Thursday, February 10, 2011

X O and hearts

With only a few days to go to Valentines I thought I would share a little 'love"decor with you.

This is my hutch in the dining room filled with a mix of heart decor treasures.

Picked up this little sign and the X & O wood blocks on a little shopping trip with my mother in law at a great little store in Pomeroy Ohio called the Harmony House. Do check it out if you are ever in Pomeroy. Loved it!!

I love this little froggie prince holding a heart candy box. So cute!!!

Love much canvas from my previous post on the Ikea Wall unit.

Happy Valentines Day!!!

♥Much Love♥


Chalkbord Canvas

I ♥ this spray paint. Just spray a couple of coats on anything and voila you have a Chalkboard surface!!!
Over the past couple of weeks I have been cleaning out my scrapbook/craft room and reorganizing it. What a job but it looks great. I will share pictures soon. As I was going through things, I came across a 2 pack of inexpensive canvas from Michaels that I had bought several months ago. They may have cost $5.00 at the most. I sprayed a few coats of the paint on the canvas and the plain o'canvas was turned into super cute memo chalkboards!!!!

This one is just leaned up on one of the baskets on my Ikea Wall Unit. I wrote love much for Valentines day. It will change to Lucky soon for March :)

This one is in my hall and will have different quotes wrote on it from time to time.
Right now life has been a bit stressful and I need this for a little reminder ;)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Bedroom Before & After...

We've been givin' our master bedroom a little TLC lately. It all started with this yummy Anthropologie bedding I purchased in Chicago before we moved. It looks fabulous and feels even more fabulous but was just a little bland for my taste. I found this gorgeous deep robins egg blue quilt at Target and put it under the comforter for a layered look. It breaks up that sea of beige and was just the perfect shade I was searching for. Anything too light would have gotten lost with the beige. I love Euro shams but for me, they are kind of difficult to work with.
While unpacking, I found my body pillow I had used for many of my pregnancies. It just so happened to be the perfect size pillow I needed for the bed. I had my very talented friend make a slipcover for it in this gorgeous vintage Hollywood Regency pattern. It just so happens to be the same shade as the quilt. And now I think my favorite burlap Mr. & Mrs. pillows stand out even more!

We are still looking for that "perfect" chandelier but just wanted to share with you the ceiling. I had it painted in my custom mix of robins egg blue paint that I have used for years. Why mess with something that is so great, right? It is so dreamy...I'm not really a taupe kinda gal, but my friend picked out this gorgeous shade of taupe for me that matches our curtains that my friend made so very well. I could not have picked it out myself. It has just the right amount of gray in it that I love so much.

I'm not much of a photographer like my awesome sis in law is, but wanted to give you an idea of what the curtains look like. The room has 5 of these panels. The fabric is a vintage cream and taupe with robins egg blue birds. And yes, my hubby actually loves it! It is very flea market meets Anthropologie.....just what I was going for.

This is just a small corner of the sitting room. I have some grand plans on vintage built-ins in here but this will have to wait for a while. First things first!!!

Happy Decorating!!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

On Hold...

Just wanted to say thanks for all the awesome comments and emails I received today on my Karma Karma Karma post. What a nice surprise. I will repost it shortly. I'm doing a fantastic giveaway tomorrow and want all the focus to be on that!!

My fans and supporters are truly the best!!! We at Crimson Clover ♥ YOU!!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Valentines love.....

About a month ago, I was in our local Hobby Lobby Store and I got an idea for this wreath. I love to walk through Hobby Lobby for ideas and I'm known to be spotted there at least once a week. I was shopping with my friend Valerie this time and we were looking at the Valentine Decorations. There was a wreath that was really cute but had been damaged. It was similar to this one but it was made out of rolled wood to make the "rosettes". l looked at it for a minute and said to her that I bet it would be cute to make that out of pages from old books. I had seen similar ones in a traditional round shape but a heart shape was perfect for Valentine's Day.

To make the flowers I did google the best way to make them and I found an awesome Tutorial here. She gives step by step instructions with pictures. :) Thanks Stephanie for inspiration and Hobby Lobby!!!

I bought books at Goodwill for 50 cents to make the flowers with. The wreath took about 250 sheets out a book to make all the flowers to cover the wreath form. The heart form was hard to find in sytrofoam so I used a straw form from Michaels instead. This wasn't my preference but it what was available. I did wrap the wreath in a leopard print ribbon to hold all the straw in because it was coming out all over the place. The ribbon helped keep the shape of the wreath too. Made lots and lots of rosettes. I added a bit of Bling to the wreath by adding glitter to the paper rosettes. I was going to use some homemade glass glitter from ornaments but it really had some sharp edges so I opted for some chunky red glitter from the craft isle at Michaels. I used glitter glue from Martha Stewart to hold the glitter. That stuff is great for holding glitter in place and it even has a brush built in the lid. Once all the rosettes had been glued down, I sprayed the entire wreath with lacquer several times. I thought that would help keep the glitter from falling off and protect it from the weather.

Close up of the rosettes. Please excuse the glue strings. I didn't even really notice till I loaded the pictures on here.
I do have a love/hate relationship with this project.
I love it hanging on my door!!
I love the flowers are made from old romance books ( not that anyone would know that!!!)
I love that I did complete it before Valentine's Day!!
I loved playing in glitter!!!
I loved working on it with my friend Valerie. (She made a super cute one too!!!)

I hate that it took forever to make all those flowers. I am an instant gratification kinda girl!!!
(brighter note: I did make them while watching my favorite TV shows and I did get a rhythm to making them.)
I hated cleaning up all the red glitter!! It was everywhere!!!!
I hate all the burns from hot glue that I got. Even said a few bad words on that ;)

Happy Crafting!!!


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