Showing posts with label homemade. Show all posts
Showing posts with label homemade. Show all posts

Mar 3, 2013

"Twitter" Me Message Board

Hey People,

So this Sunday has become a cleaning and reorganizing day.  Poor little Noah has an ear infection.  We took him to the weekend clinic this morning to get him antibiotics and the rest of the day he's been pretty low key.  Poor little bugger has just wanted to sleep and cuddle (which this mommy doesn't mind at all!).  Because he hasn't required too much attention, I was able to organize his clothes into 0mos, 3mos, and 6mos boxes.  Boy did that kid acquire quite the collection of clothing.  If we have another boy, he'll be set! 

After that was done, I decided it was time to tackle my craft room, which looks like a warzone.  Without going into too many details, let's just say that it was long overdue.  That place was a health hazard.  (2 minutes in there and Noah would probably come out with a pin in his eyeball and something covered with glue in his mouth)  In cleaning out my craft room, I stumbled upon an unused 11x14 picture frame....which got my mind a churnin.  The frame was silver, so I knew that I wouldn't be using it in any of my picture wall hangings (because all of the pictures around my house are framed with brown, white, or cream frames).  But it seemed like such a shame to let it sit there unused.  At the same time I stumbled across this frame, I happened to be sorting through my marker collection.  As I bundled my dry erase markers with a gumband, I remembered an idea I saw on Pinterest using a picture frame as a makeshift dry erase board. So naturally, I dropped everything that I was doing and set about to crafting one for myself.  (Got to love my ADD).

So basically I used some scrapbook paper I had lying around, cut it to the shape and size of the frame, and drew little red lines to mock that elementary school paper I remember practicing my cursive letters on as a child.  Voila...

The message "Twitter Me" was completely impulsive.  I've never used twitter in my life, nor do I have any imminent plans too.  But it seemed like a cute phrase to caption my thought..."Hey write on me, I'm fun!"  The dry erase marker is attached to the frame by a piece of yarn.  (it is tied to the horizontal wall hook on the back of the frame)

Not sure yet where I'll put our little message board.  I'm thinking it may serve some good in the kitchen to jot down quick notes to the hubby or make reminders of things I need at the grocery store.  Best part about that is, no paper, no waste, no mess!  Gotta love that=)

Hope you enjoyed my impromptu craft of the day.

Mar 2, 2013

DIY important dates wall decor



So this next post I am actually really excited to share with you all.  As many people are these days, I am a huge fan of Pinterest.  The last two Christmases I used Pinterest as inspiration for ideas on homemade Christmas gifts.  If you don't know my opinion on homemade gifts, it is simply that I love them.  I love making them and I love giving them even more.  ( I only hope that the receivers like them as much as I do!). Anyway, while browsing Pinterest last year I found the idea for something called "important dates framed". Looking back now I can't find the pin so I'm not sure if I actually pinned it.  But you may have heard of the concept or even seen a similar pin yourself.   The basic idea is a framed piece of  "art" that has important dates printed on it in a semi-subway art fashion.  The majority of the pins I saw had birthdays of important people/family members on them with some kind of cute caption that read "what a difference a day can make."  

So I was determined to complete this DIY gift for my mom and mother-in-law who both became grandmothers for the first time last year. I wasn't sure if they would think it was as a cool as I gift as I did, but I was willing to take the risk!  

So to do the project, I basically winged it on my own instincts.  I decided to go with the anniversary of my parents and follow with the birthdays of all of their children&grandchildren.  To make the art I went into word publisher and played with different fonts, sizes, orientations and layouts until i found a design I liked.  The finished product looked like this...


It was a success, my mom loved it!  And my mother in law seemed to really appreciate hers as well.  So I thought I'd make one for Dan and I, but with a little twist to it.  So here's the tutorial if you'd like to make one yourself. 

Supplies:
You'll need 1/4 yard of canvas fabric in a light color
Steam A Seam fusible paper or Adhesive spray
8.5x11 craft paper or sturdier printer paper
your design in word publisher or another similar publishing program
an 11x14 picture frame

 

Step 1:  Using your adhesive paper web, attach the craft paper to the canvas fabric.  The first photo below is just me sizing the paper against the fabric.  As you can see there is a margin of fabric around the edges of the paper which I'll remove later.


The adhesive paper needs to be sandwiched inbetween the layers of fabric and paper.


This is what it looks like once the protective paper is removed.  One side of the paper will be sticky and the other side will become adhesive once ironed.

Step 2:  Activate the bond from the other side by ironing the fabric. 

