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Day 14: Burlap “Inspirational” Placemats

I have a large square dining room table that I ADORE. I love that when we have friends or family over we can all fit comfortably around our cozy table and eat… or play games… or just talk & laugh!  That table has to be my favorite purchase ever!……… BUT finding decorations for it has been difficult. Rectangular placemates don’t fit right and I’ve never seen a square placemat that I really like.

And then….. once again….. enter pinterest & it’s WONDERFUL “Pin”spirations!

Now…. I LOVE LOVE LOVE my table…. since finishing it over the weekend, I just admire it. It looks peaceful and warm. and happy. It’s not perfect…. but it’s WONDERFULLY imperfect!!!

I saw this “Pin”spiration on http://cottageandvine.blogspot.com/2011/11/great-idea.html (Thanks Rene!) and thought I’d try to make them for myself.

I cut 14″ x 14″ squares out of burlap. This left the edges very rough and raggedy.

Then I pulled out my sewing machine and made a simple straight stitch about a 1/3 inch in all the way around the burlap square.

After stitching all the way around the burlap, I pulled the strings to cause it to fray. I did this gently and just pulled until I reached my stitch line. This left all these little frayed strings:

I then took scissors to trim the strings to make the edge look uniform. Next I pulled out my stamps (found at Hobby Lobby), an ink pad (left over from a Pottery Barn project from Ella’s baby days), and a Black Sharpie.

I lined up the stamps in the lower right corner of the placemat, and then one by one dipped them in ink and pressed them on the burlap. This left a faint image of the word “PRAY” on the placemat. I then traced over that stamped word with a sharpie. I like how it turned out……

BUT didn’t love it!! (notice the black ink left over from the other parts of the stamp!… ick!) sooooooo……. Hobby Lobby Stencils to the rescue!

LOVED IT!!!!! After stenciling the rest of the placemats and then giving them a quick iron (I sprayed a lightweight starch and ironed them on the back side)….. my table was BEAUTIFUL!!!

Can’t wait to make more to change up for the holidays:

Thanksgiving: Gather, Harvest, Feast, Give, Thankful, Etc.

Christmas: Noel, Peace, Merry, Believe, Etc.

I think it would be cute to even do the “Fruits of the Spirit”  (Thanks for the idea Linda! ): Love, Joy, Peace, patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control.

Happy Pinning :-),

Kirsten

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Day 10: Easy Burlap Dry Erase Board

Today I needed easy. We’ve got a tremendous amount of things going around in our home and I NEEDED a bit of a creative break (for my sanity’s sake)…. but nothing that required too much effort.

Pinterest once again came to the rescue (they even helped me decide what I wanted to write as my first message on my dry erase board 🙂 …. I needed something that screamed happiness and happy thoughts and just wait ’til you see what I wrote:  (drum roll please………)

I started with a cheap unfinished wood frame from the dollar store. Took it apart and then painted it.

  In the picture above you can also see what I did next….. I took the back portion of the frame and sprayed adhesive on it. I then covered it in burlap and then trimmed off the excess from the edges! Easy Peasy.

Once the green paint finished drying, I brushed over it lightly with white paint that I had really watered down. After painting it on, I took a dry paper towel and wiped the white paint off. It softened the green color and gave it a distressed/white wash look. Once all the parts were dry I put the frame back together with the glass over the burlap, and then used a dry erase marker to write “Choose Joy” in the same basic pattern (but in my own handwriting) as Laura, a  fabulous “Pinterester”,  (is that a word? and if not, what else do you call a person the puts a pin on Pinterest?): http://laurawinslowphotography.com/blog/2011/12/04/free-choose-joy-printable-guest-post-lil-blue-boo-phoenix-photographer/

And a HUGE Thanks to Jill Ruth for the “Pin”spiration for my super cute and easy Burlap Dry Erase board

…. I LOVED making it and I’m excited to change the message out to fit what our family needs for the day: whether they be messages of love, thoughts or hope or even a simple HELLO.

Happy Pinning & Creating,

Kirsten

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