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Friday, July 27, 2012

Burlap and polka dots...and some inspiring words

My friend and I have this thing we do where we set goals together. Different for each of us, but we share them and talk about them. As of yesterday, we are on goal 106 {ok, slight exaggeration}.  Some are big {I will practice the piano every week}, some are small {I will have water with my lunch instead of that delicious dr pepper}, but they are meaningful to us. Some of my goals make me emotional...some come from regret...but they are there to keep me going, to keep me improving myself, and to remind me of the full potential within me. I found this quote by c.s.lewis, one of my favorite authors, and immediately fell in love with it. It is now proudly displayed in my kitchen, where I can see it every day and be reminded of the goals I've set and encourage me to keep trying {and it helps to have my latest loves burlap and polka dots, too!}.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

DIY Message Board

My good friend got married almost one year ago, so I thought it's a good time to post the message board I gave her for a wedding present!  I had to go out and buy my first hot glue gun!!  It was also my first time attempting rolled fabric flowers.  Kind of gutsy to have all these FIRSTS be for a project I was giving to someone else, but hey, we're still friends, so it must not have been too awful.  All I needed was fabric scraps, glue gun, empty frame, cute piece of paper, vinyl letters, dry erase marker and velcro squares.

I asked my friend what her wedding song was, and it contained the line "You are my Shining Star."  I thought this was PERFECT for the beginning of an "I love you" message board, so every day they could share a reason why the other was their Shining Star.  I'm in love with the paper I put in the frame, as a background -- it had bubble flowers on it!  You can't see on the backside, but I purchased a small dry erase marker, attached one part of a velcro square to the marker cap, and attached the other half of the velcro square to the back of the frame.  That way, the marker is nearby and you're not going to lose it!

There are SO many message boards, dinner menus, calendars, etc. you can make with an inexpensive frame and a dry erase marker!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Etched Baking Dish

Our very good friends built a new home in Logan!  We were able to have a get together at their AMAZING new house.  We loved everything they chose and were so happy to see their little family get a place of their very own.  I decided to get them a housewarming gift to celebrate (since I'm trying to be a better person/wife/friend/crafter/girl).  I've heard tall tales of a product called "etching creme" and always thought it would be fun to test out.  I decided to attempt an etched baking dish.  I read a few different blogs, and they all seemed to the say the same thing.  It seemed pretty easy.  And guess what??  It was!  All I needed was the etching creme, foam brush, baking dish, and a stencil cut from my fabulous Silhouette.

 The baking dish had the annoying STICKER on it.  Thank goodness for the magic of nail polish remover for helping me get it off with ease.

Stencils!  I decided to do their last name and a "flourish" on the other side.  I used stencil vinyl, but you can use any vinyl, really, to create a stencil.  Just peel the letters out to leave the negative space.

I think I have a black card I bought specifically for transferring the vinyl to transfer paper, but I couldn't find it.  Glad to know my Kohls card is good for something these days...!

This is the etching creme.  It comes in this teeny bottle with a not so teeny price tag.  It does go a long way, though.  I put on a LOT.  It says on the bottle to be careful you don't get any on your hands.  Apparently it can etch (aka BURN) your fingers off!  That's how it works it's magic on the glass.  I was sure not to test this burning theory out...I'll just assume they are right.

I used a small foam brush and left it on for a couple minutes.  The instructions say leave on for 60 seconds, but I think it depends on how "dark" you want the etching to be.  After, just rinse it off with water.  Again, super easy!
It really helps if you have a talented, cute boy to serenade you during those 60 seconds
(boy & guitar not included!)

The finished product!
It turned out pretty good, I think.

Hannah really liked it, and sent me a picture the other day of her using it for the first time.

I think I might have to make one for myself now!

A few different ideas to use etching creme for:

Cute-imize a trifle dish

Monogram coasters

Polka dots!!

I have a friend that got a baking dish set with her wedding date & name etched on it.  She still uses it, and it was one of her favorite gifts.

So excited about etching creme, my new crafting friend.

Monday, July 16, 2012

How to Antique Paper and make something special with it

Do you have a dad?

I have a dad.

And boy, is he the HARDEST person in the WORLD to shop for.  Birthdays, Christmas, Father's Day -- it's SO hard to come up with something unique to give him.  I usually end up getting the latest MoTab CD or a framed picture of him and me.  But there is only so much room for photos!  So I decided to get a little creative and make him something special.

