Wednesday, November 10, 2010

decorating idea

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I remember learning the song "America, the Beautiful" in the fall of first grade.  I still remember where my teacher magically wrote the lyrics and drew pictures to the song on the chalkboard.  Maybe it is because of this that I have such a love for this song, or maybe it's because as a young child I was taught and felt a great love for our country.  Several years later while I was trying to figure out how to decorate the "piano room", I saw an enlarged, framed piece of music in a magazine, and I knew I wanted to create something similar.   I had this old poster frame (size 13"x 37"), an old music book with "America, the Beautiful" in it, some butcher paper, a yardstick, and a half dollar. 

I penciled out the entire project first, using a yardstick to measure the staff lines, and a half dollar to trace the notes.  Then I traced over the pencil marks with a black sharpie and filled  in the notes.  I love how it turned out.  It has faded a bit, but I like it just as much.

Yesterday I shared some of my projects for the elementary school's holiday shop.  Unfortunately all the photos wouldn't load for me, so here are a few more of the things that I made.

My daughter actually helped me come up with the idea for these necklaces!  (I will give a tutorial later)  Between the glass beads are her turquoise sparkle snowflake sequins!  The pendants would look especially pretty on a nice silver chain, but again, this is for a kid's craft shop so I had to keep my costs down and use cording instead.

Here are some little wreath ornaments from the same Dollar Tree Christmas garland that I used to line the wand bucket and to shape the snow queen's head wreath!  I just gave the whole strand a trim and shaped into little wreaths.   Then I added red velvet ribbon bows and a little green foam holly leaves.

Poinsettia pins... I cut two "fat" stars out of felt (one larger than the other).  Then I stacked and hot glued the smaller one on a diagonal on top of the larger one.  I hot glued a silver sequin and bead on top, and then glued them to pins that I picked up awhile ago from Hobby Lobby for a birthday party craft.

So that's all for now, though I am working on some other projects (gifts) that I will share soon.  I hope you have a fabulous day!  Thanks for visiting!

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  1. No wonder it took you all day & night! You did a lot of crafting, lady! Those necklaces look like something that you would find on etsy.

  2. I love the music notes. I made music notes with black posterboard and put them on the wall above the piano, next to a scripture verse motto. I love the wreaths, too. I need small ones for our double front doors -- thanks for the idea! You're so inspiring!

  3. I love this sign. I saw your link the other day for your PB knock off and have enjoyed browsing around your archives this week. I'm featuring you today for my Wednesday's Wickedly Awesome. Feel free to stop by and pick up your I've Been Featured Button. Thanks for the decorating inspiration.


  4. Those music posters from PB are in my "idea" book. I hadn't even thought of butcher paper. What a great idea!

  5. I love the music picture! Great job!

  6. What great ideas. Love them. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

  7. That is awesome! I would love for you to come link up at our Strut Your Stuff Party!

  8. Wow, You've been busy! I love your ideas, I'm your newest follower! I hope to see you visit me too!

  9. such good ideas! I'm loving the music artwork too!

  10. I am in love with your music poster. What a fantastic idea.

  11. Your framed music piece is fantastic! Isn't it amazing how certains memories from our childhood hold such special meaning to us? I love it, Robyn.

    Thanks for linking to my party. It's fun to see what you link up each week.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  12. Happy Friday! I love the music notes! I featured you today on my blog I would love for you to stop by and grab a button!


  13. The pointsetta pins are cute. Love the music notes, too.

  14. That's great! I would love for you to come link this up at my Strut Your Stuff Party, and enter the giveaway as well!

  15. Great sign-I've not seen anything like it!

  16. I LOVE IT!!! Tons of ideas!

    I would love if you would link it up at my little talent tuesday party at

    mucho love!

    p.s. I"m your newest follower!


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