Idea Overload

Ever feel like there are 726,819 things you want to do but you have no time to do them? I pretty much feel like that all the time honestly but it seems to be worse lately. I decided to turn some of the want-to’s into getting-done’s so I picked a few projects and started collecting materials for them. Let me just say – it’s taken me WEEKS to collect some of these materials! It’s insane!!! There’s still one that I have to purchase… I’m having to have it custom ordered. Custom ordered people! It’s craziness I tell you. Then there’s that whole minor issue of actually accomplishing the project once I have the necessary materials. Lord knows when that’ll happen. Every time I think I’m going to have time, something else comes up. I had planned to work on these a little bit each night but I’ve changed my schedule around a bit at work and now I’m not getting home until 7pm. By the time I cook dinner, pack my gym bag, pack my lunch and eat dinner, it’s 10pm. That’s my bedtime so that means I got nothing crafty done for the day. Plus, our weekends are a blur between the have-to’s (like laundry, grocery shopping, yard work) and social events so there’s just very little time to do anything creative. I WILL find time though (if for no other reason than that the materials are currently living on my kitchen table which will eventually drive me completely batty). So, wanna know what I’m working on???

I’m working on this Bugsy Tic Tac Toe but I’m tweaking the base a bit. This is going to live outside in our backyard. In truth, my husband is going to paint the ‘bugs’ for me. I can’t paint to save my life. 🙂

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Please pin from original source.

 

This little baggie of sweet clothespins is yet another project (source unknown). This is the one for which I’m having to custom order an item… any guesses? Yeah it’s that clothespin stamp!

Love is Sweet

 

I saw this absolutely adorable idea on a blog called A Beautiful Mess. They have some of the most creative things I’ve ever seen and their photography is amazing. I’m crazy jealous. Anywho… since we have both cats and dogs in our house, we’re going to copy cat this adorable kitty spoon rest and then try our hands at creating an equally cute puppy one. Fingers crossed!

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Please pin from original source.

 

I have what I think is going to be a super cute idea involving this printable.

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Please pin from original source.

 

And last but definitely not least I’m working on this cute embroidery project.

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Please pin from original source.

 

With any luck – they’ll all be done by the end of the year. HA!

Then I can get started on the other 726,814 ideas I have.

Drip Drop Painted Terra Cotta Pot

So I’ve been on a bit of what I call an interior gardening kick lately.  Basically, I have a small houseplant problem and might be running out of places to put them.  Anyway, I ran across this adorable little cactus the other day and decided to paint a terra cotta pot to showcase it.  The colors will make a tad bit more sense later – I have another craft project that I’ll hopefully get around to some day that includes these colors.

Anywho – I went to my local Michael’s and picked up a terra cotta pot and some terra cotta paints (they’re right by the pots so they’re easy to find).  Then when I got home I just turned the sucker upside down and dripped a few paint drops and let them rooooll on down the sides.  Quick, easy, and still cute.  Score!

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I’ve also done some research and looked up some other painted terra cotta pots for inspirational ideas.  Have a look and click on the ‘source’ beneath the pictures to be taken to the originator…

Solid Painted Terra Cotta Planters
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Colorblock Painted Terra Cotta Planters
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Lady Bug Painted Clay Pot
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Neon painted terra cotta pots
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Window Shopping Wednesday – Pink Chalk Fabric

One of my goals for 2013 was to spend more time crafting.  So far, that’s been a success.  I spent one weekend in January crafting and my February crafting day is coming up soon.  I haven’t actually gotten much accomplished… it’s more like sorting through all of my projects that are in some stage of started and figuring out where to go from there.  I’ve made a few things though.  I promise I’ll show you pictures and what not soon.

I have a bootie-load of fabric in my fabric stash so I’m not actually in the market for more.  I’ve succeeded in not purchasing any for several months now but that’s mostly due to avoiding places like Joann’s like the plague.  Haha.

I did run across this cute little shop called Pink Chalk Fabrics online the other day though (completely by accident, I swear) and I thought we could at least virtually shop for some fun fabric.

This weeks featured shop:  Pink Chalk Fabric

Kokka Nancy Wolff Space Explorers Purple

Space aliens.  On fabric.  I don’t really need to say more about this do I?

 

Alexander Henry Mecca For Moderns Mercer Park Grey

I {heart} this fabric.  So modern.  Lovely colors.  Come home with me!

 

Keiki Mind Your P's and Q's Forest Critters Cream

Forest Critters.  Eek!  So cute!

Cloud9 Fabrics Happy Drawing Too Dachshund

Dashshund fabric.  Come on now!  AND in sweaters.  Cuteness overload.

 

Etsuko Furuya Echino Fall Collection 2012 Acacia Natural

I’m going through a bit of an elephant phase right now.  Can you guess why I love this fabric?  😉

 

Kokka Dutch Door Press Matryoshka Dolls

I think this fabric is just precious.  I have no idea what I’d make using it but I love it.

