Monday, June 27, 2011

Vintage Inspired American Flag Pillow - $69.00 versus $7.00!

I recently got my July edition of my Southern Living magazine and I was looking through it and saw this:

Southern Living, July 2011

Southern Living, July 2011

I love this American Flag pillow but wasn't crazy about the price.  I knew that it would be fairly simple to make and I had just about everything I needed to make it.

Here are the supplies I used to make the pillow:

  • 2 pieces of approximately 20" x 24" pieces of burlap
  • Americana True Red Acrylic Paint
  • Americana Primary Blue Acrylic Pain
  • Star Stickers
  • Vinyl strips cut into 1" strips
  • 1" foam paint brush
  • Pillow stuffing
  • Wax Paper
The hardest process was figuring out the spacing of the stars.  I started with a 7" x 9" template (that is what that blue cardstock is above) that I traced off for the blue square on the pillow.  For the rows with 6 stars I started by moving in 1/2"  from my left margin and placed my first star and then measured 1 1/2" in between each star.  For the rows with 5 stars, I measured 1 1/2" from my left margin and spaced them 1 1/2" apart.  Each row is spaced 1/2" apart.

Each stripe is 1", so I just cut some vinyl strips 1" and just put them down the flag.  (FYI, 7 red stripes and 6 white/plain stripes)

I was then ready to paint.  This process went really fast.  VERY IMPORANT:  Put wax paper under this because the paint will bleed through!

When I painted the blue square I just blotted the paintbrush because I did not want the stars to lift off!

I let it dry for about an hour or so and then removed the vinyl strips and 50 gold stars (I used a thick needle for this to help lift them up).

The next morning after it was completely dry I turned the flag over against the other piece of burlap and begain sewing.  This was easy because I just followed the margins of the flag.  I sewed all the way around and left a pocket open to invert it and then stuffed it and sewed it shut!

Finished Product!

The finished size is 16" x 20"

This was my first tutorial!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great 4th of July!

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Jewelry Stands for $3.00

In my last post were these two cute stands that I use to hold various bracelets and necklaces.  When I was at Goodwill the other day I came across this little jewel for 99 cents!  Do any of you remember these?  They are old coffee cup holders that all of our grandmothers used to have!

All I really had to do was use some elbow grease to get it clean and then i just spray painted them!



Spray painted in Rust-Oleum Heirloom White

Roughed it up a little with sandpaper

I went back to the same Goodwill a week later and would you believe I found another one...A taller one for a $1.99!  SCORE.  I didn't get a before pic but who cares when it looks this good!  It was perfect for some necklaces that I didn't have hung on my jewelry frame (will show you that later) in my bathroom.  

Spray painted in Valspar Cameo Pink

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Jewelry Cabinet

I thought it would be a great idea to have a central location for all of my jewelry.  When I was in one of my local thrift stores I came across a beauty!  Well, it wasn't a beauty when I found it, but I knew it had potential.  It was an old sewing machine for $20.00.  I thought it had a beautiful frame to it and all it needed was a little TLC.

My Mom and Dad came into town a couple of weeks after I bought it and I knew that my Dad would love working on it.  He started by gutting it (taking out all of the components) and nailing down the top so it wouldn't open anymore.

Then we decided to add a shelf that could store all of my different size jewelry boxes from over the years.

After it was stripped down to the bare bones, I decided to paint it pink.  Yes, pink.  I live in a house with all boys and I wanted something PINK.  I put it in my closet and I think it looks great.  I will post the two cuties on top too....would you believe me if I said the two stands totaled $3.00!

The shelf is perfect for storing stuff.

The drawers hold all of my polishing rags.

I love how we kept the spool holder!  Perfect for my rings I don't wear on a daily basis!
Thanks for stopping by!  

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Lookie What I have done....A BLOG!

I am so excited to finally have a blog.  I have no idea what I am doing but I am excited to take this journey.

I have high hopes for this blog, but for now I will just take baby steps.  I hope that you will find inspiration on this blog and find your own creativity within yourself.  In the meantime, I hope you will enjoy looking at the projects I have done in the past and all the projects that are waiting for me in the future.

Thanks for checking in and hope you will be back soon!
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