Teen Room Redo, Wall Decor Idea

Mother daughter collaborative projects in Emma’s room are turning out to be a lot of fun, thanks to Pinterest.
For about $6, we created our own wall art based on some ideas we pulled together.

DIY Wall Decor Idea

DIY Wall Decor Idea

This is an easy project. Perfect for a 13 year old girl like Emma. Here’s how we did our version.
Teen Room

DIY Wall Decor

Craft paint and small paintbrush
Piece of scrap foam core or cardboard
Small round doilies
Cupcake liners
Yarn for pompoms
Pompom maker
Double stick tape
To Make:
Teen Room
1. If you want the thumbtacks a different color, stick them into the scrap foamcore or cardboard to make it easier to paint them. We painted ours a bright green, 2 quick coats and they were done.
Teen Room
2. We decided to add some pom poms to the centers of some of our flowery shapes, so we made a handful of small ones.
Teen Room
3. To make the doilies into flowers, I folded 4 doilies in half, then overlapped them in quarters. You can attach them to the wall with double stick tape, and then add either a pom pom or a thumbtack in the center.
DIY Wall Decor Idea
4. We started placing the cupcake baking liner “small flowers” in the area designated for this installation, then filled out and fanned from there, adding the doily “big flowers”, really just ad libbing as we went. I think the pom poms added some nice contrast, and we scattered those around and even addd some later on. In the end, I added the leftover thumb tacks plain, around the “branches”. This is on the wall above Emma’s bed, and we decided to keep it fairly tight because of the new bed she has coming soon.


Granny Square Sampler Project- Week 7

African Flower
(Find all the assignments for this entire project listed on this page.)
I am so excited for this week’s square! It’s great for you beginners who are still getting the basic stitches down, but sort of adds a little flare. I found the video early this week and starting playing around with the square on Wednesday and let’s just say I think this is one of the prettiest squares I’ve ever tried. A variation of the African Flower Granny Square, its going to measure around 4 1/2″ square or so, done in our weight of yarn.READ MORE

Granny Square Sampler Project- Week 6

Well, at the end of the first week of summer vacation (i.e, kid home, but I’m still working) has gone swimmingly. Ian’s school is out today, so next week the wise craft house is officially “summering”.
Bring it, summer. We’re waiting for you.
Granny Square Sampler
(Find all the assignments listed on this page.)READ MORE

Granny Square Sampler Project- Week 3

Here’s what we have so far. How do you like what you’ve done?
(Find all the assignments listed on this page.)
Granny Square Sampler
(Ignore that I have stitched some of my smaller ones together, that may or may not come later for you, but not to worry about doing that yet.)

Crocheted Granny Square Sampler Project

Granny Square Sampler
Inspired by an incredible crocheted afghan project I found in a Better Homes and Gardens Treasury of Needlecrafts book from 1982 that I purchased while thrifting one day, I decided to embark on designing my own crocheted granny square sampler afghan. (The original is pictured above.) I posted online about this idea and invited everyone who was interested to join in with me.


Free Pattern: Crochet Cloud Cowl

free crochet patterns
Often its the yarn that dictates the project. I saw this yarn the other day by the winding table at The Weaving Works, Crystal Palace Mochi Plus yarn in #612 (there are several colors available here as well) and I picked up some on impulse. No idea what I would use it for, but I loved the feel and colors in this self-striping yarn. Later, I decided to do an easy crochet cowl pattern, just to see how the striping would work with it. Turned out kind of cute! And easy to do, one afternoon is all it took.

How to Crochet a Granny Square with a Circle Center

Crochet pillow
Want to learn how to these crocheted granny squares with circular centers? Keep reading! I’m not even sure what the proper name is, but here is how I make them. Please let me know if you have questions by emailing me at blairwisecraft@gmail.com and I promise an answer as quickly as possible.

how to make your own anime mural wall

wall murals
Now that the anime mural wall for the kid’s bathroom is finished, my husband Peter did a little write up on his process of redoing the kids bathroom with anime images pasted to the wall, hopefully it all makes sense.READ MORE

Quilting For Beginners: How To Make a Nine Patch

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First of all, hope everyone had a lovely Mother’s Day! Mine was, um, well, memorable. There were a couple of broken vacuums and a prompt 12pm arrival for the Star Wars Exhibit at PacSci when our tickets were actually for 12AM the previous night (don’t ask). I would not suffer through these kinds of days with just anyone, so I’m really lucky to have a family who loves me enough to suffer through them with me… and keep me laughing through it all.

Secondly, it occured to me that I do not show the actual process of sewing up what it is I show you on the blog these days nearly enough. This type of thing used to be normal for me, and if I’m going to keep blogging, what I’d love to do is to create some more how-to’s to explain the process, instead of assuming that everyone stopping by here already knows the basic steps.
Okay, pillows. I tend to change the pillows on our front porch bench at least twice a year. I use the same pillow inserts over and over, just change the covers. This year, giving a nod to our recent vacation off the coast of Florida, I decided to give a fun nod to my East Coast roots and go totally preppy, using some Lily Pulitzer scraps to make some quilted 9 patch covers. But really, a 9 patch pattern is a great use of any of your favorite scraps. (I found my Lily scraps from this etsy seller). I had enough to do the front of all 3 pillows shown above.


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