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Are you guys ready for some lovin’? ¬†ūüėČ ¬†If not, check out some of these last minute Valentine’s Day cards, signs, printables, and crafts. ¬†So FUN aren’t they?!

V’day card from EnormousChampion.

These adorable Love Bug Valentine’s would be great for the little ones. ¬†Find the bugs at the Dollar Store and get the jar printable at Dandee.

Martha Stewart knows how to really rock the card making! ¬†I love these and they’d be especially easy with a dye cut machine.

This is a fabulous idea for a man¬†bouquet! ¬†Heather over at How Does She? made an ingenious bouquet out of mens socks for her guy this V’day. ¬†So great. ¬†You could probably also do the same kind of thing with underwear or t-shirts or ties.

Bakerella made these darling and simple cupcakes for V’day. ¬†So sweet and easy even I might be able to pull off whipping these up!

Want a funny card/geeky/sci-fi card?  Check this out from the Wallaroo on etsy.  LOVE it.

Or this adorable card from Rifle Paper Co.

Make yourself a freezer paper stencil (like My Girl Thursday) and hand paint this shirt for your wife (or hubby). ¬†ūüôā

Make a sweet clay heart pendant with Mitsy of ArtMind.

Speaking of clay, you could always go back to my clay rose tutorial and make some adorable vintage inspired rose rinds, earrings, or even refrigerator magnets for the special ladies in your life.

I saw this on Pinterest¬†(follow me on pinterest if you’d like)¬†and thought it would be another great freezer paper (or applique) project! ¬†Spice it up a little bit tomorrow night! ¬†ūüėČ ¬†Or, if you’re NOT in the mood, create the other side to say “In Your Dreams”.

And of course, if you have a chance, doll yourself up and take some pin ups! ¬†Your sweety will LOVE them! ūüôā

I hope you all have a FANTABULOUS VALENTINE’S DAY!!! ¬†See you back here in a few!

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Howdy there!!  Welcome to 2012 (a month late)!!

After a long time away from my dear blog I’m back and ready to bring this thing back to life. ¬†I’ve had a difficult time balancing the normal stresses and time constraints of motherhood, family duties, volunteer work, work work, and my extra activities but I’m determined to find some more time to post here because it makes me happy and keeps me sane. ¬†So thats that.

For my sister’s 30th b’day I wanted to do something a little extra special. ¬†I racked my brain for a while and visited Etsy and Pinterest in hopes of finding inspiration. ¬†I make my sister stuff all the time, and didn’t want to bombard her with yet again another handmade doo-dad, but her hubby said that my handmade stuff is what she likes most. ¬†She already has paintings of mine hanging in her house, she has plenty of jewelry from me, what else could I do. ¬†Think. ¬†Think. Think. ¬†Browse. ¬†Browse. Browse. ¬†Ding! ¬†Lightbulb moment. ¬†I came across this amazing website called Simon’s Stamps. ¬†My sister likes making handmade cards and such (she is super crafty and makes all kinds of adorable things) so it hit me that I could design her some custom stamps and get her some funky colored ink pads. ¬†YES. ¬†DONE. ¬†Thank you Simon, I think I will.

But what kind of stamps? ¬†Hmmmm…. After much scribbling and doodling and debating, I finally remembered that a friend of mine had once had a stamp of her face that she used on some of her price tags on her craft fair merchandise. ¬†I remember thinking how much I coveted her cute stamp and how I needed to remember that for later. ¬†Well hello later! ¬†So I decided to make Christen (my sis) a stamp of her gorgeous face so that she could use it for her handmade stuff that she often makes for craft fairs and gifts for friends and family. ¬†But then I thought she could probably use a stamp of her and her hubby to use on invitations and cards as well. ¬†Needless to say, in the end I ended up designing and ordering 4 stamps: ¬†One of her face, one of her and her hubby, one of their son (to add to her and her hubby’s if she ever feels the need), and one of their name. ¬†Once I started designing them, I couldn’t stop! ¬†I even ended up¬†designing¬†one for me and Daniel! ¬†I also ordered her a few fun colored stamp pads to go with it. ¬†Anyway, Simon’s Stamps¬†is really reasonably priced, easy to use, and had quick delivery. ¬†I’ll definitely be using them again. ¬†Maybe I’ll make a custom pet stamp of her dog Charlie to add to the collection. ¬†ūüôā

Well, would you like to know how I made my designs? ¬†You’ll be surprised by how easy it was and once you know the tricks, you’ll be addicted and will want to make one for every face you know!

Okay then, here we go:

Cost: ¬†$9 + depending on what size stamp you order (mine were mostly 1.5″x1″)

Supplies:

  • A good photo of the person’s face who you are making the stamp for.
  • Access to the internet (to use Picnik) or access to other simple photo editing software.
  • A printer.
  • A black marker.
  • A window.
  • A scanner (if you don’t own a scanner, you can do a bit more work on the photo editing and omit the “artsy” part of this project. ¬†Or you can download a scanner ap on your phone and use that).

