Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Beach House Coffee Table

Everywhere I go, it's nautical this and seashell that and I so so wish I had a beach house to decorate!!  It's torture I tell you! :)

Well, when I inherited this small coffee table from a friend, I unintentionally went beachy with it.  Unintentionally, you ask?  It all started out with me wanting to go outside of my perfectionist comfort zone and give dry brushing a try.  It is a very imperfect technique and it's hard for me to let go control, ha.
 
First up was one layer of grey using Maison Blanche Franciscan Grey.

Next, I dry brushed on a layer of General Finishes Antique White.  I intentionally went a little heavy with the dry brushing because I wanted a bit more coverage.
Then I went to town with my distressing - waaay more than I usually do.  And finally finished it off with a grain sack design.
At this point, I wasn't loving it.  In fact, all along the way I wasn't sold, but was committed to seeing my initial vision through.  I sent my friend a picture of the table at this stage and she mentioned how it looked beachy.  YES!  Exactly!!!  The moment she said that I knew exactly what this piece needed to make it a finished product.  I used my Silhouette to cut out a simple anchor graphic and stenciled that on top in Navy.  And then I did even more distressing.  I was starting to fall in love.


As a final touch, I added a wicker basket to the shelf and called it a day.  So cute, right?! 
 
 
 
Now I REALLY wish I had a beach house so this cutie could go right in it. :)
-Ashley

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Shadow Box Turned Jewelry Display

I love seeing all the creative ways to store and display jewelry.  So when an old shadow box was offered to me, I decided to create my own.  This would be specifically for my earrings, which were currently all thrown together in a box. 

The shadow box started out like this...
I found the cutest fabric at Hobby Lobby (of course!?).  I measured the inside of the box, then cut the fabric to size.
I then secured the fabric with hot glue.
To help hide any uneven cuts, I used this gold trim.
I had no idea trim like this even existed!  I think it's so so pretty and want to put it on everything, ha.
A little Windex on the glass and a couple nails in the wall and this pretty lady was ready to hang!

Getting ready in the morning just got a little more exciting. :)
-Ashley





Sunday, March 15, 2015

DIY Easter Decor

Now this one is easy and will take you under 15 minutes (minus drying time). :)

Here is what you'll need.
  • 8x10 Canvas
  • Paint
  • Pouncer
  • Bunny Stencil
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • White Pom Pom
To start, I spray painted my canvas blue using Valspar's Exotic Sea.  I then stenciled a bunny silhouette using a pouncer to apply white acrylic paint.
 
Then I used my glue gun to attach the pom pom.
And now for the pennant banner.  I cut out multiple pieces using two different sheets of scrapbook paper.  Then used modge podge to attach them.
 
 And that's a wrap!  So easy, so quick and adds the perfect flair to your mantel.
 
Thanks for hopping by! ;)
-Ashley

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Spring Wreath

It's really starting to feel like spring here in Seattle and I'm loving it!  So naturally, I've busted out all my spring decor and even got the itch to create a new spring wreath for my front door. 

It all started with mint mesh.  I saw it during one of my many trips to Hobby Lobby and fell in love.  I know you typically use this type of material to make more of a flowy wreath, but I actually prefer taking a straw wreath and simply wrapping my fabric around it.  Easy peasy. :)

Here is an example of the wreath I used.

Once my wreath was wrapped, I took a small amount of hot glue to seal the end.  I chose three different types of flowers to dress up my wreath - gerber daisies, peonies and hydrangeas.  I like to lay my flowers out to make sure I get it just the way I want before gluing.  Then to work I go!


Don't you just love that bird?!?  I found it at Michaels for .39!  And I didn't even need to paint it - woot woot!

Here are a couple more shots in it's new home.
 
 

Enjoy the sun!
-Ashley


 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Photo Holder Wood Block

I am so excited to share this next project with you!  I created this one for Valentine's Day, but the beauty of this project is you can create it for any special occasion.  I personally think it would be so so cute for as a wedding gift or even a baptism.  The possibilities are endless!  Here is what you'll need.

