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Dog Silhouette Art

So I haven’t posted in a while, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been making things. With Justin’s parents only days away from visiting, I’ve been on overdrive preparing the guest room. I’ll be making several posts in the coming days. Let’s start with some wall art. I recently put our new bedding in the guest room and I went on the feminine side with it (You can see it in the background). I want the room to be balanced between masculine and feminine, so I’m using really masculine wall art to try to get that balance. I think silhouettes are very graphic, simple, and masculine. We have a beautiful German Shorthaired Pointer named Bones, and I’ve always loved her lean silhouette, so I decided to use it in our guest room. Here’s what I did.

First, I looked at several German Shorthaired Pointer pictures to figure out exactly what I wanted to do. Then, I sketched out my idea (in pencil). Of course, I then drew a new one because the first one sucked. I did this on simple drawing paper from a sketch book. If you’re not so great at drawing, you could always trace a picture you like. Once I thought it was perfect, I traced over the pencil in black ink (felt tipped pens are great). I included an ear and an outline of her front leg because I think it makes the silhouette more fun and quirky. Using a thick black Sharpie, I carefully colored outside of the silhouette. So I guess it’s kind of a reverse silhouette. I went over the black outside about three times so you can’t see the lines from the marker. Finally, I put my picture in this fantastic gold frame I found at a thrift store for a dollar. That’s it! It’s super easy.

Photos courtesy of my wonderful husband, Justin Brown.

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Yarn Necklaces

I’ve been thinking a lot about weddings and flowers because of two reasons. First, my mom is planning her cherry blossom themed wedding and I get to help : ) Yay maid of honor! Second, my husband and I are having our first wedding anniversary at the end of the month. So that made me think back to planning our wedding. I made some fabric flowers that I ended up using to decorate our place card holder and some other things. I have a few of the fabric flowers left, so I’m going to use them to decorate other things! Today I’m going to make a yarn necklace adorned with some of these flowers. Someday I’ll do a tutorial on making the flowers. I’m also making a nautical braided yarn necklace.

Materials:
Fabric Flowers, Buttons, or Other Embellishments
Yarn
Scissors
Hot Glue Gun OR Needle and Thread

This is a super easy one, ladies. First, cut a piece of yarn a few inches longer than you want your necklace to be. Now, cut several pieces of yarn the same length. Separate the strings into three equal groups and tie each group together at the ends. Braid the three groups of yarn together. You can also leave it loose instead of braiding it. You can even braid some strings and leave others loose. In my nautical necklace, I only braided one (each group of yarn had seven strings in it). On my flower necklace, I used one big braid and two longer braids that each only used three strings total. Tie the end of the braid when you’re done.

Once you put your yarn together, tie the ends together using little scraps of yarn. Cut any strands that are sticking out. Then, cut a very long string of yarn. Tie the end of it around the back of your necklace. Starting at one end of the back of your necklace, wrap the long string of yarn around the ends that are tied together. This covers the ugly area where the ends of your necklace are tied together. Once you cover it all, tie it off and tuck the end into your wrapped yarn. I like how this looks, but you can also leave extra yarn at the ends of your braids and tie the yarn into one big bow.

Once your necklace is put together, add the embellishments. For my navy blue nautical necklace, I bought these little gold anchor buttons. So cute. I decided to put my fabric flowers on a coral yarn necklace. You can put a few embellishments together in one spot or have individual flowers or buttons spaced apart. Again, I tried both. And I like both. Just use your hot glue or needle and thread to attach the embellishments. Don’t use too much glue, and if you use thread make sure it will blend in with the color of the flowers. Ta-Daa! Now you have an adorable yarn necklace… or two! By the way, I’m kind of in love with my new nautical necklace!

Thanks to my amazing husband who took these awesome pictures!

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Adding Yarn to Your Jewelry

I’m building up my jewelry collection because I know it’s an easy way to jazz up your wardrobe. I’m starting med school in August and I probably won’t have very much time to make myself look cute. Jewelry takes less than a minute to put on and after you do, it looks like you put quite a bit of effort into your appearance. I already bought some new jewelry, but I’ve also decided to make some.

