Sunday, March 3, 2013

DIY: Jewelry Case

Heyyyyy ya'll. 
Check out my latest quick & easy DIY project on mah other blog. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Knock 'Em Dead.

Hey ya'll.
So, it's official. I'm just the worst blogger ever.
I haven't posted pictures of my house.
I haven't done any insightful DIY projects.
Quite frankly, short of actually moving our stuff in, I haven't done jack since we moved to this house.

I mean, I've obviously done stuff. Just nothing that pertains to this blog.
Which is intensely unfortunate. Because I do love crafting dearly. 
It keeps my hands busy. It entertains me. It takes my mind off of life. 
Nothing beats that. 

Regardless, I've just had my mind on other things. 

My craft room is collecting dust. 

Needless to say, when I heard Big Brothers Big Sisters was doing the Pin & Ink Showcase again, I knew that I had to do it.

I'm a "Big" myself. I love it. It's totally and completely changed my life. For the better, of course. 
And anything I could do to aid in the fundraising process for this amazing organization, I was going to do. 

I wanted to do this last year, but I totally just spaced it out and time just got away from me. 
This year, though I was bound and determined to do it.

Summary of this event: Local artists, amateur and professional, decorate bowling pins for BBBS to auction off at a charity event. 

I grabbed my bowling pin and all of a sudden had a flurry of ideas in my head about how to paint it.
New York Skyline?
Music Staff?
KU?

I mean, KU was obviously my first choice originally. But then I went back and forth
eh, other people have done that.
what if there are other ones there that are cooler than mine? 
And then I thought...who gives a crap?
Just do it! 

So I did.

At first I was just going to do the 1912 Jayhawk,
so I started drawing my initial sketch. 
And then, in true Auffert fashion, I changed my mind.

I had a better idea, actually.

The theme: Tradition
For those of you who don't know, I'm wildly obsessed with the University of Kansas basketball team.
And we have hella tradition.
After all, when James Naismith invented the game of basketball in MA, he came to the University of Kansas to put the game into action.
And so, the best sport was born.

Nearly a hundred years later, I was born and became obsessed with Kansas basketball.
It's a medical condition.
Don't judge me.

Our tradition is a huge part of why the basketball team has grown exponentially. 
And also a huge part of why I love the University of Kansas SO much. 
Clearly I had no choice.

I started over - fresh coat of primer spray paint, and a coat of antique white over that.

And I'll let the pictures take it from here.
I felt like this part was essential to add. This was the day Kenz & I were matched! :)

The Pin & Ink Showcase is next Friday at the Steifel Theater in Salina. More information available here
And check out the Big Brothers Big Sisters Website for more info on Bowl for Kid's Sake & being a mentor!

Sorry for the lack 'o posts, kids. Won't happen again. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

DIY: Ornament Wreath

 Hey ya'll.
I'm blogging on a weeknight, which is so not me. ;) 
But, you all get to benefit, so you're welcome. 

Many of you might have read a few posts with me mentioning Festival of Trees.
It's a fundraiser that I'm involved with that benefits the Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas. You can read about it here.

Anyway, last year, I was still in the early stages of my crafting obsession.
This year, not so much.
I felt it was my civic duty to make a few things for the event.
First up: Ornament wreath.

Now, at first I really wanted to make two ornament wreaths, one for each of the high schools in Salina.
But then, I got so caught up in all the crap I had to get done with the fundraiser that I just ran out of time.
I only had the patience and/or sanity to finish one.

I decided I wanted to do a Santa themed wreath.
I mulled over doing another peppermint wreath, or maybe a simple Christmas one, but I like to keep it interesting.

Supplies:
12" styrofoam wreath
3" red ribbon
gold rope [Christmas Section]
hot glue
red ornaments, regular size
2 boxes tiny red ornaments
tiny red, foam balls

All of which can be found at Hobby Lobby.

 I got an assortment thingy of red ornaments. I'm not sure how much comes in one of those things, but it's gotta be around 30 or 40. I got two boxes of the tiny red ornaments. I think there's 12-15 in a box. 

First off, wrap your wreath with the red ribbon. To start , hot glue the first piece of ribbon to the wreath &
 just start wrapping.
Finish it off with some hot glue.

