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I have narrow windowsills. In some cases, my windows have no sills at all. It makes it very difficult to have plants that will live when there is no place to set them in sunshine. My only success story has been this orchid that I received as a gift. It fits on one of my narrow windowsills and it blooms and blooms and I only have to water it once per week. I love it!
Well, I came upon my project to brighten up my other skinny windowsill completely by accident. Do you remember these cute cream bottles that I want to use in a project?
I had decided that I wanted a basket that would act like a milk crate that I could use with them to make a country style table centerpiece. I went to Hobby Lobby and found this little wire basket for only $5! I loved it because the bent wire reminded me of barbed wire, without the barbs! I snagged it (pun intended) and brought it home. Lesson learned? Always measure or take the item with you to check the size. The cute cream bottles are too big to fit in the basket! Well, I have other ideas for those now, but what to do with the basket?
A few days later, i went to Walmart and was looking in their garden section and I found these tiny clay pots for just about .37 I think. (I just saw that Dollar Tree has them 3 for $1!) I can't resist tiny cute things very well. So I picked up a half dozen of them and brought them home. Guess what! 5 of them fit in the basket perfectly! Guess what else! The basket fit on my windowsill perfectly! A new project began to take shape.
I decided that I needed to paint the pots and give them a Springtime feeling and to mimic the flowers that I was going to use in them. I had picked some up at Hobby Lobby for 50% off the day I bought the basket. My couch and love seat are brown with turquoise accents, so I bought turquoise flowers. Here is the color palette that I used to paint my little pots:
You have to be careful when choosing Spring colors that you don't only use pastel blues, pinks and yellows or your finished product will look like it belongs at a Baby Shower. That is why I added a brighter yellow and green and a deeper lavender. Plus, the base colored blue is like a lighter turquoise than the one I decided to use for the flowers around the rims of the pots. I painted each pot with the body one color and the rim another. I used 5 colors for five pots and mixed and matched them. Then, to tie them all together, I used a tole technique to paint flowers on the rims all in the same color turquoise.
Don't be afraid to try to paint the flowers freehand. It is an easy technique. You can practice on paper before painting it on the rims of your pots. Here is a short video demonstrating the technique of loading your round paint brush with paint, laying it down and then pulling and lifting as you pull to get a petal shape.
Next, just transfer that technique onto the rims of your pots. Then, use the end of the handle of your brush, or the tip of a pencil to add dots. Dip the point of the handle in the paint, then make dots. The dots will be a little smaller each time, which gives a nice effect.
After these were dry, I cut floral foam to fit tightly into the bottom of each little pot. Then I put 3-5 flowers in each pot. I wanted an airy effect.
Then, TA DA! Here it is on my skinny windowsill! It fits perfectly!
It was a fun little project! I hope you aren't afraid to give things like this a try when the idea strikes you. I will get back to you about the those cream bottles! Spring is the time to be creative. Have a creative day!
Years ago, I saw the movie "Legacy". It is a story about Mormon Pioneers making their way to the Salt Lake Valley. The main character, played by Kathleen Beller, marries a stone mason. It is a beautiful love story. They are driven from their homes in Illinois by angry mobs, and as they traveled across the plains, the US government asked for 500 the men of the church to join forces with them in the Mexican-American War. As her husband joined the company, leaving his wife to travel with her aged father and their young children, he promises that he will return to wherever their home would be. She sobbed in his arms and said, "Wherever you are is home to me!" I have always remembered that line. If you have ever lived the military life and moved from place to place to wherever your husband is stationed, and you have to be apart from him for various lengths of time because of his service, this quote may take on new meaning for you and you can feel empathy for what those pioneer women had to go through. I learned long ago that it doesn't matter where my husband I live, as long as we are together. So, to make a long story short, that was the inspiration for this plaque for our bedroom.
I went to Michael's the other day, and these wooden sign pieces (similar here) and the scroll saw cut words were on sale for 50% off! I painted the word red because I wanted it to pop from the rest of the picture.
Before penciling in the letters on the sign, I marked where I wanted the word "home" to go so that I could fit the words around it. I just used a pencil to mark the height and width. Then I lightly penciled in the words before painting them. Remember that the technique is to write the word, then go back and make a thicker line wherever there is a down stroke.
I am a little embarrassed about my writing because I am just learning how to do it, but because this was such a personal message, I wanted to do the writing myself. It was also more difficult because I decided to paint it, rather than using a sharpie.
After the paint was dry, I used little adhesive dots to stick on "home". I wanted it to stand up away from the wood just a little . They are hard to see in this picture, but they really come in handy for so many craft projects, I always keep them on hand.
One thing I have also learned is not to be afraid to try new things. It doesn't have to be perfect, it just has to be something you like! If I decide I want to redo this lettering, I can sand it a little, paint over it, and do it again! But, for now, we are enjoying it in our room. My husband wanted to know if I really meant it, and I asked him if I hadn't already done it. He knew I had. We are so blessed with our own beautiful love story!
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Let me tell you the story of the bridesmaid dress that was supposed to be turquoise with brown lace. I was halfway finished with it when I went to press the bodice and I melted it all over the iron. After going out and purchasing bridesmaid dresses, I was left with the brown and turquoise fabric. So, not wanting to let anything go to waste, I knew that I could use the fabric for cushions and table coverings. I conjured up the idea for the above pillow first. It was a little bit tricky, but here is how I did it. (I was careful not to press it, or at least to use a pressing cloth).
First, you need a few supplies:
fabric, pillow form, thread
By the way, if you don't have a pillow form, found this cool idea for making one on pinterest.
Set your pillow form on your fabric and cut out your fabric to fit. I like to hold it up to the side of the form and add a little for a seam allowance. It should go past the side seam.
Next, take a gathering stitch on opposite sides of the lace piece. Don't gather it very much, just a little. Then, fold the lace like a fan and pin it in the middle. Here are the directions:
Stitch the sides down close to the edge of the front of pillow piece. Then, cut a strip of fabric and make a center covering. Press the seam of the tab to the middle back and wrap the center. Hand stitch in place catching the fabric of the pillow as well as the tab.
I did french seams on this pillow because pillows come apart too easily otherwise. Here is a past post on how to do french seams. So, with wrong sides together, take a small seam around three sides of the pillow. On the fourth side, just go in a few inches from each corner. Then, turn inside out and stitch again, a little farther in. I took a 5/8" seam. Then flip it right side out. Now you are ready to insert the pillow form.
There is a sweet swing where I think this pillow will look great on in the yard where we are having the reception. I have a few more tricks up my sleeve for this fabric still! So, stay tuned!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to seven so far. I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Read more about us here!
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