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Scrap Fabric Tree

I’m going to apologize in advance for 2 things.
1. The lack of pictures in this post.
2.  The quality of lighting in most of my posts.
I’m a crafty mom who works Full-time and lives in Wisconsin. The daylight hours are 6:30 AM to 4:45 PM, hence all nice natural light is consumed while I’m at work.  And since I do most of my crafting, decorating, and “pretty stuff” between the hours of 8-11 PM, there are few options for good pictures.

I digress.  This seriously was a “Hmm, what could I do with these scraps” kind of project.  Grab a glue gun and styrofoam cone and you have yourself a Scrap Fabric Tree

Simply cut fabric into strips about 3/4″-1″ wide by about 2.5″ long.  Randomly hot glue them to the styrofoam cone.  Keep layering until the cone is no longer visible.  To get the flimsy look only attach a part of the fabric strip and leave some of it loose.  The idea is to be “intentionally random” in appearance.  How’s that for decor lingo.  The hardest part of this project is to not burn your fingers and then pulling off all the hot glue webs everywhere.

I placed my little tree on top of my kitchen cupboards for a little country red vignette.

To learn more about the decoupaged candles check out this post.  For more on tiered vases and displays, stay tuned to the

where many more ornaments, recipes, gifts and ideas will be shared until Christmas.

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Infamous TP pumpkins {no sew Fabric Pumpkin}

I’m sure you’ve seen these a hundred times.  Cheap toilet paper (which is scarce at homecoming), tissue paper, adorable fabric,and sticks to create a simple and easy fall decor item.

I decided to create these the past few years as a versatile way to add color to my fall decor.  While I love pumpkins, gourds, and all the other festive crops, the colors get a little monotonous for me.  In order to appreciate this post you’ll need to know that I am a bargain whore.  I am consistently scouring thrift stores, rummage sales,  and trash piles to find something that I can create with.  Much of the fabric used for this project was acquired from old bed spreads or fancy shams; fabric remnants that were 90% off at a local crafts stores, or re-purposed clothing that was practically given to me. Trust me there are many more project like this in my realm of creativity.

Cut fabric into approximately 13″ x 13″ squares.  Place a few pieces of tissue paper on top of the fabric and place the cheap roll of toilet paper in the middle.  I tend to squash the toilet paper roll to give it a little more character, by placing both of my hands on the top of the roll and applying all my body weight to my hands.  Then grab the corners of the fabric (and tissue paper) and tuck into the center of the toilet paper roll.

Once all edge are tucked in nicely add your “stick” stem.  I say stick, because I literally found a about a 1″ diameter stick about 2′ long on the side of the road during a walk with little man and dog one afternoon.  I had the husband cut into 3″ piece and thus I have pumpkin stems.  I really like the rustic look to them over some other crafted stems I have seen.

I have also created mini-TP-Pumkins by cutting the roll of toilet paper in half with a serrated knife.  Follow the same process, but use less of your supplies! Nice compliment for a pumpkin patch.

That’s it.  I don’t use glue or any fancy leaves or anything.  Just a little love of thrift and cheap toilet paper.  I like to see it as a way to save everyone’s behind from ever having to use that brutal stuff on your behind, or a pretty back up to the emergency realization that there is no toilet paper in the house!


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Mini festive signs {Eek}

I’m a scrap hog, anytime I see left over scraps in the garbage it pains me.  My husband is well aware that I will dumpster dive if he doesn’t check with me before throwing away any scraps.  Such is the case of the mini festive signs.  These were created with scraps of 1 x 4 lumber that my husband was throwing away.  I rescued a few pieces and had him trim them to block size and the result is a variety of fun little signs.

Supplies for this Project:
scrap lumber (I used 1″x 4″ scraps)
variety of scrapbook printed papers for the desired holiday or season
acrylic paint- colors to coordinate with scrapbook paper
foam brush or paint brush
adhesive (I used Modge Podge)
Stickers or Chipboard for message
scissors or paper cutter
(Might need a few drops of E-6000 or other strong adhesive depending on your sticker/chipboard selection)

The first step is to lay your block over the scrapbook paper and mark the dimensions.  I tend to trim it just a hair (hows that for measurement) smaller than the block so that the painted edge show better.

The paint the edges of your block and let dry. I also paint a little on the front just to make sure when my paper is attached no wood is showing.

Once that is dry, use a clean brush to paint on the adhesive to the block.  Just apply a light coat and spread out smoothly with your brush.  I find that the adhesive tends to spread more evenly when I use a foam brush.  Place the paper on top of the adhesive while wet and brush on a layer of adhesive.  Make sure to get the edges of the paper.  This may take a few coats, but make sure you allow time for the coats to dry in between applications.  You don’t want to have too much adhesive or your paper will bubble.

Optional: take a small dab of paint and “dry brush” the edge of the block to give it a weathered look.  I have also torn the edges of the paper for a similar look.

Depending on the print on the paper, and color of your chipboard or stickers, I sometimes add a few strokes of paint where the message will go so it’s a little more bold.  Make sure to do this after the adhesive is completely dry.

Arrange stickers/chipboard into a message to fit on your block.  I have found that I sometimes need to add a few drops of E-600 (or another strong adhesive) to get the stickers to stay on.

These fun little signs are so simple to make, and the possibilities are endless.  The entire project maybe lasts 30 minutes with drying time.  What I really love is these signs can be placed anywhere to add a little touch of flare for the holiday season, or in bathroom, bedroom, in an odd space in your hallway or kitchen!  Making one for every season and every room is as simple as finding the paper you want.  I easily made 20 of these for less than $5.

