Monday, November 5, 2012

Some Inspiration

On this particularly dreary Monday I needed some inspiration.  I found some (through my Blogger Dashboard) on Bubby & Bean.  If you need a little pick-me-up, check out these images and let your mind wander.  :)

Happy Monday (now)

Friday, November 2, 2012

Glittering Reindeer

I love Christmas, caribou and glitter.  Naturally when I found this tutorial on Kelsey's blog, I gathered the necessary supplies.

Here are some examples.

Her follower Kristin's:

And here's mine:


It's actually silver, which you can tell from the one on the right.

To make your own, you'll need:

canvas (I only used an 8x10)


Elmer's glue

Q-tip (a toothpick would probably be helpful as well)



I followed Kelsey's tutorial with the exception of using hairspray to keep the glitter under control, like Kristin did.

First, I downloaded this template, resized it and printed.  After cutting it out (and removing the body), I taped it to the canvas and traced it with pencil.  Be sure to spread the glue evenly and be especially careful around the edges so the outline doesn't bleed.  It took me probably six tries to get every spot glittered well, but it's totally worth it.  He's a beaut!

Post #1 Things I'd like to craft with

Chalkboard paint

This one's a bit more work, cutting MDF to fit the frame, but totally worth it!
Made with chalkboard paint and clear contact paper as a template!

I'm going to make my own

Custom Colors How-To

Start with flat-finish latex paint in any shade. For small areas, such as a door panel, mix 1 cup at a time.
1. Pour 1 cup of paint into a container. Add 2 tablespoons of unsanded tile grout. Mix with a paint stirrer, carefully breaking up clumps.
2. Apply paint with a roller or a sponge paintbrush to a primed or painted surface. Work in small sections, going over the same spot several times to ensure full, even coverage. Let dry.
3. Smooth area with 150-grit sandpaper, and wipe off dust.
4. To condition: Rub the side of a piece of chalk over entire surface. Wipe away residue with a barely damp sponge.

New Knitted Socks

My aunt is an amazing knitter.  She's in a few knitting groups and even a book club where they knit and discuss.  :)  I'm forever grateful to her for her handmade gifts, but I especially love this pair!