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Fast Fall Decor

Fast Fall Decor

Catch these ideas LIVE on Seattle’s KOMO-TV, Channel 4 at 4pm on Monday August 25th.

Super Quick and Easy Fall Decor Ideas #falldecor #fallcrafts

It’s hard to believe that summer almost over and that soon, is will be autumn! Here are so fast and easy ideas for bring fall decor into your home.

Metal Pumpkin Decor

Fast Fall Decor

Materials: Metal pumpkin, gold spray paint, clothespins, faux leaves (and faux loose leaves) a faux sunflower, floral wire, and gold letters. All materials available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

Directions: Spray paint the metal pumpkin and clothespins. After it’s dry, use floral wire to attach leafs and sunflower. Stick letters (FALL) on leaves and use  gold clothespins to hang them up. This would also be a great way to display school photos.

Golden Fruit

Fast Fall Decor

Materials: Golden apple and pumpkin, Firefly Lights and batteries. All materials available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

Directions: Simply insert the batteries into holder, unwind the lights and gently push them inside the fruit.

Burlap Pumpkin

Fast Fall Decor

Materials: Plain burlap pumpkins, orange, green and brown acrylic paint, paint brushes (smaller ones for detail work) and paper towels. All craft materials available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

Directions: Paint the pumpkin orange. When dry, place a paper towel under stem and leaves. Paint stem brown and leaves green.

Autumn Arrangement

Fast Fall Decor

Materials: Square glass vase, small glass beads, faux flower pick.

Directions: Just add glass beads and flower pick… instant arrangement!

Fast Fall Decor

Materials: Plain “stick” pumpkin, gold spray paint, ribbon and faux sunflower. All materials available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

Directions: Spraypaint the  pumpkin gold, add the ribbon and flower.

Wood Slice Pedestal

Fast Fall Decor

Materials: Plain wood slice, plain glass candle holder, gold spray paint and E-6000. All materials available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

Directions: Spray paint the wood slice and candle holder gold. Glue pieces together with E-6000.

Happy Fall!

Project Inspire{d} Features: Mason Jar Ideas

Project Inspire{d} Features: Mason Jar Ideas

Hello and Happy Saturday. I hope you’ll grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy these fab features from last week’s Project Inspire{d}!

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9 Fun Mason Jar Ideas from Project Inspire{d} #masonjars

Almond and Macadamia Nut Butter by Kleinworth & Co

Homemade Marinara by My Frugal Adventures

DIY Olive Oil Sugar Scrub by Living Frugal with Erika

Homemade Ranch Buttermilk by Fluster Buster

Instant Oatmeal in a Jar by A Mom’s Take

Fall Mason Jar Vases by Anything and Everything

Back to School Teacher’s Treat Jar by The Turquoise Home

Homemade Hand Scrub by My Frugal Adventures

Chippy Painted Mason Jars by Pet Scribbles

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Join us Monday night at 5pm Pacific/8 pm Easter for the Project Inspire{d}!

State Tic Tac Toe

State Tic Tac Toe

State Tic Tac Toe Craft #tictactoe

Tic Tac Toe is a game for all ages. That’s why is the perfect craft to make in anticipation of a road trip and/or camping trip!

Tic 1

Materials: Wooden box with insert, Americana Acrylic Paint in Bright Green, white acrylic paint, Glass Drop from Sierra Pacific Crafts, 2 inch circle punch, 1 piece of 12 x 12 Lime Green and White Ribbon Stripe scrapbook paper from Canvas Corp, 1 piece of 12 x 12 inch Blush Double Dot Paper by Bo Bunny, Adhesive Corkboard Circles from Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames, Mod Podge. Five pink and four white vinyl states from Decorating Your Life. All supplies from Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

Tic 2

Punch out the circles from the scrapbook paper. You need nine game pieces for a Tic Tac Toe game. I made five pieces from each piece of scrapbook paper.

