Tag: michaels makers

Bento Box DIY

DIY, Lifestyle December 12, 2016

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Compartmentalization is an important task for any business owner.  I fight daily to keep the events in my life in cute tiny little boxes.  This may sound a little neurotic but  managing multiple brand identities, challenges of a 9-5, family, and the HOLIDAYS, things can get hectic.  So, I’m seeking some order by making some pretty bento inspired boxes for my lunch.  Gotta start somewhere.

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I found these uber cute boxes at the Container Store.  That place is my idea of heaven…so organized, so beautiful.

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Then on to my second favorite place in the world, Michaels, to get some waistband elastic.  I just happened to find this stunning silver elastic.

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I did some rudimentary measurements.

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Then hand stiched.

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Yay!

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Easiest DIY of the year.  2016 was exciting can’t wait to see what 2017 will bring!

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DIY Glitter Christmas Ornament 

DIY, Home, Lifestyle December 5, 2016

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Christmas isn’t Christmas if it isn’t covered in glitter.  Like, copious amounts of glitter! So, I’m starting my Christmas off with a newly pinkafied tree including two special pink glitter ornaments. It definitely wasn’t rocket science.  Just grab some glue, any glue will do, and sprinkle glitter.

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I added fishing string…trying to keep the focus on the glitter!

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Colorful Nursery DIY

DIY, Home, Lifestyle October 3, 2016

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I swear there is something in the water.  My life has become an endless parade of baby showers, blessings, sprinkles, and nursery decor.  So, when a dear friend of mine asked that I make a little something for her nursery I jumped on it…gotta practice for the future, right?  Well, she bought the Oh Joy! nursery line from Target so I had some parameters to work within.  If you read my blog you have probably already heard of Oh Joy, basically she’s a crafting and design Goddess that now is uber paid by Target!  Basically, a genius!!!

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Image from target.com

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I decided to make a mobile.  Newborns can only see about 12 inches from the tip of their cute little noses, so the little one might not see the colorful soft mobile until she about 6 months old.  But the colors may actually be neurologically stimulating and help her cute little brain develop.  Ok, let’s get to the actual project.  There are a lot of steps to this so if you are already exhausted but still want one contact me and I’ll make you one, for a nominal fee of course.  Send me your colors and it’s done!  For those of you that are a little craftier keep reading.

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First, you must make a ton of poms.  You can make them on your fingers or make this little cardboard template.

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Cut one long piece of yarn and place it toward the end of the notch in the cardboard.

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Then wrap the yarn.  I wrap it around at 60 times.

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Tie it off with the long piece of string, then push it to the other side and tie it off again.  Gotta keep it strong and tied.

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Then you cut the sides of the yarn.

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After both sides are cut pull it free from the carboard template.

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You are left with this awkward little thing.

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Trim.

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Yay!  Now repeat this step about 30 more times.

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Now let’s move on to the mobile frame. I used a needlepoint ring.  I actually didn’t use the piece with the screw on it but I used the inner piece.  You can get these for like $2 at Michaels.  Tie 5 long strings at equal intervals around the circle.  Keep more string at the top so you can hang the mobile however you want.

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After tying on all the strings start wrapping yarn around the ring until it is completely covered.  Have fun!!!

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Once that’s done you need to start adding the poms.  I make a little needle from some extra wire I had lying around.

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Skewer your pom.

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Then trim again!

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Add poms in any way you wish I just tried to make sure colors were equally dispersed and you’re done.

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xoxo

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Marble Tray DIY

DIY, Home, Lifestyle, Mental Health May 2, 2016

Sometimes a girl just wants something pretty and sometimes there’s more to the art of making something beautiful. In honor of May being Mental Health Month I want to talk about how crafting can help your mental state. You’re probably thinking “what!?!” “How does crafting help me mentally?”  Well, engaging in an activity that you enjoy and find yourself lost in helps you reach a state of alpha brain activity called, Flow. This researcher named Mihaly Csikszentminalyi-try saying that 3 times fast-found that we experience less depression and more joy when we engage in activities that require focus and attention. This does wonders for brain neuroconnectivity which can have an impact on our general outlook on life. So, Dr Ally is writing you a script for one craft this week. Let’s get to it!

What will you need?

A piece of marble (mine was a little thick and heavy, I’d recommend something a little lighter).

2 drawer pulls

Clear round bumpers 

Metallic spray paint (mine was rose gold)

E6000 glue 

Spray your drawer pulls. I used about 3 layers of paint.

Stick your round bumpers to the underside of your marble. These will keep your tray from sitting directly on a surface.

Measure how far you want your handles to go from the edge. Can you believe I’ve been using a centimeter ruler all these years and wasn’t even paying attention. Yes metric!!!

Add a drop of glue. This stuff is serious and goes a long way. You may also ways a mask, the fumes are pretty intense.

Wipe away any excess.

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And there’s your stunning marble tray!  Happy crafting!!!


Marble Notebook DIY

DIY, Lifestyle, Mental Health April 13, 2016

   
We all have that overpacked junk drawer filled  with pens, rubber bands, candles and I guess mine has a ton of unused old journals. What do we do with these long forgotten relics?  Repurpose them!!!! Let me show you a quick DIY that will have your old throwaway journal looking better than new. 

  

To start you will need an old journal, some contact paper and scissors. 

  
Lay the contact paper flat and trace around the outside of the journal.   

  

Don’t forget to open up the journal and trace around the whole thing. Also give some extra space so you can fold the contact paper over later. 

 

Cut it out.   

 Peel the backing from the paper. 

 
Attach it to the journal 

   
Fold the excess paper to the inside of the journal’s cover.

   
Here’s the finished journal!!! Now,what to write; gratitude, poetry, a novel?  Only time will tell. What are some things you would write?  Tell me everything! 

  
 

Autumnal Table

DIY, Family, Food, Lifestyle November 21, 2015

I love Autumn, primarily because it ushers us ever closer to my favorite season, Winter. Yay for possible but won’t really snow!!!  So, if you follow the blog you know I decorate our Friendsgiving table ever year.  I try to keep it fresh by staying away from the typical Thanksgiving reds, oranges, and browns.  And you won’t see a hand turkey on any of my tables.

I always start with a practice table.  Thank God we just bought a fabulous new farm table so I go to try it out with some style.   I used our random  Delft-esk  china plates with my World Market cups.  It went over well so I stuck with the plan.

First I switched to black paper plates.  I know dishes are always more stunning, but when you are expecting over 50 friends that clean up is just not feasible.  The color scheme was mixed metals (gold, silver, and mercury), natural green, white, and purple.

I always like a little something fresh on the table to I made a large leaf garland…I should really do a garland making post, white hydrangeas, and purple hanging amaranth.  I sprayed the pumpkins and put some on mercury stands.  Simple…right?

 Of course I added a little quote to each place setting with a hand made wreath.  “Gratitude is the sign of noble souls”-Aesop

The finished product was just want I wanted and the evening was filled with food and love.

   
Grrrr! The fabulous hostess Ashley!!! 

  

  

 That’s me and Jasmine (black hat)…you’ll all get to know her a little considering she’s my new fashion blogger!!!