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DIY Tiled Planter Box

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finished closeupWhat do you do with left over wood?  You make a planter box.  Then you let the planter box sit on your porch for a couple of months, completely out of mind.  Next you go to Habitat Restore and discover sheets of stone tile for only $2.50 and buy it just because it’s only $2.50.  After that, it dawns on you to add the tile to the planter box you just remembered you forgot, and then get excited to have a new project to work on.

This is how I operate.  Not always cohesive.  Not always with a plan.  Somehow it works out. 😉

This planter/flower box cost less than $10.00.  I had the wood already.  I only bought the tile and the stencil.  Cheap Cheap Cheap.

And just a note:  My hope in sharing projects and ideas with you is to inspire you to try something new.  I’m not an expert at this crafting/DIY stuff.  I’m just a girl whose mind is always turning and thinking, and for whatever reason, thinks she can do what she sets her mind to.  I believe you can too.  😀

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Left over wood I had. I can’t remember how I decided on the size, but it must have been based on how much wood I had. I can’t be responsible for what I forget. LOL

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The finished box. Very easy. No mitering.

box plain

Apparently I painted it white. Wish I could remember what the original plan was! 😉

box of tile

I bought the whole box of tile. It came four sheets to a box. The piece you see in the picture is actually folded in half.  A sheet and a half was enough to cover the whole box.

beginning tiling

I cut off rows of tile. The tile came pretty much butted against each other so I didn’t have to pull off one piece at a time to get them close. That made me happy because I didn’t want to mess with grout.


Moving a long. Occasionally I had to pull off some individual pieces and trade it with a smaller or larger piece to make the row end neatly at the sides.

box tiled

I used silicon adhesive to adhere the tile to the wood. I would suggest something stronger though. The tile is not falling off, but I could pull it off if I wanted to. I just used what I had.


I picked up this template at Hobby Lobby.

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I used black acrylic craft paint to “stencil” with. Since I haven’t stenciled much before, I didn’t have the proper brush. I just gave an old, small paint brush a trim and made the bristles shorter. I worked pretty well for “pouncing”.

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I need to get more flowers (hydrangea?). I picked these up at Michaels, but my mind couldn’t remember how big the box was. But you get the picture.
Also, I added trim to the top of the box and painted it white, to give it a finished look. I didn’t take a picture of that though. I used the trim left over from my latest Bathroom Makeover.

Linking up to:
Savvy Southern Style – Wow Us Wednesday
House on the Way – Twirl and Take a Bow
Made in a Day – Made U Look
Someday Crafts – Whatever Goes Wednesday
Coastal Charm – Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
DIY by Design – Winter Blues Wednesday
Finding Fabulous – Frugalicious Friday


Key Fob Tutorial

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key fob rowsI’m sure you all have seen key fobs.  They are those cool wrist straps you attach your keys to.  Do you know how easy and inexpensive they are to make?

I will show you in just a sec…

I buy the webbing and key fob hardware from sellers on Etsy.  That is the only place I have ever seen supplies.  (Which is perfectly ok ‘cuz I love Etsy!)  The fabric used is simple cotton/quilter’s fabric.  You could use ribbon as well, but I prefer fabric.

FYI – they make fabulous Christmas gifts for teachers, school faculty and bus drivers.  You can use them as stocking stuffers, gift exchanges or even an attach one to a bow on top of a present.  (I have made the ones below to sell at a Christmas open house a friend is having.)

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Cut the webbing 10 inches

10 inch strip

Cuts strips of cotton fabric 2 inches wide by 10 inches long

iron in half

Fold in half and press with an iron lightly to make a crease.

folding edges

Unfold and bring both side to the center crease. Iron flat.

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Stitch Witchery

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Tear or cut Stitch Witchery the length of webbing.

ironing fabric to strap

Place fabric strip (folded side down) on top of Stitch Witchery and iron.

sewing fabric

Sew a straight line down each side of the fabric about 1/8 inch in for the side of the fabric.  I used clear thread so I didn’t have to keep switching thread color.

