Marquee Lights Are All the Rage

I haven’t crafted for about a year. Ouch! Does everyone go through a rocky stage with their hobbies? Can you still call something your hobby if you’ve taken a year hiatus? wpid-img_20150220_232848.jpg

I guess I haven’t crafted for a while because I move so often, and every craft I make I know I’m going to have to pack it up. But, who cares! Throwing that mindset out the window here. What’s one more box? What’s one more trailer load? (I can see my parents holding their breath now…hehe) It’s cold and dark out, which means it’s the perfect crafting atmosphere.

I keep seeing marquee lights everywhere. Even at the bar last weekend, marquee lights! I decided it was time to use up a gift card from Michaels and I bought this letter “J” to craft. How adorable would this be in my room? I’ll work on it this weekend and put up “Before and After” pics for you. Stay tuned!

What crafts are on your wish list?

Advertisements

Oh What a (Craft) Night

Last weekend, I had a craft night with one of my very bestest friends. She’s one of those friends who didn’t judge me when I cried about getting a C on a science test in 7th grade, who supported my blonde Kelly Clarkson “Miss Independent” highlights in Jr. High, and has stayed a close friend even after going to different high schools (this was devastating at the time as you could imagine) and different colleges across the state.
image

Anyways, we had a dramatic and fun-filled night with pizza, wine and crafts! We had the  Best of Jimmy Fallon on the TV in the background which only added to our hyperness. We each made two crafts and experimented with vinyls for the first time. I painted a small canvas teal and added a “Be Happy” vinyl to the top. It’s simple but I really like it.

Image

I gave a larger canvas an ombre effect by painting a dark teal color on the bottom and gradually transitioning to a lighter teal at the top. I’m not handy with a paint brush by any means so this was a big deal for me. Last I added an anchor vinyl to the top. I did not come up with this on my own. (I wish!) It was an example on the wall at Crafts Direct in St. Cloud (aka pretty much a crafter’s dream) and for some reason it jumped out at me.

image
image

Every time I craft, I ask myself, “Why don’t I do this more often?!” since I absolutely love it. I love starting out with a disaster and then later ending up with impressive end product. I like unleashing my creative side. The good thing is that Mags and I decided that we would have craft nights every other month for the rest of the year. I’m so pumped!

A Few of My Favorite (Christmas) Things

So it’s the day after Christmas. Technically Christmas isn’t over for me until after I celebrate with 60+ relatives on my dad’s side this weekend. Let’s just say last year’s get-together was the biggest party of the year, in my opinion. What I’m trying to say is that I’m not quite finished blogging about Christmas just yet.

Here are a few pretty cards, crafts, and things I absolutely love:

mini wreath garland // The Merry Thought

mini wreath garland // The Merry Thought

Poppytalk Handmade // Artist: MAPLE AND BELMONT

Poppytalk Handmade // Artist: MAPLE AND BELMONT

neon tags // M&J Blog

neon tags // M&J Blog

Merry Christmas // Whit & Whistle

Merry Christmas // Wit & Whistle

splatter wrappings // instagram: goforthcreative

splatter wrappings // instagram: goforthcreative

What are a few of your favorite Christmas-y things?

DIY Chevron Canvas

So since I’m a crafty girl and I’m under 50, it’s no surprise I love chevron. Ha. Last year I painted this chevron canvas but it failed. I didn’t paint a white base coat, so my painted lines bled a bit, even with painters tape. My end product didn’t have the clean, straight edges you see here, which was a huge bummer since I meticulously measured and masked the entire canvas.

(Don’t worry! This post will turn from a sob story to success story very shortly!)

paint2paint1

Well, this week I finally got around to fixing up my canvas! I bought new white paint and carefully filled in the bleeding lines. It’s not absolutely stunning like the tutorial I followed (props to the original blogger, Jessica!), but I’m pretty happy with it. Now I have a cute and trendy decoration! I think I’ll set it out on my desk at work. Why not?

 I’m also going to fix up another failed wreath of mine. I’ll show you “before and after” pictures later this month. Well, that’s only if the “after” looks presentable. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Let’s Organize My Jewelry

Every morning I waste at least three minutes scrambling around and searching for the perfect necklace, a set of earrings or a handful bracelets. Things are tangled. Earring backs are lost. There is no rhyme or reason to my necklaces. I have a beautiful jewelry box that holds my smaller necklaces, but it doesn’t hold everything.

Within the next month or so, I’m going to upgrade my jewelry station around my dresser. My statement necklaces and long gold necklaces are so pretty–they should be displayed! Here is a little inspiration I’ve found on Pinterest:

Image

Image

Image

Image

I already have a cork board to use, I just have to find the perfect frame to paint. So, how do you keep your jewelry organized?

DIY Homemade Coasters

So if you haven’t noticed, homemade coasters are all the rage right now. I’ve been inspired by a few different examples from Attic Lace, The Cottage Mama and Making Mondays blogs. I decided to make my own coasters out of a leftover calendar from one of my coworkers.

DSCF7351

This is my first time writing a full-blown tutorial, so I’m a little nervous about it. Let me know if I skip steps or don’t make any sense.

Also, I want to apologize ahead of time for not having artsty-I’m-a-blogger photos for this. The lighting was bad and I don’t have a fancy camera.

The supplies you’ll need:

  • A design for the surface of your coaster — calendars, photos, scrapbook paper, whatever you want.
  • 1 piece of scrap paper
  • Mod Podge
  • paint brushes
  • Four (4×4 inch) ceramic tiles (I found mine at Home Depot)
  • 1 sheet of craft felt
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • pencils and pens

Let’s get started! Do you have all your supplies lined up? Once you do, grab your scissors, pencil and ruler.