1. ¬†First thing to do is find your photo(s). ¬†I perused my sis’s facebook page to find the photos I used to create her stamps.

I used the one above (but I just gave her bangs since she typically wears bangs) for her individually portrait stamp as well as for her couple stamp. ¬†Its about the only picture where her and her hubby are close together and he is actually smiling with teeth. ¬†ūüėČ

The one below is the pic I used to create the stamp of their son Carter. ¬†He seriously looks like the “Gerber baby” in this pic. ¬†So cute!

2.  Now just simply save your photo to your computer and upload it to your photo editing program.  As you know I use Picnik, its cheap, easy, and I love all the features.  Open your photo up in your editing program.

If you need to, crop around the faces to get rid of the excess photo space.

3. ¬†Play with the exposure and contrast a bit until you begin to see more defined lines. ¬†What we’re trying to do is create somewhat of a posterized line drawn image.

4. ¬†Now just use your “Effects” tools (if you’re using Picnik) to get as close to a posterized look as you can without losing too much detail. ¬†Be¬†conscious¬†of the fact that you want the end product to really look like the person, so try to keep distinct characteristics present while editing. ¬†I turned my pic to black and white, boosted the contrast (using “Boost”), and slightly posterized it by using “HDR-ish” and “Posterize”.

5. ¬†Once you have a pretty good template made up that you think you can work with, save it and print it off. ¬†*TIP* The larger you print the pic, the easier you will be able to “tweak” it with your black marker by hand.

6.  Now is where you summon up the courage to get a little artsy.  Take your printed image and another clean sheet of computer paper to the nearest window (or light box if you happen to own one).  Use a piece of tape to tape the image to the window and tape the clean piece of paper over it.

7. ¬†Now, simply trace over the most prominent lines, smoothing out any rough spots or bumps. ¬†Omit anything that just “muddies up” the design. ¬†Do this IN PENCIL first. ¬†Then, take down your pics and tweak your new design until you get it simple and smooth enough. ¬†Then simply color it in with your black marker. ¬†C’mon, its not that hard, I know you can do it!! ūüôā

Above is what my design looked like after I had done step 7 and scanned it into the computer.

8. ¬†Scan your new black and white design to upload it back on to your computer. ¬†Be sure to choose “black and white” in your scan options (it will save a step later).

9. ¬†Unless I wanted all those little white spots to be in my final stamp, I needed to “color them in”. ¬†I did this by using Picnik’s “Doodle” tool which is basically a paintbrush to go over all my dark areas that needed it until I saw negative (white) space in all the right places. ¬†I also used the “Posterize” tool at the end again to just round out any rough edges.

The end result and finished design was this!:

10. ¬†Now simply save your new design to your computer and then follow the instructions on Simon’s Stamps page (go to “Custom Made Art Mount Stamps” in their sidebar, and decide how large you’d like your stamp to be). ¬†Upload your design, order it, and wait for your friends and family to be amazed, thrilled, flattered, and impressed when you give them their very own custom portrait stamp!

Here is a look at the Schneider family stamped on paper:

So CUTE right?  Anyway, Christen LOVED her new stamps and I LOVED making them.  I hope you do too!

P.S.  These would make fabulous wedding or engagement gifts!  Also, you could use this same technique to create custom artwork (Warhol style?) and other fun stamps of all kinds of things, people, creatures, etc.  Go.  Stamp it up my friends.

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I walked into my master bedroom a couple weeks ago and thought, “BLECH.”. ¬†Not that I haven’t loved the black and white neutral color scheme, I just got tired of it. ¬†I blame it on the quarter-life crisis I seem to be going through. ¬†I have been feeling very anxious and OLD and have been itching to mix it up a bit in my life. ¬†I would do what I always do when I feel like this and just go and do something drastic to my hair, that usually seems to do the trick, but I PROMISED my hubby I would grow my hair out and wouldn’t cut it until it was about “boob length” (his words). ¬†So, after flipping through my “Happy Chic” book by Jonathan Adler (it is so fun and dramatic),

I decided to spruce up my room with a younger, funkier, Jonathan Adler meets Domino Mag (I miss you Domino)¬†vibe and some really happy colors. The problem, like usual, is that I don’t have much of a decorating budget so I had to get creative and try to use what I have as much as possible. ¬†I knew the first thing I wanted to do is change the wall color. ¬†I decided to keep it neutral and lighten it up so I went with a light gray. ¬†This decision was also largely based on the fact that I happen to have a bunch of leftover gray paint from Peyton’s room that I knew I could lighten up and use. ¬†I also knew I really wanted to make the walls come to life so I decided to take it one step further and paint subtle gray horizontal stripes on 3 of the 4 walls. ¬†I thought this would be a BIG time consuming job, but it actually wasn’t that bad. ¬†And the lines came out really crisp, even on my textured walls, thanks to this tutorial I found over at Living With Lindsay. ¬†I did this all by myself so I imagine it would be much easier with a helper. ¬†I figure my husband will be less annoyed by my constant redecorating if he doesn’t have to do any of the work, so I do things while hes not looking so he can be amazed at the result later! ūüėČ ¬†Anyway, my stripes are 11.5″ wide. ¬†I simply measured from the baseboard up 11.5″, then marked it, and measured up another 11.5″, marked it again, so on…until I had marked off the whole 3 walls, putting marks every 4 feet or so. ¬†Then I just layed the tape on the wall as straight as possible from mark to mark. ¬†I’m sure its not perfect, but I’m impatient. ¬†I think it turned out pretty dang straight actually. ¬†I left the tall wall, opposite my bed, stripeless because A. The weird ceiling line would’ve made the stripes look off at the top, and B. ¬†I decided to put bookshelves against that wall that would pretty much cover it anyway.

