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DIY Burlap Cross – Doorhanger

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I LOVE crafting.  It fills my “joy/in a good mood” tank!  Every time I get to do a craft (uninterrupted), I get giddy and my heart starts to race.  I started this craft a week ago and my sisters house and just finished it today.  There are loads of cool things you can do on the internet with burlap.  I found this design on Pinterest but she used a wood cross of sorts.  It was not burlap AND she charged way too much for me to just go buy it.  So my crafty self came up with this design.

You’ll need:
2 yards of burlap
acrylic paints and brushes
hot glue gun
15-20 plastic Walmart type bags
pen/pencil
butcher paper

1. So, come up with the design and draw it on some butcher paper.  Make it pretty big (like you are going to actually sew around the cross).  This step took me three tries to get it the exact size I wanted.  2. When you have your design figured out, use a pen to trace the design onto the burlap. 3. Paint the cross with whatever design you want.  I used the chevron design (because it’s popular right now).  You’ll need to let it dry before you move on.  I let it dry over night (or for 3/4 hours).  4. Cut out the painted part of the cross.  Leave the other yard for later.  5. Then hot glue (*USING GENEROUS AMOUNTS OF GLUE) the part of the cross up to where it “t’s”.  Stuff the cross with plastic bags, using a pencil or ruler to get it “stiff”.  Parts of your burlap might come unglued…so glue those parts back.  6. Continue gluing the edges of the cross to get the rest of the cross “stiff” with the plastic bags.  7. Now, cut a strip of burlap to make a bow.  Hot glue that in desired location.  8.  Finally, use a spare piece of burlap to hot glue to the back so that you can hang it on a door hanger.

Voila!  You’re finished!!!  Go craft something cool.  Shoot me a picture, so I can see.  🙂

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Father’s Day Gifts – No Peeking Hubby

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So I’ve been trying to get as much crafting done as possible before baby three comes (three weeks!!!).  Since Father’s Day is right around the corner, what a perfect reason to craft.  I’ve found a ton of great resources.  Since this is a FATHER’S DAY POST…hubby, you aren’t allowed to read!  So go away!  🙂  The Mom Bot was the main resource I used.  She had several crafty ideas to help me along on this adventure.  So thanks Mom Bot for your sweet craftiness!  My hubby and FIL will love their gifts.  Make sure if you use one of her crafts, you tag back to her so she gets the credit!  Moving on.

DIY gift ideas for men | TheMombot.com

Image below; courtesy of  The Mom Bot

We are on a tight, TIGHT budget so I didn’t spend any money on any of this stuff.  It was great!  Here’s the craft I worked on:

1-DSC_0012 (2)It was so easy ya’ll!  I had my son draw his image on a piece of paper, I traced it and then embroidered it onto a handkerchief I already had (bought a whole set of them for $6 at Walmart).  He hasn’t seen it finished yet but I know he’ll be happy to see it in color, on something ready to give to Papa!  I am really excited to do more of these.  I won’t tell you what other crafts I worked on from this page, in case I have spying eyes.  Just know, they were great ideas and I can’t wait for hubby to see them!  Have a great Father’s Day ya’ll!

DIY Wooden Plaque with Custom Phrase Tutorial

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Hey ya’ll!  The ladies are getting together to craft for a cause for our craft night.  This time we are working with a group called Embrace, which provides first apartment kits to teens who “age-out” or foster care without a family.  These teens leave care with little more than the clothes on their backs.  For more information on this local group click here.  As promised, to the ladies of the church…I created a tutorial for the craft we are doing.  So let’s begin!

Here’s what we’ll be making:
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*please note, for craft night…you’ll need to paint your board, pick your font and phrase and print out your phrase before going to craft night.  Jenny will not have a computer at the ready for you to plan this part out.  So be prepared.

