Shalom's Cottage Home Blog

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Rock Island, IL, United States
Hi, I'm Shalom. Artist, crafter, gardener, flea market enthusiast, bargain hunter, and lover of flavor. Welcome to my journey!

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Fave Finds of the Week - Hand-Painted Floral Mugs (i.e. Kitchen Art!)

Check out these gorgeous, handmade mugs from 3 different Etsy sellers. With warmer weather on it's way, I'm thinking it may be time to add to my collection of 'kitchen art'.
Wild Flowers Thrown Stoneware Mug by JustMare

Herb Flowers Hand-Illustrated Mug (in 3 colors) by legrislapin

Wildflower Porcelain Handpainted Mug by LuckySkyeDesigns

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Brew Will See You Through

It's almost the weekend, you'll make it. Just reach for another mug of your favorite warm drink and believe that things WILL get better!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Easy DIY Tote Bags for Summer

Lately I can't stop thinking about the Farmers Market that will be open in just a few short months (and all the snow will be gone!). But a great way to pass the time and get ready for warmer weather is to make some cute new DIY Tote Bags to take outside with you. Here are 4 easy tutorials to try. Have fun!
Pillow Case Tote,

Geometric Painted Canvas Tote,
No-Sew T-Shirt Tote,
New-Sew T-Shirt Produce Bag,

Monday, February 24, 2014

Easy DIY Fabric Flowers Tutorial

It's that time of year again, when, impatient for Spring to arrive, I just can't wait any longer to have flowers in my house. So the only thing to do is to make some myself! Here's a quick & easy tutorial that will allow you to make masses of flowers that will last forever. All you need is fabric, scissors, needle & thread. Cost is $0 to just a few bucks for basic supplies, depending on what you already have in your house. Have fun and have faith that Spring is right around the corner!!!

Fabric Flowers by Shalom Schultz Designs

I used t-shirt material for the larger, floppy flowers and a printed cotton fabric for the smaller, stiffer flowers. Then I added a variety of buttons to the center for the finishing touch.

Once all the flowers were done, I hot glued them to a wreath form I had previously wrapped in burlap ribbon (also secured with hot glue).

Fabric Flowers Tutorial by Shalom Schultz Designs
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