Wednesday’s Whip Up: Vintage Spools

Back in July, we took a trip to Folly Beach, near one of my favorite places – Charleston, SC. Hubby and I used to live there and I never get tired of the history, architecture, food and shopping!
While there my sister-in-law, Ilke, and I vowed to do some antique shopping. We took one afternoon and hit as many as we could in the ares outside of downtown. {Downtown’s antiques are WAY over our budget!} Here are some of my finds…

I found several vintage handkerchiefs, ribbons and lace. I had no idea what I would do with them, but I had to have them!

And I am a sucker for vintage spools.

Originally I was going to leave the spools the way the were and use them as candles sticks. But I had an idea the other day while I was trying to figure out where to put them.
I decided to wrap them in burlap and then use the vintage ribbon and lace on top of the burlap.

I used hot glue to secure the burlap on the backside. I did the same with the lace. The ribbon I just tied in a knot, tightly enough that it would not slip down.

I frayed the top and bottom of the burlap by pulling some of the horizontal threads out.

And that was it! Just something I whipped up on Wednesday!

Spring Wreath with Paper Flowers


 A while back, during one of my weekly trips to Hobby Lobby, I found these fun paper flowers.

paper flowers

I just loved them! I didn’t really know what I would do with them, but I knew I had to have them! Eventually I decided I could use them for a wreath for the front porch. After all, they did match my yellow chair and other porch decor perfectly!
I decided to make this one pretty simple. I got one yard of brown burlap, the flowers and a straw wreath.

I cut the burlap into strips. I wasn’t too careful to make sure they were straight or even because it’s burlap, and it’s not supposed to look perfect!

cut strips burlap

I used hot glue to secure the first strip to the wreath and wrapped the strips around the wreath.

wrap burlap wreath

Each time I needed a new strip, I glued it to the back side of the wreath, close to where the previous piece ended.

wrap burlap wreath

I wrapped the wreath in two layers of burlap.

burlap wreath how to

I cut the stems off of the flowers.

cut bud from stem

And used hot glue to attach them to the wreath.

hot glue buds flowers

I arranged them in a cluster to hide the leftover stem pieces.

paper flowers

I didn’t like the bright green color of the leaves, so I spray painted them with a pretty avocado paint.

paint silk leaves

Then glued the leaves to each end of the cluster.

And here is my new spring wreath! Complete with a yellow striped ribbon to match my fun yellow chair!

Paper Mache Eggs: Part I

What started as a simple paper mache project, turned into some pretty fancy eggs!

I gotta admit that I was pretty pleased with myself! You see, I really only had intended on covering the eggs with a decorative scrapbook paper.

It all started like this. . .

Some plastic eggs, water, Decoupage (I ended up using Elmer’s glue), sponge brushes and bowls.

I mixed the glue and water {I didn’t measure, but I’d say 1 part glue to 3 parts water} and poured into smaller bowls. I guess I forgot to mention that I let the kids make some of these too. I gave them their brushes and bowls and let them go to town.

Anyway, I used some packaging paper as my base coat.

I tore it into pieces. . .

and soaked it in the glue mixture.

Then covered my egg using the traditional paper mache technique. I did have to shape and smooth some of the paper with my hands.

Next I took my Stampin Up! designer series paper and matching cardstock. . .

*If you are not familiar with Stampin’ Up! dsp, it’s double-sided with coordinating colors and patterns. They also have coordinating cardstock papers.

and tore it into pieces.

For the most part, I used one designer series paper and along with one color cardstock paper on each egg. I did a little at a time, letting each layer dry a little before adding the next. When they were completely covered, it took overnight to dry. I even had them under a heat lamp for several hours!

But in the morning they were finally dry! This was where I had anticipated being finished. BUT, it needed something else. {You’ve never heard me say that one before, have you?}  If you are a regular reader, I’m sure you could guess what I did.

Yes, I took out my Distress Ink pad and started inking it! To do this, you just lightly brush the ink pad against the paper in a back and forth motion.

Much better.

Then, I added one coat of pure Mod Podge because I like the little hint of shine in it’s finish.

And now, I thought I was done! But I wasn’t! I had another idea.

So I grabbed a few coordinating Stampin Up products and worked on the eggs some more.

But I’m going to share that with you tomorrow. For now, just take a sneak peek!

A New Look for My Breakfast Room

Happy Friday friends! No snooping around Blogland for me this week. Nope, I’ve been too busy doing other things. And because I just love to drive myself mad by adding more things to my list, let me show you what I’ve gotten myself into.

I’ve mentioned a couple times since taking the Christmas decorations down that I feel the need for new. New decor. Maybe new color. Just a new look. I did a few minor changes to my family room and so I moved on to my kitchen and breakfast rooms. It all started with my rugs. I have black shag rugs in the kitchen and black and a black and gold rug in the breakfast room with matching runners. These rugs have been driving me insane! No matter how often I vacuumed them, they never looked clean! If I didn’t do something, they would be then end of me! But I hate rug shopping! It is so hard to find a perfect rug, so I just let them drive me crazy. Until one day, about three weeks ago, when I just couldn’t take it anymore. I picked up the shag rugs and threw them in the garbage. Why? Because once I did that, there would be no turning back. They were gone. I would have to get new ones! Sigh. . . three weeks later and I still have no rugs in the kitchen. Actually I’ve purchased two different sets of rugs and returned them both.

However, in the midst of my search for the perfect kitchen rugs, I decided I would do some work on my breakfast room. I found a set of rugs at Target that I thought would be nice for the breakfast room. It matched the wall color perfectly! Unfortunately, it didn’t match the window treatments. But that was okay because right around the corner from the rugs were some really cute drapes. And by golly, they just happened to match!

That trip to Target, in search of kitchen rugs, turned into a new look for the breakfast room.

Unfortunately, this was the only photo I could find of my breakfast room before. It was from Thanksgiving. But you can see the black and caramel window treatments in the background.

I have to say it was amazing how much larger and brighter this room was with the new drapes!

But as much as I loved these new window treatments, I wasn’t sure I liked them with the black furniture. Normally I would just say paint the furniture, but I’m just not up for a project like that right now. I still liked the new look better than the old, so I thought I could deal with it!

