Grace your TableNovember 24, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Family, Holidays, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quotes, Scrapbooking Grace your table with this quote of Thanksgiving to remind us all to express our gratitude on this day of thanks and everyday. We all seem to need little reminders (I know I do). Download this quote and post on a scrapbook paper tent card on the table as a reminder this season.
Get Scrap Happy!November 21, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Holidays, Home, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Scrapbooking
We’re having so much fun at the studio working with our great new Harvest and Holiday scrapbook papers and embellishments available at Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts Stores. This month we made place cards and menus for the Thanksgiving table and wait till you see our cute projects for December! (No peeking until December 1!)
One pack is over 180 sheets with three
12” x 12” papers in each of 60 designs. Just about every kind of harvest and holiday theme is represented in this huge paper pack. I love to use the matching glitter paper pack to add a little sparkle to my projects. I especially love the candy stripes and penguin family coordinates. Plus, you can use the snowflake patterns all winter long.
Use scraps from other projects to make your own gift tags. You'll love how easy it is to make a cute gift tag with just a pretty paper and a sticker or jewels from the matching embellishment kit. These sets are also fantastic gifts for your scrapbooking friends. This is one scrapbook pack that keeps on giving!
November 19, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Home, Quilting
Easy Fall DécorNovember 15, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Holidays, Home, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores I love all those assortment potpourri bags that you see everywhere from Target to Pottery Barn to JoAnn’s. Combine your selected assortment in a wooden bowl with a color coordinated candle for a very quick décor item for your table. It’s an idea you can easily change up for every season. Store your off-season potpourri’s in zip lock baggies for quick change up’s.
Harvest Table DecorNovember 4, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Holidays, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting
Quilts for SaleOctober 12, 2009 in Decorating, Quilting, Web/Tech
In between getting your Halloween decorations and costumes together, it’s also time to start some planning for the upcoming Christmas Holiday and I’ve decided to offer some quilts and projects for sale.
These are all one of a kind, beautifully handcrafted in the Debbie Mumm Studio for our quilt books. To make it even more enticing, the prices are extremely reasonable. Here’s a preview of what we’re offering and a link that will take you directly to my listings on eBay. Why make it yourself, when I’ve already made it for you!
Mad Hatter Vintage Flea MarketOctober 9, 2009 in Creativity, Decorating, Friendship, Quilting
I got to attend my friends Flea Market Sale this last weekend and it was so magical! Gladys and Celia (mother and daughter) are both so cute and have such a magic touch when it comes to turning their flea market finds into true vintage treasures.
Even though it was their first event they had an enormous turnout to the Five Mile Grange which was decked from top to bottom with antique linens, jewelry, furnishings, seasonal decorations, mirrors, vases, pillows, signs and so much more. Everywhere you looked your eyes were delighted by sparkles and glitter and twinkling lights.
Countdown to Halloween!October 5, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Holidays
We’re counting down to Halloween with weekly project ideas and this fun project is one that older kids will enjoy making. Light up your steps or walkway with grinning ghosts, cats, and jacks’. Tin buckets (or clean tin cans!) are pierced with hammer and nails, then painted for daytime fun.
Red Barn SaleSeptember 10, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Gardening, Quilting, Staff
It's that fun time of year, when all the local artisans are coming together to sell their creations and flea market treasures. Carolyn, Jackie and Lori have all been buzzing over the last few weeks about plans to display their wares for the Labor Day Sale. Of course, there were several late nights, pulling it all together and getting everything done in time.
Jackie and Carolyn teamed up under the name Glass Garden and made beautiful glass bricks with seasonal mosaic designs. They also covered garden pots, windows, birdhouses and even a wine keeper with colored glass. Lori is quite the jewelry maker and set up her table showcasing her lovely necklaces, brooches, bracelets and earrings. Despite a couple of storms threatening to blow them away, the event was a success for all.
Coming Oct 2 & 3, another good friend is putting on the Mad Hatter Flea Market at the File Mile Grange in Spokane. What fun!
Patio Party LanternsAugust 13, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating
Lori (who is new in our office) brought us a fun, easy project idea that you can make with balloons, tissue paper and a battery operated tea light. This is a fun one to do with kids, because they love everything about balloons. The application of the tissue paper is free form, so anything goes. If you’re having any kind of theme party, you can tear strips of the coordinating napkins (instead of tissue paper) to glue onto your balloons.
