March 31, 2010

Earthy Sketch Book and Homemade Stamps

Hello everyone!  Today I'm going to show you the sketch pad/journal I just made.  I love having a place to write down ideas.  I think this is important for any type of art....songwriting, crafting, you name it!  I think that ideas and inspiration are a gift and if I don't write them down, I lose them.  So, here's my new book:

I picked up a blank recycled book on sale the other day.  Then I got out an eraser.  Did you know you could make a homemade stamp by carving an eraser with an exacto knife?  It works well and it's easy to do.  (I know some people use potatos, but wouldn't that get stinky quickly?  Just saying!)  Anyhow, draw a little sketch on the eraser of what you want your stamp to be.

Then, carve out the area around it.

That's it for the stamp.  Now on to the book.  I bought this old dictionary at DI (like Goodwill) for fifty cents.  You will probably see bits of it in the future.  I took out a page and cut a tree shape.

Then, I began stamping my leaves in various colors.

As I've mentioned before, I don't scrapbook, but I LOVE some of the scrapbook supplies for other projects.  I bought this metal embellishment pack a while ago and have used it on lots of different projects.  I put little metal corners on the book.

I also used a little frame and cut out the definition of "create" and "creative" to frame in it.  I strung it on and antiqued the edges of the book with an ink pad.

I wanted the journal to have an earthy feel and leaves happen to be one of my obsessions.

That's all for today.  Thanks for stopping in.  Hope you're leaving with some new ideas!  Have a great day!

March 30, 2010

Guest Post with Taylor from MaryJanes and Golashes

Welcome!  Today I am super excited to introduce you to a new blog friend of mine....Taylor from MaryJanes and Golashes.  You may have seen some of her fantastic projects floating around out there in the blogosphere.  She showed how to make a faux antique glass window a couple of weeks ago when she was visiting at V and Co and it will definitely be a project I'm going to tackle on a Feature Friday.  I'm over at her place making this t-shirt with bubble wrap:

You are in for a treat today!  Here is Taylor.....     

Hello you roaring mammas!  I'm Taylor from MaryJanes and Galoshes.  I'm excited to be here talking to you all today, Cheri is over at my place today with one of her amazing projects so make sure you go check her out, but we are going to have some fun here too.  I'm the mom of 3 kids under 3 years old.  I have a 2 1/2 year old boy and 16 month old boy/girl twins.  So I make lots of stuff both boy and girl.  Today's project is perfect for either and quick enough to do in a naptime.  So how this came about.... With Easter egg hunts every weekend for three weeks solid we needed something a bit more than the typical plastic shopping bag (well that's typical for us anyway) and with the kids being so little they really have trouble with getting eggs (halloween candy, what have you) into the bag.  You know those poor kids that ring your doorbell at halloween and can't get their bags open enough for you to fit their goodies in, those are MY kids!  So I wanted a bag that would hold itself open for them to drop their eggs in.  This is what I came up with and they take about 30 minutes to make!

I love that you can just alter the fabrics to make girls or boys.

What you need-
1/4 yard of each~
     Pattern fabric
     Plain fabric
     Lining fabric
     fuse-able interfacing 
Sewing machine
** All seam allowances are 1/4 inch**
1. Cut your pieces.  From the pattern fabric You will need two rectangles 8 by 13 and one piece 2.25 by 16

From plain fabric cut two rectangles 6 by 13
From lining fabric two rectangles 14 by 13 (if you choose to alter the dimensions of the outside, adjust this measurement to the size of outside pieces added together, in this case 8 plus 6) and one piece 2.25 by 16

From interfacing cut two pieces 13.5 by 13 and one piece 2 by 16

Working with your outside fabrics, place the plain piece and pattern piece right sides together and sew along the 13" end.  Repeat with other two pieces.
Iron your seam flat and iron on your interfacing to the wrong side of the two panels you just created.

With your lining fabric, right sides together, sew along three sides (making sure that the longer sides are on the side and shorter sides are top and bottom) leaving a 3 inch opening at the bottom.  So you will have a pouch with a hole in the bottom like Dear Henry, do you remember that song?  There's a whole in my bucket dear Henry dear Henry... anyway, I'm getting off track.

Now you need to box all your corners.  Flatten each corner and measure 2.5 inches from the tip and make a line.
Do this on BOTH the outside and lining (while still turned inside out) and sew on this line.  You will cut the corner triangle off once you've sewn this.

