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Farmhouse DIY Decor

With farmhouse décor being all the rage, this little planked sign called out to me to give it a farmhouse makeover! What I love most abo0ut this is how you can switch it up for seasons or holidays. It would look adorable on the wall or resting on an easel. I just love the simplicity. Are you a farmhouse girl?

Love and shiplap,

Jessica

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Fall Basket Love

I am so loving the turquoise and orange color combo this year! It may not be traditional but it is super cute and my dollar tree pumpkins are the perfect filler! I ended up attaching the words with wire so I can reuse or repaint the basket if I want to change things up! I love a project that can be repurposed! Enjoy!!!!

Happy Fall Y’all!

 

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Cutest little pumpkins you have ever seen!

My love of the dollar tree is no secret but these pumpkins……. I really can’t stop! It is a problem! Every time I pass a store I find the wheel steering toward that bright green awning and their they are. Boxes of ugly orange pumpkins! But not for long! After a mini transformation they are cute as can be!

 

Happy pumpkin making,

Jessica

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Simple, Sweet and Spooky Fall and Halloween Table Decor

Fall is here! Well, almost! We are already decorating over here and this easy and basically free project was a hit! Go collect some sticks, spray paint, hot glue, pom poms, and yarn! You will be whipping these up in no time!

xoxo,

Jessica

 

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Personalized Pillows

I love all things personalized so these personalized pillows are right up my alley! I love that I can use my Silhouette Cameo to create what ever my heart desires! These burlap pillow covers make my heart so happy. I love being able to use them to change things up a bit and cover pillows that I already have.

And they are perfect for seasons and holidays! Wanna know the best part? It takes under 15 minutes from start to finish. Yes, girls, you can whip these up in no time! So, let’s get started!

First, you want to create your design in your vinyl cutters software. I chose to use my stencil vinyl to cut my design. When it comes time to weed your vinyl you want to make sure you weed it opposite from how you normally weed your vinyl. Take the good parts out! Using transfer tape apply your stencil to your pillow cover. I really believe that transfer tape makes all the difference here! As much as I love dollar tree contact paper I don’t recommend it for this project. Once I get it transferred I like to put the backing from my vinyl inside my pillow cover so the paint doesn’t bleed through. Just a helpful tip!

Now it’s time to paint! With a make-up sponge lightly dab your paint on your stencil.

It is perfect! Not a paint bleed anywhere! Eek!!!! I love it! It looks 100% store bought and I made it in under 15 minutes! Not bad if I say so myself! Now, go make some pillows!

Happy crafting,

Jessica

 

 

 

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My Crafting Top 10

Craft supplies are pretty much my favorite things in the whole world! They seriously make me giddy!!!  I wear I hear angels sing every time I walk into Hobby Lobby! I’m not the only one, am I? I thought it would be fun to share with you my top 10 maker necessities! Y’all ready? Let’s go!

My Silhouette Cameo may be my favorite thing in the entire world Ok, that may be a but dramatic but if my house was on fire I would grab it! I purchased my Silhouette 7 years ago and it was love as first cut! The gifts I have made for others and for my own kiddos has made it totally worth the price but the fact that  I have been able to use it start my own business makes it even better. It fostered a creativity in me I didn’t know I had!

Now you would think I would use a Silhouette mat to cut my glitter heat transfer vinyl (um, glitter. It doesn’t get better than that. Can I get an amen?) but I actually prefer a Cricut mat. It just seems sturdier to me.

Now that I have cut my sparkly HTV I need my heat press to finish the adorable shirt I am making for my Madelyn. I have not 1 complaint about this heat press and the price point is perfect. If you are looking for one to start your on biz or just to make shirts for your family and friends well this is it!

If you follow me on Facebook you know I LOVE sign making. I have used my silhouette to start my own creative business buy cutting stencil vinyl and creating wooden signs. There are 3 essentials when making a sign. The first is the American Heirloom sponge.  One use and you will wonder where it has been your whole life. I promise. It’s amazing. The second is paint brushes. Now, don’t get me wrong I love a Walmart paint brush but when you use a quality paint brush it changes everything about your painting. Don’t believe me? Try it! My most favorite part of sign making is when I get to whip out my Ryobi brad nailer. I never knew I would be a power tool girl! This thing is awesome and if I can use it anyone can!

Now that we have totally covered my love of the Silhouette Cameo there are 3 other things I love (there are actually probably 100 other things I love but I don’t want to keep you here for days). I am sure you have seen the hand lettering craze. I could watch these women write for hours. There is something so beautiful and calming about it! Don’t know what I am talking about? Head over to Instagram and search hand lettering. I have purchased several books but Hand Lettering 101 is by far is my favorite. I have one favorite font that I have really been working on. When I first started I bought some expensive pens but soon learned that a plain old Sharpie was the easiest. And who doesn’t love a Sharpie?

