Saturday, October 25, 2014

Go Irish 5x7 Framed Tan Burlap Print

Go Irish 5x7 Framed Burlap Print


Go Irish 5x7 Framed Burlap Print



War Eagle 5x7 Framed Tan Burlap Print

War Eagle 5x7 Framed Burlap Print

War Eagle 5x7 Framed Burlap Print



Go Gators 5x7 Framed Burlap Print

Go Gators 5x7 Framed Burlap Print

All of my 5x7 Framed Burlap Prints are $25 plus shipping.

If you don't see your school contact me to have one made!


Go Gators 5x7 Framed Burlap Print



Hook'em Horns 5x7 Framed Tan Burlap Print

Hook'em Horns 5x7 Framed Burlap Print


All of my 5x7 Prints are $25 plus shipping.

If you don't see your school just contact me and I will be happy to make one for you!

 
Hook'em Horns 5x7 Framed Burlap Print



 

 

Sorority 5x7 Framed Burlap Prints

Sorority 5x7 Framed Burlap Prints

I just started making a few burlap prints for Sororities and plan on adding more in the coming days.  
All of my 5x7 Framed Prints are $25 plus shipping.


Alpha Kappa Alpha 5x7 Framed Burlap Print

Delta Delta Delta 5x7 Framed Burlap Print

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Lord's Prayer 11x14 Framed Burlap Print

The Lord's Prayer 11x14 Framed Burlap Print

This print is made on Tan Sultana Burlap. It is the complete Lord's Prayer.

I don't think much else needs to be said about this print....it speaks for itself.

The print is framed in an 11x14 Black Wood Frame with an 8x10 mat. The print itself is cut to about 8.5x11.




 

Geaux Pink 11x14 Framed White Burlap Print

Geaux Pink 11x14 Framed Burlap Print

Every year for Breast Cancer Awareness month I try to make something to display in my shop. I am a little late this year but here it is!

I printed a Pink Ribbon with a Butterfly on White Sultana Burlap and to make it a little more Louisiana added the "Geaux Pink."

The print is framed in an 11x14 Black Wood Frame with an 8x10 mat. The burlap print itself is cut to about 8.5x11.




 

A Christmas Story Major Award 5x7 Framed White Burlap Print

It's A Major Award 5x7 Framed Burlap Print

A Christmas Story is my all time favorite Christmas Movie and is the one that I have to watch every year....a couple of times.

This listing is for a complete framed white burlap print. The print says, "It's A Major Award" and has the iconic Sexy Leg Lamp from the movie.

The frame is a 5x7 black frame.


It's A Major Award


 

Monday, October 13, 2014

To Craft Show or Not To Craft Show????

To Craft Show or Not To Craft Show???

I have participated in I guess 5 or so small local craft shows within the past year.  It definitely takes a lot of work and preparation just to get everything ready leading up to the day of the event.  It is also quite a demanding task the day of the event having to load and setup and breakdown and then unload all of my supplies and crafts.

Now, I guess it wouldn't be that big of a deal if I actually had a really successful show, but I have not had that just yet.  I have made a few sales at some of the events but nothing to make me say that it was amazing....yet I keep doing them from time to time and come home with the same disappointed feeling that I wasted the day.

I just recently returned to a show that I made a few sales at last fall.  I was excited and hopeful.  I had a totally new set up and even purchased a canopy so I could totally redesign my display.  I also took decided to add additional items to have a varied price point.  However, this show was the least successful to date with no sales and barely any nibbles throughout the day.  

I was completely happy with the way my booth turned out after getting it set up for the first time.  To me, it seemed open and inviting and not cluttered or messy at all.  It wasn't enough to bring in the shoppers.

So, I am going to have to think long and hard about whether or not I will attempt to do another show in the future.  Maybe I am just choosing the wrong shows for my products and price points.  I don't feel like I should have to change or lower the prices on my Handmade Items to fit the crowd or the location.  To me, I would feel like I am cheapening my brand.  Maybe I am just crazy and expect too much....I don't know.

If anyone has suggestions or tips or anything they would be greatly appreciated.  