Well, I’ll just show you the pics and walk you through the rest of what I did….

As a reminder, heres what my master bedroom looked like before:

And heres what it looks like now! ¬†SO much more fun and fresh I think. ¬†And it definitely is a better reflection of me and Mr. Hubby’s style:

Didn’t the stripes turn out great? ¬†I super love the subtle little FUN they bring to the walls. ¬†So obviously with practically NO budget I kept all the original furniture. ¬†The first and most noticeable upcycle is probablly the DIY’d ikat chevron headboard. ¬†Yup. ¬†I made that baby. ¬†I looked and looked for cheap fabric that I liked and just couldn’t find any so I hit up Walmart’s fabric section and found some great white cotton twill. ¬†Then all it took was a little craft paint, mixed with some textile medium, and a bit of creativity. ¬†To be honest, I like but don’t love it. ¬†I was too impatient and so my lines are a bit whompy. ¬†I have leftover fabric so I might just do it again. ¬†I dunno. ¬†Anyway, the tutorial on that is coming soon if you want to paint your own! ¬†(I’m sure you’ll learn from my mistakes and do a better job!)

I was happy to keep my lime green chairs and create a pallet around them so I distributed pops of green around the room. ¬†But I also LOVE tealy-blue and threw that in there too, spray painting the nightstands, and adding other teal accents around the room. ¬†Then I wanted just a little bit more so I added in just a few PUNCHES of tangerine orange. ¬†It was tough to break out for my “4 colors in a room” box but I figured since gray, black, and white are really just neutrals in the background, 3 more fun colors wouldn’t hurt. ¬†ūüôā

The black frames used in the pic above I got from BigLots for $5 for 2 (I also saw the same ones at Joann’s for $20 for 2 so I got a killer deal). ¬†I just wrote on some canvas panels the letters to spell “ME” and “YOU” and flanked the room with them to fill up all the extra wall space surrounding my bed.

I debated for a bit on what to hang above my bed. ¬†I didn’t want anything too busy to compete with the vibrant headboard and striped wall. ¬†I thought about putting the framed “Me” and “YOU” there but decided I wanted something a bit more simple and small. ¬†Also, I was afraid Daniel would think the room was getting too girly so I thought I’d throw him one and macho the place up by stealing the antlers (thrifted and painted for $4) from Sawyer’s nursery and mount those above the bed instead. ¬†(Don’t worry, I just replaced them with the Pinterest project from this post and my wire dear head looks great in there). ¬†I LOVE them in here. ¬†I think they float perfectly inbetween my DIY’d hanging lamps and give just that touch of bohemian but in a sophisticated way. ¬†Daniel likes them too. ¬†Mostly because he says, “The bedroom is meant for mounting.” ¬†Haha! ¬†ūüėČ

Okay, I just wanted to talk about these pillows really quick! ¬†Little orange guy is just some fabric I have wrapped around a pillow right now but I will soon get to sewing. ¬†But the big gorgeous fringed beauty I found the other day at Home Goods in the clearance section for $7. ¬†YES ¬†$7. ¬†You can’t even buy a down pillow form at the fabric store for $7. ¬†I just love it.

This is all pretty much the same.  I still want to do something more to that dresser.  Not sure what though, but it works great the way it is too.  The little teal lamp was on sale at Target for about $20.  The picture frame was also a Target buy on clearance for $2 as well as the new duvet cover set that was (my big splurge) about $60.

Above is a quick look from the other side of the room. ¬†Below is a look at my bookcase wall that once was my gallery wall. ¬†I ordered the white bookshelves from Walmart (in store they only had the 11″ deep ones and I wanted the 9″ deep ones) for $35 each. ¬†They did site to store so I didn’t have to pay any shipping. ¬†Originally I wanted to back them with some fun fabric or wallpaper (probably something black and white to allow the decorative accents to pop) but once I assembled them and got them up I realized I rather like them backless with the gray wallcolor showing through. ¬†I’m not sure if I’ll leave them this way or decide to go ahead and back them, but here they are for now. ¬†I’m still working on the styling, but heres the gist:

I am also debating on building legs for my shelves to stand on to make them look a bit more custom and give them more height on my tall wall. ¬†I dunno. ¬†I’ll¬†probably¬†just be too lazy. ūüôā ¬†Most of the accent pieces on the shelves were things I already had although I did pick up a few colorful vases and such at Hobby Lobby (50% off) and Ross. ¬†I probably bought about 6 things all under $6 each.

