Thursday, May 28, 2015

Purple Spring Wreath

I have been so terrible about updating my blog the past few months and it is not for lack of content!  I have been busy crafting, baking, and learning new hobbies.  The problem is I have also been busy working and taking care of my boys.  I just do not seem to have the time to write a blog post.  More correctly, I do not have the time to take nice pictures! That is probably the most challenging part of blogging for me so excuse my pictures but I had to share my newest project.

I have been seeing a bunch of great tutorials for wreaths on Pinterest lately and I don't know about 
you but I have a hard time spending the money on a nice wreath.  I decided I was going to try my hand and make my own.  I went to AC Moore with my $10 off coupon and started picking out some silk flowers.  I found these pretty small delicate flowers that had a lot of blooms on one stem for $1.

I bought about 20 of them in 2 shades of purple, white and green along with 3 big hydrangea blooms.  I also bought a grapevine wreath.  The grapevine wreath makes this project a breeze.  I simply started to stick the stem of the flower into the grapevine wreath.  I kept making my way around arranging the colors how I liked them.  Any stems that stick out to much can be cut with wire cutters.  Also, if any part of the flowers stick out a little too far, you can tie them to the wreath with flower wire.  

I cut the hydrangea stems low and fixed them into the wreath.  I also cut the leaves off the stem to add some green to the wreath.  I love the way it came out!  I saw wreaths that I did not love as much in the store for $50 and this probably cost me $20 total.  (Probably would have been cheaper if I waited for the flowers to be on sale but I am impatient when I have a project in mind!)

Monday, December 8, 2014

25 Days of Craft Beer

My husband is always a hard person to buy Christmas gifts for.  He is pretty picky about clothes, if he sees something he wants he usually just buys it or the item he wants is out of the price range I want to spend.  Over the past year or so, my husband has become a sort of beer snob.  He has started brewing his own beer and he loves trying new craft brews.  

I had the idea to get him 25 different craft beers so he could have a sort of craft beer advent calendar.  Luckily a new beer store opened near us in time for me to pull this off.  Since I know nothing about beer I went into the store and asked for help.  They were amazing and picked out all 25 bottles for me.  I had an idea of what he liked just from what I had seen him drink.  I knew I had a good idea when the guy helping me at the store told me what a great idea it was and said he wasn't sure how I could top it next year.

I did not have much time to make any kind of elaborate holder for the 25 bottles since I literally put this all together the morning of December 1st.  I wrapped each bottle with Christmas tissue paper and put a label on each one with "Days til Christmas" and the number of days left.  

My husband loved the surprise and anyone that has heard about it thinks its super fun.  I guess I will be making this a new tradition but next year I will pick up my game with the presentation!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cloth Covered Bulletin Board

I have been in the process of redoing my craft/work area. Its a very long process because I want it to be just right.  I am trying to reuse a lot of the things I already have.  While looking through everything I decided to update my boring old cork board.

I found a really cute print at JoAnn Fabrics in the clearance section and purchased 3 yards (even though I knew it was too much but wanted extra in case.)  Once I got it home, I ironed the fabric and laid the fabric on the board.  I went around the perimeter with a butter knife tucking the fabric in between the frame and board.

After the fabric was all tucked in I started going around inside the frame placing push pins all the way around.  This took a lot longer than I could have imagined and my fingers were pretty sore!!

I left enough excess fabric to pull down tight in back.

I was going to use a staple gun to keep the back fabric down but it would not go into the frame and the actual cork board was too thin.  Instead I used hot glue to keep the fabric down.

I love the way it came out.  I like it so much I almost don't want to use it as bulletin board.  As soon as my work area is complete I will post a photo of it.