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DIY Red White and Blue Door Decor

Welcome to our creative gathering of Ten on the Tenth.
We are a group of friends and bloggers who share our individual spin on creativity for the home for under Ten dollars on the 10th of each month.
With our theme challenge for June being red, white and blue I wanted to create something Patriotic for our front door in preparation for the 4th of July.
So, I headed to my craft closet and Hobby Lobby and here I am sharing my  DIY Red, White and Blue Door Decor.


DIY Patriotic Door Decor For Ten On The Tenth Challenge At Home With Jemma

Pressing Flowers And Leaves

Good Morning and welcome, I am so very happy that you are here!
Today we are taking a little gander through the garden where we are going to be picking, and pressing some pansies.
The key to vibrant pressed flowers and leaves is picking them at their peak, pressing them and then using them for a variety of decorative and craft projects.
Let your imagination and creativty be your guide.

pansies, pressed, flowers, crafts, athomewithjemma, home, decor

Ten On The Tenth Hop| Recycled Mother's Day Watering Can

Welcome friends and new subscribers, how blessed I am to have you join me for our once a month 10 on the Tenth creative blog hop
As we enter into another month of Stay Home, I thank you for sticking in here with me. 
This has been a long haul in uncertain times and in order to maintain a positive outlook I have had to guard my mindset through Bible study, prayer, homemaking, gardening and yes crafting!
Today 7 homemakers 😊 are going to be sharing their version of up-cycling things you might just have at home.
I thought that I would share a cheerful and multi-use watering can makeover.


craft, homemaker, recylce, watering, can, paint, stencil, garden, decor


May Day Country Cottage Wreath

Good Morning and thank you for joining me today as I celebrate May Day!
Truly what a beautiful day it is here in the mountains of Colorado, the sun is slipping through the pines and we didn't get below freezing last night.
After having had an extremely cold and snowy Winter we are welcoming spring with open arms.
The last snow drift has melted, tulips are budding and I saw the first bumble bee and hummingbird of the season.
Naturally with all of this Spring bursting around me I was compelled to create a May Day Country Cottage Wreath.


wreath, spring, grapevine, floral, diy, craft, handmade, home decor


Creative Craft Blog Hop| DIY Gardening Sunbonnet

Welcome to a creative craft blog hop hosted by my friend, Chloe from Celebrate and Decorate
Today 26 Makers have taken the challenge of putting their own unique spin and personal style on crafting, ohh how I love this Crafting camaraderie 
Here we are, all armed with glue guns, needles, thread, modpodge, and ribbon in hand ready to seize the moment and our Making community!
As makers we enjoy uplifting up one another to create and then we get to have some fun sharing the finished product with one another and you too!

handmade, hat, straw, floral, sunbonnet, gardening, sun, athomewithjemma.com

Modpodge French Terracotta Pot for a Spring Vignette

I am so glad you dropped by today and I truly hope you’ll stay a spell.
Today I am sharing a close up look at my DIY modpodge french style terracotta pot for a carefree Spring Vignette. 
Also, I have one small request would you mind sharing with me what you have been making too? 
Now friends, when I say making, it can be anything from a pot of stew recipe,  a new flower bed or whatever you have been doing to keep yourself engaged and vital while we wait just a bit longer to re-enter society.

makers, maker, craft, modpodge, pot, French, athomewithjemma.com


Handmade Yarn and Felt Flower Wreath

Good Morning!
You know I love my wreaths and I have another one to share with you today.
I am so glad that we have technology, because even though we are all staying home and staying safe, we can still visit each other.
So come on in, I have a special spot saved just for you in my Kitchen.
There is a pile of assorted yarn, some colorful felt and an Easter bunny or two just waiting to hop on this yarn wreath.
Once you discover how economical, simple and whimsical this wreath is, I think that you are really going to want to make one for yourself.
This festive handmade yarn and felt flower wreath can easily be made for well under ten dollars!


yarn, felt, wreath, holiday, Easter, Spring, pastel, easy, diy, craft, athomewithjemma.com


Handmade Spring Rag Wreath Tutorial and Supply List

Good Monday morning dear friends and readers.
Well here we are together as our country is facing another week of sheltering indoors and being together via Face time, Facebook, email, text or on the phone is the best place to be!
So welcome to my blog and let's getting crafting and chatting as I share a handmade Spring Rag Wreath tutorial.
These past few days have been extra challenging for me, as I continue to process the magnitude of the coronavirus and how it impacts our nation, my people, your people and the world around us.
So I hope and pray that this post finds you all well and holding on to your can-do spirit!