Then, the other day, I went to Hobby Lobby to help a friend pick out some fabric and I found this. . .

I tried to walk away, but it was calling my name. I took home 9 yards! What was I thinking? What am I going to do with these brand new window treatments I just purchased from Target? And when am I going to find the time to sew new ones from this fabric? I’m nuts!

But just look at how perfectly it all goes together. I love it! I’m so excited! And even though I won’t have to do any furniture painting, I’m now considering changing the color on the wall. Just a slightly lighter shade. Oh Jen. . .

Reinventing an Old Milk Can

I told you I had something to share today! I finally took a little break from the favor boxes lsat week to regain my sanity with some other type of creativity. Unfortunately that break {and my allergies} have now caused me to be way behind!

Anyway. . . I finally made good use of this old milk can. Actually, I’ve had it sitting in this spot since Christmas {I put long pine branches in it} but it wasn’t finished.

You might {or probably don’t since it was ages ago} remember on my trip to Cline’s Antiques Junk Yard I picked up this rusty old milk can. You might think it looks hideous, but I was in love! Not long before I had featured a blogger had painted her house number on a milk can for her front porch. So I was thrilled to have found one, no matter what condition it was in! Nonetheless, I think I only paid $8 for it.

Even though I like rust, this piece was a little too rusty for me. So I spray painted it with one of my favorite colors. Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze.

I used my Silhouette CAMEO to cut stencil vinyl {I’m sure regular vinyl would work fine}. I did “No. 4 “for the number of people in our family.

After cutting the vinyl, I peeled the outer piece away from the backing carefully, leaving the cut image behind.

Then stuck it on the milk can. Because the milk can surface was textured from the rust and spray paint there were some areas of the vinyl that didn’t quite stick. Plus the font was pretty intricate and I couldn’t quite get it placed right. So I had to modify my original idea of using a stencil blotter brush because I knew the paint would bleed through.

Instead I used a fine tip and painted carefully inside the stencil. Two good coats.

When I peeled off the vinyl, there was still a little bit of bleeding, but I went back with my fine tip and traced over the letters one more time which helped cover it up.

The final result! I tied a strip of burlap around the neck and filled it with long branches of greenery, cherry blossoms and my cute little sticks with lighted tips.

Oh how I love junk! And reinventing fabulousness from junk makes me happy! Now back to the favors! Have a great weekend y’all!

DIY Show OffUndertheTableandDreamingSkip To My LouFunky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

Touches of New Decor

After Christmas, when I take down all the trees, lights and other decorations, my house feels empty. It looked the same before all the Christmas decorations went up. It didn’t bother me then. Yet every year when the Christmas decor comes down, the house feels bare. So I get the urge to shop and to do some re-decorating.

One trip to my favorite home decor store spruced up my family room. I’ve told you before how much I love Kirkland’s! You might remember when I changed my dining room, most of the decor came from Kirkland’s. So what did I get? Just a few items that really made a big impact and help fill the “void”  the Christmas decor has left behind.

This beautiful new lamp. It’s large size helped fill some empty space. I got a great deal on it because it was broken. You know I’m always looking for a bargain!

I hid the crack by turning it towards the wall. You’d never know!

I found these two candlesticks at Homegoods {my other favorite store for home decor}. I knew I needed something with more height to sit along side them. These matching floral arrangements {from Kirkland’s} were prefect! They were on sale so I got both for about $80.

Then the table behind the sofa. I have struggled with this table and often change the decor. I found this small, but bright arrangement and a large frame that fit well in one corner of the table. Both were on sale and the total was about $20.

One trip to Kirklands, about $150 and I have a new family room!

One area I wasn’t planning on changing was my foyer chest. I purchased this beautiful antique chest over the summer at a yard sale for $35! The green lamp on top was my grandma’s. I just love it! But. . .

hubby broke it when he was carrying a mattress up the steps. He tried to glue it, but it’s just not the same. I’m trying not to be mad at him.

Luckily, that same week, Kirkland’s sent me a nice little surprise in the mail! A lamp from their 2012 collection!

It’s a whole new look for my foyer table, but I like it! Very bright and fresh! Thank you so much Kirkland’s!

Are you suddenly feeing the urge to do some shopping at Kirkland’s? I have good news for you! Along with the lamp, Kirkland’s gave me a $50 gift certificate to give to one of my readers! You can do a lot with $50 at this store!

How do you enter?

    • Stop by Kirkland’s online and do some browsing. You’re gonna like what you see! Come back and tell me what you would buy if you win.  {1 entry}
    • For additional entries, do any {or all} of the following. Be sure to leave me a comment telling me you did. {leave a separate comment for each task}

 1. Like Kirkland’s on Facebook.

2. Like Scissors and Spatulas on Facebook.

3. Follow @scissorspatulas on Twitter.
Please read giveaway rules here. The giveaway will remain open until Friday, March 9, 2012. I will announce the winner Monday, March 12.

What I’ve Been Up To (Christmas Crafts)

Hello friends! I just cannot believe that Christmas is just days away! It completely blows my mind! Where has December gone? 
We had a handmade auction last week at Stamp Club. All proceeds went to the Ronald McDonald House. With just a handful of us we raised over one-hundred dollars! There were no limits or restrictions to the items we brought for the auction except that they had to be handmade. I just wanted to quickly share with you the items I made. I do not have the full tutorials, but I will do my best to explain how I created them.
This project started with the angel image. I found about 5 or 6 of them in a small baggie at the thrift store for fifty cents. I think someone just printed them off on cardstock to be honest, but I thought they were pretty. I tore the corners just a little bit and used sandpaper around the edges of the image to make it look more worn. Then I used my distress ink pad around the edges. This is the first time I’ve tried distressing paper with sandpaper and I was really pleased with the way it looked after I brushed it with the ink. The ink really soaked into the paper since it had been thinned from sanding.
Next I used my sewing machine to stitch the lace and burlap to the image. I also used two-way glue to adhere the image, but because burlap is so rough I thought sewing it would help keep it in tact. Plus, I like the look of stitching. I attached the burlap to the designer scrapbook paper with hot glue. After this, I was stumped. I didn’t really know what else to add. Then the song Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” popped into my head!

