The Alphabet

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The letter “P” created with red buttons and framed. See more @ www.annagoesshopping.com.

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Moss covered amped stand. See more @ www.pinterest.com.

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Spell out the word “love” on fabric covered artist’s board. See more @ www.pinterest.com.

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Modpodge a copy of your marriage certificate onto your painted wooden initial.
Also, adorable with a birth certificate! See more @ http://imleavingmymark.blogspot.com/2012/06/oh-how-pinteresting.

 

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A small chalkboard encased in an old painted frame allows you to spell out “Noel”, or any other holiday sentiment. See more @ http://www.bhg.com/christmas/indoor-decorating/fresh-christmas-decorating-ideas.

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Beautiful burlap ring bearer pillow made from burlap and wrapped with tulle, jute string and finishedwith a burlap button and stamped initial. See more @ http://www.etsy.com/listing/94147900/burlap-ring-bearer-pillow-custom.

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“Be Positive” repurpose children’s blocks into inspirational phrases. See more @ www.pinterest.com.

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The letter “A” created from all black buttons and mounted on burlap. See more @ http://dormtodiefor.tumblr.com/search/letter.

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Beautiful scrapbook paper and wooden letters-super easy. See more @ http://www.etsy.com/listing/69308862/custom-made-small-vintage-frame.

 

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painted white letter”A”, embellished with purple swirls and flowers. See more @ www.pinterest.com.

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Trace letter template onto scrapebook paper, lay out crayons, break or cut crayons to fit the letter. Place, then glue, crayons so they cover the letter, alternating colors. What a great teacher gift!
See more @ http://pennypinchingteacher.blogspot.com/search?q=crayons.

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Holiday how toVelvet Pumpkins

Thanksgiving Holiday Velvet Pumpkin How-To. First here are some example plush pumpkins. Tutorial to follow.

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Just love this color of orange and the “curled” pumpkin stem.

 

 

 

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Beautiful colored velvet pumpkins.

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Soft tan velvet pumpkin.

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Brown, green and orange in combination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 1: Gather pumpkin stems. Using real pumpkins stems adds authenticity to these pumpkins and they are so gorgeous! Find pumpkins at your local pumpkin patch, vegetable stand or grocery store! Stems need to be completely dried, so leave them in a dry, warm place for a week or so.
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Step 3: Thread a long needle with  a heavy thread that matches your velvet.
Make a running stitch 1/4 to 1/2  inch from the edge of the velvet all the way around the circle.
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Step 4: Gather the thread and pull the pumpkin top together. Leaving enough room to fill.
IMG_5455Step 5: You can fill your pumpkin, with Fiberfill, beans, rice or poly fiber beads. I found using a harder fill (beans and rice) in combination with the softer fiberfill works the best.The poly fiber beads worked well on their own. Try using a kitchen funnel to fill the pumpkin.
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Step 6: Once the pumpkin is filled to your liking, sew the opening close, gathering the velvet together and stitching tightly, allowing gathers to form.

 

IMG_9718aStep 7: Sew opening securely together. Criss crossing thread over opening in fabric.
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Step 9: Find the perfect position for the stem on the pumpkin BEFORE you glue it down.
Put a big drop of E-6000 glue in the center of the sewn top of the pumpkin as well as on the stem. Afix stem to the pumpkin. Hold for a minute or 2. Set aside and let completely dry.
Step 10: Enjoy your pretty posh velvet pumpkins! Here are some more examples of some beautiful velvet pumpkins.
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Tutorial: cork board

With kids having headed off to college, try making this cork board for your student! It’s easy to hang on the wall, the side or front of the closet, or on the desk. Directions are below.

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I purchased a package of cork boards from Hobby Lobby. Four cork boards come in the package.

 

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Rather than using thumbtacks, I chose to decorate clothspins and permanently mount them to the cork board.

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Fabric flowers and bright green ribbon are used to embellish cork board.

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Attach the coordinating green piece of ribbon as trim.

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Finished ribbon boarder.

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Attach fabric flowers to the cork board at the point where the ribbon intersects.