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Fold the key fob in half and sew the short end together. This doesn’t need to be all the way across, just enough to hold it together.
I use Fray Check on the ends of the webbing and the fabric and about 1/4 inch down the sides of the key fob. Not a necessary step, but it prevents the material from fraying.


Use pliers to pinch the key fob hardware shut. Make sure you wrap a towel or some sort of material around the pliers or around the end of the key fob to prevent scratches or dents.

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The finished product.

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All of these, and then some, were made for around $25.00.  😀

Music Sheet Christmas Trees

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Happy Friday!

I’m on a kick this year with handmade Christmas trees.  I can’t stop making them.  I’m sure you have seen music sheet Christmas trees on Pinterest.  I was lucky enough to win a vintage music sheet give-a-away from The Modage Cottage.  The music sheets are old and beautifully discolored.  Absolutely lovely!!  Once my package arrived in the mail, I knew what I was going to do with them.

Here’s how I made the trees…

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This is only SOME of the sheets of music I received. I have oodles left!


I used a 2 inch scalloped paper punch.

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Punch many, many pieces.

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At each scallop, cut half way up.

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Roll the paper around a pencil (or crochet hook!) to give the paper a curl.

first paper

I used both paper mache cones and Styrofoam cones. Either one will work. Using a glue gun, start at the bottom and work your way around. Overlap the previous square a bit.

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When you get closer to the top, it helps to cut the squares in half. This allows the paper to wrap around the smaller part of the cone easier.

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Here they are!  I did three, in various sizes. Two of the cones where paper mache, and one was Styrofoam.

close up base

I picked up the wood bases last month at the Metrolina Antique Show here in Charlotte. $2.00 each!!  I believe they were wood feet to a couch or chair.

close up trees

This project was super easy to do and probably one of my favorite Christmas craft project I’ve done in a long time. Thank you, Kristen, for the vintage music sheets!

Linking to: Christmas craft Made in a Day holiday home link parties

Decorative Letters

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Whenever I’m out and about, whether it’s thrift shopping or antiquing, browsing a home or craft store, I’m always on the look out for unique letters (and the numbers 3 and 4 of course!).  I love letters!

Letters seem to be everywhere in home decorating these days.  They are an excellent way to add interest to a bookshelf or bookcase.  They can be used as a display piece on a mantle.  Letters look awesome mixed in with a collage of photos on the wall.  The possibilities are endless.   And they are just FUN!

AND all of these letters would make fantastic DIY handmade gifts! 😉  Holidays are just around the corner, ya know!

Please click on the photo for the link and instructions.

Decorative Letters

Copy of your MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE glued to an initial.

Decorative Letters

Great for a BABY’S ROOM. Decorate with scrap paper and ribbons.

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Maps from places you’ve traveled to.

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Letters wrapped in yarn.

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The whole alphabet! Attached to the wall with poster putty.

Decorative Letters

Decorate your initial with PHOTOS!

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Letters made from decorative moulding and caulk.

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So cute!

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Made from curled paper. So beautiful!

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Decorated with a page from a children’s book.

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Cardboard letters made to look like metal. Awesome!

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Check out this Etsy Shop! Love the giant Scrabble letters.

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Decorated with scrap paper and trimmed in ribbon. Love it!

DIY Fabric Remnants Ideas

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Updated.  Originally Posted 6/2/2011

I am a fabric freak.  The fabric store is my favorite place to be!  Love it, love it.  It makes me happy!!  One birthday, my best friend went to every fabric store in our area looking for discontinued fabric or fabric books they were going to throw away.  She presented me with boxes and boxes full of material.  Oh my gosh!  I have a whole closet full of containers filled with fabric.  (Filled with possibilities!)

The pictures below are things I have made at one time or another. Most of these projects take very little fabric, a Fat Quarter or less.