Luckily I had some old hymnals that I found at Goodwill a while back. I flipped through one and knew this would be perfect! I tore just below the first phrase, distressed it with the ink and attached it with double-sided adhesive.

I found a piece of scrap wood in the garage, hubby cut it to size, drilled holes in it, I inked it {of course} and I added some jute rope to make it hang. I love this piece! 
 Who is Angie? Angie is the Stampin’ Up! demonstrator that hosts the Stamp Club events. 
I call this piece “Angie-inspired”because she made a Christmas card that I used as inspiration and I used the technique she used to make that Christmas pillow that I love.

For this piece, I adhered iron on pellon interfacing {basically iron-on adhesive for fabric} to the back of my fabric and used my Silhouette to cut the ornaments. Be sure to apply the interfacing before cutting! It makes the fabric nice and stiff for smooth cuts. Then I peeled the liner away and ironed the ornaments on to the black and white damask fabric. I then used fabric glue to attache the ribbons. Each ribbon is two separate pieces. One short piece for the vertical “hanging” ribbon and a longer piece for the bow. I find it is easier to tie the bow and then cut the ribbon so you know it is long enough. 
 The frame I found at the thrift store for a couple bucks. It had a really ugly tropical fish print in it but the frame was fabulously fat! I trashed the print and the glass and wrapped the fabric around the cardboard insert. I sprayed a very light coat of black satin paint on the wooden frame and then scuffed it up a little with sand paper. I replaced the insert wrapped with fabric and viola! 
Don’t forget to stop by and enter the My Memories giveaway! The winner will receive the digital scrapbooking software for FREE!

The Stockings Were Hung. . .

I shared this tutorial over at Seamingly Smitten last week, but wanted to share it again just in case you missed it. After my post about my trip to Cline’s JunkyardI had a lot of questions about what I would do with these. . .

I had a handful of old rusty door knobs that I picked up along with some other rusty hardware. I didn’t really have a clue what I was going to do with them, but I knew I could use them for something. And I was right! So I started wit a piece of scrap wood from the garage {I have a huge pile of scrap wood in my garage. you name it, I got it!} and my four rusty old door knobs. 

This first step was fun. The wood was too perfect, so I took a hammer to it. What a great stress reliever! I just banged it up a bit to round the corners and rough up the surface. 

Next I used a dark stain in these crevices and around the edges. This is because I plan on distressing the paint I’m about to apply and the dark stain looks better than the light wood.

A light coat of primer spray paint and one heavy coat of white latex paint. 

While the paint dried I pulled out my brand spankin’ new Silhouette Cameo to use for the very first time. Sigh, it’s amazing! You gotta get one of these! I used red vinyl for this project.

If you are not familiar with the Silhouette or any other digital cutting tool, you create an image on your computer and then let the machine do the rest. 

The best way to transfer vinyl is to use contact paper. Once the image is cut, place the sticky side of the contact paper on top of the vinyl while it is still on the mat. Peel the contact paper away from the sheet of vinyl and only your cut letters should stick to the contact paper. (Unfortunately the insides of the letters also stuck. I removed them with a tweezers after I adhered it to the wood.)

When the paint was dry I used some low grit sandpaper to give it a distressed finish.

My sweet hubby drilled holes in the wood to just large enough to fit the knobs.
And then he squeezed them in. I thought we would have to use wood glue to hold them, but they stayed just fine without it.
And because I can’t leave anything alone, I used my distress ink to make it look more worn. To do this you just take the ink pad and brush it across the edges and corners and in small spots along the surface.

Now back to the vinyl. Place the contact paper gently on the board. Once it’s in place, where you want it, you can press down on it to keep it in place. Use a scraper or other flat edge to smooth over the vinyl, eliminating any wrinkles or bubbles. Then peel back the contact paper slowly.
The contact paper removed some of the paint, but was okay with me! I love a distressed look!

I wrapped and tied a fat grosgrain ribbon on one side and then hung our stockings. I’m thinking about either adding an initial to the knobs or writing our names in black just above the knobs. But that will be another day. Like I said, I can’t leave anything alone!

But for now it’s perfect! You know I love to brag about how little I spend on my projects so. . .
This one cost about two bucks! Actually, it was free for me to make that day since everything I used, I already had lying around. But if you want to count the purchase of the knobs, this project cost me only $2! Even if you don’t have a digital cutting machine, you can use a stencil to paint the letters. Inexpensive hooks can be purchased in place of the door knobs if rusty junk isn’t your style.

How can Christmas be in just ten days? The stockings may be hung, but I’m not sure Santa has what is supposed to go in them!

Todays Creative Blog

Tour of My Home at Christmas

 Hi! Welcome to my home, decorated for Christmas, of course! I will confess that I have two large pencil trees that I didn’t put up this year. {frowny face} Because I re-decorated so many rooms this year, I had to modify my tree decor which added some time to my decorating. Oh well! You’ll notice that I ove Christmas decor! I pack up most of my everyday decorations and replace them with lights, garlands, ornaments and trees. I LOVE the modd that is set with white Christmas lights! I wish I could leave them up all year! 
Welcome! Have a look around. I hope you’ll see something you like!

 {This tree is special. It is decorated with keepsake ornaments that my grandma has given me every year since I was born.}

And there ya have it! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas ’round here! Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!

Ruffled Christmas Trees

Can you believe that it’s December 1st?  Christmas is right around the corner! I’ve finally finished decorating my house, and I promise I will post pics soon! I love decorating my house for Christmas! I transform just about every room into a winter wonderland! I even have an entire attic for Christmas decor only! But I can never have enough Christmas decorations, so soon I may have to clean out a closet or two to hold more stuff! 
Example: A few months ago I found these cones at the thrift store. At first I walked on by, but I quickly took a few steps back and picked them up. Twenty-five cents each! What was I going to use them for? I dunno. I knew I could figure something out! And I did! 

