Monday, December 27, 2010

Last Minute Project

Wednesday night, as I was getting ready to go to work, I decided that I wanted to try making rosettes out of fabric.  It just so happens that I have a bunch of awesome fabric just laying around, and I figured that it would be a simple project to work on at work in my down time.  There are so many good, easy to follow tutorials out there, that I figured I'd be able to make some, no problem.  I used the tutorial on Tatertots and Jello.  My original plan was to use the flowers, on their own, as bows on my Christmas gifts to the women in my family.  Once I got started making the flowers, I decided that I'd like to try making them into pins or barrettes.  So, that's what I did.  I was working on these right up until noon on Christmas Eve.   

The best part about these pins is that I had everything on hand.  Well, except for the pins themselves, those I did have to buy.  So, the total cost for the project was $3.99 and a few glue sticks.  The wrapping paper is just packing paper that comes every month in a scrapbooking kit I get.  I always save it, and now I know why.  Here's the pile of presents, all wrapped up.
Not the most traditional Christmas wrapping, but definitely my most creative.  I was so happy with the way they turned out.  Too bad I didn't get some pictures of the barrettes I made for my nieces!  I cranked those out Christmas morning and didn't get a chance to take pictures of them. 

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Well, here it is, almost 2am and we're going to bed!!!!  Mom was pretty close to being done wrapping, but she still had some odds & ends to finish up.  So, being the good, loving daughter that I am, I helped.  So did my youngest sister.  We were acting totally goofy.  Seriously, if you heard us you would worry for our sanity.  Now it's time to get some sleep.  Breakfast is at 9am sharp.  Merry Christmas everyone.  I hope you have a loving, goofy family (biological or not) to spend this incredible day with. 

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Paisley Fairy Gets Her Own Feature

Today on Wednesdays of {Whimsy} over at Rosy Red Buttons, Camilla is featuring my Paisley Fairy Book Wreath!  Camilla's blog is beautiful.  She takes amazing pictures and has lots of good crafty ideas.  You should SEE the lampshade she altered for her daughter's nursery, it's beautiful.  Thank you Camilla for making today extra special for me.  (I hope this whole getting featured thing never gets old for me.)


Tallyscrapper Challenges

The best way to motivate me to scrap is to give me a challenge.  That's partly why I fell in love with Tallyscrapper.  This week I did 2 of the challenges that are running right now.  The first one is called "O' Christmas Tree".  The requirements are: handmade tree, 2 tickets, the color red, and a 5 word title.  Here's what I came up with:

The second challenge is called "Buttons Anyone????".  The requirements are: use lots of buttons, use some kind of garland (but it can't be a banner--no triangles allowed), ONE flower, and bling in 3 different places.  Here's my entry.
Most of this layout came from the October Tallyscrapper kit.  My mom bought it for me for my birthday and I'm slowly working my way through it.  Gorgeous, gorgeous stuff.

Two Weeks of Thrifting Finds

The past few weeks the Salvation Army has had some decent stuff!  Well, decent stuff to repurpose.  Most of it wasn't much to look at on its own, but through a creative lens, all kinds of possibilities emerged.
The wreath is hideous, I know, but it was $.25.  The cloth came out so easily!!  The coat is my favorite part from this trip.  It's super fuzzy and warm.  Don't worry, the fur is fake.  Ignore the nasty recliner.  The hubs shares it with the cats and our wolfhound.  Poor chair.
This is from my trip last week.  My total that trip was $53, but that included 2 pairs of pants (brand new!) for the hubs.  It also included the the mirror & candlesticks below.  My favorites from this trip are the glass jar and the white bird.  They are actually part of the project I'm working on right now!  Literally, right now.  I'm writing this while I wait for the paint to dry. 
 I'm not sure what I'll do with all of these, but pulling them apart sounds fun.
I'm in LOVE with the hat pins.  Seriously swooning over them.
And these??  Tell me they aren't awesome.  I dare you.  I paid $3.99 for them.  More than I would have liked, but oh well.
 The mirror set me back $14.99.  I probably shouldn't have gotten it, but I was in full on must have mode.  I've been looking for a mirror like this for awhile.  My Wolfie Ryndham had to know what was going on.
 "Aren't I beautiful?"  Well, you need your hair brushed, but yeah, you definitely are.
She's HUGE!  And my room's a mess.  Ignore that though.  Please?

Monday, December 20, 2010

Boredom = More Birdhouses!

Well, not really boredom per se, but a need to fill my free time with "stuff doing" or puttering.  I love making these birdhouse ornaments because they need to be done in steps.  Steps that can be hours or days apart.  Here's the Lime green version.
While I was outside taking pictures of all my crafty projects I took this picture in my yard and then edited it a wee bit.  It's so cool!

Black & White Paisley Fairy Wreath

If you are, by some chance, keeping track, you'll know that of the wooden rings I've been playing with, I'm down to 2 now.  It's so quick to make book/coffee filter wreaths at this size that I decided to do another one, and since the colorful deer wreath I made for Laura turned out so beautifully, I decided to add some color to those pages.  So, once I got the book pages glued on, I gave them a light coat of Krylon Metallic Silver spray paint.  It dried so fast!!  Then I got an image from *The Graphics Fairy* for the center.  I knew I didn't want it to be a Christmas image, so I chose a Paisley fairy that I printed in black & white. 
She's kind of hard to make out because of the shadow, but she's really pretty.

