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Embroidery Hoop Map Frame

October 19, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home

Embroidery Hoop Map Frame Embroidery Hoop Map Frame
Once upon a time, I was quite the traveler. I loved visiting somewhere new and finding exciting adventures. And while I’m a little more stay at home these days, My travel lust still lingers, and as a result, I have a long and abiding love for maps! Maps, maps everywhere! These are the newest addition to my map collection, maps of my favorite places framed in simple, pretty embroidery hoops.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: Less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Maps
Embroidery hoops
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Smooth the map out flat on a solid surface.
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2. Slip the inside hoop under the map, centering it on the place you want framed on the map.
3. Place the outer hoop on top of the map over where the inner hoop is and gently press down to slip the two hoops together. Pull slightly on the edges of the map as you go to keep the paper taut.
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4. Flip the map over and trim away all the excess paper at the edge of the hoops.
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DIY Hydrangea Wreath

October 17, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts, For the Home

DIY Hydrangea Wreath DIY Hydrangea Wreath
Hydrangeas are probably my favorite flower. I love how they start out green in the spring, turn blue and purple as the summer unfolds and then shift into rusty bronzy colors as fall arrives. They are always the perfect colors for the season at hand and they are arguably at their best in the fall, their blowsy, bold colors so beautiful. Perfect for a fall wreath. This wreath uses the beauty of hydrangeas and the lasting power of artificial flowers to add a gorgeous finishing touch to your fall front door decor.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 1 hour

Things you’ll need:
12-15 bunches of hydrangea blossoms in red, orange and purple
Wire wreath form
Green flora ribbon
Yellow ribbon
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Fold the end of the green ribbon around one of the outside wires of the wreath. Add a drop of glue and press to secure the end to the wreath.
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2. Wrap the ribbon around the wreath, overlapping a little each time you wrap.
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3. Attach a loop of yellow ribbon to the wreath with hot glue, this will later be used for hanging the wreath.
4. Pull the flower punches off their stems, you’ll be glue these to the wreath by tucking them into the overlapping sections of ribbon. Dab glue on the end of the flower stems and tuck it into the overlap in the ribbon. Repeat with another bunch of the same color parallel to the other bunch. You’ll want to use two or three bunches of each color together in each section.
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5. Once you’ve place the first set of bunches, switch colors and repeat the process. Repeat again with the third color.
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6. Repeat these three colors around the wreath until the wreath is full.
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Burned Heart Spoon Ends

October 15, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Burned Heart Spoon Ends Burned Heart Spoon Ends
A wooden spoon is a wooden spoon, right? Plain and ordinary and always useful. But they can be beautiful too. And this little trick will spread a little love in the kitchen, at a potluck or just while doing the dishes with this sweet project. And while you’re at it, it will help identify your spoons should they be out and about with (or without) you so they don’t get mixed up with someone else’s.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Wood burning tool
Wooden spoons

Things to do:
1. Insert the fine detail tip into your wood burner and allow the tool to heat up.
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2. With the end of the spoon toward you, Lay the tip down against the end of the spoon and roll it slightly, moving the fatter part of the tip while leaving the narrow point in place to create half of a heart.
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3. Repeat to complete the heart.
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DIY Wood Burned Hanger

October 14, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

DIY Wood Burned Hanger DIY Wood Burned Hanger
Hangers are just about as plain and simple as things get, even the pretty old wood ones, which is fine since they are, at their core, utilitarian objects. But occasionally you might want something a little fancier when it comes to your hanger needs. Perhaps for a special person or a special outfit! Turn that boring hanger into a beautiful keepsake!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 30 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Trace paper
Wooden hanger
Woodburning tool
Pencil
Clip art

Things to do:
1. Lay the hanger out on the trace paper and trace around the outside to give yourself an idea of where to place the clip art.
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2. Lay the trace paper over the clip art, arranging it so that it’s centered on the hanger shape. Trace the art onto the paper in thick pencil lines.
3. Flip the trace paper over onto the hanger and use the side of the pencil tip to rub the image onto the flat of the hanger.
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4. Heat up your woodburning tool using the fine tip and trace around your images. Using the shading tool, fill in the shapes evenly to finish.
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How to Make a Fall Berry Wreath

October 10, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts, For the Home

Fall Berry Wreath How to Make a Fall Berry Wreath
There’s something about fall that makes me want to hang a new, pretty wreath on my front door. It’s all the beautiful colors I’m sure! This fall berry wreath adds a little whimsical elegance to your stoop and ties in the colors of the season with your front door decor.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 1 hour

Things you’ll need:
Two (2) berry garlands
3 packages of berry picks
Wooden letterof your choice
Gold spray paint
Floral wire
Hot glue gun and glue sticks (high temp is best)
Wire wreath form
Yellow Ribbon

