12.27.2009

inspired by katie at matusake and her freaking cute hedgehog plushie.

hope everyone had a nice christmas! i didn't do as many handmade gifts as i originally planned. alas,to have three little kids and be a master procrastinator do not combine for the handmade chirstmas extravaganza i had in mind. one thing i did however finish was this modern light bright from martha stewart. i will admit the whole time i made it i was pretty nervous that it was going to turn out like crapola but in the end it turned out to be so stinking cute. i have big plans to make a bunch for my house. i hope my sister in law loved it. amy if you don't can i please have it back???
martha stewarts version

12.03.2009

i love jimmy fallon do you? i never watch him because his show is on way past my bed time. i happened to be up last night and i about died watching jimmy fallon being robert pattinson. it was even funnier because jacob ( talor whatever his name is) was on. i guess there are a whole bunch of the videos . there are even some twilight vs. harry potter ones. so funny i had to pass it on.
*check out the video here

and don't forget to enter my giveaway below...

12.01.2009

my friend megan over at megitys handmade gave me an award the other day and i'm just getting around to posting about it. thanks megan! i guess i need to tell you 7 random facts about me.
1. i have a terrible potty mouth, which is highly embarrassing to my mother, but highly amusing to my grandma and husband
2. i secretly don't like people who don't like chocolate and peanut butter or don't like seinfield ( both are included in my every day life) i pity the fool who doesn't enjoy a chocolate pb donut from madbrooks or a hot fudge pb shake from iceberg, or who doesn't appreciate the phrase "man hands"
3. i love to cook, and eat, and pretty much think about food alot
4. i have 3 little boys and am honestly terrified to have a girl, but i think i want one eventually
5. my nickname used to be del taco. for some reason when my parents teased me about it i didn't think it was all that funny. now i do. my mom also used to tell my sister and i that she was sheera princess of power in cognito.
6. i love lost...alot. i am a nerd and read all the message boards and theories and stuff. one word- sawyer
7. i love love love to read but rarely have the time anymore ( a few of my favorite books are papa married a mormon, enders game and enchanted)
passing on the award to...
katie at matusake
heater at arizona lewis
krista at krista met ryan
ginnie at a beautiful mess
and
megan at the polished pickle
and check out my giveaway below

11.19.2009

raw edge headband tutorial

Giveaway below!!! Ends sunday nov 29th!!
raw edge headband tutorial- you will need- fabric for main headband contrast fabric for leaves and flower trim pdf headband file ( see below)
print out headband shape. tape the two smaller ends together place wide end of the strip on the folded edge of the fabric. trace with disappearing ink. sew a top stitch 1/4 inch away from raw edge all the way around the headband. trace leaves onto contrasting fabric. iron the leaves where you want them ( if you want you can fuse wonder under to the leaf fabric before you cut them out, or if you are lazy like me just ironing them into place will do.) sew around edge of leaves. now make some rolled roses like so. if you want to add trim you can. or how about making a couple of flowers in a cluster? done and done. now you have a cute headband that took you about 10 minutes to make. headband pattern here want to win this headband + another one? tell me what you favorite song by the cure is...mine are love cats, close to me and disintegration . just kidding you just leave me a comment and i will pick a winner sunday.

frayed rosette corsage shirt


frayed rosette corsage shirt tutorial-
you will need
pre-washed strips of fabric prepared in the same way as these ones vary the length and width for added texture and interest
a new or old tank, t- shirt, or whatever, i think it would even be cute on a cardi.
start by tying a very loose knot on one end of your fabric
pick a starting point for your first flower.
video
keep twisting. i like to vary between twisting the fabric loosey goosey and tight.
repeat, making some rosettes bigger and some smaller. i try to overlap a bit too.
keep going until you like what you see. i find that i have to try on the shirt to see where things need to go and if it needs more rosettes. i'm working on one other tutorial for today while the boys nap. we will see how that goes...
ps. i used black thread on these so that you could see what i was doing in the pictures better. i probably wouldn't use it for your shirt unless it went better with your fabric.

