Christmas

What happened to the month of December?? I had such high hopes of crafting all month and having tons of blog posts with all my projects. FAIL. I didn't do one craft all month! The most creative thing I did was wrap presents galore.

Here are a few pictures of our house decorated for the holidays. Most of these decorations were purchased at JC Penny 2 years ago. Surprisingly, they have the cutest Christmas stuff! I love the bright colors. Our tree is glitter/superhero themed. Hallmark has a Superhero collection, which really worked out for us!


Oh, and um I had the BEST Christmas of my life!! Actually I probably shouldn't say that. The best Christmas was in 2009 when John proposed, but this one is definitely going down in the history books. My wonderful loving amazing husband bought me my Louie bag! Not going to lie... I cried. I don't know why, but I was just soooo happy!! I also got this beautiful Michael Kors watch and a gold glitter Juicy iPad case. The Marc Jacobs bracelet was more of a, uh... New Years present? My sister and I went to San Francisco after Christmas to go shopping and this bracelet was sold out everywhere. Naturally, that made me want it even more so I went online that night and bought it. 

Fact: Rose gold is the new silver.



DIY: Beauty Board

If you have a Pinterest, you've seen this project. I think every girl has this re-pinned on one of her boards. So naturally, I decided to take it on myself. I made this for my sister as one of her birthday presents. I also got her an iPhone 4S just in case this didn't turn out as well as I hoped :) 

I started out with this really old frame that my Mom had from my Great Grandma. You can't really tell, but the outside of the frame was an ugly off-white color and there is some sort of cloth material that makes it look like matting around the picture. 


My first step was to paint the frame colors that would match my sister's room. I chose a soft gold color and painted the matting part white. I also made the mistake of not priming or sanding down the original frame so it took a million coats to get it all covered. 

The second step was to get a piece of plywood that fit perfectly into the frame. This is where my Husband came in handy. Not because he did any physical labor for me, but because he went to Home Depot and had someone else do it. Classic. Anyway, the piece of plywood was just a couple millimeters off so I had to sand down the sides to get it to fit perfectly. 


I forgot to take pictures between this next step and the final product, but I'll try to describe it as much as possible. I could not find any sheet metal in the size I needed and Home Depot didn't have the ability to cut it down for me. The only option they had were these little 4" x 6" sheets of metal. So I bought 8 sheets of metal and attached them to the plywood with Gorilla Glue. (I literally use Gorilla Glue for everything.) 

Note: Don't use too much glue! When it dried, the glue dripped and expanded from the edges. I had to sand down the globs of glue. Also, if you notice I don't have the metal sheets covering the margin on the left side of the board. If your frame is an odd size, pre-determine where you don't think a magnet will be necessary and make sure to place the sheets around those spots. 


Once all the Gorilla Glue was dry (and after a couple weeks of stalling), I covered it in fabric. I folded a piece of fabric in half to make sure it was thick enough to cover all the seams caused by the metal sheets. Just make sure your magnets are strong enough to stick through two pieces of fabric.


Now here is the part I didn't take pictures of. This board is attached to the frame using little metal brackets. I used one on each corner, then one in the middle on each side. Make sure you get really short nails just in case the nails that come in the pack with these brackets are too long. You don't want them to nail through the front of your board and poke a nail in your fabric. That would be a catastrophe!

For the category name plates I used these small wooden plaques that I found at the craft store and painted them with this Martha Stewart paint from Home Depot. This is the same paint I used on the frame. The letters were just stickers that I got at Michael's.


To make the "Beauty Board" sign, I started with a piece of thin cardboard. The pink glitter is actually wrapping paper I got from Michael's. I used glue tape to attach the paper to the cardboard. I put the pink stickers on kind of side ways by accident, so I cut a piece of doily out to put in the corner, which made it look straighter. I clearly didn't take many pictures of this step.


For the tool cup, I spray painted a can white, then wrapped it in wrapping paper. To make everything stick, I originally used Zots so that the magnets could come off when the makeup ran out, but eventually they lost their strength and the makeup fell off. Naturally, my next option was to use Gorilla Glue to attach the magnets to the makeup.

Here is the final product again!


And here is my dog posing with it...


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Thanksgiving

I know this is kind of late, but I wanted to show off all of the crafts I made for our family's Thanksgiving meal last week. We had about 20 people there and I was in charge of decorating.


My first project was to wrap mason jars in twine to make flower vases. I started at the top and used a Zot (glue dot) to keep the string on at the beginning. From there, I just wrapped and wrapped and wrapped until it was completely covered. It took forever because you have to wrap it really tight and make sure there are no empty spots. Once you get to the bottom, just stick on another Zot and attach the last piece of string. Fill with festive plants and you're done!



My other decorations were these bowls with different items in them. I painted some pumpkins and pine cones gold then stuck them in with regular colored mini pumpkins, pine cones and flowers.

This is the first banner I've made on my Silhouette. If you can't tell, it says "Give Thanks". I layered three shapes (base triangle with scalloped edges, a straight edged triangle & individual letters) to make each part of the banner and attached them with glue tape. I punched two holes at the top of each and ran a ribbon through it to hang it up. 


The last decoration I came up with was a frame with this image in it. I had the gold candles and holders already, then put one of my left over painted pumpkins next to it. 


Other than decorating for dinner, I had a lot of fun with my family. Here are a couple of pics we took at Cal Poly's bowling alley. 




This is me getting my 2nd strike...


