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DIY - DECOUPAGED MIRROR TUTORIAL

Mirror, mirror on the...tray?
I love the romantic, delicate looks of trays like this one!
I was looking for one but couldn't find it until I walked into my friend Stephanie's house one day and there it was, shiny and pretty, on her table top waiting to be...altered!!



Stephanie didn't hesitate to let it go and I didn't reject it when she offered :0)
This is a tutorial on decoupage on a mirror backing and this is how it went...

DIY - WEDDING "reserved" SIGN - TUTORIAL

An easy project for a wooden sign using graphite transfer over stained wood.



I'm going to teach you how to transfer your text onto the wood panel using a block of white graphite.
Learn how to make them following my step-by-step tutorial here...

DIY - LACED CARDBOARD LETTER - Tutorial

This is a Step by step tutorial for a cardboard (construction board) letter adorned with lace and ribbon. 


A simple but gorgeous prop for Weddings, Birthday and Christenings.

This is how I did it...

MUCHO DECORATING EMPTY SPACES

Decorating an empty space can be a very practical skill.
The trick lays on mantainting a balanced feel and uncompromising functionality without distracting the practical aspect of the area in question....ok, ok lets not get so technical and see it for yourselves...
My Foyer, kinda ... blah ..a large wall area with a small (but cute) ornamented wooden mirror..
now what?

MY OWN PLASTER PAINT RE- DONES

 Chalk-paint, Mud-Paint, Milk-Paint, Baking soda-Paint and now...
Plaster-Paint too!! 



Paint is paint, is paint, or so they say..

I say, paint alone is boring!!


MAKE YOUR OWN CHALK/PLASTER PAINT!

The "plaster paint" revolution has taken over the re-done furniture world but you don't have to spend hundreds in designers paint...


I'm going to let the world know for once and all that chalk-paint is a form of plaster paint and that one can make it for a small fraction of retail cost of "fancy chalk paint" with one cheap and easy to find ingredient...

TWINE SPHERES - DIY

A modern and classy Christmas decoration



that will add  light and warmth to any room, on the floor or on the table....also, perfect under the tree!!

ORGANIC STYLE CHANDELIER - DIY- TUTORIAL

As organic as plastic flowers can be...

this is a permanent version of a fresh greens and blooms chandelier I saw on-line.

DIY - VINTAGE DOOR KNOBS

Vintage Door knobs are now a priority for me on my list of "treasures to find"...


My local Thrift shop has a section for  door knobs and furniture hardware, I found these AMAZING ones there for only $3 bucks!

DIY - LACE & WIRE WINGS - TUTORIAL

There's something very magical about wings... 

but lace wings are by far the most special ones for me.
Perhaps is because I love lace and trims so much. Many of my crafts have lace, trims and doilies and sometimes I have to cut it to tiny pieces but I never EVER throw any pieces  away and
here's a proof of that...

DIY - FRENCH STENCIL ON CHEST

Stenciling my beautiful chest.

Finally!!
I just needed some time to finish my pretty dresser, I was waiting for the right time and now its finally done...

DIY - SHABBY CHIC FLOWER POTS - TUTORIAL

There's something very romantic about these flower pots...



For this easy but very beautiful project you will need a couple of things from your granny's sewing  basket unless...


DIY- LAUNDRY ROOM MAKEOVER

"All About Colour" That was my #1 rule
for this project...
Although the room needed a lot of help with other things, Colour was my main priority.

DIY- BABY SHOWER TREAT BAGS -TUTORIAL

Our Granddaughter's Baby Shower had a very unique colour coordinated stationary, the gift bags couldn't be overlooked...


These customized bags included a "thank you" note and a handmade cookie that left our guests speechless!!

hence, the cookie in question.

DIY- BABY SHOWER MATCHING ENVELOPES -TUTORIAL

My matching envelopes for those cute Baby Shower Invites
were such a hit!
Just to show you how much more you can do with a little extra imagination...

DIY SHABBY CHEST PROJECT


Chest, dresser?? call it what you'd like !!

You have to see the before and after pictures of this project!!
Not only they look exactly the same (but with a different colour) lol
but Charlie posed like he never did before!!


DIY- BABY SHOWER INVITES -TUTORIAL

These are my handmade Baby Shower Invitations.
Pretty, elegant and not too hard to make

View my Step by Step TUTORIAL and
see how easy they are to make.

PLANNING A BABY SHOWER

Yessss!!!
I'm finally going to be a grandma!!
Oh, wait!, my first born is going to be a dad? that also means....

I'm getting old!!
LOL

DIY - SHABBY LAMP SHADE -TUTORIAL

This naked and upside down  lamp-shade
has lots of 
personnalité...

What's not to love about a shade that doesn't hide any light?... Nothing!
This one is simply gorgeous!!

This is how I made it...

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It took  over a year and  76 Posts but it was all worth it.

