Painted Horse Toss Pillow

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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!

Until Next Time,

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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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Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.  ~Coco Chanel

Simple Outdoor Cushion and Bandanna Pillow Tutorials

Simple Outdoor Cushions

One of the main projects for my front porch was to create some simple and inexpensive cushions for my outdoor furniture.  I was in serious need of new cushions!  However, I wasn’t really wanting to spend much (since I have a tendency to leave them out all year long), and I wanted something that would transition well with my decor throughout the year.  Lately, I have had a slight addiction with using painting canvas to make things, and I decided why not continue this addiction with my outdoor cushions.  Once I got these done, I needed some cute late summer toss pillows to add color so I made these SUPER simple bandanna pillows as well. . . seriously, I don’t think there was ever an easier sewing project!

Here it goes:

Simple Outdoor Cushions

First, what you need:

  • Painter’s drop cloth (you can find these at pretty much any hardware store or super store. . . Our local Harbor Freight was the least expensive).
  • Tissue paper and Scotch Tape
  • Something to measure with (Sewer’s tape, yard stick, measuring tape)
  • Sewing Machine
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Your choice of stuffing – I used Polyfill

Simple Outdoor Cushions

The canvas drop cloth has a seamed edge around it that I cut off and saved.  We will be using this for our tie strings.  They do string and run some, but it added a shabby feel to the cushions which I liked.  You could sew clean tie strings or use ribbon, rope, or twine if you don’t like the shabby fringe look.

Simple Outdoor Cushions

Next, I measured my chairs for my cushion dimensions.  I added 3″ to each measurement for room for stuffing.  For example, my bottom cushion on my chairs was 19″X21″ so I cut my tissue paper pattern out at 22″X24″.  I created patterns with tissue paper and tape since I had several chairs to do.  If your tissue paper is wrinkly you can iron it so you have a clean flat pattern.  Then I pinned and cut out two pieces of canvas for each cushion.

Simple Outdoor Cushions

After I cut out the fabric, I pinned the fabric together for sewing and pinned in place two 8″ pieces of the tie pieces we cut out earlier on each of the back sides of the bottom cushions.  I created loops for my top cushions since my chairs have a top piece that sticks out for a loop to go around (see below).

String Locations

Simple Outdoor Cushions

Then I sewed around the edge leaving a small opening at the back of the cushions and then flipped them right side out.

Simple Outdoor Cushions

Then stuff!  I actually wish I would have stuffed mine more, but I was too lazy to run to the store for more stuffing so I had to ration what I had between the cushions.  Then finish your cushions by sewing up the stuffing opening.  Fold the rough edges in (pin if you want) and top sew the opening.

That’s it for the cushions!  Now onto the Bandanna Pillows.

Bandanna Toss Pillow Tutorial

Here’s what I did:

  1. Buy two bandannas
  2. Sew around the dotted line leaving an opening at the bottom
  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.

Wham Bam and your done!  This is how mine turned out. . .

Simple Outdoor Cushions

Simple Outdoor Cushions

Simple Outdoor Cushions

Simple Outdoor Cushions

So simple and inexpensive and it made such a huge difference on my front porch.  Here is the before and after post of my front porch revamp.

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Red Desk Re-Do

Red Desk Re-DoI have had this desk in my garage for months to up-cycle, but I am just finally getting around to it.  Part of my problem was that I was having trouble coming up with an inspiration for it.  Lately however, I have had a serious obsession with painting everything red.  Since this desk had some nice details in the legs and sides of the drawers, I thought red with a glaze would be a great way to bring out the detail.  Here are my basic steps for this re-do.  I plan on doing more in depth tutorials on each step with upcoming furniture projects, but this one was such a transformation that I wanted to share.

Red Desk Re-DoFirst, I started out by doing a little sanding.  This desk didn’t need much because of the previous paint finish and I was using a chalk paint blend, but I still like to give the surface a little roughing up  and this had some paint spills and permanent marker on it that I wanted to sand a little more.

