2016 Best Nine

I feel like 2016 has been a year full of celebrity loses, and upset. Now more than ever, we need to celebrate the positive. Over on Instagram people are posting their “2016 Best Nine”, so I thought it would be fun to do that here. Only, I couldn’t just pick 9 things that I made, to highlight, so…..

Here are my 2016 Best Nine, TWICE.

*Click on the links to be taken to the original posts*

Top Left, Top Middle, Top Right

Middle Left, Middle Middle, Middle Right

Bottom Left, Bottom Middle, Bottom Right

Top Left, Top Middle, Top Right

Middle Left, Middle Middle, Middle Right

Bottom Left, Bottom Middle, Bottom Right

I wish you all the best this upcoming year! I know I will strive to be full of the kindness I want to see in this world.

What are YOUR best 9?

Paper napkin fairy

I found this gem of a craft on Pinterest (can you tell what I have been doing with my time?) and just had to give it a try. I mean what’s not to like about a paper napkin fairy??!

Paper napkin fairy

One of the best things about this project is that I had all the components on hand, already, and you only need 4 things to make this: Wire, Glue/water solution, paper napkins, thread/string. PERFECT.

Of course, mine looks very little like theirs. One major difference is I used brown compostable napkins. The downside to that is they almost dissolved when I put the watered-down glue on. Whoops! Next time I need to use actual bad-for-the-environment paper napkins. I am sure there are plenty of those out there, waiting to be made into fairies. Just think how sweet this would be in all different colors!

Paper napkin fairy

The other major difference is, the original ones are ballerinas. I added wings, which was easy to do. After the fairy was all made and dressed, I just took the same thread that I used to make her waistband, and wound it around the back to secure the wings. You can see it looks almost like a harness, or a criss-cross top.

Paper napkin fairy

Lastly, I made her little crown out of a wire beaded garland I had (from this post). I love how this came out.

Paper napkin fairy

My girls think she needs a face, but I like her as is. She is completely posable, and I left the thread in the back so she can be strung up. I think this would make a lovely gift or even a gift topper.

I do plan to make lots more of these. It was super fun to create, and now that I did one, I can refine my methods down to what works.

How is YOUR holiday creating coming along?

 

More Sharpie Mugs

Remember the Sharpie Mugs class I taught? Well, this week I made MORE shaprie mugs to gift this holiday season!

I went over to my beloved Sharpie Mugs Pinterest board, and got some ideas for designs.

Soot Sprites (for you Miyazaki fans out there).

You know I love a good feather.

 I love this guy. He looks a little stressed, though, don’t ya think?

And a Geeky Mathy one for my friend Amy (I hope she isn’t reading this). It says “I 8 sum pie…and it was delicious). heh.

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What are you making for the holidays this year??

Salt Dough gifts

Falafel and I made up a few batches of salt dough (we use a GF recipe), sat down, and created up a storm. I had a few ideas I wanted to try out this year.  Salt dough is the perfect thing to experiment with, since it only has three (relatively inexpensive) ingredients, and one is water. The first that I made is:

Salt dough mini dishes

Salt dough mini dishes

I LOVE how these came out. Although I will say that I probably should have baked them a bit longer. I left them in the oven for three hours instead of 2, but the centers are still a tiny bit soft. They probably could have gone for another hour.

Salt dough mini dishes

I used the pinch pot method, and then flattened them out a bit. They each measure about 2-3″ in diameter.

  Salt dough mini dishes

After I baked and cooled them, I used acrylic paints to decorate them. Then sealed each with Polycrylic.

Salt dough mini dishes

I found some design ideas on Pinterest. And then set to work.

Salt dough mini dishes

I adore them. I hope they actually hold up! They look like they would be perfect for holding small jewlery or coins.

The next one I made is:

Salt dough heart wall hanging

This one was simple. I took a butter knife, and cut out a rustic-looking heart. It is a larger one (about 8-10 inches). I punched two holes using a pencil top. Then baked, cooled, painted it, and sealed it.

Salt dough heart wall hanging

To make the hanger, I wound wire around a pencil, then pulled it off and attached the ends, by twisting, to each hole.

The last one I did is:

Salt dough Feather ornaments

Again, I took my trusty butter knife and cut out rough shapes of feathers. I textured the tops with the same knife. Punched holes using the top of a pencil.

Salt dough Feather ornaments

Baked, cooled, painted, and then sealed.

Salt dough Feather ornaments

Add a thin ribbon, or ornament hook, and you have got yourself a great little gift, or gift topper.

