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Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas Yard Sign

How fun is this?  I am loving all these holiday yard art signs people are doing.  I love the personalized ones most.  Chelon at Chatty Walls did the vinyl for me.  Look at the "K" in workshop, too fun!  I love all the different fonts she used too.  Fun times!

To make this you don't need very many things.  You need a 1x4 and a 1x3 board and also a stake, I usually find mine at Lowes for $ .99.  You also need a few wood screws that are 1 1/2" long.  Maybe like 8 of them.  2 for each board.  Paint, and vinyl and holly berries if you want or ribbon.

I cut the top board which is the 1x4 at 20", and the other 3 boards, which are the 1x3's at 18" each.  Then I just picket the ends at 45 degree angles.  But you wouldn't even have to do that and it would look just as fun.

The colors for paint I used are Americana brand.  Napa Red, Snow White and Light Hauser Green.  I LOVE THESE COLORS!

The ribbon I got from Michaels.  It's in their Christmas line.  It's all glittery green and perdy!  The Holly Berry garland is also from Michaels.  But it would be just as cute with a red ribbon wrapped around the stake like a candy cane.  I could hardly wait until Thanksgiving was done to pull in the fall yard sign and put up the Christmas one!  I'm super excited for the holidays to get here!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Now for a Little Christmas :)

Thinking on how Thanksgiving will be over in a weeks time, I've been itching to put up my Christmas stuff.  I LOVE the holidays and usually decorate for Halloween mid August.  So I've had my pumpkins and fall stuff out for a few months now, (and that is no small feat, I have over 100 pumpkins...a small addiction) and I am ready for the huge change over in themes and color in my home!  This past week I started making a few things.  Quite a few things.  And here are my favorite 2 this week.

First is a super easy one, It is Christmas vinyl just mounted on a simple 8X10 frame.  I put scrapbook paper cut to size inside and then tied ribbon around the edge of the frame.  I think it took me all of 5 minutes to finish.  I love quick projects so much!  And of course I got the vinyl from my friend Chelon, over at Chatty Walls.  I don't think she has it posted on her blog to order, but you could just shoot her an email and tell her you want the vinyl that says "Christmas" and is shaped like a Christmas tree and she'll know just what you mean.  They have their normal website and they have a blog too, you should check them both out sometime.  Lots of fun ideas on there.
The second project was more labor intensive.  Mostly because you have choices, choices, choices to make!  It is like the Fall Subway Art we did but she has come up with a super cute Christmas one.  I LOVE it.  Great job Chelon.  Seriously woman, I stand in awe of your greatness!  This isn't up on her website as of this morning yet either, but again, if you are interested in it, just shoot her an email (you can find her address on her website) and tell her you want the Christmas subway art and she'll let you know cost and all that fun stuff.

So for this one you need a board that is 1x12 and then cut it at 23" long.  You use the negative of the vinyl so that it can be used as a stencil and everything is painted on.  A bunch of friends have done these and it is so so so fun to see them come to life because ALL of them are different and unique since everyone uses the colors that best suit their home.  So fun!  I think it's best to go with 4 or 5 paint colors.  After that it gets a little busy. But you can totally use whatever floats your boat.  Also another thing we found that helped was to dab your paint on instead of brushing it.  That way there is less chance for leakage, but with the vinyl if it is really smoothed down good, you really don't have to worry about that too much.  I'm loving it!

I'm sure there will be many more Christmas crafting projects and gift ideas to come!  I love this time of year!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Couple Last Minute Thanksgiving Crafts

So this week has been CRAZY to say the least.  I am running a Christmas Craft Day today and so many more people signed up for it than I thought would which is great, except I just hope they can fit in my home all at once.  Hehehe.  During the week I did a couple more Fallish crafts and wanted to share before Thanksgiving is actually over and done with!

