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Monday, November 25, 2013

Personalized Christmas Ornament

I try to have my Christmas shopping all done by the end of November, well minus the fruit and candy for Christmas day.  But I'm down to the last week of the month, so I'll be doing some power shopping this weekend to finish up.  I like to actually enjoy the month of December without all the hustle and bustle. 

When wrapping gifts, I like to tie a little something on the outside of the gift - usually something small, a treat or a Christmas ornament.  Well a few weeks ago I was in Michael's and came across these letters in their dollar bins, which were $1.50 each.  I snatched a few of them up and decided to make them into personalized Christmas ornaments.



The unfinished letters were either too big or not big enough, so these were the perfect size for an ornament.


I didn't really like the bright colors though and wanted to make them a little more neutral.  So I painted them a gray color, just white craft paint with a couple drops of black paint.


I also covered them with some scrapbook paper using Mod Podge.


I attached an eye screw to the top so it could hang from the tree.  Then I added a little tag with the last name, some ribbon and a little bling.


They are pretty simple, but turned out so cute.  I ended up making about 7 different ones.  So this weekend while you're shopping check out Michael's dollar bins.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Felt Pumpkin

Happy Halloween!!  We enjoyed lots of festivities today collecting candy and dressing up.  My boys really enjoyed it.


Since it's Halloween, I thought it would be appropriate to share my felt pumpkin with you.  It's not a new idea, but I finally got around to making one.  I picked up some orange felt at Hobby Lobby and got a couple foam balls from my sister-in-law.  You'll need a bunch of straight pins too. 


Cut out a bunch of circles.


They don't have to be perfectly round either, you can always trim them down if needed.  Fold each one in half, then half again.  Add a straight pin and stick it in the foam ball like this.


Keep adding them until your ball is all filled up.  Add a stick, a couple paper leafs and a ribbon.  You'll end up with an adorable felt pumpkin.


Then display it with your fall décor.  I'll be busting out my Thanksgiving décor this weekend.


Hope you had a great Halloween!!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Simple Photo Display

I had a scrap piece of wood left over from my magnet boards so I thought I would make a photo holder with it.  Instead of painting it, I decided to stain it.  I used Miniwax Dark Walnut stain.



I just used a foam brush to put it on then removed any excess with a paper towel.
 
 
I found the cutest ribbon at Hobby Lobby last week when it was 50% off.  I also used my 40% off coupon and bought these clips.


I attached the ribbon and clip with a little hot glue.


Then I decided to add a burlap flower and a cute photo of my nephew and it was done.


You can either attach a picture hanger on the back or display it with an easel.  I love it.


I think I'll be making a few more of these for Christmas gifts.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Burlap Flower Magnets


So yesterday I showed you the cute magnet boards I made.


Well now I just need some cute magnets to go with them.  I decided to try my hand at burlap flowers - I know I'm a little slow, but this was my first attempt.  Cut out 8 circles, 4 small and 4 a bit larger.  (The picture below shows various circles I cut out.)


Fold each one in half, then half again, then staple.


Make a bunch of them.


Use another piece of burlap or felt to attach your pieces to. 


Then start hot gluing four on the bottom, four on the top till you end up with something like this.
 

Now to finish it off you can add a pearl, paper flower, glass bead, button, or whatever you have on hand.



Hot glue a magnet to the back.


Then you're done.  Just beautiful!

 
Now it's ready for your magnet board.



I made a couple different ones. 


I love how they look on the magnet board too.  These will make great gifts.


Okay - now it's your turn to cut some circles and make your own flowers.  These would be cute to dress up any frame, wreath, memo board or even use as a hair bow.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Easy Magnet Board

Well I've been neglecting this little ol' blog again.  That's what happens when you have to work full time and take care of 3 little kiddos and a husband I guess.  I'm lucky to keep food on the table and clean clothes in the drawers, let alone work on any "extra" projects.  Thankfully, work has slowed down and I'm back to just two days a week again.  Last week I finally got a little cleaning done and I feel like I can breathe again.

Saturday the weather was just gorgeous!  I wanted to be outside, plus having missed so many weeks of crafting I had the urge to make something.  So I decided to put together a couple magnet boards.  I've seen tons of ideas on various blogs (here is one) and Pinterest, but here's my version.



I bought an 1x10 at Home Depot and had them cut it into 13 inch pieces.  I sanded down the sides and edges really good.



 I painted the sides and back a cream color (Sand).



 I also picked up a piece of metal at Home Depot - go to the roofing section and you'll find these pre-cut pieces for a buck.  They are about 9x12.



 I decided to add some scrapbook paper to the metal with a little Modge Podge.



 On the back of my board I added a picture hanger.



 I also added a little ribbon loop too, so it's actually a faux ribbon hang.  Then I hot glued my metal to the front of the board, tied another ribbon around the bottom and it's done!!
 
 

I thought it turned out so cute.  I ended up making three of them.  The one below, I distressed the edges a bit too.  Love it!



They are a great size to display up to an 8x10 photo.  I also put one in my kitchen right by my stove so I can easily hang a recipe while I'm cooking away. 


These would make pretty inexpensive Christmas or Birthday gifts.  The color possibilities are endless.  They could hang on the wall or be displayed with an easel depending where you want to put it. 


Happy crafting!  Later, I'll show you the cute magnets I made to go with them.


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Another Monogram Plaque


A co-worker of mine is getting married this month, so I decided to make her a monogrammed plaque for her bridal shower.  I thought it turned out pretty cute.
 


If you want to check out the how to go here.  These make such fun gifts.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Personalized Baby Room

I think my summer vacation has finally come to an end - including my blogging vacation.  Time to get back to work on all accounts.  Summer is actually when I put in more hours at work.  So between working my real job, mini vacations here and there and the boys home during the day, I didn't get much accomplished this summer or have the time to blog about any of it either.  We did have one memorable hike up to the Delicate Arch in Moab, Utah.  It was quite the hike and quite the view. (We're the little specks under the arch - that's how big it was.)


I was finally able to get another small project checked off my list.  I like to add a little personalization to my boys' rooms.  So months ago when I did a little mini makeover in the baby's room, I didn't quite get to this project - until recently.  I wanted to add my son's name above the doorway. 


I bought a 9 inch white letter "L" and some scrapbook paper at Michael's.



Added the scrapbook paper with some Mod Podge.



Then I ordered the rest of his name in vinyl from Utah Vinyl.


I hung the letter on the wall with a nail and then added the vinyl.  So cute!!


 Now it's officially his room - despite the fact next week he'll be a year and a half.


If you want to see the rest of his room you can check it out here.  And here's my cute little Logan - love that kid.