Pin cushion upholstery with Spruce

Spruce Cover

Last week I attended a book tour event for Spruce; A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design by Amanda Brown. At the event we made pin cushions which were the perfect micro project for using some tools of upholstery. 

The event was hosted at Creative Bug who has created several upholstery tutorial videos with Amanda. I hear there are more to come. Check them out here.

Amanda and I in front a fabulously painted ikat patterned wall. Photo and wall by Courtney Cerruti.

Amanda and I in front a fabulously painted ikat patterned wall. Photo and wall by Courtney Cerruti.

It became very addicting to make these little pin cushions. A lot was learned from making the first one who's lessons were immediately implemented on the next. 

First attempt to last attempt pictured left to right.

First attempt to last attempt pictured left to right.

While making the pin cushions I realized what we were making were tuffets. Little miss muffet sat on her tuffet... So too humor myself, below are little miss muffet stand ins sitting on tuffets.

I've had some experience with upholstery projects and one of the more challenging elements has been working with the staple gun. My parents have helped me with the projects and have always been the muscle behind my non-electric, non-air-powered staple gun. At the upholstery event Amanda had pneumatic staple guns for us to play with. My mind was blown and now I want one badly. Armed with the right tools and this book I know my future projects will have skies the limit results.

The first upholstery project my parents and I tackled was an upholstered headboard (shown below). After reading through the Spruce book there is so much information that could have made that project go more smoothly. I have fond memories building this with my parents but with the right tools and knowledge for implementation it probably wouldn't have taken all three of us to tuft the buttons.

I'll admit a decorating secret (the shameful kind). The bench above I made without any assistance and I finished off the underside with straight pins. It will be the first thing I staple whenever I get my hands on a pneumatic staple gun.

Amanda states in her opening she learned about upholstery through trial and error and the desire to have a unique home that didn't come from a box store. If you share that desire get this book. If upholstery sounds challenging this book will make it feel do-able. And of course start out with a simple project. Perhaps not a headboard like myself. I have a big project brewing in the back of my mind so I don't think this is the last I'll be sharing about upholstery.

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A note of full disclosure. I received a reviewers copy of this book. Words and opinions are my own.

Peeps poppies, paper, and pink

Peeps poppies, paper, and pink. Easter time is peeps time. It's become a personal tradition to craft a Peeps project this time of year. I've been making paper flowers lately so they became the perfect perch for Peeps. You can find my past Peeps projects; Crown of Peeps here, and Tower of Peeps here. 

I recently saw this quote:

I challenge you to find any other food product where a full one-third of the purchases don’t go to their normal, intended use: eating.

— Brian Bachrach, senior marketing manager of innovation at Just Born

Is that not the truth? I've eaten at least as many Peeps as you see on my tree. I found the above quote on the ultimate Tumblr Peepikidia; Peepin it real.

It's a Peeps bush! The flowers themselves are attached using floral wire to a Christmas decoration I've repurposed. In trying to find a storage place for this branch turned ornament tree I realized it could be kept out of a closet if I nestled dried Starflowers in the branches to springify it. 

The wooden box is covered in silver washi tape and is evidence of it's holiday past. Luckily silver is a neutral.

Callingrams

Today I'm headed to Craftcation and taking some newly letterpressed business cards with me. Or should I say callingrams? Each one has an image from my Instagram feed.

I came across this fun sticker product from Social Print Studio and was inspired to design something with them. My other cards don't have my social media contacts on them so it was the perfect project to incorporate these little stickers with my photos. Plus I do love to make labor intensive cards.

I tend to hoard end cuts of paper from printing projects thinking I'll find a clever use for them some day. Well I finally did when I cut them even smaller to make these miniature polaroids. 

I tend to hoard end cuts of paper from printing projects thinking I'll find a clever use for them some day. Well I finally did when I cut them even smaller to make these miniature polaroids. 

These stickers are so fun and I'm already finding other things to use them for. Each order has two booklets for $10 but I would recommend getting two orders because the shipping is $7. They're printed in Taiwan but that shipping rate does make them arrive speedily. Mine arrived just 3 days after I ordered. I was super impressed. I do with they had other slightly larger sticker sizes. I'm sure I'd find many more projects to create with them. 

Don't forget the pets

There are a lot of friends in my life welcoming new little humans into their families for the first time. Many of them have pets so when attending baby showers I've been including an extra gift for the furry friends. I figure some extra love in the form of treats and toys is helpful because they might perceive the new bundle of joy a little differently than their owners. 

I have plenty of handmade cat toy options in my Etsy store but I've had a hard time thinking of a handmade gift for pups. Handcrafted and dog has never sounded too durable to me. But in thinking of dog gifts there is one that can be hand gathered. Sticks!

If your neighborhood is lacking in sticks there's always the classic tennis ball. Bonus if you've got some doggy paper for this super simple wrap.

So I encourage you when gifting parents to be; please don't forget the pets!