A Miscellany of Projects

I think I’ve mentioned that while I have not been the most faithful at blogging, I have done an okay job at taking pictures of various projects that I have worked on. However, as I was going through pictures, none of them seemed to quite merit their own blog post. Which brings us to our title: a miscellany of projects. It’s a real word, look it up. (I did..) I almost went with a GOULASH of projects, but I reeeally don’t like goulash, so here we are.

First, let’s take a journey to my pinterest-worthy craft room.

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Not what you were expecting? I take what I can get.
Someday that will all be livable space with real floors and walls and ceiling. Someday.

Do you spy the color wheel?

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I got my inspiration AND the free cut file/pattern from here. Hers is super cute (and taken in much better lighting).

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I made it on a piece of foam board and used fabric, paper, buttons, and stickers. I really liked the Picasso quote and so I stamped that out too. It was a fun little project to do to add some color to my “space” and it was very simple and non-time-consuming. (I told you..not enough to stand on it’s own as a blog post.)

Next, I have a wreath I made for Spring.

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I made the felt flowers, the nest if from Hobby Lobby, and the eggs are from an antique shop in Kalona, IA.

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A little more subdued than my usual choice of colors, but it worked really well for Spring.

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I painted our side tables. Our coffee table and two side tables were a GREAT DEAL from a friend’s garage sale soon after we were married. We slapped some black spray paint on them, but they were really starting to show some wear and tear.

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So, as I was in the very early stages of labor with Benji, I painted (while taking precautions and staying in a very well ventilated area: aka the outdoors).

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We used a grayish beige sort of color (greige, if you will) that we had lying around. Before the hubs and I had our kiddos we used to, you know, just go to stores together. We didn’t even have to bring along a snack or push two carts. Anywho, when we would go to a hardware store together I found it difficult, nay impossible, to pass by the “oops paint” without perusing the colors and probably buying a can or two. Present day me would give past me a slightly judgmental look. This was one of many colors that I probably had no real need to ever get and have consequently used, but only because it was there and I’m sure I gave some sort of promise about how I would definitely use the paint for all sorts of projects. hah.

If you follow me on instagram, you may have spotted my giant chalkboard where I was doing verses of the week and REALLY need to get back into the habit of doing again.

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So much about that picture has changed (mainly no more book shelves in our living room) that it makes me want to give a “house tour” and take pictures of every room. But then I think about how I would need to clean them all…

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Maybe I’ve done less chalkboard verses since I’ve been doing a lot more Bible journaling. I think I am going to take an entire post to share about that, but I’ll just share one page.

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I also painted our side entrance leading down to the basement. This was before.

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It was a dingy white that had yellow sealant sprayed on it (THAT’S a long story) from when we first moved in and just needed some TLC badly.

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So I just continued the yellow from the kitchen.

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We also added the baskets on the wall (from Walmart) and the hooks for the cleaning supplies. Not super glamorous, but the organization makes a huge difference.

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And our pots and pans on our spraypainted pegboard also help with organization. We have a fairly small kitchen with not a lot of cabinets or counter space, so we have tried to be as creative as possible with where and how to store things.

Sooo….there you have it. What may have been my most random blog post ever. If you made it to the end, then I truly believe you are a dear, dear friend. I still have more to share (Bible journaling, a furniture redo, two room redos) but those should be enough to stand on their own. Thanks for sticking with me. Hopefully you learned a little more about me or felt a little inspired to go do one of those less-than-glamorous, but satisfying-to-finally-accomplish projects.

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Embroidery Hoop Pumpkins

I actually have a craft to share with you!
I am slowly figuring out how to take care of my baby girl, maintain the house, AND find time to create. It certainly won’t happen every day, but I really enjoy those moments that I can relax and make something.

So, if you’re looking for a cute, fast, easy, and cheap project for Fall, I have just the one for you!

embroidery hoop pumkins

Seriously easy/fun to make and I had all the supplies on hand.

You will need:

– embroidery hoops (only 99 cents at your local craft store)
– orange felt
– fake leaves (or real if you wanted)
– floral wire
– hot glue gun, scissors, pencil

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I had never used embroidery hoops before (but always wanted to, thusly why I picked some up last time I was at Hobby Lobby), so I felt a little silly for not knowing how to use them.
Don’t worry, it’s as super easy as it looks.

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Simply unscrew the hoop so that the inside circle comes out, place fabric around inside hoop, fit inside hoop into outside hoop, and then screw it tight.

Easy Pease Japaneasy.

Then cut the excess fabric from around your circle.

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Do this for all three pumpkins (or however many you’re making). I had a small, medium and large embroidery hoop so that’s what I used.

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Collect some leaves. I got mine off an old bridesmaid bouquet, but you can find these for super cheap (or free if you walk outside..hehe).

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Hot glue those suckers on!
I just used a dab of glue on the hoop so that if I ever want to use the felt for something else it will be undamaged.

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Take the floral wire and wrap it around a pencil to make it really curly.

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Hot glue and you’re done!

embroidery hoop pumkins

I la la la love them and you can’t beat free!

Linking up..




The 36th AVENUE

The 36th AVENUE