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~Love Notes~

Okay, so how cool is this idea I found last year? I finally found time to sew my own pillows out of Dish Towels! The only changes I made were the appearance of my pillows. I made them super full and centered the pocket instead of off-centering it. You can go nuts and get super creative with this!

This project is SO simple, you literally just find Valentine Dishtowels ( I found these at JoAnns) and cut them to the size you want, create pockets out of smaller cut up towels, sew it all together and fill with stuffing or a pillow form! That’s it!

Okay so the best part about this whole turn-your-dishtowels-into-pillows thing is that each day (starting February first) you insert a love note to your children and then you let them read it right before bed time. So I write one note to each girl and so does Jason and we stick them in their pillow pocket and Mikayla reads hers and we read Emma’s to her 🙂 If you look at the picture below you will see the first night’s note tucked right inside and sticking out a bit. I realize it isn’t necessary to have a cheesy V-day tradition to let your kids know you love them but I think it makes it fun for them. I also think that children recognize when you put in a little extra effort just to make their day and let them know you adore them…

Love to you and yours today and everyday 🙂

~Chris

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Fun with Cupcake Liners

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy—>that’s how this tutorial is for me 🙂 Just refer back to my directions for the doily wreath and THAT is how you will make this one. Here are the only differences: I used cupcake liners (see Jenn’s from TT&J’s here) instead of doilies, in addition to separating the liners you will also need to flatten them before pinching, I embellished with a flattened cupcake liner and silk flower instead of sweater flowers and pearls–>that’s it! A fabulous wreath for your front door! I used about 270 cupcake liners and the same 10-inch foam wreath from dollar tree–> Cheap, Chic, and oh-so unique–>you’re welcome!

Hopefully the scuff in the middle (on the door) isn’t bothering you as much as it is me—>grrr, I will have to see if I can scrub it away in the morning!

I’m thinking a little quote in the middle will be cute, if I alter it in any way I will show you in an upcoming post!

~Chris

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Heart”felt” Remix

Alright this tutorial is going to be so easy for me to type up thanks to my previous tutorial! I have already explained to you about purchasing felt, cutting cirlces, the folding technique and where to glue! So, for this tutorial you will need about 1/2 yard of felt per ball. Once again, I figured out a way to save some cash-money 🙂 Instead of purchasing the foam balls that are 1.50 (WITH the 40 percent off coupon) for only THREE. I purchased FIVE of these little beauties for 99 cents (plus applicable sales tax–LOL) Gotta love the 99 cents store!

So you just need to glue your little felt circles around the ball! I used pink AND red for these and I tied a piece of ribbon through two of the holes to use as a hanger. I then topped it off with a bow 🙂

And they all lived happily ever after dangling from our chandelier in the kitchen 🙂

The End.

~Chris

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Heart”Felt” Tutorial

Hello–>HELLO! I am back with a tutorial! So this technique for using felt is nothing new. EVERYONE has done it 🙂 This is just a different spin on it. Instead of using a wreath form that would cost at least $3 (and that is WITH a 40 percent off coupon) I used a heart-shaped plate from the 99 cents store.

So while you are out picking up your plate you also need to stop by Joanne’s and purchase one and a half yards of red felt or pink felt, or split it up and do both red AND pink–>whatever floats your boat. As long as you end up with a yard and  half of felt the colors make no difference! Make sure to take your 40 percent off coupon so that you keep your total under five bucks! Okay so as long as you have a glue gun, glue sticks and scissors at home you are set to go! Now comes the tedious part…you need to find a circle template and cut out about a bajillion circles (this is the perfect time to pop in a movie for you and the kids or if the kids are napping catch up on your favorite guilty pleasures!) So I used ribbon spool as my template but you could also use the top of a glass or a coffee mug, it makes no difference. You WILL end up using the entire yard and half.

