Saturday, February 26, 2011

Altered Butterfly Cd

I started working on this project earlier last week, but it came to a halt when I caught the kitchen
on fire and needed to get to work cleaning up that mess.
I was making this for one of my very best friends and today, she happen to come over and help me the entire day with cleaning up A TON of soot!
So after I was "burned out" on cleaning later this evening I decided I was going to finish it up and give it to her tomorrow at church.
It didn't turn out as well as I was hoping and Im still trying to decide if it needs more added to it..but here's what I got..
It started out as two cd's. I decoupaged one cd with a piece of sheet music from a 1910 old hymn book, then I sandwiched the lace and glue between the 2 cds and smushed it with my super heavy book that I have named "the smushing book"...after that was dry I added dots of hot glue and I set the butterfly punchies on it to give it a raised effect...I'm still thinking it needs beads..Im not for sure, ..But anyways I just wanted to show you another idea for altered cd's...

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!!

We seen this idea on "Family Fun". (Love that site!) And Carter (my 8 year old) wanted to make these for his Valentine's instead of giving out paper ones.
The initial idea sounded cool..and truely it was easy..but when you wait till the VERY last minute to do this it becomes
If you have never made home made play dough you really should give it a try. It's VERY easy and was made in like a total of 15 minutes-seriously! And it was fun to watch it transform...however I think I need to start using the shake weight, this stuff gave my arm a work out lol..
Ok so here is the recipe from Family Fun...


3 Cups of white flour

1 1/2 Cups of salt

1 1/2 Tablespoons of cream of tartar

3 1/4 Cups of water

6 Tablespoons of vegetable oil

Red food coloring

Rolling pin

Cookie Cutter of your choice..obviously we used a heart....

In a medium sauce pan mix all the dry ingredients with a wisk or fork. mix them together well.
In a separate bow mix all the wet ingredients. Add your food coloring until you get your desired color. I used gel food coloring..and the color did not come off on our hands when the dough was played with.
Pour the wet ingredients in with the dry, turn your burner on medium and continuously stir...don't stop stirring you don't want it to scorch.
Once you get it all stirred it will be super smooth liquid for a little bit then all of a sudden you will notice that it's getting lumps all over it..don't freak out this is's beginning to thicken..yay that's what you want.
As you are stirring it you will feel it getting thicker and thicker and your arm will seem to get wimpier and wimpier (I promise ) This will take around 10 minutes,..once it has gotton thick enough that you can't stir it anymore, let it sit and cool.

Once it's cool, knead the dough and roll it around into balls to be prepared to be rolled out. I thought it would be cool at this point to add red glitter but the boy didn't think so...what does he know about cool???

Roll out flat and cut with your cookie cutters. I got lucky and went to Dollar Tree and found these ziplock bags with hearts all over the outside. Perfect for the dough. I was going to add a real fancy to/from tag but decided against it..I didn't really feel like taking the time to do it in all honesty!
We bagged em up and Carter wrote his name on you can see we didn't even pay attention that the hearts even went in right side up..lazy I tell ya lazy there ya have it. Simple as that..not real "boyish" like I think Carter was hoping for...but I think the kids will like it..I mean really who doesn't love play dough..?? Oh that's right...other mom's lol..I see a future beating at the next PTO meeting ha ha..!!
Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Vintage Heart Garland

All things vintage captures my heart! I am in LOVE with vintage..old..raggedy..primitive everything!!
I needed something to add to my hutch that is full of lots of vintage items, so I knew whatever it was that I was going to make I wanted it to look old...and here is what I came up with..

Of course it's not REALLY vintage (completely) but it's the look I was going for. And I did use some vintage items.

I started out using an empty cereal box and cut out the 3 hearts, then I decoupaged the hearts with pages from an old 1940's beat up dictionary..
The lace around the edges and the lace I used for the rosettes were made using vintage lace as well..
 Notice the pearls I used...yep vintage as well!
 This last heart wasn't exactly what I was going for..but well..once you glue something down with good's stuck for life lol...
 And here is the final product. I am very happy with how it came out!
I may still add a little red "something" to the heart with the rosettes on it, it looks kinda bare...yes??

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Heart Rag Wreath

Not the greatest photo..sorry for the blurriness..
Basically I took red and check material and cut it into strips and tied it onto a metal hanger and shaped it into a heart. A bit time consumming and my finger eventually felt raw from tying all the knots..but pretty simple.
I made this for the front door and the good thing about it is you can do it while watching tv..
What I learned: I must invest in a material pizza cutter looking thingamabob!!

Valentine's Day Gift...from the young at heart..

Ahhh..young love..its so sweet..and precious..and DRAMATIC....but puppy love is something of wonder and excitement!!
My son asked me to make his little girlfriend a "Valentine's Necklace" so he can give it to her as a gift.
Not sure of this young ladies "style" made it a bit of a challenge. These are the beads we picked out.
I might make earrings and a bracelet to match but we shall see..depends on how ambitious I might get :)
Notice the 2 hearts..that was Caleb's idea...everyone say..awwww!!
She is 12 so hopefully this is something she will like...Im sure since it's coming from the boyfriend and they are both love struck she will love it. I think Dan coulda gave me a bread tie and I'd of been swooney over it!!

And my model for today is the lovely "Chappy"...not sure if he's trying to go for the Octomom lips or if he just has a bad addiction of licking his lips..but seriously could we please go one winter without the rash attack??
I love how he's game for anything..try on a girly necklace sure.!!