I have a small group of women that I craft with pretty regularly.  We each come up with ideas or find ideas on the many craft blogs out there and get together and whip them out.  So super fun!  My friend Holly found this one and it was so fun I ended up making 12 of them.  Super easy and really cheap too.  How cute are they?

She found them on a blog.  I can't remember the address, but all it is is a 2x4x4 block, a 5 gallon paint stirring stick for the head (those are free at Home Depot and Lowes), and 7 large craft sticks.  That's it on the wood.  Then you just need a very small amount of scrapbook paper and either ribbon or raffia.  I used a sharpie for the eyes.  We just cut the 7 craft sticks in half with kitchen scissors and then modge podged the halves to the backside of scrapbook paper.  Then when the mode podge is dry, just cut around the sticks with regular scissors.  Really easy.  We inked the edges with a distressing ink pad.  Everything is hot glued together.  I just cut the parts for the face out of red and mustard scrapbook papers and inked around those edges too.  they went together really quick.  Anyway, that is a quick one you can do and my kids helped and loved it.  So it's easy enough for them too.

My second project this week were these fun jars!
I found these jars at World Market.  They are Australian Root beer jars.  The root beer was yeasty and kind of yuck, but the jars are so cute!  You get 4 jars for $5.99.  Kind of a lot, but I figured I'd probably pay more for empty jars from a regular store.  The wheat is from Garden Ridge for $2.99 a bunch.  I needed 3 bunches for these jars.  And of course my friend Chelon did the vinyl for me.  She was brilliant and did it for both sides of the jar so I can have them sitting out on a counter and it will look great from any side.  I think it took maybe 5 minutes to throw it all together once I had the stickers washed off the jars.  I love quick projects!

The craft group ones today aren't so super quick.  I'll post what we had going on today after the day is done. I'd better go get the tables set up and covered with plastic.  :)  Have a fun crafting day!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Give Thanks Blocks

I made these Give Thanks blocks the other day.  They turned out fun and are so super easy to make.  You just need a 2x3 stud board cut at 3", 5" and 7".  Fall paint colors, whatever floats your boat, and vinyl.  I used beige for the words and bronze for the wheat.  I tied a ribbon around the "give" block and on some of them that I made I glued acorns on top which turned out fun, but left them off of mine because I was afraid my kids would just pick them off or my dog would try to eat them because she's weird like that.  :)  Anyway, there you go, something for this Holiday Season.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Fall Subway Art

Chelon over at Chatty Walls had a few of us over the other day to experiment and try to make these.  It is all painted and stained.  But we used the negative of vinyl to make a stencil.  It worked awesome!  So much better than a regular stencil.  There was very little leaking out underneath.  So nice!  Thanks Chelon!  I love the little owls!

She also did a Halloween one that we just mounted on a frame too.  I think they both turned out super fun!  :)
I know the picture is so tiny.  I took it with my phone because I was lazy.  I should have just got out the camera.  :(

Monday, October 18, 2010

Fence Picket Pumpkins

Ahhhh, I LOVE pumpkins!!  So here's another pumpkin I did last week.  To make this one, you need 8 fence pickets, if the fence is old and worn, it ends up looking so much cuter!  You can find people giving away fence panels for free on craigslist.  Or you can attack a friend who is getting their fence replaced and beg her for the old stuff.  Which I did.  Thanks Stacy!

You lay 7 pickets out side by side, trace with a sharpie, the shape of a pumpkin, and then cut the wood with a table saw.  It doesn't do curves, so straight lines are best.

After you've cut the 7 pickets, lay them out side by side making sure the bottom is square so your pumpkin doesn't sit all wonky on the ground.  Then on the left over 8th board, lay it across all the boards and mark where to cut it to make a brace.  You'll need 2 of these.  Then with 1 1/4" wood screws, screw with a power drill, the braces across the top and bottom of the pumpkin.

