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Fourth of July Faux Mantle

Are you sick of my rustic, country chic Americana yet? No?

Awesome! Cause I’ve got another round for you!

I re-fanicificated the newly painted bookshelf for the upcoming holiday. You might recognize the Firecrackers and the 1776 embroidery from earlier in the week.
The newest projects are the woven burlap runner and the picture frame twine star. 
For the runner:
A piece of burlap for the base, a scrap of woven fabric, a safety pin and scissors.
Rip the fabric into strips. I used 3 strips about 3/4 in wide. 
Decide where you want the strips and pull out the burlap threads. Using the safety pin weave the strips through the burlap. I went over 10 and under 5 for the middle round and eyeballed similar spacing for the outside strips
Come back Sunday for a tutorial on the picture frame star!

Summer Blog Challenge:

Day 20:
Day 21: Recent words of wisdom: “Even if it breaks your heart” 
It’s my new motto. Kinda like Nike, Just Go For It
Day 22: When I was a kid I wanted to be a vet. Or a fashion designer. Or an artist. Or an equine massage therapist. 
I wanted to be a lot but there was always a theme of creativity and love of animals. 
I guess not much has changed 🙂

The Valentines [Faux] Mantle

Here it is!

I’ve gotten so much love for my banner and sign that I couldn’t wait to show you the rest! I love the milk glass candy dish. It’s all square and hobnail-y. Of course my bottle of pearls. First show cased in my Untwistable Necklace DIY tutorial, I got a few laughs out of it being pinned almost as much as the necklace!

I’m so proud of this because:
A. The only thing I bought new was the Giant Picture Frame (because it was on clearance at HobLob! I seriously spent 30 minutes starting at spray paint because I’m an addict and then I realized the color I picked what THE COLOR THE FRAME ALREADY WAS. Like I said. Addict). 
B. The rest of the stuff was either made by me (from my stash) or stolen from somewhere else in my house
C. It’s not even Valentine’s Day and I finished it!
This is the more romantic side. Candles and flowers. I’ve got 4 matching ‘milk glass’ vases that I use EVERYWHERE. I stuffed some white candles in and wrapped them all up in twine (it’s a sickness people)
I made the tiny pillow after I found (and then lost..) an awesome tutorial for yarn couching. The little red heart is actually stuffed! The framed ‘art’ is representing my boy and I. I’m the duck for those of you that are interested. I cut the shapes with my Slice. The heart is stuck on with some foam double sided tape so you get that nice shadow effect. I bought the frame last summer at a garage sale. It used to be plain black. I dry brushed it with some white and hot glued the twine around the edges. 
Twine Addicts Anonymous should meet following Spray Painters Anonymous….
Weekend Bloggy Reading

Snowball Garland


I wasn’t going to share pictures of my faux-mantle/buffet until the end of this, big reveal and all that… But I love it so much I can’t wait to share! It features several projects I’ll be sharing this week including today’s.Be Warned! Really Picture Heavy!

Snowball Garlands
Cute right? I actually made these last year and hung them across the windows to make a ‘snow storm’. Now that we’re in the new house I knew immediately where they would go. As you can see, I have an orange wall. Two orange walls to be exact (Yes I picked the color, No it didn’t come with the house, Yes I love it). My dining room theme this year is Winter Wonderland, like the song. Full of little houses, woodland critters and snowy goodness.


To make the garlands:
Make pompoms out of white yarn. I used the pom-pom makers from clover to make mine. I used three different sizes, adds to the snowy appearance.Sew or glue the pom-poms to silver ribbon. Make a loop at the top of the ribbon. Use the loop to hang from the curtain rods by an ornament hook.To keep the garlands hanging on the shelf I safety pinned them to a strip of felt and put the felt on the shelf. The ones hanging off the sides kept the whole thing from flying off the shelf.