And thats pretty much it! ¬†I LOVE my new colorful funky room, and so does the hubby which is always a plus. ¬†ūüėČ ¬†I also mixed up some leftover paint from Sawyer’s nursery and am going to be painting my master bathroom shortly in a tealy-blue color. ¬†Of course I’ll post it when I get to it!

A completely new look for under $300! ¬†So happy. ¬†So chic. ūüôā

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Hey guys! ¬†I told you I’d give you all the printables I made up for my party and so here they are! ¬†I made them all on Picnik so if you are feeling crafty, get on there and make up some of your own! ¬†Enjoy!! ūüôā ¬†(Just right click and save to your computer and then print.)

First here is the banner I made. ¬†If you’d like to make your own, you can use my bunting template found here and upload it to Picnik and add any letters in any font that you’d like.

Next I made a sign for the Creepy Photobooth I’ll be doing to get great pics of everyone in their costumes.

There were a lot of free printable tags out there but none that suited my needs so I made these little babies up.

(I left the bottom right label empty so you could fill it yourself in picnik if you wanted to. ¬†Also, I just realized I spelled “labels” wrong. ¬†Duh.)

Then I made this sign to put on the refreshment tables.

I also made this little sign to put on the voting box for our games and contests.

And there you go! ¬†There are all of my FREE HALLOWEEN PRINTABLES for you to use at your Halloween bash! ¬†I hope you enjoy! ¬†Happy Halloween! ūüôā

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I don’t typically decorate my house much for holidays. ¬†Not because I don’t want to, more because I can’t afford it usually. ¬†And also, I figure if I decorate my house for every holiday that rolls around, I will never be able to appreciate it in all its un-decorated decorated glory. ¬†But, after talking to my best friend Tiff the other day, I was reminded how much I used to LOVE Halloween and how much fun we used to have with it. ¬†That inspired me to get back in the “fun” groove (as opposed to the “burned-out-irritable-just-trying-to-keep-myself-out-of-mom-jeans” groove that I usually feel like I’m in). ¬†So I decided to throw me an adults only Halloween party! ¬†I’m actually dorkishly excited about it. ¬†I even made up a little poem for the evitations. ¬†Ahem:

“Eeeekkkk!!! ¬†Boooooo!!!¬†
We want YOU 
to join us for a fun night
of food and fright.
No children allowed
In our big kid crowd.
But come well dressed
in your Halloween best.
And you could win a prize
(or meet your demise).
So come if you dare
We don’t mean to scare.
We really truly hope
to
see
you
there!”

I know. ¬†You’re stunned by my genius aren’t you. ¬†I give you permission to use this if you decided to throw your own “Big Kids Boo Bash”. ¬†Yes, that is what I’m calling it. ¬†And yes. ¬†I’m aware that I’m a gigantic nerd.

After I sent out the invites, I started browsing Pinterest (my latest online site obsession) for decor and food ideas. ¬†I can’t believe all the cute and amazing things people are coming up with! ¬†I’m blown away. ¬†Anyway, that just made me more excited and so I made my way to my nearest Dollar Store to see what I could come up with.

Can I just say again how much I LOVE THE DOLLAR STORE. ¬†It is a magical place. ¬†Especially for Halloween items. ¬†I found tons of decor and serving wear for my party and it was cheap cheap cheap. ¬†I got home and got to work. ¬†Even though my party is a couple weeks away still, I couldn’t wait to get the decorations up. ¬†I’m totally in Halloween mode now. ¬†I even found costumes for my hubby and I (he is going to be a scarecrow and I’m going to be a crow) at the thrift store this weekend with my sis-in-law Courtney. ¬†I seriously want to just live in costumes for the rest of the month, thats how excited I am.

Anyway, would you like to see my decorations so far?  I used a lot of what I already had with a few things I made and several things from the Dollar Store.

Here is my mantel:

I made the bats by folding sheets of stiff black felt ($0.99 at Hobby Lobby) in half and then cutting out a bat shape (half a bat shape). ¬†Then I folded the wings out and attached them to the wall with sticky tack. ¬†Easy peasy and I LOVE it. ¬†I made larger and smaller bats. ¬†I didn’t use a template, but if you wanted to find one, just google image search “bat¬†silhouette” and you’d find plenty.

I sketched the giant skull profile onto a black painted piece of mdf I had in the garage. ¬†Its in white chalk so I can change it whenever I feel like. ¬†I eyeballed it from an image I found google image searching “skull”. ¬†Peyton calls it a “bone-head”. ¬†Haha!

The Happy Halloween bunting banner I made from my bunting template and Picnik.  I LOVE the skeleton font.  So great.  I printed them on white cardstock and then cut them out and glued them to black cardstock bunting I cut out with pinking shears.  Then I attached them to white paper ribbon I bought at the Dollar Store.

