Saturday, October 8, 2011

Paver Pumpkins


Last summer I ran onto this idea for paver pumpkins at Night Owl Crafting.  I thought this would be a great idea for a fall decoration for my front porch.  Super easy, super cheap, and super cute.  I picked up the pavers and the floral wire for just a few dollars, I used acrylic paint that I already had on hand and then I finished them off with a coat of mod podge to give them a little shine.  My boys love them too - a little too much.  I have re-curled that floral wire at least twice already, and I'm sure I will have to do it a few more times before these are put away.

Friday, October 7, 2011

No Sew Christmas Tree Skirt


 Every year I have planned to make a cute pieced Christmas Tree Skirt out of cute Christmas fabric.  Every year, the Christmas season comes and goes without me accomplishing my plan, so we just end up with this ugly glittery thing that looks like a piece of batting wrapped around the base of our tree.  This year, I was determined to make a Christmas tree skirt, but decided I had better get real.  With everything else I have going on there is no way I would have time to piece the skirt of my dreams together until after the holiday season is long gone.  So, when I ran onto this tutorial on how to make a no sew Christmas tree skirt I was elated.  This was definitely something I could accomplish.  I made a few changes to her instructions, like doing an embroidery stitch with my machine around the edges of the skirt and sewing on ribbon closures rather than using stick-on velcro (so, I guess my skirt isn't completely no-sew).  I am so happy with how my cute christmas tree skirt turned out and I am especially happy that it is done with two months to spare!  So, If you are interested in a cute, easy, and fast handmade Christmas tree skirt, I highly suggest you check out the tutorial at modern kiddo.


The embroidery detail on the scalloped edges. 



The ribbon closures

Monday, October 3, 2011

Nativity Blocks



 
I have been working on projects for our women's craft night at church.  We started advertising last Sunday and this project was a real hit. (I will be posting about the other projects soon.)
These cute nativity blocks are made from a 2x4 that has been cut and trimmed to the right sizes for our pieces.  I then painted the front of the blocks an off white and oiled (with mineral oil) the sides and back to bring out the wood grain. Next, I sanded the edges lightly to soften any ragged paint and added the images.  I printed these images out on sticker paper and then gave them a coating of sealer, after they were applied to the blocks, to prevent smudging.  They turned out so cute and I love the fact that they are kid friendly.  My boys already love them and can't resist playing with them whenever they are out.  I purchased the images as a downloadable file folder game from Green Jello with Carrots and Melanie was so great to work with.  She has agreed to give us a really good deal on our downloads for the ladies.  So, I highly recommend her company and their cute products.

Here are some close ups of the cute blocks!!!!




 
 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Foaming Hand Soap


I have heard that you can make foaming hand soap, that works just well as the expensive stuff you buy at the store, for just pennies.  I decided to give it a try when I ran out of my bottle of the "expensive stuff".  I am always on the lookout for a bargain, so this was definitely worth a try. 

All it takes is giving your foaming hand soap bottle a good cleaning and then pumping a few tablespoons of liquid hand soap into the bottle.  I was told that the clear types work better than the creamy, lotiony types.  Then, fill the bottle with regular old water and gently shake to incorporate the soap and water together.  That's it and it seems to work just as well.


This is a picture of the foaming soap that my pump produced after I mixed up my new hand soap.  Not bad.   
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