along came a spider

Posted On October 22, 2010

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Looking to make more halloween decorations for less money, I was fortunate to come across this project.  With the exception of the frame, which was in the neighborhood of 3 to 4 dollars from Joann’s, it was free because I had all the other supplies on hand. 

The original project was one that you could just download, print out and frame, but I like to do things the hard way, so I used scrapbook paper, the cricut, and a spider punch.  I also pulled out a few pieces of ribbon that I had on hand before I was able to pick one.

After cutting out the letters with the cricut and cutting out the spider, I used my sticker maker to make the letters and spider into stickers, secured them to the page and here you go…a quick, cheap halloween decoration.  It would also work in a nursery rhyme themed room. 

You may notice that in some pictures there is a dot over the I in spider and some there is not.  I didn’t realize I had neglected to include it until I started posting pictures here so I quickly added it, but didn’t bother to retake all the pictures. 

If you’re looking for a quick easy project, this is a good option.  You also may want to try the halloween button wreath, little mummies, and quick halloween pic.  I’m really starting to get in the spirit of halloween!

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quick halloween pic

Posted On October 22, 2010

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I bought a frame at the local Home Goods store and needed something to put in it.  I had a blank spot above the fireplace so I put a piece of fabric in it and that was fine for the time being.  See…okay for a short period of time.

With Halloween coming up, I thought I needed to update it.  I was able to use supplies that I already had on hand.

Two bat punches.

My medium and small circle punch. 

And less than five minutes later, viola! 

Here’s a close up.

And here’s what my mantle now looks like.

What’s else is there, you ask?  My Halloween Button Wreath and little mummies…stay tuned for the mummies post.

Family name wall art

I’m working on a project right now that I’m so excited about…but it’s not done yet.  We lost power for a few hours tonight and though I was tempted to work by candle light, I didn’t think that would yield the best results.  So new project will have to wait until tomorrow and I’ll show you another thing I made this past summer today.  Since this was in my pre-blogging days, there are no progress pictures, just the finish product.

Here’s the finished product and a few close ups.  Below you’ll see that my scrapbook paper was just a touch too short, so I used ribbon to hide the end.  I then layered ric rac on top of the plain white ribbon.  I like the effect that only letting half the ric rac show made; it reminds me of clouds.

Above you’ll see the bottom ribbon.  It was thick so it helped hide the fact that the paper was too short to fully fit the frame.  I have tons of the green ribbon.  When I got married, the department store where we registered prewrapped all the gifts bought there and used this ribbon to tie the bow.  Being the pack rat that I am, of course I saved it all.  I knew it would some day come in handy!  Now if I could only find a use for the rest of it!  I also layered a thin piece of brown ric rac on top.

Did I mention I love my cricuit?  Here it is along with the cartridge that I used to make this.

family picture garland

Posted On October 11, 2010

Filed under buttons, Fabric, Projects, ribbon, sewing, Wall Art

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Last Christmas I hung a Merry Christmas garland on the window over the kitchen sink.  The garland had colorful mini clothespins to display cards.  I had this hanging up for an embarrassingly long time, well past New Years, Valentines Day, and St. Patrick’s Day.  Okay, you got me…I had it up until mid August.  I liked it there, especially because it held the picture cards sent by family and friends.  With my baby’s first birthday approaching, I knew it was time to find something new for that window.  Eventually I’ll probably make curtains, but with fabric as expensive as it is, I didn’t want to rush and pick something out when I’m not sure exactly what I want to do. 

I looked through my fabric stash and pulled out a few favorites, hopped on the computer and played around with fonts and sizes and printed out the word family, and got to work.  I used the letters I printed out as a template to cut out the word family from my fabric.  I made a sandwich of the fabric in front, stabilizer in the middle, and felt I had on hand in the back.  In retrospect, I probably should have used a stiffer fabric.  I sewed each letter together, then on to the ribbon.  On the front of the ribbons down the sides I hand stitched buttons and on the back I used small clothespins, which can hold pictures. 

Here’s the results:

 

Here’s a close up of one of the pictures: my husband and baby last halloween. 

wall art fit for an accountant

Posted On October 8, 2010

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I’ve been looking for something to fill a blank spot on my wall when I happened to find this site: Twelve Crafts Till Christmas.  When I came across the monogrammed wall art I knew I found my inspiration.  I didn’t want to do a monogram because I wanted something that represented each member of my family, my husband, baby and myself.  With an accountant for a husband, what better way to do that than “J+L=M”? 

Here it is:  If you want to know how to do it, check out the tutorial I used from Twelve Crafts Till Christmas.

And here’s a closer look at some of the fabric used.  I can’t resist pretty fabric.

yes, I’m still talking about my button wreath

Posted On October 7, 2010

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Anyone who knows me knows that when I’m working on something new I like to talk about it.  A lot.  A lot, a lot.  I like to talk about it before I start.  I like to talk about it while I’m working on it.  I like to talk about it after I finish.  So this just gives me another place to talk my projects to death. 

If you saw my post from a few days ago, you know that I just finished a Halloween button wreath.

Ta da!  After I finished it I knew I had to find a place to display it.  Looking around, I knew one place that was in serious need of some TLC…the mantle above the fire place.  Up until two nights ago, my fireplace looked like this:

Yes, we still had the birthday banner up from my baby’s first birthday party from over a month ago.  And I’ll admit, I cleaned up the mantle, which tends to become the place we put things to keep them away from the baby and the dogs (cell phones, remotes, glasses, and just about everything else they get into) just for this picture. 

Now it looks like this:

Much better for this time of year, but I think it’s missing something…hmm…maybe this?  What do you think?  I love it!