Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Episode 132: Back to School Doorscape

I've had this doorscape up for a while, but I haven't gotten around to making the video and blog post until now.  This back to school doorscape can translate to your own school, college or professional sports team.  It's pretty simple.  So, first, check out the video:

The supplies needed are as follows:

Two colors of deco mesh (21" X 10 yard rolls)
Four types of ribbon
Floral wire
Floral pins
Pom poms or accents of your choice
Styrofoam wreath
Little mum from Michael's
Blank cardboard pennants
Navy vinyl and Silhouette machine (or you can buy pre-cut letters or even use paper)
Mod Podge for Paper
Foam Brush
8.5 x11" sticker paper (Hobby Lobby)
Football Helmets from Creative Gift Packaging
Valspar White spray paint
Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

Here are a couple of close-up pics:

The megaphone came off.  PLEASE someone advise me on an INDUSTRIAL strength glue to use on wood that withstands heat AND does NOT take a WEEK to dry!!!!!  HELP!

I will talk in more detail tomorrow about how I made the football helmets.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Powder Room Accessories...

If you have been following me on my PYL Facebook Page, you know that I have been renovating my powder room this summer.  It's taken A LOT longer than I had hoped...from removing the TWO layers of wallpaper, to spackling and sanding, to painting the walls, to painting the cabinet, to painting the mirror, to painting a frame, to painting a shelf, THEN to wait on the sink, to wait on the faucet, to wait on the counter to get installed, to wait on the light fixture, and THEN to wait, wait, wait, wait and more wait on my wallpaper guy to get back in the country from his holiday.  BUT, I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel!  I finally found the last two cabinet knobs to match the other two I had purchased. Funny thing...when you go to the CORRECT store, you tend to find what you are looking for. I went to several Lowe's searching for the matching hardware when they were at Home Depot the whole time. Grrrr....

NOW...on to accessorizing!  I got a little creative in my disaster of a craft room today and finished some projects that will go into the powder room.  Yes, I will share the final room.  Yes, it's not your average powder room.  Yes, it's a bit crazy, but I'm in love with it.

So here are some letters that will go on the wall.  The entire phrase will say "Be You".  The "Be" consists of two sizes of metal letters.  Check out the "You" here:

Here are the steps I used to achieve this look:

1.  I bought paper mache letters from Hobby Lobby and painted the sides and back black.
2. Then, I mod Podged on the paper.  The "Y" and "U" are scrapbook papers I had, and the "O" is a wallpaper sample I also had on hand.  Then I trimed off the excess with an X-Acto knife.
3.  I inked the edges with black stamping ink.
4.  I glued mini ball fringe to the top of the "U".  I got the ball fringe from the dollar aisle at Michael's.
5.  I then printed out the phrase "Always wear your invisible crown." on scrapbook paper, cut it out and glued it on.  The font is Lavanderia Sturdy.
6.  I then made the crown using Mod Podge Melts and the crown mold.  I painted it metallic gold and hot glued it on.


Now on to the other two little projects that just came to me today.  I have been known to go antiquing, and I'm always kind of struck when I see old photos.  It's interesting, yet it's also sad.  I wonder how these pics came to be at a store or flea market?  Why didn't family keep these pics?  I've had these two wedding pics for ages.  I love how elaborate the wedding gowns are for the time period.  So, I decided to glam Ma and Pa up.

With this first pic, I simply printed out one of my absolute all-time fav phrases "Happy Wife, Happy Life" and taped it onto the pic.  This is such an incredibly true statement, am I right ladies?  The font is called Gunslinger.  Then, I just hot glued some pearl chain that I already had onto the bottom.  Done.

This last pic is a bit jazzier.  I used pint Stickles to highlight her veil and his boutonniere.  Then I made the fleur de lis border once again using Mod Podge Melts and Molds.  I painted it metallic gold and hotglued it on.  I adhered the "Domestic Bliss" embellishment and gems and called it done.

These were fun, whimsical crafts for me.  I can't wait to put them up in the powder room.  I challenge you to break out of your mold.  Don't be safe.  Be creative!!!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bottle Caps! Why haven't I been making these all along???

Well, we have been having a MUCH needed relaxing summer, but it will soon be coming to an end. My girls start school in just TWO WEEKS!  Sigh...I've already started filling in my August schedule, and let's just say it's pretty full.  My older daughter will start back full blast with competitive soccer, and my younger daughter will be trying out for competitive softball for the first time next week. I suspect a lot of you moms out there are nodding your head and saying, "I hear ya sister"!

