DIY Monogram Purse

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I made myself a monogram purse a week of so ago.  I love purses they will always be my number one obsession! I showed my Mom and she said she wanted one so I made her one as well.  I did my purse in gold and she decided she wanted her’s black, I like how they both turned out but for picture purposes the black looks better.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the stencil out of contact paper.  I always do my stencils out of contact paper because it is cheaper than vinyl and works great.

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Make sure you push all your edges down REALLY GOOD! If you don’t it will bleed and look messy.  I took my finger nail and pushed all the edges down two or 3 times.

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I used black acrylic paint and a foam brush.  First do you strokes vertical and then do another coat horizontally.  By doing this you will get less of a streaky look.
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They both turned out great! I like the distinct look of the black and the gold is a little more subtle.

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Fourth of July Rag banner

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I wanted to do a cute banner for my fireplace that was Fourth of July themed.

I knew I wanted to do a “rag” banner so I went to the clearance fabric section at Hobby Lobby.

They had a red star pattern, and a navy blue polka dot pattern.  What are the chances?
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Next I got my rotary cutter and mat out and decided I wanted my strips to be 1 inch.  Unfortunately my blade had a dull spot 😦 This step ended up taking a little longer because I had to cut pieces that didn’t get cut with scissors. I had already started and didn’t want to go to the store to buy a new one.

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Here are my 1 inch strips.

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Then I got my twine out and measured it against my mantel.  I just tied a knot around the string.

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Looks pretty cute over my fireplace!

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Our First Bedroom

728363_20_0We moved last year into our new house and I’ll be posting about our many projects.  I wanted to share our old master bedroom.  It was so special because it was our first project we did together.  It is so beautiful and there are times I miss it.  My husband strung clear lights behind the white curtain behind our bed so it lit up at night.  He also surprised me with my beautiful vanity as my wedding gift. This room will always be special to me!

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Monogram Earrings

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I told you I am obsessed!  I needed a pair of monogram earrings.  I found these cute earrings and thought they were the perfect canvas to put a monogram on!  I wanted to try pearls, but had a difficult time finding ones that were big enough.

First I went to Mark and Graham to create my “round” monogram. I measured my earrings and luckily got it right on the first try.  Again I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the vinyl.  I then got my trusty tweezers out, I think tweezers are a must when working with vinyl, then I positioned them on the earrings.

I have had so many compliments on them!  I still want to try some round pearls, just need to find some that are big enough!

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