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Day 18: Perfectly Cute & Simple Felt Hairbows

The hairbow thief struck our house again.

It was time for  to leave church and we were running around like crazy peacefully ready to get in our car, when I realized that Ella’s hair looked just like it did when she woke up this morning…. A COMPLETE DISASTER!!! Off we dashed to the bathroom (while  my wonderful hubby sat in the car frustrated that once again we were going to be late calmly waiting). I reached for a bow from the bow holder to quickly remedy our situation and lo & behold…… GONE!!! The only ones remaining were the ones that we got in ‘packages” that are in horrendous shade of colors that NO ONE would wear (including the bow thief, apparently…..).

Quickly I grabbed a headband (one that SORT OF matched), and vowed that we WOULD be making bows as soon as we returned home.

On our way home from church, I pulled up my Pinterest account, scanned my “pins” and found the perfect, simple adorable bows to make.

Using felt that I already had at home (and a scrap piece of burlap), I had 7 of the cutest little bows I’ve ever seen, in less than 30 minutes!! LOVE IT!!!

Aren’t they just about the sweetest little bows you’ve ever seen? I can take NO credit for the originality of thses cuties (other than venturing a little out of the box by trying it with burlap as well)… I followed Camille’s directions and used her template found here: http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2012/07/felt-bow-hairbow-tutorial-and-free.html (if you haven’t checked out her blog yet… you should! It’s awesome! I WANT to be here friend (and all the other sisters’ as well!!!!))

I can’t wait to head to Hobby Lobby and pick up more FUN felt!

Here’s how I made mine:

1. Gather your supplies.

The template from here http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2012/07/felt-bow-hairbow-tutorial-and-free.html

Felt

Glue Gun & glue sticks

Alligator Clips ( I purchased ours at Sally Beauty Supplies after the Bow Thief struck last time)

2. Cut out the templates and then pin them to the felt.

3. Cut out the bow “parts” from the felt and keep a little scrap rectangular piece (for use when attaching it to a hair clip or headband).

4. Remove the Pin and the template. Apply a large glue dot in the center and fold the two sides into the middle (so that both sides meet up in the middle, but don’t overlap. Apply a small dot of glue where the the two sides met in the middle. I then applied a thick line of hot glue horizontally across the center of the newly created bow. Attach the piece of felt that has the “triangle” cut out of each end (the “tails”) Last, attach one side of the small piece of felt that you cut, wrap it around the center and then apply another glue dot to attach the “wrap around part” of the felt. ADORABLE, huh? and can you believe it was this easy?

5. I push in the clip to open it and then squirt one line of hot glue along each bottom prong and then quickly slip in that scrap rectangular felt before releasing the alligator clip allowing it to close. I then glue that clip to the hair bow.

6. At this point, if you are like me, you will be jumping up and down and squealing in delight of how cute & simple these are. I hope you’ll be loudly singing the accolades of Camille (or of me introducing you to Camille and her awesome blog http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2012/07/felt-bow-hairbow-tutorial-and-free.html).

*** I LOVED this “Pin”spiration!!! I hope that you LOVE it just as much!!

Now, run & grab your supplies and CREATE!!!! You (and your daughter, niece, granddaughter, friend, EVERYONE) will be happy you did!!!

Happy Pinning,

Kirsten 🙂

Day 14: {Post #2} Simple Soda Bottle Centerpiece

My dining room centerpiece is ANOTHER “Pin”spiration (of course……)

Here’s mine…..

Here’s my “Pin”spiration: (from http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2012/01/diy-planter-box-centerpiece.html )

I love Shanty 2 Chic’s trough and her blog gives EXCELLENT step-by-step instructions. I WILL be making one for my mantle…. BUT in the meantime, I decided to go a slightly different route.

I was at Sams Club shopping about 2 months ago and bought the little “picket fence” looking box. It was filled with flowers (that I, and my black thumb, quickly killed 😦 … ahhhh well… they were pretty while they lasted). And I saved the box because I KNEW that I could find something to do with it.

After a trip to POPS (a fun Soda Pop store/restaurant/gas station here in Oklahoma on Route 66 – if you’re ever here visiting I recommend it as a fun place for you and the kiddos), my Family returned home with a variety of bottled cream sodas (YUM!) and I came home eager to fill my planter box.

After finishing the Cream Sodas (with me chanting …. Chug, Chug, Chug…. HA!), I cleaned out the bottles & simply placed them in my planter box. Then I  inserted a fake flower ( from Hobby Lobby) into each one. Voila…… Just like that… I had a simple, adorable, fun kitchen table centerpiece. Thanks for the “Pin”spiration, Shanty 2 Chic!

