Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Paper Banner


Happy Halloween!

Today is a two for one.  Two different Pinterest ideas sparked this project.  I love it when that happens!

The first idea came from these paper yoyos pinned to my  Crafts - Paper  Pinterest board.

from etsy 
 from Better Homes & Gardens

These paper yoyos are easy to make and look so cute when finished.  I can see making a lot more of these in the future for different projects.

1.  Cut an 8 1/2 by 11 piece of paper into 2 inch wide by 11 inch long strips.  (wider strips will give you bigger yoyos, narrower strips will make smaller yoyos)
2.  Accordion fold the strips into 1/2 inch folds.
3.  After folding, glue two strips together to make a longer strip.
4.  Now glue the two ends of the strips together to make a circle.
5.  Lay the circle on a flat surface and press the center to flatten.  Hot glue the center and hold a few minutes.

The next idea came from this pin.

from Shanty 2 Chic
If you go  here  you can print the whole alphabet from  Shanty 2 Chic.   

After making the paper yoyos and printing out the letters I needed for the banner, I just used a whole punch to make holes in each piece.  Instead of using clothespins, I used twine to string all the paper pieces together.  (Hint:  I put a piece of masking tape on one end of the twine to make it easier to thread.  It keeps the ends of the twine from fraying while you're working with it.)  I also tied some straw colored raffia onto the twine.

Here's my finished project!


I always have such a hard time decorating the mantle.  It has a narrow ledge and the fireplace is rounded.  This banner is a great solution.

I printed my letters from Shanty 2 Chic, but if you need something smaller or with a different font you can make your own.  Here's what you do:

1.  Open a new document in Word.
2.  Use auto shapes on the toolbar to make a triangle.
3.  Insert a text box in the triangle.
4.  Type a letter in the text box.  Its a good idea to use a large font.
5.  Change the font size.  You will have to go big.  Try 100 font or larger.
5.  Use the formating tool to remove the boarder from text box.



Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Closet Door Makeover


This pin inspired my closet door makeover.

Photo from  This Thrifty House

I've used fusible web before, but I never thought to use it on walls.  That got me thinking about covering up some ugly closet doors.

This is what my closet doors looked like before Pinterest.  Ugly.


I was looking for a heavy weight fabric and I found this on clearance at Hobby Lobby.  I really surprised myself, because this pattern and the colors are not something I would normally even consider.

 

I ironed on the fusible web to the back of the fabric, gave it a few minutes to cool and set, then peeled the paper backing off.  Then I ironed the fabric onto the door.  I wasn't expecting it to adhere to the wooden closet door, but it did.  After doing one door, I ran out of fusible web.  For doing small pieces of fabric as shown in the inspiration pin, fusible web would be an affordable option.  I went back to the craft store looking for an alternative to fusible web and I found this spray can of Krylon Easy-Tack adhesive.  For just under $8.00 a can, it's much cheaper than buying yards of fusible web.


I really wasn't sure it would work, but it did.  I just sprayed the second closet door and waited a few minutes according to the directions for it to set and get tacky.  I also sprayed the back of the fabric.  I positioned the fabric on the door and smoothed it on working out any wrinkles.  I didn't even remove the door.  Just make sure you put a tarp or old sheet or something on the floor to protect the surrounding areas and your carpet from getting sticky.

Here's the before and after. 

Closet Door Makeover

I'm so happy with the way it turned out.  I should be able to remove the fabric later if I want to change to a different design.  I like it so much though, I can't imagine wanting to change it!

If you decide to try this project for yourself, use the fusible web for small decorative pieces and use the spray adhesive for larger pieces of fabric.

Closet Door Makeover
With the leftover material, I was able to make some really nice matching fabric covered notebooks


Monday, October 29, 2012

Painted Pumpkins


The inspiration came from these pins pinned to my  Holidays - Halloween & Fall board.


From  Think Crafts
I used Tulip Dimensional Fabric paint in black matte.  


I also used real pumpkins.  They were cheaper than the fake ones at the craft store and I don't have to find a place to store them for next year!


The first pumpkin I decorated, I liked but I thought the dots were too small and didn't show up very well.


On a different pumpkin, I tried making the dots bigger, but I didn't like it as much.


Finally, I decided to add a solid line with the dots and I really liked the way it turned out.  It kind of looks like my pumpkin got a a henna tattoo!

I didn't use a template or trace a design, I just painted right on the pumpkin.  If you make a mistake, or don't like it, just wait 24 hours for the paint to dry and scrape it off with your fingernail.  The paint comes right off.

Painted Pumpkins

 

This project is easy to do and not as messy as carving a pumpkin.  Another bonus is that the pumpkins last longer when they're not carved.  What do you think?  Would you do something different like this to decorate for Halloween or fall?




Friday, October 26, 2012

Framed Dates


The inspiration for this project came from this pin which is pinned to my  For the Home - Decorating board.

Original source for this photo is unknown.
If it's yours, let me know so I can give credit.

This was so easy to do and only took a few minutes.  I just printed out sentimental dates and put them in the frame.  Seriously, it was that easy!  I scored this frame at Goodwill for $3.00 which made this project even better!  

You could use any dates such as birthdays, anniversaries, or wedding day.  I may have to make more of these.  They would make such an easy and affordable gift!   

Framed Dates

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Tomato, Corn, and Avocado Salad


This recipe was pinned to my Pinterest recipe board from  marthastewart.com.  I also pinned similar recipes which can be found  here  and  here.

This is everything you need to make a really delicious and easy salad.  


Martha wants you to use fresh corn cut from the cob.  As you can see, I am not Martha Stewart, so I just used a can of corn and drained the liquid.  I didn't use freshly squeezed lime juice either.  I also didn't use any of the oil the recipe called for.  

Here's what I did use:

1 can of corn, drained
1 pint of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 bunch of green onions (scallions)
1 avocado, sliced
2 tablespoons lime juice
salt and pepper to taste

Dump it all in a bowl and it's ready! That was easy!  It looks colorful and it tastes really good!

Tomato Corn Avocado Salad


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Jack-o-lantern


This pin inspired my first project.

From This Old House

I thought this was an easy way to add a twist to a regular old jack-o-lantern.  Instead of cutting up an old pair of jeans, I just used a fake hand left over from a past Halloween.  I didn't want to smear fake blood or ketchup everywhere - maybe that would have helped make it look a bit scarier.  The jack-o-lantern is supposed to look like it's eating someone, but mine looks like it has a genetically mutated tongue.  That's still kind of scary, right?

Jack-O-Lantern

I love Pinterest


I love Pinterest.  I have an insatiable interest in and devotion to Pinterest.  I am a junkie - a pin junkie.

I am often amazed by the creative ideas that are collected and pinned on Pinterest.  There are some truly talented people out there.  Sadly, I'm not one of them.  I consider myself to be "stylistically impaired."  I get too comfortable in my routines rut and I often lack the novel ideas to jump start something new.  Now with Pinterest, that's no longer a problem.

I have hundreds of ideas collected on my Pinterest boards.  I tell myself I'll get to these project later when I have time.  As a working mom, I never have time.  So I've decided I'm just going to make the time. 

I don't want my boards to be a collection of pretty pictures and wishful thinking.  I want my boards to be true inspiration boards that inspire action.  Less pinning and more doing!

If you are are a fellow pin junkie, I hope you'll stay awhile and share the love in all things Pinterest.  Welcome!