Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Pink & Gold Valentine Mantel

Here's a sneak peek of this years pink and gold themed Valentine mantel.  I love this color combination.  Because there are too many projects to talk about on the mantle, I'll create several posts of tutorials for you.  Thanks to my dear friend Danette at www.ensepiaphotography.com for the fabulous photos!

Xoxo.....Tia and Andrea




Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Anthro Inspired Pom Pom Wreath

I got together with my friends last night to recreate the Anthropologie wool wreath that was in the stores last year.  As much as I love Anthropologie, I really love all the Pinterest knock off versions a ton.  Here is how we made ours.


1.  Start of with a hay wreath form ($5).  I chose the largest size because I have a big door.  With this size form, you will need 4 rolls of yarn (about $18).  The larger and fluffier the yarn, the better....in my opinion.  Then you will need some push pins or U shaped floral pins will work well, too.  Now, let's stroll down memory lane to when we were in Kindergarten.
2.  You will want to cut a strip of yarn to about 8" or 9".  From there, you start wrapping the yarn around your 4 fingers.  We wrapped each one 40 times around our fingers.  The more wraps, the fluffier the pom pom.  
3.  Then you carefully slide it off of your fingers and it will look like this.  Place the wrapped yarn on the strip you cut first.  Then tie it in a knot tightly in the middle.
4.  Once you have done that, take your scissors and cut all the loops.  
5.  Voila!  You will have a pom pom.  We trimmed the uneven strands to make it more like a ball.  The next step is to pin them on your wreath form.  Probably the simplest wreath I have ever made.  
You can embellish it anyway you'd like.  I decided to make a big fabric bow for mine.  Thank you Anthropologie for inspiring all of us!!!


Happy crafting!
tia and andrea

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Halloween Glam Wreath

 
 Two Junk Chix Halloween Glam Wreath
 
Tia and I made these Halloween wreaths using a just a few supplies.
Here is how we made them:
  1. Tie any wreath form with varying lengths of black tulle. 2. Crinkle vintage book pages and coffee filters and pin them randomly on the wreath form or attach using hot glue.  3. We used a 6" embroidery hoop with a black lace doily and attached it to the side. 4. Decorate the hoop any way you'd like.  Tia painted orange chevron to a fabric banner and hot glued black glitter letters to hers.  I cut a banner using some of the book pages and some black rope.  I stamped the word Boo on the banner flags.    I added a little owl and made a "bow" from some coffee filters and book pages.



 
Tia and some of her friends and their wreaths
 


Tia's wreath
 

I made mine with my friend Valerie.  Sorry I didn't get a picture of us together .  
 
 
 
Andrea's Wreath
 

We hope you make one too!
 
Happy Crafting and Happy Halloween!!
 
love
Andrea & Tia

 


 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Ghost Glass Cloche

It still feels like summer here in Virginia but inside the Dowler house, it's fall.  I love Halloween decorating!  I have this huge glass cloche on my dining room table and decided to go with a ghost theme this year.  
Very simple.  Just filled the cloche with pillow stuffing and then cut out ghost eyes and mouth from a black duct tape sheet.  Simple and so fun!!
Happy Haunting!!!
Tia & Andrea


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Ships Wheel Wreath

SS Dowler!!!  I am loving this new wreath I just made for my front door.  I wanted something that represented summer but didn't want it to look like the usual wreaths you see everywhere so I came up with the idea to make one that looked like a ships wheel.  It was so easy to make!
⚓ I purchased a hay wreath at my local craft store but you could use a styrofoam wreath form, too.
⚓ I also purchased wooden finials in the wood craft section.  I got 8 for the outside and 8 for the inside "spokes"

⚓ I gave all the wooden finials a quick spray of my favorite Heirloom white paint

⚓ While the finials were drying, I wrapped the wreath form with some chevron burlap ribbon.  You could also used just plain burlap or fabric to match your decor.  I just secured it with a stick pin and dab of hot glue.
⚓ Using the hot glue gun, I glued the finials around the wreath form in an even fashion.  
⚓ I then used my circle cutter and cut a big circle for the center and backed it on cardboard for stability. Then hot glued it to the center wooden spokes.  
⚓ My friend Amanda with Funkyshique had made me this mini burlap banner with my last name on it so I thought it would be cute to add it to the wreath.  
⚓ Another cute option would be to put a painted wooden anchor in the center of the wreath. 
⚓ Let us know what other options you can think of, too!!

Happy crafting!!
tia & andrea

Monday, June 17, 2013

Front porch flea market style



 
My mother in law and I went to an awesome outdoor flea market this past Saturday. The flea market is only once a month for the weekend.  It is Ohio in Gallopolis at the Gallia Co fair grounds.     
 

 
I picked up some cool finds that I decorated my front porch with.    I like the mix of "junk" that I found at the market.  On the table is a Pepsi crate filled with cool finds.  I added a metal tin tool box that I repurposed into a flower box.  Tia and I bought the cabinet doors back in Jan when I visited her.   I painted it with chalk board paint and thought I looked good behind the crate.   Added a couple mason stars in the Pepsi crate for an Americana fill.  The crate beside the table is an old apple crate.    I love the mix of woods and metal old and new.    Makes me happy!!!!

 
Happy Junkin!
 
andrea & tia

Friday, May 31, 2013

Summer banner wreath

Hello Summer!!!!!  
Well Tia and I have been super busy this spring and I thought it was about time to give some love to our blog.    So here we are last day of May and this was the first Crafty thing that I have done in months.  

I made this wreath using a paper pad that I got at ACMoore that was filled with Summer Printed papers.   I LOVE paper banners and came up with fun Paper banner wreath.   
 
These are the supplies that I used.
 multiple pattern papers that I cut into 2 x 12 paper strips
a wire wreath form with multiple rings
Glue sticks and gun
Stapler
Canvas banner
Clear sealing spray
Scissors
pencil
paint
brush
string
 

I folded all the papers in half first to make the process fast.  Once all the papers were folded,  I attached the paper to the outer ring first on the wire form until they were going around the length of the form.  I stapled the paper close to the form to hold it in place.  I used the hot glue to glue the papers together once I had them in place.    Then continued until I had all the rows completed.   I cut all the "tales" in the paper once I had them all attached.   I had a few strips left and rolled the paper to make the ring in the center.   I thought it looked more finished. 

The Banner in the center, I used pre cut canvas banners that I got at Michaels.   I hand painted the letters to spell "summer".   I used some string glued the canvas to the string and covered the top edge with a strip of the patterned papers that was left.     
 
I learned this the hard way.   I hung my wreath up the night I finished it and the humidity in the air rolled the papers and the upper layer rolled over.   I was so bummed to see that the next morning.    Whipped out my glue gun and problem solved!   I glued the backs of the paper to the under layers of papers which helped make it more sturdy.    I added some clear acrylic spray to  add even more support.   It has been on the door for a couple of days now and is fine.  
 
Here's to happy and fun filled summer!!!
 
Love Andrea & Tia
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