5.27.2010

On My Side of the Room

Today I am excited to be swappin' it up with Kendra from On My Side of the Room - If you haven't heard of her or have never visited her - here is your chance - She is darling and I know you will fall in love with her blog!

I want to thank for Amanda letting me visit and do my first ever blog swap!

Let me introduce myself. My name is Kendra and I'm a craftaholic. I love to create because, to me, one of greatest feelings in the world is creating something amazing out of something ordinary. Also, it is my form of therapy and it keeps me sane. Seriously.

Normally I don't like to go around showing off pics of myself (who does?) but I really like to see a face behind all the great ideas in the blogging world, so I thought I'd share one of me.

I am a mother of a almost three year old boy, a one year old boy and married to the greatest guy in the world! Currently I do a little work from home and am doing my very last class to finish my undergraduate degree but most of the time am home with the kiddos, who are constantly making me laugh.

Ever since I was little I have loved making things with my hands. I have dabbled in just about everything and if I haven't, I'm sure it's on my list of things I want to do. Currently I am VERY into jewelry making and even have my own shop, Belleza Mia, on Etsy. It helps pay for my far too many hobbies.

I started my blog On My Side of the Room because I would make something and people would keep asking me how to make it, so to save time, and remember my ideas as well as the things I wanted to do, I started my blog!

The reason my blog is called "On My Side of the Room" is because that's what my craft room is, half craft room for me and half office for my husband. One day I'll have my own room but until then I'm makin' it work!

On my blog you'll find a lot of everything. Paper crafts, home decor, children's stuff...

Now here is a fun Fourth of July Luminary Tutorial. Enjoy!

Supplies:
Tin cans
Sharpie
Hammer and nail
Gloves

Take off the label and clean

Now begin putting on your dot design with a Sharpie. You'll want to do it now because it will be harder after you freeze it. Yes, your going to freeze it.

Fill each can up to the top leaving 1/2 in because it will expand.

Freeze. This will take a good several hours but to speed it up you can fill the cans with ice and then with water, that will cut the freezing time in half.

Now grab your hammer and nail and begin nailing away! You'll want your gloves for this or you're going to have some cold hands. Be sure to place the nail carefully because it will slip around.

After nailing and the ice is out, spray paint it. I was going to do red, white and blue but just decided white. I might change my mind.
Put a candle in and your ready to go!

This is a great technique you can use for weddings, birthdays, or just for fun!

5.21.2010

Make an $9 Americana Wreath

Did you come by and check me out yesterday at Simply Designing?
Ashley has such a cute little blog, but if you didn't get a chance to stop by -
Here is what you missed!

An Americana Wreath!


You will need:

  • a grapevine wreath
  • 7 rolls of ribbon
  • America Sign
  • Scissors

All of my supplies were bought at Dollar Tree for $9+tax!

Creative and Cheap!!


First: Pull the paper tag off the wreath, leaving the plastic tie -
you will use this to hang up your wreath.


Second: Cut up your ribbons to your desired length
Mine were about 12 inches.


Third: Start tying on the ribbon.


Tie on as much as you would like.



Fourth:
Attach the America Sign onto the back. I simply untied one side of the sign and looped it through the plastic tie at the top. Then I re-threaded it, tied it off and nestled the sign a little bit crooked in the wreath. It fits just a little bit tight so it was perfect.

You can also just let it hang down in the front.

Just decide what you like and go for it!



Fifth:
Hang it up and enjoy!

5.20.2010

Pardon My Dust

I am making the switch to my own custom domain so things may get a little hectic - but hopefully we will be up and running again in no time at all!

Blog Swap with Simply Designing

I am so excited to introduce you to my blog swappin' partner today!

Ashley from Simply Designing!
She has a darling little blog and ETSY store so make sure you visit her!
And without futher ado...

Hello "Every Crafty Endeavor" readers! I am Ashley, the face and voice behind Simply Designing and I am so excited to be here today guest posting!

