30 October 2014

FREE PRINTABLE HALLOWEEN GARLANDS

Here's a last minute freebie bit. Happy Halloween!! xoxo

























SUPPLIES
Cardstock and Printer
Black Glitter Glue
Black Glitter
Small Hole Punch
Ribbon or Twine
Wax Paper
Xacto, Ruler and Cutting Board
Hot Glue Gun and Glue

PROCESS
1. Open free printable and print out on cardstock (3 Sheets).
2. Cut out each flag.
3. Punch small holes in the top two corners of each flag. I start with one, and use it as a guide for the others so they're all in the same place.
4. Thread the garland with spacing that you like.
    *You can embellish with beads or felt balls between each letter if you'd like.
5. Hot glue the ribbon to the backs of each flag to keep them in place.
6. Tie off the ends to the "H" of HAPPY and the "N" of HALLOWEEN
7. On top of a piece of wax paper, glitter glue each flag.
8. Sprinkle black glitter after each flag is glitter glued.
9. Let dry and hang.

FREE PRINTABLES
With a *bonus* "BOO" Banner.




22 October 2014

HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS

I try to add a little each year to our Halloween decorations. I prefer a bit of creepiness to scary/gross but I have two young kids, so there's still some cutsie stuff ... eventually I'll work in more creepy. That would explain the occasional skeleton.




13 October 2014

DIY HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS

Just a couple of quick (but messy) DIY ideas to add to your Halloween decorations. 

LACE PUMPKINS



SUPPLIES
Lace fabric - I used black lace
Craft Pumpkin - I used cream but you could get orange or black
PVA Glue
Water and Mixing Cup
Foam Brush
Wax Paper - to keep things semi-less-messy
Fabric Scissors
PROCESS
1. Mix some glue and water in a mixing cup.
2. Lay out some wax paper and put the pumpkin on top of it.
3. Cut a piece of lace fabric that will cover the pumpkin from top to bottom.
4. Place the lace on top of the pumpkin and cut a small X for the stem to poke through.
5. Start globbing on the glue from top to bottom, pulling the lace down to the bottom and glueing at the same time. Glue on top of the fabric and smooth out the fabric as best as possible.
6. Let dry.
7. Once dry, cut off excess black lace at the bottom. You want enough left to cover the pumpkin completely, but you want to get rid of all of the folds and smooth it to the pumpkin.
8. To clean up the lace folds, cut up the center of a fold and glue each flap to the pumpkin. Overlapping slightly is ok, and won't be noticeable in the end.
9. Once all the folds of fabric are all smoothed to the pumpkin give the whole thing one last once over with a layer of glue.

GAUZE GHOSTS





























SUPPLIES
Small balloons
Wire - thick and flexible
Empty Paper Towel Rolls
Masking Tape
Gauze Fabric
PVA Glue
Water and Mixing Bowl
Wax Paper - To semi contain the mess

PROCESS
1. Cut a 12" strip of wire and poke it through an empty paper towel roll about 2-3" down from the top so that each end is coming out of it like arms. Bend each end in a loop. 
2. Bend the arms so that the ends are pointed up a bit.
3. Blow up a small balloon (the ghost head) and tape it to the top of the of the empty paper towel roll.
4. Tape the bottom of the paper towel roll to the table or wax paper (also secure the wax paper).
5. Cut smallish sections (roughly 5"by 15") of gauze and dip them into the gluey water mixture. 
6. One by one drape glued gauze over the top of the balloon "head" and wire "arms" to make a ghost shape.
7. Keep layering until you have the desired amount of draped gauze.
8. Let dry.
9. Pop the balloon and take out the tube.

10 October 2014

DIY HALLOWEEN GLITTER HOUSE

I made this the same way that I did the Christmas glitter house, with a group of girlie friends, a whole lot of glitter and spray glue. It fits in with my vintage Victorian decorations pretty good. I put it on a silver platter and added a few more trees than you see here.


