Monthly Archives: March 2011

baby mobile

After reading this post title, I automatically start to think of babies whizzing around in their own little cars (like this).

Not that kind of mobile, silly.  This kind!

Shower you with Love mobile

How cute is this?  Jessica, from Jessica Designs, posts the tutorial here. Looks pretty doable!

Now I just need to convince one of my friends to have a baby, and I can make one…

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the inspiration board

Today as I was visiting with a friend, I saw that she had created something that she called her “inspiration board.”  I love the concept, and have seen variations of this concept here and there.. but I particularly liked how she made hers!

Basically, she took an old photo frame and took out the glass.  She spray-painted the frame a colour of her choice and used the frame’s cardboard backing (as it was relatively thick) as her corkboard.  Et voila!  She was ready to pin ideas, quotes, pictures, etc. that inspire her!

fuzzy photo... my bad

I love this concept.  It inspired me to make one myself!  (Get it?  Inspiration board?  Inspired me? ha.)

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a twirly swirly birthday

Each month at work we have a little celebration for the lovely ladies who had a birthday that month.  Everyone has someone they are assigned to, and as such is in charge of a birthday treat and a card.  I was assigned a March birthday and I am taking my duties very seriously :)

As always, I was happy for an excuse to make a birthday card.  I think this one is particularly cute if I don’t say so myself!

As for the birthday treat, I wanted to try my hand at cupcakes.  I’ve made cupcakes before, but in terms of decorating I’ve generally slapped some icing on the top, sprinkled a few sprinkles and was done.  This time I wanted to make the pretty kind!  You know, the ones with the twirly, pretty-looking icing?  Those ones.

I looked around online for a bit and found a great recipe and video tutorial about how to decorate cupcakes.  If you’re interested, check it out here!

Aren’t they b-e-a-utiful?

And there you have it.   Happy birthday to all you March birthdays!

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craft night with the ladies!

A few weeks ago a friend and I were carpooling to work.  She mentioned that some other ladies from work were talking about getting together once a month for a craft night, and asked if would I be interested.  My answer?  Heck yes, I would!

The lovely lady who hosted the craft night blows me away with the beautiful things she makes.  She quilts, makes fabric art, and sews up a storm.  Really talented!  (I seriously envy her skills and her craft room.  Or, should I say, craft loft.)

So on Craft Night #1, she taught the rest of us to make canvas art.   Basically, they are fabric covered canvasses with a fabric image ironed on the front.  I couldn’t decide if I wanted to make one to hang above our coffee station, or one to hang in our bathroom, so I made both.  (Well, three. I couldn’t help it!)

Here are my creations!

toothbrushes and toothpaste for the bathroom

coffee cup above our coffee cart

These were seriously, super easy to make.  It did help that we had a very patient teacher guiding us through the steps…

Because of their simplicity and absolute cuteness, I have decided that they will make great homemade gifts, for sure!  My mind is already turning: “whose birthday is coming up next?”… “what random holiday can I find an excuse to make one of these for?” … “maybe one for every room?”  :)

Here’s to the next craft night!

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i heart handmade cards!

Why?  Because they add such a personal touch to a gift and let’s face it: they’re fun to make!  Plus, I have a moderate to severe obsession with Dollar Stores, which always have such cute little decals and embellishments.  Seriously, if there is a Dollar Store within a visible range, watch out!  (Much to my hubby’s chagrin.  He waits in the car.)

As for materials, I’m a big fan of the rub-on alphabets.  I’m less keen on the sticker letters, but sometimes they can be cute.  With alphabet decals, sticker or rub-on, I’ve learned that you’ve really gotta plan your message so you can ensure you have enough ‘a’s, ‘r’s and ‘y’s, etc!  I’ve become a little creative with altering letters when I haven’t planned properly…

Who would know that in Cynthia’s birthday card, the ‘y’ in her name was actually a ‘g’, the ‘h’ was a ‘b’ and the ‘a’ was a ‘d’?!  (Catch that?)

#1: for my hubs

#2: my friend's birthday

#3: for my bestie, who is amazing!

I’m also a big fan of the sticky pieces that make images pop out.  I’m not sure what they’re called… sticky squares?  Puffy squares?  I dunno. These:

sticky puffy squares

I love ’em.  Instead of gluing an image right on the card, by using some o’ these they add some dimension.  They really make a huge difference!

The year of handmade cards is going well…  5 for 5! :)

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spray paint with caution

What follows is a quasi-successful thrift store re-do project :)  When I found this desk drawer set at the Salvation army, it was covered in scratches and doodles.  I decided that it had potential, so I went to the paint store and picked up some spray paint to make it pretty!

Slight problem, though.  I live in a 650 square foot condo, with not a lot of room to spray paint in.  To the deck I went.

I knew I had to cover the deck with something to protect it from the paint, so I used an old sheet.  It didn’t cover the whole deck, but it covered the area where I’d be spraying.  Should be fine, right?  Hmm.  Not so much.

It was big enough for the obvious spray paint marks but not for the “mist” that inevitably happens when you are literally spraying paint.

and for a close up…

Yep, those are permanent blue and white marks on our deck.  I am hoping that the sun might eventually fade it?!

Once I realized I had made my mark on the deck, I stopped in my tracks.  Hence the unfinished drawers and yellow peeking through.

You can’t really tell with stuff inside, so it’s I’m not too concerned.  I might mod podge the insides of the drawers though, since I’m on a kick anyway :)

But here’s the final project!


I have taken an unspoken vow to wait until we have a backyard (or I find a field) to spray paint in!

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I was warned.

Jana, you were right!

It’s totally addictive.

Last night’s project:

materials

end result: the front

end result: the back!

A boring brown dollar store clipboard made into something pretty!

Lesson learned.  More patience = less bubbles.  (Note: less, not none.)

Next up, clothespins!  Now, I don’t exactly have many clothes to pin, but check out the super cute ways they can be used:

Magnets by The Paper Girl

could hold notes or photos!

Gift tag clips by Prudent Baby

cute touch to a gift!

Photo holder by The Accidental Crafter

this could also function as a card holder

A memo board by Beautiful Inspiration Designs

clothespin memo board

Loving the crafty inspiration :)

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