Canvas The Area…. In Pictures

Another craft! Yay!  And this one was super easy and turned out great. 

Here’s the original pin.  Its a DIY canvas print.  Now just as a disclaimer, this could never take the place of a real canvas print from a legit photolab.  But for some smaller pictures around the house with a more rustic look, this is a fantastic technique. It’s another project orginated at A Beautiful Mess.

     

Whatcha Need

- Canvases of your size choice

- Transfer medium

- Mod Podge

- Sponge brush

- Print outs of pictures

- Spray bottle of water

I changed things up a bit and did the entire tutorial in pictures.  Enjoy :-)

    

    

    

    

    

    

(this one said to spray water all over the picture, its hard to read, my bad!)

    

                        

                                            

Fishtails, Fishtails Roly Poly Fishtails

Ahh, the elusive fishtail braid.  I see these are getting more and more popular.  I’ve known how to do one since I was a kid, but its never been a go to style for me.  I do love a good side braid though.  So, I saw this on Pinterest:

            

It comes from the blog A Beautiful Mess which is actually one of my favorite blogs.  I have quite a few things from their blog I want to try.

And the best part is all you need is some yarn!

I chose yellow, pink and blue.  The blue did not show up so much because my hair is so dark, but I still like having a darker color thrown in the mix.

   

So the first thing I did was parted my hair all the way around and pinned the top up with a claw clip.   I took small pieces of hair and tied yarn around that piece.  Make sure the yarn is longer than your hair.

          

When I fishtail my hair I always secure it with a pony holder or else its just a mess.  I take it off once I’m all done.

                  

The next step is to just fishtail like normal.  If you don’t know how to do a fishtail you can find tutorials all over the internet and youtube.  A Beautiful Mess also shows you how.

When you get to the end tie it off like normal.

     

Now what I did was just cut all my loose ends of yarn and then chose one of my colors and cut a new piece.  I wrapped that around to cover the hair tie and loose ends.  Then I took of the hair tie at the top of the fishtail.

                    

It wasn’t necessarily a quick hair style, but I really like the effect so I would definitely wear this.

                                           

Dior Style Bracelet for Under 20$

At the very start of my Pinterest journey I saw this pin of a Dior bracelet that I absolutely adored.

                 

The blog it came from was just a general “stuff I like” site, so I couldn’t find the actual bracelet and how much it cost, but being that it was Dior, I knew it was A LOT and out of my price range.  I’m more of a Target jewelry girl.

Anyhow, I do buy Dior make-up from time to time and one time I was at the Dior counter at Lord and Taylor when they were having one of their big sales and the sales girl gave me a little “D” charm.  I thought it was so cute so I’ve kept it tucked away for a few years not really knowing what to do with it.  I guess the typical use would have been on your key chain but my car is one of those where as long as the keys are nearby it unlocks with a button and has a push start so I rarely take my keys out of my purse.  So to put it on my key chain would have been such a waste.  So, when I saw this bracelet I thought “Wow, I could recreate that”.  But as I said in my Macrame Me a Necklace blog, I’m no jewelry maker so I was really skeptical that I would be able to pull it off.  I also am not much of a gold or pink person, so I chose different colors.  But nevertheless, I bit the bullet and gave it a shot.  So here we go.

Whatcha Need:

1 Dior style charm - you can buy a simple “D” charm at any craft store

Any other charms you want to add (pictured is a silver ring of diamonds but I ended up not using that and used a black flower instead)

2 strands of pre-beaded pearls in any color

1 small chain strand

small balls

jewelry crimps

1 jewelry clasp

crimping tools (although needlenose pliers work too)

1 spool of jewelry wire or fishing line (pictured I have the wire, but I ended up using fishing line instead)

scissors

              

First I cut my string of pearls and measured it for the length of my wrist.  Each end was open ended.

I took a few pearls off, added my charm and my black flower and then restrung the pearls I took off.

I then added my small silver chain to one end of the strand.  I measured my chain so that it would dangle a little. I didn’t want everything to be exactly the same length.

                       

On that same end I placed 1 small silver ball and then 1 crimp.  I ran the fishing line through one end of the jewelry clasp I was using and then ran it back down through the crimp.

               

Pull that tight so it works its way down to where the pearls end and then using your jewelry tools or needlenose pliers, squeeze the crimp to hold the line in place.  Then you can cut off any slack.

Repeat this on the other end as well. 

                   

This gives you a basic bracelet.

                       

Then measure out your second strand of pearls.  I used maroon (they kind of blend in with my black desk).

                    

Again, make sure you have plenty of open ended slack on each end.

You will repeat the steps from above.  Place a sliver ball on one end of the line followed by a crimp.  Loop the end through the loop on the jewelry clasp and then back down through the crimp.  Using whatever tool you chose, squeeze the crimp shut.

Repeat the same step on other end.

Now you have your second strand attached the the jewelry clasp as well.  Trim off any loose ends.