Next, you need to put some sort of hanging device on there. 
Whatever you decide, you can find a way to get it on there. I just tied each end of these & then hot glued them into place. It doesn't have to be pretty because the ornaments will cover it.
 Next, just start gluing.
This will take some practice & you'll use a crap ton of glue, but just make sure they're on there real good. 
I got my KU ornament out this year and a couple different ornaments fell off. 
Not cool.
Fixable; but not cool.
Along the way, you'll think to yourself,
"gee wiz, there's a tiny gap that I can't fill with this big ornament."
This, my friends, is where you'll use your tiny ornaments.
Fashion them in places that your big ornaments will look weird.

And then, when you've filled all the gaps [mostly], you can fill the even tinier gaps-slash-ugly spots where you can see hot glue with the tiny styrofoam red balls.

'Lotta ball action happening in this project.
Just sayin'.
 To finish it off, I got some sparkly foam and some hardened felt for the belt.
Glue that baby on, and you've got yourself a real life Santa wreath.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas Decor!

Heyyyy all. 
Today is Thursday
which means tomorrow is Friday.
And that, my friends, is awesome.

Last weekend I had the weekend at home [eek!]
so I decided to get into the Christmas spirit.

My SIL just bought her first house, so I wanted to make her a wreath to celebrate!
Isn't that how you celebrate things?
No?
Just me?
Alrighty then. 
Let's just move on.

She, like me, is a huge KU fan
so OF COURSE I made her a Jayhawk themed wreath.
Yeeeeah buddy. 

First step: Hobby Lobby.
On the Saturday after Black Friday.
Not my best decision.

But we have no other craft stores and I was determined to make this damn wreath.
At first I picked up some cute shiny, spriggy thingies [pretty sure that's what they're called]
but then I turned around and found these beauties for half the price.

They were sparkly and curly and perfect.
There were red ones, but no blue.
Nothing a can of blue spraypaint can't fix.

 And I got some letters and spray painted them a metallic silver. 
 I decided to go with a twig wreath. It was a whopping $4 bucks. 
[big spender]
And I sprayed the crap out of it with spray glitter that I had on the shelf.

I bought one of those giant things of assorted red ornaments and a couple packages of blue.
Luckily any I had left over could be used on my tree [it's KU themed, of course].

And I got to gluing.
 The whole project probably took me 45 minutes, if you don't count the waiting in line at HL. 
 Adorable, no?
 I used the left over red ornaments in my lantern. 
I bought it half off, originally priced at $34. 

A business donated one of these to Festival of Trees and I loved it.
Theirs was red & green, but for the sake of matching my kitchen, I just stuck with red.
There's really no "process" involved.
Here's my process:
Throw in a bunch of ornaments and shake the lantern.
Like...that's it.
And I threw in some of the swirly things just for good measure. 

Kenz & I got the tree up.
I blogged about it over at my other blahg.
My cats just can't leave it alone.
The hard wood floors don't help, either. That tree skirt stays "neat" for approximately 20 seconds, then all hell breaks loose. 

So, that's that. What are you guys doing to decorate for the holidays?


Monday, November 19, 2012

DIY: Canvas

Hello, strangers!
Well, actually I've been the stranger, not you. 
My life has been consumed with our move & with Festival of Trees.

In case you're all like...what the heck is Festival of Trees? I'll tell you - 
it's a fundraiser that I happen to be chair of. It was this past Friday night. 
So life will slow down from now on and I can continue blogging at my usual pace.

This weekend I did a whole lot of nothing.
I took a three-hour nap Saturday afternoon.
Three hours
It was awesome. 

Sunday I was a little more productive. Not that I set the bar all that high on Saturday.
Matt & I got the screen hung in the basement and everything up on the walls.
I say Matt & I, but I hung most of the stuff on the walls. I'm super ADD about symmetry so I don't let him do that. He's crying in a corner right now because of it. 

Last year I did my first mod podge project with a bunch of KU memorabilia I had lying around.
I have newspaper clippings dating back to like 1997. 
Hoard much?

So I made this canvas in an attempt to preserve my treasured clippings.
Here you'll see Raef Lafrenz, Paul Pierce, Aaron Miles, Jacque Vaughn - all the greats.
Plus, my sweet drawing that I got signed by the team when we greeted them at the airport after a big game. 
Why KU didn't hire me to design their latest logo is just beyond me. 
Anyway, at the time I had another cork board filled with clippings from our '08 championship. I had every intent to make another canvas to preserve those, but time got away from me and here I am a year later finally doing what I meant to.