SUPPLIES
Craft House
Black Glitter
Super 77 Spray Mount Glue
Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Black Spray Paint
Dollhouse Accessories - Small Bottle Brush Trees, Mini Pumpkins, Skeleton Bones, Mini Fence,
Moss
Clay
Scrapbooking Papers
Glitter Ribbons
Lace and Ribbons
Wire and Cutters
Scissors
Wax Paper
Cookie Sheet
Battery Powered Lights
Gauze and Elmer's Glue - for mini ghosts
Air Dry Clay and Paints - for RIP Headstone

PROCESS
1. Collect accessories that can go on the house.
- I made a wreath for over the door with a wire loop, lace knotted all around it, and a skeleton charm glued to it.
- I traded some of my accessories for some handmade items: gauze ghost (made with watered glue and gauze) and RIP Headstone (made with air dry clay and grey paint).
2. Spray Paint the house, trees, fence and other accessories black.
3. Spray house with 3M Spray Mount and glitter it (either over wax paper, or a trash can)
4. Embellish House
- Cut Papers for interior and hot glue into place.
- Some of my friends lined the interior of the house with vellum paper over the windows.
- Others lined the windows with fabric lace. I chose to keep mine open.
5. Hot glue moss, fence, and accessories to the "yard".
6. Hot glue ribbon, lace and other embellishments to roofline.

07 October 2014

PARK CITY'S WASHINGTON SCHOOLHOUSE

My husband and I recently stayed in a little hotel that can easily be described as heaven on earth. With its variety of textures, subtlety of color, and shear beauty all around, not to mention amazing food and service... We were near tears come check out time. I actually hesitate to share this fine fortune, but honestly, Washington Schoolhouse Hotel won't be a sweet secret for long.









23 September 2014

GIRLS SHARED BEDROOM STYLE SHEET

My girls room is entered in the Apartment Therapy's Room For Color contest. Please help me out with a vote by clicking on the ad to the right or here. It's such a sweet little, fancy room and I'm happy to see it getting some play on the fabulous Apartment Therapy.

This is the style sheet I used when planning it. I really wanted to have quilts made but alas, that is a cost for another day. It has come together nicely, even though there are a few things I'd love to add. There are ALWAYS things I want to add. I've come to learn this about myself. I'm never finished with a room.











































Wall Color - Behr "Ballerina Pink" (130A-3), MS Home Depot "Pencil Yellow" (8185)
Wallpaper - Ferm Living "Dotty"
Bed - Walmart
Mirror - Vintage Find
Pillows - Home Goods, Pier 1 Imports, Target
Mini Suitcases - Amazon
Arm Chair - Vintage Find
Artwork - Handmade and Vintage Finds
Crystal Lamps & Swag Light - Vintage Finds
Dresser - Tai Pan (I gold foil'd that mother)
Curtains - Country Curtains
Plushies - Handmade, BlaBla
Bedding - IKEA (although I wanted PB or handmade from vintage chenille bedding)

21 September 2014

PASTEL RAINBOW TUTU DIY













SUPPLIES

Pastel Tulle Netting - 6" Rolls (pink, peach, yellow, mint, aqua, lavender)
1" Elastic Piece - about 24" per skirt
Fabric Scrap - roughly 6"x24" I used a pale blue
Interfacing - cut about 5"x24"
Thread (to match fabric)
Straight Pins
Scissors
Safety Pin - 2 Large
Sewing Machine
1" Ribbon - 4" long

