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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

DtsArt Frames

The file for this week is a set of frames.

At the last minute, I thought these would be really cute in a hanging mobile or something like that, but I just didn't have the time to put that project together.  Maybe someday.  So instead you get to see the card I came up with.  I've been on kind of a shaped-card kick lately, and they're so easy to create with Make the Cut.

Here are examples of all the files

I used the file you see in the middle.

Go here to see what the other lovely ladies did with this file.
Go here to purchase the set.

Huge Thank You

First, I have to make a little shout out to everyone who voted for me in the Snap conference contest.  I was one of 5 finalists, and then there was a tie for the winner, so they made 2 winners, and I was one of them!  You have to go check out the other winner too, Tasha of Creation Corner.  She's got beautiful projects, great tutorials and fun giveaways.  What more could you want?

Next, aside from the above surprise, the weekend was great because I got to spend it with my parents and 2 sisters, my husband and 3 kids of course, and we had nice weather!  On Saturday we went to the Portland Farmer's Market on the PSU campus and then rode the street car to Powell's Books to look around a little and get some books for the girls who both read like it's going out of style.
Meagan and Emily with my dad and sister


And we made these cookies in our new convection oven and they were pretty much perfect.

And last but not least, I'll leave you with a couple of onesies I made to send to my sister-in-law who just had a baby boy (after 4 girls!) 
There's one more that I want to make, but I only had two onesies at home and haven't gone to pick up any more.  Here's my first post about freezer paper/ fabric paint stenciling if you want instructions.

Thanks for lookin'

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Chevron Initial Frame (MTC Blog Hop Day 26)...and a Giveaway!

Welcome everyone!  I'm hosting today for the month-long Make the Cut blog hop.  To see all the participants click over to Christy's blog (she has the master list and you will find a link to each day's post)

Here are all projects I've used this program for:
  • elements for cards and scrapbook pages
  • designing and cutting stencils for painting shirts and etching glass
  • vinyl letters, images, labels
  • print and cut
  • home decor
  • I even designed the header of my blog with it!
Today I'm showing you framed initials for my girls' room.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

To Do Tuesday

I didn't do a design team project for this week, but if you want to see what the rest of the team did, click here.

We have some visitors coming this weekend, my parents and two sisters, and I'm so excited!  Since we're a full day's drive from any family, it's not very often that we get to see them. 

That means that most of my to-do's are simply get-ready-for-company type projects.  Not too exciting, right?  But I'm also working on my Make the Cut project that will go up on Thursday.

And I'm still working on fixing up a little dollhouse that our neighbors handed down to us.  It's just taking much longer than I thought it would (because I keep doing other things instead!)  And because it's hard to get my hands in there to paint it.  I started out with spray paint, but it was going to take a dozen cans to get it all covered well, so I switched to a brush and some leftover paint in a can.
Here's what it looked like when we got it.

I'm hope I finish it up soon.  The girls hope I do too!

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Cleanest Craft Desk

Are you all getting excited for our kitchen to be done?  Maybe just so I'll stop talking about it?

Here's what we had done on Saturday:
  • Microwave installed and a hole drilled in the roof to vent it properly
  • Oven hooked up (we cooked a frozen lasagna in it for dinner last night!)
  • Threshold put back in between the wood and tile floors
  • Baseboards and trim installed
  • Pantry door reinstalled
Then this morning the granite guys came with the counter and installed it.  It looks great!  I'll snap a couple of pictures of it on Wednesday, after the dishwasher and faucet are installed.  Then we'll have running water in the kitchen too.  Hallelujah!

In the mean time I'll be showing you my little scrapbook area.  This fabulous Ikea desk would have been at least $350 if I'd crossed the river to Portland to get it, but instead I paid $75 to someone on Craigslist!  It doesn't hold all my crafting goodies (things like my glue gun, felt and paint live in a set of drawers in my bedroom closet)  But it does hold my cutting machine, and that's important!  Plus, I'm just thrilled to not have my supplies spilling all over the living room anymore.

 My favorite organizing trick--wrap shoe boxes with brown packaging paper (I picked up a roll at the Dollar Tree) and they instantly match!  Spray painting cheap baskets works nicely too (these were half off at the $ store after Christmas one year.  They were red and green)

So there you have it, my cleanest desk.  Soon I'll sit down to use it, and it will be like trying to re-fold a map--it never goes back exactly the way it came--and it will get kinda messy.  I'll try though, I'll really try!

Also, it's voting time over on the Snap blog, so if you feel like voting for me, click here and then click on the star under my logo (#2)  Thanks!!  If you want to see my original post about the conference, click here.  You can even watch my video there.  I'm no Justin Bieber or Rebecca Black, but I'd say it's not half bad!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Pretty Please!

Playing the guitar helped me snag my husband--let's see if it can help me snag a Snap ticket too!

