Replacing the Old Cork Board

Sneak peek of today’s project. . .

Guess what I’m doing this weekend? I can hardly wait for Saturday because my sister-in-law and I are heading back up to Cline’s Junk Antiques! Eek! So very excited! What is Cline’s? In case you are a new reader to the blog, let me introduce you to Cline’s Antiques,or, as I like to call it, a little piece of junk heaven!

Look at all that rust and furniture waiting to be refinished!
Last time I visited Cline’s I scored some great windows for only two bucks each. Yes, $2! Here is one of them.

reclaimed window

Yes, it’s dirty. Really dirty. You see, Cline’s has tons of windows waiting to go home with someone like me. The downside is that the windows, like almost everything else at Cline’s, are just piled up in the yard.
No biggie, a squirt of the hose and a little elbow grease cleaned it up nicely!
So, this window has been sitting in my garage since that shopping trip. I finally have put it to use! I got tired of looking at the cork board in the hall near my kitchen. It gets so cluttered with cards, artwork, invitations, etc. It had to go. I’ve also been wanting to create a chalkboard somewhere near the kitchen to jot down reminders. This window was the start to a perfect solution!

cover glass paint

 I masked off the glass with some plastic bags and painter’s tape. And spray-painted it a pretty gold/yellow color.

paint window

No paint project of mine is complete without a little distressing! I used my new favorite color Distress Ink, frayed burlap, around the edges and on the faces of the wood.

distress ink wood

So my dirty old window was now clean and had a pretty coat of paint on it. Time to make this baby into something special.
I had this great Gallery Chalkboard Vinyl Decor from Stampin Up! It was $25 but I got it for free with an order I placed! So I attached the vinyl to the window.

chalkboard vinyl

Next I needed somewhere to hang things that I typically tack onto the bulletin board like photos, cards, invitations, artwork, etc.
I had this burlap ribbon and baker’s twine that I got from Pick Your Plum. They were perfect for this piece!

bakers twine burlap ribbon

I used the burlap ribbon to add a big bow on the corner of the board.

burlap ribbon bow pick your plum

I wrapped a piece of chalk in the baker’s twine so I could attack it to the board.

hanging chalk bakers twine

And also draped the baker’s twine across the top and bottom of the window. I used hot glue to attach it around the back. Then I added little clothespins that I also got from Stampin Up!

bakers twine hanging line clothes pin

This was the perfect  replacement for thumbtacks and cork board!

And with that, the board was complete!

family command center

And because I love to do things on a budget, I’m proud to brag that this piece cost less than $5! Remember, the window was $2, I bought one can of spray paint, the chalkboard vinyl piece was free and the ribbon, string and clothespins I already had in my stockpile.

If you are interested in ordering any of the products mentioned above, I’ve directly linked them to the online ordering site. Items will be shipped directly to your home! Check out all the products at Stampin Up!

Ruffled Burlap Lampshades (the project from hell)

Do you remember these lamps? 
They were thrift store purchases a few months ago. I loved the shape of the base and I loved the shape of the shade. I knew I had to hav them, although I had no idea where I would put them or how I would transform them, but I had to have them! 
So I bought them and they sat in my garage for a couple months. Then, one day, it hit me! I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. So I started searching Pinterest looking for some examples of what I had in mind. Three hours later, I made a decision. If you’ve been on Pinterest, you know what I’m talking about. 
So here is what I decided. I would spray paint the brass bases to match the other metals in the room {aged copper meets oil-rubbed bronze}. If you are painting brass, be sure to use primer first! Then, I would cover the shade with ruffled burlap. I cut the burlap into strips and was ready to go.
Who the {bleep} knew that ruffling burlap would be so difficult?!!

After reading several tutorials for how to ruffle fabric, I decided to go with the easiest. I turned my machine setting to the longest and loosest stitch settings.
From what I read, these settings were supposed to ruffle the fabric for me. I went to town with my sewing machine and burlap, sewing a straight line down the center, eager to see some ruffles! 
Humph? Not exactly what I had expected. So, I tried to pull one of the threads {an idea I had read from a different ruffling tute}, but it broke. What the heck?!
Okay, I’ll try this other method I saw.

As I sewed I folded pleats in the fabric. This was a pain and I was so scared that my finger would get poked.
And it still didn’t turn out the way I wanted it. I tried to pull the thread again, but again, it broke. By now I was getting frustrated. When I get an idea and can’t  execute it I get upset. Pissed off, actually. But that anger provokes determination.
Finally, in all that frustration, I had an ah-ha moment.
I had some extra strong thread that I had bought to use for my dining room drapes. Maybe it could withstand the tugging. So I started over, sewing straight up the middle with the stronger thread, the machine set as shown above.
When I had sewn the entire length, I gave one string a tug. 

Hallelujah! It worked! 

I pulled the one string hard but carefully until the strip was ruffled just the way I wanted it. 
Lesson learned: When ruffling heavy fabric like burlap, be sure to use strong thread!

Originally I thought I would cover the entire shade with the strips of ruffled burlap like this one from Dear Lillie. . .
 but I changed my mind after I glued the top and bottom pieces on the shade. I decided I liked it just like that {and I was really tired of ruffling}.

