Wednesday, January 27, 2010

While You Were Out

I am gathering stuff to re-do Ellie's room in a "while you were out" style. I want to ambush her with a complete room re-decoration so I'm starting to design in my mind.

I picked a paint color today: Pixie Violet (see below):

I may go with the shade darker "pristine Petal" but that would be a big leap in the depth of the color.

I was inundated with samples of ghastly, obnoxious purples but this one stood out as "the one".

Will keep you updated on the process.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Valentine Wreath

I'm not sure if I am looking in the wrong places but the first year I decide to actually decorate for Valentine's Day, I can't find anything I like! So, I have been looking for ideas on things that are easy and cute to make. I love how this wreath turned out!

You need:
-about 1 1/2 yards of fabric
-glue (I used Tombow)
-styrofoam heart wreath

Start by cutting your fabric into squares of about 2x2 inches. Use pinking shears to avoid the fabric fraying.

Put the point of your pencil in the center of the square and wrap it up. Dip the tip into some glue:

Poke the tip of the pencil with the glued fabric into the foam heart:

Keep working your way around the heart, avoiding the back so it will lay flat on a surface.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Made By You Mondays

I've decided to start participating in a blog link up called "Made by you Mondays". Each Monday, I will showcase a hand made craft, new or a past one, to show to new visitors to my blog! Check out the cute projects others' have made by clicking on the banner below. Lots of inspiration!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Valentine Banner

I made a cute Valentine banner for my hallway table yesterday. Very easy and affordable!

You need:

1 roll of crepe paper streamers (I used white)
2 colors of cardstock
chipboard letters

First, we will make the crepe paper rosettes. I cut about 40 cm (16") of crape paper and folded it fan style. Fasten with a staple as close to the edge as you can.

Pull the ends together and fasten at the top on the backside with a little tape.

Make as many as you need for whichever phrase you decide to use.

Glitter the edges. I used Martha's Glitter Glue and Martha's glitter.

Layer on 2 circles. Base is a 4 1/2 inch circle, then the rosette, then a 3" circle, followed by your glittered letters.

String it onto some co-ordinating ribbon. The method I used for this was to use an exacto knife and cut 2 slits close the the top of the circle and thread it through.

Happy decorating!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

New Year, New Word

I was thinking about which word would define my year this 2010 on New Years Eve. Yes, leaving it until the last minute! The husband announced to me that typically in Japan on NYE, everyone gets organized for a fresh start for the new year. So, we took the entire day to de-clutter, clean, and organize.

Spent the evening with friends and woke up the next morning and it was absolutely lovely!

So, my word for 2010 is Organize.

I'm not just talking about stuff. I'm talking about time, finances, priorities. There are so many ways in which I want to organize my life and our family and my attention will be in doing so this year.

What is your word for this year?
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