Thursday, July 28, 2011

My Moss "A" and Mantle

A while back (before this blog was ever created) I was looking through the "P Barn" catalog and spotted a moss covered letter.  I immediately fell in love with it and then I looked down to see the price and I about fell out....$79.00 for a letter covered in moss!  For any of us crafters out there, we would never pay that amount for something we can make ourselves.  My version was $7.50!

Items I used for this project:

  • Cardboard Letter
  • Moss Sheets
  • Glue Gun
  • Scissors and Craft Knife

I went to Jo Ann's with coupons in hand and got a cardboard letter "A" and a package of moss by the sheet.  The moss was around $5.00 and the letter was $2.50.

I don't have an exact tutorial but I did take a couple of pictures along the way.  This will give you an idea of what everything looked like before.

Lay your letter down and just cut around it.  I hot glued each piece I cut out as I went along.

My letter measures around 12 1/2"

This sheet moss is super easy to work with.  It was easy to glue pieces together, you can't even tell where the moss was cut.

I knew exactly where I was going to put it too...On my mantle I just redecorated.

Enjoy and have a great day!

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Jewelry Frame

I'm excited to finally post this jewelry frame.  I made it about a year ago for a blank wall in my bathroom.  I have seen different versions of jewelry frames on blogs and thought I would finally share mine now that I have a blog!  Enjoy

Here is what I used to make it:
  • Frame
  • Peg Board
  • Batting Material
  • Fabric
  • Knobs
  • Screen Clips for frame
  • Staple Gun
  • Screwdriver
I started by going to Michael's and purchasing an open frame.  This one I bought with a 50% off coupon and then also used 25% off bonus coupon in addition to the other.  SCORE!  Great Deal!!

I then went to Lowe's and had them cut me a piece of peg board to fit the size 
of the frame which is 18" x 24".  The peg board is about $5.00.

I bought a 1/2" yard of batting and fabric from Hobby Lobby and the screen clips 
came from Lowe's as well.  You can find them in the screws and nails aisle.  Knobs came from Target.

Start by laying your batting over the peg board.  I decided to use batting because 
it just gave the fabric a good base to lay on.  Flip it over and staple it all around with your staple gun.

Then lay your fabric over the batting and do the same thing.  Just 
make sure if you are using a patterned fabric to get it even.

This is what it will look like when you finish stapling your batting and fabric.

This is why the peg board for this project is a "No Brainer".. No drilling holes and it is so easy to determine where to put the knobs and your not having to measure to make sure the holes are even.  The peg board does it all for you.

Use a craft knife to pierce the fabric and batting.

Take the screw and put it through the back of peg board and screw on the knob.

Here is the screw from the back.  (Sorry, not the best picture but you get the idea)

Here you go!

I then layed out all the knobs and determined where I wanted to place them 
on my frame, keeping in mind the necklaces and bracelets I was going to place on them.

After I finished screwing in all of my knobs I then placed it inside the open frame.

Use the screen clips to lock it into place.

Now it's time to hang your frame and put your necklaces and bracelets on it.

Hope you love it and are inspired to do the same.  If you make one, please share it with me!  I would love to see it.

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Craft Room - Lazy Susan

I found this lazy susan during my recent trip to Arkansas.  I found it at an antique store for $13.00.  I probably would not have paid that much for it, but it was in mint condition.  When I cleaned it up, it wasn't even dirty.  I was super excited when I found it and new it would be perfect for my craft room.


I unscrewed the gold handle and spray painted it black.


I painted it the same turqoise that is in my craft room.  I then added some vinyl from my Home Accents cricut cartridge to every other glass tray.  I just flipped the image and stuck in on the bottom of the glass.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

What To Do With Your Vacation Pictures and Souvenirs

Recently my family went to Disneyworld.  We had a magical time and plan to go back again soon.  It was our son's first visit and to see it through his eyes was an experience in itself.  When we arrived home and got all of the pictures downloaded and printed.  I didn't just want to put them in an album to only be looked at every once in a while.  I wanted our son to re-live that experience and see all of the wonderful memories we collected along the way.  I created a wall in the game room with shadow boxes I purchased at Aaron Brothers.

Vacation Memory Wall

I created a collage of pictures of our son getting character autographs.
The autograph book and pen.  We got a ton of the little bags with the miniature figurines
and I glued them inside the boxes.
The pressed pennies and collectors book.
I saved our tickets, a postcard, a lei from a character breakfast, and put a toy monorail inside the box.

My husband was obsessed with the Disney pins.  

Just a few more small souvenirs that fit onto the shelf.  That is the Mickey hat our son picked out.  

Hopefully this will inspire you to not pack all of those pictures and souvenirs away and to display them and enjoy them everyday.

Have a Great Week!

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Scooter's Crib

We have a little Yorkie named Scooter.  He is around 6 lbs. and he is like our second child.  They are such high maintenance but we love him so much.  It is truly unconditional love.  He sleeps (in our bed) in a crate that we keep in the kitchen and I was noticing one day how boring and stale it was off in the corner.  He was just sleeping on some old blankets and his bowls consisted of my kitchen bowls.  I wanted to spruce his place up so it looked better in my kitchen and would blend in with the decor.

Welcome to Scooter's Crib 

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