Friday, April 19, 2013

A Kitchen for a Queen! ( or Princess in this case)

I'm sorry for my absents of posts over the last several months!  I did want to post a few of my recent creations.  My little girl recently celebrated her 3rd birthday.  I've been wanting to make a cute kitchen for her out of an old end table.  I'm not a big fan of the expensive plastic kitchens sold in stores.  I got my husband on board (he is the master woodworker in the family) and my daughter and I went searching for an end table to transform.  We got lucky at our first Thrift Store stop and found this beauty:
It had all the charm and cuteness I was looking for.  I designed a hutch with my husband that we could attach to the end table.  My husband found a dog dish at the Dollar Store that we could use as our sink.  He also found an old faucet that we could use.  We cut a circle to fit the sink, made the hutch and attached it to the end table.  We then striped the old paint off of the end table.  I spray painted areas of the kitchen with bright pink spray paint, then painted over the whole kitchen with white paint.  I then distressed areas with fine sandpaper to expose the pink.  I then finished it off with a sealing coat to protect it.  I also used the pink spray paint to color the knobs and details on the doors.  I also made my daughter an apron to go along with her kitchen.
She seems to be enjoying it all! 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A Monogrammed gift

 My friend is celebrating her birthday today and she has a love for polka dots, as do I!  She is super crafty herself but I wanted to make something to give her to celebrate.  I've seen these cute framed letters on Pinterest and had to put one together for my friend...I pulled out the fun polka dot material, picked out this vintage frame that I spray painted gray, and found a large wooden letter to add to the frame.  I accessorized with these cute rolled lace flowers and gray pearls and a little satin gray ribbon bow to complete the look.  So easy and fun to put together!  These would make GREAT holiday gifts!  This framed monogram letter cost me approx. $25 but I'm sure you could make them much cheaper by finding cheaper frames!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Busy Little Beaver!

I recently completed this adorable Messenger Bag for a friend.  This is one of those projects I had a hard time handing over,  I guess that just means that the person receiving it is going to love it that much more!  I just might have to add this to my TO DO list and make myself one.  I changed up the way I did the handle vs. the last time I made this bag...I purchased webbing and some fun hardware.  My friend is definately going to be stylin' when she goes around town carrying this bag!...On the right is a card I came up with while I was supposed to be cleaning off my desktop...I had a few of the peices that made up this card laying around and I decided to come up with a card using them, and this is the finished project...And last but not least, another custom bag I put together for a friend.  She gave me some of her old military blouses and wanted a military rag bag, and my ideas started to explode once I got the blouses!  I ended up adding the pockets along with name tags to add storage to the bag and completed it with a fun fabric flower that she can move depending on what side of the bag she uses (yes, this bag is reversible!)  Off to figure out my next project!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Another Project: Complete!

I took some pictures of my friend and her family back in April and I was telling her how I wanted to find an old window to put pictures in...little did I know she had a collection of old windows in her garage.  As a thank you for taking her family's pictures, she gave me an old window!  I had a before picture of it, but can't seem to find it on my was a moss green color, not my favorite.  With the help of the hubby we were able to spray paint a cream crackle paint onto my new treasure.  I had just taken some fun new pictures of my sweet little kiddos, and knew this window would be a perfect place to frame and display all of their sweetness!
 I must say, I am THRILLED with how it turned out! 
 Here is a close-up of the bottom corner...yes, those are scrabble letters! :)...along with another new addiction, fabric flowers!
I love banners and couldn't pass up putting one on this old window!  Now I'm off to figure out which wall to hang it on in my home!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

End of another school year and Teacher Gifts!

I can't believe that it is the last week of school!  Another year has come and gone and my children are growing up so fast!  I always like to give my children's teachers thank you gifts at the end of the year.  I always have the best intentions to make them something really nice, but always put it off until the last minute.  Plus, this year, between my 3 school age kids, they have 7 teachers!  I googled ideas the other day and came across this cup and skittle idea on a blog (so sorry I don't remember the original poster - but THANK YOU!)  I changed the sentiment a bit and had my kids write their teachers a personal note on the back of the tag.  It was a fast and pretty cheap gift idea (only around $5 per gift).  Here's hoping we have a sweet summer! :)

Saturday, April 28, 2012

An easy card and a rag bag made from an upcycled skirt!

 I made this card for this months card club.  I used a Mojo Monday sketch.  I love how simple it was to put together, but still looks classy. 

I've been busy making more rag bag custom orders for friends.  This particular bag has become my all-time favorite I've made so far.  My friend requested Shabby Chic with Kacki, so I went with this fun color pallette of pastel pink and grey.  I actually upcycled an old kacki skirt that had been worn beyond it's wear... I even used the two back pockets as hidden pockets on the inside of this fun bag! (you see one in the bottom front panel there?!)  It was almost hard to hand this bag over, it's a good thing I was making it for a dear friend or else I don't think I could have brought myself to give it to her! :)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Happy Easter!

For my birthday last month I gave myself a gift I have found I don't have much of...time. I would love to be papercrafting every day or at least once a week, but other obligations have taken priority over my fun free time activities. This is what I created during that time. A fun "Hoppy Easter" banner to greet our guests with.
Here's a close-up of one of the bunnies.

This is the card I came up with for last month's card group I'm in. I love this new stamp set from Close To My Heart.