Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas gift #1 exposed

So the reason I haven’t posted much is because all that I’ve been crafting is Christmas gifts!  So here’s the first one exposed!  Tatertots & Jello made these and I thought they were just too cute so I decided to try them out.  I made patriotic ones and Halloween ones for my sister for our Christmas Bread tradition. Visit Tatertots & Jello for her awesome tutorial!  The only thing I would add is that you definitely need to use the dollar store napkin rings. I went to the Christmas Tree Shop and bought napkin rings and because of the shape/size this project didn’t work with them.  Other than that, they were super easy!

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

What’s in a Name?

I love anything that makes a baby room more personal which is why I love personalizing wall letters.  I recently made these for a friend of mine who was redoing her son’s room.  The theme was transportation.  She sent me pictures of the décor and from there I went to Michaels for some cute scrapbooking paper.

First I painted the letters and after tracing the letters on the BACK of the scrapbook paper, I cut out the letter and mod podged it on.  I found some cool embellishments (car wheels off one of my sons MANY cars Smile), street sign stickers, etc. and voila! Super Cute!


Doesn’t get any cuter and more personal than that!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Did You Think to Pray Today?

I saw this tutorial on another bloggers sight…but honestly, for the life of me, I can’t recall whos so I apologize in advance!! The blogger did made it slightly different than I…using printed tissue IMG_2164paper while I used my silhouette machine. 

I started by painting the outsides of these oval plaques with a wood stain… I then used my nifty silhouette machine to cut PERFECT ovals and modge podged them on.  Resorting back to my silhouette machine, I then cut the black letters and even though they were self adhesive vinyl, I modge podged over them for a clean look. I thought they needed some pizazz so on went the buttons and after stapling a cute ribbon onto the back they are ready for reminding my kids to pray Smile  Pretty Cute, eh?IMG_2167IMG_2169

Saturday, December 4, 2010

A Whoville Christmas Tree

The furniture in our living room is blue and I was thinking of doing a patriotic tree (Red, white and Blue) but then I thought it might be even more different and even more creative to do a take on “Whoville”.  You know, as in the Grinch…image

Well, those crazy blues, pinks and purples along with some lime green and orange are the theme of my Christmas tree. And I LOVE it!


However, finding these colors in Christmas ornaments isn’t easy and isn’t cheap. So off IMG_2204to Michaels I went to get these clear glass balls that I got on sale (cyber Monday coupon).  I went into the paint section and picked out colors that match my tree's décor.  That’s all you need to create your own glass ball ornaments. 

You start by pouring a few drops of your first color into the IMG_2206bottom of the ornament…then shake, shake, shake senora! Or you can get really crazy and pour a little paint down each side of the ball to create a vertical line affect.


then pour your second color in the ball and again…shake, shake, shake senora Smile


Look at how awesomely cool these are…


Looks like it’s a Whoville Christmas at our house!

A purpose at last :)

So, do you remember my ‘getting creative at the dollar store” post?  Well those bad boys have been sitting around the house with no purpose. but today, as I was going to chuck ‘em….I fell in love with them! 



Cute, huh? Smile

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Count Your Blessings

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I wanted to write out all of the wonderful things we’ve been blessed with.  I came up with this blessings board…a neat way to see day to day our many blessings and to write and rewrite them with the family. 
I started with a plane wooden frame…took the glass out and taped straight across so that the words would be straight. Note: be careful with the glass! I cut myself a few times just moving it around.
I took the backing of the frame and covered it with burlap.
Made some burlap/fabric florets and voila!
It’s so nice to see all the things we’re blessed with and even more nice getting input from the family day to day.  Use a chalk marker to make the “blessings” stand out!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Spicing Up My Spice Cabinet!

I don’t know about you, but my spice cabinet always seems to get messy fast. IMG_2088  Well I finally decided to do something about it!  I bought these 4oz spice jars from Crate and Barrel.  Then I used my silhouette to create 4” circles and printed them out onto colored vinyl (color coded according to spice…I know, I’m anal)

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I labeled them and voila! Drab to Fab!

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And it even made room for me to use this old cabinet for other uses!



Happy organizing!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Who said "nothing in the world's for free" ????

FREE Holiday Cards from Shutterfly

Shutterfly is my stop for all photo prints and cards every holiday!  Have you been over there lately??
Shutterfly's photo books are fantastic! I’ve made them for my kids grandparents and even been given them as gifts…they are beautifully done and come out exactly as you create them!

I recently made these for my parents and in-laws.  I took photos of my kids throughout the year and put them with the month they went with! (i.e. Peyton in her Easter dress was the April pictures!)  

I am totally going to use this holiday photo card! I cannot wait to put the kids in cute Christmas clothes and snap pics for these bad boys!  I can never pick just ONE photo to use so this card is perfect with its 6 photo spots!!

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Pier 1 redo

So to begin the holiday season, I was looking through the Pier 1 catalog and came across this cute wreath:
dollar store wreath
I thought it was so cute but for $75…there’s no way I’m paying that!!! So off to the dollar store I went and here’s the tutorial:
I bought an 18” wreath and wrapped around it 3 strands of 9ft. garland. 
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I then hot glued different size glass/plastic ornamental balls around the wreath.
Final cost- $9!!!! All materials from the dollar store!!!
Merry Christmas!