Painting Wicker Furniture

Painting Wicker Furniture | happy together
Summer weather is officially here for us and we are spending a lot of time outdoors. I have noticed that some of our outdoor furniture is starting to look a little rough and was in need of some love. I received some of that wonderful chalky finish paint c/o DecoArt and decided I would try using it to paint the wicker chairs we have. They have weathered many years out in the Florida and Louisiana weather. Originally they were green then I spray painted them yellow. Now it was time for them to have yet another makeover.

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As you can see, there were many places where the paint had been worn off. We try to keep these under the awning but my kids like to drag them around and then they get rained on or stay in the sun for longer than they should.

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I used the Americana Chalky Finish Paint in Everlasting as the base for my color then added some of color Treasure to get this blue color. I tried to make one chair darker than the other but in the end they look pretty similar.

Painting Wicker Furniture | happy together
I wiped down the wicker furniture and trimmed off pieces that were broken. You can sand down spots if previous paint is chipping off, but I didn’t feel the need to and it turned out wonderful. Once it was dry, I painted on one coat of the paint with a regular paint brush. I was really happy with the coverage after the first coat and only did a second coat on the edges that had seemed to get the most worn.

Painting Wicker Furniture | happy together
Lastly, I finished by painting a coat of Ultra-Matte Varnish to protect the paint from the weather.

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I know that spray painting would be an easier thing to do to paint something like this, but I just love the finished look of the chalky finish paint. And quite honestly, I am starting to really love that hand painted look more on my outdoor furniture than a perfectly sprayed paint job. I feel like it adds more character. You can see other types of things I have painted using this type of paint here and visit the DecoArt Chalky Finish website for more chalk paint ideas and inspiration.

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A Half Square Triangle Baby Quilt

A Half Square Triangle Baby Quilt | happy together
Two weeks ago I really just wanted to sit down and sew. I grabbed the leftover half square triangles from this quilt project and laid them out. It was a little small for a quilt, even a baby quilt, but I was determined to make it work. Especially since I really like to try to use all of my fabrics. No need in it going to waste, right?

A Half Square Triangle Baby Quilt using Alchemy by Amy Butler | happy together
After I sewed them all together to create a diamond pattern, I decided to add more fabric to the sides to make it just a bit bigger.

A Half Square Triangle Baby Quilt using Alchemy by Amy Butler | happy together
I didn’t want to have to go to the store, so I used this pink cotton gauze fabric for the back. It’s a really soft and a fun texture. I sandwiched a 100% cotton batting into the middle for a little extra warmth.

A Half Square Triangle Baby Quilt using Alchemy by Amy Butler | happy together
I used scraps to create the binding as well. I went ahead and tried machine sewing it on again and for the first time it came out just perfect! I really took my time and read a ton of tutorials to see if I could find any more tips and tricks for this. I think having a wider binding really helped me out. Normally I do the typical 2.5″ strips to make a binding, but this time I made it 3.25″. Well, to be honest, it was kind of because the scraps were already that width and I didn’t want to cut them. Neat how things work like that sometimes, huh?

A Half Square Triangle Baby Quilt using Alchemy by Amy Butler | happy together
I played around with the stitching because I felt like it needed something more than straight lines. I like the pretty outline it made on the back. I wish I had some matching pink thread to match the back, but remember how I said I didn’t want to go to the store? Yes. So white thread it was. Now I have one baby gift down and many more to go.

-jess

A Half Square Triangle Baby Quilt using Alchemy by Amy Butler | happy together

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Colorful & Rustic Farm Birthday Party

Colorful & Rustic Farm Birthday Party | happy together Michaels Makers Celebration Challenge | happy together
My year of being a Michaels Maker has come to an end. As a farewell to the last post of the season, all of us Michaels Makers created gifts, baked treats, and threw parties for each of the six holidays this summer. I chose to do a birthday party celebration for my challenge. I used my two daughter’s love for all things farm to create this colorful and rustic farm birthday celebration. (Everything I used is from Michaels unless stated otherwise.)

Colorful & Rustic Farm Birthday Party | happy together
I had originally planned on doing a whole table setting, but with some weather issues and not being able to find certain supplies at my local store I went with a dessert/favors set up.

Colorful & Rustic Farm Birthday Party | happy together
I found this box full of letters that you can arrange and put together in whatever saying you want. I did a happy birthday phrase, but the possibilities are endless. The best part is it can be reused and rephrased as much as you like. I added an old hat that I had found at a flea market above it.

