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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 Treasuries–Whoo Hoo!

April 27, 2011 00:45 by ehouston

Gotta love a yellow bird and bunny filled spring time Treasury!  This one was curated by Grazim, whose shop is stuffed to the brim with the most beautiful hand-felted items.

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My Vintage Fabric Wall Art in orange, brown and yellow was featured in this one.

The most recent Etsy Treasury I found one of my items listed in was a Shop Local, Virginia grouping.

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19Cindy76 curated this Treasury featuring her favorite items from shops in and around the Richmond, VA area.  She included my listing for Vintage Fabric Tooth Fairy Pillows.

So, click, comment and purchase, ya’ll!

;o)

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Etsy Treasury–It’s In The Air!

February 20, 2011 06:24 by ehouston

Seems like a lot of people are noticing the vintage dresses that I recently listed in my shop.  The Vintage Linen Dress with Lace Collar was just listed in a Treasury curated by Gayle Eady of Cottage Industry.  Gayle’s shop is packed full of the cutest vintage finds you will ever lay eyes on!

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Please click here to check out all the great treasures.  Don’t forget to leave a comment, click through, or better yet…buy something for spring!

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So Ready For Summer!

February 7, 2011 06:28 by ehouston

Lately, every time I hear a weather forecaster talking about “the big one” coming, I just cringe.  Some of you may know that I actually hail from the mid-west, Michigan to be exact, but I have spent the majority of my life below the Mason-Dixon line.  While I love the snow and have very fond memories of enormous drifts that covered our front door, sledding down hills so long and tall and deep with snow you could barely make it back up for a second ride, and YES, I did go to school through three blizzards.  I can’t wait to use that one on the Little Guy in the future.  ;o)  However, I never had to drive in the snow.  Now that I still have to get out and live my life even when there is a foot of snow covering the ground, I am no longer a fan.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love to sit and watch the flakes fall, and seeing everything covered in a lovely coat of white fluff never ceases to make me smile.  It’s just that I think I am officially ready for spring to make an appearance.  I am getting all tingly with anticipation when I think about planting another small veggie patch out back.  I also can’t wait to break out the grill and start puttin’ a char on something!  In celebration of my anticipation I listed a few summery items a little early in the old Etsy shopperoo.

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A fun vintage BBQ patterned plate, perfect for serving burgers and brats!

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A Western version!  Use this one to serve up your thick cut steaks and bubbling baked beans.

After eating it’s always fun to take a dip in the pool.  Don’t forget your beach ball!

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Love and Dove Beach Ball

Before the day turns to night we should all take some time to play a game or two with family and friends.

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Vintage Poodle Bridge Score Cards

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Etsy Treasury–Spring Is In The Air

February 5, 2011 07:58 by ehouston

One of my keepsake boxes was featured in a cute Etsy Treasury today!  The Treasury was curated by the team that runs Drapes of Wrath, a super cute retro-style apron shop. 

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All of these products are made by members of the Retro Handmade Team on Etsy.  And, although many of the items are delicate looking, they all scream for the sweet whisper of spring to come on already!

Please click on over to the Treasury and comment, or better yet purchase something for yourself. 

Punxsutawney Phil did say that we are going to have an early spring, so you better get ready now!

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And The Traveling Continues....

April 14, 2009 12:44 by ehouston

Yep, I am off again starting tomorrow and through the weekend.  I will be home for a day, then I pack it up to head right back out again.  I just wish I could pack my bed to go with me on these trips.  In the mean time I would like to wish everyone a Happy Spring!  I would say Happy Easter too, but I am still working through the chocolate hangover and just did not want to bring all of you suffering through the same thing right back to that bad place.  ;o)

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I promise not to shirk my blogging responsibilities much longer!

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