Out With the Old

Whitewash Pots

As you might have already gathered, when we were getting ready to move from the ranch I was mentally ready for a fresh start.  This topped with the fact that due to our closing date being moved up two weeks, me catching a really bad cold/flu something, and our downsizing to a smallish storage unit and an even smaller RV made for the perfect storm of stress induced delirium that caused a lot more of our stuff to end up at the thrift store or the trash than in our storage unit.  This is mostly a good thing. . . at this point the only two things I am really sad that ended up in one of those two places are my Patagonia pull over and my LL Bean long underwear.  Both of which after living with me at the ranch for 4 years were very much in need of retirement and I’m pretty sure that it might not have been an accident that they are no longer around???

Whitewash Pots

Anyhoo, as we were ending our travel time period and are now settling into our new little temporary rental, I am realizing quite a few things that I no longer own.  Which again is great because I am all about starting fresh right now, but you don’t really realize how many little things that you have which are pretty helpful. . . ie. I no longer have a paper towel holder or tables or flower pots.  We didn’t have a bed or chairs either, but we have remedied those already.

Whitewash Pots

A couple weeks ago I got my TINY little front porch all ready for fall, but when I got home with a couple cute plants I realized that I no longer own any flower pots.  After far more deliberation than it should have taken of the small selection of pots that Wal-mart had from summer I decided that I would customize some inexpensive terra cotta pots rather than pay (in Wal-mart terms) quite a bit more for their version of the same “whitewash” pots I was envisioning.  So, for the price of one pot I got 3 pots.

Whitewash Pots

Here’s a breakdown:

How To Whitewash Pot

What you need:

  • Terra Cotta Pot
  • Paint in color of your choice (I used some latex that I had extra of)
  • Paintbrush
  • Exterior Poly-urethane (I used Varathane Exterior Poly-urethane in the spray can)

How To Whitewash Pot

Using a dry brush technique paint the surface of your pots:

  • Barely dab the paint brush in the paint and dab off excess paint on a paper towel or scrap wood
  • Lightly brush paint on surface pressing harder as there is less and less paint on the brush
  • Repeat these steps until you reach the desired look

How To Whitewash Pot

How To Whitewash Pot

I cracked this pot before I finished. . . I’m going to stick with the story that I was going for a more aged look so the crack was planned.

How To Whitewash Pot

Spray the outside of the pots with exterior poly-eurethane.  I did not paint or poly the inside of the pots since I was planting real plants in them and I wasn’t sure how these things would be for the health of the plants???  Since I have enough trouble remembering to water my live plants I didn’t want to give them any additional life challenges.

Whitewash Pots

Cute, simple, and inexpensive. . . my favorite things!

Whitewash Pots

Has anyone else de-cluttered during a move and then later wondered what you were thinking?  Overall, though I’m happy with the fresh start and a change of scenery both location and decor wise.

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Whitewash Pots

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

Hi Everyone!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Today I am sharing with you a painted horse toss pillow project that I made for the RV.  If you haven’t heard about our new exciting adventure check out my post on it here.

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

I think it turned out adorable, and it is the perfect addition to our traveling home to remind me of these big loves that are still back in CO.

My Horse Loves

When I came up with this project idea I was a little concerned about the painting portion of it.  While I love to paint, I am not the most precise painter when it comes to really intricate details.  However, I was actually pleasantly surprised at how simple this was to make and paint.  It took me about 2 hours total over the course of 4 days. . . why is it I can’t sit down and do one project from beginning to end at one time???  Does anyone else have this problem?  Normally when I’m working on a furniture project I have the excuse that I need to let each coat of paint dry, but I did’t really have this excuse with this project because the paint dried really quickly.

Anyhoo, here are the steps for this rustic farmhouse horse pillow.

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

Materials:

  • Fabric of your choice (I chose a heavier duty striped canvas type cloth. . . yes I still have an addiction to canvas, will it ever end?)
  • Sewing Machine and Sewing Materials (thread, fabric scissors, pins, etc)
  • Printer and Paper
  • Carbon Paper
  • Paint (I used a water base acrylic paint because that’s what I had however, if you want your pillow be washable then you should choose a washable fabric paint)
  • Paintbrush

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

Quick Note:  I chose to do the silhouette painting after I sewed the pillow together because I wanted to be sure I placed it in the right spot on the pillow.  You can definitely skip down to step four and do the painting portion first and then come back to the sewing portion.

