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.