Archive | September, 2009

Mod Podge Mania: Family Rules Canvas

30 Sep

Today is Mod Podge Mania over at Xazmins! I am so excited because I actually got my project done on time this month!

I was going to do a different project for Mod Podge Mania, but I was over at A Soft Place to Land the other day and saw a link to the cutest project – I just knew I needed to make one for myself!
Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy has a really darling blog and sometimes Nicole (her sister?)is a guest blogger. Well Nicole came up with this cute idea: Family Rules. She has the complete instructions HERE. So yesterday I made ours. I just love it!
I did a few things differently, first I scrounged around in my scrapbooking supplies and found all of the letters and used those. She printed hers off of the computer. I also used ribbon on the canvas and some embellishments like the flower and some rub-ons.

I put the canvas in my kitchen eating area where it will be visible and a good reminder to the kids. Go on over to Xazmin’s and see all of the fun and creative projects – it’s so fun!
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It is rainy and cold here today – I think I will make soup for dinner tonight!
Have a wonderful day!
XOXO

Mod Podge Mania: Family Rules Canvas

30 Sep

Today is Mod Podge Mania over at Xazmins! I am so excited because I actually got my project done on time this month!

I was going to do a different project for Mod Podge Mania, but I was over at A Soft Place to Land the other day and saw a link to the cutest project – I just knew I needed to make one for myself!
Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy has a really darling blog and sometimes Nicole (her sister?)is a guest blogger. Well Nicole came up with this cute idea: Family Rules. She has the complete instructions HERE. So yesterday I made ours. I just love it!
I did a few things differently, first I scrounged around in my scrapbooking supplies and found all of the letters and used those. She printed hers off of the computer. I also used ribbon on the canvas and some embellishments like the flower and some rub-ons.

I put the canvas in my kitchen eating area where it will be visible and a good reminder to the kids. Go on over to Xazmin’s and see all of the fun and creative projects – it’s so fun!
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It is rainy and cold here today – I think I will make soup for dinner tonight!
Have a wonderful day!
XOXO

Trendy Tuesdays: Pumpkin Topiary

29 Sep
I was at Michael’s Craft Store over the weekend picking up supplies for another project, when I spied these white pumpkins. They were on sale – 40% off.  I saw white pumpkins on some blogs and really liked the look. Manuela at Pleasure of Home put a crown on hers and I loved it. So I came home and scrounged through my craft supplies and found some ribbon, paint, stickers, an old dowel and some spray paint and voila — a new pumpkin topiary.
This is a 15 minute project. If you want to make one, here is the tutorial:
Supplies:
  • 3 pumpkins in 3 different sizes
  • some stickers
  • a 3 foot long wooden dowel (you can find them at any hardware store)
  • off-white spray paint
  • some medium-width ribbon
  • black paint
  • some glue dots or a glue gun
  • Gorilla Glue Epoxy
https://i1.wp.com/www.mcguckin.com/images/9403456.jpg
Directions:
  1.  Spray paint your wooden dowel and let it dry.
  2. Take the largest pumpkin and paint large circles over it in a random pattern. Let dry.
  3.  Take the two smaller sized pumpkins and apply your stickers to the center front side of each.
  4. Once your dowel is dry, stick it into your pot deep enough so that it is securely anchored.
  5. Take a large knife and cut a hole in the top and bottom of your largest pumpkin. The hole should be just big enough for the dowel to fit through.
  6. Slide the pumpkin down the dowel so it sits at the bottom.
  7. Do the same thing to the middle sized pumpkin.
  8. Cut a hole at the bottom only — of the smallest pumpkin. This hole needs to be very tight — make it small.
  9. Push the top of the dowel through the small hole of the smallest pumpkin.
  10. Apply a small dab of Gorilla Glue Epoxy where the pumpkin and the dowel touch to secure the pumpkins to the dowel. Let dry.
  11. Wrap ribbon around the middle of the biggest pumpkin and secure using glue dots or a glue gun.
  12. Cut 3 lengths of ribbon that are long enough to wrap around the wood dowel. Secure the ribbon to the dowel using glue dots or a glue gun.
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And you have your self a new pumpkin topiary!
Have a Terrific Tuesday!
XOXO

Trendy Tuesdays: Pumpkin Topiary

29 Sep
I was at Michael’s Craft Store over the weekend picking up supplies for another project, when I spied these white pumpkins. They were on sale – 40% off.  I saw white pumpkins on some blogs and really liked the look. Manuela at Pleasure of Home put a crown on hers and I loved it. So I came home and scrounged through my craft supplies and found some ribbon, paint, stickers, an old dowel and some spray paint and voila — a new pumpkin topiary.
This is a 15 minute project. If you want to make one, here is the tutorial:
Supplies:
  • 3 pumpkins in 3 different sizes
  • some stickers
  • a 3 foot long wooden dowel (you can find them at any hardware store)
  • off-white spray paint
  • some medium-width ribbon
  • black paint
  • some glue dots or a glue gun
  • Gorilla Glue Epoxy
https://i1.wp.com/www.mcguckin.com/images/9403456.jpg
Directions:
  1.  Spray paint your wooden dowel and let it dry.
  2. Take the largest pumpkin and paint large circles over it in a random pattern. Let dry.
  3.  Take the two smaller sized pumpkins and apply your stickers to the center front side of each.
  4. Once your dowel is dry, stick it into your pot deep enough so that it is securely anchored.
  5. Take a large knife and cut a hole in the top and bottom of your largest pumpkin. The hole should be just big enough for the dowel to fit through.
  6. Slide the pumpkin down the dowel so it sits at the bottom.
  7. Do the same thing to the middle sized pumpkin.
  8. Cut a hole at the bottom only — of the smallest pumpkin. This hole needs to be very tight — make it small.
  9. Push the top of the dowel through the small hole of the smallest pumpkin.
  10. Apply a small dab of Gorilla Glue Epoxy where the pumpkin and the dowel touch to secure the pumpkins to the dowel. Let dry.
  11. Wrap ribbon around the middle of the biggest pumpkin and secure using glue dots or a glue gun.
  12. Cut 3 lengths of ribbon that are long enough to wrap around the wood dowel. Secure the ribbon to the dowel using glue dots or a glue gun.
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And you have your self a new pumpkin topiary!
Have a Terrific Tuesday!
XOXO

