Saturday, April 30, 2011

Felt Laptop & Case

I stumbled across THIS laptop tutorial by Kiki and fell in love with it!

Doesn't it just look so cute sitting there?

We had to make it just like Daddy's... so we added this to the back.
Fun huh?

I'd been dying to make it for weeks but had one small problem. 
She recommending using rub-on letters for the keys... and well, out here in Pittsburgh, my craft store options are... non-existant very limited, and I couldn't find any. 

I was really frustrated, and on a whim decided to put a piece of stiff felt right into my printer.
It WORKED!!! I was so excited!
Made it even more fun because I could pick any font I wanted. 

I didn't really care for the handles straight on the computer, so I decided to whip up a laptop case.
I didn't use a pattern, but there are tons of tutorials out there.
There is a small little pocket inside for the felt screen images... that are yet to be made.

I even got to make my first felt flower.
I now understand the obsession... they are so fun and easy to make!

She loves it.
Makes her feel so big and grown up.

How fun is that. 

You know you want to...

Craft Me This.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Spring Dresses

I was brave and decided to make my girls dresses for Easter this year. 
Really brave because I only had a couple of days to get them finished before I left on a last minute trip. 

What do you think?

I roughly followed THIS pattern. 
I really love the strip look, but I got exhausted thinking about finishing all of those edges, and I needed to be done quick
(my friend did hers this way and it turned out darling)

One of these days I'm just going to buy a real pattern and make life easier on myself.
But on the other hand, it is kind of fun to just make them up.

I added a flower like shown HERE.
 Since this flower has raw edges, I needed a way to remove it. 
Pins don't seem to stay closed around my girls, 
so I sewed a simple snap on the back to be able to remove it for washing... 
now to train my girls to take it off before placing it in the hamper

The trickiest part was adjusting the pattern to make it fully lined. I wanted the girls to be able to wear their dresses with out undershirts. 
I was planning on adding a ruffle (to match the flower) to the lining so that you could see it poking out from underneath, but ran out of time. I also wanted to put pockets on, just because my girls love pockets. 
Maybe later...

This dress I also learned how to do smocking... check out how the straps turned out too. 
Cute, simple and just enough of a sleeve.

Wanna see how they look on my cute, lil' models?

Love it!
Be brave, try new things and...

Craft Me This!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Newborn Earflap Beanie

 This was a quick and easy crochet pattern, with adorable results. 
Click HERE for the pattern.

I may have to make some for my girls...
Maybe in the fall when it starts to get cooler again 
(don't want to jinx this spring weather we're finally getting)

Have a new sweet baby who you need to keep warm?

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Simple Car Seat Tent

I know, I know. These are everywhere.
But I really liked how the fabrics matched. 
I always do a cotton fabric on top and a flannel underneath.
Isn't that polk-a-dot fabric so cute?

I know, I could have put buttons or flowers or something fun on the straps, 
but it needed to be simple and sort of gender neutral. 

I guess what I really wanted to share was a cute way to gift it. 
I used some leftover fabric to make a little tie. 

Perfect for that lil' girl, 

or baby boy.
And eco-friendly, right?

Have a baby shower you're going to?
Save your paper gift wrap and...

Craft Me This

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Checkered Card

I saw THIS cute card and decided it had to be duplicated. 
I love how simple it was and really think it looks great. 
I don't really own very many punches, so I made the tags myself (don't look too close). 
I was planning on making just a generic, use-for-anything-type -o-card, 
but really loved this stamp, and after all, you can always find someone to thank.

Wanna give it a try?

Craft Me This.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Easy-Peasy Placemats

I don't even know if should really even post this. 
It wasn't even really a craft project. 
All I did was cut out the fabric.
But don't they look awesome?

My friend found this fabric and Joann's and every time I went over to her house, 
I drooled over them. 
I love how it looks quilted.
It looks better on her light-wood table.
So when I found the fabric in the red tag section (with an additional 50% off)
I thought I had hit the jackpot. 
(I think it was $2-$3 for a yard and I got 8 placemats out of it)

I don't even know what type of fabric it is. It has a soft rubbery backing on it, and it's surface isn't slick like vinyl, but it is sort of textured and rubbery. 
I'm not explaining it well.
Guess you'll just have to come over for a visit to check it out for yourself. ;)

I'll find out the type of fabric it is and when I do, you can...

Craft Me This

**Update on Fabric**
So I did some research and found the distributor of the fabric (Momentum Textiles). They classified it as a "Coated Upholstery Fabric"... wow. That helps a lot. It front side is 100% vinyl (textured, not glossy/smooth) and it has a soft "Polyester Knit" backing. Don't know if that is even worth sharing... other than my search lead to just as lame of a description I had already provided. Sorry. 