While at Hancock Fabric earlier today, I found a simple gold chain bracelet for under a doller. It’s cute, but not cute enough. I also bought some navy blue yarn for a different project. I decided to combine the two. All I did is weave the yarn through the links three times. Then I tied off the ends. Super simple! Here’s the final product.

I think it has a bit of a nautical look 🙂 You can do the same thing with necklaces too!

And here it is paired with some other jewelry.

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DIY Petal Pillow

My husband and I are slowly, but surely transforming our tiny, bare guest room/office. We live in a two-bedroom apartment and since we moved here in October, I’ve been making each room our own. Most of the rooms in the apartment are at least at an acceptable level. All except that boring guest room/office. We finally got the mattress for the room, and I got this awesome ikat quilt for $40 at TJ Maxx. The problem I’m beginning to tackle today is the fact that we have no pillows. Not even one. I guess that’s a slight exaggeration. We do have one. One crappy, ugly pillow I got on clearance for a few bucks. So, what should I do? Transform it!

I’ve seen a bunch of cute petal pillows all in different colors, materials, and patterns. They all looked super easy to make, so I decided to make my own. I want to have a few pops of gold in the guest room/office, so I decided to make my first pillow a gold petal pillow. Here are the materials:

A pillow (a cheap or ugly pillow or you can make your own entirely)
Fabric (make sure it gets a pretty clean edge when cut and doesn’t fray)
Hot glue gun & Glue sticks
Needle and thread (OPTIONAL- if hot glue doesn’t work for your fabric or you just prefer sewing the petals on instead)
Scissors (sharp ones that won’t just fray your fabric)
Pencil
Ruler (OPTIONAL- if you want to trace grid lines onto your pillow)
Card-stock or other scrap paper (Only used for tracing)

Total Cost: $3-$4
I’m only including the cost of the fabric and a couple glue sticks because I had everything else (including the pillow I bought a year ago). Fabric cost will vary based on what you choose.

*TIP: Iron your fabric first. I decided to be lazy and not iron, so you can see wrinkles in some of my petals on the finished pillow.

Step 1:
Cut a little piece of fabric and hot glue it to another little piece of fabric. This is just to test the glue on your fabric. If it looks good and attaches well, hot glue will work for this project. If not, you will have to stitch your petals onto the pillow using needle and thread.

Step 2:
Select the size and shape you want your petals to be. Draw it out on a piece of card-stock or whatever paper you have on hand. You may want to fold your paper in half and cut the shape you want so that your petal is symmetrical. Trace the petals onto your fabric. Use pencil for this step so you can erase it if it is visible. I recommend tracing it onto the back of your fabric so there’s no fear of the markings being visible on your pillow.

Step 3:
Cut out your petals. I used 240 petals for my small rectangular pillow. You can try stacking layers of your fabric and cutting a few petals at a time. Be sure to pin the fabric if you’re doing this. Not all types of fabric are good for cutting several layers so you might just have to cut them out one at a time. I was able to cut four layers at a time after I bought some sharp new scissors.

Step 4 (Optional):
If you want to make sure your petals are always the same distance apart, trace out grid lines or that measure where you will place your petals. Make sure the distance between lines is the same on each side. The distance will vary based on how large your petals are and how much you want your petals to overlap. I decided to just eyeball mine.

Step 5:
Glue petals onto your pillow. I put a V shape of hot glue on the pillow, then stuck the petal onto it.  Start with one petal in a corner. Continue adding petals in a line. Make sure the petals overlap so you don’t see any of the pillow you’re covering. Continue with this step until you’re done. I used a bit of extra glue on my edge petals to make sure they will always cover the original pillow pattern. When you’re done, you may need to add a few dots of glue here and there to looser petals.

Step 6: Marvel at your beautiful new pillow and give yourself a pat on the back for making something that would have cost $30 at a department store!

Additional Ideas: Shape your petals more like leaves or circles, try it with felt, vary the color of your petals, cover the back of the pillow as well as the front, use a fish scale pattern with parallel lines of scales coming from the top of the pillow, try big petals or very small petals, start your petals at the center and radiate outward in a rose-like spiral.

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