Goodbye summer, Hello fall! 

 

Autumn is here! Happy sweater weather everyone! 

I suppose this is a good time to share a fun fall pumpkin craft I’ve made for you! I call it.. 

The Witch’s Magic Pumpkin! 

So gather round my wicked witches (and magical wizards can do this one too!) There are magic pumpkins to be made!

Here’s the supply list! 

(I found all my supplies at JoAnn’s and don’t forget your coupons, there are endless ways to save!)

  • A funkin pumpkin.. It will last + a craft you can keep!  
  • Black paint
  • Paint brush
  • Glitter
  • Sequins 
  • Black lace fabric 
  • Sewing pins with black heads 
  • Mod podge 
  • Siccors 
  • Green craft felt  
  • Black pipe cleaner 
  • Newspaper/plastic bag to keep your surface clean

   

I painted my funkin pumpkin with black paint. While I was waiting for the paint to dry I cut out some of the flower patterns from the lace. 

Once I figured out where I wanted to put my lace cutouts I used mod podge to glue them in place. 

After the mod podge dried I pinned the silver sequins in place using the pins with black heads. 

What’s a craft without a little glitter right? That’s my theory anyways lol 

I used a paint brush to apply the mod podge randomly around the rest of my magic pumpkin and sprinkled on some pixie dust… I mean glitter 🙂 

Make sure you have some newspaper/plastic bag to do your craft on because this one can get a little messy. But then again that’s what crafting is all about, it is half the fun! 🙂 

For the finishing touches I added some leaves I cut from craft felt and curled a pipe cleaner around my finger for a curly stem/vine. 

Use whatever colors and materials you want really, this is a pretty simple and a fun craft and there are a lot of ways to decorate it differently. Have fun and enjoy my gouls and goblins! 

   

 

The Witch’s Magic Pumpkin 

Craft by: ashleymarydunlop

http://www.joann.com
https://www.plaidonline.com/mod-podge/brand/home.htm

http://store.funkins.com/shop/

Amy Butler barcelona skirt 

I finished an Amy Butler sewing pattern! I’m pretty excited about it. I picked Amy Butler’s Barcelona skirt. I made the A line skirt and there are other patterns included with your purchase of the Barcelona skirt. 

There are so many great patterns to pick from. I thought a skirt would be a good place to start since this was my first pattern I was making from the Amy Butler patterns. I can’t wait to make more! 

Amy’s patterns are very user friendly when it comes to reading and following instructions. Amy’s patterns also build on sewing skills and techniques. Amy’s patterns bring both fun and an educational development to your sewing skills. I really felt I was making something special. I looked forward to completling each step and couldn’t wait to finish my skirt! 

I really enjoyed making this skirt and felt really inspired by her beautiful fabrics! I wish I could own them all 🙂 Amy Butler is an incredible designer. You can always find a fabric that is so fun and vibrant with awesome color combinations. I made my barcelona skirt with gypsy wind flower (blue) from the gypsy caravan collection! 

You can find out more about Amy Butler here amybutlerdesign.com
Here are some pictures of how it came out! Xx

   
  

 

  

In the blink of an eye 

Summer came.. and will be leaving us in the blink of an eye. But, it’s not officially over until September 23rd, the first day of autumn. So enjoy it while it’s still here! 

Summer goes almost as fast as it comes.  Summer days.. typically, hot and sweaty. The summer sun beaming it’s rays down so hard that you almost want to complain but… then remember those cold winter months?..itching for the spring air and that summer sun. The waves of heat bouncing off my skin and I wipe the sweat from my face, I’ve waited all year for this. 

Although, I do look forward to the transition into fall especially, October. 

For me that when’s the real celebration of all the blessings fall has to offer kicks in. Sunny days, cooler evenings but, not quite cold just yet and of course the change in foliage. Pumpkins, apples, delicious scents, food and cozy clothes. And of course my favorite Halloween 🙂 

Pretty amazing the things Mother Nature is capable of doing. It’s so nice to sit back and take it all in. 

 Summer is seriously such a busy time of year for me! I did manage to sneak away to mass and have some family and beach time.

I went to the 4th annual Battle of the Burger hosted by the Boston Magazine / presented by Amstel Light! There were so many awesome sponsors to help make this possible! 