11.18.2009

i love this cool idea seen on design sponge
i am in the process of making a yarn wreath like this one from bluebird vintage
but mixed with one like this one seen on sew mama sew
i'm finishing up a tutorial for tomorrow. it's a cute gift idea. there might be a giveaway to go along with it too.
and i just realized that it is only 5 weeks until Christmas! oh brother, i have a lot of catching up to do if i plan on getting things done this century. and glee is on tonight! holy cow it's 8:30 and my baby is still asleep, that never happens. my boys never sleep in past 7:30 no matter what i do. it's alright though since they go to bed pretty early.

11.08.2009

jumping on the t-shirt embellishing train...

easy, fast, fun, cheap- pretty sure i'm addicted. i seriously dreamt about ways to fancy up my t- shirts. those boring old shirts don't even know what is coming.
bwahhh ha haaaaaa.
inspiration here, here,here,here , here and here

10.31.2009


as mom to three little mini grandpa brent's ( train crazy grandpa) the choice is obvious. we must have this wallpaper seen on ohdeedoh.

10.30.2009


i am dying over how cute these sock skeletons at martha stewart are! i think since Halloween is here and i haven't done them yet i might do it on Sunday for day of the dead. wouldn't it be cute to use bright colored felt to embellish him for day of the dead? if i don't get to him this weekend would it be weird to give my boys for Christmas? because i am pretty sure they would love them.
also i love this sweater from forever 21. however, i'm worried that this particular color might make my skin color look pukey and green.

10.22.2009


i saw this cool art on one pretty thing but had to pass it on it's so cool. if you go the the feed you soul website they have free artwork from various artists that you can print off at home. last night i spent 20 minutes printing off stuff. it is really cool pretty artwork too. you should definately go check it out.

10.21.2009

the layton DI has finally proven itself to me! i was beginning to feel like that particular store wasn't worth my time ( but i love centerville) all that changed with this last trip. check out the loot. i cannot tell you how long i have been searching for a gaudy ornate mirror and today i found her. i didn't even grab a cart and my arms were already full, but you better believe i snatched her heavy arss up asap and proceeded to tote her around with me. check out the pillow too, does is look anthro-ish or straight up old lady? i think my old lady decorating twin must have passed away or something because i feel all these items came from the same house. whoever you are old lady i love you... and mostly i love your stuff that your family gave away because they were to dumb to realize how lovely it was.

pretty sheet destined to become a skirt...


stay tuned for the after pictures.

10.20.2009

question: did anyone else see where the wild things are, and love it like we did? i feel like we are the only ones who enjoyed it... and enjoyed it we did. i find it rather odd that so many didn't like it at all and were even bored??? so i'm just wondering...

10.12.2009

milk glass chandelier...yes please!

from anthro on sale or $695 ( ps anyone have an extra $700 for me?)

10.11.2009

dollar store cupcake/jewlery stands

$2 cupcake stands-
*candle dish
*glass candle stick
* clear gorilla glue or e6000 or any other glass glue
*cute lace or trim if you so desire
the candle dish and stick were found at dollar tree! i found some small glass tea light holders at the DI the next day and used them as a base on some other ones.
glue these together...let dry overnight and you've got
these
stay tuned for how i used them for Halloween decor ( also using dollar tree finds!)
by the way do you know how hard it is to take pictures of glass???

10.07.2009

before and after

this is not my kitchen...
just one from DIY that i plan on using for inspiration for my very small kitchen redo budget...
do any of you get DIY magazine? i love it. whenever i go to sams or costco i splurge and buy one, i guess i could just get a subscription because i have almost every issue of the last 2 years. ( hint hint family!) anyhow they also have a website here. there are many easy and affordable ideas to be found. i have this particular kitchen redo dogeared in my magazine. the kitchen layout and the cabinets and everything are very similar to my very own kitchen.

Here's the problem... is it too much to paint the cabinets black and white? i have always wanted creamy white cabinets but seeing the black and white together makes me rethink my all white cabinets. should i go for it and paint both colors or should i just paint them white and get a black hutch or something?

10.05.2009


and this is my new favorite nursery of all time. i looooooove the color scheme so much i want to marry it. and those cloud shelves...
from oh dee doh


love this idea seen on apartment therapy. i might have to copy it for my home.

