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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Earring Travel Case

{Easy earring case with recycled items}

This is something I recently shared at A Creative Cookie.  If you missed how to create a cool little travel case for your earrings made out of baby wipes lids, then here it is again!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

DIY Ring From Earring

Here is another creation that came out of cutting up my leather jacket.  I turned an earring into a ring.  I guest posted this at A Law Student's Journey to kick of my month of free advertising I won from her :)

I've never been much of a ring-wearer.  One of the reasons is that my fingers are just so darn tiny (it's amazing I can play the piano at all.)  As a reference point, my wedding ring is size 4 3/4!   That means I never really find rings in my size.  And even the adjustable ones almost seem to pinch before they fit.  At least I know I'll never be accused of having man hands!  (though strangely, after posting this picture of my hand, I'm suddenly more self conscious of sharing it than of sharing my face :)

Anyway, I recently purchased these earrings on clearance for a few dollars, but found that they didn't lay right in my ears, so I'd never be comfortable wearing them.  But I still like the chunky look of them.  

I ended up clipping off the post off the earring and using E6000 to glue it to a small strip of leather.  Then I wrapped it around my finger for sizing and stitched it together with some invisible thread.  I tried hot glue at first but it didn't bond well with the leather and came right apart after it dried.

I can't guarantee that this is a super durable creation--perhaps if I were to acquire some welding skills or something I could come up with something a little more stable, but I'll bet I get a few uses out of it and it will be fun to wear around and pretend like I'm a fashionable ring wearer :)

This technique would also work great to make a ring out of a really cool button.  Then you wouldn't have to use any glue...just sew the button right onto the leather band with thread.

This is another one I made by making a tiny leather flower (like how I made the necklace) and sewing it on.  

I hope you've been inspired, and have a great day.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Make a Splash BOOK PAGES

Welcome back from the long weekend everybody.  Did you have a nice holiday?  Who's out from school already?  (We still have a couple of weeks left here.)  

Today I have some wonderful projects that I collected from my Make a Splash ladies this month.  They all created something using book pages, and I can't wait to show you what they did.

Heather (Me Making Do)
Book Page Planter
These book pages on the planter give it something extra, and the rosette on the side is cool too!

Ann (Suburban Prairie Homemaker)
Grandma's Kitchen Chair
Ann upcycled a vintage chair by painting it aqua, and decoupaging it with an illustration and strips of recipe pages from cookbooks.
I love how you use cookbook pages, and the color is beautiful!

Book Pages Vase 
Who doesn't love super fast crafts?  And I love the shape of the vase you used!

Christie (Pops and Podge)

Book Page Wreath 
First off, we are so excited to be a part of Stephanie's Make a Splash series!  Thank you inviting us over at Pops and Podge to join in the fun.  So it might not be the most original idea, but it is easy, beautiful and very versatile.  And you only need three supplies...a book, a Styrofoam wreath, and some pins.  My entryway was in need of a little make-over.  This wreath is so easy to customize for each holiday too, which is what I like to do in my entryway.  You can change it up with a ribbon, or cut-outs like bats or hearts.  Don't you think everyone should have one!!! 
I think it looks great!  I usually see pages rolled up into cones, but I love the "fluffy" look of this one!

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Important Dates Art
I cut out numbers for all our birthdays and wedding date and glued them down on "aged" book pages.

Thanks for stopping by to check out all the ideas today, and thanks to all my lovely participants!  If you want to join in on the fun of Make a Splash, be sure to contact me, and I'll get you on the list for later in the year!  To see past months of secret supplies, check out the Make a Splash page.

On a side note, I'm posting in Brassy Apple's Summer of Skills today, so head on over to see how I made these cute kids' backpacks!

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Just Sew Week

Go check out Just Sew Week at Mama Says Sew to see my ruffled notebooks, plus all the other great contributions by other bloggers!