Find a good pumpkiny orange paint and a good brown and go to town painting with a cheap, throw away, foam brush.  I went over mine after with a light oak stain to give it some depth and antiquing.  And then finish it up with raffia!  Easy and nearly free!  Happy Fall!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Chunky Pumpkins

I made these today and they turned out so super cute I thought I'd post them up here.

I was recycling some old wood that I had from a sewing table of mine that my husband took apart.  It was just 4x4.  We cut them on the table saw at 5", 7" and 9" tall.

My friend Chelon painted them for me and she mixed the paint....so I can't give the color name.  I took walnut oil and rubbed the edges after the paint was all the way dry.  Then found 3 fun scrapbook papers at Hobby Lobby and Modge Podged them on all 4 sides.  Then used wood glue to glue 2x2x2.5" chunky wood stems on top.

I took the drill and with my tiniest bit, drilled some holes in top of the orange part of the pumpkins, and curled some wire and glued them into the holes.  Then I found some fun orange, rust and olive green beads and fed them onto the wires.  Really fun and really cheap project.    Probably the hardest part was cutting that chunky wood, but if I was smart, I would have asked the man at Lowes to do it for me.  Instead I went crying to mom this time.  :)  Thanks for your help mom and Chelon!  I love the way they turned out!!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Fall Crafts

Oh my goodness!!!  My friend Chelon and I got together this morning and made these 2 yard stakes!!  I am so super excited with the way they turned out!  Thanks Chelon for sharing your fun ideas with me, I am grateful for you and your friendship.  :)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Christmas in July!

I've been feeling like Christmas lately. I think it's just wishful thinking on my part, wanting the cooler weather, the music, the food, the crafting....

So the other day I made this little quick and way easy craft. I can't found the instructions and idea for it here at Blue Eyed Blessings

Since Stampin Up quit making the green vinyl for it, and I really wanted it, I just had my husband help me make my own. I saw that bells are being put out at Hobby Lobby already for Christmas, so I think I'll go get some medium and small ones to put in the frame too. It a fun and inexpensive Christmas decoration idea! Now I'm on the hunt for my next project!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Really Late 4th of July Post...

I've been meaning to post this forever. I decided to get up off my duff today and get it done! My friends Carolyn, Misty, and me all got together and made these two 4th of July crafts from scraps of wood I had laying around in the garage. Misty donated some to the cause too. Thanks lady!

Britt, it was all made from that sewing table I had in the front room. :( Table, may you rest in peace, or pieces as it were now. Hardy Har Har! That's my lame joke for the day. My oldest would be rolling her eyes right now if she could read this! Hehehe.
I made a bunch of these little stackable flags. We got the idea from the blog How Does She
It's a 2x4 flag. She gives all the directions on her blog of how to make it and even gives you a link to where she got the font so you can cut it out on your cricut or whatever other handy machine you may have. Or you can even just modge podge it on out of paper cut outs. Or just run your red paper through the printer and print it on, then cut the red paper to size and modge podge it on. Super easy, super fun! She even had the funnest idea on her blog of making up a bunch with friends and then running around and leaving them on peoples doorsteps to find, which I did do and honestly, it made me feel like a kid again, I left 5 of them around my town with little notes. It was fun!

The idea for these Firecrackers came from the Ucreate website. I changed a little of what she did. The Justice and Liberty are out of vinyl, the stars are all paper that I cut out on my cricut. Instead of tying them with a ribbon, I put beads on my wires too. Adds some sparkle. It was fun! I used 4x4 posts (used to be the legs of my sewing table) and cut them on my table saw at 12", 9", and 6" lengths. I did 12 the tallest because I only have 12x12 scrapbook paper. 1 piece of paper is needed per block. Apparently the lady from the website has larger paper because her's were taller. Anyway, these were plenty big enough! And fun to find paper for. She had brief directions on her website and they were pretty easy to figure out. I enjoyed my time making them all too, nothing is better than crafting with friends. Thanks ladies!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Beautiful

Here's a professional picture of the dress I did for Tristyn, she just looks so happy and beautiful. I had to post it. Look how sweet they are, ahhhh, newlyweds. Sigh.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Misty's Father's Day Quilt

My friend Misty had me sew a lap sized Father's Day Quilt for her husband for him to take to sporting events. It turned out so fun. She has quite the eye for picking fun coordinating fabrics and she had her boys paint some of the blocks for his quilt. It turned out super fun! Great idea Misty, and thanks for letting me sew it and quilt it for you, I loved seeing it come together!




