Monday, November 29, 2010
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
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.
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
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!
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
Sunday, October 24, 2010
She also did a Halloween one that we just mounted on a frame too. I think they both turned out super fun! :)
Monday, October 18, 2010
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
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
Friday, July 16, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
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
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
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.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
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.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
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?
- 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
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.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
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!
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
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.
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!) :)