craft, diy, handmade, spring, simple, rag, wreath, athomewithjemma.com


ModPodge Easter Eggs Three Ways

Good Afternoon and Welcome to At Home With Jemma. Today I am super, super excited to share with you a creative, easy, fun and beautiful way to Modpodge Easter Eggs Three Ways! You will find the complete supply list right here, as well as on Facebook at Craft and Chat Live and on IGTV.


diy, Easter,eggs, decor, handmade, craft, easy,


National Craft Month| Wooden Ampersand With Handmade Paper Flowers

Hey crafty homemakers did you know that March is NATIONAL CRAFTING MONTH?
I am sort of late to the party but I suppose with everything that is going on in our world it's better to be late than never.
My thoughts are that staying connected in one way or another is the best therapy for us all. Thank goodness for technology! I will be using technology today to go LIVE with a tutorial on Facebook on how to make a paper flower garden bouquet.  Here is the link


athomewithjemma.com, paper, flowers, craft, diy, handmade, project easy, weddings, showers, birthdays



Homemade Valentine Fun for Every Homemaker


Friends, the month of Love has arrived and just in the nick of time too! Truly, if January had had one more day in it I would have jumped off of a snowdrift!  I was just done with the lingering moments of the Holidays. So, in celebration of February, longer days, more sunshine, family Birthday's and cupids love I am sharing some easy homemade Valentine fun for every homemaker. Five simple ways to add just the right amount of Valentine Love to your home and mine! 😊


decorating, Valentine, decor, homemaking, simple, pink, flowers, athomewithjemma.com
How to dress up your Valentine Table using flowers and Art Work


Handmade Snow Globe Mason Jars


Hello and Welcome Sweet Friends!
In this Christmas crafting post you will find colorful photos and easy instructions on how to make a sweet home-style snow-globe mason jar and as a added bonus a homemade peanut cluster recipe too! I want you to have this information for this weekend, just in case you were need of one last hand-made gift.  I recently made these nifty DIY Snow-globe mason jars for our Bunco group, neighbors, friends and naturally my hairstylist. I may have even put more candy in my hairstylist candy jar (shhhh…) I feel as though you understand 😊 I’ll say no more.

DIY, Snowglobe, Mason, Jars, Handmade, Homemade

Make It Yourself Swag Project

Calling all Homemakers and Crafters! It is that time of the year to fluff our homes and bake and craft to our hearts content. So today I am sharing an easy Make It Yourself Swag Project. This project is perfect for mantles, Christmas Trees, Headboards, Footboards, Armoires, Kitchens and just about any place you would like to add a splash of colors.



athomewithjemma, handmade, diy, fabric, garland, homemaking, home, decor, decorating,



DIY Farmhouse Wall Hook Rack

Ten On The Tenth Thrift Store Makeover

Hello Dear Readers and welcome to TEN on the TENTH! If you are a bargain shopper today is your day! Today you will find thirteen bloggers sharing economical, easy and naturally, thrifty ideas on how we made the most of our thrift store shopping experience. Today I am sharing my DIY Farmhouse Wall Hook Rack. This DIY project is a quick makeover and makes for super cute home decor, for any room in our homes. Double bonus is this... I think it'd be perfect for Valentine's Day too!





Links To All Of The Blogs Are At The End Of This Post.

As you probably know by now we recently moved to Monument Colorado and naturally one of the first things I wanted to do was check out the nearby shops. Monument has a super cute downtown and I have really been looking forward to checking out a few of our local thrift shops too.


Sadie, my traveling and walking buddy


This past week Sadie and I loaded up in the Yukon and headed out. I even had a small list of wish items in my purse and I had truly planned to make a full day of it. However once I arrived at Tri-Lakes my search ended.


DIY Thrift Store Find Farmhouse Wall Hook Rack
Organized Thrift Store

But for this blog post our challenge was to find a thrift store find for under ten bucks. You won't believe this - I found my treasure for $5.00 with money left over for a chocolate milkshake!


I found this rather humdrum stained wooden rack and gave it a new life with some light sanding, chalk paint and acrylic paint.



From Drab to Fab in just a few simple steps!


P.S. Customize this makeover to your liking, DIY is all about your vision and style.