Step One:  Cut out and pin your fabric (pretty side facing in) the size you would like your pillow to be with about 1/4″ extra on each side.  My pillow is 20″ Long by 14″ Tall, so I cut 20.5″ x 14.5″.

Step Two:  Sew around the edges of your pillow leaving an opening to flip your pillow right side out.  In the picture above I have the opening showing on the side (the square box), but I would recommend doing the opening on the bottom so that it’s not as noticeable when you close the opening.

Step Three:  Flip your pillow right side out through the opening that you left on the bottom.

Step Four:

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

Print your horse silhouette out, and lay it on the fabric with the carbon paper underneath.  I found the horse silhouette here.  I had to resize it and cut it in half so that I could print it on normal size paper and still have it be the size I wanted for my pillow. Here is the size I used – Large Horse.

Step Five:  Trace (hard) around the silhouette of the horse making sure that the carbon paper is marking on your fabric.  I went over each piece a couple times to get the carbon to show up well enough.

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

Step Six:  Once you have the outline of your horse transferred on the fabric then you can paint it in.  My fabric was really thick so it wasn’t necessary for me to place paper between my two pieces of fabric, but if you have a lighter piece of fabric it would probably be best to place paper between the two layers.  Just roll up the paper so it fits through your stuffing opening and then unroll it inside the pillow while your painting.  I used a tiny paintbrush to paint the edges and then a larger one to fill in.  Then I went back over with a different color shade to give the color a little more depth.

Step Seven:  Once the paint is dry then you can stuff your toss pillow and sew up the opening.

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Painted Horse Toss Pillow

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

I mentioned a couple posts ago that I have been really thinking about my issues with my perception of perfection.  In this I mean that I struggle with posting on the blog when I’m doing larger projects (ie. . . large room re-dos at the ranch or a full re-do of the RV) because I continue to tell myself that I will post that project once A,B, & C are complete.  Well, this just gives me a reason to procrastinate and then I don’t get projects posted up here.  I’ve made it a goal to not worry so much about things being completely finished and/or perfect and to just keep posting as I go. . . I can always update as things get more complete right?!?  In the spirit of this, below is a picture sneak peak at the newly completed and installed curtains that separate the cab of the RV from the rest of the living space.  This was a big project goal for me to get done because 1. it gives us privacy from people seeing in through the windshield 2. it helps with efficiency because we don’t have to heat/cool that extra space and 3. since we use the upper bed for storage we can close that off and not see all of our storage.  The biggest goal with the RV re-do was to lighten and brighten everything up, so you can see that this fabric choice really helps to brighten things up.  I have some other fabric that ties the toss pillows together with some of my other selections so you will be seeing those things start to piece together.  I’m currently in selection process to change out the backsplash in the little vanity space and kitchen, so be sure to check out those updates when I get them completed in the next couple weeks.

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

 

Thanks so much for following along on our crazy adventures and be sure to stay up to date with me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Let me know what you think of this project, and as always I would love to see your painted horse toss pillows!

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Fourth of July Porch Inspiration

If you missed my most recent update, then check it out here to get caught up on our latest crazy adventure!  We are truly enjoying this new chapter in our life and trying to soak up all the fun experiences while we have this amazing opportunity.

I’m also plugging away at the RV makeover, and I am sooooo excited to share it with you.  I’m not sure if I’m more excited to share with you because that would mean that I’m done-ish, or if I’m actually stoked about how it is turning out.  The conclusion fluctuates depending on the current state of my tiredness and how much I like the project I have currently completed.  This has also led me into a long discussion with myself about my perception of perfection, and why I wait so long to share projects with you on the blog.  More to come on that later, but in the meantime here is some Fourth of July porch inspiration from last year’s front porch makeover and a couple simple tutorials!  Needless to say, the RV did not get a fourth of July porch makeover because I’ve been so busy with the inside (and our porch moves a lot, so less is really better here).