PROCESS
1. Cut a 45" strip of each of the tulle colors x3.
2. Cut the Fabric and interfacing strips.
3. Cut the Elastic strip.
4. Lay out the fabric strip on a large, flat surface with the right side down. 
5. Lay out each tulle strip in order of the rainbow, side by side and overlapping each other about 2". Keep the center of the tulle strip over the fabric strip. The easiest way to do this is to fold a piece of tulle in half and place the folded edge in the center of the fabric strip's height, then unfold the tulle. You may have some left over pieces by the time you get to the end of the 24" strip of fabric. 
6. Place the interfacing strip on top of the tulle layer right over the fabric strip. You won't need to fuse it (iron it) to the tulle.
7. Pin a large safety pin to each end of your elastic strip and place that on top of the interfacing. 
8. Pin the outer left end to the edge of the fabric, interfacing and tulle layers.
9. Carefully fold the entire thing in half, keeping the elastic inside. This is the tricky part because it can't be done all at once, but rather sections at a time. The top should be the fabric outer layer with the fold at the top edge.
10. Then carefully fold under the fabric and interfacing layers and straight pin along the width of the skirt every few inches.
11. Once that side is pinned, gently flip it over and do the same on the other side, but use the same straight pin from the other side. You don't need double pins, but you do need both edges tucked under.
* This is where my non-sewing skills shine through, this is probably not the most effective way to do this but it works for me and my crafting-sewer skills. 
12. Sew along the pinned line, just 1/8" in from the folded under side. It won't matter which side you sew on, but choose one, and sew one big long straight line, taking out the pins as you go. Make sure you don't sew into the elastic. I sew about 1/2" away from the elastic to avoid that problem.
13. When this is complete, you can fish the elastic through, if needed. The interfacing keeps the path smooth and the pin makes it easier to fish through. If the elastic is long enough, and already shows through, proceed to gather the waistline by pulling the fabric band toward the left pinned edge.
14. When the waistband is at the desired width, bunched to create some fluff, take out the pulling pin side and pin it to secure the elastic to the skirt. 
15. Cut the excess elastic.
16. Sew the elastic to that edge and repeat for the left edge. Now you should have a bunched tulle strip with elastic inside and a fabric waistband.
17. Connect the ends by meeting up and sewing the two ends together, keeping the seem inside the waist. I finish it with ribbon folded over the ends and sewn (see bottom photo).
* See how I'm not really a seamstress? I am SURE there's a better way to do this but I have tried making tutus before and this has been my most successful one. The knotted one and full sheets of tulle were both a fail. I suppose you could say this DIY is for the non-sewer. It's really not too hard though. If I can do it, so can you.
18. Cut off the bottom to the desired length of skirt. Mine are cut to about 14" long. 



17 September 2014

VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE!

How fun is this?!? Modify Ink has made it to the Martha Stewart American Made 2014 Design Finalists. Please vote, and vote again. You can vote 6 times each day! It's such a fantastic creative resource and they really do deserve the praise!!

P.S. That's my house in the video.

Thanks in advance ;)




15 September 2014

RAINBOW DASH PARTY HEADBANDS

I made pastel pony headbands and tutus for the party girl and her sister... and look at the giddiness! They were so excited for their friends to arrive and show off their fluffy rainbow outfits.



SUPPLIES
Pastel Tulle Netting - 6" Rolls (pink, peach, yellow, mint, aqua, lavender)
Covered Headbands - I found a variety pack of 4 at the dollar store
Felt - I used blue for rainbow dash and purple for twilight sparkle
Needle & Thread (to match felt)
Straight Pins

PROCESS
1. Cut a 12" strip of each of the tulle colors.
2. At the top center of the headband tie a pink 12" strip into a knot. Followed by a peach, then yellow, mint, aqua, blue, lavender... whatever colors you find, do them in order of the rainbow.
3. Gather them all into the center, and cut them evenly at about 4".
4. Cut two felt ears (see template below), wrap around the headband on each side of the tulle and pin.
5. Hand sew each ear with simple stitching keeping the knots inside the ears.
6. Cut down the tulle to the desired height. I cut mine to 2" long.




























































FREE TEMPLATE PDF


11 September 2014

PASTEL PLASTIC STRAW WREATH


























I made a plastic straw wreath a while back. They're not terribly hard to make. My lovely friend Meg taught a bunch of us to make them from a tutorial she found. I'm not sure where, but there is a tutorial here. All you need is wire and plastic straws. Knock yourself out, you're sure to find a use for one!

























It stayed white until I was party planning for the PASTEL RAINBOW DASH PARTY and wondered about spray painting it lightly with rainbow colors. Pastel of course. I already had pink, yellow and aqua so I found a baby blue, peach and green. The only color I was missing was a lavender but guess what?!... Once you spray the blue in one area, and the pink slightly over it, there's your lavender.