Lastly, a cordless hot glue gun. Girls, a hot glue will change your life. School project, check. Broken vase, check. Hem your pants or curtains, check (I am totally serious). My love for a hot glue gun is deep.

So here is my top 10! Now I feel like being crafty!!!!

xoxo,

Jessica

 

 

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Cricut Mat:

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Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl:

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Heat Press:

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Ryobi Brad Nailer:

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American Heirloom Sponge:

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Paint brushes:

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Hand Lettering Book:

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Sharpies:

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Cordless glue gun:

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Personalized Door Mat


Nothing says “Welcome to our home” like a personalized door mat!

And you’re in luck, because I’m going to teach you how to make one!

I have to admit, I get sucked into the outdoor section at Target and Hobby Lobby and I can barely make it out without a cart full. I love browsing their welcome mats, but I’m always disappointed with the price tag *and* the fact that (because there are only five mats to choose from) my next door neighbor is likely to have the same one I do. Do ya feel me?

The solution: make your own personalized door mat! You get to pick your paint color, the wording and font, and the type of mat you buy. There are so. many. options!

Let’s get craftin’!

Supplies:

  • Plain doormat (easily found at IKEA or Target)
  • Outdoor paint
  • Paint brush (I have found a little stiffer the better)
  • Vinyl stencil (I also like to use card stock too)
  • Transfer tape (be sure to really “un-sticky” it)
  • Painter’s tape

Step-by-step Tutorial:

Using your Silhouette or Circut software, create your door mat design.
Get creative!

Using your vinyl cutter, cut your design and weed the negatives. If you don’t have a vinyl cutter, you can use stencils found in your local craft store.

Next: It is really important to desticky your transfer tape. I like to pat it on my jeans a few times! Once you have the vinyl adhered to the transfer tape and you have placed your design onto the mat, it is time to get serious! This step can be a little stressful, friends, and it will need your undivided attention.

Make sure your vinyl design is firmly adhered to the mat. It’s time to peel up the transfer tape! I have found it is easier to start on one side and use painters tape to keep that side stuck to the mat as you continue to peel your transfer tape slowly and at an angle. Feel free to trim your transfer tape as you go so it doesn’t stick to something it isn’t suppose too! Once you get it completely transferred, take a deep breath and sip some water because you are probably sweating!

Now is the fun part: paint! Using a slightly stiff brush paint your outdoor paint over your stencil. The bristles really suck in the paint and you won’t have to worry about the paint bleeding. Once you are done painting you can remove your vinyl, stand back, and marvel at your masterpiece!

 

Note: If you prefer to not use vinyl to create your design, use card stock instead! Cut it the same way on your vinyl cutter and simply use push pins or tacks to hold the design down onto the mat while you’re painting. Using card stock may save you a headache since you won’t have to deal with my arch enemy: transfer tape!

 


I’m thrilled to see your creations! Please share your crafting experience on our Facebook page or shoot me an email.

Xoxo,

Jessica

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Target Dollar Spot Bunny Makeover

When I saw this wooden bunny in Target he jumped in my cart (along with a lot of other things we won’t tell the hubby about)! I knew I had to have him but didnt’ have a plan! Since I own a door hanger business I have my fair share of door décor so I knew putting him on a wreath wasn’t as option! So I busted out some paint and my drill and went to work! Here is what you will need to make your very own bunny décor:

*wooden bunny (or anything else that you love)

*a drill

*a dowel rod

*a wooden block (think scrap wood)

*paint

*piece of ribbon

*hot glue gun

The first thing I did was drill a hole in the bottom of the bunny being careful not to crack the little guy! I then drilled a hole in my wooden block as well. Then my favorite part, paint! I painted all 3 pieces and let them dry. I put a dab of hot glue on each end of the dowel rod to make sure they stayed in place and then put one end in the block and one end in the bunny. After I tied a sweet little bow I placed him on the mantle! The bright pop of color over my fireplace brightens up my whole family room! I just love the little guy!

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Simple and Sweet Pillows

 

Y’all I love pillows! Like really love them! So I was really excited when I got this burlap pillow cover and pillow wrap! If you have a cutting machine you can whip these out super fast! After I designed my image on my computer I put freezer paper glossy side down on my cutting mat. After it was cut I weeded out the image so I was just left with a stencil. Once I got the stencil placed just how I liked it I ironed it on which made it slightly adhere to the pillow. With a make-up sponge and acrylic paint I began to dab paint on the stencil. Once I had the coverage I wanted I removed the freezer paper and voila!! Cutest pillows ever! Don’t forget to place something inside your pillow so your paint doesn’t leak through to the other side! Can you imagine all the different pillows you could make?