Supplies:
piece of wood
(you can use any size, for this tutorial I used a 1X6)
acrylic paints
paint brushes
computer
bible – pick your favorite verse to help guide a teen in their adventures

So, I chose to do this craft for my kids.  I’m actually doing something further with this board but for the purpose of showing the ladies how to transfer text onto a piece of wood to paint, this will work just fine.  I am using a 1X6 piece of wood that I got at Home Depot.  You can actually use a pretty piece of wood that had finished edges if you want.  You can get any pretty plaques at Michael’s for around $5.  Maybe less if you have coupon.  Paint your piece of wood.  I actually tried to do something with a pattern on my wood for the background.  You can get as creative as you want with this.  Paint it, scrape it, rough it up a bit.  Whatever you want.  Here’s mine:
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Next you’ll want to know what phrase or bible verse you’re using for your board.  After you’ve figured that out, measure your board.  I used illustrator to plan out my text.  Make sure you use a font that is forgiving and not very complex!  When you print out your text it will obviously not fit on one 8.5X11 sheet.  So you’ll have to print it out in bits.  It will look like this:
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Now, cut out your pieces and lay it out onto your board like so:
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Trace your font with a pen, make sure you press hard and don’t use a real sharp pen.  Like this:
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When you’ve done a few letters, carefully peel back the paper and see if you can see an indention like this:
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If you can see an indention on your wood, then keep going…otherwise go back and do it again, pressing harder a second time.  It should all look like the above picture before you take off the blue print on your wood.

After that, you’re ready to paint your wood.  I got all my acrylic paints from Walmart for $.60 or less!  Since I’m doing this project for my kids…I’m using multiple colors.  You use whatever fits your design.06-DSC_0011 (3)
Now pick a small paint brush to paint your wood.  I used a very tiny bush like this:
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Here’s some of the finished text:
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Now the only thing left is to put on the hangers.  Here’s what I used:
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Hammer these to the back of the board like this:
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I love the way it turned out and I’m excited to show the kids their new way of displaying their artwork.  I’ll have a finished tutorial on what I’m making soon so check back!

Rag Quilt Tutorial

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Okay, so I have to confess…I didn’t JUST do this quilt.  I did it back in February but as promised.  I’ll try not to take any breaks from my blog for a while in the effort to help you craft something fun!  My friend from across the way has a little girl.  I’ve mentioned her before.  She’s the one I made the Secret Santa Key for and the Bling Sling for.  She’s a little pistol, let me tell you.  We are always on a budget (which is a GOOD thing or I’d go nuts with our non-existent cash) so I found some material to make her a quilt.  She loves to play Eye-Spy on walks her mom and I take.  So what better thing to make her than and “Eye-Spy” quilt.  Right?!?!?  Seriously.  These quilts are SO easy, you don’t need a tutorial.  If you know how to sew straight lines, you’re set!

What you’ll need:
1. 4-5 Yards of fabric (depending on how long you want it)
2.  4-5 Yards of back fabric (could coordinate with the front pieces)
3. Batting (again this depends on your size quilt)
4. Sewing Machine
THAT’S IT!

Okay so for the fun part.  Cut all your material in strips.  I cut mine about 12 inches wide.  It’s easier if you cut each patterned material at the same time.  So all my pink fabric was cut all at once.  Then line your fabric with your batting and your backing.  Do that for all your pieces.  Then take two strips (all assembled of course) with the backing of each assembled strip faced together.  Sew all the way down the edge.  Repeat that step for however many strips you have.  Then do you standard edging (I made my own bias tape…sort of) for the edges.  Then, YOU’RE DONE!  Yeah, I said it…DONE.  Easy as pie!  Now go, make one for this cool weather or as a gift.

 

Back In the Saddle…Again

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Okay, so it’s been a while since I posted last.  To be honest, I have been crafting…just no time to post anything.  So this is what I’ve been working on.

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Once I had these complete, I could focus on the fun stuff.  Creating my daughters Halloween costume.  She’s all girl and there is no stopping this little diva from getting into SOMETHING pink for Halloween.  My sister-n-law made me an apron like this
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My daughter wears it all the time.  She almost never takes if off.  In fact, it’s a great thing for her to wear when she’s eating because it really does keep all the food off.  But mostly, she likes to wear it because it looks like a dress.  Forgive the picture.  It was from my mobile.  She loves twirling in it.

