Tuesday, August 31, 2010

1st Beadboard Project

I love beadboard! I want it all over my house! Well, all over in a pretty way. But since I am renting I cannot/willnot add it to the house. I can however, decorate with it.

I made this easy-to-make frame using beadboard, wood trim, some faux vintage keyplates and knobs.

Of course I had to paint it with my fav! Heirloom White. The trim is black. I used a walnut glaze to go over the keyplates to give is a vintage look. This frame was created as a copycat of something I saw in some magazine...wish I could remember. {If you know, please share and I will mention it}

I just love how it turned out!

I can now enjoy some beadboard, however minimal it may be.

My other recent love?

Isn't she just so pretty! I've worn her pretty much every day this past week and got a ton of compliments every time!

I need to make more!!! 

What about you? Any new recent loves?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Fabric Peony

I am on a fabric kick as of late. I created another type of flower that I don't think anyone else has made. At least, I haven't seen any online... They really are super simple!
{I am currently putting together a tutorial and will post here when it's done}

"Aren't I beautiful!" says the fabric peony.

I can be worn as a brooch or pinned to a headband, shoes, purse, dog, husband, you get the idea.

And for the rustic chic look, how cute am I on burlap! I love this, I'm dressed down but can still be worn with anything! Like when you're slinging horse poo. It's essential to be cute when slinging horse poo!

I have many layers! NOT like an onion, however, thankyouverymuch! Some are hidden from this view but I have 9 total.

I (spoken by human) just love it! 

I am now going to make many more of these in several different colors. I'm thinkin Fall baby!

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Real Tutorial :: Fabric Rosette Headband

Sorry about the extra long Manana. The days just got away from me. Seems to be a pretty constant thing this past month. We have had such a busy summer. Our September will be even busier. We have plans every weekend that month plus we start school after Labor Day. Oh, and we're driving 12hrs to visit my in-laws. {I'm super excited about that trip}.

But you aren't here to listen to me talk about how busy I am. You're here for a {belated} tutorial. (which is very pic heavy)

So, on with the show.

You will need fabric, 2 felt circles-per rosette (which you can cut out of a sheet of felt), hot glue, headband, and an embellishment for the center of your flower.

When purchasing my fabric, I usually get 1/4 yard. I then cut it in about 1" strips (tear if you want the frayed look). Do not measure, just eyeball it.

Starting with one strip, tie a knot in the end. This will be the center of your rosette. Then glue that to your fabric circle. 

Cut your felt circle to the size you want your rosette to be.

You will then start to twist and wrap around, gluing the fabric to the felt every so often.

You can wrap loosely or tight, which ever look you like best. I prefer loose for the frayed rosette.

Once you are to the edge of your felt you will tuck the last bit of fabric underneath, gluing in place.

So pretty! Now you can add an embellishment to glam it up a bit, or leave it for a nice simple look.

Once you have finished blingin' out your rosette, you can glue it to the headband.

Nice and secure. Now you will glue your second felt circle to the back of the rosette to help secure it and keep it attached.

Do this for however many rosettes you wish to make. They are quite addictive so I recommend you have plenty of felt and fabric on hand. Fair warning.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Fabric Rosette Headband :: Tutorial

 Wednesday evening was spent making a special headband per my 4yr old DD's request. She wanted a headband like mommy's. I took that request to mean that I could make any kind of fancy headband I wanted. I had been meaning to make her one of these anyway...so what better time than when she wants something totally different!?


I chose this fabric because, believe it or not, it's pretty neutral. It goes really well with almost everything in her wardrobe. Pink, green, navy, white, blue, red, spaghetti sauce, chocolate sauce, au natural... you get the picture. Plus, it's just cute fabric!

I used brads for the centers. I couldn't decide if I wanted something in the center of the two small rosettes, hence the one above with and the other without, hence I am too lazy to take a new pic of them both with, hence you get to see my laziness, hence...I'm all outta hence's.

I love the frayed look to these! I think it looks very beachy and summery. I was going to cover the headband, but she said "Nuh-Uh! I like it pink!" Fine, fine...it's the least I could do.

Now she wants more, in other colors. She has been into my fabric stash and has pulled out SEVERAL pieces. I asked her which one she wanted and she said "All of them!" 

