Sunday, February 25, 2018

New Stuffed Bunnies

One of my favorite Spring projects were these stuffed bunnies. They can be used as a door decoration or placed on a wreath. I quickly sold out of my stash and needed more.

These bunnies are small enough that I'm able to use remnants or fabric pieces leftover from other projects.

Denim from torn jeans forms the back of each bunny. I hate throwing out jeans that are beyond wearing but still have perfectly good sections of denim left. I was happy to find a reuse for some of the fabric.

My previous bunnies were adorned with carrots made from scrap cloth which created a neat rustic effect but then I saw this little bunny in the clearance section. It sold me on the cord style carrots. The texture was visually appealing to me.

To make this look, I dyed white twine/heavy string (I don't really know what it is) with Harvest Orange acrylic paint mixed with a textile medium. After the twine was wrapped around, each carrot was given a final coat of paint to cover any gaps and dots of hot glue that were peaking out.

*** Before getting further into this post I should give another shoutout to Posed Perfection for inspiring this idea with her burlap wrapped carrots.  Click Here to see her excellent tutorial. ***

The Harvest Orange carrots complemented the chevron bunnies perfectly.

But the striped bunnies needed a more toned down color and luckily I had some rusty orange twine in my stash. I'm thankful that I regularly peruse the discount fabric and ribbon bin for goodies. Its true, never know when you'll need it! (A hoarder's rule-of-thumb.)

close up of a craft fair display
I strive to improve my crafting skills and have
adopted Lowe's slogan: Never Stop Improving. I asked myself, "How can I improve this project? What would make this better?" Twine wrapping the wire hanger helped create a more finished look. I also added button eyes.

 And the final products: 

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December Craft Fair Display

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Faux Feathers

 A friend was giving away an artificial tree which I promptly claimed. It was a nice addition to the unfinished basement since we used it to create ambiance and hide the raw concrete walls. Now, we're getting ready to finish the basement, so things are being donated, put in storage, or sold off. The tree, however, has been added to my crafting supply pile. 

Initially, I only wanted the trunks which turned out to be made of real wood. I fully expected some cleverly painted PVC pipes but was happily surprised by actual wood. The branches and leaves were tossed into a bag and added to the donate pile. We have a craft resell store nearby called "Who Gives A Scrap." I donate, then go inside and buy nearly enough to refill the space I just cleaned out. I'm sure there are some kindred spirits out there who understand this! ha!
Anyways, I came up with an idea for the leaves before I thought of what to do with the trunks: make feathers. I pulled the bag of leaves out of the donate pile and went to town. 

A How-To Picture Tour:  

Remove leaves from branches.

Wash with dish soap and a soft rag.
Air dry. 
Cut leaves into desired feather shape. 

I forgot to leave stems on my feathers so
I ended up removing more leaf to create one.

Slice along the sides to create a feathery look.

And this is where I got ridiculous and took the long route to completion. I hand painted, yes, handpainted both sides with white DIY chalk paint TWICE! Then I coated each side with white acrylic paint, again, by hand, multiple times until I got the coverage I desired. UGH! Talk about a long process. Do yourself a favor and buy a can of spray paint. Wish I had. And I will when it comes time to finish the rest of the leaves/feathers. 

It was easier to paint the leaves prior to slicing.
I did myself a favor and used gold spray paint for the tips. I wasn't particular about the measurements. Most of these feathers are intended for the same project and I don't want them to look too uniform.

Finished Product: Faux Leaves

A cardboard piece (from a box of Fruit Loops, I believe) covered the bottom portion while the top was spray painted. 
I love the paint splatter on these! I think I'll do more like this.

If time is money than I have the most expensive supply of crafting feathers! I'm thinking of making some Bohemian dream catchers or some sort of boho wall decor. I look forward to using these faux feathers! 

What would you make?

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Union Jack Mini Stool

In college, I went through a small Union Jack phase. I really wanted a Union Jack wallet and tromped through three malls to find one that I liked and could afford (under $10 on my college budget). It was on my shoes, in my purse, and if I hadn't been so cheap I would have decorated with it more.

When I started flipping furniture I was dead set on painting on with a bold Union Jack. Some of my favorite ideas can be found HERE on my Union Jack Pinterest board. Part of 2018 will be spent on Union Jack themes. A bit of nostalgic crafting.

This mini stool was a thrift store find. Unfortunately, I do not have any before photos. It was just a plain wooden brown.

00 union jack guideDove Tails Vintage blog has a great post on how to create an accurate Union Jack. 

Since I plan on using this pattern often this year I thought I'd do myself a favor and make a stencil which actually turned into two stencils. I like to make my stencils out of lampshade styrene. To see how, Click Here for a short description.

I'm happy with the finished product.

I think this stool is a little small for practical use, but I don't really use footstools in any size. The only footstool I LOVED was the glider stool that came with my glider rocker. PERFECT for snuggling with my littles while resting my post-pregnancy cankles. 
Aside from using this as a footstool, it could also work in a vignette. Creating vignettes is not my strong point, I just don't have the patience to arrange like-items with random items to create an eye-pleasing arrangement. I do enjoy vignettes others make. 

Isn't this phone booth piggy bank adorable?
Garage sale find. 
Or it could work as a plant stand...

...with a smaller pot or two to let the design show through. 

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These wooden cigar boxes also received a Union Jack makeover, but more on those at a later date. 

Hopefully, I'll have more soon to show you! 

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