Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Into the Woods: Projects created using woodland critters.

You don't need a red riding hood to enjoy the woodland critters on the scene right now. These nesting friends are new from Target. I picked them up in the Easter section of the store.

I must admit, I was stuck (or "ducks," as Maggie says) at first when thinking about what to make with these cute critters. I was thinking Christmas and Thanksgiving with the sweet deer and squirrely-whirlies. But I soon discovered these cuties can be used year-round.

Here are a few of the ideas I put together for today's Studio 5 segment. (Watch here.)

Baby Designs
This look screams beautiful baby. From nursery designs to welcome-baby cards to lovely "little one" scrapbook pages, these furry friends are just right for the wee ones.

I created this embroidery hoop display for my own little fox. This is her Halloween costume.

It was a bit masculine, so I made a fabric-strip tutu for it. I simply tore a bunch of fabric strips in various shades of orange and cream.

I then attached those strips to a stretchy waistband strip, which I had sewed to fit Maggie's waist. 

To finish the costume up, I created a bitty matching tutu from the scraps for Mags' foxy friend.

Inspired by the song, What Does a Fox Say?, I then painted this wood talk bubble from the adorable Say Hello Shop (*lovesomuch!*) with chalkboard paint...

...and added all of the words she was saying at that time (16 months).

With the costume, the foxy friend, and the talk bubble in place, we took this cute pic, which I knew I wanted to display somewhere in our home.

When I saw the sweetest line even, Hello World, by Allison Kreft for Webster's Pages, I knew it was a match made in heaven for my picture. (See the complete line of paper and embellishments here—you won't want to miss it.) :)

Plus, Allison also created the most delightful fabric, available through, which perfectly complements the line. See it and the rest of her sweet designs here.

I couldn't get enough of the Hello World line, so I also framed some of the paper to add to Maggie's room. It was time to switch out a few of the framed papes in there anyway, and this one makes me so happy.

Lovely Looks
One of my fav stamps of all time, Woodgrain Backdrops by Lawn Fawn, made a perfect love note for my handsome hubs.

I wanted to do something whimsical for the leaves of this love-filled tree, so I decided to stitch sequins. This striking green group from Hazel & Ruby was included in that leaf laying. Aren't these shades beautiful?

This card idea would make a nice anniversary, birthday, or everyday love greeting when you want to show that special someone how much you care. M + C TLA

Tick Tock Woodsie Clock
You won't see any mice running up this clock. Instead, it's the home of a deer, a squirrel, a bunny, and a fox. All members of the Carpe Diem line from Glitz Design. Love this assortment so much!

I simply attached the stickers to a slice of wood I purchased at Jo-Ann. Then I added the clock kit. Okay, okay, Cory added it. He's so supportive and quite the clock maker! How awesome is this? The Puffy Stickers stick right to the wood. No extra glue needed. Wow!

Thanks to my incredibly talented friend, Wendy Smedley, for suggesting I make a clock. Lunch is on me. How does, say... o-squirrel-thirty sound?

Spring Fling
Looking for a few spring home decor pieces, I was more than happy to put the amazing Woodland Park collection from October Afternoon to work. I made a bitty wreath, which I can't wait to add to my mama's Easter basket or some other springtime goodie.

Along with a coordinating bottle of soap, also adorned with the Oct. Afternoon line.

Antlers Away
Wanting to add a bit of the masculine to my mix, I was inspired by the deer-head look that's all over right now.

To create this sparkly fella, I used this template, which is completely free. Hooray for $free.99! I think I'll make more of these using different styles of paper for different looks.

Bonus Tip: In case you're curious, the backdrop that the head is mounted to is actually a thick doily that I picked up a local kitchen-supply store. It was just the ticket for keeping the deer upright.

And I found this mug at IKEA for next to nothing. I filled it with a little bag of gummie bears for a little pun fun—"Thanks, deer, for bearing with me."

BTW, isn't the triangle tag amazing? It's chalkboard wood veneer, and it's part of the BasicGrey Highline collection, which I adore.

Wow! Loved taking this trip over the river and through the woods. For more on this adventure, watch my Studio 5 television segment here.

I've also created a Pinterest Board just for the occasion, where you can find more wood wonders.

I hope you've found something that inspires you to create. If you have any questions about anything, don't hesitate to leave me a note. I always enjoy hearing from you. Thanks, deer friends!


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