Bundt Pan 4th of July Wreath

What’s better than fun Patriotic wreath, that took less than 30 minutes to make?
A wreath I can use all summer, and change out the flowers and ribbon any time…
I wanted some fun, bright decorations for my front porch for the Fourth of July 
that wouldn’t take a long time to make.  And I have been walking by this avocado 
green bundt pan in my garage for months, and now I found a fun way to use it.
With a couple quick coats of Krylon Spray Paint in Cherry Red, a burlap loop glued
inside for a hanger, and a burlap bow on the front I was just about done.
I tucked in a couple American flags, and some sweet little daisies left over from 
another project.  
Voila!
A country, farmhouse-y, easy to make summer wreath with a few thrifty things
I already had on had.

   

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Vintage Kitchen Wreath

I hope you all had a wonderful week.
 I had a whirlwind kind of week,
and I think I am getting caught up!
I was invited to speak to our MOMS group
at our church last week which was a blast!
We had almost an hour together, and I had
so much fun sharing thrifty living ideas
and do it yourself decorating tips
 tutorials with over 100 of the most
amazing women I am blessed to know.  
I talked about this a bit in last week’s post
~Onto today’s junktastic project~
I have always loved vintage kitchen anything,
and this vintage jello mold was in great shape
when I found it recently.
I filled it with some lemons, then some muffins,
 cookies would have looked cute too. 
But this little jello mold was destined 
to be a wreath.   

I had a little bit of this lovely ticking print
left over from the Union Jack made a 
few months ago.
Ticking makes such pretty flowers,
with burlap leaves…swoon!
Here is what I used to make my 
vintage kitchen wreath
supplies:
One metal jello mold (or other junky base)
 1/2 yard of ticking (striped fabric)
1/4 yard of burlap
hot glue & scissors 
directions:
Tear ticking fabric in 2-3 in strips, and remove
excess fraying strings from the edges of the fabric.
Make sure you cut and tear the strips the same
direction as the selvage along the edge of the fabric.
One piece will be for your wreath hanger.
The others you will want to knot one end, then
rolling the fabric around in a loop, tack it down with
hot glue to hold your flower in place.
 (picture above)
Next, cut a few 3″ x 3” squares of burlap, and
fray the edges a bit by pulling a couple strings
off of each side.  Holding one corner of each square
together, pinch and glue in place to form a leaf shape.
(picture above)    
Using a few dots of hot glue, attach your flowers
to the bottom center of the wreath, and add
the burlap leaves around the edges of the flowers.
  
voila! 
A chic “new” vintage kitchen (or anywhere)
 wreath for your nest
Have a wonderful day friends, don’t forget
our weekly party starts Monday night.
I cannot wait to see what you have up to!!
hugs & blessings friend,
Tanya 
xo  

 
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DIY Burlap Spring Wreath

Spring is almost here, and I don’t know about you but I am so ready! I cannot wait to see the first tiny shoots push thru the dirt and bloom for us. The bright yellow daffodils, longer days, and more yard sales of course.

While we wait a few bright, pretty projects can surely tide us over until the real things is here right?

I recently made this burlap spring wreath, and I love the way the yellow and burlap compliment each other.  So cheery!

Here is what I used:
One yard of burlap, cut into 2″ strips
One wreath form (I used a pool noodle I have
 used before, bent into a circle 
and taped together at the ends)
Three small bundles of Spring flowers (Dollar Tree)
Jute twine and about one yard of white lace
Craft paper, craft scissors, letters, flowers
Hot glue, scissors, hole punch, glue stick

Directions:
I began by wrapping each strip of burlap around the wreath shape, tacking the ends down with hot glue as I covered the wreath base.
Once the base was covered I cut my white lace into a few pieces, wrapping each around one side of the wreath and tacking down.
Next I wrapped some jute the other side of the wreath and tucked my floral sprigs in place.  

I cut out six pieces of craft paper and used my decorative scissors across the bottom of each.  Using a hole punch I made holes in the upper corners and wove a piece of jute thru each, creating a banner.  I added my letters and flowers, and hung it across the burlap, tying the ends to the wreath to secure.

