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Hello friends. I hope you’ve been keeping well. It’s been quiet around here as we took a little time off to enjoy the weather. We didn’t go anywhere and though vacations are nice, staycations can also be great.
I managed to do a little painting and worked on some other projects but overall it was a lazy week.  I wanted to quickly share this cute little leather earrings Bella and I made the other day. It was a fun quick craft that we enjoyed doing.

There are so many possibilities


Here is what you will need:
Piece of leather
Stylin – Fashion paint by DecoArt
Fishhook Earrings
Thumb Tack
Fine Point Permanent Marker
Brush
Scissors


For teat shape earrings. Simply make a template, trace and cut out.


Take a thumbtack and pierce a hole at the very top of the earring. 
Use pliers and attach earrings to leather through hole. 
Use white to paint entire surface if you wish. 
Using a permanent marker, draw out flower or desired design 
Use Stylin to paint inside design. 
Once dry, cover any lines that might have gotten covered by the paint.

Follow the same procedure for the feathers. Cut out, poke a hole and insert the earring. 
Draw a single white line in the center of feather. 
Use perpendicular strokes on half the feather. I used a mixture of aqua, blue and black. I didn’t bother cleaning the brush in between. 
Continue doing this all the way down. 
Do the same to the other side. 
Repaint the white line in the middle and paint little white dots if you wish. Allow to dry.

Cut some slits at the bottom of feather and you’re done ! 
These are so cute and I loved how they turned out. I also love, love, love this new paint by DecoArt. I completely recommend it. The coverage is amazing !  Thank you so much for stopping by. See you tomorrow…xo

much love,

Lucy

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Hello friends. I hope your week is off to a great start. Today’s post is a little different from my usual but I thought I would share in case there are some new moms out there that would like to try this easy toddler activity.
It feels like just yesterday I would spend my days creating and making activity games, puzzles etc for my little toddlers and now we’re making arrangements for university.  As a matter of fact it is because of those activities that I decided to start this blog.


Both my brother and sister have young toddlers and when my sister sent me a picture she had seen of this particular activity on Instagram, I ran to Michaels and got all the supplies.


All you need is some people pegs, (here is a great buy)  some round wooden shapes and different paint colors. 

All you have to do is paint the discs and various pegs to match each other. 

Your toddler can learn color matching et. 

You can also add dots on the back to learn numbers…

It’s such an easy and beautiful little craft and even if you don’t have a toddler yourself, would make a great gift for a new mom…:)  I made a set for my sister and for my sister in law and I hope they love it.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Wishing you a beautiful day ahead.

much love,

Lucy

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Happy Thursday friends. I hope you’ve had a great week. The weather has been incredible the past couple days. So I’ve been spending more time out in our patio. Today is the final week of The Outdoor Extravagaza hosted by my friend Shauna.
I’m not going to lie, this year I found it a little difficult to embrace our backyard but I’m still very grateful to be able to participate and see all the other beautiful ideas and be inspired.


Today we’re sharing painted or built outdoor projects. My project is super simple and it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while and make a simple pendant out of a basket.


I used this bamboo basket which has a nice gray wash already but I wanted a little lighter…
I used one of my favourite paints by DecoArt, Vintage Effects.  It’s so easy to apply and it gives you the perfect wash.

I then drilled a hole at the bottom of the basket big enough to fit a bulb from the string of lights that was already there.  I then wrapped the wires with some thick rope that I had leftover from THIS project.
I actually think that I’m going to take down all the string lights and just do one individual light so the cord looks a little more tidy.

I think it’s ok for now. 

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the amazing projects below.