Red Desk Re-DoNext, I painted!  I used Rustoleum Painter’s Touch Colonial Red Latex Paint which I mixed with a chalk paint medium.  I have a few different methods for creating chalk paint, but this time I mixed about 2-4 TBSP of Calcium Carbonate with 2-4 TBSP of warm water, then I added it to 1-2 cups of the paint.  Being true to myself, I don’t follow exact directions for anything, so I like to mess around with this recipe to see the different finishes I can get.

I hand brushed this desk, and it took about 3 coats to get really good coverage.  There was a lot of “art” to cover up on this desk from the previous owner.  If I didn’t have all the writing and drawing, or if I had sanded more I could have probably left it at two coats.  Since I was doing several other projects at the same time I left it for several hours between coats, but it probably would have been sufficient with an hour between coats.

After all coats of the red paint were dry (I left it over night),  I added a glaze.  I used Rustoleum Glaze that I had left over from refinishing my cabinets, but you can easily make a glaze by purchasing a glazing medium and mixing it 1 to 1 with the paint color you would like.  The glaze I used was a deep brown.

Next I added a polyurethane top coat.  I like Min-Wax Fast Drying Polyurethane in clear satin.

Last, I added my new drawer hardware and put it together.  I think the finished product turned out beautiful.  Who would have thought such a beat up old desk could transform into such a unique piece!

Red Desk Re-DoI would love for you to pin and share with your friends.

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Red Desk Re-Do

Christmas Ornament Tutorial

Shabby Chic Ornament Tutorial

This year I have felt very behind for Christmas.  For instance, it is now the 20th and I have not purchased a single Christmas present yet.  I guess that is one New Year’s Resolution that I dropped the ball on since I wanted to have all of my Christmas shopping done by Thanksgiving. . . Oops.  Next year, right!?!  Oh well, instead of shopping, I’ve been sewing.

Our main Christmas tree every year is what I like to call the fun one.  It is the one with the colorful lights, colorful ribbon, and ALL the different ornaments that I have collected throughout my life.  My mom has and still gets me a new Christmas ornament every year, and I started the same tradition with my husband when we started dating almost 11 years ago.  Some years the ornaments represent a specific memory or event in our lives, and sometimes they are just fun.  This tree ends up being very eclectic, but it is always the favorite.

I have seen a lot of shabby chic fabric ornaments around, and this year I decided to make some for myself.  Yes, I made quite a few, so it will be difficult to decide which one is going to be the special ornament for this year.
Christmas Ornament

Let’s get started!  You will need:

  • Scrap Fabric of your choice (I had some small remnants of Christmas fabric that I used)
  • Paper print outs of the shapes you would like to make – I used Power Point and created the tree and star by using the insert shape function.  The gingerbread man and heart I had cookie cutters that I traced, but I’m sure you can find just a silhouette online. Please let me know if you are having trouble finding the shapes and I can upload them to the post.  My ornaments all measure about 4″-5″.
  • Polyester fill
  • Sewing supplies (sewing machine, pins, scissors, thread, etc)
  • Ribbon or Jute Twine
  • Embellishments – buttons, ribbon, lace, etc
  • Hot glue gun

Christmas Ornament

First, trace and cut out your paper shapes.  I cut them out on plain printer paper for time sake, but tissue paper is more pliable with the fabric when cutting out. Then pin your paper shapes to the fabric and cut out.  You will want two pieces for each ornament.  I folded the fabric over, and cut the two pieces out at one time.

Christmas Ornament

I left rough edges on my ornaments, so I placed the ornaments with the ugly sides facing in and the pretty sides facing out.
Christmas Ornament

Next, sew around the edge of your ornament leaving a small opening not sewn so that you can add the stuffing.  On the heart I left the opening on one of the straight sides, the gingerbread between his legs, the tree along one of the straight sides, and the star between two of the points of the star.  At the top of each ornament I added a loop of jute twine between the pieces of fabric as I was sewing for hanging on the tree.  You could also pin this in before you start sewing if it is easier.  I found on the tree shaped ornaments that sewing the loop to the back of one of the pieces of fabric before sewing it together was much easier than trying to get it even at the top of the tree.