Then I finished the wreath off with some coffee filters, black lace, and a lace/black ribbon hanger. 

The best part about it?  Everything I used I already had on hand.  (Another Harlequin novel was sacrificed.) I'll be posting this on the linky parties on the right. 

I really think this is my favorite one so far.  The hubs disappointed me when I showed him though.  I was all excited about it, and his response was "What is that in the center?"  Too be fair, I DID ambush him with it the second he walked in the door from work.  But still!!!  I was hoping for jumping up and down excitement over the awesome bit of crafting I did.  Ah well, maybe next project.

Snowball ATTACK!!! Not really, but it would be nice!

Coffee filters are so fun to work with!  I love how fluffy they get with so little effort!  Working on the book page/coffee filter combination wreaths was so fun, I decided to try my hand at making snowballs with those wooden rings.  I just hot glued coffee filters to the rings, added ribbon hangers, and backed them with cardboard. 

I thought about gluing them together to make one big snowball, but I thought they looked pretty cute the way they were.

I love how fluffy they are.  I think I'll be linking these up as well.

Angelic Book Wreath

Okay, do you guys remember these?  I got them a few weeks ago at the Salvation Army.
Well, I used one of the rings as the base for the book page and coffee filter Santa Decoration I made last week.  Then I made this:

I used an image from *The Graphics Fairy* that I altered, just a little, in Picnik for the center of the wreath.  The rest of the stuff I had at home: an old Harlequin romance novel, coffee filters, one of those awesome wooden rings, and ribbons & lace from my stash.  I LOVE the way this turned out.  Absolutely love it.  My favorite part is that it's not specifically a Christmas decoration.  It could be displayed year-round.  That makes me happy.  I'll be posting this to the linky parties in the sidebar on the right.  What do you think?  Do you like it??

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Another Feature!! So awesome!!

Tonight I found out that my second batch of Squinkie Soaps have been featured on Krafty Kat's Holiday Hook-Up!  Check out her blog when you get a chance, she throws a mean linky party and she's crafty to boot.  I'm so happy.  What a fantastic surprise for this snowy, frigid Monday night!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sometimes I Like to Yell!! Final Survivor LO

The challenge for the last week of Survivor on Tallyscrapper was seemingly simple:
Use White as the background
1 or 2 pics but no more than that
Use at least 3 colors (more if you wanted)
Use tape somewhere visible on the layout

BUT there was a twist.  We also had to creat an ATC with the same background and colors to coordinate with our layout.  Here's what I came up with:
 The pic on the top is one of my favorites of the Hubs and me.
There's a piece of lint on the ATC.  Right on my head.  Never noticed it until I uploaded the pics.  Oh well!

Magnetic Mermaid Dress-Up Game!

Got your attention, didn't I?  My husband's aunt, Patricia Saxton, is an author and illustrator, among other amazing things.  She's written two children's books: A Book of Fairies and The Book of MermaidsFor the last month or so she's been teasing us with previews of her current project, a Magnetic Mermaid Dress-Up Toy.  She even made a video using only PowerPoint about it!  It's a fantastic product.  I ordered mine last week and it came within a couple of days.  I can't wait to give it to my 4 year-old niece on Christmas.  If you have a little one to buy for, or even if you like playing dress-up yourself, check it out.  It's reasonably priced and excellent quality.  The illustrations are awesome.  Okay, I'm gushing.  I should go.  Seriously though, check it out.  I know that she'll appreciate it and so will I!!

Oreo Truffle Cupcakes

Every year the women in my family get together at Christmas time for a tea party.  We all bring some sort of dessert, and we pig out while drinking our tea.  Usually I make some sort of trifle, but my brother's girlfriend was making one.  SO, I saw a post for Oreo Truffle Cupcakes from Langes Fadchen, Faules Madchen on one of the linky parties last week and decided to give it a try. 

They were yummy.  There are two things I will do differently next time.  One--I will use an actual muffin pan with paper liners.  My mom didn't have a muffin pan at her house, so I used the foil liners that don't require a muffin pan.  Two--I will NOT accidentally use the whole wheat flour.  The cupcakes still tasted good, but I think they would have been even better if I hadn't made that mistake.  This is definitely a do-again recipe. 

From Books & Coffee to Christmas Decoration

Remember a couple weeks ago when I posted about my Salvo finds?  Those wooden rings were calling my name, so I decided I'd try to make a mini book wreath.

It wasn't turning out the way I wanted it to, so I finished it off with some coffee filters, glitter glass, and a vintage Santa image from *The Graphics Fairy*I think it turned out pretty cute, even if it is slightly misshapen. 

