Wednesday, November 20, 2013
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Well hello there! I guess it’s been a little while. The crazy thing about this month and a half blog absence of mine is I have been making so many things. And many of them are photographed. So you can expect to see a new shirt, tickled pink birthday party, new décor in my home, furniture re-dos and plenty of fun little Christmas things showing up on here soon. I hope. I will follow through. Maybe…
We have a nice big wall space in our dining room that I’ve struggled to decorate well. It always seemed like the décor I put up there wasn’t to scale for the large buffet it shared the wall with. For a few years now I’ve envisioned an old door hanging on its side on the wall. But I never could bring myself to pay for one. Then, one day last summer, my mother-in-law and I were in a cute antique store in my town when someone went walking by, carrying an old door. I mentioned how much I’d love to have one some day but couldn’t bring myself to pay for one. She said that she had one just leaning against the shed in their back yard if I wanted it.
My husband grew up in a house that was built in the 1890’s, and while all the rooms still have their original doors on them (I think), there were a few they took off to open up space in the living areas. And those doors have just been sitting outside for years. They brought me a door back at Reese’s baby shower last summer. And then it sat in my garage for a year. I painted it green at one point (wanting to try to find a way to bring more color into my house), but wasn’t in love with the shade of it. So it sat for a while longer.
But then, after painting our downstairs and redoing the kitchen, as well as painting my buffet red, I was motivated to get it finished and hung. I painted over the green with a creamy white, did a little distressing and then waxed the whole thing. Then I glued on knobs from target in each of the sections of the door.
Hanging it took some major work on my husband's part. This thing is HEAVY and we do not want it falling off the wall. He had me first tape out the general area of where the door would be hung.
Then he screwed a 2x2 to the length of the back of what would be the new top of the back of the door. He also attached a few shorter pieces to the bottom so the door would lay flat on the wall.
A 2x4 was then hung on the wall. He used some BIG bolts for this and screwed them into studs. We then hung the door so the boards attached to the door sat on top of the 2x4 and used long screws to screw them together. Then we stepped back and were in awe of how beautiful it looked. Or, at least I did, and he commented on how it actually looked good.
I’m excited to change out what hangs on the knobs with the seasons. Right now I have little grape vine wreaths that I wrapped a section of with twine and artificial leaves.
I love the way it completes my dining room and makes a great focal wall for our downstairs.
Décor Notes: Wall color is Versatile Gray from Sherwin Williams, tutorial for the pumpkins on the buffet can be found HERE.
Thanks for stopping by! Hopefully I’ll be back soon!
Friday, September 27, 2013
2. Still wrong side out, sew a gathering stitch around one open edge of the tube (see picture below if you aren’t familiar with a gathering stitch).
3. Pull your thread tight until your opening is closed and tie off the threads.
4. Turn your material right side out and the gathered closing will be the base of your pumpkin.
6. Fill your pumpkin with batting. For my larger pumpkins, I followed Jamie’s advice and used plastic grocery bags as filler, wrapping them in batting.
7. Pull the treads tight. On some of the pumpkins the thread broke or it didn’t completely close the opening, so on those I wrapped the remaining thread around the gathered material and tied it off.
8. On the ones that it did close perfectly I just tied the threads off and it looked really nice.
10. Tie off the jute.
11. To make a raffia stem take a handful of it and then fold it in half.
12. Slide the fold under the jute knot and the slip the ends through it for a knot.
14. Trim the stem to your desired length.
15. Wrap some florist’s wire around a stick or something round to make curly vines.
16. Tie the jute ends around the middle of the wire. You can just tie it in a knot or do a bow.