Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ready, Set, Go: Vintage Blocks


This creation was another part of my Race Day segment for Fox59, however, I loved how they turned out so much, that I decided to display them in my son's transportation themed bedroom!


This is one of those projects that slowly and painfully morphed into what it became.

I had a vision, and it was a good vision, but somewhere along the line the execution went bad and it took me a while to get back on track.

I had originally used these blocks for an other purpose.  So they were already painted, with white, reds and blues.  I had the silly idea to cover that up with white spray paint.

Uhm.  I don't know why I thought I could cover up red with white spray paint.  So.  After using almost an entire can of white spray paint on these things, I realized that it wasn't going to work.

My husband suggested covering the blocks with black spray paint.  Oh.  Duh.  And then painting them white.  Smart man.

I am going to use the "when you are too close to the problem you can't always see the solution" excuse on this one folks.

So we painted our red, white and blue blocks, white, then black, and then covered them with a coat of pretty Heritage White (cream) spray paint.  They looked great!

Then I added my vinyl.  And they looked even better.  But, still not right.

So completely out of order, we sanded, distressed and added a glaze coat to the blocks.


Yes, I glazed right over the vinyl.  it came off, but I loved the look of the glaze in all the cracks and crevices of the blocks and letters.

After all of that, I loved how Vintage my blocks looked!  It was the perfect distressing for these!


I wish you could see all the amazing detail in these block that make them look so amazingly old, worn and vintage, but photos can not do these blocks justice.


So, the moral of the story is, sometimes when you are most frustrated and about ready to give up on a project, it will turn around and surprise you and turn into an amazing, fabulous finished project!

So keep on plugging and eventually you can create beauty from nothing!

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Race Party: Black and White Flags


Another great addition to a race day party, car party or Indy 500 decorations would be some cute simple to create Black and White Flags!


All you need is a hot glue gun, black and white fabric (cost about $1.50 for both colors but I used most of the fabric for a pendant banner), fabric scissors, a small plaque (about $1 from a craft store), wooden dowels (about 12 cents a piece), Fray-Check (optional).


Cut your fabric into rectangles.  Use Fray-check to seal your edges if you like.

Hot glue one end of the rectangle to your wooden dowel.

Drill small holes into your plaque.  Paint your plaque.


Place flags into dried plaque.


Total Cost:  approx. $2!

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Front Door Mat Solution


One of my pet peeves in my house is my front door mat.

It took me the longest time to find one I loved.  And now that I finally found one, it seems like every time I walk by it, it is all skewed out of place.  And, since I am a little crazy about things like that, it bugs me.  So I am always fixing the front door mat every time I walk by it.


I have no idea how it gets out of place so often!

Well...I finally found a solution!!


Purple Cows makes Moo Glue Transfer Adhesive that is the answer to my slightly crazy need to have everything in it's perfect place and order!


You just peel and stick.



 And you are on your way to a slip-free door mat!


Yup!  My mat now stays in place!!  Even with the kids driving cars on it :) and sliding into it like it's home base.

*I used the Permanent 2"x2" adhesive squares for my front door mat*

Moo Glue would also work well to keep picture frames in place.  I have a few that never want to hang straight that I plan to use this for.

Moo Glue is a dry adhesive, water proof and non-toxic!  It comes in permanent or non-permanent and is for use both inside and outside the home!  It is a great adhesive for almost any purpose!

Moo Glue is a great tool to have in your arsenal for easy home repairs, craft projects and outdoor projects as well.

Do you have a go-to adhesive for quick fixes like this?

You can find out more about Purple Cows' Moo Glue here.


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I did however receive Purple Cows Moo Glue for purposes of my review.  
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Quick and Simple Gift Tags


I am notorious for showing up at a party without a card to go with the gift.

You know who I am...there is always one like me that comes to every baby shower or kids birthday party.  When the guest of honor goes to open the gift and they start searching for a card to know who it is from, I am that person who embarrassed, has to say "oh yeah, that is from me...sorry...I forgot a card."

Yup.  I am that person.

This year, I am trying to do a little bit better and Purple Cows' Craft Geek line of products is helping me accomplish my goal!


I used their Stamp It, Roll It, and Pin It product line to create a bunch of cute gift tags that I can use all year long!  It took about 45 minutes and I had over 30 gift tags that are cute and perfect for an occasion!

CraftGeek Stamp It 7500   CraftGeek Roll It  CraftGeek Pin It Tool


I used Stamp It to create these:


Even my daughter could use Stamp It and she had a  blast helping me!




I used Roll It to create these cute tags:


And Pin It helped me create these beauties:



And in under an hour, I have gift tags for the rest of the year!!  Hurray!

These products are also great for scrap booking!

To learn more about Purple Cows' really cool Craft Geek line of products, go here!

Purple Cows also has great videos to show you how to use all of their fab products on their website!


