Monday, September 24, 2012

What Kallie Wore

At church a few weeks ago my cousin gave Kallie this denim jacket. I thought it looked great with her dress so I convinced Kallie to let me curl her hair (it was just wavy) and take some pictures. She really doesn't like doing this. She was a good sport, and the whole event took less than an hour.
 

Dress-Homemade by Meemaa, Denim Jacket- Hand-me-down Cherokee
What a pretty girl!
 
This is her STOP TAKING PICTURES face!
 
 
 
 Linking up!
 
 


Friday, September 21, 2012

Egg Chair Redo

After seeing Young House Love's egg chair, I had to have one. I wandered into the local thrift store, and saw this guy. I knew I needed him, but alas, he was $35. BOOO! I told my husband about it, then, I started regretting it. I couldn't stop thinking about this chair, I HAD TO HAVE IT! Five days later I finally had a chance to go back to the thrift store, just to see if it was there, knowing I was going to buy it, and BAM! It was still there...waiting for ME! But, the $35 was still high, even though I knew it was going to a good cause(helping homeless people build a new life). I went back and forth for a few minutes, when a friend of mine saw me and told me that furniture was on sale that day! I quickly picked him up, and bought him for $22. WAHOOO! He also fit perfectly in the Vibe:). I took him home and sanded him down, then primed him before my husband could accuse me of having too many projects...or spending too much money.
 
 
 
A few days later he was sprayed Krylon Watermelon. I let him air out while making pillows out of fabric I already had on hand.
 
Total cost: $22 chair, $5 spray paint (of course Walmart was out of my color so I had to buy it at Michael's, only it was on sale, so I couldn't even use a coupon!), $5 fiber fill for the pillows
I had primer, half a can of spray paint and the fabric on hand
 

 
Here he is in his home, a cozy reading chair under the Eiffel Tower(s) in Addie's room.





Monday, July 23, 2012

DIY Olympic Shirt

                                                   

I really liked this Old Navy shirt, but these things never fit me right. I decided to buy my own shirt, and knock it off!


1.I used contact paper as a stencil. I had my husband help me draw the design

2.He also wanted to cut it...I was going to use scissors, but he grabbed the cutting board and the Xacto knife

3.It took both of us to stick it down, and to make sure it was evenly spaced.

4. I painted the red and blue, let that dry a few hours, then added the white. A few hours later, I removed the contact paper.

The next morning, I realized that all the "making sure it was evenly spaced" was time wasted when the design was a little crooked! You don't really notice it.

I feel like it is a work in progress. I would like the paint to fade a little more. Hopefully washing it will help, or I might take some sand paper to it!





Wednesday, May 23, 2012

SNAP: my point of view

I enjoyed going to SNAP with Mandy. I had a different perspective. I went to SNAP not being a "blogger", I have a two blogs a family one and a project one, www.apieceofkates.blogspot.com , but was not really trying to grow it  into a huge, moneymaking thing. I enjoy crafting a projects. I also have a dslr camera that I am learning to use. I thought the weekend would be a fun getaway to learn some new things and meet new people, while hanging out with my sister like cousin.
 I learned a lot, and there are some things I wish I had know going into it.Here are my bullet points.

Things I would do different:
  • Wear tall shoes! Everyone was tall, and I am tall. I felt short.
  • Make cards. I realized it didn't matter how small your blog was, people were there to promote themselves, and even it I wasn't, I felt weird taking cards and not handing one back. I even took some of Mandy's cards to pass out when we were in different classes.
  • Brush up on my blog following. I used to look at blogs a lot. Not so much anymore. It kind of goes in waves for me, so lately I have been reading. It would have been nice to "know" more bloggers from their blogs.
  • Blog a little more before going. It had been awhile, so just brushing up on my blogging skills would have been nice.
  • Venture out to more party planning classes. That is an area I need to improve on!
  • Get a smart phone. Everyone had one. I only heard one other person say they did NOT have one.
Things I loved:
  • Learning more about my DSLR camera. I feel like I gained lots of knowledge and actually got to put it to use!
  • Seeing all the different bloggers and what outfits they put together. I knew dressing was a big part of this conference!
  • The speakers. I liked every class I went to, with the exception of one (that was my fault for not having a laptop) and learned something new.
  • It was nice that the food was provided on site. This gave us an opportunity to take the classes over lunch.
  • Going to IKEA. Yep, I had never been before. It was overwhelming.
  • The Lion Brand Yarn Party. I was dead tired and half sick that night, but since being home, I have taught my daughter how to crochet, and can now do more than just the chain stitch!
  • Meeting someone who had served ther mission in my ward 6 years ago! Small world...
The whole thing seemed overwhelming at the time, especially since it fell between a 5 day visit from in-laws and siblings, with a funeral thrown in when I got home, but looking back, I would go again. I think the very best thing I learned was the theme for the whole conference, Just BE YOU. Whatever the presenters/speakers would talk about- photography, home decor, handmade items, sewing, painting crafts, they all brought it back to being true to yourself. If you don't love what you are doing, it will not motivate others or be fun for you. It made me want to be the best I can in everything I do!

At times, I felt like I was at girls camp, with all the women, laughing and crying (yes! crying about blogging)crafting and the food. Fun!

I didn't take too many pictures, but here is one Mandy took of me at out early morning light photography class. I did buy a new purse for the trip! It can hold my camera, and still have room for everything else. 
Thanks to Mandy for letting me come on this trip with her!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Origami Crane Mobile

I have always wanted to learn how to make origami cranes. I mentioned this to my nine year old daughter, and she was excited. I got some paper from Michaels, and she checked out a book from the library, and we began. It was fun, and a great way to spend the evening, gathered around the table, folding paper and listening to music. I made a small mobile for Valentine's day,using different shades of pink. Mandy gave me the idea to use rainbow colors. I got a little carried away, and had folded almost 30 cranes (it took over two hours, and caused me to get sucked in to the show SMASH) then only ended up using 20. I also used differed sized paper, to mix things up a bit.
Once I had the cranes folded, I used a tack to poke a hole in them, then used thread to hang them from an embroidery hoop. After I figured out the spacing, I used some hot glue to hold the into place. Then I wrapped the hoop in yarn, using dots of hot glue as I wrapped. It was a hard process, holding the hoop with my chin, wrapping yarn and trying not to tangle the birds (it took about an 2 hours to finish, while watching an old netflix movie). Next time I would wrap the hoop first, then tie on the cranes!
It now hangs in my youngest daughter's room.

I love how it turned out!






Monday, May 14, 2012

Eiffel Tower Name


My 6 year old loves the Eiffel Tower. My husband was wanting to do a project, and came up with this. He used a dremel tool and jigsaw to make this for her. She loves it!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Crafty Husband

My Husband wanted a new tree topper this year. He looked everywhere for what he wanted, but found nothing. He decided to make his own. He bought a plastic ball ornament and some icicles at Michael's. Next, he used his Dremel tool to cut off the hanging tips of the icicles. Then he used the glue gun to attach the icicles to the ornament. Last, he curled a coat hanger to make the part that attaches to the tree. It looks great! For under $4, a retro looking tree topper!
In case you were wondering where I have been, we went to Texas for Thanksgiving, then stayed an extra 5 days due to a funeral. When I got back, I was having bad back pain, went to the ER, and had back surgery the next day. I had a bulging disc, and torn cartilage that was pushing on my sciatic nerve. (Yes, the back pain worsened when I painted the gray chair for week 2 of the contest!) It has been a week, and I am still recovering. I hope to post more, as I am able to sit more! Good thing my husband can carry on with some projects!