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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Handmade Hangout #33

You guys are awesome and so are your ideas! 
Last week over 400 ideas were linked up to the party! That is awesome! 
Thanks so much for partying with us! 

Are you ready to party this week?! 
Let's do it!

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Christina from Christina's Adventures

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Beth from Farm Fresh Vintage Finds

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

We have just a few easy rules:
1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too! 

A Glimpse Inside, Christina's Adventures, From Gardners to Bergers, Redoux Interiors, Too Much Time on My Hands, Farm Fresh Vintage Finds
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.


3. Have fun!! 


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

14 Valentine Fonts and Dingbats

February is right around the corner and that means Valentine's Day is as well... CRAZY!

So today I rounded up 14 fabulous fonts and dingbats that would be great to use on any of your Valentine's Day projects! 

The link for each font is below this image to take you to its download page.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cream Linen Ribbon Wreath

I have another wreath for you today. 
This will probably turn into my new spring/summer wreath to change things up a bit. It is clean, simple, and I love how it came out! 

I created this just like I do with my burlap bubble wreaths but I just used some regular ribbon instead. And I decided to incorporate the welcome sign I made in the center of it for a little something extra but you don't need to do that.

Here is how I made it.

-Wreath form
-Ribbon (don't mind the one in the picture. I was originally going to use it and then changed my mind.)
-Floral Pins
-Welcome sign (optional)
-Fishing wire

 If adding a welcome sign to the center of your wreath, begin by cutting and tying fishing wire around the sign and around the wreath so it hangs in the center. 

Here you can see how I tied the fishing wire so the sign is hanging freely in the center. 
I also tied a ribbon at the top of my wreath form at this stage that I will be using to hang my wreath.

Then it is time to apply the ribbon. I began with the cream linen ribbon and used the floral pins to pin long, wide bubbles around the wreath until the ribbon ran out. I was able to go around the wreath 3 times by the way I was spacing my ribbon. And if you don't like the way some of the bubbles look or the placement of it, just pull out the floral pin and reposition.

I then took this cream canvas ribbon (I found it at Michael's) with white herringbone printed on it and used it in any of the gaps left on the wreath. Work your way around and through the other ribbon to intertwine them seamlessly.

I love these two ribbon together and that the printed canvas ribbon is very subtle but adds a nice little something extra.

I also love how the colors in the welcome sign pops out the center of the wreath with all the cream.

It is nice and simple and I can't wait to put it on our front door to see how it pops off our teal door.

Wreaths don't always have to be super colorful to make a big impact!! 

And when I do finally put it on the door, I will be sure to share a picture of it. :)


Monday, January 26, 2015

Felt Ruffle Valentine Wreath

Stop the presses! I am actually here today with a new project for you! YAY! 
AND I even finished something else over the weekend so perhaps my craft slump is fading.

Valentine's Day isn't that far away so I created a new wreath since the one I made a few years ago broke last year after a strong wind blew it off the door. 

This wreath is super easy, though it does take a little time for all the cutting. 

Here is how I made it.

- Outer Ring of an Embroidery Hoop, I used a 10 in. hoop
-Felt in your choice of colors
-Scissors or Rotary Cutter
-Straight Edge Ruler
-Self Healing Cutting Mat
-Hot Glue Gun
-Needle and thread (optional)

To begin, take the felt you plan on using as the main wreath color, and cut it into 4 in. long strips. 
I used my rotary cutter and straight edge ruler to do this quickly since there are so many pieces that needed to be cut. 

 Next, cut the 4 in stripes again at 4 inches to create 4x4 squares

Continue cutting until all of your squares are cut. I was able to get 6 squares per piece of felt.
I used 8 pieces of felt for 48 squares for my 10 in. hoop. If you use a larger hoop, you will need additional felt squares.

Now, take one square and fold it so two corners touch.

Then fold each of those corners down to where they are even with bottom.

Keeping the felt folded, cut a slit through ALL 4 layers of the felt. I used my rotary cutter to do this as well. I just pressed it down hard and slightly rocked it. I tried an exacto knife but it didn't work that well but I think my blade was a little dull as well.

After you cut the slits, it is time to slip the felt onto the embroidery hoop passing the hoop through all 4 holes. 

You will want the points and center piece facing up but don't worry if as you fill the hoop that some are the other way. You can just rotate them around when you are done. 

After your hoop is completely covered, rotate the felt pieces to they are flat on the small front face of the hoop. Spread the felt so the whole hoop is covered and make sure you can't see any of the hoop between the felt.

Then, I cut out hearts out of three different colors of felt layering them.

I took a needle and thread and hand stitch the hearts together.

I did 3 large hearts and when they were complete, I hot glued them to the felt ruffles.

And it is complete!! 
I just tied a small ribbon onto the metal closure of the hoop to hang it. 

I love how it came out and that it is different than most wreaths I have made.

This wreaths would be so easy to change up as well! Place flowers on there instead of hearts. How about green with shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day? Red, white, and blue with stars for July 4th?! Possibilities are endless!! :)

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