Tic 3

Brush the paper with Mod Podge and adhere to the glass beads.

Tic 4

Stick the cork on the bottom.

Tic 6

Paint the wooden box white.

Tic 9

And paint the wooden insert white too.

Tic 7

While the box is drying, add the state vinyl. I used contrasting colors– so white vinyl on the pink pieces and pink vinyl on the green pieces.

Tic 8

Paint the box green.

Tic 10

When everything is dry, place the insert back in the box. Place the Tic Tac Toe pieces inside.

State Tic Tac Toe Craft #tictactoe

Hope this project leads to fun family memories!

Washington State themed Decor Ideas

For more state craft ideas, check out this Wonderful Washington Ideas post.

Chair Revamp

National Thrift Store Day: Chair Revamp

National Thrift Store Day Blog Hop

Hi Friends! Do you shop at thrift stores? I have scored some of my favorite things at my local thrift shops. Today is National Thrift Store Day (yay!) and to celebrate, some friends and I are participating in a inspiring blog hop. You can catch all the info about the hop below.

Chair Revamp

For my project, I decided to tackle a chair revamp.

Chair - Before

 I found this chair at my local Value Village. The price was $6.99 but I had a 30% coupon so it was a good deal. It wasn’t in terrible shape but with a boring cushion and a plain metal frame, it wasn’t anything to write home about either.

Chair - Stain

In addition to the boring color, the cushion had an icky mystery stain on it. Yuck! I was psyched to give this chair a revamp.

Chair - Supplies

Supplies: DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint and Creme Wax, a paint brush and a brush for the wax (you could also use a rag), a screwdriver, a staple gun and some fabric.

Steps

1. Using the screwdriver, I removed the cushion.

Chair - Screws

Luckily, the screws and the metal base were in good shape and it was a cinch to get the cushion off.

Chair - Cushion Removed

2. Next I folded the fabric around the cushion.

Chair - Covering Cushion

3. My piece of fabric happened to be a big square to I just pulled it and messed with it until the image looked even.

Chair - Staple Cushion

4. Then I stapled it down.

Chair - Painted Black

5. Meanwhile, I painted the chair black (it took a few coats to get all the nooks and crannies).

Chair - Wax

6. Next I applied the wax and rubbed it in. It gave the piece a pretty sheen.

Chair - Seat Replaced

7. Then it was time to screw the cushion back on the chair.

National Thrift Store Day Blog Hop

8. That’s all there was to it! This is an easy weekend project.

Catch all the Thrift Store action!

Chair Revamp

Here are all the participating blogs. Swing by to see the amazing transformations they did on their thrift store finds!

National Thrift Store Blog Hop Participants:

Domestically Speaking’s TV Tray
Debbie Doo’s Lazy Susan
Cupcakes and Crinoline’s DIY World Globe
Yesterday on Tuesday’s Chair Revamp
Setting for Four’s Painted Bench
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia’s Frame Makeover
At the Picket Fence’s Pumpkin Topiary

Happy National Thrift Store Day!

Fresh & Fruity Kid’s Jewelry

This post was sponsored by Consumer Crafts as part of the Crafty Hangouts series.

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This month we’re creating crafts under $10… I got to focus on Kid’s Crafts.

Fresh & Fruity Kid's Jewelry #craftsunder10hoa

Recently my 8-year daughter Mia and I got to create a super fun bunch of crafts. We like to call these pieces “Fresh & Fruity Kid’s Jewelry.”

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You can see all the other incredible projects at CraftyHangouts.com

What Comfort Means to Me


 

How I Get Comfortable

Hey Ladies! We can all relate to not always feeling awesome “that time of the month.” It can come on when you least expect it, leaving you feeling cranky and uncomfortable. And in my case, acne ridden and bloated.

It’s such a bummer to feel junky. Luckily, there are things that you can do to make yourself feel better.

When the cramps and grumpiness get to be too much, I write myself a prescription… for COMFORT!

