Sunday, January 31, 2010

flower card template

A fun little download from How About Orange. You can get creative with this cute template. Use buttons...

...or fabric yo yo's seen at Storybook Woods.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

cute packaging

Gorgeous and friendly! Check out the how to at Maya Made.

and also some adorable woven hearts. Could totally be used for a cute valentine's garland.

Tutorial also found at Maya Made.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

button bouquet

We moved the girls little table into the family room so it was necessary that they have a fun little centerpiece that matched the colors of the rest of the room. Yes, I said necessary :) We decided on these fun little button bouquets. Even better, my oldest was able to help with the construction. I found a great tutorial at Whimsy Love.
And since we are on the topic of buttons. How yummy do these look? I love shortbread! They make me think of my babies, because when I was in the hospital recovering I survived on a pure shortbread (Lorna Doone) diet. Check out the recipe at Creature Comforts.

valentine printables

I have seen lots of Valentines printables but I think these are my favorite. They are so sweet. Get your own from Inside a Black Apple.

chalkboard hangers

These would be so fun on a wall to display pictures or all your special treasures. Check them out at Craftzine.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

i luv u boards

"i love" this "i love u" project! Wink Wink! Check it out at The Creative Crate.

valetines door hanging

I love when I see things that are themed but at the same time still maintain class. This is definitely one of those projects. Check it out at Redberry Barn. Here and Here.

Velcro Ball Catch

I saw this project on Dollar Store Crafts and knew that my boys would love it. Since the weather here has been a little crazy we have been couped up in the house finding things to keep us busy. This is an inexpensive project/game that will do the trick. Check here for a list of supplies and a how-to.

Monday, January 25, 2010

window shutter wall display

old window shutter
spray primer
spray paint
sand paper
faux glaze
foam brush
paper towels/wipes
wall hangers

First, you need to start with an old window shutter. These can be found at just about any thrift store. If you have a Habitat for Humanity ReStore in your area then you will for sure find some there.
Make sure that you have wiped down the shutter cleaning off any dust, spider webs, etc.
Also, make sure that the shutters are pointing upward while painting and sanding. This is the direction in which they will need to be for you to attach your clothespins.

Next remove all hardware from the shutter.

Cover the shutter with a nice coat of spray primer.

A helpful tip when using spary paint for bigger projects in one of these handle guns. Without one your poor little hands will be in pain.

This is the shutter with the primer sprayed.

Next you will apply 1 - 2 coats of your spray paint. I choose heirloom white from Rust-Oleum.

After your spary paint has dried sand the edges to give everything that nice antiqued, weathered look.
When you are using glaze to antique wood this is not a necessary step, but if you really want the glaze to soak into the wood you will want to sand your edges.

Here are all of my edges nice and sanded before the glaze has been added.

Now is time for your glaze. If you are unsure about glaze (which I was at first) go to Home Depot and they will help you out. All you need to do is pick your can of glaze and then the paint color that you would like your glaze to be. Home Depot will mix everything for you. I choose a brown paint color for my glaze.

Take your foam brush and cover the entire area with the glaze.

Now with a wipe or paper towel wipe away the glaze.

Repeat this process until you have glazed your entire shutter.

After the glaze has dried add a wall hanger to the back.

Reattach your hardware.

Attach your clothespins.
You can leave them plain, modpodge, add embellishments, whatever you choose.

Finally you have a beautiful wall display to hold all of the things that are precious to you.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff


Sunday, January 24, 2010

lola clips

My daughter loves Charlie and Lola and almost fell over with excitement when she saw these adorable clips. Check them out at Mother Rising.

pinwheel jello

First I saw these adorable pinwheels and fell in love. Check them out at Style Me Pretty.

Then I saw these pinwheel jello jigglers. Find them at la * T * da.

My daughters preschool class better watch out because I think their little bellies are about to be filled with jello.

pillow with ties

These pillows are so cute! Just looking at the colors makes me happy. I love texture that the little ties add. Check them out at Make it and Love it.

Friday, January 22, 2010

s'more love

This was used as a favor for a wedding but I thought it would be a fun little gift for Valentines Day. Check it out at Elizabeth Anne Designs Weddings.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

doily banner

I think this might be the easiest banner I have ever seen. I think it would look awesome in my kitchen. Check it out at Nice Package.

subway art

I love just the simple black and white. It really makes such a statement. A twist on the typical message board. Check out the tutorial at Lil Blue Boo.

bunting roll

Not only perfect for crayons, but this could also be helpful in organizing my make-up brushes. Check out the tutorial at Say Yes to Hoboken.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

beeswax hearts

I have never done anything like this before and think that it would be really fun to try. Check it out at The Magic Onions.

words of love

Check this out at Tatertots and Jello. Super easy and very pretty.
I love Mod Podge! Check this out at Fun to Craft.

grilled cheese tomato soup

The perfect combination and one of my favorite foods. I like to also put tomatoes on my grilled cheese. I am so serving this as an appetizer at my next party. I found this great idea at A Cup of Jo.

Monday, January 18, 2010

magnet boards

Great project that anyone can do...I love the look of three in a row. Check it out at Design Gal and Her Handyman. Her blog is great and I love watching her on Studio 5.

Friday, January 15, 2010

T collage

After collecting frames and such of different shapes and sizes and spray painting like a crazy woman. I finally have my T collage finished...Yeah! Doesn't it look pretty! I still have to put pictures in a few of the frames but I was just too excited I had to share it with everyone. Let me know what you think.
This is the little deer paper that my daughter choose to mod podge onto one of the frames. Who says we don't consider my husband and his love for hunting in our decorating. I think this paper proves that we do :)

A Soft Place to Land

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

mustache glass

These are great! When I saw them I thought of my sweet girl HERE, she would love these. Check them out at Alaska Crafter.

zipper flowers

This is very, very cool! Who would have thought...Check it out at All For This Penny.

mason jar lantern

These just make me happy and think of fireflies and hanging out on the porch looking at the stars. I want to make some just so I can always think about those things and be happy. Check them out Chez Beeper Bebe ( I must like her stuff because I just featured her the other day as well).
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