Please take just a sec and vote for me in the SNAP ticket contest.  
(You'll see my Crafting in the Rain logo is #2)

If you need a little extra incentive, I'll even give you this link to the YouTube video I made which earned me some extra entries.  Please don't laugh too much.  Eh...go ahead, laugh all you want :)

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Giraffe Joke

When Emily was in Kindergarten I did a pretty good job of writing her a little note for her lunch box almost every day.  It was always just little things--Have a good day, or I love you!  I haven't done so good with that during this year of 1st grade, but I know she likes them, because sometimes she will ask me to give her a note with her lunch.

I'm hoping this one will really make her smile, especially since she's in that age now where she really understands some jokes.  I used the giraffe files from DtsArt (available here) and here's what I came up with.

Click here to see the other giraffe projects from the rest of the design team.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Mint Brownie Pops

I've wanted to try this ever since I made regular brownie "cake pops" for Emily to take to her class on her birthday. 

Same concept I used before, only this time instead of dipping them in chocolate candy melts, I used Andes mints!  It's pretty similar to making regular cake pops, only I don't mix any frosting into the brownies.  I just make sure I don't over bake them, and then after they're mostly cool I cover them with plastic wrap for a couple of hours.  This way they stay pretty sticky.  

Scoop up some brownie and roll it into a small ball.  Fill a cookie sheet with them, and dip the end of a lollipop stick into a bit of melted chocolate and poke it down into the brownie. 

 When the chocolate has set, holding the sticks in place, melt a bowlful of Andes mints.   I used my 1 cup Pyrex and it worked perfectly.  I microwaved at half power at 30 second intervals, stirring till melted and smooth.  
Then dip the brownies in the melted chocolate.

Then I wrapped up each one when they were all dry/cool--whatever you call it when the chocolate isn't melty anymore. 

Saturday, May 14, 2011

New Cabinets!

Remember the old cabinets?
These were installed yesterday and I love-love-love them!

Templating for the counter should happen on Monday.

**If you want to see the completed kitchen, click here**

Friday, May 13, 2011

Fixing the Invisible Lamps

There is a lamp on each of our nightstands.  When I first bought these lamps they matched the rest of the room nicely, and they stood out from the green walls we had.

But that was another house.  When we fixed up our room in this place, we happened to paint the walls a color that just swallowed up these lamps.  They really just kind of disappear on the nightstands.  See?
So I've had it in my head for some time now to do something to change that.  We found this canvas that we loved at Home Goods, hung it on the wall, and I used it for color inspiration.  
Enter spray paint, a few sunny (or not rainy) hours, and the bases were done.  The shades presented more of a problem though.  I considered coffee filters, ruffles, fabric rosettes and finally decided on pleats. It went something like this.  

$6 for a yard of fabric (compared to plain white lamp shades I saw at Target at $12 each)

Cut fabric into strips about 2  inches wide (45 inches long because that was the width of the fabric I bought).  I just got lucky that it fit around the largest part of my shade.  I didn't do any measuring first, but if you needed a longer strip to wrap around your shade you could sew two together.  I was totally wishing for a rotary cutter about now!
Pin pleats into the strip.
Sew about 1/2 inch from the right.
For the top strip I sewed two lines, because I wanted to have a sort of "top pleat" as well.

After sewing I ironed each strip. 

Then they were attached with hot glue--starting with the bottom layer, and overlapping on the way up.

I started each strip in the same place, so that I could just turn that part of the shade to the wall.
Anyway, here's the finished lamps by our bed.  Thanks for looking! (so while the room isn't finished, at least we've made one more step!)

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Snap Contest

Not finger snapping (I can't do it all that well anyway) but a contest to win a trip to SNAP--a creative blogging and social media conference in Salt Lake City next April.  I get entered to win by writing a post about why I would like to go, and why I deserve to win a free ticket.  Yeah, that's not a daunting task!?  Why I want to go, sure--free ticket, mini vacation, meeting fun new people, (like maybe some of you!), staying up til all hours of the night making pretty things (or just laughing til it hurts).  Plus, we lived there before we moved here and we loved it.

But what are some reasons I might deserve to win?  

I'm really  kind of  sometimes funny.
Long time blogger (if you're counting in dog, or house-fly years)
Super creative (if you stop reading other blogs, this is the place you'll see the best ideas first!)
The awesomest people read my blog--THAT is 100% true (and I read once that flattery is a great way to get people to vote for you)

So if you feel like helping a regular-ol' momma, wifey, make-stuff-to-keep-out-of-trouble, blogging-to-get-periodic-validation type of person, starting on May 21st you can click on over to the Snap blog to vote for me!   Thanks!

And, for your viewing enjoyment, my YouTube debut!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

To-Do Tuesday

Haven't done one of these for a while.  So here we go.

Finish up my lamp redo (so I can show you of course!)  Here's the before.
Rake up all the moss I just sprayed and killed in the backyard today.  I'm afraid I'm going to discover that there's a lot less actual lawn back there than I thought, once all the green moss is gone!

Empty and clean out our old fridge so I can sell it.

Make a set of cards for when I need one.  I also need to work on my project for my day of the Make the Cut blog hop.  

As far as the kitchen goes, we're really just waiting for cabinets on Friday.  We do need to buy and paint some baseboards and door trim though, because those can go in as soon as the cabinets are installed.

We'll see how I do in a week!