Have a beautiful day & Happy Pinning!,

Kirsten

Day 14: Burlap “Inspirational” Placemats

I have a large square dining room table that I ADORE. I love that when we have friends or family over we can all fit comfortably around our cozy table and eat… or play games… or just talk & laugh!  That table has to be my favorite purchase ever!……… BUT finding decorations for it has been difficult. Rectangular placemates don’t fit right and I’ve never seen a square placemat that I really like.

And then….. once again….. enter pinterest & it’s WONDERFUL “Pin”spirations!

Now…. I LOVE LOVE LOVE my table…. since finishing it over the weekend, I just admire it. It looks peaceful and warm. and happy. It’s not perfect…. but it’s WONDERFULLY imperfect!!!

I saw this “Pin”spiration on http://cottageandvine.blogspot.com/2011/11/great-idea.html (Thanks Rene!) and thought I’d try to make them for myself.

I cut 14″ x 14″ squares out of burlap. This left the edges very rough and raggedy.

Then I pulled out my sewing machine and made a simple straight stitch about a 1/3 inch in all the way around the burlap square.

After stitching all the way around the burlap, I pulled the strings to cause it to fray. I did this gently and just pulled until I reached my stitch line. This left all these little frayed strings:

I then took scissors to trim the strings to make the edge look uniform. Next I pulled out my stamps (found at Hobby Lobby), an ink pad (left over from a Pottery Barn project from Ella’s baby days), and a Black Sharpie.

I lined up the stamps in the lower right corner of the placemat, and then one by one dipped them in ink and pressed them on the burlap. This left a faint image of the word “PRAY” on the placemat. I then traced over that stamped word with a sharpie. I like how it turned out……

BUT didn’t love it!! (notice the black ink left over from the other parts of the stamp!… ick!) sooooooo……. Hobby Lobby Stencils to the rescue!

LOVED IT!!!!! After stenciling the rest of the placemats and then giving them a quick iron (I sprayed a lightweight starch and ironed them on the back side)….. my table was BEAUTIFUL!!!

Can’t wait to make more to change up for the holidays:

Thanksgiving: Gather, Harvest, Feast, Give, Thankful, Etc.

Christmas: Noel, Peace, Merry, Believe, Etc.

I think it would be cute to even do the “Fruits of the Spirit”  (Thanks for the idea Linda! ): Love, Joy, Peace, patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control.

Happy Pinning :-),

Kirsten

Day 10: Easy Burlap Dry Erase Board

Today I needed easy. We’ve got a tremendous amount of things going around in our home and I NEEDED a bit of a creative break (for my sanity’s sake)…. but nothing that required too much effort.

Pinterest once again came to the rescue (they even helped me decide what I wanted to write as my first message on my dry erase board 🙂 …. I needed something that screamed happiness and happy thoughts and just wait ’til you see what I wrote:  (drum roll please………)

I started with a cheap unfinished wood frame from the dollar store. Took it apart and then painted it.

  In the picture above you can also see what I did next….. I took the back portion of the frame and sprayed adhesive on it. I then covered it in burlap and then trimmed off the excess from the edges! Easy Peasy.

Once the green paint finished drying, I brushed over it lightly with white paint that I had really watered down. After painting it on, I took a dry paper towel and wiped the white paint off. It softened the green color and gave it a distressed/white wash look. Once all the parts were dry I put the frame back together with the glass over the burlap, and then used a dry erase marker to write “Choose Joy” in the same basic pattern (but in my own handwriting) as Laura, a  fabulous “Pinterester”,  (is that a word? and if not, what else do you call a person the puts a pin on Pinterest?): http://laurawinslowphotography.com/blog/2011/12/04/free-choose-joy-printable-guest-post-lil-blue-boo-phoenix-photographer/

And a HUGE Thanks to Jill Ruth for the “Pin”spiration for my super cute and easy Burlap Dry Erase board

…. I LOVED making it and I’m excited to change the message out to fit what our family needs for the day: whether they be messages of love, thoughts or hope or even a simple HELLO.

Happy Pinning & Creating,

Kirsten

Day 8: Scrabble Drink Coasters

My husband and I LOVE playing Scrabble. We are addicted. I mean really, REALLY addicted. I guess this makes us Nerds.

