Make Your Own Felted Wool

Felted Projects-006Free Felting Patterns

Have you ever made the mistake of washing and drying a wool sweater? You would definitely remember if you did because the shrinkage is quite dramatic. An adult-size wool sweater quickly becomes child-size. If your first thought is to throw it away, STOP! You have the perfect fabric for a felted wool project.

Recently I finished an article for Love To Know that explains how to felt. There are also free patterns on what you can do with that felt when you are done.

DSCF6324Wool Sweater Purse

DSCF6344Felted Chick Ornament

DSCF6322Felted Heart Candle Mat

DSCF6232Felted Dryer Balls

Enjoy!

Stacked Wood Valentine Decor-Blast From the Past

VD Block Sign-5

****This project was originally posted three years ago, but I thought it was time for a revival. I put away the Christmas decorations this week and it really looks bare around here. It’s been a few years since I did a lot of decorating for Valentine’s Day. My boys are grown ups, and let’s be fair, they really weren’t that into it anyway. At least not as teenagers. But now, I think I may want to decorate for me. With the loss of a good friend, the last couple of months have been sad and depressing. It’s time to start living again. I may not get the rest of the house decorated, but the front porch will become transformed in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more on that. Meanwhile, I’m on the hunt for where I packed this little gem away.****

In a household of guys it has sometimes been a challenge expressing my girly-girl personality. My favorite color is pink, and for some reason that color always gets shot down when suggested for room decor. Hmm...I am also in love with anything painted shabby chic, but hubby likes the look of real wood. (sigh) Over the years we have compromised (sort of), so we have a mix of both. The “look” isn’t as pleasing as I would like, so whole-room reveals will probably never be posted here. :(

We’ll see.

My last baby graduates this year, so soon I will only have to m̶̶a̶̶n̶̶i̶̶p̶̶u̶̶l̶̶a̶̶t̶̶e̶ convince my b̶̶i̶̶g̶̶g̶̶e̶̶s̶̶t̶ ̶b̶̶a̶̶b̶̶y̶ husband that my way is the best way. :) “Happy wife, happy life” and all that jazz...

Now holidays (more specifically Valentine’s Day), I can get away with pink AND shabby chic, mostly because the guys think it will soon be put away. Thing is, after all of these years Momma sometimes “forgets” and leaves out a few stray items. Funny how that works. 😉

If you have read this far in my ramblings, then you are probably wondering what any of this has to do with that photo at the top of this post.

Are you still with me?

Well, assuming you are, I will shamelessly post it again and get on with it.

VD Block Sign-5This is my newest shabby chic (with touches of pink) Valentine’s Day decoration. Shh! Don’t tell my guys, but it may stick around for a little while.

VD Block Sign-1I cut and sanded four pieces of scrap 2×2.

VD Block Sign-2Painted them a pretty pink.

Painted over that with white.

Sanded for a little bit of shabby chic loving.

VD Block Sign-3Glued the 2x2s together

…and added “love” words with letter tiles from a vintage game. I’m thinking Scrabble tiles would look pretty cute too.

VD Block Sign-4For one last touch of girly-girl I wrapped lace trim around the decoration and tied it in a bow at the top.

Enjoy!

Crochet Reindeer Gift Card Holder-Free Pattern

DSCF6057-001Crochet Reindeer Gift Card Holder

I just finished this tutorial for Love To Know last week. It works up very quickly, making it ideal for packaging those last-minute Christmas gift cards.

You can find the free tutorial here.

Enjoy!

Restyled Ice Skates

DSCF5849Restyled Ice Skates

DSCF5630I have quite a collection of ice skates that I have been saving for just the right project. This is one basket. I’m pretty sure I have another in my storage unit.

DSCF5637The skates in this basket were all black, but they were not going to stay that way. First things first, they all got a thorough cleaning and were laced up tight. Some had broken laces and some didn’t have any laces at all. I removed broken ones and then pulled out my stash of laces to replace any that were missing. It didn’t matter what color the laces were, they were not going to stay that way. Instead of a bow, I knotted the tops and cut off the excess. Finally I masked off the soles and used a cream wall paint to sponge paint the boot part of the skates. I sponged right over the laces.

DSCF5649After the paint was dry I covered everything with Mod Podge. By everything, I also mean the bottom of the boots and the blades. While the MP was still wet, I sprinkled them with crystal glitter.

DSCF5653When I was young, the roller skating rink was a favorite place to hang out. If you were really cool you had your own skates and didn’t need to rent them. Of course if you had your own skates you also had the big pom poms hanging from the laces. Those big pom poms inspired the huge bell on the front of my ice skates. I gave the bell a coat of MP and sprinkled with glitter before I wired it to the top of the skate laces.

DSCF5654I used strips of ripped fabric for the hanger and the tie around the ankle. To attach the hanger I drilled a hole through the top-back of the bootDSCF5645.The floral arrangement was achieved by first stuffing the shoe part of the skate with newspaper and then inserting green floral foam into the ankle section. A few floral picks and greenery were all it took to create a small winter arrangement.

DSCF5849Lastly, a little tag with “Let It Snow” printed on it was pinned to the tie around the ankle.

Enjoy!

I haven’t done it in quite a bit, but what better time to party than during the holidays! This is where I am partying this week. Come check out all the great ideas!

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Christmas Wine Bottle Decorations

Christmas Wine BottlesChristmas Wine Bottle Decorations

Don’t throw your empties away!

Check out my new tutorial article for five wine bottle projects. Decorate your home or make several to give as gifts.

You can find the article here.