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DIY - MINI TRINKET BOARD - TUTORIAL

Display your small trinkets and other tiny stuff in style with a mini board like this one!
So easy, so fun, so...COOL!


This little board made a great gift for my teenage daughter, this is how I did it!!

DIY - CORRODED METAL LOOK -TUTORIAL


Corroded metal look
made of aluminium paper and paint.
This  weathered metal letter isn't really  rusted, its not even metal for that matter... it's just a plastic letter I bought at Michaels for $3 bucks but you couldn't tell until you pick it up and realize how light in weight it is.
This is how I did it...

DIY - TEXTURING A FRAME - TUTORIAL

Sometimes a picture frame needs to have a little more... personality. 
and that's when I realize I needed to alter the frame that was graciously holding my beautiful glass tracing art.
This is how I did it!

DIY - BRACKETS ON TOP - TUTORIAL

For once, the brackets are the ones ON TOP, or at least for this project!!
Sometimes, the bracket can be better looking than the items it supports and that's why I refused putting my beautiful, country style, porch wood brackets under anything..... no sir, this time they go ON TOP!!

DIY - TRANSFORMING A $1 PIC FRAME.

Have you tried crafting with foil tape yet??
I just started and let me tell you...
I can't get enough of it!!

I buy my foil tape at the local dollar store and each roll lasts for at least one finished project like this one.

DIY - TRACING ON GLASS -TUTORIAL

Using only a sharpie!!...
yes that's right, just a sharpie and a steady pulse. I saw something like this on the Internet and I thought I gave it a try, I was really surprised to find out how easy and neat this whole project was.

DIY - CURING/SEASONING A CHALKBOARD - TUTORIAL -

I'm curing my chalkboard!
A chalkboard needs to be cured to avoid engraving permanent marks but if you're anything like me you probably thought chalkboards were all ready to use when you first bring them from the store right? well, no! they're not...why??

A PERFECT VALENTINES GIFT DIY -TUTORIAL

A birch tree stump carved with my husband's and my initials...
what a neat Valentines gift!
I was really lucky to find this tree stump at my local thrift shop!! I paid $5 for it and I knew it was gonna make a wonderful decorating object someday but I wasn't too sure what I had in mind until I thought of carving our initials inside a heart, how romantic is that?!

EMBELLISHING FURNITURE


When it comes to decorating, "it's all in the details"



Adding a small detail to a rather plain dining table can make a lasting impression on your room..
.

PAINTING OVER VENEER - DIY - TUTORIAL


A "brighter" future for my dining room...



Over the Holidays I realize how dark my dining room was...

VIVE LES BROCANTE!

Vive Les Brocantes; long live the flea market!!



Some of my best friends; Diane, Raymonde, Stephanie and I got together for lunch at my place and I surprised them with a unique setting...

FESTIVE ARRANGEMENT- DIY


Winter's here and evergreens, barks and berries are at their freshest point... 


Pine cones, Cedars brunches, Hollis, berries and Birch trunks are perfect for decorating your home for Christmas so get some and play with them as nature would intend...

STYLED SHOOT, My Exprience

Last Styled-Shoot of the year...

Last summer's Photo-Shoot "Woodland" was really amazing but I'm moving on to better and bigger things like this new styled-shoot guided by Jo-Anne Haley from www.haleyphotography.ca


Jo-Anne chose a very beautiful Bridal theme she called "Winter Blush and Dusty Grey", a soft and romantic setting full of lace and shabby pinks.... and you know, I LOVE SHABBY! :0)
These images are just my own Instagram pics, soon I'll post the professional renditions on my Blog's section "Styled Shoots" so don't forget to visit it!!

BOOK OF SPELLS PROP

DIY - Halloween project III

A great looking prop to bring your Halloween display to the next level.
This "book of spells" is merely a hard cover little book about dog tricks, but no one would know that, specially when the creepy cover is enough to turn any prospect reader away.

If you're really motivated to create something different this Halloween, be my guest!


DIY EYEBALLS BEADS

Halloween Project II
Another quick project to ad even more impact to your Halloween decor display. Your trick or treaters will love it!

I had some large white beads I knew I wasn't going to need for jewelry so I turned them in to eyeballs for my front door display.
The idea was simple...make an impact without creating a goofy feel, so I paired them with my beautiful apothecary bottles and a decorated spooky bag and they look absolutely cute and scary at the same time.
This is how I did it!...

HALLOWEEN APOTHECARY BOTTLES

Love Potions, Spiders AND Claws...
SPOOOOKY!

What a fun and easy project this was!!...

I've been collecting apothecary bottles all year but I wasn't sure what for until I saw them on the stores decorated as props for Halloween. I figured it would be easy to make them myself so I browsed on the net for ideas on how to apply designs onto glass with texture and guess what I found...
....Hot glue and paint!!

My DIY will show you exactly how to do it...



DIY - SHABBY DREAM CATCHER - TUTORIAL

A Dream Catcher is whimsical on its own...