4th of July Porch Inspiration

Below are the tutorials for making these cute bandanna pillows and those rustic canvas and denim wreaths:
Bandanna Pillows Tutorial

Bandanna Pillows (this is about the simplest sewing project I have ever done. . . great beginner sewing project):

  1. Buy two bandannas for each pillow
  2. Sew around the dotted line leaving an opening at the bottom Bandanna Toss Pillow Tutorial
  3. Stuff
  4. Sew up the opening

You’ll notice I didn’t turn the pillow inside or right side out before I stuffed.  This is because I wanted to have a “ruffle” on my pillows so I utilized the bandannas already finished edges to create this edging on the pillows.  You can also sew along the edge and then flip them right side out before stuffing to have a clean edge.

Denim & Canvas Wreaths

Click on the picture above or here for the Denim and Canvas Wreath Tutorial!

And, last you can always paint your door. . . that’s a pretty big step for one holiday though!  You’ll be ready for Christmas too.

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The New Plan and Life Is Beautiful Sign

I think my last post was about how on top of things I was for the new year. . . and it’s almost June!!!  It seems that when I make a plan that is just about the time that God throws a curveball and life gets turned upside down.  Don’t get me wrong, the “curveball” was a great one and has set us on a completely crazy, fun, exciting, and oh so very different path then we were on before.  The first huge change is that we sold the ranch so moving was in order!  The second huge change is that we decided to go “on the road” and travel in an RV for awhile before we decide where we are supposed to land next.  Don’t worry though, I have lots of great projects, thrifting, junkin, and home decor posts planned!  First projects planned are going to be getting the RV looking and feeling a little more like home.  This means some sewing, painting, pillows, and more!

I thought for the kickoff of Home Decor RV style I would share this picture frame sign I made some time ago.  It fully encompassed the experience we are having on the road and fit perfectly in with the changes I want to make in the RV!

Life is Beautiful Sign

This is a really simple project and only took about an hour.  I found this 3 photo picture frame at the thrift store.  It seemed pretty beat up so I was planning on painting it, but after cleaning it with a magic eraser sponge it looked good as new.  Next, I picked out the scrapbook paper that I wanted to use in each of the three picture spaces.

 

If you have a fancy printer you might be able to feed your scrapbook paper directly through your printer.  My scrapbook cardstock paper wouldn’t fit through my printer so I simply printed the words on plain printer paper.

Life is Beautiful Sign

Then I used carbon paper to trace the words from my printer paper onto the scrapbook cardstock.

Life is Beautiful Sign

I used a paint pen to paint the traced words onto the scrapbook cardstock.

Life is Beautiful Sign

And I positioned them in the frame to finish it up!

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I used 3M two sided photo frame hangers to hang this in the RV.  In the house I probably would have used two sets, but since it is going to get knocked around more in the RV I used 4 sets.

I can’t wait to share more of my projects with you as I get the new RV feeling more like home.  I have some exciting plans for the blog as we are traveling so stay tuned for those as well.

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Wind and Fall Block Letters

It’s windy!!!  I mean W-I-N-D-Y!!!  As I was pulling up the internet to begin this post a strong wind gust came up that sounded like it was going to blow the glass right out of the window in my office.  Anyone with windows made in the last 10 maybe even 20 years probably won’t understand this, but our windows are old so while very vintage and cool looking (maybe just to me) they are not super quiet or shall we say energy efficient.  When it’s windy they rattle all night and then sound like they are going to fly out of the wall.  It’s perfect for getting a great night sleep (I say as I yawn and take another sip of my coffee).

Speaking of the weather (how’d you like that segway?). . .

I am behind on getting decorated for fall.  Very behind!  The problem for me this year was the weather.  It just did not feel like fall.  In fact, until this wind storm some of my trees still had green leaves!  It’s hard to be getting in a cozy fall mood when it still feels summery outside.  Not that I am complaining because I have definitely been enjoying the warm weather and getting a lot of pre-winter outdoor projects completed.

