Monday, December 10, 2012

Holiday to do list v3


I'm making more progress on my list. I still have a TON of gifts to make, I haven't actually started on anything. I am hoping that my cold/flu/whatever it is is waning and I'll find some energy soon. Sorry for the messy list but I like having what I've completed marked off instead of just deleted so I feel like I've actually accomplished something.
  • Stock up on baby's essentials
    • Onesies
    • Receiving blankets
    • The rest of the gear we need - If I can EVER get my Babies R Us registry completion coupon to work. I've never sat on hold for so long trying to get someone to help me in my life. SO FRUSTRATING. This should be considered abuse of a heavily pregnant woman.
    • Clothes
  • Wash baby clothes and blankets
  • Get craft supplies from Michaels or AC Moore
    • I think I'll try to hit Michaels after work this week and then AC Moore on Friday since I'll be out that way shopping (They totally didn't have what I wanted so now I need to come up with a plan B)
  • Get fabric for the DIY hospital gown that I want to make. I actually want to make 2 of them so I'll get double the fabric.
  • Get fabric for receiving blankets
  • SEW!
  • Hire someone to remove the leaves from the yard and cut the grass (our mower stopped working and I don't really have the desire to do it all by hand 8 months pregnant)
  • Put up outside lights - I'll wait until the leaves are collected this weekend
  • Decorate for Christmas
  • Collect pictures for scrapbook gifts
  • Sort through pictures and get them printed
  • Make scrapbook pages
  • Christmas cards (I totally bought cards, but they're beautiful and in the mail so that's done at least)
  • Get oil changed in Snowball
  • Install car seat
  • Bake cookies (YUM!)
red - completed
green - new addition
black - still need to complete

Friday, December 7, 2012

Baby Shower Thank You cards

Last month after my baby shower I decided that I would dust off the old craft table and make some thank you cards. I wanted something simple that I could put together and get out before a month passed after the shower.  If I don't do something right away I tend to forget and I wanted to make sure to express my appreciation for all of the great and thoughtful gifts everyone gave me.


I liked the crispness of a white card with a blue onesie with just a spark of green so brighten it up. I didn't want to do anything too labor intensive since I had to make quite a few but I still wanted them to look homemade.

I used the New Arrival cartridge for my cricut to make the onesies. I really like the new Cricut Craft Room software because it works on my Mac (the original pay version, which I bought was Windows only so I had to keep my laptop around just for that) and because it has a lot more features than the original version.  I decided on a good size for the onesie and then I just filled the sheet of paper with them on my computer.


The green strips were some scraps that I had that I just cut down to 1/2" thick and 5.5" long which is the width of my cards. I taped them down and then added the "Thank You" to the top in a nice, bright blue.  The stamp is from the Stampin' Up Vivid Greetings set.




The last step is to add my "signature" stamp to the back. I add this to every card I make so it's just my little way of showing that it's made by me. Now they are ready for personalized messages and to be sent. All in all it took just a Saturday morning to make and I like the clean simplicity of them.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Nothing is getting accomplished

I'm being tormented by the todo list that is not being worked on. I have been running a low grade fever since Sunday and have been trying to rest so it goes away. So far, it won't leave me be.  I called the doctor this morning to see if I should go to my PCP because I've had this for so many days and they told me that I just needed to take it easy, stay hydrated, and take Tylenol around the clock.

I have a pile of crafts to be done, literally, on my craft table that I have 0 energy to start. I also have a growing shopping list that I need to take care of sooner rather than later.  I'm hoping I recover soon so this weekend I can really get moving on this. I'm quickly running out of time to make these gifts!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Holiday To Do List v2

I'm making progress!
  • Stock up on baby's essentials
    • Onesies
    • Receiving blankets
    • The rest of the gear we need
    • Clothes
  • Wash baby clothes and blankets
  • Get craft supplies from Michaels or AC Moore
    • I think I'll try to hit Michaels after work this week and then AC Moore on Friday since I'll be out that way shopping (They totally didn't have what I wanted so now I need to come up with a plan B)
  • Get fabric for the DIY hospital gown that I want to make. I actually want to make 2 of them so I'll get double the fabric.
  • Get fabric for receiving blankets
  • SEW!
  • Hire someone to remove the leaves from the yard and cut the grass (our mower stopped working and I don't really have the desire to do it all by hand 8 months pregnant)
  • Put up outside lights - I'll wait until the leaves are collected this weekend
  • Decorate for Christmas
  • Collect pictures for scrapbook gifts
  • Make scrapbook pages
  • Christmas cards (I think I may cheat this year and send out store bought cards)
  • Get oil changed in Snowball
  • Install car seat

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Holiday To Do list

I have so many things floating around in my head that I need to do for the holidays, get the rest of baby's stuff before he arrives, make gifts, shop, decorate, etc. If I don't write it down I am afraid I'll forget something important. If I write it down and stick it to my fridge I will never actually look at it.  So, here's my holiday to do list (which will likely continue to grow as I remember things that I need to do.)