White and Printed Tissue Paper
LED Battery-Operated Tea Lights
20 Gauge Craft Wire
Foil Tape or Duct Tape
Small Sharp Scissors
- Blow up one balloon for each lantern desired and tie end. Tear white tissue paper into 1” X 6” strips and set aside. Tear printed and/or colored tissue paper into 1” x 6” strips and set aside.
- Pour decoupage into shallow bowl and roll balloon in decoupage. Using white tissue, layer tissue strips onto balloon, applying more decoupage with your hands as needed to moisten tissue and cover balloon with overlapping white tissue strips. This is the under layer of the lantern—white will reflect more light. Add several more white strips at the top of the balloon to strengthen it for hanging.
- When all surfaces are covered with white, use the same procedure to layer printed tissue over the white.
- If desired, decoupage colored tissue strips on the lantern in a pattern or randomly as an accent. Place lanterns in a warm, dry spot and allow to dry thoroughly.
- When lantern is dry and hard, pop balloon and referring to photo as a guide, use a small sharp scissors to cut a circular opening at the base of lantern. Use a large nail or ice pick to poke a hole in the top of lantern.
- Using about 18” of 20 gauge craft wire, form a holder for battery-operated tea light as shown. Secure wire to edges of tea light with foil tape or small piece of duct tape. Thread wire through hole in top of lantern and form into a hook for hanging. For best effect, battery-operated tea light should hang in the lower quarter of lantern, but should not be seen from outside. DO NOT USE CANDLES IN THESE LANTERNS—FIRE HAZARD.
- Hang lanterns in trees or from wooden structures.
Last Minute Summer Entertaining DécorJuly 2, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Holidays
All you need are Glass Hurricanes, Candles and colored Craft Sand. Once you’ve got your supplies, it only takes about 10 minutes to create - Go for it!
- Make sure hurricanes are clean and dry.
- Carefully pour a small amount of blue sand in bottom of hurricane, covering the bottom. Alternate pouring white and blue sand into the hurricane, making sure that sands don’t mix and that stripes are visible through the glass.
- Fill to point desired, then add red candle to complete the decoration.
Gifts for a GardenerJune 29, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Gardening, Home, Scrapbooking
Are your gardening friends just loving spending every waking moment in their garden or are they feeling a little overwhelmed by endless weeding? Either way, whether it’s a summer birthday or a sweetly timed “just because” gift, your favorite gardener will squeal with detail if they are a recipient of one of the following.
The Garden sign is all purpose for anyone, but could be customized by changing to a first or last name. The clipboard is a cheery way to review your gardening chores. Keep the dirt at bay and look like a million when you sport this vinyl covered Garden apron. Deliver your gift in an all purpose Garden pail, tied with a bow and attached seed packets.
New Book!May 12, 2009 in Books, Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Quilting
Creating Memorable Year-Round Celebrations with Quilts and Crafts
I am so excited about my brand new book, HomeComings! We had such a good time designing and creating the projects and then planning and taking all the photos outdoors. Our theme is “creating memorable year-round celebrations with quilts and crafts,” and this 96 page, soft cover, book features more than forty quilt and craft projects to set the scene for seasonal celebrations. I hope you will love this new book as much as we do!
One of the most satisfying things in life for most women is gathering family and friends for a holiday or special occasion celebration. Those events when people come together from far and near are the most memorable and joyous of occasions. Preparing for these events is a big part of the fun and this book is loaded with projects and ideas for setting the scene for joy-filled reunions and homecomings.
We followed the seasons in this book and springtime projects include a beautiful basket quilt and colorful flower-filled lap quilt as well as a selection of pillows, a door banner, and Earth Day Wall Quilt.
A 4th of July celebration is the focus of the summertime section and includes festive patriotic décor including a lap quilt, Americana Wall Quilt, a door banner, and variety of pillows for charming indoor or outdoor décor.
Quilters and crafters will reap a bounty of projects in the Harvest Celebrations section. An eye-catching appliquéd wall quilt, Harvest Lap Quilt, table quilts, dimensional pumpkins, and a beautiful welcome banner set the scene for autumn activities.