Of course.

So I promised her I would teach HER how to make them! Folks, these are so easy, a 4yr old can do them!

I mentioned a tutorial, didn't I? Why yes, yes I did. But you don't get it until tomorrow. Cuz I'm lazy remember! I didn't edit the pics...so you'll just have to wait. 

No-Sew Fabric Rosette Headband Tutorial

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Playful Pendants

This past week has been filled with several custom pieces and a few fun things thrown in with no real purpose (other than to give me a break). 

These pendants are two of those fun things with no purpose. 

This turned out so cute! I have discontinued my yellow rosebuds, but I had this little mini one left. I thought it would make a great pendant.

This one was something I had never tried before. I wanted to have a raised look but still have it sealed. I just dropped the items in the pendant and poured a glaze over it. I love it!

Ok, back to the craft table for me! Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Beauty In A Box

I just had to share this with you all. Look. At this gorgeous custom piece my sponsor just created! I just saw it in her shop and thought it was too pretty not to share.

Remember, she can do custom work for you too!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Fabric Earrings :: Giveaway Winner

The winner of the super cute fabric covered earrings is...

Erin who said...
AHHH! I love these!!! You are so creative! Can you be my personal accessory stylist?!?!

Erin, I'd love to! :) 
Send me your email and I will get your choice set in the mail.

Thanks to all who entered. 

Didn't win? No worries, I'm putting the others in my shop.

Sponsor Giveaway Winner

The winner for my sponsor giveaway is...

Dee who said...
Very cute!! Those have to take talent. I am no good at painting. I like B :)
Dee, just email me your address and Erin will get that mirror shipped out to you. Thanks so much to all who entered. If you didn't win, don't fret! You can purchase anything in Whimsical Wood Designs shop and receive 10% off! When checking out, just mention code DailyChocolate.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Fabric Earrings :: Giveaway

 Giveaway Now Closed

While in the middle of filling custom orders this week, I took a little break and created a little something for myself. I very rarely do that but was inspired when I pulled some items out that I hadn't used in a while.

I thought these were super cute and I have already received so many compliments on them!

These earrings are made using fabric covered brads! I just clipped the brad posts off the back and attached an earring post. Super simple and super cute!

These are some others that I made.

They were so much fun and only took about 8 minutes to complete 4 pairs. Can't beat that!
And while I was inspired to create these it inspired me further to 
give one away to one of my readers.

Nothing crazy to enter, just leave a comment letting me know you'd like to win a pair 
and I will choose a winner Monday 8/9. 

You'll have a choice of those three up there.

Well, I am off to finish orders. Enjoy the weekend!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Feature Friday :: Etsy Edition

Another week has gone by, and I still don't feel like I've truly enjoyed summer. It's all gone by in such a speedy frenzy of To-Do's that I haven't been able to just,
enjoy the summer fruits. 
or be lazy by the pool. 
And it's all almost over! But I'm not too upset about that. My favorite season is Fall, and that's usually when I can sit and relax and enjoy nature. I am really looking forward to Fall this year. We are planning a road trip to Skyline Drive in Va. I can't wait! I just love the beauty of Fall.

But before I go rushing into the next season, I am going to try to slow down and enjoy what's left of summer.

And Etsy helps me do that!

Such beauty! 

Do you find Summer inspiration on Etsy?

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

New Sponsor :: Giveaway

I am sure some of you may have noticed that fun button over to the left there. That's my new sponsor, Erin of Whimsical Wood.

This woman is full of talent! She makes THE CUTEST items ever! Her frames can be made into mirrors or jewelry holders as well!

 This is my favorite!

I love her. I love her items. So will you!
She can create custom orders too!

Annnnddd...She has graciously offered to give away a super cute mirror to one lucky reader!

Entering this contest is the simplest thing ever! All you have to do is leave a comment stating which mirror you like best! (A,B, or C) Entries Close Friday 8/6 and I will pick a random.org winner then.

Also, please be sure to leave your email address in the comment so I can reach you should you win!

One entry not enough for you? 

The following are optional. Please leave a separate comment for each.

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And if you REALLY want a lot of entries to win this awesome fabulousness... any purchase gets you 5 entries!!!

So what are you waiting for? Which mirror do you like best?