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Monday, January 31, 2011

Birthday Crafts

This is one of my best friends, Erin.

And today is her birthday. 
{I love birthdays!!}

She shares my love of all things crafty. So she gets crafty things for her birthday. Here's her loot this year.

She got this scarf,
{it was lime green, you guys knew it wasn't for my silly neutral colored self}

and these flowers for the walls of her apartment:

These are really much larger modified versions of two fabric flowers I've done before {here and here} and one I made up on the fly. I put these on a background of scrapbook paper and then into 12 x 12 frames. I like that they are three dimensional! 

Sorry for the semi icky pictures. I was literally snapping these before wrapping them and dashing off to her party.

Hope you have a fantastic day, lady! May the next 25 be as fantastic as the last!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Rugged Scarf - tutorial

I did bribe you with a craft yesterday. What kind of person would I be not to come through?? Enjoy!

No I haven't lost my neutral colored mind. This lime green doozy is for a friend.


 - 2 yards of jersey knit fabric
 - sewing machine

I like using the jersey knit because you can leave the edges unsewn and it doesn't fray. Loooove that!

First, cut your fabric. 
Cut {2} 72 inch by 8 inch strips of fabric
Cut {28} 8 inch by 3/4 inch strips of fabric. These will be divided into four piles of seven.

Now lay seven strips on at the end of one of the long fabric pieces. Make sure the curled edges of fabric are all facing up. Pin these down.
{there is no perfect way to do this, I promise}

Now sew a line right down the middle of each strip.

Now do the exact same thing at the other end of this  long strip of fabric. Same side up. 

When you finish there, do the same to two ends of the other fabric. Same side up.

Then lay the two long pieces of fabric together. Wrong side facing in/right side out. Pin them together and sew around the outside of the whole thing. 

{pardon my carpet}

Now trim all uneven edges and fringe.
{I had a lot of these}

Sweet scarf. Hope she likes it!

{The pups wanted some face time on the blog.}

Get your scarf time in now. Spring is coming!


Just a little housekeeping note.

For my fabulous readers that have me saved in their bookmarks, favorites, etc, just a small change. The new domain name is official.

Save it. 
(Though the old ones should still forward you to the right place)

And it cause I don't tell you often enough, I love you guys. Thanks for making this thing so fun!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

New Plan

I've decided to blog about life more.

Why? Well, because I can. Geez, sassy-pants.

Oh, now, stop your whining. I'll still do the same blessed craft stuff as always. But you're going to have to put up with some narcissistic ramblings in the between. It's time to sing for your supper readers... No. Not really. Because you can clicky-click away and never return again. And then I'll be alone with myself.

So I'll bribe you with crafts. I'm definitely not above bribery. Works with the dogs every time {maybe I should get that into check before I have children}.

So ... what is there to write about? I mean, a whole post? Sans pictures? And hot glue? Sound dangerous. Maybe we could talk about my wanna-be-New-Years-Resolution-that-I'll-never-actually-keep? Well, it's to get my big butt into shape again. I say 'again' because at one point I actually was fit as a fiddle {why do we say that?? fiddles aren't in the proper form for exercise! maybe it's fit as a fiddle that's been tightly tuned? ... which makes more sense but is still weird.} My point is that yes, I was formerly in shape. I ran high school track and cross country and went on to run cross country in college. Yup, college athlete. I'm uppity as they come.

Unfortunately, college was several years ago. So here I am. Out of shape. Now, don't confuse my saying "I'd like to be in shape" with "I'm going to eat healthier." Yes, I realize that the two are somewhat connected but I learned long ago that I have absolutely no will power when it comes to food. I mean none. None. Girlfriend loves her ice cream and sodas. 
My friend Caroline told me to try this awesome three day diet a couple weeks ago. Three days. That's it. How many days did I last? Umm, we'll round up to one ...

Today really wasn't the day to start running either. When that alarm went off at 6:30, I thought it had to be wrong. Don't you hate that? I got in from my first 30-minute exercise of 2011 and thought my life was over. What are the symptoms of a heart attack? Can you actually sweat to death? Thirty-five minutes ago, I was so full of hope. Of life. Where did it all go wrong?
Maybe tomorrow will be better.

Cooking up some dinner and then planning on taking a long walk with the mister. No, not off a short pier, but you are funny for thinking that. Tomorrow, if you're sweet, I might have a new craft for you.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

valentine wreath {tutorial}

Well, we made it back from New Orleans relatively unscathed. And minus a lot of sleep. I dozed yesterday while my better half did all the housework {have I mentioned lately how fantastic he is?!}

Back to the crafting world!

I had my berry wreath on the door for weeks now. Since it wasn't officially Christmas-y, I thought I could leave it up for a little extra time. But seriously, how long can that thing hang on the door before I get lumped into the same category as the neighbor that leaves his Christmas lights up all year round? I wasn't willing to take the risk. 

But a springtime wreath seems silly. I mean, its supposed to snow again tomorrow!

So I compromised. 

With a Valentine's Day Wreath!

By adding a simple piece of framed art the middle of my red berry wreath I was back in my neighborhood's good graces.

 - scrapbook paper {4}
         1 piece for background
         1 piece for pennants
         2 difference pieces for edging
 - twine
 - frame
 - hot glue/glue gun {not pictured, oops}

First, cut out your background page to fit your frame. I had an 8x10 frame to work with.

Next cut some one inch pieces to go along the side of your background. Layer these and make sure the end result still fits your frame. Hot glue in place.

Now cut out your pennant pieces. I used Word to create a simple shape, then typed on letter in each shape. I printed the document directly onto my scrapbook paper and then just cut out the pennants. 

Now draw the lines for your twine. I like to do this in pencil before I start gluing anything down.