I think she just used fabric paints for the blocks. I think it is such a fun idea to make a homemade gift for our daddy's and get the kids involved!


Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Wedding Dress

I was asked to sew a wedding dress for a daughter-in-law to be, of a friend. It was my first wedding dress. I had sewn a blessing dress for this friends first grand daughter a year and a half ago. It was fun to carry on the tradition!
The dress was mostly sewn on the machine, but I had to do all the lace, hems on the sleeves and all around the bottom of the dress by hand. It was serious work!
But all in all it turned out nice and fit correctly and I was pleased with it. I am very grateful for the opportunity I had to do it, I learned so much. We had a pattern, but I had to change a lot and found out that I can work without one as well. And that is a good feeling, one that I needed.

I had promised them that I wouldn't post this until after the wedding which I believe was yesterday, so I wish them the best! Good luck Tristyn and Skyler! I know you'll be very happy! And thank you Marcia for giving me the opportunity once again to sew for your family's special occasions! I surely appreciate it and all I learned!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Ol' fence picket flags

About 4 or 5 years ago I made this flag at church out of old fence pickets. When my friend Brittney moved to Utah she hadn't painted her unfinished one yet and gave it to me. Love you Britt! :)Last week I made it into this, a Texas one. I actually made it for someone I know who LOVES all things Texas. :)
They are pretty easy and really simple to make. And cost next to nothing honestly! You just get on craigslist and find someone who is giving away old fence panels or pickets for FREE, there are tons on there usually. You need to skinny ones, the larger ones just look dorky.

This is what you need to make the flag
7 old fence pickets
14 wood screws
Table saw or a handsaw if you have big muscles
Electric drill with a phillips bit in it, or an old fashioned screwdriver (yuck)
Brick red paint, navy blue paint, antique white paint
3 sponge brushes (they will be shredded by the end)
Rusty tin stars if you are doing the Americana flag, (I put a link to the place I bought them from, split them with your friends to lessen the cost) or a cast iron star if you are doing the Texas one. (I got mine this past week at Hobby Lobby, they were 50% off and I got it for $2.50. Sweet!)
Painters tape
Glue gun and sticks.

You cut the pickets with your table saw at 48". Don't throw away the part you cut off because we are being "green" and recycling it on the backside of the flag. You line up your posts against a wall so they are touching one another and square. You take 2 of the short parts of the pickets you cut off and and line them up 6 inches from the left side of the flag and 6 inches from the right side of the flag so that each piece goes across all 7 cut pickets. You take wood screws that are about 1" long and screw the wood brace across each of the 7 pickets on both ends.

Flip it over and tape off where you you want the blue part first. You want to do that first so it will dry quickly and you can get the stars glued on while the other colors dry. I'm always pinched on time, so any shortcuts I can find, I love to share!

After the blue, paint your red and white. Almost dry brush it on so it stays rustic. I didn't sand anything afterwards in these projects, it's just the dry brush painting. So really you don't need much paint either.

After the blue is dry, hot glue your stars on in whatever pattern you want and you are done!

