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Gimme a Sign!

Hiddey-Ho, Neighbors!  I would like to apologize to all of you that noticed my lack of blogging, lately.  I needed to put blogtime on hold for a tiny bit to focus my attention on my other hobby – photography.   (Though I kept on crafting!) I’m just starting out and learning the ropes, but I’m really enjoying it!  I started up a facebook page to build myself a portfolio.  I’m not yet sure where I’m going with it, but feel free to check me out!

I promise this blog won’t throw photography stuff all up in your beeswax. (Ha…see what I did there? Probably not so funny if I have to point it out, eh?)  So…moving, on! I shall do another one of my loverly recaps for you folks.  There was a cake-themed one a few months ago. This one is all about signs!

Numero Uno!

Well, this is actually a two-fer.  Our dining room had this weird blank spot that I’ve been wanting to cover up with some form of artwork.  Problem? Art is expensive, yo!  My eyes have been peeled, just searching for the perfect something to make myself.  Pinterest helped, of course!  I stumbled upon these lovely gems and fell in love.  I spent a few days looking up quotes and phrases trying to decide on one for my canvas.  I found a bunch and emailed them off to the hubby for final decision-making.  He instead emailed me back a list of nerd-a-rific quotes.  (Think Goonies, Star Wars, Doctor Who…)  I called him giggling, and said “I am not putting Goonies never say die! on my dining room wall…the word DIE does not belong up there!”   We’re laughing and he’s giving me other “wonderful” ideas when I realized this could really be fun!  I would get to pick a quote and he would get a quote and we’d make TWO canvases!   I just requested that he choose a quote that didn’t involve death. ;)

After choosing our quotes I headed up to Joann Fabrics.  I purchased two canvases and two bags of wooden letters.  (I actually purchased WAY more than that and spent two full hours in the store that night.  These were the only things I needed for this project, though. J)  I had already purchased some almond spray paint and super glue from Walmart.

I went home and was super pumped to get started.  The wooden letters didn’t have a breakdown of what was in each bag.  I didn’t really think twice about it.  Sigh…I really should have.  I opened the packs of letters and started laying out the design on my canvases.  Shoot. Not enough letters.  Joann’s is a good 20 minutes from my house and it was too late to run back up to grab another pack.  Completion would have to wait a few days.

I finally made it back to Joann’s where I grabbed another pack of letters with no breakdown of what was inside.  I started assembly for the second time when I realized….not.enough.letters.  I was short one letter.  Stupid Y’s!  I had to wait a few more days (again) before I could finish it for real.  Big sigh…

Making the signs was actually really simple.  You just have to line the words up however you’d like, glue them down, and spray paint over the whole thing.  Easy as pie!

Twosies!

I literally have no place to put this at the moment, but I loved the idea of it.  I stumbled upon the quote “I fall a little more for you everyday” and instantly I knew I had to turn it into a piece of art for my favorite season: Fall!  I bought a piece of canvas and stole a fabric leaf from my mom.  Yay cheap art! :)  I kind of played around with the layout using Word on my computer, but ultimately I just winged it in the moment.  I don’t love
my handwriting, but I’m one of those sad crafters without a silhouette or cricut.  (Saving up money to change that, yay!!)

The steps are really easy!

1. Spray paint canvas.  I used the color “Boot” I had leftover from other projects.

2. Decide on a layout for words and leaf.

3. Glue leaf in place.  I used super glue, but since the leaf is so thin it kind of leaked through a bit.  There’s a spot that has a weird crustiness
from the glue.  Sad day.  I think I would recommend hot glue.

4. Paint on the words and you’re done!

I had to go over the words a few times which made my “FALL” not look so hot.  The color was just too close to the brown.  I’ve been tossing
around the idea of adding some white around those letters to make them stand out a bit more.  Based on past experience, though, I think I’m just going to “leaf” it alone.  (I crack myself up…its sad, actually. Lol!)  Usually the more I dink around with something, the worse it looks.  Best to just walk away.  The word “perfect” should be erased from my memory….

I’m still loving the concept, but my outcome isn’t making me jump for joy.  Guess someone’s just going to have to buy me a silhouette… ;)

Tres-a-rooni!

PS – I add the phrase “a-rooni” onto the end of just about everything.  Nope, I don’t know why…

Do you remember when I blogged about the baby gifts?  Well, that amazing little boy has entered this crazy world we live in!  Yay, babies!!
As you could imagine, I have a bunch of wood letters leftover from the first signs I made.  I used a few of them to make his name stand out from the rest of the sign.  I really like how it turned out!

