Tuesday, October 15, 2019

MacKenzie Childs Inspired Pumpkin


Welcome to the October Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop hosted by Erlene @ My Pinterventures.  If you aren't familiar with the Pinterest Challenge, it's a monthly event that challenges us to not just be pin hoarders, but to make it happen by creating a few! 

Some of my favorite inspirations for craft projects come from MacKenzie-Childs! I can easily imagine lots of the MC items in purple and white instead of black and white! If only, lol! And it seems like this year, MC has gone all out with a beautiful and colorful decorative collection for the Fall season! 

You can always find lots of MacKenzie-Childs inspirations on Pinterest like here, here and here.  I was especially taken with an MC sunflower that I pinned since I actually had ribbon in a purple and white check that resembles the MacKenzie-Child's pattern. So for this Pinterest Challenge, I painted a paper mache pumpkin in the design of MacKenzie-Child's stripes - using purple and white. And also created a faux MC inspired sunflower -  that and the rest, represents a whimsical collection of flowers, bow ribbon and what-knots to the pumpkin design!
  
Here's how:
  • Start with a paper mache pumpkin - This one is around 14" tall!
  •  Paint on several layers of white acrylic craft paint and let dry.
  • Then paint alternating sections in purple. Once dry, seal with a gloss varnish.
  • To make a larger pumpkin stem, cut out a section of a empty paper towel roll in the desired height.  Lightly dampen the cardboard and cover with tacky glue. Then twist into a stem shape and let dry. I wrapped parchment paper around the twisted stem and held it together with a clamp to dry. 
  • After drying, paint stem a metallic gold.
  • Glue stem over existing stem stub and begin gluing on a few decorative accessories.
  • To make the sunflower: Cut out a petal pattern from folded cardstock.
  • Then, fold the checked ribbon over several times and cut out petals following the pattern. Repeat for plain color ribbon petals.
  •  For the center: Cut out a small section from the round end of a styrofoam ball. Paint it a dark color. Glue a piece of felt to back and let dry.  Begin gluing on petals around the side of the styrofoam circle - first the check pattern petals .  .  . 
and then the plain color petals, alternating between.
Once all the petals are glued on, use the blade of a dinner knife to shape (curve) the petal edges out. 
Then, make a few bows and glue on the sunflowers to the top of the ribbon and pumpkin for an adorable whimsy look .  .  .
and a super fun decorative fall piece!
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Monday, October 14, 2019

Purple Beads Napkin Ring DIY


 Welcome to our monthly challenge blog hop!  I've joined a group of creative bloggers to bring you a themed monthly challenge blog hop on the 2nd Monday of each month! This month, it’s our Craft DeStash Blog Hop. And for this challenge we're to create a project using only items currently found in our craft stash! 
I'm sharing with you a tutorial on making an adorable Purple Beads Napkin Ring! This is a super easy craft but very time consuming and one that's quite popular as a Christmas ornament.  But wouldn't these colorful beads look really cool as napkin rings, too? Oh, yeah!!!

And you won't believe what I had in my stash for this project! One of the items I'm using is over forty years old. Monarch Marking Pin-on pins! Back then, the pin roll was fed through a machine and used for ticketing and pricing merchandise! Wow! Times have really changed! I got the pin roll from a friend who worked for Kann's, a department store in Washington, DC that went out of business back in 1975. Needless to say, I haven't had to buy any straight pins for a number of years now! Lol!  

I also had some styrofoam balls and shower curtain rings from the dollar store, plus, the usual things needed like glue, in my stash too! And of course, purple beads that I saw on Amazon a few years ago and had to have at the time! I'm always buying things I see in purple that I can use in future projects or not! 