My neighbor Misty and I made 3 of these from start to finish (I didn't even have the table saw set up yet when she got here) in 2 1/2 hours and that was with 3 kids running nutty around us. It's so cheap for 1 of them and easy too! Really.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Baby Quilts


Between my friends, Dave's work, family, and Church, I feel like I have a baby quilt going all the time. This one I was able to whip together yesterday with scraps I had left over from 3 different baby girl quilts. I didn't have to buy a single thing for it which is an awesome feeling! Yay!It was a way easy and fun project too. It is 42"x42" finished, which I think is a pretty decent sized baby quilt. It was 7x7 rows, because everything looks better in odds right? And the blocks are 6"x6" cut. If you do 5 fabrics, you only need 1/4 yd of each fabric to get the top done, 1 1/4 yds for the backing and 2/3 yd for the binding. Just get enough batting to fit the backing and you are good to go my friend! Definitely do-able in an afternoon if the children cooperate!

I machine quilted it which I FIRMLY believe is cheating, but I only hand quilt quilts for my most favorite people anymore because I am always so short on time. Plus my horse dog is so dang tall that she can drool all over the top of a baby quilt, even on the tall frames and that is just wrong. So I cheated and machine quilted it and I liked it! Hehehe. If you do machine quilt it in your regular sewing machine, all you have to do is they the back down wrong side up, put the batting on top of that, and place your quilt top right side up on top of that. Pin the center of every block, and set your stitch length to the longest it will go. This helps the top and the backing not bunch up against each other and it also makes a prettier stitch through so much thickness. This one is for one of Dave's friends at work who just had his first baby girl. I hope she gets lots of use out of it!




Monday, May 24, 2010

Craft Night Update

Chelon gave me blue vinyl for the center one, I like it so much better, thanks Chelon you are the best!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Somebody Stop Me....Please!


I realized yesterday after I got the labels all printed that I forgot to do one for my cookie jar and my baking soda jar too....so guess what I did today?
It's getting a little out of control. But it is so fun!

And since I had to take a picture of the cookie jar, I had to make cookies to put in it right? It only makes sense. So I made up this recipe my mom has gotten me addicted to! Holiday Biscotti. Yum! They are a bit of work, but so so so worth it. I promise! Here's the recipe if you are interested!

Holiday Biscotti

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 12 ounces good-quality white chocolate, chopped

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Line a heavy large baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk the flour and baking powder in a medium bowl to blend. Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar, butter, lemon zest, and salt in a large bowl to blend. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time. Add the flour mixture and beat just until blended. Stir in the pistachios and cranberries.

Form the dough into a 13-inch long, 3-inch wide log on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until light golden, about 30 minutes. Cool for 30 minutes.

Place the log on the cutting board. Using a sharp serrated knife, cut the log on a diagonal into 1/2 to 3/4-inch-thick slices. Arrange the biscotti, cut side down, on the baking sheet. Bake the biscotti until they are pale golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer the biscotti to a rack and cool completely.

Stir the chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water until the chocolate melts. Dip half of the biscotti into the melted chocolate. Gently shake off the excess chocolate. Place the biscotti on the baking sheet for the chocolate to set. Refrigerate until the chocolate is firm, about 35 minutes.

The biscotti can be made ahead. Store them in an airtight container up to 4 days, or wrap them in foil or parchment paper and freeze in resealable plastic bags up to 3 weeks.


Enjoy!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Label Obsessed Much

I found some labels for Flour, Sugar and Powdered Sugar that I liked online a couple months ago, but for 3 they wanted $7 plus shipping. I am a cheapo!
I have a lot of jars and wanted labels on all of them so ever since then, I've been working on labels, labels, labels! And can I just say that I am in love with my Cricut? I LOVE that thing.
I liked all the swirly doo dads around the words and that is what took me the longest to find. I had to go through a ton of fonts and .svg files to find all of them!
But finally, I did and I LOVE how they turned out!
After I printed them and put them on today, I found that I just sat in my kitchen and stared at them for awhile. I feel very content and in a very weird sort of way more organized. Does it make sense? Nope, not one bit, I didn't clean anything or sort anything. Just slapped some words on jars, but I like it. :)

I got the laundry room jars at Walmart for really cheap, the food storage jars are all from The Container Store and I've had them for 10 years, so I have no idea if they still sell them. But they are wonderful if they do!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Summer Craft Night

Yesterday I threw these together, they are easy and so fun. They are for a summer craft night I'll be running mid June! If you are going to be around let me know if you want any! They are all made with 2x3 stud boards. I can't ever find that size at Home Depot, but Lowes has them! You cut the wood at 6", 8" and 10" lengths. Those are the sizes for all 3 sets.

