Tuesday, October 30, 2012


A little over a week ago, I made a fast craft with my friend Valerie.     We made the Candy Corns out of cream burlap.   Valerie made us templates to use to trace out the Candy shapes onto the burlap.  Once the shapes were cut out, we painted the burlap with craft acyclic paint in candy corn colors.   Once the paint dried we added some jute to hang them from.    I already had the feather wreath on my door and I added my Candy Corn that I made to the wreath.    

    Happy Halloween!!!! 
Love Andrea

Friday, October 12, 2012

Crow pillow tutorial

Halloween Silk Screened Crow pillows
Pillow forms
Die cutting machine
Yudu machine
Cutting mat
fabric scissors
Rotary blade
silk screen paint
heat tool
Not to worry if you don't have a diecut machine or a yudu machine.  I will add cheats on how you can do the same look with out them.
Tinker my cat wanted to help make the pillows  :)
I used my used my silhouette machine to die cut a crow on sticky back vinyl.   Doesn't matter what color you use because you will be using it a mask to silk screen the image.  Cheaper version: cut out the shape that you want using an exacto knife or scissors in the vinyl.
I didn't take a picture and really wished I did but I will try to explain the best I can of the next step.  I  I used my yudo machine and a screen to silk screen the crow image on the fabric.  I stuck down the vinyl to the top of the screen and made sure that it was stuck down to the screen well so that no paint will leak under the image.  Not so pretty when paint leaks!!!    Cheaper version: If you don't have a yudu machine you can just stick the vinyl directly to the fabric.   You will just need to be careful when you apply paint.  
If using the screen you can silk screen the image following the directison with the machine.  I used cardboard tshirt forms under the fabric to hold it in place and so that it wouldnt bleed through.  If you are going to cheaper route used a paint brush and fabric paint to fill in the image.    Remove the vinyl and you will have your silkscreen image.
We used a heat tool to speed up the drying process. 
Silk screened Crow on the fabric that is the front of the pillow. 
I used black fabric and cut the fabric large enough for the pillow form that I was going to use.   Pinned the two pieces of fabric for the pillow and did a fast single stich to close all sides.   I pretend to sew so don't judge my skills.  LOL!!!    I added the form and did a fast stitch to close the pillow.   I pulled and frayed the fabric around the edges for a Halloween look once the pillow was completed.                              
Happy sewing or pretend sewing in which ever is your case. ;)
Happy Halloween!!!

Favorite place to visit....

One of my favorite shops is located about 1 hour and half car trip from Huntington, WV.   The store is the Hartwell House located along the Ohio river in Pomeroy, Ohio.    My mother in law took me about a year ago and we visit every few months.   I love to go and see their displays and the eclectic mix of items that fill the store.  The store carries everything from jewelry to home decor and everything in between.    My favorite staple items that they carry are a mixture of initials & monograms and the black and white sayings from Kathy's primitives.    Tia and I both have several of the sayings in our homes.  
Some of these images are from this September and last September.      
Downtown Pomeroy Ohio The Hartwell House is on the corner
Hearts in the hand prints in the concrete out front of the store.
Hartwell House Store front
This is my friend Valerie.   She went with us on this trip to Pomeroy.  I wanted to share this picture and tell the story about a rare scene that we came across along our way.   We stopped at this little stand of pumpkins and mums that was ran based on the "honor system".     We bought several pumpkins and we placed our money in the box that was there on the cart.   :)  
If you ever get the chace to visit Pomeroy stop by visit and shop the Hartwell House.  Say hi to Bobbi and the girls that work there.

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