Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fall Craft Night

Yeah!  It's Fall!  I love it when the leaves change colors.  When it gets a little cooler.  When we go to the pumpkin patch.

When my kids dress up and go trick-or-treating (of course I love the candy they collect also!).  This is a picture of them from last year.  Aren't they cute?

And we can't forget my birthday is in the Fall.  I am going to be 36 this year.  I can't believe it!  Oh well, on with the fun crafts...I had wanted to make these projects this week, but with teaching again and the day to day busyness of life with three children it didn't happen.

October Craft night will be on the 5th at 7:30p.m.  I need to know by this Sunday if you would like to come and craft with us fun gals.  This will give me the time needed to gather the materials and prep everything.  Sorry for the short notice.

#1 - 10" X 24" Harvest or Halloween Subway Art - $20 (includes vinyl words, board and paint - I will have black and brown, if you would like something different please bring your own color.)

#2- 4" X 24" count your blessings or Trick or Treat sign (the font is a bit different, but just as cute!) - $12 (includes board, vinyl, black or brown paint)

#3- orange felt garland seen in the above picture - $4

Happy Fall!  I look forward to getting crafty with you all.

Friday, April 20, 2012

April Craft Night

Happy Spring!  Has it really been 3 months since the last craft night?  That hasn't stopped me from being crafty...but now we can get together and be crafty together!

Join me and some fun girls next Friday, April 27th at 7:30 at my house.  You can choose a craft here or bring something that you have been working on.  If you decide to make a craft listed here, please let me know by Monday, April 23 so I can prep all the materials.

#1- Little Picket Fence - $14.00
I saw this first at Oopsey Daisy.  Click on it and check it out.  You can hang it on your door, prop it on your mantel or stake it in your flowerbed.  It's up to you!  Thanks, Heather for suggesting the this as our craft!  I love it!  Please tell me what color you would like to paint it and the name or word you would like in white vinyl.  I added the burlap banner, because I am loving burlap.  But feel free to bring paper or another fabric to make your own banner.  If you choose to make a burlap one it will cost an additional $2.00.


#2- Moss Letter - $6.00
I saw these at Dear Lillie and made one for myself.  Check here for the tutorial.  Then, I prepped this project for my wonderful MOPS group!  Pictured above is Kindra, a friend from MOPS.  Didn't she do a great job?  I am offering it again for craft night because I love moss almost as much as burlap, they are super cute and lots of you aren't in MOPS, so you haven't made them already.  Check this link out, Pottery Barn is selling these for $79.00.

#3- Wood Blocks - $6.00
I prepped tons of these for a past MOPS craft and have lots left over.  Go here check to them out.  These would make great mother's day gifts or just something fun for your home.  Please bring your own scrapbook paper.  I will have modge podge, twine (if you want ribbon please bring your own), clips.  Please also tell me what you would like the vinyl at the bottom to say.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Lego Banner

I pinned this Super Hero banner from One Charming Party (click over and check it out), a while back and wanted to alter it to use the many Lego boxes my own Lego Master has collected.  Trevor was holding on to them like they were treasures.  When I talked him into letting my make something out of them, I got right to work.  In the link above, the banner is made by sewing comic book pages into red bias tape.  I knew this wasn't an option for the boxes so I made it work with these materials: boxes, red duct tape, exacto knife, banner template.

First, I made a banner template by folding a piece of 8 x 11 paper in half and then folding the corners in to meet at the center.  I traced the template onto the boxes and used an exacto knife to cut them out (I started with scissors, but it didn't work so well).

When I had all the pieces cut out, I layed them in the order I wanted them to hang.  I used my long kitchen counter to pull out the red duct tape. (I haven't used colorful duct tape before, but ended up liking it.)

I positioned all the Lego triangles at the mid line in the tape.  Next, carefully fold the tape over to secure the banner in place.

Now, find the perfect place to hang it!  When Trevor saw the Lego banner hanging in his room, he loved it!

He loved it so much that I found him working on his own Lego banner at 6:30am the next morning, after digging through the recycle bin to find what I thought were scraps!

I realized at that moment, my mom's love of crafts is living on through me into her grandchildren.

