Thursday, March 31, 2011

Recycled Thread Board

I've been pretty excited about this project for awhile! I bought this (below) frame at Goodwill back in January. It originally had something similar to a foam ceiling tile in it, but I chucked it before I took a picture.

I could just see the potential. Everything has potential at $1.50, right? Anyway, hubby cut me a rectangle of pegboard to fit...then I let it sit for a couple of months. Two vacations and a little burn out later, I finished it! Better late than never, right?

I used my trusty glue gun...

to glue in some wooden dowels I cut up. I couldn't find any pegboard accessories that actually fit the thread hole, so I just bought a very small dowel and cut it in 4 inch sections. Hot glue secured them just fine.

After a bit of paint and some ribbon, I got a great thread board at a great price!

I love that it has room to put my thread and coordinating bobbin on each dowel.

I don't have a large craft area, but I'm working with what I got!

I will be linking up to these great parties!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Egg Specimen Shirt

I love the specimen art I've been seeing, and I thought about turning this into one, but decided on a shirt for Kiki instead!

I had some leftover fabric squares that looked a bit Easter-Eggy, so I just cut them into egg shapes and appliqued them on a t-shirt! With some of the extra scraps I made a cute flower.

(I apologize for the awfully dark pictures. It has been nothing but cold and rainy--and very unmotivating--all week)

Isn't she cute?

I'll be linking up to these great parties!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Feature Fridaze

Happy Friday everyone! I skipped last week since I just got back from being out of town, but I found a few great features this week!

Now that spring is here (yay!), I've been thinking about new clothes. I've never been all that successful at making my own clothes, since they always turn out looking, rather, um, homemade. But these ladies below did an excellent job of whipping up something fabulous.

First is this MacIntosh Knock-off Dress by Rachel at Maybe Matilda (in pink and green). Like I said, fabulous, right?

I'm finally getting over my fear of accessorizing. These flowers made from tights by Tatum at K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Sister) are the perfect embellishment!

And finally, this Anthropologie Sqeezebox Top by Sarah at Welcome to the Good Life is an amazing knock-off! I finally visited my first Anthropologie store and it was way cute!

Thanks so much for the inspiration ladies! Take a button:

Fast Daze

Monday, March 21, 2011

Welcome Spring!

Glad to have you back.

I'll be linking up here.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Now Taking Orders...

You know you're a minivan mom if you have one of these in your back window:

And if you don't, I can make you one! I am now taking orders in my etsy shop for personalized vinyl window decals. Please ask if you have any changes you would like to make. You can add a family name, accessories, or probably anything else you can think of! I'd love to make something for you!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patty's Smoothie

I love St. Patrick's Day. Really, I do. But having it come right after 2 trips out of town and during a little bit of blogging burnout didn't do it any favors at my house this year.

Here's me and hubby living it up in Las Vegas. That was seriously the view from our hotel. We've gone four times now and usually all we see from our window is the back of some alley or a parking garage. This time we had the strip! In lights!

Anyway, we just got home yesterday, but I found I actually had the ingredients in my fridge to make a little smoothie! Warm weather and too much fast food while traveling have made this girl want to drop a few pounds lately, so I made this one extra healthy.

3/4 c. pineapple juice
1/2 c. ice
1/3 c. orange juice
1/4 c. cut up carrots
1/2 banana
3-4 drops of green food coloring

Blend it all up until nice and frothy! (makes 1 serving)

Of course, if you have a little spinach, you can make it green the natural way.

I served mine up in a Butterbeer mug since it felt more Irish :)

My kids won't go near anything but chai tea lattes lately (seriously), so they wouldn't even try it, but they sure did look cute in their greenery!

Even though I'm out of sorts, I'll still be making my corned beef and cabbage tonight. How about you?
Happy St. Patty's Day!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Feature Fridaze {St. Patrick's Edition}

I've really fallen behind on the St. Patrick's Day crafts. I love the holiday and I'm super proud of our Irish family history (you won't find a bigger redhead lover), but the holiday fell between 2 vacations and I kinda needed a little break anyway.