Christmas Ornament

Next, stuff a small amount of polyester fill (or scrap fabric) in your opening.  I used a pen to get the fill into the smaller areas of the ornaments like the gingerbread man’s hands and feet.  You don’t need very much because if you overfill the ornaments the seams start to pucker.

Christmas Ornament

After you add the fill, sew the opening closed.
Christmas Ornament

Last, add embellishments to your ornaments like ribbon, buttons, twine, lace, etc.  I used my hot glue gun to add the embellishments.  Be creative, and have fun!

Christmas Ornament

Christmas Ornament

Christmas Ornament

Christmas Ornament

Christmas Ornament

Christmas Ornament

This is one of my favorites and is definitely at the top of my list for being the special ornament for this year!  I would love to hear some of your traditions, and of course see pics of your finished ornaments.

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

Thanks so much.

~Andrea~

Christmas Mantle Reveal

2014 Christmas Mantle RevealHello ~ I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Here is my completed Christmas Mantle.  I just made this HOME sign a few weeks ago, so I wanted to incorporate it into the Christmas mantle.  However, a Noel, Joy, or some other holiday themed sign would be cute as well.  Check out the photos below with links to some of the tutorials for completing this look.  Enjoy!

Christmas Mantle DecorationsCreate these adorable Shabby Chic stockings!  Stocking Tutorial!

Rustic Chic Decorations

Glitter Christmas OrnamentsI purchased these ornaments at the dollar store, but check out my tutorial for extending their life and decreasing the glitter mess.  Glitter Ornaments Tutorial!

Glitter Christmas Ornaments

Glitter Christmas Ornaments

Glitter Christmas Ornaments

Christmas Popcorn Tin MakeoverHave some of those old Christmas popcorn tins?  Turn them into adorable lined baskets.  Popcorn Tin Tutorial!

Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations

Shabby Chic Christmas Decorations

Rustic Chic Christmas

Rustic Chic Christmas

2014 Christmas Mantle RevealI hope you are enjoying your decorating!

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

Thanks so much.

~Andrea~

Glitter Christmas Ornaments without the Mess

Complete 4 altI found these adorable Christmas ornaments at the dollar store, and I am incorporating them into my mantle display this year.  The glitter brought a little glam to my rustic chic mantle, however there is one problem with glitter decorations. . . the mess.  It never fails that you are constantly cleaning up glitter that has fallen off the ornaments throughout the season, plus after a year or two enough glitter has fallen off that the ornaments no longer look cute and glitzy but just plain shabby.  I had an idea to keep the mess down as well as extend the life of these adorable ornaments.

Complete 1You will need:

  • Glitter ornaments (or really any glitter covered decorations)
  • Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Durable Gloss Finish Decoupage (be sure you get gloss finish or your glitter will no longer be shiny)
  • Foam brush

Complete 2Sponge on the decoupage all over the first side of the ornaments.

Complete 3Wait 1-2 hours or until your first side is dry, and sponge the other side of your ornaments.  I found that sponging or dabbing worked better than brushing because the glitter stayed in place better.

Complete 4 altPresto!  You’re Done!  Now you are free to decorate with these adorable ornaments without worrying about the mess!  This also significantly increased the life of my ornaments as they were already losing enough glitter before I did this that they would have looked ugly before any time at all.

Complete 5In years past I have used glitter ornaments like these as present toppers as well.  Again, my complaint with them was the constant glitter mess, but now I think I will incorporate a few of these on top of gifts too.

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Complete 4I would love if you would pin and share this with your friends!

Thanks so much.

~Andrea~