  • Stock up on baby's essentials
    • Onesies
    • Receiving blankets
    • The rest of the gear we need
    • Clothes
  • Wash baby clothes and blankets
  • Get craft supplies from Michaels or AC Moore
    • I think I'll try to hit Michaels after work this week and then AC Moore on Friday since I'll be out that way shopping
  • Get fabric for the DIY hospital gown that I want to make. I actually want to make 2 of them so I'll get double the fabric.
  • Get fabric for receiving blankets
  • SEW!
  • Hire someone to remove the leaves from the yard and cut the grass (our mower stopped working and I don't really have the desire to do it all by hand 8 months pregnant)
  • Put up outside lights
  • Decorate for Christmas
  • Collect pictures for scrapbook gifts
  • Make scrapbook pages
  • Christmas cards (I think I may cheat this year and send out store bought cards)
  • Get oil changed in Snowball
  • Install car seat
I'm sure there's quite a bit I've left off, I'll catch up with it as I remember.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Eeek spiders!

There's nothing creepier than giant black spiders this time of year and I wanted to make our entry extra spooky for the impending trick-or-treaters. I could go with the whole fake spiderweb thing but that's not very creative. Thanks to Pinterest, I have adorned our door with these frightening creatures.

I had originally thought of getting spider rings and cutting the ring part off but I couldn't find a pack that was just plain black, they all were black, purple, and orange so it seemed like a waste of money. Then there was the issue of attaching them to the door, I could use magnets but then I had the hardest time trying to find THOSE.  I had decided that hot glue would come off easily enough and wouldn't mess up the door so I'd just do that.


I was so surprised as I was cleaning up my craft room to stumble upon these business card magnets. I knew that was the best way to go, I could just cut them into small pieces and affix them to the back of my spiders.  I was also please when I found these plain spiders at Target, they came in a pack of 75.

The sticky back of the magnets wasn't strong enough to hold them to the spiders so I got out my trusty hot glue gun and attached them with a little dollop on each spider. I think the end result is better than I thought, I like how it looks like they are all making their way into the house. And since they're magnets, it'll be easy to take them down and reuse the next year.

It was so creepy my sister wouldn't even knock on my door when she came over to craft. Score one for me!

Monday, October 22, 2012

I have a craft table again

Believe it or not, this is clean..
Yesterday I finally stole some time to clean off my craft table. The other night while I couldn't sleep I had the strongest urge to sew but I didn't have a place to do it.  That has been remedied at last. I toss out a lot, organized more, and now I'm ready to sew.
(Update: the picture reflects the cleaned-off craft table in mid-craft. I've been working on some thank you cards for shower gifts)

What I should sew is a nursery quilt for my nephew, then I have one for my niece that I really want to make.  I started looking this weekend for fabric for my own nursery but I didn't buy anything. I need to pick some out soon and get started, just 2 months to go.  I want to have it finished before my in-laws come up so they can see the real finished product. How productive can I be in 2 short weeks while working full time?  Time will tell.  I'll post pictures as I'm working on everything.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Halloween at last

Halloween is my 2nd favorite holiday to decorate for. This year I have been slacking but I finally got out some decorations and it's feeling much more spooky now. Most of my decorations involve lights, but everyone loves fun lights, right?

Bob is in a new place this year since it was declared unsafe to stand on a step stool over the stairs while 7 months pregnant.  We also have a new edition of some bats that seem to have flown in when I wasn't looking.  I got this idea from a great blog I follow and I love how it turned out.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

So behind

I'm so behind in crafting/sewing. With the baby coming I had to move the queen guest bed out of the spare bedroom into my craft room to make room for the nursery.  This meant rearranging all of the furniture in my craft room and basically making a huge mess.  Everything is settled now but I still have a lot of stuff on my craft table.  I need to clean it off because I owe my sister a quilt for her new baby, who's actually 3 months old now, and I need to start on my own crib set.  Looking through Pinerest I get super motivated to craft and there are so many great ideas that I want to try out and modify but I just don't have the time or space.  This weekend my brother and husband will be installing a new overhead lamp in the baby's room so maybe I'll take that time to reclaim my craft table and get busy.  I can't wait to be able to sew again, it's been WAY too long!

