Happy Monday! What a crazy weekend! Friday night was quartermania at the elementary school- it’s basically bingo style raffle…. You buy a numbered paddle, and then you use quarters to bid on items (the bids are anywhere from 1-4 quarters each). Then when you bid on an item you hold your paddle up and if your number is called, you win. Totally confusing, I know, but once you play it makes sense…. I spent a total of $25 with the kids, and we won one item- a choose your own purse. Emmy was THRILLED and selected a sequin black and white peace sign purse. Did I mention my inlaws also arrived that night and were forced to hang out with all the elementary kids and parents! Saturday was a successful flea market morning for me, followed by taking my mother in law to Sweet Clover. That evening I headed out to The House is in the Bag with a few of my girlfriends. It’s a ticketed event which combines a silent and live purse auction with all proceeds benefitting Women Build, which is a part of Habitat for Humanity. It was a great way to spend time with girlfriends and do something for a good cause! Of course, the next day I had to work all day, so by the end of Sunday, I was spent!
Anyhow, since my inlaws were about to visit, I spent much of last week getting my guest room in order after painting a wall black, and hanging chocolate curtains, finding the right dresser, and I also created ta piece of artwork for above the bed! It needed something after I had taken down the sunburst mirror when I painted it. If you recall it looked like this:
Well after moving the original dresser that was in there and placing a mirror over that, there would have been too many focal mirrors on the one wall for me. And with the new color palette, I wanted something earthy and textural. A friend of mine who has amazing style and happens to live in town has been my sounding board through this whole project (and I have been hers on her daughter’s room; so great to have friends like that close by!) suggested that I hang a big dream catcher. Well, I wasn’t sure where I was going to find one exactly like I wanted with my close to nil budget. So I decided to gather supplies and make one. For this project I used…
a hula hoop, purchased at KMart
Vanna White yarn in Wheat (purchased with a 50% off coupon at Joann)
camel brown beads from Joann I purchased at a 30% discount because one was missing
pheasant feathers I had on hand
I started off by tying and end of thread to the hula hoop and then spent the next 1.5 hours wrapping my hoop tightly.
Once I had it all wrapped I tied it securely and created a hanging loop as well. Now, some people like directions, and I am sure you can google and find some, but I just used an image to figure out how to weave mine. The image came from A Lion’s Nest, but I had just pulled it up on pinterest. It was enough to give me an idea of how I should weave it.
I went to work weaving and this is what I came up with…
Finally, I cut some long pieces of yarn, and tied the feathers to one end. I wove the other end through the bead, which was no easy feat. I used a yarn needle to guide and push the yarn in but the eye wouldn’t fit through, so the needle wasn’t threaded…. it was just a pusher . 🙂 Finally, I tied my feather and bead pieces to the hoop and hung it over the bed. Here it is!
And I should have a new lens later today so I can take better room shots, so for now, here’s a phone picture to give you a feel of the whole room so far…
I just love how it is all coming together! Happy Monday friends! I am off to Sweet Clover tostart preparing already for our December sale!
Inspire Me Please; Jennifer Rizzo; Tatertots and Jello; East Coast Creative