So start sewing!  Remnant fabric pieces can be used for so many projects.  And these projects make fabulous gift ideas…  Purses, Key Fobs, Cell Phone/Gadget Holder, Tissue Holders, Doll Quilt Blanket, Crayon Roll-up, Valances, Runners, Place Mats, Fabric Coasters, Memo Board, Pillows, just to name a few.  The possibilities are endless.  It will keep me up at night just thinking about them! ha!  Hold on to your fabric.  You never know when a piece of fabric will inspire you to get creative!

I don’t sew with a pattern, I wing it as I go.  There are tons of free patterns on-line, though.  Sew on!

DIY Fabric Remnants Ideas

Hip Bag and KeyFob

DIY Fabric Remnants Ideas

Tote Purse

DIY Fabric Remnants Ideas

Cell Phone/Gadget Pouch

DIY Fabric Remnants Ideas


DIY Fabric Remnants Ideas

Patchwork Pillow

DIY Fabric Remnants Ideas

Doll Blanket and Pillow

DIY Fabric Remnants Ideas

Business Card/Mini Wallet

Creative Ideas for Maps

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Before I was married, maps were never a part of my life.  I guess because I never went anywhere that required visual aide to get there.  Not that I would have actually been able to read a map anyway.  That would mean knowing if I were headed North, South, East or West.  I’m lucky to know my left from my right.

But when I met my Hubby, one of the first things I learned about him was is love of maps.  Whenever we went anywhere, here or in another country, his favorite phrase would be “Let’s consult the map”.  And he would hold it in the palm of his hands, up to the sky, like it was a little piece of Heaven.  🙂

Now maps are in my life too.  Not to read them of course, but to use them as inspiration for DIY and decorating!  (You didn’t really think I have learned which direction is which, did you?)  😉

I found some very creative and inspiring ideas to do with maps.  Some of which I can’t wait to get started!  Click on the picture to see the source and directions.  (If there is not a link, it’s because I could not find one.)  Enjoy and create!

Map Projects and IdeasHubby loves maps and I love pillows. It’s a perfect match!

Old world home office, A home office/den. We faux finished the walls w/ a distressed look and had a custom canvas map mural made by Primal Colors installed on the ceiling by our local wallpaper guy., home office with distressed faux finished walls and custom canvas map on tray ceiling. We had Primal Colors make the map and our local wall paper guys installed it., Home Offices DesignThis is beautiful!

Map Projects and Ideas

Map Chandelier

How cool is this?

Map Projects and IdeasMap on a canvas.

Map Projects and IdeasThis is HAPPY on a wall! I’m doing this!!

Map Projects and IdeasDecoupage dresser.

Map Projects and IdeasI posted this fabric map before. Still on my list of crafts to do! It’s one of my favorite ideas!

Map Projects and IdeasMap letters.

Map Projects and IdeasThis is from Etsy. A perfect piece to store all your travel treasures.

Map Projects and IdeasLight fixture cover with circles of maps.

decorating a door with maps.

Map Projects and IdeasLove this table. I think I have found my unfinished round table inspiration!

Birthday Party Craft Idea

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This weekend we had a birthday party for my daughter.  She is now in the double digits!  How did that happen?

I remember when I turned 10.  I spent the entire day crying because I was TEN!  Ten was sooo old in my head.  And if I was THAT old, them my parent’s days had to be numbered!  I was so sad!  I mean seriously!  Thirty two and 34?!!  How much longer could they possibly have?  (Yes I was a strange sensitive child.)  Thank goodness I outgrew that… right Mom?:)

Happily they are both still here!  And while I am more than 10 years older than my parents were when I turned 10, my daughter doesn’t seem bothered by her age or mine.  Although, if you ask her how old I am, she will support me in my denial and tell you I’m 34. 😉

Back to the birthday…  My daughter wanted to do a craft project at her party.  She decided on decorating flip-flops.  I picked up various sizes of flip-flops from Micheals.  They were only $1.24 a pair!  I grabbed some ribbon, glitter glue, fabric paint and some “bling” for decorating.   A very inexpensive project!

