Thursday, February 22, 2018

Faux Moss Planter - A Thrift Store Upcycle

It's that time again - the fourth Thursday of the month, where a group of creative bloggers come together to share their lovely transformations of a thrift store item! Who doesn't love thrift store upcycle projects - whether it's actually creating one or just admiring how an item from a thrift store was transformed!

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The Rules are quite simple:
  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There's no monthly theme.
  • There's no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Make sure you follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!

I love upcycling items and I'm so excited to be one of the co-hosts for this challenge! But I have to confess and tell you how difficult it is for me to find something from a thrift store to work on. It has to be relatively small  and easy to make over!  I have no room to refurbish furniture or use tools such as electric saws or sanders. My hubby got rid of all of those things when we downsized and moved into a 55+ community. 

Now when I go to thrift stores, I'll usually pick up something that looks interesting and that I can easily carry in my arms!  I also hope that I can turn it into something that might "grab your attention!" Lol! So that's what I was thinking when I saw this planter at the Goodwill for four dollars.


I wasn't exactly thrilled about the price, though. I thought it should have been  three dollars - after all, it's just a planter with a few rust spots here and there!  But wait! In doing a little research, I found something similar on Terrain ( a division of Anthropologie) - starting at $38. Wow, now I think I got a real bargain!
Source - Terrain
I wanted to create something different than adding the usual coco liner and plants, so I decided to use leftover dimensional paint from a previous project to cover the frame - and it really gave it a totally unique look!

The paint from FolkArt that I applied adds a kiss of moss to the overall appearance! It's called Painted Finishes in Moss! It adds lots of texture and dimension!
 You know anything moss is very trendy and quite charming in décor these days!  I also found rolls of faux moss ribbon at the craft store and used it to cover the bottom portion of the frame with the help of hot glue.
Since the planter is for decorative purposes only, the moss was glued to the outside of the frame .  .  .
one area at a time.
until the bottom .  .  .
was completely covered.
Looks real, doesn't it?

And then slivers of moss from the ribbon were added to the top, cascading downward. 
And finally, the center was filled with an ornamental arrangement for a lovely effect.

 I'm really loving the overall appearance! From a empty basic hanging planter into a more natural look, just by adding texture and a touch of nature with faux moss paint and ribbon!


And now for more thrifty creations!
Check out what my fellow upcyclers are sharing below!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Flower Bow Napkin Rings - A Snow Day Craft

I love making decorative crafts when I'm confined to the house because of snow!  And we've had plenty of snow lately! Brrr!  Snow day crafts aren't just for kids!

There's so many snow day crafts you can make to enhance ones' décor! One of my favorites is making napkin rings! You can never have too many napkin rings! And this one is quite unique, but oh so easy to make!

Join me over on Bowdabrablog where I'm on the Design Team sharing with you how to make these adorable Flower Bow Napkin Rings! 
Don't they look fabulous! Click here for the full tutorial!

Thanks for stopping by, 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Jute Leaf Tree DIY

The following tutorial is a re-posting from a few years ago. Besides being a great craft to create, it's also a fun way to spend your confined winter and snow days !

You've seen those Inspirational Project Brochures hanging around Hobby Lobby haven't you?  They are loaded with wonderful ideas that will get your creative juices flowing. I believe there's one on every craft subject you can imagine.  There is even one titled, "Playing with Purple" that caught my attention!  You know how I love purple!

 But I was really intrigued with, "Just Jute," in which anyone can create sophisticated home accents using jute and bleach twine.

"Tree Glee Leaf the artwork to jute! This whimsical yet contemporary display shows the artsy side of Hobby Lobby earthy jute twines. They painted a trio of canvases to coordinate with the wall before penciling in their branched-out designs. Then, they carefully filled in the design with twine, securing with hot glue as they worked."

This description was so inspiring!

 I saw the most unique looking jute leaves/tree and thought this would be a great craft project to try.

It wouldn't take much to make and I had everything I needed on hand.  Some jute twine,  canvas board and hot glue. The original project featured a tree and small canvas boards painted the same color as the wall.  My walls are white for now, so I made my jute leaf tree on plain white canvas. No color - maybe later.

I am not artistic and am not very good at drawing.  I used a pencil and lightly drew a tree onto the canvas.  After several attempts drawing a tree, I was finally satisfied with the look.  Using jute twine and hot glue, I followed the lines very carefully.

I thought it would be easier for me to make the leaves separately instead of drawing them on the tree and filling in with jute.  I made several leaf patterns, nearly thirty,  to fill with twine and place on the tree.

Making the leaves was quite easy.  First, make a little oval shape with the twine and put a dollop of hot glue in the center of the leaf pattern. Follow the shape around, pinching the twine at the points until your leaf is formed.

After making all the leaves, I started placing them on the "twine branches."
                    I loved how the tree turned out with the jute leaves.

I'm trying out different areas where I might hang the Jute Tree.
                                  In the hallway or .  .   .

                 Breakfast area?

Where there's lots of morning light.

