Posts Tagged With: CRAFTS

Silk (tie) Dyed Eggs

Oh , once again I have been completely inspired by Pinterest. There were MANY interesting and fun and beautiful ways to color Easter eggs all over the site, but for some reason I was drawn to this one :Dye transfer from 100% silk ties. I think it seemed easy compared to some of the others that I came across such as  natural ways to dye eggs (i really do want to try that in the future),and not messy like glitter eggs (which i am all about some glitter!) .This really was simple and inexpensive.  Here is the link to the original instructions from ourbestbites.com, which also has TONS of other fabulous crafts, recipes, tutorials and such. I suggest you check it out.

I bought ties at the thrift store for $1 each. You can usually find the tag that says what they are made of inside of the small end of the tie. Make sure they are 100% silk or All Silk.

Cut pieces large enough to cover the eggs. Wrap the eggs as tight as you can with the bright side of the fabric on the inside, touching the egg. Use a twist tie to secure the fabric, then repeat the process with a lightweight whitish fabric. I used an old pillow case.

Once all of your eggs are covered, place in a pot and cover with water and about 1/4 cup vinegar. Bring to a boil and cook for about 20 minutes. Remove the eggs, let cool BEFORE you unwrap them.

I gathered my family around the table  so we could all see the results. They weren’t at my house when my husband and I wrapped them so their curiosity made it even more exciting!  This is definitely a project I will do again! 

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THE (pallet) GATE

I am starting to believe that you can create anything from pallets… or at least my husband can……
 
Ah, once again i have been inspired by Pinterest. My obsession on there, more than anything else, is gardening. Actually, I suppose it is my obsession all of the time. In fact, this blog is about to get a lot more gardener friendly and I can ‘t believe it hasn’t already. So anyway, back to the point. I found a gate on Pinterest.com that I was completely IN LOVE  with. So , I asked the man that I am completely in love with to make one for me. So he did. And mostly out of free material – pallets!  It is so fabulous that I want more of them , in all sizes , all around my yard.
 
Here is the photo that inspired me:                                    

Our gate space was bigger so it is a double and I don’t have those     amazing flowers growing over it .. YET!… and the hardware is what what we had laying around , so it is temporary. But i am just as in love with the one  in my yard , or maybe more in love with it, because it was made especially for me.    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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viney wreaths oh my!

my favorite so far. a circle of honeysuckle and grape vines

My husband and I bought our house 2 years ago and it included about an acre of slightly unruly woods in the back part of the yard. At first I was overwhelmed by all the vines and thorns and weeds.. etc… After opening my eyes I have noticed that not everything was out of control, or at least not everything that was out of control is a bad thing. Take for example all of the lovely wild grape and honeysuckle vines. I have been collecting them over the past couple of evenings and have turned my gatherings into lovely wreaths of all unruliness and sizes. It is pretty easy, but does take a little patience and some room to move around. The only direction there is , is to wind the vines in a circle around each other. play. have fun.

And now, I CAN NOT WAIT to begin decorating them! Stay tuned , I will be posting photos.

Let the fun begin!!!!

 

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St. Patty’s Day (free) printable cupcake toppers (or other things-like pins, placecards, invitations, placecards, & more! )

Free printables by TheTomKatStudio.com

Yeah, I know I picked a long title for this post, but I am in a happy mood today so I felt like being a little silly.  I have been so busy with spring projects around the house that I haven’t had much time to make my own crafts. All of the projects are the remodeling kind. So for now, I thought I would link my readers to other crafty projects other than my own. It’s a good thing too, because I found a new (to me) blog called The TomKat Studio where there are lots of wonderful ideas and free downloads. Here I found these  free printable cupcake toppers for St. Patrick’s Day. These could be used for other projects too – just check the title of this post for some ideas!

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DIY FABRIC GARLAND

It has been snowing…

…for a few days now – here in the mountains of North Carolina and other than the cold wind that has come along with it, I am enjoying the soft powdery ground cover. It goes along nicely with my holiday preparations ( I mean,really.. what better way to put you in the spirit?)  But the wind and cold is keeping me inside and I am finding that  the best way to pass  the time  is with holiday crafts! And although I SHOULD  be finishing up my cards,   I decided to make a new garland for my tree. I had some leftover fabrics  via  my handmade wedding crafts. Luckily, my colors consisted of red, white & turquiose (what do you know? PERFECT for the holidays! yay!) I cut the fabric into strips , tied it into buches and then tied the bunches to a thin  ribbon and …. VOILA! A VERY PRETTY (easy) DIY FABRIC GARLAND!

 

what you will need:

  1. ribbon
  2. fabric- cut into strips (i use variations of aprox. 1 – 2 1/2″)
what to do:
  1. make groups of fabric strips  (3-4 strips per group works well)
  2. tie ribbon around each group using different variations of spacing
  3. reinforce each group by tying one strip from each group around knot in ribbon

** Make smaller sections of garland with loops on either end for easy decorating. **

THAT’S IT! YOU’RE DONE!  :)


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