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I did however receive a Purple Cows' Craft Geek products  for purposes of my review.  
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Using decorative Wire in your Crafts and Flowers


Purple Cows Craft Geek line of products has some amazingly fun products to make scrap booking, card making and other crafts more simple, easy and fun!

One of their great products is Wind It!

CraftGeek Wind It 7100

With Wind It, you can take decorative wire and easily, simply and beautifully create flourishes to add to your scrap book, cards or photos!

The kit comes with gold and silver wire and several wire patterns.

 
The pattern comes off of the main unit so that you can decide exactly which pattern would look best on your project!  How great is that!?  

I love products that are user friendly and this is definitely a product where the end user was taking into consideration!

Then you simply wrap your wire around the pattern guides.

Adhere to your project.


And enjoy your newly embellished project!

I also do a lot of boutonnieres and corsages and to be honest, and I love including decorative wire in them!

So I have tucked my Wind It away, close to my floral design stuff so that next time I am doing flowers, I can use it to create beautiful flowers like this:



You can find out more about Wind It here!


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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Keep Calm and Teach On: FREE Printable


After I posted about my Keep Calm and Teach On blocks that I made for my daughter's teachers, I had a request to make a printable!


I am always happy to make printables to share so here you go!

Click here to download my Keep Calm and Teach On printable.

You can see how to make my Keep Calm and Teach On blocks here:



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Please feel free to use as gifts or for personal use.  
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Monday, May 28, 2012

America: Land that I love


May isn't even over and I am starting on a few 4th of July projects!




Go here to see the full tutorial on my America: Land that I love block!


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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Homework Caddy


I can hardly believe that my sweet little girl is starting kindergarten next year.  I am excited for her, and a little sad for me.  I will miss her being gone so much of the day but I know she is ready to begin this next stage of her life.

With preschool, I could hardly believe how many papers we got.  Between newsletters, calendars, homework, library books and folders to keep track of...I needed a system to keep organized.

But I didn't have one.

I managed to keep things in order, but I know next year will bring many more papers,  much more homework and busy calendars, newsletters and library books to keep track of.

Thankfully, I have found the perfect solution!  The Homework Caddy!


The Homework Caddy is a unique organizational tool that hangs perfectly on the back of my daughter's bedroom door.

It includes a dry erase calendar, a dry erase marker, four organizational pockets, a clear pocket for a calendar and three other pockets for pencils / pens / markers etc.


I love that the Homework Caddy has enough pockets to organize homework, library books, folders and other papers that are sent home.


The clear pocket in the middle provides a perfect spot to store a school calendar or lunch calendar!  And the dry erase board is the perfect place to write reminder notes and deadlines on.


I love that my daughter has a place to store all of her school items that isn't my kitchen table.

And I really like that it provides great storage without taking up much space!  Using vertical space is very effective and space efficient and that makes the interior designer in me a little giddy :)

I love that having a system like this teaches my daughter organizational skills as well as responsibility and accountability!


And my daughter loves that she has her own special spot for all of her school items!

The Homework Caddy comes in 4 cute styles to choose from:

Bright Homework Caddy Bright Homework Caddy Bright Homework Caddy Bright Homework Caddy

We really enjoyed using The Homework Caddy the end of this year and we are both really looking forward to making the most out of it next year!

To find out more about The Homework Caddy, and to order yours, visit The Homework Caddy website here.  

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Simply Link Party



Thanks for stopping by for this week's edition of my Simply Link Party!

I can't wait to see all you've created!

Please link up your latest creations.
  • You can link up pretty much anything as long as you "created" it (Food, craft, home decor item, a beautiful garden, a photograph, etc.  I am really flexible!)  
  • Please keep it family friendly.  
  • Please no links to shops or giveaways.  
  • I reserve the right to delete any links that aren't appropriate. 
  • By linking up you are giving me permission to feature or show off your project (I will link back to you of course.)
  • Also, I would love it if you linked back to my site and mentioned on your blog, facebook or twitter about my link party!  Help me spread the word please!
And please visit 2-3 other links and leave them a nice, meaningful comment!  Thanks!






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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Candy Race Car


I love any excuse to get out my hot glue gun and eat some candy!  And making these Race Cars out of Candy works perfectly!

This is also the perfect kid craft!  But small children will need to either use elmer's glue or your help with the glue gun.


You can use similar candy, feel free to get creative, but I used the following:

  • Trident gum
  • Hershey's mini chocolate bars
  • Weather's Original Chewy
  • LifeSavers


Hot glue the candy together.

Eat some too.

This treat is as tasty as it is cute!


Enjoy!

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Silhouette: Importing SVG Files

I posted an in-depth, step-by-step, how-to for importing SVG files into your Sillhouette Studio Designer Edition Software program!

Did you even know you could do that!?  There are tons of paid and FREE SVG files out there and now you can use them with your Silhouette!



Go here to see the tutorial.

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