Saturday, June 30, 2018

Starter Craft Room for your Teen!

Hey Crafters!

It's been awhile.  I hope you are having a fabulous summer.  Our's is pretty low key this year.  While summer is my absolute least favorite time of year because of the extreme heat we get down here in Houston, I do love having my teens home...WITH NO HOMEWORK.  Can I get an Amen????

Recently, my youngest daughter, Lucy, started making faux leather earrings.  She wants to sell them in order to pay for half of her new dog, Bonnie (per the agreement she made with my husband).  Here's Bonnie when we got her a few months ago:

Isn't she adorable???

I digress...  The point I'm getting at is that Lucy was starting to invade my craft room.  We are both crafters that spread out.  We aren't necessarily neat and tidy crafters, if there is such a thing.  So I made the "awesome" suggestion OUT LOUD that maybe we should create her very own craft room (or craft corner) in her room.  Well, my daughter jumped all over that.  And there's something you need to know about Lucy.  Once you suggest something...she will not let you forget it.  She's tenacious.  Hmmm...I wonder where she gets it from....

So, we started by cleaning out the corner of her room.


Don't let this picture fool you.  All the crap, ummm lovely stuff I need to sell in a garage sale, is sitting in the hallway.  So then we headed to Walmart...because it's cheap.  I'm not looking for high quality Pottery Barn or Martha Stewart craft furniture here.  This is a STARTER craft room for a 13 year-old.  Heck, I don't even have Pottery Barn craft furniture!  We bought a desk chair and two of these cube units most crafters are familiar with:



The next morning Lucy and I assembled them. Don't you just love whomever writes assembly instructions?  Here's a tip we learned after finally assembling the first one: screw together the top and bottom to the dividers and THEN attach the rest of the middle.  



Then my husband went to Home Depot and purchased a 4 foot by 8 foot sheet of melamine and had them cut it down to 4 foot by 3 foot.  He brought it home and screwed the top on from underneath (through the cube storage organizers). Do NOT go to Lowe's.  They don't sell melamine sheets of this size.


He then ironed on some melamine iron-on tape that I found in my stash which is a good thing because we tried to buy it at Lowe's.  But they couldn't find in their store the seven they showed to have in stock.  So yea, you might want to Amazon that.  Amazon and I are tight y'all.  Real tight. The table cost less than $100 total.


We also moved in an old Ikea Kallax from the game room that is no longer needed to store American Girl doll stuff.  Sniff, Sniff.  But the AG stuff is getting stored.  There's no way I'm getting rid of that. 




Lucy is a very good crocheter.  So this is great storage for her yarn! I mean, look at what she arm crocheted TODAY:


So here it is all set up!  That is her great-grandmother's sewing machine sitting on the craft table in its storage box.  I love that she has it there! Isn't this a cute little crafting space!


I have a stool she can use, but she, like me, likes to craft standing up.  Lastly, we set her up with an old laptop we don't use anymore.  I put the Basic Edition of Silhouette Studio on it.  I also let her have my very first Silhouette Cameo (Version 1).  I gotta admit, this was a little tough for me.  You see my old Cameo and I have made some things together...lots of things in fact.  BUT I've had a Cameo 3 for a couple of years sitting right next to my original Cameo that has not gotten the attention it deserves, so I thought this would be the best for us all.


I'm letting her borrow my Sizzix Big Shot.  I bought her her own craft mat and craft spatula to use with her Silhouette.  And I bought her some jewelry supplies.  So really, this was a relatively inexpensive project to get a budding crafter started.  My 16 year-old is a bit jealous actually, but I reminded her she asked for a futon...which now collects clothes.  So there you go.  Take a look at some of the fun earrings Lucy has made.  She's selling them for $12 plus shipping.  She can personalize.  If you want to purchase any to help fund her puppy cause, e-mail me at prettifyyourlife@hotmail.com.



Maybe you can put together a craft space for your kiddos this summer too.  Or if you already have one, give me a shout.  I'd love to see your space!



Thursday, December 28, 2017

I'm a Hallmark Girl!