How I Get Comfortable

The most important thing I need is my comfy chair. It’s just roomy enough to fit a pillow behind my back. The next must-have is a cozy blanket. Being able to snuggle up is essential. If I really want to treat myself, I also brighten up my nook with some fresh flowers. Even the most inexpensive flowers make me feel cheerier.

The next item on my list is very important: chocolate. I don’t think calories count during this time of the month! Enjoying a nice box of chocolates always makes me feel good. If you’re going to munch chocolate, you need some fun magazines to read too. I like to kick back with a few of my faves.

I also like to light to a candle to set the mood for relaxation. The fun part is, I embellish the candle myself. And doing a crafty project can also be a great way to get my mind off of what’s going on in my body!

How to Make a Plain Candle Pretty

Transform a plain candle into a pretty one!

Supplies: Plain candle, Mod Podge, Paper Napkin, small sharp scissors and a paintbrush.

Candle 1

Step 1: Carefully cut the shapes you like out of the napkin.

Candle 2

Step 2: If it’s a nicer napkin, it may have two layers. Separate the top and bottom layers.

Candle 3

Step 3: Lightly brush the back of the paper shapes with Mod Podge and place on candle.

Candle 4

Step 4: Cover the empty areas with cutouts.

Candle 5

Step 5: Do another layer of Mod Podge on top of the shapes.

Candle 6

Voila! You have a pretty calendar to enjoy.

Transform a plain candle into a pretty one!

Now you have a lovely candle to enjoy! And you got your mind off of that “business” for a while. I promise that if you follow my prescription for comfort (comfy chair, cozy blanket, flowers, chocolate, magazines AND a crafty project/pretty candle) you will feel better during that time of the month!

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Fantastic Frozen Ideas

Catch these ideas LIVE on KOMO-TV Monday August 11th at 4pm.

Fantastic Frozen Ideas

The popular move “Frozen” is still HOT! Here are some crafty ideas inspired by the film.

Frozen Craft Ideas #Frozen #Olaf

Elsa and Anna Necklace

Frozen Craft Ideas #Frozen

Materials: Darice Mini Glass Bottles, Snowflake stickers by Mrs. Grossman’s, Screw Eye Hooks from Darice, glitter, adhesive rhinestones, jump rings, needle nosed plies, “E” and “A” charms and a leather cord. All items available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

Directions: Fill the bottle with glitter. Add snowflake stickers and rhinestones. To add the screw eye hook to cork, simply push it down into the cork. Use pliers to attach jump rings to charms, then attach to screw eye hook. Slide bottle on cord.

Olaf Art

Frozen Craft Ideas #Frozen #Olaf

Materials: 12 x 12 black canvas, sheet of white vinyl, googly eyes, two brown chenille stems, orange and black felt, black buttons, two sizes of letter stickers, three black buttons, not glue and adhesive lacy trim. All items available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

Directions: On the back of the white vinyl, draw and cut out basic snowman shape. Stick on canvas. Cut out carrot nose eyebrows and mouth shapes from felt and teeth shape from vinyl. Use glue to attach shapes to make face, including googly eyes. Cut chenille stems to make arms and “head” branches. Attach with glue. Glue buttons as well, using photo as a guide. Add letter stickers. Finally, adhere lacy trim around the edge of the canvas.

Frozen Marshmallow Treats

Frozen Craft Ideas #Frozen

Materials: Jumbo Marshmallows, Wax Paper, Straws in Pool Blue by American Crafts, Wilton Candy Melts in Blue, and Wilton Sprinkles in Lavender Sugar. All crafts supplies available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

Directions: Following package instructions, melt candy melts in microwave. Dip marshmallows in candy then dip in lavender sugar. Place on wax paper to set. Next, slide straw into marshmallow to make a “holder.” Display in a Blue Mason Jar with sugar inside.