I ruffled some fabric scraps and grabbed a couple of mismatched wooden candlesticks. {Also from the thrift store. I have a stockpile of these because they are usually fifty cents to a dollar a piece.}
And this is what I made! ruffled Christmas trees! 
How? Keep reading! 
I primed both candlesticks and painted one green and one red. Both were paint colors I had on hand. {Yes, the green one is hanging from a tree branch. I spray paint a lot of things this way to get even coverage all the way around.}
Then I scratched it up. If you’ve ever been on my blog, you know that I love to paint and I love to remove paint! I’m a bit of a distressing addict! It gives pieces character!
Starting at the bottom, I took my ruffled fabric and wrapped it around and up the cones, securing it with hot glue. 
I added an additional piece of fabric to the bottom of the cone and
 I attached the candlestick with hot glue.
To finish off the top, I added a big fat striped ribbon. 
And here they are! Two ruffled Christmas trees for under $2! Remember, the cones were twenty-five cents each and the candlesticks were fifty cents each. The fabric was leftover scraps and the paint I had in my garage. Even if you didn’t have all the materials it would probably cost less than $10!  

So what are you waiting for? Go make some Christmas trees! You can never have too much holiday decor!

Holiday Decorating Inspiration from the Southern Christmas Show

Every year, just before Thanksgiving, the Southern Christmas Show comes to Charlotte. It’s quite a big deal and people come from all over the Carolinas {and even other surrounding states} to shop, to eat and to get ideas for holiday decorating. 
It’s a tradition, I go every year with my mom for the shopping. Then the boys and I go back on a different day to visit Santa and the trains {and to do a little more shopping}.
Jackson was excited to see Santa! Parker was not so excited. He clung to me like a spider monkey. He was terrified!
Both boys love looking at the trains though.
This track is huge and the details are amazing!

Jackson, pretending to blow up the bridge. He is at that “blow everything up” stage.
Okay, now onto the really fun stuff! The decor! Christmas scenes are set up around the show with wonderful decorating ideas. 
Themed Christmas trees. . .
This was my favorite! It was a vintage tree from 1963.

Love it!

Decorated rooms. . .

I really like the grapevine wrapped around this tiny potted tree. It was part of one of my favorite room displays.

It was a peacock themed dining room.
I love the warmth of the browns and the pop of the peacock blue and green.
My other favorite room was an elegant dining room with birds and magnolias. Simple yet beautiful!
Front door displays. . .

I like the idea of using large presents as a decoration for the front doorstep.
Very pretty!
Fireplaces and mantles. . . 

Gorgeous red and green mantle.
I love this sleigh which holds presents next to the fireplace. 

A red and silver vintage fireplace.
Fun stuff, huh? I love going to the Southern Christmas Show to get ideas for decorating my house for the holidays! Speaking of decorating, have you started? I’m just about finished. I started Friday morning, worked all weekend, but still have a few more things to do. I’ll share some pics with you later this week! 
Today is the last day to take advantage of the Silhouette Black Friday deal! Just about everything is 40% off, all shapes are fifty cents and a new Silhouette Cameo is just $249! Just use the code SPATULA at checkout!

Sit, Relax, & GOSSIP – A Gossip Chair Makeover

I had never heard of a “gossip chair” before this past year. They seem to be all over the Internet now! I’ve seen some really fantastic upcycled ones with fabulous bright paint and vintage fabrics. I really wanted to do mine a cherry red, but it really wouldn’t have matched anything in my home. Bummer. I do like the way it turned out and it is a cute little piece for this corner of my house.

For those of you that are not familiar with the “gossip chair,” let me explain. Basically they are old chairs or benches with a small table where one would sit to chat on the phone. Hence the term “gossip chair.” Of couse these really have no purpose since the invention of the cordless phone and now, of course, cell phones. No one sits down to talk anymore. Who has time for that when you can do it on the go? Anyway, I found mine at a garage sale over the summer. I almost didn’t get it because I really didn’t know if I would use it. But when the seller accepted my offer of $10, I couldn’t refuse! Ten dollars!
I decided to use it in this little corner that sits behind the couch between the family room and breakfast room. I have been wanting to do something different in that little space anyway, and I thought the gossip chair would be the perfect size. 
It wasn’t in great shape. Some of the finish was coming off and it was pretty wobbly.

I brought out my favorite power tool, the mouse sander and went to work. The cracks and peels smoothed out pretty easily. 
I applied a good coat of primer. 

While that was drying I recovered the seat cushion. {Actually it really isn’t very cushiony. It’s pretty much a piece of wood with a little bit of cush. I don’t think it would be very comfy to sit in for a long conversation!} I used leftover fabric that I have in my family room. If you’ve never recovered chair cushions before, it’s really pretty easy. You can find my tutorial here.

I used paint leftover from the powder room which, coincidentally, was also the exact blue in the fabric. It took two good coats to cover it evenly. I had planned on stopping here. Of course my first instinct was to start scraping the paint with my sandpaper, but I distress so much of my furniture that I thought I should just leave it be. But. . .

I didn’t think it was right. Something was missing. Instead of using sandpaper, I used my Distress Ink pad to age it. It was just the right touch.
A few accessories and a pillow to finish it off. You might recognize the phone. It’s a working Pottery Barn phone, with a $59 sticker on the bottom. I got it from Goodwill for just $5.99 a while back. I was going to paint it, but decided just to leave it alone for now. It’s the perfect touch for this bench! Not that I’ll ever sit her and use it, but it’s cute!
I needed some height in the corner since this bench is small. I found a beautiful floor lamp at Kirkland’s on sale for $49! Parker Reese and daddy put it together. 
You don’t have to completely re-do a room for a new look. Sometimes just changing a small area of a room can make a huge difference! Especially on your wallet! I did this for less than $75 bucks!

Fall Porch Decor

Isn’t fall decorating fun?! 
You know I love decorating my front porch for each season/holiday. Fall is one of my favorites! I love the vibrant colors. 
I’ve already shown you my monogrammed fall wreath. Now let me give you a little peak at the rest of my front porch decor. 

Of course I had an extra chair in the garage. I’ve pretty much come to the conclusion that I have a problem with chairs. I can’t stop buying them! I went garage-saling this past weekend and what did I come home with? Two chairs. This chair was a $2 garage sale find from this past summer. I painted it off-white and added a vinyl decal, cut by my good friend Silhouette SD. I lightly sprayed laquer over the decal since it’s outdoors. 

