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Vintage Pearl Necklace -Reclaimed (Project)


Last Thursday – me & Ric headed out for San Antonio. We love to get away down there for a night out, dinner, recharging…and other stuff ūüėČ This time on the way down there we took a detour through Gruene, TX…a quaint nostalgic¬†little town with a historical district that has been reclaimed by adorable shops and antique stores. Gruene will forever be a detour now – on our way to San Antonio. I found the coolest stuff there! An old planter stand (taller than me) that I repurposed as a wine bottle rack and a set of old railroad spikes that you will soon see in my Etsy store!

But the most unsuspecting find¬†was this tiny pearl necklace piece¬†– and when I say “piece” I mean it wasn’t all there – I think it was longer at one time – there was something more to it than what I found. I had no idea WHAT I would do with it- but I knew I had to have it – and for $5 – why not??

We arrived home from great weekend trip – and a few more fabulous finds found their way into the back of the suburban. The little pearl necklace layed¬†out on my kitchen island all weekend while we fed kids – cleaned up after feeding kids – and fed kids some more. Last night as I was getting ready for bed – brushing teeth and all that – I noticed some old stretchy-beady bracelets in my misc. organizer in the bathroom- one of them I’ve never worn because it was too small the others were just old and have long been replaced by newer trendy pieces over the past few years. And there it was…the idea. What if I combined those old bracelets – with that tiny little pearl beauty??

Heres how it went….

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Beautiful Burlap Coffee Sack Throw Pillow (project)


Why do I have this “thing” for burlap? Eehhh¬†who cares? Its fabulous in that natural and rustic kind of way…. who “doesn’t” have a thing for it? I am seeing it everywhere these days… and why not? Its cheap, its durable and ooohhhh the creative things I have seen lately!! Pillows, wall art, accessories, table runners, even jewelry!¬†

A few weeks ago I ordered 5 coffee sacks from Etsy… not paying attention to the measurements given – I was SHOCKED at their size when they came in! These things are HUGE! Each one measured about 2 1/2 feet by about 4 feet!! Wow! So getting them each for $2.50 was a BARGAIN! I have been staring at them since they arrived-¬†wondering what fabulous’ness I can bestow upon them…

My first project using one of them was a throw pillow. I have several $5 plain black throw pillows that I picked up at a sale somewhere a while back. I have been using them “as is” in my family room – but they pick up a lot of lint and its becoming a pain. Since pillow “inserts” at the craft store start at $7 and go up-¬†I figured this would be a great way to repurpose my black throws into something really amazing and save a little dough doing it!¬† (By the way- you can pick up throw pillows at garage sales, thrift stores & dollar stores¬†all the time- for pretty much nothing. If you get used ones. just give them a good spray with Lysol¬†– you’re going to be covering them anyway – so stains don’t matter. If they are still in pretty good shape (no rips or tears) you can even give them a spin in the washer – but beware of the possibility of the stuffing bunching up. Some will- some won’t.

Okay so here’s what you need;

  • Burlap- ¬†about a yard for an 18 x 18 pillow – but measure your insert and make sure.
  • Insert
  • Needle & NYLON¬†thread – recommend a matching thread to your burlap
  • Sewing machine – OR I bet you could even do this with hot glue¬†– but I can’t vouch for how long the seams will last unless your pillow will be purely for decorative purposes. (You decide here-¬†I used a sewing machine for mine)

Steps: (SEE PICS BELOW)

  • Measure your insert and cut your burlap about and inch to inch & a 1/2 larger than your shape ( mine was square – so EASY!)
  • Put the right sides together and pin 3 sides into place.
  • Sew about 1/2 to 3/4 inch around the 3 pinned sides.
  • Stuff your insert into the cover
  • Fold in the 4th side to create a finished edge – pin – and whip stitch. (All I had was¬†white nylon thread on-hand so you can really see my stitches- but it works out okay for the tutorial)
  • DONE!

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Old-Fashioned Time with Friends


Just wanted to say how thankful I am for time with friends lately.¬† Seems like “crafters of a feather – flock together” and this has been true for me as well! Theres something warm & fuzzy feeling about sitting around a table with your girlfriends, talking – creating – enjoying some good wine – and best of all laughing. I can imagine this is how our grandmothers did it¬†many years ago with their quilt gatherings¬†– and that thought makes me happy ūüôā

Thanks to my friends Patty, Kristin, Kelley, Crystal, Brittany & Julie for taking time to sit with me and enjoy some good old-fashioned girl time. Our creations have turned out so great Рbut the company has been the best!

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Counting Sticks Wall Art (project)


I have become obsessed with Aiden Gray… it’s a home decor & furnishing store …but as with Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware… I sadly can not afford to purchase much other than – well nothing from them. (I am lucky that Pottery Barn sends me their catalog for free) ¬†Their styles and products just SCREAM my name so I had to find a way to have the “look” but for less – WAY LESS money!!

