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Good-bye WordPress

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Good-bye WordPress! I will now be posting at blogger at http://storycraftingwithjoy.blogspot.com. Please come and visit me there!

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Burlap Rosette Wreath

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In my quest to leave no space undecorated, meet this new door wreath:

I know I’m biased towards my homemade creations, but I do think this wreath is a total cutie! While a little time consuming, it is a totally doable project. Ready to begin?

Items Needed:
foam wreath
burlap (about 1/4 yard)
fabric (about 1/4 yard)
glue gun (yes, I bought one! And it was only $2.99. Not sure why I was holding off on this purchase….)
Fusible interfacing
Sewing Machine

Step 1:
Cut burlap into long strips, about 2 inches width. Using your glue gun, attach one end of the burlap strip to the foam wreath. Tightly wrap the burlap strip around the foam wreath and use the glue gun to attach the end.

Step 2:
Keep adding burlap strips to the wreath until the wreath is covered.

Step 3:
Make fabric rosettes. I discovered a product called Fat Eights, which is pre-cut quilting pieces that all coordinate with each other.

There are many tutorials online, including one I used in this post. Here is a tutorial within a tutorial!

a. Cut your fabric into a long strip, about 1.5 inch width.

b. Fold strip in half and then in half again. Roll fabric around itself, twisting as you go.
c. Add glue dots to hold fabric in place. You have to be pretty dexterous for this!

The width and length of the fabric strip will determine the size of the fabric rosette.

Step 4:
After making your fabric rosettes, slap a lot of hot glue on the back, press and hold onto the burlap wreath.

Step 5:
Continue to add fabric rosettes in a fun pattern!

Step 6:
To make the wreath holder, I cut out a strip of purple fabric and used fusible interfacing to attach it to a wider strip of burlap. Using a 3 inch strip of fabric, twist to make a small loop. Then run a quick stitch across the stop of the ends of the burlap and fabric to attach together and create a loop (make sure the wreath is inside the loop when you sew it!)

Step 7:
Hang up your wreath and admire! People will feel so welcomed when they stand at your door!!

I made this as a gift for a dear friend, but I may need to make one for myself too!

Check the parties I’m linking up to on my Linky Parties page!

Secret banana message

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While blog surfing, I discovered this fun idea. So easy- just drag a toothpick across a banana and wait an hour!

Needless to say, I had to try it immediately.

ThatGuy was all like did you craft on the bananas?  I was all like yeah I did. Pretty sure he is majorly impressed with all my crafting energy this summer and counting the days until school starts.

We love to spray paint!

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I recently bought this frame at Hobby Lobby for $2.00.

ThatGuy accused me of buying this monstrosity of a frame only because it was on sale, which is partly true.  But I also like the dramatic look of the frame!  Because we like to spray paint everything, this black frame soon became dark gray.

Now we are in a great debate about what picture to put inside.  I like this one from the 4th of July:

(Yes, I made him wear red to coordinate with my blue and white.  We are a very festive couple.)

ThatGuy would like this one from a recent wedding photobooth:

Awesome photo by Yes!Photo.

Dear Reader, which one should go in our frame??  The lovely, festive couple grateful for our country’s freedom or a raucous wedding party-goer giving the The Most Interesting Man in the World a noogie?

Let Them Eat Pie!

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The college roommates got together to celebrate an important birthday… one month late.   So I suppose it was a 30 and 1 month party!  I made this delicious pie:

Look at that beautiful new mommy!  Can you believe I didn’t take any pictures of the cute baby on my camera?!

I have the ultimate pie crust recipe, passed down from my mom (who got it from dear old Betty).

Sift 2 cups flour and 1 1/2 tsp. salt.  Add 1/2 cup veggie oil and 4-5 tbs of COLD water.  Stir with a fork until combined.

Then because I’m lazy, I used 5 cups of frozen fruit.  You can use any berries- I did a mixture.  Combine fruit with 2/3 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, zest of one small lemon and 1 tsp ground cinnamon.  Roll dough out and lay into pie and add fruit mixture.

You need to create a vent on your pie to let the steam out.  I used a paring knife to cut out the letters to spell the birthday girl’s name.  This will really impress your friends and they will think it took you many long and tedious minutes instead of mere seconds.

Wrap crust in foil.  Put in a preheated oven 375 degrees.  For frozen fruit bake 50 minutes, then remove foil and bake additional 25-30 minutes.  For thawed/fresh fruit bake 25 minutes and then remove foil and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes.

And I couldn’t forget ThatGuy!  Made him a mini-pie with extra fruit and crust. Then, because we are newlyweds and are mushy in love, I smooshed the O into a heart and stretched the J out to a C.

Front Porch Re-Do

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Late in the spring my mother-in-law told me she she spied something in her neighbor’s trash that made her think of me.  She was so inspired this trash that she put it in her car and brought it home for me.  While that could be taken many ways, I’m going to take it as a compliment.  It seems someone had abandoned their DIY project- or had no use for it.  Well, one DIYers trash is another DIYer’s treasure!

The “trash” is a grill top with 3 metal cylinders attached to act as little feet.  When the top is turned upside-down, it’s a perfect plant holder!  Being the expert spray painter, ThatGuy applied a coat of shiny red paint.

Then we tried an experiment.  ThatGuy had brought home a variety of seeds from a recent job, so we planted 2 plants in the center and spread the seeds around.  The plan was for the seeds to sprout into beautiful, colorful flowers.  Here’s what it looks like 6 weeks later.

