Fabric and Wood Bead necklaces

I’ve been totally inspired by all the wood jewelry I’ve been seeing. I bought an awesome wood bead necklace from Old Navy last week (and btw, when did Old Navy start selling awesome jewelry??) and was inspired to create some original new accessories of my own using wood craft beads and fabric!

I started off by getting a great variety of Knit fabrics. Think Jersey and cotton Tshirt fabric.  Fabrics that have a stretch and when cut don’t fray!

These craft beads are perfect. They are sold in a variety pack and come in a variety of stains and sizes and are sealed and shiny!

For this first version I used my rotary cutter and cut 3 long (the width of my fabric) 1 inch strips of fabric.

I used a metal skewer to help guide the fabric through the beads. In between each bead I tied a knot.  I then braided and knotted the ends and secured the ends with Ribbon Clasps.

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This version is made by using a  5 inch wide strip of fabric. I strung and beads and knotted in between. Then I added a second row ob beads and tied the two together with a knot.

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This last version is a 3 inch wide strip of fabric and beads.

These are simple and fast to create and are a great way to mix in fun fall colors into your wardrobe.

 

 

 

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Silver end table

This is a treasure to me! It was my grandmothers and if you know me you know that she was a huge influence in my life! When we bought our first home I was lucky enough to get to take this piece with me! I loved its green color but for some tragic reason its other half got a stripe of white paint on it so I finally got around to giving a new fresh look!

These best part of this piece is that it has a twin sister and when they come together it makes this darling round table! I use them separated but I love the fact that I could latch them together and have this look!

I’ve been in love with Silver lately and thought it would be fun to transform this table with some Krylon Metallic Silver Spray Paint! Krylon sent me a can to sample and I was so excited to get started!

What do you think? Nothing like a little spray paint to make a project shine! Krylon sent me this product to sample but these opinions are 100% my own.

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Fabric Button Bracelet

Fabric covered buttons are making an appearance on my wrist these days! After my Fabric Button Necklace I thought a bracelet would be  anatural next move!

I started with a great find from the DownEast Clearance Store. This was a messed up monogramed bracelet that they sell for $1. It has a leather band and  clasp and all it needed was some way to cover up the mess up!

A few buttons ought to do the trick! I glued these on with hot glue and it was exactly what this bracelet needed!

I love it when we can make an otherwise useless item usable again!

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Krylon to the rescue!

This beautiful Silver vase didn’t always look this stunning! It was a diamond in the rough!

I loved this tiny little creamer I found at my local Thrift Store. Not a huge fan of the flowers but it had such a darling shape I knew it would work great! I paid $2 for this piece.

Krylon is my go to brand for any spray paint need! I was sent this Nickle Metallic paint by Krylon to try and I love it!

Two coats later and a handful of freshly cut Lilacs from my front yard and I think my $2 investment was a good one!

I am always impressed with spray paint results! Nothing makes  a bigger change then a fresh coat of paint! Thanks Krylon for the sample! The opinions shared in this post are my own.

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Spray it before you toss it! Wicker makeover.

Last weekend I was ready to toss this worn patio set! It was unraveling on the legs, had water stains and was just plain tired looking!

 

Luckily Mr. BCD convinced me to try to make it over before we lost all hope! So that’s exactly what we did last weekend. We used E6000 glue to repair the unraveling wicker.

 

We used a hard brush to scrub off the chippimg paint.

 

this is my Spray gun! I love her! She makes me smile when I use it for projects like this! Get yourself a good spray gun if you do a lot of refinishing projects. This HVLP 1000 gun cost me $100.

 

Nooks and Crannies were no match for me spray gun!

Te DA!!!! Brilliant right! Thanks to my hubbies foresight we made $150 when we sold it on KSL.com just 4 hours after we finished painting it! Way to go babe!

So before you toss out that weathered and worn patio set, try to pump a little life back into it with some paint!

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Everythings coming up Roses!

This weeks linking party was nothing short of fabulous! Endless eye candy for the creative at heart! So many things jumped out at me but I was blown away by all the fun Rosette and floral projects! Talk about a hot tread that I can’t get enough of! Here are just a few of my favorite linked projects that showed off Rosette making skills!


Summer Clutch by Scissors and Spatulas

This darling clutch blows me away! It’s bright and cheery colors and beautiful embellishments are a home run! Way to go Jen!


Flower Headband by Crafty Girls Workshop

Irene used lace, fabric and trim to create this totally couture headband! I am in love with this soft look!  Way to go Irene!

Wool Felt Headband by Living Craftily Ever After

Darling as they come! This color combination is to die for! I am in love with how sweet it looks. You will love seeing this on her little model! Love this Kelly!

 

Thanks for all the great links! I ‘m adding all of these to my growing wish list! Be sure to follow the title links to be taken to the full original tutorials!

 

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Fabric Button Necklace with vintage jewelry chains

Buttons! Buttons! Who’s got the buttons!

I’m addicted to making fabric coverd buttons and this is no exaggeration when I say I have thousands of them! I just bought a ton of them and I’ve had so much fun creating all sorts of creative things!

 

This fun necklace was created with my scrap fabric, my grandmothers  costume jewelry and chalk cloth! Shall we…

I adore it when I can create a project with all my saved fabric scraps! NEVER throw away fabric scraps!

Fabric covered buttons are a cinch to make! Craft and fabric stores sell button kits in varying sizes. A variety of sizes used together look the best.

I chose to use Chalk Cloth for two reasons! I needed something strong and sturdy and that would add strength and durability!  And it is totally affordable! Leather was too pricy, felt was to weak and Chalk Cloth came to mind because of its price point and durability!