This is what your circles should look like. Okay so once I had cut up about 3/4 yard of the fabric into circles I took a break and started gluing them onto my plate b/c it helps to see what your beautiful project is going to look like to keep you motivated–>aka, my hand was tired from all the cutting and I desperately needed a break! 🙂 Take one circle and fold it in half like so… 

Then fold it in half again…

1. I know I need a manicure–>don’t judge 🙂 2. The bottom right hand corner is where you will place your glob of glue and then you will position it on your plate. There is no science to how you do this,the only instruction I will give you is start on the outer edge of your heart and work in or across. Also, I flipped my plate and attached the felt to the BACK of it because the plate had a slight inward curvature and I didn’t want that…

Isn’t that Gorgeous?!?! Like I said, no rhyme or reason to how you place the felt but make sure it’s all close together, no gaps! Here it is completed…

Still thinking of embellishing it in some way but won’t touch it until I am absolutely sure! You could also glue a piece of ribbon onto the back to create a hanger and use it as a wreath in your house or on your font door (which I still might possibly do myself)

Have a wonderful day!

~Chris

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Framed He”Art”

Hey everyone! Today I am making a framed piece of artwork. Do you like how I do everything with these conversation hearts BUT eat them? LOL  I really think that the only reason these have been around so long is strictly because of the cute messages on them —> I KNOW it isn’t the great taste. It reminds me of a cross between chalk and Pepto–>mmmmmmm Any-who, back to business:)This tutorial will be JUST as easy as the magnet tutorial only a little more time-consuming. So, first you need to run out and purchase these darling little candies and a frame (find one dirt cheap from your local thrift store) in any size.

So, I just want you to know how easy hard it was for me to take this gorgeous portrait out of this frame found at Goodwill, to throw away such a masterpiece….it hurt, it really did—> Aaaaaaaaaaand I’m over it 🙂 SO, next thing you need is white spray-paint or spray paint in whatever color tickles your fancy. Do lime green for all I care. Okay, wait don’t do that. We are friends and friends don’t let friends use lime green 🙂 Just in case you don’t know what a bottle of spray paint looks like—>BEHOLD

Pretend that a beam of light lit up this can while heavenly angels sang, “ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh” Okay, next you need to find all those grocery store adds that didn’t have ANY decent specials this week and put them to good use!

 

Now, it’s time to shake what your mamma gave you, or what you bought at Wal-Mart. We are talking about the can of paint mind YOU! Now give that frame several thin coats of paint until it looks royalty-ready 🙂

Okay, while you were waiting for that to dry you should have been onto the next step. What? You haven’t done the next step–>Why Not?! Oh yes, because I haven’t given it to you yet…right 🙂   SO, the next step is taking the piece of glass you removed from the frame and cleaning both sides of it with your favorite glass cleaner, now lay it on a flat surface. Get your glue gun warming up and now tear into that wonderful bag of disgusting  yummy conversation hearts. I went through and picked out the best looking ones and then arranged them on the glass in a heart shape and filled it in before gluing. I strongly recommend doing it the way I did and then you can pick up each heart, put a dab of glue on the bottom and put it right back into its designated crevice. Remember to keep space all around the heart so that the glass piece fits back inside the frame.

 Now I just put the glass piece in, pushed down the tabs in the back and that’s it. I knew I would be putting it in my daughter’s room and her walls are purple so it would look cute for the purple to be a backdrop. If you prefer to find a cute piece of scrapbooking paper and cut it to size it would look great behind the heart and then you just close up the back like you normally would! Here are a few pictures of the frame in it’s new home. I hope you enjoyed this and can maybe come up with your own spin on this! If you do, show me!

I think she likes her new home next to Zee, the kitty 🙂 TaTa for now!

~Chris

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When I think of Valentine’s Day candy I think of two things: Chocolate and Conversation Hearts. I  can remember being a child and reading waaaay too far into those hearts, “oh wow, I just got a ‘be mine’ heart from Jason…I wonder if that was on purpose? He DOES laugh at all my jokes…” 🙂 The taste of the candy is another story entirely–>yuck! I was trying to come up with an idea for a cute/unique banner to make for Mikayla’s room and inspiration struck! I could make BIG conversation hearts! YES! Yes! YES! So, here are the supplies you will need: Heart Shapes from Michael’s, scrapbooking/cardstock paper, letters, Mod Podge, crepe paper, tacky glue, a hole punch and glitter—>because glitter makes EVERYTHING better! Okay, so on with the tutorial: You need to pull out one of the hearts. BTW, these were under a buck fifty for 12 from Michaels. You could also create your own heart template and put it onto 1/8 inch MDF and cut the hearts outs with your scroll saw! The next step is to find cardstock or scrapbooking paper in shades of pink, purple, white, blue, and yellow. Trace a heart onto each of these colors and cut them out.