DSCF7331

DSCF7339

Measure, cut and draw a 3.75 x 3.75 inch square on a piece of scrap paper. This will be your pattern for the four coasters.

DSCF7334

Use the 3.75×3.75 in. pattern to trace and cut out squares on your calendar/scrapbook paper/photos for the surface of your coasters. Repeat three more times so you have four squares total.

DSCF7324

Now you’ll want to get your tile out. I wiped mine down with a wet rag just to make sure there wasn’t any dust or gunk on the surface.

IMG_20131103_215028_828 (1)

Place the tiles on a piece of newspaper so you don’t get globs all over your table (unless your an angel with a paint brush, I’m not). Brush one coat of Mod Podge over the surface of the clean ceramic tile.

I didn’t photograph this next part but if you keep reading /looking at photos it should make sense: Take your calendar cut-out and place it on the tile over the wet Mod Podge. Don’t rush! Smooth out the paper so there aren’t any bubbles or wrinkles.

IMG_20131103_215236_779

IMG_20131103_220104_003

Paint one coat of Mod Podge over the surface of the paper and tile.  Make sure you don’t have excessive clumps of Mod Podge on the rims of the tile. Try to make this coat as smooth as possible. Fast forward a little bit: Repeat these steps three more times so you have a total of four tiles drying.

IMG_20131103_220335_867

While your tiles are drying, you’ll want to measure and cut out a 3×3 inch square of craft felt. This will be the backing of your coasters. Repeat this step three times so you have a total of four 3×3 inch felt squares.

DSCF7347

DSCF7349

Once your tiles are dry, whip out your hot glue gun. Glue one felt square to the back of each tile. And again, repeat three more times so all four of your tiles are complete.

Tadaaaa! You have new coasters. Impressive, right?

DSCF7351

NOTE: I just want to give you a head up. I’ve used these coasters all week and I’ve noticed that my coffee mugs are sticking to the surface. I’m wondering if the Mod Podge isn’t glossy enough to be the top coat. Does anyone have any suggestions?

DIY Fall Wreath

I want to share with you a fall wreath I made last year. It was so easy to put together, I ended up making one for my mom too! Instead of giving you a step-by-step tutorial, feel free to check out the Crafting Mom blog where I got the inspiration.  I give that blogger, Jacki, credit for this great idea! I bought all of my supplies–the vine wreath, fall garland, craft felt and leaves–at Michaels for around $12 (gotta love those coupons).

fall_wreath

I added sparkly leaves to give my wreath a little shine and to make it slightly different from the original.

fall_wreath2

I’ve thought about making a winter version by spraying a twig wreath with white/silvery glitter and adding pine cones. Maybe I’ll tackle that in December… so come back again to see how it turns out.

Super Easy DIY Mirror Makeover

Over the summer I actually got my butt out of bed on a couple Saturday mornings and went garage sale shopping. Man, I love garage sales. I love the thrill of finding old furniture, barn windows, lamps, or a mirror in today’s case for super cheap. Sometimes you’ll only find junk, sometimes you’ll find gems.

So I bought this mirror you see here for $2 at a garage sale. It was a nasty gold. Not the cute gold that’s embellishing every button and accessory at Forever 21 right now, we’re talking ’90s gold. You get the idea.

mirror after

mirror after

Here are all the tools I needed to makeover this old-school mirror:

  • craft paint (I used a bottle from Michael’s)
  • paint brushes
  • old newspapers
  • painters tape (masking tape will work too)
  • mirror (any shape or size will do)

First things first, I placed old newspapers across my work space so I wouldn’t smear craft paint all over my kitchen counter. Then, I cut painters tape to cover the mirror surface. You’ll want to cut and size the tape correctly so you can paint freely and not worry about spilling paint on the mirror.

mirror before

mirror before

After the mirror surface is covered, whip out your favorite color paint. I used lime green because I’m obsessed with bright colors and I had it handy in my craft bin. You’ll want to squirt your paint on a paper plate so it won’t stain those Target college dishes you still care about (We’ve all got them. Shout out to Room Essentials ’08!). I painted three coats on my frame just to cover every bit of that horrendous gold.

mirror makeover

mirror makeover

And….here’s my final product. Tadaaa! It looks a little yellow-green here given my phone quality but I promise it’s lime. I’m not sure where I’ll put it in my new apartment. I thought it might be fun to paint a few more mirrors in different colors and make a grouping, but we’ll see. Any suggestions?

How to Make Halloween Lanterns

Last year around this time I decorated three mason jars with a handful of supplies I had around the house. Actually, the only thing I had to buy was multicolored tissue paper.  So when you think about it, this craft was pretty inexpensive. I love crafts that require a small number of supplies. Otherwise I get caught chasing around Michael’s and visiting with strangers (yes, that happened a few times and an old lady gave me great tips for painting grapes on wine glasses even though I didn’t ask her for advice).

Halloween mason jar lanterns

Halloween mason jar lanterns

Anyways, here are my mason jar lanterns! Aren’t they cute? You can find the step-by-step directions from the Our Best Bites blog. The examples had tea lights in each lantern, which looked super cute, but I have trust issues with tea lights. I always get paranoid they’re going to explode or spill everywhere like lava. Instead of tea lights I strung white Christmas lights to give my lanterns a nice glow.

Let me know if you  make your own Halloween lanterns. I’d love to see how they turn out!