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Rocking Chair Makeover Part Deux: Mixing & Matching

Hello! You may recognize this chair from November’s Fab Flip.

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It turns out that this chair is perfect in my daughter’s room as the beginning of a whimsical reading corner for her.

This month’s Fab Flip sponsor is Fairfield World with the addition of Spoonflower fabric too.

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Here’s our Fab Hosts this month & be sure to stop by Ciburbanity & 58 Water Street to see their Fairfield World & Spoonflower flips.

Also feel free to contact Stacy from Anastasia Vintage at info@anastasiavintage.com for more info about our Fab Furniture Flippin Contests.

I found this cute neck roll pillow from Fairfield World to start building our pillow collection for this corner.

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I chose orchid watercolor triangles from Spoonflower to start the color palette that I’m working with for this room

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These colors fit in well with the whites, pinks, light purples & light blues already in there.  I took the roll pillow & measured out this sweet looking fabric & created a “candy wrapper” like look as the start of her pillow collection. I finished the ends with a gray grosgrain ribbon. There are touches of gray in this room & wait till you see what I use for her dresser next month!

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I re-covered the seat cushion part with, get this, an old heavy bright white t-shirt! I love the feel of t-shirt jersey bed sheets so I thought I would give this a try & see how it goes.  It fits perfectly & feels really soft so we’ll see how it lasts on this chair.  I love to upcycle with materials I have on hand so this was a fun project to try that concept out.

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I’m looking forward to building this corner up & having a bohemian vintage look to finally finish off this room.  So many pieces have been put aside so I’m excited to finally have time to complete her room! 🙂

I would love to have a flowy fabric coming from this corner in a tent like style to add a dreamy look here too.  I’m on the hunt for a large quantity of lace or something nice & light.  Let me know if you happen to find any for me 😀

As I’m doing an online search there some great inspiration at this website here.  Which one catches your eye? I think I’m leaning towards this one:

Tullilan perheen koti Espoossa, Vanttilassa. Kastellitalo. Eeli ja Merili lukemassa kirjaa majassa.
Tullilan perheen koti Espoossa, Vanttilassa. Kastellitalo. Eeli ja Merili lukemassa kirjaa majassa.

|Image found here: http://www.mommodesign.com/girly-reading-corners.html|

I’m using an old doll house as a book case & have another one that I may actually be able to do something like this 🙂 How cool!

Lots of fun ideas are coming to mind to finish off this corner.  What are some things you would fill in here that maybe I haven’t thought of yet? If you have reading corners post them on my Facebook page to show me your themes & styles.

Now go check out the links to  all of the AMAZING Fab Flippin projects & hope your March is going well!

 

Book Page Dahlia Wreath

I’ve been cranking a few of these out lately & they’ve all been from completely different paper sources! I’ve done old dusty law book pages, maps, old wrinkled kids book pages, vintage doilies, holiday wrapping paper & scrapbook paper.  In this post I’ll show you a few quick steps to make the book page wreath: dahlia19

Here’s one I made from wrapping paper for my daughter’s school secretary that loves pops of color for her office too 🙂

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& here’s the vintage doilies! This one was for a baby shower that had a vintage theme:

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So you want a LOT of paper squares.  I started off with 5″x 5″ & then as you work your way through the middle of the layers you have to use 4″ x 4″ & then 3″x 3″ for the center.

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Pull up the bottom corners to make a cone shape.  Add 1 line of glue to the right side & roll towards the left corner and press.  I used hot glue.  Be VERY careful when you press as it’s obviously very HOT! I like working with it & since there are so many, I like that it also dries quicker too.

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For the base I used a 10″ cardboard cake plate.  They are found in any craft store.  You can make your own, but I like the convenience of having a whole box full of pre-made circles for the amount of wreaths I have been making lately.

I placed a lid in the center of the circle & penciled around it to help me line up the end of the paper cones for the first layer.

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I needed just one line of hot glue on the bottom half of the back of the cone & then press into the circle:

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& repeat

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over

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over

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until you finally

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get to the center. You have to press the bottoms hard enough to squish down & fit around your whole flower. The tops will start to poof up so keep pressing!

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& here’s the end result!

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I love making these book page flowers! There are so many different ways to make these into the style you are looking for.  I really love to use old maps!  I need to make more for myself.  I have a stack of maps that was gifted to me & they turn out great!

So grab a bunch of old books, magazines, decorative paper and make your own! I’d love to create more Crafternights (Girls/Moms Night’s Out) with these.  Ther are so easy & everyone can mix & match the papers they bring to contribute.

What paper would you like to use? Let me know & I’d love to see how yours turns out too!

Thanks for stopping by & have fun making your paper dahlia wreaths.  xoxo-Meg

Sweet Paul Meet & Greet

I had the amazing opportunity last Saturday to meet Sweet Paul of Sweet Paul Magazine fame! I have always admired his beautiful magazine & all of the projects involved 🙂 He was touring with Rit-Dye & they had 2 projects set up for everyone to craft with.  I love Rit-Dye too & I’ll be posting a few more fun projects with their dyes in the next few weeks.  I’ve been hoarding a pile of clothes & home DIY’s to re-dye when I can finally get to them.  So I was really excited that these 2 fun crafty companies got together & came to my home town’s Jo-ann Fabric & Crafts Store in Mount Laurel, NJ!IMG_0022.JPG

The first project was making coffee filter flowers.  There were pre-dyed coffee filters & we could build multi-layer flowers with the supplies provided on the craft tables  Look how cute these are:IMG_0011.JPG

