Picture Perfect Pantry

I’ve always wanted a pretty pantry. You know the kind that doesn’t look like you really store food in there. 😂

One filled with baskets that all match and containers filled with cereal, cookies and pasta.

A pantry that’s just dreamy!

A pantry that’s

“Picture Perfect “

😍😍 😍

Well, I must have been dreaming when I had the idea to stencil this pantry. I don’t know what I was thinking 🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️😂  I’m kidding y’all. (Not really 😉 ) I’m totally in love with way it turned out, but it was a lot more work to get it there than I originally planned.

Now, if I had decided to stencil this one little wall before we had these awesome weathered wood shelves installed, we’d probably be having an  entirely different conversation. 😃

Once the shelves  were installed it made it much harder to work in a tiny space. I did I have the stencils cut to fit between most of the shelves but there still were a lot of tight spaces they were difficult to work in.

A few tricks I learned while doing this:

1-  have more than one stencil to work with. This will make it much faster no matter what size wall or floor you’re working.

2-  be sure to blot the paint off of your stencil  after each use.

3-  Use spray  adhesive to keep the stencil in place. This will prevent paint from going behind the stencil.

4- For applying the paint,  A small paint roller worked  better than  a brush.

5- Stencil before installing shelves ( I had to throw that one in there! 😏)

I considered  wallpaper but, I knew I wanted this design.

It was more a lot expensive to order it in a wallpaper so I decided just to go for it!

I’m so glad that I did!

Every time I looked around the corner to see this Picture Perfect Pantry it makes it all worth while!

Doesn’t that just make you smile? 😃😃😃

I just wonder if the new owners are enjoying the fruits of my labor? 😂

I have a step by step tutorial on my saved stories on Instagram if you want to see more.

Here’s a link to the baskets. They’re from BHG Live Better @walmart

 

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Better-Homes-and-Gardens-2pk-Small-Chicken-Wire-Basket-Set/374715872

 

Have a great week sweet friends!

With much love,

Leanna 😘



Reinventing your Christmas Tree Ornaments

Well, I think everyone in Dalton had the same thought I did this morning. Kroger then Chick-fil-A, nothing like waiting until the last  minute . 😉 Now, I’m  all ready for Thanksgiving! I’m looking forward to spending time with family, and eating! 😂

We’re putting up our Christmas Tree 🎄 on Friday. I’m planning to post several new tips for you all next week. Today I’m moving up a post from last year. In this video I’ll show you how to reinvent Christmas Tree ornaments you already have.

Grouping ornaments together is a great way to make more of an impact in a large Tree.

 

Reinventing Christmas Tree Ornaments

Christmas Tree Ornaments Inexpensive ribbon is a good way to add color to your Tree.

Christmas Tree OrnamentsCostco usually has great ribbon this time of year! They normally have 50 yard rolls for under $10.  This ribbon is great to use to tie your Ornaments together.

That’s all for now. I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving 🦃

Christmas Bow Tutorial

Hey Y’all! Who’s ready to get started decorating for Christmas?🙋🏻 Me! Well, I will be on Friday. I have a lot to do this week on an installation for a client before I can start working on our house. That’s ok though because I love ❤️ my job and can’t wait to see the project I’m working on completed.

I know that a lot of you will be putting up your Christmas decorations this week so I wanted to share a few tips with you.  I’m planning to post several tips on my blog and on Instagram and Facebook over the next few weeks.

I made this  tutorial video last year  on How to tie a Christmas bow.  I wanted to move it up this year for those of you that may have missed it before.  This is a simple process once you know the basics.

1- Loop ✨

2- Pinch ✨

3- Twist ✨

4- Repeat ✨

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It’s really that simple!  Once you learn how to tie your own bows, you’ll be able to create a beautiful Tree.

Christmas Bow

I hope you like to tip of the day! Now you’re ready to be Loopin’, Pinchin’  and

🎶 Twistin’  the night away!🎶  (Sorry I couldn’t help myself!)😂😂😂

Mercury Glass Tutorial

I love, love, LOVE the look of Mercury Glass!

Since I don’t have a huge stash of vintage Mercury Glass in my storage building (I know that may surprise some of you! lol) I had to find another way to achieve this look!

The tutorial I have today is one of my favorites! I’m going to share with you a fast and easy way to turn plain glass into glass that looks like an antique mirror. So let’s get busy!image

Here are the supplies you will need. Plain regular glass. Krylon Looking Glass spray paint. (I found mine at Hobby Lobby.)

