Sunday, February 15, 2015

Cameo Cottage Designs: DIY Q-Tip Pussy Willow Branches For Centerpieces

Debi's pussy willows are very convincing to the unsuspecting eye. Check out her tutorial to make them.

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Decorative Uses for Burlap Sacks

I've been MIA from my blog since Christmas. I can tell you that the holidays just wore me out this year.  With my mother in law going back and forth to the hospital along with the demands of my job, there just weren't enough hours in the day. Did I mention she lives two plus hours from here? So every drive up there takes up most of the day when you add visiting time. But today I had some time to look for decorative uses for burlap. Here's what I found via Pinterest. I think I've found a few projects.  xoxo

The flowers are in tin cans with water
Love this look

Cedarwood Weddings
Marry Me Tampa Bay
Burlap ruffle topped dropcloth curtains
Rag garland

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Friday, December 26, 2014

How to Store Holiday Burlap Decor

No one want their holiday burlap items such as Santa Sacks or tree skirts to be damaged in storage. Storage is actually pretty simple. Burlap is best stored in a dry climate controlled area. Simply roll it up to avoid wrinkles and put in in a pillowcase or a towel to protect it from dust.

It you need to fold your burlap before you store it, place some left over wrapping paper between the layers. Add a silica gel desiccant packet if you have one, tucking it in with your burlap if you're using plastic containers.  I always save them when they come with purchased items.

This isn't a fancy blog post today, just a quick informative post for everyone who's putting up those holiday ornaments.

Edited 12/27/17 Apparently there are a lot of uses for silica gel packets.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

I've Made it to the Showroom Wall

Every month Greg redoes the lobby and showroom wall at Adjectives Market  in Atamonte Springs, Florida. Imagine my surprise when I realized he devoted part of the showroom wall to my bags. That's a real honor.  I didn't have time to get my camera but luckily, Pam got a photo of the wall and shared it with me on Facebook.

Half of the showroom wall courtesy of Pam Hill
I don't believe that I posted that HVD moved closer to the stairs of the upper floor. The new location is near the elevator which explains the vintage "elevator" sign on my wall.  The new booth looks good due to  Copperkraken's styling assistance.  I've been so busy working on it that by the time everything is done it's time to beat feet out of there before the wrap desk staff chase me out. (Just kidding. Sort of.) That explains why the only photos I have are out of focus shots from my phone too bad to post. There has simply been no time  to get a good shot.

This is from my phone but I had to share

In addition to working on my new location, I've been upcycling some items in steampunk style. Note the valve base for the Christmas tree (I also did some with knobs) and the windmill bank's blades. The windmill is approximately 50 years old and I think added some charm. For the antique purists out there, no permanent changes were made. We got it in Germany when I was a kid and I wanted to give it a new life.

I know I haven't posted a lot in the last few months. Working 50+ hours a week at my day job and blogging just don't mix. I'm working on working smarter instead of working harder so I'll have more time to do things I love. How's that for a New Year's Resolution?

What's Under Your Tree?

As much as I love the look of wrapped gifts under the Christmas tree, I was always bothered by the idea of sending the beautiful wrapping and bows to the landfill after gifts were unwrapped. Looking for a time-saving way to wrap gifts, my sister came up with the idea of putting gifts in burlap bags for a no fuss Christmas morning. I took it a step farther and stenciled Santa Sacks.

Photo by Copperkraken*
I love the idea of being able to use these bags year after year. They don't take up much room and because they fold up flat can be used to cushion ornaments in storage boxes. If you like the idea of having wrapped boxes then you can use them for stockings. #BecauseAStockingIsNeverEnough

The Santa Sacks are available at Adjectives Market in Altamonte Springs, Florida. 

Special thanks to Copperkraken for the photo. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Burlap Holiday Crafts

With the holidays rapidly approaching, I thought I'd share some burlap crafting ideas. None of these are my creations but all of them are fun to do with your kids and to use for holiday decorations.

Burlap star ornaments 
Easy DIY burlap wreath
Burlap Christmas tree

Happy crafting!