 

Laurie Wisbrun Olive The Ostrich Olive Pink

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day – this fabric would be so cute used in your Valentine’s decoration for next year.  Perhaps made into a dish towel?

 

Patty Sloniger Les Amis Socks the Fox Aqua

Oh holy mother… I think I just cheated on my husband.  I want, I need, I ADORE this fabric.  *DROOL*

 

Patty Sloniger Les Amis Turtle Parade Teal

Speaking of my husband… ya’ll know we have a thing for turtles in our house… (see here and here)

 

Patty Young Textured Basics Hexies Multi

I love these hexies!  It’s like paper piecing without all the work!

 

Tula Pink Salt Water Sea Stripes Aqua

The movement in this is just exquisite.

 

Oh my.  Now I want to go fabric shopping.

Sigh.

An Awesome Idea

So I ran across this fabulous idea on Pinterest the other day and I just had to share with you guys.  

I’m not a teacher, in fact, I’m not really what you’d call a “kid person.”  I do, however, have the upmost respect for teachers.  While this idea doesn’t necessarily relate only to teachers it would make an amazing classroom activity for all ages.  

Here’s the photo I saw on Pinterest:

amazing teacher idea from artmommie (dot) blogspot (dot) com

Here’s the source of this genius.  

I also think that this could be made into an amazing piece of art by an adult with drawing ability (ahem, not me).  

What do you think of this idea?

I wish I was this talented…

The other day, I came across this masterpiece in a blog I read.  I am so insanely jealous that this lady not only owns this piece, but stained that fabulous top herself.  I cannot tell you how much I wish I had that much creativity. 

She turned this:
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Into this:

please pin all pictures from the original source of this incredible piece!

please pin all pictures from the original source of this incredible piece!

To read more about this project, click here

*note – please pin all pictures from the original source of this incredible piece!

Making Baby Burp Cloths

A while back I mentioned that I went to a friends baby shower.  This friend is the first friend that I’ve known that I knew before she was pregnant and has then had a baby.  When she told me she was preggo I was totally psyched for her and her hubby.  Naturally, my mind immediately started working overtime trying to figure out what I was going to make for her for her baby shower gift.  Then, as happens frequently in my life, life got completely and utterly out of hand.  In the end, I ended up taking a trip to Carter’s to buy her adorable baby boy some equally adorable clothes.  I’m thrilled with what I gave her (and I think / hope she was too) but I still wanted to go ahead and make something for her even though her baby shower had come and gone.

So – I whipped out some flannel fabric that I had purchased, made a Joann’s run to purchase some terry cloth fabric (i.e. towels) in matching colors and then sat down at my sewing machine for a few hours.

Here’s what I made:

Now – I’ll be honest… I made her 4 (or was it 6?) of these suckers and none a single one of them is the same size.  I wanted a finished product of 10” x 18” and between not being able to cut OR sew in a straight line I don’t think that any of them were on-point with my desired outcome.  Nonetheless, they turned out relatively cute and, if nothing else, functional.  And let’s face it… her kid is going to puke on these.  I sincerely doubt that he cares if my seams are straight.

Burp cloths are a great beginner sewing project.  You take your flannel and your terry cloth (note: you can buy towels at the dollar store instead of terry cloth fabric from a fabric store) and you cut out an 11” x 19” piece of both.  Pin right sides together and sew (using a ½” seam) all the way around, leaving approximately a 2” opening on one end.  Flip your burp cloth inside out, then stitch around the seams again, approximately ¼” from the edge.  Lastly – fold your burp cloth into thirds (length wise), mark the ‘fold’ with an erasable pen or, in my case, frog tape.  Then sew a straight line along your marker.  This helps to adhere to terry to the flannel as well as making it easy to fold the cloths for storage.

Have you ever made anything for a baby shower gift… Or a belated baby shower gift?

I’ve linked up to these great parties:

Bloom Designs
Chef in Training
Chic on a Shoestring
Classy Clutter
Delightful Order
DIY Show Off
Ginger Snap Crafts
Handy Man Crafty Woman
Happy Hour Projects
Home Stories A to Z
I Gotta Create
I Heart Naptime
Lil Luna
Mod Vintage Life
My Girlish Whims
One Artsy Mama
Skip to my Lou
Uncommon Designs
Under the Table and Dreaming

I dream of… better sewing skills? (part 2)

So I’m back with another idea that I saw online that I wish my brain had thought of.  How cute is this???  Doilies as pockets!  Eek!  AND it would even be easy to do for people who aren’t sewers! 

You can view the source of this genius here as well as see my other sewing skill inspiration here.

I dream of… better sewing skills?

Ok, so we all know my sewing skills are rudimentary at best.  Remember this

Well, waaaaay back when I mentioned to you guys that I was inspired by a friend of mine from college to start this blog because she was writing a blog  and it just so happens that a lot of what she was doing was clothing refashioning because she started working out like an insane person and lost a ton of weight and looks absolutely FABULOUS.  And, like most of us, she didn’t have the funds to buy a whole new wardrobe so she honed her mad sewing skills and worked with what she had. 

