Three Things We Love About Winter Wreaths

Winter Wreaths make me smile every time I walk in and out the door. Here’s three things ideas for  beautiful wreaths that you will never forget. (And no, it’s not to early to think about it!)

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Winter Wreaths for All Seasons

It’s great to have a different wreath for every month of the year. However, very few of us have room to store them all, much less remember to change them with the calendar. This Winter Wreath will last all season and keep you smiling every time you see it.

The three little snowy owls on this wreath are from my faux winter bird collection. They remind me of my children.  Innocent and adorable, awkward and precious. They make me smile. When our kids were little we read a story about baby owls and they just loved it. We read that book over and over again. Now that the kids are grown I can look back and remember those times with these cute little decorations that will be fabulous all winter long.

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Ideas for a DIY Winter Wreath

  1. Reuse your old winter decor. Even if you live in a warm climate, you can DIY your winter decorations. Buy a few special things that you love each year, then reuse them. The fur on this wreath came from a Christmas Tree garland I used last year. You can repurpose last year’s tree decor for another season or two in some other way without having to break the bank. This is one of my best secrets, I often reuse my decor over and over again season after season.
  2. Layer different textures together. The fur and feathers blend together in this wreath. Add some glittered ribbon and some shiny pearls and everything becomes even more interesting. Contrasting textures in the same colors scheme will stand out, look unified and seem like they belong together.
  3. Add some three dimensional elements. The ornamental “Winter” sign at the top is a Christmas ornament turned on it’s side. The Winter letting is painted with white acrylic paint on a piece chalk board adhesive and applied in the frame.

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Supplies Needed:

Here’s the exact recipe for this diy project:

  1. 14″ foam wreath
  2. 2 yards faux fur garland
  3. 3 small snowy owl floral picks
  4. 1 1/2″ gold ribbon, 1 yard
  5. 2 large pearl Christmas Tree garlands
  6. Beaded frame ornament
  7. Adhesive Chalkboard sticker
  8. White acrylic paint pen or small painting brush
  9. Floral pins

Directions:

  1. Wrap the fur around the foam wreath covering the entire wreath. Pin in place with floral pins.
  2. Wrap the pearl garland around the wreath. Secure with more floral pins evenly around the form.
  3. Trim the owl picks to 2″ stems. Insert them into the wreath form, you may want to glue them in place with craft glue.
  4. Tie a bow with the glittered ribbon, secure under the owls.
  5. Write the word “winter” on the chalk sticker in paint. Let dry. Cut sticker to size and insert into the frame. Secure frame in place at top of wreath with more floral pins.

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DIY Gold Snowflakes

Spray Painted Christmas Tree

Timepiece Christmas Ornament

 

 

 

15 Fall Porches to Inspire Your Decor

Fall is finally here! Although, it still doesn’t quite feel like it in most parts of the country, it’s time to bring out the pumpkins! Here are some of our favorite porches to inspire your fall porch decor. 

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Nothing says fall quite like cornstalks, pumpkins, and mums.  Head over to House of Hawthornes to check out the rest of this classic fall porch and get a closer look at that cute wreath!

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Fall and farmhouse seem to go hand in hand.  Seeking Lavendar Lane chose muted colors to complete the ascetic of her beautiful home!  This porch decor could also be easily repurposed for other seasons, too.

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Some of my favorite decor has been something I pulled together using items I already had lying around my home.  I also used a few pieces of Indian corn to add some fall flair to my door.  More on that over at Designers Sweet Spot.

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This is a fun play on the classic choice of pumpkins and mums.  Hymns & Verses used a more neutral palette for her decor, but accented it with the bright yellow mums. How fun!

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What a cozy looking porch! Shaken Together Life used this fun chalkboard to list some of her favorite things about fall, we couldn’t agree with her list more!

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Here’s another chalkboard that’s giving us handwriting envy! The candles add such a warm feel especially on those cool fall nights. Check out the tutorial for that beautiful wreath over at Ella Claire Inspired.