My friends know that I'm a Hallmark fanatic...a connoisseur...a junkie.  I shop the store. By the way, have you ever been in their Halls Department Store in Kansas City?  Um, it's divine.  I happened upon it a few years ago when I was up there for a cheer competition.  Didn't know it even existed.  It's a beautiful store.  Anyway, I also shop the regular Hallmark stores.  I buy the ornaments.  I buy the cards.  And, yes, I watch the movies.  I even developed a rating system for my friends, and I post my ratings on my personal Facebook page after I watch some of them.  It has sparked fun conversation.  And it's not just Christmas movies anymore.  It's now winter, Valentines, spring, weddings, summer, fall and Christmas.  Hallmark really is a genius company.  Now you (or more likely your spouse) may think the movies are cheesy...and I've been know to agree with that sentiment at times...but at least it's something the whole family can watch without concern!  Am I right mommas?  And pretty movies, make our season better...make us happy!

So, now that the Christmas movie season is over...until Christmas in July...I thought I would share a couple of my new favorites from 2017:

1. SWITCHED FOR CHRISTMAS
I adore Candace Cameron Bure.  And I love a good twins switching places theme.  Hello, Haley Mills in The Parent Trap?  Golden.


2.  CHRISTMAS AT HOLLY LODGE
I also adore the main star in this movie, Alison Sweeney.  I remember her from "Days of our Lives".  I also love her in Hallmark's Movies and Mysteries Channel "Murder She Baked" series.  This movie actually chocked me up a little at the end.  Got me in the feels.


Now I still have some on my DVR to watch.  I hear, The Christmas Train is great.  What were your favorite new Christmas Hallmark movies this year?  Let me know!

If you're sad the season is almost over and your favorite holiday movies will be disappearing, never fear.  Hallmark's Winterfest 2018 starts January 6th!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Did you get craft goodies for Christmas?

Hi Crafters!

Happy two days after Christmas!  So, I've been wondering....did you get any cool craft supplies for Christmas?????  I want to know!  I get excited when someone texts me or writes on my Facebook Page that they received a new craft goodie!  I know many of you probably got cutting machines--Silhouette or Cricut or maybe another brand?  I am partial to Silhouette, so I highly recommend you newbies checking out Silhouette School Blog.  Melissa, the creator of the blog, is fantastic.  She's even written an in-depth how-to book and e-course.  I've learned a lot from her, so be sure to check out her page.  Now, unfortunately, I am not as versed in Cricut as I once was.  My first "successful" cutter was a Cricut...the little one.  And then I moved up to the Cricut Expression, which I adored for awhile.  So, I'm just not sure of a fabulous YouTuber to recommend for instructional videos for a Cricut.  Hey, but let me know because I have a Cricut Air 2 sitting in my craft room wanting to be used. 

<SIDENOTE>  So you are probably wondering what I meant by "successful" cutter.  Yea, a long time ago, when you could actually find a LSS (local scrapbooking store), a store owner in Lafayette, LA convinced me to buy, if I remember the name correctly, a Wishblade cutter rather than a Cricut.  It was the first computer-based cutter I tried to use.  BUT, I also had a new laptop with Windows Vista.  I could never get the thing to work properly with my computer.  Nightmare.  So when I got my second computer-based cutter, the Silhouette Cameo, years later and after several easy-to-use Cricuts, it literally took me over a year to take it out of the box.  Now, I can't live without it.

So, what did I get?  Well, my parents got me a new video setup from The Cowboy Studio, and I can't wait to set it up later today!  I have a rigged camera setup now that has been annoying me.  I'm hoping this system will help making my craft videos much easier.  Here's a pic of it:


My husband got me a clamp that attaches to the bar.  My camcorder will screw into the clamp so that I can easily shoot videos from above!

I also received some Dixie Belle chalk paint in Barn Red and Fluff as well as some wax.  Why Dixie Belle and not Annie Sloan?  I just seem to like more of the colors that Dixie Belle offers.  But both brands are great!