The kids wrapped the ribbon around the straps of the flip-flop.  Glue from a glue gun does not stick to the rubber strap,  so wrapping it with ribbon not only looks cute, but it also gives the bling something to adhere too.  It takes about a yard of ribbon to wrap each flip-flop, depending on the width of the ribbon.

I don’t know if all 10 year olds are like this, but my daughter and her friends were so involved in the project that we literally had nearly an hour of silence while they were decorating their flip-flops.  Silence at a birthday party!  Wow!  Check out the flip-flops.  They turned out adorable!

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Candle Pillar

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Inspirations and ideas can come from anywhere, even when you’re not looking for them.  I saw this “Architectural Pillar Holder” while flipping through the Pottery Barn catalog.  It looked interesting and it got me thinking about all the pieces of wood, extra moulding, trim, and old picture frames I have lying around.  What a good way to repurpose some of those “left overs” and make something functional and attractive.  And who doesn’t like a Pottery Barn knock off project?

From Pottery Barn $49.00

I started with this piece of wood I bought at Habitat Restore a while ago.  It was only $1.00, so it had to come home with me.  I believe it is a piece used in stair railings, but I don’t know what it’s call.  The top was cut off to have a flat surface to set a candle on.

I bought this “window” at a junk yard almost two years ago.  Never found a home for it, so I took it apart and it became the base to my pillar.

Miter cutting all these pieces was not the easiest thing for me.  It took awhile to wrap my head around which way to lay the wood down on the saw to get the right cut.  But I got the hang of it.  I kept going, making small squares out of frames and moulding and stacked them up on top of each other.  I used Elmer’s Multi-Purpose All Glue, because that’s what I had on hand.  (It’s not the “school” Elmer’s glue)  If I had wood glue, I would have used that instead.  But since I wanted this project to be “free”, I used only what I already had  Mr. Elmer worked great.  It’s not coming apart.

I continued to stack the moulding and trim until I got the look and height I wanted. After the glue dried for a couple of hours, I sanded and spackled some of the rough edges. Then the whole thing was spray painted a satin white. (took 3 coats) Once the paint dried, I sanded the edges to distress it a bit then rubbed “distress ink” on the edges to give it that “aged” look.  I think it looks pretty cool. 

This was fun to make.  I still have left over trim and old picture frames!  I see more candle pillars in my future. ; )  


DIY Candle Holder

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I love to go thrift shopping and treasure hunting.  I would do it everyday if I could.  But as it is, I’ll pick up something while shopping, something I had to have of course, and then I come home and can’t find a place to put it.  (That’s what garages are for, right??!)I have had this old decorative wooden architectural thing for more than a year and it just doesn’t look good anywhere in my house.  So what’s a girl to do?  Take it apart!  The wood on this piece is really cool.  Very distressed and weathered.  So I got my hammer and screwdriver out and took it apart.  I don’t know where the candle holder idea came from, but I did know what I was going to make before I began.  (That doesn’t always happen.)

Oh yeah, the individual glass candle holders are from IKEA and are only $0.49 each! ( NEGLINGE Candlestick/tealight holder)


This piece was held together with small nails so taking it apart was easy.

Removing the nails. Always wear your safety goggles!

Wear safety goggle when using machinery too! I love my saw! : )

Creating the box for the candle holders.

I totally dig perfect miter cuts!  You missed my happy dance. ; )

Drilling holes for the candle holders to fit in. The white board I’m cutting is a left over piece of vertical blinds. It’s the valance piece used to hide the blind’s hardware.

The glass candle holder fits! Woohoo!!

I’m using a dark metallic spray paint. I liked the idea of the old weathered wood with the newer dark-colored wood.

Quarter rounds were cut to border the piece with the holes. That was spray painted as well.

I wrapped painters tape around the holder while the wood glue dries.

I added rock and marbles to the base. I LIKE it!


There you go. Repurpose, Redo, Reuse!