I found this adorable owl at Hobby Lobby and thought it would be cute sitting on my chair. So I found some pretty coordinating fabric and made a couple pillows to accompany him.

I normally put HUGE mums in the urns on each side of the door, but my ferns were doing so well I just couldn’t part with them. I added a cute grapevine pumpkin and a little pot of pansies with a pumpkin. So, there is one side, now on to the other. 

What fall porch is complete without a couple of mums and pumpkins? I threw the lantern in just for fun. The monogram is also a vinyl decal that I made with my Silhouette. I attempted to stencil the monogram on but it was, as hubby called it, an “epic failure.” {He’s so sweet.} So I just stuck the letter on there and again sprayed it with a little laquer.

Here are both sides together. This picture kinda makes me dizzy. 🙂 Sorry!

Happy fall y’all!

Fall Monogram Wreath

How can it possibly be that fall is here already? I feel like just yesterday I shared with you my summer  wreath! Well, the season has changed and so has my front door decor.
My summer wreath was cutesy, made from fabric and yarn. I love beauty of the leaves and pumpkins fall offers, so I took a different route with this wreath. On my weekly trip to Hobby Lobby, here is what I came home with. . .
Beautiful and bold orange sunflowers. Picks with pumpkins, gourds and purple berries. Yellow-orange feather-like picks. Several bunches of leaves and some pretty orange sparkly pumpkins.


I went back and forth about what I wanted to use as a base for the wreath. I contemplated using another yarn wreath, or possibly burlap, but in the end chose an old wreath I had stored in the attic.



I removed the existing foliage and started with a clean slate.
Starting with the leaves, I hot-glued pieces around the wreath, layering and filling in where necessary until it was full {except for one little bare spot, I had other plans for this space}.
Two shades of my favorite paint, DecoArt Americana,


I painted my wooden monogram with the Black Plum paint. Wait, I’m not finished yet.
I wanted polka dots. So I dipped a marker cap in the Persimmon paint and stamped open circles on my monogram. Perfect!


A little hot glue and the “M” filled in the little open space on my wreath. I did add a couple leaves under and around it after it was glued.


It’s full, it’s bright, it’s perfect!



Happy Fall y’all!
Oh yeah, and the NEW winner of the UPrinting giveaway is. . .


katie@tulsadetails said…

So fun! I’d love to win!!
Congrats! Please email me ASAP so I can get you your prize!
jen at scissorsandspatulas dot com

I’m joining in:


The Lettered Cottage
Todays Creative Blog


Little Touches of Fall Decor

Both of the boys were in school today so did some shopping! I stopped by two of my faves, Michaels and Kirklands, where I got some new fall decor. Ready to see? 

A few “fallish” decorations for the coffee table in my family room. 
I was so excited to find this lantern on sale for just $14.99! Have you seen how pricey the ones in the catalogs are {not mentioning any names, but I’m sure you know}? I loved the stuffed fabric pumpkin because the fabric looked a little retro. The greenery is just a few pics from Michaels and the little pumpkin is from Dollar Tree. 
I like!
Now on to my breakfast room shelves that have been pretty boring since the 4th of July. I finally put up my “House Rules” subway art given to me by sweet Becky from Vinyl Crafts. Thanks Becky, I love it!
 I filled my apothecary jars with candy corn {the boys are eyeing this jar, trying to figure out how to get up there} and mini pumpkins and gourds. Did you notice my infamous empty frame {seen here and here} I took a Dollar Tree mini pumpkin, added some berries and leaves and hung it from a ribbon {I attached the ribbon to the back of the pumpkin with a glue gun}.
Now for the bottom shelf. . . 
but that’s another day! Stay tuned!
I’m joining in!

The Lettered Cottage

Guest Post: Fresh Trends for Fall Decor

Hey y’ll! I hope you had a fantastic weekend! 
Let me introduce you to my guest poster.
Christina Johnson works for Elliman Prudential and has written some articles on interior design and DIY tricks to increase the value of your home. Today she is sharing some upcoming fall trends in home decor. I’m a visual person so I added some photos that demonstrate her ideas and tips.

As summer gives way to autumn and the air turns crisp, it’s the perfect time to revamp your home decor. Bring some of the rich textures and colors of fall indoors, to create your own cool weather sanctuary. Take a peak at some of the fresh trends in fall decor.

A Splash of Color

Transforming a room does not need to involve construction and money. Imbue your home with fall’s popular warm, cozy colors. Whether you want to go bold or stick with neutrals, this season’s palette offers something for everyone. Among the trendiest paint colors are soft gold, burnt orange, mocha, creamy beige, asparagus green, earthy browns and tans, and shades of gray, ranging from peppercorn to a pale gray violet. In a neutral room, an accent wall in a bold color can add depth and interest. Some popular choices are creams and beige with a brown or red accent wall.


Bold, neutral, solids, and patterns can all add texture to a space. Wallpaper has become easy to apply and remove, making it an affordable way to update a room from season to season. Metallics can add glamor to a room, while printable wallpaper allows home-owners to customize the design to their tastes.

Change it Up
These days anything goes, no need to match. Eclectic decor is one of the bigger trends of fall. Mix masculine and feminine, antique and modern, or combine artwork of different mediums and styles. Try pairing your antique coffee table with a modern sofa. Try adding a splash of pink, or vases full of flowers, to an otherwise masculine room.  Location no longer matters either, whether you live in a Manhattan Rental, or a country colonial, whatever you call home should be decorated based on your taste.

Recycled home goods

Take recycling to a whole new level by using up-cycled pieces. Whether you want to take on a craft project or browse Etsy; you’ll be amazed by the range of re-imagined materials. Recycled-content counters have seen an increase in popularity but are still unique enough to drum up some compliments. Accent items, like clocks made from old records or bowls made from magazines can be chic and functional as well.

Dress your Windows and Doors

Dark and dreary window/door treatments are out. Design aficionados are predicting that linen panels will be huge this fall. These window treatments can soften any room. The classic fabric comes in a variety of colors and patterns to complement the colors of the room. With lighter material, the fall days will not seem so dark and dreary.

