Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Bottle Cap Push Pins

Remember the cork board I made to pin all my ideas onto?
The push pins I had for it were the walls in the craft room.
So I have been scrounging around looking for something that would beautify the push pins and I found just the thing!
My collection of bottle caps!

I love them...everything about them.
I love the colors and the vintage feel they have.
I love the variety!  I have been saving them because I was scared to use them...I do that...I want to find the perfect thing to use an item in.  Sometimes it drives me crazy but this time I think I have found just the place to put these:]

Aren't they awesome?!

So, to start off, I left a drop of hot glue about the size of a dime...maybe a little smaller...but I put it on the underside of the bottle caps.
Then pressed the head of the push pin into the glue.

Then let them dry...

And push them into your cork board!

I love how it turned out and how it adds a little pop of color to the cork board.
Notice my dry-erase board I made the other day...
This is the beginning of a collage in the craft room!

Now all that's left is to pin up my ideas!

Thanks for the visit!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dry-Erase Board for the Craft Room

Forever ago, I found this round picture frame at DI for $1.00.

See?!  A DOLLAR!  I saw it and thought "hmm...I can do something with that!"  I had no idea what I would do with it until today, a dry-erase board for the craft room!

I did know one thing for sure when I found it, the gooses had to go :]

A while ago, like way before we were engaged, probably on a night where I got sick of doing my Chemistry homework or something, I made these two dry-erase boards for my future home, now they sit in my kitchen and I use one for a grocery list and the other for a to do list.
I thought it would be fitting to make one for the craft room :]

I started by unscrewing the back of the frame...

I found some paper that I thought would look cute, and traced the goose circle onto the back of this paper.

Then I painted the frame turquoise...and mod podged it so it would be nice and shiny...

Then I whipped out my good 'ol distressing ink and went to town!

After everything dried, I assembled it all back together...
Notice the gray nail polish...the one I mentioned in my Favorite Things post a couple of days ago...i'm not a weird-o right? :]

Then I slapped that thing up on the wall in the craft room :]

So easy!
for less than $2.50!
What else can I do for less than $2.50?


Cork Board for the Craft Room!

Along with our new home came an extra bedroom that became my craft room!
Let's just say that when we moved in, I clearly had no time for crafting until we got settled in so we ended up just putting all the "craft stuff" boxes in the craft room until I had time to organize everything.  Well, that time has come!
The walls are naked and I want to make it a space where I want to be, a place that is clean and I can actually find the things I need without searching.  Novel idea right? :]
I want a place that I can just throw my ideas when they come to me.
In comes this beauty of a cork board!

When I first got it, it was black, then I spray painted it white with some Krylon.

I LOVE the small little details around the edges :]
So much potential!

In comes a Scotch-Brite pad:]

Josh has been trying to convert me to these...I don't know if i'm converted yet, but I decided to give them a try!
I thought they would be easier to sand with due to their thickness.

Now those little details aren't so little anymore!

I scuffed up the sides with the SB pad and tada!

Now I just need to find a way to jazz up those push pins...
I think I have just the thing!


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Dot and Lace Headbands

My sister Katelyn, the one who moved the New York, had a birthday the day after they left.  Talk about a tough birthday!  She cuts hair and has adorable hair herself.  She loves headbands so I wanted to make her a couple for her last birthday that we would celebrate all together.
I went to the craft room and looked in my arsenal of fabric and found this adorable red and polka-dot fabric.  I knew she would love it!

I wanted to make her something out of the ordinary and something I thought up just to be unique and give her something special.
I cut a strip about 3 inches wide and about 18 inches long, folded the ends into arrows and then zig-zagged it along the headband. I like it and hope she does!

Once again, if you know me, you know I love pearls and I had some lace laying around so I decided to do just a basic flower with a leaf in lace.

Tada!  The last one I loved way too much to only make her one...I had to duplicate it for myself!

Let me know what you think!
Thanks for the support!


A Few of my Favorite things...

Just so you all can get to know me on more of a personal level, I wanted to share with you some of my most favorite things :]
...Hopefully I don't bore you all to pieces...

Ok, so my favorite movie? It would have to be August Rush.  I love movies like this that are all mushy gushy and you KNOW they will have a happy ending but just for purposes of the plot, they drag you through the whole movie and show every reason why it won't turn out ok. Yep, that's my favorite kind of movie :]  So predictable :]
(and I think August is just the most adorable little boy in the world!)

Speaking of August Rush, my favorite Month would have to be August!
Why? You may ask, because my birthday it August 24th.  Even in Idaho, it has NEVER snowed on my birthday.  It seems to always be nice and warm and sunny just how summer should be...I better watch it this year, now it's probably gonna pour!

