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Hey guys, I hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend! We spent the last four days with family and it was a blast. I’m back today to share with you a tutorial on how I made the no-sew American flag frame decor. Making the framed flag was easy using the Silhouette clean cut interfacing. With an old frame laying around the house, burlap, and fabric from my stash this patriotic decor was made in no time!

Patriotic Crafts

Supplies:

fabric

Silhouette clean cut (no-sew) interfacing

burlap

frame

glue

I began by finding the American flag shape in the Silhouette store then downloading the file. I ungrouped the shape so that I could space out the different fabrics on my cutting mat.

I ironed the interfacing to the back on the fabric then removed the backing and placed it on the cutting mat. Make sure you use a fabric blade when cutting fabric as your regular blade may not be sharp enough.

Silhouette Fabric Interfacing Once the shapes were cut I aligned them on the burlap and glued each fabric in pieces. The white rectangle was ironed on first then the blue square and then the red stripes were aligned against the blue fabric piece.

Framed American flag decor

I used spray adhesive to glue the fabric onto the frame backing, it was quick and easy but also allows me to remove the burlap whenever I’d like to use the frame for something else.

The clean cut interfacing made this project SO easy to make! You could enlarge the size and easily make patriotic pillows with the flag shape or even a patriotic shirt for your little ones.

I’ll be contacting the Silhouette winner this evening! If you’d like to try the Silhouette interfacing there’s still time to take advantage of the awesome deal they have going on. GO HERE and enter PUMPKIN at checkout to receive the discount.Silhouette giveaway

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Flower Pillow Cover {HGTV Fabric}

Flower pillow tutorial apumpkinandaprincess.com

I recently received some of the new HGTV Fabric available at Jo-Ann to review and the first thing I thought of was how perfect the yellow and grey fabric matched my current home decor. Since I’m currently working on updating my front porch I knew adding bright, colorful pillow covers would be easy to do. With the grey and yellow fabric I made a flower pillow cover to coordinate with my porch makeover. It’s still a work in process but I hope to finish this weekend and show it to you next week!   Flower pillow tutorial apumpkinandaprincess.com

HGTV and Jo-Ann have partnered together to offer trendy indoor and outdoor home decor fabrics, available only at Jo-Ann stores. There are currently 74 exclusive designs available online and instore. Keep reading for a special coupon at the bottom of the post!

I received two different patterns of the HGTV fabric and coordinating trim. I have an idea for my son’s room with a geometric pattern fabric that I can’t wait to try. For my bench pillow I used the light grey floral print and I think it fits perfectly for what I had in mind.

To make an envelope pillow cover you will need:

My pillow form is 17 inches so I cut a total of three pieces of fabric

-one 17 inches (the front of the pillow)

-one piece 21 inches cut in half

I was so excited to make make the pillow that I forgot to take pictures of every step. I hope I can explain this as easy as possible, please feel free to email me if I confuse you at all! :)

I took my long piece of fabric (the 21 inches) and cut it in half. I sewed a half inch seam where I cut the pieces in half on one side of each piece. This will be the seam on the envelope closure.

envelope pillow cover tutorial

I then placed my 17 inch fabric right side up and my two smaller pieces right side down, overlapping each other by a few inches (the hemmed seams are in the middle of the pillow). The picture on the right above shows what it should look like before adding the third piece right side down, that will overlap the piece on the top. I pinned it together and sewed around the entire perimeter. This is really basic sewing here, all you need to do is sew a “square” and you’re done.

Since the “long piece” was cut into two and then aligned with the 17 inch piece, it creates an envelope closure on the back of the pillow case. This makes it easy to wash or replace your pillow covers.

envelope pillow cover tutorial

So here’s a little secret about the ribbon flower on the front of the pillow…it’s removable!

To make the yellow ribbon flower I ruffled 4 yards of 2 inch wide ribbon. I then wrapped the ribbon around to create a flower design and hot glued onto a round piece of felt along the way. I made a button using the HGTV fabric and a button making kit you can find at Jo-Ann. So I bet you’re wondering how it’s removable, huh? Well I actually safety pinned the felt on the back of the flower to the front of my fabric cover. You’re probably thinking what? Why? Well, at first I wasn’t sure if I would like the flower on the front so I didn’t want to sew it straight onto the pillow cover. Then I ran out of ribbon and the store is out of stock in the color I need. I would like to add two more yards of ribbon to create a bigger flower. I figured it’ll be easy for me to add more felt and ribbon to it if I need to.

Flower Pillow Tutorial apumpkinandaprincess.com

HGTV Fabric

Want to make your own flower pillows with the new HGTV fabric? Well here’s a coupon to use for your next shopping trip to Jo-Ann. But you’ll have to be quick because the coupon expires on the 4th. To make things even sweeter Jo-Ann is currently offering their HGTV fabric at 50% off AND you can use the coupon on top of the sale!

