Thursday, August 23, 2012

Gifting: Monogram Door Hanger for the Newly Engaged

A sweet friend of mine recently got engaged.  My coworkers and I wanted to give her something personal and sweet as a little "Hey, you're getting married!" gift and I thought my crafty skills could come in handy.

Knowing that she will most definitely be changing her last name when they tie the knot, I thought something with the new last initial might be fun.  I'm sure there's some sort of etiquette rules about not giving monogrammed gifts before the actual marriage, but stuff that.  They're moving into a new place together and I knew she would enjoy something with that thinking behind it.

Cute, right?  Here's the "how to":

Time to repurpose an salvaged frame!  Take out all the "guts" so just the open and empty frame remains.  Here's what else you need:

-Letter, appropriate to the size of the frame.  This one is from the Lobby O' Hobby
-Ribbon.  I used a colonial blue wired ribbon as I thought it would be neutral but still cute
-Screw Eyes
-Hammer, pliers
-Wreath hook with a small hole in the curve

First, figure out how your letter of choice attaches to things.  This one had two holes in the back, so I knew we needed another method of hanging.  Enter screw eyes, available in the framing section of your crafty store.  The letter wasn't exactly I needed to place the screw and hammer that sucker in until it made a dent.  Then it started to actually turn in.

Taking the ribbon, I attached it around the screw eye and tied it securely.

Then the ribbon got looped through the hole in the bottom of the wreath hanger.

And the frame gets placed in the hanger and a lovely bow is tied.  This is probably the easiest gift I've made in a while, but honestly, it's also one of the cutest!

Congrats to Luke and Elizabeth!  A very exciting time for a very sweet couple.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Pinterest Challenge: DIY Dry Erase Menu Planner

Have I told you lately that I love you?  Meaning my new machine, of course.  My Cameo Silhouette is magic and I was thrilled to have another project to use it with.

Chadders and I are going to try to be better about grocery shopping, eating well and being prepared for our week.  Hence, I thought it was a great excuse to make a menu planner!  I saw it on Pinterest as a to do list, so I can't really take credit for the idea.  But here's the cool is perfect for a dry erase marker.  So many fun things you can make with old frames.  Or new frames, in this case, as I had a specific need.

Enter a collage frame from the Lobby O' Hobby.  Never buy anything full price from Hobby Lobby.  Go in separate trips or wait until things go on sale.  I got this 50% off...because at full price, it was ridiculously expensive.

Add pretty coordinating papers!  I was excited to find another way to incorporate my kooky new kitchen color scheme.

Each 4x6 opening will be one day, with one extra for snacks and goodies we may want to remember to buy.  I feel like I'm always saying "ooooh, let's get this" and then I totally forget when surrounded by grocery store madness.  So during my week, snacks are getting their own frame.  I also thought, because this frame is metal, there would be a way to attach a grocery list pad, but I thought the snack space would serve us better.

Using my silhouette, I cut the different pages along with separate 4x6 cardstock rectangles for the backing.

Voila.  Such an easy project and such a great addition to the kitch.  I used ribbon and a Command Hook to hang.  Grab a dry erase marker and get to menu planning!

I would suggest a darker backing cardstock.  That might help it be a little more readable.  But at the same time, the lighter makes this project look like a pretty little art piece instead of the days of the week glaring at us.  Sooo, what's for dinner at your house?

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Gifting: Mason Jar Straw Glass Set

I'm about four month's late on a friend's birthday gift.  But in all honesty, it took about four months to figure out what in the world to get her.  She just got married, doesn't need any clothes, jewelry, etc.  She already has a tote I Citra Solv printed, a necklace from Simply March and just about anything else I can and usually make.  But I really wanted something special, something that I put time into, and something she would enjoy.

It was time for some creativity from another maker of things.

Enter Poppy and Pearl Co., the delightful Etsy shop specializing in these fabulous mason jar lids.  They come with straws and are wrapped up with a pretty little bow.  Seeing how my buddy LOVES to drink from mason jars, I couldn't help but think of her when I came across this charming little shop and fabulously inventive item.

Adorable, right??  The shop owner is awesome to work with, too.  Not really understanding mason jar sizes, I totally ordered the wrong thing.  But sent a message correcting it and the shop owner was professional and courteous about it.  AND she got them out quickly to me...I was being quite high maintenance.  She remained pleasant as pie.

So, six fun mason jar straw cups....what to put them in?  That's where my awesome crafty skills could come in handy.  AND I just got a new toy!  A Silhouette Cameo.  It's a fancy cutting machine that does not bind you to pre-made cartridge cutting.  Plus it's got an iTunes-esque store from which to download designs if you're being I was.  But check out the level of detail!  I am in love.  More projects to come on that soon...because seriously, I love it.

Taking a plain, boring black crate from the Lobby O' Hobby, I create a pithy little design using this awesome graphic from The Graphics Fairy (one of my favorite sites!).

Modge Podge to the rescue!  The perfect super late birthday gift for one of my very favorite people.

Aren't those the CUTEST lids?  I couldn't get rid of the business cards...they were just too sweet!  Thank you Poppy and Pearl Co.!