My favorite color is Yellow...ask my husband...

My favorite food? ALL THE FRUIT IN THE WORLD!!!!
I go crazy for fruit!  I love it all! You can never go wrong when it comes to me and fruit.

My favorite place to be (besides home) would most definitely have to be the Oregon Coast.
This is one of the very first family vacations took place.
This is where I ate an oyster shooter (yuck...but I don't regret it!)
This is where we honeymooned.
This is where I first touched the ocean.
This is where I first saw a shark and jellyfish in real life.
This is my favorite place!

(We really did see this on our honeymoon...the sea lions were just sleeping and if another one would swim up and want on the dock, the half asleep sea lions would bark at him! Talk about grouchy...)

My favorite special on the Discovery Channel is Shark can also ask Josh about this the Newport, Oregon Aquarium, I kept saying "oh my heck this is JUST like Shark Week!" and he just thought I was crazy...oh well :]

My favorite color to paint my fingernails is gray...don't ask me just seems like a good fingernail color...

My favorite pastime is crafting hence why I have this blog :]

My favorite temple is the Idaho Falls Temple.  This is where my Family went to be sealed two different times when the blessings of my little brothers came into our home.  This is where I first learned the importance of marrying someone inside the temple.  This is where Josh and I were sealed for time and eternity.  It is truly heaven on earth!

My favorite scripture is D&C 121...pretty much the first half of this section.  It is when Joseph Smith is in Liberty Jail and he prays to Heavenly Father and asks why he hasn't been helping him and the saints.  Then Joseph is told that if he will just "hang on" and be patient in his suffering, everything is going to work out and he will be blessed for his patience and faith.  I know that every single one of us goes through hard times and even if you're not a member of the LDS church, this scripture brings comfort every time.  Gotta love it!

My favorite day of the week has recently changed!  It used to be tuesdays but now, after getting this new job and being constantly busy doing something I love from 8 to 5 monday to friday, my new favorite day is Sunday :]
It really is a day of rest and I love going to church with Josh and learning new things:] Sunday is a special day:]

And last but not least:
My favorite husband is Josh :]
We found each other and I am so thankful for that.  I'm so thankful for all the times that he cheers me up and makes me laugh.  I love it when I wake up in the middle of the night and I can hear his soft, gently, non-annoying, peaceful snores..yes, he snores but it is so peaceful!
I'm so thankful for the sweet things he does for me.  The day my sister Katelyn, her husband Doug, and my sweet little nephew Krew moved to Buffalo, New York, Josh came home early from work while I was at the grocery store and he had, through his extra points at Melaleuca, got me a knife set so I would stop accidentally cutting my fingers on our cheap steak knives whose blades bend (OW!) He had cleaned the house and was folding our laundry when I got home:] 
I love that he knows how to work hard and he has the ability to fix almost anything around the house or the cars.  He is so smart and I'm thankful for his desire to do what is right.
I'm thankful that he served a mission and really learned to love being in a 3rd world country instead of find all the reasons to dislike it.
I'm thankful that he took me to the temple and we were able to be sealed.
I'm so lucky!

So, what are your favorite things?


Monday, July 18, 2011

We Have Spread to CANADA!

Oh my heck! I'm so excited about this!
This morning I was checking stats as I occasionally do and I saw that we now have viewers in Canada!

This means that we are now running rampant in 8 countries!

So, I just wanted to give a shout out to our Canadian viewers!
Thank you all for your wonderful support!
I could never do this without you all!

And, thank you all who view the blog but live in one of the other seven countries :]
I love sharing my crafts with all of you and I am so thankful that I am able to!

Hope you all have a super day wherever you may be!


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Natalie's wreath is FINISHED!

I'm sure you all remember Natalie the lucky winner of THE FIRST GIVEAWAY!
This is her and her husband :] Aren't they so perfect for eachother? :]
(Not to mention her gorgeousness...)

She sent me a picture of a couple wreaths that she liked the look of and this was my favorite (ok...she just sent me 2 pictures of 2 different wreaths...but I LOVED this one!)

I was a little nervous to dive into this one and agree to it because I wasn't SURE how they put it together.  I took a wild guess and I think it turned out pretty good I think!  I was happy with how similar the final product turned out to be to the original.


I felt like (and let's hope Natalie still does too!) the wreath needed a little more than just one burlap flower, so I put three of them on her wreath.

And, if you know me, you know that i'm a pearl kind of girl and I would choose pearls anyday over take a wild guess what I replaced the button with...


I love how the ruffles completely dress up the whole wreath!

