Monday, June 20, 2016

Cottage Garden Inspiration

Cottage Garden Landscaping
[photo: Active Rain]
Lately, most of my Pinterest browsing has revolved around cottage gardens. I love their relaxed and slightly overgrown vibe and the mix of colorful perennials with fragrant herbs like cat mint and lavender.  It reminds me of a fairy tale! I'm currently working on transforming my sandy, empty backyard into a lush oasis like these. I know it will take a few years, but the hard work will be worth it when I can sit on my patio with a cup of coffee and take in the beautiful view!
Cottage Gardan Landscape Inspiration
[photo: BHG]
Cottage Gardan Landscape Inspiration
[photo: BHG]
Cottage Gardan Landscape Inspiration
[photo: Aldrich Company]
[photo: Dear Garden Associates]
Cottage Gardan Landscaping
[photo: BHG]
Cottage Gardan Landscaping
[photo: BHG]
Cottage Gardan Landscaping
[photo: Home Design Lover]
Cottage Gardan Landscaping
[photo: BHG]
Cottage Gardan Landscaping
[photo: Inspiring Home Ideas]
Cottage Gardan Landscaping
[photo: BHG]
Cottage Gardan Landscaping
[photo: BHG]
Cottage Gardan Landscaping
[photo: Grace Design Associates]
Cottage Gardan Landscaping
[photo: BHG]
Cottage Gardan Landscaping
[photo: BHG]
Cottage Gardan Landscaping
[photo: Meyer & Meyer, Inc]
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Thursday, June 16, 2016

How to Make Fabric Flowers

How to Make Fabric Flowers
Anyone who sews knows that you end up with a ton of scrap fabric. If you're like me, you save every bit in giant bins telling yourself "Oh, I'll make use of it someday". Well, that day has come...These fabric flowers are a great scrap busting project! They're fun to make and they can be used for so many different things. Here are a few ideas
  • Glue to twigs for a pretty display that won't wilt (like I did above)
  •   Use a decorations when wrapping presents
  •  Tie them on to a grapevine wreath
  • String them together to make garland  
Supplies
Clover Flower Frills Template
Needle & thread
Scrap fabric (cotton or silk is best- lightweight & crisp, nothing thick or heavy)
How to Make Fabric Flowers
This is what the template looks like. You fold the fabric in between and the number will match up.
How to Make Fabric Flowers
With the fabric folded over,  fold the template across the middle where the number 1 is.
How to Make Fabric Flowers
Fold inward, matching up the number 2s.
How to Make Fabric Flowers
Fold over again, matching up the number 3s.
How to Make Fabric Flowers
Holding the template at the end, cut around the top. Be careful not to cut into the template.
How to Make Fabric Flowers
Thread a long piece of string through a needle. Insert the needle through the triangle of fabric at the end of the template. Once the needle is through, you can remove them template.
How to Make Fabric Flowers
Keep stringing your petals along. You'll need about 20 to make a nice, full flower.
How to Make Fabric Flowers
 Pull the ends of the string gently to gather the petals together.
How to Make Fabric Flowers
Tie a few knots to secure.
How to Make Fabric Flowers
How to Make Fabric Flowers
How to Make Fabric Flowers
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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

DIY Moss Covered Flower Pot

DIY Moss Covered Flower Pot
I love making over terra cotta flower pots. Usually it's with different painting techniques but this time I decided to try moss. I've always loved moss, it reminds me of a fairy garden! This sheet moss is really easy to work with. It has a backing mat that makes it a breeze to cut. Best of all, this DIY flower pot can be made in under 10 minutes!
Supplies
Terra Cotta flower pot
Moss mat
Glue gun
Spray adhesive
How to cover a terra cotta flower pot with moss
Place the mat on top of newspapers or some other kind of surface to catch all the pieces that fall off. It sheds a lot!
How to cover a terra cotta flower pot with moss
Wrap the base of the terra cotta pot around the sheet to see how much you need to cover it.
Cut the section out
How to cover a terra cotta flower pot with moss
Using the glue gun, apply glue liberally to the pot and wrapping the moss around as you go.
How to cover a terra cotta flower pot with moss
Put some glue on the seam and push down.
How to cover a terra cotta flower pot with moss
If the moss is too long, trim the excess
How to cover a terra cotta flower pot with moss
Since the pot is tapered at the bottom the moss sheet will be loose. Apply some glue and press the moss down.
How to cover a terra cotta flower pot with moss
The moss sheet will now be flush against the bottom part of the pot
How to cover a terra cotta flower pot with moss
Wrap the top of the terra cotta pot around the moss to measure for the top piece. Add another inch on so there is enough moss to cover the inside rim.
How to cover a terra cotta flower pot with moss
Glue the moss around the top
How to cover a terra cotta flower pot with moss
Apply some glue to the inside rim and then press the moss down
How to cover a terra cotta flower pot with moss
Using the spray adhesive, give the pot a fine coat. This will help prevent the moss from shedding 
How to cover a terra cotta flower pot with moss
 
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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

DIY Stone Lariat Necklace

DIY Stone Lariat Necklace
I knew these Jasper stones would be great for a necklace.  I wanted to do something more interesting than just stringing them together on a chain, then it hit me- Lariat! I folded the chain in half and secured the stones in a vertical arrangement using eye pins. This necklace is perfect for dressing up simple outfits!
Supplies:
Silver chain (38 inches long)
Jasper stones
Jewelry pliers 
Wire cutters
Eye pins
Lobster clasp
Jump rings 
DIY Jasper Stone Lariat Necklace
Using the jewelry pliers, open the end of the eye pin.
DIY Jasper Stone Lariat Necklace
Attach the eye pin to the chain 10 inches down
DIY Jasper Stone Lariat Necklace
String the stone through the eye pin and then fold the chain in half and insert eye pin through other side of chain
DIY Jasper Stone Lariat Necklace
Cut off the extra length of eye pin and using the jewelry pliers, twist into a ring to secure
DIY Jasper Stone Lariat Necklace
Here's what the stone will look like once it is attached to both sides of the chain
DIY Jasper Stone Lariat Necklace
Add a second stone using the same method about 1 1/2 inches down from the first
DIY Jasper Stone Lariat Necklace
 Add the rest of the stones
DIY Jasper Stone Lariat Necklace
 Cut the chain in the middle to divide it for the closure
DIY Jasper Stone Lariat Necklace
Lastly, attach the closure with jump rings
DIY Stone Lariat Necklace
DIY Jasper Stone Lariat Necklace
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