Wednesday, April 22, 2009

1 Craft-3 Ways: Spring Accessories

The snow has finally melted. The grass is greening up. Flowers are blooming. Winter is OVER!!Being women, what better way to celebrate spring than by adding a few new accessories to our collections?!

That's what we thought, too.

I've been having a bead craving lately, and thanks to Bead Style Magazine, I found the cutest free pattern. I did have to become a "member" to get the pattern I wanted, but that was also free. It took me a good while to do this project, but in the end it was totally worth it! I love working with beads and wire instead of just the stretchy bead cord or even fishing line. There are a few basic techniques to learn such as making a basic loop, a wrapped loop, different knots, etc. (Bead Style has a great how-to basics section in the back of every issue.) It didn't take long at all to learn them, and I've been amazed at all the fun new looks I can try now.


I guess I couldn't keep away from the flowers either and used polymer clay to make a keychain for me to carry around. It was made from a simple cane pinched into a petal shape and then cut into small slices and layered around a shape of my own design made of scrap clay. I baked it and glued the two halves together, leaving a small side slit to get a photo of my family in there.
The photo on the right is the best representation of the true colors. Thanks Anisa for lending me a camera!

Happy Spring!   


Okay, so I'm not an accessories person.  I don't wear jewelry... I don't even wear my wedding ring.  I toiled over ideas of what to do for this craft for a long time.  Then I saw my niece with a cute headband on when she was swimming.  I thought it would be fun to wear a headband since I always put my hair up anyway.  It would give me a little bit of style.  I found a tutorial on Chocolate on my Cranium that was super easy!


Monday, April 20, 2009

Hooded Towels

A few years ago my mom bought my two oldest boys hooded towels.  One was Elmo and one was Diego.  Now that they are older, they have been fighting over the Diego towel... they're both too old for Elmo.

I was tired of all the fighting, so I went in search of a Hooded Towel Tutorial.  There were a lot of them out there on the web, but THIS tutorial on It's Sew Sweet was by far the easiest.

I bought very neutral TAN towels and made two hooded towels for $8.  I opted for no decorative trim because they are boys and wouldn't care about the decorative trim.  They were so excited that I made the towels for them and they love them!  

The only problem is that I only made two... and I have 3 boys!  I guess I need to make one more.


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Spring is in the air!!!!

Do you remember these cute banners I bought a couple of weeks ago from Peachy Cheap?

Well, I just had to show you what I did with them!!!  I love Kathyrn's tutorial on Nanny Goat.  

But since I had already bought my chipboard, I had to do something a little different.  I also made a summer banner with the other banner I bought from Peachy Cheap and I plan on making other banners with chipboard I'm going to cut with my Cricut.


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

When crafts go toooo far!

Sometimes we just get in the mood to craft.  So we think up things to craft that don't need to be crafted.  My brother once learned how to crochet, so he made his wife a bikini....

Maybe sometimes just a plain old t-shirt is a better idea.
Do you have an obsession with scrapbooking and the way cute patterned paper?  I know I do.  But do we take it a little too far sometimes.... come on, who needs a scrapbooked chair?
Happy April Fools Day!!!  Just thought I'd bring you some of the crafts I've seen that have gone way too far.....