Sunday, December 30, 2012

Birthday Wishes

I am one lucky lady! The Hubs made my 30th birthday very special. He took me to breakfast, shopping, did everything I wanted to do. He always spoils me. The thing I was most excited about was the card. The card was perfect! Jared will probably kill me for talking about it but he decorated the envelope with washi tape and wrote on it with my glitter pens. Washi and glitter, yall!!!! The actual card was all bright colors and rhinestones, obviously something that he picked out for me. I love that man!

Now down to business - so yesterday was my birthday and I didn't technically finish the 29 by 30 projects. I'm proud of myself for sticking with it but, yeah, I didn't get to 29. A lot of projects were finished that I didn't document through the whole process so I didn't want to write a post on them. That's what I get for being a control freak. I have this long list of things that I want to make so in an attempt to actually finish something, I'm going to keep going with my confusing tutorials. 12 more and I'll be done with the 29 by 30.  Then I'll move on to even more craftiness. I just got a sewing machine and a bunch of craft books for Christmas. It's on!


Friday, December 28, 2012

The 29 by 30 - Project 17: DIY Washi Tape Coasters

Have you heard of Whimsey Box? You should definitely check it out. You sign up, pay a small monthly fee and every month you get a box full of crafty goodness. Last month's box had two tile coasters and a bottle of outdoor mod podge (as well as some other goodies). I've seen a ton of tutorials on diy coasters but for this project I kinda winged it as usual.

Tile Coasters
Washi Tape
Outdoor Mod Podge
Clear Glaze (Sealant)

I bought a couple of extra tiles from Lowes for 16 cents. These are super cute, easy gifts. I'm glad I bought a bunch, I was addicted after making one set.

Start out by cutting the felt into squares. It will be glued to the bottom of your coasters to protect the table from scratches AFTER everything has been sprayed with sealant. Coordinate a couple rolls of washi tape, finally decide on a cute pattern and start taping the tile. I left about a half inch of tape on the bottom of the tile so the sides are covered and once the felt is glued down it will keep the washi from coming up as well.

After the entire tile is taped, go over it with Outdoor Mod Podge and let it dry. I sprayed my tiles with a couple coats of Clear Glaze as well for extra protection against water, etc. Better safe than sorry (I think I just aged 30 years with that expression). When it's dry, hot glue the felt to the bottom of the tile and TA DA it's a coaster.



Thursday, December 27, 2012

My Christmas in Pics

Hope everyone had a very merry Christmas.


My sisters, niece and me



Friday, December 21, 2012

Tis the Season

I had the pleasure of spending last night with some awesome ladies from work, eating great food, talking and laughing. It was our department holiday dinner and I had a blast and probably gained an extra 20lbs in an hour. The food was the bomb. I love spending time with friends and I am so fortunate to have met some of my best friends at work.

shrimp and grits - DA BOMB

I realized last night after I got home that this is a time for family and friends not stressing. I'm almost completely finished with gifts but I found myself second guessing some gifts and the amount spent on certain people. Every year I promise myself that next year will be different. I'll worry less and laugh more. I propose that everyone from this day forward try and spend the rest of the year loving and celebrating life. I know I will be doing just that - at 5pm today, I officially have the next 11 days off from work :0) Starting my list of craft projects now!


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The 29 by 30 - Project 16: Magnetic Inspiration Boards

I have an awful {awfully good} obsession with buying things from Pick Your Plum and having every intention of getting crafty with it as soon as it comes in the mail. I look at their beautiful pictures of the possible things to make from their daily deals and I think I can't wait to do that. So imagine my excitement when I found 20 of those unfinished projects while organizing my craftroom.

For this project, I made magnetic inspiration boards. The original kit came with the wooden boards, magnets, and the metal sheets with adhesive strips on the back {to adhere to the wood}. I covered the wood with two different styles of washi tape - stripes and polka dots- and then put on a coat of sparkle mod podge to cover all my bases. When the wood dried, I added the metal sheet. I glued some coordinating ribbon on the backs of the boards to connect them all, adding longer ribbons on the top to tie into a ribbon. Once the hot glue cooled, I tied the bow and hung that baby up.