Materials for the Napkin Rings:
  • Styrofoam Balls (1.9" or smaller)
  • Shower Curtain Rings
  • Purple Beads (asst 8mm)
  • Sequins
  • Straight pins 
  • Tacky Glue or a quick grab, fast drying permanent glue like super glue
Let's get started with attaching the shower ring to the styrofoam ball. The shower ring opens sideways at the snap, so it needs to be pulled apart sideways.  But first, after opening, add tacky glue or super glue to the shower ring ends and then insert them into the foam ball at an equal distance just below the middle. Then squeeze the ring together into its' natural position. Don't force the ring to close tighter than it would normally do. 
Add additional glue around where the ring ends are inserted into the foam and let dry.
Next, spread a bit of glue along the center of the styrofoam ball - just a little bit at a time and insert the tip of a straight pin through a sequin and then into a bead and place the straight pin down into the ball.  
 I started adding the beads using white tacky glue but it was taking too long to dry so I switched to super glue. For placement of the beads, I tried to follow the colors in the tray so the same colors would not end up being side by side. 
 Continue the previous steps of assembling the beads and gluing in place until the ball is completely covered. Then check to make sure all the beads are secure and dry. Additional glue may be needed.  And that's it!  How cool is that!
Easy peasy, but not that quick to make .  .  .
but oh so pretty!
What a lovely napkin ring to make for a beautiful table setting .  .  .
to impress your guests!
The perfect accent piece for your tablescape!

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Halloween Party Favors



Aren't these the cutest Halloween party favors, ever! And they're perfect to add that special touch to any celebration - not just for Halloween, but any occasion using different ribbon designs! And the best part, they're quick and easy to make using your Bowdabra!

So stop by Bowdabrablog, where I'm on the design team, to see how to make these adorable party favors!


Thanks for stopping by
and,
Happy Crafting!

Friday, October 4, 2019

Pull Chain Pour Panting


It's the first Friday of the month and today's the day I bring you a fun themed craft to share at Bring On the Crafts Blog Hop!
The theme for this month is Paint!

I really don't like painting - at all! It's just me! I get impatient and usually mess things up. I consider it a necessary evil in creating some craft projects. When I saw the topic for this month's Bring on the Crafts Challenge - Paint - my heart sank a bit. What was I going to make? Ugh!  I could have just painted another pumpkin or any small item for that matter, but where's the creativity in that?  But, believe it or not, I've been wanting to try another technique using pour medium that's popular right now. Pull Chain Pour Painting. I've done pull string painting and paint pour using a strainer, and I was really curious about what type of design would appear pulling a paint filled chain across a canvas. So, let's see how this one turned out!

Supplies:
  • Canvas
  • Acrylic paint - DecoArt Americana (bright yellow and mulberry)
  • DecoArt Pour Medium
  • Ball chain
  • Foam brush
  • Squirt bottles
  • Toothpick
First, cover work surface with plastic or parchment paper since it can get quite messy! Next, mix white acrylic paint with pour medium. I mixed half acrylic paint and half pour medium together and poured it onto the canvas for the background .  .  . 

 applying it over the canvas surface using a sponge brush.
Next, after mixing one part yellow paint to one part pour medium and the same for the mulberry color in small squirt bottles, begin adding paint to the ball chain in sections, alternating paint colors and leaving the end of the chain paint free to pick up and hold.
Next, lift the chain up and decide where you want to start on the canvas .  .  .
and begin laying the chain down in a snake-like, side-ways figure .  .  .
pulling slowly down from the bottom and off the canvas creating an amazing image.
To add more paint to the chain and start a new pull, lay it back down into the previous paint line and refresh with a bit more paint, if needed. Use the opposite ends of a toothpick to help move the chain around with paint coverage. 
Continue placing the paint dipped chain down in a similar fashion, as before, on different areas of the canvas, and pulling down and off .  .  .
creating different, interesting design variations.





Cool!
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Bring on the Crafts — A Craft & DIY Blog Hop

On the first Friday through Sunday of each month, a group of DIY and crafty bloggers join forces to create a fun craft or DIY project to share that follows a monthly materials theme. Together, with hosts Marie from Elle Marie Home and Habiba from Craftify My Love, they share the #BringontheCrafts blog hop with you. October's theme is Paint! Each blogger chooses their own craft to make as long as they love it and it uses Paint for the project.

Our October Co-hosts

Gail at Purple Hues and Me • Beverly at Across the Blvd

Join in on the fun! If you'd like to participate next month, you can request to join our Bring on the Crafts Facebook Group. Next month's theme is Ribbon!
Not a blogger, but a creative mind none the less!? Don't worry, Share your awesome creations in our Craft Cult Facebook Group. This is also a great place to ask craft & DIY related questions and find inspiration for your next project.

Now let's see all of those amazing Craft and DIY Projects!


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