Hope you enjoy your festive mini sign project 🙂

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Boo {Ghost Lanterns}

Hope I didn’t scare you with a post, things have been pretty desolate on this blog lately, but that is changing this week.

Fall is my FAVORITE time of year.  With the close of summer and amazingly gorgeous weather we were having we were out enjoying every last minute.  This week the frost advisories are upon us and I can gear up my craft game.  THis post kicks of a week of fall decor posts.

I came across the inspiration for this Halloween decor several years ago at a local craft store.  After a few visits to Habitat ReStore I was reminded of the opportunity for a thrifty, cute project using Glass globes from old lighting.

Supplies needed for this project: A variety of glass globes (can be found at many thrift stores for $.50 to $1.00 each), foam or paint brush, white acrylic paint OR an adhesive that dries cloudy, Black vinyl OR a Black Paint Pen.  Optional is iridescent fine white glitter.

You might notice from my first picture that not all ghosts were created equal.  The steps to achieve the ghostly lanterns are the same, it’s just a matter of what materials you use. For the solid-looking white ghosts I used pearlized white acrylic paint, for the glittery ghost (middle) I used Modge Podge and iridescent white glitter.

The first step is the most difficult.  Liberally coat the inside of the globes with paint.  If you are using the adhesive, apply glitter after the adhesive is brushed on, then let dry.  I let them dry overnight and often applied a second or third coat for adequate coverage.

Note: to make Life easier I tried to paint he outside of a globe as a test, and the paint scratches off much easier.  Maybe if you apply a finishing clear coat this would be an easier alternative to painting the inside of the globe.

Adding the ghost face can be done by cutting ovals or circles from a sheet of black vinyl using a die-cut machine, or painting on ovals and circles with a paint pen.  I tried both, and both worked just fine.  I guess it just depends on the resources you have at your disposal 🙂  Every ghost requires 2 eyes and a mouth.  I played around with ovals and circles and tend to like ALL ovals for eyes and mouth. Add the facial features as desired.

The last step is to lift the globe and place a tea light to make the ghost glow.  I found that when lit, the Glittered ghost shimmer and is a little more blingy. These are awesome lanterns for fun festive Halloween evenings.

(sorry for the image quality, I haven’t perfected my low-light photography abilities)

This is a super fun project that you can do with young kids.  I turned these Boo Lanterns into a craft day with my 3 nieces (2,5,7) and all turned out really cute.  Hope you enjoy this fun and thrifty Halloween project!

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Just a glimpse {10 DIY projects}

Slump is hardly the word I was in…unmotivated…burned out…exhausted…put all of these things that through into the world’s most uncreative blog bitter person.  I’m trying to get back into the groove, and I know once I give it a try things will come back.  As I was looking at what to post about, it became more apparent that I haven’t been as frumpy as I thought, just a bit anti-social perhaps.  Here’s a glimpse of the MANY projects that I’ve completed since September 1. As you might notice I participated in my first craft show, which may have been the start of the above mentioned crabby exhausted person!

1: Picture Frame Chalkboards

2: A zillion and 7, Little-Man Iron on ties

3: Decoupage Candles

4: Ghost Lanterns, glittered skull, and another decoupaged candle

5: Toilet Paper Pumpkins (also seen above)

6: Boa Wreath (one for Halloween and one for autumn in general)

7: Candlestick tiered stands (see above too)

(this one was made specifically to hold little bottles of paint)

8: Vinyl Art

9. Burlap Book stacks

10: And Last but not least….the LAYOUT for our man cave gallery wall.  I am aware of the few holes and lack of coordinated artwork- it’s a work in progress 🙂

So which one would you like the tutorial to first?  Let me know as there are a series of posts headed your way?!  Stay tuned!


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It’s time! {Back to School Linky Party}

If you aren’t living under a rock, you have been crazy getting a new wardrobe and zillion supplies gathered so your child can be ready for school.  Or maybe you are a teacher whose feverishly attempting to have everything in your room ready before that first day, between them waxing the floor and attempting to move furniture?!  Or maybe you are just someone who appreciates a few weeks of really cheap office supplies and searches the ads to stock up! No matter who you are, there is a buzz in the air, often feeling like a swarm of 10,000 angry bees ready to attack. So i am creating the Back 2 School Blog Bash.
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Do you have a tip, trick, idea or creative tool that helps get you through the first weeks of school?  Please share it here!

The week will start with a kick off post and linky party, then I will have a week filled with guest posters sharing creative ideas and tips to help make this back to school transition a little less chaotic.

Here’s the Rules (feels like school doesn’t it!)…

1.  Link back to your post, not just your blog in general.
2.  Please add the “Back to School Blog Bash” or Fostering a Creative Life” button on your post (or blog), these are located on my right sidebar.  At the very least add a link back in your post to this blog so others can find and participate in this event and see all the great ideas.
3.  Please click on, and vote for at least 2 other linkers.  Everyone enjoys when others appreciate their time, talents and treasures.  That’s one of the reason’s we blog isn’t it?
4.  Have Fun.  You are free to link up as many as you like- We can all benefit from more ideas.

I will feature several post on Friday (August 19th) and if we have lots of entries I may extend it and feature more next week!

1. “Back” to school decor {vintage inspired}

2. kissing hand back to school projet

3. A pocket full of kisses

4. First day of school snack!

5. We are STUCK on you!

6. Recipe for Success
This linky list is now closed.



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