Crafting keeps me sane * Baking keeps me smiling * Family keeps me happy * Faith keeps me going

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Shamrock Home

I was just waiting for the day that I could actually make something cute like this…on my own…with my own saw…well, that day finally came!  I had seen this “home” idea here, and couldn’t wait to try it, so for a “Thank You” gift for my friend (who bought me the saw for Christmas), I made this set.  My plan is to make several cute shapes to take the place of the “o”, but so far this is what I’ve got.  I am going to go ahead and give it to her like this, and then, as I finish the other shapes (flower, sun, pumpkin, etc), I’ll give them to her.  Of course, I’d love a set for myself, and once I get over being intimidated by “the beast” (aka, my scroll saw), hopefully, I can have a set also!


(Sorry for the cruddy picture…I don’t have a good (well lit) place to take them, so the fireplace has to do…)

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Silhouette SD Giveaway!

Hi Everyone!  I am so excited I can hardly stand it!  (sadly it isn’t me giving one away, but still…).  Gail over at My Repurposed Life is giving away a Silhouette SD.  If you haven’t seen it, it can do EVERYTHING imaginable (even cut fabric!).  The possibilities are endless, and I am so wanting one!  So, hurry over to her blog and enter for your chance to win!  And, if you don’t win, she also has a great “Repurposed Deal” going on, where you can purchase the Silhouette SD, one roll of black vinyl, one roll of frosted vinyl, one roll of transfer paper, and a Home D├ęcor CD, all for the incredible price of $225.00.  I’m hoping to win, but if not, I may be sending hubby over there for my birthday present!  Smile

I also just finished a project, but got so sidetracked by the Silhouette giveaway, that I haven’t had a chance to take pictures yet…but I’ll post it tomorrow!

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Birthday Countdown, Version 2

Woo-Hoo!!!  I finally finished the second “Birthday Countdown” for my kids.  The first set was a Block set (seen here).  I wanted to do something different this time, so I bought this frame at Michaels (they were BOGO free, $9.99 for one, and then they let me use my 40% off coupon, so it was around $7.50 for 2 frames!).  I just added some cute (umm, I mean, masculine and boyish!) paper inside the frame.  Since opening the frames wasn’t as easy as a regular frame (you had to pull the edges of a corner apart and snap the glass out, which, by the way, I broke one pane and had to steal from the other frame…not very user friendly!),  I decided to do all the fun stuff on the outside. Since there are 4 ‘spots’ on the frame, I did something different in each one:  In one spot,  I painted the wood letters and hot glued them onto the glass;


for another spot, I used vinyl to put “Birthday” (the paper is really red!);100_2106

the third spot I hot glued a clothespin (to hold the picture), 100_2108

and in the final spot, I left it blank, so the birthday boy can use a dry erase marker to count down the days.


My boys love it, and can’t wait to count down the big day.100_2105

My eldest son ‘suggested’ that I make each child their very own countdown calendar, whether block set, or frame set, he didn’t care, he just thought it would be fun for each to have their own.  Hmmmmm, maybe someday…I still need to make another ‘girly’ countdown (since my girls’ birthdays are both in December), but since I broke a glass pane and stole from the other one, I’m not sure if I want to use that one…maybe another block set? 

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentines for the kids!

I know, I know, way to wait till the last minute, huh?  Well, I really have no excuse.  And, now that I’m done, I can’t imagine what took me so long to make these.  They literally took less than 30 minutes, I didn’t have to spend money (except for the candy), and it was simple.  HMMMM.  Not sure why I waited…anyway, I think they turned out super cute, and I know my kids will love them.  These are a variation of the candy sliders I made for Christmas, except (obviously) these are for Valentine’s Day.  I made the girls’ very ‘girly’ and the boys’, more ‘manly’ (since my 14 and 12 year olds are feeling so grown up and manly lately…).  I also decided to make up little certificates that allow each of them to take a day off of their jobs (aka ‘chores’).  Who doesn’t love a break from that?  I know I would!  I also bought each of them a book ( I really like to skip traditions like a box of chocolates, stuffed animals, etc. for this holiday, and go with what I think is something they’ll really treasure).100_2100100_2101100_2103

On another note, my craft room is fabulous!  I actually completed this fun craft IN.MY.ROOM.  Scary.  Before, I had to bring all the supplies downstairs (after moving a bazillion boxes of stuff), because I had no counter space for crafting.  Soon, I will show you the fantastic before/after of my room.  I’m waiting, because I want the full effect of the room.  Right now, I haven’t gotten to paint my new work surfaces, and nothing matches (yeah, I’m weird like that!). So, hopefully soon, you’ll see my fun (and most importantly FUNCTIONAL) new craft room!

Thanks for stopping by…and again, thanks for not giving up on me!