Thursday, March 28, 2013


When Talya from Grace Grits and Gardening contacted me and offered to do a guest post here for Silo Hill Farm, I was so thrilled!  She has a wonderful blog and has guest posted for us at the Inspiration Cafe as well.  If you don't already know her, you should be sure to check out some of her posts as she never disappoints!  Take it away Talya.....

I am not a crafty blogger, but I do love to make homemade baby gifts.

I made this mixed media piece for baby Haley, my friend Jenny's new daughter. 
Haley Frances Rolland

Although the project takes several hours, it is fun, creative, and not as difficult as it appears.


Blank artist's canvas
Mod Podge
Scrapbook paper
Vintage buttons
Vintage rick rack
Scrapbook stickers
Pictures from old children's books
Glue Gun
Scissors / Paper Cutter

I know, I know, I KNOW it's sacrilegious to cut out pages from books, but I buy these books specifically for this purpose at estate sales and at Half Price Books to lessen the pain...

I also buy stickers and scrapbook paper on sale from Michaels, Hobby Lobby and Target, knowing I will eventually find a use for everything.
sheet of scrapbook paper - various colors/prints

vintage buttons

When I prepare to do one of these projects, I never have a plan other than the general theme. In this case, 'baby girl' theme. On my computer, I printed lines from Mary Had A Little Lamb, substituting Haley to make it personalized. This phrase becomes the backdrop for the project. I glued this first piece of scrapbook paper onto my canvas with Mod Podge, then began adding layers of paper.

gluing rick rack along side
The key is to layer and layer and layer the canvas with pieces and strips of scrapbook paper coating each side and seam with magical mystical Mod Podge. The more layers the richer and more interesting the finished piece.

Allow coats to dry before adding more layers. If you tear a piece of paper, no worries. Add another piece. If two pieces just don't seem to work side by side, glue on a button. (Buttons should be adhered with hot glue rather than Mod Podge...)

Don't forget to decorate the back with your name and date.

Remember, this isn't supposed to be perfect. It's hand crafted.

Note:  This project isn't exclusive to baby gifts...I made the following piece with drawings of my puppies and pages about dogs from vintage books. Favorite sports team is another fun theme. You are limited only by your imagination.

Lucy and Annabelle
Have fun!


Grace Grits & Gardening

p.s. This is the gift I made several years ago for Haley's big sister, Samantha.

Thank you Talya!  I love this project and although I have never tried a mixed media project, I love the "no rules" idea, the possibilities are endless.  Looks like a great scrapbusting project as well!  I look forward to giving this a try! 


  1. Too cute! And I have to admit...I cut up old books too!

  2. Such beautiful projects! I'm sure everyone was thrilled to receive them.

  3. This looks like a fun project! It's so versatile! I love the Lucy and Annabelle doggy theme.

  4. Aww, so cute! Love the buttons :)

  5. Following you on Blog lovin from the hop. Thanks for co-hosting!

  6. Super cute! Newest bloglovin follower from the hop :)

    1. Thank you Kelsey! My daughter's name is Kelsey:))))

  7. I may need you to do a project for me. Not sure I have the patience or time :) So so cute!

    1. I will of course:)) I need to do a Razorback one.... maybe you will be my guinea pig.

  8. Danni - Thanks for letting me guest post for you! Talya

  9. Talya, what a beautiful, thoughtful, homemade gift. I am sure that it will be treasured. You definitely should continue blogging and making homemade baby gifts, you have a knack for both.

    1. Thank you! I don't intend to stop blogging - I LOVE it! The crafty part I throw in every now and then:))

  10. I, love a gift that has special meaning behind it. Talya, you gave a piece of your creativity in this art piece.