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If you’re wanting something simple for your porch decor this year, Today’s Creative Life might have the perfect solution! This DIY Corn Wreath could be a great solution for many years to come.

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Living at the beach shouldn’t keep you from decorating for fall! Sand Dollar Lane did a great job of incorporating fall decor into her costal farmhouse. What a perfect solution for those of you lucky enough to live at the beach!

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Little Vintage Nest was able to decorate her porch with one trip to the pumpkin patch and some antiques she already owned! I love the creativity of using things she had to create a porch that felt like an extension of her home.

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Some people live for Halloween! If all these muted pumpkins and mums are leaving you wanting something a bit more colorful, head over to Uncookie Cutter for some whimsical inspiration.

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Here is a simple idea for those of you who are wanting to do something different this year! 2 Bees in a Pod created such a cozy sitting area on her porch this season, it seems like the perfect place for some warm cider and a good book while the sun sets.

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Who says garland is just for Christmas? Not Our Southern Home! She also suggests using a mixture of real pumpkins and fake to save some money.  It’s nice to have something to use again next year!

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Tara over at Lehman Lane shares her pretty fall porch with us.  She also created a super cute concrete pumpkin! You’ll definitely  want to check that out.

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Feeling the need for some DIY in your future? Tips From a Typical Mom shares a great tutorial complete with photos on how to create this beautiful wooden sign! Sometimes the simplest decor can be the best.

Are you ready for fall yet? I’m ready for some cooler sweater weather and a bonfire! Let us know if you’re inspired to decorate your own porch by these beautiful ideas.

 

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Pretty Painted Furniture Roundup

We all get antsy with our decor, but not all of us can afford to go out and purchase something new.  Painted furniture is a pretty great way to change things up for a new style while releasing some of your creative energy.

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Painting furniture is one of my favorite things to do! This dresser has been in my family for years, I love it but it needed a makeover.  You can check out the before and after photos on my blog Designers Sweet Spot.

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Most would agree that painting is great, but the prep work can be a chore! Julie Blanner shares a great way to skip the sanding and achieve the same results.

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Not everyone appreciates a bright piece of furniture in their home.  This charcoal dresser from Farm Fresh Homestead perfectly accented this beautiful farmhouse living room.

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The precise lines on this chair really make the colors pop! Hilda Got Rocks does an excellent job demonstrating the power of paint and tape.  Think of the possibilities here!

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A balayage inspired dresser!? Thirty Eighth Street was inspired by this popular hair color technique.  We absolutely love how this beautiful dresser turned out!

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The Graphics Fairy has an excellent explanation of how to create this jewel tone finish on furniture.  You’ll never believe what this table looked like before it’s fabulous makeover.

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Stenciling is also a fun way to add interest to your furniture.  Here is one of my most recent furniture makeovers.  Designers Sweet Spot has all my tips + tricks as well as photos to explain how I created this fun dresser!

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So you’d like to paint some furniture, but you don’t have the patience? In My Own Style created this colorful chairs using spray paint! She also includes her advice on choosing which brand and colors to use, very helpful.

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Here is another transformation that demonstrates the ability to add a bit of color without going overboard.  We love the herringbone pattern and colors Lovely Etc. chose for this project.
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I have a confession.  I have a problem with painting furniture.  Once I finish one project, I start thinking of the next project I’d like to tackle! This is the last piece I will share from Designers Sweet Spot in this article, but I’m sure you’d be able to find at least a few more on my blog if you took a look around.

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Not everyone would be as brave as Prodigal Pieces.  This dresser  was qualified as junk before its makeover, I bet the previous owner is regretting that now! Its crazy how a little paint and a lot of creativity can completely change a piece of furniture.

Are you a fan of painting your furniture? We’d love to see what you’ve done using your creativity and a bit of paint.

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Adorable Kids Halloween Trick or Treat Bag

Kids love a special bag to capture all their loot from the big Halloween event. This simple bag is charming and not a bit scary to make.

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Trick or treat loot bag with my favorite squeaky rat.

