Thursday, July 28, 2011

I Challenge You!

I came across this article 10 Easy DIY Crafts for Moms on Babble (I looovvveeee Babble. If you are a parent, want to be a parent, have parents, you have to check it out). The article appeared to be speaking my language. Easy, DIY, crafts, moms...sounds perfect for me. After some further investigation, I am not entirely convinced of this. Seems like a lot of messy supplies needed for some, but maybe I am wrong. I am not that mom that let's them glitter, glue, cut up, paint and make a huge mess (they do that well enough with out paint and glue and sticky stuff). Ugh that sentence made me feel like a terrible mother. They color with crayons and markers and that sort of thing though! I do try and encourage art and reading and all all that!

Back to the point. I am looking for 9 people to try out one of these projects and guest blog about it here. I am tempted to be brave and try the Family Wall Art since I just guilt tripped myself for not letting the kiddos paint. If you are dying to do that one I am willing to give it up, just please don't leave me with one of the two projects that require sewing!

So if you are interested please leave a comment with which project you would like to take on and let's see if they are really "Simple ideas with incredible results".

Monday, July 18, 2011

I Make Wreaths


For all you not named Missy and your birthday is not July 29th please read on and enjoy the blog.

As you could probably gather I have a friend named Missy and her birthday is coming up. Now we do not normally do presents for adults these days but I was on Stumble Upon and I stumbled upon this KoJo Designs Tutorial for a tea wreath. It mentioned it was great for a tea drinking friend. Missy is definitely a tea drinking friend. Perfect! Plus it meets all my requirements. I don't have to sew anything, I had everything I needed on hand, it hardly takes any time at all! Whoo Hoo! Now I must confess I am terrible at following directions when it comes to creativity. If you would like the exact science of how to do this I would follow the link to KoJo Designs. This is my general idea, personal attempt at a smaller version of the wreath.

For the base I used a piece of cardboard that came with a shirt my daughter was sent for her birthday. I knew I kept it for something! I used a small plate to trace the outer circle and this container for the inside.

Cutting out the inside circle was harder than I thought.

I picked this pretty but neutral paper for Missy.
I used spray adhesive to attach the base to the paper, then made little cuts all around it to fold over.

Hmm my inner circle is not very round. I don't mind it though.

Glued scraped of the same paper to clothespins (Contrasting would be cute too)

My biggest problem was spacing the clothespins. I should have marked where they went better.

Glued a ribbon for hanging

Clipped on the tea bags and hung.
It could also be a cute memo holder or something. I hope she likes it!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I Make a Yo-Yo

I feel this entire blog is going to be misleading. The title might make you think I am creating the timeless children's toy and my using fabric, a needle and thread for this project may make you think I am sewing. Neither is true.
In one of the bags of "stuff" sent home with me after Crafty Grandma's passing I found a bag of fabric circles. Some of the circles had been stitched (this is how I get away with it not being sewing) closed. I remember one time seeing the bag and Grandma telling me they were yo-yos.  She would sit and stitch them together while watching all her favorite public television shows (we loved Are You Being Served?)
In the spirit of wanting use the things coming from Grandma I pulled them out and started stitching together the remaining circles. Now many people probably already know how this is done, but for those of you like me, still trying to figure it all out, this is how I did it (that is not to say it is the right way or anything)

6" circle

Weave needle and thread in and out

Pull tight as you go until get all the way around. I stitched over the beginning and then knotted the thread.

I added a bead to this one.
 I have done a few different things with the yoyos. I made a few into brooches. I adore them as hair accessories most of all.

I am trying to get over my very real picture phobia (I sometimes cry when people take my pic. I am not kidding I can not help it) So this is ME!
By the way this is me the day of the failed craft show and having stayed up all night preparing, slapping on some eyeliner and calling it good. I loved my yoyo bobby pins so much I was willing to post a pic in them.
We also stuck one on a headband
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and yesterday I started making some for Christmas
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That is my beautiful daughter modeling them for me. This girl is not afraid of the camera at all! She loves posing for pictures.

Friday, July 8, 2011

I Make Business a Craft

I had every intention of showing everyone how I was going to take my boring little desk and turn it into a beautiful space. I got as far as taking the "before" picture:

Since then I have been trying to network like a mad woman. I conducted an interview on The House of Random Blog with another Etsy shop, read here. I was asked to write a guest blog for another blog called Dough, Dirt & Dye, read here. I received a custom request and made some clay pinwheels for Etsy shop mydogandi. I hope I get to see what they do with them.
We sold another one of The House of Random Queenie's awesome Key Fobs  (this one is still for sale)
I set up a Twitter but I have no idea how to use it yet (click the word twitter and help me PLEASE). Again I fully intend to make my little kitchen office all cute and organized next week. However I can make no promises.