Friday, February 24, 2012

Organizing Clips

At the beginning of the school year, I got a set of wire wall baskets from Pottery Barn.  My plan was to use them for organizing the girls school work.  Mr. Mac hung them on the wall for me and I got some cute folders on clearance at Target for each.

All the papers coming home from school and dance, I was still keeping clipped together with a magnet clip on the side of our fridge.  I decided I should add some clips over these baskets for those papers.  So, I made some!

Supplies Needed:
Wood plaque (any craft store has these)
clear spray

Base coat the plaques any color combination you like.  I went with green/blue and did opposites on each plaque.

I wanted to have each girl's initial on their plaque.  Using chalk, I drew out the initial, then painted it on with the orange paint.  Make sure to measure up using the clothespin to know where to put the initial.

Next, I added some dots and dashes to the letters/plaque to give it a little more character.

Finally, I added a few coats of clear and glued the clothespins down.

Now just hang them over the baskets and everything is neatly organized in one location!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Dressed Up Sweater

Last year for Christmas, I got this purple sweater as a gift.  It's from Old Navy and is pretty cute on it's own. But, I recently bought some rick-rack on and got inspired to jazz this sweater up.

I started with this...the sweater, the rick-rack and my button jar.

I tried a few combinations of the rick-rack. I knew I wanted to use 3 of the colors I got.  I then dumped some buttons out and just started randomly picking ones that went with the rick-rack.  I ended up with this pattern.

Next, I glued down the buttons using fabric glue, so I wouldn't loose the pattern. I put a piece of wax paper inside the sweater to avoid gluing the front to the back.  Then I just hand sewed all the buttons on.

I then pinned the rick-rack on and sewed it using my machine.  I measured every to often to ensure I was sewing it on straight.

And here's the finished sweater!!  Amazing what a few buttons and rick-rack can do!


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Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine Hugs and Kisses Jars

Here's a simple craft and another way to recycle old jars.

Here's what you need:
old jars
some scrap material (red or pink)
card stock (red or pink)
paper punch (optional)
chalkboard paint
pink chalk
Hershey's Hugs and Kisses

 Start by using chalkboard paint to paint a heart (or any shape you like) on the front of the jar.

Next, trace circles larger than the lid onto material and cut out.  I used pinking sheers to cut mine out.

Punch out a circle or shape out of card stock for the lid of the jar.  I was going to use this flower punch, but in the end I went with a circle punch.  If you don't have a punch, then just cut a circle or shape from card stock.

Once chalkboard paint is dry, fill jars with Hershey's Hugs and Kisses candy!

With pink chalk write 'XOXO' on the front of each jar.  Cover the top of the jar with the fabric circle and screw jar lid on.  Next glue the circle (or shape) you punched out to the top and add a little saying.  For mine, I put 'Hugs and Kisses from the Little Misses'.  I also added a tag tied on with twine around the jar.  I cut the tag using my Cricut.

And here's the finished gift!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Valentine's Rulers

Every year, we make homemade valentines.  This year, I made these to give out to some family and friends.

Wood rulers
Wood hearts
Red paint
Red or pink Sharpie

First paint the wood hearts red.  You could also use pink for the hearts if you like.

Once dry, glue to the end of each ruler.  Write 'Valentine, You Rule!' on each ruler using a Sharpie.

Once the glue for the heart is dry, turn each ruler over and glue a magnet (or two) on the back.  I was using some left over magnets I had, so for some I had to use two small magnet pieces.

That's it... a cute and useful Valentine gift!

I also make Valentine's with my Sunday School class that we mail to shut-in members of our church.  I modified this using card stock, so we could mail them. The kids loved making them!!

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Valentine's 'LOVE' Shirt

An easy way to jazz up any old shirt or sweater is to sew on some buttons.  This is an idea to sew a word on using buttons!

Here is what you need:
embroidery floss
disappearing ink pen

I got this shirt last year at Esprit in New York.  When I decided to use it for this project, I noticed it even had a little cupid on it!

Start by writing the word you want on the shirt using the disappearing ink pen.  For this one, I chose 'Love'.

Next just begin sewing buttons on along the lines of the letters.  I used three strands of embroidery floss in my needle.  I also used only shades of pink buttons.





All done!  Now just to what for that ink to become invisible!!