Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Hey friends & followers,

We are no longer posting on this blog.  You can follow my family blog HERE, where I will be posting the occasional craft and lots of other stuff!  Thanks for your support.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Butterfly Chandelier

The inspiration:  Pottery Barn's Butterfly Chandelier $30.
 My lacking photography skills do not do this project justice but here is the tutorial.
What you need:
Embroidery Hoop
Butterfly Paper Punch
Clear Thread
Using the thread create a web by tying knots around the embroidery hoop as pictured above.
After punching at least a GAZILLION butterflies, (actually around 100), cut a long strip of thread and lay it on top of a butterfly with a dab of glue. Then stick another butterfly on top-as poorly pictured above.  When your strip is as long as you like, tie it onto the hoop/and or the clear thread webbing.  My strands have anywhere from 10 to 6 butterflies. Repeat this process until your chandelier has as many butterflies as you want.
I covered the outside of the hoop with some tulle and used another strip to tie around the center of my chandelier to hang on the ceiling.

Monday, June 13, 2011

For a Soldier's Mother

My son's teacher has a son serving in Afghanistan. As we can all imagine his deployment has been a deeply  emotional experience for her.  I found this quote and decided to frame it as her end of the year gift.  I used the technique I describe HERE in my subway art tutorial.  Then I added the flowers to dress it up a bit.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Grandma's Doily Shirt

This project literally takes 5 minutes and I am happy to say requires NO SEWING.  By, the way this isn't exactly Grandma's doily. It is one I found in the dollar bins at Michael's. 
Place your doily on a piece of ultra strong Heat & Bond.
Flip it over and iron on the paper side, not the waxy side.  You might want to put something under your doily or you will have  sticky mess on your ironing board.
Peel it off!
Place your doily where you want it on your shirt, and carefully turn it inside out and iron.
That's it! If you feel it isn't sticking you can stitch around it but you shouldn't have any problem. Just wash inside out on gentle cycle.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Old Tights = New Flowers

Wow! Just look how happy this project made me.
 Old panty hose or even kid's tights.
(Make sure they are clean, who wants to wear dirty panty hose their head)
Glue and/or Sewing Machine with coordinating thread
Scrap Fabric/Felt/Interfacing
Alligator Clips/Brooch Pins
Take the tights and cut one leg into two long tubes. (Each pair of tights will make two flowers) Fold both tubes in half and take a gathering stitch on the fold.  If you don't have a machine just improvise with hot glue.  When finished you should have two pieces that look something like...
Take one piece and shape it into a donut, gluing it in place like so...
Using a piece of scrap felt/fabric/interfacing cut a circle and glue to the bottom of your donut.
Now take your remaining piece of tights and fill in the middle of your donut attaching with hot glue.  (Sorry no picture!) You can add an embellishment to the center if you like.  Additionally, glue an alligator clip and a brooch pin to the back.
Clip it in your hair or pin onto your shirt.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

SUMMER Block Party

Can you believe that June is finally here?  And even though my son still has 3 weeks of school left the weather has definitely been SUMMERY! 
Here is an easy summer decor project!
I used an old 2x4 to create six equal blocks.  These are about 6 inches tall.  Then I painted each wooden block white.
Next I found some cute paper in my stash to create letters and a background color.
I Mod Podged the paper onto the block and let it dry.
I cut strips from a piece of canvas to create bows and I paper punched some flowers to CUTIFY (fake word) my blocks.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Crib Upcycle

This is a real trash to treasure story. The other day I was driving down the road with all 3 kids when we saw an old crib sitting next to the curb with someone's trash.  I slammed on the brakes, the kids squealed with excitement and then embarrassment when I started loading up someone's trash into the back of our mini van.  Although I had know idea what I was going to do with this thing, I really couldn't resist. The crib was in fantastic shape with only a few chipped paint spots.  Never fear, I figured out what to do with it. We made a reading nook.

Let me admit that I didn't build this myself. My hubby did most of the hard work.  I asked him to take pictures of the process but he only took a couple and they are a little confusing to me.  So, here is my piece of advice--do a google search of Cribs into Benches.   You will find at least a million ideas of how you can upcycle an old crib into a bench or maybe something entirely different.  Aside from the crib, the project also required two 2x4's to complete the seat and stabilize the bench.  I also added a little quote with vinyl letters.
I really am in love with this project. The bench only required 1/2 of the crib, so now I can't wait to dream up something else for the husband to build.