Tuesday, May 25, 2010

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thanks to all of our friends that came out to see us in miamisburg last week-end for the spring-fling.  the crafty mommas sold some things but not enough.  if anyone sees anything that they think they might like please let us know.  also if anyone knows of a venue that our products would do well in  let us know.


amy and lisa 

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Refinishing a bench

My friend, Amy, introduced me to the Springfield Extravaganze flea market last spring. I guess it comes around twice a year, spring and fall. We feed off each other when it comes to buying trash to turn it into treasure. She got a library bench(I think that is what it's called) at a garage sale and made it a beauty) so I told her we had to find one for me too! We found one at the flea market - priced at $47 and she took $30(not too bad) I painted it, got new foam and fabric for the cushion and I am loving it in the foyer. While I was at it, I painted my coat tree - it was a honey oak color and the black just makes it feel a bit more current! Fun fun! We also got 2 more friends addicted to this - Tara and Jill, aren't you happy we introduced you to this? I even drove Kirk's old red truck(which I think has been deemed "big red" to haul our treasures away in and boy, did it come in handy!)

House Number

I have seen many versions of this on blogs before so I decided to get out the cricut and try it myself – didn’t like it when I first put it up but it has grown on me – just adds a little charm to the door!IMG_2126

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

burlap and twine jars

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the girls bathroom has been driving me crazy. no matter what i do it is always trashed. so i came up with this:

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so much better. i made the jars out of old pickle jars , burlap and twine. i am hoping that these will help control some of the mess. very easy to do. i attached everything with the trusty hot glue gun.


Friday, March 5, 2010

look whats coming

the crafty mommas are very busy creating some new pretties for this spring. we will be having lots of surprises and info to come later.

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a bunch of before and after

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so do you think i should modge-podge fabric to the top of this table? i am very happy with the way it turned out. one minute i think it needs fabric and the next not. it holds one of the laptops perfect on the bottom.

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this is the perfect home for our “new” hamster buddy. bibble  never turned up.  we have no idea where he is.

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my pretty little tray from the goodwill store.  i have been messing around with a weathered crackle finish on it. i love when you only pay a $1.00 for something it makes okay to experiment with it.


Friday, February 26, 2010

Ikea Love

Went to Ikea on Sunday with the other crafty momma-dangerous with 2 heads thinking as one - we both helped each other drop some $! Anyhow, found some really fun things below!

These are some tealight candle holders - who knew, they even sell jumbo tea lights for the bigger one - fun! My kids love to eat dinner with candles - I think they just really like to blow them out afterwards but anytime we sit down as a family, we usually light candles.

Ikea has some really fun and unique fabric! At $5.99-$8.99/yd and some is upholstery weight- you can't beat it! I was looking at fabric debating whether to buy it to stretch over canvases and then saw that they carry wood frames right by the fabric for $4.99 - it is a set of 4 pieces of wood packaged together and it comes with everything to screw them together and then I wrapped my fabric around and used my staple gun -much quicker than using the little finishing nails they included. LOVE them! Love the fabric - had extra so I stapled them to the back of the frame in the other picture of the shelf. This 5 1/2 ft long wall art all for $30! Frames are 19 1/4 X 19 1/4.

This is a great gift my good friend, Suzy, got me for Christmas, tulip bulbs wrapped all pretty in a pot with instructions to keep them in a cold dark place until the 1st week of Feb and then bring them in and force-bloom them - How pretty when I keep seeing cold, dreary weather outside. You can see just next to them the little glass tealight holders - 50 Cents each at Ikea and if you flip them over, they are candlestick holders!(and her flower pot was from Ikea too!)

Look at this cool thin magnetic board- comes in white, silver and orange(of all colors!) It was $12.99 and I had this ugly phone jack to hide so I just put that up there and look and how clean and black my fridge is now! except for the fingerprints!

Monday, February 15, 2010

sleepover pillow cases

one of the crafts for chloes sleepover party was to decorate pillow cases. i personalized each case with the girls first initial and polka dots. this was my first time cutting fabric with my cricut machine and i was quite giddy with the way they turned out. each girl was then able to decorate them with fabric crayons. the supplies that you will need to make the pillow cases are:
1.cricut machine
2.wonder under
3.spray adhesive
5.pillow cases-washed
6.old cutting mat
7.blue painters tape
*first iron wonder under to wrong side of fabric. i cut the wonder under to the size of my cricut mat then ironed onto fabric and cut out.