My latest set up.






Christmas Red and Green Deco Mesh and Ribbon Wreath

Christmas Red and Green Deco Mesh
and Ribbon Wreath

Another big and beautiful Christmas Wreath I made for 2014 Holiday Season.

The base of this wreath is a 12" box wire wreath form. I used red deco mesh, green deco mesh, and a red/green striped deco mesh to make the 10 individual pom poms that have been attached to the wreath form with chenille stems.

I used a white wire ribbon with red and green polka dots as well as green and red deco flex tubing to add a little something extra to the wreath.

The completed wreath measures about 26" across and 10" deep.



Christmas Red and Green Deco Mesh Sunburst Wreath





 

Fall Harvest Brown Deco Mesh Wreath

Fall Harvest Brown Deco Mesh Wreath

Decorate your home for Fall with this beautiful and full deco mesh wreath.

I used a brown deco mesh with copper stripes throughout. The wreath is accented with a fall plaid ribbon, burnt orange ribbon and raffia. I also added small fall styrofoam vegetables in the center of each spray of ribbon.

In the center of the wreath is a wood pumpkin harvest sign. I originally had a scarecrow but they sold out and I am not able to find more.

Perfect for fall!!

The wreath was made on a 12" wire wreath form and the completed wreath measures about 21" wide and 8" deep.


Fall Harvest Brown Deco Mesh Wreath




 

Spooky Trees and Googly Eyes Halloween Wreath

Spooky Trees and Googly Eyes Halloween Wreath

This isn't your typical wreath but that is what I am going to call it for now. I would look great hanging on your front door as well as inside for Halloween.

I used 4 Black Wood Halloween Spooky Trees that I attached to form one large piece. I have two options available for the center piece. One is a wood black cat and the other is a tinsel RIP Tombstone. To finish it off I added pairs of googly eyes all over the trees to give it that extra special spooky feel.

I have two of each of the center pieces.

The trees are definitely watching you!!

The complete design measures 22" from side to side as well as from top to bottom. So overall, a larger piece. It is also quite narrow, not even an inch, so it would fit perfectly if you have a storm door.


Spooky Trees and Googly Eyes Halloween Wreath



 

Halloween Black and White Deco Mesh Skull Wreath

Halloween Black and White Deco Mesh
Skull Wreath

Halloween Black and White Deco Mesh Skull Wreath

Basic black and white with a bright contrasting red makes this wreath really stand out.

The base of the wreath is a 10" wire wreath form. I used white deco mesh, black deco mesh, and a black/white plaid deco mesh. I also used a black and white Halloween Ribbon.

The best part of this wreath is a 10"x7" wood skull. I ended up putting red deco mesh behind the skull to make it really stand out against the black and white deco mesh. The effect is pretty cool.

The completed wreath measures about 21" wide and 6" deep.


Halloween Black and White Deco Mesh Skull Wreath




 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

How to Make a Deco Mesh Sunburst Wreath

How to Make a Deco Mesh Sunburst Wreath

Halloween Black and Orange Deco Mesh Sunburst Wreath

So this is my first attempt at providing a somewhat detailed tutorial on how I make one of my Deco Mesh Wreaths.  I am not sure if this is the proper name for it but I thought it looked like a sunburst so that's the name I am going with today.  

There is always more than one method to make wreaths but this is the one I found to be the easiest for me.  I hadn't seen any of this particular style wreath but saw the basic individual parts made and figured I would group them to make a wreath...not knowing whether are not it would actually work.   However, it did!!

So here goes.  Sorry about so so picture quality and probably way too wordy explanations.

Supplies I used for my wreath:
10" Black Deco Mesh
10" Orange Deco Mesh
10" Black/Orange Striped Deco Mesh
12" Box Wire Wreath Form
Black Chenille Stems
Three different wired ribbons (optional)
Tinsel Witch Hat (optional) 

Supplies for Halloween Black and Orange Deco Mesh Sunburst Wreath
 The first thing I like to do is get my wreath form ready.  I prefer to make my own so I can dictate where I am actually placing the mesh on the form.  If you use the ready made forms that is fine as well but you will need to make a few adjustments to this tutorial since your twists are already on the form.
To get my form ready for this wreath (and for most of the wreaths I make) I loop chenille stems around the perimeter of the work wreath.  Doing this keeps the mesh from sliding on the rings when you place the mesh.
I am going to put the chenille stems looped around the two center rings of the form.
I fasten to one of the cross bars and then just weave over and under and attach to the next cross bar.  I do this around the entire form.
Here is the form ready for action.