Colorful & Rustic Farm Birthday Party | happy together
I put the yummy desserts on top of a faux fireplace that my husband had made me back in December. We don’t have a real fireplace, so I enjoy using this one to decorate. And since it’s faux, I can move it around to where ever I might need it.

Colorful & Rustic Farm Birthday Party | happy together
I used these moss covered foam blocks to place the cupcakes and cake on. The cupcake flower pots are actually made from a silicone that you can bake in. I just added store bought cupcakes, but these are great to be another reusable item. I also added some paper yellow doilies underneath the cupcakes (I found them in the scrapbook section).

Colorful & Rustic Farm Birthday Party | happy together
I added some color pops by taping large scrapbook paper behind the food. It helps the food stand out more too. The popcorn is in cute little boxes. They are the perfect size for little hands. Plastic animals grace the front of the cupcakes as another little gift for guests. These were the nicer ones but Michaels is great at having a lot of plastic animal options in the dollar section for a more budget friendly option.

Colorful & Rustic Farm Birthday Party | happy together
The cake is actually on a cheese plate. I tried finding a cake plate that would work, but this fit the look I was going for the best.

Colorful & Rustic Farm Birthday Party | happy together
The bottom of the faux fireplace is filled with old books that I have purchased from a local thrift store. I took apart a hay wreath to add the hay around this area. It was a last minute idea and I was glad I had that wreath sitting around. I also added hay into the bottom of these awesome berry baskets.

Colorful & Rustic Farm Birthday Party | happy together
The berry baskets are offered in a few colors and are the perfect little touch to place gifts in. I filled them with candy buttons, seeds, and an egg shaped chalk.

Colorful & Rustic Farm Birthday Party | happy together
I stamped on guest names to the tags and then tied those onto paper straws. One was placed in each basket.

Colorful & Rustic Farm Birthday Party | happy together
Then as a final last touch I added some paper streamers to fill in the blank space at the top of the fireplace.

You can head on over to Micheals for more project ideas and inspiration for Mother’s Day , Father’s Day, graduation, birthday and even summer. Let’s celebrate!

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A Little Black Blazer

A Little Black Blazer | happy together
We are still on the hunt for our next house. I thought looking for a house to rent was tiring, but looking for one to buy is a bit more because we really want to find one that fits our needs. I haven’t been in the craft room too often lately, but I did have the opportunity to receive some fabric c/o Organic Cotton Plus to sew with. I chose to try out a hemp fabric this time and make something for myself.

Simple Blazer to Sew | happy together
Before my fabric even came in the mail I had a pattern picked out. I found this Linen Blazer pattern on Burdastyle and knew the hemp fabric would be similar to the linen that the pattern called for. I also wanted a lightweight and simple/modern blazer and this pattern fit the bill.

Dyeing Hemp Fabric from Organic Cotton Plus | happy together
I ordered the plain weave barley hemp fabric because my computer screen gave it a mustardy color. When it arrived it was more of a khaki though. While it was not a bad color, it did not look good next to my skin tone so I decided to dye it. I went to the closest store that carried dye and could only find this kind in the color black. I washed the fabric first and then dyed it. It worked really well. I really liked how the hemp fabric got softer and softer after each wash and it was easy to sew with.

Inside of Black Blazer | happy together
I didn’t follow the pattern directions completely (as usual haha). I opted out of adding a complete lining and just did it around the neck and front sides. It worked out beautifully and I felt so accomplished when I was done with it. I like the simple lines, which made for a very easy sew. A few years ago I would have been intimidated to try and sew a blazer. So if you feel that way I suggest trying one like this that doesn’t have an intricate collar and pockets. It would be easy to modify for different body types as well. If I was to make it again, I might add darts in the back. This has inspired me to sew for myself some more once life gets more settled. It truly is a great feeling to be able to make exactly what you want, especially when you cannot find it in a store.

-Jess

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A Tulle Skirt Per Request

A Tulle Skirt | happy together
I used my sewing machine a little bit recently. One of the things I made was this tulle skirt for miss E. She’s always asking for skirts and dresses and wanted a fun skirt to go with this shirt.

Shades of Pink Tulle Skirt | happy together
I tried a new technique by sewing the fabrics directly onto a wide elastic band at the waist. It didn’t go so well, but this little girl is still happy. And I learned some new things.

Tulle Skirt | happy together
I might redo with the waist and I will definitely revisit the whole skirt sewing directly onto the elastic thing. I probably should have looked up how to do that first, but I always learn from my mistakes :) Hopefully next time I will be successful. Any tips?

-jess

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