 Hint: Start by gluing your twine down in the middle of the page. Then glue up each angle. Seems to make the process easier.

Arrange your pennants on the twine. Leave a bead of hot glue on top of the twine and stick the edge of the pennant over it. This give the entire thing more of a 3D look.

Now you just have to add the "love"
I sketched mine first. 

I added red paint to my frame for some pop.
Then tied the back of the frame to the wreath.

Hang and enjoy!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

vintage book bundles {tutorial}

I have had several questions about the book bundle on my bookcase.

No, I definitely did not pay $40 for one from Pottery Barn
{though these are cute and I wish I had the spare cash to blow at PB}

So I thought I'd share the love.
This project is so simple that it almost doesn't need a tutorial.
*Disclaimer: this project is not for the book-loving faint of heart*

  - paperback books
  - twine

This turns into a super cheap project when you grab some discount books. I went to Books-A-Million and got five paperback books from the $1 cart outside.

Funny story: When I went in to BAM with an armful of super cheap books from outside, the girl behind the counter gave me a strange look. I explained the project to her and she got wide-eyed and said "That's incredible! ... Did you leave any other books out there? I need to do this!" I gave her my blog web address and now have a new follower out there from the bookstore {hi Chelsea!}

Anyway, so rip the covers off your books.

Then stack up by size and wrap with twine

So simple!

Well, dearies, this is it for me for me until next week. 

These two lovebirds are getting hitched soon...

So its time for a weekend to celebrate! I'm New Orleans bound with the girls first thing in the morning. Here's hoping I come back from The Big Easy with all my dignity intact {no promises!}

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

argyle onesie {tutorial}

I don't have any crumb-snatchers of my own, but I do have a brand new super cute niece, Olivia. And since my last onesie tutorial was so incredibly popular, I thought it might be time for a new one.

I mean seriously, how adorable is this??

And the perk for the faint-hearted? ... no sewing machine needed for this one!

 - onesie
 - material for diamonds*
 - matching thread for the above material
 - Heat Bond Iron-On adhesive {optional}
 - embroidery thread
 - a couple pins
 - needle

*I used tshirt fabric to keep it from fraying

First grab a diamond pattern. I just printed one off from the shapes option in Word. My diamond is 3" x 1.5"

Use your pattern to cut out three diamonds from your extra material.

Now line up your diamonds in the center of your onesie. 

Since sometimes pining fabric still allows it to move around, I like to use some iron-on adhesive like Heat Bond to keep the material securely in place. I cut a couple stripes and placed them under the diamond in the shape of a cross. Then iron away.

If you're without Heat Bond, just make sure to pin the diamonds down to the onesie securely so they don't shift.

Now sew around the edges of your diamonds with matching thread.

Next, grab your diamond pattern and trace out three extra patterns {for a total of four paper diamonds}. 

Pin these down in place between the previously sewn diamonds to create the argyle-ish pattern {after making sure everything lines up properly, I'd suggest pinning one paper diamond down at a time, makes for less sharp straight pins to poke yourself on}

With your embroidery thread, sew a border around the edges of the diamond patterns.

And that's it!

I just know that my sweet niece Olivia is going to look fabulous in her argyle!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Homemade Kettlecorn

After a wonderful weekend with my dear husband, friends and family, we've settled down for snuggley evening on the couch {Golden Globes tonight!}

And I'd be completely reminisced if I didn't share this wonderfully perfect recipe with you tonight.

This isn't just any popcorn. It's the best homemade kettle corn you'll ever have. Cross my heart. And the recipe is so simple!


 - 1/3 cup popping kernels
 - 1/4 cup vegetable oil
 - 1/3 cup sugar

{all this for one nice big bowl}

Pour your oil into a skillet and turn heat to medium high. Toss in a couple of kernels to test the heat of the oil. Make sure to put on a tight lid! When those test kernels pop, toss in the rest of your kernels. Then pour the sugar in. Stir {and stir quickly, that oil gets hot fast!} and replace the lid. Shake your skillet every 10 seconds or so to keep the kernels from burning. When all the kernels have popped, take your skillet off the heat and stir again. Salt to taste!
At first, the kettle corn will be sticky and hard to mix up, but as it dries it'll break apart like normal.

And let the battle for the bowl begin!

Fingers-crossed tonight for a few of my favorites this year!
{The King's Speech, The Social Network, Love and Other Drugs, & Toy Story 3}

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Yellow Bookcase

A couple of weeks ago I bought a fabulous vintage bookcase from one of my favorite furniture stores. I was looking for a piece to take up space, but also add a little life to the room. I quickly fell in love with this gorgeous, warm yellow bookcase in the corner of the store.

Once I got the bookcase home and in its place, I immediately knew it wasn't going to work. My house has lots comfy neutrals and clean whites and this bookcase was too yellow {it was almost glowing at me}. As beautiful as it was, I had to start thinking about how I could refinish it ...

With the "blizzard" that came through the South this week, I ran out of excuses to put this project off. Now that its done, I'm loving the makeover...

{isn't it pretty?? I'm still sad about covering the yellow}

I painted over the existing yellow with two thin coats of white paint. I wanted to keep the "used" feel of the bookcase and leave the brush strokes and old paint to show through. By sliding a brown ink pad around the corners and edges, I could also give it that same aged look that it had before.

And then I filled the shelves with some wonderful knick knacks.

I'm definitely relieved that it turned out well. The more expensive a piece is to replace, the more nervous I get when I'm trying to do a fix up. Now I can breathe a sigh of relief and just enjoy!

Have you done any furniture makeovers lately? Let's hear about them! I'm dying to attempt some reupholstering, who wants to teach me??