A joyful celebration of projects is included in the Holiday Traditions chapter including bird banners, a log cabin lap quilt, snowman door banner and holiday décor projects. See all the chapter introductions by clicking on this link, then clicking on each photo. I think you’ll find many fun projects that you’ll want to make for your next family celebration!
Garden Boots – Practical and Decorative!April 6, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Gardening, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
Does it get any simpler? And could anything look more like Spring? JoAnn Stores provides free “How To” project sheets in the store and this one features our fun new polka-dot rubber boots. Artificial Forsythia stems placed in these sunny yellow boots make a unique Spring statement when displayed on your front porch. And when you’re done with your display, slip your feet in them and look stylin’ while you clean out your garden beds. What a cute gift idea for Mom for hosting Easter Brunch.
What are your plans?March 19, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Home, Quilting
March is National Craft Month. I was curious to know how it was being celebrated. We checked out JoAnn Fabric Stores Facebook page and learned the plans of fellow crafters - Pretty impressive.
Great idea Jennifer – you can create your own customized bag that you’ll be proud to carry.
Melody 'Chaffin' Coehoorn "Work on Christmas gifts"
You’ll be way ahead of the rest of us!
Brenda L Thomas "I'm trying a new craft and picking up an old craft again. Making my first no sew fleece throw and going back to cross stitching!"
Once you make your first fleece throw, you’ll be hooked.
Time to come out of the closet!
Sandi Alcantara "I actually want to sew some spring and summer outfits for me! i am also working on some layette and receiving blankets for our local pregnancy center and I am working on some other items for a few nursing homes in the area.
Sandi – You’ve got great plans to build the spirits of others along with your own all in one month – more than most of us can say.
Sonya Young Quertermous "I'm taking the Sewing 101 class this Saturday! I'm really excited and I have my eye on a machine already :)"
You’ll never regret learning the basics.
Jenny Fendt "I would love to try the one stroke painting class, always wanted to never had the time."
There’s no better time than now.
Kudos to your hubby.
Jen Fox-Williams "Online patterns!"
I hope you check ours out – we’ve got lots and they’re all FREE.
Amy Sumner Sessions "By making homemade items for our brave men and women overseas in the Armed Forces!" www.hats4heroes.org
I commend you. Your efforts will be so appreciated.
It’s National Craft Month, what are your plans?
NEW Block of the Month QuiltDecember 28, 2008 in Decorating, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting
The Natural Wonders BOM celebrates the beauty of nature with twelve different blocks highlighted by a colorful sashing. Select your own fabric colors or duplicate ours with a kit. Each month we'll present a new block and at the end of the year, you'll have a quilt to treasure. Watch for yardage, cutting instructions, and the first block in just a few days! Enjoy!
SPOOKTACULAR!October 10, 2008 in Decorating, Holidays, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
My son may be grown, but I still enjoy decorating for Halloween. Fanciful and fun and downright magical, Halloween is a holiday that kids of all ages enjoy. This year I’m decorating with some of my cute new products at Jo-Ann Stores. A whimsical sign like this one will hang on my door and I’ll mix some of these spooktacular holiday tins with the real pumpkins on my kitchen window sill. Some special friends will get tins filled with candy and this scarecrow and other ceramics will greet trick-or-treaters in my entryway. There are lots of boo-tiful products to choose from this year so have some fun decorating your Halloween home!
Five Nature-Inspired Decorating IdeasSeptember 14, 2008 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating
Decorating with ROCKS
Easy to find, rocks make fun decorating accessories! Look on the beach or along a creek or river bed for water-rounded rocks. Chunks of slate also work well when decorating with rocks*. Or, check local craft stores for bags of rocks.
Sticks n’ Stones
The simplicity and serenity of nature are showcased in this quiet composition of a few beautiful rocks, sticks, and moss. Look for a shadowbox frame that enables you to put a mat next to the glass before inserting your natural items. Simply use hot glue to attach a piece of grass cloth to the shadowbox’s wooden backing, then glue rocks and twigs to the grass cloth. Insert into the shadowbox and attach according to shadowbox directions.
