Monday, November 23, 2009
I think Twain is saying that if it weren't for the foolish, we'd have no basis of comparision for the brilliant. However, I personally am very thankful to be a fool. I think the life of a non-fool would be very boring indeed....and besides, wacky, out there ideas have to come from somewhere, right? Perhaps my completely lack of fear when it comes to failure is not such a good trait....but then again, how was anything remarkable ever created?
Every year we are thankful for those around us and all the good things in the world. Perhaps we should start including in that list something we have never embraced about ourselves....maybe I never become anyone or anything truely great. This year, I am going to be very thankful for what I do have: a completely foolish idealism about life and creativity....one that keeps me busy, smiling and pretty darn happy.
Now we're ready for some turkey and a 4 day calorie coma. Bring it!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Oh my. How I love Halloween.
This is Chadson's costume #1 and may be his only one judging by how fantastic it came out! Just goes to show the power of simplicity.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
So this Halloween I challenge all of you to forgo the ridiculous trip to the crowded and crazy halloween/costume shops. Besides, what are you going to find there? For women it's a bagged costume of every animal imaginable only "sexy." For men, it's the line of inflatable penis jokes or a caveman. One word: LAME.
So please: Just Say No to the Un-imaginative. Even if you don't have mad sewing skills (I'm living proof of that people!) you would be amazed at how far a glue gun, a trip to Goodwill and a little creativity will get you!
Take for example my brother. He is stationed in the Extreme North of Cameroon volunteering to make the world a better place. That's Africa people. It takes him 3 days and a series of motobikes, overcrowded bush taxis and trains to get to a major city....as you can imagine, there is no such thing as a costume store and I'm pretty sure anyone who shows up as a "sexy nurse" would be run out of town.
But in the true creative spirit of this fantastic holiday, he and his fellow volunteers threw a costume party. After sifting through the pictures, I'm amazed! With nothing around but a few local weekend markets, the pictures show a Bunny, a Greek Goddess and my brother, The Castaway complete with Wilson the Loyal Sidekick. Awesome.
So again, I encourage your originality. Take a chance and try to make something with your own two hands. Better yet, get your kids involved and have them try to make something with their own two hands. It's the one day a year you can look ridiculous and get away with it....why not be able to take full credit for it?? Poo poo for PreMade. Hip Hip for Handmade!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
The one thing that HAS worked is my fabric storage solution. The closet in this room has a slanted floor which is ever so practical. So my very handy husband and father installed this lovely Rubbermaid shelving system and voila! A few $2.99 Target crates and on a good day, you can actually FIND fabric. Deeeelightful.
Monday, October 5, 2009
So for those of you following along...thanks. It's been fun and I promise more crafty to come!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Obviously I've done the date. On either side of the couple will be our names....and the dog will have a head. Eventually :)
Monday, August 24, 2009
So while I've been spending the last few weeks critiquing my shop like crazy, taking and retaking photos and evaluating whether or not anyone will ever think what I do is as cool as my sweet and supportive husband does, I think today I will just enjoy this.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Enter Chad: he found this tutorial on building a lightbox.
This is where the magic happens!
And this is an example of a finished product:
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I often find myself looking at something and thinking: I can do that! And then I try...sometimes it's a total Fail, but most of the time after a little trial and error, it comes out looking quite nice.
123 diapers - Yes, that's a lot...but that's what makes this project so cool!
Rubberbands - 2 LARGE, 2 Regular size, 123 small
Ribbon - Really depends on your preference...you could have all the same, each different, but you need at least 2yards.
Presentation Surface - Large platter, something that the layers can be stacked upon.
Topper - Use your imagination because I totally know you have one.
The "How To":
1. Each diaper will need to be rolled individually. To do this, pour yourself a glass of wine, put in a movie you love and have seen so many times you know the scenes in your head and the dialog makes you happy....that's the best kind of background noise!
Start your roll by folding the outerside of the front waistband into the center of the diaper....Then begin rolling ensuring that the leg elastic and velcro side attachments stay folded into the center of the diaper. Use your small rubberbands to hold the rolled diaper together, but do not double the band....remember the Parents to Be will have to unroll these eventually!
2. Once all 123 diapers are rolled, you can begin assembly. Start with the top layer and 7 diapers. Make the shape of a flower (ex. one diaper for the center and six around the outside like petals like below). Secure your first bundle with a regular sized rubberband. This shape will henceforth be called the "Core" and will be repeated for the 3 other layers.
3. For your second layer, make another Core of 7 diapers following the same steps as above and like before, secure with a regular size rubber band. Then continue to place another row of diapers on the outside of the core, tucking each diaper inside the rubberband one at a time. A regular sized band will allow for another row.
Monday, June 15, 2009
The "how to" is easy but the "that's awesome" factor hinges on the theme you choose. It really should revolve around an archetypical dichotomy (that was for my mother...see, I learned big words in college!) Example, Chad has never been able to decide if he's a Beatles man or an Elvis man. If you're reading this and don't get the reference, there is a link below to a deleted scene from Pulp Fiction. Enjoy!
Finally, get a bottle of wine, some snacky poos and your sweet love....let the games begin!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
- Buy a blank tote available at your local craft store. You can also make a tote as I did for my bridesmaids' but actually, I like this a little better (sssshhh, don't tell).
- Find an appropriate photo by doing my favorite thing: A Google Search! This one popped up and it was perfect for the party theme...it beat out a picture of a really creepy guy lounging in a moonbounce (my quote for that was going to be "Who invited him?")
- Add a quote. I like to use this vintage typewriter font I found and downloaded here.
- Make a publisher file. I love Microsoft Publisher and could find 8million ways to use it. For this, it's great for arranging your "artwork."
- Print art onto transfer paper. You can get this at craft/office supply stores. If you're transfering onto dark fabric, be sure to get the paper appropriate for your project. Since this was light fabric, I had to mirror image my art and words (VERY important and spelled out in the directions that will come with your paper.)
- Finally, use your creativity to add a few little goodies. In this case, the transfer was not a 100% success...so the buttons were not just a cute addition, but also the perfect way to hide my boo boo.
We have since lost my grandfather to Alzheimer's and he is always missed and remembered fondly as an amazing man. Perhaps I connect most with his creative abilities. He was a Marine who taught himself to not only knit, but to play the piano and paint. So I wanted to carry on this special tradition. Knit, I cannot....but quilt? I could try!
So as a gift for the first high school graduate in my family since my brother in 2001, my cousin is getting this: I dub it The Cheater Quilt!I had the best intentions to piece and quilt but am under a bit of a time constraint and trying to actually quilt with my machine proved very difficult. But with practice I will get better. So instead, I made the front one color (fabric A) and the back another (fabric B). I had to do the math (I consider myself a "word person" and I had multiple trips to the fabric store)...so with 44" wide fabric I got 4 yards of A and four yards of B. I split both fabric A and fabric B into for pieces measuring 22"x72" and stitched them together to create a front and a back that measured 88"x72"....almost exact to the 72"x90" twin batting! Very important....get a good iron and press your seams. It just makes everything lay better....sewing 101, I know.