Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Just In time

Scrapbooking, for me, is usually done a bit after the holiday that has just past or the vacation once the photos are printed or developed. Lately, seems I am way off, like months off. But I have learned not to stress about it. Recently, I made some cool Halloween pages that I had fun making with some papers and embellishments by Glitz designs

Aren't these fun and retro looking?

I think I'm in love. Best part is - you Just Add Photos - easy - these are up in my shop if you are so inclined��

Happy scrapping

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thanksgiving mantel

I used to have a huge collection of FALL/THANKSGIVING  home decor but it was damaged while in storage so I am using what little I had left and a few things I have purchased recently but I still need more! 

This is a puny mantel compared to my Halloween & Christmas mantels but will do for now.

This year I made the thankful painted sign, the burlap banner & the small feather felt banner over the smoke screen! Not much but it's quaint enough for this year.

Off to check out some other folks' holiday mantel --- happy holiday prep


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Nativity ornament

I know I'm not alone when I say that I think next to Instagram the coolest app and most addicting has to be PINTEREST - I mean while I don't sit for hours at a time, I think you could probably add up the different times a day I do use it to equal out about 2-3 hours over a 10 hour day - 1/2 hour here 10 minutes there...but I love looking for fun PINS to try and this is one of them...

You tell me: close but made it my own.

Here is my version. Which I love❤️ I wanted to add some color to my ornament so I painted Mary & Joseph a light cream color and added a bitty blanket to keep Baby Jesus warm. I love the how similar but totally different they are. 

Anyway you only need a few things to make these ornaments:

A large star ( painted gold) 2 vintage or old looking clothespins adding some cream paint you'll also need a smaller peg doll for Baby Jesus, who I also painted cream the. Cut a small piece of gold felt into a square and wrap up the Baby and tie off with some jute... Cuteness all around.

Hope you are getting your holiday crafting on. Talk soon - xo
I'll be linking this up to the parties above.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Quick &!easy co-workers gift ideas

With the holidays fast approaching I know people are in need of some quick & not so expensive gift ideas for friends at work & perhaps your extended family members who you only see at Christmas. Well here are a few to get you started. If you are paper crafter the. You probably have lots if the materials needed for these projects in your craft room.

This is one if the oldest tricks in paper crafting & that is merely covering up something drab and making it super cool...usually done with papers & stamps. 

Here's how we get started: you'll need some paper scraps, some adhesive and some blank books spiral bound or

And just get to work covering them by cutting the paper to fit the front of the tablets and adding some fun little clusters of embellishments - you could make them cute, sweet or keep them simple. 

How cute would these look on your co-workers desk?

How about adding a matching pen...

The one above is just a pocket sized paper pad....purse size = fun size! 

This one is the one above the large white booklet that holds white paper the cover is hard covered just like a book.  Even added some fun little embellishments to some of the pages inside - these would be fun for a road trip so your kids could draw some pictures or play tic tac toe....

But you see what I mean by easy inexpensive gift ideas - cheap enough to make a bunch but decorated just right to make them look like something you put a lot if time into! Ain't that was the holiday season is about?

Happy crafting - I'm linking this up to parties above.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Craft show set up or home decor - your choice

This past weekend we participated in our annual craft show, it's a really big show and for years I have been trying to get my displays for my booth just right - well this year I had a vision ( da-da-da) and had been saving these 4 frames for another project and once I sprayed them with some fantastic colors it hit me. 

A jewelry display for my booth that way all the pieces could be seen and not look to cluttered. As I was playing with these frames and setting it up for my husband to screw them together - I thought - Wouldn't this look cool in a bedroom or living room as a large wall piece maybe to add smaller art work inside or perhaps kids artwork...I mean really - what a statement this would make on a wall!


Anyway he show was a success and we did really well. Here are some really bad photos of my layout - again a bunch if stuff had been purchased so I was trying really hard "spread" things around. 

The sun was so bright behind us and so hence the dArkness.  

Here is another piece I redid for my booth set up - it's a baby changing table that my husband made slat for to act as the shelves... Then I added a ruffle to he bottom to hide stuff under there. 

Anyway, I came home with a lot less stuff. Yeah and thanks again to my wonderful customers...love you guys!

I am linking this up to the parties above. Happy crafting!

Monday, October 13, 2014

String art

To be truthful - I thought this was going to be a no brainer. Something I could do while watching t.v. Boy was I wrong. The premise is simple the idea looks easy but when you are working on such a small space with nails so close together keeping the strings close to the base of the nails is necessary to keep the alignment looking right all the way around the piece. Well, I tried it twice and it can be even better so I will go again for my 3rd try...here are my first attempts - skull head ( the nose is a bit wonky) 

Then I tried a ghost - a bit better but still need to capture the face a bit better

I think I need a larger working area---or a bigger face ��

Here they are right next to each other. I like them but I need to try it again. To get the face 
Poking just right. Hope you give this a try and good luck with your Halloween decorating! I am linking this up to the parties above. 

Have a crafty week!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Recycled Chalkboards

I love to give old things a new life. I usually make-over furniture, large furniture...like hutches, tables & chairs and the like. But recently I took a trip to the local Habititat for Humanity and if you have never been there  you really should search one out. They carry a bunch of old pieces of stuff, nails, screws, tile and furniture that goes for real cheap. I could spend hours in there scoping out junk to bring home and re-do.

Back tracking - in recent months I have seen the chalkboard really boom in the decorating scene. From the small chalk board stickers to the large kitchen walls being re-done and so on. I have made them from just about anything I could find well I found these really cheap old kitchen cabinet drawers at Habitat for Humanity and thought these would work well for my version of the chalkboard...

I started with these 

Just your typical small kitchen cabinet drawers  

first I sanded them with a hand sander 

Then I spray spainted them with my favorite colors...and used some chalk board paint - I gave it 2 coats - make sure it dries between coats because if you rush thru it then you will life up the paint you previously put on...trust me I learned this the hard way!

Once it was completely dry - I conditioned the board by rubbing chalk all over the board and then erased it. and then did it again.

See how smooth the chalk glides onto the board - best part is you can use a wet paper towel and wipe it down if you are not a fan of the chalk residue and WAIT for it to dry then use as usual.

sweet and functional - love that. I am definitely making another trip to the Habitat for Humanity store.

Hope all your to-do projects are coming along. Happy HUmp day!

I am lnking this up the parties above.