Thursday, May 30, 2013

Two Summery Projects

Hey all!  In the last few weeks I have actually found pockets of time to do not one but TWO crafty things that were on my crafty to-do list.  I KNOW. How this happened I have no clue but I’ve learned to take those pockets of time and just run with them because with two little people around, you just never know then it’s gonna happen again! 

First up was the front door wreath.  This was the wreath, remember, that I decked out for fall, left brown and dead over Christmas, then decorated for Valentine’s day…for four months.  LOVELY.  That’s what being very pregnant and then having a newborn will do for you! ha!


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I realllly wanted to deck her out for the patriotic holidays over the next few summer months.  I have been loving the combo of sky blue and coral lately, so when my amazing husband sent me off for Mother’s Day with money in my pocket and the day off without kiddos, I headed to Hobby Lobby (of course!) and picked up some felt.  4 for a dollar – gotta love it! 

I love making these rosettes.  They are SO easy with felt! 

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Seriously just trace circles of different sizes….cut in a spiral…then twist the spiral in on itself and secure with hot glue.  Trim any sharp corners.  I like to double up the flowers (nestle a small inside a big) for some depth. 

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I’m really, really happy with how it turned out!  It makes me smile every time I look at my door.  Maybe someday we will replace that door with a lovely Craftsman-style one, but we’re not in the position of life right now to replace things simply because don’t like them.  They have to break or die first.  (So…anyone want to come split my door down the middle with an ax?  Kidding!  Sorta.)

Anyway, on to craft project number 2!

I found this simple little tray ages ago for 99 cents at Goodwill.  I’d been saving it to use for Olivia’s room, but I decided I wanted it for the kitchen island instead (is your island a drop-zone for everything, too?!) 

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I followed the tutorial on Shanty 2 Chic about distressing with Vaseline and I love the results! 

Cheap brown acrylic paint…brush on the sides and edges…let dry, then rub with Vaseline…rub it in WELL (very important, I learned the hard way!)…then spray paint with desired color.  Distress with sanding block once dry. 

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I’ve had this spray-paint for a while and I have to admit it came out a lot brighter than I was expecting.  It kinda screams “HI I AM A SUMMER COLOR!” but I do think it works for the summer months.  It’s definitely bright and happy.  :) (And NO I did not actually drink all that wine!  It’s mostly filler from Target coupled with wine corks my brother saved me from the catering company he works for.  lol) And the flowers are from a lovely friend last week when I was sick.  Thank you Amy!!


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And to show you how bad I am at keeping non-human objects alive, here is my mother’s day pansy (MY FAVORITE FLOWER, TOO) from Luke.  It was on the counter but is now replaced by the living other flowers. 

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It had a good run, it really did.  We enjoyed it for a while.  And then it got leggy and….I also forgot to water it.  Whooopsie!  lol

At least this one from preschool is still kickin’! 

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{Have you seen this from Pinterest?}

Funny Encouragement Ecard: I don't think of myself as having a 'gray' thumb, but more of a plant hospice worker. Easing the transition so plants can go to Jesus.


Hopefully this weekend I’ll pull down all my summer decor from the attic – I’ll be sure and update when I’ve dressed my little house for the summer months! 

See ya!


Linking up with:

Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest

Weekend Wrap-Up @ Tatertots and Jello

Strut Your Stuff Saturday @ Six Sisters’ Stuff

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