November 28, 2010

Scrap Wood Monogram

I call this my random "H". just kind of cropped up out of nowhere.

You know those projects... right?
The ones where you're staring at a black wall or an arrangement you just did and KNOW there's something missing...
and something just has to be done right.that.moment.

Or is that just me?

My issue was a wall I was trying to fill...and there was a weird gap.
It happened to be in my living room where my wall of frames and H's are...

So when I found a fabulous pile of leftover beadboard type molding from my pumpkin project, H popped into my head! (I know, weird.)

I also had these awesome little beat-up hinges from...something.

I cut two pieces of the molding to be the same length...

Then cut a baby piece for in the middle.

The hinges I set sideways in the middle so they could kinda hold it together. :)

(See the H??)

I painted my heart out because the brown I tried first looked...just icky.
So I layered heirloom white on top of it and then sanded the heck out of it.
I got a fun rustic-y white color.

Here it is all screwed together, painted and beat up.

My big ole' lovely H.

I love love love the hinges on it.

He had to go sit with the blue chair and punkins for his photo op...

And...he ended up being the perfect gap-filler for my wall!

Don't worry about the fact that my wall color eerily sinks in with the H...the walls are changing soon... right hubby? :)

And no... not because of the H...because I just hate that color.

But I love my beautiful blue frame.
It was five dollars at a flea market... and got a nice coat of paint and glaze.

Can you tell I love that blue color?
Recognize my cute little blue table? And the framed art print I talked about here?

Things are starting to come together...

Want another look at my blue frame?

I'm in love.

But really, guys, this post is supposed to be about Mr. H...

I mean, really. Just stay on topic. :)
But in all honesty... I think they were made for each other.
I love random project days.

Watcha think?
Can you scrounge up your own fabulous wooden monogram?


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November 22, 2010

A quick happy

These made me smile.

Have you checked out Love Actually?
It's a blog completely dedicated to sweet and simply romantic ideas.
She always has the cutest things going on.

And today was no exception.

Check out these freaking adorable thanksgiving 'love notes'.

My hubby has to work on thanksgiving (darn ambulances) because apparantly, people still get hurt on that day. Hmph.

But some of these just might find their way into his work bag...and wallet...and possibly taped to his iphone.

I'm just saying.. maybe they'll make him smile as much as they did me! :)

Many thanks to Love Actually and her amazing abiltiy to help us bring little joys into our hubby's lives!


Turkey Pillow

Just barely in time for Thanksgiving...but it had to be shared.

Of course, you remember these guys that I made from placemats a few weeks ago..
so you won't be surprised to find out that I scored another amazing placemat find.

I found this gorgeous guy while shopping for a wedding gift at Bed Bath & Beyond.

Little man loves turkeys so I had to scoop him up.
I got him home...and opened him up!

He was super easy to get apart at the seams...then I just stuffed that turkey :)
Once he was as plump as I wanted, I sewed him back up and plopped him on the couch to admire such a pretty gobbler.

Isn't he beautiful?

And he keeps those fabulous leaves company...

Didn't I say he was just in time for Thanksgiving?
Don't you need a sweet gobbler around your house?

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November 15, 2010

Christmas Tree Scrap Pillow

Leftover duck fabric + scraps of fun fabric + Christmas-sy mood = Tree pillow!

I'm slowly starting to pump out some christmas projects, aren't ya proud?
I was incredibly productive this weekend considering it was my first 'no thinking of school' weekend I've had in FOREVER.
So I got down to business.

Little man is all about Christmas this year since he's three.. I'll show you some of his masterpieces from this past weekend soon.

He's been asking for a tree pillow for a little while so when I saw a pile of scraps leftover from a rag quilt I made wayyy back when... I saw tree!

I also had some fantastic pieces of off-white duck fabric (just why is it called duck fabric, really?)

I took my pile of scraps and started cutting them and laying them out on the duck fabric...

This was really the longest part...getting everything the way I wanted it :)

It ended up being bigger than I had first envisioned...but I liked it. A lot.

I rolled a piece of burlap and made a burlap flower that could pretend to be a star!

Want to know a secret?
Don't hate me, kay?
I'm not the world's greatest this is hot-glued on.
But that's okay, right?

you still love me?

I usually hate my handwriting.
But with a calligraphy pen, I can handle it a little better :)
So I added 'be merry' at the base of the tree.

