Some of my paper wreaths are now available for sale at Tomolly in Millthorpe. Please pop in and see the lovely Belinda at Tomolly if you’d like to check them out in person. Currently, i have two golden book wreaths and one vintage sheet music wreath available. You can also follow Belinda on Instagram or FB if you’d like to see what she has in stock.
Gosh I love a good gallery wall! I have a slight obsession with them and have included them in the guesthouse and my own home. Painting the parlour walls this deep rich navy was one of the best decisions I’ve made at the house. The room was smallish and dark and rather than fight against the natural moodiness, I decided to embrace it. It’s surprising how the dark walls make the room feel welcoming, cosy and warm. I began planning a gallery wall against the navy base even before I’d picked the paint colour. And gold seemed like the natural choice.
I have a small gallery wall featuring gold in one of the bedrooms too, which means I have to split my gold framed finds between to the two spaces. Neither wall is complete yet, but that’s ok because I love how each wall is growing and evolving. Over the weekend I went treasure hunting again for gold frames. This pretty oil painting framed in gold was a stand out during my treasure hunt. It’s so pretty and feminine. I did find another larger framed oil painting of flowers, which was stunning, but the budget didn’t allow it this time. Pictured below is the progress so far. What do you think?
These little DIY felt wall pennants are a great way to use up some of your excess craft supplies. I’ve been trying to be good and not purchase anymore craft supplies, which can sometimes be as much as a hobby as the crafting itself. Craft addicts – I know you understand! I didn’t need to purchase a single thing for this project. Yay! :)
You’ll need – flat felt, rotary cutter, scissors, thread, needle, paint and dowel.
1 – First, cut out a rectangle from the felt. The size is up to you and depends on how big you want your pennant to be. My rectangle is 7×9 inches. Fold your rectangle in half and cut a triangle at a diagonal (see fig 1) about a third of the way up the felt.
2 – Unfold your felt and you can see the result. Felt is a great fabric for this project because the edges won’t fray, so you don’t need to worry about hemming them.
3 – Fold the top section of your rectangle down about an inch and pin. Then stitch in place (by machine or hand). This is where you’ll insert the dowel.
5 – Stencils and paint are a quick and easy way to decorate a pennant. You can used a sponge or brush to apply the paint.
6 – I used a brush and stencil for the star pennant. I found using a brush produced sharper edges than the sponge.
7 – You can always paint free hand onto the felt if you’re feeling brave. I’m no artist so I prefer stencils, but I did manage to paint the word LOVE onto one pennant without too much drama.
8 – I decorated the last two pennants with white stitching. I used white embroidery thread and a simple back stitch to hand sew crossing arrows on this pennant.
9 – I used the same embroidery thread to stitch the word ‘love’ on the last pennant.
10 – Next, cut some 5mm square dowel to size and then pierce a hole through either end to attach the thread. The dowel I used is from Spotlight and it is really soft, which made it perfect for this method. If the the dowel or stick is too firm to pierce, you could just wrap the string around and tie it in place.
11 – If you are using the threaded method, thread the string through the hole and then tie a knot to keep your thread from pulling through.
12 – Because the pennants are so light weight you can attached them to the wall with washi tape. No more holes in the wall. :)
I found a really easy tutorial for crochet stars on a blog called Jelly Wares. It’s a gorgeous blog and after losing half an hour looking at all the pretty images, i decided to give the crochet stars a whirl! The tutorial is brilliant! Nice clear images and instructions, which are perfect for a beginner like me. I was surprised to find myself with a completed yellow star after 30mins (I’m slow, still learning).
I was so chuffed with my first star! It wasn’t too dodgy looking at all! Yay! And now it’s official that i am hooked….addicted. #crochetaddict #starcrochet #ilovecrochet #yarnlover #hookedoncrochet #icantstop
My daughter and I finished the gallery wall in her bedroom over the school holidays, so I thought I’d share it with you. We had talked about adding a gallery wall for a while, so we had already collected most of the bits and pieces. When we found the watercolour print from IKEA, a couple of weekends ago, we finally felt motivated to get started. This is such an affordable way to decorate a wall. We created the large triangle artwork ourselves using paint and washi tape on canvas and the silhouette was from a craft project I started last year.The Pokemon illustration was drawn by my eldest daughter and most of the other pieces we had already. We also used some washi tape to fill in a couple of the gaps. This is really easy to remove when we get tired of it or find something better to replace it. The watercolour IKEA banner is perfect on the wall! But my favourite thing is the pencil illustration above the side table that my daughter drew herself. I love the shading in the hair and bow.
Have fun, regret nothing! I made this wall banner for our rumpus room and if you can sew in a straight line, then you can make one too. :) All you need is some fabric, cotton, a rod, decorative thread and a ruler.
Step 1 – Measure and cut your fabric. Mine is 20×27 inches.
Step2 – Mark 10 inches across to find the middle of the base and then mark 10 inches up either side and rule to from two joining lines.
Step 3 – Cut off these excess triangles.
Step 4 – Pin the seams and then iron them flat. I started with the pointed end, then the sides and finally the top. The top is folded down (temporarily) about 4 inches to accommodate the rod.
Step 5 – I inserted the rod and sat the banner between two chairs to make sure it was level. It’s much easier to fix any issues now rather than later.
Step 6 – Sew the seams, making sure you leave the top until last.
Step 7 – Refold the loop for the rod casing, pin in place and then sew.
Step 8 – Hand stitch, using decorative thread, the quote you have chosen.