In between working outside in the nice warm weather, I did get some fall projects completed just in time to take them down and start decorating for Christmas.  I’m super excited to begin the Christmas festivities, but I will try and slow down and enjoy the fall and Thanksgiving Holiday for now.

Today I am going to share with you my wood fall block project.

Wood Fall Block Letters

Here is a brief description of how to make this project.  I will be doing a similar project with more of a Christmas theme next week, but in the meantime comment or email with any questions.

Wood Fall Block Letters

First, you will need (4) pieces of a 1×6 cut into 5.5″ pieces (so they are square).  Cut more or less pieces if you decide to do a different word other than fall.  I would measure the width of your 1×6 as it will depend on the type of board you get, but most will be about 5.5″.  Next, sand your pieces as needed.  Stain to the color that you would like.  I stained mine with Minwax Special Walnut stain.  Print out the letters that you would like in the font style you like or use stencils.  I use Power Point and make a box the size of my squares and insert the letters into the box so I know how large I can make them.  For this project however, I used stencils that I had from another project.  Either trace using your stencils or set a piece of carbon paper (found at Office Depot) under your printout and trace the letters onto the wood.  Once you have the letters traced onto your wood then you can paint the letters with acrylic paint or a paint pen.  Once the letters are dry cover with a poly top coat.  I used Rustoleum water based polyurethane.  Staple with a staple gun a looped piece of twine to hang your wood letter blocks.

Wood Fall Block Letters

They are a perfect rustic fall addition to my decor.

Wood Fall Block Letters

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember be creative, be inspired, and be authentic.

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Charis Ranch Dresser Reveal

Hi Everyone!

It’s been so long since I posted any projects!  I guess I’ve been really busy, but mostly I just haven’t had the motivation to do the things required of posting a project (ie. edit photos, write something that other people can understand, etc.).  Actually, now that I write it out there were not as many hurdles as there seemed to be in my head.  This is why I like lists so much. . .  the list in my head is always way more overwhelming than when I write it down.

Anyhoo. . .

a couple weeks ago I shared a before photo on Facebook of a sad dresser that I was going to makeover as a fundraiser for Charis Youth Ranch.  This is a wonderful organization with fabulous volunteers that rescue and rehabilitate horses to use in their youth program for at risk kids and teens.  It is truly amazing to see the unique relationships that form between the kids and the horses.  Actually as an adult, horses are very therapeutic as well.  It’s true, try to be in a bad mood when around those gentle giants.

Okay, back on track.  So, today I am going to share the finished dresser, as well as a brief (for me) description of the transformation.

Here is the sad before pic.  It just looks unhappy.

Before Photo of Sad Charis Youth Ranch Dresser

First, I sanded.  It was actually one the easiest pieces I’ve sanded because it was so old the finish was pretty well worn off.  Sitting on my screened patio for most of the winter and summer probably helped with wearing the finish off as well.  In normal circumstances, I don’t recommend leaving your furniture exposed to the weather to remove the finish coat (laugh, frown, sigh).

After Sanding of Charis Youth Ranch Dresser

Next, I stained it using Minwax Dark Walnut.  I put two coats of stain on with a foam brush and then wiped and allowed to dry between coats.

Staining Charis Youth Ranch Dresser

I really wanted to leave the top stained and the base painted, but I was worried that the top was too damaged to be able to leave.  Once I got it stained though the top looked really good so I went ahead and left it dark walnut.  I painted the base with an off white Sherwin Williams sample that I got on sale in their mis-tint section at Lowe’s.  I always check this section when I am at the store because a lot of times you can find really great colors for an inexpensive price.  Not that the sample prices are breaking the bank, but I am a bit of a paint hoarder so every little bit helps.

To get the worn vintage look, I used old t-shirt rags and rubbed the paint on.  I started with quite a bit of paint to cover the section that I was working on.  Then I continued to rub away the excess paint and then rub hard to work the paint into the piece.  This technique takes a lot of rubbing and it’s useful to cut your old t-shirt into several pieces so you can use one piece for putting the paint on and then one piece to really rub the paint in once you have the excess removed.  Try a sample on a scrap piece of wood or the back of the piece to get your technique down.