I linked up at Brassy AppleSkip To My Lou
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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Spring Soiree

Today is a beautiful day!  I went for a run in the fresh Colorado air, my wonderful husband took our kids to the zoo and I am off to a craftfy blogger meet-up! Go out and do something fun today!
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Fun Spring Crafts

2 x 4 blocks:
I saw these 2 x 4 blocks from How Does She and loved them.  So much, that I prepped 50 sets of these for my MOPS group.  Call me crazy...but it's all worth it when I see how much fun would be non-crafters have creating something useful and cute for their homes!  If you want to make these, follow the wonderful tutorial found at How Does She.  I couldn't find the cute clips they use, so went with mini clothes pins.  I also opted for a non-St. Patrick's Day saying so I could use it next month also.

Here are a couple of my MOPS friends, Danika Demers and Danielle Bond with their blocks!

Julia asked if she could make some blocks for her room in pink.  How could I say no?  She loves all things crafty!

Subway Art:
These are everywhere in blog land!  This is the first one I have printed out, but may start printing more.  It's an easy and inexpensive way to decorate for a holiday or season.  I have many pinned in Pinterest.  Go check them out if you are looking for a fun one.  In the end, I decided on the one designed by Every Creative Endeavor.  I printed it out at Costco and slipped it into a frame I found at a garage sale for .50!  My husband is always asking me, "Why do you need another frame?"  Well, you just never know when you will need one, right!  I placed a few books under the frame to add some height and paired it with my only living plant, a Christmas Cactus.  My mom had a few of these when I was growing up, so they remind me of her and her love of plants.

Faux Vinyl Print:
One of my crafty friends had pinned this print from A Little Tipsy, to her St. Patty's pin board and it called my name.  Rather than putting this in a frame I decided to modge podge it to a scrap board and prop it next to a family photo.  Doesn't it look great?

I painted the sides of the board a dark green to go with the colors in the print.  Let the paint dry, then cover the top of the board with Modge Podge and gently lay the print down.  Smooth it out so there aren't any bubbles and let it dry.  Then paint over the print with another layer of Modge Podge.  This will give it a more finished look.  Now find the perfect spot to lean your board.

Fabric Covered Balls:
I first made these at a craft night hosted by Landee See Landee Do.  I had been following her blog for a while and then saw that she was local to Colorado!  My husband was a bit worried that I may be in danger, since I didn't know this blogger.  But really, do craft bloggers hurt other crafters.  I think it's a rule written in vinyl that we can create together safely!  I had a fantastic time, not to mention I was able to check out all of Landee's home projects first hand.

Materials: fun fabrics, styrofoam balls, scissors and pins

 Cut some strips of fabric and pint it to your ball.  Continue pinning until your ball is covered.  Then put them in a wire basket, glass bowl, vase or in my case a lantern.

Have fun and get crafting!

I am linking up at 52 MantelsThe 36th AvenueThe CSI ProjectEvery Creative Endeavor

Monday, March 5, 2012

Moss Letter Tutorial

I pinned this project a while back and it's been on my to make list.  I thought it would be perfect for St. Patrick's Day/spring.  I checked out the wonderful tutorial found on Dear Lillie, gathered the materials and then got started.

I used 2 pieces of cardboard, sharp scissors (I was wishing I had a good exacto knife.), print out of the letter in the font you want, moss ( I used a roll from Joanne's, but I think the Dollar store and Micheal's have it also.  I wouldn't recommend using moss from a bag.), hot glue gun and lots of glue.

1. Find the font you want to use.  I went with Century Schoolbook enlarged to size 600.  I then printed it out using the poster format on my printer.  Then cut it out and tape it together.

2. Use this to trace your letter onto the cardboard.  I started with one piece, but it seemed a bit flimsy so I cut out another and hot glued them together.

3.  Now lay your cardboard letter down on your moss.  Cut the moss out about an inch around your letter.  Save the scraps for later.

4. Use your hot glue gun to adhere the moss to the back of your letter.  I used a pencil to press down the moss so I wouldn't burn my fingers.  Continue around until you are finished.