Now you have a make-shift Dior bracelet in whatever colors suit you best.

                     

                     

                                                 

Scribble Scrabble

I’m one of these moms that can not throw away anything of my sons.  I truly believe this is how some episodes of Hoarders actually begin.  First pair of shoes!  0-3 month clothes!  First scribble!  First handprint!  The next thing you know you’ve got garbage bags of memories stacked around your bedroom set and a few hamsters are probably lost in the mix.  I have drawers and boxes filled with his old works of art and I have often thought of what to do with them.  Thank you Whitney at Squash Blossom Babies for an idea that I was actually motivated enough to try. 

Please gather ahead of time:

Old scribbles (I looked through these for an hour and eventually closed my eyes and threw my hand in the pile and what I grabbed got cut.)

A canvas or 4

Paint

Mod Podge (I prefer matte over glossy.)

Big foam brush

Scissors or xacto knife

Creativity (sometimes its hard to find)

If you have minimal patience when it comes to arts and crafts like me, spray paint your canvases.  Cut out a pattern for your shapes.  These are your baby’s finest accomplishments to date, don’t ruin them by going all free hand!  I used some old brown cardstock and cut out a simple tear drop (my son, who has no appreciate for my talents, thought it was an egg) and traced it over and over and over with no particular thought to what or where I was tracing.  For the other two I just cut out a spiral then cut it in two.

No matter how many times I use Mod Podge I am still always convinced it is not going to dry clear, I am not going to get the paper or fabric to lie right, and I am certainly going to ruin whatever I am doing, so I cheated and glued the tear drops down with clear Elmer’s first.  Then covered it all with Mod Podge.  I got over that once I realized it was not going to be easy to glue down the spirals first and did those the normal way (Mod Podge, paper, Mod Podge again).  Use your foam brush to spread it on as evenly as you can.  It does dry very quickly. 

Think of it as up-cycling, recycling, or just saving yourself from Hoarders’ Doom.  If you try this, please send pictures of your results.  I’d love to see them and maybe post a few more ideas for our readers. 

Macrame Me A Necklace

A little jewelry project today.

Here’s the pin:

                 

It is from www.psimadethis.com but this was really the extent of it.  It wasn’t the best tutorial I’ve seen, so I’ll go into a little more detail because I had to kind of wing it at some places. Because I’m not a jewelry maker.  If I want handmade jewelry I will buy from my friend Faith at FC Jewelry Design.  She’s quality.  Check her out.

Whatcha Need

Yarn/string of your choice (i used two colors on string, silver and gold)

a chain (or two, i got one and split it, but you can buy two shorter ones)

a jewelry clasp

jump rings

wooden beads

                     

                     

So here’s what I did.

1.  First create a loop with your string and loop it around your thumb.

                     

2.  Take your line of string and loop it behind your pointer, in front of your middle, behind your ring, and in front of your pinkie.

                     

3. Loop behind your pinkie, in front of your ring, behind your middle and in front of your pointer.  Basically going the opposite direction using the alternate over/under.

                    

4.  Now do Step 2 and Step 3 again so that you have two rows of string on each finger.

                    

5.) Now take the bottom row of string and loop it up and off your finger leaving you with just one row left.  Now pick back up and Step 2 going behind your pointer and back down your hand, and back up so you have two rows again.  Keep repeating this pattern.  It will create a fall of macrame string.

                    

6.  Once you do this until you reach the desired length, take all the loops off your fingers and place them all around your pointer finger to gather them together.

                     

7.  Take the line of string and grip it with your thumb.  You are going to bring it up through the loops forming yet another loop.

                     

                     

8.  Tie a knot at the bottom securing the loop you just made. You can then cut the line from the balls of yarn/string.

                     

9.  Tie another knot with the actual macrame part of the string making a big knot and then add your beads.  The knot in the macrame ensures that the bead won’t slide down your necklace.

                     

10.  Now separate the chain you bought, or get the piece of chain if you got two smaller ones.  You want to use jewelry tools to bend the link open, loop it through the loops of string hanging out above the beads and then using the jewelry tool, close it back up. Repeat this with both ends

                     

11.  Now take your jumping rings and using your jewelry tool open the jumping ring.  Put your chain and one side of the jewelry clasp in each ring and close them back up.

                      

That’s it!

Now you have your macrame necklace!  You could follow the same instructions to make a bracelet as well.

      

                                            

Its Wine O’Clock Part Deux

A few months ago we did a vase stuffed with wine corks topped with a large flower

I liked it so much I made another today, this time with a bunch of red flowers.  To compliment the room it will be going in.

                 

If anyone out there in Tumblr land has seen any good DIY projects with wine corks that they would like to see us try please let us know!  You can either go up top to our contact page and email us, or you can do it through the “Ask Us Anything” feature.  Because apparently I collect wine corks like pennies.

                                             

Who Doesn’t Love a Good Mason Jar? For EVERYTHING.