 My next step is to cut all of my mesh.  I didn't take photos of this step because it is basically just cutting the mesh.  
I am using 10" Deco Mesh and cutting about 6" pieces.  Just roll at the mesh and measure 6" cut and repeat.
I am going to be using these pieces to make pompoms and will make a total of ten (10) pompoms for this size wreath form.  
Each pompom will have a total of nine (9) 6" Deco Mesh Strips.
This is where you can use your judgment.  I use nine strips for each because I think it makes the pompom full enough.  You can definitely use more or a few less if you prefer.  It is all about personal preference.
 I think that made sense....at least to me it did.

So, using three colors and making ten pompoms with 9 strips in each one I will be cutting a total of ninety (90) deco mesh strips.  That will be thirty (30) for each color that I am using.

If you use more colors or less colors, you would still want to cut the same or nearly the same amount of deco mesh strips.

OK, so all of my deco mesh is now cut and I am ready to make my pompoms.  At least that is what I am calling them for now.  
I use the BowDabra to make mine just because it is much easier for me to handle the mesh and keep everything in line.  
It is definitely not a requirement.

I place a chenille stem in the BowDabra and then add my nine (9) strips if deco mesh alternating the colors.



The placement isn't all that important because you can adjust and twist and fluff once your pompom is complete.

I am also adding ribbon to this wreath which I add on the top of my Deco Mesh.  (Ribbon is optional)
I used three different ribbons cut into 12" strips.

Here is the front of the completed pompom.

And here is the back of the completed pompom.  I leave the tails of the chenille stems out because that is what I will be using to attach to my wreath form.




 Now I have all ten (10) of my pompoms complete and ready to attach to the wreath form.
I simply stick the chenille stem through the wreath form in the second most outer ring being sure to have one stem on each side of the ring then twist the stems tightly together.



I usually start on one of the cross bars just because.

And front view of first pompom added to the wreath form.



Now just attach the remaining pompoms to the wreath form.  I don't measure the distance between each one.  I just kind of eyeball it as I go around and make adjustments as needed.



And here is what my wreath looks like with all of the pompoms attached.


At this point you can fluff and adjust as needed.  It is very easy to manipulate the mesh to fill in any gaps you may have where the wreath form may show through.  There is plenty of mesh on the wreath to cover pretty much any slight gaps. 
That is the exact reason why I tend to use the amount of mesh I use for this wreath.

The last step I did for this wreath was add the Tinsel Witch Hat that I picked up while shopping.  This is also optional.  I think the wreath looks amazing as is but wanted to add a little more to this one.

Ok, so my completed wreath with Witch Hat attached.



This wreath is currently available in  my Etsy Shop.

My completed wreath measures about 25" wide and 10" deep.

You can definitely use larger or smaller wreath forms.  You would just need to adjust the total number of pompoms that you make.

I would suggest using at least 9 deco mesh strips for each pompom.  But again, that is my personal preference.

Hopefully all of that made sense and you are able to go out and make your own Deco Mesh Sunburst Wreath.

Here are some of the others ones that I made.

These are currently available in my Etsy Shop.

Sunflower Deco Mesh Sunburst Wreath

Black and Gold Deco Mesh Sunburst Wreath

Halloween Deco Mesh Sunburst Wreath

Purple and Gold Deco Mesh Sunburst Wreath
 Please feel free to ask questions or leave comments.  Also, send photos of your completed Sunburst Wreaths and I will be happy to post them.

Thanks for taking the time to read my very first tutorial!!!


Completed Wreath from the back.  Nice and neat.


Halloween Wreath Submission from Nicole V.