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I had my daughter Lizzie with me & that made for a very interseting craft time as well.  She of course, made me make a pink flower. IMG_0007.JPG

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Our next project was coloring different sized wooden beads for necklaces.  They had out purple, aqua blue, navy blue & black.  Here’s the funny part of my story.  Lizzie started having a mini melt down & we didn’t know why at first.  After a few “piiiiiiiiink” cries I figured it out that she wanted the pink dye for her beads, of course.  Well, the lovely ladies of Rit Dye dropped everything & made Lizzie her own pink dyed bracelet.  Life was so much better & she was completely different from that moment on.  Including telling everyone her life story.  Well that in turn made me happy since I could then craft with 2 hands with no clingy toddler.  The Rit Dye ladies were entertaining her & having a lot of fun too being entertained by a crazy 3 year old.  So much so she became a Twitter & Instagram star 😉  IMG_0159.PNG

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Here’s some fun pics of the Sweet Paul & Rit Dye crews dying their beads:IMG_0003-0.JPG

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I got some dye on my hands, but one of the ladies gave me a great tip!  Make a scrub with lotion & sugar & scrub away.  It worked! I was going to an All White Gala event that evening funny enough so I had to put that scrub to the test.  More about the Collingswood Pop Up Gala in the next blog post 🙂 IMG_0026.JPG

I picked up a copy of the magazine Sweet Paul & Rit Dye collaborated on.  There are 7 different catagories with a handful of projects in each to make.  It really is a neat craft book & I’ll be doing some tutorials from it within the next few weeks.  I’ll take more pics of it as I start each project, but go to Jo-ann’s & definitely pick one up for yourself! It’s $6 for lots of Dye-IY fun! IMG_0012.JPG

Sweet Paul was kind enough to sign one for me 🙂 IMG_0014.JPG

“Dear Meg, Keep chasing the sweet life. Paul”  Thanks Paul, I will! IMG_0019.JPG

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Yay! We made it through with only 1 mini-meltdown, 2 fab projects & we got to meet some great crafty people!

Thank you so much to Sweet Paul & Rit Studios for coming to our area & taking the time to craft with us!! We had a blast! & now I have some new projects I have to work on asap!

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Craft Display Table

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So here it is at the end of the month & I’ve been working on so many different things that finishing blog posts has been the last thing to work on.  I love that I have found some fun projects & I can’t wait to show you the fun Habitat scores & crafty fall projects that have been consuming my month of August.  Here’s project #1.  I scored this fun 2 tiered table at Habitat that I will be using as a craft table display.  It was an unfinished mdf “wood” table that I immediately envisioned a bright fun color.

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It had a weird stain on top, so that too made it a no brainer to repaint it.  I bought it for $5 & it was totally worth it to me!

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I have learned the importance of having a primer & this paint that I had on hand worked for this table.  I wanted to use a white spray I had, but I found out it was nearly empty & I think this worked out so much better anyway.

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Behold, my favorite new color in the World! haha!! I love love love this Krylon Sea Glass spray paint.  It’s really a happy color & it’s the focus color of my new logo too  that I’m unveiling soon 🙂

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I got to use my new Ryobi power drill on this table for it’s first project! Thanks Ryobi for awesome tools!

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Abe & I have been painting so much that our drop cloths now look like modern art.  I’ll frame them & sell them at that next craft show 😉

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I needed to finish off the edging with this paint.  I wasn’t able to get the spray to stay on the edges & it happen to be a windy morning so aim wasn’t the best either.  Glad I had this on hand, it worked out perfect.

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So here it is! Cleaned, primed, sprayed & touched up 🙂 I love it!

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Manny was hanging out with me that morning & I think it has his stamp of approval too 🙂

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Stay tuned for more fun diy projects coming up! Have a great day -Meg

 

 

August 30 Day RoomChallenge

Happy Monday!! & Happy August!! I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling more energetic when the calendar page turned to August 🙂 Totally something I’m welcoming with huge arms! So I’m going to channel that energy into my next room challenge hosted by Serena of the Thrift Diving Blog.  You may remember June’s Challenge when I did my craft room.  I actually won a set of Ryobi Drills! I’ll attach a pic through my instagram later on today 🙂 That was really exciting!! So glad that Serena has created a great community through bettering our surroundings & has thrown in a little flare for extra fun.

I chose to do my bedroom this month.  It’s blah & needs some much needed new decor.  We have blank walls & miss matched bedding.  Here’s my before pics:

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We were lucky enough to get new furniture when we moved in here last year, I just never really decorated it & now is definitely the time!

20140804-082034-30034017.jpgI do love our comforter, but I may need to get a new one, it is getting a little old.  We’ll see what I find! The wall on the right in the picture above needs a nice little gallery type of set up.  I wake up facing that wall, it would be nice to see some pretty artwork or photos.

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This tv stand definitely has seen better days.  It survived a move, but not very well.  I’d love to find a stand/cabinet from Habitat’s Restore.  I went in there the other day & didn’t see one yet, but I know I can score one soon.

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We need new curtains or upgrade what we have on hand.  I also have a RIT dying kit that I’d love to do something fun with the 2 curtains on the one wall

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Oh Manny you know I’ll be asking you first for your approval 😉

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Wish me luck! Looking forward to getting crafty with this room.  I have lots of ideas & I’ll be posting them along the way.  Happy August Everyone! WooHoo!!!

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!