Linked to Blue Cricket Design, Skip to My Lou, Nifty Thrift Things

Scrap Fabric Map

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Being a sewer, I have oodles and oodles of fabric scraps.  I don’t have the heart to throw them out.  But I have a BTDT (Been There Done That) disorder and I’m always looking for something new to try.  (One friend said I have A.D.D., but that’s just mean!  ha!)  I’ve made pillows and bedding, drapes and valances, purses, keyfobs, doll clothes… the list goes on.  So I went on a mission to find something else to do with all the fabric I have.

Ta Da!!!!  I’m so excited about this project.  I found it accidentally on Pinterest (of course).  I wasn’t even looking for it, but there it was.  I was going to look for more fabric projects, and probably will later, but I think this is so cool and clever I had to share it with you now.

See Kate Sew is a lovely blog I just stumbled upon.  Here is her blog site and the project I LOVE!

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Handmade Gift Ideas – Photos

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Christmas is fast approaching!  I can hardly believe it’s just 2 1/2 weeks away.  For someone so excited about the holiday, I am way behind in my shopping and gift making!

I saw the soap dispenser on Pinterest and it got me thinking about photo gift ideas.  (That is after I stopped crying from laughing so hard!!  I love the soap dispenser!)

Happy Creating!

THIS IS A HOOT!  One Pinner says,

This makes me smile! FUNNY and CLEVER! Click the picture to see how it’s done.

Photo coasters - grandparent gifts?

Photo Coasters

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Photo Bracelets

Mouse Pads

Personalized Mouse Pad

photo collage for christmas gifts

I love this ideas for Grandparents!

Photo Calendar

Another calendar idea… One year I scanned my kids artwork they made over the years and made a calendar like the one above.

Custom iPhone Case

Custom Iphone Case

Christmas Ideas #4 – 11

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While jotting down my Christmas list, I realized there was a theme in the things I was asking Santa for.  Nothing big, nothing expensive.  Just simple stuff.  Helpful stuff for creativity.

So, if you want to buy me something… I mean shop for that creative person in your life, here are some gift ideas.  If you really want to surprise her… may I suggest POWER TOOLS?!! : )

Zoomed: 3M Black Frame with Clear Lens Plastic Readers Safety Glasses

Safety glasses! Everyone need a pair or two when working with power tools. And these are part reading glasses! Who knew??

BISSELL® Steam and Sweep Hard Surface Cleaner - Silver.Opens in a new window

While I normally frown upon cleaning products for Christmas, this would be handy when I’m crafting in the kitchen.

Sony Earbud Headphones - Blue/ Violet (MDREX35LP/VB)

I need theses! I have an Ipod Shuffle with broken earbuds.

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ADELE! So I can sing my little heart out while I’m crafting or creating.  LOVE HER!  Need the cd so I can have it in my car too.

DEGREE Aqua Sea Degrees Discovery Ear Warmer

These would be helpful for safety as well as keeping me warm when I’m working in the garage. (With the power tools!)

Zoomed: MECHANIX WEAR 1-Pack Female Work Gloves

Another helpful item to keep me warm and safe in the garage.

Holiday Lowe's Gift Card

Ahhh! Gift Cards…

never can have too many!

Made from Money – Gift Ideas #3

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I’m still on my search for homemade Christmas gift ideas.  Recently I have seen some very cute and clever gift ideas made from money.  And you don’t need to be made OF money to create them! : )  I’m sure there are a lot more ideas out there.  If you come across a gift made from coins or bills, I would love to see them!

I would love to try this first one with foreign coins brought home from traveling!

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Ring made from a quarter. Check out the tutorial!

keychain....collect coins from special years. birh/anniversary/etc.

Collect coins from birth years, anniversary, etc and make a key chain.

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I love this ideas! A gift box made out of bills

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Who wouldn’t love to receive a money tree?!  It’s on my list! : )

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Kids who don’t like to get clothes for Christmas will be happy receiving this shirt!

