· French Country,Decorating,DIY

This is my first "Saturday Style" and every Saturday I'll be delighting you with fun weekend things that might change your mind a little bit.

So what are your plans for this weekend? I surely hope that whatever they are, their going to be loads of fun.

This weekend, I'm going to be cleaning out my flower garden with all the debris I threw on it last fall to try and protect the plants. Then I'm hoping to see little pops of green everywhere. Oh and I'll need to start feeding my little feathered friends again because last year, I found so much enjoyment in watching them.

Make sure your wearing super comfy clothing, especially if your going to be driving for a long period - no skinny jeans.

If your planning on taking a drive, don't forget to bring a bottle of water, a pillow and a camera.

These are my 3 basic needs when taking any sort of long drive. Of course you'll be in the passenger side with your pillow and watching all of the sceney going by.

If you already know where your going, spend a few minutes and google the area to see what else is around that you might like to see.

Don't hesitate to tell your loved one to pull over for a moment you'd like to take a picture. Photo's are practically the only thing in capturing memories that we can look back on and their important to have.

Every blog post deserves one project and this is it. A gorgeous bumble bee pillow.

This project is pretty straight forward.

MATERIALS:

  • Decorative Pillow Cover
  • Large Bumble Bee and Decorative Trim Stencils
  • Black Ink Pad 
  • Gold Leaf & Leaf Glue
  • Large Foam Pouncer
  • Small Paint Brush

Step 1. Start by aligning your decorative trim stencil centered on the pillow cover. Simply take your ink pad and rub over the stencil. Allow to dry.

Step 2. Now place the bumble bee stencil in the middle of the decorative trim and taking your ink pad, go over this as well. Allow to dry.

Step 3. Now the fun part in applying the gold leaf. Take your brush and dip into the leaf glue, then onto a paper towel. Very lightly, begin going over areas of the bumble bee like shown in the large picture above - particularly on the right side of the bee. Sort of move the brush back and forth - like your trying to get it into the weave of the fabric.

Step 5. Rinse off your paint brush and dry thoroughly. Gently remove a piece of gold leaf and tear off small pieces that you'll place over the areas where you place glue. Gently go over it with your paint brush to make sure it sticks to the glue. Notice that the areas aren't saturated with gold leaf - it's very light and you can see the bumble bee stencil underneath it. Allow to dry.

Step 6. Now with a finger, go over these areas remove the loose gold leaf. If you feel you put on a little too much, allow it to dry overnight and than with a small piece of fine grit sandpaper, go over the areas to remove some of the leafing.

Step 7. Now you can very lightly go over the design with a bit of hairspray. Once you wash it, you'll need to reapply a small amount of hair spray.

Another Bumble Bee Project

I think bumble bee decor is perfect for this time of year and what we're doing here is so subtle without any color.

MATERIALS:

  • Large Piece of Black Craft Foam
  • You already have you bumble bee and decorative trim stencils
  • White and Gold Ink Pads
  • Large Foam Pouncer

Step 1. Start by aligning your decorative trim stencil centered on place mat. Simply take your ink pad and rub over the stencil. Allow to dry.

Step 2. Now place the bumble bee stencil in the middle of the decorative trim and taking your ink pad, go over this as well. Allow to dry.

Voila - your finished!

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