DIY Sweater Pumpkins

So sweater pumpkins. Love them right? I have made a few batches of them so far. I really wish I would have taken photos when I made them. So if you need more info please feel free to comment. Hopefully next time I make them I will remember photos. So here is my explanation on how to make them.

I usually get 2-3 pumpkins out of an arm depending on what size sweater and if it was form fitting and tighter knit.

  1. Cut off sleeve
  2. Turn sweater arm inside out.
  3. Cut arm in half or thirds. (what ever you think will work best for size.
  4. Take larger end of cut part, bunch it together and tie it off with string really tight about 1.5-2 inches up. (I go around it several times so that the sleeve can’t pull out)
  5. Turn right side in
  6. Stuff it with material, beans or filling. (I used fiber filling form Walmart.) until you get it the size and shape you roughly want.
  7. Know here comes the optional part. You can either tie off the top with ribbon, burlap, or twine of some sort and call it quits.  Or you can do the following.
  8. Stuff the top of the sleeve down into the pumpkin and make a tube like opening.
  9.  Needle and thread. you are going to do a basic stitch around the top of the pumpkin/       inside edge of that tube and the pull and cinch it shut. (it gives it a nice pucker at the top of the pumpkin.)
  10. You can either use cork, doweling, twigs, wire, what ever you want to put into the pumpkin for the stem. Hot glue them in or stitch them on if possible.
  11. Add any thing decorative that you would like to make them yours.Heres is few photos of mine that I have made. I love them more each time I make them. Again I have pumpkin issues. Happy DIY’ing. You got this.

Twinkle Lights & Wine

The holidays are coming. I love decorating. Twinkle lights are tucked away in various locations in objects all around our home all year long. One of my favorite items that make me smile. I also enjoy the occasional glass of wine. So why not?  Lets combine the two!

These lights are so easy to do. All you need is a bottle and a glass drill bit. Which  you can purchase at various hardware stores. I happened to get mine at Home Depot. The trick to keep the bottle from cracking and getting to hot is to keep one person drilling the bottle while another mist is with water and keeps it wet.

 

1 or 2, 1 or 2

I feel like I’m getting my eyes checked. 1 or 2? Nope I made another sign for someone.

I am learning as I go, I have never ran a business and or made things for people unless you count gifts. Lets just say when someone receives a hand made gift I have never had them ask me to change it, or say it’s not like the photo. This has been the week to learn for me. Lots of learning and lots of pain. So here is my advice thus far.

  1. Never under charge for your time and work no matter if the person points out they can get it cheaper else where. Let them go. They are most likely looking for cheap and not quality.
  2. I am VINTAGE it says so in my name “Vintage City Farmhouse” and you would think that would explain my style a bit,  but I have to reiterate the point constantly so people understand what I make will not look like a brand spanking new sign and has the vintage look and feel.
  3. Tell your potential costumer you will get as close as I can to the image they selected but it WILL NOT be exactly like the photo of another persons work. Reiterate this a lot as well.
  4. There will always be that client that wants to change it after you are done. Change it in a way that was NEVER discussed before starting or during the project that is now impossible.
  5. There will always be the customer that wants you to lower your price after the item is done or that person will want you to do more than was originally discussed.
  6. oh and my personal favorite. Can you just deliver it for me? Im to busy to pick up.

 

Again this has been that week.  My hope for you my fellow DIY’ers is I hope you don’t find all these people in the same week or all rolled into one. Good luck and happy DIY’ing.

Point Me in the Right Direction

I’m shooting for the stars. I got the arrows to prove it…and that brings me to today’s project. 

Arrows. They are all the rage right now and being we live in Arizona seems like a good thing to incorporate into our decor. I am a proud Arizonan. 


Aren’t they adorable? Also because they didn’t take as long As I thought they would I had time for an extra project. I have wanted to make one of the following for so long. I just haven’t. When I finished painting it, well let’s say perfect was a discriptive enough word for me. Can you guess what I made?


Yup, another pumpkin. I know I have issues and I should probably talk to someone about this obsession, but how can something this cute be so wrong? 

Crafting Momma

My vintage city farmhouse walls were virtually bare except in two places that I claimed years ago when we moved in. The rest I would just stare at wide eyes and intimidated. Vaulted cielings✔️long dividing walls ✔️ to busy to deal with it✔️ I just don’t want to mess up ✔️

So needless to say I bit the bullet. It was time. 3 years in and I just can’t take it any longer. So the last 5 days I have been crafting to slowly add to areas of our city farmhouse.

I wish I could say I had original ideas but alas, that ship sailed with child number 3 when sleep took hold. I am naturally a very creative person. I can take something I have seen and typically make it just like it or even tweak it better to work for us.

Let’s just say Pinterest is my BFF. If you haven’t been there then don’t start now, it is a time paradox. You hop on for one thing and 3 hours later you have pinned 178 different thing you like or want make but yet some how still have yet to get to what you started lookin for. Plus it’s 3 hours and I swear it was only 10 minutes. Or maybe that’s just me. 😂

Needless to say, I can make pretty much anything and when I have the majority of stuff I need lying around it makes me smile. I really don’t like to spend money on things I know I can make. I’m a type “A” and maybe a little OCD as well so those just don’t mesh well.

So here is where my crafting adventure took me this last week. From seeing, to painting and a little wood working in between. That’s what makes my heart smile.


So where am I putting all this stuff? Well my areas are slowly coming together but I’ll share some progress photos. As I am also always looking for others photos to see how they do it as well.

See what I mean about huge walls? The others are worse in this room as they go up to the second floor. Beautiful, but hard to decorate. 

Stuff It

The other day I stumbled across a stack of old clothing and fabric. One sweater was one from when I “borrowed”  it from my husband, which i did often when were in our 20’s. Another was a favorite white sweater of mine that is almost as old. So obviously I just couldn’t get rid of them or donate them. I could however repurpose them.

I had some pillows stashed away taking up valuable real estate in my closet that  I have been meaning to give new life to for quite some time.

So wah-la. Today’s projects. Sweater covered pillows. Easy and pretty fast.  They are so fun and soft and love how much charm they bring to the room.

I really didn’t want to toss the sweater remenants so I came up with a fun idea with fall around the corner. Sweater pumpkins. I really have a slight obsession with pumpkins and leave them out year around. Now I will be selling these little charmers as well so you can soften up your fall decor.

a Growing Family

     Today I was in tears. My family is growing. When I finished my project it was exactly what our growing family needed. No we aren’t having another baby. I made a growth chart. One that I can cherish forever.

     When we moved from our home in Wisconsin I left behind a section of wall that meant the world to me. It had my kids growth chart from the 9 years we were there. When we did our last walk through I realized I didn’t have any of the information. I cried. A picture would not be helpful. It was a wall with lines, names and dates. 

Flash forward to last Christmas. Our tenant that is renting the house sent me an excel file that had all the measurements, names and dates. He must of spent hours on it. Again tears, but tears of joy. Today I finally made and hung the wall chart. All that’s needed is adding the information he sent me. Again more tears.

     It was hung in the loft where the kids spend a lot of time with friends, watching tv and gaming. I will eventually finish the area with some black and white canvases of the kids on the wall. 

     I think my heart just sighed…