Friday, December 31, 2010
This tree was made by my sister . For her wedding, they decided instead of a guest book, she made a wishing tree. Guest would leave a friendly note & hang it on the tree as they entered . This not only looked beautiful, but she now has a pretty display in her home.
I love this idea so much that we decided to use it for tonight’s party to collect all the things our guest will be looking forward to in the coming year. We’re calling it our “wishing tree”. It will be fun to look back on to see what we’ve all shared.
All you need is a vase and some branches from the back yard ( or from the craft shop), pretty paper, hole punch & some ribbon, Leave the branches natural or why not paint them !
Then make a cardboard cut out of a simple leaf. Now use this template to trace & cut leaves out of pretty scrap book pages . Make enough for each guest . Using a hole punch, punch a hole in each leaf & tie a ribbon on to make for easy hanging.
Place a pen with the vase & scatter leaves around the table. It makes for a great conversation as well as a unique center piece! This could be used for so many different gatherings, and makes for a great way to display it even after the partys over :)
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
The first gift I made was my daughters handprints for my Mom & Dad. Using a pencil I traced each of their hands on to the fabric.
You make a small stitch and then bring your needle up through the center of the previous stitch as you make your next one. You’ll need to work with at least 4 strands so that your able to split them while you stitch. Looks impressive, but is super simple! It almost looks like a braid.
Once complete, I then framed it. I loved it so much I made one for myself as well!
After I found out how simple embroidery can be I decided to make my sister a tote. She & her husband live downtown Chicago and are avid bike riders. My sister even rides to and from work daily until it snows. I made a embroidered version of her bike.
|Don't you just love her antlers!|
Linked up to......Type A decorating Anything goes party!!
Friday, December 24, 2010
All you need is an old sweater, needle ,thread, and a bottle of wine (or other similar shaped beverage).
Slip bottle in to sleeve. Measure how long you will need . Mark & cut. Turn inside out. Now sew a simple stitch on the cut side of sleeve . Slide back on to bottle. Add a ribbon to the top & done!
Makes a great last minute gift or hostess gift. And best of all….its reusable!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
My mom mentioned she really needs a memo board for her kitchen. So off to the fabric store I went. Once I got there I could not decide on what fabric to go with. Bold & dark? Light & airy? So I bought both. Why not make 2 and let her decide for herself. If she likes them both she can have them! If she chooses one, then I’ll have a great memo board for myself! Can’t go wrong with that.
You’ll need a canvas board ( I used 20x16) , fabric, batting, staple gun, ribbon (about 18ft) , and scissors.
|Now cross ribbons the opposite angle to finish.|
Now hang & fill with your clutter. I can’t wait to see which one she chooses (and which one ends up mine!)
Friday, December 17, 2010
You can dress them up with ribbon, or cut them out in interesting shapes. The possibilities are up to your creativity
You just need past xmas card, scissors , hole punch,& ribbon. Chose pretty little areas of each card & cut. Then punch a hole & attach to the present with the ribbon. This is also a great project for the kids to help with. Its fun to go through the pile & see what each of us comes up with.
When you get a gift from us, you just might find your tag is your last years Xmas card!
Sunday, December 12, 2010
So up the big tent went in the basement! We went through all her stuffed animals & found all the bears . Then placed them around the tent & areas of the basement. And with any great camp ground , you have to get your souvenir t-shirt!
At “Camp Noelle” the girls were able to create their own. This was a great craft project & they’ll were all very excited to make this. This craft for 4 girls only cost about $20 to complete.
You’ll need a t-shirt (washed & dried) , iron on transfer sheets that can be drawn on (available at any craft store), permanent markers , ink jet printer (optional), iron & ironing board
First wash & dry you’re the t-shirts. This will help ensure that the transfer sheets will properly adhere to the t-shirts ( I found that out the hard way!).
Decide your camp name & using one of the transfer sheets print camp name -one for each person. Or if you don't want to use a printer, you can easily use a pemanent marker. Then cut each camp name off the sheet & iron to the t-shirt according to the directions for the transfer sheet. I did this before the party for all the shirts so they would be ready to go.
|Little sister had to make one too!|
This ended up being such a fun project I can see us doing this again for other parties as well. It makes for such a fun take home gift too!
Thursday, December 9, 2010
I love molding almost as much as I love my glue gun. If I can find a place to use it , I do. This mirror was no exception. Since I used wood corner squares, the rest of the molding is simple straight cuts.
First measure the straight edges of each side of the mirror. Subtract the inches of 2 wood corner squares. That will give you your length need to be cut for that side. Using a simple saw with a miter box will help you keep your cuts straight & even. I chose to paint my molding in a high gloss paint first, since it was in the bathroom, would need to be cleaned & handle moisture.
Once all pieces are ready, pick a corner to start from & get your liquid nails. Apply a good amount to the back of one of the corner squares. Press directly to corner of mirror. Tape square on as well. This will help keep the wood from sliding out of place before it has a chance to dry.
Apply liquid nails to the next long piece of molding and secure the same way. Now add the next square to cap that molding. Apply the same as before. Continue this until all molding is applied. Be sure to use tape again to hold all pieces in place while drying.
