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Decorating with Crafts

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Finally settled, more or less, in our new home. I have my finished craftwork displayed where possible, and have a bit more organizing to do in order to set up my work table. There is something uniquely joyous about having my own handiwork around me – not because I think my work is so fabulous, but because they are of my own creation – a bit of me on the wall, so to speak!

Remember the wooden plaque I found hiking in Arizona? It is hanging on the wall now, and is absolutely perfect where I have it. IMHO. It is below a treasured find, a b/w photo of John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt, at Yosemite, during the time of the formation of the National Parks system.

Here is a closeup >>>

Such fun, having it on the wall, where I can see it every day!

In my previous life in Rio Vista CA, I collected driftwood, as we lived on the Sacramento River. Two of these I have made into Candle holders. I found the globes in a dumpster, and was tickled to death to be able to recycle them this way!

Not the best pictures, I admit, but you get the idea!

                                                                                        ^More driftwood I have saved for later projects!

  One of my favorite projects. A found glass bottle, a piece of driftwood, and some collected sea glass, sea shells, a turkey feather, a dragonfly (one of my totems,) some lavender from my sister’s garden and a small snake pin (my other totem.) These reside now on the shelf under the window above my kitchen sink, and it makes me smile every time I see it! (closeup below)

<decoupaged on the wood, and then the word “mother” in different languages written around the petals of the flowers.  We use it by the door to hang the dogs’ leashes on – it is a fun memento of a job I loved.

>>Next up is  some of my painted houses. I was on a real kick for a while of painting on rocks. I quickly discovered that this was NOT my forte. Yet these little houses possess a piece of me, and have a charm and l that I simply adore. I didn’t make them to sell, or even give as gifts, but to experiment with a new craft, and create something that was original and “me.”

My home has lots of character and whimsy around – and that is the way I like it. You probably won’t find pictures of my living room in a decorating magazine, but neither will you see many designer magazines that show homes that are created by mixing family treasures, homemade crafts and a simplistic comfortable style meant to embrace doggie footprints, the smells of homemade baking, and piles of yarn and crafts in the making. Does your home make you smile and feel as if it expresses you and your family? If it doesn’t – you need to get busy crafting!

Some of my favorite handmade scarves live on this rack by the door, when they are not being worn.

Crocheted, dyed silk and fabric all have a place in my life…

I LOVE SCARVES!

A Pretty Little Project

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Remember this picture?

 

 

 

 

 

Based on the book 100 Pretty Little Projects, published by Lark Books, and the project called “no-sew kitsch,” I used what I had on hand to create this:

First step, I sewed some cute buttons on what would be the center of the project. Then, I started out with a wad of fiberfill, laced with homemade potpourri :

Wrapped it tightly with yarn:

Got the placement right on the little Chinese tea cup and hot glued it in( this picture is before gluing):

Wrapped a funky little pink ribbon with a black dotted line in the middle around the edges of the pincushion, adorned it with a few more buttons, and added a few pins:

I think this might be a great project for kids too, if you used a low-heat glue gun and supervised! I need to get replacement blades for my exacto knife, so I can trim away the excess glue from the buttons on the pink ribbon, Next time, I think I will sew the buttons on the ribbon before gluing the ribbon to the project – it will be much neater looking!

I hope to prowl around some thrift stores this month, and see what I can find in the way of funky teacups or vessels to make more of these – Christmas is coming!