The tombstones, spiderwebs, skulls, and creepy cloth all came from the Dollar Store.

I also made these big spiders out of crepe paper streamers and pipe cleaners.  I want to make a bunch more and have them crawling up my curtains in my living room.

Heres a quick look at my entryway.

Then Spiderman (aka Peyton) popped in to say “hi”.

And heres a closeup of my felt bats.

Pretty creepy huh?! ¬†I’m super excited and can’t wait for the party. ¬†Check out my next post for all of my FREE HALLOWEEN PRINTABLES I made for the party!!! ūüôā ¬†BOOOOOOOOOooooooooo!

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Hey again everyone! ¬†I told you in the last post that I’d get some new pics of to show you Sawyer’s room now that its all done (13 months after his birth…don’t judge me). ¬†Actually, its been done for a while I’m just slow at posting. ¬†Theres really not TOO much that looks different from the nursery posts before this one, just a few added details that I think pull it all together. ¬†Anyway, here it is. ¬†All DONE. ¬†ūüôā

Please ignore the stuff on the floor.  Sawyer was in here while I was taking these pics and was dragging all kinds of stuff out.  At least it shows how the room looks in reality!

The white Jenny Lind crib and changing table set I got off of Craigslist for $125.  The vinyl wall mural I found here.

I found the empty frame at Hobby Lobby in the clearance section for $8.  I made the banner with a template and cardstock and chipboard letters I covered in scrapbook paper.  Here is a template you can use to make your own.  (Just cut the little corners off when you fold the top over your string).

Above are some close-ups of Sawyer’s bunting name banner.

The woodsy vinyl wall mural totally MADE this room. ¬†Since I wasn’t spending much on the rest of the room decor, I “splurged” on it and got it for around $100 or so. ¬†I could pick the colors I wanted and I think it turned out FABULOUS against the teal wall. ¬†(p.s. ¬†Sawyer is so cute rockin his new mowhawk!)

A tree branch made the perfect curtain rod for this space.  I also used a tree branch for the DIY mobile below.

This mobile was SUPER EASY to throw together.  A tree branch+wooden cutouts in woodsy shapes from the craft store+orange craft paint+hemp string and a hook screw= a graphic naturalist simple baby mobile.  You can also buy a little hand drill in the wood pieces section of the craft store for easy hole drilling into small wood pieces like this.

The lamp above was made from an old shade I had leftover from a client’s house, and some extra orange and white fleece from other projects. ¬†My little sis helped me cut out a bunch of “leaf shapes” alternating between regular scizzors and pinking shears. ¬†Then I simply sewed them together like a long garland right down the center of each. ¬†I then cut varying lengths off of the “leaf garland” and hot glued them to the lamp shade, being sure to cover the entire shade and vary the lengths that dangled. ¬†It turned out pretty cute I think and was an easy way to add fun, whimsical lighting.

Sawyer’s baby quilt was another DIY project. ¬†I had found a towel at Walmart for $4 that was the PERFECT color and then decided to applique birch trees and leaves onto it with scrap fabric from other projects for the room. ¬†Then I simply bound and backed the entire “towel quilt” with white fleece. ¬†It has held up really well through several washings and ties in the wall mural nicely.

Below is the block printed bird pillow I made.  Martha Stewart has a great tutorial on block printing using Speedy-Carve blocks here.

And below again is another pillow I hand stamped.  That tutorial can be found here.

I also made this DIY fabric wall art.  That tutorial is here.

And above is a pic of the white $4 thrifted antlers (I sprayed them white with high gloss spray paint), and a photo set I took and framed (got the white frames at the Dollar Store), and also a little owl I made with a hand towel and scrap fabric.  I love this little vignette.

So there you go! ¬†This is my cheap and easy DIY’d, aqua, orange, brown, and white, vintage modern, refurbished, thrifted, woodland creatures, little boys nursery. ¬†Phew. ¬†Hope you like it and can go and DIY one for your little man (or woman) ! Happy crafting!

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Finally! ¬†I’m back to post my Pinterest challenge project! ¬†I was away for a funeral for a while and had to get back to regular life and catch up and of course it took me much longer than I wanted it too. ¬†Anyway…

So I’m totally into this faux taxidermy trend. ¬†I kind of love it and hope it sticks around forever. ¬†In Sawyer’s nursery I have a pair of antlers (not faux…they’re the real deal) that I bought at a thrift store for $4 and spray painted white. ¬† This is a pic from this post: ¬†(Wow! ¬†I need to get pics posted of Sawyer’s completed room.)

I also found a little porcelain cow bust at a thrift store for $3 that is now hanging on the wall in my master.  This is a pic of it from this post:

So even though I already have a couple of animals hanging on my walls, I couldn’t help but want to get some more!