I came to show my love and support to my cousin Nick of Lincoln Tavern! I had never been to a burger battle before, and the only thing I could think to compare it to is what a red carpet event might be like but, for burgers! There were well known chefs, boston athletes, restaurants, the people! It was a high energy and fun place to be! It was a great night, I got to see Nick in his element doing what what he is so naturally good at. We couldn’t be prouder of him! 

Congrats to everyone’s hard work! It was a great event. 

http://www.bostonmagazine.com/cookout-burger/
All in all it was a pretty magical week xx

    

   

 

Vermont Quilt Fest 2015

It was that time of year again! 

Yup, you guessed it! The Vermont quilt festival. This is where us fabric crazed quilt lovers gather and let me tell you it’s a beautiful thing 🙂 

  

http://www.vqf.org

 This year marks the 39th Vermont quilt festival. Almost 500 quilts where in this years show! 

This was my second year attending. I really enjoy these works of art and getting a glimpse inside these creative minds. Super inspiring and just so cool to look at even if you’ve never picked up a needle and thread. 

I remember as a little girl going to craft fairs and quilt shows a lot (and I do mean a lot..Lol) with my family. I’m really glad to still be doing it and even shared the expirance with my boyfriend. Just your modern day mrs + mr bobbins 😀 he was a good sport. 

Sponsors include Janome, Bernina, Vermont PBS, Lake Champlain Chocolates and Cabot! 

 
 
Here are some of the quilts that caught my eye! 

   
  

                        

Tula Pink!

          

18 that is all thread detail you are looking at FYI!

  

Hello kitty quilt yay! 🙂

    

Love dementional quilting!

         

Yesssss there was an Alice in wonderland quilt 🙂
That’s all folks!

Xxx ashley

Bleeding Hearts, a mixed media collage by ashleymarydunlop

 

This piece is a little bit different from what I’ve been doing.. I took my mixed media in the direction of collaging.  My mixed media style has been incorporating a lot of vintage pieces and evolving them into my art. I came across some really lovely vintage post cards and included them on my collage. 

  

Bleeding Hearts by ashleymarydunlop 

As you can see I’ve incorporated a lot of techniques lol…I’m not sure if I may have used too many but, it’s interesting I suppose. Basically, one thing lead to another. 

I’ll try to sum up what’s going on here.. 

I came up with this idea of collaging with postcards as a mixed media project

I had the vintage post cards and spruced up the carnations that were originally black and white with a little bit of color and I added some pink cheeks to the little girl. 

I took some sketch paper and stained it with a tea bag. The paper being initially white was stained with the tea bag to give a aged look. 

I had some really pretty music paper that I knew l wanted to layer onto the stained paper…but first I glued on my postcards onto the music paper. 

I cut three heart shapes out of regular white computer paper and used them as stamp.

I covered the heart cutouts with modeling paste and pressed the hearts onto the paper. It took a a few times of covering the hearts with molding paste to get the desired look. 

I let the modeling paste dry and then filled a small spray bottle with water and some paint, mixed it up and sprayed the watered down paint on the hearts over and over to get the runny look. 

Once this dried I layered the music sheet paper onto the tea stained paper. I outlined the music sheet paper with charcoal and outlined the carnation postcard with charcoal. 

I painted some lace trim I had with black paint and used it as a stamp under the carnation postcard. 

Once the paint dried on the lace I sewed the lace onto the corner of my collage. 

Lastly, I added the dried bleeding hearts to the vintage post card. 

   
 

Mixed Media: Vintage Spool Flowers by ashleymarydunlop 

I’m sitting outside on my plaid blanket next to the biggest lilac bush you could imagine. As the wind blows and fills the air with lilac fragrance I take another breath in so the scent doesn’t leave my nose. The sun shines brightly upon me as I type on my iPad squinting my eyes to see. Bliss.   

  

This update is about a mixed media project I worked on recently. This is my second attempt experimenting with mixed media art. I call this piece I’ve created “Vintage Spool Flowers” 

  
I came up with this idea because I just love the look of old wooden spools of thread. Maybe it’s because I enjoy sewing, or I just recall seeing wooden spools scattered in my mom’s sewing basket. I remember often enough I loved looking through her sewing supplies, pulling everything out just to put it back in..  