Monday, April 11, 2011

Decorative Drawers

I decided to use leftover scraps from my Owlie Picture on this little shelf of drawers.

My mother, the queen of thrifting, found this little treasure years ago.
I love the colors that were originally on it, but it got a little beat up in our move and since I had to sand and repaint it anyhow... I decided to add a little more.

Here is the before 
(after I had sanded out most of the scuffs)

and after

Really not too much of a noticeable difference, but trust me, it was marked up all over and needed some TLC. Plus, now it is all cute and matchy in the girl's room.

Those blue walls in their room are really growing on me. 
I'm sure glad we didn't paint over them.

Sprucing up old decor is fun and easy.

Craft Me This

PS - my lil' one insisted that the owl be in the picture too, she kept setting in on the dresser, so I decided, why not. 

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Chalkboard Purse

I was so excited to make this Chalkboard Purse I saw HERE on The Idea Room
It was such a fun and cute idea, I had to copy it. 
I loved the wooden handle that Amy from the Idea Room put on hers, but I didn't have one. :( 
I did have old picnic basket (the one where you strap the dishes in) that I pulled the handle and latch off of. 
Not quite as cute, but I'm all about free.
My girls really likes opening and closing it, and I don't have to worry about it popping open in transit
 Inside there is a space to store the chalk and eraser.
 Yes, that stripy block is the little eraser I made. 
I sewed the felt together in close gathered bumps, and then glued it to some of the pages I had cut out of the book. I think it turned out really cute.
It is this lil' gals favorite part, erasing everything.

There are several blank pages at the front of the book for plenty of chalk doodling fun.
Which by the way, I may be addicted to chalkboard paint now, it is SO cool!

 And just look how cute it is to tote around.
Loads of giggles and fun!
I'm sure it would be just as cute as a little briefcase for a lil' guy.
Love it! You will too.

Craft Me This

PS - It was kind of chilly when I ran out to take pictures. My lil' pumpkin put on her coat and shoes and ran out to join me. She actually offered to be my lil' model (unlike usual when I have to bribe her). Even despite the chilly wind. Don't worry, we were only out for a minute or two.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Pom Pom Bunnies

 Okay, I don't know if anyone else will think these are cute.
I love them because I grew up with them. 
I thought this would be a fun little craft to make with my girls... 
it actually is a bit to hard because you have to hold the pom poms on until the glue dries a little, and my little ones are still to little for that. 

Anyway, my mother made similar bunnies I was a little girl 
and I wanted to make a few for my lil' girls to love..
 Look at them all lined up.
I really think they are cute, no matter how dated they may look.
I sent my mom a picture 
and my lil' brother told me that they have
"Mandibles of Death"
They aren't that bad are they?

Regardless of how big their lil' checks are
they sure were a hit with this lil' one. 
She has to be very careful (they're a bit fragile) but while baby sis is sleeping, 
she can sneak them for a little adventure or two. 

So, if you're dying to pull out your pom poms and tacky glue

Craft Me This

PS - I debated making a little tutorial... but I don't know how many of you actually would want to add this lil' item to your decor.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Owlie Picture

Okay, I am such a nerd. 
I could hardly sleep last night because I was so excited to post this picture I finished.
Just ask my hubby, I asked him a gazillion times how what he thought. 
Why don't guys gush over projects? is that too much to ask?

You wanna see it?

Isn't it so cute?!!!

I love finally having an idea of how I want to decorate the girls room (almost two years later)
Pinks and Greens are so fun, and who doesn't love owls? 

I copied this canvas print I saw at Target. You may have seen it. 

But, since I can't paint, and I don't have any paint supplies I decided to modge podge paper onto a piece of wood. I think it turned out so cute, but then again, it is my project so I'm biased.

I was going to modge podge paper onto the sides, but then I remembered I had some left over ribbon from my Giraffe Puppet and it was the perfect color. 
Now don't tell me that giraffe print is out!!
I think it really adds to the picture. 

Curious if I saved any money making my own?
I think the picture at target was around $25. 
This project cost me about $2.
Yup, TWO dollars.
Why so cheap? 
Well, Joann's had a killer sale on their 12x12 paper (5 for $1 PLUS 25% off)
I had the modge podge, brush, ribbon, and wood on hand. 
If I had to buy everything, I'm guessing it would be around $10 to do this project... so much cheaper.
Plus, I got to customize it to match the girls room. 
And come on, it was so fun!
Plus, it feels so good to just sit and stare at your work when you're done...
Hmm, what was that? *cough* Oh, right...

So, if you've seen a piece of art that you love, give it a shot, if I can do it, anyone can.
Can you see my goof ups? The random flowers on the owls are covering them up... no one's perfect.

Give it a try and share what YOU did. 

Craft Me This.