Monday, December 17, 2012

My Weekened In Pics: It's a Wonderful Life

This weekend was a fun one! My mommy and I saw It's a Wonderful Life at the Saenger Theater downtown and ate at Buck's Pizza. I think I've found my new favorite pizza. Delish!! I loved watching the movie at the Saenger and might have even teared up a little at the end. It was the first time I had seen the entire movie. I took some super blurry pictures with my cell phone so I apologize for the awfulness. 

Tried to take a Panorama shot in the dark - I'm a freak :)

 The rest of the weekend was spent on crafts. I'm officially obsessed with washi tape coasters (tutorial later this week).


Thursday, December 13, 2012

The 29 by 30 - Project 15: DIY Diaper Cake and an Icecream Shower

One of my sweetest friends is having her second child, her first little boy. We had her icecream baby shower last week at work so I made her a super cute diaper cake. I searched all over Pinterest and googled the mess out of tutorials. I didn't use one specific tutorial but here is my take on the diaper cake.

Ribbon {or anything else to decorate with}

Cut a circle in the cardboard for your cake to sit on. All those diapers get really heavy and you'll need something sturdy to sit them on. I used 150 diapers but you can definitely work with less. Fold each diaper in half and when there's 5 or 6, put a piece of twine around the diapers to help keep them together as you fold more. I just eyed it, folded a bunch until I got the circle of dipaers the size I wanted. Tighten and tie the twine to keep the circular shape. Fill in the center of the circle with more folded diapers and because I had a ton of diapers I rolled some up and put them in the center as well. Make each layer a tad smaller than the first. I added ribbon to each layer and had these cute clear boxes that I stuck some rolled onesies into and placed on top. TA DA!

And now some pics from Jenn's shower:

Isn't she gorgeous?!?!

Jenn and my beautiful Mommy!!


Monday, December 10, 2012

The 29 by 30 - Project 14: Lacy Wooden Sign

Spoiler Alert: Mom, if you are reading and you don't want yet another of your Christmas surprises to be ruined, STOP READING NOW.

Is there anyone else out there like me? You buy a present and get so excited about that gift-gleam in the recipient's eye, you immediately give them the gift....a month early?

Well I've had this wooden sign for months. I bought it from Pick Your Plum (an awesome website that has daily deals for great prices) with the intention of making it gorgeous and giving it to my mom and dad for Christmas. I had a couple of ideas but none of them seemed to really strike me until I got the urge to doodle. I found this site that has a tutorial on drawing lace for fashion sketches. I'm not too sure if my attempt really looks like lace but I love how it turned out.  

Think Mom will like it?


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The 29 by 30 - Project 13: DIY Braided Wrap Bracelet and Chain Ring

For this next DIY jewelry project, I didn't measure or take tons of pictures because they're really that easy. I got my inspiration from a couple of places because I literally pin ALL jewelry that I see. You can find all of those jewelry pins on my Pinterest jewelry board.

Braided Wrap Bracelet with Charms:
I used several different hues of blue embroidery thread (I think 4 different colors) and a gold embroidery thread. All of which I bought at JoAnn craft store. I didn't measure - just made it really, really long. remember it's going to be shorter after you braid it. For each color of embroidery thread, I separated the individual strands of thread. {This may sound super confusing so let me try and explain - Take your navy embroidery thread. Look at the end: let's say there are 9 individual threads twisted together. Separate that into 3 sets of three. You need three "bundles" of thread to make a braid.) I did the separating for every color so that I had 3 separate strands (each strand having ALL of the colors) and braided those together. I tied a simple double knot at the ends. Found some cute charms, put them on a jumpring and then threaded the jumpring through the knots. Once I closed the jumprings, I added a dot of LocTite super glue so secure it. Voila. You can see in the pics that I just wrap it around my wrist a couple of times and then loosely double knot it.

The chain ring is even easier. I needed a simple gold ring to wear and while I was working on the Chain and Rhinestone bracelet, I just whipped a ring up. Take the chain measure out the number of links you need, cut off the excess, and connect the two ends. I think I used 7 or 8 links. It will of course depend on the size of the chain's links. Simple DIY ring.

What kind of jewelry would you like to see a tutorial for? I promise to include pics :0)

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