 
One unique thing I find about vintage spools is when the spools still have original stickers on them. The vintage fonts and designs on the stickers I always thought to be interesting. Some even have old thread still wrapped around the spools. The color of the thread only faded slightly, giving the thread a dusty faded look… I love it. Kinda makes you wish they still made spools this way. 

Since vintage spools are so pretty I knew I wanted to make them into something with a bit more of a decorative purpose. Not your average pretty old spools in a mason jar, which I do love. 

As I was stacking the spools on top of one another the largest spool made me think flowerpot for whatever reason…

I painted the largest spool with red and orange paint mixed together. Then stacked the spools on one another, glued them into place and wrapped lace around each spool. 

When it came to making the leaves I used gauze wrap. I cut the gauze wrap into the shapes of leaves and painted the gauze with different shades of green paint. After the paint dried I covered the leaves in modge podge and let them dry. I put the leaves on a plastic bag to dry that way it was easier to peel them off. Then I touched up the leaves with a bit more paint. Once the mode podge dried the gauze became pliable. I pushed the wire through the spools and put the gauze on the wire. 

I made two flowers from the seam of an old sweater and wrapped the material into flower shapes. I painted the fabric with watered down black and white paint. For the finishing touch I added a butterfly. 

  Mixed Media: Vintage Spool Flowers by ashleymarydunlop xxx
Here are pictures of some gardening and landscaping that’s been done! See you soon 🙂

Dandelion roots impersonating carrots 

  Whispering sweet forget me nots

  A forest of purple

  

  A busy bumble bee 

Clearing up the pathway

 

Shine Towards The Sun 

Last week was a pretty busy week I had a dermatologist appointment and had a Vi peel done and not mention I was slammed with allergies! Never suspected that’s what it was since I never had that trouble in the past. But never the less allergy season is upon us and it seems like allergies will be acting up this year is what’s been said! So have your tissues ready! :):) But at least I have plenty to write!

Oh and Happy Earth Day! 🙂

  

I should first begin with updating you on the kitchen remodel! It’s a brand new kitchen! These aren’t the most up to date pictures but I can’t just let it all out at once. Ohh the anticipation! 

 A lot has been done! We are all happy to say the new flooring has been put down. Which was tile! This tile gives a stone appearance with grey and a mix of other light colors. It defently captures stone accurately. This is the look that was wanted because the theme is “cottage” 

When you think of cottage don’t your thoughts bring you back to reading those story books when you were a kid with old cottages? and there you have it. 

 

There is also a dark red AGA oven, black soapstone countertops, white cabinets, and tile back splashes.   

After many tile samples and lots of thought a decision was made! 
You wouldn’t believe all the different types of tiles, patterns, colors and shapes there are out there. It’s pretty amazing how similar tiles can look but until you bring home sample pieces to test them out they can look like something completely different. 

 Here are some tips when choosing to do a tile floor in your kitchen. 

Don’t  jump the gun! Don’t make any quick decisions… And here’s why! 

Take some time to figure out the space you are laying your tile out on. Does the pattern of the tile you want to use make sence for the layout and flow of your kitchen? 

My boyfriend’s parents came up with a great pattern for the tile to follow throughout the room. The pattern incorporates large and smaller cuts of tile. Since the kitchen is a descent sized space the tile pattern fits the flow of the room nicely and also adds a nice funshway. 

Bring home sample pieces and lay them out of the floor. Lighting can be a big game changer on how the tile looks in your kitchen. The lighting in your home and the changes of natural sunlight can affect how the tile is going to look.

Take into consideration how the tile is going to tie in the rest the room and work with the other colors in your kitchen. 

Choosing the right tile for your kitchen can make a huge difference in the overall appearance and atmosphere. 

  

Another important part of tile installation is using the right grout to hold the tile into place. Polyblend was the chosen grout. 

There are a lot of benefits in choosing to use Polyblend grout vs. a cement grout.  Polyblend is durable, produces hard dense joints that resists shrinking, cracking and wear and tear. Polyblend is available in sanded and non-sanded depending on what type of material (and it’s use) you are installing. Polyblend comes is a variety of 48 colors to choose from! #buildgreen #emeraldsystem 

The simple and best explanation in choosing to use Polyblend is it’s high proformance, works better and lasts longer. To find out more information please visit http://www.custombuildingproducts.com/

  

Me personally and I’m sure others may feel the same but, I’m a fan of natural sunlight. 