...but this dream catcher has also a romantic vintage feel too, kinda like a clash of styles but at the end, it worked!

SUMMER REVELATIONS

wow! - I'm still recouping from a hectic but fun summer...

Normality returns to my house yet another year, kids back to school, husband working normal hours and guests gone back to their respective homes :0(
... I'll miss them!!

The highlight of this summer was yet another great photo-shoot. In this one, my daughter in law Amy, my niece Leyre and my daughter Destiny.
This is something I love to do not only because of the effect that causes on them, its so uplifting and self-empowering seeing yourself on a photograph looking like a model... and although that alone is very encouraging to me I also look for the chance to engage on new craft projects.

As much as I like to take all the credit for the ALWAYS outstanding results, it is the photographers talent what makes it an event to remember in a tangible way. Their photos become our proof, our pride on paper. These photographs were taken by two great friends (mother and daughter) who take enormous pride for their craft and without objections took this DIY photo-shoot session to another level, thanks Stephanie and Jo-Anne!!!
ALso, thanks to my dear friend Barbara Floyd who took great care of the model's hair and powdered their noses every 5 minutes, gracias Barb!

Without further due, here are the pics!!


A WHIMSICAL CRAFT

Paula Robinson's Glass Garden Totems



Here we are, Paula (in red) and me, two crafty gals trying effortlessly to inspire  others through creations purely made from the heart. Paula's whimsical glass garden totems are simply magical,

they really take your breath away!
you wonder why people discard their glassware in such abundance when it can be used in such regal manner, at the same time, you're also glad that people like Paula find them before mishandled beyond repair!!
This little Britt lady isn't only funny, kind and talented, she's generous at heart too, in the winter months she spends  a great amount of time knitting scarfs that selflessly hands out to the underprivileged.......what a wonderful way to share your talent and your time...

I heard about her in many conversations before through a friend of mine but I'm glad I got to know her personally and I really hope I can spend time with her in hopes that her talents will somehow be contagious... 

GRAND OPENING OF Burlap & Lace

The Grand opening of Burlap & Lace has arrived!
And what fun that was...
The evening was filled with excitement!

This gathering gave me the chance to see the faces of a few old friends and many new ones too. Everyone brought a little of their own uniqueness sharing their stories and showing their personalities with the rest of us and that, my friends, is what made this event a success!!

A good friend of mine, Barbara Floyd, invited her friend Paula Robinson over to display her talents as well and she brought the most amazing Garden's glass ornament pieces and costume jewelry....what an impressive crafty gal she is!!!

My good friend Stephanie Jukes (http://jukesphotography.com) brough her cameras and took these amazing pictures of my Shed-Boutique. Thanks Steph!!

Jukes Photography: Burlap & Lace &emdash;

For more pics, keep reading...

BURLAP CUSHION

This Country Chic Cushion is simply adorable!

Made with varies types of burlap fabric, appliques, trim, ribbon and a pretty crochet flower...

So simple yet, so stunning!


But I must warn you, burlap isn't the smoothest fabric to rest your head on unless you're up for an exfoliation session...
:0)
Exaggerations aside.... This burlap is soft and delicate.
Unique and trendy, this cushion would look great in a nursery room.

PAPER GIFT TAGS

One-Of-A-Kind handmade Gift Tags.

I've always had a special fascination for paper... as a kid I spent hours cutting, gluing and  mistreating paper of all kind, including book pages which got me in trouble a few times...

My first crafting recollection was an outlined fish filled with colorful crepe paper balls that I carefully scrunched and over glued onto a saggy piece of bristol board.

I got an A on that project!

For these tags I used a paper puncher to cut the tag and perfect circled shapes, I then stamped, inked, jewelled and embellished them in many different ways
See more Tag pictures below...

BEADED CHEESE KNIFE

Unique cutlery made to look more like jewelry but as practical as any great cheese knife out there. 

The original utensil came with bulky, acrylic beads than I easily replaced with some of my favorite Pandora-Style Beads I had from my "day"s in Pandora's world...
I sold many Pandora Style jewelry in my days and I used only the finest replicas, silver plated cores, real glass and ceramic beads and always stunning colour combinations.
Today I'm selling these ornamented cheese knifes at $18.00/piece and I even  made cute Little burlap bags to put them in and present them as unique, fine gifts.



 See more pictures here...

LIFE PICTURE FRAME

Live Picture Frame
with succulent plants...

what a great project!

TOE-KINIES

What a fun summer accessory this are!
I think I've seeing them on TV before, some one was wearing them at an Indian wedding....so beautiful!
I saw them again on PINTEREST and decided I wanted to make a couple just for fun.
My Toe-Kinies are made of crochet or appliques and cords, I like to incorporate lace for a more refine look and, 
as you can see in the pink pair, I play with beads and chains too.


I can only imagine how beautiful these would look with a margarita at a Caribbean resort! :0)

see more pics below...