Reindeer Book Wreath

 We have a very super awesome friend named Laura.  She and her family run an incredible bookstore called Riverow Bookshop in Owego, NY.  When I posted my book wreath Laura immediately wanted to know how to do it.  Well, not only did I tell her where to find the tutorial I used, but I also made her a wreath for the shop.  Instead of Santa in the center, this time I used a little deer that I got from Free Pretty Things For You.  The pages being colored was an accident.  I was spraying the cardboard for the center and accidentally got the wreath.  Then I started spraying and went crazy with it.  The hubs loves it.  I'm still not sure...

Here it is in its new home.

That's Laura holding the wreath.  I took another picture with her actually IN it, but it was bad.  Really bad. 

The wreath was a surprise for Laura and she was so happy.  She's an awesome girl.  Did I mention that she made me a scrapbook this spring?  She did a book with pictures from all of our MayHemorial Day parties.  It made me cry.  I love her.  Okay, I'll stop gushing now.  The wreath, I am told, is now hanging on the faux fireplace in the shop.  

Glittery Giftwrappings

Okay, so after I finished making the Squinkie soaps for my nieces, I had to figure out what I was going to put them in to gift them.  The ziploc bags they're in right now just won't cut it for Christmas gifts.  In my stash I found 2 boxes of the cardboard/papier mache type and spray painted them white. 

Side note: One of the boxes I've had since I was in high school.  I believe my grandparents gave it to me as part of a Christmas or Valentine's Day gift.  It had roses printed all over it.  The other I think I got at a yard sale.

Then I chose colors:  yellow for one niece (that is her current favorite color....or at least it was at Thanksgiving, it might have changed since then) and pink for the younger niece.
 You can see that Modge Podge does double duty in my house.  It's not only an adhesive, but it's also a paint drying stand. 

Then, I painted a wooden K & E (first letters of the names).  You can see the E above.  I used Plaid metallic purple to paint that one before I coated it with Plaid Extreme glitter paint.  The K I painted green and then coated it with the glitter paint. 

The boxes also got a coating of glitter paint with their corresponding colors.  Then I added some rub-on butterflies before attaching the letters to the lids with E6000.  They turned out even better than I hoped for.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Holy Bananas! A Feature? That's Nuts!

Oooh, oooh, guess what!!!  My Santa Book Wreath has been featured on Sassy Sites!: Trash to Treasure Tuesday!!  Oh this is beyond cool.  If you've never checked out the linky party over there, you should.  There are some incredible projects posted every week, and right now they are having Sassy Christmas linky parties too.  It's a treasure trove of stuff you can do.  Seriously.  Wow, my first ever feature.  w00t!!


Monday, December 6, 2010

Another Birdhouse. Yeah, It's An Invasion!

This weekend I finished another birdhouse ornament.  This one is hot-ish pink.  I love it.  Now I'm working on a lime green version.  Once that's done I'm doing a turquoise version.  Yeah!!!

Just a Happy Accident

When I started working on my Santa book wreath I chose a vintage hardcover book and got to work.  I quickly realized that I had made a big mistake.  Not in my book choice, but in using a brush to paint the edges.  They stuck together.  So, I decided to use the book in a different way.  The edges were covered in red and silver glitter paint.  Then I covered the book with some packing paper that I had laying around and glued a Christmas ribbon down the spine.
Then I printed a Santa graphic from *The Graphics Fairy*, added some text, distressed it, and used Modge Podge to seal and attach it.  Once that was dry I attached some trim and poinsettias.
For a mistake project, it turned out pretty neat.  I'm really glad I didn't just toss the book in the recycling!!  Cost to me?  Nothing!  The best part is that I used more stuff from my stash!

Special Box for Special Correspondence

When I saw this awesome collaboration between *The Graphics Fairy* and Pugly Pixel, I knew I needed to use it and right away.  But on what...Then I saw this in my stash:
So I spray painted it white before painting it a metallic gold color.  Then I used some crackle effect finish and coated that with a melted butter color.  It came out awesomely.  Then I printed the graphics and cut them out.  It took several tries to get them the right size and combination, but once it was right, I edged all the pieces with some gold metallic paint.  Then I used Modge Podge to both attach and coat them.  Of course I forgot to take pics during this process.  I also added a banner from *The Graphics Fairy* and attached the word "Post" in a glittery chipboard alphabet using E6000.  I also attached a couple of flowers and leaves for extra dimension.

 And here's the finished product

I'm really pleased with the way it turned out!  I'll be linking it up to the parties in the sidebar.  Thanks, as usual, to *The Graphics Fairy* and to Pugley Pixel!!

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Survivor Week 11 and More Squinkies!!!

Survivor on Tallyscrapper is almost over.  I think we have one week left.  For this week, week 11, we had to scrap about a holiday.  The pictures posted in my What a Gorgeous Family post were the ones I used.  We had to use a piece of holiday themed patterned paper (mine was Halloween themed, ha ha), some mist or paint (purple Smooch Spritz thank you very much), 2 or more pics, and a 4 word title.  It didn't turn out to be nearly as cool as it looked in my head, but that's okay.  They can't all be winners, right?  Right??

In other crafty news, I finished my second set of Squinkie soaps.  They turned out much better than the first batch if I do say so myself.  And I do.
Spraying the alcohol on as you go definitely helps with the bubble issues.

This little guy is my favorite.
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