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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

getting cozy

Are you looking for a winter craft project?
 
Well this is the perfect time to bundle up and make some sweater inspired accessories to warm your heart and home...
 
Upcycled Sweater Projects

 
When I moved to Sanibel Island I had loads of sweaters that wound up in storage bags under my bed. It seemed silly to hang onto them so I sadly placed them in the "donate" bin. Most of my sweaters are vintage...go figure! They lasted about a week in the bin before I dug them out and tucked them back into the storage bag under my bed.
 
Well flash forward a few years and I was thinking of projects for the January 2014 issue of Romantic Homes magazine.
 
Finally...I had something in mind for a few of my favorite sweaters!
 
YIPPEE!!!

 
A stretched out cardigan and an over-loved
cable knit sweater became pillow covers...

 
A fuzzy knit was fashioned into this wonderful winter bag...


 
A couple of hoodies loaned there sleeves
for these charming vase covers...
they also look lovely with a candle inside!

 
You won't believe how easy this wreath is to make!!!

 
Finally a project for all of those socks that lost their mates!!!

 
The perfect hanger is a wool knee sock finished with
a vintage over-sized safety pin!

 
It's amazing how much sweaters warm a space...

 
I made this lampshade just for the article but it's kind of fun that my lampshade has a summer and winter wardrobe too!!! 

 
These ideas were featured in my January 2014 column in
Romantic Homes magazine...I hope you saw it!!!
 
So whether you moved to a tropical island like I did and you don't need all of your winter sweaters...or maybe you have a collection of sweaters your kids have out grown...give them new life!
 
It is cold in so many parts of the world right now...donate what you can to shelters in your area and use damaged or stained sweaters for your craft projects. Help where and when you can...then create til your heart's content!
 
Happy Winter Crafting....
 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

confessions of a bad blogger...

Okay I really am a bad blogger!
I can't believe I didn't post a single thing the entire month of December.  All good crafting and decorating bloggers are peak posting in December and I didn't post once...Shame on me!!!
It was a good but busy month. I am so grateful for all of the opportunities to contribute creative ideas to all of the magazines that I love. I am so proud of these beautiful publications and I am so blessed to be a part of the beauty.
Here is a little look back at my holiday articles...

 
This was actually in the November issue but it is a holiday piece...

 
Flea Market D├ęcor...

 
Fun with vintage fabrics...

 
Romantic Homes December 2014...

 
Crafting with vintage holiday ephemera...

 
Victorian Homes Winter 2014...

 
I learned so much writing about Christmas crackers...


 
My shop was all dressed up for a fun feature...


 
Victorian inspired wreaths....


 
Punching up the glamor factor...

 
And I simply love this picture...
it's a box of my childhood ornaments at my parent's house.
 
 
It was a fun full month. I can't believe it's mid-January and I'm just getting caught up with my December features.
I said I am a bad blogger and I meant it!
My New Year's resolution (well one of them) is to be a better blogger. Here's to high hopes!