Create an organic and unusual display for coffee table or buffet by grouping a variety of rocks and votive candles on a tray. Just for fun, use press-on or rub-on scrapbook letters to add words to a few of the rocks.
Show off your outdoor adventure pictures in a rock-topped frame. Use hot glue to adhere rocks to an unfinished wooden frame. Spray paint with the color of your choice for a unique and handsome accessory. Use a sea sponge and acrylic craft paint to add dark shading if desired.
Nature provides all kinds of decorations on the forest floor. Pinecones, acorns, twigs, seeds, moss, and rocks are just a few of nature’s gifts.*
Bark & Candlescape
Fill a glass vase with all your forest finds for an eye-catching and organic centerpiece. Place the vase on a round from a birch tree for added interest. Small birch branches, moss-covered twigs, slate, pinecones, and acorns all reflect the forest’s bounty. For even greater impact, group the vase with a candle or use two or three vases in various sizes.
Create a striking frame for a beautiful forest photo with twigs. Perfect for the den or a cabin, this frame uses landscaping cuttings to create a picture prefect presentation. Simply remove all leaves from cuttings and allow twigs to dry thoroughly. Paint an unfinished wooden frame the same color as the twigs to serve as a base. Using sisal or string, tie bundles of twigs to the frame, securing in every direction as shown.
Trim string as needed. Since ties go around the wooden frame, photo mat may need to be notched in each corner so mat fits snugly in the frame.
*Always check regulations in State and National Parks before gathering any natural items.
Debbie Demonstrates: Make an Apple CenterpieceAugust 31, 2008 in Decorating
Pre-Holiday DecoratingOctober 12, 2007 in Decorating
I know it’s not even Halloween yet, but I’m already starting to plan for Christmas. It never seems like it’s too early to get started anymore since time seems to move at warped speed this time of year. I’m even starting to piecemeal a couple of holiday items into my décor. I have some Harvest décor up now of course – but I can’t help but have the anticipation of Christmas décorating being just around the corner.
I have a new Holiday project book that was recently released called “Joy, Joy, Joy.” It features four decorating themes and one of them is called “Wildberry Lodge.” This look is more about Nature’s beauty and earthy colors and is not just Christmas specific. It’s the kind of look that works well from Fall through Winter. (International friends – My apologies, I know temperatures of our seasons can be pretty different – but we are entering the “chilly” season here in Spokane, WA) In case, you don’t have the book – I thought I’d share a few of the projects and ideas from the section. I hope you get some inspiration for your “pre-holiday” decorating.
Pinecone CenterpieceOctober 12, 2007 in Decorating
Office Facelift - First StepsMarch 8, 2007 in Decorating
You all heard me make a commitment in January to a new project. My plan is to give my office an overdue "facelift."
Since I have to do this "other thing" when I'm at the office - you know..."work." That does seem to take up most of my time these days. So my plan is to work in this project whenever I can and report my progress to you.
So, I'm off to a somewhat meager start....
1. First I went out shopping. Hey, that doesn't sound so bad so far! (And, that meant I stopped at Starbucks, too - I know how to shop!) I was on the hunt for new art pieces that I could hang on the back wall of my office. This newly selected art would also be the inspiration pieces for the room and to determine the color story.
2. Based on the Art prints; Next, I picked out the Paint color and decided to just paint the back wall. It's much less of a commitment to do just one wall and you always have the option to do more if just one painted wall doesn't do it for you. The good news is that it worked for me (at least so far). I chose a kind of sage-like green and I think the prints will look lovely on the wall.
3. The tall table that held my little stereo unit got the once over too. We put a coat of a rich brown color over the whole piece. After seeing it painted, it looked like the top piece could use a little more focus. So we painted it a darker brown and sponged a lighter and a more medium brown on top of it to create a more interesting texture and depth.
4. To protect the painted finish we put three coats of gloss varnish on the top, lightly sanding between each coat. The bottom of the tall table was painted with an enamel paint, so I didn't feel it needed to be varnished.
I'm thinking about removing the large oversized shelf unit out of the office. Once I realized it was mainly storing stuff, collecting dust and taking up a lot of room in my office. It seemed time for it to go. In the meantime, I'm cleaning all the items off of it and finding new homes for everything.......
I'll keep you posted.
Decorating Tips!February 3, 2007 in Decorating
Thinking about a decorating project? Check out my checklist.
