Monday, March 28, 2011

I'm a girly girl with ruffles {No Sew Purse}

So you've heard me sing the praises of the Mighty Mendit glue right?
I heart this adhesive. It's better than the glue gun and you don't get burned.
Anyway, a few days ago, I went to Hobby Lobby (yes I should have my own cash register and bed in that store since I'm in there so much) and I bought some beautiful ruffled lace!! They had it on sale for 30% off so why WOULDN'T I buy it??
I scratched my head and wondered what I could use it for.
And the other night as I was sorting thru some crap in my closet and putting them into more piles to give away, I came across this:

I have soooo many reusable shopping bags I thought, gosh one more. What can I do with sooo many?
Well a light bulb went off and I made this!

Here's how you can make your own and you don't even have to sew!
I took some ready-made ruffled lace that I had on hand. I simply laid them on the canvas bag where I wanted them. I then took my Mighty Mendit adhesive and put down a bead/line of glue across the bag. I then took my ruffle and laid it on the glue and pressed for a few seconds. Now here's why I love this glue vs. the hot glue: IT'S NOT HOT!! I won't burn my hands while crafting. Now you can use whatever you have on hand but I tell you, once you use this adhesive you won't go back to the hot glue gun!
So I continued around, gluing and pressing until I went all the way around the bag and came back to my starting point. I cut off the end and glued to the beginning strip.
I then alternated between the two ruffles in a pattern. I left the green part of the bag exposed to add a little bit of contrast.
Now you can do this with ready made ruffles like me, or you can use some scrap fabric and make your ruffles first. I have so many of these bags in different sizes that I am going to make some more out of scrap fabric. I am making myself a smaller one for my scriptures :)
To add a little bit of pizzazz I made another quick felt flower from green felt and yellow. Then I just added a little button. I pinned it to the bag so that I can alternate with different flowers and pins and have a different look from Spring to Fall.
So there you have it. Easy and fun. You can do this with your girls, for a church activity, you name it. Just start collecting those free canvas totes :)
Have a great week everyone!

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Spring Sprucing Up {Burlap Wreath}

I am a little behind in sprucing up our front porch. I have grand designs swimming around my head but I don't know exactly when I'll get the time to bring them all into fruition.
Between my full time job and being a mom and wife I find myself with very little time and much stress.
To de-stress I often find myself crafting in the middle of the night. Such was tonight.
I have been looking at some really sweet burlap wreaths--- well....since last year and had the hankering to make one tonight.
So I gathered some supplies I had on hand:
white burlap
yellow and brown felt
hot glue and glue gun
wooden tag
vinyl letters cut with Cricut or
white ink chalk or sharpie
green paint left over from my bedroom

And I bought the rest at Hobby Lobby (where else right?)
18 inch straw wreath $3.99
Small nest with eggs $3.99
I first cut out along 72 inch strip of burlap about 3 inches wide.
I then wrapped it tight around the wreath to completely cover it. I pinned the strip down while I hot glued the ends. {note: I left the wreath wrapped in its plastic for better handling and so I can re-use it if need be}

 Then I cut out several strips of burlap in the same length but about 5 inches wide.

I then hand stitched a ruffle making sure to double or even triple not the ends so that the ruffle would not unravel.

I then pinned it where I wanted it to go.
Then I made the small felt flowers.

You simply take a square of felt and fold in half then again. Then you just round out the corners. Cut off the pointy end. Dab a bit of glue in the center then again inside the bottom tip.

Continue until you have about 4-5 of these. Then take a smallish square to glue them on by the cut tips. Let them set then fluff them out.

Very simple.



 {sorry about these two crummy pics. It was late and I only had one hand free}
I pinned the flowers on the burlap ruffles then hot glued in place.

I hot glued the nest and underneath I simply tied a ribbon with another yellow flower in the center.

I took my wooden tag and tied a small ribbon through it and hot glued it to the back of the nest.

Finally I took some white cording to hang it from and hung it from my door.