Once my paint was dry, I put a clear coat of wax on the entire piece.

Last, I installed the new hardware.  I purchased these at Hobby Lobby.  Of course, I could not find hardware that matched the holes that were already in the drawers, so I had to create a template to get perfect holes for installing the new hardware.  I will do a separate post with my instructions for creating a template like this one.  I swear, in the pie chart of my life there is going to be a pie slice representing the amount of time I spent shopping for hardware to match my already existing holes.

Dresser Knob Charis Youth Ranch Dresser

And finally, it’s complete!  I really loved this piece.  I didn’t want it to go.  I definitely contemplated asking if anyone would like to donate to the “Andrea really wants to keep this dresser, so here is a donation in it’s place” fund.  But, alas, it was meant to help a great cause and bring in some funds to feed and house those adorable horses.

Reveal of Charis Youth Ranch Dresser

Isn’t is pretty???  I didn’t even take it in my house for fear I would never let it go.  Well, and I was the only one home the day I finished it and that sucker was heavy!!!  I barely got it moved to a place that I could get a decent picture of it.

Oh, and don’t be fooled by how beautiful the weather looks outside.  The wind was blowing really hard while I was trying to get these pictures and blew EVERYTHING off the dresser several times.  Luckily, the only thing that broke was the tops of my pumpkins which were easily repaired with the hot glue gun.

Reveal Charis Youth Ranch Dresser

Take in the beauty!!!

Before and After of Charis Youth Ranch DresserIf you would like to learn more about all the wonderful work that Charis Youth Ranch does for the kids and horses check out their website here.

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Making New Wood Look Like Aged Barnwood + Free Printable

Hello!

I have so much to share with you today.  Most importantly, I am going to share with you my technique for making new wood look like beautiful aged barn wood.  In order to do this, I will show you how to make a really simple, but oh so rustic and chic clothes pin picture frame.  And last, I will share a free printable that I created to put in my new picture frame.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

Let’s get started. . .

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

First, the wood and paint supplies you will need are:

  • (1) 6 ft. 1×6 fence post slat cut into (3) 18″ pieces.  These cost between $1.50 and $3.00, so this is seriously an inexpensive but super cute project!  I also like to use the fence slats because this is rough cut wood which adds the same feel that you would get from old barn wood.
  • Minwax classic gray stain.
  • Deep brown glaze (I made mine by mixing a deep chocolate brown acrylic paint with a glazing medium).
  • White or Off White Acrylic Paint.
  • Polyurethane top coat (I used Rustoleum Water Based Polyurethane)
  • Mini clothes pins.  I found them at our local big box store.
  • Wood glue

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

Cut your fence slat into (3) 18″ pieces.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

I used my Kreg jig to add pocket holes for connecting my wood pieces together.  Add two pocket holes to each of your outer pieces of wood (4 pocket holes total).

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

This is what my wood looked like after I drilled my pocket holes.  Before I screwed the wood together, I “sanded” my wood by just brushing it off really well with a steel wire brush.  You can actually sand the wood if you would like, but I personally like to leave a lot of the roughness of rough cut wood since we are going for an old barn wood look.  Since old barns were made from rough cut wood that wasn’t sanded this is how I try to replicate that feel. I also stained and painted my boards before I screwed them together.  Next. . .

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

My first step for creating an aged look to the wood is to stain the wood with Minwax classic gray stain.  I stained it and let it dry for a couple hours before moving to the next step.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

Wow!  That is a really pretty paint brush!  As you can see I like to re-use and re-use and re-use my paint brushes, and apparently I’m not great at cleaning them.  You can use an old paintbrush for this next step because you will be lightly dry brushing the dark brown glaze over your wood.  Dip the end of your brush in the glaze and then wipe off the excess on the sides of your can and dab any additional excess on a paper towel.  Very lightly brush over the top of your wood and then begin to brush harder as the brush gets dryer.  You can add more glaze in areas of the wood that would naturally age darker like along the knots or darker grained areas.