Step 3:  Trim fabric edges.
Step 4:  Load your paper into your printer


Step 5: Print! (As you can see, the twist on mine was making it into "A Love Story".  I chose to highlight what I felt were the important dates/times in Dan and I's relationship.  I also used graphics I found through google images. 
Step 6:  Set into frame


Step 7: Admire =)




And there you have it.  Make one for yourself or as a gift for someone you care about!

Feb 18, 2013

DIY fabric journal

I have another cool tutorial-ish post for you all.  A fabric covered DIY journal.  But let's go back to the origination of this idea.  It all started last Wednesday.  Noah bear had his 6 month old well baby check up.  Emphasis on the well.  Well, he came out of the appointment severely pissed off after waiting 2 hours to be poked and prodded by two different doctors and stabbed 3 times by a not-so-friendly nurse.  Needless to say, the rest of the day I had a pretty grumpy baby on my hands.  By that evening, it was evident that the trip gave him more than a sour attitude, he had developed a lovely hacking cough, waterfall-ish runny nose, low grade fever, and generalized malaise.  Yay.  To boot, I hadn't been left unscathed either, sporting a rather stuffy nose and sexy nasally voice myself.

Thank goodness for the hubby.  He has nursed us back to a semi-healthiesh state the last few days.  I am almost recovered, but poor Noah is still miserable.  I really hope his little body kicks this thing soon.  But anyway, yesterday Dan and I decided we needed to get out of the house.  Even though it was like -40 degrees outside, we thought some fresh air would do the family good.  So we took a trip to one of our favorite go to hangouts, Barnes N Noble.  This brings us to the idea for a journal.  While perusing the store, I stumbled across the journals section.  Nostalgia hit as I remembered this portion of the store being my favorite place to hang out as a little girl.  As a pre-teen and teenage girl, I had more journals than I knew what to do with.  There was just something so enticing about writing down my secret thoughts on fresh, clean, stylish pages I couldn't get enough of.  To top off my trip down memory lane, there was a young girl scouring the shelves for the perfect diary/journal right next to Noah and I.  This prompted my own search for a journal.  "Maybe I'll take up writing one again"  I thought to myself.  Cue searching for the perfect match.  Five minutes in, I abandoned my hunt.  Paying anywhere from $10-$30 for a book I may not even use was becoming unattractive.  And then that voice...."You can make one!"

So I came home, determined to conquer another DIY project. So here's what happened.


I gathered some supplies (all of which I had on hand)
1. cardboard
2. iron-on adhesive sheets (adhesive spray would probably work too)
3. scrap fabric
4. notebook paper
5. ribbon
6. needle
7. thread
8. button
9. rubber band

Step 1:  I cut out the "bones" of my journal.  Using the cardboard (it was of the thinner more paper-like variety), I sized and cut out the front, back, and spine of my journal.


Step 2:  I placed iron on adhesive strips all round the edges of my cardboard.





Step 3:  I ironed the cardboard onto the fabric.  
I'm sorry I don't have any pictures documenting this.  I was doing it as I was watching Noah, so I didn't have a lot of time.  But essentially I had a piece of fabric large enough to fold completely in half and cover both sides of my "layout".  (By layout I mean the three places as I have them placed in the pictures above)  After ironing on each of those pieces separately in that layout, I folded the fabric down over top of them all so that the bottom edges aligned, and I ironed that.  

Step 4:  I prepared my notebook pages.  
I used a standard-ruled notebook and cut the pages to the size I needed for the journal, being careful to leave the little round circles from the spiral wire intact.  I then placed these into the journal so that the circles lined up above the little space of fabric to the right of the spine and to the left of the back cover.

Step 5:  Using a craft needle and some sparkly embroidery thread I carefully sewed my pages to the binding of the book.  (I came up through the back of the book first, through the hole, across the spine, and into the space to the left of the spine and the right of the cover).  

This long, rather arduous process yielded this.
Pretty right?!

Step 6:  I bedazzled.  Using the adhesive paper, I attached two yellow ribbons onto the front cover of my journal.


Step 7:  I attached a big white button.  This was a little more tricky.  First I marked where my holes needed to be with a permanent marker.
Next I took a pin and poked through the cardboard to get a pathway started for my big fat craft needle.  Then I threaded my needle through and attached said button in no particular fashion.  I just made sure I criss-crossed, zig-zagged, and all sorts of things to keep that puppy on there tight.


Step 8:  I used a yellow rubber band to make a "tie" for my button.  First I poked a hole through the back cover using the pin and craft needle again.  Next I knotted my rubber band on one end so that it would hold onto the inside of my back cover.  Next I forced the end with the loop through the hole and out the back of my journal.

inside back cover
outside back cover
And looped around to fit the front. (I originally wanted to use a hairband, but couldn't get it to go through the hole, so I gave up when I saw the yellow rubber band).

