Friday, April 30, 2010
This week I've been working on a "painting" to put into my son's room. I'm not done yet. It's not really a painting- it's more of a fill in the lines with paint. And it is surprising how long it is taking me! This picture from gracious home was my inspiration (more then I want to pay) but they have lots of cute ideas if you are working on a kid's room.
I'm a budget kind of gal- even found the canvas at a yard sale :o)
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Here is how I added the cute fabric to my plain t-shirt. Cut a 2 inch strip long enough to circle your collar with a few inches extra. Fold and iron the strip in half- making a one inch strip.
Friday, April 23, 2010
I spent most of yesterday making the world's ugliest dress!!! UGH! I should have just walked into Dillards and bought one (on sale of course)....
To try and make myself feel better I finished this embellished t-shirt (1.99 shirt + 50 cent fabric remnant= cuter shirt). I didn't even take time to match the trim and sleeve seams- just that disgusted with sewing!
My husband has been trying to train the Australian Shepherd/ mutt to look at the chickens- not eat them (no other bird is safe in our yard, he hunts and gobbles them up). When he is being watched he lets the birds walk all over him...
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
My trim lines have never been crisper- this stuff is a million billion times better then the blue painter tape- Seriously!!! I suggest taping and painting the same day because after a few days it does start to lift off. Especially around windows when it is cold outside and warm inside. But if you tape the same day you paint the seal is superior- NO paint gets under the tape. Get the green stuff. It's worth it!
Friday, April 16, 2010
4/17/2010 Yikes! I just reread this post and I think I use the word "cute" 1700 times- guess it's time to break out the thesaurus!! Sorry!
My married daughter (who is living with us while they wait for their apartment to become available) has been feeling crafty. I watch and make some suggestions- occasionally offering a bit of help- but she has been on a roll this month. She made this adorable ruffly apron for her mother-in-law. We didn't use a pattern. Sorry the picture is fuzzy- but didn't she choose CUTE material (from Hobby Lobby).
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
We don't really have forty acres- closer to 1 but here is the latest:
Monday, April 12, 2010
I've taped off most of my son's bedroom and am getting ready to paint. The rest of our abode seems to be falling down around me (totally trying not to trip over laundry, toys, blankets, etc.) as I work on his room and continue to put some time in organizing the playroom... is that how it is for you? Things look a lot worse before they look better?! They better look better!
Friday, April 9, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Purchase a charm in the scrapbook section that has an inspirational word on it. I chose "family". Look for a charm that has a simple shape and a hole for hanging. On the back there will be some tacky stuff. If it is flat against the charm just leave it. If it sticks out at all you will need to scrape it off- carefully, don't cut yourself. You can use a solvent like "goo-b-gone" if you'd like, just make sure to clean it all off!
Now scan your child's artwork and select one small element you love- maybe his smiley face or a heart. Place your charm over the art, being careful to center it and lightly trace around the art with a pencil. Remove the charm. If your traced frame actually captures the work you want then cut out the picture. If it's not quite right you can do it again :o)
When you have your charm and paper charm carefully modge podge them together. Brush very gently or your ink will smear.... let this get dry and then do one more coat of modge podge let this dry (2 or 3) hours. Then come back, turn your piece to the word side and use a pin to carefully poke a whole where the jump ring goes. Use a cardboard or foam nail file to file off any places that paper sticks out around the charm. Then on the art side smoothly apply your diamond glaze. Carefully spreading the glaze to the edge and removing any bubbles. Let dry, following your glaze directions.
Then using a tiny, tiny drill bit (found in the wood section of your craft store) -slowly twist it into the hole of the charm and through the glazed picture on the back- you don't need a drill just use your hands. Add a jump ring and a chain and you're done! Now when your charm doesn't have "back" so you won't have to constantly flip it over.
Monday, April 5, 2010
If you are making key chains you can purchase any premade- to-hold- photo- key chains.
This next idea I've seen somewhere before- but I couldn't find the link- sorry about that! You can purchase acrylic frames with a magnet on the back. These come in a great variety of sizes. It is very easy to change the artwork in these frames too. Once again, you can scan and crop your child's artwork and slip it inside the frame. These are great for displaying on file cabinets and refrigerators. Grandparent's love them, too.
Your kids feel like a million bucks when they see you using and displaying their work!