The over all trick to this is to lightly spray in one area at a time, holding the can a bit farther back than you normally would. Making your way all the way around the wreath with each color in order: blue, pink over blue (to get lavender), pink, peach, yellow, green, aqua. I did two coats and let the colors overlap slightly to get an ombre fading effect.

Very cute in the end. And rainbow decor always comes in handy for St. Patrick's Day.

08 September 2014

PASTEL RAINBOW PARTY DECORATIONS




























































SUPPLIES
Tissue Paper
Packing Tape
MS Fringe Scissors (or scissors, but trust me, these fringe scissors are a worthwhile purchase.)

PROCESS
1. Lay out three pieces of tissue paper, open on a flat cutting surface.
2. Fold in half, and half again.
3. Cut along folds to equal fourths of the whole sheets.
4. Repeat for all your tissue pieces. *You can cut the desired amount for where you're hanging it up in the end. My tissue fringe is the width of the tissue paper and waterfalls down 16 rows to cover our counter height.
5. With three pieces at a time, cut fringe about 4" tall (about 1/2 of the height of your pieces of tissue).
6. Repeat until the desired amount is fringed. If you cut too much, you can always use this for future projects.
7. Put a strip of packing tape along the top edge (no fringe) and flip it so that the sticky side is UP.
8. Carefully lay the next piece on top of the taped edge so that the fringe is the only thing you see and the solid edge is on top.
9. Repeat, adding layers on top until you reach the desired height.
*If you used shorter strips of tape, flip the whole thing over and cover the empty spaces with tape. This adds strength and keeps the back from snagging on things.


05 September 2014

PASTEL RAINBOW DASH PARTY STYLE SHEET

My littlest adores Rainbow Dash. The My Little Pony that is BLUE... that's the one for her. We don't watch the cartoons, but the toys don't sass, so they're allowed. As her 4th birthday approached, we knew we would be creating a rainbow party.

We've been to other rainbow parties and My Little Pony parties with a real pony to ride... but we of course wanted to make this party a wee bit new = PASTEL Rainbow Dash Party.















































I'm over baking, so I ordered cupcakes once the color palette was decided. Then I started creating and purchasing items for the party favors. Because I work on several projects at the same time (a little bit here, a little bit there until it's finished), I was making decorations and party favor items for the next month or so. And the biggie, I made a pinata for this party. My first one. It was a 4. Aaaand it's smashed to smithereens now. That's a bit hard to watch ;)

PARTY FAVORS
White box with pastel yarn wrapped around and a name tag hot glued to the top of the box with each child's name. Contents: Pastel Pony, Pastel Mini Slinky, Ribbon Ring, Ribbon Barrett, Pastel Personalized Bracelets

FOOD
Fruit Skewers, Pastel Marshmallows, Marshmallow Pops, Cupcakes, Apple Juice

DECORATIONS
Rainbow Taped Wall, Dyed Bottles, Dyed Cake Pedestals, Pastel Paper Garlands and Drops, Name Banner, Crepe Paper Fringe

ACTIVITIES
Face Painting, Pinata

I'll pass along a few DIY projects and things soon.

20 August 2014

A ROOM FOR BABY - HOMESPUN

As promised, a style sheet for my SIL's baby room. The color palette is fresh and versatile and works so great in a room with grey walls and basic white or wood furniture. This would also make a cute future playroom too.

"Homespun" accents are based on house shapes and angles. Lots of fun things out there within this theme right now. I always say, the best part about being pregnant is decorating a baby room.

xoxo Almost there, Jenny!



