Thursday, April 26, 2012

Customized Office Clock

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I’ve finally been able to complete a few of the projects I’ve been working on! It feels great!  I’m really good at starting a new project, but not always great at finishing them.  Today, I finished a customized clock for our office.  The clock is a cheap one from Target.  I believe it was $3.99.

I used the Silhouette software to design the faceplate of the clock.  The front plastic piece to the clock had tabs holding it in place and was pretty easy to remove.  The hands of the clock are kept in place by the winding mechanism in the back that is also removable.  It was pretty easy to make and an easy way to add to the d├ęcor of our office.

I added it to what will become our office “command center.”  I plan to add a second message type board to finish out the look.

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Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

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Bloom & Grow Art

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Another project using my Silhouette!  I used my Silhouette to cut out the words “Bloom & Grow” and the flowers.  The font for the wording is Glider Girls.  The frame is an unfinished wood frame from Michaels painted using; once again, my favorite spring color Aqua.  I gave it a distressed look by going over the aqua with white.
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I hope you like it!
Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!
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Monday, April 23, 2012

Fun, bright pillowcases!

 

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I’m in love with my sewing machine!  It is one of the easiest tools to help decorate my home!  I’m still learning but I managed to wing it with these pillowcases.  They are slipcovers so I can easily change them out when I get bored or with the season changes.

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To make them, start with one piece of fabric 1 in larger than your pillow.  For example, the red pillow is 20 in x 20 in so the front piece of fabric was cut 21 in x 21 in.  The second piece of fabric is the back and is open to allow for easy removal.  Cut this piece 1 inch taller and 3 inch wider.  So for the red pillow, it was 21 in x 23 in.  Cut this piece in half.  Your halves should measure 21 in x 11.5 in. 

 

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With the wrong side facing you, fold back 1 inch and sew using a 1/2 in seam allowance.  This 1 inch edge is represented by the red in the picture below.  Your pieces should measure 21 in by 10.5 in.  This will give the back of your pillow and nice finish.  Repeat for the other piece.

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With the right sides together, pin and sew with a 1/2 in allowance all around the pillow.  Overlap your sewn folds when sewing around the length of the pillow.  Trim your corners and press open your seams.  Turn your pillowcase and your done! Once you figure out the logistics, you came make one of these in 30 minutes!

Here are some pillows I made to help brighten up my couch for spring.

 

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Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!!

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Spring is in bloom!

I'm loving our warm weather this week! Of course being northern Nevada, it will probably sneak in some more snow. My mom bought me these beautiful daffodils at Traders Joes. They work perfectly with my aqua painted knorr jar. Aqua is my favorite new spring color.

Customize your glass jars. Simply paint the inside with your color of choice. It will probably take two coats. Just make sure to allow the first coat to dry completely.

I cut off the top of a soda bottle to put inside the jar to keep the paint from getting wet from the flower water.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!