Friday, June 28, 2013

DIY Home Decor for 4th of July Fun

The 4th is less than a week away...AND it might actually be NICE (not raining) here in the PNW.
Now that's a treat. 
Here in SW Washington, countless Independence Day gatherings have been, shall we say, "altered" by the lovely NW rains. Picnics get moved inside, the badminton set-up for the kids becomes make-shift, indoor ping-pong and the backyard bonfire turns to game night at the dining room table. Well NOT this year Mr. Cold Miser!! A heatwave is in the forecast my friends.... I get to decorate and create a festive, patriotic setting in the yard! (that won't get soggy!) YIPPIE!

and just in time...the Graphic 45 blog has some great DIY decor ideas....

 a great star banner by Rhea...I just love the texture she's created here.
check out the G45 blog for more photos:

And what's the 4th of July without Firecrackers!? Craft your very own with this easy tutorial and just a few supplies.... 

Supplies needed:

Graphic 45- 12 x 12 Place in Time Papercrafting Paper
Graphic 45- 8 x 8 Bird Song Papercrafting Paper
Petaloo- Darjeeling blue and red flowers
Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock Signature Series (red)
Scor-Pal Paper Scoring Tool
Distress Ink (Vintage Photo) and Distressing Tool
misc.- jute, button, paper towel tubes
large circle paper punch
hot glue


1. Gather up the items listed on the provided supply list.

2. Cut the paper towel roll to the desired height of your finished firecracker.

3. Measure the finished height of your roll and cut the desired background paper to the measured height. Wrap the paper around the roll, using a pencil or nick with your fingernail, where the paper meets. Remove from roll and cut where marked.

4. Using hot glue (or double-sided tape) adhere the cut-to-size background paper to roll.

5. Trace the outer edge of the opening of the roll onto desired paper for your topper. (I used a circle paper punch that just happened to be the perfect size...if you have large circle punches, go for it!!) Your finished piece needs to be just a smidge larger than the outer circumference of the roll.

6. Cut paper to wrap around the circle, this piece should be approx 1” by the circumference of your circle. (this is the topper piece). Punch a hole in the center of your circle.

7. Set the circle on your work surface. Apply a ring of hot glue around the edge of the circle. Adhere the 1” topper piece to the circle, wrapping and gluing to form a circle. While glue is still pliable test your topper to ensure it fits your roll. Make adjustments as needed. More glue may be needed to get it just right.

8. Cut a piece of jute approx 6” to 8” long. Tie a knot in one end. Thread the non-knotted end through from the inside of your topper, pulling through to the knot. (this is your “fuse”)

9. Follow the steps above to make a second circle, except this time make this one just a smidge smaller than the inner circumference of your roll. This is the end cap. Adhere into place, lining the edge of your circle  with hot glue and placing just inside the end of your roll (the bottom). Again, a little more glue may be needed to get this part just right.

10. Now comes the fun part!! Using Graphic 45- Place in Time, cut the July 4th themed embellishment pieces and decorate your firecracker as desired. Add Petaloo flowers, vintage buttons and handcut stars. Use your Scor-Pal to create paper medallions for even more texture and fun!

11. Fill and enjoy!

And here's a step-by-step photo tutorial for creating the paper rosette piece 
featured on the firecracker shown above...

 I have even more decor inspiration for you!! Check out my Rusty Glamour blog post featuring vintage and upcycled wares with a fun and festive vibe for your July 4th shindig...

Looking for a few festive touches for the 4th?? 
Stop on by Rusty for some truly unique, patriotic, decor. 
Our vendors have a wonderful variety of Old Glory themed pieces...
from vintage Americana, folk art whimsy to modern & quirky. 
Mix and match to fit your personal design style.

and here are some fun and festive DIY July 4th ideas found on Pinterest...
pick up the pieces at Rusty and make 
your own patriotic, vintage inspired decor....
Grab an old ladder and adorn it with a flag...easy and quite a statement! 

Collect old baseballs then paint them up...a great, kid-friendly project too. 

Stage a chippy, white bench in the entry or on the porch. 
Gather and frame flags in varying size and proportion. 
Framing flags using old windows would look amazing as well. 

Vintage stoneware pairs perfectly with old glory.

Set a tranquil, homespun al fresco table...complete with an old red truck...
...or maybe a blue one.  
check out more festive July 4th ideas here: Old Glory

Feeling inspired now!? I sure am!! now off to create...

Thanks for stopping by today,

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer Workshop Day #1

OK. It is Official!! 
Our first Summer workshop day is on the calendar!! 
Please save the date and plan to join us Saturday, July 13th for a full, fun day of creating, sharing and
 inspiration galore!!

2 workshops and a Summer Picnic style potluck. 

We will use new Graphic 45 collections and do some upcycling with a "twist". 

(project photos coming soon!) 
workshop 1- $35.00
workshop 2- $40.00
potluck- picnic faire

 check out our workshops page
for further details and feel free to email me if you have any questions!!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Altered Art & Processing Galore

Happy Monday lovely blog friends!!

I had a FANTASTIC weekend picking and junking in the beautiful NW countryside. Discovered new places I didn't even know existed and made new friends along the way; a super nice couple who invited us back for dinner and to help dig out their old barn, a sweet, older gentleman with a lovely story for each and every piece and even a crazy cat lady. A good day junking indeed!!
uncovered treasure
My workshop looks like the set of Sanford & Son. I will be soaping and scrubbing and sanding my little heart out for most of this rainy Monday. 

Actually a perfect day to nestle inside and process my new treasures, no threat of the sun and the garden beckoning me outdoors to play today. 

We had 2 full loads this buying trip. Lots & lots of yummy, rusty, chippy junk!! 

 Found some really great 'GOOD BONES" pieces...sans sparkly butterfly stickers and John Deere paint, they will be delightful! I promise!! :)

Get a load of this golden lovely. Vintage wing back...sound structure, classic shape. 

vintage linens and lace...time to bleach & launder and get sewing..bring new life to these beauties. 

...and YES!! I even dragged this pile of rustiness home! I DO have a vision for this (Terry usually understands my "visions" for things...he's a bit skeptical on this one) ;o 

Sooo...I'm a very Happy Camper this Monday...lots to do and tons of potential awaits. Watch for these pieces coming to a Makeover Monday very SOON!! 

....oh and don't forget to hop on over to the Graphic 45 blog for more Design Team intros. Today's DT member is Olga Struk. Her attention to detail is simply fascinating!

Graphic 45 blog link:
Altered Art For All Occasions By Olga Struk

...and as always....thank you for stopping by my blog!! <3