Thursday, June 24, 2010

Easy as 1-2-3 Vinyl Decor Do-It-Yourself! And great giveaway link!

I wanted to share a giveaway opportunity that is going on over at Rhoda's Southern Hospitality blog. This reminded me of the vinyl decor project that I've been putting off for 6 months.....And, just imagine if you win this great machine at Southern Hospitality, you can decorate so many things at your own pace.....and with Christmas just around the corner, you can make so many gifts!! This Wall Decor vinyl was a great find at Hobby Lobby [at 50% off] and this is a step-by-step pictorial to show you how we did this. What do you like decorating with vinyl? Go on over to Rhoda's to enter her giveaway for a Silhouette Craft Cutter!

Best handy-dandy guy EVER-----he volunteered to cut the wood for me;
AND, he painted in the background color, too!!
Wood painted and dry [check]; straight ruler [check, check] and the vinyl wall art triple check...]

Now it's time to draw the border.....decide how wide you want your border and place the vinyl piece in the center to determine if the width is to your liking....

I placed my pattern placement holders on the edges so that I could take a step back and look at the layout....[I'll be showing you how I did these handy pattern holders soon....]

Painting the border with a steady hand......whew! That's tough sometimes!
Finishing up the border....
I started removing the vinyl from the sheet at the top and worked down. This is a super fast process and very easy!
Smoothing out any bubbles or bumps.......
There are great little rhinestone stick-ons and they really added dimension.
Voila! Finished! Nothing like a finished project for gratification! Now, if you liked this simple project, check out Rhoda's blog to enter the giveaway! I hope you win!! :)

Friday, June 18, 2010

Welcome to my world, won't you come on in?

Hi and welcome to my creative space! I'm glad that you stopped by & I would like to say a big gargantuan "thank you" to Karen Valentine for hosting this blog party, Where Bloggers Create II, and now I will practice my very best blog party etiquette by inviting you to come on in.....walk with me..... :)

Roxy [my fur baby Pomeranian] and her pink bunny enjoy relaxing in this peaceful space.....I'm thinking that she enjoys it as much as I do....--- very theraputic...and on to the fabric stash with all of the beautiful fabric by great designers [take a trip over to and you'll see why fabric collecting should be the next Olympic sport....]

More of the sewing space.....I heart my BabyLock mow-chine!

A cutting station is probably the number one thing that I've needed in previous years---no more cutting on the dining room table and running off the mat with the rotary cutter...ouch!

Hmmmm.......what shall I sew next?

If men need a "man cave", we need a "girl cave", right? I think that this space makes a big difference versus sharing space with my office. That didn't work out so well. The papers won out every time......

And, just in case I run out of project ideas, I have some "idea" binders---magazines and great books to help get over the 'creative block'......stored in antique drawers....don't you love repurposing things??

And now, to introduce you to my trusty Bear sewing caddy.....always there when I need him..... and no scrambling for the pin cushion because he's a little hard to misplace...
Buttons and other findings stay in these little jars...I think that I purchased these jars at IKEA in the ATL.

And after much pondering, I finally settled on using foamboard panels for keeping the ever-growing fabric pieces in some kind of order. Now, if I could just cut it! Does anyone else have a problem cutting into their favorite fabric??

one more glance.....
About that vision board.....some call it a bulletin board, but this year, I've been a little hung up on the "vision" board....I even made my girls their own mini vision board [need a picture, hint, hint....] so that they could purposefully see their hopes, dreams and vision for their lives. We always need some direction and I love the verse from Proverbs 29:18..."Where there is no vision, the people perish.....". HEY! I'm not going to perish!! So, dream on!

Rock, paper, Sizzix.....did I say that?? I love paper, letters, stamps, brads, and all those die cuts, don't you? Not too long ago, two of my nieces came over and we made Valentine, that was fun! Too bad crafting wasn't this tech-savvy back in the day! I probably would have majored in paper cutting.

Stamps....some of my favorites!! Words!!!!

I wish that I could say that I'm an avid scrapbooker, but I just enjoy collecting all the cute things that are sister & I go to Archiver's & enjoy the "make it-take it" classes, but mostly we just enjoy laughing our heads off at our silly antics. It's hereditary.....genetically incurable....and this little area is designated to try and keep my paper and stuff manageable.....I'm looking forward to seeing how our blog friends like to organize their things, too!

