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Vintage Window Medicine Cabinet – from a Pallet!

Vintage Window Medicine Cabinet – from a Pallet!

The Pallet Craze has taken over the crafting world. You can see pallets being transformed into everything from outdoor rustic furniture to a chic farmhouse style bed. I’ve always loved anything rusty, vintage and loved, that’s why I enjoy garage sales so much. It could […]

Color Change – Lael’s room (again)

Color Change – Lael’s room (again)

Lael’s room seems to be the one in the house that is constantly evolving. I loved the original color scheme and paint treatment. There were a lot of blood, sweat and tears put into those polka dots!! Alas, my baby girl grew up and out […]

{Dream}catcher Art

{Dream}catcher Art

I’ve always loved dreamcatchers. There is something so mystical and magical about them that just appeals to me on a fundamental level. Dreamcatchers have been around in Native American culture for over a century and there are two legends that explain where they came from. One legend is from the Ojibwe people and the other from the Lakota. Click here to learn more about the legends, or just keep reading for a summary.

They believe that night is full of both good and bad dreams. When a dream catcher is hung above the place where you sleep it moves freely in the night air and catches the dreams as they drift by. The good dreams, knowing their way, pass through the opening in the center of the webbing while the bad dreams, not knowing the way, are caught in the webbing and destroyed at the first light of the morning sun.

The dreamcatchers I made are in no way authentic or in keeping with the traditional method of making dreamcatchers. But, I still believe that they can serve the same purpose of catching bad dreams.  Why not? Plus they are pretty and Pretty Matters!

I got the inspiration for my {Dream}Catcher Art from Pinterest of course! This pin will take you to a fabulous post where she gives you a great tutorial on how to make a dreamcatcher like hers.

Me? I’m not so great with tutorials. I get caught up in the actual creating part of making a craft that I forget to stop and take pictures along the way!

She used doilies like I did, but there are quite a few differences too. Instead of metal macrame rings wrapped in fabric, I just used embroidery hoops and left the plain wood showing.

There are a ton of beautiful ideas for making your own dreamcatchers on Pinterest. Come see all the examples I have collected on my Windchimes and Dreamcatchers board.

The blog where these beautiful dreamcatchers

lives is called My Pinterventures. Go by and check it out, there is so much more crafty goodness there!

After I got the doilies secured to the embroidery hoops, I laid them out in a design I thought would work under a piece of driftwood salvaged from the shore of my parents lake house.

Like I said, I used doilies for my {Dream}catcher Art. I gathered most of these vintage beauties over the course of about a year from thrift stores, garage sales and vintage consignment stores. After I collected quite a few my Mom said “Oh I have a bunch of these that belonged to your grandmother. Do you want them?” HECK YEAH!! I want anything that is old-loved-worn-vintage-antique AND if it belonged to my grandmother, Bonus!!  Major score! I took the easy way of securing them to the embroidery hoops (also purchased at thrift store and garage sales). I opened up the hoop, stretched the doily across and closed it up by attaching the other piece. Some of them fit perfectly in the hoops, others hang out of the edges. I like the random look though! Clear as mud right? Again…..should have stopped to take pictures in progress.

Then it was time to work on the long tails. I have a ton of ribbon but not a lot in the neutral color scheme I was going for. Instead I used fabric strips. All of the fabric started out life as tablecloths, placemats, or curtains purchased from (you guessed it, thrift stores and garage sales) I cut the strips in widths ranging from 1/2″ to 2″. I attached them to the dreamcatchers by tying them in a knot through the spaces in the doilies.

To finish off the project I dolled up the piece of driftwood with a white paint wash over the word Dream cut into a stencil with my Cameo. You can also see that I had to alter the placement of the doilies a bit from my original design.

If you have any questions about my process of making {Dream}catcher Art, comment here or send me an email!

 

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DIY Firepit

DIY Firepit

I have wanted a real fire pit forever! I previously had one of those pre-fab fire pit table thingies, I think from Target. But, somehow it melted a bit. I don’t know if the fire got too hot or what. I don’t really understand that […]

Mother’s and Father’s Day Gifts

Mother’s and Father’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day always present a great opportunity to make something cool for my awesome parents. They don’t need anything and if asked will usually say “I don’t want anything.” So, I try to come up with something cool and crafty to make […]

My niece is a graduate!

My niece is a graduate!

I’m so proud of my niece!  She graduated from high school in the top 10 of her class and received a Presidential scholarship to UA.  She is also an amazing athlete, playing tennis and volleyball.  Plus, she’s absolutely beautiful!  Brains and beauty!!  She gets that from me, 😉

To celebrate her graduation I made her a pizza money cake (which I forgot to get pictures of) and an umbrella that rained money on her head (which I also forgot to get pictures of).  Plus I made her a couple of things.

The first is a little wall decoration for her dorm room.  Did I mention that she is an awesome photographer?  All teenagers love to take photos with their phones, and she is no exception.  But, she is also fully capable of using a high end manual Canon to get some incredible shots.  So, I found this quote on Pinterest and thought it tied up her love for photography along with graduation.

Life is like a camera.  Just focus on what’s important.  Capture the good times, Develop from the negatives.  And if things don’t work out, just take another shot.

I found a cute Canon clipart and typed up the quote in Photoshop with it, then printed it out on canvas.  The canvas went on top of some printed burlap which I glued to one of those cabinet doors I have been hoarding from Habitat for Humanity.

If you want to make your own project you can download the print I made on my Freebies page.

keychainszdThe second gift is a keychain.  I used my metal letter stamps to stamp out “class of” on a 2016 penny.  Wait, back up – 2016 pennies are sort of hard to find!  I started digging through the change bucket that sits on a shelf above my washer.  47 pennies later I had zero 2016 ones.  Uh-oh.  I went to my wallet, fully expecting it to be a bust.  Lo and behold, I found 6!!  Whew!  Ok, so I started stamping on the first one, nope messed up the spacing.  I started with the A because it is in the middle of class, figuring that would help me center it and get the spacing right.  Nope, four pennies later that spell ASS, I am starting to get worried because remember I only had 6 to start with.  The fifth penny was perfect, ok definitely not perfect – but it will do!  Then I stamped ‘Have Fun, Be Safe’, Call your Mom’ on a metal blank and attached the penny to it.  Love the way it turned out.

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50th Birthday Party

50th Birthday Party

I have a friend who claims she isn’t crafty but I think ahe’s been holding out on me!  She threw a spectacular 50th birthday party for her sweet hubby.  Not only did she make ALL the scrumptious food but she also decorated like a crafty […]

Craft Booth

Craft Booth

Finally, getting my craft booth closer to my dream.  Still not quite there, but closer!

Trays, boxes and such

Trays, boxes and such

This is another group post for a bunch of stuff I made for my craft booth.  We have tissue boxes, a ticket souvenir box, serving trays, takeout menu box and a Save/Spend/Give box.  They all started out life as something else, in another form and were transformed with a little paint, vinyl and imagination.

Windchimes

Windchimes

I snagged a new booth space at The Crafty Behr.  This space has wooden beams across the top so I needed some hanging items.  I immediately thought of windchimes because I love them!!  I made three different ones using beads, shells, glass sea rocks and […]

Wooden Blocks

Wooden Blocks

These are super simple, fun to make and are a super cute addition to a shelf or the top of a dresser.  They are humble 2×4’s who have been elevated to art!  Ha-Ha!!  Seriously though, just grab some scrap 2×4’s and start painting.  I added […]