*spray a thin coat of adhesive spray onto old cricut mat. make sure to tape off sides and ends while you spray or it could damage your machine.remove tape before placing fabric on.

*lay your fabric face down on your cricut mat and tape both sides of the mat with the blue painters tape. this will hold your fabric in place. if you dont do this it will shift. take my word.
*cut out your images with your machine. always use a new blade and if your cutting out letters you will need the software to flip your objects to come out the right way.
*just place your cut objects on pillow cases and iron on. dont forget to remove the paper backing.

*i have already washed chloes and it has turned out great.
*hope you enjoy.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Some Christmas Crafting

I realize I am posting this a little late so hang on to the ideas for next year - or get really ahead of the game for next year! Here are a few things I made:

Christmas Tree Jars - my sister-in-law, Jenny, got this idea from Martha Stewart, maybe? I got the jars at Target - just a candy jar style - rolled strips of Christmas scrap paper to hide the fabric keychain/wristlets I had made for them that were in the center and took the plastic lid off the inside of the top of the glass tree to stuff the top too - made the tags on my cricut machine!

Silver Branches - saw them all over at Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, etc and couldn't justify the price so got some of my own and spray painted them silver, stuck them in a cheap vase with fake snow and my daughter made the coffee filter snowflakes -

Ribbon Tree- just got a styrofoam triangle and cut ribbon, folded in half and stuck into triangle with pins - put bows on top to hide top row of pins

"Big Red" aka The Beast

Hi! For the few of you who read our blog, I know there has been an interest in the Beast - well, being a good friend, I felt it was only right that I purchase the Beast from Amy and brought it into our home (actually our garage for a few weeks). Couldn't decide what to do with it until we brought it in and my dear hubby helped me arrange it in places from room to room - boy did he love that! Finally, I decided a little nook in the dining room would be nice for it. I kept going back and forth on black or white and then it dawned on me one morning to go with a color - I went with red - hence the new name Big Red. My husband also has an old red pick-up that has this name so his can be Big Red on Wheels and mine will just be Big Red. :)

Anyhow, I primed it with Kilz, found a deep red for my paint choice - the color is a little off in the pics - not as bright as it appears and used Kilz casual colors (or something close to that) and rolled it on with a foam roller. I am very happy with it - then found some fabric to put under the glass - can switch that out for changes- also the lamp was a $6 find at the Hara Arena -Shop 'til you drop - wouldn't recommend the event - not much shopping went on - but I covered the shade with coordinating fabric. Didn't notice it until taking pics that the shade is a bit on small side - will watch for a good deal on one somewhere. I would love to add more pizazz to the table with all of the space but with a 20 month old, I'll be lucky if the $6 lamp lasts more than a month. What ya think? Like Big Red? See before photo here


in her new home
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painting her red
priming her

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Side door curtain

Okay, so I really felt like I needed some form of privacy from the side door to our house that leads into the kitchen. Maybe too many horror flicks when I was in high school but I am always sure that an axe murderer is trying to peek in on me at night - I know this isn't complete privacy but I do feel his vantage point is severely limited from his perspective. I know, I am paranoid! Anyhow, I made these, attached them to magnetic curtain rods since it is a metal door and tied a polk-a-dot ribbon around the middle. I love the look of it from the kitchen.


Valentine Wreaths

Unfortunately, I took this picture on one of the few sunnier days we have had - you can't enjoy them as a pair b/c the house across the street is reflecting in our doors so I took a few close-ups of them on the one door. I just bought the foam heart wreaths at JoAnne's and bought Valentine-y fabrics, cut them into strips and used the pinking shears on them, and tied them around the wreath. My dear sister-in-law was kind enough to tie them around one of the wreaths b/c this was much more time-consuming than I thought - I bought 1 yr of the heart fabric and 1 1/2 yds of the red/white and barely had enough to finish! Overcompensate my friends!


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

birthday invitations

just finished chloes invitation for her big sleep-over party. i ended up making little pillow cases and then putting the invite inside with little ribbons to pull it out. very easy!