Craft Series: Two Hits and a Miss

It's been a few months since I've done a crafting post so I wanted to share some recent projects I've taken on. I've been wanting to add some more pops of yellow to my office for months now and decided to do that by adding yellow pom pom trim to some sheer curtains. I am a novice sewing machine user, and have yet to even attempt to use my mother in law's machine she graciously gave me, so I decided to try using iron-on hem tape instead. Here's the process.

Supplies: Curtains of choice, scissors, iron, iron-on hem tape, ribbon or pom pom trim
Time: 60+ minutes

This project took much longer than I expected and was pretty tedious. In the end, I think it would have been worth it to pull out the sewing machine and stumble my way through using one again (it's been a year). I still have only finished one curtain so I have a lot more weekends ironing at the dining table ahead of me. If you want to try your hand at this, here are a few lessons I learned along the way: wash, dry and iron your curtain first (mine are super wrinkled) / hem the bottom of your curtain before starting (I now have one very long curtain). Now that we've got that out of the way, here are the basic steps I created on the fly. Slice edge of curtain to create opening for hem tape and trim. Fold hem tape in half inside curtain lining - with half on bottom of trim and half on top. Iron on ironing board or layer cardboard under to protect your dining table (like me). Use hot iron on fabric to melt hem tape. Ask friend / family member / spouse politely after for a shoulder massage.

A few weeks ago, I was in Target and saw some super fun, festive 4th of July plastic ceiling medallions for parties, but they were $8+ each and I thought I could probably make them for less. I went to the craft store the next day and bought a pack of scrapbook paper and festive ribbons for $10. Then, following loosely this tutorial I found on Pinterest, I created several medallions / rosettes for our front porch.

Supplies: 8" x 8" scrapbook paper, stapler and staples, ribbon, ruler and pencil, scissors
Time: 5 - 10 minutes each (depending on how much of a perfectionist you are)

Large one - just add ribbon!

Large one - just add ribbon!

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Front porch decorated!

I would recommend following the tutorial I linked to in my above description. The main thing I did differently was at the end, before stapling together the final two pieces, I added a strand of ribbon to hang them from and then stapled. It was quick and pretty easy to do while watching old episodes of The Office. Plus our front porch looks super festive for the summer paired with the $5 stars and stripes banner I just couldn't pass up from Target.

Now I know you've been waiting for my miss. I wouldn't typically share a failed craft project in this series but I got requests for the tutorial after posting a photo on Instagram, so I decided it was time to fess up to a crafting fail. A few months ago, you may recall that I finished decorating a friend's travel themed nursery project. While coming up with the finishing touches, I saw a lamp shade online that had a world map print on it and I thought it might look really great in the nursery. But it was a bit out of price range so I thought I'd try making my own. I bought map print scrapbook paper at a local craft store, a plain white shade and spent about thirty minutes one afternoon on the project.

Supplies: 2 - 3 sheets of 8" x 8" scrapbook paper, small white lamp shade, mod podge, washi tape or ribbon (optional)
Time: 25 - 30 minutes

It seemed like a good idea and at first, it looked halfway decent. But the paper was very difficult to trim perfectly for the lamp shade and it started getting kind of messy and jagged around the edges. I attempted to remedy that by trimming the edges in washi tape but it all just looked too handmade for me. And by the next morning, the humidity was causing the paper and washi tape to fall off. I'm nothing if not a perfectionist so the homemade shade wound up being recycled. If you wanted to try this project anyway, I'd recommend sketching out the shade and your cuts in advance for better lined up seams and cleaner cuts. I'd also use something stronger than mod podge.

I certainly can't end this post on a failed craft project, so I thought it'd be fun to also share photos of the anniversary gifts Keith and I made for each other this year. In case you missed my last post, we make each other's gifts every year and tend to be a bit overly ambitious. As I noted in a previous half-joking post, Keith has been wanting something decorative for a spot in his office so I decided a few months ago to make him a small pallet sign with his favorite song lyrics on it.

The lyrics are from The Beatles song The End, and I had a lot of fun making this little piece for his space. If you're interested, I can design you a similar piece in my Etsy shop. This year, Keith won for the most impressive since he actually came up with a very sweet (made me cry) use for the three-year theme of leather. When he proposed four years ago, he wrote and taped a love letter to our front door and then had jars of flowers all over our apartment with famous love letters and poems attached to them. He re-typed those all up and made me a gorgeous, leather-wrapped, love letter journal. I'm super grateful every day for winning the husband lottery.

I'm looking forward to sharing a meditation update, and maybe even a few tips, in a few days along with details on my ten-year high school reunion yesterday. Also, this week I'm busy designing a new piece of palette furniture for my Etsy shop and trying to get more done on the pom pom trimmed curtains. Check back for more posts later this week!