Five Dollar Wooden Wall Hook Rack



Supplies For DIY Farmhouse Wooden Wall Hook Rack


  1. Wooden Hook Rack
  2. Hammer
  3. Nails (for hanging rack)
  4. Paint Brush
  5. Black Acrylic Paint
  6. Sandpaper
  7. White Chalk Paint ( I used spray paint)


DIY Black and White Farmhouse Style Wooden Wall Hook Rack
Lightly sand wooden wall hook rack with extra-fine sandpaper



I think this project is one of the easiest ones that I have ever done. Having a repertoire of different levels of DIY projects makes for a satisfied creator. We all know that we do not want BIG projects all of the time...

Farmhouse Wall Hook



Directions For DIY Farmhouse Wall Hook


  1. Sand lightly
  2. Wipe down with damp cloth.
  3. Allow wooden piece to dry and then spray paint with white chalk paint.
  4. Once chalk paint has dried paint hooks and edges of wood with black acrylic paint.
  5. Once piece is dry using nails and hammer hang Farmhouse Wall Hook.
  6. Presto we are all finished, now wasn't that a piece of cake!





Thank you so much for joining us all today.

I would also like to thank each and every one of you for the caring and kind comments you have left me. Feeling very thankful!

Happy Valentine's Day Week!




XOXO~Jemma



Thanks for joining me today!



Handmade Love Bird Cake Topper

Hello Friends! In commemoration of the final episode of Making It and my Birthday, I thought we'd explore the possibility of making our own DIY Cake Topper. Do not be afraid! I am the Maker who makes things that you can make too! You know, there is no earthly reason why we can't. I know that you and I have creative ideas bursting like bubbles and we need to take that creativity and put it to good use! Let's do this!




I've enjoyed making, and baking forever...so years ago I took a Wilton Cake Decorating Class. I learned so much. I messed up making roses... but not the stars and I even got a handle on how to use fondant to create very special cakes. But the thing I loved most about it all was that I could make very special Birthday cakes for my children.




I made a Strawberry Shortcake cake ( do you remember how good Strawberry Shortcake smelled) a Batman Cake, and of course the traditional Easter Bunny Cake.




The thing I most disliked about it all was clean up...But, that was probably because of cleaning up that buttercream frosting...it was a little like glue, do you remember that too????




For this sweet Love Bird Topper we are going to need just a few supplies and of course a really good cake and frosting. I have that covered as I am going to be sharing this recipe this week too.

One word for this homemade cake and frosting. Scrumptious!





A good designing and creating practice is to always use a sketch or mood board when designing projects before purchasing any product. I think of it as making a grocery list before going to the grocery store.



Supplies for Love Bird Cake Topper


  1. Beveled mirror (5"-7")
  2. Silver wire basket ( 2 1/2")
  3. (2) 1" White Birds
  4. Mini fabric roses
  5. La Petites Rosette Flower Stickers
  6. Stick on jewels and hearts
  7. Edible glitter
  8. Epoxy (Note: In general, casein mixes will set in 20-30 minutes and attain full curing in 4-6 hours.)






Making The Love Bird Cake Topper


  1. Invert silver wire basket and using epoxy glue attach beveled mirror to basket. Dry for 30 minutes.
  2. Position love birds on beveled mirror and attach with epoxy glue.
  3. Attach desired embellishments to Love Birds.
  4. Attach fabric roses with epoxy glue.
  5. Attach stickers as desired.
  6. Once epoxy has set place Love Bird cake topper on cake and sprinkle edible glitter on mirror.





Congratulations to the Bride and Groom on Making It this Tuesday!





Thanks for stopping by friends and may love surround you this week!


XO



How To Make A Mood Board For Creators

Hi creative friends, I have been dreaming of Fall have you? As I dream I also love to sketch and doodle. When I have worn myself out with all of that I make a Mood Board. I just bet that many of you have created a Mood Board at some point in your life too. Mood boards are a wonderful tool to use when creating. In essence a mood board is a compilation of inspirational elements that are super helpful in weeding out ideas at the beginning of a design project.






There was a time when I was fearful of a mood board. (that sounds pretty ridiculous doesn't it??) In my mind I had this running narrative that there was some perfect way to make them and that notion alone terrified me. But guess what?? I WAS WRONG! Mood boards can be whatever you need them to be!

Freedom! Personally I love mood boards!

