Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Simple Rag Wreath

Hi, Everyone!

The snow has FINALLY gone and like I mentioned in my last post, my house looks naked without all the Christmas decorations.  I am a Pinterest addict and I am looking there pretty much every day, pinning anything and everything that I can hopefully make (one day).  My list is very, very long!  I needed a new spring(y) kind of wreath for the inside of my front door and came across a Rag Wreath.  Kind of Shabby-Chic-ish, but you can pretty much use whatever print of fabric you like.  I found the instructions and off to Walmart I went. 

The wire wreath form is a small one, about 12" in diameter and I grabbed four fat quarters in different patterns.

Instead of ripping the fabric, I cut it into 1½" wide x 7" strips, which was perfect for this size of wreath form.  I ended up running out of strips and had to make a trip to the store for another fat quarter. 

Simply fold the strip in half and loop it around the wire and then slip the ends through the loop and pull it tight.  Super easy. 

I finished it off with a bow, but you really don't need one.  I want to make another one in brighter colors, like corals, yellows and bright pinks. 

Are any of you making rag wreaths?  I'd love to see them!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Seahorse Frame Art

Happy February, Everyone!

The holiday decorations have been put away and now the house looks naked.  Time to make some new home décor! 

My lotto fantasy is to own a cottage at the beach and decorate the whole thing beach/ocean theme.  Right down to the starfish shower curtain in the bathroom, to the rattan stools and seashell coffee table on the deck.  White walls and cupboards, sea glass for the back splashes, and a cool blue granite for the counter tops.  Heaven.  Well, I don't have that so I will have to just bring a bit of the beach into my home décor.

I checked out the usual home décor online stores and Pinterest (of course!) and came across some cute pillows and wall art with sea creatures on them and was hooked!  So, I decided to start small, no sewing, and found a white 8x10 frame, a burlap sheet from my stash and some pretty papers from DCWV (the Linen Closet collection).  I found the perfect Seahorse in my Seaside kit from  I did a few offset cuts in different patterns of paper and used some foam dots to stack them up for dimension.   I glued a button down for an eye and some more to represent seaweed.  Cute!  I ended up removing the glass from the frame entirely; it didn't want to fit back in the frame with the thickness of the burlap sheet.  No problem!  I will find another use for the glass I'm sure.

I'd love to hear what you think in the comments!