So, what do you guys think?
Is this close enough to the wreath she found a picture of?
I hope so!

I'm so glad I was able to do this giveaway and i'm so glad that Natalie challenged me and made me step outside my comfort zone and guess how to make something like this!

Maybe someday, when she comes up to Idaho Falls, I'll be able to part with this wreath and stop pretending that it's mine :]
It's ok because when I do, I still have enough material to make a couple more!


Friday, July 15, 2011

Pearl and Ribbon Bracelets...SO easy!

I love the look of ribbon and pearls and forever I have wanted to make some simple bracelets so, I married these two ideas and came up with these!

This first one, I just grabbed some cream colored ribbon and soft green ribbon and strung some pearls on each peice of ribbon.
 You can see in the above picture that I tied the two strands of ribbon together and only left one ribbon full length to tie into a bow.

And the front...I love the 2 strands of pearls!

Now for the second one, I used the same ribbon, started by tying a knot, stringing the pearl on one ribbon as the other one wrapped around behind it then tied another knot and this time put the pearl on the ribbon that was behind the pearl before it.  Whew! Confusing yet?

 I really love how this one turned out!
I love the two colors of ribbon and I LOVE LOVE how each pearl has some ribbon wrapped behind it...just a fancy little touch that is so simple!

Let me know what you think!


Friday, July 8, 2011

Bathroom Topiary (Pretty in Pink!)

Do you guys remember my 4th of July Wreath?
Well, I made it out of crepe paper roses.

Remember my topiaries?
I inherited THREE of them after the wedding.
What on earth am I going to do with THREE of them?!
Turn one into a bathroom decoration :]

This is our spare bathroom!
The countertop in this bathroom is pink...not salmon or's pink :]
So, our shower curtain is brown with a pink stripe (thanks to my sister Katelyn) and I thought, "Hey, we can't fight this whole feminine bathroom instead, MAKE IT STAND OUT!"

**This could EASILY be done with a standard strofoam ball**

And this is what I came up with:]

Now I only have 2 topiaries to find a place for!
Thanks Melissa for all your help!

Let me know what you think!


Happy [late] 4th of July!!

Like I said before, the 4th is my favorite holiday- right up there with Christmas.  I take my 4th of July very seriously!  Good thing Josh goes along with me going all out!

So for breakfast, I kicked the day off with some shnazzy red, white, and blue pancakes!

Strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream would have been so good on top :]  Darn, I didn't have any :[  Oh well, you can never go wrong with good old syrup!

For our parade/ fireworks treat, we (yes, WE- he must love me) made some red, white, and blue was so tasty!  I would definately recommend it :] in any color!

Last but not least, our star and stripe t-shirts!
I wanted something festive and that we could match...poor Josh, he has had a cold and he agreed to this while he was on cold medicine :[  What a good sport!

Gosh I love him :]
And, the jeep has it's decorations up as well :]

Hope everybody had a wonderful Independence day!


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Melissa's Wreaths...For Sale!!

I have someone you all need to meet!

This is Melissa (and her husband Kent...)

Beautiful couple right? I think so too!  They are perfect for eachother and to make things better, she is my awesome sister-in-law!  Melissa is one of the most wonderful people you could ever meet and aside from being extremely genuine, kind, and a great wife, she is a CRAFTER!

She has been working hard on some beautiful wreaths and I think you all need to see them!

The first few she did with rosettes and yarn and add a splash of color to anywhere you decide to put them!
Now, as any crafter (especially me) knows, we must be able to sustain our crafting addictions  habits so we can be able to make more of our ideas come alive so Melissa has decided to start selling these beauties to us!  (How lucky are we?)

So, let's get on with it and show you her beautiful, fun, colorful wreaths!

The first one is made of navy, blue, and yellow rosettes and pearls...

Think of all the possible places you could put it!

The next one would look wonderful in a child's room to incorporate lots of bright, happy colors:

How fun right?!

Now this next one I LOVE!  These colors would look great anywhere in a house!

She used green, white, gray, and yellow in this one.

Last but not least, her favorite:  The purple and grey wreath:

Adorable right? 
So the wreaths that have yarn on them she is selling for $25.00-GREAT DEAL!

And the next wreaths are completely covered with rosettes and she is selling those for $30.00...once again, a steal!

The first has white rosettes and blue beads as an accent color:

Great to freshen up any space!

And last but not least, the red and turquoise wreath:

I can't get over how much I love this one!  The turquiose adds just the right amount of color don't you think?  Ah! I love it!

All of these wreaths would look great anywhere in your home and she would be willing to customize the colors to fit your fancy:]
If you are interested, email her at and she would love to hear from you!