Patriotic for 4th of July

On the patriotic one I used a brick red, beige, and navy blue paint. The vinyl is from Chatty Walls and it blended into the beige too much so I inked the edges with Chocolate Brown ink and then rubbed brown chalk around the lettering. I love the distressed feeling of it, thank heavens it turned out!

Little Girls Stacker

The Little Girls Stacker is done in Bubble Gum Pink and Light Hauser Green. The vinyl is white and also done by Chatty Walls.

Little Boys Stacker
The Little Boy Stacker is done with the same colors as the patriotic one. Navy Blue and Brick Red with white vinyl from Chatty Walls. Thanks Chelon for all your help with the vinyl and sayings! I love how they all turned out!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

More Teacher Gifts


So the last teacher gift I did this year was for Miss Stacy, Emmaline's preschool teacher. She is seriously so fantastic! She has REALLY helped Emmaline come out of her shell this year and she needed something extra I thought. So I made her the apron I've made for most of my family and friends now. I think I just have a few more friends and 2 close family members to go (I've been working on them for 2 years now to cover all the birthdays and such). I love the pattern, it is simple with good directions.
I bought all the fabrics at Hobby Lobby because they have really cute coordinating lines. From start to finish this one took about 2 hours.

I made one for myself and an identical one for my friend Tracy 2 years ago and they've been coming along ever since in all different fabrics and styles. Here's mine.
Many people like the apron....then they notice the skull and cross bones and either laugh and say it's cute, or don't know what to say after that. hehehehe, it's so fun! All my fabrics came from Joann's for this one.

I also tried to come up with a little girl one that I made for all the preschool girls in Emmaline's class for Christmas a year and a half ago. They turned out so fun! All the little girl fabrics came from Hobby Lobby.

My pantry is FULL of aprons that I've made for the kids and myself over the years and I think these are by far the most fun I've done yet!
I wish I would have taken pictures of all the ones I've done. Maybe I could ask a favor, if I've made one for you, can you put it on, and have someone take a photo of you in it and email it to me? I'd love to have it in my folder of craft projects I've done! Thanks!

Teacher Gifts!!!

I had a super fun time this year with teacher gifts! I found this other craft blog, and she does mostly wood and vinyl stuff, which is what I'm all about. I love it! Anyway, I just made the teachers name signs for their desks. I tried to get my kids to pry a bit and find out what colors their teachers liked, and Isabel was the only one that really followed through with that. Quinn's answer always was, they love the rainbow mom! Sigh. I had to make a lot this year because of my friend Misty again! Dang you! She makes gifts not only for the regular teachers but for all the music, art, pe teachers too. So I thought, I'd better start doing that too so they'd know we appreciate them as well. I think they turned out so fun!
So they were pretty easy really, I just cut 2x4 to whatever size fit their name best. The lettering was done with my cricut (I love that thing), and it is 2" tall. The lettering, not the cricut. :) You paint the blocks whatever color you want and I just used the wrong end of a paint brush and did the dots all the way around with more paint. Slap the vinyl on when it is dry and then I sprayed them all with a clear varnish spray. You tie tulle around the top block and hot glue a flower on top! Easy peasy right?
I seriously made all of them in like 2 1/2 hours and that included cutting and sanding the wood. And all for just pennies really.
The website where I found the idea is So Lovely Creations. Check her out, she has some super fun ideas for so many things, and she has an etsy shop too. (but you can make it yourself for tons cheaper!) :)