Monday, December 12, 2011

Crafty Husband

My Husband wanted a new tree topper this year. He looked everywhere for what he wanted, but found nothing. He decided to make his own. He bought a plastic ball ornament and some icicles at Michael's. Next, he used his Dremel tool to cut off the hanging tips of the icicles. Then he used the glue gun to attach the icicles to the ornament. Last, he curled a coat hanger to make the part that attaches to the tree. It looks great! For under $4, a retro looking tree topper!
In case you were wondering where I have been, we went to Texas for Thanksgiving, then stayed an extra 5 days due to a funeral. When I got back, I was having bad back pain, went to the ER, and had back surgery the next day. I had a bulging disc, and torn cartilage that was pushing on my sciatic nerve. (Yes, the back pain worsened when I painted the gray chair for week 2 of the contest!) It has been a week, and I am still recovering. I hope to post more, as I am able to sit more! Good thing my husband can carry on with some projects!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Snowball Chritsmas Tree Skirt

Snowball Tree Skirt

Christmas is such a broad theme. This was the only week I didn't know what I was going to do. After much thinking and sleeping- I get my best ideas when I am sleeping, I came up with the snowball tree skirt!

I bought a white dollar store tree skirt and used the back. My mom used to decorate for weddings, and had yards and yards of tulle left over. I cut the tulle into 3 inch wide strips, rolled them into rosettes, and sewed across them. I continued to do this, until I had a few long chains of rosettes. Then I took the chains of rosettes, and hot glued them to the back of tree skirt.

After I had sewed on all the rosettes, I used Krylon's Glitter Blast to glitterize it!

To finish it off, I put white Christmas lights underneath it. I love the soft, snowy glow!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Styrofoam Picture Puzzle

 Thanks for all the votes! Wow! Round 3!
 So Styrofoam had endless possibilities...but I looked all around at craft stores, Wal-Mart, then ended up at Lowe's, where I found this giant 4'X8' sheet of Styrofoam. I have always wanted some big wall art, and I love to take pictures, so I combined the two. I had Office Depot print off a black and white engineering copy as big as they could.  My husband (using a jig saw) helped me cut puzzle pieces out of cardboard, then we traced them onto the Styrofoam. Next, using the jig saw again, we cut the Styrofoam (fyi- it was soooo much easier than cutting the cardboard), then traced the pieces onto the picture. We cut the picture out. Finally, using spray glue, we glued the pictures onto the Styrofoam.

The final picture is 4ft X 3ft. I used some blue Ticky-tack to hold it up, along with a few tacks! 
I love the final result! The styrofoam was superlight, and easy to work with. I would use it again for other projects.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Gold to Grey Painted Chair

Thanks for all the votes! I won the second round!! The pressure is on for the next round!

This was a hard week for me. DecoArt has some great products, and I love paint! It was hard to decide, but after I found this great (but ugly) chair at the thrift store, I decided to paint it. I decided to use fabric paint, but could not find any locally. Then I saw the Fabric Medium by Americana, a DecoArt Brand. I thought I would use it with some latex paint, and Voila`! The chair was painted. And it is not crunchy!

I wanted a little accent, and we have a dark grey couch, so I made a slip cover for the seat cushion. I finished the edges with piping, and added some quilt batting for softness. 
Now, it's a great chair to lounge in and read a my model!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Red Desk Redo

When I heard this weeks challenge was Krylon spray paint, I knew exactly what I was going to do. I had found this desk at a garage sale and knew I wanted to use "Banner Red" to paint it.  I had to first prime this piece, so I chose Krylon's Ruddy Brown Primer. I had 2 other brands of half used rusty-colored primer, and the Krylon was by far the easiest to use. I love the 360 nozzle and  it is very finger friendly! 
  I had bought the fabric (Amy Butler Lotus) to use as pillows in her room, but wasn't committed to that project. I knew the side drawers would look great in contrast to the desk color. I used Modge Podge to put
the fabric on. 
 My husband helped polish up the brass pulls, and I painted the groves with some gold glaze. The lamp, chair and Statue of Liberty book ends were all thrift store purchases. The print says "I love NY".
My daughter loves her new desk!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Here are the girls!
 Taylor Swift and a nurse.

This was before the first party of the season...Taylor became a cow girl, and the nurse changed into a volleyball player!


Saturday, October 22, 2011


Bet you wonder what happened to me...well, I spent most of this week at the sewing machine, working on Halloween costumes. I made a trip to JoAnn's- and a couple of thrift stores...I am involved in this contest, Mandy and I had two large group photo shoots (today-Saturday), a church Halloween Party tonight-and if that all is not enough, I am in charge of the Primary Program...oh well, this room was cleaned-spotless- Wednesday, Halloween has taken over this corner of the room, along with school papers, and randomness...oh, and our house is still on the market. we are living life on the edge. we could have a showing at any moment!
Real Life...

I am sewing a Taylor Swift dress and new scrub bottoms. Oh, and a guitar strap, 3 faux fur shrugs and a skirt.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Kid Size Vanity

 I made this vanity for my 6 year old daughter. She has always wanted one and we don't have a lot of room. I came up with this easy idea. I found the round mirror at a garage sale for $5. It was gold, so I spray painted it Krylon Watermelon. I looked everywhere for a small end table, with a drawer, that did not have any supports, so she could have a stool or chair. It was tough! 2 months later, I finally found this ugly thing

I sanded it down, primed it, and used the Krylon Watermelon on it.
My husband put a crystal knob on it, and she is good to go! She loves it! She also is an Eiffel Tower collector, so this makes a great spot to show them off!