 

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Use large and small size clothespins to make embellished clothespins.

 

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Beads used to embellish clothespins.

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Attach beads to clothespins using hot glue.

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Attach beads to large clothespins with hot glue.

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Attach more beads to the small clothespins with glue gun.

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Completed clothespins.

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Attach clothespins to cork board with hot glue.

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Cork board after clothespins have been glued to the board. Now you are ready to hang in a dorm. (Or keep it for yourself).


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Great DIY project ideas

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Vintage drawer pull screwed on a chalk board to hold the chalk

 

Compiled below are some great do-it-yourself projects. These projects take everyday items and turn them into a variety of items including storage boxes, lamps, clocks, coasters and so much more. Enjoy.

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Just add a picture frame hanger to a antique silver tray and you’ve got a fun and functional magnet board.

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Classic white tea cups and tea pot turned into a darling lamp. Love the tiny cup used as a final.

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Vintage tea cups filled with candle wax make cute candles.

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Bright colors of tulle and some ribbon make a fun girl’s tutu.

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Easter Egg Hunt

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Marbleized Eggs
Supplies: eggs,food coloring, vinegar, cooking oil,cups, paper towels, spoons.
Method: In each cup, combine one tablespoon of each of the following: oil, vinegar, and your choice of food coloring. Add water until cup is 3/4 full. Swirl the liquid, and quickly lower and raise an egg into it. Pat dry with a paper towel, and repeat with a 2nd color. Swirl into a third color, if desired. Pat dry.

Enjoy decorating Easter eggs? There are so many creative ways to dress them up. Here is just a hint of how you can dress up your hard boiled eggs for Easter. Enjoy…..

 

 

 

 

 

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Marbling Eggs:
Supplies:Enamel hobby paints: green, lavender, purple, or colors of your choice.
Disposable aluminum pans, one per color combination. Rubber gloves, wooden skewers, blown eggs,coffee filters.
1. Select color or combinations, using one or more colors of paint for each marbling bath.2. For each bath, fill a roasting pan with 4 inches of water. Wearing gloves, add 1 tsp. of each color paint to pan.. Swirl the end of a skewer through the paint. 3. Place an egg on the end of a skewer. Swirl it around through the paint mixture. When the paint has adhered to the egg in a marbled pattern, remove the egg from the skewer to an egg carton and let it dry. Repeat.

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Dying eggs using rubber cement:
Supplies: eggs with center blown out,rubber cement, traditional egg dye.
Method: Enlarge hole at bottom of egg and place on a wooden skewer. Drizzle egg with rubber cement, let dry, then dip in a dye bath. When it’s dry, gently peel off the rubber cement. Repeat two or three times with additional colors — a masterpiece!

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Water colored eggs
Supplies: eggs, dye, vinegar, water, pie tin, gloves
Hint: Make a dark color version of a dye, and then a lighter. Just add 50% more water to the existing “dark” color to make a lighter version.
Method: To prep eggs, mix 50% water and 50% vinegar and wipe the eggs down with the mixture. Let dry. Start with the lighter colors. Its all about layering light to dark. Hold the egg over the tin on both ends, & pour color over it. After you have made your pour, turn the egg in your hand so the color goes all the way around. You MUST let the color completely dry in between the pours. Use a blow dryer to speed things up. Once your egg is dry, repeat with another light color, or a darker one. You can do a lot of pours, or a l

 

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Speckled Tea stained and Blue eggs:
Supplies: eggs, tea bags, blue and green food coloring, glasses, brown craft paint, toothbrush
Method:For tea-stained eggs, add 2 tea bags to glass of hot water and steep. Lower egg into tea for several minutes until desired color is reached. Allow to dry.
For blue eggs, combine 1 drop of blue and 1 drop of green food coloring in glass of water. Lower egg into dye bath until desired color is reached. Allow to dry.To speckle eggs, use brown craft paint and a toothbrush. Dip brush into paint and lightly splatter and dab around the egg to achieve a random, lightly dotted pattern. Allow to dry.

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