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So because of her love for this apron, I just had to make her a dress to play in.  What better thing for her to play in but her very own princess dress.  I laid out the original apron, traced in and took my daughters measurements.  I measured from her collarbone to the length of what I wanted her dress to be.  I also measured around her chest and added two inches.  Basically I copied the “make-up” of the apron.  I also found this great tutorial for adding tulle to the dress.  I had to make it as frilly and girly as I could.  I didn’t actually sew up the back seam until I added all the tulle.  I used 4.5 yards of tulle and added straps of tulle for the shoulders.  I also did a “V” in the back with elastic loops and tied it with the a pretty ribbon.

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Isn’t she a cutie pie.  Now, if I could just get her to get out of it.  So glad to be back posting!  See ya’ll again real soon.

Dallas Photographer – 50% Off Fall Mini Session

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Okay so wow, two posts in one day!  If you’re in the Dallas Area and you need a quick Mini-Session for back to school photos…check out this website:  www.greeneggsandhamby.com.  They are doing a special deal, if you like them on Facebook then they will give you 50% off a “Fall Mini-Session”.  If you already “Like” them then all you have to do is go to the website and book your session.  It’s so easy!  Oh and did I mention…I’m Green Eggs!  So go HIT “Like” and book today!  I can’t wait to shoot you, your bump, your baby, your family, your dog (well maybe not your dog) and whatever else you got going on in that awesome life of yours!  Go, click…HURRY!

30 Min DIY Tube-Top Bra

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Okay so I bought this cute (not so cute on me) dress that’s old-school.  You know…the one that has the stretchy material up-top and then just falls to the floor…no straps.  I thought it was cute on the hanger, got it home to try on (since the kids in a shopping cart won’t fit in the changing rooms) and my chest just sagged.  Now, I’ve fed two kids (so far) with these bad boys and they still look okay but they don’t look anything like they did pre-kiddos.  So I need a bra.  I don’t have money to just go whip out at the store for a new strapless bra so I thought I’d try to make one.  You remember em’.  Yeah, the tube-tops!  They used to be so popular in the early 80’s for me.  So I got online and found a brilliant tutorial.  I’m gonna show you my version.  She did great…but here’s mine.  🙂

So, materials.  I had all of this so I didn’t have to buy ANYTHING! Hence, why this was so brilliant.

– stretchy material (I got mine at Walmart for 1.50 a yard)
– thread
– sewing machine

Yep!  That’s it.  Okay so first.  Measure your bust.  Then, take about (give or take a few) 10 inches off that.  Lay it out on the table and trim the edges to make it all straight.

Sew right down the side.  Make sure that you pull it while you so or the thread will break when you actually put your tube top on!

PAY CLOSE ATTENTION or you will have to cut off this step and start over.

Now, make sure you turn it right side out for this next step.  It needs to look like this!

Now, this is confusing so stick with me here.  The only way I can tell you is that from this step, you have to actually turn your work right side in…half way and make these edges (where my finger is pointing in above image) meet.  Even the video wasn’t clear on this step  It’s at the bottom of you need more visuals.  Then sew here:
Your piece should look just like this when sewing this end.  And you don’t need to stretch this part because it’s not going to stretch.

Now, when you sew this end, make sure you leave a little opening for you to turn everything right side out again.  This is mine, turned right side out.

Now, just sew or hand-stitch your opening up like this:

Then you’ll have this piece to ewwww and ahhhh over.  You can (if you want a little separation for the twins) get some material and make a little tie for the middle.  I”m not posting my finished product on me cause that would just be something to laugh at and pass around the net.  Hubby wouldn’t care for that at all!  So here it is, draped on my arm.  Doesn’t do it justice.  But you get the idea!  Right.  Right!??!  🙂

So if you still don’t get it, here’s the video.  Have fun!

Oh and make sure you check back soon.  Like tomorrow cause I’m making these for our late (yeah really) summer vacation.  I can’t wait!