Either way, displaying this whimsical creation is sure to start a cheerful conversation!  Thanks Hobby Lobby for the inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by

and take a little time to enjoy,

Happy Crafting!

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Valentine's Handmade Cards Link Party Features

We greatly appreciate all of you who shared your wonderful Valentine's Handmade Cards with us at our link party!  And we hope you found lots of ideas and inspiration from this party!   We are thrilled to feature some of our  favorites.   

Thanks to everyone who answered my call to join us in the party!  I wish I could feature each and everyone of you! You all gave us some delightfully awesome handmade cards!  Here are a few that I'd like to highlight:

#1 - Scrappin' with Deedee showed us how to turn junk mail into a pretty awesome card! How wonderful is this! I love recycling projects and this card is a sure winner!

#2 - Darla from Scrap Happens hosted a 14 Days of Love event - be still my heart - and on day 8th, shared her treat holder, which just happened to be a decorated mini pizza box! What a perfect way to include a sentimental card with a special treat!

#3 - Heather from a Touch of That created this totally unique card for Valentines!  It's a cut-out of an adorable sloth, holding a stick of candy, as if the sloth is hanging on to it! Isn't this the cutest card ever? And, oh so trendy!
#4  And finally, Janet @ Try It-Like It showed us how to make an adorable Swirly Heart using her Cricut Maker - so cool and quite unique with an intricate look!

 All of the handmade Valentine cards submitted were truly amazing! Thank you so much for joining our link party and sharing your cards with us! 

Be sure to stop by all of the co-hosts blogs to have a look at their favorite features posts, too! 

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Chocolate Covered Strawberries - Favorite Family Recipe Blog Hop

Welcome Friends to our Monthly Challenge Blog Hop!

On the second Monday of each month, this group of talented and creative bloggers share their themed creations of either Upcycling, Favorite Family Recipes or Dollar Store Crafts. 

The theme for February is  Favorite Family Recipes!    So today I'm sharing with you how to make one of my favorite comfort treats: Chocolate Covered Strawberries! 

Two things I want to mention first -
I love, love, love strawberries and it's almost Valentine's Day!  But regardless of the occasion, sometimes when I need a "pick me up" - I buy strawberries and dark chocolate morsels to make my very own Chocolate Covered Strawberries! My family actually goes crazy for these whenever I make them, too!
Did you know that chocolate and strawberries are an aphrodisiac?  Yes, yes, yes! A feel good treat! But why, oh why, are they so expensive? The ingredients certainly don't cost much! And, you rarely are able to buy them freely, except on special occasions. That's why I make my own.  And so can you!  It's quite easy to do! Here's how:

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Fresh Strawberries (2 lbs)
1 bag (10 oz) Dark Chocolate Morsels
1 bag (11 oz) White Chocolate Chips (Ghirardelli)

Paper towels

Microwave safe bowls and spatulas

Parchment or wax paper

 Baking sheet

Small resealable plastic bag/scissors

Red gel (tube for decorating - optional)

     1.  Rinse the strawberries under cool water and gently pat dry with paper towels. The strawberries must be completely dry before dipping in the chocolate.  So spread them out on paper towels and let them dry.

2.  Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.

3.  In a small microwave safe bowl, microwave the dark chocolate morsels at 30-45 second intervals at 50% power. Stir until completely melted and smooth with no lumps.

4.  Pick up a strawberry by the top leaves and dip into the melted chocolate, swirly gently to cover strawberry three quarters in chocolate, just below the leaves. You might have to tilt the bowl if the chocolate isn't deep enough.  Then, lift the strawberry out, gently shaking to remove excess chocolate that's dripping.

5. Place strawberry on lined baking sheet.

6. Repeat dipping for half of the remaining strawberries.

7. In another small microwave safe bowl, microwave *white chocolate chips for 45-60 seconds at 50% power intervals. Stir until melted and smooth.

8.  Continue dipping remaining strawberries in the melted white chocolate, as before, gently shaking to remove excess chocolate and placing on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

*White Chocolate Covered Strawberries are perfect in appearance for Valentine’s Day but white chocolate is not as beneficial or rich and seductive as the dark chocolate, and neither is the flavor, lol!

To drizzle strawberries: Add melted chocolate (or candy melts of any color) to a small ziplock bag, pushing chocolate down to one corner of bag. Snip corner of bag with scissors and then, squeezing the bag gently, drizzle the chocolate over the strawberries using a zig-zag motion. I tried out a red decorative gel that comes in a tube for the white chocolate strawberries, thinking it would be easier to use than a plastic bag - but it wasn't, and the gel didn't set either, but remained sticky.

And finally, place the chocolate covered strawberries in the refrigerator until the chocolate sets, then, ENJOY!

Store in an airtight container, in a single layer on parchment paper, in the refrigerator up to 3 days. But I don't think they'll last that long!

Oh, and if you have any melted chocolate left over, drop by the spoonfuls onto  parchment paper or in small silicone molds (couldn't find mine in time) and let set in refrigerator. What another wonderful treat!

Be sure to visit all of the Blog Hop Co-Hosts for their Favorite Family Recipes!

And thanks for stopping by,


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