If you really want to add some additional aged character to the wood then before you stain you could beat up the wood a little by banging it with a hammer, chain, or even putting some nail holes in it.  Then add some extra glaze to these areas to really bring out the aging.  Just an extra thought since I did not do this step on this project.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

After your glaze has dried (it doesn’t take very long to dry), then dry brush very lightly over the top with a white or off white acrylic paint (found at hobby or crafting stores).

Once this coat has dried (I gave mine 24 hours) then paint your polyurethane coat over the top.  I like Rustoleum Water Based Polyurethane in satin.  Let your poly coat dry, and then screw the 3 pieces together.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

Place the mini clothes pins in place and secure them with wood glue.  I set a book on top of my clothes pins while the wood glue dried.  Another afterthought. . . it would have looked nice if I had stained my clothes pins with the gray stain.  Next time!

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

And it’s ready to hang!  I used an eyelet hook to hang mine on my entry wall.  Here is the free Hope Printable I created using some adorable graphics from The Graphics Fairy.

Stay tuned because in the next couple weeks I will be sharing my transformation of the corner table in the pictures below.  It is in need of a re-do!

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

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5 Simple Steps to Refresh the Front Porch

Hello!  Thanks checking out my front porch makeover.  Join me on Facebook and Pinterest to keep up with my latest projects!

Front Porch Refresh

My front porch has been a project that I have wanted to tackle for quite a while.  It was easy to ignore through the winter, and I knew that part of the transformation I wanted to do was paint my doors a new color.  Trying to decide which color to paint was a huge can of worms that I couldn’t quite get a handle on.  Red was at the top of the list because it went well with the fresh exterior house color, and it is very flexible through the seasons.  However, there were so many other colors that I LOVED too, and I just couldn’t make a decision.  Sooooo, I completely ignored my front porch. . . no decorations, no cushions, just walked by and didn’t pay attention to it at all.

Front Porch Refres

This is what I looked at for months, and this was actually after I had started to plant the flowers in spring and hung that sad wreath on the door.  Pretty blah huh!  The doors had a fresh and clean coat of white paint from the whole house paint project, but because of the location of the doors (kind of in a corner) the white didn’t make the doors stand out at all.  There was no WOW, and it was not very welcoming either.  On top of that my old chair cushions were in desperate need of retirement, but my indecisiveness was plaguing me on those as well.

Finally summer came, and I couldn’t ignore the front porch anymore!

Front Porch RefreshThe things I did for my front porch transformation were all very simple projects with big results.  This is the list of projects I completed for the makeover:

1.  Paint the front doors.  I FINALLY decided on Sherwin Williams Salute Exterior paint with a brown glaze over the top.  I really wanted a bright color that made the entry stand out and scream “This is the Entry,” since it isn’t very obvious because of the layout of the house.  I also wanted a color that would allow me to easily transition through the seasons and holidays.

Front Porch Refresh2.  Add color and texture with wreaths.  I made these canvas and burlap wreaths for the front doors.  You can check out the tutorial here.

Front Porch Makeover3.  New chair cushions!  I decided to make new cushions for my chairs.  I wanted something inexpensive so I wouldn’t feel bad leaving them out all year and something that would again be very easy to transition through seasons.  Check out the tutorial for making these here.

Front Porch Refresh4.  Add some splashes of color with these cute toss pillows.  These adorable toss pillows are made out of bandannas.  So cute, so easy, and so inexpensive.  Here’s the tutorial.

Front Porch Refresh5.  Flowers, Furniture, and Decor.  Planting flowers is always a great way to add curb appeal to your home, as well as adding a few accessories.

Front Porch RefreshTa-dah!!!  I’m so excited to have a fresh, bright, and welcoming front porch.

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Shabby Chic Ruffled Stockings

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As I was planning my mantle for this Christmas season, I knew I wanted to create some rustic shabby chic stockings to go with the other decorations I was planning.  So I started rummaging through my fabric and came up with a design for these.

Collage

The body of the stocking is made from a canvas paint cloth, and the ruffles are scrap fabric that I had leftover from other projects.