You’ll make a smile shape! This will be the foundation for your necklace! Make it as large or small as you’d like!

First start by placing your buttons in a layered arrangement! Once you like the arrangement start by gluing down the bottom layer with hot glue! The hot glue will stick really well to the chalk cloth! I found that the buttons that you add on top of that layer  adhere better when I used E6000 glue instead of hot glue. My hot glue peeled away from the fabric.

Be sure to leave half an inch on each end in order to save room for your chain.

For the chain of my necklace I rummaged through the collection of costume jewelry I inherited from my grandmother when she passed away! I can’t tell you how much I loved this! I was wondering how I’d put to use her beautiful jewelry! This made this project all the more personal to me!

You can also use ribbon, ric rack,pom poms lace or other fun trims!

I used jewelry pliers to disconnected a link in the center of the necklace to create the two sections. I then added a jump link and connected the sections through a small hole I created on each end of the center piece.

Lastly I hot glued some decorative ribbon to cover the exposed chalk cloth.

 

 

I LOVE how it all came together! Funny…my grandmothers necklace still smells like her! Avon perfume!

 

Seeing as I have a million fabric button supplies, I will be making these to sell so please use this tutorial for personal use only and stay tuned for an announcement on when these babies will be for sale! Thanks!

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Paper Bag Spring Bunting

I was totally inspired by AZ girls Night Out clever Paper Bag Menu holder and came up with my own Paper Lunch Bag project! They are the perfect starter for this fun new Spring Bunting!

There is something about sewing through paper that I just love so this project was fun to create.

Gather paper lunch bags, scrap fabric, scrapbook paper, ric rack,  ribbon, pom pom and any other trims and embellishments that you think will help jazz up this bunting.

Start by trimming off the bottom section of your lunch bag.

Cut bright vibrant fabric to fit your bags.

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“Welcome” Sign

I know there are tons of fun Holiday Door decor options out there all year long but what do you do between the holidays?

Here’s what you get when you add a Silver Platter from the Dollar Store and little Silhouette vinyl!

 

I This project was made by using fonts from computer and an image included in my Silhouette.

I’m becoming  pro and picking vinyl and masking it for transfer!

Once it was on the platter all I did was hot glue on a ribbon and it was ready to hang!

My Blue frame stays on my front door year round so when I try to picture things hanging on my door I always keep it in mind when designing a new look! Stacking and layering is a great look all year round!

 

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Guest Post: DIY Faux Crown Molding by Hi Sugarplum

You are going to love today’s feature post! Cassie over at Hi Sugarplum has a beautiful home and she’s worked hard to make it shine! This fun tip is mind blowing! After you see this post be sure to jump on over and see the rest of her magic all on display!

 

Are you ready to be mildly wildly impressed?!? Are you like me and easily wooed by an easy and inexpensive DIY project? Then today’s mega-post is for you!

A major component in Babygirl’s Room is complete….the Faux Crown Molding!!

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Love it? What if I told you the total cost was $30?!? Now you’re impressed! Here’s the ‘How-To.’

I’ll save you oodles of time wandering the aisles of Home Depot, while on the phone describing every possible option to your aunt, and just tell you what to get!

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This 1-inch trim is literally like a condensed foam (you could dent it with your fingernail), weighs virtually nothing, comes in 8-foot strips, and costs $2.38 each!

First measure the perimeter of your room, then double it (for two rows of trim). Then divide that number by 8 (length of each trim piece). That’s how many pieces of trim you’ll need. I needed 95 feet, or 12 pieces, for a total cost of $29! I was feeling spendy and picked up an extra piece in case I goofed.

I’ll help you out again and tell you that even though these things are light as a feather, they do not want to be glued to the wall (even if you tape them in place and curse them up and down). But since they are so lightweight, and not a solid material, a simple finishing nail with a little teeth is all you need to adhere them to the wall.

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Most average rooms will require very few cuts since there are 4 straight walls and these pieces are so long. Babygirl’s Room has a bit of an alcove where the door is, so we had some smaller sections to contend with.

First I started with a full 8-foot piece and hung it by tapping in a nail every 18-24 inches. I did this on all the main walls and was left with a single space on each wall that required a smaller piece (plus the alcove).

To cut smaller pieces, simply measure the space and follow this pictorial demonstrated by my cute helper:

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Don’t worry if it’s not a completely clean break. Mr. Sugarplum rubbed a little spackle (so much easier than caulk) over the seams to bridge the gaps, then lightly sanded it down once dry. I didn’t bother covering the nails since they are white and teeny-tiny, you don’t even see them from the floor.

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Of course I found some discrepancies in the wall and the trim bowed in a few spots. No problem, just tap in a nail and it will lay flat.,

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A few trips up-and-down the ladder, and Voila!

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I could have left it with just the stripe and it’d have a similar effect. But the trim gives it a little heft and dimension.

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Here’s the process again (read about it here and here):

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I am thrilled with the outcome. I think it gives her room the added interest I was looking for, and my mishap became a blessing in disguise because I’m in love with the painted ceiling!

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True I could have installed a traditional crown molding…but it would have cost a lot more, and been extremely labor intensive (anything requiring a saw becomes too laborious for me!) My investment for this project was $30 in materials and a couple hours of time. And the trim pops out pretty easily and leaves only a pin hole if I change my mind later.

Here’s the door alcove I mentioned (and a glimpse into the Dining Room, where drapery samples are taped up!)

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I love the mirror hanging over her door…it reminds me of a transom, and reflects the beautiful ceiling! I’m forcing myself to partially ignore the fabric samples laying all over my house until this room is complete.

So what do you think of my Faux Crown Molding? Do you have any faux treatments in your home?

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