Satori Design for Living | Vinyet Etc. | The Happy Housie | The DIY Mommy

PMQ for Two | Clean and Scentsible | Finding Silver Pennies | Casa Watkins Living | So Much Better with Age

Zevy Joy | Shades of Blue Interiors | Amber Tysl | Craftberry Bush | A Pretty Life

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Hello friends I hope your week is off to a great start!  It was rainy and gloomy today but we’re expecting a gorgeous day tomorrow so I’m excited about that.
I’ve started to make some small changes to our patio and hopefully I’ll have it ready for you to see next week.
I also finally put together my front door planters today and while I was planting, I heard several black crows across the street which made me look up. They were all gathered on my neighbours roof and one flew over me and he had what looked like
a bloody little animal in his claws. I of course thought that it was one of our bunnies but I hope that it wasn’t. I’d been outside for a while and didn’t see him come by our yard area so I’m don’t think it was one of our bunnies…:'(

In more cheerful news, I’m so happy to be participating in today’s wreath hop hosted by my dear friend Krista. Today we’re sharing summer wreaths so don’t forget to check the rest of them at the bottom of this post.
I wanted to try something a little different and made this fun macrame feather wreath.  It’s not exactly how I envisioned it because I didn’t have the proper macrame string so I used yarn instead…
The yarn reminds me of Mr Noodles noodles doesn’t it? haha

I think it’s still pretty neat…:) 
I used a 18″ inch hoop. and regular  yarn. But my sister who is really great at macrame uses this string which will give you better results. 
Cut 5 2 feet  pieces of yarn . NOTE:I had originally thought of making several feathers (that’s why you see so many pieces on this photo) but ended up only making five.

Tie all pieces to the hoop using a Larks head knot. ( This knot is also known as a cow hitch knot) 
Tie as many pieces as you would like and trim to form a point. 
Cut several 11″ pieces of yarn. Take the 11″ piece and tie a regular overhand knot around 2 feet string. 
Push the knot to the top of the string. 
Continue to tie pieces to the string and pushing them up close together. 
Continue all the way to the end of the string…

Optional: Unravel string.  Trim string to form feather shape.
Repeat with as many feathers as you would like to make.

I like the modern feel it brings and I think next time, I’ll use real macrame string and maybe spray paint the hoop gold…:)

Please don’t forget to visit my friends below.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Much love,

The Happy Housie / The DIY Mommy /Confessions of a Serial DIYer / Zevy Joy

Finding Silver Pennies / Happy Happy Nester / Tidbits / Vinyet Etc.

A Pretty Life / Artsy Chicks Rule / Town and Country Living / Newly Woodwards

Southern State of Mind / Craftberry Bush / Summer Adams

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Hello friends I hope you’ve been well.  Is it just me or is time going faster than usual? I can’t believe it’s the middle of May already!!! what?   I’m really enjoying this beautiful weather right now because it’s not too hot or too cold. But I also want summer to come and enjoy some time with the kiddies. Specially our oldest as he’s leaving to university this fall. It makes my heart drop a little each time I think about it…:(
But I’m also so happy that he gets to pursue his dreams of being a vet.
Speaking of summer, today is my first summer post as I join my friends in this hop hosted by my sweet friend Krista.  Don’t forget to check out the other summer crafts at the end of this post…:)
My craft today is a knock off of THIS PB knotted rope.  It was so easy to make and though it doesn’t look exactly like the original, I kinda like the irregular surface of the ‘cement’ balls I made.
Here is what you need:

Air drying clay
White and black acrylic paint
Scissors
Brush
Rope
Hard bristle brush or toothbrush


1. Make a small ball out of clay
2. Insert brush or dowel to create a hole in the middle of the bead.
3. While still on the brush handle, create texture with a hard bristle brush or toothbrush. (I used my potato brush)
4. Allow beads to dry for 24-48 hours.
5. Mix white and black paint 5:1  . Paint bead with gray
6. Paint bead with black and quickly wipe off with damp cloth.
7. Allow to dry.
Take the rope and make a knot at the end. Feed bead through the rope and tie another knot and repeat with all the beads.

And there you go !


You can skip the paint all together and create a white beaded rope. That would look just as pretty…:)

I really like how it turned out and now I’m inspired to get the rest of the house ready for summer. 

Don’t forget to visit my friends below.