 
Gather your pile of clippings.
 I organized the clippings the way I wanted them and then took them off again. Probably a step you can skip.
 I did a large page first in case there were minimal gaps in the clips I was going to put on there.
 Then: Mod Podge.
a crafter's best friend

 Annnnnd....get distracted by your animals and forget to take a finished picture. 
I'll get that done tonight when I take pictures of the new & improved theater room & the rest of the house. 
Mom, stop taking pictures of us. You're so embarrassing.
Basically it looks something like this:
 but more awesome.

I also have a shower curtain project I did that goes with this poster....yeeeeah, buddy.

So that's that, kids.
I'm BACK.
Not from the dead or anything cool, but just like...back.
From craziness.

Peace out, homies.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

BOO! Halloween.

 

I've never been a person who dresses up for Halloween. Mainly because we're homebodies and don't get invited to Halloween parties, so there really hasn't been a need to come up with a costume.
But yesterday I realized that I forgot to get the dog a costume.

I don't have kids, so he's all I've got.

So I googled "DIY Pet Costumes" and found a picture of a Harry Potter costume.
Brilliant.

I came up with a plan on how to do it [easily and quickly] and put it into action when I got home from work.

I had all the supplies, so I didn't even have to buy anything [score!]. 
 
He was pissed, as you can see by his face.
But it was hilarious.
 
His costume stayed on for approximately 90 seconds.
Longer than Lucy's stayed on, though.

I made her a tutu and devil horns.
Because she is evil.
Only some of the time. She's a pretty legit cat most of the time.
 Hers stayed on for a measly 30 seconds. Just long enough for me to snap some pictures.
Matt said, "hurry up! I want to get that thing off of her!"
As if I put a freaking belt of nails on her.

He is so dramatic.

We had a total of 3 trick-or-treaters.
Not counting the kids who always visit me, but I made them special treat bags.
So our candy supply is currently out of hand.
That is not going to work for me; I'm sending it with Matt to work tomorrow.

Well, I hope you all had a splendid Halloween.
Ours was lackluster, but dressing up the animals was mildly entertaining.
As was seeing all my favorite little ones in their costumes.

No pictures of the house yet. I'll get them up soon, I promise. 
Either here, or on my other blog.
Farewell, friends.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

DIY: crayon-drip pumpkin

I was a busy gal last night.
I had the DIY bug, so I decided to do a project.
Most of the stuff I already had on hand, but I did have to go to HL to buy the pumpkin.
 It was stinking EXPENSIVE!
Luckily, all of their Halloween stuff was 40% off. 
But still. Seemed a little steep for a fake pumpkin.
 
You can do it with a real one, but I feel like that's a waste of time & money. Might as well make something you can use every year, amirite?

You'll need crayons, too [kind of a vital ingredient].
The tutorial I looked at over at The Swell Life used all of the colors, but I wanted to just use autumn-like colors. So I picked out oranges, browns, yellows, whites - you get the idea.
 I grabbed some quick-dry tacky glue at HL, too.
quick dry, my ass.

 Alright, so when you've got your crayons picked out, you're going to want to break them in half.
Putting the whole crayon on there will not only make your pumpkin look stupid, but it will likely make you look stupid for doing it. 
I know from experience.

After they're broken in half, peel off the wrapping.
I used an exacto knife to cut a line and it was 100 times easier than peeling it off piece by piece.
 Next, glue your crayons to the top.
Don't overdo it on the glue like me.
It dripped.
And we're currently out of paper towels so I had to use toilet paper to wipe it up. Which then left toilet paper remnants on my pumpkin.
Awesome.
 When they say "quick dry" on the label, what they really mean is: "this is going to dry about as quickly as a fatty runs the mile, so you better sit down and have a beer while you wait."

And next, turn on your hair dryer and let that shiz melt.
It looks kind of gory, right? I like that about it. 
It's Halloween. It's not supposed to be pretty.

I think all red crayons would be super-cool, too. It would look like dripping blood. 
Eek!

Much more Halloween stuff to come. I LOVE this holiday!