Gold spray paint. I used an antique gold.

A spray bottle with 50% water 50% white vinegar mixture. Paper towels and glass cleaner.

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You will start with a plain piece of regular glass. I had mine cut at Lowe’s. I was using an existing picture frame so I have the glass cut to fit the frame I had. image

I actually did several pieces at one time. Clean the glass with Glass cleaner to remove any dirt or oil. Lay your glass out flat. I used a box and some brown paper under mine to keep it off the grass.

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Shake the can according to directions.( It’s a lot of shaking but it has to happen!) LOL

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Spray  the 1st coat of the Looking Glass spray over the entire piece of glass. You do not have to spray this super thick because you’re going to do three coats total. Allow this to dry for one minute.

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 Now mist the vinegar water solution over the entire piece of glass. Because the vinegar is acidic it will cause the Looking Glass paint to release from the glass. This will allow you to move it around with a paper towel. Let it dry one minute.

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 I tried to get a picture to show what the vinegar looks like but the sun was reflecting off the glass. I moved to the shade after this picture. Basically you want to mist it evenly over the entire piece of glass.

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After one minute take the scrunched up paper towel and dab the vinegar. You want to move the paint around a little. It almost makes it crackle in some areas. In other areas it will pull off completely.

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You will repeat this process for a total off 3 coats of Looking Glass and 3 coats of Vinegar solution. Each time you dab the paper towel it moves the paint in different areas.

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This makes the Mercury glass look aged. This is what the finished product looks like before you turn it over.

Do not be afraid. Lol. It’s supposed to look this way. Remember the side you’re working on is actually the back.

 When you leave some areas without the gold paint it will allow you to see your wall color through the crackled places.

Mercury Glass Tutorial

This is a picture of the finished product! It’s much prettier in person. Because it reflects like a mirror it’s hard to get a great picture.

Mercury Glass Tutorial

Have I mentioned that I Love this product? 😉

Mercury Glass Tutorial

I made these about a year ago for my bathroom. I had a set of pictures that were a little dated. I still liked the frames. I took them apart, and had 2 pieces of glass cute to fit my frame.

Mercury Glass Tutorial

My son Beau gave me several black and white pictures from an antique book. They are pictures of Washington D.C.

Our family took a trip to D.C. several years ago. We had a great time! That makes these prints very special to me

I used scrapbook paper, handmade paper and burlap to layer my print on.  I placed all of that on top of the Mercury Glass.

Then I used a plain piece of glass on top of everything and placed it back into the frame. I did not use anything behind the Mercury Glass so my wall color would show through the crackled mirror.

There are tons of possibilities for this product! I have several more I’ll be sharing with y’all very soon! Happy Labor Day Y’all! 🙂

Lamp Makeover

I scored these beauties at the Thrift Store this week!

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Well, they’re not that great yet but they will be! They just need a little TLC!

I’m not quite sure what’s up with the orange and black? Maybe someone used it for a Halloween party??? Lol.

I didn’t  care that the paint was ugly. I really liked the shape and the lamp shade. I knew I could always paint it if I couldn’t get the orange paint to come off. (The main thing was they both worked and I didn’t have to rewrite either one of them!)

The 1st thing I did was just clean them with a damp cloth. Next I thought I’d try to get the orange paint off. I knew alcohol would take latex paint off enamel so I thought I’d try that first.

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Guess what? It worked! Yay!

The main thing to remember is to keep your cloth clean. If not you’ll just smear it around. It just took me a few minuets to have it all cleaned up! I’m still considering painting it a medium gray with black stripes. I would make it about 3 stripes wide for each color.

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On the other hand, I may just enjoy it the way it is for a while. 😉  What do y’all think?

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I moved it around several different places. I wanted to decide where it’s forever home would be.

I really liked it here! image

All the black lamp needed was to be cleaned up and add a lamp shade.

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I already had a new burlap shade that was the perfect size! I bought it a while back at Ross.

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Here’s the before and after. Not too bad for $3.99 lamp and a $9.99 shade! 😉

I hope this inspires you to be creative and have fun!

Have a great weekend! Leann

Daybed Slipcover

Hey! Are y’all ready to sew ???? Break out that machine and let’s get busy! Several weeks ago I posted a tutorial on DIY European pillow shams. Today I have the tutorial for a super easy daybed cover.

This is really more of a slipcover than a coverlet. You could use these basic instructions for a daybed, bunk beds or an ottoman. It’s basically a fitted sheet without elastic. I wanted a matching coverlet for this daybed but I didn’t want something that would be slipping around every time the boys sat down on it.