Friend Makin’ Mondays: I absolutely, positively cannot live without these things…

28 Sep
It’s FMM! I am late getting on the Friend Makin’ Mondys train due to life. It is hard to juggle everything, don’t you think??

Today Amber is asking:

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List a few things that you cannot live without
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{I am going to skip the obvious ones like my family, friends, faith — of course I can’t live without those!}
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 My HP mini – isn’t it cute? I love sitting on the couch while blogging or commenting on blogs. In fact, I’m doing it right now – lol!

Pretty Shoes — don’t pretty shoes just make you feel so much better and more attractive??

Diet Coke — I’ve talked about this one a alot – but I have to have my DC!

Target – I AM a frugalista! What would I do without this store? It has everything and at such a good price!

Sunglasses — I hate squinting!

Jeans — I live in them and jean capris in the summer.

Flat bread — my newest lunchtime obsession. Add some tomatoes and greek vinagrette dressing and I feel like I am in heaven.

And the last thing, of course, Sprinkles!

What is on your “must have” list??
Go on over to Amber’s to sign up for the FMM party!

XOXO

Congratulations and I’m **blushing**

28 Sep

Thank you all for coming to my birthday cupcake party. I went on Random.org and it gave me #34 for my winner. So congratulations to Michelle from Somerset Cottage!

I am excited because today I am being featured by Kristen at La Dolce Vita!  Kristen is such a cute girl. She also has a really fun blog — and she is amazingly talented! She makes the most wonderful sterling silver jewelry and sells it in her Esty store.
There are so many that I love — these are my favorites — aren’t they wonderful??? I can’t decide which one I like the most…
Will you help me win one? All I have to do to qualify is for you to hop over to her blog and read my interview. Then leave a comment. Will you do that for me? Pretty please?? I know you will love her blog!
Can each of you run over to her blog and leave a comment about my interview? I would be so thrilled to be entered in the giveaway for a necklace! Click HERE to go over!
You guys are so great – thanks so much!!!
XOXO

Creative Fridays: burlap no sew kitchen curtains

25 Sep

I am in the middle of a creative frenzy — I don’t know why. I have a million projects that I want to do and just not enough time in the day to get everything done! One of my bigger projects is a kitchen re-do. I am slowly working on this one, and one of the elements of it is new curtains.

I have been seeing so much around blogging land using burlap. I thought it would be a really fun addition to the black and tan theme that I am creating for my kitchen. So last week I went down to the craft store and bought 5 yards of burlap and some coordinating black and tan material. Then I spent some time trying to figure out what kinds of curtains I wanted to make.
I knew I didn’t want panels right next to my kitchen table — I have messy little children. So I experimented and this is what I came up with:

 {this was the before…}

And you know that I don’t sew, so this project was done using this trusty friend:
**The entire project cost me $20.00!!!**
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If you want to make this project, here is the tutorial:
Supplies:
  • Burlap fabric (determine how long and wide you want your curtains to be)
  • Two types of fabric – one for the top panel and another for the bottom ruffle
  • glue gun and plenty of glue sticks
  • iron and ironing board
Instructions:
  1. Cut your burlap to approximately the size you want the panel to be — add about 1 inch to each of the ends.
  2. Iron a 1 inch seam to each of the 4 sides of the burlp panel.
  3. Glue each of the seam ends down.
  4. Now cut a six inch wide length of your fabric which will make up the top panel of the curtains.
  5. Glue the sides under of the fabric.
  6. To make the curtain over the sink — you need a panel of fabric wide enough to go across the top and then you need two panels of fabric that run from the tio of the first panel at the top down and under the curtain and then around the other side — meeting the back top of the curtain. Measure this total and then cut your other panel so they are the same. This will make the curtain hang evenly.
  7. To make the cafe curtain that runs across the eating nook: you need a panel of fabric that is as long as the length of your fabric. Then you need a coordinating fabric that is 1/3 longer than the length of your burlap because it is gathered.
  8. The top panel of the fabric is glued at the top of the burlap and its ends meet the ends of the burlap.
  9. Now you need to iron the coordinating fabric’s seam under. Once this is done, glue the seam down.
  10. Turn the entire panel of burlap over and attach the coordinating fabric panel to the seam – face down. Gather the fabric approximately every 4-6 inches to make a ruffle. Make sure the seam that you just glued down is facing you.
  11. Both curtains are hung using cafe curtain rings.
And thanks for stopping by my party yesterday and for the birthday wishes! I love you guys… If you want a chance to win a yummy Sprinkles cupcake kit, you can enter here — the giveaway ends tonight at midnight!
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Have a great weekend!
XOXO