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Name that family

Name that family

A few years back I made some necklaces as Christmas gifts for the gals in my family.

You know, like these…

Here is a place to buy a great tutorial for making your own!

Well, the family loved them. And I could make tons more (and probably will someday). But in the meantime, I have a scrabble game with a handful of missing tiles that now lives in my craft dresser.

Last week, I found this frame sitting in a box in the basement.

Not really my style, just a bit TOO girly for me.

Hmm… Light-bulb!

I removed the mat and the glass.

Then I used the back of the frame to cut a piece of scrapbook paper down to size.

I laid out my design to be sure that it was centered in the frame.

After a bit of hot glue on the back of each tile I was good to go!

I used a piece of my daughter’s play gold to make sure the spaces between the tiles was even.

The frame had a few dings and scratches from being tossed in a box all this time, so I lightly sanded all the edges to make it have an uneven distressed look.

Here is the finished product in its new home.

I really wish the wall around it wasn’t white, but that my friends, is a project for another day.

The girls love seeing their names up on the wall, and Brady has even tried to add up the number values of each name. Who knew my crafting would help her with beginner’s math?


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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Tutorial, Uncategorized


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DIY Spray-painted Vase

It doesn’t feel much like winter here in Iowa. We really haven’t had much snow and it has been unseasonably warm. Believe me, I’m not complaining. But all this warm weather (and green grass) has me thinking about spring.

As I was wondering through my local Wal-Mart this morning, I spotted their fresh-cut flowers and their vibrant colors just screamed at me to grab them.

So with apologies to my husband (who HATES tulips) I grabbed a lovely orange bunch.

But now I need to have something equally pretty to put them in – the pink milk powder container just isn’t cutting it.

I had this vase in the cupboard and thought that I could make it more interesting. I’ve seen these painted jars on Pintrest.

Doesn't everyone craft with the help of curious kittens? Hi Snarf!

I figured that would look great with my new vase. But I am not a huge fan of my own handwriting. So I made a quick printable on picnik and slipped it inside my vase as a guide. And used my glue gun to trace the letters and the heart.

Here’s how it looked

IMPORTANT: When your can of spray paint warns you to make sure your object is free of dirt, dust, and grease. That also means fingerprints. I seem to have ignored this warning and so my resulting paint job is a tad uneven in places.

I gave the vase 3 coats of glossy white paint and I am loving the result.

What do you think?

Oh, one last tip: I added a teaspoon of bleach to the water before I placed the flowers in the vase. This will keep the bacteria production at a minimum and will extend the life of your flowers. 

This is my first time trying a link up party. Wish me luck!

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Posted by on January 10, 2012 in Tutorial, Uncategorized


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Yarn wrapped letter on the cheap

The newest edition to my living room decor.

So I’m sure you have seen a million of these yarn wrapped letters around blog-land. Here are a few of my favorite examples.

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Posted by on January 5, 2012 in Tutorial, Uncategorized


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