I promise I DID sew the pillow together... no hot glue there. :)

I love it!
It's a big, snuggly pillow and little man approves!

Plus it's the whole non-traditional blue and brown scheme that has me in love...
...can you tell by my couch and wall color that I'm way beyond smitten?

The front with the tree is made with the off-white duck fabric.
The back is a chocolate brown duck fabric.
I love the stuff!

Do you love these fabrics as much as I do?

I'm so ready for Christmas... maybe somewhat because it would mean this semester is over.
But I do have one more Thanksgiving craft up my sleeve... just wait!

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November 10, 2010

Quick & Easy Personalized Gift

Guys, this was so easy and quick!
And it's fun, practical and...well... cute!!

Everything you need for the perfect gift.

I ended up doing this for a wedding shower but think of the possibilities- they're endless!

I started with an empty square gift box.
Those thick cardboard ones, you know?

All I did was take one of the kitchen-sized towels I had and wrapped it around the box, securing the bottom with pins through the bottom of the box.
I didn't want to use glue or anything because you want them to be able to take it apart and use it at some point :)

I just stuffed the towel in around the top of the box and down the sides... the items inside hold it nice and snug so there's no need to adhere it in anyway.

I took the lid of the box and wrapped it in a funky piece of fabric- this time I did use glue.
Then I merely just snuggled the bottom of the box down into the lid... it covers the messiness of the bottom and keeps the pins in.

Inside the box I used a clear glass vase from the Dollar Store to hold all the utensils.
Just tie some ribbon around their handles and stick 'em in!

Then I rolled the rest of the towels and snuggled them in all around the vase.

Nice and snug :)

For the front, I wrapped a piece of ribbon around the box and tied it into holes I punched into the cardstock tag I made.

You could use initials, names, numbers...whatever you can think of!

For a gift tag, I used the same design from the front tag and made another cardstock tag.
I tied a piece of ribbon on the side and slid it in among the towels.

Now you have a crazy easy gift that looks way cute!

So get to filling those boxes... think of all the fun ways!
  • Bathroom soaps, towels and essentials
  • An art box with pencils, paintbrushes, etc.
  • A coffee-filled box
  • A grilling- theme one for those special guys
  • Movie & Popcorn box
The sky is the limit!

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November 02, 2010

New Take on a Fall Wreath

Do you guys ever feel like you can't really keep up?
Or is that just me?

Fab bloggers are already pumping out the Christmas crafts... and I'm barely able to keep up with my tests this week!

I just feel behind.

But I guess it's never too late to still enjoy fall.
It's actually starting to feel cold here today!

A while back I found this tutorial. 
I fell in love with the different shaped version of a wreath.

It stayed in my head for a little while until I found an old frame stashed in my craft room and happened upon this awesome felt leaf from JoAnn's.

And it just came together.
I love that :)

Old Frame
Glue Gun
Book that you can tear up :)
Something fun to hang in the middle

I got a stack of books from my university- the english department lays them out and I snatched a stack!

All I did was start ripping out pages (sad, yes) and cutting them into squares.
I got a big ole stack

I loved this random phrase I found on a couple of the pieces
It says "Death and love are absolute states of being in which ordinary human reactions and emotions have no place."
I love that the book is mostly in French but I happened upon that lovely little phrase :)

My little helper helped me crumple each square and glue to the frame until it was nice and covered:

The frame was a little narrower than I would have liked but it seemed to work...

I found this awesome felt leaf in the dollar bins at JoAnn's and brough it home.
Although it was a neon yellow when I bought it (yuck)
Oh the powers of spraypaint.

I think a lovely red is much better, don't you?

I just looped a piece of twine through the leaf and strung it to the frame.

Then I used a gorgeous piece of ribbon to hang the whole ensemble to my newly painted front door :)

Remember, my door used to be green...
I like it better this color
But it's a lot more brown in real life... I might be repainting it more heirloom white-esque soon :)

I love how the leaf looks against the door though!

I also added a brown vinyl 'welcome' to the front door.
Love my cricut :)

I love the little fall 'bling'.

I can't wait for Christmas decorating...
...but I love fall decor.
It's so, well, welcoming

But don't worry, I'll be catching up with the Christmas craze soon...
I've got things in the works

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