Cottage Home Decor – DIY

Fall is here – at least the calendar tells me so! Our current temperatures are in the 70s, so it doesn’t feel like it yet. But, the trees are changing color, some are bare already, and November is looming on the horizon. Soon the sky will be grey, the trees and bushes brown, the clothes in the stores will adopt the drab color palette. 😣
Time to bring some color into our homes, right?!
For today’s project I combined a splash of happy with a bit of nature.

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‘Piece of Nature’

In one corner of our yard we have an overgrown Juniper bush. It’s quite pretty,  πŸ˜» and, since it grows ever which way, it’s not even noticeable that I clipped off a few twigs here and there.

Besides a few branches of evergreen – pine looks great too – you’ll need
~ a small metal pail
~ tissue paper
~ModPodge
~ a wide paint brush
~foam ~ I got the ‘wet foam’ so I can water the juniper a bit once in a while
~Spanish Moss (optional)
~a knife

 

Cover your work area with paper or a plastic bag. Tear the tissue paper, either in one long strip about the height of the pail, or in smaller irregular pieces – it depends only on your taste and the design of the paper.

Apply some ModPodge to the pail – please do this in a well ventilated area! I don’t want you to pass out from the fumes- and stick on the paper. Don’t worry about the wrinkles. I think they add a bit more charm.

 

When the pail is covered in paper, apply one coat of ModPodge over the entire area.

While this dries, gather your branches outside, cut the foam so it fits inside your vessel.

Once the outside of your pail is dry, fit your foam pieces inside.

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Unless you want to fill the whole pail with your evergreen, you might want to cover the foam with ‘Spanish Moss’.

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Now push three of your bigger branches into the foam at the back of the pail.

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The smaller ones I just stuck, at random, in front of the tall ones.
Finish your decor with a small pumpkin, a rock you found, a pine cone.

I finished my ‘Piece of Nature’ with an Amethyst geode and a little witch!

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‘Piece of Nature’ – Cottage Decor DIY

That didn’t take long, did it? 😊

If you like decorating a pail, pot, vase, but don’t have access to evergreen trees, a potted plant looks great too!

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Or fill your bucket with collected pine cones, potpourri, etc.

I hope you have fun recreating this project! Please show me your ‘Piece of Nature’!

I have a few more projects waiting in the wing, and can’t wait to show you next time!
Until then

~Tina xoxo

Paint a ‘Color~Field’Β 

If you like to dabble with paint and are out of ideas, Muse is escaping you, or just want a quick, colorful piece of original art in your house – paint a ‘Color ~Field’ 😊 For inspiration check out the works of Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, and Kenneth Nolan.

The basics are really quite simple. All you need is

~ a stretched canvas- you can pick them up at your favorite hobby store, or even at Walmart
~ a wide paintbrush
~2 different colors acrylic paint
~Isopropyl Alcohol (70% is fine, 91% will create a bigger contrast)

~1. Paint your canvas – since the canvas is textured you might need two layers.
Let dry completely. Clean your brush under running water.

~2. In a small plastic- or paper cup mix two parts water to one part contrast paint.

~3. Use the brush to coat the entire canvas with the mixture.
Do not let dry!

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~4.  Pour a small amount of alcohol into a small cup. Using an eyedropper drip alcohol onto the canvas before the paint dries.
I have used a Q-tip before – just remove the cotton, and flick the alcohol onto the paint.

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Let it dry completely, paint the sides, and you have an awesome, original, made-by-you piece of art in your home! πŸ’•

Here are 2 more pieces I made

To personalize your creation you can embellish it with a photo, a pretty magazine picture, a pressed flower or leaf, a doily…. anything you love, really. Just set it on the dried canvas, and apply a thin coat of ‘Mod-Podge’.
For example…

Now go get creating…can’t wait to see what you did! πŸ€—

Until next time
~Tina xoxo

 

Daily Happy ThoughtsΒ 

‘Music is harmony, harmony is perfection, perfection is our dream, and our dream is heaven’ ~Amiel 

Congratulations to Bob Dylan for receiving the Nobel Prize in literature! The Swedish Academy described his work as “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition” 

He is the first American to win this award since Toni Morrison in 1993.

Then there’s this…found on ‘The New Yorker’ FB page πŸ˜„
The artist is David Sipress. πŸ˜‹

Oh – one more thing- completely unrelated πŸ€—

A Rosequartz beauty πŸ’•


Image from IG @aliciacoraljewels

Eeeek….I neeeeeeeed this bella Luna! 😍

With this I wish you a good night πŸŒ›πŸŒπŸŒœ

I hope you’ll join me again tomorrow for more ‘Happy Thoughts’ 

~Tina xoxo 

Weaving on a Dime

Well, it’s a little more than a dime….but not by much! 😁

If you always wanted to try your hand at weaving but shied away from the price of a loom thenΒ I have a low-cost solution for you.

All you need is a piece of cardboard (I used the lid of a shoebox), yarn in your favorite color palette, and a tapestry needle…and you’re ready to make your first weaving.