Flower Pillow Tutorial apumpkinandaprincess.com

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Storage Bench & Kirlands Giveaway

Remember the beautiful home decor items I shared on Monday? Well today I’m sharing the treasures I came home with after recently visiting a Kirklands store. My favorite piece is this living room storage bench with baskets underneath…

Storage Bench

The bench didn’t actually come with the baskets so I added those to turn it into a storage bench for our living room. This is exactly what we needed to help keep the kids belongings under control. As much as I’d like their  books and toys to stay in their rooms, they somehow always end up scattered throughout the living room. This bench is the perfect storage solution for us.

storage bench

I originally planned on finding an entryway table, like this grey console table, but unfortunately I found that our space isn’t wide enough for what I had in mind. Instead I indulged in the bench, which I had never even thought of buying for our home but I’m so glad hat I did.

Guess what else I finally found? A chair for my craft desk! Yay! I’m thrilled to finally have a chair that matches perfectly and is comfortable enough to sit on for long periods of time while I’m blogging.

nailhead trim chair

I love the nailhead trim along the back and bottom of the chair!

Nailhead trim

Along with the bench and chair I picked up a couple of teal flower pillows for the living room. They’re perfect for Spring and go well with my current yellow throw pillows.

Living Room Decor

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I received compensation for my Treasure Your Home blog post. Kirkland’s partnered with several bloggers like me to raise brand awareness in the month of February. All purchases and content are on my own accord and reflect my personal opinion and style. Kirkland’s blogger outreach policies abide by the WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. For official Kirkland’s giveaway rules, visit here.

Treasure Hunting for Home Decor

Its officially been 3 years since we purchased our home and as much as I don’t like to admit this, we still haven’t finished decorating. However, I have made some progress within the last year and recent months. Sometimes decorating can be a challenge for me, I usually have a hard time finding items that I like that are within my price range.  I feel like I have finally found my style and am always looking for neutral home decor ideas. So I was thrilled when Kirkland’s asked me to go on a treasure hunt for some home decor.

Since the nearest Kirklands store is over an hour away I decided to look online first. Here are a few of my favorite home decor pieces that caught my eye…

Home Decor Ideas

This grey console table is perfect for my neutral living room. I really like the doors with windows and how its styled with books inside.

Home Decor Ideas

The tuffeting makes this blue chair absolutely adorable! It’s perfect for a home office, craft room, or in a living room.

 

Home Decor Ideas

A beautiful etched glass lamp would look great on my current espresso console table.

Home Decor Ideas

The simplicity and rustic feel of this flower petal mirror is stunning. I’d like this mirror in my entry way above the grey console table.

Home Decor Ideas

This grey ikat chair would look great with my craft desk and give my space some color.

So tell me, what is your decor style? Do you love neutrals like I do or are you all about bright colors?

Come back tomorrow to see what I came home with after visiting a Kirkland’s store and for the chance to win your own shopping spree!

 

 

 

 

I received compensation for my Treasure Your Home blog post. Kirkland’s partnered with several bloggers like me to raise brand awareness in the month of February. All purchases and content are on my own accord and reflect my personal opinion and style. Kirkland’s blogger outreach policies abide by the WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. For official Kirkland’s giveaway rules, visit here.

 

Organizing Craft Supplies

Craft Room Organization Tips

Every year as soon as Christmas is over I get anxious to start simplifying our home. Organizing craft supplies in my craft hutch was at the top of my list. This month with gift wrapping, handmade gift making, and lack of time its become total chaos in my craft space. We dedicated a corner in our master bedroom for my craft supplies so that I didn’t have to use the kitchen counter anymore. I thought it would be easier to keep track of everything but that’s not always the case. I’d show you the entire craft space but I’m not done organizing and decorating it yet, so that will have to wait for another post. But I will show you my craft hutch beautifully organized just the way I imagined it would be when I bought it last summer.

Craft Room Organization Tips

Its simple with neutral colors, definitely my ideal craft space!

Here is the before…

Organizing craft supplies

As you can see nothing matched and it was so disorganized that I had a hard time keeping track of what supplies were in which bin. These are only my most used craft supplies, half of our master bedroom closet is used for craft supplies as well-yikes! That’s a whole new project to work on in 2013, but for now I needed something to help me organize my craft space. I found a 4 pack of baskets on clearance for $13 at Lowes this week and was thrilled that they were exactly what I’ve been looking for. Organizing Craft Supplies

The tags remind me of faux chalkboard tags. To make them I used my Brother P-touch labeler, die cutting machine, Core’dinations Black Magic cardstock and sand-it set. Once my labels were cut I used the paper sander to lightly sand the edges and front of the tags. The black magic cardstock has a color on the backside that appears when you sand or cut it (for these tags I used the black and white paper). Then I created labels for each basket. The deco modes on the P-Touch Labeler are SO cute and there are a large variety of icons for any theme you’re looking for.