A fun pop of color for your home for spring.

Thank you friends,  have a wonderful week!
xo, Tanya 

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Shabby Frame & Typography Project

Shabby Frame & Typography Project
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giveaway for Miss Mustard Seed’s new book!!)
Creating special pieces of art and home
decor for our homes does not need to be expensive
or complicated either.  Sometimes the most 
beautiful flower arrangement is a handful of quickly
cut flowers from our yard in a jar or pitcher.
 I love the combination of different materials, fibers
and elements that can come together to make
something we really enjoy.
And when it speaks the words of our heart, even better.
How perfect for this week, 
which Valentine’s Day falls in.

I surprised my hubby with this on his 
nightstand a few days ago.  Since it had burlap
and zero glitter it had his stamp of approval 
for our space.  And I loved the distressed 
frame right when I found it.
 I have always loved the large pallet art with
this saying, but I am still piecing together
what our space will look like.
So, a smaller version was just right.
And it is just so simple and sweet.
I cannot resist different types of paper
letters and typography styles so I seem to
be building up a bit of a collection.
I alternated two fonts, with a piece of 
damask scrap book paper behind the letters.
 Once I was done, I made a simple paper bunting
that looks like it has real stitching on it.  
And a shabby burlap rose with a tiny pearl 
from a bag of broken vintage jewelry I bought
last year glued in the center.
Manly enough to make the hubs happy, and 
sweet enough to make me smile when
I walk by it.  Just right for us.

Happy Valentine’s Day (and week!) friends…
xo, Tanya 
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Vintage Industrial Inspired Message Board

Burlap? Check.
Old picture frame with hideous oak stain
 (and no glass)? Check.
 A little paint, a stencil, paper, jute twine 
and a piece of cork? Check. Check.
Last but not least, a pretty lone vintage fork 
I have had forever? Check!
The hallway leading from my kitchen to the garage
 is a great place for a message center 
as we are constantly walking by it.  
It’s also a fun open space to decorate 
but I have been kind of stuck for a while not sure 
what to put there.  The hallway is wide enough 
but I didn’t want to hang something there that
protrudes into the walkway.   
A while ago I decided  to spray paint this frame 
with some black paint, and distress it.  
Then it sat in the garage for a year.
I start/stop projects too, in fact a mere year passing
was pretty good!
The pieces kind of came together as I 
thought about how much I love 
vintage/industrial/farmhouse/affordable style
and could use a message center for this area.

Here is what I did to make a new message board
 for my kitchen hallway:

I began by cutting out a spare piece of 
cork board from a sheet I had
left over from a previous project.  
(This previous project was a FAIL, 
hence the reason you have not seen it.) 
I cut it to fit inside the picture frame with a tiny 
bit of room to spare for the burlap.

Next I cut a piece of burlap and folded it 
around the edges, using a dab of hot glue
 in the corners and holding in place until each area set.

Once the burlap was attached to the cork 
I used a line of hot glue around the edges of 
where the burlap and wood meet on the
back of the frame.

I used a little E-6000 to attach the fork 
to the bottom center of  the frame.
Using some ivory acrylic paint and a sponge pouncer, 
the scrolly stencil went in opposite corners next.

After that came the cute little bunting 
to go across the top of the message board.  
It was as simple as cutting out each shape, 
hole punching the top corner of each, 
and running a piece of jute twine to hang it.
I love these papers I found recently at Michaels. 

I will admit to perhaps buying a bit too much 
scrap book paper last weekend.
And Ryan Gosling was not there to enable me, 
with one of his wonderful “Hey Girl’s” which was a bummer.
But I was still able to shop.

Now I have a pretty area in my previously boring hallway
 that is functional and fun 
but still ties in with my kitchen.  