So, I decided to throw my middle schooler and her schoolmates a little Locker Craft and Pool Party next week because it's a big deal at our school to go decorate your locker at Open House the day before school starts.  Well, it is a big deal for the girls, anyway. :-)  I am still working on all the details, so keep checking back.  For little teasers and updates about the party and basically my everyday crafting life, follow me on my Facebook Page called PYL.

Speaking of my Facebook Page, I posted a few weeks ago that I recently bought a FujiFilm Instax Mini 8.  Think of it as a modern version of a Polaroid camera.  It spits out little pictures about 2x3 inches. Mine is pink, of course.

The plan is to take pics of all the girls in the photo booth that I will be putting together.  They will then decorate magnetic frames made for the Instax pictures which I purchased at Michael's for 60% off. 

Then they can put their photo booth snapshots inside and then into their lockers when school starts.  I have been busy collecting stamps, ribbon and embellishments, but it occurred to me that the girls need some things that are specific to their school to choose from.  So enter my idea to make bottle caps.  I have wanted to do this craft for a long time...basically every time I BUY a bottle cap for my daughters. I'm inwardly thinking, "I could make this."  You have those moments?

So, I went onto Etsy and purchased flattened bottle caps in bulk from SuppliesSundries.  Great transaction.  I recommend this store!  Then I found and purchased a bottle cap template through Pinterest which turned out to be from an Etsy Store called TicTagTogs.  You could probably find a free one, but I just went with this one.  It is...ok.  I don't know if it is the file or the website (FotoFlexer) that she has the purchaser use, but it's a bit quirky.  In the end I was able to create my bottle caps, print them off, punch them out with a Martha Stewart 1" Circle punch, and Mod Podge them into the bottle caps. Lastly, I poured Mod Podge Dimensional Magic over the top, let it cure for 24 hours, and  it was finished!

They can glue these to the frames or even put magnets on the backs of the bottle caps themselves.  This is an easy craft that I will be doing again in the future!
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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

I'm so glad I'm here in Dallas to celebrate Father's Day with my Dad, Neil!  He has ALWAYS supported my creativity and has never been slow to compliment and encourage me.  That means a lot to me! So, I decorated my door before I left Houston to honor my Dad.

He collects antique fishing lures, so that was my inspiration.  The garland base is brown deco mesh, green burlap ribbon and brown netting ribbon...all from Hobby Lobby.  Then, I used my cheater method (without the glitter accent) for creating the fishing advertisements.  

Now, the following video I made is a bit different.  I included all the remaining garland embellishment tutorials in this one video.  So for all the how-to details, check out the video now:

Here are some pics of the Fishing Doorscape:

Here is the before and after of the revamped, clearance sale sign I purchased at Hobby Lobby.

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So, Happy Father's Day to my Dad from your Daughter.  Thanks for always encouraging me and telling me I could do anything I set my mind to doing!  I love you!

 And Happy Father's Day to my wonderful husband, Drew.  Drew, our girls are so incredibly blessed to have you as their Daddy.  Those two little girls couldn't ask for more love, support and encouragement than you always give them.  You are mostly definitely the "fun parent".  It's such an honor to watch you raise our daughters.  I love you.

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Episode 131: Summer Camp!

I have been getting my girls for camp this week, and it's EXHAUSTING!  I was into camp, so this is all new to me.  I had no idea it was SO involved....from the clothes to the costumes to the mail...  Anyway, I have totally broken in my Silhouette Cameo, and I LOVE it!  What took me so long?  The software is amazing and simple!  I have cut a ton of vinyl and heat transfer vinyl.  Addicted!!!

I first decorated their trunks.  The fonts are from  Abigail is the "Hippie Movement" font, and Lucy is the "Heartland" font.  Everything except the megaphone was cut out using my Silhouette Cameo.  The megaphone is from my Cricut Expression.

Then I moved onto the shower caddies.  My husband bought these at the dollar store, and I used regular vinyl to label them.

I then decided to heat transfer vinyl a bow and headband I bought from Hobby Lobby.  I bought the image from the Silhouette library.  Remember to mirror your image if you are going to iron on an image.

And lastly, I decided to make welcome gifts for my girls and their cabin mates.  I found the camp logo online, imported it in the Silhouette software, traced the image, added "Summer 2014", mirrored it, cut it out of heat transfer vinyl and applied it to all the inexpensive pillowcases.

I then rolled up the pillowcases, put them in cute chevron gift bags I purchased at Hobby Lobby and tied a fabric marker and little message to it.  I hope the girls have fun signing each other's camp pillowcases and that they make great mementos for them!

Here is the quick video I made for my You Tube Channel:

All these ideas would translate well to birthday parties.  BUTTTT, I am super exhausted from a long day of packing and crafting.  So good night all!

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