~Doily Wreath~

I FINALLY completed this Doily Wreath for Mikayla’s door! I was inspired by Madigan Made who created a heart-shape Doily Wreath that was super cute! I decided to make a circular one and purchased the ten inch foam wreath from the Dollar Tree along with FOUR 100 packs of Doilies–>Yes, you did read right–>400 DOILIES! I began by plugging in my glue gun and then opening one package at a time and separating each and every doily.

 

I then faced it down and pinched it right in the middle (gathering it ) like so…

I sooooooo forgot to mention the key point to accomplishing this time-consuming task—>you must sit on your rear and watch television! I know, not very appealing but it’s a MUST 🙂 I used football Sundays as a perfect way of completing this. Although my distaste for football has diminished greatly I still find it hard to SIT for THREE HOURS and do NOTHING. My husband is a huge football fan but he always puts me first. If I asked him to stop watching football forever (which I never would) I have no doubt that he absolutely would (even though it would kill pain him to do so) do it. The simple knowledge that he WOULD give it up if I asked him makes me more determined than ever to take a liking to it and sit and spend the time watching it with him. Plus, how many guys want to  will have girl-talk with their wife during commercials–>I KNOW! He’s amazing! LOL Wowee Wow Wow, however did I get so lucky?? Okay, so before embedding your tush into your sofa may I suggest you also equip yourself with plenty of glue sticks and a nice cold beverage before parking it 🙂 Now you begin the lovely task of gluing your doilies to the wreath form.

I’m not gonna lie–>it took me two Sunday games to complete this wreath…but I do believe the end result is well worth it!

I , of course, have to embellish EVERYTHING so I sewed some sweater flowers, rolled felt flowers and glued pearls and rhinestones to it! I do believe I am going to add one more FINAL touch before considering this task complete, I will show you that in a later post 🙂

TaTa for now!

~Chris

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~Love More~

So I found this free print that can be downloaded here. She has it in many different colors but since I am in a V-day kinda mood I went for the red 🙂 I painted an old frame white and rolled some fabric flowers to add to the border. It looks cute and all but what I really love is that it serves as a reminder to me: there is always more love to give. You can’t over-love your husband, your children, your extended family and friends. I get all sorts of nostalgic whenever I go to the rougher parts of town as it reminds me of my childhood. I remember that as a child there were nights when we had to roll out of bed onto the ground to stay safe from the gunfire blasting outside our windows. I remember the morning we woke up to a dead man on our front lawn…and yet, a part of me misses those days. We had nothing and yet we had everything. I didn’t wear name-brand clothing, my dad drove an old Ford that was all green except for the hood which was cream-colored. We would go to my hometown of Long Beach often and 9 times out of 10 the old Ford would break down on the Grapevine and we would have to sit for hours before someone could come and get us. As a child I didn’t know we were poor. It wasn’t until about age 11 when my mother finally graduated nursing school and started working as an RN that I realized there was a difference. A difference in the neighborhood we lived in, the stores we shopped at, the food we ate, the types of people at the school. The one thing that has always been a constant in my life is my parents love for me and belief in me. All of this just to say that as I was driving through my old childood streets and kids were running around barefoot while parents sat on the stoops of their tiny run-down homes I felt a pang. A longing for those days, a time when life was simpler. When you don’t have money you don’t have a lot of “things” to keep you distracted. I now live in a middle-class neighborhood, renting a home from my parents. We are not rich by any means of the word and live paycheck to paycheck (sound familiar?) It’s hard to not get stressed about money…but as I drove home that day this thought popped into my head: More money = more distractions. The kids don’t have tv’s in their rooms (and they never will) we don’t have internet on our phones (and we never will) I am distracted by the internet enough when I am home, I don’t need it available at my fingertips every minute of the day. Having money is not what life is about. Yeah, you need it to survive but you don’t need insane amounts of it to be happy. We don’t need to buy our children everything they want just to show them how much we care. Our time and undivided attention is the most valuable thing we can give each other. Don’t make money the center of your world, it will disappoint you everytime. There is a reason it is called, “the root of all evil.” Whenever you are in doubt of what to do for your children or your spouse…simply put: Just love more 🙂

~Chris

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~Red Burlap Wreath~

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” ~William Morris

I purposely started out with pictures for this tutorial because I want you to see the potential this has and show you that the result will be worth the hassle! LOL It is probably the toughest tutorial I have posted for one reason alone: it is hard to get the hanger to work with you 🙂 So, the supplies you will need to make this wreath are 1/2 yard of burlap and at FULL price at Joanns that will only cost you two bucks so if you have a 40 percent off coupon we’re talking 1.20–>rad, I KNOW! The only other thing you need is a wire hanger and some embellishments! So the first thing you need to do is find a wire hanger…

Then you need to “unravel” it and create a circular form out of it (sorry, no picture of this) You will need to cut 4 burlap strips, approximately 4 inches wide. Start with one of your strips and you are going to basically accordian fold the burlap while inserting the wire hanger into the middle of it. So you are “threading” the burlap onto the hanger…

