Category Archives: Crafts

DIY: Quoted Canvas

I just finished a small canvas for my office, and considering it’s my first one, I think it turned out pretty good!  I used the design of a piece of fabric as a guide for the background stripes, and paint colors.

I hope you like!

Gracious Gal


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Nest Pretty Things {p.s. happy autumn}

You know that feeling you get when you see something a crafter has made on etsy, or a blog, or at a show, and it’s so wonderful your heart skips a beat and you sigh quietly to yourself in awe?  Well, that’s the feeling I got when I saw the creations of Tamar for her line Nest Pretty Things.  And her images make her creations even more desirable, if that’s possible!  Take a look at some of the pictures from her Etsy page…

Isn’t it lovely?  Check out her blog for more amazing-ness!

Oh, and happy Autumn!  It officially starts today!

Gracious Gal

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DIY: Stencilled Lace and Jewels

A couple of years ago I became a bit obsessed with finding new ways to display my jewelry.  Currently, my earrings hang on a decorative bird cage.  But I haven’t really found a great solution that I love for necklaces and bracelets, until now!

Ok, first of all, I envy the lucky gal that gets to lay her head to sleep at night in this beautiful bedroom… But look closer at this amazing jewelry display above the dresser…

Is this amazing or what?!  From what I can see, the designer just used a piece of lace as a stencil and repeated the image until reaching the desired size of the “canvas”.  The mix of vintage hooks are a neat addition.  I think it could be really pretty to add an oval, vintage mirror in the center.  There are a lot of things you could do with it.  I love the idea of using lace as a stencil!

{I found these images online at House to Home.}

Gracious Gal

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2011 Country Living Fair {Atlanta Show}

I am soooo excited about the Country Living Fair at Stone Mountain Park this year!!!  Truly, it’s been a while since I’ve looked forward to something this much!  I’ve never been, but from what I understand the vendors specialize in vintage {and vintage-inspired}, rustic, and re-purposed goods.  So it won’t be like your typical craft fair.

Here are some pics I pulled from the Country Living website:

Details: October 21, 22 & 23 at Stone Mountain Park 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

See ya’ there!

Gracious Gal

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Fabric Scraps

When I was little, I would sit for hours playing with my Maw-Maw’s fabric scraps.  She kept them in a plastic grocery store bag for me, along with a 1950’s Barbie that unfortunately my older cousin Laurie must have played beauty-shop with {she has no hair and her head is stained with nail polish}.  Fortunately, I had a pretty good imagination and chose to overlook Barbie’s minor shortcomings.  Barbie was my model.  I was too little for a needle and thread, so I safety-pinned or tied pieces of fabric around her waste and top to create glamorous ensembles!

It’s amazing how resourceful those little scraps of fabric can be!  So, don’t feel guilty for never throwing away the pieces of fabric that you love so much, but fear there is nothing you can do with something that small… because there is something you can do with it!  And here are a few things to try…

I love this fall pillow by Allison Harris at Cluck Cluck Sew.  Get her tutorial here.  This would be cute on a canvas as well!

This I have GOT to try!  If I ever get time for my “office re-vamp”!  Fabric-covered thumbtacks by the super talented Jessica Jones for How About Orange.  Get the DIY here.

These gift tags are so sweet… by Ez on Creature Comforts.  Get the How-to here.

I love these scrap necklaces from Small Magazine.  Make yours here.

There truly are a gazillion of these projects online.  I currently have a project that I hope to incorporate fabric scraps into {that does not include poor, bald Barbie} … look for pictures soon!


Gracious Gal

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Anna Maria Horner {Southern Women Wednesday}

Sometime, somewhere, you have without a doubt seen the colorful, and gorgeous designs of Anna Maria Horner.  She is by far one of my favorite fabric and pattern designers.  But, what is so interesting to me about Anna Maria is not just her beautiful line of textiles, gift items, and sewing books {to name a few}, but the fact that she runs this successful business while being a wife and mother to 6~ yes, SIX~ kids!  I read her blog, I visit her site, I see the projects she works on… how does she have the time?!  And on top of it all, she seems to do it so gracefully!

Speaking of grace, Anna Maria has such a gracious heart.  In response to the 2010 Nashville flood,  {Nashville is where Anna Maria lives and my home away from home}, she started the Rainbow Around the Block quilting project for families in Middle Tennessee who lost so much in the flood.  The project brought quilters from across the country together to give flood victims a piece of art made with love.

“It is a simple mission, but it’s one that we hope will be far reaching and one that will give homemade comfort to as many people as possible.”

Watch this video to see some of the quilt blocks that were donated:


To keep up with Anna Maria, follow her blog… and prepare yourself to be “wowed” by this amazing, southern woman!


Gracious Gal


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The Long Thread: Ellen Luckett Baker

Lately, I have been thinking of a way I can incorporate themes into my blog {think “Tuesday Shoesday”, “Follow Friday”, Etc.}  So many amazing female artists, stylists, bloggers, and entrepreneurs that I love are based out of New York or LA.  But, many are right here in the South!  So I have decided to dedicate Wednesdays to women in the South who inspire me- loosely themed “Southern Women Wednesdays”.

So, Happy Wednesday!  And let me introduce you to Ellen…

I follow The Long Thread on Twitter, but not until recently did I realize, Ellen Luckett Baker, the creator behind the The Long Thread’s website, tutorials, and inspiration lives right here in Atlanta!  Ellen offers great sewing tutorials on her site, and shares those she finds on other crafter’s sites as well.  She has been posting her creations on The Long Thread for four years now, and recently published a new book, 1 2 3 Sew, which includes 33 simple projects to help you build your sewing skills.  I really enjoy her “Long List of Crafty Links” page, where she shares other great DIY blogs.  And I love even more her “Sewing Tutorials” page!  She has her projects categorized into Baby and Kids, Home, Pincushions, and Accessories making it really easy to find a project that fits what I’m in the mood to create.

Watch the trailer for her new book here…



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