1/2 Dutch

Because my brain is so often huffing and puffing its way through an editing gauntlet, one of the things I look forward most to on my day off is . . . nothing. Well, no, not nothing; that would boring, and then I’d become restive, which is a fancy word for twitchy, which isn’t pretty–at all. The nothing I speak of is more of minimal something, requiring very little of me cognitively:

Pictures.

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Weekend Fun: 9 Fabulous DIY Renovations

Whether you’re the kind of woman who enjoys rolling up her flannel sleeves and plunging her hands straight into the mulch, or the kind who prefers to don a lovely apron and whip up something delicious, or maybe a little of both, I believe one facts stands true in all cases: women love to do things with their hands. We start to display signs of creativity from a very early age and, if nurtured properly, develop a wondrous and deep appreciation for the “labor of love.”

However . . .

Reno’s can be exhausting, overwhelming, and sometimes, after all is said and done, — time, money, and energy you will never, ever see again — what you end up with is hours spent in hard labor is a valuable lesson learned. Oh, and a strange, sort-of-looks-like-the-picture restoration that you plan to immediately hide in the back of a drawer or closet because, as hideous as the thing is, you worked tremendously hard on the thing and cannot bear to put it where it really belongs. IE: the trash. I’ve been there, believe me.

Some of us are naturals in the kitchen, garden, home, etc . . . We need do nothing more than think a pretty thought and the idea descends upon us with all the alacrity of a bee to a pollen-plentiful flower. Unfortunately, not ALL of us are born with Martha Stewart’s genes, so we must improvise and cheat a little. A mishap is fine from time to time, but if we are to succeed and improve, we first need a little confidence and ripe opportunity.

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Tutorial Tuesday! Citrasolv Image Transfer

Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday!

I think we are in agreement that there are way too many fabulous tutorials out there and not enough time to search them out, then see them through. Not reaping any results can be overwhelming and discouraging and that is just the opposite of how I want you to feel! With that said, I have decided to do the dirty work for you; each Tuesday I will pick a tutorial (I will do my best to find a variety of tutorials, ranging in length of execution and intricacy) and feature it here. All of them will come with pictures and step by step instructions, so that the time you spend making your craft will be well spent on the invigoratingly creative parts, rather than the endless searching and clicking and groaning. :)

All I ask is that if you re-post, make sure to link-up. And please do tell me how yours turned out!

This fabulous tutorial, first featured on Cortney’s blog over at faithandhome.blogspot.com, holds all kinds of possibilities.

*** Here is an example of the finished product, taken one step further and made into a pillow. Don’t be confused about the pictures not matching up; this one differs from those detailed below, but I wanted to give you an idea of what you can do once your image is transferred. Truly, so many options: if you’re an whiz with a sewing machine you can make a pillow, quilt, napkins. If not, have no fear, you can cut around the image and use a simple needle and thread to attach it to whatever you choose. Or better yet, head down to your local thrift store and sift the place for a rustic frame and mount your little beauty on the wall!

*** While this is a relatively easy tutorial, you will want to give yourself the time to go slowly through the steps. Choose a time a day where you have the space to enjoy creating. Also, you will need to have your materials prepped in advance.

Let’s get started!

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