Things to do:
1. Wire one of the garlands to the outside center ring on the wreath by wrapping short lengths of floral wire around both the wreath wire and the core of the garland. Continue until you have used up all the garland.
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2. Repeat this process with the other garland, this time wiring it to the inner center ring.
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3. Splay the bunches of berries out evenly around the wreath. This will help you decide where to add the berry picks to get nice, full coverage.
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4. Insert the picks into open spaces, wiring the ends to the wreath form on the back side and working your way around until you have a nice, full wreath.
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5. In a well ventilated work area, spray the wooden letter with two coats of gold paint, allowing each to dry before adding the next.
6. Once the letter is dry, center in in the hole in the wreath, nestling it into the berries. Use dollops of hot glue to secure the letter to the wreath form.
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7. Cut a length of ribbon and loop through the form. Tie a knot and rotate around so that the knot is hidden behind the berries and hang the wreath.
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How to Make Fall Leaf Placecards

Fall Leaf Placecards How to Make Fall Leaf Placecards
It’s fall! It’s fall! The leaves are turning from green to yellow to red, the temperatures are crisp and cool and Thanksgiving dinner is fast approaching! Take some inspiration from Mother Nature this year and bring some of that fall beauty indoors and to your table with these lovely Fall Leaf Place Cards.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Artificial fall leaves
Hole punch
Tags
Yellow satin ribbon
Silver satin ribbon
Scissors
Pens

Things to do:
1. Layer two leaves, one over another, choosing a smaller leaf for the top in a contrasting color. Repeat for each place card needed. Stack them so the veins line up.
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2. Punch a hole through the two layers of leaves.
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3. Write the names of your guests on the tags.
4. Cut an 8-inch piece of ribbon, thread through the holes. Tie a knot to secure the two leaves together.
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5. Thread the tag through the ribbon and tie into a bow. Trim the ends to finish.
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DIY Wood Slice Coasters

October 7, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Wood Slice Coasters DIY Wood Slice Coasters
Winter, in our house, means lots of steaming hot drinks. Tea, coffee, cocoa, something always being sipped during the cold months which means there’s a lot of need for coasters! These wood slice coasters take their decoration from your favorite holiday cookie cutters, making them an excellent choice for some holiday gifts as well!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 20 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Cookie cutters
Wood slices
Wood burning tool
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Center the cookie cutter onto the wood slice and trace around the inside.
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2. Plug the chisel or fine point tip into the wood burner and plug it in.
3. Trace along the lines to burn the shape into the wood slice.
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4. Add embellishments, dots, edging and texture, with the wood burner to finish.

DIY Gold Desk Accessories

October 5, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

DIY Gold Desk Accessories DIY Gold Desk Accessories
I have an admission to make. I like things to be pretty. Everywhere they can be. I’m sure I’m not alone in this either, but I’m always on the hunt for ways to make even the most bland and boring every day necessities more attractive. And that includes the items on my desk. I have a hard time working at a desk that isn’t tidy and pretty, but I also need those staples of office work at hand, so I’ve been on a mission to make my desk just a little bit fancier by turning my stapler and tape dispenser into something a little more than ordinary.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Stapler and/or Tape Dispenser
Gold spray paint
Primer for plastic if your supplies are plastic rather than metal
Masking tape
Rubbing alcohol

Things to do:
1. Wipe down your office supplies with rubbing alcohol to remove any fingerprints, dust or debris. Allow them to cry completely.
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2. Using your masking tape, mask off the working parts of your supplies (usually these are silver metal)
3. On a covered work surface, paint with primer if needed. Allow the primer to dry according to the instructions on the bottle.
4. Once the primer is dry, or if primer is not needed, paint the entire surface with gold paint in thin coats. You’ll want at least three coats, allowing each to dry before adding the next. Allow the paint to cure overnight.
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5. Remove the masking tape carefully and glam up your desk!
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DIY Seashell Ring Bowls

October 3, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

DIY Seashell Ring Bowls DIY Seashell Ring Bowls
No matter how many times I visit the beach, I always find myself coming home with clamshells. I am fascinated by their beauty and I just can’t help myself in bringing a few home. Most of them end up in the compost bin but where I can, I like to add them to my decor. This project turns simple shells into handy and very very pretty little bowls, perfect for catching small bits of jewelry or coins.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 30 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Clamshells
Acrylic paint in gold and turquoise
Paintbrush
Rubbing alcohol
Deep gloss glaze spray

Things to do:
1. Wipe down the shells with rubbing alcohol to remove any traces of sand or oils from the shells.
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2. On a covered work surface, paint the inside of the shells with several coats of blue paint, allowing each to dry before adding the next.
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3. Once the blue is painted and dry, flip the shells over and repeat with the outside, painting the gold right up to the rim of the shells. Allow the paint to cure overnight before spraying with gloss sealant.
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Tart Pan Jewelry Organizer

September 20, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Tart Pan Jewelry Organizer Tart Pan Jewelry Organizer
I have a little girl who has fallen hard for jewelry. She loves necklaces, bracelets, pins and most especially, earrings. To help keep her pretty little things organized, I put some tiny tart pans to good use. This organizer is pretty, functional and stylish and looks great sitting on a desk or vanity top, showing off both your pretty jewels and some adorable kitchen finery.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Mini tart pans
Tray

Things to do:
1. Arrange the tart pans in your tray in a pretty pattern, leaving minimal room around each pan.
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2. Once you have an arrangement you want, dab a little glue on the bottom of each pan and stick it to the tray to hold.
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3. Allow the glue to harden completely before adding jewelry.
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