Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Handmade Gifts Part Two

I've posted about handmade gifts in the past, hence the "Part Two" tag of this post. In this post, I linked some fantastic DIY gift ideas that are great when you're in a pinch.

 We were hit with an insane ice storm this weekend. I mean parking lots turned into ice skating rinks and every square inch was covered with at least 3 inches of ice. I have never seen anything like it. Being that Texans are completely ill-prepared to handle the ice, my weekend turned into a 5 day hiatus. Basically a stay-in-your-house-because-you-can't-even-get-out-of-your-driveway event. I'll admit I was going a bit stir-crazy. One afternoon, a friend who lives close and I ventured out for a quick trip to Walmart for some much-needed supplies. All was well until we met the highway bridge. Our lives may or may not have flashed before our lives as we creeped along the bridge losing traction every few seconds. Thankfully we made it through and I was able to get the supplies for my 5th consecutive Chocolate Covered Pretzel-a-thon! Every year I roll up my sleeves, break out the baking supplies, and painstakingly dip pretzels into chocolate one at a time. By the end of it my back is aching and I'm covered in chocolate with my hair thrown back in a messy bun, but I have saved myself a ton of trouble/money in buying gifts for people. This week's unexpected interruption provided the perfect time to take on this feat. 

After letting my pretzels spend the night setting, I set up a gift station. My jars were purchased in groups of 4 at Walmart, and I kept the decoration pretty minimalist with a kraft paper label and some yarned turned into "poufs". 

Using this tutorial, I created a dozen yarn pom poms ready to be tied on for adornment. 

I tied the yarn in a simple bow so that my recipients might choose to reuse the yarn on their own gifts. 

A hand-written note attached with glue dots, and I had one gift complete! 

Pretty soon, I had one for each person on my list.

When I ran out of pretzels I opted to fill the last couple of jars with Hershey's Kisses. 

I loved how this one turned out. The blue jar with the red bow is such a pretty combination. 

Oh what? You want to see what Louie looks like in his grandpa sweater? Here you go, my friend. (: 


Saturday, October 19, 2013

10 Golden Pumpkins

I'm still on a gold spray-painting spree, but this time I'm combining it with my love of all things Autumn. 

Also, I found the holy grail of gold spray paint. Forget that Krylon nonsense, Rustoleum is the way to go. This is my new go-to. It goes on incredibly smoothly, and it's so shiny! I found it at Walmart for about $6. 

This took me about a half hour last weekend, and now I have all of these beautiful, inexpensive decorations for Fall. It occurred to me later that I could have used plastic, store-bought pumpkins to have these decorations for years to come. Oh well, next time!

It should be mentioned that I am shamelessly copying this idea from Anthropologie. How lovely would this be for a dinner party?

 I started out with 10 little orange pumpkins. 

I really could not believe how smoothly this went on. 

And look how shiny and pretty!

Once they were dry, I scattered them about my apartment. 

On a side note, did you know that magic eraser gets rid of sharpie lines on pumpkins? 

Look how nice this guy turned out. 

I hope you're enjoying the season as much as I am! (: 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Paint ALL the things!

Sometimes I'll have an idea and it will just take off in my brain. This particular idea came to me while shopping at Michael's the other day. And of course once it was in my head, there was no turning back. I happen to lack all self control when shopping for craft supplies. I like to think I'm saving money because I could buy something comparable for a much higher price, but often the reality is that I spend money that I never needed to spend in the first place. This logic plays in my mind in all of the following (but not limited to) stores: Hobby Lobby, Michael's, Joann. I can spend money on fabric and paint like nobody's business. Now that I've got a classroom to decorate, I have seemingly no restraint. 

It started with this section at Michael's. I needed a little plastic moose for a little boy's preschool graduation celebration, and while searching I had the idea to give some of these guys a little makeover. I am loving gold these days and recently heard about Krylon's gold metallic spray.  If there is one thing I have learned from following craft blogs, it's that spray paint has the power to transform anything and everything. It's quite seriously a crafter's best friend. I thought some of these animal friends might look  nice in coat of gold, of course figuring I can find a place for them somewhere in my classroom. 

Then I started picking up anything and everything I saw that I thought might look nice in gold. Picture frames, tins, an urn, a lamp, you name it. Before I knew it I had a cart that looked like this: 

And I left the store scratching my head about how I just dropped $50 on supplies I didn't even need. Grr.

Anyways, I made it home with this pack of unlikely friends. 

And quite honestly, a whole bunch of other random stuff.

Armed with 1 can of Krylon gold metallic paint, I had quite the day painting. 

Everything got a coat of white paint first.

Followed by a couple of gold coats.

A few hours later these were my results. What I love about this paint is that it really does leave a metallic look to your subject. These figurines really do look like they are made of metal.

My little clearance urn went from a shiny green, to a cool gold. 

These cheapy $1 plastic frames made a total transformation.

The best part was finding places for my new little treasures. My apartment was in need of a little touch of gold. 

Moral of the story is don't go overboard on an idea. But really who am I kidding? I'm a craftaholic by nature. Good thing I've got that job thing now. I could use some money coming in for a change (;

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