Monday, November 2, 2009

I thought i would add a sneak peek of what I am up to. Okay, Okay, a sneak peek of 1 of the many things I am up to- I'm always doing a bajillion things at once!

I have had my heart set on a Christmas tree skirt this year. Ive never had one. GASP! I know some of you are going WHAT? A nekkid tree? Yes... I confess my tree has been nekkid in the past.  When you have 3 boys in 3 years, and a world of crazy life circumstances in between you are lucky to get that tree up! There shall be no nekkid tree this year! It all started with a photo. This one to be exact....

I fell in love with the simple elegance it was showing. I Just had to have something similiar- but NOT at $120.00 Thanks Ballard but you aren't in my budget. So- on a girls night out with a friend I picked up a couple of yards of canvas, burlap and something canvassy with a pattern... I decide I wanted a Christ centered skirt, instead of Paris centered. I looked online for a pattern- not much out thre for free. Did some measuring, and found an old patttern i wasnt going to use. I then glued 4 pieces togther and cut out a circle.



Laid my fabric out next and panicked, because somehow I was 2 yards short... Welcome creativite ideas!I somehow figured it out and cut... and sewed... and pressed and sewed and probably mumbled a few rude words under my breath along the way... I THEN went online to Graphics Fairy and found some great graphics. I ALSO found lyrics to my fave Christmas hymns.
I took all of it and made some documents on works and publisher- I cannot seem to get them to load right- if you would like me to email them to you i am more than willing! I then printed them out on Avery transfer paper. BIG MISTAKE! That stuff was TERRIBLE! I once again panicked, and almost cried. The I decided to print patches and cover the transfer paper mess.... Here is the half fixed Hot mess tree skirt  am still working on...It needs ironed, and I need to finish my patch work. I actually like the patches!




See where the Avery transfers are cracked and peeling?


Now- see the patch BELOW the cracked and peeling mess?
I printed that directly on the fabric. I just ironed my fabric, and used scrapbooking squares to adhere the fabric to a piece of paper, cut the fabric with paper attatched to size and then sent it through my printer!
Wa-la! Free! I should done that first! Anywho- Im linking up to Brag Monday at Graphics Fairy and also DIY day at A soft Place to Land and sometime before Christmas you all can see the fixed tree skirt!

19 comments:

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Look at it as just adding to the character of the skirt. It will look like you've had it for years! I like it!

Mama Holli said...

I love this tree skirt! How smart of you to create your own instead of shelling out 120.00...don't ya just love saving big bucks....but most important it is handmade by you.....very special for years to come! Thanks for sharing!

jen said...

i am going to have to study how you did this because this is just gorgeous!!!!!! what a keepsake you've created! i love using old christmas sheet music for crafts - saved all my mom's old piano lesson books from when she was little. again - gorgeous!!!

oneblessedmama said...

Thanks ladies- I agree- it WILL have character once its done, lol. and I love how nester says it doesnt have to be perfect to be beautiful!

Edie Schmidt said...

Love this! So fantastic! I love old music sheets and antique papers this is just the thing. What a great job you have done!

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

What a gorgeous project!!! I love the Ballard look, but I do agree with you on the prices they have. This is marvelous, the burlap ruffle you did on this is even prettier than the Ballard version! I agree with the other ladies, I think the transfer parts that you are concerned about, just look distressed and aged, as if it is an antique piece. I can't wait to see it when it's all done. Such a beautiful piece!

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

P.S. I was so excited about your project, that I forgot to say thank you so much for playing along today for "Brag Monday"!!

Nancy said...

I love your gorgeous tree skirt..there is something so lovely about neutral colors and black text. I think you have improved on your original inspiration!

Jane said...

You did an awesome job on the tree skirt. I love the burlap ruffle and your fabric choices. The transfers are just icing on the cake!!
Jane

Tammy of Yarborough House said...

Awesome job. Here is a hint for printing directly onto the fabric. Buy some wax paper at the grocery store and then iron it to the fabric and then run it through your printer. When done peel it off. Enjoyed the skirt and it is nice to know one less nekkid tree will be out there this season:)
tammy

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Great job. I love it! 120.00....wow! I think it is wonderful that you created something so beautiful....very impressed.
Blessings,
Debbie

Jane said...

This is amazing! I am soo into printing on fabric right now. This is just amazing!

Mandy said...

Very pretty! Great job, I love it!

{ L } said...

Wow! This is awesome! I can't believe you sent that last part through your printer...too cool! I would love to try this. Well done.

Miss Obara said...

Great idea. You're so creative!

Delightful Dwelling said...

What a neat idea it looks so pretty!

jenjen said...

That is my type of project! Oh my goodness. I love it!!! I have been admiring that tree skirt for a while too. AWESOME!

I am going to make that. I will link back to your fabulous post!

XOOX
Jen

Leanne said...

I love this! You did an amazing job! I can't wait to try it. Yours looks gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

Susie said...

I love your tree skirt idea. You said scrapbooking squares. Is that like double sided tape? I would also love to have the graphics you're using for it if you would email them to haf2beme2
@verizon.net. Great brain storming. Thanks and God Bless.