For the Pinterest Challenge I went into my DIY folder and purused my past pins.  When I saw this image

I thought it would be the perfect project! ¬†I was fully aware of course that my DIY version would most likely be uglier than this but I thought I’d give it a shot anyway. ¬†Maybe the ugliness would add to the charm. ūüôā

So off to Home Depot I went in search of some wire.

Heres the breakdown:

Cost:  About $6

Supplies:

  • Plenty of 16 Ga. Dark Annealed Wire (I bought the 2lb reel). ¬†OKay. ¬†So now that this project is done, I can tell you I HATE THIS WIRE for this project. ¬†It is too stiff and hard to shape and really beat up my hands and fingers! ¬†I suggest a covered clothesline wire or floral wire. ¬†I saw some colored floral wire at the Dollar Store and am going to try it out again with that I think. ¬†But, for the sake of accuracy in the tutorial, I used the 16 Ga. wire from Home Depot for this project.
  • Wire cutters.
  • Pliers or jewelry tools are helpful for twisting the wire ends.
And thats it. ¬†Simple and cheap. ¬†Now the fun part…
1.  The first thing I did was make a wire circle to use as my base.  Depending on how large you want your animal head you can determine the size of your base.  I also was sure to add a little loop up at the top of the base for hanging.
As you can see from the pics above, this wire made it hard to keep smooth and straight so my faux deer head turned out a lot more wobbly looking than the inspiration pic.  I just convince myself it adds charm.
2. ¬†The next thing I did was build a neck. ¬†I used 4 equal lengths of wire and attached them to the base. ¬†I curved them slightly so that they weren’t sticking straight out of the base but concave in a bit as a neck of an animal does. ¬†Then I made another circle (slightly smaller than the base circle) and attached it to the ends of the neck wires.
3.  Then I started building the head.  Following somewhat my inspiration pic, I built the head using curving pieces.  First, one coming up from the neck to form the chin piece, then two others curving down from the top of the head to the chin piece.
4.  Next I added a long piece of wire that connects all three of those new parts together.
5.  Then I added another wire that curved a bit and came down forming the front of the face from the base of the neck to under the chin.
6. ¬†See how its starting to kinda look like something? ¬†Even if it is a little whompy. ¬†ūüėČ ¬†Then I added a couple more curvy piece to either side on the center wire on the face and made and added ears. ¬†From here you could probably make this into a variety of different horned creatures. ¬†Although I originally wanted to copy the inspiration image and make swirly cool horns like that, after several attempts, it just wasn’t working for me and I decided to make my little guy a deer instead. ¬†Maybe if I had used easier wire, I could’ve done it. ¬†Meh. ¬†Another day…
7. ¬†Next I made the antlers. ¬†To do this I took two really long pieces of wire cut to the same length. ¬†I folded them in half (at the same time), and started forming the “branches” up the sides of each. ¬†Then I pulled them apart and attached them to the top of the head inside each ear. ¬†I had to mess with them a bit to get them to look somewhat¬†symmetrical.
8.  Then I stepped back and took a look and decided the face needed a little more so I added a cross wire across the nose of the face and also decided to give him nostrils.   This was the finished result!
What do you think?!  Like I said, not nearly as pretty as my inspiration Pin but I love him nonetheless. Just take my advice, get some really good wire cutters and really pliable wire if you decided to do this one!
And thats it! ¬†Thats my first Pinterest Challenge project! ¬†YAY! ¬†I’m sure there will be many more to come.

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OK!  Did you have fun with the last tutorial?  Are you ready for another cute little design?  Lets dive right in then shall we!

Cost: $6 or so

Supplies:

  • Access to a¬†computer that has the internet¬†and your fabulously creative mind.
  • Something to stick your design on when your done (shirt, bag, burp cloth, pillow, etc.)
  • Printable cotton sheet(s). ¬†The one I used is from Walmart and madeAvery. ¬†You can get a pack of 3 sheets (the size of standard computer paper) for around $6. ¬†I made 8 t-shirt appliques out of the 3 sheets.
  • Scizzors
  • Thread and sewing machine. ¬†(Don‚Äôt worry, this is super¬†beginner¬†seamstress stuff.)
  • An¬†iron.

1.  The first thing you want to do is get online and go to www.picnik.com.  If you don’t already have an account create one now for free or buy the premium version.  You will only need the free version for this tutorial.

2. ¬†Next find your file¬†‚Äúblank white‚Ä̬†that you have saved to your computer from previous tutorials (c‚Äômon, I have to just assume that you have done EVERY tutorial on my blog by now right?!¬†:)¬†) or just simply google ‚Äúblank white‚ÄĚ and save a blank white jpeg file to your computer. ¬†Then upload the ‚Äúblank white‚ÄĚ file to picnik. ¬†It will then pop up under the¬†‚ÄúEdit‚ÄĚtab. ¬†Here you can resize it or rotate it if you need to.

3. ¬†Next head over to the “Create” tab and find the “Text” button there.

4. ¬†In the text box start typing the alphabet, 4 letters per line. ¬†Use “COURIER NEW” font. ¬†Leave the font color black and size the text to fit your blank image well.

