Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Mod Podge Photo transfer on tote bag

I saw Mod Podge Photo transfer medium being demonstrated on HSN during their  24 hour  celebration , it looked so easy I had to try it. I thought since my son's girlfriend was having a birthday I would make her a gift featuring a picture from their recent vacation, and I really love the ruffled tote bags  that I have seen on Pinterest - so I made her one.

I started with a basic tote bag purchased from my local craft store. They are very inexpensive. I chose the medium size in white, but they do come in other colors and sizes. Then I went to the library. since they have laser printers, and printed off the picture with some words and background color I added using Word. Make sure if you use any picture with words that you flip the image or else the words will be backwards.

Cut out your picture and position it where you want it.

Apply a really thick layer of medium all over the picture( probably a good idea to check out some videos on you tube to see how it's done) place the picture down on the fabric and smooth over top. Let dry for 24 hours
Once it is completely dry get a sponge and wet with water, dab the picture all over with water then start rubbing in a circular motion, the paper backing will start coming off, keep rubbing until your picture shows through clearly. You might have to go over it a couple of times

Once all the paper is off let dry. If you see any white areas left over just repeat until image is clear.
I added ruffles and matching fabric flowers in colors that coordinated with my picture
I just love the way it turned out I may have to make myself one. I hope you like it Sydney, Happy Birthday!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Vinyl Name Plaque

Well, another wedding to go to and another opportunity use my new Brother Scan n Cut 2 and get crafty. This time I'm making a name plaque, it's so easy I'll show you how.

 Sorry for the glare, I'm going to have to work on my pics.
First, start with a wood plaque, sand smooth and paint. I painted mine white - classic. Apply a couple of coats and let dry overnight.

 I use Inkscape to design my words, it's easy to use and free. Then I use my  Brother Scan-n-cut 2 to cut out the vinyl. I like the Cricut brand in Cocoa.

I like to cut away excess vinyl pieces that I might be able to use at another time.
I think the worst part is trying to get everything straight, but this time it was easy because there wasn't any extra space.

I think it turned out perfectly, I hope they like it. Who wouldn't like a personalized wedding gift?

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Brother Scan-n-Cut Vinyl wedding gift

I have been having fun using my new Brother Scan-n-Cut. Especially to cut out vinyl lettering. This is a gift I made for a friends' son's wedding shower.

 I use Inkscape to design the wording. If you haven't tried Inkscape yet you're missing out. It's a free online design center. There are many videos on youtube to help get you started.
The frame was only $1.00 at the thrift store which I painted black and then lined with scrapbook paper.
 I also made this card to go with
Simple white embossed champagne glasses with border punch lined in black . I added a rhinestone for sparkle
silver glitter tape and stamped sentiment with black heart on inside
stamped envelope with matching heart
I hope they like the gift I know I would - how about you?

Friday, June 24, 2016

Gardening on a budget

Nothing I enjoy better than working in the garden and sitting on the porch enjoying the breeze, but it can cost a lot of money. If you're thrifty though, like I am, you can save lots and still enjoy the flowers.  Come  join me on a garden tour and I'll show you how to save.
First my front porch:

 All the furniture was saved from the trash - 0$. Don't be afraid to pick something up. I'm always amazed at what people will just throw away. Please at least donate it! Pillows I made myself and I always get fabric from the thrift store - I search for extra large sheets, usually only $2.

 Also, search the thrift store for crocheted throws and baby blankets. I went with yellow, white and green.

 Yard sales and rummage sales are also good places to find planters and knick knacks. I couldn't resist this piggy for .25 he just makes me smile and the boots were only$1.

 Bring indoor items out - side table painted yellow filled with plants, magazines and decor all from the thrift store and yard sales

 Silk floral arrangements and wreath I made myself

 keep your eyes open for animals you enjoy. I look for bunnies,birds and roosters

and birdhouses

Now, when it comes to plants here are some ways to save.
I always check craigslist free section and free cycle, there are always people wanting to thin out their perennials or people re-doing their landscape. Also, check your local library for perennial exchanges. And don't forget to buy perennials that spread and grow. I have divided up my hostas many times.

If you can, invest in a grow light and start seeds indoors, they are very low in cost and are easy to grow. Most annuals can be started from seed, and if you grow annuals let some go to seed in the fall and save the seeds in a paper bag to plant next year.
Some perennials reseed themselves so know your plants

Get to know your neighbors and friends that have gardens, most gardeners are more than happy to share their plants.
I have been lucky to have woods on my property in my backyard and have dug up some ferns that grow in the wild, but don't ever dig up plants from the parks.
and then finally save up some money through the year or ask your kids for gift cards from your favorite garden center

and then sit back and enjoy all your hard work because gardening is hard work but if you enjoy it it's not work, right?

Friday, November 13, 2015

Bedspring Snowman

We recently threw away an old bed spring , but before we did, I had my husband cut off a bunch of the springs. I knew I would get around to using them soooner or later.

Meet my Bedspring Snowmen...
Here's what I did....

gather supplies..   old bed springs,

styrofoam balls, soft white fabric, scrap fabric for scarf, black seed beads, bells, Christmas greenery, orange wood noses, hot glue, needle and thread, sticks, floral tape and wire.

First, I covered the ball with the white fabric and then I made a hat out of the sleeve cut from a child's shirt - they are very inexpensive from the thrift store and just the right size. Tie the top with yarn or ribbon and add a bell and some greens. The eyes are beads glued on and the noses I bought years ago  from the craft store- wooden cones I painted orange.
 Glue the head to the spring and cut scrap fabric to form a scarf and tie it around the neck, glue in place.
 I had to wire on the buttons and stick arms or they would have just popped off the metal. I covered the wire with brown floral tape.
 I added  more greens and I made a sign out of cork board and paper,
stamped  "Merry Christmas" and hung with red wire.
 Loooove these guys.......... What do you think?
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