 

So really that's all the craft supplies I received.  That's all I asked for, and I'm so grateful for them!  I'm at the point where I really have all the craft supplies I need except one...and that will have to be saved for...if I decide to take my crafting in that direction one day.

So, share with me your goodies!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Independence Day!

Happy Fourth of July Crafters!


My family and I are actually on vacation this week.  This was my scenery last night:


Aren't the colors beautiful!

But before I left, I took some photos of a few of my fabulous Fourth of July Decorations from The Round Top Collection.



The Celebrate Everyday Candelabras have the finials that can be changed out for the season or holiday, and I LOVE the Firecracker Cans grouping in the center of my dining room table!

On the back patio, I put a large grouping of Round Top Collection Americana stakes in a tin bucket I purchased from HomeGoods.  Now at The Round Top Collection Gallery store, they use sand in buckets to hold the stakes straight.  Sooooo, I sent my husband to Lowes for some sand.  Yea, I have since learned that the TYPE of sand you get matters A LOT.  He got regular potting sand...not his fault...I didn't know to specify. BUT, that type of sand does not work well at all.  It's too moist.  So I talked to Lexie at The Round Top Collection Gallery, and she said that you need to purchase PLAY SAND for your containers.  It's dense enough to keep their metal stakes upright.  So, when I get back home I will be fixing that!


And some good news for those that live in Houston.  The Round Top Collection Gallery is hosting their GRAND OPENING of the new store in Cypress, Texas on Friday, July 7th.  Here are the details straight off of The Round Top Collection Gallery Facebook Page:

CYPRESS STORE OPENING FRIDAY- JULY 7!!!!
Get excited- our Cypress location is opening its doors this Friday, July 7!!! We can't wait to see you all there! Information coming soon on all the exciting promotions and store events that will be happening throughout opening weekend.
Store Hours are as follows:...
Sunday 12-6
Monday- Saturday 10-9
Located in Fairfield Town Center between Torrid and Bath & Body Works.
Address: 28802 Hwy 290 Unit D04, Cypress, Tx 77433



COUPON CODE REMINDER:  I am a Round Top Collection Gallery Affiliate.  If you don't live in Houston, don't worry.  You can order online, and I can offer you a one-time use, online only coupon for 20% off your entire subtotal!  The code to enter at checkout is: PYLRTCG.  Click HERE for the store link. Happy Shopping!

Thanks for stopping by!





Saturday, June 24, 2017

Kids Kraft Day Supply List

Happy Saturday Crafters!

As I previously announced on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube yesterday, I will be hosting a Kids Kraft Day YouTube LIVE event on Monday, June 26, 2017 at 8pm CST.  I came up with a craft to do with your kids for Independence Day...a table place card arrangement...or you could use it at as a decoration.  My youngest daughter, Lucy, and I will be creating them together with you.  I want to get kids crafting! In case you missed it, here is the YouTube LIVE video from last night where I discussed the supplies you will need to make this craft with me on Monday:


Now here are some close-up pictures of the supplies which were all purchased at Hobby Lobby.  You don't have to buy the same ones, but I wanted to give you an idea of the things you will need.

Container, Foam, and Floral Picks--These were found in the floral section.


Filler from the Holiday Section

 Flags and Floral Picks from the Holiday Section
(I ended up not using the flags, but my daughter did.)

 I used one of these in my arrangement.

 I used one of these in my arrangement.

 I used three of these.

Some Floral Picks from the Floral Section (Not shown is an addition white curly pick...see video).
I used one of these blue firework-looking picks in my arrangement.


I used two of these in my arrangement.

A Floral Pick from the Party Section and chalkboard picks from the Scrapbook Section. 
I used one of each of these.



If you want to add a bow, you will need some ribbon of your choice.  Additional supplies that you need are a hot glue gun, glue sticks, scissors, and wire cutters (great for cutting floral pick stems).  I just recently purchased these diagonal cutters  HERE, and they are AMAZING!

I hope you and your kiddos will join me and my daughter to make this fun craft!
Thanks for stopping by!