Craft Projects, Dollar Store Crafts

Fabric-Covered Pumpkins

It is the first day of fall. Hooray!

Did you see the adorable pumpkin I transformed yesterday from a sweet Dollar Store find? If not, check it out here.

I had two pumpkins left over to complete my fall decor trio, so I decided to cover both of them with fabric. I had a gold tablecloth I’ve been wanting to use for a project, as well as some burlap remnant I picked up from JoAnn’s. I also picked up silver tacks at the dollar store, so I chose to use them as little studs in my fabric-covered pumpkins.

I started with the gold fabric, cutting the fabric into scrap strips. I started pinning them to the pumpkin using the silver tacks.

Once the pumpkin was covered in studs, I painted the stem of the pumpkins gray to match the Mod Podged pumpkin. Love it.

I did the same thing to the third pumpkin with the burlap strips.

The only thing securing the fabric to the pumpkin are the tacks, but I used about 150 per pumpkin (wowzer), so I don’t think that fabric is falling off any time soon. Having said that, I found it important to overlap the strips of fabric since there is no glue underneath the fabric. With the overlap, there is a nice texture of rough edge on smooth fabric, and there is total coverage of the bright orange pumpkin underneath.

The tacks run down the valleys of the pumpkin — it is OK to adjust your tacks as you go. If your lines aren’t exactly how you want them, fix them!

I painted this stem gray, too.

It was time to put my trio together, and boy do they look perfect together. I placed them on my copper tray in our bay window.

What a perfect fall decoration!

Happy fall — enjoy the amazing weather!

Home Improvement

I must be crazy

So after a long weekend of painting, my right hand hurts unbelievably badly. I even woke up in the middle of the night because it hurt so bad. But, that didn’t stop me from doing one final coat on my master bedroom last night at 8 p.m.

Yes, 8 p.m. That was not our original plan last night, but Lowe’s took a little longer to retrieve our flooring from the back of the store than we expected. So the painting began at 8 p.m. Let me just say that I was the most efficient painter last night. I cut in my ceilings and baseboards on a single wall, then painted it with the roller. Repeat for three more walls, and you have a slate gray room painted in an hour and a half! Whew!

I removed the tape and cleaned up the drop cloth, so now all we have left to do is replace the outlet covers.

*Sigh of relief* I’m finished painting until we move in. We have our electrician coming on Thursday, and I don’t want to paint the living and dining rooms in case he has to cut out holes in the wall to move things around. Also, I am just tired of painting.

While I painted, the hubby unloaded our 28 boxes of laminate flooring.

That’s a lot of flooring. It will look a lot better than the yucky tiles down there now. Also, that is one quality iPhone picture haha.

We also taped out a rough idea for a shelving unit behind our bar. The outer columns will be storage for wine bottles, and the inner column will be for liquor. We’ll see what Glen thinks about our design.

Tonight we are actually NOT going to our new house. Instead, we’re checking out Great Gatherings in Annapolis to see if we like a bar there. I’m loving this one:

It comes in a nice dark wood as well, and even has space for a mini fridge. I have to say that I am super excited to go shopping, to not be painting, and to not have to make the trek to work, to our rental, to our home, then back to our rental again. I swear it gets longer each time! All of our hard work is totally worth it though. I can’t wait to actually move into our new home this weekend! We get our fridge, dryer and microwave on Saturday, and we’re using a Re/Max moving truck on Sunday to move the rest of our stuff! Woo!! We moved a little bit of furniture last night, and even with that little move it felt like we made a ton of progress and the house was more and more becoming our new home.

I leave you with a photo I forgot the hubby took on Saturday of my best friend surrounded by the padding for our laminate flooring. Doesn’t she look cozy? Priceless.