Saturday, August 8, 2009

A Little Accessory Organization Here

Thanks to Angie's clippie tutorial I decided to make some for my daughter...(I improvised. They are far from amazing). Anyway, right after I made these, I needed a fun place to keep them. Lo and behold. Nanny Goat had the perfect solution HERE. I put my mother (the woman is a garage sale fiend) on the scent for an ornate-looking frame. I think she found a good one. I painted it with regular acrylic paint, choosing not to prime it so that the previous gold of the frame would show through just a bit. I attached ribbon with a heavy application of hot glue. Ribbon is by (l to r) Basic Grey, American Crafts Basic Grey, Offray and Basic Grey. If not yet a fan of Nanny Goat you need to check out their cute craft blog for ideas and inspiration, too! --C

Friday, August 7, 2009

What time is it?

It's craft time:)
Okay, that was cheesy, but I just wanted to post this cute clock that I finally finished! (my big hold up was not wanting to pay $6 for the clock plus $3 for the hands, but I got the clock 40% off so it was just about $7 total for the clock parts)

The process.....

  • buy the cute scrapbook paper (this happened to already be this shape)
  • trace the shape onto the wood
  • cut out the wood (or pay me to cut it out for you)
  • stain the wood
  • mod podge the paper onto the wood
  • adhere stickers (I used my Cricut to cut mine out of vinyl but any stickers would work)
  • drill a hole in the center
  • insert clock (according to pkg directions)
  • hang on wall

So, I need help from our readers....
Would you buy this clock? Is it cute enough? How much would you pay for it? I am thinking about making clocks for a craft boutique or to sell on Etsy. Please leave a comment and help me out!


P.S. We are now on FACEBOOK and TWITTER! Click on our links on the side bar to be our follower or friend.

P.P.S. We got our pics taken today by Kristen Spencer Photography. Look for our smiling faces on our side bar soon!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Why Should Teachers Have All the Fun?

As reported is back to school time for our kids due to a year-round school schedule. This time of year just happened to coincide with the over-due over haul of my crafting room. As any true crafter knows, the best way to clean up the craft room is to finish at least 5 of your unfinished projects.

I did that.

Up next on the old to-do?

Examine odd items I've been holding on to then use or toss in the trash.

The first thing I saw was a long rectangular frame that my mom picked up at a garage sale. The frame had a maple look and the picture was paper-pieced flowers and bees. Not uncute, but too outdated, too cute for me.
I took the frame, removed the glass and painted it black with acrylic craft paint.

Next I saw this large roll of cork paper (3 mm thickness) and I decided to make them into a bulletin board with unusual dimensions.
I took the glass from the frame and used it as a pattern to score the cork paper. Cork paper isn't very thick so I did this three times to create enough support for anything I wanted to stick in there.
The paper only needed a light scoring and then it was ready to break easily along the lines.
I layered the three pieces of cork paper and replace the backing on frame sans glass.
I finished off this cute project with a cork paper flower. This cork paper is 1 mm thick and slips easily into a paper punch (EK Success made this punch).
The red button finished it off nicely and then it inspired another idea! I needed pins for my cork board. I used a wire cutter to remove the pinhead off a regular sewing pin (seems I have an abundance right now (may be they multiplied on there own when they saw what great homes I had made for them). Next I found two identical buttons, stuck a glue dot (I use the Glue Dots brand) on each of them and sandwiched the pin in between. Here they are on the board. Simple practical and I didn't have to buy anything new for any of it!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Fabric Flowers

I have seen different versions of fabric flowers all over the blog-o-sphere and have tried some. This one from Pink Paper Peppermints , however, is my favorite so far. It was so easy to whip up and a fun addition to anything-bags, pins, magnets, clothes. Having little girls though, my favorite use is for hair accessories. Like these sweet little darlins' I made for a friends new baby girl. Get the how-to here. Instant craft gratification. My favorite! (One small note: My flowers here are half the size of the tutorial. For this particular friend, small and delicate was the better option.)