Party Invites

Frozen Craft Ideas #Frozen

Materials: Polka Dot notecards, Bright Blue Paper Doilies by SEI, plastic snowflake garland, light purple, purple and white card stock. Various sizes of round paper punches, glue and Frozen themed stickers. All items available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

Directions: Using the photo as a guide, assemble pieces and glue to notecard.

Mason Jar Olaf

Frozen Craft Ideas #Frozen #Olaf #MasonJars

Materials: Mason Jars, Sixlet candy in Shimmer White, googly eyes, two brown chenille stems, orange and black felt, three small black pom pom, two large white pom poms and hot glue. All items available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

Directions: Fill jars with candy and turn them upside down. Use felt, chenille stems and googly eyes to make head (attach pieces with hot glue). Add arms and buttons to mid section with hot glue. Finally, add white pom poms for feet.

Fun Gift Bags

Frozen Craft Ideas #Frozen

Materials: Gift Bags, For crown bag: Light Purple cardstock, glittery cardstock, adhesive gems and scissors. For snowman: Adhesive felt, googly eyes, two brown chenille stems, orange and black felt, three small black pom poms and scissors. All items available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

Directions for Crown Bag: Sketch the shape of a crown on the back ice of the glitter paper and cut out. Use a bowl as a template, trace on light purple card stock and cut out. Glue crown on circle and add gems. Embellish with rhinestones

Directions for Snowman Bag: Sketch snowman shape on back of adhesive felt and cut out.  Cut out shapes for mouth, nose and teeth from felt. Cut stems to make head “sticks” and arms. Glue googly eyes and face shapes on white felt. Add chenille stems and pom poms. Stick on bag.

Snowflake Ornaments

Frozen Craft Ideas #Frozen

Materials: Craft Ornaments from Sierra Pacific Crafts, Beacon Glitter-It, Ultra Fine premium glitterin aqua, and extra fine glitter in amethyst. If you have small funnel, that’s helpful too. Vinyl snowflakes from Decorating Your Life and ribbon to hang. All items available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

Directions:

1. Open ornament, swirl in Glitter-It glue and pour out the extra.

2. Using a small funnel, add glitter to ornament, place finger over opening and “roll” glitter around inside.

3. Pour out excess glitter and replace hangar.

4. Following package instructions add vinyl.

5. Using ribbon, tie a bow on for hanging.

All ideas intended for personal use only.

Mason Jar School Printables

Mason Jar School Printables

Mason Jar School Printables #masonjars

Aren’t these the cutest? My friend Printabelle made them! They are perfect for back to school, both for teacher’s gifts AND for a back to school party!

To Download just click on link and save file to your computer… then print.

Mason Jar School Printables

School Mason Jar Circles

School Mason Jar Gift Tags

School Mason Jar Invitations

School Mason Jar Mini Banner

School Mason Jar Tags

Have Fun!

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Wonderful Washington Ideas

Catch these ideas LIVE on KOMO TV Thursday July 31st at 4pm

Wonderful Washington Ideas

Washington State themed Decor Ideas

Summer is the perfect time to spruce up your decor and finding inspiration is easy when you live in beautiful Washington State! Here are some fun ideas to celebrate this amazing place we live.

Seatttle Sign

Easy Seattle Sign

Materials: Blue Metal Arrow Sign from Sierra Pacific Crafts, Chipboard Alphabet (uppercase) and two lowercase from Paper Accents, Americana Acrylic Paint in Saffron Yellow, Adhesive Diamante (bling) in 3MM and 4MM from Triveni Craft, and glue dots. All supplies from Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

Directions:

1. Paint the chipboard letters yellow (3-4 coats)

2. Adhere to arrow with glue dots.

3. Use adhesive stickers to add “bling” on sign, using photo as a guide.

4. Add remaining stickers to chipboard letters.

Framed State Decor

DIY State Sign

Materials: 8 x8 Frame from Sierra Pacific Crafts, Seattle themed scrapbook paper from Scrapbook Customs, blue glitter paper, glue dots and sticker heart. All supplies from Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

Directions:

1. Purchase the blue glitter paper and use the Die Cut Center at Ben Franklin for free to cut out the state of Washington.