Décor for the Wall

Throw pillows, candles, art, sheets, comforters, slipcovers, floral centerpieces, and knickknacks, can complement the color of the room and add a fun or sophisticated feel. While neutral furniture has been the standard, don’t be afraid to experiment and add a splash of color, as accessories can be easily swapped out with the change of seasons. Black, copper,red, chocolate brown, brass, wine, and funky patterns are popular this season. However, shades of orange have been stealing the show. Add some burnt orange pillows or a few pumpkin orange vases to give your home a fall feeling.

I hope you were able to get some inspiration to help update the look of your home this fall! 

Remember The Thrift Store Fan?

Late Friday night I heard a little knock on my front door. Immediately I started asking, “Is the garage door open? Did I leave the tailgate open on my SUV?” When I opened the door I was pleasantly surprised to see Diana, an old neighbor now living in VA. Of course I invited her in and she went on to tell me that she reads my blog, “copies” my projects and has been inspired to decorate her new home. Of course I’m blushing, but at the same time I am secretly thinking, “Yay! That is why I do this! To inspire others.”
Anyway. . . as Diana was looking around my house, pointing out this and that ,she asked about a couple of the garage sale/thrift store purchases that I had posted. Diana, this one’s for you!
One item in particular that she was concerned about was the fan. You may remember several weeks ago I purchased this shiny silver fan from the thrift store for only $6.50.

I’ve been dying to get my hands on an antique fan. Yes, I know this one is not an antique, but I had plans to make it look like one.

I just discovered my new favorite spray paint. Rust-Oleum makes these satin metallic paints that are awesome! I bought two different colors because I wasn’t sure which I liked better based on the cap. After some experimenting, the Oil Rubbed Bronze was a little too black for me and the Aged Copper was just not the right color either. I decided that I like to first spray a coat of the ORB and finish with a coat of the AC. It was the perfect antiqued finish!

A very inexpensive and easy fix to create the fan I had been longing for. Here it is! My “antique fan.”
Great seeing you Diana! Thank you for all your encouragement!

Chicken Wire Memo Board (Bye-Bye Buck)

Do you remember a few weeks back when I bought that hideous framed print of the deer from the thrift store? I re-assured you that I bought “Buck” only for the frame, remember? You were really doubting me on that one, weren’t you? Are you ready to see what I did with it? 
I transformed it into a new memo board for my craft room! I actually found out from a reader that the deer print “is from Home Interiors, circa 1980’s. It is a reprint of original John Wayne owned.” Huh, who knew? Another reader told me her father had it when she was little! Maybe I should have left it alone? Nah!

Bye-bye Buck! I removed the backing, print and glass.

Hubby measured, cut and stapled chicken wire to the back. You can find chicken wire at your local hardware/home improvement store. It’s near the fencing supplies {outdoors at Home Depot or Lowes}.

I painted the frame with Olympic Heavy Cream and sprayed the chicken wire with a combination of Rust-Oleum Satin Metallics Oil-Rubbed Bronze and Aged Copper spray paints.

Then {of course} I distressed the paint with sandpaper. I had planned on being finished at this point, but I didn’t like the way it looked against the wall.

So I measured and cut a piece of fabric and hot-glued it to the back of the frame.

Much better! But it still needed a little something. I added some rosettes {two burlap and one of the same fabric} to the top left corner. You can find my rosette tutorial here.

I added some clothespins {which I think I will darken a bit with distress ink or stain} and my new memo board is complete! If only I could say the same about my craft room!
Don’t forget to enter the Trendy Trinket giveaway

Guest Post: Wine Cork Art from The V Spot

Hi all!   I’m Vivienne from The V Spot where I write about crafts, DIY projects and the wacky things my kids do.

I am really happy to be guest posting here at Scissors & Spatulas today! I adore Jen and I love, love, LOVE her projects.

While Jen is on vacation, I thought I’d share one of my favorite projects:
Distressed Artwork with a Wine Cork Frame.

wine cork, art work, distressed art

A few years ago I bought a friend a birthday card that said “Always carry a corkscrew and the wine will provide itself”. As much as it was the perfect card for her, it also resonated with me for a couple of reasons…
  1. I really like wine
  2. It reminds me to be ready for opportunity when it knocks on my door
  3. It reminds me to have faith that things will fall into place
  4. I really, really like wine
The first step in this project is to drink a lot of wine and save the corks. I have been saving wine corks for quite a while in order to get enough of to do this project. I also had my friends save them for me, but I have heard it is possible to buy corks in bulk at some craft stores. (But I’ve never needed to do buy them, so I can’t confirm that.  🙂 Don’t you judge me!)

how to, wine cork, art, distressed

1.) Starting with a $5 thrift store frame, I had it fitted with a piece of 1/4 inch plywood and then primed it using a basic brush on primer like Kilz.

2.) Using acrylic paint I had on hand, it was painted a golden-taupe color. You can use any color that you like on this step. Whatever color you choose is the color your letters will end up being.
3.) Next I used my Cricut to cut the letters out of contact paper. If you don’t have a Cricut or a Silhouette you can use pre-cut scrapbook stickers. You can buy them at Michael’s or JoAnn’s. The next step is to arrange them how you want them and adhere them to the board. I am a big fan of the “just eyeball it” Letter Placement Technique, especially if you’re using a script-style font.
4.) Once the letters were adhered to the board, I covered the entire board with sage green acrylic paint went. While the green paint was still slightly wet, I free-hand painted a wine bottle right over the top of it all (and like a dork, did not take a photo of this part.) I used black paint to do this and it blended a bit with the still slightly wet green. I also got a little bit of gold paint and put little streaks of gold over the bottle.
5.) While it was still wet, I peeled off the letters. If you wait until everything is dry to pull the letters off, there is a very good chance that the paint will peel up with it. While this can still happen while it’s wet, at least if it’s still wet you can blend the paint to “fix” the problem areas. Once it’s dry, you’re kinda screwed. (That’s a technical artist term, by the way.)
I painted a black border around the perimeter of the bard. My thinking was that there would probably be gaps between the corks and that black showing through would be better that the green.

