Friday, July 30, 2010

Quick 2x4 Gift

Here is a cute little 2x4 idea. It holds pictures and is a simple and fast gift.
Start with a 2x4. Cut it to any length you want. This piece was left over so I used what I had.
Drill holes on the top of your piece to hold your wires. Do as little or as many as you like.

Cut a piece of paper to the needed size and Mod Modge your paper on. Press it down and then let dry. When dry you can sand the edges to create a more rough edge.

I used my Cricut to cut the word FAMILY in white vinyl.

I also used ink to darken my edges.

Twist your wires.
I added a ribbon around the board. I stuck my wire through the ribbon and into the pre-drilled holes.

All done. This took me only about a half hour. It would have been faster if I didn't have three kids bugging me!
Now I think I am going to give this to one of my friends. Hope she likes it!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Felt Flower Wreath

Oh My! I made this! It is so cute! (sorry but I am really excited about how this turned out!)

I made this wreath with felt flowers. You can learn to make them here.
The only supplies you need is:
  • a foam wreath
  • hot glue gun
  • LOTS of glue sticks
  • felt

You can get felt at your craft store in 9x12 pieces. They are .30 cents at Joann's. It took about 20-25 sheets of felt for my wreath but it will vary depending on what size wreath you pick and how big you make your roses.

You can buy felt by the yard also. This may be a better way to do it if you are going to do a lot of roses for a large wreath.

I started by making lots of roses. This is only a small amount of them.

Then you just start hot gluing them on the wreath. Keep it random and keep them close together to avoid seeing the wreath through the roses.

Keep going...

Keep going...

I didn't do the back of my wreath. Why should I? No one will see it!

At this point you need to decide how you are going to hang your wreath. I decided to hang mine from a door hanger on my daughters door. So I used coordinating ribbon and pinned in on my wreath. (see the pins?) Then I covered over the ribbon and pins with more flowers.

Here is my door hanger. Gold? yuck!

I covered it with white fabric scraps. This way if I want to use it again later somewhere else I just take the fabric off.

Ta Da! It is so cute!

It looks super cute on my daughters bedroom door. It matches the girly colors inside and makes her room extra special.

Let's Do the Can-Can! Part 3

Tiny cans!
These are the cutest little cans ever!
Little Band Aid size cans.
I've used my usual scrapbook materials plus some of my extra stuff laying around.
These little can would be perfect for a small treasure or even just a special note.
You could even put Band Aids in them! Go figure!
Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

T-Shirt renovation

Here is my first T-Shirt renovation.

I have a favorite shirt. It is my favorite because it is cheep and comfy.

They are t-shirts from Michael's and Joann's. Normally they are about $4.99, but you can always find them on sale for 2 for $5 or even better sometimes.

They are a really good quality shirt too. They don't shrink and they keep the color for quite awhile. The only thing I don't like about them is the neck. So here is my fix!

I started by cutting some circles in different sizes from an old t-shirt of the same color.

Then I created a pattern for how I wanted my neck line to be.

I started by cutting the entire collar off and then cutting my pattern. (Sorry no picture)

Then I hemmed the collar with a basic roll over. I turned my tension down a bit so that the fabric wouldn't bunch up, t-shirt material is very light weight and does that.

After I did that I started laying out my flowers. Once I decided what to do I started sewing them on by hand. Just a few stitches to keep them in place. I ended up adding more stitches than I thought because the flowers were flopping all over the place.

And here it is! My favorite t-shirt is now my SUPER favorite shirt. It is cute enough to wear with a skirt and not just with shorts.

Now I just have to do this to the other 5 shirts I have in different colors!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Let's Do the Can-Can! Part 2

More cans!
These are special cans that I got online from Oriental Trading.
They are super cute and can be used for so many things!
I have used scrapbook papers, ribbon and stamps for these tins.
This rectangular can can be used as a recipe card tin, card holder tin, treat tin and so much more! I have on that I use as a card holder. I make lots of handmade cards for all occasions and I keep them in my tin for safekeeping. I can leave it on the counter so that I never forget to send a card.

This size tin is perfect for a snack holder or purse.

I made is super girly but you can make your any way you want.

This is a lunch style tin. It is tiny and perfect for a small gift or treasure.
Hope you enjoy. Be sure to check out "Let's Do the Can-Can! Part 1"

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Let's Do the Can-Can! Part 1

Here is an easy gift idea or decorating idea.
A can remodel!
I got these cans at my local hardware store for a few dollars. **make sure you get lids too!**
I used my scrapbook stuff to decorate them with. Added some ribbon and stamps, and wallah!
It's hard to read but this tag says "Thank you", and leaves space for a little note.

This is a Happy Thought can. I applied vinyl stickers on the brown that have inspirational words.

This is a smaller quart can that I added a monogram to. it could be used as a pencil/stuff holder for someones desk or just as a cute gift holder.
Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I can Sew???

I can sew??? No! Yes? Maybe...
So here is the story.
I got a sewing machine after I got married thinking I would be a domestic goddess. I would make curtains, baby clothes, my clothes and everything else made from fabric. Well, that didn't happen. I HATED to sew. My mom tried to teach me before I moved out but I just did not like it. So my machine stayed in its box most of the time. Occasionally it came out for the random straight line hem. I mostly blame it on the fact that I had no room for it. To use it had to clean off the kitchen table and get everything out. Then I had to put it all away before the end of the day.
So 11 years later I have a craft room with room for a sewing table. It's not pretty, but I have space. So now the machine is out and I decided to try to make some skirts for ME! I found this great site with a relatively easy step by step tutorial, Regarding Rosie.
And here is my first skirt. It was not supposed to be white on the bottom but I got the wrong size fabric so I had to make a few adjustments. I couldn't go to church in a 12in skirt! Indecent!
This is my third skirt, much better. I used a sheet I got from Savers for $5.
This white one I also made form a sheet. It need some work still... a little bit sheer :)
So there you go, I guess I can sew! My mother is laughing right now.
She new this day would come.