Thank you so much for creating with me 
and following along.
I love to stay connected with you, please 
make sure you are following below too so
you don’t miss a thrifty thing!

xo, Tanya

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No Sew Burlap Tree Skirt

 
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…
 
I like to decorate my front porch for Christmas (ok every season-but especially Christmas) almost as much as the inside of my home.  I have had these two mini trees for years, and have always loved using them on the porch, or fireplace hearth.  This year they are back on the porch and finally getting a proper tree skirt.  They have been naked all this time and never complained. 
 
I tried a red and white gingham, then a brown and white polka dot, but the burlap won.  Burlap wins alot because it is forgiving, and shabby, and gorgeous, and I love it.  I think there are a lot of us burlap lovers out there.  Besides chevron and mason jars it has to be the most Pinned thing in the world.  And rightly so!

 
First I measured under my tree (I am making these for small trees, but the same applies to a full size tree, just more burlap) and decided that I would like a skirt about 14 inches wide.  Whatever size tree you are making a skirt for, you just want to make sure your finished skirt is a few inches larger in diameter than the bottom of your tree.

 
I cut two pieces of burlap from a piece about 2/3 of a yard long.  Measuring a 14″ x 14″ square, and folding into a quarter, made it much easier to cut into a circle.  Next I made a slit in the burlap circle from the edge into the center.

 
I cut my remaining fabric and scraps into strips and frayed them a bit at the edges.

 
Using my hot glue gun I pinched and glued the burlap pieces around every raw edge until the tree skirts looked rustic and pretty.  And I was out of burlap, so they were done!

 
I included a few pictures of the porch and a few things I have done for Christmas.  I put a few pretty sparkly sugared fruits and a bit of real evergreen garland on my chippy avocado green table. 

 
My six year old, who assisted with so much of our outdoor decorating suggested we use red ribbon on the pillows out front to make them look like presents.  I tucked a little sparkly sprig in behind each ribbon.  It’s beginning to look a lot like…

 
Begonia’s…not what you were expecting? Me neither, we don’t usually have them still going in early December here in the Northwest but this little gal is a fighter.  The big blossom finally gave up and came off today.  I included some of our signature moss that grows amazingly well here too.  This is my North garden so there is even more moss.  I have to keep moving quickly or the moss will begin growing on me too, ah you gotta love a rainy climate. 

 
I love fresh evergreen garlands around my doors and above my windows at Christmas.  They are such a treat and they smell amazing.  I have a ruffly burlap wreath up with a glittery jingle bell reindeer inside of it.  My Let It Snow sign is more of a desperate plea for snow than a greeting.  I love snow and we sometimes see a couple days of it each year.  I miss those years growing up in central Washington, when it seemed like winter lasted forever.  I had purple moon boots that I lived in, and only went inside to eat and sleep during the winter .  I wouldn’t trade that for anything.  I sure do hope we get snow this year.  Those boots are around here somewhere…

 
What are you up to this week as we are now officially in December? Are you done decorating or have your begun? I think I am almost done, but there are a few things to make still.  And the baking and goodie making (my favorite part!!)
 
Thank you for reading, hugs & blessings from my heart and home to yours 🙂
 
xoxo, Tanya



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Vintage Paper Garland

 
I made this Christmas garland before twelveOeight was born last year, so please forgive me for not-so-elaborate step by step photos.  But I will tell you what I did…

 
I found some Vintage Sheet Music at a local thrift store last year and I knew I wanted to make a girly, pretty garland with it.  Need some free Vintage Sheet Music? Thanks to The Graphics Fairy, you only need to click here to download some, awesome huh? Here is what I used to make this garland:
 
Vintage Sheet Music cut in 1″ strips (vertically)
Natural coffee filters
Heavy needle and embroidery thread (I used a darning needle)
Black scrap book paper with silver writing
Silver glitter chipboard letter spelling out “believe”
Strips of black and white gingham, burlap and cream colored cotton lace
Stapler & hot glue
 
 
I made my sheet music “flowers” first by using 4 strips in a criss-cross pattern, and used a staple to secure them in the flower shape you see in the picture above.  Next I cut out seven circles from the black scrap book paper that were larger than my chipboard letter.  I glued the circles in place, and the letters on each of the “flowers.” 
 
