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{Awesome} Paisley Stenciled Table

{Awesome} Paisley Stenciled Table
Let’s talk stenciling. Now, I’ve done my fair share of stenciling (like on my pantry, toy box and end table), but it’s always been with a homemade stencil and it takes F.O.R.E.V.E.R. to do. Plus the final product always looks kinda wonky when you get up close and the design is very simple. Also it takes forever….that’s worth mentioning twice. I chose the paisley allover stencil…it’s kinda country, kinda modern, and I’m kinda in love with it. It didn’t bleed or smear or anything…though I was really careful about not using too much paint. I KNOW, I love it too. Next I decided to stain over the stencil and give the table a more rustic look. I used Dark Walnut by Minwax and applied two coats. (Please soak up the dying plants, messy porch and double fly swatter yielding toddler…it does’t get much more real than this!) As I was admiring my work I couldn’t stop looking at the legs. I decided to paint them turquoise and give em the old “dirty cowboy” treatment. Here is the finished table! Related:  Home Decor

time worn interiors: By The Sea It seems lately all my decor centers around the sea! Well, after all I am a Pisces! Slowly but surely my house is coming back together! It's been a slight challenge since I've gotten rid of so my of my treasures. I worked on this vignette this morning!

Love Stencilled Pillow - Free "Love & Life" Template Love Stencilled Pillow – a quick and easy way to breathe new life into a plain pillow. Love Stencilled Pillow – Free “Love & Life” Template - I’ve been on the search for the perfect pillows for our living room for over a year now. As you can see, it’s a very monochromatic room (which I like in this instance) but it really needed a pop of colour. I picked the blue colour from a painting that’s on the wall over the piano on the opposite side of the room. I love the blue vase on the coffee table but I’ve have had so much trouble finding pillows with a similar blue. I was open to anything really but I had no luck. I picked up some fabric paint, created a template for the words ‘LOVE” and ‘LIFE” in Adobe Illustrator and got down to business. Material: Instructions: Download the printable template (above). About the author By Jamey Ekins ~ Being imaginative, crafty and artistic is just like breathing to me. Like this: Like Loading...

How to Make a Fast and Easy ‘Frog’ for a Mason Jar Vase | DIY Maven If you’ve ever used a Mason jar as a vase, you know that their wide mouths aren’t conducive to small bouquets. The stems just fall this way and that. That’s why they sell ‘frogs’ and frog inserts. Yeah, you don’t need to spend the cash on an insert. I used the jar’s original insert as a template to cut a circle from the top. Then I used a standard-sized punch to punch evenly-spaced holes in the plastic. One stem per hole makes for the perfect bouquet. What I love about this arrangement is when it’s time to change the water, I can just unscrew the the ring and lift out the flowers in one go. Like this: Like Loading...

25 (more) clever ideas to make life easier . We heard you loud and clear. When we published our first list of clever ideas to make life easier last year, we received an overwhelming response. So without further ado, here’s another 25 ingenious household tips and organisational tricks that will have you saying, “Why didn’t I think of that?!” Source: Got an empty kitchen shelf? Source: Wall mount cutlery trays and add a cup hook in each compartment for brilliant jewelery storage. Source: Avoid messy dresser drawers by “filing” your clothing side-by-side instead of stacking items on top of each other. Photo: William Warby on Has putting Toy Story on constant repeat finally taken its toll? Source: Packing tip: Protect breakables such as wine bottles or food containers with children’s inflatable floaties. Source: Rather than bundling them in your drawer, loop tights over a coathanger and store them in your wardrobe. Source:

Then she made...: Pencil Holder Project - a true story! I went on vacation and I bought this... and while reading I saw this .... and I loved it so I showed her... And it made her happy. And she thought it would be great for her art pencils so we showed him... my awesome brother. And then we roasted marshmallows and forgot all about it until our last night of our vacation when he gave us these.... And we were happy! He had remembered when we had forgotten because that's how he is ... he's a good guy! And when we got home from vacation we had fun doing this .... We measured and marked our paper. And when they dried they looked like this .... And then we filled them up ... and now we have two really cute pencil holders .... And we are VERY HAPPY!

My Flower Journal | Create A Splattered Paint Flower Garden - My Flower Journal You can create a splattered paint flower garden. No drawing is needed just lots of spontaneous fun for all ages and skill levels. Each one turns out different depending on the color of paint you use and the amount of splatters you do. Supplies: Watercolor paper (I use 300 lb watercolor paper because it is heavy enough it doesn’t buckle when it gets wet.),watercolors and acrylic paints, masking tape, ruler, paper towel, round brushes (I used a size 4 and 8), disposable plastic table cloth or something to protect your work area from paint splatters. I like my watercolor paper to be 2 inches larger than the finished size of painting I am doing. Wet the paper with clean water then paint the sky leaving white for clouds. While the watercolor background is drying get everything ready for splattering. Practice making splatters using acrylic paint on some scratch paper. Use a paper plate to put your acrylic paints on. Make sure the splatters at the bottom are darker and heavier.

Closet Makeover Reveal | Scout and Nimble I’m popping in real quick just to share our closet makeover with you. Today it is just all about the photos (which were tricky lil suckers to get due to no natural light and the size of the closet). :/ I will be sharing all the nitty gritty details of the makeover next week so be sure to check back. So, here’s the thing. Our closet was a disaster…like a complete disaster. For the past several years, I have wanted a boutique style closet. I mean this is a place I go into every day, right? Anyways…that confidence…that feeling…that’s what I was going after. via Not to mention, I had to make it more functional for us. We needed storage and I needed a way to actually see all my jewelry and not have to deal with knotted necklaces everyday. So you ready to compare the before pics (don’t judge me…) and the afters? Clearly the before above. Shield your eyes…it’s another before… I’m slightly embarrassed. I don’t think we could shove any more clothes into this before pic.

13 natural remedies for the ant invasion Little tiny ants have been spotted in our new home, and many people are suffering the same fate across the country. As much as I love spring, I don't like bugs — especially bugs that can infest a house. Last week I asked for some advice in how to deal with ants naturally as I didn't have time to research it myself since I just moved this weekend. Some of these measures are deterrents. 1. Teresa: We just spray around the openings with pure lemon juice … and it always works for us … something about the acid messes up their sense of tracking… 2. Shayla: We use ground cinnamon around where there are coming it. Peggy: We spray cinnamon essential oil all around the doors, windowsills, floors, etc. keeps them from coming in. Letia: Another vote for ground cinnamon. Jean: Cinnamon and cloves. Patricia: We also use cinnamon oil. 3. Heather: My mother-in-law has success with peppermint essential oil around windows and doors (any entries). Julie: Dr. 4. 5. 6. 7. Natalie: Oh! 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.

A Hand-Cranked Automaton That Mimics the Effect of a Raindrop Hitting Water This little wood automaton is meant to mimic the effect of a water drop hitting a body of water, all using concentric rings cut from wood that are manipulated by a hand crank. The piece was created by UK-based designer Dean O’Callaghan, inspired by the work of Reuben Margolin (most likely his round wave sculpture). (via The Automata Blog) 10 Colorful Wall Art Projects That You Can Make Yourself I'm just going to say it. I love color. I love it! Photo: Melanie Blodgett 1. Photo: Barbara Rucci 2. Photo: BHG 3. Photo: Mr. 4. Photo: The Swell Life 5. Photo: vtwonen 6. Photo: Brittni Mehlhoff 7. Photo: Kimber Crafts 8. Photo: Two Delighted 9. Photo: A Beautiful Mess 10. Design Style : colorful Techniques : Creative Reuse , Painting Decor Element : wall art