6.) I allow these distressed art pieces to dry overnight. Once completely dry, I use a light to medium grit sandpaper and go over it with the hand sander until I achieve the distressed look I wanted.
7.) Wipe down the board. I usually put a metallic wash over these pieces. It softens the look of the piece and adds to the distressed look. In this case, I just water down a little gold paint and brush it over the top. Once this dried, I place the board into the frame. There was a gap between the board and the back of the frame that was just the right space for the corks.
8.) Figuring out the placement of the corks was quite a puzzle. They are all just a little bit different. Some are slightly shorter than others, some are a little fatter, etc. Once I got them in the pattern I wanted, they were wedged and glued into place one at a time. DO NOT USE HOT GLUE FOR THIS. Use an epoxy of some kind. Hot glue dries too quickly and you will most likely need to wiggle them around or re-position some of them. A strong, but slow drying epoxy works best.

9.) Then to make sure they were really secure, whatever was handy and heavy was used to weigh them down while they dried. (In this case, Mexican Train Dominoes and ceramic candle holders.)
I hung it against a green wall in a funny little niche that is always tricky to decorate because it is small and rather dark. This feels like it works here because this art seems to add more texture than it does color, and it has created sort of a layered look.

wine cork, art, distressed painting

I’m really happy with how it turned out. I hope you all like it too!
Come see me at The V Spot!

Recycling Old Frames

I recently revealed to you my new dining room! What a difference a change of color can make! I still walk by the room and am surprised at how much brighter it is. 
If you are a follower of mine, you know that I love to renovate and re-decorate but I do not like to spend a lot of money! So my dining room renovation was no exception! The only major purchase I made in my dining room was the fabric for the curtains {which I made using my existing rods} which still cost WAY less than catalog or department store window treatments. I also bought the mirror, painting and floral arrangements from Kirklands, but  they were all on sale and I used a coupon for all of them! So they were a steal! As was most of the other decor in the room. Of course there was granny’s dresser that I refinished after  my SIL gave it to me for FREE! As badly as I wanted a new dining table, it wasn’t gonna happen, so I recovered my chairs and painted my table. And, of course, my “new” china handed down to me by my grandma. So what else did I create on a budget? Check out these prints.
I bought the pair from the Humane Society Thrift Store for $6! So was I about to pay big bucks to have them  matted and framed? 

HECK NO! I had my boys 6-month photos hung in these frames in the “old” dining room. Since I went from gold to silver, the frames were useless, right? NO!

I took the photos and matte out and took those babies outside . . .

and sprayed them with my favorite Krylon color, brushed nickel. 
But, they didn’t quite look right. Too “painted” looking. 
So I brought out my walnut distressing ink and went to town. 
It did a number on my fingers, but in the end. . . .

It looked perfectly antiqued! 

I still needed the matte in the frame {to make it look professional, of course}. so I removed the gold layer that was just stuck with glue. 

I took my prints,

 and put them in the frames with the ivory mattes. 

There you have it! Six dollar, matted, framed prints. That’s just $3 each! Am I doing a little happy dance? YES, I AM! 
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to renovate a room. Spend the money where it is necessary, then look around to see what can be recycled or re-invented into something else! 

My Fourth of July Porch

It’s a little late, but my to-do list is so long that I barely got my Fourth of July decor up this year! I don’t do much but decorate my doorstep for the Fourth, but this year I added a little bit of stars and stripes to my shelves as well. 

Here is my door. One thing I love about my navy blue door is that it matches my July 4th decor. I knew I wanted a frame for my 4th of July door this year so I went into the attic and dug for a few minutes and found it. I bought this frame from the Southern Living Catalog several years ago. I don’t think they even sell their products anymore. Anyway, the frame actually housed a mirror. I had no where to put it in this house so it’s been sitting in my attic. But it was perfect for the door!

I used Walnut Stain Distress Ink Pad to give the frame an aged look. I simply brushed the ink pad lightly across the wood making sure to apply more pressure around the edges.

I found this ribbon at Michael’s and wove it in and out of the holes and tied it into a bow at the corner. The roll was just the right length.
The star has been hanging on my door for the past couple years. I wasn’t ready to ditch it quite yet so I hung it in front of the frame.

I bought this chair from a garage sale back in early May for five bucks. {from my new buddy Mike who I keep running into around town!}. I planned on re-finishing it, but realized it would be perfect as-is for the 4th! So I put away my {pretty} yellow chair for now. I also got the basket at a garage sale {I think the same day} for $2. My plan was to put some red verbena with white Bacopa, but I didn’t get around to it. 🙁  So, I just stuck this pot in it. f
So there’s my Fourth of July porch decor.

For my shelves: I printed this adorable printout from Landee See, Landee Do and framed it in my ever-changing thrift store frame. Below the frame is a banner from Michael’s.
I found this adorable scrapbook paper at Michael’s and mounted the printable onto it. I trimmed the edges of the paper to fit the frame.

Summer Porch Decor

It started with a chair from Goodwill that cost just $12. It reminded me of some chairs my parents had when I was little. It was in almost perfect condition. Even the paint looked good. It just needed to be cleaned. I kept walking but in the end, left the store with the chair.

I went from Goodwill to Home Depot to pick out the perfect color of  paint to fix this baby up. I left with  Krylon Bright Idea.

Two coats later, my pretty chair was good as new and a bright sunny yellow!
On to Hobby Lobby to find some things to add to my new chair.
A straw wreath, some fabric, buttons and yarn came home with me.

I already showed you my summer wreath tutorial a couple weeks ago. Besides the yellow paint, it was the inspiration for my summer porch makeover.

I had lots of extra fabric and a pretty yellow {but boring} chair. Hello, PILLOWS!

I added a simple square pillow and a monogrammed bolster pillow to complete my chair.
I’ve given you a full tutorial on how to make a monogrammed bolster pillow here.
Some bright {and of course, matching} flowers.
It ended with a welcoming porch that screams “Happy summer!”

Welcome to our home!

