Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Birthday Bird Book Wreath for my Grandma Baby Ruth

Yes, we call one of my grandmas Baby Ruth.  I started calling her that when I was little and the name stuck.  Isn't that awesome?  Baby Ruth candy bars are, coincidentally, my favorite candy bar.  Naming grandmas aside, I am a terrible granddaughter.  We celebrated Baby Ruth's birthday over Mother's Day weekend along with the hubs' birthday AND Mother's Day.  The problem was, I wanted to make her a birthday gift and simply did NOT have the time to get it done before we headed to my parents' house for the big partay.  Not that this is an excuse, but that weekend came right at the end of the two weeks where I did 3 extra shifts at work.  I was just a wee bit exhausted.  Anyway, I finally finished her birthday present and I think it's pretty sahweet!

I made her a book wreath.
The bird and its nest came from *The Graphics Fairy*.  Then I painted the bird with my watercolor pencils.
The flowers I made from wired ribbon and fabric.
What do you think?  Do you think she'll like it??  I hope so.  I know I do!!

Some cool news...I'm taking part in the Summer Daze Giveaways being hosted by Krista from While He Was Napping.  It's five days of giveaways and is set up much like Spring Fling was.  Awesome, right?  So make sure you check back in, a lot, the week of June 6-10 for some great giveaways. 

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

A Fabulous Tutorial in Honor of our Upcoming Mayhemorial Day Party



In honor of our upcoming Mayhemorial Day party, and all the redneck/backwoods fun we get up to, I wanted to share this video tutorial on how to fold a bandana. One of our good friends shared it with us on Facebook to get everyone in the mood for the party, and I felt that more people should see it. Yeah, it's okay, you can laugh.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Silly Band Soaps

This is the project that I posted over at My Mommy Can on Monday.  Sorry I've been so MIA lately, all that overtime in the past couple weeks really sucked the life out of me! 

Over the last year I have amassed a very large collection of Silly Bands.  Don't judge me, I love the silly things.  Plus, I work with kids.  Anyway, I bought a bunch, traded some, and bought more at yard sales.  Then, I stopped wearing them.  I couldn't figure out what to do with them.  Then I had a great idea.  Soap.  I could put them in soap and sell them at our local yard sale day!

It's a very easy process.  Just divide up your silly bands.

Put them in your mold and pour in your soap.  I used one of those blocks of soap you can buy at the craft store.  You just melt it in the microwave and you can pour it into any mold you want.  I added some soap glitter and a few drops of orange scent to mine.
Then let them set.  Pop them out, and you're ready to wash up!
I love that some of them have silly bands sticking out.
Can you see the glitter?  I only put glitter in the "girly" ones. 
They're pretty big soaps, so they last quite awhile, and kids love using them. 
Many thanks to Jennifer for letting me pop in and share with everyone! 

Monday, May 9, 2011

Guest Posting Today

Hey all!!  Today I'm guest posting over at My Mommy Can for Meet and Greet Monday.  I'm sharing a pretty slick project that I think you'll like.  Here's a sneak peek:

Go check it out and give Jennifer some love while you're there!  Then come back and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Curtain TieBacks, A Request

My Mom likes to show off all the awesome crap that I've made to her friends at work.  One day she was showing one of her friends some of the stuff in my etsy shop when said friend asked "Could she make some curtain tiebacks with flowers on them?"  Mom replied that she was sure I could, but that she'd ask me.  When Mom called, I told her that I'd definitely do that, right away.  That was over a month ago. 

Somehow I got really busy doing other stuff, but always, in the back of my mind, were those tiebacks.  I wasn't sure how I was going to do it, and then I thought "MAGNETS".  At that time I didn't see anything out there in the link parties or other blogs about curtain tiebacks.  I was excited because I thought maybe I was going to be doing something fairly original.  HA.  Keep dreaming sister.  Last week I found several blogs doing the exact thing I had pictured, and doing it very well. 

Not one to be put off by the thought of copying someone, I did mine anyway.  I used one wire ribbon flower and one fabric rosette for each tieback, and I spray painted my magnets gold to complement the color of the flowers.
I think they look very pretty, even on my thrift shop curtains.

One really neat thing is that because there are flowers on both ends of each tieback, they are reversible.

They turned out really well, and I'll definitely be making more.  I guess the moral of this story is that if your Mom calls you and asks if you can make something, do it.  Right away.  

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Sunday, May 1, 2011


The lovely ladies at To Sew With Love have added a special element to their weekly linky party.  Now two projects will be chosen every week to compete in the monthly To Sew With Love's Finest competition.  My hair stuff holder was chosen to compete for Week 2 of April!!  Click on the button to go vote.  You can vote for 2 projects once per day.  Thanks!!

I'll be back, hopefully tomorrow, to remind you to share a new project with you.  Have a BEAUTIFUL Sunday!!!!

Mason Jar Terrariums

Wow!  I have been crazy busy this week!!  I worked one day of overtime last week and I'm working two more extra days this week.  It hasn't really left me much time for working on projects, but I did manage to pull one together today that I started last week.  Awhile back I found these old mason jars in the barn.

The jars got a good washing.  The hardware got removed, sanded down, and I spray painted them with Krylon metallic silver.  Then our basement flooded and my beautiful jar hardware was stranded on my work table surrounded by lots of water.  When the water drained, I rescued them.

I've been seeing a lot of terrariums lately on the internet, and decided these would look cool as terrariums.  Here's the stuff I used:
The bottom of the jar got a thin layer of glass chips and marbles to improve the drainage.
After I took this picture I removed several of the pieces because they were taking up too much room.  Then I put a thin layer of activated charcoal in to reduce odor.  The last step was just adding the potting soil and some plants.
Once I got all the plants in, I gave them a little water, put the tops back on, and replaced the hardware.
Don't you love the wolfhound in the background?  Ryndham was very helpful.  The plants I used include moss, a purple flower I dug up from the yard, and some little spider plants.
I'm hoping that they do well.  This was the first time I've tried to make terrariums.  I have lots of experience with houseplants, but never with terrariums.

I'll keep you all updated on their progress.  It's time for me to get some work done.  This week is going to be insane.  I'm working TWO extra days.  That makes for a 60 hour week for me.  Woah. 

***UPDATE***--Leslie, from Sage Endeavors, read this post, got inspired, and gave it a shot.  Her jars are so awesome!!  She even added a pincushion to one!!!  Go check it out and give her some love. 

Make sure if you try this, you send me the link so I can share it here.  I love seeing how creative everyone is.

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