 

Complete 1You will need:

  • Canvas paint cloth or burlap (or any other fabric that you would like to use) – The stocking measures 19″ X 11″ and you will need to cut it out twice for one stocking.
  • Fabric of your choice for the ruffle – I started with a strip of fabric about 4-5″ in height and about 58″ in length.
  • String, ribbon, or fabric for the hanging loop
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins

Complete 2You can print out the pattern I created (StockingPattern), or if you have a stocking that you like the size and shape of you can trace that.  Sorry for the very rough pattern, this is my original hand drawn pattern.  I will work on getting it updated, but I wanted to give you something today.

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Double the fabric and pin your pattern or trace your stocking and cut out the fabric so you have two pieces of the same stocking shape.

Complete 4

Hem the top of each piece of your stocking.  I prefer to do this before I sew the two pieces of the stocking together, but you could do it after the next step as well.  Be sure if you hem them before you sew them together that your hems go the opposite direction.  I found it was easiest to lay them together and have the hems coming out towards me on each side.

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Pin and sew your two sides of your stocking together with the right/pretty sides facing in and wrong sides facing out.  If you hemmed before this step you want your hems facing out.  If you waited to hem after this step, then you can hem the top now.

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Flip your stocking right side out.  I find it easiest to run my finger or a closed pen along the seam to get it pushed out.

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Now cut out your ruffle fabric to be about 4-5″ in height and about 58″ in length.  I just cut as straight as possible down the side of my fabric.  If you fabric isn’t quite long enough you can cut out two pieces and sew them together.

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Hem each side of your ruffle fabric (all four sides).  I left the ends of my ruffle fabric rough on one of my stockings, but I felt like the ones that I hemmed looked better.  I did not sew the two ends of the ruffle fabric together to make a circle because I wanted to have some flexibility with the length if it was a little long.

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Next is ruffling.  There are several ways to ruffle fabric.  You can use a ruffler foot on your sewing machine, you can set your sewing machine on a long step length and then pull the thread on each end of your fabric to ruffle, you can hand ruffle with a needle and thread, or you can hand ruffle with your sewing machine.  I like the last option the best.  As I sew I bunch/fold the fabric just before it goes under my sewing machine foot.  This worked perfect for this project because I wanted to have some fabric ruffled above the top of my stocking and I wanted to have a ruffle skirt below the top of my stocking.  I decided how much I wanted to have on each side (about an inch on top and the rest on the bottom) and then placed the fabric at that point as it went under my sewing machine foot.  Then I just used my hands to bunch from both sides just as it was going under the foot.  It is a little slow going, but this is my preferred way of ruffling.

Before I did these stockings, I measured the length around the top of my stockings which was 18″.  I laid out my sewing tape to 18″ so I had a visual of how long I needed it to be and I adjusted my ruffle as I went (ruffle more if it was looking too long, ruffle less if it was looking too short).  It doesn’t have to be perfect, but too long is way better than too short. If it comes out a little long you can overlap the ruffle or ruffle a little more as you are attaching it to the stocking.  In fact, I felt it looked better to have 1/2″ to 1″ of overlap.  I have been ruffling like this for years, so I am not saying this is the easiest way, but it is the easiest way for me.  No changing of the sewing machine foot, no cursing when your thread breaks if you are trying to pull the ruffle, and no stabbing myself  with a needle when I hand sew (one of the many reasons I don’t like to hand sew).

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This is what you will end up with once ruffled.

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Then pin your ruffle to the top of your stocking and carefully sew along your already sewn ruffle line.  As I was pinning I lined my sewn ruffle line up just below my hemline on the top of the stocking.

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Last, sew your ribbon, twine, or fabric to the top edge of your stocking at the desired length you would like it.  Be careful because with all that ruffle it is easy to get it folded over when sewing this piece on.

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Another option with these stockings would be to paint/write names or holiday words on them to further personalize them.  I decided to leave them simple, but there are always options to spruce them up some more in the future.

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I love how these stockings turned out, and I can’t wait to see all your stocking creations!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

I would love if you would pin and share this with your friends!

Thanks so much.

