Monthly Archives: June 2012

Craft Room Make-over {Part 2}

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Since I left off on this topic a few weeks ago, here’s a recap of my progress thus far.

  • The room is as big a mess as ever. Possibly a bigger mess than ever.
  • Instead of getting rid of stuff I probably won’t use, I’ve been on a buying spree of “things that could come in handy for something… eventually.”
  • The list of things I need to buy is ever-growing, while my account balance is ever-dwendling.
  • I have been cheaper thriftier than ever with accessories and supplies for my finished room.
    • C-R-E-A-T-E letters from Michael’s: $1 each, decoupaged with old pages from a thesaurus. ❤
    • Empty frames to use as some type of message/photo board: free from Mom { If you don’t take it, it’s going in the trash. }
    • Cross-stitch circles to go with the frames: $0.49 at Goodwill
    • Two gallons of yellow paint: free from my sister who decided she didn’t want it anymore.
    • Floor pillows: free from my other sister, then I re-covered one with a quilt top from Goodwill { $3-ish }
    • Splatter paint table: stool base picked up from side of the road, wooden shelf from Mom, Black & White spray paint, various acrylic paints, screws. ❤
    • Painting supplies { tape, brushes, rollers, etc. } all free from my sister
  • I’m taking baby steps toward organizing my junk supplies in a way that would let me cram store things in my closet until I can get the room painted & move stuff where I want it { for now, as I have a tendancy to re-arrange frequently }
  • I have a pretty clear idea of how I want the room laid out so that it will be the best usable space for my work.

And my biggest accomplishment thus far…

  • I put a latch on the door so that certain toddler hands will not find their way into my things, and leave them from one end of the room to another. { I’m still finding rubber stamps }

I was going to try to be creative with my photo placement, but it’s a bigger hassle than I’m up for right now. So, here you go. Crafty montage.
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Under $5 Under 5 Minutes

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Today has been a mostly housework day, with a few mini-projects worked in so I feel like I’m doing something for me. The first mini-project was to re-cover a floor pillow I got from my sister on Tuesday. I had a quilt top that I bought from Goodwill nearly a month ago, and just waiting for the right use for it. Hello there, floor pillow. A few cuts and stitches, and…
0628121424 I love it! Hubby may not, but it’s my pillow so 😛

Okay, now on to the cheap crafty idea I had while picking up my son’s crayons (and the mess of papers and related goodies).

I’ve been wanting to display his art, but all of my lovely Pinspired ideas were also wearing lovely price tags. From the same sister as I got the pillows above, I acquired lots of other goodies. Clothes pins being one of the things I’m very excited about. Hmmm… clothespins are used to hold stuff. They could hold B’s art.

Here’s what you’ll need:
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  1. Clothespins
  2. Double sided tape
  3. Your child’s art

{ You could also paint the clothespins, but I didn’t. Lazy mom, I know. }

Anyway, apply the double-sided tape to the clothes pin. Stick it to the wall. Hang your child’s art. Done.

And here we go…
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Marathon Mayhem – Week 3 {I think}

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So, yea… I stepped on the scale this morning. Not sure why. I usually try to avoid it unless I go to the doctor or something.

137.0 lbs.

Now before anyone gets all “I wish I was just 137″ on me, I understand there are people with more to lose. Everyone has their own “happy weight” and 137 is not mine. Whatever yours may be, good luck and all the best in achieving it. Now, back to my whining. Well, $#!+. That means I have gained back all 8 pounds that I lost a few months ago { before I got tired of counting Points } and I’m back to where I started. I’ve promised to keep this blog G-rated, but there are several PG words I’m feeling currently.

Twelve. 12. That’s how many pounds of “Squishy London” I want to lose. If I regain them as “Buff London” I’m totally ok with that, but all this more to love is for the birds. I’m in the worst shape of my life, and I’ve let myself get to that point because I didn’t feel like sticking with anything long enough to make a difference.

21 Days to Make a Habit.  Even I should be able to have that kind of attention span. { squirrel }

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Woohoo! Look what I found! 21habit.com lets you set a goal & check in daily until you meet it. There’s a Free Mode { which I’m using because I spent my weekly allowance on crafts } as well as a committed Mode – You put $21 in an account and for every day that you succeed you get $1 back. When If you fail then they donate $1 to a charity.

Last Week’s progress

  • I did get in some walking two days, so that was good.
  • I slipped on my “No cokes at all” thing, but I think I only had 2 all week.
  • I don’t remember what other goals I set, which means I probably didn’t meet them.

I guess that sums it up. I’m still in full Craft Mode, so everything else is kind of a blur. We’ll see how this week goes. Boy, this was a bummer-post. Sorry if my blah rubs off on anyone else.

Owl mobile

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I don’t like to brag, but… oh, wait! I love to brag. I really enjoy my work, and I enjoy it even more when I know the people who I’m giving it to -or in rare cases selling {business is a little slow} – enjoy it as well. When my niece was born, I made her a stuffed owl. She’s been in the hospital this entire time with heart and lung problems {roughly 8 weeks} and her owl has never left her side. It apparently sparked a trend, and all of our relatives have been buying her clothes, blankets, bows, etc. with cute little owls. I talked to my sister-in-law yesterday, and she said she was looking for an owl mobile. “Why don’t I make you one? I have more fabric than I know what to do with.” She loved the idea {and I love that she actually likes the things I make} So I sat down to find a pattern and get started.