Woot Woot! Salt dough to the rescue once again. It just wouldn’t feel like Christmas without whipping up a batch or two of these.

Sharpie Mugs

Recently, I taught a Sharpie Mugs class at our library. I brought the Bee along so she could particpate, as well as help me. We had a blast! It was such a fun activity for adults and teens alike.

gift inspiration: Sharpie Mugs

AND they would make great gifts!

gift inspiration: Sharpie Mugs

This one was mine. I took my inspiration from Pinterest, and married two ideas: this one and this one.

gift inspiration: Sharpie Mugs

Really that was the most time consuming part about this project; finding ideas. For the class, I pulled all sorts of interesting design books (the 20 Ways to Draw books- like this one, this one, and this one– are fabulous), and even Henna books, so that people could clarify their vision and get inspiration. I’d say everyone researched ideas for a good 30 minutes. Then I encouraged them all to draw it out on a plain ol piece of paper before attempting to do it on the mugs.

gift inspiration: Sharpie Mugs

I did this one too. Inspired by this pin.

gift inspiration: Sharpie Mugs

This was done by my Bee. She impressed me with her original design. This was one side.

gift inspiration: Sharpie Mugs

And this was the other. It is so happy. I love it.

gift inspiration: Sharpie Mugs

Any mistakes that were made, we just dabbed a little hand sanitizer on a cotton swab and it worked like a charm. There is conflicting info out there about how to set the paint, though. The library sent instructions to bake them, but when I got home and did that, the fumes were so toxic, I had to stop it halfway through (even with all the windows open, and a fan running). I went onto the Sharpie website, and there is no mention of heat setting the oil based paint. So, if we did it again, I would skip that part and see how they held up after washing.

Have you made these? What method did you use?


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Transform a journal into a locking diary

Our tween has one request for her upcoming birthday: a locking diary. So this week my husband and I perused the stores looking for one. We found a few, but nothing we fell in love with. We then decided to look in the “adult” section of the store where the prettier journals are, and found a beautiful one, only it didn’t have a lock. Jim turned to me and said “you could totally make this into a locking diary“. And you know what? I did! Smart Man. And what’s more, I came up with a tutorial for how to transform a journal into a locking diary, so you can make one, too.

transform a journal into a locking diary

This is a super quick project (the longest part is waiting for the glue to dry- literally).

First, gather a few supplies:

transform a journal into a locking diary tutorial

  • strong glue (I used E6000 and went outside to use it with gloves on)
  • journal
  • lock and key (I wish we would have seen this one first!)
  • d-ring hangers (we used these)
  • *optional* small buttons or gems (these look fun) to cover the holes

transform a journal into a locking diary tutorial

Line up the d-ring so that the ring is hanging off the edge of the book (the hinge should allow the ring to swing down against the pages). Glue in place. Because some of the glue was coming through the hole, I also stuck the button on at the same time. Allow it to dry.

transform a journal into a locking diary tutorial

Flip it over and repeat, making sure to line it up with the one on the front.

transform a journal into a locking diary tutorial

When it is completely dry, you are done! Seriously, the most simple project ever.

transform a journal into a locking diary tutorial

It is now ready for someone to write down all the secrets of their heart.

transform a journal into a locking diary tutorial

Put the lock on, and don’t forget where you put the key! If your lock comes with an extra key, you may want to hold on to it, just in case your child loses things, like mine does.

transform a journal into a locking diary tutorial

I am considering making a necklace for our girl to wear hers on.

Who will YOU make one for?

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Attempted Beaded Wire Ornament

And just like that, we are on to Christmas (and tons of Birthdays around here). So I did what I normally do this time of year…peruse my Pinterest feed, looking for new ideas to try out. I happened upon this pretty craft by Everyday Art and decided to give it a whirl. I titled this post “Attempted Beaded Wire Ornament” because I will admit I struggled a bit with this one. It is deceptively difficult.

Beaded wire Ornaments

I used to be a floral designer for many years, so I happened to have spools of wire in my stash, and The Bee has an extensive bead collection that she generously let me raid. The only thing I actually had to purchase was a pack of balloons. My kind of craft. We were off to a good start.

Beaded Wire Ornament

My Falafel joined me and made a few of her own, but she also had a little trouble. I know there must be a trick to it, but we didn’t figure it out.

Beaded Wire Ornament

The most difficlut thing was keeping the wire from unraveling. On the second one I made, I began twisting it on top, everytime I went around with the wire. It held a little better, but still not perfect.