Clearly, this isn’t what we envisioned happening.  Perhaps we accidentally planted grass seeds?  Or maybe even weeds?

Feeling like we had given these seeds enough time, sun and water to grow, it was time to change them out.  ThatGuy and I picked out sunflowers and mums.  I know all you gardeners out there are probably shaking your heads at our poor choices that will never thrive in a grill top, but they are brightly colored.  And on sale.

Ta da!

I did save a couple of sprouts that looked cute on the side of the grill top.

And I moved some of the flowers from the orginal display to their own pot and put them in the shade.  Hopefully they will do better.

Our finished front porch:

Summer Lovin’- Having a Blast?

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We are not having a blast today… The 20 minute storm yesterday morning has knocked out our power!  And ComEd said it will be DAYS until our power is back.  Me and ThatGuy are bouncing from air-conditioned coffee shop to air-conditioned book store, trying to stay sane.  We are the type of people (like many) who like routine and our personal comforts. Do you even know how often we use power?  Lights, TV, washing machine, radio, microwave, garage door, garbage disposal- the list goes on and on.  No problem with water and plumbing (which is a good thing) and a little bit of a mystery to me.

We keep reminding ourselves about the people in Joplin, MO and all the other recent tornado and fire areas where people have lost their entire homes, which helps us keep this current inconvenience in perspective.  And we are lucky to have parents close by, who are happy to store food in their refrigerator and let us sleep in their guest room.

OK, enough philosophizing and onto today’s project!  I’ve been playing around with my Silhouette machine and decided to make a paint chip banner.  ThatGuy and I rode our bikes over to Home Depot, where you can take paint chips for FREE.  I decided to use yellows and oranges, which are summer colors and compliment the reds in the living room.

Then I used Britannic Bold font and used the carrier grid to kind of eyeball the size using the carrier sheet.  I’m sure there is a more technical and better way to do this, but hey, I’m learning.  After much fiddling around, I ended up using the Heavy Cardstock setting and did a double cut.

Watching the Silhouette cut paper is like the coolest thing ever.  And it makes awesome spaceship sounds, which really enhances the experience.  If you don’t have a Silhouette the same banner could be made by using a dye-cut machine (I’ve seen these at craft stores you can pay to use) or stopping by your local elementary school and sweet talking the secretary.  You could also print out the letters using Word and then cut them out to use as a template on your paint chips.

After cutting out the letters, I laid them under a heavy book for a day to make sure they were flat and just used Scotch tape to attach them to twine.  And I apologize for these crappy photos.  I wanted to take these pictures and escape from our hot and humid home and into the sweet air-conditioning at Borders.

Bunny is super hot too.  I gave her some water in a dish which she drank a little, promptly spilled and then laid in.  This must be a bunny version of a pool.

Silhouette!

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The other day I received a picture text from ThatGuy.  Here’s what it was:

My Silhouette machine arrived!  I may have let out a little scream of excitement in the middle of the outlet mall… Now I can reach my full crafting potential!!  I immediately unpacked and made a mess (one of the things I do the best).

This machine is AWESOME.  You can design or download an image and the Silhouette will cut it out for you.  I played around with it for a little bit and cut out some letters, but I need to start a serious project.  Stay tuned to see what me and my Silhouette will create!

 

4th of July Pinwheel Wreath

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Clean or craft?  I often face this question and cleaning doesn’t usually win…

Seeing all those cute wreaths on the blogs (especially this one at The Cellar Door Stories)  inspired me to make my own! And I have a lot of fabric left over from my bunting, so I have to use it somehow.

I bought a white floral wreath from JoAnn’s and spray painted it red.  Probably didn’t need to do that, but I had some extra red laying around and it only took an hour to dry.  Then I stuck a pin into the end of the yarn and started wrapping.  It actually only took about 20 minutes, but in the beginning I wasn’t sure if I would even finish!  When I got to the beginning again, I stuck a new pin into the yarn and snipped off the extra.

While the paint was drying, I made some pinwheels.  I used the fusible interfacing and ironed squares together.  Then I followed Just Sew Sassy’s instruction to make the pinwheels.  Easy cheesy!

Then I stuck the pinwheels onto the wreath with pins and hung it on the door.  Because the pins are so easy to take out, I can change out the pinwheels for another decoration for different holidays (hello Valentine’s Day!)

4th of July Shirt

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My niece is sleeping over tonight which means… making crafts!  My niece is way into crafts- she has 2 desks completely dedicated to her supplies at her house.  When I confessed the house was a little messy because I was too busy crafting today instead of cleaning, she said that happens to her every day.

Her mom sent her with a red t-shirt, which is crying out for some festive decorations.  Inspired by this Tatertots and Jello project, we did our own version (no sew, of course!).

We first measured out a flag design, doing a 4×6 inch template on a piece of paper.  Each strip is 1 inch wide and either 4 or 6 inches long.  The blue square is 2×2 inches.  We decided we liked the size of the flag pieces and cut the same sizes out in fusible interfacing.

We laid the interfacing pieces on the backside of the fabric and ironed them on.  Then she cut out the pieces.

We laid the pieces out right side up on the tee shirt, being careful to measure to make sure the flag is even.

We ironed each piece down and Lexi decided it needed “something.”  She cut out some fun fireworks and I ironed them down for her.

This shirt is ready for the 4th!  To make it last for next year, we might stop at Grammy’s house and have her sew  around the flag pieces to make sure they stand up to multiple washings.