Thank you so, so much for stopping by today.

much love,

The Happy Housie / Home Made Lovely / Taryn Whiteaker / Craftberry Bush

The DIY Mommy / Duke Manor Farm / Zevy Joy / Inspiration for Moms / Newly Woodwards

Satori Design for Living / Tidbits / Sincerely, Marie Designs / So Much Better with Age / Town and Country Living

Paint Me Pink / Finding Silver Pennies / Southern State of Mind / The House of Wood / Amber Tysl

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Hello friends. I hope your week is off to a great start. Today we had glorious weather and I think we have another beautiful day coming tomorrow.  I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am that the weather has finally changed . Each morning as the sun comes up, I’m so inspired to create and share.  I feel so fortunate to be able to partner with Michaels where there are endless products to help me get creative.
If you haven’t visited Michaels this month yet, you’re in for a nice treat as summer has arrived at Michaels!
They have amazing new decor for any space that needs some summer styling. From summery décor to paper products, easy centerpieces, and decorative supplies, they’re here to MAKE it fun — and easy, too

I have been having so much fun with the DIY section. Have you seen it? It’s brilliant as they provide you with all of the materials you need in one spot. I love that idea. Here are some of the items I’ve made so far…

You might recall THIS tote.


And THIS colorful clutch.


I also made this pretty canvas clutches the other day, but will share later on.

Most recently, I made these adorable face planters. Aren’t they so cute?

I made a little panda too…

Here is what you will need.

Ceramic bowls, available at Michaels.
Ceramic Paint
Model Magic
Crazy Glue
Paint brush
Rubbing Alcohol

Start by using rubbing alcohol to clean the surface. Outline the hairline…
Fill it in with paint and draw in simple eyes,nose and eyebrows.  Follow bottle instructions to cure.  Using model magic, shape two little ears and allow to dry completely.


Apply heavy duty glue to ear and attach to bowl. 

Use real or faux plants and enjoy!

I used faux succulents from Michaels, but you can’t even tell because they look so real don’t they? 
I’m obsessed with these little pots. They were intended for my daughter’s room but I kinda love them here…:) 

If you haven’t visited Michaels this month yet, you’re in for a nice treat as summer has arrived at Michaels!
They have amazing new decor for any space that needs some summer styling. From summery décor to paper products, easy centerpieces, and decorative supplies, they’re here to MAKE it fun — and easy, too. Check out all things summer at Michaels now!

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Hello friends. I hope you had a nice weekend. We had plans to visit family this weekend but unfortunately, we’re experiencing an ice storm and so we had to postpone.
I was surprised to find out that our son’s championship soccer game was still on Sunday so we woke up early to attend.  I’m happy to report that his team won!
Hubby has been coaching him since he was 3 years old and it’s one of the highlights of my week to see them on the field.  They now have about a month off before the outdoor season starts, however, if the weather continues this way, I’m not so sure when winter will be over.


Today, I’m super excited to share with you this amazing yet easy art technique.  I  tried  acrylic pouring or ‘dirty pours’ years  ago and most recently last year when I wanted to create some art for my summer gallery wall.

You can find more HERE
This method, however, is a little different in that the pouring technique is a little more controlled.   I do have to warn you that once you try this , you’ll be addicted. I can almost promise that.


I first tried it on this small 5×7 canvas just to test it out. Here is a short video of the process.

Acrylic Pour 'Swirl' Art - YouTube


I used the same technique for this box as well.

And finally, I had mustered enough courage to try it on a larger scale. However, I didn’t have any large canvas at hand so I used a piece of cardboard which I cut into a circle.


Here is a close up of the rings.  I love it so much. It fascinates me how the paint eventually settles onto the canvas. This one kinda reminds me of the earth or some sort of planet.

Materials:

DecoArt Acrylic paint of your choice
DecoArt Pouring Medium 
Plastic cups
Canvas or any other surface
Wooden Stir Sticks
Paper Towel
Measuring cup

Please note that this process is pretty messy so get ready to get dirty. No wonder it’s also called ‘dirty pour’.

1. Pour 2:1 paint to medium into cup and stir. Mix as many colors as you like.
2. Slowly pour paint into measuring cup, one color at a time along the side of the measuring cup.
TIP: The colors will pour out backwards IE. the first color your pour into the cup will be the last color on the canvas. In this case, I poured the pink first and the white last, therefore the white pours out first and the pink last.
3. Use the spout of the measuring cup to pour paint onto canvas. Pour the paint using a very slow circular motion. This motion is what creates the beautiful rings.
4. Tilt canvas to spread paint across surface.

