Happy Memorial Day!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Hope you have a good Memorial Day and you get to spend some quality time with your fam. I know that is what we will be doing. More craftiness to come soon...

Oh, and today marks the last day of these discounts:
15% off at MyBellaBaby use coupon code 'funtocraft' til 5/31
20% off at Beddie Bye Baby Boutique til 5/31
Free Lolly with any purchase at Mod Diaper Cakes til 5/31


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'Look at Me' Party!!!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Welcome to the PaRtY!!!



Rules (if that is what you want to call 'em)
Link up any creative post and link up to the post (NOT your main blog URL). Snag a button and get the word out about 'Look at me, I'm so Crafty!' at Fun to Craft by putting it in your post or on the side of your blog. That way people know where you are partying!

Just for fun, why don't you visit the blog linked up before yours and comment. That way everyone is shown some love and it may even introduce you to some new blogs. You can always check out any other ideas too!!

Thanks for linking up! I can't wait to see what inspiration is out there!

Oh, and if the linky isn't working...like they don't sometimes....just email me your link (funtocraft@gmail.com) and I will add it for you.



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'Look at Me' Party Features

As always, I loved everything you all linked up. It was all so creative and my list of 'to do' grows and grows each week!! Its fun though so I am glad! There were really some amazing ideas this week. I could have featured them all...but since that would take forever, here are a few I picked out.

Impatiently Praying for Patience has these TOO cute candlesticks. These are going to the top of my to do list. I want them...no, I NEED them!!I am loving these paperclips from Lovely Paper Blog. They would be so cute on a stack of papers on my desk. They look so easy to make too.
I just saw these sunglasses by Lemon Tree Creations and thought how cool! I could totally see these on a table in an entryway to add some pizazz.
I have been in need of a bigger thread holder that is sturdy. I am really likin' this one that Sugar Bee Craft Edition put together. Such a great idea!
This headboard has such a wow factor. I love all of the possibilities with this too. I want to run out and get a door to make this with. What flair it adds to Brassy Apple's bedroom too.

If you were featured, snag a button and display it with pride!



Please join in the next party Friday here at Fun to Craft!! I anxiously await all of your inspiring crafts!! I can't wait to see what you link up. You guys are fantastic!!

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OBG {Crayon Roll}

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

This is an old project I did but one I thought I should share. I thought those crayon rolls were so fun that I kept seeing around. So about a year or so ago, I decided to make one for my little guy and a friend who was having a baby. I didn't think it was necessary to reinvent this tutorial since there were so many great ones out there already. So I mainly used the one here at Skip to My Lou...love her blog! I tried one square and one with rounded corners. Still not sure which one I like more.

However, I didn't have one of those nifty nylon stops she had and I really wanted to finish the project that day without running to the store.
So instead of that, I used an unused pony tail holder. I just sewed the silver part into the crayon roll holder. It is so nice and easy enough for my little guy to fasten and unfasten himself. I have loved having this crayon roll and it is a must have in my Sunday bag I talked about here. The iron on vinyl keeps the fabric nice so you don't have a bunch of crayon marks from little ones taking the crayons in and out over and over again! (Oh, and sorry about the bad pics on my nasty ol' vinyl floor in our old place...these were taken last year like I said and I wasn't as into making sure I had a good background for my projects!!)

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Another Moving Tip

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

My first move is over with. So glad to be done with that one! I had to share a tip...one I meant to share before but the move took a bit longer than I had anticipated. Two little kiddos make every move go WAY longer than it should.

One thing that has made past moves and this one too go a bit smoother is buying a mattress cover. I figure there is nothing grosser than having an expensive mattress get all nasty and dirty from sitting in storage or from being on a moving truck. We have bought these mattress bags for our mattress our last few moves and have been so grateful for them.They not only keep your mattress clean but they also make it slippery on the bottom which enables you to just scoot it along the carpet or wherever to get it into your moving truck. Mattresses, especially king sized ones, are just big and floppy. This makes them so hard to move. But with one of these mattress covers, it is so much easier. (No I am not getting compensation from Uhaul for saying this....I am sure you can buy these at other moving places too.) I just really think it is worth the 5 bucks to protect your mattress.

Oh, and I have some fun home decor/renovation stuff to share with you soon too. We have been sick and so I have been sluggish and not in the mood for blogging. I am on my way back though so I should have some craftiness soon enough!

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'Look at Me' Party!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Welcome to the PaRtY!!!



Link up any creative post and link up to the post (NOT your main blog URL). Snag a button and get the word out about 'Look at me, I'm so Crafty!' at Fun to Craft by putting it in your post or on the side of your blog. That way people know where you are partying!

Just for fun, why don't you visit the blog linked up before yours and comment. That way everyone is shown some love and it may even introduce you to some new blogs. You can always check out any other ideas too!! Thanks for linking up! I can't wait to see what inspiration is out there! I apologize in advance if I am unable to comment on everyone's posts. I will be checking out each idea but it literally takes me hours and hours to comment. I am realizing I have to cut some things out in order to have time with my hubby and my kiddos. I hope everyone understands. But I am SO looking forward to your inspiring ideas!

Oh, and if the linky isn't working...like they don't sometimes....just email me your link (funtocraft@gmail.com) and I will add it for you.



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Blog Swappin' with Scraps N' Strings

SO excited to have Ruth and Sammy from Scraps N' Strings over here blog swappin' today. They have such a cute and fun blog. I just love all of their stuff. Go check out their blog too...I am over there for the day.