Then, there was another blog  that I had read even before my friends’ blog and this blog is completely about re-making existing pieces of clothing.

Needless to say these two ladies have mad skills and imagination that my brain just does not possess.  Which kinda makes me sad.  But that’s ok.

Anywho, today I came across another fashion remake that I think is super cute, and totally do-able even with rudimentary sewing skills.  So, I thought I’d pass it along for anyone who might be interested. 

Go here  to see the $3 makeover versus the $560 original!  Craziness!

How to make a little somethin’ somethin’ with buttons…

Remember the other day when I mentioned that I was totally overwhelmed and frustrated because I wanted to craft but just didn’t have the time (among a lot of other things)?  Well, that same day in a fit of frustration I scrolled through my zillions of craft ideas that I keep on my computer, picked one, and went to Joann’s.

This is my inspiration photo:

Peggy, the amazing creator of this fabulous image, has other amazing letters available at her Etsy shop.

Here are some of my favorites:

I have a secret for you though… I have NO IDEA how to sew on a button.  Sad huh?  Fortunately since these little buttons don’t have to be functional in any way I didn’t need to know how to actually sew one on.

So, here’s what I picked up from Joann’s:

  • Pre-stretched canvas (8×10)
  • Fabric – I purchased 1/3 yard (you’ll need to adjust this depending on the size of your canvas)
  • Buttons – I chose red because they popped but you can choose whatever color you like best with your fabric, the buttons need to be in varying sizes (note: I also used some large matching beads because my letter had some really skinny parts and I couldn’t find buttons that small)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery thread in a matching color (should match the color of your buttons)

Here’d what I needed from my stash at home:

  • Staple gun
  • Printed letter (using your computer and Microsoft Word size your paper to the size of your canvas, choose a font that you like and make it as large as possible, print)
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins

Instructions:

  1. Cut out your letter very carefully
  2. Pin your letter to your fabric
  3. Place embroidery hoop over fabric and letter.  You should have this… 
  4. Begin placing buttons however they look best to you – you’ll do this by threading your needle, tying a knot in the end, then bringing the thread up through the ‘bottom’ of the fabric, through one button hole, then down through another.  If there are four holes in your button, repeat this step.
  5. Keep repeating until your letter is covered with buttons
  6. To remove the paper letter – use small scissors and tweezers to cut and remove the pieces underneath the buttons.  Be very careful not to cut your thread or fabric.
    (note:  this is a very difficult way of doing this, if you want, instead of pinning your paper letter to your fabric you can use an erasable fabric marker to trace your letter onto your fabric.  However, please note that your creation will have to be washed in order to remove the ink.  You will need to adhere your buttons accordingly.)
  7. Once complete, carefully center your fabric onto your canvas (you can use some spray adhesive to keep it steady if you want).  Flip it over and use your staple gun to adhere the fabric to the back.  Make sure you’re stapling into the wooden frame.
  8. You’re done!  Admire your handiwork!

Here’s my finished product:

It has sort of a 4th of July feel to it doesn’t it?  I wasn’t actually going for that but it works out well considering Independence Day will be here sooner than we know it.  We actually don’t have any blue or red in our house so this’ll make for some fun holiday decoration for us.  I’m hoping to try this again in some different colors.

Now, my finished project in no way looks as amazing as Peggy’s finished products but then again, I’m not selling mine or giving it away as a gift to anyone.   I’m just glad I finally made something crafty.  Yay!

I’ve linked up to these great parties:

Bloom Designs, Skip to My Lou, and Chef in Training.

As well as…


One Artsy Mama

By Stephanie Lynn

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Sewing fills my days, not to mention the living room, bedroom, and closets. ~ Author Unknown

So the other day I read this blog post from one of my favorite bloggers A Girl & A Glue Gun.  It’s about this lovely little fabric shop called Allegro Fabric & Notion.  Now, I love fabrics and have become a bit of a hoarder collector since finally figuring out how to use my sewing machine.  Granted, I haven’t actually made anything (other than this shirt and these bags) but the fact that I know how to use the sewing machine seems to justify these purchases to me.  You get my logic right?  Anyways, for whatever reason my willpower seems to be exponentially stronger when viewing adorable fabric online (whereas when I walk into Joann’s I’m totally powerless).  So, I’m able to peruse their wonderful selection without immediately digging for my debit card. 

Also, according to the afore mentioned blog post, Allegro does something super cool where you can buy their sewing kits and they’ll send you everything you need – the pattern, fabric, elastic, buttons, etc etc etc.  How cool is THAT?

I’m DYING to learn to quilt so that I have even more excuses to buy fabric can finally do something with the fabric I have. 

Want to see some of my favorite fabrics?  Sure you do…

If fabric this cute doesn’t make you want to sew there’s something seriously wrong with you.  Just sayin.

They also have some super cute patterns.  I didn’t want to learn to sew in order to sew clothes, that’s just not really my gig, but these patterns are still super cute.