504 Main by Holly Lefevre: April 2011
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Friday, April 29, 2011

Happy Friday!
504 Main
Time for Tickled Pink!
I have been up to my ears in book writing and kiddo activities.

I know I am not the only busy lady or man out there..
so THANK YOU all for coming by!

I LOVE the ease of sharing links on Facebook and for now, while I am working toward my deadline this is how I will make my way through Tickled Pink links.
So, go on over and LIKE 504 Main on Facebook!
Don't miss a thing. If you have a Blog Page, just let me know
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Be sure to go catch my Guest Post over at My Repurposed Life!
I adore Gail and happy to be showing off one of my biscuit projects!
My Repurposed Life

Hope you all have amazing plans for the weekend!
Is anyone watching the Royal Wedding? 
I was not that "in to" it but I am being swayed.
Who doesn't love a good love story, especially one with a tiara!

Come join the WHITE Party! it does NOT have to be only decor...jewelry, sewing projects, cupcakes - you name it...if it is white - or a shade of white (yes, I count light gray and ivory and even light taupes) as white for my party (I am easy!). Go visit my BIG post about the celebration for all the details! and LINK UP HERE!


A craft...a recipe...a tip...a party...a short story...a  poem...
a  fashion find...a  favorite product...your favorite  post...
whatever makes  your blog  fabulous!
That is what Tickled Pink is all about!
{and it does NOT have to be PINK}
Click right HERE to Grab a button!

1. Link  up...whatever makes  your blog  fabulous. Family Friendly please. Guess what? Your post does not have to be PINK!! 
3. Pretty please...add the Tickled Pink button to the post* {people need  to know what the heck they are doing!}. 
4.  I reserve the right to remove posts that are offensive or do not  adhere  to the rules, without any discussion, at my discretion.
5. Please visit at least the 2 links in front of you!

TICKLED PINK Now Has Categories
I won't banish you if you mess up, but try to link appropriately, pretty please!

Craft, DIY, Decorate
crafting, diy, decor type links

Cook, Bake, Eat
stuff to eat, cook, drink, and bake

Read, Write, Share
posts you love, stories, favorite things, ideas to share

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

You know when you meet those people that you instantly love...Jenn from redberry barn is one of them. She is so darn sweet and talented! I am so happy to have her here today sharing a CUTE project!

I am just thrilled to be here on 504Main with you!
Holly is so nice to let me guest blog for her with this simple
project.  I had the pleasure of meeting Holly at CHA this past January.
I was instantly impressed with Holly's talents and sweetness!
I started by blog about a year and a half ago to be a type
of journal of my creations and what inspires me.
It has been my therapy ever since!
I made a Chalkboard Cake/Cupcake stand to share with you today.
I am actually debating on just having it in Kate's room and display it
on her vanity to make it into a showcase of vintage finds on top.
 This is a wooden plate that I bought at Hobby Lobby in their unfinished wood section.
 Yes, you read this right...Pink Chalkboard Paint by DecoArt.
I am in LOVE!! 
I have so many projects in line using this baby!
I painted the edge and a little into the middle section with this paint.
On the bottom of the plate, I painted it Bahama Blue {DecoArt}
 I then cut out a circle to fit in the middle of the plate using the new paper from
Crate Paper, the Emma's Shoppe Collection.
I used the DecoArt Decoupage to adhere the paper in the middle
and to also add a shine to the top. 
 I couldn't resist adding this little girl jumping rope {crate paper} and I also used
some of Pink Paislee's paper that I cut out.  I decoupaged over this
to help with wear and hopefully not tear of this project!
 I painted 2 coats of chalkboard paint and then
you are supposed to condition the paint by rubbing
chalk on it and then wiping it off with a wet cloth.
 I found this silver candlestick at Goodwill and
I just knew it had the potential of a cake stand!
 Around the candlestick, I decided to tie a cute little bow.  My favorite ribbon is
from Hobby Lobby {in their ribbon by the yard section} and it has a little bit of
an iridescent sheen to it. I cut a little strip of paper to go around the middle and
then added a tiny embellishment. 
I used hot glue to attach the plate to the candlestick.

