Thursday, March 25, 2010

Vintage Paper Wreath with Hymnal Sheets

My newest crafty idea. I LOVE making these! They aren't the easiest or fastest things I have ever made but I really enjoy the process, and they are so pretty to look at!

I made one out of an old book and the others out of a vintage hymnal from my church's choir room. My honey scrounged around for one. But don't worry, it's ok, he has permission, he is the worship leader, I don't think he minds taking a book from himself for his honey and her crazy ideas!

I do have a few of these in my Etsy shop {Shameless, I know!}

And because I am so behind from my move, I thought I would just share one little Christmas ornament I made. I attached these on to the gifts. They were super fun to make and I really like the way they turned out.

{{ It has come to my attention that there is a GREAT tutorial out there on how to make these ornaments. You could change the look for any season. I wish I had known earlier that this tutorial was out there, I would have shared it sooner! }}

What items around your home have you found a new use for?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Aqua Nest Pot

A few months ago I made this darling little nest decor...thingy. I have no idea what to call it so I will just refer to it as an Aqua Nest Pot.

While browsing my local thrift store I found a stack of these mini pots (8) for $.60. In that same week A.C. Moore was having a hug sidewalk sale so I grabbed all the nests they had. I think it was something like 18 or 19. I only paid 3.80 for all the nests. They also had a ton of little bags with eggs on clearance as well. I grabbed 20 bags and paid 2.40 for those. For $7 I got a ton of fun goodies!

I decided to make this little pretty to sit on my desk in my craft room. It makes me happy every time I look at it.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Burlap Finally::Hair Bow Holder

Yes, I know EVERYONE and their mother is doing the "burlap" thing. I have wanted too very badly for quite some time but haven't had the inspiration, or the burlap. Not having burlap makes it rather difficult to make a burlap craft.

I was at Wally World the other day and saw that they had a bolt of the ever popular stuff and thought, ok, I will get a little bit and try something with it. {I had no project in mind at the time of purchase}. About a week later I was at thrift store looking for a piece of furniture when when my super thrifty eagle eye spotted this frame!

{Just look at that detail! I have been hunting for a frame like this for about a year now. My thrift stores never seem to have any. While other lucky ladies have these overflowing out of their ears!}

So I brought this lovely lady home and boy did she need to be cleaned! I'm talking YEARS of grime and filth. She was a little more than I would have liked to pay for her, but since finding her made me see stars, I probably would have paid three times the original amount!

So once she was all cleaned and shined and ready for her make over, I had to go to the store and get paint. Because is still in a box somewhere and I am too impatient to try to dig it out. And, I knew I would use the color over and over again, because it's my favorite.

First I painted her Heirloom White and while she was still tacky (haha) I painted over it with the Robin's Egg Blue. I LOVE the effect!
{The above photo was not edited, it just looks weird all on it's own}

Originally I thought I would just distress it but this turned better than I had planned. So it stayed like this. While painting I was still trying to figure out what I was going to do with it. Then I thought how cute burlap would look in place of the glass. Then, I thought how cute it would look with ribbon and hair bows! So I made a Burlap Ornate Framed Hair Bow Holder. Try saying that 5x fast.

Now, prepare for a lot of photos. A lot.

FYI, burlap is messy. But it makes a great coating to prevent burning your fingerprints off with hot glue.

So that is my first burlap project. Can I just tell you, I wish I had purchased about 10 yards of this stuff. I am in lurve!

Can't wait to do another project with it.

{Posting this on ASPTL and Reinvented}

Monday, March 15, 2010

Dreaming of Spring

These are a few of the things I am crushing on right now.

And we must not forget the Mommies!

{all photos from shabbyapple}

Be still my heart! I love them all!!

What is your favorite Spring attire?

Me? I love scarves! and pretty dressed for little girls!!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

His Style vs. Mine :: Functionality Trumps

We are starting to get settled into our new abode. But I have a lot of creative storage ideas that need to happen. We are a family of 4 living in a space for 2. And we're renting. Here are some ideas I am playing with. Some of these have already been incorporated, others will need to be modified to work for our space. The concepts will work I think. Hope you look forward to some posts about our transition and my super mad skills for making these ideas work in a rental.

We have already added the pot rack and knife strip to the kitchen. We also added a rack for utensils. I love the look!

This is essential for us. Right now, we don't have a bed. We owned a Cali-King but had to sell because it wouldn't fit in the room. We are currently sleeping in an a Queen airbed.

With homeschooling, storage is always a struggle. I like this idea. It utilized wall space, which is a huge plus because floor space is pretty coveted in our home.

We also had to downsize our desk. We have a 24" imac and it basically takes up the entire surface of the desk. There's space on the side for out mouse pad and just enough space on the other side to place a notepad. Again, utilizing wall space is essential. I think this can easily be made. So that is my plan.

Arg, floor space, my arch nemesis. These would be great for extra seating for little ones. And they can store pretty easily since they are small-ish.

This, I think, would be perfect! It's comfy and mobile. I can put it anywhere, and it would certainly be more comfy for the larger version of a child bum. Plus, it has that modern touch that the hubby likes. Me. Not so much, but I am finding that I have to sacrifice alot of my style for functionality in this new place. Hopefully, I can find a way to mesh my style with his and have something super functional and even cuter!

As you can see, I will be very. Now, if all this rain would go away I could get some work done. Until then, I will just have to have fun shopping for the items I need. :)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Some of Our Favorites

We are a bunch of books worms over here. We could live at the library {if they had a shower... and a kitchen... and would let us}. We spend many hours a week there, reading, playing, getting school work done.

I wanted to share some of our favorite books with you. These books are so much fun, especially if you read with voices and sound effects!

This book is so much fun and my daughter asks me to read it a million times in one day. I think it helps that I read it with lots of voices and sounds effects. It makes it much more fun!

Again, great, especially with sound effects. This book is so fun. We love to see what will happen next in their adventure to get to the beach.

The Mercy Watson series is fantastic! These are my personal favorites because I love reading Leroy Ninker's voice, such fun!

Of course, no library trip would be complete without bringing home a Fancy Nancy book. We have read them all. Several times.

Another super cute book. this one is good for little boys as well because her best friend friend is Bumble Bee boy. too cute!

These books are great. It's a very fun way for children to learn these points in history. These stories are told with you being the main character. My son (8) loves to read these. My daughter (4) loves to hear them and look at the bright colorful photos.

These are just a few of our favorites I can think of.

We are off to explore our new library today. We are all so excited.

When was the last time you utilized your local library?