Friday, April 30, 2010
The house (and blog) have been so neglected this week!
In two weeks my friend's daughter turns one and I'm making all the decorations - fabric bunting banner a la Martha, some Dollar Store apothecary candy containers, a cutie little paper name banner and tons of other stuff I'm stealing from fab party decorators I find at Swanky Tables and other party websites. Anyone else ever become entranced by beautiful party photos?
I've also been working like a fiend filling the shop - my bits o' shine are going to be represented and sold at boutiques and I've been getting it all ready.
I have a crafty project and two decor projects and a "decrapification" project to quote TDC. So don't give up on me while I catch up. :)
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
While I was visiting my friend Karen and helping out with improving the fireplace she decided she wanted to try my space-saving trick as well.
We emptied boxes and boxes of DVD's...
much to the cat's enjoyment...
I fit! I fit!
Cats are so weird.
Although the baby is responsible for moving the boxes and lids all over the family room. :)
We removed all the papers to prepare the cases for recycling...
And even organized all her movies, by genre, into a case that only takes up this much room:
An entire sack FULL of garbage and several trips to the recycling bin later, all her movies are safe and secure and organized for easy access.
Also on the plus side, this is a great solution for when you completely lose the DVD case and have nowhere to keep it safe. Not to mention the portability factor! Next time a friend asks to bring over a movie, instead of a tough mental debate on which one to bring, you can just bring along the whole bunch and decide together. Nice.
Making the World Cuter
FYI - the FaveCrafts Mother's Day 2010 ebook is available for downloading and features a project by yours truly! There are so many great things in it that you can make for the moms in your life.
And guess who is the last person to sign up for Twitter? Me! Good guess! You can follow my antics by searching for MollythePirate.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
This is the view out the back of my property - two varieties of apple - yay for blooms! There was only one. single. apple. last year - there's the fence between me and that luscious green field where the adopted mustangs roam...and a creepy llama... and there are the beautiful sunsets in the treeline.
I just love my view out back!
Be sure to visit Little Red House and all the fabulous mosaics!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Giftwrap made from food containers:
Bookmarks made from catalog/magazine pages:
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
(click the images to be taken to their respective sites)
Ruffles and Stuff is posting tons of turorials until the big day:
And Made is collaborating on that project as well!
Hurray for moms!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Karen's house looks like it was owned by the same couple for years and years and years...and it shows. You can see the tone of the wood paneling and guess when it was put up (sidenote: her husband won't let her paint or take down the paneling because he likes it....he's also colorblind so can we forgive him?). But take a look at that fireplace - it stuck out like a sore thumb in the room.
Tips: Use spray paint if you can get the insert to come out. We couldn't seem to get this one to come out so my second choice was the quart of paint and sponge brushes. If you're painting indoors make sure you can open up some doors and windows, this stuff smells like solvent. Yuck. I think I also would have preferred a teeny paint roller - I think it would have applied a little smoother. This paint is very thin so make sure you use thin coats so your paint doesn't run.For gratuitous cuteness I'm posting a photo of her daughter. Because she's adorable and I couldn't resist. :)
Sunday, April 18, 2010
I discovered quite the plethora of family photos that feature horses in my project the last couple weeks. I guess when you have a weird generation gap (like how most of my first cousins are nearly twice my age) you end up with lots of old photos that don't seem that old to you.
I also discovered I am a country girl way back to my roots! :)
Somewhere in that top left photo is my great grandpa Pete driving group of wagons loaded down with bags of wool. (yes sir, yes sir, three bags full) to Shaniko - now a "ghost town" - that was once called the "wool capital of the world."
The top right photo is my paternal grandmother.
Bottom right photo is my maternal great grandfather and one of his draft horses (the same draft horses that my grandpa was racing in last week's mosaic photo).
Bottom left photo is my maternal grandparents and my three uncles.
Be sure to visit Little Red House and see all the beautiful mosaics!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
My brother's birthday was in March so I made him a card of some of his favorite things, diamond plate chrome and tire tracks. The "diamond plate" is a scrap of scrapbook paper - I used it as my base, layering a piece of rippled carstock covered by...
...another piece of cardstock that I made tire tracks on. Super easy! Just use a toy car, roll the back tires over an ink pad and vroom vroom your way to a custom pattern. He loved it. :)
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
As wonderful as they write they are a bit...stark. Solely utilitarian (see? I know real words). So that combined with my ridiculous mass quantity of scrapbook paper scraps and a plan comes together! These pens easily come apart and since the main part of the pen is clear it makes the perfect canvas for my sudden "stripes and polka-dot" obsession.
My beautiful Paper Wishes scraps.
If you are going to use these same pens you only need a piece of paper that is 1 inch wide and 3 and 3/8 inches long.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
My project the other day inspired me to go through some old family photos and find as many "horse" photos as I could. There were considerably more than I could fit in this mosaic! I may have to make a two-parter.
The top left photo is my mom's great uncle, the top right photo is my mom's other great uncle watching a herd of wild horses. The bottom right is my grandpa and his brother (and someone else I don't know) taking their team of horses racing even though they weren't supposed to. :) Bottom middle photo is my great grandpa's brother and family (very proud of their horse I guess!), and the bottom left photo is my mom's uncle.
Be sure to visit Little Red House to see other beautiful mosaics!
Friday, April 9, 2010
I stitched around each heart all the way to give them a "poufy" sort of look and to make sure they were securely attached.
Now that you know how big your book is, cut the rectangles that will make the "pages" of the book. I recommend five pages - two to line the covers and three that will be loose.
Using a felt-glue I adhere a piece to the inside of each cover - this will add some thickness and help stiffen it while it also covers the stitches from your button and applique.
And don't forget to cut your button hole! :)
For all my stitching I use embroidery floss that I've divided in half. The regular size is a combination of six indivual threads...
The first needlebook I made I hid my knots inside the last page and the back cover, but I found it made my binding really uneven, so if you are more expert in this area than myself (and that wouldn't take much!) it keeps your cover nice and clean. This time around I put my needle through back to front and made a series of six stitches like so...
My finished needlebooks made using only supplies on hand (woohoo destash-along!):
Instead of making the front cover have a huge flap I used an extra scrap to make this which I adhered using felt glue and then stitched to secure.