July 30, 2011

Guest Blogger: Fairly Fabulous

While Kelsey is busy soaking up the last few rays on her Summer beach trip, I'm excited to show you around my little online home- Fairly Fabulous.

I'm no stranger to Tattered and Inked.
She hooked me with her amazing cabinet door welcome sign.

And Hello! How does she find such incredible 'roadside junk'?! Jealous? Um, yes- thanks for asking.
Kelsey continues to hook me with easy but fabulous re-dos like her recent painted glass vases.

 There are TONS of gorgeous pieces of glass like this at my grandparents house. Brilliant re-do!
She is one of the bloggers who inspired me to finally tackle a few furniture refinishing projects in my house using spray paint!


Today I want to show you how to make a quick and easy felt flower. It's one of my favorite styles for my Fairly Fabulous Flower frames.
Start with your favorite color felt. Felt by the yard or the 8 1/2 x 11 inch craft sheets will work.
Cut yourself a strip. (I cut an 8 1/2 inch piece approx 1 inch wide for my frames)

Fold it in half and hot glue the ends together.

Now take your felt loop and begin making cuts on the unglued side to 'fringe' your strip.

When the entire piece is cut,

take a small dab of glue on one end of your glued side (check out the photo- it will make more sense)

Then begin rolling the loop back on itself.

 See your flower starting to form?

Hot glue the bottom of your flower as you go until the entire strip is rolled.

Glue the end down to complete the flower.

I mix my felt Tabbies with rosettes to create my Rainbow frames!

What will you put your felt Tabbies on?
Be sure to stop by and visit Fairly Fabulous some time for more fun tutorials, refinishing projects, and fun fashion posts. ;)

Thanks again, Kelsey for letting me hang out on your blog while you soak up some sun!

Guest Blogger:The Idea Cupboard

Hi Everyone!  I am Summer @ The Idea Cupboard!  I am so excited to be guest posting here at Tattered and Inked!  Thanks so much Kelsey, and enjoy yourself at the beach!  This is my very first time doing a guest post so I am both very excited and nervous!
My little piece of blogland is called Idea Cupobard.  This is where I like to share ideas that I have come up with or that I have found.  It is where I share things that inspire me to create – anything from home d├ęcor, crafts, food and fun.  I just love to create things and to share with others.  My blog is still “young” but you can expect lots of fun tutorials and ideas in the future like my Caramel Turtle Brownies or like the one I am sharing now J
I had such fun creating this Watermelon.  I am sure you have seen button art in many places but in case you haven’t you really need to check it out (I found some fun ones on pinterest)– so many fun things out there!  I wanted something really fun and Summery for my mantle that I will be putting together in August.  For my mantle I am planning fun summer colors like Yellows, reds, blues and greens with a bit of black.  I want my August mantle to be inspired by lemonade, picnics, popsicles – you get the idea.  The first thing I made for this mantle is my Lemonade sign

and this framed button Watermelon was next on my list and I am so excited to share the tutorial with you!
Cute huh!
Okay here is what you will need:
  • Frame – I painted one from the dollar store, you can see my tutorial here.  You can use any size you want, the size I used was (8x10)
  • Fabric or burlap or cross stich fabric - I used muslin
  • Buttons (red, green and black)
  • Embroidery floss to match buttons
  • glue (I used elmers glue)    

Things not pictured below that you will need – masking tape, needle, and black letters to spell out picnic.

The red paint is not mentioned above because painting the frame is not part of this tutorial and I forgot to take it out of the picture :)
Step 1: Getting the Fabric ready - We need to get the fabric ready for adding the buttons.  Take the cardboard backing of the frame and place it on your fabric.  Cut the fabric and make sure you have a good edge to fold over.
Now fold over each side and put a single piece of tape down to keep the fabric secured.  You will be removing the tape so don’t worry about doing a great tape job for now, just something to keep the fabric in place.
Now we want to put this in our frame  so we have a reference on how the buttons will look with our frame on. 
Step 2: Buttons - Now for the fun part! You get to start placing your buttons – fitting things so they look nice.  You won’t be gluing or sewing anything down yet, just placing.  I did the green buttons first.  Then I started placing my red buttons.  Before I filled the space up with my red buttons I added a few black buttons for the seeds.  I then used smaller buttons to make it look like a bite was taken out of my watermelon.