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This makes the daybed look more like a sofa and that’s what I’m going for.
Ok, let’s get started.
1st thing you need to do is decide what’s going to be under the bedcover and put it on the bed. Because you want a good fit it’s better to determine this ahead of time.

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I used a sheet set and a blanket.

If you’re planning on washing this bedcover you should prewash your fabric before get started.

Next measure the width and length of the mattress. Then decide what your drop will be and add an inch all the way around for the hem.
I wanted mine to cover the side of the mattress and then tuck under a little. A standard twin mattress is approximately 38 wide by 75 long. The drop varies depending on the thickness of your mattress. Next step is to cut your fabric. I think I cut mine about 58×97 ( My fabric was wider than most decorator fabrics that are 54 inches.) If you have a deeper mattress you may need to sew two widths of fabric together.

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Place your fabric on top of the mattress (over the blanket etc).
Position the fabric evenly on all sides.

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Then pull the fabric out to a point and pin down the corner of the mattress. It is going to create a triangle shaped flap. The line you’re pinning is the line you’re going to sew.
Pin all 4 corners.

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Gently lift the fabric off the mattress.

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Sew straight down the line you pinned. Remove pins after sewing.
Next try it back on the mattress to make sure it fits well.

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After you check your fit then cut off the triangle shape flap. Leave about an inch. (Notice the band-aid! One to many encounters with a pin!)

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I snip the top of the flap to make it lay pretty and not bulge out.

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While the fabric is still on the mattress fold up about 1 inch or whatever you’ve allowed for your hem and pin. This is a good time to adjust the length if it’s longer than you want just give yourself more fabric in the hem. Gently lift fabric off the mattress.

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You can stitch yours or serge it if it’s going to tuck under and not show. I wanted mine to look nice if it wasn’t tucked neatly under the mattress. (We know that all teenage boys are going to take the time to tuck the fabric neatly under the mattress. Lol) 🙂 I’m just happy if they 1/2 way throw the covers back on the bed. Ha!

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Iron all four corners and the hem.
Place your beautiful new slipcover over your mattress and make the bed.
Done!
How easy was that???
Happy stitching!
Leann

Euro Pillow Sham Tutorial

The past several weeks I have been so busy! I have been working on several great projects. I have so many wonderful things that I’m going to share with you!
First is a tutorial is for European pillow shams. These shams are quick and super easy.

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I’m making a sham to fit a 26 x 26 Euro pillow but you can adapt this to other sizes as well. The basic instructions are the same, just adjust the sizes. I’m keeping this sham very simple, I’m not using cording or welt. I’m using 3 pieces of fabric.
I added 2 inches to the width and 2 inches to the length of my pillow size.

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Since my pillow is 26 x 26, my front piece of fabric will be cut 28 x 28. That gives me an inch for my seam all the way around.

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*A little trick when cutting a square, cut two sides then fold the fabric down (it will look like a triangle.) then cut the other two sizes using the edges as a guide

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For the back of my pillow I’m cutting 2 pieces. 1 piece is 16 x 28 and the other piece will be 21 x 28. (I’m folding the excess over so the height is not critical.)

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I want to use buttons to open and close my sham. This could be the front if the sham if you want to use decorative buttons. You could also do a monogram above the buttons for a custom look.

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Once all three pieces are cut, fold over the top and bottom pieces and press them.
If I could only give you one sewing tip for making a professional looking product, it would be ironing. When you take the time to press your seams it makes all the difference! It can take it from looking homemade to crisp and custom!

Now you can hem the fold on the back two pieces. (I did not hem mine because I am sewing on buttons on one side and button holes on the other so this will hold it together and I get to skip a step.)

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Now, you’re ready for the buttons. Decide the placement of the buttons. Mark the placement for the buttons and button holes. I used simple round buttons and placed them about every 4 inches.

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Make your button holes and cut the hole.

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Stitch on the buttons. (This step is easier before you sew the pillow together)

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If you’re going to Monogram the pillow, now is the best time.

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Next place right sides together. 28 x 28 piece on the bottom. Then layer shorter piece, then last the 21 x 28.

Hem all four sides

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Clip the corners.
Turn right side out.
Press.