So everyone on Pinterest has seen this, right?

                         

Yeah, I thought so.  Its rustic, easy to DIY, and SO cute.  So of course we here at Pinterest Schminterest added it to our “Must Try” list.  Well, I finally got around to it. 


Whatcha Need

1 Mason Jar

1 picture - vertical

contact paper

olive oil proportionate to the size mason jar you have

            


First I laminated my picture.  I don’t think you HAVE to do this.  But this is a nice print from a nice printer, not just some Target or Walmart replica, so I didn’t want to run the risk of it getting ruined.  Its a wedding picture, obviously.  Photography by Ro was the photographer.  If you are in the Philadelphia area she’s great.  Check her out. She also does family portraits and has great packages for newborn/infants.  So, anyway.  Laminate that bad boy on up.

                    

It doesn’t have to be perfect because the next step is to trim the picture down so that it will fit nicely into the jar.

                     

Now just add it to the jar and keep trimming until you get it how you want it.  You don’t want it curved against the back.  You want it to be able to stand tall.  Sorry for all the glare on the pictures.  I have windows in my office and no blinds behind the curtains so.. it is what it is.  You get the idea.

                     

Now just dump in your olive oil and you’re all done!!  I have to say.  I LOVE the outcome.  I’d like to try it again with a black and white picture.

         

                                            

Menu Board, Husband Friendly!

Now that I’ve been cooking on a more regular basis I have been trying to plan my week so that I know what we are having when. My husband is usually in charge of getting whatever meat we need out of the freezer and putting it out to thaw that day. So rather than him always asking what needs to be taken out, this is the perfect solution. All he needs to do is check the menu board. It also then lets him know what nights I or he won’t be here so that he can plan ahead and isn’t surprised when he finds out I won’t be here to cook him dinner that particular day.

Whatcha Need:

1 picture frame. Any size specific to your space needs. I used an 11x14.

Scrap booking paper, trimmed down to size

Scrap book letter stickers

Dry erase marker

So here’s what I used. Its a little hard to see because the frame is black and my desk is black. But its basically a picture frame that’s all glass (no cardboard backing behind the picture), a white piece of scrap book paper, and silver letters in various fonts.

                     

So I trimmed down the scrap paper so it would fit in the frame, but not take up the whole frame. To give it that float look. And then I added my letters. I did measure the letters out first so that they were evenly spaced for the most part but I did leave room at the bottom for any “notes” I may need to make. I applied the letters and put the paper into the frame.

                      

Then all you have to do is use a dry erase marker to write down what dinner will be each night. I’ve been concentrating on a lot of 500 calorie and less meals. So this is perfect. I decide what to have, and then do one big grocery trip on Sunday to make sure I have everything I need.

Rather than hanging mine in my kitchen because I have very little wall space, I just propped mine up in the corner.

             

It’s only Tuesday, but so far so good.

Shout out to all my Little FFFer’s. Fat Kid Fridayyyyy!

                                            

Even Bathrooms Should Look Pretty

We’re back to some home projects. This was one of the first things I saw on Pinterest. Styrofoam squares covered in scrapbooking paper.

                            

Cute, cheap. What’s not to love. I already had plenty of scrapbooking paper so I just needed some styrofoam squares.


What I Used:

4 Styrofoam Squares

Whatever scrapbooking pages you want to use, 4 for the “face of the squares and 2 that will be cut into strips for the sides (you could also use a wide ribbon on the side, which is what the original blog showed, but I didn’t have any)

Tape

Mod Podge

                           

                           

                                

First things first. I picked the WRONG kind of styrofoam. It was the real flaky kind, not the thick kind like styrofoam coffee cups are made out. So I ended up with this:

                           

My vacuum crevice tool was used alot throughout this project.

Anyways, so I took tape and lined the edges of the square because I knew glue would seep right into the styrofoam and not hold the paper. If I laid tape down first, that would give me a flat surface to work with.

                          

Next I just painted on my mod podge with a sponge (just on the tape) and laid my paper on top of it.

                           

To cover the edges I used more scrap paper eventhough as I mentioned above you can also use a thick piece of ribbon.

Use the same technique as above. Place tape all around the edges, add mod podge and then the paper. You will have to do just a touch of trimming here and there at the edges to make sure everything flushes together well. But that’s simple and easy and its used on an “as needed” basis.

                             

After they have been given a good amount of time to dry they are ready to be hung.

You can get wall mounts for them, but I wasn’t sure how I was going to like them yet and didn’t want to spend extra money. So I just pushed a nail into the styrofoam and used scissors to “cut” upwards so I could drag the nail upwards to make it sturdy. Worked wonders. Make sure you measure though so you do this exactly in the middle or else the square will hang to one side or the other when you put them on the wall. I used a ruler and just marked it with a sharpie.

                            

                            

Now I no longer have blank space behind my toilet and I didn’t have to spend alot for wall decor. Sorry for the bad lighting. Its a bathroom.