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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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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Cafe Curtain Tutorial

Hey there!  Today I’m going to share with you my plans for putting together a quick cafe curtain.  I made this cafe curtain for my kitchen window because I wanted something that provided some privacy, but still let light in and was easy to open and close.

Cafe Curtain Tutorial

I found this fabric at Jo-Ann Fabric and to my delight it was the exact height I needed with finished edges already on the top and bottom (Yay for two less hems).  It was in the section of fabric with the linens, canvas, and burlap.  I love how it looks like old french linens.

Cafe Curtain Tutorial

Here’s what you need:

  • Fabric of your choice
  • Curtain rod in the measurement you need for your window
  • Cafe Rod Clip Set (I think I found mine at Wal-Mart or Target)
  • Sewing Supplies
  • Tools for hanging curtain rod

Cafe Curtain Tutorial

First, I measured my window for the height I would need, and then the width of the window.  I did 1.5x the width of my window in fabric.  For example, if your window is 36″ wide, you will want your curtain to be 54″ wide.  Measure and cut out your fabric allowing a little extra for hemming (I do 1/4″).  Hem each side of your curtain (and if you are lucky like me then you will only have to hem two sides).  Then lay your curtain out like I have it above and space your cafe curtain clips evenly along the top of your curtain.

Cafe Curtain Tutorial

Cafe Curtain Tutorial

Next, measure and install your curtain rod.  Then hang your curtain!  Easy Peasy!

Cafe Curtain Tutorial

Cafe Curtain Tutorial

Cafe Curtain Tutorial

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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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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~

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.

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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.

Ruffle Complete

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~