Friday, December 30, 2011

"L" is for Little Elk

A handpainted sign: Little Elk Ranch


or more affectionately referred to as 'horse camp'.


I made this sign for my sister, a gift for Christmas.


We have fond memories of Little Elk Ranch (horse camp) made during our summers as young girls, sadly I don't think the camp is still around.


This sign not only fills the space on the wall in my sister's Family Room, it serves as a little reminder of those fond days gone by.


Here's how I made the sign:

1. Sand wood piece:


2. Paint two coats Behr cozy cottage.
Print out lettering to fit space, using a ballpoint pen trace letters to leave indent in wood:


3. Paint on and inside the indent, first coat dark red:


4. Paint second layer - brown:


5. Repeat process for bottom row of lettering:


6. Paint first layer brown, second layer black:


7. Use the same process for the stars:


8. Paint stars brown:


9. Paint on rope design lightly at first:


10. Then start filling in basic rope color and use darker brown to highlight twisting motion:


11. Ready to be sanded:


12. After sanding to distress, use black to highlight lettering:


13. Stain using Minwax Early American then seal with clear satin poly:



A fun keepsake and perfect decor for her wall.


I'm linking up to:

Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk
Weekend Wrap Up @ Tatertots & Jello
Sundae Scoop @ I Heart Naptime
Sister Sunday @ Sisters of the Wild West
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Showoff
Made by You Mondays @ Skip to My Lou
Making the World Cuter @ Making the World Cuter
Nifty Thrifty @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Good Life @ A Beach Cottage
Delightfully Inspiring @ Delightful Order
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Tickled Pink @ 504 Main
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Feathered Nest @ French Country Cottage
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

"P" is for Polka Dots

Sewing: A monogrammed polka dot pouch


I made another variation on the pouch.




A perfect little Christmas gift for a school friend.




"O" is for Olivia





Here's how I made the pouch;

1. Supplies needed:

exterior fabric: 10" x 14"
lining: 2 @ 10" x 7"
medium weight fusible interfacing: 10" x 14"
1 - 9" zipper
monogram letter (backed with double sided fusible)
trim


2. Secure trim to monogram using zipper foot and straight stitch:



3. Press monogram in place.
Apply interfacing to wrong side of exterior fabric:


4. Zig zag stitch around letter:


5. Add zipper between top edge and one piece of lining.
** Top stitch lining down on right side to keep from catching in zipper.


6. Repeat for other side of zipper:


7. Right sides together stitch the side seams:


8. Miter the bottom corners and snip off the excess:


9. Turn right side out, press lining side seams open, then press in raw edges of lining bottom edge and straight stitch shut:


Press lining down into pouch and add ribbon to zipper pull:



I added a little token gift of assorted lip balms:


Wrapped in tissue to match:



Then wrapped the pouch in a cellophane bag for giving:


Who can resist those polka dots?




I'm linking up to:

Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk
Weekend Wrap Up @ Tatertots & Jello
Sundae Scoop @ I Heart Naptime
Sister Sunday @ Sisters of the Wild West
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
DIY Fall Festival @ The DIY Showoff
Made by You Mondays @ Skip to My Lou
Making the World Cuter @ Making the World Cuter
Nifty Thrifty @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Good Life @ A Beach Cottage
Delightfully Inspiring @ Delightful Order
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Tickled Pink @ 504 Main
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Feathered Nest @ French Country Cottage
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Textiles @ Freckled Laundry