9.28.2009

for the bat chandeliers- everyone needs to bring -
* a pack of glue dots ( megan suggested using your micheals, roberts, or ben franklin coupon)
* embroidery hoops- AND YOU NEED TO PAINT THEM BLACK BEFORE YOU COME!!! it looks like you need three of varying sizes from big to little ( you can get them at craft stores or di or your granny's!)
* a few dollars to cover the cost of the paper, tuelle and fishing line i will get the tuelle and fishing line, megan has the punch already and may be able to get the paper... yeah i am so excited this is a cute project and i am so ready for halloween!

for the time i was thinking 8:00 so the kids will be in bed. does that work? everyone bring your favorite fall food to share and some copies of the recipe. we will be meeting in my grammy sue's basement so we better behave. any suggestions on anything else?

9.27.2009

so i lied.... first craft will not be the earrings. apparently the shop i wanted to purchase the supplies from in in hong kong , and shipping takes 1 -2 weeks.oops. we will still be having crafty night on Thursday if you guys want. i was thinking of the cute bat chandelier from meg's store see here for directions. is everyone good with that? let's get a headcount if you plan on coming or not. tell me in the comments if you plan on coming this time or not. thanks.

found a new blog that i love love love.
it is freakin amazing!
the most amazing ever mobile ( i think it looks like a vintage irmi!) she makes amazing toys inlcuding robots, a play stove, wild thing toys made from tp rolls,monkey race cars and more. she was even on martha stewart. i am seriously in awe of her mad skills. check out the blog here
pictures from the matsutake blog.........

9.23.2009

Sparkle Power is hosting a great giveaway! Check out All ChildrensFurniture.com for your favorite brands like Roadmaster, KidKraft, little Tikes and more! Giveaway ends 10/7. go check it out!

9.22.2009

33 cent nylon headbands

nylon baby headbands- a quick sloppy how to:
i had no idea to make these and couldn't find very much info on the interwebnet. i knew i wanted thinner fabric then the knee highs i had seen ( and they were too wide anyhow) so i bought these nylon knee highs from walmart, in the gumball container for 33 cents.
they were pretty wrinkled so i ironed them on low heat.
then i folded them in half.
these ones are for a newborn baby so i sewed them about 6 inches from the fold. then i trimmed the fabric about 1/4 inch away from seam and flipped it right side out.
add your flowers and your done. sorry no action pictures my boys would not oblige. there you go 2 minute headbands... and at two for 33 cents, you too can make buttloads!maybe you all know how to do this but seeing as how i have 3 little boys and haven't been able to find the info i needed i thought it might come in handy for someone.

9.15.2009

my very talented friend megan is having a giveaway! check out the cute skeleton man tassel up for grabs...
isn't he the cutest? i want him -
the details of the giveaway are here and go check out megans darling and amazing creations here.

9.11.2009

frayed rosettes

see i'm not totally worthless... frayed rosettes tutorial-

supplies needed-
-fabric,you can use basically anything silk, cotton, jersey i prefer to use the cheap cotton broadcloth, it's cheap ( like $2 a yard) frays really easy and comes in lots of cute colors. trust me the cheaper fabric is better for these little pretties. This is also a great way to use up your scraps!
-hot glue gun and sticks ( i use a little tiny one because it is easier)
-scissors
take you fabric and lay it out so that that selvage edge is facing you. snip into fabric a bit to get it started.
take your fabric and start ripping, i prefer to rip because the edges fray up perfectly.
rip until you get a big pile of fabric. then take your fingers and run them all the way down the sides of your strips to fray them up more. vary the length and width to make it interesting.
take your strip and fold it in half, tie a knot right smack in the middle. try to make the knot lay as flat as you can. see how you have a knot with two long ends?
now start twisting the two ends together and then start twisting that into a circle. get your glue gun and dab away. be careful not to get globs of glue on the front side ( like i did). it helps to apply glue closer to the back of the flower
keep on twisting around and around. i try to vary it from a really tight twist to a looser twist so that it looks better. you can kind of go up and over in some areas for visual interest too.

keep going until you have about a half in of fabric left. dab some glue on the back and twist it around so that the end is tucked away nice and tidy like.

make buttloads more while your kids sleep because it's fun, easy and fast and doesn't require you to move much when all you want to do is take a little break. you can even watch days of our lives if you so choose.

can you guess what these are going to be? a little hint at another tutorial perhaps... any questions???