Monday, January 31, 2011

Craft Catwalk and features {no.15}


Here is just a sample of the creativity found last week...

Nautical Cupcakes from Jackie at I Design
{Too cute to eat!}

Winter Yarn Wreath from Katie at Food, Wine & Mod Podge
{Loving the yarn colors she used}

Black Lace Skirt from Amie at Kitty Cats and Airplanes
{Cute and classy}

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken from It's a Keeper
{Making this for dinner Tuesday!}

Jewelry Display from Melissa at Kensington Cottage
{Cute}  : )

Altered Can from Sandy at Sandy's Space
{Amazing little details!}

Felt Mustaches from The Iowa Farmer's Wife
{fun!}

Be sure to grab your featured button HERE

Now it's time to link up!
Some things to note before linking...

1.  Please link to the post of the item you MADE, not your main blog.
Only family friendly content, please.  No giveaways, please.
It's okay to link to a blog post of something you made and are selling, but
please do not link directly to any shops. 

2.  Please visit at least 2 of your fellow party goers, and leave them a little comment love.

3.  Please grab the Craft Catwalk button and add it somewhere on your blog
(a text link is fine, too)

{Open until dinner time Thursday}

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Scrabble Tile Love

This is Quick and Sweet.  

It comes from Melissa at 320 Sycamore and 
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick

I have it up for Valentines Day, but I really want to use it in the little guy's room.  
After V-day I'll change out the paper and put it in his room.  


Here's how...

1.  Pick out your paper and put it behind the glass in the frame.
2.  Hot glue your scrabble tiles of choice right on top of the glass.  
That will make it easy to switch out the paper later.

I had everything on hand so this project was free.  
My favorite kind.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Creating with Paint Swatches

When I saw this Paint Chip Valentine idea at Be Different Act Normal I was inspired to do something for Valentines with paint swatches.

They're so colorful.  Full of possibility.

This is what I came up with.

Ladybug helped make these cute book markers for her teachers.  This idea comes from Family Fun, but I used the paint swatches instead of paper.  This craft is a great way to use last years calendar, too!
For her preschool teachers we used the sunday thru saturday top of the calendar.  

For other instructors that she sees on a specific day of the week, we used that day's column of the calendar.

Then I made some little matchbooks. 
These are so fun.  I love a cute matchbook.
Just embellish the front cover with hearts, stamps, doilies, or yo-yos.  It makes a cute favor.

For the pages inside I used notebook paper and graph paper.  
 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Valentine Catwalk Round-up

If you haven't linked up yet there is still time!  
Here's a Valentine round-up from this week's Catwalk.  
You'll find inspiring ideas!

Pom Pom Wreath submitted by Felt so Cute


Pirate Valentine submitted by Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line

Valentine Tea Towels submitted by Vintage Pollyanna


Valentine Advent Calendar submitted by Orange Peanut Designs

Gumdrop Rose submitted by Craftberry Bush

More features to come next week! 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Past Valentine Inspiration

I thought I'd share some Valentine ideas from last year.  I apologize in advance for the poor picture quality. Nothing was ever in focus on my old camera!  (Yes, I blame the camera ; )

2010 Valentine Round-up

Love bug Cupcakes
{Ladybug brought these to preschool}

 Mini Kisses
{just wrap chocolate chips in foil and add a personalized tissue paper strip}
  
You Mean the World to Me
{wrap a gift in a map and attach a hear that reads, "You mean the World to me"}
  
A Perfect Pair
{Add a tag to a pair of socks that reads, "We make a perfect pair"}

 Ladybugs Valentines
{These were the valentine she gave out last year.}

 My Favorite Little Valentines
Valentines 2010

How about some chalkboard hearts?

Last Fall I added bits of cork to lots of my projects.  In these winter months I've become obsessed with chalkboard.  Who knows what the spring will bring.

I've had these little Valentine heart ornaments for a few years.  
I decided they needed a change!  
I started with some primer.  
Well, actually I tried to paint them without the primer first, but the paint just wouldn't stick without it.  
Lesson learned. 
After a coat of primer, I put on a couple coats of chalkboard paint.
After drying and a little doodling, here are the little cuties...
I like that I can put whatever messages I want on them.   
Wouldn't it make a perfect little valentine for a teacher?!
 
I painted one white and added some mod podge and glitter...just to see how it would look. 
I think I really like them this way too!
I think I'll be making some more glitter ones, too!

Participating here:

Monday, January 24, 2011

Craft Catwalk and features {no. 14}


Thanks to all who linked up last week!  
I love checking out all the great links!
These are just a few of the inspiring projects found last week...

PB inspired chalkboard submitted by The Pink Peony of Le Jardin
{This is at the TOP of my to-do list!!!  LOVE this!}

Kids art desk submitted by Tattered and Inked
{Love what she did with this old school desk}

Gift Mini Album submitted by PaperVine
{If you love paper you must go check out the entire blog}

Love Note Pillows submitted by My Gramma Said
{so sweet}

Valentines Garland submitted by A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
{beautiful}
Burlap Love Banner submitted by My Third True Love
{absolutely adorable}

Printable Valentine Subway Art submitted by Today's Fabulous Finds
{lots of color options}

Love Bugs submitted by Pinkapotomus
{What grandparent wouldn't love these?}

Sheet Music Wreath submitted by A Diamond in the Stuff
{this is on my to-do list}

Find more features from last week HERE
Be sure to grab your featured button HERE

Now it's time to link up!
Some things to note before linking...

1.  Please link to the post of the item you MADE, not your main blog.
Only family friendly content, please.  No giveaways, please.
It's okay to link to a blog post of something you made and are selling, but
please do not link directly to any shops. 

2.  Please visit at least 2 of your fellow party goers, and leave a little comment love.

3.  Please grab the Craft Catwalk button and add it somewhere on your blog
(a text link is fine, too)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

New in the shop

Recently added to my shop are these fun little cupcake toppers...


I'm working on some other additions and I hope to add them to the shop throughout the week.
This week I'll be posting some Valentine favor ideas here, and on Monday come link up your projects at the Catwalk!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

My Crafty Mom and Her Valentine Chair Backers


When I saw Valentine chair backers floating around last year I SO wanted some for the munchkins.  
I can't sew.  My mom is a whiz on the machine.
So she kindly agreed to help me out. (by help I mean she did it all)
{I don't have tutorial on this, but if you do go ahead and post it in the comments.}
EDIT:  I found the tut we used!!  Here at Our Scoop
 
 Aren't they cute?
 One for the little guy and one for the ladybug.
 Even the inside is cute!
 My mom is one crafty lady!  When we were little she made all our Halloween costumes.  My absolute favorite was Rainbow Brite.  She made baby blankets for my little guy and ladybug.  She even sewed goody bags for some of our parties! {Thanks again, mom!}

I'm not really a resolution making kind of girl (mostly because I never keep them).  But, this year I do have a goal to reach before December.  I am going to learn to sew.  I'm not going to be making clothes or bedspreads or anything...let's not reach for a miracle.  I just want to be able to sew a banner together and maybe a little sewing on my scrapbook pages. Just the little stuff.  

{Putting this goal in print makes it official!}  ;-) 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Catwalk Features

If you haven't linked up yet, there's still a little time!  We close it up at dinner time tomorrow.

Here are just a few early fantastic finds at this week's Catwalk
{more to showcase on Monday}...


Find the coolest doctor kit ever at Seven Sisters


You have to check out these little houses at The Cupcake Cuppy and the purpose behind each one.  
Love the idea!


This Tiny Greenhouse from Sandy's Space would make a great and unique gift!

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