Curtains - Serena & Lily Navy
Coat Rack - IKEA
Wallpaper - Ferm Living "Village"
Suitcases - Land of Nod
Bunny Plushie - One Kings Lane
Art - Schoolhouse Electric
Lamp - Rouge Living
Straw Wreath - Handmade
Art - Modify Ink "Rowhouses"
Light String - Bright Lab Lights "Party Girl"
Wire Basket - Ferm Living
Cloud Pillow - Land of Nod
Ball Plushie - Handmade
Throw - Vintage
Dolls - BlaBla "Apple the Apple"
Pillow - Etsy
House Shelf - Ferm Living "Little Dorm"
Side Table - Land of Nod Neon Pink
Glider - Land of Nod
White Shag Pouf - Calypso
Rug - IKEA
BookShelf Doll House - Honest to Nod
Art - Land of Nod "Bowtie"

13 August 2014

BABY GIFTING



This little package was for my SIL who's having a baby girl! In the box: I made a ball, a straw wreath, bought some outfits at Gap (that I had a hard time parting with), put them in some craft paper and wrapped that with a mini pennant garland. Stay tuned to see the baby room style sheet. It's so-so-so adorable. I can't wait to meet this little bitty!

07 August 2014

MODIFY INK IS A GO!

This little project is ready for the masses. It's such a fantastic idea. Rachel Brenchley, CEO and CoFounder of Basic Grey has teamed up with some smartie pants to create a platform that connects artists with consumers enabling them to customize artwork for their needs.

I've often found my-naughty-self photoshopping artwork I've found online to make it work for my home, changing colors and patterns. Now I can be legit about it.

I was asked to create a few art pieces that you can see here. Anyone can be the artist, anyone can buy the art pieces. All through Modify Ink.

Check out the how-to here and you can even see a bit of our abode in the background.




31 July 2014

MINI FELT PENNANT

I use these little bitties for lots of things. They're great for gift wrapping (around a craft package). They're cute in a kids room within a gallery wall of art. They're great over a bulletin board, or doorway. Fun for party decorations, and little girls play houses... the uses go on and on. And they're easy to make.



SUPPLIES
Variety of Felt
Fabric Scissors
Sewing Machine
Thread

PROCESS
1. First I go through my felt scrap bag to see if I can salvage anything there. I gather a few colors, anywhere from 3-5. This would be cute in one color too, actually.
2. Cut little triangles, equal in size and amounts of each color. Line them up as you cut so you can see how long it will be. Keep going until you reach your desired length.
3. Then sew them together by stitching about 1/8" in from the top of the triangle, one after the other.
4. I always leave about 6"of thread dangling from each end and tie off the ends with a knot.
5. Ready to hang.

17 July 2014

PEA IN A POD CRAFT

My kids love craft time, but honestly, we're running out of simple crafts for the kids.

The Disney Store Pea in a Pod plushies are on their want list so...It's no surprise when a request for a Pea in a Pod craft evolved into ME making little felt plushies for them. After this, I started pinning more simple crafts to add to the pool of options ;)























They turned out so cute though, so... well worth the time for the smiles in return. And they're a nice substitute until they can earn enough of their own money to buy them at the Disney Store. Or perhaps these will suffice and they'll cross that item off their list ;) That ever growing want list in their heads.

I opted to keep it simple and not make these with a zipper, but of course, you could do this any way you want, with or without a zipper. With or without a sewing machine. I chose to hand sew with embroidery thread.

SUPPLIES
Felt - Three different greens
Embroidery Thread - 1 green to match the peas, 1 green to match the pod, Black and pale pink
Needles
Stuffing
Pink Powdered Eye Shadow
Small Paint Brush
Zipper - To Match (optional)

PROCESS
1. Cut six circles all the same size out of the same color of green. These will be the three peas. I use the lighter green for the peas. I'm providing a template below, but FYI the peas are the same size as the inside circle of a mason jar lid.



























2. Cut the pods (2) in the same color. I use the mid tone green for the pod.
3. Cut the stems (2) in the same color. I use the darkest green for the stem.
*While cutting felt, I also made several circle templates on paper so my kids could draw the faces. This kept them involved in the craft for the first little while.

4. Once all of the pieces are cut, I drew in the faces slightly on the felt. It's hard for kids to draw in pencil on felt and you don't want pencil lines to show up so I just did this quickly.