Habitat Desk Redo

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Happy Halloween y’all!  I have something frightening to share with you…  this hideous, scary looking desk.  I picked it up from my Habitat Restore for $30.  I have been looking for a desk to use in my sewing/craft room.  I could see the potential.  (Hubby, however, walked right passed it without seeing the desk in the garage.  Maybe  he was just not paying attention, or MAYBE I have too many unfinished projects in the garage that he didn’t notice the addition!)


After removing the hardware and cleaning the desk, I lightly sanded the piece before applying a coat of primer.  The primer I bought said it would seal on glossy surfaces, but after doing a test patch, I could scratch the primer off.  No short cuts.  Sanding was necessary.  Two coats of Decorator White from Home Depot and the dresser was done.  I did sand the edges for a distressed look.  Not bad for $30 and a little elbow grease!  I highly recommend wandering your local thrift store.  Finding something unloved and bringing it back to life is fun and you will be proud of yourself with the results!  Happy shopping!


Signs and Sayings

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As you may know, I love Pinterest!  I have a “board” on Pinterest that I called “Signs and Sayings”, where I collect comically true and laugh out loud sayings.  I also have collect thoughtful and spiritually based sayings for inspiration and gratitude reminders.  Check them out. Most of these sayings would make great gift ideas if you made them into a wooden sign, coasters, framed art, etc.  Since I’m always looking for phrases or sayings, I wanted to share this with you.  I will keep adding more as I come across them.  If you have any great phrases you would like to share, please feel free to leave me a comment.

I have a couple of projects I’m working on for more Christmas gift ideas.  I will be posting them soon.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Thrifty Art

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I’m redoing my sewing/craft room for umpteenth time.  Not that I particularly like to paint over and over again, but the room feels blah and I want it to feel happy and be a source of motivation and inspiration.  I know it’s a lot to ask for a little room.  So much expectation! : )  But here I go again…

My goal is to redo the room for as little money as possible.  Not that paint and accessories are all that expensive, but it kinda is when you are me and paint and revamp so many times.  I think the room is actually getting smaller because of all the layers of paint!  So I’m redecorating on the cheap.  (My hubby will dig that!)  I have oodles of fabric and found some that were embroidered.  I picked up some bargain price Ikea frames and voila…  instant art for very little money!  I think they look groovy!

Window Treatment Ideas

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Have you ever model home hopped?  Just walked in and take a look around?  I love it!  It’s a great place to get design ideas.  When I first started looking at model homes, I use to tell the sales person I was house hunting.  But now, instead of leading them to believe they have a live one, I’m honest and tell them I’m just looking for decorating ideas.  I’m left alone to browse and they aren’t trying to make a sale.  A win-win, for me anyways. ; )

I have a thing for window treatments.  I adore them!  I’m always looking for something new to sew.  Most of the window treatments are pretty easy to duplicate even if you don’t have a sewing machine.  (Stitch Witch is a wonderful thing!)  Valances in particular are quite easy to make, especially the ones attached to a board.

So go ahead, check out model homes.  It’s fun and inspiring with oodles of ideas.


Fabric Remnants Ideas

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I am a fabric freak.  The fabric store is right up there with Lowes for me!  Love it, love it.  It makes me happy!!  One birthday, my best friend went to every fabric store in our area looking for discontinued fabric or fabric books they were going to throw away.  She presented me with boxes and boxes full of material.  Oh my gosh!  I have a whole closet full of containers filled with fabric.  (Filled with possibilities!)

So start sewing!  Remnant fabric pieces can be used for so many projects.  And these projects make fabulous gift ideas…  Purses, Key Fobs, Cell Phone/Gadget Holder, Tissue Holders, Doll Quilt Blanket, Crayon Roll-up, Valances, Runners, Place Mats, Fabric Coasters, Memo Board, Pillows, just to name a few.  The possibilities are endless.  It will keep me up at night just thinking about them! ha!  So hold on to your fabric.  You never know when a fabric idea will inspire you to get creative!


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