Not only does the sun play a vital role in all living things everyday lives but it’s also great for energy sufficiency in lighting homes. 

And not to mention what’s better then soaking up those warm rays of sunshine, why not encorperate this into your home?  

Luckily, this house already has plenty of windows all throughout the house. By stepping it up a notch beautiful Andersen glass doors were installed. Adding more natural light and a true charm to the kitchen with the glass detail.  Please click here to find out more about Andersen windows and doors. Here’s how to find out how you can add Andersen to your home. 

http://www.andersenwindows.com
 

Take care xxx Ashley

Exciting hellos and happenings! 

      Spring has sprung! It’s finally here! So from this point on the weather can only get warmer right?! I’m just going to keep telling myself this….even when it’s still chilly with the wind blowing like it’s been. The weather is suppose to reach 60 degrees by the end of the week so I guess I’ll take it. 🙂

     Well a lot has been going on since my last post! But first I have a few things I would like to share with you! You know it’s these little things that kind of make me really excited… 

I got a follow from Bev from Flamingo Toes on Pinterest! Bev has some of the cutest crafts ever! She is really quite good and everything she makes is something you think “Oh I want to make that!” or “Oh I want that!” Check out Bevs beautiful things on her website to see what she’s up to! http://www.flamingotoes.com

     So if you guys haven’t already caught on to Farmhouse Rules on foodnetwork…. well you need to 🙂 I love watching Nancy cook. It’s a great cooking show with lots of yummy recipes. I love Nancy’s sayings like “fresh is best” and she’s right. I will even find myself saying her sayings as I’m cooking like “chop chop in the pot” I love listening to her talk and tell stories. She always has her family on her show. It’s really sweet. You can tell she puts a lot of love into everything she does. My mom grew up in upstate New York and I’m familiar with Hudson Valley so Nancy really hits close home for me. Nancy Fuller from Farmhouse Rules is always a pleasure to watch. I’m so glad she liked a picture on Instagram and even commented xxx

#chopchopinthepot

Find more here!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/farmhouse-rules.html

http://www.foodnetwork.com/chefs/nancy-fuller.html

http://fullerfarmer.com



    So in the middle of all the busyness an unexpected guest… the stomach bug decided to pay the Silva and Bernstein households a visit. For whatever reason I was the only person who managed to not get sick…. I was pretty lucky for whatever reason why…. I did try to spend some time trying to hide and destract myself from it by reading the lovely April 2015 issue of Country Living Magazine. Country Living Magazine may have been my lucky charm!

http://www.countryliving.com


     Book stores are very nice places. I often end up spending more time in them then I should. I become very distracted, jumping from one thing to another. As I typically do.. I check out the hobby and crafts sections and….

 when, what to my wondering eyes should appear 

Craft It Now in a real bookstore. BAM bookstore. 

 It felt like Christmas.





I also just wanted to quickly update you on my etsy shop I’ve been taking some time away… I’m absorbing new creative inspirations and nurturing my creative process. I’m not sure where this takes me but, I’ve come up with this piece. I hope you enjoy it and I hope to cultivate more new and fun pieces

xxx Ashley 


by: ashleymarydunlop 

What Goes Down Must Come Up

Yes, I know I have Isaac Newton’s law of gravity a bit backwards 🙂 keep in mind though I’m not talking about gravity.

Well I dunno about you but, I’m so ready for spring. Maybe I don’t say it enough but every year I get my early spring itch and I’ll telling ya with this crazy weather I’m ready to say bye bye winter and hello spring! I think there are many of us who feel the same?

I have an appreciation for every season. Each one has it’s own beauty but I have to be honest with you seeing the greenery, plants & flowers blooming and birds chirping plus, not having to leave the house with a million layers on… I’m really so ready. The countdown for spring is on. The first day of spring is on March 20th.

Life is like the changing seasons it never really stays the same. In life we endure highs and lows and we also grow and learn from these experiences. Life is but a grand adventure and we are all trying to find our way.

As of now I’m saying goodbye to apartment life and shifting my attention to other endeavors.

The current theme is kitchen renovation! I can hear all the demo work going on below me as I’m writing to you now. My boyfriend and his family are redoing their kitchen and I’ve been taking little snapshots and pitching in here and there when needed. I can show you the progress they make as each day goes by and everyday is a little different from the last. Watching the transformation and seeing the before and after is all part of the fun.