Next up you get to use  The Mod Podge, slather some of this ALL OVER the back of your cardstock and attch it to a heart cut-out. Make sure you smooth any air bubbles out. Do this with the remaining four hearts. Sorry I don’t have a picture here, I realized this after the fact but it really is a bit tricky remembering to record every step. I will get better though and I think when you see a picture of the finished project it will all make more sense 🙂 So next up (while your hearts are drying) you need to decide what your hearts will say and make letters to spell the words out, you can also buy letter stickers from Michaels or any other craft store (if you buy stickers they don’t need to be modge podged down, they will obviously just stick.) I happen to own a BEAUTIFUL Silhouette (JUST purchased it and it is Wicked Awesome!) and so I just picked out the font and phrases I wanted and the machine did all the printing and cutting for me! Okay so now you need to use your Mod Podge to affix your phrases onto your hearts. Once those are dry you need to apply a thin Layer of Mod Podge to the top of the heart, over the paper and letters. Don’t worry->it dries clear! Okay next step is punching two holes at the top of the heart that you can string ribbon through later. Get your crepe paper ready!

Okay so now you need to accordian fold your crepe paper starting at one end

So at this point you need to add a line of glue to the bottom part of the accordian fold and attach it to your heart like so…BTW, pretend that this heart has your cutesy paper and sayings already Modge Podged to it:)

front view

Back view. You need to keep accordian folding and gluing ALL THE WAY AROUND the heart! You can then trim up the edges as short as you’d like and I thought my hearts needed some umph so I ran a thin line of tacky glue along the edges and sprinkled light pink glitter! The last step is to string ribbon through it and hang it in your daughter’s room while she is away at school—>Surprise! Here are a few pictures of the finished product!

I like how the glitter is really noticeable in this picture

That’s it friends! If you have any questions or comments type away! Hoping you have a “Heart”felt “conversation” with the ones you love!

~Chris

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I made it!

Hellooooooooo Blog-land! I have finally arrived, so fresh—>so clean and green as an apple! I am going to keep this first tutorial VERY simple, not because I don’t think YOU can handle it, I just don’t think I can handle it! 🙂 Plus, I want to see how this all turns out when it’s actually published! Can you believe it?? Published! Lets see who do I want to thank–>I should start with God and then my parents and then the teacher who told me I would never amount to anything…Okay seriously though, this is SO exciting! So, on to the tutorial! Valentine’s Day is JUST around the corner (it isn’t but it just helps me not seem as nuts for posting about Valentine’s Day already) and what better way to heart-ify your home than to add some oh-so-cute magnets to your blah fridge! These are SUPER simple too, all you will need are some finished bottle caps, a glue gun, and some heavy-duty circular magnets!

Here are the bottle caps! Now–> wait for it, wait for it…..

Here are the magnets purchased from Joann’s 

This is what the bottle cap will look like from behind! Okay so I believe the pictures are pretty self-explanitory but in case they aren’t, here are the written instructions. 1. Purchase some darling finished bottle caps ( I actually sell bottle caps BUT have no idea how to link all of that up here yet?? I will get it all linked up to my Etsy account just bear with me for a bit) that you can purchase from either myself, Ebay, or on Etsy!2. Buy Magnets 3. Hot glue magnets to the bottom of bottlecaps. Side note here: Make sure you purchase flattened bottle caps, it will make your life MUCH easier! That’s it! Presto, and this is what it looks like on your fridge!

Your Refrigerator goes from drab to fab in under five minutes! You’re Welcome! See you tomorrow with a Valentine’s creation/tutorial that I am REALLY excited about!

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