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.

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.

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.
 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. 

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

Monday, October 1, 2012

Foto Fun

WOW I've been slacking.
Well, not really. I've been posting more on my other blog:

It's been CRAAAAZY busy around here. 
SO much so that I decided to do something drastic....
like close my Etsy shop.

I know. Believe me, it was the last thing I wanted to do.
But I've already got tons of back orders that I need to get finished, not to mention get the rest of my house packed up. October is here, and we take possession of our new house in less than 15 days. 

I'm freakin' out, man!

So I don't have time to be making bats or painting shoes. I need to focus on getting my house stuff done, then finishing up Festival of Trees, and finally going to NYC with my mama and sis! 

I've decided that I'm going to keep this blog as a strictly DIY/Photo/Etsy Link type of blog. 
My other blog is going to remain my personal blog, with some photo updates and things that are going on in my life. 
If you're into that kind of thing and want to hear about the crazy life of the hubs and I, head on over there and follow!

This weekend was INSANE.
And amazingly awesome.
Friday night, we saw Ben Folds Five in concert [yeah, you're jealous, admit it] in KC. 
Saturday I did three [yes, you read that right - THREE] photo sessions. 
One family, two seniors.

A few of my favs:

 And one of Max, just for good measure.

I have more from the other senior shoot, but my internet was caveman slow, so I'll do a separate post tomorrow. 
Peace out, homies.