I love making them...in-fact truth be told often times I like making them more than the actual project. A mood board is a wonderful way for me to visualize my project and they always helps me stay on track, they balance my creativity with the reality of the project.

I also just happen to like stickers and glitter...so this is a great way to prime my creative juices and let the colors pop and flow!




HOW  TO MAKE A MOOD BOARD FOR A CREATIVE PROJECT

First I think about what it is I am trying to say and choose images and products that I feel a genuine emotional connection to. When I am making my pompom wreaths I think a ton about colors, seasons, functionality, durability, value, size, quality and placement of the wreath.




HOW TO CHOOSE COLORS

I have discovered that it best not to use the entire rainbow! I just stick to colors that will remind me of the project that I am working on currently. Creating this visual theme to work from helps my concept to look more pulled together.




THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG WAY

I suppose one of the things I adore most about a mood board for Creators is that there is really no right or wrong way to arrange your images! I am strictly working off the variety of sources that I have included to inspire me. My mood board is mine and it can be whatever I need it to be!





SIMPLE SUPPLIES FOR MY MOOD BOARD

Once my mood board is finished I like to place them on an easel or wall. They continue to drive, inspire and direct me. Once a theme, season or marketing campaign is over I put them away.

I have included an abbreviated list of supplies that I used to make my creators mood board and some shopping links as well. However you can most certainly find all of these products at any crafting shop too.





  • Stickers
  • Foam Poster Board
  • Yarn
  • Felt
  • Felt Balls
  • Handmade Pompoms
  • Affirmative phrases






When I create a mood board it helps me hone in on textures, size, shape, colors, patterns and the over feel of the design of whatever it is that I am making. Truly friends try using mood boards for your next project, they work for garden planning too, they are such a fun and efficient way to communicate your design to others or to keep yourself on track!







Thank you for joining me today and may all your dreams come true!




XO

Assembling An Emroidery Hoop Quilt

Hello friends I am back this week just as tickled as I can be with the results of my Embroidery Hoop Quilt. I am sharing some photos and information so you can begin to assemble your own embroidery hoop quilt this week. The full tutorial will be available for download in my newsletter at the end of this month. There was just too much information, so I am going with the thought process that a "Picture speaks a thousands words!"




The Beauty Of Preserving History

Last week I shared with ya'll my struggle with fabric. This week we will be focusing on assembling.

If you look closely at this photo you can see the tenderness of the fabric and the very old stitches from my Grandmother! (thrilling isn't it!) This is History my friends, just as real as if you and I were reading a History book, maybe even more, because my Grandmother's hands worked these stitches.



Since I knew that I was going to be hand embroidery around some of the pieces for this quilt I went with a fusible product to attach the fabric together. However if you would rather use a sewing machine this will work very well too and might even be quicker.




Using Pinking Shears

1. Using pinking shears cut vintage embroidery from pillow case, dishtowels, tablecloth. (whatever it is that the embroidery has been stitched on.) Cut the pieces that you want to use and cut approximately 1 inch away from embroidery being careful not to cut any of the stitching.

2. Set aside pieces of cut embroidery.

3. Cut (16) 12 x12 inch squares for “quilt blocks.” Suggested materials are cotton, muslin, canvas, new linen.

4. Preheat iron to cotton setting and iron all fabric that has been cut. If you are having difficulty with wrinkles you can use the steam setting.






How to use A Fusible Product.

1. Heat iron setting to cotton/wool and do not use any steam.

2. Remove fusible product from package. Measure the correct size and either cut or tear the fusible product to fit. Place the piece of fusing under the embroidery that you are attaching to the “quilt” block.

3. Place a damp cloth over the embroidery, making certain the embroidery is directly over fusible material. Place the iron flat on the damp cloth that is on top of the embroidery and hold for around 20 seconds.

4. When you lift the iron, the embroidery is now attached. If it does not feel secure you can re-iron the area for a few more seconds. Make certain the top cloth is still damp.






Embroidery Hoops

For this project I used 16 (7) inch wooden embroidery hoops and then spray painted them. ( I love the teal!) However, I have been looking for more wooden embroidery hoops for my felt ball wreaths and there seems to be a shortage of 6 inch hoops...seriously?? Anyway it seems to me that if the 7 inch will work for me I think it will for you too. I have include some links below and also from Crafty Wool Felt-one of my favorite Etsy shops.



