Burlap And Flannel Spring Wreath

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photo_5(3)Hi Crafters!

I am so in love with the spring decorations I am seeing all over the place!  I was in Cracker Barrel the other night and I saw that they had a burlap banner that said spring and it was so cute.  That banner really inspired this wreath.

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Along the lines of “using what you got in your stash” I went to work looking around my craft room for supplies.  The only thing I had to purchase specifically for this wreath was the wreath form itself.  The rest was all stashed in my supplies.  I love using what I have, it makes me feel so good about my stash and I love not having to spend more money to get a cool wreath for my home.photo_2(20)

Anyway, here is the video tutorial of how to make it yourself.  There is also a challenge in this video, I hope you take the plunge and try it out for yourself!

 

Love Y’all,

Maymay

St. Patty’s Day Door Decor

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Looking for a quick, simple and cheap door decor for St. Patty’s Day?  This is the answer.  All you need is two dollar store place mats in green and some stuffing!  Really, just very few products are needed to pull this off.

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This video will show you step by step how I created it.  Let me know what you think…

 

Love Y’all,

Maymay

March is National Crafting Month

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This is a great time to try out a new craft.  I attended a HUGE spring craft event in Birmingham Alabama yesterday called “Cottontales Village.”  It is amazing with booth after booth of talented crafters.  I was so inspired to try the things I saw people making.  Especially one lady named Anne.  Her craft was amazing, she did chainmaille, but not just any old chainmaille, she made her jump rings by hand from sterling silver wire and tumbled them to shine so bright.

I was so impressed with her jewelry that I asked her if I could write a blog post about her and introduce you guys to her craft.  She said yes, her website is designsbyanne.com.  Please go and check out her work, it is truly beautiful.  Let her know I sent you!

I have decided to do some research and try my hand at chainmaille, of course nothing like Anne’s, I just want to see what it is like to “weave” metal.  It looks amazing and fun.

I challenge you to try something new this month.  Take advantage of the season and try out a craft you have never tried before.  Visit craft fairs and look for things you have never seen before.  Please remember to give credit where credit is due.

That is what makes a great community, it is okay to be inspired but be sure to let others know where the inspiration comes from.

I am so thankful for crafters like Anne who take the time to make a craft and art!  She truly is an artist with her wire!

Love Y’all,

Maymay

Easy Peasy Burlap Canvas Wall Hanging

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IMG_3419Hi Crafters,

Here we are again, decorating my room!  Well, this week I have done some projects that have taken a lot of time to complete.  Not this one!  I love how fast these come together and look like it took a lot of time to complete.

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I can see these being great gift ideas.  You could make them personal for the recipient and use products you already have in your stash.

 

Let me know what you think of these…

Love Y’all,

Maymay

Faux Birch Bark Candle Holders

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IMG_3410Hi Crafters,

Today we continue our Master Bedroom Redo by adding candles to my bedside table. I love the look of birch trees and I wanted to use that texture in the room, however, I do not want to spend any money I don’t need to. Therefore, I found some Planter’s peanut containers, paper, glue and paint and went to work.

First you will treat the paper with the instructions found on my video tutorial here. This is easy and has a very big pay off. Imaging using this paper on book binding, photo frames and more. I hope you find this technique useful for a long time to come.

 

Love y’all!
Maymay

No Sew Burlap Curtains

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Hi Crafters,

Okay, are you sick of burlap yet?  I know some of you are, my mom included.  I won’t say she is sick of it but she just never jumped on the trend.  Well, I jumped head first in it!  So today we make these curtains for my master bedroom make over.  They are easy, peasy and you need very little by way of supplies to make it happen.

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First, measure your window.  How you do this is up to you, I made my curtains from the top of the window trim to the floor.  However, you can certainly hang your curtain rod higher to give the feel of a taller room.  I chose not to go higher than the window because my bed is canopy and I want it to me the focal point.

Once you have your window measurement, just add one inch to each side, one inch to the bottom and two inches to the top.  These inches will be what allows you to turn under a seam, hem and make a rod pocket.  I show you how to do this in the video tutorial.


I love the look of the “tailored” faux button on the tie backs, it is actually a paper plate, cut in small circles, covered with burlap and glued to the tie back.  So easy, you will me make them in the video as well.

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I hope you have enjoyed the first project we have in this series, this week is going to be very helpful for me.  I am very excited about getting my room re-decorated!

Thanks for coming along with me!

Love Y’all,

Maymay



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Master Bedroom Decorating Week

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Hi Crafters,

If you follow me on YouTube or here on my blog you may have noticed that last week we focused on paper crafting trends.  Well, this week we are back in my bedroom, oh la la!  Haha!  I have several projects I want to start and finish this week so I thought I would take you along.

First I will start with a tour, I think to be able to enjoy all of the decorating we will do this week it will be helpful to do a before and after type thing.  So today that is what we will focus on.

Over the next several days we will tackle, curtains, table runners, wall hangings, canopy bed decorating and more.  I am using burlap very heavily in this redo.  I am in love with the burlap trend and it is so affordable.  I can’t afford to take on a big, expensive redo right now so I though I would use what I have and add just a few supplies here and there.  I have so much running through my head and I am ready to get going.