Well there you have it.  A homemade journal for $0.  Although, it did take a few hours to come together.  Anyway, it's amazing what you can do with the things you have lying around your house.  I love "tinkering" and finding ways to make old or unused items new!

Let me know if this tutorial helped you at all and if the directions were unclear in any part, let me know!
Happy Crafting =)









Feb 14, 2013

An impromptu photo shoot

Happy Valentines Day Everyone!

So I wanted to share a quick post with you all about my handmade impromptu photo shoot with Noah bear today. As I was browsing Facebook earlier, I was inspired but everyone's Valentines Day spirit. I don't know about your news feed, but mine was littered (in a nice sense of the word) with people's posts of flowers, gifts, cards, candies, loved ones, etc. Dan and I usually don't make too much of a fuss about this holiday. A nice little card and a kiss is about as far as we go, but I had a change of heart thinking this was Noah's very first V-day and also the very first time I had two special valentines :-).

Plus I hadn't sent any cards to the grandparents or anything, so I thought something needed to be done. These thoughts took me up to my craft room and I went to work with materials I had on hand. As I cut and crafted away, Noah played happily on the floor with my scraps of paper.

True to my motto, everything was DIY/Homemade. I grabbed some felt I had lying around and cut out some hearts. Then I cut out XOXO letters from red craft paper. Next I found some heart ribbon that's been sitting around waiting for a purpose and I put it all together on an old ribbon memo board from my college dorm room days.

Because Noah needed to look the part, I pinned felt hearts to a plain white onesie. For the back drop, I simply draped a white blanket over his crib and used a boppy to help him sit up straight. Lastly, my only other prop was a white valentines bear grammie bought Noah a couple days earlier. After all was set up, the photo op began! I got a lot of priceless pics of the buddy and was able to send them out to family and friends. And now we will have photo memories of Noah's first Valentines Day!

Not bad for an hour of our day and $0 out of our pockets!

What Valentines crafts did you all come up with?





Feb 10, 2013

DIY Labels for Sewing Projects


 
Keeping true to my current sewing themed posts, I wanted to share with you how I make my homemade sewing labels.  I found a similar idea one day while browsing pinterest, and knew I had to try it.  The original idea came from Tutorial Ideas.  I took her tutorial and modified it a little to my liking and needs.

So since I've been doing a lot of sewing lately, I thought that a cute little homemade label would be a nice final touch to my projects. 

So what you need:
Iron on transfer paper
1.5 in wide white ribbon
your label template
an iron!

Step 1:  Create your label in the program of your choice.  I used Word Publisher, but I'm sure Microsoft Word would also work.  I'm not sure what the Mac equivalent would be, but I know there is one.  To create my label, I played around with different fonts, colors, symbols, etc.  When I found the combo I liked, I "grouped" my design together.  (You can do this by ctrl selecting everything, then right clicking and hitting the "group" button)  This just allows you to copy all the pieces of your label at once.

Once you have everything grouped together, go ahead and copy your label.  Then add copies of your label side by side until you have one row of labels.  Microsoft Publisher helps you with this by making sure you align your pieces evenly, so if your program has it, use the pink/red guidelines.  Once you have an entire row, select all of the labels again and "group" the whole row.  Then copy and paste the rows down the page until you have something that looks like this.

 

One thing you want to be mindful of.... Make sure that your labels aren't any larger than 1.5 inches or they won't fit onto your ribbon. 

Step 2:  Grab your handy dandy t shirt transfer paper.  Make sure your read the instructions on properly loading the paper into the printer.  And before you click print, in the printer settings/properties under paper type, click T-shirt transfer paper.  This will automatically mirror your labels for you.  (I'd print out a test sheet just to be safe)



Step 3:  Now that you have your BEautiful labels, cut em out!


Step 4:  Grab that ribbon and align your labels 2-4 at time along the ribbon for ironing.  (Tip:  Make sure you leave a small edge on top and bottom of label to fold over while sewing.



Step 5:  Iron those puppies on!  I believe I ironed for 15-30 seconds.  I also didn't just leave my iron in one place.  I moved and pressed at different angles.  


Step 6:  AFTER, the ribbon and label have COOLED, remove the backing.  If you remove it while it's still warm, the font will pull up away from the ribbon.  


Step 7:  Admire and SEW to your product!!!  

I use a straight stitch to sew my labels and I fold over the tabs as I go to make sure the edges are finished. 