First, I spray-painted the canvas grey and painted the wood letters a nice yellow color.  I’m really picky with the color yellow.  A lot of times I just really don’t like it.  When we first bought our house, our kitchen was a gross yellow color.  It was just so overly bright!  But, I actually like this yellow color!

The rest of the words I just hand painted.  Man, that makes me nervous!  I used a post-it to plan out the layout –I’m really high-tech. ;)  I did mess up a little bit, but I fixed it with a little spray paint.  I sprayed some grey onto some cardboard and then used a paint brush to touch up.  It worked great!

I stapled a bit of ribbon to the back so that they can hang it up if they’d like.  I’m really happy how this one turned out!

I forgot to take a picture after my touch up...

WOOD you like a tutorial?

Corny?  Yes…But that’s pretty much me in a nutshell–corny and a little bit nutty.

WOOD LETTERS TUTORIAL!!! (Did you say that out loud like the UFC’s Bruce Buffer?  Cause I did.  You should, too.)

Soooo….Other people spend 2 hours at a time in Joann Fabrics, right?  I have a lot of projects to hit you with, but this is the first one I finished.  It was so easy!  I decided that I do not have enough fall decorations.  I’m sure the truth is that I have more than the average Joe, but I’m nutty…remember?

Joann’s sells plain wood letters that you can finish anyway you’d like.  I bought white ones that can stand by themselves.  I believe they were under $2/piece, but I bought them on sale.  At first I grabbed the letters “B” “O” and “O”, but then I decided it would be smarter to get something with a longer decor run.  I’ll keep my fall stuff up until I decorate for Christmas.  I waltzed back to the area with the wood letters and pulled out the letters to spell “fall”.  Hubby and I stood in the aisle and debated for quite some time.  You see, I think the “F” looks like an “E”.  He reminded me that I was nuts.  I really wanted “fall” instead of “boo” so I let him talk me into it.  Now that they’re finished, I like the “F” so much better.  I decided to decorate them with scrapbook paper and some sort of embellishment.  At first I thought I’d adhere the paper with modge podge, but that stuff makes me nervous.  I decided to go with spray adhesive, and I am super happy with my decision.  It was so quick and easy!
Here’s what I did!

Step 1:  Choose your letters.
Step 2:  Choose scrapbook paper and embellishments. (I went with 3D leaf stickers.  Did you know they made 3D stickers?!)

Letters lined up to decide on a pattern

Step 3:  Take paper and turn over to the “wrong” side.  Do the same with the wood letter.
Step 4:  Carefully use exacto knife to trace along the edges of each letter.
Step 5:  Cover the front of the letter with spray adhesive and smooth on the paper.

Place the letter near the edge and you'll be able to use the rest of the paper for another project!

Step 6:  Add the stickers and bend up the sides.

Step 7:  That’s it!  Line up your letters and admire!  So.fracking.easy!  Pretty sure I’ll need to make a set for each holiday…

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CandyStick Holder

Tomorrow is our 4 year wedding anniversary.  That means the candlesticks we used as centerpieces have been sitting in storage for FOUR YEARS.  Poor lonely candlesticks…

Candlesticks on their Maiden Voyage

Now, I couldn’t begin to tell you WHY I kept a box of candlesticks for four years (*cough* …ahem…packrat?) but now I’m a bit stoked that I did!  You see, pinterest is a wonderful thing.  Have you discovered it yet?  No?  Okay, do yourself a favor and click the link.  Pinterest is magical, I tell ya.  Before I found it I was printing off pictures/tutorials/inspirations/etc and keeping them organized in a binder.  Yes, I’m a nerd.  Also, yes mom, I did actually putthem all most of them IN the binder.  Be proud… Pinterest is a place that you can do this same thing, except it’s all online.  You make “boards” and then “pin” the things that interest you onto said boards.  PINTEREST!  Fun, eh?!  Go ahead and check it out.  You need to be invited to start pinning things, but I will most definitely send you an invite if you’d like!

ANYwhoo….I was browsing pinterest and found this “no-brainer” idea to use a candlestick as a stand for things.  I say “no-brainer” because if my brain was working at all I should have thought of this on my own.  I thought it was the smartest thing I’d ever seen, but now I just feel really dumb that I never thought of it myself.  It’s so simple!  Well, pinterest lit a fire under my butt to put these candlesticks to good use.  I headed off to Goodwill to find something to place upon my candlesticks and came across and old-school white glass bowl.  Here’s where I would show you a picture of it if I remembered to take “before” pictures.   Whoops…  Well, it was that white, milky-looking glass and has a scalloped top. (Oooo…ahhhh….)  It felt like the perfect Halloween candy dish, so that’s what I turned it in to!

