Happy December, everyone! I’m excited that it’s finally the last month of the year – it’s been a long year. But now it’s December, and it’s time for one of my favourite things about the holiday season – decorating for Christmas!
Last year, our Christmas decorations were largely confined to the centre of our shelving unit. That space is now occupied by our indoor plants, so I’ve spread out our Christmas decorations to other places in our living room. I used a mixture of old and new items, both store-bought and handmade. It was so much fun to put everything in place, and I love the results!
A couple of months ago, I decided I wanted to refresh our living room a bit by changing up our throw cushions and adding in a faux fur blanket. I spent ages in stores and online trying to find pieces that were the right size/colour/texture/pattern/price… but to no avail. It was really hard to find anything that I loved, and then the things that I did love were too expensive. Then one evening, I suddenly realised – I could just make the things that I wanted, and that way I could make sure I got exactly what I wanted, for a reasonable price! It was such an obvious and simple solution, I couldn’t believe it had taken me so long!
I ended up making 4 different cushions using various methods, and a lovely soft faux fur blanket. All of these projects ended up being pretty inexpensive, and only took me about a weekend to complete! Keep reading for more information about how I made them, and how much it all cost!
Sharing my April Project Life pages today! I kept things simple on my cover page this month, and opted for mostly minimal embellishments. I recently bought the My Family stamp by One Little Bird from Studio Calico, which I used to make the title on the 4×6 journalling card. Absolutely in love with that stamp set!
Sharing my MarchProject Life pages today! My cover page for the month features a fun cut-out chipboard card from a past Studio Calico kit. I actually had a hard time putting this page together, as the green of the title card was a little difficult to match from my stash… but I managed to find a few cards that worked! I used simple patterned cards for my journalling, accented by a couple of Studio Calico stamps and simple straight lines drawn with a silver Sharpie pen.
After the success of my gold foil cushions, I decided to try another fabric project with Deco Foil – a tote bag featuring lyrics from my favourite Sia song!
I used the same technique that I used for my cushions – trace the words onto fusible web, adhere to the tote, then iron down the foil. It was a little fiddly to cut the individual letters out of the fusible web, as the backing paper wanted to lift off the smaller shapes before it had been ironed onto the tote, but if you’re careful it’s all pretty manageable.
I ironed down the words one row at a time to make sure everything stayed in place – when you’re working with lots of small shapes, it’s definitely easier to do one small area at a time. Another tip is to make sure the fusible web has cooled completely before removing the backing paper, because if it’s still a little warm, the paper will lift off bits of the webbing, resulting in more ‘patchy’ foiling in certain places. You can see where this happened on the word “I’ve” on my tote.
All in all this was a fairly easy project, and it took me about an hour and a half to complete from start to finish. I really like how the gold foil looks against the plain calico. I get ‘Elastic Heart’ stuck in my head whenever I look at this bag now, which is definitely not a bad thing!
I’m not much of an artist or a painter, but I when I saw this ombre heart painting on Apartment Therapy, I knew I wanted to give it a try. Then I bought some Deco Foil, and I thought – why not make the heart gold instead of pink? So that’s what I did!
Have you heard of Deco Foil? You can use it to add foil accents to any porous surface (i.e. paper, fabric or wood). It’s a product I’ve seen popping up in a few blogs, and I decided to give it a whirl! My first project was these cushion covers featuring two of my favourite things: ampersands and T-Rex!