Saturday, December 3, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

365 of me...follow me on Facebook

It's too much busy work to have to post on the blog and on Facebook, so if you want to follow my 365, follow me on Facebook!  :) 


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Starting a 365 of me

You've heard of those people who do a "365"?  It's where they do something everyday for 365 days.  I'm thinking of doing one with a daily picture of me.  I'm just curious how it will work and look.  I'm going to start with today.  I was going to start on January 1st, but I'm getting a haircut next week and I wanted to start it with my long hair.

Yes, I have blog commitment issues, but I'm hoping that I can stick to it.  I'm not promising a daily post or anything, but I will take a picture of myself everyday for one year.  I may post a few pictures here and there and then at the end of the year, I'm hoping to compile them into a little video.  We'll see people!

Here I am today.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Twine Letter Tutorial

Once again, Pinterest inspired me.

My first attempt:  

What you need:  
Large cardboard letter of your choosing.  
Hot glue
Decorations for embellishment

How to do it: 
Start with your letter.  

Cover the ends of the letter to make it all pretty.  The end covers can go in either direction.   

Glue down the ends and trim.  

Start Gluing and wrapping, gluing and wrapping, gluing and wrapping

Add your embellishment.  I used some felted sweater flowers that I had already made.  

Hang and you're done.  Super easy and inexpensive!  

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Pumpkin Sweater Tutorial

What's cuter than a pumpkin?  A PUMPKIN IN A SWEATER!!  Here is a super easy tutorial on making your very own pumpkin in a sweater.  No knitting required!

My first attempt:

What you need:
A fake pumpkin or gourd
Yarn--colors of your choosing
LOW TEMP Hot glue gun--Trust me, use the LOW TEMP!
Low Temp glue sticks

What to do:

I started hot gluing the yarn around the stem.  For the stem, I hot glued every part of where the yarn attached.  When I would put the yarn on the stem and glue, I would just pat it down.  

I started the orange part of the pumpkin at the top, but you could start at the bottom.  I made little drops of hot glue about every inch or so.  Tap and keep gluing.  Please use the low temp glue because you WILL get glue on your fingers.'ve been warned now.  

Glue, glue, glue and then you are done!  It took a couple hours of gluing, but I put on a movie and then finished while watching a DVR show.  I think I may try some plastic gourds that are starting to lose their paint. Time to refresh their look.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Getting wood floors soon!

We have carpet and laminate floors throughout the first floor of our home, with the exception of the tile in the foyer and the linoleum floors in the bathrooms.  When we built this house six years ago, we stuck to the budget and didn't go over the top in any department.

With that said, we are so excited to get some wood floors in our house in a couple of weeks!  We are getting the floors for three reasons:  1)  We didn't buy carpet that was meant to last a lifetime.  2) We have two young kids.  3)  We have two little dogs.  Lola, our Yorkie, is almost 10 years old.  She tends to piddle on the carpet now that she is getting older and our new dog, Sofie, finds the smell to be too tempting and she's begun to mark where Lola has gone.  I have used the carpet cleaner on our carpets to the point of it making our carpets rather thread-bare.

When we built the house, we had the intention of using the carpet until it was dead and then replacing it with some nicer wood floors.  We were hoping it would survive until our kids were a little older.  I think we made it.  I mean, the kids aren't dragging chairs or toys across the floor anymore.

So, we have to move all of our stuff out of the kitchen, living room, and hallway and get ready!  I can't wait to show you pictures of the before and after!  :)


Homemade Pillow

My son was home sick with a staph infection in his foot, so I made this pillow.  I've had the supplies sitting in my craft basket for months, so it was all here and ready to go.

After I had to take it apart because I put the fringe on wrong, I finished it up.  I love that I COULD make my own custom pillows, if I wanted to BUT, I'm sure this may be an isolated experience for me....we'll see.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Amazing Crayon Art Tutorial

Once again, rules!

My first attempt:


I like the way you can see the texture in this picture.  

What you need:
Canvas of your choice
Crayola Crayons (the generic and cheapy ones don't melt as nice)
Splatter sheet
1" Black ribbon
Hot glue gun

I had to try this!  Bring on a JoAnn's coupon and a clearance!  I picked up a 16 X 20 canvas for a couple bucks.  I had a new box of 64 count Crayola crayons in the cabinet! So far, cost was about $2.15 for the canvas.  I used a red, plastic table cloth I picked up from the Dollar Store.  

What to do:
1.  Hot glue the Crayola Crayons to the top of the canvas.  I tend to be a bit OCD, so I had to make sure that all of the "Crayola" was pointed up.

2.  Set up your splatter area.  I over did it, but really all you need is about a foot on all sides of the canvas.

3.  Set your canvas on an angle on the splatter sheet.  I put a shoe under the splatter sheet to keep my canvas secured at the same angle for the entire project.

4.  Start warming your crayons.  I used the high heat setting, but the low air speed.  I didn't want my crayon to splatter, just drip.  

5.  The crayons will get all shiny right before they start to drip.  I worked one section at a time. 
Getting shiny!
Staring to drip!

6.  One it starts dripping, you have a little control with the air direction.  I wanted it to flow down, but also give my "art" some shape to it.  You kinda have to "chase" the melting crayon down the page with the hairdryer to the approximate place you'd like it to stop.  

7.  Work across the canvas with the dyer.  
8.  Finish your work and let it cool completely.
9.  I added a black, satin ribbon to the outside edge of the canvas to give it a more "finished and framed" look.  

10.  Hang on your wall.  So cool!

Note to readers:  It looks cooler IRL.  Enjoy!

