Friday, February 26, 2010

Butterflies and Burlap Roses

I am so excited with how this turned out. I love that it has a bit of a shabby chic vintage feel to it, but it also is a little modern and perfect for spring.
I made some burlap and muslin roses and embellished them with rhinestones, sequins and pear beads.
I also used some cream lace to add a feminine feel.

I glued some neutral buttons to the centers of the butterflies and I used fabric glue to add some embellishment with some linen twine.
I used some flower centers for the antenna. To make the burlap more sturdy I backed each butterfly and leave with some white stiff felt and then I glued them all to some rope. I just had so much fun using stuff that I had sitting around my craft room!

Beyond The Picket Fence

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Spring & Butterflies

Getting anxious on this gloomy rainy/snowy day for Springtime. I had fun making this simple card using stamps from My Cute Stamps.

Homemade Almond Vanilla Granola

Lately I have been eating yogurt with granola sprinkled on top... delish! I hate paying so much money on buying granola at the store, plus I have a hard time finding one that I really like so I decided to make my own.
I found a recipe online, but I changed it up a bit to have it just the way I like it.

Almond Vanilla Granola
4 C. Old Fashioned Oats
1 C. chopped almonds
1/2 C. Brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/3 C. vegetable oil
1/4 C. honey
2 Tbs. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. almond extract

Directions: Preheat oven to 300. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil.
Mix oats, nuts, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl. In a saucepan combine oil, honey and sugar. Bring to a simmer on the stove over medium heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the Vanilla and Almond extracts. Pour the hot liquid over the oat mixture and stir well.
Spread the granola onto the baking sheet. Stir occasionally. Bake for 30 minutes. Let granola cool completely. Enjoy!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Share some love...

I know there are a few of you out there reading my blog, some have left comments, some of you I know and don't leave comments and others that are just lurking... hey I do that too! :) I am interested in knowing more about you and where you are from and what you like! Do you have a blog too? Leave me a comment and tell me more about what/if anything at all from my blog has inspired you. Maybe there are some projects that I have posted that you have questions about. Ask and I would be happy to share. Maybe you have questions about me? I would love to share and make some new friends here in "blog land". ha ha.
Can't wait to hear what you have to say!

Before I wrap up this post I just wanted to share another paper cut picture that I am working on of a little Birthday girl. Enjoy!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Drooling over...

all of these fun little finds from dot com gift shop.

Seriously? look how cute the little mushroom cupcake liners are.
Polka dot doily's... fun!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Cowboy Paper Cut

Cute little Cowboy hand cut out of paper. I think this would be so cute in a little boy's room.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Shamrock Door Hanging Tutorial

Want to make your own?

First of all start with a heart template (mine is about a 5" heart). Using a light white colored pencil trace the hearts in a clover shape onto a piece of green stiff felt. ( I bought mine at Hobby Lobby)
Next, cut it out and lay it on top of a piece of green burlap ( I also found this at Hobby Lobby). A 1/2 yard will make a few of these... stitch around the edges.After you are done stitching around all the edges, cut off excess burlap.
Punch holes using a 1/16" circle hole punch and loop some thick wire through the holes and twist the ends.
Next tie a bow from some fun gold ribbon and embellish with a button or a rhinestone and hot glue it onto the wire.
Yay, now you are finished and have a fun, light-weight door hanging that won't bang loudly against your door in the wind.
Or you can hang in on your wall from a decorative hook!
Let me know if you have additional questions!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

My 5 year old daughter has been patiently waiting for me to decorate her bedroom with a fairy theme, but since I couldn't bring myself to plaster Tinkerbell across her walls or bed, I haven't done much. So trying to be a good Mom I finally came up with this paper pieced picture for her room. She LOVES it. woo hoo...
Hopefully I will add more "fairy-ish" stuff to her room soon.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Birthday Cards

My friends and I got together last night to celebrate two birthdays so I came up with these fun hand cut paper birthday cards for them... I forgot how much fun it is to make these. I am sure many more are to come.
Happy Birthday girls!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


As I was taking down my Valentine's Day decor yesterday I realized that I didn't have any St. Patrick's Day decor at all, except for one clover plant pick that I just bought last week. Sad. So what do I do? I get busy crafting up a "lucky' banner and a shamrock door hanging. For both the banner and door shamrock I stitched green burlap to some green felt (the stiff kind) to add some stability and voila... there you have it. These were really fast to make and I didn't cost very much at all and I think they turned out great.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Projects from the Past

I thought it would be fun to periodically post some projects that I have created in the past. I really love these pirate hand-cut paper piecing art. I have been in "Pirate" mode since I have been painting a pirate themed playroom and also making a banner for a pirate themed birthday party.
ARRRRR.... Matey!

I hope you enjoy these projects from the past!

Friday, February 12, 2010

New & Old

I've been having a lot of fun lately making some new jewelry. I really am enjoying using new and vintage beads mixed together... I think it adds some charm.

I love wearing both of these necklaces together... the colors are so much fun together and I love the layered look.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Pirates in Progress

I am in the middle of painting my friend's playroom for her kids. Obviously she decided on a Pirate theme and I am loving it! Isn't it so cute... far from finished, but these little pirates make me smile.

I still have a lot more work to do, but I will post more pictures later!

Monday, February 8, 2010

i heart anthropologie

Here are some of my latest favorites from Anthropologie!!! Such great eye candy!