But first this….

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(Image found on Wikipedia)

~1. Cut a rectangle out of your cardboard, pencil in 1/2″ markers on the top and bottom, then cut triangles so the point is between the markers.

~2. Make a little cut before the first, and behind the last triangle at the bottom. This will keep your yarn in place once you start winding the warp (the set of lengthwise yarn).

~3. Take a length of non-stretchy (!!!) yarn – I learnedΒ thatΒ the hard way – now I use cotton or hemp. You want to wind your yarn twice around the first triangle. Otherwise you won’t have a little loop at the bottom, which you will need later – I learned that the hard way too!


~4. Wind your warp yarn around the triangles.

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~5. Now you can start your weaving.
With your tapestry needle and your favorite yarn you will create the weft.
Secure your yarn around the first warp, by looping it around twice.

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Alternate between weaving your thread above and under the warp, and reverse in the 2nd row, and be sure to never pull the weft too tight.
Now just keep going – but always check the previous row -just to make sure that you go over when the previous row was under and vice versa.
If you don’t like ‘cleaning up’ your edges, aka hiding/sewing away the tails, you can use multicolored yarn to get a fun, colorful piece. Or, you can knot the lengths of yarn together – and let the knots show for some extra texture.

~5.Β  After a few rows push your weaving together using a wide tooth comb or your fingers. Repeat after every 4, 5 rows of weaving.
When you get to the top, loop the weft around the last warp string twice, secure it – either with a knot or by sewing it down the side.

Look at it – you made your first weaving! How cool is that?!

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Now what do you do with it?
You can
– add fringes (that’s why you need the loops of the warp Β Β  ) and a rod (knitting needle, twig) and display your first masterpiece

(If you like add more fringes in between the loops)

-make multiples and stitch them together for a scarf, a bigger wallhanging,
a pillow, a purse, a baby-hat ….
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~This one is crochet, but it would great in woven fabric

I sure hope this tutorial is helpful – if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!
Have fun! πŸ˜ƒ Β …..and please show me your creations!

Until next time!
Take care! πŸ’•

~Tina xoxo

 

Daily Happy ThoughtsΒ 

Well, ‘Hello’ there πŸ€—

Today I’ve got for you….something beautiful πŸ’• A ‘Rosequartz’ Collection 


A πŸ˜„ ‘aww-moment’


….and last but not least ~ BonJovi released their new tour schedule! 😍 Roadtrip!!!


Have a good night πŸŒ›πŸŒπŸŒœ

~Tina xoxo 

Daily Happy ThoughtsΒ 

Hello my friends 😊 I hope you had a great start into this long weekend! πŸ€—

Time for some Happy Thoughts…

~1~ This weekend is the very popular ‘Irish Fest’ in Weston, MO. Finally! We’ve been waiting soooo long for this! 😜

One of my favorite irish bands is a staple at this festival! The ‘Screaming Orphans’ 


Their version of “500 miles” is awesome! If you have a few minutes click here  to see/hear for yourself! 🎢🎢🎢🎢

Great, eh? 😊

~2~ Something that made me chuckle today…


~3~ Since it’s a gorgeous Fall day ….


We’re still waiting for her to unpack her crayons, but I hear that in another week until we’ll see all the trees in their full glory! 🍁

Now it’s time to get some rest…it’s been a long day! Good night!πŸŒ›πŸŒπŸŒœ

I hope to see you tomorrow! πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Thinking Happy ThoughtsΒ 

I’m so tired of all the negativity, hatred, and a certain type of commercials on TV πŸ˜‹.    Raise your hand if you feel the same way 

                                              

That’s why I want to bring you daily (well, I’ll definitely try this daily thing πŸ˜‰) ‘Happy Thoughts’

First something of a personal note ~ I want to wish my parents a ‘Happy Anniversary’ πŸ’• They got married on this day in 1947! Since it was post-war Germany they had to make do with very little. Mom’s dress was hand sewn by her cousin …out of curtains! A real-life’Scarlet’ 😍 She rented the veil from a neighbor ~ it cost her 40 Marks 😳 and some oats and bread. Doesn’t she look beautiful?! πŸ’–


Since it’s national ‘World Smile Day’….here are some things that made me chuckle over my morning coffee πŸ˜„


Last night I read this awesome story on the ‘Mighty Girl’ FB Page! Parenting done right 😊


“When Tom Burns’ daughter asked him if she could dress up as Han Solo for Halloween his answer was ‘Of course you could. That would be amazing. Why couldn’t you?” Her tentative response:”Well, I’m a girl.” To prove to his daughter that dressing up as a great character has nothing to do with gender this great Dad dressed up as Princess Leia. 😊

Then there’s this….πŸ˜‚


My husband would so be part of this! LOL

Alright my friends…I let you go now. Enjoy your Friday-Smile-Day! πŸ˜€

….and remember 


I hope to see you tomorrow!

~ Tina xoxo