Happy Mail!

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It is so fun to receive mail from other creative ladies!  Pretty packaging really makes me happy and if it’s a purchased item I am waaaaay more likely to go back to that seller.  It’s something I do with my Etsy shop sales as well.

This bundle of lovely came in an order I made from Michelle Wooderson of Mish Mash.

 

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Lots of raw materials to play with!  So excited!

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Pegboard is almost complete!

pegboard collageI have a Ta-Dah for you today!  The pegboard!!!  It just needs a few little shelves to hold paint and patterns and then it will be complete.

the plansHere are the plans – by my wonderful husband.  Drawn on a 2 x 4, of course. 😉

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workin' menThe fellas are working hard!

boardOne panel complete!  The whole thing is 4′ x 6′ – made up of three 2′ x 4′ sections.

paintingWyatt helped me paint the trim.  So glad the hubs suggested we paint it – I really like the accent it gives.

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Late night hanging session.

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Mid-way through operation ‘out of drawers and onto pegboard’.

almost thereChanged the orientation of the table, added a chair I rescued after Hurricane Sandy and just now got around to painting (matches the pegboard!).  Still have some work to do, but it’s so much better than it was and I LOVE the organization of the pegboard.  Waaaay more than I was expecting to even!  I will have a final Ta-Dah and go through each section of the board once it’s finished.  Until then…

thanks love!THANK YOU Handsome!  You’re the best!  😉

Military One Click

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Somehow I have been given the opportunity to be a guest blogger at Military One Click!  How cool is that?!  If you are in the military, or know someone who is, this site is a must to bookmark.  There is information about relocating, job support, education, military deals and discounts, a veterans section and much more.  Seriously, everything all in one place!

I’ll be sharing some craft tutorials and ideas every so often.  You can check out my first one here: Crafty Guest Blogger!

Crochet!

Well, this new week brings no progress on the craft room – but perhaps today will be the start of it?!

What has been going on the last few days is some manic crocheting!  I’m not sure what happened, but once I found this blog and her patterns, I was hooked (hahaha, no pun intended!)!  If you are a crocheter, you need to check out Micah Makes.  She has the cutest patterns and so many free patterns she’s sharing!

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This cup cozy + coaster whipped up in just a few hours.

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And these hand sanitizer cozies take even less time!  These are just the first three of about 12 ideas I have to embellish the base pattern.  I had so many I got a box of a bunch of the travel size sanitizer bottles from BJs and I’m going to keep making until I run out.

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Wouldn’t these make great back to school gifts, or baby shower gifts, or just, hey – thanks for being my friend (and I know you like to keep things clean…so here’s a cute way to do it!) gifts!?  I’m on a mission to give these all away – I don’t think I’ll have too much of a problem…

Just one more bit of praise for Micah Makes – she has a tips and tricks section – and I FINALLY know how to make a magic circle – she’s got the best step by step, photo tutorial!  Go check it out!

hs2Here’s a full disclosure picture to end on – enjoy! 😉

Tutorial: How to make a Tutu

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This all started with a tutu for my best friend’s daughter and turned into lots of tutus for sale and gifts.  They are so easy, I want to show you how you can make your own!

Supplies:

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1) Piece of sturdy cardboard cut to size (12″, 10″ or whatever size you want!)

2) Tulle on 6″ wide spools (I got mine from Nashville Wraps because I was making a lot of them and there are so many colors to choose from!  You can find tulle on spools at most craft supply or fabric stores though – usually in the decorations or wedding section)

3) Ribbon (most any will do, but I prefer sturdy grosgrain in the 5/8″ size)

4) Scissors

5) Fray Check (Optional- I use this on the ends of the ribbon to make sure they don’t fray with use)

Are you ready?  Here we go!

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Here’s my piece of cardboard.  The long side is 12″.  You could use this to make a skirt that is 12″ long or 6″ long.  We’ll explain how that works a little further down…DSC_0061

Tulle and the cardboard, ready to wrap.

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My little helper checking to make sure I’m doing it right. 😉

Wrap the tulle around the cardboard.  For a baby size tutu that is 6″ long, I generally use right around 25 yards of tulle.  If it’s longer (say, 12″) you’ll need more tulle.  For bigger sizes, you’ll obviously need more tulle.  I would suggest getting one more spool than you think necessary, just to be sure.  There are lots of fun ways to use the left overs!

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Normally I would wrap the whole spool around the cardboard.  Here I just wrapped a little for these pictures.

Cutting the tulle off the cardboard.  If I were making a 12″ long skirt, I would just cut one end (as shown below).  This gives me a whole bunch of pieces all cut to 12″ – easy!

If I was making a 6″ skirt, I would cut the tulle off both short ends of the cardboard.  In this case, I would have a whole bunch of 6″ pieces all cut to size and ready to go.

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I’m switching up colors now so you can see everything better.  Normally I would use white ribbon, but that’s just me.  This pink is super cute!

This little demo is made with 6″ pieces of tulle and a tiny piece of ribbon.  Measure the little lady you are making your tutu for to get the base size and then double it.  Then you’ll have plenty of ribbon for a big beautiful bow when you tie it on!

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Alright, here we got with the actual tutu making.

I start by folding the ribbon in half and put the first piece of tulle there, then work to the right.  Once I’ve put a bit on the right, I go back and work from the center to the left, keeping it all centered on the ribbon.

Taking one piece of tulle, fold it in half so the cut edges are even.

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Holding the tulle in one hand and the ribbon in the other, put the tulle under the ribbon with the cut edges away from you.

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Pull the cut edges through the loop that is closest to you – enclosing the ribbon in the tulle.  (The next few pictures demonstrate)

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Pull tight.

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And even tighter!

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One down- a whole bunch to go!  It actually goes very quickly and the repetitive motions are very relaxing.

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As you wrap the tulle on, make sure everything is tight and close together.

Finish by putting a nice end on the ribbon and sealing it with Fray Check.

Here are some finished ones so you can get a better idea of what they look like when they’re all put together.

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You did it!  Hooray!  Enjoy and let me know how it went!

(Big thank you and photo props to my husband!)

Craft Space Fix-Up

With some shifting in focus (no more tutus, more dolls, painting and mixed media), some changes needed to be made and space retrieved from unused craft supplies.  Also, I moved Wyatt’s desk into the room so we could work on art at the same time, but each still have enough space and he could sit at the right height.

Here are some before pictures:

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Oh my.  I’ve got some work to do!

Goals:

1) Make sure Wyatt has a useable art/craft area that he can get to.  At the same time, I need to make sure Eleanor can’t get into all of it.

2) Be real with myself and give away/get rid of supplies that I don’t use/haven’t used in a long time.

3) Use the space now available from 2), to spread out or just leave open!

4) Put up a peg board above my table to put that empty space to good use!  Here is a collage I put together of peg board ideas that I like.  I’ve been carrying it around with me for ideas and to make sure we get everything we need when we’re at the hardware store.

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(I don’t have links or anything and I’ve cropped all the images to fit my needs – they all came from a search for “craft wall storage” on google images)

That’s all I’ve got at this point – a mess of a room and some ideas!  I hope to show off an in-progress and finished Ta DA! post by the end of the week – hold me to it everyone!