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May 30, 2012

Peg People Superheroes

Did you read my comic yesterday?

Good.

Now we're onto the how and why I made these little guys.

 

Five days before my son's birthday I read this post by A Girl and a Glue Gun and reminded myself of, "Oh, yeah, I wanted to do that for my son's birthday."  Luckily for me I had that sweet reminder and was able to head out that day and started this really fun project.

She gives a great tutorial on the how-to so I didn't take any pictures of my process because you can get some good ideas from her.

Besides if I did do a tutorial it would go something like this, "Open google to find image inspirations, Draw on your peg dolls, paint them, outline them with a Sharpie Paint pen, and seal with Mod Podge."  That pretty much sums it up.

This little pen turned out to be quite the time saver and gave everything a nice finished look.  If you buy one be sure to get the extra fine point.
Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Marker Pen - Extra Fine Point - Black - SANFORD 35526
I wanted my heroes to have a pretty specific accurate look so to do this I pulled up a couple ideas from pinterest to see some peg dolls, but ultimately I just pulled up images from google of how the real superheroes looked to get their look just right.

For example for Thor I was looking at this picture:
 

Here's some other great resources for Peg Superheroes:


Here's a look at our heroes.




May 29, 2012

May 22, 2012

Spring Swap Gift

Remember the Swap?

Well I got my three words:

vintage, fun, and romantic


Once I got my words I spent a couple days stewing on those words and trying to decipher what direction to take.


Since I'm a do-er I thought it would be much more fun to make something...then go out and buy items.  Because That's the way I roll. 


So I think I first headed out to pinterest to get some ideas.  I'm not especially Vintage or Romantic ( I can be fun, though) so I wasn't too sure where to start.


It was there that I came across this print from REStyleShop.


I thought it was quite lovely, but wanted to take that idea and make it by own.  I thought if I replaced the vespa with a vintage romantic bike I'd hit the mark more.


So, here we have my Life is a Beautiful Ride magnet.  It is 2.5" by 3" so I had to use my teeniest paint brushes.  It's painted in oil and sealed all ready to be shipped out tomorrow.







Truth be told I had a great time making that magnet...and half way through the project I thought..."Hmm, I think I'll make another one for my shop to sell".

So I repeated the idea and made one more for the shop:



Hope my swap buddy enjoys!

May 21, 2012

DIY Sewing Congratulations Sign!


 

A couple of weeks ago I made a Congratulations Sign for this occasion:


That's right, my husband graduated with his Masters.  We were very proud of him!

I had it hanging up in the kitchen in the morning and when my three year old saw it he quickly ran to my 5 year old and yelled out, "Happy Birthday! Your birthday's today, I saw the sign!!"

I had to break the news to him that this sign was not for brother, but for Dad because he was graduating.

Wanna make your own?

Here's how.

MATERIALS:
1. Print out the three papers that spell "Congratulations"
2. Scrapbook Paper
3. Sewing supplies

STEP ONE: First thing you do is save and print out these three papers that spell "Congratulations"

(Right click on each image to save, and print on an 8x11 page to get the proper size)




STEP TWO: Cut out each of the letters.



STEP THREE:Gather up matching scrapbook papers.


STEP FOUR: Turn the scrapbook paper around and use a bowl to trace circles. 


STEP FIVE: Place circles in the sewing machine and sew together.  I left about an inch or two between each circle.
I had never sewn paper before, but it was super easy and fun to do!


STEP SIX: Next place the letters in order on the circle banner and sew around each circle letter.  After they're all sewn down, cut off extra thread.

 STEP SEVEN: All done, enjoy!
 Here's our banner hanging up at the party. 

Once I finished making the CONGRATULATIONS sign I decided it'd be fun to make another circle banner with all the extra scrapbook paper.  I cut out small and large circles and repeated the pattern of three smalls and two large circles and sewed them up.

May 19, 2012

Mornin'


Nothing quite wakes me up like homemade mini doughnuts (thank you children from Mother's Day) and a hot cut of Apple Cider....



....oh and the one year old throwing the plate across the kitchen and smashing it into 100 pieces.


Good Morning.

May 18, 2012

Freshly Featured Friday # 7

Today I'm Featuring the Blog

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HERE IS MY FAVORITE 5: 
1. The first thing I noticed while visiting A Creative Cookie was how bright and cheery her blog was.
I enjoyed the All About Me page to learn more about her blog and Kate.



2. Kate hosts 5 Things Friday where she shares 5 things she loves from around the internet with different themes.  For example rainbows.



3. Be sure to click on her Tutorials page to see all her original tutorials. 


I love these cute little sock bunnies.  Perfect for Spring and Easter. 

4. I always love to click on the most popular links.  Click here to find her post on adding Washi Tape to spice up a tray.


5. Over on the side of her blog you'll find a great post on how to make you own Pom Poms

So fun!

Loved my visit looking around A Creative Cookie.
Be sure to stop by and say Hello!

May 15, 2012

Ruby Snap

I seriously have the best children (see Husband) Ever.

Want to know one of my gifts for Mother's Day this year?


That's right 12 delicious, delectable, yummy, stupendous, amazing, gourmet cookies all to myself. 

I sincerely Love this cookie shop.  Each cookie is so amazing, soft and delicious. The trick is to eat slow enough to make sure you're savoring each bite.

It does, however, make me wonder what's going on with my homemade cookies, since they taste nothing like these little drops of heaven.

And now I leave you with this mouthwatering picture.  One of my favorites.