Friday, December 31, 2010

Please go vote!

Ok I know a lot of you liked my snowman fridge because you became followers because of it!  I am up for winning $100.  I know that isn't a lot, but it would sure help me out!  Please go here and vote for #3!  I am winning so far, but I need some more votes.  It really just takes a second and I would appreciate it so much!  Also, take a look around.  I love Sarah's blog A Thrifty Mom and have learned and saved so much thanks to her!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My latest and greatest!

Ok, maybe not, but I love this art!  I was lucky enough to win this vinyl kit from here (head over, she has an Etsy shop and is sooo talented!) a couple of months ago and finally found a cupboard door at the Restore that I liked.  It killed me to paint it, it was such a pretty wood color and had black antiqued trim.  I would love to have these all over my kitchen instead of the generic boring blonde wood ones I have now! 
Anyway, I painted it black, then white, sanded the edges, and added a coat of walnut stain and wiped it off right away.  Just enough to age it a little.  I had a hard time getting the vinyl off and did it a little different then Lil Luna did hers just to make it a little more unique.  It wasn't a major difference, and you can't really tell, but I just moved the last 2 letters I think. 
For the tiles that spell out "Forever"  I found this pretty cream and silver damask tissue paper at the Hallmark store.  I had a free coupon, so it worked out perfect!  I love it!  Don't look too close or you will see that some of my vinyl is crooked, I couldn't get it to stick the way I wanted for the life of me!  Crazy that it was even more time consuming then painting, but so worth it!  Now if I could just get my wall painted behind it that would be even better!  Cant quite convince the hubs that it is a priority right now.  He hates painting!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree!

Thank you so much everyone that has been hitting this blog! I am in shock! I never thought that anyone would look except for family, so this is beyond my wildest expectations! I am so glad though. My hubby and I have had a good laugh that the most popular "craft" I have ever done was cutting shapes and taping them to the fridge. Too funny!
I made a discovery the other day... I found an Idaho Youth Ranch outlet store. I had to go to Boise for a dr appt with my daughter and my hubby had told me to check out the Youth Ranch (he knows that I love me some thrift stores). I got there right before they opened and there was a huge line. It looked like Black Friday! I asked some guy what the deal was and he said it was this way every day.
Once they let us in I had to shop fast because my daughter and I felt like we were going to get lice just being in the building :). It was bad! We didn't touch anything, just peered in the boxes unless I saw something promising.
This place charges by the pound. Have you ever heard of that? I ended up getting this hideous, wicker tree (more on that in a sec), an embroidery hoop and a large mirror that I plan to paint purple for my daughters room. I got it all for $2.63. Talk about a bargain! I know I could've gotten more, but I will have to go back without kids.

So on to the tree. Here it is in all its hideousness I told you it was bad!  I wanted to do something with it, just wasn't sure what would work with all the holes throughout.  So I took jute (actually I think it was hemp) and hot glued it to death all the way around.  It took FOR.EV.ER!  After I got it done it was still lacking a lot.  My kids thought it was a hat.  So while at walmart today I found some plain red buttons.  I hot glued them around, but I am still not sure.  Any suggestions?  I guess if I have to toss it Im not out a whole lot, right?

Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas Coasters

These were so easy, and surprisingly turned out really pretty!  I participated in a homemade giftexchange at craftaholics anonymous and it seemed like everything I tried to make was a total flop.  I had done my Christmas pillow and loved the material so much, that I wanted to create something with it to send to my exchangee.  These took so little time I couldn't believe it!
  I cut the material in 5 inch squares and cut some scrap material for the insides to give them a little bit of thickness.  After a little sewing and ironing they were all ready to go!  I hope she likes them

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

I love snowmen!

I love snowmen! Seriously, they are so dang cute! I could use them all year as decoration but I think my husband already questions my sanity and I don't want to scare him away ;).
These little guys really were so easy! I took strips of white tissue paper and mod podged them on to empty canning jars. Any empty jar would work. After I got the strips on I put a layer of Mod podge over the top to seal it and took the rounded tip of a paint brush and did the eyes and mouth. I also painted the rim black.  My kids each did one with me, but I think they were a little too messy for their skill level (7 and 5). I think these would be cute either filled with goodies, or just as deocoration like I have them. I want to try to stick some Christmas lights in them and see how they look, what do you think? I am linking up to thrifty decor chick
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Beautiful Christmas pillow

There really aren't many times in my life where I can make something and actually say it it beautiful.  Really, I am not that good, but I fell in love with this pillow and now I need to make her a few friends!  I won some fabric on a giveaway at the creative crate.  I never win anything so I was so excited!  Some of the fabric I picked was this adorable Christmas set.  It was called the 12 days of Christmas, how cute is that?!  Anyway, I didn't know I was going to start this blog so I didnt record pictures of my how to, but I cut the middle square and then cut strips of the outer and sewed it all together.  I had some plain cream colored material that I sewed to the back red fabric in a ruffly design.  Then, I sewed them together.  I ironed everything as I went giving me a nice straight edge, which I am sad to say, is something I just learned you have to do recently.  In my defense I have only had a sewing machine for 9 years :)!  Anyway, I L.O.V.E IT!
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My snowman fridge

I don't know about you but I love me some snowmen.  They, along with nativity sets. pretty much complete my Holiday decorating.  I think they are so cute.  I was driving around running errands yesterday when it hit me... make a snowman out of my fridge! Sounded simple enough, if I could just clear all the art work and clutter that I seem to have on the front of my fridge all the time.  Best part is that most of us can do this for free!  I took my trusty circle cutter and cut cirlces in different sizes (2 for the eyes, 5 for the smile and 3 for the buttons) and just taped them on.  It would've worked just as well with construction paper, but I didn't have any so I did it with scrapbook paper.  I also cut a large triangle out of some orange scrapbook paper.  Then I used wrapping paper that I cut in strips and taped. ( I got the wrapping paper free last year with a coupon for Hallmark stores) Doesn't it look so good as a scarf?  I know it really didn't need an explaination, its pretty easy.  I love it!  So simple, but a fun way to add a little pizzaz to your house.  I guess I should be thankful for my old white fridge now, huh? ;) Linking up to thrifty decor chick


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My 1st post

Hi everyone!  My name is Tami and I am a crafter.  Well, I am trying to be.  I love it, but it seems I have more flops than successes.  I decided that I really wanted to be good at it, and it studying "talents" on I learned that if we dont learn and cultivate our talents, our Heavenly Father will take them from us.  I really want to be better, and I thought what would force me to get better than blogging it for the whole world to see?
I don't really have anything new to add that the other great decor and crafty bloggers can't do a million times better, but this is my take on it and the things I am doing to beautify my home and surroundings. 
I hope that you will stick around for this journey with me!