Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Love Notes for Valentines Day

Hope the new year is treating you well. So far I have been keeping up with my New Years Resolutions, and it's been keeping me busy, which is a good thing. Since Valentines Day is less than a month away I wanted to share with you an easy little project that you can make and use starting now through Valentines Day. It's my love note heart project. The purpose of this project is to create a heart with a pocket where you can leave love notes for your sweetie, and your kids. I challenge you to put something new in it every day. Maybe words of encouragement, or a sweet reminder why you love them so much, or even a ticket for a date night out. These are just a few suggestions. 
So here is a list of the supplies that you will need.
  • Wooden Heart(I found mine at Michaels Craft Store)
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Crepe paper
  • Tickets or paper slips
  • Washi tape
  • Embellishments
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
The first step I did was to trace the shape of the heart on the back of the scrapbook paper that I was using. Then I cut out the shape of the heart using my scissors.

 After cutting the heart shape out, I then used my double sided tape at applied it to the wooden heart. I did this to add stability to the heart, so it wasn't just a flimsy piece of paper.
Next I took the crepe paper and pinch pleated it all around the heart using my tape. This is the most tedious part of the project. 
I then trimmed the crepe paper.
I found some small envelopes in the dollar section at Michaels a while back, and it worked out to be the perfect size for my center envelope. I attached it with tape. If you don't have these, you can make your own small envelope, or use a small paper bag. Most craft stores have those. 

Here is an example of the small bags you could use too.
The last step is to embellish your heart with words, or vintage Valentines. Get creative here, and make it your own. 


Hope you feel inspired to create a love notes heart for your nest. I think it's a fun way to stay connected with your immediate family and let them know how much you love them. Thanks for stopping by.
XO~Gretchen

Thursday, January 1, 2015

One Little Word 2015

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Are you ready for 2015? Well ready or not here it comes. How can it be that another year has come and gone? Was 2014 everything you hoped it to be and more? This is my end of the year, start of the new year post, where I reflect, and share my hopes and dreams for the new year. My one little word #OLW for 2014 was LOVE. My motto for the year was LOVE it in 2014, and leave it in 2013. I really embraced this word and motto all throughout the year. I found myself doing more of the things that I really loved to do, and leaving behind the garbage that would drag me down. I found a wonderful group of friends who have become like sisters to me. Blogging has become something I do more often, and I have found so much joy in blogging this year. It's been so fun getting those creative juices flowing and sharing my thoughts and ideas with you.
However, it's a new year, and though I will continue to take LOVE into 2015, I will also focus on my new one little word which is BELIEVE. Believing is accepting something as truth, but for me it's so much more. It's having faith in something when you can't always see it. Funny how that works isn't it? Blind faith, and believing. It's so easy to believe in something or someone when you can see it, but something spiritual happens when you believe in something just based on faith. 
"Keep the faith,
the most amazing things in life
tend to happen
right at the moment 
you are about to
give up hope."
So I am going to chose to believe that things happen for a reason, and it's not always about my timing, but the timing of a greater power. I'm going to believe in my friends and family, and always look for the best qualities in them. I'll continue to be a half glass full type of person, and always believe that something wonderful is about to happen. Optimism is so much better than negativity. :) My dreams and goals will not fall by the wayside. I will continue to nurture and believe in them. Looking forward to lots of amazing and exciting things in 2015!
"Believe in your own magic"
We should all believe in our own magic. I think we have all been blessed with special talents, and if we use them wisely, imagine what a better place this world would be.
"Believe you can 
and you are 
half way there"
Throw all that self-doubt out the door and believe in yourself. Forget about all the reasons something won't work, and focus on the one reason it will. Positive thoughts come more freely when you actually believe in yourself. Cut the negativity out, and let the positivity in. Don't be tempted by petty gossip.
Believe
there is
Good 
in the world.
I'm going to try my best to be the good in the world. Hopefully by trying my best, then my boys will also be young men who strive to be the good. Kids learn by example, so don't we as parents want to be a wonderful example for them?
Well, there you have it. I have had such an amazing 2014, and feel so blessed. I achieved goals that I worked hard towards, and I'm looking forward to seeing what 2015 brings.
I wish you much love and belief in yourself in 2015. I may not even know you, but I believe in you. So have faith, share the love, and believe in your own magic because there is nothing more powerful than faith and belief. Cheers to 2015!
XO~Gretchen


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Yarn Tassel Garland

Looking for a fun garland idea for your NYE party? How about making this super easy tassel garland, I made for my mantel. It's my twist on the popular tissue tassel garland, except this one won't be ruined if it accidentally gets wet. Speaking from experience here. ;) 
 Here is a list of the supplies you will need.

Extra thick or fluffyYarn (I found mine at Joann Crafts and Michaels Craft Store)
Scissors
Lace (Just another option)
Tape measure
First you will cut strips of the yarn and lace. I cute mine to about 14 inches. You can make yours as long or short as you'd like. To make mine extra fluffy I used 15 strips of yarn per tassel. 
Next you will just fold the strips in half.

 Then cut an extra piece to tie around the bundle. Then you end up with a tassel.



You can trim pieces as needed. I would make at least eight of these to make a tassel garland. Last step is to just string them together with a long piece of yarn. 
There are so many great yarn choices out there now, that you can really create some beautiful garlands. You can make one for NYE, a birthday party or shower, or a pink, red, and white one would be gorgeous for Valentines, which is just around the corner. I made several of these for gifts this year, they are just so fun!
Thanks for stopping by, hope you feel inspired to create a yarn garland of your own.
XO~Gretchen



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

OH Deer

As promised here is the post about the recent deer artwork that I made for our mantel. It is really an easy piece to make, and you can size it accordingly. Maybe make one for yourself and one as a gift, because faux deer heads are all the rave right now. :)

So here are the supplies that you will need:
  • A canvas, you can choose the size. Or I used scrap boards and painted them white, and had my husband attach them together from the back.
  • Pencil to sketch out your deer head
  • Paint color of your choice
  • Scrapbook paper
  • I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the flower shapes and the Joyeux Noel. I use my machine often, it really comes in handy. Maybe if you don't' have one, you can ask Santa ;)
  • Paint brushes
  • Glue and double sided tape

I painted my boards white, if you are using a canvas, this is not necessary. Then I sketched a deer head on the board. I did this free handed, with a pencil and eraser. Feel free to look for a downloadable stencil if you do not feel comfortable just drawing by hand. Silhouette has some great designs to download. 
Once I felt like I had all my proportions correct, I then painted my deer gray. Feel free to paint your deer, whatever color will work with your decor.

Next I used my silhouette cameo to cut out the words Joyeux Noel. You can find that design here.
 I used good old Elmers glue to glue it to my board. Next I used my cameo again to cut out flowers in various colors. You can find that here. It made it so easy to cut and assemble the flowers, and I love paper flowers, you can get really creative with your colors, and they never need to be watered. ;)
 I used double sided tape to assemble the flowers into a crown on the head of the deer. It was really simple to do. And there you have it! My artwork is displayed on a mantel in our master bedroom. I really love the whimsy it adds.
Hope you feel inspired to make one for yourself. Happy Holidays, see you back here soon.
XO~Gretchen