5. Now use your scraps to fill in the back, if you want to.  The tutorial I was following, did this.  But it's up to you.  It does however give it a more finished look.  My Grammy's words came to mind when I was doing this.  "The back should look just as nice as the front."

Now hang, or place it and admire!  I just love this idea!
My next mossy project is seen at two twenty one!

I am linking up at Brassy AppleTip JunkieSugar Bee CraftsOopsey DaisyThe 36th Avenue52 MantelsThe CSI ProjectEvery Creative Endeavor

Book Page Decorations

It was my turn to host book club this month.  So I decided to decorate for the occasion with book pages (taken from a past book choice - The Hangman's Daughter).

I started with a book page banner found at simple as that.  This was a quick craft that my daughter Julia helped me with, and later made one of her own for her door.

I also enlisted Julia and Trevor to watercolor book pages to hang from my branch.  I saw this somewhere on pinterest that was done with fall leaves, but didn't end up pinning the idea so I am not sure who to credit.  For the left over clovers I placed them in the glasses to add some fun and also used them to spruce up my heart wreath I made at the last craft night (idea from Flower Patch Farmgirl).

I love crafting with book pages, there is just something about words and the black/white combo!

Do you like the "Oh so LUCKY to have you!" print?  You can find it at A Little Tipsy.

My Spring-Pinterest Mantel

I love spring all most as much as I love fall!

I know it's not officially spring yet, and I am sure we will be hit with a lot more snow.  But for now, I want to relish the sun and the thought of my bulbs sprouting (soon).  I have been gathering many fun ideas via pinterest for St. Patrick's Day and spring.  Here...all the ideas came together!  I know I need something more in the just hasn't come to me yet!  Check back for tutorials and links for all the fun crafts.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Valentine's Day Projects

Last week, I hosted a fun craft night.  Well, it is always a fun night when there are crafts and gals involved.  We made personalized conversation hearts, heart book page wreaths and not so valentiny (is that a word?) name tiles.

My favorite was the valentine hearts!  I saw them on pinterest and quickly pinned them to my Valentine board.  The idea is from The Peanut Paintshop.  And what a great idea it is!

This is something you can do at home.  First, get large hearts from your nearest Hobby Lobby.  (If they don't have enough, you can place an order.  For the craft night I ordered 50!) They are around $1.50.  I checked Micheal's, but sadly they don't carry them.  Second, choose your paint colors.  I opened up a pack of conversation hearts in the store to try my best at matching the colors.  Third, paint your hearts and let them dry.  Fourth, put on your vinyl names.  You could also use letter stickers from any craft store.  Fifth, use your trusty hot glue gun to adhere ribbon to the backs of the hearts.  ( I found this cute polka dot ribbon at Micheal's and at Walmart.)


For the top, I tied a knot, trimmed the edges, and then singed them with a lighter so they wouldn't fray.  Lastly, hang and admire!

Check out one of my friends' conversation hearts seen on her new blog Creative Preschool Resources.

I am linking up at Whipperberry and Every Creative Endeavor.
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Saturday, January 14, 2012

My First Feature!

I love to find new blogs!  Here is a fun one that featured my post on making a T-shirt scarf. Yippee!!!  I can hardly believe it!  Go on over to check out this great blog Reduse, Reuse, UPcycle!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

January Craft Night

It's time to get crafty!  Choose a craft from my ideas (or should I say ideas I found on Pinterest) or bring something you want to work on.  January craft night will be on the 20th at 7:30pm.  I know that is coming up quickly, so look at your calendar and decide now if you would like to come.  For the vinyl tiles I need to know at the latest by January 14th, and the other projects by January 16th.  Come and have some fun!

#1- Vinyl Tiles- $12 (Includes 12 x 12 tile, vinyl.)  These  make great gifts or something fun for your home.

#2- Personalized Conversation Hearts-  $4 each heart (includes wood heart, name in vinyl, paint and ribbon,  as seen on The Peanut Paintshop.

#3- Valentine Book Heart Wreath- $7 each (includes wreath form, hot glue, ribbon, bring your own book to punch hearts from)  as seen on Flower Patch Farmgirl.