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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Joy Banner

My Mom and I wanted to add some color to our Christmas decor so we went to the fabric store and came home with these.

We traced and cut out a pennant shape.

Then we made a stencil out of chipboard for the word "Joy". (Cricut Doodletype Font.)

We traced the stencil onto red burlap and cut out each of the letters.

We also cut out squares of regular burlap and sewed the letters on with a zig zag stitch.

We wanted to add a little tree to each side, so we attached that to the burlap too. (We freehanded the tree, didn't use the Cricut on this one.)

Time to lay out the banner and put it together.

We used bias tape to go across the top.

Here she is up on the Thanksgiving mantel. (I haven't decorated for Christmas yet- gasp!)

I'll be linking to these parties this week. Have a great one!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Where have I been??

Ok, ok, ok, I KNOW it has been awhile since I posted last, like yes, a whole month! So what in the world is my great excuse. (I always tell my students I am happy to listen to their great excuses, but it doesn't mean I will believe them.) So yes, my great excuse as to where I have been these past few weeks is as follows:

My Aunt and I decided to do a craft show! Let me tell you. They. are. a lot. of. work. Oh my. But it was so fun! So, between getting things ready for the craft show, working full time, and conferences at school, I was one busy lady. It was well worth it. My Mom and bestie/cousin were HUGE helps too!

Here are a few pics of our booth.





If you are interested in learning more about our little side project, click here. As soon as my Aunt gets her website up and running, I will pass that info along as well.

Oh, and thanks for being patient while I try out this new endeavor. I am not giving up on Red Heads Craft More Fun and I can't wait to show you some of the cool things I have been making. Thanks for stopping by and can I just say, it's good to be back!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Zig Zag Footstool

I found a super cute footstool at an estate sale. I paid about $5 for it. It was in great shape, but the tapestry fabric was not my thing.


I reupholstered it with some leftover chevron fabric I had and spray painted the base black. After all that hard work, time to put my feet up!


There's even a little storage inside! What should I put in there?

I'll be linking to these parties this week.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Red Wire Basket

Check out this cute red wire basket I found!

Lean in a little closer and check out the metal plate on it.

I spray painted it with chalkboard paint and now I can label it!

Isn't it fun?

I'll be linking to these parties this week.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Hello Sign

I'm cuckoo for estate sales! See this lover-ly treasure I found?

Here is a close up in case you can't admire the plant life.

I was so inspired by this piece, that I ran right home to get to work. I didn't even stop at any other estate sales- I promise!

I took off the round discs and painted the frame white.

I painted the background blue and I painted the discs with chalkboard paint!

Now I can write quirky messages to welcome people to my home!


I'll be linking to these parties this week.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Guest Bedroom Reveal

Well, it's not completely complete, but I like where it's headed. Our guest bedroom used to be our office. Really it turned into the room where we shoved everything when we didn't know where to put it or if people were coming over. (Shut the door and it is out of sight, out of mind kind of thing.)

This is the color the office used to be. Yup, I liked it when we first painted it. I thought the office would be the perfect place to play with color, but now I just laugh when I see this picture.

After some new paint and repurposing, this is how it turned out. It could still use a little artwork for the walls, but I like how it's coming together so far.
See how I recovered the lamp shade? I also sewed the pillows for the bed (it's bothering me that they aren't laying right in the photo- grr).

I painted the candlesticks yellow, refinished my childhood dresser and made the artwork. It's amazing what a little clean-up can do.

I'll be linking to these parties this week.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Recovering a Lamp Shade

Remember my childhood dresser redo? I mentioned that I've been redecorating our guest room and that is where the dresser is, but I also needed a lamp to provide some mood lighting to my guests. Today I want to share with you this cute lamp that I painted and recovered.

Don't get scared. If *I* can recover a lamp shade, so can you! I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, but I love how it turned out. I'm hoping I can shed some light (pun intended) on the subject for you.

This is what the lamp started out looking like.

I taped off the electrical components of the lamp and gave it a nice spray with light yellow paint.

I used the lamp shade to trace and make a pattern. I kind of rolled it as I traced. I didn't have a lot of fabric to work with, I was using a scrap that I found in the remnants bin at the store, that's why I decided to go with the making-the-pattern-approach.

This is what my pattern ended up looking like. Depending on your lamp shade, yours will look different. My pattern is for 2 sides of my lamp, so I knew I would have to cut out 2 pieces of fabric using this pattern.

I cut out my fabric with a little help from Choco. (She has a habit of always making herself comfortable on the exact area of fabric I need to work with. She is too cute to kick off.)

Use some spray adhesive to attach the fabric to the old lamp shade.

Remember how I was working with a small amount of fabric? Because I had 2 pieces of fabric, I had to seam up my edges, but it was easy, I just folded the ends under to finish them off and used the spray adhesive.

The top and bottom are going to have all kinds of crazy fly-away fabric. This is ok. I will show you how to finish it off.

Trim the excess fabric.

Now use bias tape and hot glue it around the edges to finish it off.

Smooth it down and make sure it stays put!

It was really pretty easy!


I have a few more finishing touches to put on the guest room and then I will let you see it! I am also still working on a spray booth tutorial. Good things come to those who wait...

I will link to these parties this week. How fun!
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