Etsy Shop is Opened!

Hi friends! I am excited to announce that beginning this evening, my Etsy Shop has opened! I’ll be selling pendant necklaces with lovely and inspirational designs. The shop is called Table of My Heart or searched as “tableofmyheart” on Etsy.com. It may sound like a funny name, but it actually came from a Proverb in the Bible. Proverbs 3:3 says, “Let not mercy and truth forsake you: bind them around your neck; write them upon the table/tablet of your heart.” My desire is to share my creativity that has been given to me to encourage you and give you something special and homemade to enjoy! I hope you’ll come take a peek. I’ll be selling items in small groups a little at a time. You can also find me @tableofmyheart and @keepinghomeinmyheart on Instagram. I would love it for you to come along and enjoy this journey with me. Thank you so much for all of your support! Here’s a glimpse of the first batch of necklaces.

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Personalized Pillow Cover

If your looking for a fun project that you can use in your home, these personalized pillow covers may be what you’re looking for. Using stencils, you can make your pillow say whatever you would like. My “tween” age daughter joined in on the fun, but still needed some assistance. (Just in case you’re thinking of getting young children involved, you can even find a picture stencil if that would seem easier than stenciling letters.)IMG_2492[1]

For my particular pillow, I chose the saying, “Coffee, books, & rain”. Don’t get me wrong, I love the sunshine, but there’s something cozy about enjoying a nice cup of coffee, reading, and rain. It also makes me want to sleep sometimes. Haha! ๐Ÿ™‚

My daughter chose to stencil “Books & rain” on her own pillow cover. She has always liked to curl up and enjoy a good book when it’s raining outdoors, as well.

Here is what you’ll need (pictured below). All of the items were found at Walmart in the craft and hardware section:

  • A drop cloth (I used a 6×9 size because I was covering about a 26 inch pillow. I had plenty left even after making one for my daughter as well.)
  • ย Multi-Surface acrylic craft paint
  • Stencils (A 2 oz. bottle was more than enough for my big pillow)
  • Spouncers (These sponge things are awesome for stenciling!)
  • A Matte Finish spray (to spray, seal the acrylic paint to the fabric)
  • Needle & thread and/or sewing machine
  • Scissors

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Here is a link for the directions. She easily has them all laid out for us. http://www.thewonderforest.com/2013/06/5-minute-pillow-covers-tutorial.html

And here is a couple more pictures of our fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope this might give you some ideas to create something special for your home, family, friends, or as a gift!

~Blessings!

 

Spring Door Decoration

Hi friends! I have been enjoying the early spring weather that we’ve been getting here in Virginia. As the warmer weather began in February for us, our minds automatically seem to shift to fun outdoor activities, spring cleaning, and garden planning. Among these joys, at least for me, is getting to spread a little “springy” cheer around the house with some simple spring decor. This spring door decoration cost me nothing to make and I think, with some assistance, a child could also get in on the fun. I have a screen door so the decoration has some kind of protection. If you don’t, you could always use one of those vinyl picnic table cloths or something of that nature. A list of supplies you’ll need are as followes:

  • cereal box
  • fake flowers or leafy stems
  • old place mat, tablecloth, lace, any old material
  • duck tape
  • jute, yarn, or ribbon
  • scissors
  • stapler
  • sharpie

Step 1: (Shown Below) Collect a cereal box. Mine was 12 oz.

Step 2: Cut off the top flaps.

Step 3: Use a sharpie and mark a dot about 2/3 of the way up the side of the box (toward the front edge).

Step 4: Draw a diagonal line from the dot to the back top corner of the box (this is drawn all on the side of the box).

Step 5: Draw a dot on the other side of the box (toward front) ย and repeat step 4 for this side.

Step 6: (Shown below) Connect your dots from the sides and cut straight across the front of box. Now you’re ready to add some material! ๐Ÿ™‚

Step 7:(Shown below) Lay cereal box front side down on your material (bottom of box flush against the edge of the material and centered). ย I used an old place mat.

Step 8: Make sure it’s centered. Wrap it up, using duck tape on the back of the box. (I chose duck tape because my front door gets extremely hot and hot glue will not work.)

 

Step 9: (Shown below) Turn box right side up. With the loose material, you will cut from the top a 2 diagonal lines down toward the front of box(toward each front corner) ย Fold in.

Step 10:(Shown below) You can cut the excess material after folding in the sides. Use duck tape to fasten. You may need some tape underneath the material on the insides as well. Fasten your string on the back with plenty of duck tape and/or staples ๐Ÿ™‚ Add your faux flowers or stems.

Here is what I ended up with. ๐Ÿ™‚

It may seem like a lot of steps, but it really only took me about 20 minutes. I didn’t worry about putting any material across the bottom of the box because when it hangs, it will slope outward from the top a little. I couldn’t see the bottom of the cereal box, but if you want to cover it up you can use whatever means you need to. Hope you enjoy this and I would love it if you shared your results in the comments.

Invitation or Card Ideas

Do you have a small gathering or party coming up? When in a pinch or just for fun, these simple ideas for creating your own “homemade” invitations can help you get your guests ready. I recently had a brunch with a couple of friends and had the idea to create a few invitations with some items that I already had on hand. Maybe a loved one’s birthday is coming up or you want to write a “Thinking of you” card. Whatever the occasion, you definitely need to be in a crafty mood, and remember to have fun! When I start to feel overwhelmed by a project, I just set it aside for a while until I feel like picking it up again. ๐Ÿ™‚

This particular brunch was for a church-related event so I wanted to put a Bible verse on the invitation that would be encouraging. If you like this particular idea ( pictured above), ย I have listed a few items you’ll need and a step-by-step drawing (slideshow) of the lantern jar below.