The candlestick was already a flat black (I just sanded it a bit), so all I had to purchase was orange spray paint, gloss spray paint, a paint pen, and that scalloped bowl.  (If we’re counting, this was a $10 project but I will get many uses out of the paint!)

I wasn’t sure if the glass would cover with spray paint nicely.  It does…but only if you don’t spray during the middle of a random gust of wind.  All was fine and dandy (except for the little dripage I always get because I’m a terrible spray-painter.  I’m getting better, I promise!) until the wind picked up and blew the newspaper I had on the ground right into the side of my wet paint. *sigh*  I sprayed over it a few times and keep that side to the back.  It’s not pretty, but I guess it could be worse.

After that I hot-glued the candlestick to the bowl and then used the paint marker to write on the bowl.  As I was struggling to move the bowl in a way that I could easily write on it, my hubby pointed out that maybe I should have written on the bowl before I glued it to the candlestick.  Isn’t he nice? ;)

You could really use this setup for just about anything, but since it’s fall I found a candy dish to be absolutely necessary.  Yay Halloween!

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Heeeere’s your sign

My brother’s kitchen is going to rock.  I made him two more beer signs.  These ones are painted, but I’m only blogging about one of them.  The other one?  It sucks.  It was looking good, but I just kept playing with it…whoops.  I just started a new one to replace that one, so I’ll finish that story later.

So, originally when I decided that I wanted to make something for Cody’s kitchen I searched the internet high and low for ideas.  I didn’t really know what I wanted to do (or what my superbly picky brother would like).  I found subway art and fell in love.  I eventually decided to make it out of beer words (and later made one with beer brands), but was waltzing around the idea of quotes about beer/alcohol.  I had emailed a bunch of quotes that I found (Yay Google!) to my family to look over.  Cody decided that he was pretty stoked about two of them.  So I went ahead and made them into signs!

Our workshop is full of a bunch of scrap wood, and I thought this would be a great way to get rid of it upcycle it!  I headed off to Hobby Lobby where I bought light gray and off white paint (And some crackle paint which I will complain about in a future post.) and some nice brushes.  I spent less than $15 and will be able to use this stuff again and again!  I found a nice sized piece of wood and painted it black with some paint we already had lying around.  Yay free!  Once the paint dried I just went ahead and painted on the quote freehand.  I was positive that I needed a stencil, but I couldn’t find anything that I liked.  I just sucked it up and gave it a try.  I think it turned out pretty darned great!

At first I liked it, but it was still a little plain.  I took a bit of the light gray and added some color around the edge.  Then I sanded up some distressing action along the sides and rounded the corners.  Then I added a bit of gray into some of the lettering…and Voila!!  Honestly, I can’t really give you a step by step tutorial because I hardcore winged it… but I wanted to blog about it anyways. ;)

 

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Oops! I did it again!

Yep…made another piece of subway art for my brother’s house.  My mom called me up and requested another piece.  She has a “vision” for his kitchen. Cracks.me.up.  So, I came up with the idea to make this one using the same theme, but using beer brands instead of beer words.  It was definitely easier this time around.  Always is the second time, isn’t it?  I did it the same way as the first piece of subway art.
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To beer, or not to beer…

My little brother bought a house.  It’s another one of those moments when you have to stop and ask yourself, “When did we grow up!?”  Well, anyone that actually knows me would question if I am, in fact, a grown up but you get the picture.  So, being the amazing big sister that I am (pause for Cody’s rebuttal…), I thought it would be fun to make my brother a fun piece of artwork for his new kitchen.  He’s a 23-year-old boy so naturally he’s going with a beer theme.  I expect nothing less from him.

I’ve been obsessed with subway art lately.  There’s so many different ideas out there and people are using the idea for just about anything!  I stumbled across a picture of beer-themed subway art and knew that I had to take a crack at my own masterpiece.  Cody’s favorite beer is Budweiser (pause for a collective “ewwww”….I mean it’s Wisconsin.  Where’s the Miller, dear brother?), so I incorporated that brand and some of its catchphrases into the art.  I made the entire thing on Photoshop CS4.  I just started learning Photoshop, so I thought this would be a nice little project to get my feet wet.  It definitely took more time than I thought it would, but I wouldn’t say that it was hard. 

I think it really turned out well!  I made it as an 8×10 and we’re going to print, mat, and frame it.  When all is said and done, my brother will have a piece of custom artwork for under $20!  I think it’ll look cute!  Cody hates the word “cute”…had to make sure to throw it in here somewhere.  Looooooooove you! ;)

 I’m excited to try this for all sorts of different themes.  Maybe a Green Bay Packer one will be next. (Go Pack Go!!)

 

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Sew So Cute!

