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Monday, July 19, 2010

Pedestal Jewelry Boxes

For Christmas, my six-year-old cousin got a vanity table, that she loved. So I decided that for her birthday, I would make her some jewelry boxes to go on her vanity table. They turned out so cute!

Here is a picture of some of the supplies you will need: Some candlesticks; some acorn dowel heads (which will become the handle for the lid); a little box (I used 3 different sizes). You will also need some glue, craft paint, and wooden circles (not pictured below, I will show you later).

Paint everything. I used a fun purple, pink, orange, and blue color. This is a great way to customize the look for the gift recipient, use her favorite colors, or make it match her bedroom or vanity.

Then assemble it all together and glue it. I used hot glue to put it all together.

In this picture, you can see I added polka-dots, and notice the wooden disc at the bottom. They came in a package in the unfinished wood section at the store. I thought I took a picture of them, but I guess I didn't! Anyway, that is also just glued on.

I love the "chunky" blue one!

Here's the finished grouping of three. This little girl is going to *love* to store all of her beads and trinkets in her boxes!

I have also seen these boxes in heart shapes, star shapes, bigger, smaller, etc., so have fun playing around with the variations. I also thought they might make a great alternative to a tooth fairy pillow! I'm sure there are endless possibilities.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Heart Pillow

Hey y'all! I know it has been awhile, but I am still around! It has been a few busy, difficult weeks since my Grandmother's passing, but I also find that it's times like these where I find inspiration in areas least expected. I also want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your kind and encouraging words. I feel truly blessed to have such wonderful, caring readers, and your kindness will never be forgotten. Your comments got me through these last few weeks, and for that, I am forever grateful! Thank you!

While we are on the topic of inspiration, I wanted to share with you a craft that I truly put my *heart* into. My Mom and Aunt wanted a little pillow with which to send their mother (my grandmother) off to Heaven. They looked and looked at each of the craft stores/bridal areas, but saw nothing. That's when I knew that I had to channel my recent sewing skills and get busy.

My Aunt found me a print out of the shape of the heart. She also had boxes of vintage fabric and lace, some belonging to my Grandma and her sister and used for some of their dresses when they were my age.

I know this sounds cheesy, but I didn't really have a plan, I just let my creative spirit guide me, and kept in my head when I thought my Grandma would like. I was pleased with the end results, and I know my Grandma was too. She would have loved this!

Here are my supplies:

I cut out the heart (2 pieces- a front and a back) and then sewed the lace onto the front side of one piece of the heart. Then I pinned the front and back of the heart together (good sides facing each other) and sewed around it leaving a spot to turn it right-side out.

After flipping it right side out:

I stuffed it with batting and then had to hand sew the rest of it shut. This would be a great time to stuff in a little note or a trinket.

I then hot glued some silk flowers in the corner.

Here is the finished product:

I thought this pillow would work well as a decoration, or even as a tooth-fairy pillow if you modified it to include a little pocket.

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