Instant spring :)

What I like is that I can remove the nest later on in the season and plan on putting some starfish for a bit of summer.

How are you sprucing up your front door?

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Teen Boy's Room Pt. 3 {CB2 Knockoff}

I am addicted to CB2! I love looking through their catalog and getting ideas on how I can incorporate some of their products into our home. What I don't like so much are the prices. Holy Cow!

The first thing that caught my eye was this!

But at $269 I was like WHAT?! So guess what I did? I made my own :)
Granted mine is not as big as the one in the CB2 catalog. I mean theirs is a whopper of a clock. See it below in one of their catalog rooms!

photo credit {CB2}

The first thing I did was head over to Hobby Lobby and get myself a sheet of foam board in black and one in white. You can use plywood or whatever you have on hand. Make it as big or little as you like.
I was first inclined to cut out the circle with my exacto knife but that darned foamboard was thicker than I had imagined and my circle came out all crappy.
As I pouted and ran back and forth in front of the hubster, he finally asked what I was looking for. I told him I was looking for something to cut my foamboard that wouldn't make my arm break off!!
He quickly surveyed the situation and went out to the garage to get this:

 His Dremel
 Which made it A LOT simpler to cut out the circle :)
 Let me tell you this is the best present I have ever gotten him. He loves it (and so do I).

He simply attached this circle cutting attachment-doohickey and took it outside. He cut two circles one in white and the other one -the black one- he cut inside and out. I then sanded the circles to make them smooth with a fine piece of sanding paper. Thank goodness for the hubbs, I tell ya, I'd be pitching a fit trying to get that darned circle to look like a CIRCLE and not an ellipse!!

The original CB2 clock measures 39 inches. I made mine to be 12 inches around. I bought the clock mechanism at Hob Lob and painted the hands red (just like the catalog one). While those were drying I made a hole in the center where the clocks hands were going and started sketching my design. I have always loved modern, cubism, Dali'ish art and so I simply drew my design in pencil and then traced over it with a black sharpie, filling in here in there where it was called for in my design.

 I then attached the hands and the mechanism to the back and here it is! I still needed to sand the edges down a bit more and center the outer black ring. I simply glued that black ring on with hot glue. I then attached a piece of velcro to the back so I can hang it on the wall.

For my own version of the CB2 clock- the total cost breakdown is as follows:
Foam board X2 $6.00
Clock hands: $2.99
Clock mechanism: $5.99
Sharpies: $2.49
$17.47 BABY!!! YAY!!

I knew exactly where I was to hang this in my boy's room. All I needed was some accent piece (s) to balance it out.

I perused the website for some snazzy and cheap shelves. I found this:
Interlocking Wall Shelves-Black
and decided those would do. I then bought some letters and painted them in coordinating colors to match my son's room.

This is how it ends up looking.

Not bad huh? Total cost for the wall grouping:
Letters X 2 $3.00
Shelf $19.99
Clock $17.47
Total 40.46
I had the acrylic paint on hand as well as the award winning pinewood derby car ;)

Come back later this week for another  CB2 knockoff!!
I can't wait to finish this room and show you guys how it's coming!
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Friday, March 18, 2011

Winding Down (The end of Spring Break)

Well we have come to this-Friday and the end of fun as we know it ;) For a little while anyways.
This past week has been soooo relaxing and nice. The weather was beautiful.
Don't you just love it when the kids are out of school?-no backpacks to check, no notebooks to sign-Sigh. It must all come to an end.

Let me recap our week. Last Saturday we decided to take our kids to Six Flags. Thank goodness we went that day instead of Monday-when we had it planned in the first place! The news reported that the backlog of traffic went all the way out to the freeway :-O
So we get there and we go in to take our pictures for the season passes we bought and the line is up the wazoo! I hate waiting in line. I said "You've got to be kidding me!". I thought we were in a recession?! Why is it packed?!
Anyway, luck o'the Irish, as soon as I muttered those words, they opened up another lane for print n' pay only! That was us!!! YAY!
So off we went to ride our rides. The little guy, being a daredevil like his dad, wanted to ride the big rides. We assured him he could after lunch. But before that he wanted to try his hand at some of the carnival type games where he won a Batman cape.