 I threaded the darning needle with a long piece of embroidery thread and tied a knot on the very end.  I took 4 or 5 coffee filters and crumpled them a bit to make them look like ruffly roses and ran the needle thru them, alternating with the “believe” letters to form about a 4 foot garland.
After they were all strung on, I went back and tied bits of lace, burlap and gingham between the letters and on the ends of the garland. 
 
 
Easy huh? The pictures just cannot capture how pretty this looks against a green garland.  I packed it away carefully last year and it came out of the box looking brand new. 
 
Are you getting crafty this weekend or relaxing after a busy Thanksgiving? You may be traveling too or being a good elf and getting some of your Christmas shopping done.  Either way, thank you as always for reading, hugs and blessings from me to you 🙂
 
xoxo, Tanya
 




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How To Make Burlap Christmas Trees

 
Happy weekend right before Thanksgiving everyone! Are you totally relaxed and have your menu planned out and turkey thawing or worried and not sure where to start? I am finding myself somewhere in between but cannot stop crafting.  Since I am beginning to decorate for Christmas this week I figured I could, should really, sneak in a couple fun projects.  It’s no secret that I LOVE burlap, and cannot get enough of the contrast between glitz and rustic.  We will call is rustic glamour, that sounds very fancy. 

 
I have had these Styrofoam cones for a while, but just picked up the little glass candlesticks at the Dollar Tree last week.  They are continuing to stock more and more awesomespice goodies every day, I CANNOT STAY AWAY!
 
I have a corner kitchen sink so I have quite a bit of space behind the sink and large windows, what better than a couple rustic glamourized (that is so a word, I know it) trees to grace that little corner?
 
I used E-600 to attach the cones to the candlesticks, and since one cone was a bit shorter, and would be covered by burlap anyways, glued an empty cardboard ribbon spool in between to they would be the same height.

 
Next I used about one yard of a dark khaki, almost a mossy green burlap and cut it into three inch strips.  Starting at the base of each of the cones, I used hi-temp hot glue around the edge, then gathered the burlap and tacked it down with glue as I went. 

 
I made them a bit uneven on purpose, and gathered more closely in a few different places to make the tree ruffles kind of fun and silly.  I used 3 strips on each tree, and once I reached the top, just pinched the burlap together and added a bit of glue to the top of the tree to hold it in place.  I have not hung anything on them yet, I am just enjoying them like they are.  I may hang some really sparkly beaded garland or too-big ornaments on them so they look fun and a little wacky.  They will fit in nicely with everything else that way. 
 
 
Off to shop for my Thanksgiving ingredients and find the perfect turkey.  Have a wonderful, blessed weekend and I hope this finds you completely prepared and not procrastinating like me.  But if you are, I won’t judge, especially if you were crafting or creating, then you are in good company 🙂
 
xoxo, Tanya  

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DIY Burlap Table Runner And Fabric Roses

What’s better than burlap? The only thing I can think of are no-sew burlap projects! Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy sewing, but my love affair with my hot glue gun gets downright crazy around the holidays.  I have tables, tablescaping, and table settings on the brain so forgive me if I ramble on about everything table for a couple weeks?
 
Thanksgiving is such a fun time to cook delicious foods, spend time with our loved ones, and break out our very best when setting out table.  I wanted something kind of rustic for our dining room table this year, with a pop of color.  My dining room table is maple, and my whack-a-doo chairs are all black.  So I am really digging this combo with burlap and mustard.  Y’all ready?

 

A table runner is super easy to put together and I think it will go well with the place card/utensil holders that I just made, check them out here.
 
I measured my table and added about 12″ to that measurement, since I wanted the runner to hang over each end.  I already had a few yards of burlap fabric on hand I didn’t even need to run to the fabric store.  Not that I would have minded, but I am trying to go less frequently and plan my projects ahead.  Next I measured out about 16 1/2″ for the width of the runner and cut the burlap to meet these dimensions. 
 