DIY Chalkboard Labels

Brother P-Touch Labeler

I’ve been using my Brother P-Touch labeler to organize the baskets as well as various other projects around the house. This little tool is a lifesaver! I’m a visual person, I like to see where everything is neatly put away and have some sort of organization system going on with everything in the house. We are in the process of tackling the kids rooms this weekend. Target has some pretty cute plastic bins for kids. We bought heart patterned containers for my daughters toys and we started labeling them by toy group. Santa brought her toys with way too many small pieces this year, so we need to make sure we don’t lose them!

Craft Room Organization Tips

 

How will you stay organized in 2013?

 

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I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Brother P-Touch and received a product sample to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Gold Gilded Pine Cone Ornament

gilded pine cone

Hi friends, we’re back from Disneyland! It was another memorable experience for our family. We are Disney fanatics so you’ve probably notice that we enjoy going as much as possible. This time we were able to go ice skating in Downtown Disney. I have to say my 3 year old was incredibly good at it. I’m pretty sure she was better at ice skating than I was. I’ll tell you more about it soon and share lots of pictures of both parks!

Today I want to share with you a gilded pine cone ornament I shared at Lines Across a couple of weeks ago. This simple gilded pine cone ornament is very easy to make and can quickly be replicated to fill an entire tree. Let me show you how to make it with only a few steps..

I’m a big fan of the metallic trend right so I decided to use Martha Stewart’s gold liquid gilding. This can be found at Michaels in the paint section.

Using a paint brush I painted only the tips of the pine cone then let it dry. You can get really creative with it and paint the entire pine cone or add some glitter. White micro no-hole beads to create a snow like effect would look great too!

Once the pine cone was dried I glued a bow to the top then tied a piece of string to hang it from.

That’s it! A quick and easy ornament that you can also use as a gift topper or add into your table decor. I made three gilded pine cones but I’m going to try to add a few more to cover our tree. Speaking of Christmas decor I’m still not finished with my Christmas vignette. Being sick than leaving on vacation has put me a little behind. Maybe I’ll keep my decor up a little longer this year to make up for it. :)

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Moss Christmas Tree

DIY Moss Christmas Tree

Happy Monday my friends! I’m excited to finally have several projects finished AND photographed to share with you this week. We went to Disneyland last month and two hours after we left the little one starting feeling sick. Needless to say the entire family has had their round in the last month. The blog has kinda taken the back burner and I’ve been anxious to finish projects. But I’m back full of ideas to share with YOU! Starting with this Moss Christmas Tree I recently made.

DIY Moss Christmas Tree

While reading a Better Homes & Garden Christmas magazine I came across a moss tree and knew right away it would be the perfect addition to my table Christmas tree display. This year my Christmas decor is an eclectic collection of all of my favorites- neutrals, glitter, and a touch of green. My hope is to stay away from purchasing any more decor and focus on making everything myself.

To make the tree I used:

-moss

-pail

-hot glue

-styrofoam cone and square

-tree twig

-mini pom pom trim

I began by gluing the the stryofoam square inside the pail. I used adhesive moss sheets to cover the cone but did have to use a little hot glue to secure the seams. For the tree “stump” I used a twig which gave it a realistic look. It was a little bare so that’s where the pom pom trim came into play. Then a little bit of loose moss at the base finished off the project.

Moss Christmas Tree

I love the way my little moss Christmas tree looks! I may use a star at the top but am still undecided. For now it’s going with my new ruffled fabric trees as part of a Christmas tree display I’m working on.

Moss Christmas Tree

Tomorrow I’ll switch gears and share a Thanksgiving idea. Then later on in the week there might just be a new giveaway that involves crafting supplies. Just sayin’ :)

 

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Fall Decor {My Fall Vignette}

Fall is by far my favorite season for decorating, especially when it comes to decorating a Fall vignette. I love neutrals, and Fall’s beauty captures my style perfectly. On Friday I was lucky enough to go out of town on a date night with the Mr. and if you follow me on instagram then you know we headed to World Market for a little shopping.

Fall Decor #Vignette

So what did I buy? Well, a lot! The Friends & Family coupon they had this past weekend was pretty much the best coupon ever. After I checked out the first time I realized how much I saved so I  put the bags in the car and ran back inside for more. My husband thought I was crazy but I couldn’t help myself. I picked up a ton of Fall and Christmas decor. Today I’m only going to show you the Fall decor I bought to create my Fall vignette, plus  some of my favorite World Market finds.

My style is very simple, less is more focused. I also like neutral colors that don’t make my living room look too busy. Although, my living room did need a few patterned pieces because it was looking a little too simple. These yellow and grey pillows were the perfect addition. I really like the pattern and the colors are perfect for fall.

Grey and Yellow Decor

I just couldn’t walk away from these pillars and birch candles. The candles are going to be great for Christmas too!

I picked up this vase at World Market a few months ago and was happy to find these orange flowers this time around.

Orange Flowers

The twig star was actually part of their Christmas decor but I thought it could work for Fall as well.

Twig Star wreath

A few small pumpkins the burlap table runner I made helped balance out all the dark pieces.

#Burlap Table Runner

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