After a couple of hours we were ready for lunch. So off the boys went to get our coolers from the car. That was one loooong walk.
We had our picnic out in their picnic area and let me tell ya it was NICE! Perfect weather. Our little guy loved running around in his new cape ;)

 Amazing how a $5 cape makes a boy SO happy
 I am invincible!!

We packed up the stuff we didn't eat and took it back to the car.
Then we got in the loooong line to get back into the park. (Why no re-entry line??? Dumb I tell ya)

Next my little guy wanted to get on the rides by himself. We had a heck of a time convincing him that he wasn't tall enough to ride most of the big coasters. So we took him to Looney Tunes land and he got to ride this coaster all by himself :)

Hmmmm I really want the big coaster...
But this one will have to do---for now.

I do believe I'm tall enough for this one too! YAY!

After this ride he rode around for a little more in the kiddie area then the hubster relented and took him to ride a big coaster-the Judge Roy Scream!! Yeah, it's THAT scary! He told me he was shaking when they walked up to the ride itself and screamed the whole way! But when they got off the ride he was all smiles and said "Let's do it again, Dad!"
Uh...I don't think so. Not this time anyway.
We'll be back next month so he can try the other rides. Here's a few more pics of our day at Six Flags!
(Notice our older boy is not in these pics. He doesn't want to appear on the blog that often and I respect his wishes.)

But the little guy loves his picture being taken!

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Let there be light {Teen Boy's Room part 2}

I've gotten a little side tracked- it being Spring Break and all- and I haven't been paying much attention to the boy's room. But I had a couple of projects in the works so I decided to wrap those up this past weekend.
First I needed to get a snazzy lamp for my boy. I needed a pop of color in this black and grey room (he picked them-- Oy!) So we headed down to Hobby Lobby and we bought a yard of fabric.
I wanted something bright and happy like him :) We picked this out:

               I love the subtle variations of color. If this is your first time covering
               a shade, I suggest you start off with a non-patterned fabric.
Then I went to Home Goods store where they have the coolest selection of lamps I've ever seen (and they're cheap too). We picked a really cool lamp with a stainless steel look stand {of which I forgot to take a before pic of}

Now all I needed was to wrap the shade in the snazzy orange fabric and viola!! Cool lamp.
First you need to measure the amount of fabric you'll need by rolling your lamp shade along the fabric and marking with chalk or disappearing pen. {Allow about 3/4 inches on the top and bottom for edges.} I eyeballed it and just snipped where I should start/stop cutting.

I cut the fabric then I pressed it because it had some serious wrinkles. Then I placed a couple of pieces of painters tape just to hold the fabric taut. Make sure you line up your seams with the existing seam to keep it uniform.

You'll want to fold over about 3/4 inch in on the fabric so it makes a clean edge. Glue it with fabric glue. Do one side then the other making sure you cut off any excess off the other end.

Fold in the same on the bottom of the shade. Keep pulling gently to keep it from sagging and gluing until you are done. I used my Mighty Mend it glue because I have it handy and I really LOVE it but you can use any fabric glue.
Press around with your fingers gently to make sure all edges are glued and add ribbon if you want.
In a matter of minutes you have a brand new shade! I paid $4.89 for the fabric and $29.99 for the lamp.

I had the glue on hand. Also, make sure you invest in a good pair of fabric scissors and ONLY use them for FABRIC. If you start to use them on paper you will dull them.

And here she is all dressed up and ready to light up one teen boy's life. At night.While he reads. His scriptures ;)

Next up a CB2 {Crate and Barrel} knock off-CLOCK!

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Let's have a Giveaway! Tupperware Shape O Toy


It's been a while so what the hey!
One lucky reader will be receiving this UBER cool toy from Tupperware. It is brand new out of the package. I have this toy from my Tupperware days and let me tell you it's a great toy for your little one.
From the Tupperware site:
Here's a toy that grows with a child, from infants to pre-schoolers.