Monday, October 10, 2011

Amy Butler Fringed Hobo

I made the Amy Butler Fringed Hobo small bag. I was not a fan of the fringe, so I used piping. The outside fabric (I thinkt) is Michael Miller and the inside fabric is from Hobby Lobby. This bag was definitely an advanced project. This was the first Amy Butler pattern I had used, and I found some of the directions a little hard to follow. I normally sew with patterns, so I was able to figure it out. Did anyone else have problems with the top stitching around the outside? I thought this was the hardest part of the whole bag! Mine was very thick, with all the piping and seams coming together. I redid it several times, and it still needs help!  I also used the fleece interfacing on the outside flower material, and a very stiff interfacing on the inside Hobby Lobby fabric. The stiff interfacing was a bad choice, and made things very difficult.

Overall, I love how the bag came out, I love the size. I divided my pockets into thirds, which makes things very easy to organize. I also added a magnetic clasp and a key hook, which I love! No more searching for keys! I don't think I would make another one of these particular bags, but I will try a different pattern in the future!

Ugly desk to Cute Night stands

I found this ugly desk on the curb next to my parents house. This was the same day I found 2 armoires. Triple bonus!!! (I sold one armoire as is for $30, the other I painted and antiqued, pictures to come) Mandy told me I should cut it up, and just use the drawer part as night stands. (We bought a king sized bed back in March, and the current night stands were too big). I ran this idea by Michael, and he loved it so much, he took the top off, and started scraping off paint right then. We wanted to paint them a color because Michael is always giving me a hard time about wanting to paint everything black.

We (Michael) spray painted them Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze. I decoupaged the front with scrap book paper. Michael also routered the edges of the top, and we painted the old ugly shiny silver knobs with Krylon Oiled Rubbed Bronze spray paint.

I love the way they turned out! And for around $10, a very affordable upcycle!

4 pieces of scrapbook paper.....$1.07
3 Cans of spray paint.....$9.23

Friday, September 30, 2011

Lace Skirt

I am so excited to be part of the SEW  AND TELL contest over at

 I (along with my Mom) sewed my skirt using Vogue 1199. My 5 year old loves fashion and always wants to match me, so I used my left over material to make her a skirt. She is pretty thin, so I made up a pencil skirt pattern, using three pattern pieces. The front piece has 2 3inch darts, and the back has a slit (just like mine, she notices the small details). I put elastic in the back, so the front has a smooth look. The stretch was mostly lost when I topstitched over it. Good thing she has no booty!

 This sweater is her favorite thing to wear. She loves to layer clothes!

I made the bow in her hair our of the cuff of the shirt. I used a strip of material to make a rolled fabric flower for the center, then glued it all together on a clip. I think it screams 80's. (probably because I had a lace bow headband when I was her age)

I added some lace to the front, after seeing this tutorial. I got the lace from this lovely thrift store shirt that I  tried to refashion into her size.

 Here is the sweater before...and the lace I cut off the bottom of the shirt.
I hope you enjoyed it as much as we do!
Go see the other projects!

A Craft A Day


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Dairy-Free Cupcakes

I have been looking everywhere for dairy free treats for Addie. I found a recipe on Our Best Bites, and changed it to be dairy free! These cupcakes are awesome, even for the pickiest eaters! They taste great!

Easy White Cake
1 box white cake mix (Make sure this is a milk free cake mix...very few brands are)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 tsp salt
4 egg whites
1 1/3 cups water
2 Tbs vegetable oil
1 cup sour cream  (I used Sour Supreme a Tofutti product found in the health food section of your grocery store)
1 tsp vanilla extract (use clear vanilla if you want a pure white cake)
1 tsp almond extract
Mix all dry ingredients with a whisk, then add wet ingredients. Beat for two minutes until fluffy.
For Cake: Pour into greased, floured pans (fills two 8 or 9″ rounds) and bake according to cake package directions.

For the icing, I used the Creamy White frosting from the Better Homes and Gardens Cook book

Creamy White Frosting

1 cup shortening
1 1/2 tsp, Vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond, lemon or mint extract
4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3-4 TBS soy milk

Beat shortening, vanilla and extract with an electric mixer, slowly add half the powdered sugar, beat well. Add 2 TBS milk, gradually add rest of powdered sugar, and another tablespoon milk to reach spreading consistency.

I also used a Lemon cake mix with lemon extract in the was great!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

matching aprons

Look what I made for some lucky ladies!!! Merry Christmas!

Mandy and Emmy are just models...No surprises have been ruined!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A little craftiness

I made shirts for Addie, Maddie and the new baby Makinley (I hope I spelled that right!) . I added tulle to Maddie's because it was a little big, but now this girl wants one desperately. Addie showing off the shirt I made for Maddie. She wanted to do a photo shoot. If this computer wasn't so slow, I would upload more pictures...

Yarn ball wreath...these things are all the rage in the crafting world. I thought I would make mine with non-traditional colors. I think it turned out pretty good! The whole thing cost around $10. Everything but the yarn was from the target dollar spot, and the yarn from Michael's.  I used a few of Mandy's midsized ornaments to cover. You can see Mandy's wreath 


This is the baby blanket I made for baby Makinley. I wish you could feel how soft the zebra material is...super soft minky. I had a hard time the the "m", something about it being sewn on backwards...anyway, it turned out cute! Now if only another pregnant relative would enjoy zebra print...