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Floral Mandala Key Hook

Make a Mandala Floral Key Hook:LauraBrayDesigns.com

I don't know why, but I'm still a little obsessed with organizing my keys. Last week, I showed you some fun, Quilted Flower Key Chains. I love them and decided that simply hanging them on an ugly nail by the door wasn't going to cut it so I dug through my stash and found a round, wood plaque. I painted a floral mandala design on it and then screwed a hook into the middle. I think my new key hook is charming and fancy enough for my new Quilted Flower Key Chains. Now it's time for me to move on. I promise…no more key projects for awhile! Hope you have a Happy Monday!

Redecorating Your Couch for Fall

Redecorating Your Couch for Fall::LauraBrayDesigns.com

I love fall. It's my favorite season of the year. I treat fall the same way people treat spring. I redecorate and clean. I feel like a little squirrel or a mama bear, preparing a warm and safe place to wait out the winter. The first stop on my fall redecorating was the couch. LastContinue Reading

Quilted Flower Key Chains

Quilted Flower Key Chains::Laura Bray Designs

We have a bunch of small keys rolling around our house. One is for our yard gate and one for the mail. We don't keep them on our key chains, but hanging up in the house/garage because our key chains are never around when we are running out to get the mail. BUT certain peopleContinue Reading

Dresser Hardware Makeover

Makeover Dresser Hardware with Krylon Spray Paint

My daughter inherited my grandparent's bedroom set. I love reusing old furniture and this set was perfect for her because it was smaller scale than some modern sets, but it was looking it's 50+ years and needed a makeover. It was originally a dark cherry wood (which I don't have a photo of because myContinue Reading

Friendship Bookmarks

Make Friendship Bookmarks with Washi Tape: www.laurabraydesigns.com

There was a heat wave this weekend and my daughter and her friend were getting a little bored from playing inside all day. Which means it was time for me to swoop in and come up with a fun craft. Okay. That's a lie. I was bored and lonely, so I lured them into myContinue Reading

Fish Bowl Needle Case

Fish Bowl Needle Case::LauraBrayDesigns.com

I'm so excited that my designer friend, Laura Kelly Walters, has a new line of die cuts out with Sizzix! They are really cute! I received the Pet Shop Flashcard set.* These are great for classrooms and for children. Instead of using them for flashcards though, I opted to use the dies to cut feltContinue Reading

Back to School Countdown: Piggy Pen Holder

Piggy Pencil Holder by Laura Bray Designs

Why not dress up your homework station with this whimsical pen & pencil holder? Supplies: Paper mache pig Foam paintbrush Fabric scraps Power drill and bit Mod Podge Instructions: Cut your fabric scraps into small pieces. Using a brush, apply Mod Podge to pig and then smooth the fabric scraps onto the surface. Once theContinue Reading

Pattern Maker

Florals by Laura Bray Designs

I've recently challenged myself to spend the summer learning how to get better at Photoshop and pattern making. It's a frustrating process, but I am finally starting to make some headway. Practice makes perfect, right? Here are a couple of the resources that have helped me the most in this journey. The first one isContinue Reading

Portrait of a Lady

Portrait of a Lady by Laura Bray

Back in the day, when I was doing more collage, I collected a few vintage photographs. They've been collecting dust in a photo box ever since. I'm trying to do a major overhaul of my studio right now and, when I stumbled over these photos, I couldn't bring myself to get rid of them (whichContinue Reading

Whale Printable

Free Whale Printable at www.laurabraydesigns.com

Today I have a free printable for you today! This is Ahab the Whale (his parent's have a sick sense of humor when it comes to naming their children). He's just a little guy, but his heart is very big! Here's how to make him: Supplies: Ahab the Whale Pattern Printable fabric sheets. These areContinue Reading