5. ¬†Now determine what word(s) you would like to “hide” within the alphabet. ¬†Since I am using this to make sibling shirts I used “BIG BRO” for mine. ¬†Figure out where you’d like to hide your words. ¬†This works best if you hide your words in place of a letter that falls correctly within the alphabet. ¬†For example, I kept the letter “I” in the appropriate placement within the alphabet and put “B” and “G” around it. ¬†Once you determine where you’d like your words, go back to the text box and replace those letters with spaces.
6. ¬†Click out of that text and add new text in the text box. ¬†Since my “B” in “BIG” fell on a different line as the “IG” I had to add the “B”¬†separately¬†than the “IG”. ¬†Also, change the color of this text to something that will stand out from the rest of the alphabet. ¬†Resize your text to fit the size of the alphabet text.
7. ¬†And thats pretty much the design! ¬†I also decided to fill in the gap at the end of the alphabet after the “YZ” with a cute little graphic just to add something fun and make the entire design uniform. ¬†To do this I just went to the “Stickers” tab and found “Common Symbols”. ¬†I like the truck and the car graphic and added that to the end in the same color as the hidden words.
8. ¬†And thats pretty much the design! ¬†Customize it as you see fit or just use my templates to make your own sibling shirts. ¬†At this point you want to save this design to your computer and the click “Continue Editing” in picnik if you’d like to change the “BIG” to “LIL” or whatnot.
9. ¬†Now, to print this off on your printable cotton, open up a print layout program on your computer and size these and lay them out the way you’d like. ¬†I sized the “lil bro” design a bit smaller than the “big bro” design because my son’s shirts aren’t the same size. ¬†When it seems to be how it needs to be print out your designs on printable cotton.
10.  Cut around your design and following the directions on the printable cotton packaging, iron them in place on your t-shirt (or item of choice).

11.  If you’re not keen on sewing you could be done at this point but I’m not sure how well the applique will hold up to washing.  I simply sewed quickly around the edges to secure it.

And thats it!  Have fun with this design and customize it all you want!

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Yay for Friday!! ¬†My hubby has the day off and we’re going wakeboarding today with some friends. ¬†I was preggo last summer so its been a WHILE since I’ve wakeboarded so I’m a little nervous and hoping that I can get through the day without any major injuries to my body as well as my pride. ¬†I’m also not super excited to be seen in a bathing suit (its been 9 months today since I had my little guy!) since I still am not in my best “shape”. ¬†Oh well. ¬†Gotta take advantage of the opportunity to get some sun and have some fun! ¬†Hopefully the kiddos will hang in there…we have nice childless friends who never complain about our extra cargo. ¬†At least not to our faces that is. ūüôā ¬†Anyway, hopefully the kids will be good and have fun on the boat. ¬†All right then…on with it..

So you remember a few posts back I put up this pic of this amazing ostrich feather light fixture right?

Aren’t you in LOVE with this? ¬†I was dying to DIY one for my kitchen so I started looking into buying ostrich feathers…Umm…yeah…..WAY TOO MUCH $$$ even for a DIY version. ¬†The cheapest I could find ostrich feathers was for about $1.50 a piece and thats the wholesale price if I bought in bulk. ¬†I’d need at least 100 or so which would bring it to about $150 for just the feathers alone. ¬†Not gonna happen. ¬†So I started brainstorming to try to come up with a “faux” ostrich feather version. ¬†I had an idea at about 3 in the morning one night to make faux ostrich feathers with thin white fuzzy yarn and pipe cleaners. ¬†I thought I could make a sort of “loom” out of a cardboard box and weave myself 5 or so feathers at a time. ¬†So I tried it. ¬†And although it was a pretty creative idea, ¬†my faux feathers looked how you would imagine they would…like pipecleaner and yarn “feathers”. ¬†They would be really cute for a kindergarten project but there was no way they’d make the cut for my light fixture. ¬†Bummer. ¬†It was worth a shot. ¬†If any of you have any great ideas to DIY this light with “faux” feathers let me know. ¬†But for now, I have to say that I am pretty happy with my alternative project.

So after my yarn feather idea fell through, I started thinking about what else I could do and looking at other images for lighting inspiration.

I wanted to make something with kind of a fullness and sort of modern elegance.  Although the one I made is posterboard and much more structural than the lose feather light from above, they have the same kind of feeling and touch of lightness that I love.

I made this little baby myself with nothing but 5 sheets of posterboard and a glue gun and I’m thrilled with how it turned out! ¬†It only cost me about $2 to make!

Theres no tutorial on this one (:( Sorry!) but I encourage you to grab some posterboard and get creative and see what amazingness you can design for your next new lighting solution!

Now, I just am going to cut a small hole through the base and attach it to my lighting setup above my kitchen table! ¬†I’m excited to get it up and I’ll post pics as soon as it it hung! ¬†Hope you like it and have fun making your own! ¬†Have a great weekend!

