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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Dog Name Silhouette

If you are anything like my family, we LOVE our pets. I made this little project (I will show you the framed finished version at a later time) to hang by our dog's dish.

**These are available in my Etsy shop for customization by breed, name, color and font**

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A Little Knick Knack

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Project Updates

I have been hard at work being totally compulsive on a number of projects and wanted to update you.

These are going to meet some spray paint and a little surprise. Can't wait for it to warm up so I can work on them!

This mirror, you guessed it, it is getting a last coat of paint. Once that has dried, I will have to change the hanging hooks so that it will hang the direction that I want. The shelves for my faux mantle are also being painted.

One of the projects I don't have pictures of yet is a multi purpose bag that I spontaneously started last night. My son and I will be going on vacation with my parents and friends in May (hubby can't go, sad face) so I wanted a bag that could function as a purse and diaper bag combo. This way for excursions during the day, I would only have to carry one bag around. The reason I don't have pictures for you is 1) I'm not a good sewer 2) I had no idea what I was doing. I'm making this bag out of upholstery fabric so that it is nice and durable. If any of you have tips on traveling with small children, I'm all ears! 

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Herb Pot Labels

Here is a little fun spring project that I worked on last night. I have always wanted to have a little fresh herb garden but have never had a good spot for it. In this house, I have the perfect window ledge with ample sunlight to house a few pots.

Here's how I customized them:
I bought three pots and drip plates from Walmart that totalled to about $6
I chose three herb seed packs for $1 a piece
and a bag of potting soil for just under $3 (I only used about 1/6 of the bag so I have plans for the rest)

I painted the pots with Belle Grove Antique White from Valspar and let them dry.

Using my Silhouette I cut out the names of the herbs in black vinyl (I used the font LD Inventive from the Silhouette store). Then I transferred the images to the pots.

(Sorry for the poor picture, this was at about 6am this morning. Yes that is my mom mobile you see in the background as well as a small pile of SNOW!)

I'm looking forward to not killing them watching them grow. I am a serial plant killer so I'm hoping that this effort is a success!

I will be working on an awesome new project this weekend involving these:

I will also hopefully be finishing up some other outstanding projects to share with you as well. And because he's adorable, here's Little D:

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Button Monogram

These have been floating around blogland for a while and I have been waiting for the opportunity to make one. I obtained all of these buttons from a cool site named Freecycle.com. It is similar to Craigslist but all the items are FREE! I put out a message that I was looking for some buttons and someone responded. I picked up three checkbook boxes full of buttons. I printed out the first letter of our last name (I used Elephant font) and traced it on a piece of cardboard backed canvas. Then I got out my trusty glue gun and went to town. This was an extrodinarily easy project. I just spent a little of extra time arranging the buttons.

I think it turned out great and can't wait to see it on my faux mantle once it is done. I may decide to embelish it a little more as well. Now if only we could have spring weather so I can get my painting done. We are supposed to get 5-8 inches of SNOW today!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Faux Mantle Score

I could not be more happy about this! I have been looking for a mirror for my mantlescape and what did I see on the curb yesterday?

This little beauty! I was so excited to show you all that I didn't even clean up before I took the picture. It got a healthy coat of spray paint last night and tonight I'm hoping to work on the other pieces. I'm also getting some pictures of the handsomest man ever printed tonight.

First let me tell you I debated sharing my Little D's picture on here but he is a part of me so here he is!

I'm looking forward to sharing my progress on the faux mantle this weekend!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Creating a Faux Mantle Introduction

After taking a few days off following my craft fair, I'm getting ready to takle my next project. In my living room there is a large wall that is the focal point of the room (aside from the TV of course). Since we don't have a fireplace (which I think is strange due to the house being built in 1840), I have decided to create a mantle look, without the mantle. I'm in supply gathering mode right now and am currently looking for the perfect  mirror to work in my space. I am planning a spray paint session tonight and will hopefully have a few sneak peaks for you soon!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Craft Show Prep!

Hey everyone! Sorry I have been MIA this week. I have been deep in craft show things all week long. Check back tomorrow for show details and a friends and family discount coupon!

I wanted to share this awesome project from Jen over at Tatertots & Jello:

Cute and Colorful Chore Chart