And just to complete our total nerdness, I decided to make Scrabble Drink Coasters for our home.  ( I already use loose scrabble tiles as part of our coffee table decor, so I thought why not go for the gusto and add MORE Scrabble wonderfulness to our lives!!!)

And here they are in all their Scrabble perfection:

They were actually VERY easy to make (I’m seriously thinking that these may soon become gifts for many people in my life!!!).

Complete List of Supplies Needed to Make 6 Coasters:

A computer to print out letters

A black sharpie

1 piece of Scrapbook Paper (I used a “wood grain” design that I found at Michael’s)

Modge Podge

Clear Acrylic Sealer

6 tiles (I used  coasters that my friend gave me that she no longer wanted. They were perfect because they already had a cork backing)

A piece of chalk & a pencil

Felt or Cork (if you are using tiles found at Home Improvement Stores for approx $.30 each that don’t already have a backing) & glue gun

** optional glue stick or spray adhesive

I began by using my pencil to trace the coasters onto the back of the scrapbook paper. I then cut out each square.  On my computer I printed out the letters that I wanted to use on my Scrabble pieces. I used Arial Black font in 200 size. I chose the following letters for my 7 tiles: “R” for my husband’s name, “K” for my name, “E” for my daughter’s name, and then letters for the people that most frequently come to our home……… “F” for Friend or Family, “M” for Mine or MorMor, “G” for Grandma,  Grandpa or Guest (it also works perfectly for my friend Ginger!), and “U” for You.

You can choose whatever letters work best for you and your family & friends.

After printing out those letters onto regular paper, I cut them out so that I could use chalk to transfer the letters to my scrapbook paper (Thanks Pinterest &  Emily from Jones design for this awesome technique – for Emily’s Pinterest tutorial please go here: http://jonesdesigncompany.com/decorate/specifics-a-mini-tutorial/

I cut around the letters (into a square) and then liberally rubbed chalk on the back of the letter.  Then I positioned the letter (right side up)  in the center of the scrapbook paper . Using my pencil I traced around the outside of each letter. This left a perfect chalk imprint of the letter on the scrapbook paper.

I then traced over the chalk imprint with a Black Sharpie marker and filled in the letter. After finishing the letter, I just freehanded numbers ( the official point value that corresponds with each Scrabble letter) in the lower right hand corner.

This is where you have options. I have Modge Podged Scrapbook paper onto all kinds of surfaces in the past and used the Modge Podge as adhesive (use a light coat on the surface and then apply the paper). I have heard that you can glue the scrapbook paper on using a glue stick. I, used Spray Adhesive (because I bought it a while ago from Hobby Lobby and had not yet used it and thought I’d give it a try). It definitely was easy to use, and it seemed like I had applied the Scrapbook paper to the coasters with no apparent air bubbles becoming trapped. (Be VERY careful of this no matter what type of adhesive you use…. after putting the paper on the coaster, be sure to squeeze out any air!!!) I don’t know if I needed to wait longer between applying the spray adhesive and top layer of Modge Podge but all of a sudden as soon as I applied the Modge Podge TONS of bubbles appeared! aarghhhhhh…..

I did my best to get rid of them all, but I think next time I’ll just use Modge Podge as my adhesive on this project.

Anyway…….. so after applying the scrapbook paper to the coaster and allowing the adhesive to dry (Whatever kind you used), paint a thin layer of modge podge to the top of the scrapbook paper (being sure to go over the edges of the coaster as well). Do this 3 times (allowing it to fully dry between each layer). This will seal the surface.

 Take the tiles outside (for your lungs sake) and spray them with a coat of Spray Acrylic. This waterproofs the tiles. Let them dry for 5 minutes and then spray them one more time. The directions on the bottle say to let the sprayed surface dry for 24 hours before placing anything on top of it.  ( late entry:  Be sure to follow this BECAUSE  after about 6 hours I figured, what the hey- they must be dry and I stacked them on my coffee table! Uh Oh ….. they stuck together! OOPS!!!! – so then after separating I sprayed another layer and let them sit for a full 24 hours like the directions said to do in the first place!) I had to let my husband know, since immediately upon showing him the finished project, he grabbed his “R” and headed off to his office with it!!! Needless to say, the coasters were a HIT in our house!!!

I would love to know what ideas you come up with for your coasters. Please leave me a comment and share your creations!!! Here’s the beautiful “Pin”spiration coasters that I saw before deciding to do a “Scrabble” theme with mine! Thanks for the idea Jenilyn! http://gritsandgiggles.blogspot.com/2011/09/scrapbook-coasters-tutorial.html

Happy Pinning. Happy Creating.