As a rolling rattle, it has lots of open spaces for infants to grab. Toddlers can use the 10 pieces to match the shapes on the toy, allowing them to identify shapes and develop coordination and dexterity. Each piece also has a number on one side with the corresponding number of dots on the other to teach preschoolers number recognition and counting.

•6½" Dia. (16.5 cm)

•Two handles are easy to grip and pull apart

•Shapes are sized for child safety

•Shaped pieces store inside the ball to keep them from getting lost

•Red and Blue ball with 10 Yellow shapes

•Ages 6 months and up.

Item  Shape-O® Toy $26.50 Qty. 1

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

One Teen Boy's Room {Part 1}

At the beginning of the year I posted about several rooms in my house that SEVERELY need some help.
One of those rooms is my Big Guy's room. He is 13 and has been ready to have his own space for quite some time now. Up until a month ago, he was rooming with the little guy-who is 8.
Yeah. I know. Time to cut the cord, little one. The little guy has NOT been thrilled that big brother will be having his own room. He loves his big brother so much (it's actually very sweet) that he wants to be around him ALL THE FREAKIN' TIME! The feeling is not always mutual though, so the big guy was ANXIOUS to move out.

First I needed to find some paint for his room. When we first moved into this house this room had clouds on the ceiling and a picket fence wallpaper around the room. Yeah, GROSS.
So after we removed the hideous wallpaper and blue sky, we painted it a nice neutral beige because this used to be my mom's room.
BUTTTTT now my task is to transform this into the ULTIMATE TEEN BOY'S ROOM!!
My quest is to make it modern on the cheap.

First stop-IKEA. I had my eye on this bed for quite some time.

{You can find it here.}

But when we went by they only had it in the Queen size. What are ya gonna do right? So I bought the Queen bed. And mattress.And comforter. So I spent a little bit more than I had budgeted but I figure when we have guests over guess where they can sleep?? {Shhhhh...don't tell HIM that!}
So we picked out a really nice neutral gray. Well actually my hubster picked it out. Well actually after getting into an argument with him over color (something about me not letting him decorate ANY room, whatever, he has his GARAGE), we both picked it out OK!!

After setting it up and admiring it-it really is nice for the price :)-I wondered what can I do to add some color.
I know he loves orange. He loves that color. And I am glad it's such a happy color and by golly it's IN right now! Anywho, I racked my brain to incorporate some colorful accessories and.....ART! Yes, Art. He took some art classes from this really cool local artist and I remembered he made a painting that had orange in it. It's actually a very nice piece he painted in the 4th grade. So I grabbed it and took it down to the Hobby Lobby to get it framed. And luck o' the Irish! They were having a 50% off sale on custom framing.
SCOOOORRRE! The girl behind the counter said that they actually had some open back frames in stock and she could frame it with that. I told her I wanted a very simple (read cheap) frame to go with it.
We found a simple black wooden frame and after a few minutes it was done. Cost >>>$20 buckaroos.
Not bad for a custom piece of art, huh? So here it is hanging above the bed.

Today while I was perusing the Target online ad I came across this:

and I immediately went to go get it. It was $12 and I just could NOT pass that up. Now I just need a snazzy new lamp to put on top of it. (stay tuned for a tutorial on a Goodwill find hee hee )

Next piece of furniture I want to get is this:

3 Drawer Dresser

But I need to save the moolah to go get it. I figure in another month or so. For now he still keeps his clothes over in his brother's dresser.And he doesn't mind a bit.

I think I may have found the perfect curtains for his room but at $29 per panel they're a little too rich for my blood KWIM?

So I may have to mosey on down to the fabric store and see what they have this weekend.
In the meantime, I'm wondering whether to get him a cool new shaggy rug or just one with some funky modern pattern on it? What do you think?
It's slowly coming together, but it's coming.
Here it is Before:

And After:

I'll put up some updates on this room as we go along.

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