I did a little tutorial of how I made a bow like this HERE.
 You can write whatever you want, the beauty of
chalkboard paint!
 I hope that you enjoyed this little project today and
 that in some way you were inspired.
Thanks again to Holly for letting me be here!
You're a Doll!
Thank you Jenn for sharing this adorable project with us!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Trying to capture and preserve my family's heritage is very important to me. It is also difficult. The older generation - the ones who remember World War II, The Great Depression, and beyond that, as it pertains to my family are gone and have been for a long while. So, I take what I can get, what I can find along the way, and do my best to honor and celebrate where I came from.

This Family Heirloom Wreath is one of my favorite ways to remember my family.

You know those projects, those creations you see and you cannot get them out of your mind. They stick with you they speak to you even. Well, when I went to The Craft and Hobby Association Show back in January, I saw one of those pieces at the Canvas Corp booth. Amongst all of the other lovely Canvas Corp goodies was this one amazing wreath that I took about 30 photos of and just kept thinking about. There was no doubt in my mind I was going to replicate this piece.

I have to tell you that the tutorial for this is a little difficult to explain completely,
because the piece becomes so personal and unique.

This is the inspiration piece from the Canvas Corp blog,
designed by Sonya Bookout.

I used photos of my grandmother, her three sisters, and my great grandmother. I have very few photos from my family and these are precious photos and I wanted to find a unique way to display them.

Just imagine this project with baby photos, wedding photos - well, just about anything you want!

(this is what I used anyway)
  • 4 - Canvas Corp 6 x 6 canvas
  • 4 - Canvas Corp 6 x 6 burlap
  • 2 - Canvas Corp 5 x 7 Chunky canvas
  • 2 - Canvas Corp 3 x 3 canvas
  • 1 - Canvas Corp 4 x 4 canvas
  • 1 - Canvas Corp 4 x 4 burlap
  • 1 sheet Canvas Corp chocolate and vanilla dot paper
  • 1 sheet Canvas Corp Handmade collection, script (I want to wall paper a room in this paper...L-O-V-E!)
  • Gorilla Glue 
  • Liquid Stitch
  • Distress Ink: Linen, and Frayed Burlap
  • Canvas Paper, (Office Depot, 10 sheets for approx. $12.00) or I found this on Amazon. I used the Office Depot Paper

  • Scissors
  • Ink Jet Printer
  • Scanned images of photos or clip art
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Optional: I use a staple gun to staple the back of the wreath together fro additional strength.
  • Ruler or straight edge

Adornments and Embellishments
I used a variety of embellishments and adornments. Many came from my own stash of vintage and found items. Many of the scrapbook companies carry a nice selection of vintage looking embellishments
  • Buttons (new and vintage)
  • Black felt ribbon (you can cut strips of felt about 5/8" wide and use pinking shears to finish the edges).
  • Old pearls (I used loose pearls and pieces of a broken necklace, including the clasp)
  • Fabric flowers which I made with 1/2" to 1" strips of a linen which I twisted and then wrapped around each other, and finished off with pearls in the center
  • Old Jewelery is great for this project
  • I found the clock face at the craft store for $1.50
  • Old lace pieces (thrift stores and my stash)
  • A mini metal frame (Making Memories)
  • Chipboard chalkboard letters (I sanded the edges for a word look)
  • Old doilies
If you have any specific items you want to know about
I will be happy to answer your questions...just email me!

  • The first step is laying out your wreath and getting a look you want the base of the wreath is the 6 x 6" canvas (4 canvas, 4 burlap). I used a straight edge to keep them lined up and symmetrical (You can make a template on a piece of paper by drawing a big cross and aligning edges to that one point.) The point is just to keep the wreath base symmetrical.
This is my original layout
  • The chunky canvases and smaller ones get stacked on top in diagonal and straight positions depending on your preferences.

  • This part is trial and error and personal preference. I used old family photos, but you can also use clip art or baby images. I really wanted to do one with all wedding photos...but that proved to by, er, difficult.
  • Scan your photos or select clip art
  • Print out images on regular paper to avoid "wasting" the canvas paper - and place them on the wreath in desired positions - you will move them around a bit and it will also determine some canvas placement as well.
  • I started by determining which were my favorite photos and made those fit the canvases that were most prominent - in my case that was the 5 x 7 chunky canvases.
  • Finish deciding which images you want to use and where and then measure and resize in your usual photo editing program.
  • Print photos on Canvas Paper and cut out.

