showers,
Amanda & Sarah