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Stuff your pillow in the sham and you’re done! Yay!
I plan to post the tutorial for a daybed coverlet next. Stay tuned! 😉

There are so many possibilities for this style sham! So get stitchin’!
Leann

Brother Scan N Cut 2 Tutorial

 

Brother Scan N Cut 2 TutorialUntil recently I was not familiar with the Brother Scan N Cut 2.
My cousin Beth received one for Christmas and was telling me how great it was! I stopped by to see it in action. I was so impressed and excited, now I want one! LOL

The Scan N Cut 2 is a home craft cutting machine that is similar to a Cricut cutter. It cuts paper, adhesive vinyl, and HTV (iron on vinyl),etc.
One of the great things about Scan N Cut 2 versus a Cricut is that it does just what the name says it scans then cuts. You can also import designs from your computer. Not only are there no more cartridges to have to buy, you also save a lot of paper or vinyl.

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The scanning feature allows you to scan exactly where your vinyl is placed on the mat. Then it cuts your design out of the piece of vinyl in that exact spot on the mat. There is very little waste!

Beth took step-by-step pictures of the awesome machine in action!

Brother Scan N Cut 2 Tutorial

Enter your design from computer or USB.

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It will show up on the screen like this.

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Place your vinyl on the sticky mat decorative side up.

If you’re using HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl) place it on the sticky mat decorative side down. In this tutorial we’re using HTV.

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Enter the mat into machine and press the button to scan your mat.

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Select your design. (In this picture there is only one design. If you have multiple designs you will see all of them. Touch the one you want to select.)

If you are using HTV select the reverse image button (It’s the button that looks like a triangle split in half)  If you are using any other material, skip this step.

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When your design is ready to be cut, make sure it is placed on the scanned vinyl shown on your screen. If you need to center your design, use the touch screen with your finger to move it around. Press OK.

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Select Cut.

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Press the green Start Button.

Allow the machine to cut. When cutting is finished, eject the mat.

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Gently remove the excess vinyl.

Brother Scan N Cut 2 Tutorial

They are so easy to iron on. Just place them where you want on anything that safe to iron.

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Cover with a handkerchief or thin piece of fabric.

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Place the hot iron on top and press down firmly for 10 to 15 seconds in each area.

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Gently pull off the clear film.

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Place the handkerchief or cloth back over the top and repeat the ironing process. Ta-Da! You’re done

There are so many cool things you can do with this. Anything that you would normally embroider in addition to things that you were unable to embroider with a home embroidery machine you can use HTV (iron on vinyl) instead. For instance, sometimes bags are very hard to embroider because they’re hard to hoop. Some bags are just too thick to embroider. You could use the HTV for bags, luggage, pillows, stuffed animals, window shades, etc. almost anything you would want to embroider that can’t fit into the hoop. There are so many choices of HTV, glitter, furry textures and designs plus tons of solid colors. Endless possibilities!

The adhesive vinyl is great too! They work well for walls, headboards, rain boots, dry erase boards, clipboards, Easter buckets and baskets, just about any hard surface you can think of.

If you don’t have a Scan N Cut 2, you can purchase cut outs from Beth’s Etsy shop. Here’s the link:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/bethandmark

Here’s what I did with mine.

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Cute bag for Game Day!

Have I mentioned I love Brother Scan N Cut 2! I want one! 😉

How to Tie a Bow – Christmas Bow Tutorial Video!

In this video I will show you how to tie a bow like a professional!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas season so far. Here is the first of several videos to help make your Christmas beautiful. I often have people ask me to teach them to tie a bow for their tree. The three simple steps to remember are loop, pinch, and twist. Once you know how to do this, the possibilities are endless! In this video I am also going to show you how to tie a bow by layering several ribbons. When you layer less expensive ribbons on the bottom, you can add a small amount of a more expensive ribbon on the top for a fabulous designer bow! Every year I get so excited when Costco puts out their ribbons! It’s usually around the first part of November. I try to get several rolls to use as fillers on the Tree. At seven dollars for a fifty yard roll, you just can’t beat it! I use bows year round for different projects and hopefully now, you will too!

Here are a couple of my finished bows!

How to tie a bow - My bows example 1

How to tie a bow - My bows example 2

Mirror Frame Refinishing Tutorial Video!

Looking for a simple Frame Refinishing technique?

My first tutorial video is about how easy frame refinishing can be! In this video I will show you how I took an old out of style gold mirror frame and gave it a new stylish look. This technique is much easier to DIY than you would think. This is my favorite kind of project; one where I take something old and re-purpose it to give it a fresh look. There is nothing more satisfying than breathing life into an old piece that you just don’t love quite as much anymore. Also it can save you a few bucks which is also a plus, right?

Update – Here is what the refinished mirror looked like in my bathroom!

Frame Refinishing - Final Product