Babies.  Maybe it’s just because I’m at that ripe old age now where my friends and past classmates are having children, but babies seem to be everywhere right now, don’t they?  If I had enough time, brain power, and creativity I would forever stay away from the “boring” gift.  I love giving gifts that are out of the norm.  Something handmade, unexpected, or meaningful just has a bit more oompf after that fancy wrapping paper is gone. 

I’m pretty close with my cousin, so when she told me she was expecting I knew that I wanted her gift to be more than just something I pulled off their registry.  And it definitely had to be useful!  I scoured the internet for ideas and found several pages that suggested adding a personal touch to onesies or burp cloths.  Those are two things that are universal for all parents and babies and sounded like the perfect gift idea!  Never mind the fact that I haven’t sewed since the 7th grade…when it was mandatory.  All of a sudden I was pretty sure I’d be the next Martha Stewart.

Once my cousin found out that her bundle of joy is blue, I decided to applique 3 different patterns onto various sizes of onesies.  I went with a super cute tie that I found on Crap I’ve Made,  a star, and a ducky .  (I found those last two on google image search.)  I used the pictures on the links as a rough template for my applique.  You can also click on the link for the tie for a different explanation of how to make these adorable little onesies.  I read her tutorial, wrote virtually nothing down and headed off to the brand new Joann Fabrics store with a very limited amount of time.  Bad.idea. 

          Number one, Joann Fabrics is intoxicating.  I could get lost in those aisles for days…and this was a new store. 

          Two, baby things are freaking adorable.  I’d find a fabric and geek out at all the things I could do with it.  I think I finally reigned myself in at 5 different fabrics.

          Three, what the crap is Wonder Under?  What does it look like?  Where amongst all this sewing stuff do I find it?  And finally, why are there 900 different types of fusible fabric?!

I made all my purchases and headed on my way only to later realize that I, of course, purchased the wrong type of Wonder Under.  Turns out I should have purchased one that would have allowed me to just iron my fabric applique right to the onesie.  Mine only fused to one side of the fabric, so I guess I just stiffened my fabric up a bit.  I just used some spray adhesive instead.

Directions:
1.  Decide on shapes to applique and print off and cut out templates.
2.  Trace the shapes onto fusible fabric and cut out.  (Or lazily attempt to hold the template onto the fabric while cutting.)
3.  Iron the fusible fabric to the wrong side (the side you won’t see) of your fabric to be appliqued.  Then cut out your shape.
4.  Iron the onesie so that you have a nice flat surface to work with while sewing.
5.  Spray applique with spray adhesive and attach to onesie exactly how you’d like the finished product.  It’s a good idea to play around with this BEFORE you spray it down.
6.  Take a break because you are terrified to start the actual sewing portion of this project.
7.  Come back the next day with a fresh outlook.  It’ll be a piece a cake!  These designs are mostly straight lines!
8.  Locate your instruction manual for your older-than-dirt sewing machine.  Read a little bit and think to yourself, “I got this!” 
9.  Remove the bobbin to check thread color.  It’s white!  Score!  Put bobbin back in and try to get the thread up into the machine. 
10.  Try again… and again… and again.
11.  Curse yourself for removing the bobbin in the first place.  Allow your hubby to be “the rescuer” and “take a look at it for you”.  Pick up the instruction manual and finally figure it out.
12.  Begin sewing until the machine jams.  Put down whatever object you were about to throw and walk away.
13.  Call in a friend to sit there with you and figure it out.  (Thank you, Katie!!)
14.  Stich around the entire applique and you’re done!

My finished products aren’t to Martha standards, I’m sure, but I think they turned out pretty great for my complete lack of experience.  Check it out!

 

I also spruced up some burp cloths.  I bought 6 ply padded diapers from Target.  I had previously purchased some from Wal-Mart, but the ends on those diapers are more rounded.  All I did was sew some ribbon onto one side.  I messed my first one up pretty good.  (That whole reading directions thing got me once again…)  On my first one I did also try to add ribbon to both sides.  I didn’t love the way it looked with lots of stitching, so I stuck to just one side.  Go ahead and check out Felt So Cute for her burp cloth tutorial,too!  She was my inspiration, here!

Directions:
1.  Cut a piece of ribbon long enough for one end of the burp cloth, but leave a little extra length.
2.  Fold the end of the ribbon under (make a hem) and line up with the end of the burp cloth. 
3.  Pin the ribbon in place all along the burp cloth.  Make sure to fold over and pin the other end of the ribbon as well.
4.  Sew along all 4 sides of the ribbon.  That’s it!

In hindsight, I should have done these first.  A straight line would have been a nice way to ease me into this whole sewing thing.  Regardless of my mishaps, I’m looking forward to doing a bit more sewing!  Someday I would like to make myself some new curtains!

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