Leaving your lining fabric inside out, turn the outside fabric right side out and place inside the lining pouch.  Your fabrics from the outside and lining should be right sides together.  Set aside and grab your handle strips.

Iron your interfacing stip onto one of your handle fabrics, either one is fine.  Now with right sides together sew down each long side leaving the short sides open creating a tube.
Turn your tube right side out and topstitch along each side as close to the edge as you can.
With the lining fabric out, place the handle between the two puches and pin in place making a handle sandwich. Make sure it isn't twisted after you get done pinning it.
Pin around the top and sew all the way around the top edge reinforcing the areas by the handles.
That hole we left in the bottom of the lining fabric, that's where you now pull everything through until the lining fabric is right side out again and can be tucked back where it belongs.  Once you have it pulled all the way right side out, stitch the hole shut, tuck the lining in to place, and topstitch around the top where you just sewed the layers together.  Your done!
Thanks for having me here today guys and gals.  Don't be a stranger! -Taylor

March 29, 2010

Imposter Denim - more bang for your booty!

So fellow blog friends, I think it's time we get to know each other better.  Meet my butt.  Yes, now we are tight.  Okay, there is a reason I'm showing you my rear today.  Today we are going to make designer jeans for $22.37.  Yup, that's right.  Let me show you how.

So, what is the difference between pricey jeans and cheap ones these days?  The butt pockets.  Really.  That's the main difference I see.  So we are going to take these Wal-mart jeans and spice them up.  These were $20.  We're going to use embroidery floss, which is $.37.  (Hence, the $20.37)

I'm going to show you how I did this, but if you're going to try it, I will also tell you how you can improve on my technique. 

1) Cut out paper the size of your pockets.

2) Draw the design of your choice on the paper.  (Surf the net to find whichever brand you like to get ideas.)

3) Pin them onto the pockets and stitch over the design.

4) When you finish, DO NOT TIE THE KNOTS TO SECURE THE FLOSS.  Rip out the paper first because you're going to pull at the floss a bit as you rip the paper out.  See?

5) Never fear!  Just pull the floss along to tighten it all along the way.  THEN, secure with knots.  I added the messy little stitches along the top corner, too.  It's hard to tell in the pictures, but I used bright orange floss.  You could use any, white, you name it!

That's it, but as I mentioned, I would probably change the way I did it to make it easier.  I would cut out the actual shapes, hold them on the pants and draw the lines with a erasable fabric pencil.  That way you won't have to worry about the paper shifting around or not being able to see your real stitched underneath.  I would have done that, but my only fabric pencil is blue.  No good!

Thanks for stopping by.  WAIT!!!  I wanted to show you some of the fun projects YOU guys have made, so here's a little linky love.....

Look at the fabulous bleach pen/freezer stencil tees from Aly & Ash!  So adorable!

Danielle from Sunshine and Spilled Milk made a fabulous ABC book for a birthday present.  Don't you love the name of her blog, too? 

Jessi from Yankee Belle Home made the Robot Tee and a cool bleach/freezer stencil tee.  I love seeing the robot in different colors.  Great work!

Leca from Leca Unplugged made this cool biker tee for her son. 

Thanks so much for sharing guys!  It makes my day and I am totally impressed with your fun takes on everything!  You totally ROARED!!!  (Sorry for the cheesiness there :)

March 28, 2010

Sunshine Sunday

Today I am thankful for laughter - particularly when Rex makes me laugh.  He's a funny little guy.  I was talking on the phone the other day and he was trying to get my attention.  (Baden's helmet was off for his one hour break.)  I look over and see this.  Rex was so excited that the helmet fit his bunny.  This bunny does a song and dance when you push the button.  It looked so funny when the bunny's ears were wiggling out the top.

If you haven't noticed from the blog yet, Rex has very random interests.  He loves mustaches.  He even made me make up a mustache song for him.  He sings it around the house.  Anyhow, I let him get this at the dollar store.  Now that's a sweet 'stache.

When I'm having a tough day, it makes everything better when Rex can make me laugh.  That little mind of his never stops running.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!  Thank you for dropping in.

March 27, 2010

Soapbox Saturday - Loopdeelou!

Hey everybody!  Today is Soapbox Saturday and I hope you'll indulge me for a minute, because I want to tell you about something I've been working on a lot lately.  First of all, let me introduce you to my little sister.  Here she is.  She's gorgeous, fun, smart, and my new business partner.  She and I are launching a small hair accessory business called "Loopdeelou." 

