DIY: Swedish Easter Trees

Hello everyone!  It's been too long. I'm hopping back on the blogging train with a fun DIY that would work great for your Easter table centerpiece. Through my church I recently met a woman who told me, as a child growing up in Sweden, people would decorate their homes around Easter with birch branches that had colorful feathers attached.  These are such a simple and cheerful way to bring color to your Easter table. To start, I gathered the materials:  some branches I found on a walk, … [Read more...]

DIY: Ikea Sindal Door Mat Hack

It's been too long since I've shared a DIY project, and I thought an Ikea project would be a great place to start!  I bought this Sindal Door Mat for just over five bucks this summer. Here's a close up from the Ikea site of what the door mat looks like without anything done to it. I used painters tape, a can of spray paint, a few colors of craft paint, and a stiff brush. All items I had around the house from other projects I'd done. Also, from start to finish the project only took me … [Read more...]

Thanks Apartment Therapy!!!

Woohoo! I was super excited last night when a friend informed me my DIY Paper Mache Fox Head Tutorial was featured in one of Apartment Therapy's recent posts! Above is a more detailed photo of my most recent fox before he went on to his new home. The fox, giraffe and lamb where definitely the most talked about heads at the Art Market. I'm so grateful for all of the positive feedback I've gotten! I'll be working on some new heads over the holidays, so stay tuned for updates on my … [Read more...]

T-minus 4 Days Til the Elder Street Art Market

Preparations are going well, but I still have lots to do for the up coming Art Market! Tomorrow, and over the next few days I hope to post some previews of what I'm going to be selling at the Elder Street Art Market here in Houston. First I wanted to share the "Why" behind me doing this art market. This video pretty much sums it up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IN0W3gjnNE 20% of all the proceeds made at the Art Market will be going to Advent Conspiracy that in turn goes to Living Water … [Read more...]

What I Learned Making My First Quilt

I've shared a bit about making my first quilt in my last post. Here's the front finished. And here's the back! During the process I learned some key sewing strategies that I hope will help you on your next sewing venture. The Iron is Your Best Friend: Boy, did I learn this fast and hard. All those little triangles seemed like a lot to iron so I started off not ironing the seams open after I finished a row. But after trying to sew two rows together with unopened seams I … [Read more...]

DIY: A-Frame Tent

This past spring I decided I wanted to make a tent for my nephew's birthday. After looking around the web a bit I decided on a simple A-Frame design. The frame was very easy to make. I purchased two 1x2s that were each 8 feet long and I had them cut in half at the hardware store. Also, I purchased 3 dowel rods, 4 feet long and 1/2 inch wide. I then marked two spots on each 1x2, one about an inch one end, and another about 4 inches from the other end. I then got out my 1/2 inch drill … [Read more...]

DIY Masking Tape Paintings

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I hope you are having a great day spending time with your friends and loved ones. This past weekend I got to spend the afternoon being artsy with my nephew. We gathered up some small canvases, masking tape and craft paint to create a fun Valentine's gift for his parents, and a piece for himself. We decided to practice first making a "C" for Corwin and an "I" for Ian. I cut the masking tape to piece together the letters and smoothed them to the … [Read more...]

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