But, I did take the time to stockpile some ideas for next year!

First up are these adorable Patty Cakes by Mom's of All Trades. Doesn't she have some amazing attention to detail? I find myself not making stuff like this because I don't want to dirty up so many bowls, but this one would be worth it!

Check out these amazing St. Patrick's Cupcakes by Jo at Frosted Happy. Not only do they look amazing, but if you read the recipe they sound like they taste amazing too! Just looking around Jo's blog makes my mouth water!

I love dipping marshmellows in stuff. It's kinda my standby party treat. I wish Spring Break didn't fall on St. Patrick's Day or I would definitely be taking these Shamrock Marshmellow Pops by Poca Cosa to my son's school!

I've been really into making new clothes for Kiki lately, and this "No Pinching" Bandanna Dress by Susan at Living with Punks (with tutorial!) is going on my list. It's perfect for St. Patty's Day, but it would also be adorable all summer long. One in every color, perhaps?
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Finally, I love this St. Patricks's Burlap Wreath by Allie at Miss Lovie (another tute!). She actually made the flowers interchangeable so that you can switch them out with the seasons. Want another reason I love this? She shows you a close-up shot of each type of flower she made. So helpful! And the addition of the bunting just puts it over the top.

Well done ladies! I will be very prepared for next year!

Don't forget to grab a button!

Fast Daze

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Bow Bag {AKA Another Anthro Rip-Off}

This is another copy of a copy. The original is from Anthropologie and retails for $498.00! However, Leslie from The Little Apple Seed made a great pattern for a cute knock-off:

And the best part about making it yourself? (Besides not spending $498.00?) You can customize your pockets! I like having a velcroed pocket for my lady stuff:

And I made a special one for my phone, lipsticks, a pen and other incidentals:

I really like this bag, but I made it from linen, which doesn't give it much shape. I'm considering going back and ripping up a little so that I can put in some interfacing to make some of it a little stiffer. All in all, Leslie did a great job making a pattern for this. I LOVE her idea for faux piping!

I will be linking up to these great parties!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

More Baby Gifts!

My very first wipes case! And, may I say, this was incredible easy! My friend says that ones like this go for  $30 at a local baby shop. Gets a girl to thinking...

I will be linking up to these great parties!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

It's All in the Packaging

I never really considered myself a good wrapper, but I am getting better. I'm going to my friend's baby shower today and it is at one of my favorite tea houses, so I'm super excited! Seriously, I never knew how girly I was until the last couple of years. The thought of getting dolled up and going to lunch with the girls is thrilling!

So, start with a homemade card (cut with my Silhouette):

I made the baby a personalized toy bucket to put all his gifts in:

And then I figured I better make one for the big brother too:

I placed the green bucket in the blue one, filled it up with gifts and then added some of the same ribbon I used on the card. Voila!

I will be linking up to the Pretty Packages Party at The Blackberry Vine on Tuesday!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Feature Fridaze

I know I took the last couple of weeks off, but I'm back and ready to feature some great crafts! 

First, I found this Hair Bow Holder Lamp from Rebecca at This Present Life. Not only is this an adorable idea, but I love her mission behind her blog. She's striving to "be present and just exist" in her life. I lesson I sometimes need to learn! And I love the milkware base!

Check out these Silhouette Shoe Shapes from Jaime at Her Hobby. She used her Silhouette to cut 2 halves of a butterfly and then put them in her daughter's shoes. What an awesome idea to help her little one remember which foot goes in which shoe!

Isn't this a beautiful Envelope Clutch with Ruffles? It's from Jessica at Me Sew Crazy, but I found it when it was featured on The Girl Creative. The mixture of patterns is so pretty, and I love the little peek of ruffle fabric. I have to get my hands on some!

It's been a week since I first saw this Rainbow Wreath from Wendy at Ramblings from the Sunshine State, and I've thought of it every day since. What can I say? It's the perfect blend of color, cuteness, and spring-time cheer!

Great job ladies! Please grab a button!

Fast Daze

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