Hope this tutorial helps you all out!  Let me know how your labels turn out! 






DISCLAIMER:  These are not "heavy" duty labels.  I'm not sure how many washes they will hold up to being that they are transfer/iron on.  If you would like heavier duty labels, you may have to find a different method!

Feb 6, 2013

DIY Monster Onesie

So I like to sew but am by no means an expert.  I sew burp cloths, blankets, little things....you get the picture.  I get by and have learned pretty much everything I know by teaching myself and the trial and error method.  It is also important to note that I have a love/hate relationship with the sewing machine.  Often times we find ourselves head to head, me yelling at it,  and it sitting there mocking me by refusing to work.  My complaint is if it's not one thing causing me undue stress, it's another.  For example, the bobbin runs out in the middle of a stitch, or the needle randomly unthreads itself, or the machine skips a stitch, or the pressor foot falls off,  or the needle breaks, and of course, there's my all time favorite, the thread decides  to jam...  Anyway, you name it and it's probably happened to me.  

This particular project, all of the above misfortunes transpired.   Needless to say, there was screaming, there was shouting, and there was profanity.  Good thing Noah doesn't repeat what we say yet.  Hopefully by the time that age comes around, the sewing machine and I will be on friendly speaking terms. 

Anyway, because Noah grows like a weed, we are now entering the 9 month clothes stage.  While sorting through his drawers the other day, I came across a 4pk of Carter's long sleeved white onesies.  Dan happened to be in the room at the time, and when I showed him the onesies excitedly, he judged them "plain and boring".  Hmm, the familar voice again, "you can do something with these!"  So later that night, I browsed my ipad for some ideas.  I came across the really cute blog The Homes I have Made and was inspired by her monster onesie.  I really liked the picture she used as her inspiration from etsy, (Monster), and decided I'd use that as my inspiration.  So I rummaged through my scrap fabric and came up with some blue and yellow pieces.  Then I found some off white canvas for the eyes and black felt for the eyeballs.  I pretty much free-handed the cutting of the various shapes using the onesie as a size reference.  The "winging it" portion turned out pretty well, and I did take pictures of the shapes for you, but my camera decided to format it's memory card without my permission and alas, they are all gone.

But anyway, I've never appliqued anything before, so there were quite a few challenges I uncovered.  Numero uno, finding the right stitch to use on the machine.  I needed one that would prevent the edges from fraying.  After looking online, it appeared that the "blanket stitch" was recommended.  However, my machine didn't have that, so I opted instead for a zig-zag stitch and adjusted the size and spacing of the zigzag.  The next challenge was not sewing the front of the onesie to the back of the onesie all while keeping the pieces of fabric in place.  This was by far the biggest challenge.  There was a lot of sewing and reripping of stitches until everything was semi straight and organized.  The last challenge was hiding all of the back (reverse stitching) I did to secure the thread. 

So my take on the whole thing.  I guess I am overall pleased with it.  There was alot of start/stopping which shows in the stitched pattern, so in hindsight I wish I would have used a lighter colored thread.  I think the black makes it look a litle sloppy, but it's not bad for my first experience with appliquing. Maybe I'll try to redeem myself with another attempt sometime soon, but for now, behold Noah's truly scary monster onesie ;-)










And the cute model himself!

What projects have you all been working on lately?!

Feb 3, 2013

DIY Nursery w/ Homemade Decor: Part 2 DIY Yarn Letters

Have you all seen those alphabet letters or name decals that a lot of cute nurseries have hanging on the wall?  Usually they are found somewhere above or around the crib...well when i was decorating Noah's nursey, I decided I needed wanted them. So I set out in a hot pursuit of four wooden block letters. First place on the tour was Michaels of course!  Fast forward to me standing in Michaels looking at their wooden block letters while mentally tallying up the price of Noah's name at a steep $5-6  per wooden letter block.  And that price wasn't even for the large sized blocks.  Now 'Noah' is a short name, so the letters would have only set me back $25-30, but that even seemed like more than I wanted to spend on this particular decoration. Additionally, they were unfinished and would need a coat of paint or something to help them out.  So that was a quick elimination for me. Next I thought I'd check out Joann fabrics, which actually turned out to be a little more espensive than Michaels. Humph I thought, what now?