Until tomorrow, Kirsten

Day 4: Ampersand Love

My little brother is getting married in a month and today was his fiance’s bridal shower. And here I am in Oklahoma while they are there in California 😦

Sometimes (most of the time) the distance between the two places is just WAY.TOO.FAR!

For her shower I wanted to give her a little personalized creation, and I think I found the PERFECT gift. It was fun to make…. turned out adorable…. and I can’t wait to hear whether she liked it as much as I liked it. (In fact our bedroom wall is going to have one almost exactly like it adorning it soon).

Unfortunately, I only took a picture of the front ( which turned out fabulously) and not the back (which turned out….. ummmmm….. a bit improvised).

Here’s mine:

and here was the inspiration that I found on Pinterest: http://www.misadventuresofawannabemartha.com/2011/09/day-we-became-and.html

On Melissa’s website, she gives a great tutorial on how she made hers. I followed it almost exactly except that I used Tan Burlap and larger chipboard letters. I found my white ampersand at Hobby Lobby.  Melissa must be way more fabulous than I, because no matter how hard I tried to get the frame back together, it WOULD NOT fit back together completely without the use of Duck Tape. Yep, Duck Tape (and not even the fancy kind- I used the plain jane silver roll) this is why I said the back was just a bit crazy. I was keeping it classy, I tell ya!!!  However, I found the perfect solution to cover up the Duck Tape….. Ella’s art paper (ya know the roll kind) that goes on her art easel. I cut off a piece that covered the tape and all of the back of the frame. Once I was sure that it was the right size, I wrote a sweet lovey dovey message about Allyson & Brad becoming an “and”, how they’ll always have each other, and lots of “X’s” and “O’s”… and then I glued it onto the back of the frame to cover up all that silver mess! . In all reality , by the time I was done it looked like the back of the frame was covered in that paper that art supply stores use. Impressive, huh? Hopefully Allyson was none the wiser and LOVES her Ampersand Sign as much as I do!!!

:-), Kirsten

Day 3: Chalkboard Canvas with Interchangeable Banners

I HAD to create something fun today, because quite frankly today was kinda a blah day around this ‘ol house. And what I created made me smile. REALLY REALLY smile. It was easy and happy and just lifted my mood. I have decided that chalkboards are one of my biggest weaknesses.

Today I made this to bring some “Summer” decor into our home:

But I didn’t stop there!!!

I saw and pinned this creation on pinterest: http://www.kellehampton.com/2011/11/ill-take-holiday-craftastic-for-400.html a while ago & knew that it would definitely be one of the first crafts I made because, as I said before, I have become smitten with all things “chalkboard”

So, out came my 12×12 canvas, a can of chalkboard spray paint and some fun scrapbook paper scraps.

After taking it out to the garage (yes, I opened the garage door first!)  and giving it three coats of paint (and oh so patiently waiting for it to dry before applying the next coat, not a hint of sarcasm here… )

I had a chalkboard coated canvas. And then I decided to “cuten” it up a little ( is that a word?). I figured out how I wanted my banner to hang and then I nailed in two teeny, tiny nails to the back of the canvas so that I could easily change out the banners to match the season, my mood, or an occasion.

Here’s the banner I made for July 4th (and yes, I’m still going to display it, BECAUSE I figure I can still get away with American Flags being displayed around the house for a few more days….. right?)

Cute. Cute. Cute. I cut each little banner piece by hand, but after making three banners, I have decided that a trip to Hob Lob is in order for my future banners (there’s gotta be a “banner” punch, right?).  I tied a little loop on the end of each piece of twine before attaching the scrapbook banner pieces to ensure that I liked the length. I used a glue stick to attach each piece of scrapbook paper to a piece of twine and then simply hooked the little loops onto the nails that I had hammered into the back of the canvas

In addition to the Summer one (that I will display as soon as it’s no longer OK to have my Independence Day Decor out..he he), I also made one for the upcoming new school year (as class Mom I think I’ll be bringing this to Ella’s new teacher as a Welcome Back to School gift when we find out who she’ll have on Meet the Teacher night- what a simple and cute gift to bring).

When I make banners for myself and our home for the different holidays, I’ll make an extra one to give to her teacher so she can also update her boards with the seasons.  I would love to see what you make…. be sure and leave me a message and a link to your creations!!

Thanks Kelle for such an awesome pinterest project! I had fun making it my own and creating the little banners. I think I’ll hold you responsible for bringing me Chalkboard Joy & a smile today!

:-) , Kirsten

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