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Making and Crafts : Monogram Door Decor and Greeting

March 14, 2013 08:53 by ehouston

Spring seems to have finally arrived here in Richmond, VA and it was time to move on from our Valentine’s Day Heart wreath to something a little less holiday inspired.  Since Easter moves between the months of March and April I thought it would be nice to have something generic to welcome the season. 

With the popularity of monograms, I have noticed a lot of photos out there of large letters being used in various decorations throughout the home and I had been toying with the idea of adding a large “H” some where in our home.  Then I ran across the Jo-ann’s Fabric and Crafts Create With 8 contest and decided the time had come.

The contest requires you to choose 8 items from a list of 20 to create some kind of craft.  I thought what a fun little challenge and way to come up with something new for our front door.  I used the following items from the list:

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1. Styrofoam

2. Acrylic Paint

3. Yarn

4. Scrapbook Embellishments/Stickers

5. Wooden Shape Cut-outs

6. Floral Stems

7. Wooden Beads

8. Ribbon

I cut the Styrofoam block into the shape of an “H”, being sure to cut it a little smaller so that the bulk of the wrapped yarn would not make it look clunky.  Note: do this outside.  It’s a mess that keeps on giving if you know what I mean.

Then I began the process of wrapping the “H” form with the yarn.  I got lucky with this part of the process.  First, the yarn was on sale- score!  It also had a base of green with light to dark purple running through it, along with a bluish gray in an ombre effect.  The green is nearly identical to the green of the foam, so I did not have to paint the base or double up on the yarn wrapping to get good coverage. 

If interested in how I wrapped the letter read on, otherwise skip on down.  Starting with the left long side I went from top to bottom the long way.  Then went back and ran the yarn sideways from top to bottom, going all the way across to the other long side when I got to the middle section.  After completing the left long side I wrapped the right long side from top to bottom the long way. The middle section was next and I wrapped top to bottom and left to right.  Last, I wrapped the right long section, going side to side and from top to bottom, skipping the area that connected to the middle section.  That meant I was left with a weird area that did not match up to the rest of the yarn pattern, but it was in the area that would be covered with the flower arrangement.  I secured the corners at the back with pins and then used Aleene’s Tacky Craft glue to permanently hold the yarn ends and any other areas that were trying to come undone.  I also ran a thick line of craft glue all the way down and along each section on the back side to prevent the yarn from coming apart.

After painting the wooden beads pale blue and white I used hot glue to add them around the back border of the “H” form.  Once the glue was dry I went back and blobbed paint into and over any open bead holes to give them a more solid sphere look.

Then I just arranged the floral stems, a purple thistle type flower and a willow branch, and secured them with a huge glob of hot glue.  To make it look like the flowers are attached with the blue burlap ribbon I cut a section and crisscrossed it over the area where I blobbed the glue.  It helped to cover up the mess.  Then I cut another section to create a tied bow and glued that in place. 

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For the “ello” part of the “Hello” greeting I painted a flower wood shape pale blue and a large circle wood shape white, gluing the circle on top of the flower when the paint was dry.  Then I hand painted the “ello” message.  Once it was all dry I used hot glue to fasten the whole thing to the ribbon. For a little more springtime inspiration I added some embossed metal butterfly scrapbook stickers that I touched up with some white paint.  The paint was just to give them more dimension from farther away.  The last thing was to add the bit of leftover burlap ribbon for a hanger and I cinched some pale brown satin ribbon into a bow with streamers at the hanging point to add a little more color.

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IMG_4459If you feel so inclined, I would love to get your vote over at the contest site.  Just click on the link below to go to my entry.  You can vote every day until the end of the month. 

http://apps.facebook.com/contestshq/contests/313849/voteable_entries/65864486?wfrefid=48a3e54ca11a

Thanks in advance if you have a chance to help me out!

So, have you all created any fun spring time decorations?  Do you go all out for Easter every year, or do you keep a more general theme?

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Etsy Treasury–Super Brights!

June 6, 2011 05:25 by ehouston

My shop items have been getting a lot of love lately in Etsy Treasuries.  I decided just to share these couple that popped up over the week because they are sooooo bright and fun for summer!  Enjoy!

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The Brightness of Summer by Vintiques & Company, featuring my Vintage Trippy Mushroom Tray.

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Daisies in the Mix by With Love, Ruby and featuring my Vintage Flower Tray.

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Etsy Treasury–Retro Brights For Spring

March 30, 2011 06:07 by ehouston

Isn’t this Etsy Treasury super fun?  It was curated by Lisa Ross of Divine Bijoux, a shop full of colorful jewelry.

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My vintage Colonial Glass flower tray was featured with all these other cute treasures.  Come check it out, leave a comment or click through and buy something for yourself!

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Shop Updates–Relisting and Vintage Fabric Items

January 21, 2011 06:34 by ehouston

Over the last week I have been changing some things around in a couple of my shops.  I had been reserving my Artfire.com shop for mostly vintage items with the occasional handmade piece and I was trying to keep all my handmade items in my Etsy.com shop.  I realized that over the course of the last year I had mixed things all up, so I decided to switch postings from one store to another.  I’m not sure that this will even matter, but I thought it was worth a try.  At one time I had listed doubles of some vintage Valentine’s Day cards in each shop and the Etsy.com postings sold very quickly.  I feel a little lost lately regarding what sells best at each location.  Has anyone else experimented this way before?  If you do have several different online entities do you find that the same customers check out each shop, or just stick with one or the other?  I don’t mind having more than one online store and I love that Artfire.com does not charge listing and selling fees.  I just don’t think I am ready to give up on either one quite yet.  Oh yeah, and here are a couple of new postings.  These are actually handmade items rather than the vintage fare that you have been seeing in more recent posts.

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Funky Flower Pillows – Pink, Yellow.

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Vintage Handkerchief Wall Piece – Large Leaf

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Vintage Handkerchief Wall Piece – Wreath of Flowers

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Small Tote Bag – Yellow and Green Plaid


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