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.