Helllooooo!!! Just seeing if anyone is still out there and reading!! I may be the world’s most unpredictable blogger this year. (more reason to sign up via email over there ——> so you don’t miss anything when I do post!)
But, really…I’m sorry….and yeah all the “real bloggers” will tell you not to apologize when you haven’t blogged in a while, but I don’t blog by any rules. I just blog when I want and about whatever I want. And, lately I didn’t feel like I had much to share. I can’t say I haven’t worked on a bunch of projects though, because I have, but it is mainly updating and painting furniture and creating other items to sell at Always Never Done. I really enjoy working on the endless cycle of projects, but I definitely don’t photograph them every step of the way to share on the blog. Plus, these last few months of not living in our own home have challenged me. I think I’ve made myself even busier than usual, just so I don’t dwell on the fact that we are in transition. And, I have to admit, it really hasn’t been that bad. We’ve made ourselves at home in our rental and we are pretty much counting down the days now until our new home is done!! Wooohooo!
So, lets get to showing you one of the projects I completed lately. I am always inspired to craft and create for Christmas and this year is no different. For this project, I had used some Fall inspiration I found on Pinterest and took yard sale supplies and made a new wall-hanging. I picked up the set of coasters for 50 cents, and the wooden letters were part of a full set for a $1 at the thrift shop.
Even though the coasters were already Christmas, they were not the look I was going for, so I pulled out a selection of Christmas paper from my scrapbook supplies. Oh and excuse my makeshift workstation….It’s just a board I picked up at a yard sale on the floor in a bedroom of the rental (I’m a messy crafter).
Then, all I needed was Mod Podge and paint and I was on my way (I have another set of these coasters ready to finish up too). I just cut the scrapbook paper to the size of the coasters, applied Mod Podge to the back of the paper and stuck on the coasters. I used acrylic paint to give the letters a little bit of neutral color. And, then I added another coat to the top of the scrapbook paper to really seal it on. After it was sealed, I trimmed the edges even better.
I attached the letters to the coasters with hot glue. And then I attached the coasters to a strip of burlap with more hot glue.
I wasn’t really sure how I was going to hang this strip of letters, but after digging in my supplies I found the perfect solution. I wanted to use this bow and bells on another project, but I didn’t need the wreath for it. So, I separated them and used the little wreath for this one.
And, more hot glue to the rescue…I just wrapped the burlap around the wreath and applied some glue.
The final touch was a little grapevine bow, which I also used some good ‘ole hot glue on to attach and that was it….my craft hoarding supplies is paying off. The only thing I bought for this was some burlap, and that was just because I was too lazy to cut up my big sections of burlap in my supplies.
I think it turned out pretty cute. Granted, this is not staged and all that good stuff. I literally had to put a nail in the wall just to hang this up and take a picture!! It is now my go-to spot for hanging anything I make to snap a picture, it may be boring, but there are nice big doors nearby that let in enough light to take a picture to share.
Have you made any Christmas crafts or decorations? Are you as sad as me that yard sale season is over?