Hello Fun to Craft readers! This is Ruth and Sammy from Scraps N' Strings and we are so excited to be swapping blogs with Stacey. We figure we had better introduce ourselves a bit before we start.


I'm Ruth and I am a stay at home mommy of 2 (3 and 1) and a part-time photographer, you can see my work here. I enjoy making "stuff" and taking pictures of them! I especially love to sew and like to break out the Modge Podge. I love anything that is quick and simple! After I got married, I started crafting with my sister-in-law Sammy as a way to make our homes cute without spending a lot of money.


My name is Sammy and I have 2 darling little boys, 2 and 9 months. I'm a stay at home mom and I like to spend my zero amount of free time trying to be crafty and beautifying my home. One of the first things my husband said to me when we bought our home was, "You want to put crafts up, don't you?" So that's what I've done. And now we've decided to share some of our ideas with you! We've got a little bit of everything on our blog, from baby and home tutorials to recipes. So now on to the tutorial~


This is our newest that I came up with this week that is great for toddlers and small kids and can be altered to fit any childs likes.

And I am in love! They were so fun to make and Mr. Finn absolutely adores them (A+ for mom!). And they were super easy.

Materials Needed:

Dry erase board

Pencil Case

Clamp

2 Metal Clasp Rings

Sheet Magnets

Face Print out


I started out with a magnetic dry erase board from Walmart. These measure 11X11".

I used a ruler and found the middle of the board and used a dry erase marker to draw the shape of the face and then traced over the dry erase marker with a sharpie.


Next step was to drill 2 holes in the top (mark where to drill using the holes on the pencil bag)

And then I used E600 to glue a cute bulldog clamp right in the center of the top.

And use the metal rings to attach the bag to the dry erase board.


Next thing I did was freehand some face parts (eyes, nose, mouth, ect.). I also made a second board that was for animals. I laminated all of the drawings and then cut them out.


Then I placed all of the pieces onto the magnet sheets and cut them out.


All of the pieces are easy to store in the pencil bag, and I also put some colored pencils in each bag so that we can attach some paper to the clip and they can have a cool little coloring board. These keep my boy entertained for quite a while, and trust me, that is saying something.


If you don't want to freehand the magnets yourself you are more than welcome to download the ones that I drew. Keep in mind these were all done with pencil and markers so they are by no means professional, but I think that it adds to the charm!

Download the Face Pieces here

And the Animal Pieces here

So go get your craft on and remember to come visit us over Scraps N' Strings to find more great ideas to love your home, and thanks again to Stacey for having us over!!


Super cute idea yet again! Thanks for blog swappin' Ruth and Sammy. You guys are too cute!

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Kitchen Frames

Originally posted as part of a blog swap with Created by Diane. If you missed this one, it is a lot of fun for your kitchen. Reposting for blog keepsake purposes.

Alright, well enough about me and on to the reason I am here today.
I always think you need to have a fun inviting kitchen, especially for those that don't love to cook. I definitely don't hate it, but I think my biggest strengths may be in other areas. But regardless of your cookin' skills, having a cute kitchen just makes you want to spend more time there! So when I saw these cute pictures, I knew I wanted them in my kitchen. The only problem is that I could not find a frame to fit them. Square frames are just hard to come by. I looked everywhere. I know I could have gotten a custom made frame but those are WAY out of my budget. I decided to make my own (with a bit of help from my step-dad). We used poplar wood because it is a nice wood and it looks great painted. However, it is a tad more expensive so you could always use pine or something more cheap if you are painting it anyway.We used a tongue and groove style corner to bring the corners of our frame together. I know you can do this even simpler by cutting both pieces at a 45 degree angle and just gluing it together that way. Then you could make these with a miter box and saw if that is all you have available to you. By the way, did you know you can buy a miter box and saw for about $8? I know, super cheap!
Then because my step-dad is such a great wood worker, we cut out grooves in the back for the glass and picture to fit into and for the hardware on the back to hold it in place. We spray painted these black because I am pretty much obsessed with that color in my decor.We also put a jigsaw hanger on the back to hang it up on the wall. Then we used a piece of glass he had and cut it to fit into each one. But if you are going cheap, I say who needs glass? It isn't mandatory and when it is high up on the wall, no one can tell the difference anyway.So I used a piece of cardboard cut to fit and a thick poster board to fill in the space of my frame.I put the pictures in each frame and the backing and closed it up. Now I can't decide which one is my favorite. I love the bright green of the tomato one and the zesty yellow of the lemon.I also love this green with the salad and the red with the bottle of oil. The bright colors and the crisp thick black frames set these off on my wall. I must say, I think I love them! And it makes me enjoy being in my kitchen that much more!

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'Look at Me' Party Features

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Thanks again to everyone who linked up to 'Look at me, I'm SO Crafty!' Party. It was a lot of fun and a BIG success because of all of you!! I appreciate it and I love to see what you come up with each week. Everyone had such fun ideas!

These ideas were a few of my faves this week:Harrigan Howdy made these darling 3D silhouettes. What a fun punch of color!Looking Glass Jewels made this cute caddy out of a not so cute before from the dollar store. I love how it turned out!1 Lucky Girl made this darling Garden Decor. So whimsical and cute. I love them!Make it Work or do Without had an 'oh so cute' bridal shower. I love the black and red together. Those are actually my kitchen colors. Such a fun centerpiece too!Scene of the Grime made a cute storage pocket for her fridge. I love the colors and the design. So fun!!

Anyone who was featured, please go ahead and grab one of my featured buttons below and put it on your blog.



Please join in the next party Friday here at Fun to Craft!! I anxiously await all of your fun crafts!!

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