Why I love This Project

I love this project because it has given me the opportunity to display heirloom pieces in a functional and decorative way. I also love this project because it has the flexibility to be totally customized.




Fighting With An Embroidery Hoop Quilt

Greetings friends it has been a real battle of the wills here in Rockwall Texas. My Heirloom Embroidery Hoop Quilt and I have gone around and around. There were even some days that ended with me in a pouty huff. Everyone in my house knew they needed to give me a wide berth. Sadie kept her head low and the whites of her eyes showed more white than her brown pupil. My hubby quietly shut his office doors and drew the blinds. Jemma, the linen and embroidery hoops where at war.




Fighting with fabric is not fun. It is nearly painful enough to give in and go belly up. I have pulled out all of my sewing supplies more times than I can count with the intentions of that being the day that this Embroidery Hoop Quilt would be complete. Finished, hung, and perfect....dream on lady.




So, with this being a tale and a tutorial I am going to break it up in two segments. Let's start at the beginning, with the sketch of what it was I had going on in my mind.




You see when I embarked on this project I had an awareness that Vintage linen is a different character. A while back I shared with you all on how to care for keepsake linen. But what I didn't know about vintage linen is that it looses it's ability to hold it's shape.




First off I love vintage fabrics as much as I love embroidery hoops, jars, old books, warm chocolate chip cookies and sunshine.

So, when I set my mind to using total vintage then total vintage it had to be! I had to relinquish "perfect," and focus on heirloom and memories. There really was no going back and now I am glad that there wasn't.

So, let us begin at the beginning with a design and a supply list for the first part of this tutorial.




As I think about the design of this quilt or any handmade project for that matter, there are always endless possibilities and a variety of methods to express yourself. So, please do not limit your own creativity by this design. I am here to encourage and inspire you. For example there are so many materials that can be used to attach the hoops to one another twine, chains, wire, embroidery floss, yarn...




My Heirloom quilt is a true labor of love, and yours will be too! Every inch of this fabric is from my family and has rich History and a story to tell. I am happy to share my project with you and if you choose to proceed I will be back next week with a tutorial on how to assemble it all together.

Thank you to all who entered the giveaway for the Kendra Scott earrings. Our winner is Sally Gearhart, I will be reaching out to you for a mailing address.

One final thought. ( I bet you are thinking please Jemma just quit typing!) Now you know why my hubby shuts his office door....

Thank you SO much for sharing your stories on how you are personally Making It a better world, a more creative space for you and yours and for encouraging one another!



Are you feeling a "Little Punk Rock?" Get your custom shirt design from Rosegoldreble on Etsy!

May All Your Dreams Come True,


Jemma



A Handmade Makers Guide To Creating An Iron-On Pattern

Hello friends and a great big welcome. Today I will be sharing some tips and steps on creating your own iron on pattern, the old school way. The only machine that I have used in this process is my printer and an iron! I hope you will stay awhile as I share these steps with you. I come from a long line of can-do-makers. Hardworking, muster up the muscle type of folks who shy away from too much technology. I just bet that there is an entire community of you out there too. So let's stay connected and share the joy of Making it all on our own.



Now, let me say this, if you are an artist, enjoying sketching and have a steady hand you can easily draw your own design directly on your fabric. Since I am none of these things I have to have a Pattern! I am even more in luck as I have a daughter or who is collaborating with me on these projects.



I just enjoy making things from scratch. To this day I really don't even like a cake mix, it sort of feels like it's not homemade if I use one. There is just nothing better than sifting your own flour and creaming your own butter and sugar.




I am also one of those people who hangs onto remnants of fabric, embellishments, thread and yarn. It truly hurts my heart to throw away perfectly good pieces of fabric. You never know what you might make out of scraps.... take a peek at this handmade rag heart wreath.




So you Makers already know that there are many, many steps involved in getting your handmade project from infancy into a finished product. My friend Robert Mahar, from Making It, sums it all up very well in his video Patience Makes Perfect.




Today I am sharing the very beginning stages for these two iron-on designs that will eventually become finished embroidered pieces. There is much more tweaking to be done, but you Makers know that this is part of the thrill of the artistic and creative journey!




I also want to mention to my subscribers that next week a survey will be coming your way. With Summer nearly over and School time just around the corner I want to be able to deliver to you meaningful and helpful topics for your creative lifestyle. I hope that you will find a moment to fill it out!

Thank you so much and May All Your Dreams Come True,


Jemma