~Andrea~

Turn Old Popcorn Tins into Stylish Lined Baskets

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I have problems with getting rid of things that seem to still have a useful life, especially containers or boxes that could be used for organizing or storage.  For years I have had a couple Christmas popcorn tins that I have used for storing my knitting supplies in. The problem with these are except for the one month of the year when they go along with the rest of the holiday decorations, they have to be hidden behind things or in closets.  I wanted to give these a face-lift so that I could use them year round and in plain sight.

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I wanted to give them the feel of a basket, and I love baskets with fabric lining so this was my inspiration for this project.  I think they turned out adorable, and will definitely be a cute addition to my home decor.

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I have already seen a ton of these Christmas popcorn tins in stores recently with yummy popcorn flavors, but I also always see them at thrift stores.

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Here are the two I decided to give a makeover.

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Things you will need:

  • Christmas tin(s)
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Rope – My large basket used 2 – 50′ rolls of rope and my small basket used just under 1 – 50′ roll
  • Fabric of choice – I had scrap fabric, but 1 yard would be plenty for the larger size
  • Sewing Machine
  • Twine or ribbon of your choice for the drawstring
  • Iron and Ironing board
  • Safety Pin

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First, with your glue gun, glue the rope to the tin in a circular pattern.  I found after I did the first one that it is better to start at the bottom since that will be showing, and if there is a little bit of a gap at the top it will be covered by the fabric liner.

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Continue around until your tins are completely covered.  If you run out of one roll of rope in the middle just glue the end and start the next end right next to it.  It was easy to create a pretty seamless connection, and I couldn’t tell after I did it.

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Once the rope portion is complete, you will begin the fabric liner.

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You will need to get your measurements of your tins for cutting out your fabric.  I first measured the circumference of my tins and added 1″ to this measurement for hemming the sides.  My circumference measurement for the smaller basket (since this is the one I will show below for sewing) was 24″, so I cut my fabric 25″ wide.

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Next, I measured the height of each of my tins and added 2.5″ for the drawstring and overlap on the top.  My measurement for the smaller basket was 9″, so I cut my fabric to 11.5″.

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Above is a breakdown of the fabric measurements.  Since the round part will be hidden in the bottom of the tin and does not need to be perfect, I just set my tins on the fabric and traced a circle for the bottom.  It turned out pretty uneven with the rope, but I just corrected as I cut to make it a more perfect circle.

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Next, iron and sew a 1/4″ hem on the short sides of the rectangle (side) lining fabric.  These are the two sides that are the height of your tin plus 2.5″.

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After you hem the two sides, then you will want to iron and sew a 1/2″ overlap for the drawstring at the top of your basket.

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Fold your side lining piece in half with the two hemmed edges meeting each other and the pretty side of your fabric facing in.  Sew up the side of the hemmed pieces to create a cylinder piece of fabric.  NOTE: BE SURE TO ONLY SEW TO THE BOTTOM OF YOUR DRAWSTRING OVERLAP AT THE TOP OF YOUR SIDE LINING.  IF YOU SEW COMPLETELY TO THE TOP YOU WILL CLOSE THE GAPS FOR STRINGING THE DRAWSTRING.

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Next, pin and sew the bottom circle to the bottom of the side lining piece.  Remember leave the pretty sides on the inside all facing each other.  I highly dislike sewing circles!  However, this was a great project for me in that it does not need to be perfect because this portion is going to be in the bottom of the tin.  Also, you are leaving it inside out so no worries about bulkiness or kinks when flipping it inside out.  I have some bad history with sewing bucket hats!

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This is what you end up with for your inside lining.

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After the lining is sewn, attach a safety pin to the end of your drawstring material.  I am in a twine faze so I used twine, but ribbon or fabric would be great as well.  I had to tie a knot in my twine for the safety pin to hold to.  Then slowly work your drawstring with the safety pin first through the top overlap of your lining.

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Last, put your lining in your basket and tie your drawstring in a cute bow or knot.  And your upcycled popcorn tin is now an adorable basket.

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I can’t wait to use these around my house for handy yet stylish storage containers.  I am planning on using the large one in my Christmas mantle display which will be showcased next week.

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I would also love if you would pin and share with all your friends.

Thanks so much!

~Andrea~