I put one on a side table. . .
and the other on my sewing table. Let there be light! Up until now, I’ve been working only during the day because I had no lights in the room!
Speaking of lighting, check out this lamp I found on clearance for my work table/desk area!
Isn’t it so very Pottery Barnish? I’ve been searching for a desk lamp for months. I knew exactly what I wanted {it was from PB but much too expensive for me}. This one I found at Homegoods on clearance because it had a couple of bolts missing on the neck. Hubby secured the screws and it’s good as new! And it was only $25 people!
Are you noticing that my craft room is coming together? I think I’m just about ready to show you the entire room. I have everything organized and put away. The only reason I’m holding out on the reveal is because I have not finished the curtains and many of the walls are still bare. Soon, I promise!

Stylish New Pincushion With DecoArt Paint

Don’t you love coming home and finding a brown paper package on your doorstep? I do! So of course I was thrilled when we returned home from vacation {a couple weeks ago} and I found a nice size box from DecoArt waiting for me! I was like a kid at Christmas, I couldn’t get into the DecoArt box fast enough. 
But when I did, I found lots of crafty goodness! I received several fantastic colors of Americana Paint, which happens to be one of my favorite supplies. They have every shade you can imagine! I also received a few products that I have not used. Two bottle of Decoupage in matte and gloss finish, a bottle of Magikote and a bottle of Gel Stains. All I can say is THANK YOU DECOART!
Here is my first project using one of the Americana paints. It’s a new pincushion for my craft room! Which, BTW, is still in the works. Many of you have asked recently if you’d missed the reveal. NO, I’m just slow! But for now, here is the pincushion on my sewing table.

Here is what I started with – an old oval frame, Americana Blue Mist, burlap and batting. 
I painted one good coat of paint on the frame {no prep needed}.
I planned on distressing the frame after painting, so I really didn’t feel it was necessary to cover the entire frame with paint. I let some of the gold peak through. After the paint was dry, I gently sanded areas of the frame to remove paint. I also broke out the glass of the frame, carefully!

I layered two pieces of batting, two layers of burlap and then the frame. I ended up adding more batting to the center so that the cushion would protrude. . .
like this. 

Once I had the fabric and batting the way I wanted it, I used hot glue around the inner edges of the frame to secure the burlap.

It was a tight fit in the frame, but I managed to close the back and secure it.
What do you think? Definitely an improvement to my cute little tomato, huh? 
I like it! 
A huge thanks to DecoArt for the fantastic products! Stay tuned to see what I do with the rest of my goodies!
{I will say that I didn’t think of this idea on my own. I saw it months ago on another blog and praised her for her creativity. But I can’t remember which blog that was. :(  If it was you, let me know and I’ll give you a shout out!}

This week I’m linking up to these fabulous parties:

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Monogrammed Burlap Bolster Pillow

Happy Monday!
I had a lot of comments about the pillows on my headboard bench. Particularly the monogrammed bolster pillow. If you don’t know what a bolster is, don’t worry, I didn’t know that is what they were called either until just a couple weeks ago when the first comment came in! I was like, “What?!” I had to turn to Google to find out what my reader was talking about when she said she loved the bolster! It’s basically a cylinder-shaped pillow {which is what I had been calling it – OOPS!}.

Here’s the one I made, that I used to decorate my headboard bench. M for McAliley {pronounced mac-uh-lilly} and our family was established in 2004 when the hubs and I were married. These are actually really easy to make. Here is what you’ll need.

         Fabric (I used burlap), freezer paper, acrylic paint and stencil brush and ribbon.
First I used my Cricut to make the monogram stencil. Simply place the freezer paper on the mat {shiny side down}and cut out whatever you want transfered to your fabric. If you don’t have a cutting machine, you can certainly trace or print a letter on the freezer paper and use an xacto knife to cut it out.

Once you have your letter cut, place it on the fabric and use a hot iron {steam off} to adhere the freezer paper to the fabric. *Note: the freezer paper did not completely stick to burlap. I used packaging tape around the edges to help keep it in place.
If you’ve never stenciled before, there is a technique to help ensure the paint does not bleed under the paper. Squeeze a small puddle of paint onto a plate. Dip your brush in the paint and use a rolling motion to cover bristles in paint. Dab off excess on the plate and gently apply to fabric using dotting and circular motions. 

Once the paint is dry, remove the freezer paper. {I had a little boo boo with one of my zeros. I used a wet tissue to try to remove some of the paint. Ooops, mistakes happen!}

Measure and cut your fabric to the desired size and sew a hem around all edges. If you do not have a sewing machine you could do this with hemming tape. {Because I used burlap, I added an extra layer of fabric so that it wouldn’t be see through. That is the extra “flap” you see.}
 Fold the fabric in half horizontally making sure your monogram is on the inside. Pin the edge and then sew. Invert the fabric so your monogram is now on the outside. 
Slide your pillow into the center of the sleeve leaving equal amounts of excess fabric on each side. If you do not have a pillow to use, you can use a sheet of Styrofoam or poly fil batting. Just roll it into a cylinder to fit inside your fabric.
Secure the ends of the pillow with ribbon.
Now proudly display your new bolster pillow in your home! And be sure to use that word so you sound super smart! Okay, maybe I’m just super dumb! ;)

Hope your week is off to a great start! I made it through to the final round of American Crafter at Nap Time Crafters! Thank you so much to all my readers who took the time to vote! This week’s challenge. . .


I have something that I’m so excited to share with  you! And I think you’ll be excited to see it. BUT, you will have to wait until Friday night! And please be sure to vote! This competition is so tough and these ladies are crazy creative!