Simply Designing

I am fairly new to blogland but am loving every minute of it! I am an interior designer and a floral designer. I own my own business. I also love to dabble in crafts, baby / child items, very occasional sewing, lots of baking, cake decorating and a variety of other things.

I love finding ways to make my life more SIMPLE!

I enjoy keeping busy and I have a list a mile long of "projects" I want to do. And I love posting about my projects on my blog! I also LOVE new visitors, comments and new followers! (hint hint! :-)

In addition, I am a wife to a wonderful husband for 9 years, and a mom of a 3.5 year old spunky little girl and a sweet cuddly 3 month old little boy! So much fun!

Oh. And in my spare time (ha ha!) I am opening an Etsy shop. It is a slow process for me, but I am enjoying that too. (Go check it out if you don't mind!)


I'll wait...



Ok. Now. On to the GOOD stuff!

I am so excited to be guest posting here today. I am actually going to show off a new project and tutorial that I have not yet posted on my own blog!!!

A couple of months ago, I bought 2 hurricane vases from Ulta (I know...a beauty supply store...so weird right?) But they were only like $5 (originally $50!) and I had been wanting some, so I scored a GREAT deal and was very excited about it! (They are really nice quality too!) But I digress...

Ever since I found them, it has been one of my pet projects to find fun things to fill them with.

Recently hosted a baby shower and wanted to fill them with something a little bit different. Here is what I came up with:



Cute huh? I am really loving the simple tissue paper Pom Poms!

Here's how to make them:

1. Stack 8+ pieces of tissue paper together (for larger fuller poms you can use more paper)

2. Cut a square out of the tissue paper the same diameter that you want your pom to be.

3. Fold stacked tissue paper accordian style (1/2" - 1.5" wide depending on size of pom).



4. Secure in middle using wire.



5. Trim ends in a rounded shape, or for a spunkier variation, you can cut the ends in points.

6. Seperate the layers, one at a time, being very careful not to tear tissue. Arrange tissue layeres until the pom pom is formed.



7. Use as is or attached nylon thread or clear fishing wire to create hanging pom poms!







I just love how they turned out!!!

Thank you so much for letting me come and share my tutorial with you.

Be sure to stop by my blog Simply Designing HERE to poke around and check out some of my other posts and tutorials. Stop by, stay a while, leave a fun comment, become a follower...I love it all!

Happy Designing!

5.19.2010

Baby Shower Ideas

As mentioned before, My sisters and I threw a baby shower for my sister, Ashley, on Saturday. We always go Open House Style because we would much rather just eat and visit and visit and eat then play games. We have done three showers in the past year for our family - and we try hard to think of fun and unique ideas for the showers - and when I say that - I am talking about food!

For my shower last June, My sisters made yummy fruit crepes for everyone -
and they were a huge hit!

For my sister, Kait's Baby Shower last November, Ashley and I made four different kinds of soups and served them in tiny bowls so everyone could have a taste of all the different kinds. It worked out perfect because there was a huge snowstorm that day and all the ladies loved coming into a nice warm house, with a a crackling fire and warming up with soups.

I knew it would be a little bit warmer for Ashley's shower and I thought and thought about what we could do - then finally it hit me!

Let's Have Bread!

But not just white bread - but Whole Wheat Honey Bread, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread, Cinnaburst Bread, Raspberry Blueberry Bread and Cinnamon Raisin Bread!

All different kinds with all different butters and jams and honey!

And since it is the Springtime - Let's do salads too!

A Greek Salad!

A Garden Salad!

and a Fruit Spinach Salad!

Everything turned out awesome and we got so many compliments on all the yummy bread and different salads - the food was a huge hit!

And of course - we ended with Cherry Tarts/Cheesecake!

Much better than the usual carrots and celery with chicken salad sandwiches -
Not that I don't like veggies and chicken - but unique creative ideas -
always turn out so much better!

Cherry Tarts

For my sister's baby shower on Saturday I made these darling little
Tarts or Cheesecakes - whatever you want to call them!