One side still had a perfectly good burlappy (it’s a real word) selvage edge so I only had to “hem” one side.  

 
Next I folded under and lightly pressed a 1/2″ fold along the side of the burlap that I cut to make a hem using my iron on it’s high setting with steam.  Using my hi-temp glue gun I made a very thin line of glue and pressed it down to create a sealed hem.  I usually cover my kitchen island with a big piece of freezer paper when crafting.  It’s super easy clean up and I can save it from damage, crafting is a rough sport, this is not for the timid. 
 
After the runner was done  I used about 1/3 yard of pretty mustard fabric that I have had for a while.  I cut it in 2″ and 3″ strips, and frayed the edges by pulling on them and removing a couple strings from each side.  The fastest way to do this is the rip the fabric strips, it also is an excellent way to release stress.  This time of year, we all may be ripping some fabric strips to make roses!
 
I folded each strip in half as in the picture above, turned the end of each into the “center” of the rose by twisting, rolling, and creating a circle of twisted shabby fabric.  The shabbier (also a real word I am sure this time) the better.  Once each of the roses were done, I attached them to each end of the runner with a dab of hot glue in opposite corners.  And voila! a new, burlappy, table runner that I did not have to sew and used a few supplies I already had on hand.
 
I can smell the sweet potatoes now, I know it’s only November 1st but I just cannot get my mind of that turkey.  And cranberry chutney.  And cheesecake…and…

Hugs & blessings to you and your family, thank you for crafting with me today.  Fasten your seat belts we are going to be making tons of gifts, and Christmas yummies for your home and tummy in the weeks to come 🙂
 
xoxo, Tanya

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Burlap And Book Page Pumpkins

 

 The boys and I recently braved the rain and went on our annual pumpkin search and hay ride.  We drank a lot of wonderful homemade apple cider, kept warm under a lean-to with an outdoor fire, and had a whole bunch of fun while finding some really beautiful pumpkins.  Our loot included corn stalks, gourds, and apple cider for us to enjoy anytime the mood strikes.

I was able to get them to stand still for a few moments to snap a photo during our adventure.  We love fall, and the traditions that we have as a family just get more and more fun every year.  Now that we have a few pumpkins on the porch and our corn stalks in place, it was time to get working on the Post-Halloween decor.  I love Thanksgiving, the food, the weather, family, football, the food, it’s so much fun. And what better way to welcome Thanksgiving than a new table centerpiece!

 
  Burlap is such a beautiful and versatile fabric, and with a few more of the dollar store Styrofoam pumpkins that I bought I had an idea of what I wanted to make.  I began with about a yard of burlap, maybe a little less, and cut it into strips about two inches wide.  For my tall pumpkin I removed one of the stems from the pumpkins and stacked them, using hot glue to secure.
   I noticed how much more expensive the larger faux pumpkins are at craft supply stores and thought I may as well try my hand at making my own.
 
 
 I glued the strips of burlap to the bottom of each pumpkin and pulled each strip to the top of the pumpkin, attaching the strip to the stem with hot glue.  Once both my tall and small pumpkins were covered, I used a few book pages to make paper leaves, trimmed a few acorns from a stem I found at JoAnn’s and gathered a few silk fall leaves to decorate my little pumpkins.

 
I wound jute string around the top of each pumpkin to form the stem, then using hot glue attached my leaves and acorns around the top of each burlap pumpkin.  Once they were done I trimmed the top of the stem a bit, and they were ready to grace my dining room table.
 
 
 What are you working on right now for fall? Have you begun to think about fall entertaining or what you might make if you cook for Thanksgiving? If you are in need of any inspiration head on over to Pinterest to save tons of ideas for a lovely season full of fun dinners, afternoons crafting with friends, and more recipes than you know what to do with. 
 
Happy creating, hugs & blessings to you 🙂
 
xoxo, Tanya
 
 

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Thank you so much for reading, and as always, may your heart and home be full of everything you love! xo, Tanya         linking up to: http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/ And these awesome parties: http://www.twelveoeightblog.com/awesome-link-parties