Here's a couple more tips on picking paint color:
1. Test your paint color right on the wall! The best way to tell what it will really look like in your home is to paint a large swatch right on the actual wall you will be painting. Many paint stores have small samples you can buy; or ask them to mix a test quart. This is a small expense compared to having to repaint a room (or even worse, live with a color that you really don't like!).
2. Is the color you want for your walls on a piece of fabric or an accessory? Take your sample to the paint store. If it is a solid color, they can often scan it and create a paint color to match. If it is blended, they will work with you to find a color that works and add more pigment if needed for a darker tone.
3. You don’t have to rely on paint fans. You can create your own sample! If you have acrylic paints, mix the color you want and paint a sample on a white board or white paper plate. The paint company can scan your sample and mix a color to match.
4. If selecting a paint color from printed samples from the paint store, be sure to look at the sample in natural light (take it outside) as the lighting in the store can be very misleading. Also, be sure to look at it in the room you intend to paint. This brings us back to #1—paint a swatch in your room to make sure the color looks good with the lighting in your home.
5. Be aware! The way color looks will change with the lighting. It can look dramatically different at different times of day.
Paint and color can be so fun to work with and create exciting, new changes in a room. Hopefully, these tips can help you experience the results you’re looking for. Good Luck! Debbie
New Decorating ProjectFebruary 3, 2007 in Decorating
Some decorating (and other) projects just keep getting put off. And, my office is one of those projects. It is always busy at work and I'm not sure how/when to fit something like that in? Not to mention, I've stopped even seeing what my office looks like. I just walk in every morning, spend hours there every day, and close the door behind me at the end of the day. Except for an occasional moment of really taking notice - I have just ignored the fact that it is long overdue for a little attention and updating.
Anyone who knows me also knows I'm not the neatest person in the world. So, I tend to let piles of papers stack up that I also try to ignore on a daily basis. It's time to deal with some of this clutter!
So, I thought maybe if I track this project through my blog - I would somehow figure a way to get it done. So, I'm showing you some very embarrassing "before" pictures of my office. My strategy is to just do a step at a time when I can, keep it manageable, and I'll keep you up to date on my progress.
My goals for the office are really pretty simple: make it feel a little less crowded, bring some new colors in, and modernize it a little by updating the art and accessories.
Maybe you want to join me and choose a decorating project that you've been putting off or lost "sight" of? I'll share some basic Decorating Tips that may help you get started.
Off and running....here I go!November 22, 2006 in Christmas, Decorating
Hi out there in blogsville! I feel a little awkward about writing to you in such a casual forum. I know it will take a little getting used to. I'm set up just how I need to be. It's after midnight, I have a glass of wine, I'm in my jammies, snuggled in my bed with my laptop. Well, at least I'm snuggled with "something" in my bed! Really, I'm exhausted and I should be sleeping instead of blogging. Sometimes you're too tired to sleep.
Ok, so you'll never believe what I did last weekend. It's not even Thanksgiving and I put up my Christmas decorations! I was getting stressed and trying to imagine how I was going to get it all done - and I said to myself, "Why don't you chill a little, and just get a start on putting up the decorations!" And now I feel so much better - I got it pretty much done. No, I didn't do the tree, and no, I didn't put up the outside lights. My neighbors would roll their eyes if my lights went up this early. I don't want to appear to be an over-achiever. This year I'm not having guests on Thanksgiving - so I thought I could get away with this plan!
I love pulling out the decorations - it's just like Christmas....hmm, I guess it's almost like Christmas. I have a personal goal to put things in different places every year. That way it looks different and fresh to me even if it's the same stuff. Well, I do add a few new things every year. I just can't help myself. There are so many wonderful decorations to choose from.
The Christmas to-do list is a big focus right now. Planning the calendar for a few parties and get-together's, making the gift list, figuring out if I can sell anything on eBay to raise shopping funds! Ha! The problem with Christmas shopping is I always manage to find more things for myself than the people on my list. I'm always real clear when I see something that I want - but a little fuzzy when it comes to picking things out for people on my gift list. Maybe we'll make it a gift card year. Those gift cards aren't particularly "romantic" - but they sure are easy! We'll see how it goes...........