Beach Themed Yarn Wreath

Good Morning! Once again this blog has been semi-neglected.  I had a really busy June & first half of July.  Things are settling down & I finally get to post some fun stuff! Tricia of Lilac Blossom Photography has been having fun with my new layout & pics.  I’ll be tweaking more about me & a new logo very soon! I’m so excited!!

First up is this fab Beachy Wreath I made for Anchor Arts Studio in Margate, NJ.  I love it there & Brittany the owner is super nice! If you are in the area, you need to stop in there.  They do painting parties, so grab your girlfriends, have a date night or plan a birthday party in there for your kids too while you’re there.

So here’s the details:

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I did something a little different with the base of my wreath this time.  Instead of using a 12″  rounded Styrofoam wreath I used a 14″ wreath with an angled edge.  I think I’m going to do these more now.  They seem sturdier & I liked working with them.  I do however have to use a thicker yarn.

I wanted a life preserver ring look, but with fun colors.  Brittany wanted aqua so I found a thick turquoise with Rozetti Flora yarn at Jo-ann’s.  I forget what the brown is at the moment.  But it’s also really nice & thick & I love that there is a silver shimmer in the nutty brown color.  I’m going to Jo-ann’s today, so I’ll get the name when I go to that section.  I’ll also take pics of the packaging for better reference on this post 🙂

I made the blue flowers with a pair of old jeans.  If you want a blog post about fabric Rosettes please let me know & I’ll make one for you.  I love making them!

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I had to add in some shells to pull in the beach theme & finish off the ends of the flowers.  I found a fun anchor that I painted a light white shimmer paint on the front so it wasn’t just a wood finish & the camera didn’t pick up the color.

I really am trying to work on my blog camera skills & take pics beyond my cell phone camera.  In the mean time, I’m at the mercy of what my phone can capture 🙂

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I made the big poofy white flowers out of t-shirts.  I love that I can create these out of something that has been sitting around for so long & almost got trashed! Again if you want a tutorial, stay tuned, as I’m typing this I am coming up with a how-to in my head right now hehe.

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The gray flower is an old t-shirt too. The tan flowers are made out of felt.  I added a pearl floral pin to some of the centers of the flowers too.

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So there you go.  A summery beach themed wreath with a personalized twist for an awesome & creative Arts & crafts Studio.

Hope everyone is having a great summer! I am & I’m setting up 2 more blog posts to launch up this week! I’m having so much fun with forming Nutmeg Creative Cafe! Glad to have you along with me on this journey 🙂

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Have a great day!

30 Day June Room Challenge

Hi! Happy July! June was a really busy month!! I had 2 craft nights, a bachelorette party, a wedding & my birthday & last but not least THIS challenge 🙂 I knew I needed to straighten out my craft room but it was a lot of fun to do it through a group hosted by the blogger Serena from http://www.thriftdiving.com/ and the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ThriftDiving.  She created the group & everyone on there was first, open & honest about their crazy rooms and then it became a motivational environment where everyone is still cheering everyone on! So here’s what my room looked like before :-O  Ugh.  Soooo embarrassing!  I literally used this room to dump everything in! I’m so glad that I get to host craft nights & have been given the opportunity to have this & this is what happens?! Ok, never again!    So here’s the Before pics:

 

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Yikes!!!! I wanted to start off with this after pic since it involves 3 things.  1- My husband worked hard painting the floor & added the cool specks in it.  2- I love this rug & hate that I only have my cell phone to upload pics & the color is not as fab as it is in person.  & 3- It’s A Clean Floor! Woohoo!!!! No more junk!!!! 🙂

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Look! Is that a clean craft table I see?! Complete with a leftover hand crafted wedding centerpiece & craft odds & ends at our finger tips? 🙂 Why yes it is!!!! I’m so happy!!!! The blue chair at the top of the pic was an old chair that I just had to take from a friend that was moving.  I need to give it some tlc & it will help with the other vintage upcycled accents I plan on adding to my room.

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I need a message center & so far I found a chalk/cork clipboard that I made a while ago that I could hang up.  Next up is a large chalkboard that will be joining this soon.  I have a lot of crafts & vendor events that I’d like to be a part of & I need to start writing all of these things down & make huge check lists to help me out in the process. 🙂 Attached is a fun card we made one night for our monthly craft nights.  I created a feather theme & came up with this.

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Up next is one of my favorite yard sale finds EVER!!!! This set of vintage suitcases were bought for $5 Total!! Woohoo!! Vintage storage at it’s finest with a fantastic price tag! I LOVE townwide yard sales!!! 🙂 The brown box is an artists kit that a friend of mine gifted me.

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Here’s a fun pic of trash picked window frames & a vintage shelf that I’ll be able to decorate each season.  I’ll create a blog post every holiday around this corner 🙂

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I’m showing off this corner because I’d like to make these the focal gallery walls & even add a small hostess table for drinks & snacks during our craft get togethers.  That painting is something I’d love to do some fun collage work to it, maybe add a poem or 2 & spice it up with some fun crafty embellishments.  That will definitely be another blog post! What are your suggestions, I’ll start to gather them here & apply them to this 🙂

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I wanted to hang this up here since it actually has a little family history.  I don’t know too much about it, but my mom has had it longer than I’ve been around.  I think it went up in my parents first apartment & then I put it up in my first apartment.  There’s something so very calming about this 60’s (ish) print that fits with what I’m applying all over this room. I’ll get more info about it when I see my parents next week on vacation.

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I love that I found this piece at Home Goods! I love it there & get into too much trouble when I step foot in that store! Ours is attached to a Marshall’s so I am in there waaaaaaaaaay to long! lol  😀 This is a fun way to display our craft night cards, handmade jewelry & a special card I received from a friend.  Look at the artist card with a blank canvas that says “Begin Anywhere”.  Perfect & I adore it.

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There is sooooooooooo much I want to do with this room that I’m far from done, but I’ve progressed a lot with spacing, cleaning & planning.  Thank you Serena for hosting our Challenge!!! Please swing by her blog and Facebook page & show her some love.  Tell her I sent you & join us in her August challenge too! I’m glad that she didn’t stop with June & that we get to do this all over again with a great group of people! What room would you like to spruce up & clean?