To help you with visuals and projects for your own bedroom redo, I have created a Pinterest board that will feature ideas that I will implement as well as some that are just stunning that I won’t be taking on.  If you are interested head on over here and follow the board call Mr. and Mrs. Room.

I hope you enjoy the journey and my long intro to this week on the video!

 

Love y’all!

Maymay

On Trend: Repeat Performances or Making Graphics Pop

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Hi Crafters,

Today we continue our “On Trend” topic and we look at repeating images to make a bold statement.  I have seen this technique used a lot lately so I tried to duplicate it and show you how to achieve it here.

Let’s look at the cards I made with this technique:

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For this card I used a small cupcake punch from EK Success and punched out multiple cupcakes.  Then I mixed and matched the tops and bottoms along a straight line with them side by side.  This makes for a much bigger impact then just one single cupcake.  This is what I am calling “repeat performances.”

Let’s see another:

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On this card front, I used a stamp from my “Trixie’s Valentine” stamp set and stamped it multiple times in a “balloon bouquet” layout.  I added strings with a Uniball pen and the bow stamp is from “Trixie’s Valentine” as well.  This techniques shows how using stamps in a repeat pattern makes a big impact.

Now one last card:

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I think this one may be my favorite, the little umbrellas just scream shower to me so the “you’re invited” sentiment was perfect for this little card.  This card is made using one piece of card stock and three stamp images.  The umbrella, the rain drops and the sentiment.  I simply repeated the umbrella and rain drops three times and added the sentiment.  I also used a white Uniball pen to add some bright color to it.

So as you can see “repeat performances” can have huge impact.  This technique also allows you to make the most of your supplies.  An invitation like the one above would be easy to mass produce and it looks like a custom piece of artwork.

 

I hope this post has been helpful for you, I have included my YouTube video so you can see me create the balloon card for you.  Let me know what your thinking of this trend and how you plan to use it.

Love Y’all!

Maymay

 

 

On Trend: Color and Where to look for Inspiration.

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This photo is from www.design-seeds.com and is a great example of mixing colors.

This photo is from www.design-seeds.com and is a great example of mixing colors.

Hi Crafters,

I have found that there are so many people who find fear in choosing color. I have never been afraid to try color and different combinations and I link that back to lots of art classes in school. However, my Mom has a true fear of deciding on color. Oddly enough this fear is not in all situations, mostly just in paint! Although we hear that “paint isn’t permanent” and to “not be afraid of it because we can change it” we still have to be able to change it if we make a mistake in our choice and that can be difficult. Let’s say you pay someone to paint a room in your home and then you do not like the color you chose, there is a big expense to change it. Maybe you are able to paint a room yourself and then you don’t like it, it’s still a major undertaking to change the color. So, can I help you with this colorful challenge? Maybe!

As I searched trending craft techniques, lately I have found that color is really taking off. There are many folks using rainbow colors to achieve eye-popping cards, scrapbook layouts and more. Some are sticking to monochromatic schemes and achieving the same results. I took a moment to think of what Mom would do if she were faced with having to nail down a color scheme for an art project and I came up with a solution that will make that easy.

If you are a “Pinterest Pinner” you will surely have seen the color combo chart posts that are going around. These are genius! It makes finding colors that work together so easy. Gone are the days of picking up 43 paint samples at the store and folding them precariously to match colors side by side in hopes of liking a combo. The work has been done for you!  I have created a board called “Hues to Use” that can help you in your search as well.

As in the example photo at the top of the page. With these combos you are able to not only see color swatches that blend beautifully but you can also see them in a “real life” situation. The photo can transport you to the location that has displayed the colors expertly, allowing you to decide if any or all of the colors would be right for you. Thank you to the wonderful artist that create these combos for us!!

Take this idea to your crafting world. Many paper manufacturers do this same thing for us in “Paper Packs.” Manufacturers take the time to not only include eye-catching designer papers but you many times find coordinating papers all bound together in one package.

If you are a person that likes to buy papers from the rack, as I like to call it. You know what I mean, those “open stock” papers that are very reasonably priced and available in multiples for your projects. If you are that crafter then you know that it can be difficult to get your colors combined.

In the video below I will walk you through the process of making your own paper packs and opening up a new world for your color combos at home.


I truly hope you find this useful, leave a comment and let me know what you think or if you have any questions. Stay tuned for more “On Trend” topics this week as we will explore “repeat performances” next.

Love Y’all,
Maymay

What’s Trending in the Paper Craft World for Spring 2014

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Hi Crafters,

I have decided to take some time and do a good bit of research so that I can share with you what is trending in our crafty world right now in 2014. I have scoured the internet looking at website after website, blog after blog and video after video. What has happened? Well, I learned a lot!!!!! I have discovered that I do not like to be trendy, apparently. Or, maybe I just don’t like to step out of my comfort zone. Some might call my crafting a rut, I might agree with them, but I am taking steps to change that. In doing so I thought I would take you along.

Over the next several posts I will share with you the projects, products, mediums and styles that I see being used in crafts lately. I will focus mostly on paper crafts, since that is what I tend to work with on my YouTube channel. I plan to have 5 or more separate posts on trendy topics so hang on and let’s get trendy!!

In an effort to keep the topics separate from each other I will write a new post for each. Thanks for coming along. Leave comments about what you are seeing as a trend in case I miss any!!

Love Y’all!
Maymay

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