Pretend that this wire hanger has been unraveled and put into  a basic circular shape..keep adding your burlap. When you finish threading one strip pick up another and do this with all four strips. When you are done you will lay the wreath down flat and have all the burlap face upwards and this is the tricky part…you will need your oh-so-sexy-husband for this part. Have him get his tools, I know one thing was called needle-nose pliers and I can’t for the life of me remeber the other and he is asleep right now–>doh! It’s so on the tip of my tongue too!! Okay, well the job of the tool whose name I can’t remember is to clip off the wire where you need it to because you will be left with a ton of extra wire so you need to decide how tight you want your wreath, pull down the burlap and show your husband the spots to snip off. Then he will take his handy-dandy needle-noses and bend and contort the two wire ends so that they will enclose and make a wreath. Whew, that was hard work—>for him! 🙂 Did I mention how much I love my husband? He is the BEST! So the next thing I did was take some scraps of regular burlap I already had laying around and glued one strip to the back so that it would have something to dangle from and I used the other scraps to embellish along with some buttons and lace and it now hangs from my antique-ish looking mirror. This was originally meant to be a V-day decoration but I love it SO MUCH that I will let it live with us year-round 🙂

Doesn’t it fit right in nestled among the Pottery Barn candles and Clock??

If you have any questions feel free to ask and I will answer them as best I can!

~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.

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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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Does Anyone Know??

Will an apple a day REALLY give you an “A?” If so…..I am off to buy A TON of apples 🙂

~C

Better late than never :)

So, I am a bit late on sharing these two creations but I have a valid excuse—>I didn’t have a blog back when I made them! The first thing I am going to share with you is this lovely little top I made using a tutorial from Prudent Baby.

I know it doesn’t look like much in this picture but wait until you see my littlest beauty decked out in it! So, if you want instructions on how to make this then you definitely need to click on the link above because I am just sharing my version of it with you. There is nothing wrong with being inspired by others but you should always give credit where credit is due 🙂 The changes I made are these: I made a peasant TOP instead of a peasant DRESS, I used corduroy instead of flannel, and I added a bit of lace to the bottom and a cute little rosette to the top left corner to tie it all in 🙂

I also cut tie-backs off of an old top of mine that was on its way to Goodwill to use as a belt (Emma NEEDED a waistline after all!) See, doesn’t that look MUCH cuter on?? This pattern is very forgiving and it took me under two hours to make this top—>not bad at all! That was before I had my cutting mat and rotary tool to boot! P.S. Did you notice the Snowman in the backdrop, told you this is from a while ago…hehe

A pair of dashing gold ballet flats really helps pull this whole outfit together don’t cha think? 🙂 About a week before making this little number I made a belt for Mikayla using this Gathered Belt Tutorial from A Lemon Squeezy Home

Front View

Back View

Action View 🙂 This tutorial was also SUPER easy and I can’t wait to go to the Garment District in LA and pick-up some fun spring fabrics so that I can make more of these for Mikayla. I think they would look great with rosette or button embellishments! Hope you enjoyed this post and that maybe you will attempt one of these projects! I would love to see what you come up with 🙂

~Chris

One Year Ago Today…

I can’t WAIT to go back 🙂

~Chris

And now it has come to this…

I have several projects in the works but none are completed so here I am with no tutorial to feature. Whatever is a girl to do? I guess I will have to share a bit about my personal life 🙂 When I decided to start this blog I went back and forth as to what type of blog I wanted. There are so many things I love to do and am passionate about and I just wasn’t sure that I could throw it all into one blog. Do I need to focus on only one thing or can this just be a modge podge of my life? One big mash-up? I say—>bring on the crazy! I am still unsure but I think I will figure it out as I go along and that the blog will sort of go the way it’s meant to go, take on a life of its own if you will. Is that silly of me to just sort of say whatever happens, happens? Hmmm…oh well, so be it 🙂 I try not to take myself too seriously and you shouldn’t either–>LOL I definitely want to figure out how to put some music on this thing! Music is a MUST, the soundtrack to my life! I haven’t figure out how to do it yet or if I even can with WordPress? If I can’t–>THAT’S a deal-breaker and I may have to part ways with WordPress. No joke. I suppose I should have looked into that a bit more before actually purchasing this site huh?? ::sigh:: Well, enough about my lack of researching skills 😉

I TAKE these:

and MAKE these:

for a living and am also a student. So, the photography is something I have always been passionate about. In high school I was always the one with my camera…lol–>annoying everyone! That’s okay though–> now I have all those memories preserved in the form of photos because God knows my brain wouldn’t have retained ANY of it! So, I officially started working as a photographer and aquired an okay camera (purchased a great lens for it though) 10 months ago so I am a MAJOR newbie, learning more everday though. I started making bows/flowers/girly things out of necessity. My oldest wanted them and I couldn’t afford to buy them so guess what??? Necessity is the mother of invention! Not that I invented it but you know where I’m going with that! People would constantly ask me if I had made the bows myself and if I hadn’t where DID I get them b/c they wanted to purchase them..and the rest is history. I do have an Etsy shop that I opened back in September but I have been really neglecting it so as soon as I can get that all situated I will put a link here to items you may purchase! YAY! I am going to school to be a Primary Grade Teacher. I’m thinking I’d like to teach second or third grade. I figure they aren’t newbies so I don’t have to deal with tears and they haven’t hit puberty…so I don’t have to deal with tears (from the girls anyway) Sounds like a pretty good plan huh? Maybe by then I will be an accomplished photographer getting ginormous wedding jobs and it will all work out perfect. School during the week, wedding bells on the weekends/Summers! Sounds like a PLAN, but I’m about 3-4 years off from that 🙂 So, pretty much this is my life for the moment. I suppose I should get some sleep so that I can be bright-eyed and bushy tailed for these beauties in the morning…

 I love them so 🙂

~Chris

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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