P.S.  MAKE SURE TO USE A COOL BULB WITH THIS LIGHT FIXTURE!!! A COOL FLUORESCENT OR LED is best.

Update: I finally got this thing hung!! Yay and thanks daddy for your help! ūüôā

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I walked through my entry way hall the other day and suddenly had the urge to draw on the walls. ¬†The hall looked fine as it was, but for some reason I felt like it needed a little more “dazzle”. ¬†I’ve been loving some of the wallpaper that I’ve been seeing on design blogs and in design mags but never have wanted to “commit” to a wallpaper enough to justify some of the hefty¬†price-tags¬†that are tacked on to my favorites. ¬†Here are a few of the wallpapers I’ve seen lately that I love:

I LOVED this Binweed Floral Wallpaper I found on femaleways.com.

And this Berry Black wallpaper also on femaleways.com.

This Sketchy Frames wallpaper is so fun too.

Wallpaper has re-emerged into interior design as a new beautiful wall decor option. ¬†I used to hate the stuff, images of granny florals and peach and forest green came to mind, but now I acknowledge that a good¬†wall-covering¬†can really MAKE a space come alive. ¬†As much as I have come to love the look of a wallpapered wall, I still can’t bring myself to make the commitment to spend the $$$ to do it. ¬†So I came up with my own solution for an easy and inexpensive alternative: ¬†Drawing on my walls with a paint pen. ¬†And I must say, I am pretty pleased with the results so far. ¬†Want to do it too? ¬†OKAY! ¬†Heres how!

Cost: ¬†Depending on the size of your wall(s) you may need to buy 2 or more paint pens for about $3 each from your local craft store. ¬†For the 2 walls in my hall that I’m doing, I’m thinking I’ll be using up 3 pens for a cost of about $9 for the finished look.

Supplies:

  • A paint pen(s) in a color of your choice. ¬†I used white because thats what I had on hand but get creative and use whatever you think would look nice on top of your existing wall color. ¬†*TIP* For a more muted fancy look use a color just a shade or two lighter (or) darker than your wall color. ¬†Also, I think this would look amazing done in a¬†metallic¬†silver or gold paint pen.
  • A notepad or something to “blot” your pen on.
  • A stencil or traceable picture if you are not comfortable just winging it.
The tutorial is more about how to draw the flowers I am doing on my wall. ¬†You could use this same “paint-pen wallpaper” technique using a stencil or just tracing any image you’d like to use from a printed page onto your wall. ¬†The possibilities are vast so let your imagination go and have fun with it!
1. ¬†To make the sketchy poppy-ish flowers for my “wallpaper” I simply started by drawing one large petal-like blob on the wall.
2. Then I just loosely traced over that again to make it more sketchy looking.  I also added little lines in one of the indented parts of the petal for my center.
3. ¬†Next I loosely sketched in circles and dots to finish off the center of my flower. ¬†There is really no screwing up here. ¬†With this look each flower you draw will be different (which is what makes it kinda awesome and artistic) and none of them are “perfect”.
4.  For some flowers, this is enough.  But just for the sake of showing you how to draw more I added a squiggly line down the center to create two separate petals.
5. ¬†Then I decided I wanted the petal on the left to fold down so I added this line…
6. ¬†Then I added some more curving lines to the petal on the right to give it some more dimension. ¬† ¬†I also finished this flower up by adding the base and stem. ¬†If you’re intimated by the “artisticness” involved in this, don’t be. ¬†Really its easy and you can’t mess up. ¬†If you’re nervous about just jumping in and drawing right on your walls with the paint pen, just practice first on a piece of paper until you feel like you got the look you’re going for down.
7. ¬†And thats basically how I’ve been doing it. ¬†Every flower on my wall is a variation of this design.
*TIPS and POINTERS* ¬†Decide how far apart you want your main vertical “stems” to be and mark those with a pencil on your wall first to keep the pattern consistent. ¬†Draw your flowers first before the stems so you can decide¬†whether¬†some flowers are behind the stems and some are in front to add dimension. ¬† Keep the size and spacing of each flower somewhat consistent so the overall look ends up cohesive and flowing. ¬†Vary the use of full blooms, half open blooms, and buds. ¬†The paint pends work best on walls that aren’t extremely textured and have a coat of base paint in a satin or semi-gloss finish.
Anyway, here are a few more of the flowers on my wall to give you examples and ideas:
And here are some more inspiration pictures of things you can draw with paint pens:
This would be SUPER easy and cute to draw in paint pen on your wall!
Another hand drawn tree wallpaper you could duplicate using a paint pen.
This would be a pretty easy look to achieve by tracing a stencil with a paint pen.
This would be fun if you painted the blue first and then drew the design over the top with a black paint pen.
Anyway, get creative and have fun with it! ¬†It takes a bit of time, I’ve just been adding a couple of flowers every time I walk through the hall, but it is cheaper and a lot more unique and personal than actual wallpaper. ¬†ūüôā ¬†Enjoy and come back soon…I’m making a light for my kitchen and its going to be FABULOUS!

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