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  • scrapbook paper
  • card stock
  • thin Sharpie or other choice of pen
  • fancy scissors (I used children’s scalloped scissors)
  • watercolor paints, brush, water
  • raffia (to tie and display a bow)

Almost all of these items can be found at a dollar store, as well. I am not a scrap booking, card making person, but this was a fun little craft for me to work on. When you use the watercolors, be careful to not use too much water on your brush. I usually dip my brush in the water and/or paint and blot it on a paper towel before applying it to the paper.

 

 

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My drawing and painting were done very loosely which made this project even more fun because it’s meant to be a “relaxed” style. I hope you can use some ideas from this and create your own beautiful creations for your friends or family. Blessings!

No Sew Drop Cloth Curtains

If your looking for a quick, neutral update for your window treatments, using painter’s drop cloth is a fairly cheap alternative. I had seen this idea used all over the internet, but had yet to find a method that seemed easy enough for me. Recently, I stumbled upon a friend in the land of Instagram who had made simple, no sew drop cloth curtains,ย and displayed them beautifully within her home. You can find her on Instagram @sweetgeorgiacottonandpine ,and her name is also Laura. Her idea is the inspiration behind this project. ๐Ÿ™‚

All you need is some painter’s drop cloths, curtain clip rings, and a ruler. I bought both items from Lowe’s because they were both available in the store. The curtains I currently had measured 83 inches in length so I knew that 9 feet (108 inches) would be plenty long enough to fold over at the top to create a sort of ruffled valance. Washing and drying the drop cloths first will make them softer and take out any creases from being folded in half within the package.

After the cloths are dried, simply fold over the tops, using a ruler to create your desired length valance. Afterward, place clips evenly beginning at the ends and working your way toward the middle. Here is what happened when I laid mine out on the floor. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Next, simply hang them up! Here is a couple of before and afters. I like my geometric curtains but will make use of them in another room.

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They’ll be super easy to care for, and I love how the tops just have this relaxed, draped look. I hope this gives you some inspiration, just like Laura @sweetgeorgiacottonandpine gave me! Blessings!

~Laura

Easy Garland

I found these little fur babies at an after-Christmas sale at Michael’s for about $2 a pack. I’ve seen fur pom poms attached to blankets, pillows, and made into garlands. My kids thought they looked like little fur-ball creatures once shown on Star Trek. How funny! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I thought I would show you how I made an easy garland to hang or drape that will work not only for this season, but others as well. With Valentine’s Day coming closer, I like to spread some love around without it, the decor, taking over my home. I didn’t do a tutorial on this because it really is as simple as getting some yarn, pom poms, scissors, and hot glue. There you have it! Just glue the pom poms onto a string of yarn as long as you want it.

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My older daughter was kind enough to knit me this little, pink heart. I tried to knit one, but failed. Haha! If you are unskilled in this area, maybe you know how to crochet. Maybe you would just enjoy cutting out a heart-shaped piece of scrapbook paper or felt. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Either of these combinations would work just as great. I think the little heart is sort of sweet hung with these baby clothespins, don’t you? I found the clothespins in the craft section at Walmart.

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I hope this might inspire you to show some love to the people in your homes. In our family, it’s the little things that mean more sometimes. Of course I like to display something more meaningful, such as the “Abide in Him” sign, just to focus all of us on the real reason we are able to love one another.

Because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

Wintry Joys

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved winter. Growing up in upstate NY, we sure had some long winters, but many of those days were spent outside sledding and making snow-angels in the snow. In my childhood imagination, I thought I was sledding down the biggest hill around. Years later I realized it was just a small hill!

Another memory I have is coming inside to warm up my frozen little fingers as I grasped a mug of hot chocolate. A warm home is such blessing to come home to, isn’t it? If you want to carry over somewhat of a winter theme into your home after Christmas, here are a couple of ideas that may help you create a cozy atmosphere. I didn’t do a lot of decorating when my kids were small because I was too busy. But now that they’re older, we can all appreciate some of these wintry joys within our home during this time of year. After all, we tend to stay inside more often, right?

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Including some white, silver, or blue colors to your living areas helps bring in that snowy, wintry, feeling. Cutting juniper, pine, or even boxwood brings in some natural elements.ย I added a couple of candle holders that I already had to our little mantel shelf and snipped a couple of branches of juniper from the garden. The juniper sits in a little, white sugar bowl. A white scarf is hiding cords that sit atop the mantel. I made this little pom pom garland last year and decided to drape it across the shelf. Another idea that you or someone else could do is to draw some evergreen trees (as seen in above photo) on a chalkboard or use some kind of snowy picture you may already have to display in the background. The link is below if you would like to know how to make pom poms. I just used hot glue to glue the pom poms on a long piece of yarn afterward to create the garland.

http://missmustardseed.com/2014/12/make-yarn-pom-poms/

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To me, winter is a time to also slow down. That’s why I love this little sign (above) to remind me, especially after we get a good snow! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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This is the first year I actually left up our tree as a snowy, winter tree in the corner of the dining room. It’s kind of cozy! ๐Ÿ™‚ It doesn’t feel like a “Christmas tree” because it’s not the main center of attention. Playing around with some different blankets, pillows, different end table decor is also fun. I like to use trays, books, candles, pine cones, and some greenery. On those slower days or evenings, it’s nice to have a few good books lying around to choose from or even board games for a change. Spend some time enjoying each other.

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The smell of baking helps encourage those wintry joys, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