A wife, a mom, a full time job and a craft obsession that borders OCD. My goal is too turn my crafty treasures into a business that I love. Here I will share the ups & downs, lessons learned, new experiences and maybe even some mom humor :) It's that thing called life, and what you make of it is up to you. Sometimes brilliant and sometimes messy, having fun along the way!
100 Days of Holiday Inspiration-Ribbon Pumpkin-98 Days & Counting
Holiday Countdown 2012
100 Days of Crafts, Gifts & More
98 Days till Christmas
65 Days till Thanksgiving
43 days till Halloween
I found the idea for these from a Michaels' pin on Pinterest. Their version was to take pumpkins and wrap in decorative paper and tie some tulle on the stem. I did mine slightly different.
First, check out your local Dollar Store for great decorating help. Seriously you will be amazed with how inexpensive things are. (You'll see me referencing them a lot in this series.) I found these super cute "carveable" pumpkins there. Supposedly you can carve them like a real pumpkin but that's not what I had in mind.
A craft group I am in posted a Craft Wars challenge to re-create a decorative item using certain ribbon. I decided to make these Michaels' inspired pumpkins using ribbon instead of paper.
I snagged several of these to decorate.
Next I took my ribbon and measured around the pumpkin to see how much I would need and then cut out the ribbon I wanted to use.
I used double sided tape and lined the back of the ribbon and then began to wrap around the pumpkin.
Easy peasy! Here's another.
I have one more of these to decorate that I will be showing you tomorrow. Really cute and great for the kids to help out with. You can use these ideas on real pumpkins too, but I went with artificial so I can use them year after year.
I started a post on this a few weeks ago and started getting so far in to it that it was looking more like a book than a post. So, I decided to break it down in to a mini series called:
Planning an Organized Home
It's a short, six part series that I want to share with you on how I started to get our home organized and in a better routine than we have had in the past. The more routine, the less whining "why do we have to??". It becomes a part of every day life for every one in the house.
The first thing I worked on were chore charts: one for the kids and one for the parents. While I have a pretty good routine for my own household chores, having it in writing and staring me down keeps me from falling off track so much. I searched online for different printable and customizable charts, and ended up finding some pre-loaded with my ancient laptop under Microsoft Works. If you have Microsoft Excel or Word, you can do the same thing. I attempted to copy our chart to thi…
I started out the new year with great intentions. I have a new blog journal with tons of subjects, a file full of photos on the pc, and a series on getting organized planned. So what happened?That thing called life. My huband's grandfather had what they believe was a stroke on the 4th. On the 8th they called in the family....which was also my husband's birthday. His Paw Paw didn't pass that day though, but did on the 10th. Saturday the 12th was the receiving of friends and a beautiful military funeral. Paw Paw was a wonerful man that we all loved and is missed so much already. Late Sunday night, about 11:30, my 7 year old wakes us up. Stomach flu. Worst I think I have ever seen. Then she goes back to school on Wednesday and I take her 4 year old brother the doctor. Strep infection. At 5am Thursday, the stomach flu gets him. Now I'm not feeling so well. We can't seem to catch a break.Hopefully next week I can get back in the grove of things. I have a se…
100 Days of Crafts, Gifts & More
This next project is one that was recently brought to my attention by a friend asking if I could make them. I really don't know the proper name for them but it's a ribbon key chain made using a large wood bead.
I toyed around with this for a while trying to decide the best way to make one, and I'm pretty pleased with the end result. For the most part these are pretty easy to make.
1" wood beads
(I found these at Joann's)
You will also want to find a way of propping up these beads so you can paint them. I was ever so elegant in mine.
Yes, I used a paint brush. But I also was able to place some on dowel rods and then stood them up in a block of foam to paint.
For mine, I painted them red and added a hand painted bulldog paw for my daughter's school mascot. You could hand paint anything you like or use stickers. I finish them up with by covering them thoroughly w…