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Project: Halloween Yarn Wreath




Cute yarn wreaths have been floating all over the blogosphere and Pinterest, so I finally decided it was time for me to make my own. I didn't take enough photos for a full step-by-step tutorial but I'll do my best to explain my process!

Supplies:
  • Foam tubing
  • Duct tape
  • Glue gun
  • Yarn (go cheap!)
  • Wide ribbon
  • Embellishments of your choosing (I used embroidery thread and a plastic spider)

I saved some money by purchasing foam tubing from Home Depot instead of using a pre-made wreath base from a craft store. For a dollar and change, you get 6 feet of tubing- cut it in half, use duct tape to attach the ends together, and you have enough for two wreaths just over 12" in outer diameter!



I took my black yarn and wrapped the loose end around the tube once, tied a knot, and used my hot glue gun to firmly keep it in place. Then, take that yarn and wrap, wrap wrap! I found the easiest way to do this was in increments, passing the whole ball of yarn through the hoop five or six times then tightening it up. This whole process did take me about an hour- perfect for multi-tasking while watching TV! When you are finished, tie another knot and glue gun the ends in place. I didn't worry about it looking a little messy because I knew I would cover it up with my ribbon later.


Now it's time to decorate! I took purple and green embroidery thread and wrapped it around to mimic an argyle look, once again using my glue gun to secure each end in place. I took the glittery orange ribbon, cut it to my desired length and placed it over the messy yarn ends. The ribbon was glued onto the wreath, then I also glued the ends together to make one big loop. I cut another piece of ribbon and tied a giant bow at the top of the wreath and glue gunned it in place.



My finishing touch was to dangle a fuzzy black and green plastic spider down the middle of my wreath! I tried gluing orange embroidery thread to the back of the spider, but he just wouldn't dangle properly. I realized my spider needed to be weighted down a bit, so I found some vase filler that I had (basically flat marbles) and glued three pieces into its hollow backside. It looked ugly so I just cut out a piece of orange foam I had lying around and glued that over the whole thing. Perfect!



I'm pretty pleased with my first attempt at a yarn wreath. I think I'll have to do this for every holiday!



Friday Faves #9: Polyvore and Fun with Fashion!

Friday Faves is back this week, thanks to my new obsession with Polyvore! I've been admiring other peoples' work on Pinterest forever and finally decided to give it a try myself. This website is going to be dangerous... not only is putting together fashion sets addictive, it definitely gets the shopping bug acting up.

This first set, was created around two pieces I already own- the bag and the super cute minty moccasins I just purchased (eagerly anticipating its arrival in the mail any day now). I also plan on making a necklace like this beauty from Stella & Dot for myself.

Mint & Camel




I chose a yellow and gray theme for my second set. And then I just had to have that yellow clutch. And now I really want a wax seal monogram necklace. And maybe those flats and citrine studs...

Yellow & Silver




My final set for today is peacock-themed! I fell for the recent peacock craze and purchased a pair of fabulous feather earrings from Etsy shop Feathers With Benefits.

Peacock




You guys like my outfits? Which one is your favorite?

Project: Garage Sale Shelves


I found these great shelves at a garage sale a couple of months ago and paid just $15 for both of them. They were painted a kind of awful shade of green (maybe it was pretty at one time?) and had some rusty spots, but it was nothing a couple cans of spray paint and some sandpaper couldn't fix!


Some of the rough spots:




All prettied up:



So simple, no tutorial required! Just sand out the rust, give it a couple coats of paint, and there you have it.





These are now in my craft room holding my finished jewelry and some other treasures!

New Items: Halloween, Kitty Cats & More!

I've been MIA for a little while but I'm back and ready to load up Lucy & Larry with lots of new items! All these items below are posted and ready for you, but keep your eyes out for more goodies the rest of the week too. :)

Halloween Skull & Crossbones Guitar Pick Earrings
First of all- are you ready for Halloween? Here are my special guitar pick earrings designed to dress up your Halloween work day (it does fall on a Monday after all) or perhaps a nice final touch to the pirate, skeleton or witch costume you already have planned. I have a few pairs of these available for all of you this Halloween season!


Kitty Cat Rings
How about these little kitty cat cuties!? Available in several colors! And also, some pretty little umbrella post earrings to brighten these upcoming rainy days.


Rhinestone Umbrella Earrings
Finally, some more rose and sakura cherry blossom rings!

White Rose Ring - Gold Band
Peach Rose Ring - Gold Band
Fuchsia Sakura Ring - Gold Band

Check back soon for even more! :)