Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Noel Card

If you are in need of one last cute Christmas card idea,
this is the perfect layout for you!

Just in time (barely) to get yours made before the big day.
Another one from the card group.
I love it!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Jingle Bells Christmas Tags

Here is a last minute Christmas gift tag idea for all of you procrastinators.
These look great and are super easy to make.
Use the rafia to tie 3 mini bells together,
as well as the ties to wrap around your gift.

Just big enough for a 'To:' and 'From:' on the back.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

My 'Star' Inspired Christmas Tree

I am pretty much in love with my Christmas Tree.
And it has been exactly the same for the past 5 years...
(that's saying something, isn't it?)
I just wanted to share!

 I have a major obsession with stars...

Are you seeing a pattern, here?

And they aren't very visible, but there are mini stars all over these:

And of course my bear, 'Joy':

Mostly because it doesn't look so ' star obsessed' from far away.
Christmas can officially begin now.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Merry Christmas Stocking Card

This was made by my sister,
The design would also be perfect for gift tags!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Headboard Makeover

I have always always always wanted a really cool bed.
My husband has never never never wanted to pay for one.

So... when my sis-in-law asked if I wanted a king sized head and footboard (for free), I was ecstatic.

I also had no idea what it would look like.

When it came (thanks again, Risse), I realized it was not exactly what I would have picked out myself:

It sat in my house for weeks, as I debated over just putting it together or trying to redo everything.  Mostly I debated over the amount of work it would take.

I finally just took the plunge.

After tearing it apart, stripping it down, putting it back together again and giving it a fresh coat I came up with this:
Pretty cool, hu?

I really wanted a tall headboard, and didn't really care for a footboard.
I loved the straight top of the fb, but hated the curved hb.
So I decided to turn the fb into the hb.

Here's how I did it:
 I started by unscrewing the molding from the top of the hb, and chipping away the design in the middle of each bow.

Then I took the fb, and broke the legs off.

This is the fb without legs:

Then I broke the legs off of the hb as well:

And it was left looking like this:

The top curvy piece was removed next:

I then took the fb, and put it on top of the hb, so I could see what it would look like (tentatively), like so:

It was going to have to be repainted or stained from all of the demolition, so that came off next:

Once the stain was removed, I sanded everything, and had my brother and cousin put the pieces together and install the new legs.

I decided on cream.

Some day I will (maybe) get around to putting a few coats of black glaze on it to bring out all of the cool lines.
But that will have to be when I have my own garage, instead of using my parents.

Even so, it is pretty amazing to me.
I absolutely love it!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Simple Shirt to Skirt Tutorial

Here is a super quick transformation from a woman's shirt into a child's skirt.
This is a really simple idea, but it does require a specific type of shirt, like the one below:

It is really cute, but was one of those shirts that makes you look prego.  Which is bad, if you aren't expecting... so I cut it up!

First, cut the top portion off, just above the elastic.

If you have a little girl (which I don't), then strap it around her waist and see if you need to take it in at all.
It seemed pretty big, so I took an inch off the side.
Just sew a straight line an inch away from the seam that already exists.

Cut off the excess...

Now wrap the elastic down over itself, wrong sides together, so you'll have a nice finish all the way around the inside of the waist.

And that's it!

Sorry no modeling photo's - I didn't have a chicka with me at the moment, and I wasn't about to strap it onto one of my boys...

The entire project took me less than 30 minutes.
I'm going to use the top portion of the shirt to make a matching flower, but that will be another post for another day.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pumpkin Boo Card

Halloween never seems like the holiday to be handing out cards, but I actually always seem to find a reason to.
Maybe it's because I have so many Halloween cards lying around.
Either way, here is a cute layout to get you in the spirit!  

made by my sister Melissa.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Halloween Cards

In need of some cute Halloween Cards?
These are really easy to put together.

I bought a sheet of Halloween stickers FOREVER ago, and decided to put them to good use.
I used the same layout for each card.

Then I put the stickers on white paper, cut them out, and raised them on the cards.
Really easy, super cute!
Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Thinking of You Ribbon Tag Card

This is the cutest card I've seen in a while!
I absolutely love it, and it is all because of the gold ribbon...
It just pulls it all together.
- Another made by Melissa.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Double Stack Fall Candle Display

This started out as an 'autumn' decoration in my house,
but I quickly fell in love with it and it acutally stays up year round.
Luckily it actually matches my couches and other decor.

Either way, I thought it might produce some 'autumn inspired' ideas...

I bought this killer candle stand at Tai Pan.
The kind you cant just put a plain old candle on and call it good.
It needed some flair...

It is also very tall, so the candle needed some height as well.
I had two old 3 wick candles that I stacked on top of eachother.

They were slightly banged up, and I needed something to bring them together,
so I wrapped some scrapbook paper around the middle to cover the seam.
Then I tied some rafia around that - leaving plenty of excess to show from behind.

I took some fall colored "berries" and wrapped it around the rafia.

It still needed a little something (obviously), so I got some matching fall decor.

I already had 3 tin stars, so I tied rafia onto them so they would go along with it all.

Then I put it all together...

Love it!