Then the familiar little voice I often have came creeping into my head..."pshhh you can make these". My conscious mind wasn't as confident, but  I was up for the challenge.   So I came up with a home-made alternative that involved some cardboard, ribbon, yarn, hot glue gun, and a lot of patience.  Since I originally posted this project Here the same idea has popped up on Pinterest and other crafty homemade blogs. Seems like crafty minds think alike!  So here's what happened.
DIY Yarn Letters:

Need: 
Yarn, a color of your choice
Cardboard
Scissors or Exacto Knife
Hot Glue Gun


Step 1: 
I took my cardboard and free handed large block letters for N-O-A-H.  Then I used an exacto knife to cut my letters out through the cardboard.
(Tip- Keep your letter edges as straight and smooth as possible.  It makes for easier yarn application)


Step 2:
Glue one end of your yarn on the back edge of your first letter.  When the yarn and glue are set, you can begin wrapping your letter, laying each strand of yarn tightly next to the other.  Be careful not to wind too tightly or your cardboard letter may bow. 
(Tip:  Be creative wit your yarn if you need to.  It's ok to overlap sections and wrap multiple times to make sure that your cardboard is covered)


Step 3: 
I had some green ribbon lying around, so I doubled my ribbon and glued it to the back of my letters for easy hanging. 

And there you have it.  DIY Yarn Letters for baby.  If I did this project again in the future, I think it may be neat to use multiple colors of yarn.  The fun part is, this project is so easy and inexpensive, and it adds a great custom/*homemade* touch to your nursery.  I like it...and I hope Noah will like reaching up and touching his soft letters too...he's definitely getting close to that stage!  =)

So....the breakdown
Total cost of this project.
$2.99  (for the yarn)
Winning?

Jan 31, 2013

DIY Nursery w/ Homemade Decor: Part 1 DIY Crayon Wall Art

With Noah being my first baby, I had plenty of time on my hands to be creative and crafty in his nursery.  Nine long months to be exact.  I spent hours looking through nursery ideas online, browsing pinterest for inspiration, and crafting with my own twist on things. 

The end result was this.  A green, monkey themed nursery, with touches of "mommy" hidden about the room. 







Perhaps the nicest compliment I've ever been given was by our newborn photographer when she came to take Noah's photos.  "This nursery looks like it belongs in a magazine!"  'Holy Geez', I thought, 'Well butter my buns and call me a biscuit, I've outdone myself!'  Don't worry, I didn't let it go to my head, but I was very flattered indeed and excited that someone else appreciated my craftiness.  So I thought I'd share the ideas I found/modified/came up with so that you have inspiration for your very own DIY/homemade nursery too!

DIY Craft #1: Crayon Art

Need: 
Box of crayons (I got mine at Michael's for $1)
Blank canvas (also purchased at Michael's for around $5)
Hot glue gun
Hair-dryer

Step 1:  Line up your crayons in rainbow order



Step 2:  Hot glue your crayons to your canvas



Step 3:  Blow dry your crayons until they begin to melt.  You can direct the trickle of wax down the canvas with your blow dryer as well.
(Tip:  Hot wax can fly off of your canvas, so make sure you have the area around you covered by newspaper or some other protective barrier)

And there you are!  For under $10, you have your very own colorful piece of artwork.  Infants love bright colors and it's also a great way for toddlers to learn about the colors of the rainbow.

Let me know how yours turn out!

Check back later for Part 2 of the DIY nursery series, featuring my step by step instructions on make your own alphabet letters!

Jan 30, 2013

DIY Ribbon Jar

In the spirit of homemade craftiness, I made Noah, affectionately "Noahbear"  a "ribbon jar".  I was browsing Pinterest the other day and came across a similar idea.  The link took me to a website suggesting that I tie ribbon together, glue to the bottom of an unused travel wipes container, and let said child "go to town" pulling out the magical never-ending strand of ribbon.  Perfect! I thought.  This looked simple enough. 

Problem was, my travel wipes container had a hole opening the size of a small fist.  There would be no fun in pulling ribbon through that mammoth sized hole.  So I racked my brain for a different idea and came up with a mason jar, which I have plenty of lying around the house. 

Step 1:
I took said jar and created a cardboard top for it (in place of the metal one). 


Step 2:
I glued some fun baby boy fabric to the top and cut an "X" in the center of the lid for the ribbon to travel through.

Step 3:
I tied together various lengths of colorful, fun ribbon that I had on hand.

Step 4:
I stuffed fun ribbon into jar.

Step 5:
I gave to child (under supervision since strangulation by ribbon is not a fate I wish for my son) and he had a blast.  Look at the face on this kid....

Now that's one happy baby!  Who knew something so simple could be so fun?  Noah loves to play with this 'toy'.  He grasps the concept of "if i pull, something new will pop through that little hole!"  And it's adorable to see his face light up each time he does it.  You can't beat $0 baby toys =)

Simple.Homemade.Happy.