Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Blog Swap with Unique Boutique

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be on Meg's blog as it is just AMAZING!!! I am knew to the crafting world of blogging. My blog is called Unique Boutique. I have had a family blog where I used to post all my ideas but since I just have boys and one day am going to print my blog into a book I decided they didn't need to see everything their crazy mom was up to! 

A little about me...I LOVE LOVE LOVE to craft...I love to create and design and especially decorate just about anything I can get my hands on! I am excited to share my ideas with you and look forward to sharing many more. Once I get more established I would love to do giveaways! 

Thanks again to Meg for allowing me to share some ideas with fellow crafters! 

I love the Holidays, especially Christmas!  I love the bright colors and have become obsessed with all the fun shapes of the ornaments!  I mean have you walked into Target lately?  They have all these amazing shapes made of paper hanging from their ceiling and it just makes the place so much more magical!   So I had a BRILLIANT idea to make a table runner using some of my most beloved shapes and designs of my favorite ornaments!

This is what I came up with!  I must admit I love it ~ yes I am a little biased!  But after debating what to do for a week and a half I am pleased with the way it turned out!
First things first....I enlarged a a design that I found at a craft store and fell in love with
Then I cut out a circular oval to go behind it

Next I cut out the third shape of my table runner and pinned onto my fabric and cut out two of those as they are a little bit bigger

    Then I cut out my fabric for the front side 14 x 36

Then I positioned onto the runner and used wonder under and cut according to the shapes above and then i ironed on.  Next I used a zigzag stitch for the big ornaments to keep them in place

For the outside of the smaller ornaments I used a  applique stitch to make them look like a more like an ornament and to make it look more polished
Once I sewed on the big ornaments and the small ones on I layed out the table runner

Then I drew on the hooks using a blue maker that washes away with water

Then I put the second piece of the small ornaments into place.  Then I ironed them on to the first piece.  Then I sewed them on using a zigzag stitch to keep in place and give it a finished look.
Once all that was done I cut out the binding using some left over green fabric that I had.  I cut it 2 1/2 inches by the width and length of the runner. Then I sewed together to make one long piece.  Then i folded in half and in then folded the two sides into the middle and ironed it.  Next I pinned it around the raw edges and sewed it on using a zigzag stitch.

Here is a better picture of the middle

and the side to show the details a little better you can see the zigzag stitch a little better on the big and small ornaments.
One thing I forgot to do was to take a picture while I embroidered the hook.  I used a back-stitch  stitch and used a metallic silver thread to give it a "realistic" look.

    Here it is again!  

For the backside I used this fun tree fabric that I had and here it is with the binding on
I hope you like my latest creation!

Here is another project I would love to share with you. My oldest boy who is 7 is absolutely obsessed with Star Wars and we decided it was time to revamp the room from a jungle theme which happened to be his nursery to something that was a little more him.  Too bad for his younger brother who has been brain washed into loving Star Wars whether he likes it or not.

Here is one of the main walls.  His little brother loves to sit and read so we put the rocking chair in there where he can just read his books.  Next to it is a little night stand with a lamp and a place he can put his books!  Nothings says Star Wars like a bunch of globes and sphere shapes...well at least according to me!

Here is a closer picture.  I took a bunch of old frames that we had sprayed them black and added different sizes of Star Wars pictures and posters.

 And a big R2D2 which is their favorite character! We used a Vader trick or treat can for a decoration and it actually holds their "stuff" too!

My oldest had to add a little decor by adding some tear out posters to the back of the door but hey it's his room so it works!  We used his Lego ships from last Christmas for decorations too as he thinks it is super cool and he can play with them and then put it back
They have a bench in their room....something just a little different to give a fun element so they can use to sit on while getting dressed or to just take a break and relax
We like to use some of their toys to decorate with so they feel really included in the process
This was a fun project to do and adds different colors, textures and shapes to the room.  All you need is four pieces of wood the same size...some fabric and a staple gun.  Put some batting over the wood and wrap your fabric around...staple and  you have instant art!
The boys lair
    Their favorite place to hang out and look out the window.  
A good friend of mine took these pictures of my boys
  I made this duvet cover for my boys beds that they use a lot in winter time

    A friend of mine's mother in law embroidered these pillows for my boys
   Some fun added elements to make the room super fun for any Star Wars fan!

I hope you guys have a very happy holidays and a wonderful Thanksgiving! Come visit me over at Unique Boutique!

Thanks, Beckie! I love her runner and her Star Wars room is amazing! I hope you guys can all stop by and give her some bloggy love! Also, be sure to enter my giveaway going on now, sponsored by The Speckled Dog!


  1. Meg thanks so much for allowing me to be a part of your blog! I love it! You did an amazing job! Thanks for all your help! you are the Best!

  2. Really creative! I love the runner and the boys room looks like too much fun. Lucky boys!


I would love to hear from you!