Beaded Wire Ornament

I hesitate to call this a “fail” because they are still nice to look at, and we always learn something. Quirky is good. I call that a success!

Beaded Wire Ornament

I love to try out new projects this time of year, even if they don’t turn out the way they are supposed to.

What have YOU made today?

DIY wooden buttons

About six years ago, I made my first DIY wooden buttons. It was rough and far from perfect and I forgot all about it, that is until this week, when I was reminded of this fun endeavor by a post over at the new Twig + Tale.

DIY wooden buttons

It was one of those projects that got stuck in my head, and would not leave until I actually completed it.

DIY wooden buttons

So yesterday, I went out to our shed, and found a dry branch (doesn’t everyone have dried branches in their sheds??!) and sliced it up with my single bevel compound miter saw. The branch I had was fairly large in diameter (approx. 3″), so these are giant buttons, which make them even more fun.

DIY wooden buttons

I drilled a couple of holes in each.

DIY wooden buttons

Then I sanded the heck out of them. This is the part that took the longest out of the whole process.

  DIY wooden buttons

After they were silky smooth, I rubbed some beeswax into them. This is the first time I used any kind of wax to finish wood. Not sure if I like the tacky finish, opposed to the smooth one of the varnish I usually use. I am hoping the beeswax will be absorbed enough so that the surface will dry a little more.

DIY wooden buttons

Aaaaand done.

DIY wooden buttons

Overall, a quick and satisfying project. I was thinking these would make such a great gift for someone who sews! Picture them wrapped up with some embroidery floss, and a huge embroidery needle (like the one in the photo above). Super cute.

DIY wooden buttons

Have you made buttons before? How do you finish them?

Recycled Water Bottle Washi Tote tutorial

We try not to make a habit of buying bottled water, but on occasion found ourselves in need. When that happens, I cannot bring myself to get rid of the bottles. So I made them into handy totes!

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

To make this recycled water bottle washi tote, gather these materials:

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

  • Empty clean water jug/ bottle
  • scissors (not your good sewing scissors!)
  • hole punch
  • decorative tape (I used washi. you could use any tape: duct, washi, masking, cloth. etc)
  • rope (I used laundry line from this project. You can use any rope, ribbon, string you would like)

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

After removing label (if there is one), decide how large you would like your container, and then cut your bottle in half.

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

It should look something like this.

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

It will be sharp, so take your tape, and go around the outside of the rim. Make sure to leave some to fold down to the inside. Cut off  the excess.

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

Pinch it down, so the tape is enclosed around the edge.

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

Punch holes (I did two on opposite sides).

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

Thread a piece of rope/ string through the two holes, and knot them. Repeat with other side and another piece of rope/ string.

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

Fill with whatever you want! Really they are great for holding all sorts of things, from wash cloths to….

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

possessed hamster toys.

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

Really, anything that needs to be organized.

Because they have handles, you can hang them from hooks, or just tote around.

What have YOU made today?

Wood Plank Feather Paintings

Wood Plank Feather paintings using acrylic paint and a thin marker

I was going through my “bookmarks” last night, and saw that I saved something from Remodelaholic. One click led to another, and discovered their feather printables that you can mount on wood boards. That sparked my creative interest, so of course, I wanted to try my own. Only I didn’t print the feathers out. I, instead, referenced them to make my own wood plank feather paintings.

Wood Plank Feather paintings using acrylic paint and a thin marker

I dug through our wood scraps and found this nice sized 1×8. I cut it into 4 pieces, 10″ long each. Then I painted them white with some acrylic paint.

Wood Plank Feather paintings using acrylic paint and a thin marker

After they were dry, I grabbed my thin black sharpie marker and sketched the different feathers, using the printables (on my computer screen) as my reference.

Wood Plank Feather paintings using acrylic paint and a thin marker

I then took black acrylic paint and painted thicker lines. After that dried, I went over with some diluted colors.

Wood Plank Feather paintings using acrylic paint and a thin marker

I went over them lightly with a sheet of sandpaper to distress them.

Wood Plank Feather paintings using acrylic paint and a thin marker

Because they are meant to be a little wild looking, I free-handed all of them. Really fun project, and quick too! the longest part about these was waiting for the paint to dry.

Wood Plank Feather paintings using acrylic paint and a thin marker

I love how they turned out!

Wood Plank Feather paintings using acrylic paint and a thin marker

I just have to figure out where to hang them, now!

What have YOU made today?