This is what I came up with. It came from a blog called Duckling Pond. Unfortunately, the image would not get any larger. Open Paint. Copy + Paste. Enlarge. Print. I didn’t bother with all the little details, just the main body and the wings. I cut the pattern out of cardstock since I plan on using it several times. I’m making four owls for the mobile, Yellow, Pink, Blue, and Purple.

I traced the body onto the backs of my fabric with a pen. I know they make pens for marking on fabric, but whatever. It’s on the inside, so a ballpoint is just fine with me. Be sure to flip you pattern over so you have a front piece and a back piece that line up. Four fronts and four backs. With the wings, I am testing and idea. Instead of just cutting out the wing as seen in my pattern, I wanted it to be double-sided. I traced the “scalloped” edge then flipped the pattern over and traced it again. The result is a kind of spade shape that will fold in half to make the wing shape. {I have no idea if that makes sense to anyone but me.}

I’m going to cut small circles from the same fabric as the wings to be the background for the eyes. The eyes will be made from small white buttons {although one set looks kinda green-ish}.

Hopefully, I will be back soon to reveal the finished owls and write up the rest of my somewhat-tutorial.

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Well, that took slightly longer than I had anticipated.

0610120911Little-bitty wings make for great big time consumers. Once I finally got all four owls complete, I spent the longest time trying to figure out what to use for the mobile structure. I discovered, while pulling weeds in my flowerbed, that dead cedar is amazingly smooth. I snapped off two small-ish branches, drilled a 1/8 inch hole in the centers and on each end, and threaded the lace through each hole.

{ Side note: I will be finding more uses for cedar branches. I really like the way they look. }


It took a little playing around to fins the right balance so that one owl didn’t pull the branch too far one way, etc. I also added a little green tag with Joee’s name stamped on it.

So without further ado, here is the completed owl mobile. I’m contemplating making some for the shop, but I just don’t know, yet.

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I love the way it turned out, and I’ve already taken it to the hospital and hung it above her bed. Hopefully, she’s only a few more weeks before she can finally go home. I left enough ribbon attached so we can hang it from the ceiling in her room at home, too.
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Oh yea… Marathon Mayhem – Week 2

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I discovered that the reason I don’t train for marathons or maintain a gym schedule is not because I am not motivated… it’s because I get distracted by things that I am more motivated to do.

Like crafting.

I did not write a single journal entry this week, or keep up with how many cokes a day, or walk. Every spare moment was spent crafting in some way. Business cards, cutting out patterns, pinning fabric to be sewn later, button sewing… you name it. I also enjoyed the heck out of it. I have had a lot of great opportunities come my way this week, and I’m jumping at the chance to really enjoy my work. I have a mile long list that I can’t wait to tackle. That being said, I still have to get on some fitness goals.

  1. No Coke this week. Coffee or water. Period. I can go 7 days without it.
  2. When possible, I will sit on my exercise ball instead of the couch. I’m more likely to start doing ab or leg work if I’m on the ball.
  3. At least 2 days this week, I need to walk 15 minutes.

We’ll start there and see what I can get done, then we’ll make out the next week’s goals. I have to make time for all of my well-being.

Edit: 6 hours since I posted, and I really, really want a coke.

T-shirt Re-do {Fixing a hole} with tutorial

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I’m a pretty simple shopper. I wear jeans and t-shirt {or some variation } 6 days out of the week. My t-shirt assortment consists of a handful of “cool” graphic tees and about 20+ solid colored, jersey knit, crew cuts from Kohl’s. They’re soft. They’re cheap. And I don’t have to spend much time thinking about which one to wear { although grey and brown seem to be my “go-to” choices } I like them all. In fact, I really love them… so it makes me sad when I go to put one on and find THIS

Photobucket The only thing worse than a hole in a shirt you love is an ill-placed hole in a shirt you love. This particular hole is right smack-dab on my boob. Front and center. No distracting from it. So, my cheap crafty self decided not to let an otherwise good shirt end up a stuffed animal. { hooray for re-purposing } Enter Hobby Lobby clearance rack yo-yo rosettes. 86 fabric rosettes for $4.67, umm yes, please. Throw in some buttons, and you can manage a pretty awesome { if I do say so } camouflage to hide that pesky nick.
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I’m thinking of stitching some vine/leaf things in the gaps, but this is it for now.

Yo-yo Rosette Tutorial

 I wanted to share this super easy way to make these yo-yo’s. Apparently, I’ve been doing it almost the right way, but this new way gives prettier, more finished results.

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Cut fa0616121554bric into circles of desired size (finished rosette is roughly half the diameter of the original circle)

Press edges toward center (Crease is approx. 1/4 inch from cut edge) – I’m impatient and skipped this step.0616121623

With a double threaded needle, use a gather stitch around the edge of the circle.

After a full circle, pull the thread tight to gather the edges into something that looks remarkably similar to your finished project.0616121641

Secure the gathered center to the “back ” of the yo-yo with a simple stitch.

Embellish & Enjoy

I am a proud new Etsy owner!

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There are a lot of people who have been encouraging me to try my hand at selling my crafts { to a larger market than friends and family }and so without further ado…
I am so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, I think everyone gets it now. Time to get to work on all of my new stuffed animals. But first, I have to be up for work in less than 5 hours… so I’m going to bed.

Tomorrow I am totally getting a jump on things.

I’m so happy to be able to do what I love {and hopefully make some money off it }

Good night, all.