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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Craft with Me: Easy Watercolor Pencil Art

September is coming to an end, say whattttt?!, so it is time for another "Craft with Me" series post.

I have a super easy project today that anyone, even kids, can do.

I heard about watercolor pencils and I had to buy them! I actually bought them FOREVER ago and totally forgot about them so I may have bought another box just for this project, oops!, but they are seriously so fun! 

You can do so much with them but who wouldn't want to just doodle anything you want and paint it?

I created a little fall pumpkin painting along with some other fun things.

-Watercolor Pencils
-Bowl of water
-Watercolor or normal paper
-Paint brushes

I bought a box with a large array of colors, from bright to dark, to let me created lots of things.

Begin by drawing and coloring whatever you would like.
Add high lights and low lights, different tones, you can mix colors, just like normal colored pencils.

I used the pencils dry, as is straight from the box, but you can also dip the tips into water to get a deeper hue of the color.

Next, just dip a paint brush into some water and get to painting and blending. 

Add more water if you want a more watercolor effect and blend the colors.

It is so easy and fun!! 

Here are a few other things I did quickly while playing around.

Here is a flower I created.

And here here are some feathers as well. 
Leaves would be super fun to create as well. 

See! How easy and fun is that?! 

Have you ever used watercolor pencils? 
If not, what would you paint with them?


Monday, September 26, 2016

Fall Hydrangea Wreath

I wanted to share the new fall wreath I created for over our mantle. 
I had a craft day one weekend and wanted to get a whole bunch of stuff completed but I had to use supplies I already had on hand.

I decided to make a wreath so I searched through all my supplies and this is the wreath I came up with and I totally love how it came out! 

 This was a pretty easy wreath to make and here is how I did it.

-Wreath form
-Burlap ruffle ribbon (bought at Michael's but last year)
-Floral Pins
-Hydrangea blooms (real or fake)
- Acorn picks
- Berry picks

 Use a floral pin and pin the burlap ribbon to the wreath form.

Wrap the ribbon around the wreath form slightly overlapping it as you go.

Wrap the whole wreath leaving some area open to push the hydrangeas into.
I did use all the ribbon when I wrapped the form.

Push the hydrangea blooms into the wreath form.
If you need too, use a pair of scissors to created a hole for the stem first.

Then add the acorns and berries to the outside of the hydrangeas.

And that's it! 

 I loved being able to use real hydrangea blooms that were in my garden.

The acorns and berries added that extra fall touch to the wreath.

It was a quick creation and I love it! 

And I love how it looks above the mantle with the rest of my fall decor.


Friday, September 23, 2016

MHCT&M: Shopping Your Home for Seasonal Decor

Hello everyone! 
 Are you ready for the last week of Must Have Craft Tips & More: Fall and Halloween Decorating Tips? 
If you have missed the last few weeks, here is Tip 1, Tip 2, and Tip 3.

It's Allison here, back with some tips on how to decorate your home for the holiday season by just shopping your home.

 You don't always have to go out and buy a ton of items to decorate for seasonal or holiday decorating. Just shop your home, inside and out, instead! 

Walk around your home and you can turn many items into holiday decor. 

Photo via:  Country Living
Do you have some old sweaters? How about using them to cover pillows to cozy up the couch or a bench?

This year I decorated my fall mantle with all sorts of items from around my house.
The small chalkboard and wooden basket were in my craft room, along with the pumpkin and gourds that were stashed away in my closet. I had the arrow for a few months and then created the wreath out of an old wreath form and all the supplies were already in my craft stash.
And for all the hydrangea blooms, I just went out into my garden with some clippers and then boom, a pretty natural mantle that I didn't spend any money on.

Photo via:  Country Living
Do you have pillow and throws that are in fall colors in another room or tucked away in your house some where?
Pull them out and place them in the space you want to decorate.
Fall branches in a large vase or jar are also perfect free ways to decorate.

Photo Via:  Country Living
Fall boots make are a special addition to an outdoor space or mudroom.
Branches are also a great way to add a rustic touch.

Photo via:  Country Living
I feel like this room says fall without screaming it.
The pillows and throws are the perfect fall colors.
If you have curtains in another room and they would work in the room you are decorating, why not switch those out for the time being to bring the whole look together.
Vases, antlers, and cotton bring the mantle together and change out art to something that has a more fall theme to it as well.

Photo via:  HGTV
Gather old books, vases, jars, and other vintage items you have around your house and make a vignette with them.
The added pumpkins and flowers tie it all together beautifully.

Photo Via:  Bob Villa
Outside is a fantastic way to get items to decorate.
Place some fall leaves inside beautiful frames and berries, branches, and leaves in a vase that you already own and you can an easy, striking mantle.

This was my fall mantle from a few years ago. I shopped my house and used this old window that we had for a few years as a focal point on the mantle.
I took candle sticks, candles, and vases from other areas of my house and used them in my display.

Some times you just need to go digging through your house and you never know what you will find.
Here are some items that can easily be used and switched around for decorating.
1.) Candles and candle sticks
2.) Pillows
3.) Throws
4.) Vases
5.) Plates, Platters
6.) Books
7.) Flowers
8.) Branches
9.) Leaves and Berries
10.) Clothing items (boots, sweaters, scarves)
11.) Artwork
12.) Wreaths

Thanks for joining us for another month of tips.

Be sure to join us next month when we begin a whole new set of tips.

Visit all the hostesses:
Bev- Flamingo Toes
Michele- The Scrap Shoppe
Kara- Mine for the Making
Allison- A Glimpse Inside

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