June 29, 2010

4th of July Ideas

I have been searching for some ideas for the 4th of July. I haven't decided what to do yet, but have come across some great ideas that I thought I would share with you. These all come from other crafters.

This Wreath from all*you is so different and festive. The medallions on the wreath would be cute on a 4th of July Party invitation or card. I wish I had that cute blue door.

HowDoesShe? shows you how to celebrate with stars and stripes. This 2x4 decor is great for an entry way or coffee table.

This party garland swag comes from Martha Stewart. If you scaled down the ribbon star it would also make a cute hair bow for a little girl.

I LOVE old window crafts! This flag is one of the cutest I have seen. You will find the tutorial on Ucreate, but the crafter is The Creative Crate.

What's the 4th of July with out food and fireworks? These kabobs have both! Sister's Stuff is always coming up with great recipes.

What crafts are you doing to celebrate this 4th of July?


June 28, 2010

Announcing Launch Party

I am so excited to bring the news. I will be having a Launch Party for my blog in a few weeks. July 19th through the 23rd. I going to be featuring a few companies and fellow crafters. In each of those features will be a chance to win one of their awesome products. Become a follower on my blog to keep up to date on everything. Be sure to spread the news to your friends and family. This is going to be an event they won't want to miss.


June 26, 2010

Hanging Photo or Card Holder

I got my inspiration for this craft when I was looking for ways to display Christmas cards. I came across this tutorial from Kunz Family. Mine is a little different.

What you need:
-Yardstick (I painted mine. Home Depot has them cheap)
-17 Clothes Pins
-Paint & paint brush (for the yardstick or the clothes pins)
-Ribbon to tie at the top
-Hot glue
-Paper plate

First paint your yardstick then sand the edges to get a worn look. If you are also painting your clothes pins clip them all to a paper plate and paint them. After your yardstick and clothes pins are dry glue the clothes pins to the yard stick every 2 inches. Alternating the direction they face. Now tie a bow with your ribbon and glue it on the top.

I really love having these in my house. One is in my kitchen holding pictures of all my cute relatives. The other is in our office with pictures of my husband and I.


June 24, 2010

Emmeline Apron

This reversible apron is so much fun! I wish I had better pictures. You can find the pattern at Sew Liberated. They have a lot of great patterns.

I made this without a pattern, just saw the apron made it on my own. The pattern would probably make this project easier. Either way it is a sewing project that you should try!


June 22, 2010

Rubik's Cube with Family Photos

I gave this to my Father-in-Law for Christmas along with a hand held Solitaire game.

I found this great tutorial From Love, Actually. She has lots of great ideas to do for your significant other.

I found my Rubik's cube at Michael's in their dollar section. This only cost me about $4 to make. It worked out perfect with the number of pictures I used. My Father-in-law has 4 kids. I put a photo of each of his children's family, one of him and his wife, and one of the whole gang.

This was such a fun project. I plan on making one for my husband and I soon.


June 19, 2010

DIY Wall Art for the Kitchen

I needed something to go between my 2 plate racks. In our other house it used to be a window. We don't have a window in our kitchen now. Came up with this easy inexpensive DIY Wall Art.

What you need:
-3 shadow boxes
-Fabric (I got 13")
-Spoons or other kitchen utensils
-Dutch tape (and glue gun if desired)
-Command Picture Hanging Strips

I used frames that I had that I was't going to be able to hang as they were before, instead of shadow boxes. I had to do some adjustments to get them to work as shadow boxes. They are the Ikea Ribba frames (click for link).

First use the back of the frame or frame cardboard to measure how much fabric to cut. Leave allowance to wrap around. If there isn't cardboard or a frame insert you will need to cut one out.
Then use duct tape to secure to cardboard or insert.

Next you will attach your utensils to the fabric. You can use hot glue for this. I used duct tape so I can change out the utensils if I want.

Attach the utensils and place the whole piece in your shadow box. I used the Command Picture Hanging strips to hand the frames. They are wonderful because they don't have to be perfect to get them centered.

Voila! Great Wall Art

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