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It’s Sign Time

Hello again friends! So once again I found something on Pinterest from Etsy.com that I love but think I can make without spending a lot of money. Click the picture of the original Pin below to take you to the Etsy page. This sign costs $35. Not too bad but I think we can do better.

I bought my letters and paint from Michael’s but because they had limited options I had to change my strategy (which works for me since I usually do things my own way). Here are the letters pre-paint and my supplies.

I chose the color “Country Grey” because my walls are white and its a nice neutral tone, plus I already had the ribbon I wanted to use in mind at home, the color of the moment, teal. I painted my letters first and here’s the big tip, when you’re painting wood with sponge brushes you’ll need at least three coats of paint for full coverage. At this point I have to figure out how to incorporate the ribbon (that’s what I love so much about this sign, the lettering and the ribbon). As a former dog groomer I know how to make small bows but I’m going to include a link to a very helpful tutorial so that you can make your own bows too.

Click Here for an Easy Small Bow Tutorial

I didn’t like how the larger letters looked hanging from a ribbon so I decided to mount the letters on my wall and then go from there. I ended up applying the bows to the top of the letters (you just have to have that pop of color). Aside from the painting and bow making this project doesn’t take too much time and you can really take it any way you want it. The possibilities are endless. In the end it cost me $19 to make (we saved $16!), here are the final results of my Laundry Room Sign inspired by Pinterest. If you get the chance I’d love to see some pictures of your signs in the comments section. Have a great night!

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The Fabulous No Sew Pillow

I can’t sew. Well I can sew by hand but it’s messy, I can attach a button if necessary, but I have a sewing machine and its like neuroscience to me. In the crafting world this is very limiting. One of these days I am going to learn to sew with my machine and when I do there are some great projects I am going to share with you, but in the meantime I wanted some new throw pillows. My very good friend Marcia found this Pin and suggested we try it one weekend. So we went to Ikea, bought some $1.99 pillows, then we went to Joann’s Fabrics and bought some cute fabric perfect for my bedroom.

 

This is the original Pin below and when you click the picture it will take you to the tutorial:

We learned a lot of tips and tricks while doing this project and what takes us time to redo and perfect (hopefully with the inside knowledge) you can get right in one try. The first thing you want is spray starch and an iron, taking time to iron the fabric and the creases gives the pillows a much sharper look. The next tip is how to tie a square knot (we had no idea) so we googled and found this great website that slowly shows you how step by step. I’ve included the link below to that website.

http://www.animatedknots.com/reef/index.php

The last trick I will share for this project is safety pins, you don’t have to have them but they come in handy to keep extra fabric secured. I also tried my own version of the pillow and instead of tying the knot I folded the fabric over and swaddled it for a fun design (this you secure with safety pins).

This project requires patience and a streak of perfectionism (thank you Marcia for ironing) but its worth it. The grand total for two matching decorative throw pillows is about $12. Happy Pinning and Crafting.

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