Saturday, March 27, 2010

~ Ripped Books ~

I have always loved the look of worn old books. But how does one achieve the shabby look? Well, it took me a while to figure it out and I am sure all of you knew this, but in case you didn't here's what you do. Find any old book that has the old looking pages. This means find the neat tea stained colored page. Doesn't matter what the book is about or the cover. I find mine at thrift stores for anywhere from a dollar to 50 cents each. Now just rip off the front and back covers and there you have it. Underneath you will find that they look like my picture. I love them and it is a cheap way to decorate and who would have known that there would one day be an attraction for cover less books?......

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

~ Burlap Rag Wreath ~

" Close up of burlap texture...."
" Here it is......."

Ok, it may look neat but what a mess! Cutting pieces of burlap is not the hardest task, but trying to tie it around a wreath form sure is. I do not think there is any easy way to do it. I love burlap and the look and texture of it, but wow is it a disagreeable fabric. Falls apart and frays easily. Oh well, at least I can say I tried and accomplished one wreath-will I ever do it again? Never say never...