I got the idea from Chocolate Sundaes -
and followed the recipe she did over at Our Best Bites!

They are so dang yummy and were a huge hit!

5.13.2010

Blog Swappin' with the Crafty Cupboard

Today I am blog swapping with a super cute and creative girl from the Crafty Cupboard - Melanie!! She is so sweet and nice and has a darling blog full of ideas. Head over and check her out!! She is also doing a really fun giveaway for a darling little runner - so cute - go here and enter to win - or don't because I really want too! - but really go!!

Hello Crafty Endeavor friends! I am Melanie from the Crafty Cupboard. You can find me every weekday on my blog doing fun things like making a dollhouse from a dresser


Showing beginning quilters how to make a simple and cute baby quilt,


and making fun clothes for me and my kids. The husband as so far eluded my sewing machine.


Make sure you check out my blog for a fun giveaway! I love sharing my ideas and learning from other blogs. I am always looking for a new, fun blog to drool over. When the call went out for guest bloggers, I jumped on that bandwagon because I, for one, am a total fan of all that happens on this blog. Then, I realized what I volunteered to do and I had a minor panic attack because doing a guest post here means I kind of have to do something interesting. I decided to just keep it simple, and tasty!

I was busy punching circles for baby shower decorations and the thought struck me to do a simple cupcake topper for Memorial Day. Except for the minor fact that I wanted to put American Flag stickers on it and I didn't have any and it was 10:00 at night. Practice round!

I started with a white cake mix, because if any of you read my blog, you may have read that I just don't cook. Or, rather, can't. But box cake mixes?? Yeah, baby! I chose festive patriotic cupcake liners to round out the whole Memorial Day theme.


After making the batter, I separated about 1/2 cup batter into one bag and added red food coloring, and another 1/2 cup batter to a separate bag and added blue food coloring. See where I am going with this?



After filling the cupcake liners 1/3 full with the white batter,I cut a tiny hole in the corner of the bags and started "piping" the colored batter into partially filled cupcake cups. I just jammed the bag into the white batter and started squeezing. The colored batter filled the center of the cupcakes.


With a toothpick, I made some Fireworks! I just stuck the toothpick in the center and pulled the colored batter out in a firework-y way.

When the were done cooking, they still had the whole color-burst effect!


Using your favorite frosting recipe (or can frosting if you don't want to turn on your mixer and wake your kids) and some coordinating sprinkles, top with a fun cupcake topper. This is where your creative imaginations kick in and see the American Flag and shiny streamers hanging from the cupcake topper. See? Ah...


And don't forget to notice the explosion of color on the inside of your cupcake! A fun surprise for any Memorial Day celebration.



Sometimes all it takes is a small change to a regular 'ol dessert to make it fit the occasion. Try it out, and enjoy the calories!!!
Melanie!! You really didn't have to be nervous - you did an awesome job!
And your cupcakes looks so yummy! Just one more thing to add to my to do list!!

5.07.2010

Crochet Baby Beanies: By My Mom!

I have a crafty little momma!
I guess that is where I learned some of my crafty little tricks.
She has taught me a lot of "homemaking" skills and when I need I ideas,
I bounce them off of her.
She is a creative one - that one is!
and to honor her for mother's day - I thought I would post
about a couple projects she just finished.

I asked her to make me a beanie and some little slippers for my niece
and so she did - and they turned out so cute!


I love the ribbon choice!
It ties everything in perfectly.
When she brought them over to me,
she had another little surprise in store -
She made my little monkey a beanie as well!
I love the little brim on it -
And man! He just looks so gosh darn cute!
Thanks for always sharing your talents with me mom!
I love you!

5.05.2010

Mother's Day Stitcheries

Just a small sampling of the stitcheries I've been
working on for the past little while!
Luckily I was able to get them all out at the end
of last week so this week I am just relaxing -
(or cleaning my house from a month of neglect) - whichever sounds better!

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