  • Once I had the final photos determined and sized to fit the correct canvas, I used Liquid Stitch to place the photos on the canvases (If you want the edges of the photos distressed, do that before gluing them on to the canvas). Let dry.
  • Distress the edges of the burlap and canvas frame with the Distress Ink. I used Linen first and then darkened it with Frayed Burlap.
Distress edges using distress ink
  • Using the ruler or "template," lay the canvases back out in the correct positions and get out your Gorilla Glue.
Draw a few straight lines on a large piece of paper and as you layout the wreath keep corresponding/matching pieces lined up n the lines to keep the wreath balanced and symmetrical.
  • The Gorilla Glue is super strong and tough enough to hold the canvases together. Remember that it expands so you do not want to use an excessive amount. I applied it to the edges of the canvases where they met up and let it dry overnight.
  • Once dry flip over and reinforce (I did this because it was going to be hanging) with staples (honestly I would have Gorilla Taped it if I did not have a staple gun)
  • Begin adding your adornments. I typically work in adding things in odd numbers and balancing things out, i.e. 2 black items on top right vs. one black accent on bottom/middle left.
Here are some close ups and detail of my embellishments and adornments
Canvas Corp script paper, vintage pearls from a junk sale,
a clock face from the craft store,
and vintage (black earring) from Goodwill.
 Black Felt ribbon, 2 vintage shank buttons, doily (thrift store)
Black felt ribbon, piece of lace trim, button.
Chocolate and vanilla dot paper, image of old letter,
end piece including clasp of a pearl necklace.
Making Memories metal mini frame, jeweled embellishment.
Black felt ribbon, piece of lace trim, buttons.
Vintage lace leaf, 3 vintage "pearls."
Script paper, Chalkboard chipboard letter, distressed with sand paper.
Vintage black earring, memo pins (Tim Hotlz)
End piece of pearl necklace (the string is on purpose!)
3 homemade linen fabric flowers with pearl centers.
These were easy to make  - my first - but I saw some pre-made ones in the jewelry section of the craft store that were nice.

Honestly, this is one of my favorite projects EVER!

So what do you think?
I am going to make my mom cry and make her a wreath for Mothers Day!

This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre
This post has been made possible by Canvas Corp!

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Hi all! Today I am very happy to have
(I have always wanted to live on a farm...for real).
I saw this monogram subway art takeoff and thought
it was different and am so happy
Angela agreed to share her project here!
Preppy Girl on the Farm
Hi 504 Main followers!! I am so thrilled to be here.
I am Angela, the Preppy Girl on the Farm.
I started the blog as a way to share my craft projects
but also my adventures and misadventures on the farm.
I hope you enjoy my project.
I know you have seen a million monograms but hopefully this one is a little bit different.
You will need a canvas, spray paint, a template for your monogram and some sandpaper. My template was chipboard and I just punched out all the H's.
So spraypaint your canvas. I chose a dark brown.
Let that dry and then tape your template onto the canvas.
You can then spraypaint or hand paint your letters.
Let that dry. I then sanded the canvas to give it a worn look.
To add a little something extra, I glittered one of the chipboard letters and hot glued it to the finished canvas. I always use Martha Stewart glitter. It has extra sparkle and comes in many great colors.
A fairly simple and inexpensive project.
I hope you'll join me at Preppy Girl on the Farm.
Don't forget The WHITE Party is still happening!
Link up you WHITE decor, crafts, baked good, items from the kitchen -
you name it. In fact you can enter various shade of WHITE too
(ivory, blush, french grey, etc.)!
Go check out the amazing entries!

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Hey all! I am writing away (sort of) but here are a few things happening this week!
Go visit The Scrap Shoppe to check out my mixed media piece!

I used DecoArt Snow-tex and paints as a Cutting Edge Stencils.
Here is a little sneak peek!

The TOP TEN for April's Project Party has been announced over at The DIY Club!

And The WHITE Party is still happening here through 4/30...

along with the other great parties associated with the anniversary celebration
I have TWO great guest blogs this week...
one on Tuesday and one on Thursday...
On Wednesday you will not want to miss
the awesome Canvas Corp. wreath project!

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