Thrift Store Cloche

Hey y’all! I’m busy, busy working on my dining room and I can’t wait to show it to you! But you’ll have to wait a little longer! Today, just a quick tutorial to show you 
how I turned these thrift store finds:

Into this decorative cloche:
I go thrifting often. I think it has become a bit of an obsession. I love other people’s junk! Just wait until you see what I got the past couple of weekends! Soon, I promise! One thing I’ve been looking for is a cloche. These babies are pretty expensive, both new and old, so I’ve been on the hunt for something that I can use to make one of my own. I was thrilled when I found this old wooden cheese plate {I think?} with a glass cover. I also purchased the glass candle holder to use as a base to give it some height.
I got both for $4! ‘Cause you know I LOVE a good bargain! 
So here’s how I did it. . .

First I sprayed both pieces with two coats of Krylon black satin spray paint.

I used sandpaper to distress the paint and let the beautiful dark wood show through.
I used Gorilla Glue to attach the wooden plate to the candle holder. I turned the plate upside down because the candle holder fit perfectly in the circular indention.
This was my first time using Gorilla Glue. The instructions said to use a small amount. I guess I used a little too much. So be careful, the glue expands as it dries! Luckily it’s the underside of the platter so you cannot see the dried glue oozing out!
Viola! A miniature cloche for my counter top for just a few dollars! Now, what to put in it?

One of my boxwood balls from Hobby Lobby fits perfectly!

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!

Framed Hanging Silhouette Plaques

Happy Friday! The theme for round two of American Crafter was home decor. A pretty open theme. I decided to use a little something that I made my mom for Mother’s Day for my entry this week. She loved it and I hope you will too!
Framed Hanging Silhouette Plaques

Those profile silhouettes are my two brothers and myself. A couple weeks ago in my MOPS {Mothers of Preschoolers} group we learned how to make silhouettes using sweet Kristyn’s {I met her at GNO AZ} tutorial at Lil’ Luna. Here are the ones I cut of my boys during our craft session. 
Now I can remember my parents paying big bucks to an artist at Disney World to have our silhouettes made. Of course he could just look at us and cut a perfect profile silhouette! This method is much easier {and much more friendly on your wallet}! All you need is a camera, a printer and some scissors. 
Here are the steps for cutting the silhouette:
1. Take a close up profile photograph.
2. Print the photo on regular paper to the size you wish to cut. For these I printed 5×7.
3. Cut around the profile leaving a 1-2 inch border.
4. Using a pen, trace around the profile making sure to capture small details such as lips, hair lines, etc. At this point you can also add things like bows, collars, etc.
5. Using double-sided adhesive on ONLY the outer edges that will be discarded, secure the photo to card stock so it will not slip.
6. Use sharp scissors to cut around the traced line of the photo.
Easy enough, right? 
Ok, now for the plaques:

I started with three unfinished wooden plaques {$1.99 each} from Hobby Lobby.

I stained the wood using a dark colored stain. Mine is mocha but any dark wood stain will work fine.
I used one light coat of primer and two coats of Olympic Irish Cream latex paint.
After the paint was completely dry I used a low grit sandpaper to remove areas of paint around the plaque to let the dark stain show through. You can do this as much or as little as you like. It all depends on your preference. I like a lot of wood showing through. Then I used a template to cut ovals {slightly smaller then the face of the plaque} from an old book.
 I used Mod Podge to adhere them to the wood. One coat on the wood and two coats on top was plenty. *Note: the paper did bubble up in a few places. I used a plastic scraper to gently smooth out the bubbles. 
I used the same double-sided adhesive to attach the silhouettes to the plaques.

I used a glue gun to attach ribbon to the back of each plaque for hanging.

After hanging all three silhouette plaques I enclosed them in a large, open frame made out of some scrap trim pieces we had in the garage.
And that was {one of} my gifts to my awesome mom who put up with a lot of stuff from me over the years.
Thanks mom! 
If you have a minute, head over to Nap Time Crafters to cast your vote for round two!
Pretty, pretty please!

A New (Seriously Homemade) Bulletin Board

 Yesterday I shared with you the new work table I put in Parker’s nursery in attempt to make it more of a “big boy” room without changing the decor. 
Yes, I love the table, and so does he, but I felt like it was missing something. Hmmmm, what does this little table need? Well, there definitely needs to be something to cover that big blank space between the table and the hanging plaques. But what?
I’ve got it!

The little work table needs a bulletin board! 

I’m not going to the store, what do I have laying around the house to create something resembling a bulletin board? 
I went up to my attic and found this empty frame. The glass had broken a while back and I just knew I could use this frame for something! {I really do have some hoarding tendencies, I think. In this case, those tendencies worked in my favor.} Good thing I saved it! And for the bulletin board, well, I just bought a box of diapers this week and the box was still in the garage!
And I still had lots of fabric leftover from the window treatments and pillows I made for his room. 
Let’s get started, shall we?!
First I measured the frame and cut two pieces from the box to fit snuggly inside the frame. I wanted to use both fabrics, so I cut one large piece for the bottom portion and a smaller one for the section at the top. 
Then I used my stapler {yep, a regular old stapler} to attach the fabric, wrapping it tightly around the edges.
I crisscrossed white grosgrain ribbon across the bottom board and secured it using a small dab of hot glue where the ribbon met the edge of the board. This secured the ribbons in place so I could flip the board over and wrap the ribbon around the edge, again using hot glue to secure it.

Here is what it looked like after I glued the ribbon in place. Something was missing. I needed buttons. I didn’t have enough matching buttons, so off to Hobby Lobby I went. Sigh. . . 
The trip to the store was worth it. The buttons are a really nice accent. I secured them using the hot glue gun. Now into the frame the fabric-covered cardboard went.
But wait, since this is going on the distressed table, I decided to use a little distress ink so they match.
And, I really wanted to add his name, so I used my best bud Cricut to cut some letters out of white card stock and just Mod Podged them to the fabric. Easy as that. 
And now Parker has a lovely bulletin board to go along with his big boy work table. 
{I took this photo when the Mod Podge was still drying. The white film has dried clear}

Now he needs to make some big boy artwork to hang on it!
And since I love telling y’all how much little I spend on my projects, this one is easy. I spent about $2 on buttons. So there you have it folks, a bulletin board for 2 bucks!