the babies came out again for our front yard. i had so much fun with this them last year. after this halloween though, they will be demoted to a cage or something next time. can’t do the same theme 3 years in row. we probably could have done something different but I spent so much time shopping at thrift stores last year!
above is our outdoor wreath- I was uber lazy with this one. I spray painted the existing wreath black, tore apart a skeleton from target, $14.99, and glued the pieces on. once everything was dry, spiders were randomly glued around the wreath.
i have so much fun with photo editing apps. many to choose from, all easy to use. colorsplash is one of my favorites.
we have a gift to prepare for a family member’s wedding. this is her second marriage and although it’s a big celebration, there’s no registry, no specific requests for gifts. we can’t go empty handed so i thought it would be sweet to make something fun and personal. plus i always do find handmade gifts so much more meaningful and special. (i’m sure not everyone feels the same way, oh well).
a cute decorative wall plate came to mind, don’t ask me why. i couldn’t stop thinking about making a plate. odd, right?
i bought a solid white plate from the IKEA as-is section for $2. last time i was at michael’s craft store, i picked up a few sharpie oil markers on sale, i think $1.50 each? i thought i was going to paint on the plate too and purchased this set of pebeo paint, but didn’t use it for this project in the end. i use pebeo’s fabric paint and love this product.
it’s a plate so i felt compelled to keep the artwork and/or quote food-related. i could have done the traditional burger and fries, or pb&j, or bacon and eggs. but no. i think sushi is so much cuter.
the artwork was sketched out and using a pencil, i colored the backside in order to create a carbon copy and traced it onto the plate. crafts tuts provided instructions, tips, and inspiration for how i went about transferring my artwork onto the plate.
then very carefully, i used the oil markers and drew out the design and text.
following the instructions on this blog, at home on the bay, the plate was “cured” in the over at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
they can safely serve food on it or hang it on the wall in the kitchen.
i have a wedding to go to and i need jewelry for this cute cheap dress i bought just for this occasion. but what can i get for under $20?
well, i see these colorful wooden bead necklaces everywhere, ranging from $14-$55. so i thought i’d try and make one. shouldn’t be too difficult, right?
geometric wooden beads- 10/$2.50 www.etsy.com
small wooden beads- 25/$1.75 www.etsy.com
craft paint- $1.19/bottle www.michaels.com, only used a little of each color
modge podge sealer- $5.99/bottle www.michaels.com, only used a squirt of it
chain(s)- $3.50 www.michaels.com
q-tips and a box (or styrofoam for base)- pennies
i mounted each bead to a q-tip and using a small foam brush, painted a coat of color on each, then stuck them upright in the box top to dry. i just used an old mailing box and a pencil to poke holes. worked great.
3 coats were applied. i picked fun bold accent colors for the 2 beads because i think they will be a fun contrast to the cobalt blue shoes i’ll be wearing. (i hope)
after all the beads were thoroughly dry, one coat of modge podge was applied to give it a bit of a sheen (and some protection so the paint won’t scratch away during the wedding party and make me look like a diy fool)
voila! my own beaded necklace that cost me approximately $6.50 total!!!
i can’t knit to save my life. took numerous lessons, made a scarf once, but that’s about it. each time i pick up knitting needles, i’m lost (b/c for some reason my brain can’t remember the steps).
but boy how i wish i could because the cutest things are knitted and with halloween coming up, i can’t help but stare at these adorable monster knit items on www.etsy.com ….
1. AlannaMichelle $28.00
2. MimisBabiesProps $58.
3. MnStyle $30.00
4. Payley $40.00
crafti girl is drowning in scraps!
my home office is literally packed with boxes and bins of fabric scraps. most of it is from my sweet t baby days when i saved all my production scraps. all of it is organic: organic cotton, organic hemp/cotton blends, knits and wovens.
i’ve managed to donate some here and there to local programs but the amount is becoming overwhelming. i’ve never had much success locating a company or factory that would take lots of scraps for reproduction. i always thought that would be the best place for them. couldn’t they be made into recycled cloths, or even new fabrics? nothing came up locally or in the southeast region. i certainly wasn’t going to pay to ship this stuff, not only b/c of the weight but because i just think shipping is just excessive. so i just sat on it all, waiting for that moment when i had the energy to deal with it.
it’s that time now to just unload.
luckily, the DIY movement has grown exponentially since i closed my own business. i have found 2 local groups that will accept scraps of all shapes and sizes to repurpose them into clothes and accessories for babies and children in need. how perfect.
so this week, it is on my to-do list to contact these groups and arrange for drop-off.
a follow-up post will be forthcoming…hope this works out.