Some tips I learned:  Use fewer darker blues and purples.  They tend to turn a very dark, almost black color.  Do not use browns or dark grays for the "rainbow" look.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Burlap Halloween Wreath Tutorial

Have you heard of  It is literally heaven for anyone crafty, creative, or just plain alive.  I could spent hours on their website everyday.  I love checking out all the different ideas and trying my hand at their crafts.  The next couple of posts will be some of my attempts at some my pins from Pinterest.
My first attempt:
 I need to get some bigger ribbon for this bad boy, but I love it!

What you need:
4-ring box wire wreath 
About 3.75 yards of burlap
Sharpish scissors
Ribbon of your choice (I used 2" ribbon, but I'm swapping it out for a 4" ribbon)
Ability to tie a knot
Hot glue gun and the glue sticks

What to do:
Fold your burlap in half
Cut the burlap into 1.5 inch strips or so.  
Cut each strip into four sections.  The shorter strips will be about 12" long each.  
Start to tie the strips onto the wire wreath form.  I fit about 7 strips tied into each of the nine sections.  
Tie, tie, tie, tie, tie.....

Once the wreath is finished, trim your wreath to your desired "look".  Hot glue a bow onto your wreath.  Now that my bow is on, I need to get a bigger ribbon.  My suggestion, use 4" ribbon.  

Then vacuum up the burlap aftermath.  

Cost:  $8.50 for the wire wreath form and burlap.  I already had this ribbon.  I do need to get a new ribbon, so I'm guessing it will be about another $4 more.  

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Pampered Chef Sandwich Press = Homemade Uncrustables Sandwiches

You've seen them.  Those peanut butter and jelly sandwiches without the crust called  "Uncrustables"Sandwiches.  They even have them at Walt Disney World.  I've seen them sold for $2.60-$4.00 at the store for four sandwiches.  YIKES!  My daughter is taking cold lunches to school every day and at that price, I think it's pretty crazy.  Fun?  Yes.  Costly?  Absolutely.

I wanted to make ahead of time and put them in the freezer.  Time saver for me in the mornings when every minute counts.  I found that Pampered Chef makes this great little tool called the "Cut-n-Seal" Sandwich Press.   I ordered one online from their store and it was sent to me--no party required!

This morning, I got some fresh bread and started making my homemade Uncrustables!

For the plain PB sandwiches, I just put the peanut butter in the middle. 

Put it together and centered the Cut-n-Seal in the middle.  Pressed down and then wiggled it to make sure that the tool cut all the way through the bread.

This is what I was left with after cutting and sealing.  My composter is happy. 

When I made the PB&J sandwiches, I put peanut butter on both pieces of bread so the jelly wouldn't make the bread soggy. 
I made nine Homemade Crustable Sandwiches--I didn't use the heels of the bread, so I could have gotten 10 sandwiches out of one loaf.  My kids don't like the heel.  Sorry all you heel lovers.  

I labeled the ziplock baggies "PB" and "PB&J" and put them in the freezer. 

The Pampered Chef "Cut-n-Seal" tool is awesome!  Parents with kids that take cold lunch, run out and get one of these babies!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Super Easy Chalk Board Tutorial

Guess what I did today?  I made a chalk board and it only cost me $3.85!

Step 1:  Find a frame with the glass intact.  I just went to my basement and found one that we were no longer using.  Cost--FREE.

I bet you could find some really cool ones at Goodwill or Savers too.  Try to pick a frame that is not black. Once you paint the "chalk board", you won't have contrasting colors between the frame and the chalk board.  Contrast = Cool!

Step 2:  Remove Glass from the frame.  Keep all the other "stuff" from the back of the glass.

Step 3:  Take sandpaper and scratch the glass all up.  I went in both directions.  It is just giving the blackboard paint something to adhere too.  I used sandpaper we already had in the garage.

Step 4:  Wash the glass.

Step 5:  In a well-ventalated room or outside, set glass on a piece of cardboard or across a tub or something.  You don't want to the glass to get dirt or grass on it.

Step 6:  Shake your "Chalkboard" Spray Paint.  I used Rustoleum's Chalkboard Paint.  I got it at JoAnn's Fabrics and Craft store and I had a 50% off coupon--Thus $3.85 after my coupon was deducted.
Step 7:  In quick, even strokes, spray the scratched up side of the glass.  You don't want to linger too long on one spot.  You will give it lots of coats to ensure a nice, even finish.  

Step 8:  Let dry for about an hour

Step 9:  Spray second coat.  

Step 10:  Follow steps 8 and 9 until you are happy with your chalkboard. 

Step 11:  Once completely dry, put glass back in frame, chalkboard side out.  Put all of the "stuff" you removed, back into the frame.  

Step 12:  Hang your chalkboard!  

All done!  :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Great Hair Experiment 2011

This is me with my daughter:

I am not a natural blonde (shhhh!!!)  I'm starting to get tired of the blonde and I'm ready to go closer to my natural color.  I came across the coolest hair makeover style tool at In Style.

I took a picture of me with my hair pulled back.  It is not the most flattering picture, but it totally worked on the site.  You want your hair out of the way so the hair styles will fit to your head and you get a "real" look at what it will look like.

I was messing around and found a bunch of ways you can make your look more "natural" looking.  You can take any hairstyle and change the color or how close it is from your face.  You can move it up and down, left and right with the little arrow tools too.  Pretty cool!  Check out my looks.   Which one would you chose for me?

Zooey Deschanel

This one creeps me out for some reason!

Sarah Palin Hair--just for fun!

Jennifer Aniston

Prince William?!?!  It is I, "Kate"  (wait, let me say it again with a British accent!)
I don't know why, but this one makes me look thinner, I think.....

This one reminds me most of what I "THINK" my natural hair color is....I wish I could remember.

My sexy Farrah 'do!

You should try the Hollywood Hair Virtual Makeover tool!  It's awesome--there are some seriously funny 'dos out there!