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Posting at HoneyBear Lane

Hop on over to HoneyBear Lane today where I'm one of Heidi's new contributors!  I'm super excited about it, and my only regret now is that I didn't get a chance to meet her at SNAP.  Oh well :)  But you can see over there today how I made a frame from moulding and beadboard.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Ombre Painted Bead Frame

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This was my entry for Round 1 in One Crafty Contest.  The theme was beads, and if you voted for mine, thanks!  There were some great choices over there and I feel lucky to have made it to the next round.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Optometry School Graduation

One of my brothers just graduated from optometry school last week but unfortunately I couldn't travel out to Tennessee for it.  So I sent a card instead.

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I just made a little pillow box which would have been the perfect size for a gift card, but instead I just stuffed some cash in there :)  I printed out a little congratulations eye chart that I typed up for the card and tied it all up with some string.

Easy and cute--my favorite combination!  Who do you know who's graduating this spring?

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Monday, May 21, 2012

One Crafty Contest

I'm excited to share that I made it into another competition!

Amy at One Artsy Mama is hosting One Artsy Contest and today is the first day of voting. All the projects are anonymous so I won't be telling you what I made until after the voting ends, but I'd still love for you to check it out and vote for your favorites--you can pick 5!

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50 Disney Crafts

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Disneyland Water Bottles

It's no secret that buying stuff inside an amusement part can get pretty pricey.  It's also no secret that it will be pretty warm at Disneyland in July.  So along with packing some snacks each day, we'll be sure to bring our own water bottles to fill up.  

I bought these bottles at WalMart for just 98 cents each (and they even had blue and pink caps!)  I loved that they were cheap, and actually not too big--they won't get heavy for the kids to carry around in their little backpacks they'll have, and we'll be filling them up often, keeping the water fresher anyway. 

Using Design Space I welded 3 circles together to make a Mickey head and cut those from black vinyl at 2.2 inches tall.

Then I cut everyone's names from colored vinyl and stuck them on to each head shape.  Then I transferred the layered vinyl to the water bottle.

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 I'll just be hand washing these, and will make sure to not scratch at the vinyl.  I've heard that outdoor vinyl actually does ok in the dishwasher, but I've never tried it.

I hope you've enjoyed my Disney Week.  I know I enjoyed making all these things to get us ready for our trip!  Have a great weekend, and if you've liked what I've been posting this week, you definitely need to come back on Monday!

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Mickey Ears with Crowns

Today's Disney Week project is Mickey/Minnie ears.  I actually found several good tutorials across the internet on how to make these.  For my girls though, I opted to add little princess crowns, instead of bows. (There is a great tutorial for ears at The Suburban Mom)  

I cut these shapes out of foam

and these shapes out of felt.

With hot glue I stuck the little foam tab down (it helps the ears and crown stand up straight and not flop over)

I glued the middle loop to the bottom of the headband and then folded it over and glued it together, with the foam in the middle.  

After positioning the crown near one of the ears, I attached it the same way. When the crown was on I glued 3 sparkles to the points.

I think we'll fit right in at Disneyland!

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Be sure to leave me any links or tips you have about visiting Disneyland...especially for the first time!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mickey Mousse

Thanks for stopping by for another day of Disney Week.  Our 3-year-old has recently gotten very excited about anything with Mickey Mouse.  Only he calls him Mickey-the-Mouse, which I think is about the cutest thing ever (related to Thomas-the-Train maybe?)

The mousse I made is the mousse part only from this cake recipe at Our Best Bites, and I doubled it.  I prepared it in the morning, left it in the fridge, and then spooned it into "fancy" cups from the Dollar store (6 for $1!)

To make the Mickeys, melt chocolate wafers in the microwave at half power then spoon into a plastic bag.  Snip a tiny hole in one corner and squeeze the chocolate Mickey shapes.  To keep them consistent, I printed some images off my computer and put the wax paper over the top so I could see through.  

I did the 2 ear circles, the head circle, and then just zig-zaggy lines to fill them in. 

Wait until they're completely cooled before trying to peel them off the paper.  And always make extras in case they break!  I would love to see these on top of cup cakes too :)  Top mousse with whipped cream and a chocolate Mickey.

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