And, one of the last areas is home to my jewelry things, supplies, shipping boxes, etc...for my scripture jewelry designs. If you're inclined to check them out, please visit me at . I enjoy collecting beads, too. Just an addiction to color, I suppose....and this "station" is my repurposed dresser that I had as a child. I guess they just don't make furniture like that any's holding up pretty good to be ...ummmm...about 40 years old. No joking! [Just remember that I was a very, very small child.....]

Scripture jewelry design and some of the fun earrings that I love making with twirly-whirly sterling silver flowers...
Some of the beads in my work space....I think they multiply behind my back...

And, now, I suppose the party tour is complete and it's time to fade to the music....and we will all craft happily ever-after.......Please come back and visit. I love my friends! I'm looking forward to doing some fun "giveaways"!! .....Have a great, great day! Numbers 6:24-26 "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace." Always, Rebecca :)


Welcome to my world, won't you come on in?

Hi and welcome to my creative space----where time pretty much stands still and it's a different world than the news, you'll get to meet Roxy [with her pink bunny], my sweet Pomeranian who is nearly human. So, come on in and check it out. I wish you were here to cut up some fabric with me......Happy you heart crafts like I do?

Rock, Paper, Sizzix......did I just say that?

Well, I had a great little blip for the designated area for my paper, die cuts, stamps, Sizzix, etc., and "poof"! , it just vanished into thin, you'll just have to settle for the Charlie Brown teacher impersonation "wah-wah-wah, wahwahwah, wah-wah" & it's 5 a.m., so I'll just get to the illustrious, albeit humble, area for the paper & stuff.....Do you love cubbies like I do???

Happy day to you,

Tools of the trade

First things first....a functional work table, idea / project books, rotary cutter and we're good to go! It reminds me of the huge cutting table that my mom had when I was growing up. It was a sheet of plywood or perhaps particle wood on a large base. She used to let me cut out patterns---she was brave to give me a pair of scissors with that thin paper! I diligently stayed right on the black line---such a feeling of accomplishment. When I think of this cutting table, I'm reminded of the "if you build it, they will come" ---- because now that I have a place that functions properly, it's much easier to be productive. Have you experienced that, too? Idea books, magazines, tutorials by all the great and talented bloggers [you know who you are!!] keep me busy & trying to figure out which project to start first. Usually the instant gratification project wins out!

Still cutting out after all these years.....Rebecca

Girl Cave--let's show the guys how it's done!

There are so many HGTV programs featuring the all-desirable "man cave"; you know, the place where the guys hang out and watch football, eat pizza and whatever it is that they actually do.....It's only right that we have our own "girl cave", don't you think?? I'm thankful for a place to create.....and we all have some creative ability, we just need to let it come to the surface sometimes!

Happy creating!

Living in a Creative Space: Organized chaos?

So much goes on in our creative spaces and I've finally worked through some of my organizational woes---and resourcefully so, I might add----actually it was borne of necessity to conserve $$$, so I decided to use foam board for my fabric organizers. Pretty nifty and it keeps the fabric much more neat than all those little stacks!

Then there are buttons. Sneaky little things that always seem to hide in the back or bottom of drawers or bins....I've contained a lot of mine by using small's a great fix!

Happy Organizing!!!!

Creative Space Jewelry.....

Jewelry designing is one of my favorite things----and I incorporate my love for words, letters and scripture into my sterling silver pieces [ ]. I enjoy making beaded jewelry, too. I finally figured out that it only takes a few beads to make things and I didn't have to buy a whole barrel full of one color / kind. Oh well, live and learn, right? A few beads really do go a long way!
And, my jewelry "station" holds gift boxes, cards, jewelry supplies, and more ---- which keeps things organized [it hasn't always been such!] and I might add that the bottom part of this "station" is the dresser that I had as a child. I love repurposing things! More to come....

Sewing Station

The whirring of a sewing machine is one of the most productive sounds I know....where else can you take a piece of cloth, cut it out and whip it up into something wearable?? Only in your creative space!


Creative space fun!

I'm thinking of writing a book on how to have fun hoarding fabric....there's something about the beautiful designs of fabric designers. I appreciate their efforts & without them, we'd be sporting around in burlap bags :) or something completely utilitarian!

I think that it's one of the most fun things to shop for fabric whether it's only for a 1/2 yard piece or a stash of 10 or 12 different pieces. You really never can have too many color choices!

How about getting busy with that sewing machine?