Fill in all of the open spaces.  Don’t be too much of a perfectionist as things will get moved around when you are gluing the buttons, this is just to give you an idea of where you want things.
I ended up replacing the black button with circle medium sized black buttons.
Now is when we start gluing.  I used elmers glue.  You will pick up each individual button and put a drop of glue on the back and then place it back on the fabric.  This takes a bit of time so put on some good music while you do this.
Yes buttons will move and things will change a bit.  I did my green buttons first and I actually ended up adding a few more buttons as things were glued down.  Before I started my red and black buttons I let my green buttons dry for a bit so they wouldn’t move to much when I picked up the red and black buttons.  Once everything is glued down let it dry.
Step 3: Sewing – Yup we are going to sew the buttons on.  I have seen button art where the buttons are just glued and if you want to do that go for it – you may want to use a different kind of glue though instead of elmers.  I am sewing my buttons for two reasons – 1 – It will secure the buttons so they won’t fall off and 2 – Because it looks so dang cute!  To sew you need to remove your fabric from the frame and untape it from the cardboard backing.  Remove the cardboard backing carefully.  On mine the glue seeped through a bit and I had to gently pull the fabric from the cardboard.  Be careful though because those buttons can fall off easily if jostled around too much.  They are just glued on temporarily until we sew them.
 I used the same color of embroidery floss as button and began sewing on.  Sew cute! (pun intended) J

Isn’t that adorable!  Now put your piece back on the cardboard backing making sure to center it.  You will be taping it again but you will want to do a better taping job this time.  Now just hope no one looks at the back because the back is ugly!
Put back in the frame and admire your handy work!  I still thought this needed something so I grabbed some black letters that were self adhesive (thickers) and spelled out the word picnic.  

I hope you all like this project as much as I do!  Thanks for having me guest post today, Kelsey!  I would love if any of you would love to come visit me at Idea Cupboard!

July 29, 2011

Guest Blogger: Twiddler House

Hello!  My name is Jen and I blog over at Twiddler House.  I am thrilled to have this chance to meet all you fellow Tattered & Inked readers, and to share some of what goes on in my little corner of the world.

First off, the basics.  I am 35, married to a guy that makes me laugh every day, and we have twin boys that somehow manage to make me laugh even harder.  I've always been "a bit crafty" (as my Grandma would have said) but in the last few years I've really embraced that side of me and have found joy and inspiration in trying my hand at new things.  I think being the only girl in the house has somehow kicked my crafty instincts into overdrive, because I find that I love bright colors, ruffles, flowers, fashion and sparkly things more than I ever did before.

My current obsessions are Pintrest, Doctor Who, Zumba, power tools, burlap, Photoshop, candied bacon, and Etsy.

My favorite movie is The Philadelphia Story.  Carey Grant, Jimmy Stewart and Katherine Hepburn.  Enough said.

My favorite color when I was 7 was yellow.  I went through phases of pink, green, peach, purple, burgundy, and orange and now after all these years my favorite color is....yellow.

My favorite blogs at the moment are Little Miss Momma {love her!}, Thirty Handmade Days {her blog design alone makes me happy}, We Talk ofChrist, We Rejoice of Christ {she's like the friend I've never met}, GallamoreWest {she's the friend I have met - and am glad every day that I did!}, BetterAfter {inspiring and just plain funny}, The Pioneer Woman {what's not to love?} and Tattered & Inked, of course!  I came for the cute printables and stayed to read...well, everything else!

And finally, if there's one thing that sums up my personality and gives you a glimpse into the real, honest "me" it would have to be this...

 (via pintrest)

Seriously, I'm thinking of having this tattooed on my forehead. 

