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seriously in need of some crafty mojo

I have a confession.  My desire to relax after work has seriously outweighed my desire to make things.  Or clean, for that matter.  You do not want to see our place…

Needless to say, I have been MIA due to a lack of crafty goodness to share.  But I need to step my game up.  I am participating in a Handmade Gift Exchange put on by Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous!  I have a little under two weeks to create something fabulous and get it in the mail.

I am really looking forward to creating something for my partner, Sydnee.  She’s given me some pretty broad guidelines to run with:  apparently, she likes “the 1940s, 1950s, and science!”  Love it.  ;)

My mojo is slowly coming back… the crafty juices are flowing…

Stay tuned!




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bobby pin holder, prettified!

I don’t know about you, but I use a lot of bobby pins.  To the extent that there are extra bobby pins constantly falling out of my pockets (gotta have extras), in the corners of rooms, under couch cushions… you get the point.  I have taken to storing them in a tiny little Altoids tin, which really is the perfect size.  But this morning as I was doin’ my usual thing, I looked at my tin and thought I should make it prettier.  So I did!

The Process:


This took seriously no time at all.  I just traced the lid on the back of some scrapbook paper, and allowed for about a centimeter on each side.  Then I cut in from each corner diagonally, so I could fold them over to make the rounded corners look more flush.  Mod podge a few coats, let it dry and you’re done!

So now, instead of seeing the plain old Altoids tin every morning, I see a new, cute little one. I like!

(linking up at C.R.A.F.T, Keeping it Simple, CraftOManiac and Making the World Cuter!)


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fabric name art!

Lately, my latest obsession has been fabric art.  So, when saw this fabric name art at Crap I’ve Made, I decided that I have to try it out!

love the green and pink!

My niece’s 1st birthday is coming up… how adorable would something like this be?!  I’ve found out that her room colours are pink and royal blue.  I am already envisioning the cuteness!  Although I already know that there will be more cutting involved (my niece’s name has 8 letters…).

I’ll keep you posted! :)

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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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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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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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