Thursday, January 22, 2009

A little makeover

BEFORE:
I got this as a gift, and it's not exactly my style, I used it a couple years ago for my Christmas cards but I've always wanted to paint it.

AFTER:
This is my attempt to re-vamp this letter/key holder... thing. It still needs some touch up work (you can still see a little green) but I'm liking how it's turning out and I wanted to share it anyway. It makes me think of Valentines. :)
I got this lovely tray(below) for Christmas from my awesome little sister and that gave me the idea to fix it up. One thing I really like about this alteration is: whenever I find some cute paper I can change the look of it. Right now I'm using the same paper lil sis gave me.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Fun Wrapping

THANK YOU MER, she helped me find the link I used for this home made wrapping paper. It was Creature Comforts! I came across this just before Christmas. I had to send this late package recently and decided to try out this fun technique. I just used celery and an ink pad.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Second batch


My big craft this year was baking. I didn't have any of my sewing set up, I think most of my fabric is in storage, and I knew if I tried to sew Christmas gifts Iwould get totally stressed out so I spent all my energy on baking and fixing up goodie boxes. I was thrilled to find some pretty Martha Stewart brand boxes at Wal-Mart.

I sent some to my sister and she took more pictures than I did, you can see them here.

Stained Glass Cutout Cookies

I was lucky I had matching cookie cutters, I bought them at completely different times, I think they are both made by Wilton, I know my little ones are, and it's too much of a coincidence that the large ones match exactly!

I had fun sending these out to friends and family for Christmas.
Sadly two of my packages came back, I learned and expensive lesson there!

Stained Glass Cutout Cookies
1-1/2 cups butter softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
3 tsp vanilla
4-1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tarter
1 tsp salt
Assorted colors of Jolly Rancher hard candies
frosting:
1 TB spoon meringue powder
3 TB spoon plus 1/2 tsp water
2-2/3 cups powdered sugar
assorted colors of food coloring

Monday, January 05, 2009

I think we have the beginings of...

... a whimsical woodland, with a castle.
My pictures are a bit dark so I only posted this picture of what I have to work with in my daughters room. It's tough living in an apartment, but I think I'll be painting anyway (to keep me from going insane!)


My inspiration for this room will be based on this adorable quilt and crib set my sister sewed for my first baby and I absolutely love it! It's pink and green and turquoise with cute little critters, there's a frog, mushroom, bee, butterfly, turtle and a lady bug.
I adore bird houses so I already have one, and I think adding a home made owl or too would be so cute!

The curtains are a much brighter pink than I originally wanted but I think I can put them to good use. I want to sew windows into them like this cute play tent by land of nod.

I also hope to up some vinyl wall trees or paint them up or maybe even make one out of masonite. I like this one from Etsy seller studiojk.

I also love this tree below, created by another sister of mine as a surprise makeover. I helped paint and cut out the fabric leaves, but I was not the master designer or anything. The tree is painted on and the fabric is glued on with a starch mixture.