Tuesday, May 26, 2015

It's a thing...

Back in early March we got some pretty exciting, but very unexpected news. My sister was having a fourth child- IN MAY!!! 

Yes my friends, you did that math right. Short notice for everyone but we did not lack for excitement. Immediately a few crafty ideas popped into our heads. I am going to share one of them here today.  

My sister thought it would be fun to have "Thing 1, Thing 2" etc shirts for the kids so that once the baby was born we could take some fun pictures. I'm all for a good challenge. 

I bought my new Silhouette Machine in late March so by May I was feeling ready to make her "order." I ordered all the iron-on vinyl (or HTV as they call it) through My Vinyl Direct and it arrived quickly and was so super easy to work with. (NO they are not paying me to say this, I bought it and was impressed, so I am sharing). 

It took a bit of playing around with ideas and doing test cuts with paper, but when I was happy, I created these bad boys. I did buy a design from the silhouette store (here)that had the hair as part of a "hat" design. I had to edit it a little to make if fit perfectly to my circles. 

Pardon the picture quality, it was late at night and DARK. But, as you can see I threw in a mom and dad shirt too. I thought it would be a fun surprise to make my sister and hubby one too so we could get a nice family picture too!

With shirts 4 for $10 at the local craft store, I couldn't help myself. 

And of course the baby's onsie is cute enough to melt the coldest of hearts!

Have you given iron- on vinyl a try?!? It is so awesome. 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Summer Wreath

It has been FOREVER since I touched this blog. I think I kind of lost inspiration and my reason behind keeping track of all my projects there for a while. For a while I wasn't even doing much crafting to speak of!  I know we all go through phases, but it is a big bummer either way!

I did make a few projects at Christmas but I have been busy that past few weeks making some pretty fun stuff. I will come back and share them, but FIRST, I want to share my current wreath,

The concept is not an original one, but I think I did a pretty good job with the design!  

I was babysitting last weekend and it was BEAUTIFUL. Naturally, we needed to make a fun craft. I took them to the dollar store to pick up supplies so that I could make one and the kids could collaborate to make one for their mom. 

In total for the two wreaths, I spent a little less than $10.

-pool noodle
-patterned duct tape (2 rolls each)

I added the burlap ribbon later from my stash at home. So for about 5 bucks, I think this wreath is just fabulous. I love looking at it when I come back home. The bright blue and the small sunflowers just scream summertime to me. 

I have wanted to make one of these for probably 2 years now. WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG!?!

Have you tried the pool noodle wreath technique yet? It is so worth it. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring Bathroom Makeovers

Hi everyone.. please help me welcome Sue from My Bathrooms who I am excited to have sharing here today. These bathrooms are really beautiful and I can definitely see some awesome awesome potential for us DIY'ers and crafters. Hope you all enjoy ...

My name is Sue and I am very thankful to Jodi, who was kind enough to invite me over to share my special bathroom décor tips for spring and summer season!

7 Simple & Easy
Spring-Summer Bathroom Decor Tips


Get your bathroom ready for spring and summer by clearing
away the warmth and comfort that is so necessary in winter and autumn. If you
are stuck for summertime inspiration, try out one or more of the following
seven fabulous ideas!

1. Hello Sailor!


Go nautical in your bathroom this year! The effect is easily achieved by adding jaunty marine touches like a preserved starfish and some shells (or pictures of such underwater creatures if you do not want to fill your bathroom with such items) and adopting a white, pale blue and navy color scheme.  Ebay offers perfect accessories for a nautical theme bathroom.

2.  Summer Fresh


Add some summer freshness to your bathroom décor this year. Invest in a sunshine inspired accessory set that picks out shades of yellows, green, red and orange to fill your bathroom with the warmth and joy of summer.

3.  Spring into the Season


Simultaneously brighten and lighten your décor infusing the décor with cool spring colors such as pink and green, taking out your warm winter shades, like orange, deep red and browns. This will make your bathroom cool and welcoming even on the hottest day.

4.  Go All-White


An all-white bathroom looks great and offers a cool sanctuary for overheated and sweaty bodies! White towels and accessories are easy to find and there is rarely any stress about finding matching items! Touches of ice blue can add an extra chilly dimension and alleviate some of the unrelenting whiteness!

5.  Rustic Charm


Give your bathroom a hint of country joys with some raw wood cabinetry and storage from My Bathrooms.  A hint of rural blissalways goes down well with family and friends and you will love your summer-ready ablutions! Do not forget to add a pot plant or some fresh flowers to add some natural prettiness to your bathroom.

6.  Minimalist Delight


For busy summers when quick cooling showers, rather than lengthy wallowing baths are the order of the day, opt for clean clear lines in a minimalist bathroom,stripped down to the bare essentials. Frills, draped fabrics and plenty of cocooning warmth are perfect for the colder months, but the summer months cry out for outdoor activity and bustle with bathroom visits becoming shorter and
purely functional.

7.  It IS all Black and White


Opting for a monochrome look in the bathroom is an excellent way to clear out winter décor and provide a clean and practical background for your summer activities. Switch colors for black and white soft furnishings and accessories and see how your warm and cozy bathroom transforms itself into a coolly inviting arena.


Which one is your favorite??

Friday, April 18, 2014

Spring has sprung!

Well at least I thought so... until we got some FREEZING COLD WEATHER earlier this week.

I finally got sick of my Christmas wreathe hanging on my door when we got a little warm up a few weeks ago. In combo with the fact that my mom got me some new burlap chevron ribbon from Hobby Lobby... I couldnt help myself.

Isn't she pretty???

Hopefully this is the start of a little more craftiness from me!! Happy Easter :)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Not just a jello mold

About a month ago, I was perusing the blogs on my feedly and came across the PERFECT project for some small jello molds I bought over a year ago. Artsy Vava created a super stinkin' cool welcome sign with a similar mold.

I was not good  I didn't take a single picture of the steps to this project but the reality is, I was in a bit of a rush to get them done due to having little time to complete them once I decided to make them.

The first of these flowers was made for my mom's birthday. The past few years, I have tried to have something I have made to give to her. I actually thought of her when I first saw this idea.

Isn't she purty? Mom mentioned that the big colors in clothes at one her favorite stores this season was turquoise and brown and how she had to buy something in those colors because she didn't have any. So I decided to make her flower in those colors of course! I made hers much more rustic than the others, because we share the taste for that style. The wood base (as with the other two) were edged and stained by hubby. I pretty much just told him the size I needed them to be and he went from there. It should also be noted he helped me glue them all together with epoxy.

This little lady is my Steeler's inspired flower. Sadly, we said goodbye to an awesome coworker last week as she left to take on another position in the field. I was sad to see her go and when we all decided to gather together a goodbye basket for her, I knew what I had to make. She is a huge Steeler's fan and I figured she can either display this at her new job, or in her recently purchased home. One of a kind for sure.

This last little number was made for part of a raffle to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness month at work. Last year I made these to donate. When the email came out asking for donations again, I decided I could make a pretty pink inspired flower. I hope whoever wins this in the raffle is a happy camper and makes it a nice little home :).

I couldn't be happier with how these turned out and might have to look for other jello molds in the future. In fact, I already have another idea brewing that will come out at Christmas provided I can find what I have in mind.

What was the best thing you re-purposed?