Music is such a huge, important, special part of my life.  Not only is a part of my life, but it's a part of my dad and me's life.  Countless nights growing up I would play the piano and he would fall asleep in my grandma's rocking chair next to the piano (or was it me keeping him up with late night piano songs?? I forget!).  One of our favorite Hymns is I Believe in Christ.  I wanted to somehow frame this song and give it to him as his gift.  I found a way to "antique" paper and, using some vinyl and an inexpensive Walmart frame, made this:

This now lives on top of my dad's piano!  I love seeing it there...even when I'm not playing remind me of the special moments we've shared together through music.

Want to antique your own paper?  It is super easy!  Here's how:


Paper you want to antique

1/3 cup of hot, black coffee
(I'm not a coffee drinker, so I don't have this on hand.  I suggest just buying one cup of to go coffee -- voila!)

One cookie sheet

Basting brush (easy to use on hand in the kitchen, or a sponge brush will work, too)

Paper Towels



Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

Crumple up the piece of paper into a ball.  Semi-smooth it out and place on cookie sheet.

Pour coffee over paper. Use brush to cover evenly. Leave some heavier spots for a more unique look.

Let sit for a few minutes. Then, use paper towels to blot up all excess liquid.

"Bake" paper in oven for about 5 minutes. Be sure to keep a close eye on it, so you don't start the paper on fire!

Remove from oven and VOILA! Paper that looks like Ben Franklin himself wrote it.

Have fun aging!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Pom Pom Necklace {minty fresh!}

Several months ago, some friends and I got together for a jewelry making craft night. I'd never made jewelry before, but was excited to give it a try. I was determined to make a charms necklace that was super fab and in style. What I ended up with was a dent in my wallet (I spent wAy too much on materials) and an ugly piece of neck wear I'm pretty sure is now living at the local D.I.!! But that failed attempt didn't stop me from trying to make another necklace this month.

I saw this on Pinterest and thought it would be a great beginners project, since it involved NO sewing and few materials. The tutorial I followed is from little miss momma:

I found some great fabric at Joanns in my oh so fave MINT color! Perfect for summer. I had leftover fabric and found an old hair clip sitting next to me after I finished the necklace. I made one more pom pom and adhered that to the hair clip for a matching barrette.

Super easy! Super cute!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Making Shirts with my favorite accessory

Apple may say, "If you don't have an iPhone, you don't have an iPhone."

But I like to say, "If you don't have a Silhouette, you don't have a Silhouette!!"

This little baby is my BFF.  It cuts just about anything this little girl would need to cut. 


Part of the goal of this blog is to prove to the husband that I use my Silhouette SD enough to get THIS little thang:

*sigh* the Silhouette Cameo.  Every crafting girl's dream come true.  12" of glorious cutting and sketching wonder.  One day, my friend, you will be mine.

So what can this little baby do?

I'll tell you.

Right now.

Make really awesome shirts!

I just so happen to be a giant nerd and love all things Harry Potter and the Hunger Games.  So DUH of course when the movies premiere, I have to make a wicked awesome shirt to wear.  Thanks to Silhouette's heat transfer material, I've been able to come up with some that (if I may say so) are pretty sweet.

I made these before Silhouette added Harry Potter shapes to their online store.  Now, there are SO many awesome shapes to choose from.  Too bad all the movies are out!!!  I'm pretty determined to have a HP party of some sort soon, though.

Before the Hunger Games movie came out and it was all the rage, the husband and I dressed up as Katniss and Peeta for Halloween!  I used the heat transfer material (again!) to make the apron Conrad wore, to clue in anyone who couldn't guess our costumes otherwise.

Since I felt slightly concerned showing up to the Hunger Games movie premiere with a hungarian bow and 4-foot solid wood walking stick, I decided to make a shirt TWO shirts.
I used two different colors of heat transfer for the back.
I then used stencil vinyl to make a stencil for the mockingjay logo on the front, and white fabric paint to fill it in.
Seriously, it doesn't get much easier than this, and I loved the results!

Here are a couple sites you can download the mockingjay logo:

Burlap Wreath

Burlap.  So hot right now. 

It really is!  I love me some burlap.  Following this fantastic tutorial at Top This Top That [] I created my own burlap wreath.  I kept it super simple for spring, only using some white tulips and my fave polka dot wired ribbon. 

I have been itching to turn it into a SUMMER wreath, since spring is pretty much over (ok, completely over).  To get the creative juices flowing, I turned to the husband for advice on what to use to make it summery.  I asked him what came to his mind when he heard the word SUMMER.  His reply?  "Raging Waters!"  "You could put a wave and waterslides on it..."  Ummmm...yeah...creative juices flowing?  Not quite.  I have yet to have the lightbulb go off for the summer wreath, but this 100+ degree weather is telling me it's time to change seasons.

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