5. Sit back and watch in amazement the paint settle onto the surface.

The surface will take about 24-48 to dry completely.

Like I mentioned before, I used a large piece of cardboard that I cut into a circle and I attached a tab to the back using hot glue to hang.

Isn’t it amazing? DecoArt also has a clear pouring TOP Coat  which you could add to your piece and it creates a high-end glossy finish.   The results are stunning and you never know how it will turn out!

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you give it a try. Please let me know if you have any questions at all.

Much love,

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Hello friends. I hope you’ve been well.  It’s been a little quiet around here as I’m still trying to recover from my back injury. If you can imagine, being unable to move around means you can’t really clean the house all that well and as soon as I felt a little better, I went on a crazy cleaning spree, which made my back go into a fit again. UGH.
It’s been so frustrating but I realize that I just have to let it heal and be patient.  I was speaking to one of my son’s teammate’s mom and she reminded me that once you get to a certain age, it takes much longer for your body to heal from injuries. Talk about reality check …ha

Because I can’t really sit for long periods of time, I haven’t been able to do much painting either, but the other day, I printed these old painting on transfer paper  and I loved the way they turned out so much that I thought I would share them with you.

I love the way they printed onto the flour cloth. It looks like vintage watercolor. However, I think I set the heat too high and the color did change, so keep that in mind when you’re doing your transfer.  Cute right?

Here is the original and as you can see, the color did transfer a little bit different. Like I mentioned before, I think it was because the setting on the iron was a bit too high.
Go HERE to download and print. Please note that these are for personal use only. Do not alter in any way. If you wish to share, please share link to this post.

Here is the paper I used.  You can also purchase at Michaels. 

There you go. Hope you enjoy. See you very soon.

much love,

Lucy

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Hello friends. How are you today? The kiddies are on March break so we’ve been enjoying some down time.  As I mentioned before, this room is going through some big changes, but I took these photos a couple of weeks ago.
I purchased this lamp last year and I really like it but I wanted to give it a quick update.

Before anything else, forgive the tilted shade. It’s driving me insane. But I digress, updating the lamp took about 15 minutes (including drying time in between coats) and I love how it looks.

I used the new DecoArt MATTE METALLICS paint. It’s a flat metallic paint and it comes in various colors.

Now let me show my original project…

Photo credit: Polyvore

Pretty right? except this is the inspiration photo…


UGH…
Lovely coasters right? OR..

A piece of cheese and ham in one…haha.

Have you had any fails lately? I’d love to know.

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Hello friends. I hope your week is off to a great start!  We had another beautiful sunny day yesterday and though I’m still a little hesitant to claim that Spring is near, it definitely has been feeling like it.
If you’re coming from Rachel’s home, welcome. I have had the pleasure of meeting Rachel and love  her amazing talent and of course, her sweet heart.
I’m so excited that you are here today because I have the cutest, funnest and easiest projects to share with you today.


I’m not really sure what to call it but let’s call it 3D canvas art…does that work?
Here is how to make your own:


On a plain canvas, draw a simple vase shape with a pencil.

Using a flat brush, dip it in black (or choose your color) and paint stripes ‘around’ the vase. NOTE: Follow the normal curvature of a vase to make it more realistic. 
Mix some black and white to make a very light gray. Shade the edges of the vase. Outline with a thin black line.  Allow to dry.

Take a sharp knife and pierce the canvas, making as may slits as needed to fit the desired amount of stems.


Fit your faux plant or florals through the canvas as shown.  Hot glue some of the leaves to the canvas.

Flip the canvas over to the otherside and secure with tape. NOTE: I used painters tape because I couldn’t find any duct tape but the tape kept coming off. So you will need duct tape. Do not use hot glue for this step because it  will bleed to the other side of the canvas.

I forgot to to say that I also added a few ‘highlights’ to the center of the vase as well as a little shadow underneath. This just add more dimension. 

There you go. Something a little fun and whimsical for your walls…:)  This photo also reminds me that I should probably finally get some window treatments for our windows. Ugh. 

I hope you enjoyed this little project. Please visit my friend Tana, to see her adorable DIY. And when you’re done, also visit the rest of my friends.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. See you soon…xo

much love,

Lucy

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