5. EYES: Divide 1 piece of black embroidery thread into 3 strands, for the eyes (There are 6 to begin with, I used 3 strands), thread the needle, pull the ends together and knot. When I make eyes, I poke first from the backside, pull it through, knot and then embroider over the knot to give it some bulge. Be careful not to make it a nubby knot that is easy to pick off.

6. MOUTH: Divide 1 piece of pale pink embroidery thread into 3 strands, thread the needle, pull the ends together and knot. Poke from the backside on one end of the mouth and make small stitches close to each other. Each pea has a slightly different "smile" line.

7. PEAS: Divide 1 piece of green embroidery thread (to match the peas) into 2 strands, thread the needle, DON'T pull both ends together, just knot the longest end. Poke from the inside about 1/8" from the edge of one circle, then through the inside of the other circle... stitch along that line all the way around the circle, leaving about 1" opening. Put a small bit of stuffing inside and complete the stitching all the way around to close the pea.

8. POD: Divide 1 piece of green embroidery thread (to match the pod) into 2 strands, thread the needle, DON'T pull both ends together, just knot the longest end. Follow the starting point on the pattern, smaller end first, working around the bottom of the pod. When you get to the stem side of the pod, layer on the stem pieces, one on each side and sew through all four pieces of felt all the way around the stem. Make your final knot on the inside of the pod under the stem.
*I had my oldest try a little of the stitching and she did pretty good. For the most part though, this is a mom project.






































9. Add blush to the peas (optional) for little cheeks. I used some pink eyeshadow and a stiffer small paintbrush, dabbing a little bit at a time. Just below the eyes and out slightly.

In the end it's an open top pod to hold the three little peas. Happy Peas. Happy Kids.

























TEMPLATE
Print at 100% and cut each piece.














































14 July 2014

DISNEYLAND TRAVEL PACK FOR KIDS

We actually went to Disneyland back in February but truth be told, our computer overloaded with photos and I was behind on unloading the camera for months. No bother, EVERY SEASON IS DISNEY SEASON, right?
























I put this together for the flight to keep the kids entertained and it worked... for a good 2 hours. You can also see the purses and autograph books I made here.

EACH PACK INCLUDES:
Mini Suitcases - Target
Art Packet - Target
Vintage Disneyland Postcards + Postcard Stamps - handmade (see below)
Pencil Case - Dollar Store crayons, pens, and pencils
Snacks - fruit snacks, dumdum and raisins

Other fun ideas to add:
Disposable camera
Mini Play-dough
Colored pipe cleaners
Disneyland Map


POSTCARDS
Print on Cardstock, cut, fold and paste.



01 July 2014

PIRATE FAIRY PAPER DOLLS

I had a few requests for more paper dolls! When I first did these, they were for my daughter's Fairy Birthday Party.

Since then, The Pirate Fairy released. So we have to have Zarina. And sadly, last time, I wasn't able to do Vidia or Fawn, so those are added as well. Have fun!

FREE PRINTABLES
Print on 8.5"x11" and Cut

 


21 June 2014

PAINTED WOOD BEADS



SUPPLIES
Wood Beads
Variety of Acrylic Paints - Gold. Florescent.
Paint Brush
Masking Tape
Chopsticks (to put the bead on while painting)
Styrofoam (to stick the chopsticks in to dry)
Spray Sealant
String or Twine (to make a necklace or bracelet)

PROCESS
1. Put a bead on a chopstick end and paint it.
* If you'd like a clean edge or a pattern use masking tape to tape it off.
2. Keep it on the chopstick and poke the other end into a styrofoam piece to dry.
3. Repeat for the quantity of desired beads.
4. Once dry, spray with a clear matte sealant.
5. Once dry, thread beads and tie off at desired length.

WHAT CAN THEY BE USED FOR?
- Jewelry - They're fun necklaces and bracelets for girls parties.
- Key Chain - String a few on a strand of leather.
- Luggage Tag
- Kids Counting Games
- Party Decorations - String on gold thread and hang from the ceiling, String to create a garland, or put a bunch in clear glass containers.