  • Square Wood Block
  • White Paint
  • Sand Paper
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Modge Podge
  • Silhouette Vinyl Cut Out
  • Drill
  • Steel Wire
  • Pen
  • Decorative Ribbon
To start, give your wood block a couple coats of white paint. 
 
Once it's dry, quickly distress it with your sand paper.  While you wait for the paint to dry, start cutting out your scrapbook paper to fit within the 6 sides of the block.
Since my paint was still wet and I have no patience, I decided to add my vinyl design to the piece of scrapbook paper prior to securing it to the wood block.  :)  And since Silhouette vinyl is so easy to use, it was easy peesy.
Once my paint was dry, I used Modge Podge to adhere each piece of paper.
Add a thin layer to the block first, then add the paper.  Remember to smooth the bubbles and wrinkles out!  Then add another thin layer to the top of the paper.
Ta-da!  So cute, right?  Just wait - it gets cuter!  Take your drill and drill a small hole on the top of the block.  Then cut two long pieces of wire and fold them in half.  Add a glob of hot glue into the drilled hole and then stick in your wire and hold in place until the glue sets.
Now here is the fun part.  Take your pen and start wrapping your wire around the pen, keeping the coil tight.  Repeat for each of the four wires. 



Lastly, tie your ribbon on, add your pictures and enjoy!
See that four leaf clover paper?  That's a sneak peak of the paper I'll be using to create a St. Patty's Day version. :)  Like I said, the possibilities are endless!

-Ashley



Monday, February 2, 2015

Valentine's Day Door Sign

Do you love the Target $1-$3 bins as much as I do?!  I couldn't believe it when I saw these wood hearts there for only $3!  I grabbed as many as I could and ran, ha. :)

You might recall last year's door sign.  This year, however, I wanted something a little heavier and this wood heart was the perfect starting point.  I started by painting it white.  After two coats of white, I layered one coat of pink on top.  I then took sandpaper and ran it across the entire piece.  I love the amount of white that pops through.  Doesn't it remind you of a pink sweetheart candy?  Yum!
I had my ribbon picked out, but I was undecided on if I wanted black writing or red.  I decided on black since it'd probably be more readable from the street.  Then I got to work on my stencil.

I'm loving all the crafting possibilities I have with my Silhouette cutting machine.  They have so much to offer, including adhesive stencil material.  The best part about it?  It's washable, so you can use it again and again!

I chose a design from the Silhouette store - that was the easy part.  The hard part?  Turning "islands" into "bridges".  I spent a handful of hours researching Google and watching YouTube videos before finally getting the hang of it.  After a few test cuts, my stencil was ready.
I used a pouncer brush to fill in the stencil with black paint.  I let the whole thing dry before removing the stencil.  Then I simply washed it off, attached it to it's backing and stashed it away for another day.
I'm loving my new door sign and fully expect to see it's return next year and the year after! :)
-Ashley

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Valentine's Day Wood Blocks

Heeeelllllooo 2015!!!  I hope everyone enjoyed their New Year celebrations!  My husband and I actually managed to stay awake until midnight - first time in years!  And in fact, our little one partied until 11pm, ha.  I'm definitely looking forward to what 2015 has in store. :)

So, what shall we chat about today?  Well, as someone who crafts, I'm always thinking about the next holiday.  So while I packed up Christmas, I thought about what I might like to tackle for Valentine's Day.  I received a Silhouette for Mother's Day last year and I've been dying to spend more time mastering all that it has to offer.  I used my vinyl starter kit to put together these little cuties!

It all started with a simple wood block I picked up from Hobby Lobby around Christmas time. 

I originally planned on using them to create ornaments, but unfortunately, time ran out.  Honestly, I'm glad it did because I think these Valentine's blocks turned out way cuter than the ornaments would have.

I created my designs using Silhouette Studio.
I then loaded my vinyl into my Silhouette cutting machine.  I used all the recommended settings for vinyl and then hit cut!
I removed the vinyl from the machine and peeled away the excess. I was then left with this...
Using transfer paper, I moved the letters from this sheet to the wood block.
And that was that!
How easy, right?!!  To add even more cuteness, I added washi tape around the entire block.
I repeated the same process for each design.  I just love how they turned out!
I can't wait to tackle my next Silhouette project!
-Ashley