I’m So Crafty…

 

 

Where have I been the past couple months? Now you know! 🙂

{As some of you mothers may know, the first trimester can be a doozy!}

Between juggling my two part time jobs, supporting my husband during his internship, carrying this lil one and prepping for (yet another) move, it has been and will continue to be super busy! Despite this busyness, we are so very excited to meet our lil one (“fire cracker”)  in July!

Pieceful Joy will be on a hiatus until further notice. I may pop in every once in a while and share some creative thoughts, ideas and perhaps some new additions to piecefuljoy.etsy.com. Until then, blessings on your 2012 and happy crafting! 🙂

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DIY Chalkboard

I was at a church rummage sale a few weeks ago and found this print on canvas for only a dollar.

 

Initially, I was going to paint the canvas white create my own multi medium mural. But then…something more functional came to mind: a chalkboard! Inspired by a friend, I went to Home Depot and picked up some spray paint primer and chalkboard paint.

First I spray painted primer. After everything was primed, I then painted the canvas with chalkboard paint. The frame got a couple layers of wall paint (durable!).

And the finished product! 🙂

 

 

There are SO many possibilities for a huuuge chalkboard!:

-Menu board for the kitchen.
-To-do list for the office.
-Calendar to keep track of the fam’s activities.
-Focal point on mantle (change quote with the seasons.)
…and many more ideas!

 

I decided to put the chalkboard in a bedroom. I can change the drawing or quote anytime – because it’s just chalk! 🙂

 

Cost of this DIY chalkboard:
Print – $1
Paint – $8


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Happy Halloween!

Porch

“Happy Halloween” is what this porch says as it greets trick-or-treaters.

This cannibal pumpkin is perched on the spooky porch, daring trick-or-treaters to pass!

This pumpkin is a horrified bystander, leaning away from the cannibal pumpkin.

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October 31, 2011 · 3:16 pm

Sheet Music Flowers

We recently moved into a lovely home in the Chicagoland area. The home is full of character, which I love. For one of the bedrooms’ palettes I’ve chosen dark wood/metal  statement furniture and a variety of soothing white textures (sheet music decoupaged night stand, vintage white linens,  script storage boxes, white wall shelves) . Accents of red and green are found here and there (red window panel, green throw, etc).

However, the wall above the bed needed something….something with character, a monochromatic white color….maybe 3D and movement. After a couple months of thinking, brainstorming and musing, I decided to create sheet music flowers.

Sheet Music Flowers

Sheet Music Flowers

You can make them too! All you need is paper and glue (like Elmer’s glue). These pretty flowers are very easy to create  –  not to mention quite inexpensive!:

  1. Cut long petal shapes  out of paper (sheet music, newspaper, paper bags, scrapbook paper, etc).
  2. Glue the tips together to create the flower shape (I did large petals first, let dry…I then did a smaller petal set, let dry…. Once they were both dry, I glued them together.
  3. You can attach these beauties to the wall with tape or with a pin. I chose a pin, because when a breeze flows through the window, the flowers will look as if they are floating across the wall.
Sheet Music Flower Close-up
Sheet Music Flower Close-up
Floating Sheet Music Flowers

Floating Sheet Music Flowers

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Pieceful Joy is BACK! {and “sweeter” than ever!}

Pieceful Joy is back from vacation and I’ve been working on some lovely cupcake goodies….. A batch of them have just been posted to my Etsy shop. Here’s a picture of the sweetness and a description:

Cordially Yours

Cordially Yours

 

These delightful cards are sweet not only to the eye but also to the touch! An ornate sugary cupcake, complete with metallic painted sprinkles, “pops” on the front of the card. The embossed front is girly and adds a lovely texture. A wide ribbed ribbon is gently tied around the front flap, boasting a lovely espresso brown hue. These six (6) sweet cards are sure to please their recipients! Perfect for a bridal shower, thank you or hello note, these cards can be yours today! Six (6) white envelopes accompany the delightful cards.

 

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Vacation!

Hello, dear followers!

The piecefuljoy.etsy.com shop is on vacation and so is this blog. My summer will be full of moving boxes, road trips and other festivities.  Because I will not be 100% available for the Pieceful Joy shop, I feel that it’s best to put the shop on “vacation mode.” I will be back late summer!

Have a fabulous summer full of fun, friends, family and sunscreen! 🙂

Sarah

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Business Card/Gift Card Envelopes

Dictionary Page Mini Envelopes

Dictionary Page Mini Envelopes

These 20 fabulously petite dictionary page envelopes are full of character – and can be filled with many different things!:

-business cards
-gift cards
-thank you note
-love note

Dictionary Page Mini Envelopes

Dictionary Page Mini Envelopes

Hand cut and scored from 1960s dictionary pages, these envelopes are created from an envelope template constructed by yours truly. The hand punched cheery yellow and red flower accents the vintage print nicely – wonderful contrast of vintage and modern, old and new.

You can find them here!

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