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I spent one of the days with Jenney packing up the kitchen items into boxes to prepare for the reno. The first day of kitchen renovation was clearing out the kitchen! Out goes the cabinets, counter tops and the stove. So what goes down must come back up 🙂 and it will eventually. The kitchen is already starting to open up. I also wanted to make note that a majority of the items and materials being taken out are being reused! Joy to repurposing and recycling! ((happy dance))

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Now maybe this thought has run across your mind. What the heck do you without a kitchen. Well, it’s called you make do… And a little innovation never hurts either. It’s called the temporary kitchen & coffee breakfast nook station. Now try and say that ten times fast 🙂

So here’s kind of a funny story. For Christmas my dad got me a Nuwave hot plate. I recall opening up my Christmas gift and thinking hmm..when would I be able to use this… Maybe, on a camping trip that would come in pretty handy. What thought did my dad have in mind?? Little did I understand the majestic beauty of what this Nuwave hot plate entailed. The Nuwave has a lot of great features, it’s so easy to use and let me just say this to you.. boiling water will never be the same. Literally, it’s done in the blink of an eye. The moral of this story is you never know when you’ll need a hot plate. I understand. It was a good idea. Thanks dad xxx

The Nuwave and Keurig can be seen on the temporary kitchen & coffee breakfast nook. For meals we have been keeping it simple. Easy to make meals that don’t require a large clean up. Sandwiches, pastas, boiled eggs and salads have been working well. We also have my boyfriends sister who lives next door so, I’m sure she’ll be expecting some visitors 🙂

Here are the links to Nuwave and Keurig to find out more about these products and how they can make a nice addition to your kitchen!

http://www.nuwaveoven.com

http://www.keurig.com

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A Lot About Nothing And Something Entirely

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When Alice asks the cheshire cat “which road do I take?” “Where do you want to go?” Was his response “I don’t know” Alice responded “then, said the Cheshire Cat, it doesn’t matter.”

Wonderland is filled with nonsense and it all appears to be nonsense to Alice but actually, what appears to be nonsense actually makes sense. Very cleaver!

It’s funny how you can have a good since of direction on where you are going but along the way things change and maybe you where never meant to get there after all.

I find it interesting on what occurs along the way of arriving to the point of realizing your not actually arriving to the destination planned. I suppose when you reach the point of figuring out hmmm… This isn’t the right way and maybe I feel a little lost? But realizing your lost when you think your taking the right path. Kinda funny to think about.

Those moments, those feelings are pretty termulturious but, non the less you figure it out and things fall into place. You never know who you’ll meet along the way but, when you run into a friendly face sometimes.. you just might be okay.

I think we all can relate to Alice. It’s just one of those classic tales that kinda captures your heart.

I haven’t been overly busy in my shop at the moment I’m kinda taking my time on getting around to it. Eventually, I’ll get back into the swing of things.

I’ve kinda been working on some other projects that aren’t necessarily shop related.

One of my favorite projects that I recently took part in was a min quilt swap! Finding out who your partner is and figuring out interests and what they would like in a quilt and then also knowing that there is someone doing the same thing to you because your going to get a quilt well, very much enjoyable. I would recommend anyone to give Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap a try! All skill levels are welcome! You can find out more information about the mini quilt swaps here and also read up on her blog!
#makeaquiltmakeafriend #schnitzelandboominiquiltswap #mofabecky
http://www.schnitzelandboo.com

I also just want to thank my partner for sending me such a lovely quilt and my Anna Maria Horner fabric! ….Joy! And also my team leader! I also loved making a quilt for my swap partner! It was also funny because we were all Ashleys! :):)

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I’m hoping on one particular project and if I get picked to take part in it will be pretty neat and something new for me to give a try!

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Here are some pictures of my mini quilt. I didn’t have the particular designer’s fabric that my partner had mentioned she was interested in but, I did take some inspiration as to what my swap printer liked and also from what designs she liked. So off I went rummaging through my fabric stash and pulled together what I thought would resemble her wishes and likes. And of course being me I had to add my own personal touch to my mini quilt that I was sending off. And I am guilty of totally taking advantage of this opportunity to free motion embroider and really have fun with this print. I did just that. 🙂

Write to you soon xxx

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