A few weeks ago I stumbled across a mirror on Aiden Gray that I have dreamt about every night (and day) since! So I asked Ric to fire up his saw and start cutting up wood slats for me… then I begged my friend Kelley to come keep me company – and we put together a pretty good likeness – ¬†altered¬†just enough to suit my own tastes!! Check out how we did it… and saved $720 in the process. (With the few sticks I had left over – I just put them in a clear vase & now they adorn my entry way table!)

Interested in one for your home? Email me at discoverfabulous@yahoo.com¬†and while you’re at it – check out our Etsy Store 2Raymond Design Co for other fabulous hand-crafted goodies!

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I WILL NOT TALK IN CLASS … (Chalkboard projects)


Remember writing lines in school – always for various offenses like talking, chewing gum, sleeping, shooting spit balls at the teacher… I could go on & on¬†with this but I wont. It always seemed like teachers had no sense of humor – but I digress… haha! Really all they were doing was giving us ideas (although unknown to us then) for how to be “crafty” in a more (or less) adult way later on!

As I was browsing the isles of my local Dollar Tree this weekend, searching for some $1 inspiration… what was I to find but a PLATE!! Yes an ordinary plate to the “untrained” eye… but for those of us who might have spent a few hours at the blackboard, breathing in chalk dust, mumbling¬†obscenities¬†and writing some non-creative choppy sentence like “I will not pick my nose in class.” the plate becomes a work of art – with just a swish or two¬†of chalkboard paint! So I rang up that PLATE and rushed home to my mad-scientist lab (aka the kitchen table) and went to work. A few minutes later (literally) I had something that would raise the hair on the back of any teacher’s neck… a beautiful chalkboard plate that I can scribble on ANY TIME I WANT…not just when I’m bad!!

So that got me thinking – what ELSE could I freak out the teachers with?!?! I compiled a TO DO list of some future projects using chalkboard paint … Let me know if you decide to try any of these! You can find the paint at your local home improvement or craft¬†store, Hobby Lobby, Wal-Mart – this stuff is everywhere!! I used Americana Black Chalkboard paint for my PLATE – see the cute little picture below!

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Shadow Box Jewelry Storage & Display


It was a joint effort last night… but Ric & I did it! Together we made an amazing shadow box¬†jewelry display! I have always adored the display cases in James Avery -for those of you from Texas you KNOW exactly what I am talking about. For those of you who aren’t familiar with JA jewelry – you should REALLY check it out at www.jamesavery.com¬†– it is truly addicting. Anyway, I am getting off track here… jewelry display, that s what I am sharing today ūüôā

I bought a shadow box¬†at Hobby Lobby (thank goodness it was on sale for 1/2 off) – it already had a muslin backing, picked up a few old-style knobs & a package of wooden dowels. So I created the design & Ric busted out his man-tools (drill, saw, grinder) and we went to work like mad scientists in the garage last night. (It was cute really ūüėČ

Two things happened in that garage last night… one was the creation of what turned out to be a really fabulous jewelry¬†box … and the other was the birth of 2Raymond¬†Design Co. This will be our brand for items we make to promote and sell on Discover Fabulous and in our Etsy¬†Store “2RaymondDesignCo” – so watch for our designs and creations as the weeks go on!

Okay now for the JEWELRY BOX!! Check this out!

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So Cool Washer Jewelry (project)


Ooooh shiny…and i was hooked! Somewhere i ran across a blog post about making cool jewelry out of metal washers (yes those round shiny metal donut thingys in the hardware store) – and i literally had dreams about it! haha! So I dragged my husband to Lowes with me- because I have no clue how to get around in that place – honestly it intimidates the heck outa me. Then made him browse the isles at Hobby Lobby ¬†– to check out paper, leather string, jewelry making parts, glue – etc… until I am sure he was ready to fake a heart attack just to get out of there! (eehh…he’s a trooper though ūüėČ Thanks RicRay)

Okay, that was last night – and this morning I layed it all out on the dining room table to start my first jewelry making adventure.

 This is what I used;

  • metal washers- various sizes
  • leather string
  • cool papers from the craft store
  • Mod Podge (I used the glossy one)
  • Triple Thick (Its a glaze that gives dimension to your piece when it dries- SUPER COOL)
  • Various parts for clasps (I wasn’t sure which ones I’d like the best so I picked up a few different ones)
  • Brushes
  • And in the middle of it all – I realized that having a damp towel on hand would come in really handy

Its really easy- not too much to it;

  • Trace a circle around the FLAT side of your washer and on the inside of the hole (on the BACK SIDE of your paper)
  • Cut out the circle on the INSIDE of where you have traced (you want the paper to fit just inside the perimeter of your washer-no over hang)
  • Coat the flat side of your washer with Mod Podge
  • Smooth the paper circle onto the washer
  • Brush the printed side of the paper with Mod Podge & let dry a few minutes
  • Brush on the TRIPLE THICK glaze
  • Set aside to dry and harden for 24 HOURS before doing anything else (I got antsy and didn’t wait – kinda messed up the glaze on my first one)
  • String the washer pendent with leather, cord, metal chain, whatever you like!

 

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