Monday, February 27, 2012

An old Window Welcome!

 I am such a fan of old windows! They are so versatile.  They look amazing on the wall in their various shapes and sizes.

 Here is a little picture walk of a few. 


dining room
So while checking out a antique store I came across this window.  It was a mint green color which did not match my decor so I took a little orange paint and went over the green.  Then I took a vinyl sticker which had been gathering dust in my closet, put it on and hung the whole thing on the wall. Vintage windows add instant charm to a room!
I love the way this window has four long panels of glass. 


Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tissue Paper Valentine Flowers

        Happy Valentines Day!

Here is the second Valentine that we crafted up over the weekend for my daughters classmates.  She was a big help in prepping these flowers I however separated the tissue layers because she kept on ripping them and was getting frustrated. 

First you take two pieces of tissue paper and stacked on top of one another you cut it into thirds.  So you have long strips. 

You then take four of the long strips and stack them together.  Then you accordion fold them like so...

After that, you take the papers and round the ends with scissors.  Then you make two small slices in the center of the folded papers.  This is where you are going to tie the papers so that they don't fall apart.  I used dental floss to do this.  You can use any string, you can't see it once you finish the flower.

Look close on the orange on to see the side slits.  The bottom photo shows the dental floss tied on.  Secure the floss around the side slits you made.

Next take the flower and spread the fan/accordion apart with your hands and start to separate the tissue papers from one another by lifting and fluffing them. 

This photo shows on side separated into layers.  Then repeat on the other side and you get a flower!

At the store I bought green laffy taffy candies.  I then used my trusty glue gun and attached the flower to the laffy taffy "stem".  Then I cut out leaves from scrapbook paper and the kids addressed them to their class mates.  They are so bright and happy. 

These would also be awesome for teacher appreciation or mothers day.

Much love,


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Friday, February 10, 2012

Valentines Craft!

Hi Friends,

My little ladies have been asking for days now to make their valentines.  They love to do crafts and I wanted to find something they could do themselves.  We came up with two different flowers, one I will be sharing tomorrow as well.  They are both way cute and child friendly. 

To make these you will need

A circle template (we used a CD)
Pencil to trace a swirl (this can be free form)
A glue gun (this was operated by mommy)
Pixie Sticks
Scrapbook paper (We used assorted red and pink prints for the flowers and green for the leaves)

Trace a CD on paper and cut out circles. 

On one side of the paper I traced a line for the kids to cut.  They do not have to follow the lines exactly and they still turn out great.

When its all cut it is one long curly piece of paper (or a snake as my girls called it)
Then you take the end of the snake and start rolling.

My girls did this but I forgot to take a picture so I did one to show you.  You could have kids wrap it around a pencil as well.  They then look like one long ringlet curl.  I took the glue gun and put a dab on the flower base to hold it together.

These ones are pre-glue.

I then cut out flower petals and the kids wrote happy Valentine's day on them. While they were working on that, I glued two pixie sticks together, to act as the stem.  I then attached the flower to the top and their petal to the middle of the "stem" 

They turned out great!  It was fun to watch my little ladies at work.

Make sure to check out tomorrows flower as well.


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Here is the single shot, which I now realize is a little blurry but you get the idea.  You can see the ones in the cup better in this shot!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Copy Cat!

Hi Friends!

Okay so the other day I was checking out all the latest and greatest projects in blog land. While looking,  I came across this page over at A Perfectly Crazy Life.  Well Libby is full of wonderful ideas.  I love her tag line "finding sanity one craft at a time"  How true is that, people!!!  One of her projects in particular caught my eye and I just had to give it a try... Here is her inspiration piece.

Isn't that the cutest thing you have ever seen!
Libby also give a great tutorial for how to make this project as well. 

A Perfectly Crazy Life

So I decided to make my own.  I took fabric; gingham, muslin and denim and cut them into strips about 8 inches long.  Then took take a string of Christmas lights and start tying them on.  Just that easy.  Then I took couch webbing and cut sections and connected them to a jute string with a little glue to make a banner.  I tied the jute string to the Christmas light strings.

Here is what mine turned out like,

Have a great day!


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