My sister on left and cousin on right.


DIY: Yarn Wreath

I saw this idea on Pinterest and decided it was too easy not to try myself. I recently had the urge to take up crocheting, but that lasted like 5 minutes because I have really bad tendonitis in my hand from work and that did not help! 

So anyway, now I'm left with various colors of yarn. We still needed to put some stuff on the walls in our room, so here is what I came up with: 


Tools:
-Yarn, Duct Tape, Scissors, Pins, Pipe Insulation (or whatever that's called)
-Not shown in the picture below: Scrapbook paper, matching paper and, of course, Gorilla Glue

Step 1: Cut your insulation to the size you want and form a circle, then duct tape it.
Step 2: Start the wreath by putting a small pin through the piece of yarn. I cut out 6' strands of yarn so that each color was evenly spaced.
Step 3: (not shown below) When one color is done, stick a pin through both the end of one color and the beginning of the next. Leave a little bit of slack so that the end of the yarn doesn't fray and come undone.


Step 4: When you've got all the string on, the back of the wreath should look like this. Don't worry, this is the back so none of the string transitions will show. 

Step 5: Decorate! I cut the white piece of paper out on my Silhouette and used it as a stencil for some fabric. I know I could have cut the fabric in my Silhouette as well, but I'm not that much of a pro yet! I used lots of Gorilla Glue to make sure everything stayed together.


This is a view of underneath the final flowers. I glued another button on the bottom of each, then glued the button to the yarn so that there would be a solid point of contact. 


Here is the final product again. Currently this is just a picture of it laying on my dresser, but some day when I post pics of our final master bedroom, you'll see that it matches the decor really really well!
 

November Photo Challenge

I recently downloaded Instagram on my iPhone, but I never have anything cool to take pictures of! I just saw this photo challenge on Pinterest, and since we're only 4 days into November, I decided to start it today. The challenge originally came from this blog. 

Don't count on seeing pictures on here every day, but I'll post them in batches weekly. I challenge YOU to join me in this! Happy November, remember to be thankful for everything you have :)

Happy Halloween!

I thought I'd write one last Halloween blog before all of my craft projects became irrelevant. 

Here are a few pictures I took today:

1) Ghost: John got creative one day and cut up our pillow cases to make ghosts. The point of its head is the corner of a pillow case, then he just used a Sharpie to draw the face. He built the body out of two wooden dowels tied together in a cross shape, then stuck a tennis ball on top as its head. The Boo! sign is just a scrap of paper he colored in and taped to the back of a toothpick. It is all being held up by a piece of Styrofoam that he painted black. 

2) And here he is dressed up as Clark Kent, aka Superman.

3 & 4) How cute are these! A lady at work brought these in for us today. I thought they were adorable.


Halloween Craft Part 3: Modge Podging Pumpkins

Tools: Modge Podge, Foam Brushes, Tissue Paper (solid color and patterned color), Plastic Pumpkin, Construction Paper, Scissors, Gorilla Glue.

1) Rip all your tissue paper into pieces a couple of inches wide (3" x 3"-ish)
2) Apply a thin coat of Modge Podge to the pumpkin and apply your pieces of solid-color tissue paper. This is just the base coat so it doesn't have to be perfect. 
3) Stop and take a picture with your BFF before her mom leaves and you have no one to take pictures of you :)
4) Apply your top layer. Don't worry about covering it in tons of glue, it will dry clear. 
5) Clearly, I got lazy and didn't go all the way to the top of the pumpkin. 
6) So I got creative and cut out strips of construction paper, then wrapped each one around a small wooden dowel to make it curl. I used Gorilla Glue to apply it to the top of my pumpkin. For some reason the program I used to create that beautiful 6-part collage wouldn't let me flip the last picture... so sorry, you can't totally see the final product. 

Lessons learned: Don't use a pattern that requires lines to match up. Solids or polka dots- anything that can look random- would probably work better!

My first Silhouette project!


All of my creations on display:



23rd Birthday Celebration

Well, I have finally reached the ripe ol' age of 23. As per usual, my birthday was spread out over a week long period. Here are some pics to show how much fun it was :)

Friday 10/14 6:20 am: My iPhone dreams came true that morning. I finally made the overdue switch from Blackberry to iPhone. I showed up at Verizon at 6:20 that morning and found my friend Whitney there by herself too (I know, we're cool). We were both thrilled to see each other so we didn't look like losers being there by ourselves. 


Friday 10/14 5:30 pm: To start off the main festivities, my BFF came to town from Sacramento and made me cookies (my FAVE!).


Wednesday 10/19 (The Big Day): I had to work all day on my actual birthday, but my fave bro-in-law brought me cupcakes and we had a lunch party at work. 


After work, we went to my Mom's and opened presents. John got me a Silhouette, but it hadn't shipped yet since it was just released, so he purchased 7 boxes of Alpha-Bits and taped a card to the boxes with a picture of my real present. I also got some UGG moccasins from my Mom, which I'm really excited about because I have been too cheap to buy them for myself!


Saturday 10/22: The Inaugural Hot Jamz October Dance Competition! John bought the new XBox Kinect game called Just Dance 2 and we danced the night away. You know you had a successful dance party when the recycling can is filled up with empty water bottles instead of booze at the end of the night. It got really intense.





Then at the end of the night it just turned into a real dance party with music guiding the moves instead of the video game.


Everyone better start practicing their moves for next year!