Friday, September 30, 2011

I found this blog tutorial for a teepee and love it!  I probably won't be able to try it anytime soon, but would love to make it for my daughter's room sometime.  Go on over to Sewing In No Man's Land and check on the Dreamy Teepee Tutorial.


Pretty stinkin' cute, right?

I added this and a lot of other great stuff on my Pinterest, check it out!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Home for my succulent plant!

I have this succulent plant that was in need of a good home.  It was in an ugly pot on my front porch looking really weird, but I love plants that are really hard to kill,  I couldn't just get rid of it.

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  So I went to my crafting room and looked around.  The first thing I saw was a Chinese take-out box. I gave it a try....   I didn't like it so much.  I think flowers or plants would still work in a take-out box, just not what I had to work with.

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I saw the goblets I picked up at the antique store I wrote about in my post ("Antiquing on my free afternoon").  I have a lot of things that I could use this for but thought the plant would look cute.  So after the take-out box failed, I gave it a try and was happy with the out come.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Taking the week off for flood relief work, birthday party prep, and spending time with my hubby who get return from Japan.

Friday, September 9, 2011

My favorite post of the week!

Check out my favorite posts for the week.  

Here is a few really cute projects for Fall:

This Book Page Pumpkin posted by Creations By Kara is so sweet.
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I also found this creative idea for making pumpkin's found by I Heart Nap Time, originally made A Blog by Danielle Thompson. These totally cute fabric pumpkin aren't a totally new idea to me, but the tutorial is great. Who know it would be so easy.
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I gotta try these two!

Then I came across this post, also posted this week by I Heart Nap Time.  Helping me to see what I should have done when painting my stencils.  So if you want to try your hand at stenciling read this post, she even directs you to a great tutorial!  
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Last but not least lined envelopes, I found this idea for personalizing a plain envelopes for any occasion by See Kate Sew who guest hosted over at Ucreate.

I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I did!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Painting my room with A.D.D.


                                      

             So I really hate my room, but my husband and I don't have any idea if we will be in this house or not it two years.  We may be living oversea's and so we don't want to really put money into buying new furniture that we may not be able to take with us.  We are looking to do things that will improve the house for resell, so I to painted the walls, which is a big improvement seeing there was rough sparkle everywhere.  So I bought paint, two different color one in a gallon the other in pint size.  When I started to paint, I didn't bother to check the color (this is where the A.D.D. comes in, I truely have it and it comes to bit me often while crafting). I just grabbed the one that I thought was in the gallon and started painting.  It looked a little darker but I assumed I was remembering it differently.  Well after I painted the whole room I found the paint swatches in my purse and discovered I was painting with the wrong color, by a lot.

This is what it was suppose to be:
This is, is what I got:
                                         
Please excuse the mess, it's part of my painted process :). 

         My advice is slow down and make sure everything is right, don't ever except me to be able to do this though. I decided that there was no way that I was going to repaint the room.  So the stencil that I had planned on doing with a darker color, I changed to the color the room was suppose to be.  I've never done stenciling before but I thought I could make one with my silhouette machine.  I made it with sheet of plastic that I bought at the craft store.

                                       

                                                 

Unfortunately, it didn't work very well.  After a few times of using it, the paint started bleeding behind the stencil and no matter how many times I tried to clean the stencil really well and start again, it wouldn't stop. Then, I decided to try and do it on card stock and use a new stencil each time.

                                                 
This worked a little better but I decided my stencil just had to think of lines, but it was to late.  I just finished them up and cleaned up the lines with a fine art paint brush and I think it looks pretty good.


                                               

I still need to put the room back together and decide if I want to change some of the art around. But, that's for another day.

       For now I'm just trying to keep my basement as clear of water as possible.  We are having crazy rain   that is causing flooding everywhere.  10,000 people are expected to be evacuated, that's a lot for a small town. I still can't get over this video:



So prayers for the people of Broome County, NY are welcome.


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Antiquing on my free afternoon

For those of you who don't know, my husband is in Japan doing relief work.  He been gone 6 days, so my mother gave me a little break and took my little girl Ella, to Chuck E Cheese.  I was just going to go to Home Depot to pick out paint for my bedroom when I plassed a large Antique store (Charlie Brown's) and decided I was going to stop in. I really enjoy going antiquing but always have Ella with me so I never get to go.  Well I didn't find what I was hoping for but, I still think I made out pretty good.  Check it out!
All this cost me $2.

This antique has around 75 different sellers and one of the seller most have been closing up shop so there was a free sign on all there stuff.  I got the two decorating book, one from the 40's and the other late 60's and another book from the 50's of the art from the Prado Museum.  Along with the Japanese tray all for free.  
I got the decorative sterling bowl, tray and cups; also the 3 pearl ornaments (they each come in individual boxes) for $2.

Now to decide what to do with it all.
The cups I will probably make some sort of tiered platter or storage.
I'll find a home some where for this bowl and I was thinking of adding a little embellishment to these ornaments, and personalizing them to make a little Christmas gift.

I'm not really sure what this thing is.  It's hard to tell in this picture but it has a little carrying handle.  It has a bit of a dip in the top.  Anyone have any idea what this is?  I just thought it was pretty.

This tray isn't anything to great, but it was free.  It's sort of small and not in great shape.  Not sure what I'm doing with it.  The red would really only match in my bedroom.

I think I did pretty good!