I've also found a lot of great ideas of baby shower decorations, favors, and gifts on Pinterest that I want to try out. Would it be super lame to help my sisters plan it so I can make some of this stuff?

Friday, September 7, 2012

Baby's 1st Scrapbook


Difficulty: Moderate
I made this for my niece, I gave it to her without pictures which her mother later added.  Rather than collect memories of her first years this was one for her to use to see pictures of her family and friends.
Combined stamps, cricut cutouts, and cuttlebug embossing folders to create the 6×6 pages.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Sentimental yet digital


I am so sentimental about everything.  If someone gives me something, even if I really don’t like it, I will keep it and treasure it forever (remind me later to tell you about the Happy Birthday leaf.)  That makes shopping for me easy, the thought really is what counts for me but then it’s hard from an organizational standpoint.  What to do with all the stuff?
Well, I don’t have a good answer to that question, right now it’s a lot of decorative baskets and plastic tubs in the basement.  The more pressing question came to me this weekend as I was excavating my desk, are you supposed to keep greeting cards after the event has passed?  The sentimental side of me says, of course!  Grandma sent me that and I love her ever so much so I have to keep it.  I need to get past attaching my emotions and memories to objects.
Given that I am so geeky you’d think I would have thought of this before, but I haven’t; I scanned in all of my greeting cards.  I know lots of people recycle the cards and scrapbook with them but for me the thought of cutting the cards just breaks my heart.  Now I have a lovely folder on my computer with all of the cards I have been given for the past 3 years (it’s been a while since I’ve cleaned my desk) and I can reminisce without having to store a huge pile of cards.  It took me an hour or 2 to do, with taking breaks because it’s boring, and the pile is gone.  I don’t feel any remorse tossing the paper cards in the trash.
I try to separate my technological life from my craft room, I like doing something with my hands; creating something real, not digital.  This is one instance where I think digital is definitely the way to go.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Inexpensive Wall Art

Difficulty: Easy
When throwing a baby shower for my sister we decided that we needed to come up with a project to fill up her tragically bare walls. She had lived in the house for over 3 years but still didn't have a single thing up on the walls. I wish I had a picture to share but I didn't take any.  I came up with this great, and cheap, way to decorate her living room adding a little personalization and was nice to my wallet.

This project is great because it adds a great splash of color and some dimension to your walls without breaking the bank.  All you need are a few inexpensive supplies and some of your favorite scrapbook paper and can have this hanging on your wall in an afternoon.

Supplies Needed:
Foam board (2 pieces)
Craft knife
Spray adhesive
Scrapbook paper
Double-sided tape
Command velcro strips

Steps:
  1. Cut foam board into varying sized pieces with the largest being no larger than 12″x12″.
  2. Choose which paper you want to use on each piece.  Use varying styles and textures to create a visually interesting design.
  3. Cut the paper to fit each piece, I left a 1/8″ overlap on all sides so the paper was cut slightly larger than the foam board.
  4. (Outside or in a well ventilated area) Spray the back of the paper with the spray adhesive and promptly adhere it to the foam board.  Make sure paper is smooth and even over the board as the glue will dry quickly.  Make sure you leave a little overhang on all sides so your foam board edges are not visible.
  5. Lay out pieces on a table or floor so you can decide on a good arrangement.  Layer the pieces so they overlap to varying degrees.  Try to keep them clustered, if they are too spread out it will be difficult to adhere them in later steps.  Once you decide on the perfect arrangement take a picture of it so you can reference it later.
  6. Starting in one corner and working your way across and down use the double-sided tape to attach the pieces together.  Apply moderate pressure to ensure both sides are properly adhered.
  7. Use Command strips to attach velcro to the back of the project leaving both pieces of velcro stuck together.  Once they are attached to the back of the project decide on the perfect wall placement.  Have someone help you so be sure that it is hung straight and placed well.
  8. Once you have decided on the perfect place remove paper from the wall side of the velcro strip and attach project to the wall.  Apply moderate pressure to ensure it has properly adhered.
I made this for my sister and absolutely loved how it turned out.  I added the “J” as a little personalization for her; I cut it out using my Cricut and the Lyrical Letters cartridge. My other sister requested one after seeing how great it looked on her wall.  An alternative that I may try is attaching the paper or maybe using fabric on balsa wood for a more permanent look.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Easy Peep Bunting


Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
My sisters and I threw my other sister a baby shower the day before Easter and used this great peep bunting to decorate.  What’s great is it made the room feel more festive and I could keep it so I can use it to decorate for Easter next year. I stumbled across a fabulous crafting blog of which I have become quite the follower of, Dana is absolutely amazing and has the best ideas for projects that are fun, adorable, and really simple to do.  
This very inexpensive craft ended up costing about $3 for one 9′ section and I ended up getting WAY more fabric than I needed so I’m going to make another for next year (just something else to add to my crafting todo list!)
Sewing the peeps to the ribbon
Supplies Needed:
  • Felt in desired color, about 1/2 yard to make 18 peeps
  • Brown paint (I used acrylic, you can use fabric paint as well)
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Ribbon of your choice (I used 1″ ribbon)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Peep template

  • The tutorial I followed can be found on the original bloggers site (I wish I could take credit for this awesome idea), check it out here.
It took me a couple of hours to trace and cut out all of the peeps then after that it was just a matter of sewing them to the ribbon then sewing the fronts to the backs.  I sandwiched the ribbon between the layers so it would not be seen from either side but when I put them in front of the window they looked like little ninja peeps (quite cute!)  All in all I probably spent 4-5 hours over 2 days cutting and sewing and taking breaks to show off how cute they were tuning out.

Monday, April 2, 2012

New Dress Form


I’ve wanted a dress form for about forever and recently could justify one because all of the blouses that I wear to work are cut for a much fuller figure than I.  For some reason stores don’t understand that you can be tall and slim, so everything I wear looks frumpy.  All I need to do is add some darts but I want to be extra sure that they are even as I will be wearing them to work every day.
I ordered one from Amazon and since it was a “special order” item it didn’t ship right away.  Fast forward a month and it still had not shipped and no shipping date was listed.  I cancelled that order and decided that I was going to go over to Hancock and pick one up.  It is a little more money but to actually have it would be worth it.  Today they tweeted a free shipping code for anything over $25 on their site.  YAY!  A dress form is definitely more than $25 and the coupon code saved $14 in shipping.  Now it’s on the way, I can’t wait to use it!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Film Scrapbook Page


Difficulty: Moderate
Have you ever had a time where you were trying to take a serious picture and everyone in it kept acting goofy so you went with it and now have tens of silly photos with nothing really to do with them? My family is pretty silly and it seems this happens more often than not. While the one serious picture turned out fine, it seemed like such a waste to not do more with all of the fun ones we got.
Capture many poses then arrange small 2″x3″ photos on glossy black paper to create this filmroll look.  Be as silly as you like and mix and match the pictures to create this lovely memory page.

Tools Needed:
  • Cricut
  • George and Basic Shapes Cartridge
  • Cricut Design Studio
  • Glossy Black Paper
  • Acid free double-sided tape
  • Glue
  • 2″x3″ Photos
Steps:
  1. I used Photoshop to resize regular digital images and create 4″x6″ images out of 4 2″x3″. When I had them printed I only paid for 1 print but got 4 smaller pictures. Most places have a “wallet” option for pictures which will give you 2″x3″ pictures but they are all the same, I wanted variety. This extra step really helped and saved some money.
  2. I cut the pictures using a paper trimmer with a clear ruler so I could be sure that I was exactly on the dividing line.
  3. Using Cricut Design Studio set the size to 1/4″ and placed rounded squares going down the page leaving a small gap between them. Leave a 3″ wide space then do the same on the other side.
  4. Cut 2 strips of glossy black paper 3 3/4″x12″ and place one on Cricut mat. Be sure to line the paper up exactly with the line so the cuts are in the right place. Cut out the design.
  5. Repeat the process of cutting out the paper again for the second strip.
  6. Using double-sided tape attach the pictures to your filmstrip leaving a small gap in between pictures. Leave one 2″ gap for the year if you are planning on including that. You may need to trim the one on the top or bottom on the strip, having the images going all the way to the end of the paper makes it even more attractive, even if you have to crop one.
  7. Cut out a 2″ yellow star and a year (optional) using your Cricut.
  8. Cut thin 1/8″ strips of variously colored paper and glue them to the background sheet
  9. Attach the star and film strips to the page using glue dots or double-sided tape.
  10. Attach year to empty space on film strip. I used foam glue dots so it was raised off of the paper a bit.
  11. Voila! A stunning scrapbook page that you will love for years to come.