When dry, remove tape. Using calk, fill in small gaps between the molding. Your done! Now you have a custom look for your mirror for a very small price.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Life has been crazy in our house! Non stop everything since before Thanksgiving. While on vacation, my vintage book page wreath was featured in a Treasury on ETSY. Things have snow balled since then.
|On our way to the St. Louis arch.|
Bought some supplies IL, then in OK, and made the wreaths Sunday night after getting settled in at my Father-in-Laws home in Texas.
(can you believe my step mother-in-law even had fresh flowers in our room! Sooo nice!)
I’m happy to say they were shipped the next day & I can’t wait to see the pics of the display soon!
But this is just the start of crazy. Since the start of the trip I have had a steady order of my wreaths & LITERLY have been making wreaths every moment possible to fill orders & trying to get ahead of them as well. It really is true….if you love what you do , others will take notice. It feels so great knowing that people out there love it as much as I do.
|Finishing up one of Fridays order & celebrating with a well deserved glass of wine!|
Saturday, December 4, 2010
|Before it was baked.....|
1 can applesauce
1 can mandarin oranges, drained
1 can pineapple chunks, drained
1 can cherry pie filling
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
Layer fruit & pie filling in a 9x13 casserole dish in the above order. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle over top. Bake @ 325 for 60 min. Serve hot.
|And after it hit the table!|
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
When we move here the walls were all builders white & had no character. I can not stand that. I’ve always love houses that have lived , aged, and love that make them in to a “home” . You just can’t get that with a new home. So I had a lot of work ahead of me!!!
The first thing was to add bead board & molding. I knew it was going to be something I had to do myself since my husband works long hours & I have no patients to wait for help. I like things done yesterday! So I decided to paint faux bead board.
This is not hard to do at all. Its time consuming but well worth the work when your finished.
1.Start with ANTIQUE WHITE walls in a FLAT FINISH. You’ll need a gallon, (or less depending on the size of the room)of WHITE -SATIN FINISH paint to paint your stripes or “boards“. You can also use a gloss for a stronger effect. If you just painted your walls wait at least 24 hours before starting the “board’ stripes. Otherwise you might pull off your paint.
2. Figure out the width you’d like your “boards” to be as well as the height you’d like it to be. I decided mine was going to be about 4 inches wide.
Then starting from the end of the wall measure that amount out & mark your first board with painters tape. I used the 2 inch wide tape. If you’d like a smaller width use a smaller tape. Place tape vertical along the wall starting at your highest point your board will be, down to the base board. Use a level to help keep the lines straight. This will mark the first board.
3. Now measure your next board from the edge of the tape. Continue this measure and tape process along the wall until you complete the room.
4. Now your ready to paint with the WHITE SATIN FINISH paint. Roll paint over each marked out board space. This is the fast part. But be sure to cover the entire space completely . I suggest doing at least 2 coats.
5. Let dry and remove tape.
Now you can add your chair rail molding to the top of your painted bead board! Eventually I painted a warm color above the molding to give this look even more “pop”. It feels much more homey & its done in an afternoon!
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Saturday, November 27, 2010
I haven’t posted since last week because we’ve been on a road trip to Mansfield TX this week. In fact we’re still on that trip right now! Driving home as we speak.
We’ve had so much fun here! We drove to TX to visit “Grandpa & Grandma Texas” as my girls say ( my husbands father & step mom). They gave us tours of every where we could possibly go in our 7 days there.
I’d love to share more pics but my connection is so slow in the car right now it’s taking FOREVER to download them. I'll post some later.
Sad to come home , but we’ll definitely come back next year & do it all again!
I have some fun crafty things and a great new easy recipe to post about later next week..stay tuned!
Friday, November 19, 2010
I love shopping at Trader Joes. Each time we go I always find a new item to try. Sometimes we love it, sometimes it doesn’t work out. Well this week our pick worked out. This is the best pumpkin butter I’ve ever had!!!
Now for the craft…..
Have a great Thanksgiving!!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I looked around the basement & garage to see what I could find. I love trying to come up with new ways to look at an item. So I found wood, molding, a thrift store chair, paint & a coat peg hanger, and decide to whip up this display with no $ spent!!
With all the materials listed above I got to work. First I removed the seat from the chair. Then I painted the wood & the chair white. Next I attached the 2x4 wood pieces to the back of the chair with screws. Then on the front half of the chair I attached the molding with screws as well. That way visually it just looked nicer . At the top I used large screws to attach the expandable coat pegs to molding & 2x4s.
It ended up being the perfect height for the hanging the totes & holding the baskets of cuddles. To my surprise, I hadn’t thought about what a great catch all it could make by the entryway or mud room! I just love multi purpose items!
It takes up so little space. Its so easy to store in the basement when not needed ,but also easy to bring up when you have a party for extra coats etc. If you use it every day why not throw a basket under it for shoes , hats or whatever you might need to store on a daily basis .
Though this was a no cost project for me, it could easily be a cheap $10-$15 project if you hunt for supplies at thrift stores or even in your own home!