Halloween Trick or Treat Bag

Remember going door to door as a kid? Each year we had a different bag, sometimes it was as simple as a homemade fabric bag. This adorable bag is easy to make with two different fabric scraps and a bit of leftover quilt binding.

The bag has plenty of space for treats, plus it is easy to pull closed to keep all that good stuff from spilling out!

The top of the bag is full of glow in the dark eyes, how fun for the littles to play with in the darkness! I used less than a 1/4 yard of fabric of each print for this project. These fabrics came from JoAnn’s. You can order them through my affiliate link here:

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The secret to the bag, is that it has a plastic bottom that allows the bag to retain it’s shape. The plastic is nothing more than the bottom of a gallon milk jug.

Bag Directions

  1. Cut out main fabric, two pieces, 11 ” wide by 15″ long.
  2. Stitch side seams with right sides together.
  3. Stitch 45 degree corners at lower edge of side seams. Turn right side out and press.
  4. Cut Cat’s Eye fabric to size (4 1/2″ wide x 11″ long), use pinking shears to trim lower raw edge.
  5. Sew right side of contrasting Cat’s eye fabric to the wrong side of bag fabric with 1/2″ seam. Turn right side out.
  6. Top stitch 1 1/2″ away from edge seam.
  7. Top stitch again 1″ away from first row of stitching to create drawstring casing.
  8. Insert quilt binding. Use two pieces cut to 24″ each,  sew ends together with zig zag stitch.
  9. Cut milk jug bottom to a height of 4″. Insert into fabric bag. Enjoy!

Looking for more help with this project? I will be doing a Live Facebook demonstration of this project tomorrow! Sign up for my Facebook notification here.

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Sew Yourself a Stunning Japanese Knot Bag

This Japanese Knot Bag is all the rage right now, make one in less than an hour and wear it out for the evening or take it shopping tomorrow!  

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Japanese Knot Bag

Simple Japanese Knot Bag

The Japanese have a way with beautiful design. This fabric handbag is no exception! It is simple and sleek in construction. It would be beautiful in any array of colors or fabrics. Wear it to the grocery store, take it to school, bring it to the theater or even the symphony. You will have compliments every where you go, I promise!

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Carry just about anything in this lovely handmade bag.

I have joined a number of sewing groups on Facebook. Since I have been sewing for so long it’s easy for me to put projects together without really thinking a lot about it. Being in a group of people who are learning to sew has been good for me. It’s helped me see things in a different light. Most people like simple projects and want simple patterns and simple directions to go with them.

This bag is no exception. Simple and beautiful.

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The floral fabric in this project is 100 percent cotton. It is none other than the Hoffman Challenge Print of the year. If you aren’t familiar with the Hoffman Challenge, it’s a sewing and design contest put on each year by Hoffman Fabrics of California. I have always dreamed of submitting a design for this challenge in quilting, apparel design or home decor creations. I missed the deadline yet again this year, but I still purchased the fabric as you can see.

Maybe next year I will actually get my project completed before the deadline! Anyway, this stunning digital print, titled “Blooms” was a no brainer for this simple bag design. The beautiful cotton fabric shows through in this bag’s simple construction.

Supplies Needed

My pattern for this project is available to purchase for $6.00 in my new pattern shop, Chambray Blues Sewing Patterns. I will have more details on the new site VERY soon, but you will be able to order it through my link below (affiliate).

Buy the pattern (immediate download pdf)

1/2 yard Hoffman “Blooms” print fabric  (order here)

1/2 Yard of Black cotton lining fabric (order here)

1 package black bias binding (order here)

Thread, needle, scissors

 

Follow pattern directions for construction.

Love this project? Check out my Facebook Live project tutorials each week! I am creating a new live project every Wednesday!

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Japanese Knot Bag

 

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Simple Pillow Tutorial

How to Make a Dresden Plate Pillow

Tea Towels with Appliqué

7 Easy Beginner Sewing Projects

Sewing with Lace

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