As for my blog, I've only been at it for a short time but I am having a blast with each new adventure.  It's been a great excuse for me to attempt some fun, creative things I've always wanted to try.  Take this latest furniture re-do, for example:

I found this little guy on Craigslist over a year ago, and I had a vision for him.  He sat in our house, collecting our junk and being basically ignored.  Patiently waiting, while life carried on.  Then a couple of weeks ago, I took the plunge.  Armed with primer, paint, and glaze, I gave my new friend a makeover.  And suddenly he went from plain and neglected to "holy cow, I think I love you!"  Now he fits right in, like one of the family, giving our house the little pop of color and life it needed.  Check it out...

*Sigh*  See what I mean?  My little friend is kind of a rock star now.  I think I will call him Bluey.

Bluey was my first attempt at antique glazing, so I was a bit nervous.  But I borrowed some of this from a friend and gave it a try...

It was so much easier than I anticipated!  I didn't want to go overboard so I limited myself to just edges and corners, and those lovely curves.  I think it turned out just right.

I also spray-painted the hardware in a dark metallic color to help perk them up a little.  Here's a tip I discovered while doing my kitchen makeover last summer - stick all your nails and screws into styrofoam to keep them upright and steady while you spray. Makes the job quick and easy! 

 So do you love him as much as I do?  He's like a little piece of sunshine greeting me every time I walk in the door.

 And there you have it.  That's the kind of thing that goes on over at the Twiddler House.  I hope you stop by for a visit sometime, and if you do please take a moment to say hi! 
A huge thank you to Kelsey for having me as a guest blogger today!  Have a great vacation, Kelsey, and I can't wait to see what you share with us when you get back!

Guest Blogger: Scene of the Grime

Laurie Beachy Waves

Hey y'all! My name is Laurie and I blog at Scene of the Grime. My blog tagline is "dust-polish-sparkle-shine," words that describe what I aspire to do in my blog and my life ~ embrace who and where you are and make the best of it!

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I blog about DIY Projects, Home Decor, Crafting, Thrifting, Repurpose/Reuse/Recy Creations, Food, Fashion/Beauty, my Faith and more. I am a positive person who looks for the silver lining and then adds some more sparkle!! 

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I’d love to get to know you! You can find me in all these places:

Thank you, Kelsey, for letting me pop over and say hi to your readers today!

Chronically Yours,

July 28, 2011

Guest Blogger: AJcrazies

Hi everyone!  First off, I want to say thanks to Kelsey for having me today!  It's such a grand, grand pleasure to be here . . . and this being my first time EVER guest blogging, I'm not really sure what I'm doing {hehaha} so bare with me:)
I'm Aimee over from a little blog called AJcrazies by AJK.  I'm a 14 year old (15 in August), going into my sophomore year in high school.  I started my blog to share some of my craft endeavors, but have actually ended up with more recipes on my blog.  I love all sorts of crafting . . . scrapbooking, sewing, and sometimes just crafting - you couldn't call it anything certain!
I have kinda awesome tutorials on my blog {if I do say so myself}.  A few of those are . . .

{this is a definite necessity in my life!!}

I also have TONS {literally} of recipes on my blog . . . a couple of my favorites are:

I've done a couple clothing redo's on my blog:

 Skirt to Shirt Redo:              Skirt to Dress Redo:

. . . and well guess what . . . tons and tons more!  Go check it out and have some fun!
. . . . and if you would like, follow me and leave comments, because I would truly LOVE it!!
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I also have a little etsy shop that I'm working to get more products in (there's not that much there right now).  You can find it here {also called AJcrazies}.
One of my favorite items in my shop right now is the fabric covered notebooks . . .

And. . . I have a little shop on my blog, AJcrazies Blog Sale.
My favorite item right now is the Morgan Ruffle Skirt, but I also have headbands and hot pads in this little shop.

Thanks again, Kelsey, for having me!
p.s.  I do have to tell you that I love your blog . . . it's wonderful!!