Our first big event is the "What a Woman Wants Show" here in Utah (April 16-17).  We've been making a bazillion headbands and a really fun display (that I'll show you next week).  We'll make our products available online shortly.  I'll keep you posted.  But for now, these pictures are a small sampler.

We are using a lot of vintage supplies and most of our headbands are soft, stretchy ones so you can wear them normally (as shown) or like a flapper band (if you're super hip and can pull that one off).

So, do you live in Utah and want free tickets to the "What a Woman Wants" Expo?  Be one of the first five people to comment and I'll send you a couple of free tickets.  Okay? 

Have a great day!

March 26, 2010

Feature Friday - felt rosettes

I saw this adorable tutorial a while back on the Purl Bee and made note to try it later.  Well, later came today.  I actually was planning on doing a totally different feature, but I totally and completely messed it up.  Fixable?  Oh no.  Been there before? 

Anyhow, this sweet rosette was shown as a little girl's hair clip, but I thought it would be pretty to do a few on one headband.  Here's how it turned out.

I love this mustard color, but I look like a corpse if I wear it.  Little bits of it on accessories are perfect instead.

One more picture because I asked my husband to snap one of me with Rex.  I never have pictures of me with my kids because I'm always taking them.  I was really excited to get a good one.

Want to make one?  Head on over to her tutorial.  It is excellent and very clearly explained.

So you know how I mentioned that I totally screwed up a project today?  I think we all do that, but don't always talk about it.  We show the perfect finished product instead.  I added a tab above called, "Whoops!"  I thought I'd tell you about one of the times I messed up and if you have a similiar story you can e-mail it to me to post.  That way we can all laugh at each other and enjoy the mistakes, too.

Tomorrow is Soapbox Saturday and I'm excited to tell you a little about a different project I've been working on.  Thanks for stopping by.

March 25, 2010

I'm the Sheriff Around Here!

I thought you might enjoy a little peek into our house.  I think it's super fun when a blogger shows rooms in the house.  It's just fun to get ideas and see how other people decorate.  So with that in mind, here's a little tour of our cowboy room.  I'll give you a little info on each item in case you want to create something like it.

THE BED:  The main feature in this room is the bed.  I had this idea and my parents helped make it a reality.  I drew out the shapes on MDF (particle board) and my dad cut it out and roughed it up to make it look old.  My mom painted on lines like wood and I stained it.  I wanted it to look kind of cartoon-like.  The bedding is from Target and I made the bedskirt and hankerchief pillow.

We made a little sign with the extra scrap.  My husband's nickname is "Buck" and Rex happens to be a miniature version on him, so the sign says "'Lil Buck."

THE FRAMES:  I had these in his nursery as a baby, so I changed up the color to use them again in here.  Originally I bought unfinished frames and glued on these letters.

THE BARREL:  This is a laundry hamper and was my husband's as a child.

THE PLAQUE: Once again, MDF roughed up, painted, and stained. We hung up this little rifle that was also my husband's childhood toy. I bought little star-shaped knobs and hung cowboy items on them.

This little rocking horse is what started the whole cowboy-theme idea.  It was a present from his grandparents and I loved it.  This is his "cowboy stare."  Intimidating, huh?  Really tough cowboys have satin blankies, case you didn't know.

THE SIGN:  My sister made this sweet sign and it happened to match the room well.  Plus, I love having something meaningful in his room.

THE PAINTING:  I painted this to look like Rex.  I used the horse from Toy Story 2 as a model.

THE BOOKSHELF:  I scored this bookshelf for $20 on clearance at Wal-mart.  I got the bins from Target. 

The "Wanted" sign on top is my favorite. We took a mean-looking picture of daddy to put in it.

THE WINDOWS: I made the curtains to match the bedskirt and strung up some cowboy hat lights we found at Target.

THE WALLS:  We totally lucked out here.  The walls were painted like mountains when we moved in.  I thought it would be perfect to use this room for the cowboy room.

That's about it!  Hope you feel inspired!  I love piecing rooms together bit by bit.  That's the way this one came together.  I think I'm still going to make some vinyl lettering to go above his bed that will say, "I'm the sheriff around here."

I've got a really fun "Feature Friday" for tomorrow, so be sure to stop by.  I also have some stuff I'm really excited to show you next week.  Thanks for all your kind comments.  They make my day!

(Oh, and Baden still has the helmet, but I took it off to give him a haircut and take the pictures yesterday.  He'll have it a few more months.  Thanks for asking.) 

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