Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas 2014

Hello to all of my new visitors! I'm so excited to have you all stop by. I haven't had a lot of time for DIY projects this year, what with our new business and my daughter turning one [a.k.a. becoming super mobile], which keeps us on our toes. I thought I'd share some of my Holiday decorations for this year instead, just so you all knew I hadn't forgotten about this blog. I promise to get some cute projects up soon! 

Let's start with the tree, shall we? 
 It is, of course, a KU theme. Because I'm obsessed with KU and have accumulated a ton of those ornaments over the years. 
 I also have some really dorky ornaments [just ask my sister] but I like to think of them as "scholarly". That's me lying to myself about being a dork. 

 My mom started the tradition of collecting ornaments for us every year since we were little, and I want to continue that tradition with my daughter. This year, Addi's favorite movie is "Despicable Me." I searched all over for a minion ornament and luckily my sister and mom found a few for me! Now, when Addi goes off to live on her own [sobs!], she'll have a collection of ornaments to hang on her own tree!

 This year with a tree was more interesting since our daughter was mobile. I surrounded the tree with big boxes filled with books and wrapped to look like presents - sort of as a barrier. It's worked out for the most part, though she has destroyed most of the wrapping paper. 

I try to keep the rest of my decorations simple - mainly because I've just become lazy. I didn't even bug my husband do put up lights this year. When Addi gets a little older and more aware of what Christmas is about, I will be more excited to put up decorations! 

I hope you're all having an amazing holiday season! Again, thanks so much for checking out my blog!! 

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?

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.

This year 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.

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 or a Michael's if you have it in your town.

 I got an assortment pack of red ornaments of between 30-40 ornaments. I got two boxes of the tiny red ornaments which have between 15-20 in the 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. I just tied each end of some thick, gold ribbon & 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. There's a chance next year that you'll need to re-glue some on after it hanging outside for an entire winter, but that's an easy fix.

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.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. In total this probably took between 1-1.5 hours to make and cost around $30. Make sure you get your supplies from Hobby Lobby when they have their Christmas decor 50% off (which is pretty much all of November/December).

Thanks for stopping by!

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?
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.
Not from the dead or anything cool, but just like...back.
From craziness.

Peace out, homies.