2. Cut out an 8 x 8 inch piece of the themed scrapbook paper and add to frame.

3. Use glue dots to adhere state on glass.

4. Place heart sticker on “Seattle.”

Space Needle Art

Space Needle Art

Materials: Printed Dictionary page, 10 x 14 inch frame from Sierra Pacific Crafts and hot glue. All supplies from Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

Directions: Using hot glue to attach dictionary page to burlap on frame.

State Tic Tac Toe

DIY Tic Tac Toe Game

Materials: Wooden box with insert, Americana Acrylic Paint in Bright Green, white acrylic paint, Glass Drop from Sierra Pacific Crafts, 2 inch circle punch, 1 piece of 12 x 12 Lime Green and White Ribbon Stripe scrapbook paper from Canvas Corp, 1 piece of 12 x 12 inch Blush Double Dot Paper by Bo Bunny, Adhesive Corkboard Circles from Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames, Mod Podge. Five pink and four white vinyl states from Decorating Your Life. All supplies from Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

Directions:

1. Paint all wooden items with white acrylic paint and let dry.

2. Paint wooden box green.

3. Punch 9 circles (5 from green striped paper and 4 from pink paper)

4. Brush Mod Podge on top of paper and adhere to glass drops.

5. Add cork board sticker on bottom of glass drops.

6. Following package instructions add states to top of drops (contrasting in color with paper)

7. Reassemble box and add glass drops/Tic Tac Toe pieces.

Home Art

DIY Home Art

Materials: 12 x 12 inch frame from Sierra Pacific Crafts, 12 x 12 Washington State scrapbook paper by Stamping Station, Vinyl State and saying from Decorating Your Life. All supplies from Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

Directions:

1. Add paper to frame

2. Following package instructions, add vinyl to glass

Washington State Pendants

DIY State Pendant Necklaces

Materials for Dog Tag: Metal Dog Tag: WA state vinyl from Decorating Your Life, adhesive rhinestone, jump ring, ball chain necklace, credit card (for vinyl), needle nose pliers. All supplies from Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

Directions:

1. Remove backing from vinyl

2. Center vinyl and add to dog tag

3. Add rhinestone

4. Attach dog tag to chain with jump ring

Materials for Glass Tile: Paper, Royal Coat, Rectangular Glass Tile, WA state vinyl, adhesive rhinestone, bail chain necklace, brush, credit card (for vinyl), E6000 Glue and needle nose pliers. All supplies from Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

Directions:

1. Cut paper to for tile

2. Using Royal Coat, glue paper to tile and let dry

3. Remove back from vinyl, center it and using package instructions, add it to glass tile

4. Stick on rhinestone

5. Glue bail to tile

6. Slide on chain

String Art

DIY State String Art

Materials: Wood Plaque, nails, string, paint, string, and print out of shape or word. You’ll also need a hammer, scissors, paint brush and double sided tape. All supplies from Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

Directions:

1. Paint wood

2. Tape down print out with double sided tape

3. Hammer in nails evenly spaced, leaving most of the nail sticking out.

4. Tie string to one nail, them wrap string from one nail to the next until desired effect is achieved.

5. Tie off string.

Washington Vacation Album

DIY Mini Vacation Album

This album size is PERFECT for all those Instagram photos!

DIY Mini Vacation Album

Materials: Mini Album from Studio Gold by Teresa Collins for We R Memory Keepers, Die Cuts and Journaling Cards in Inked Rose from We R Memory Keepers, Letter stickers “Molly” from Bella Boulevard and adhesive pink rhinestones. All supplies from Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

Directions: Place letter stickers and rhinestones on front of album. Add your own photos and memories using the Die Cuts and Journaling Cards.

Wishing you a Happy Summer!