Tuesday, April 22, 2014


GUESS WHAT?!?!?!  If you're following me on Instagram or Facebook, then you probably already know...  I'm going to SNAP! this week!!!!  Can you tell I'm excited?!  What is SNAP! you ask?  It's a three day conference for bloggers where we get to take classes about blogging, meet up with some amazing brands, and party with a bunch of bloggers in real life!  Who is your favorite craft blogger?  She will probably be there!  Eeek!

Now really, the introvert inside of me is freaking out a little (ok a lot), but I know that I will have fun.  I just need to let go and forget the fact that I'll be going on a plane for only the third time ever, trying to navigate public transportation alone when I get there, and going to an 80s prom dance party (yes you read that right...80s prom).  I don't dance.  BUT... The fact remains, that I will be without kids for THREE WHOLE DAYS!!!  Sorry husband. Mwahahahaha!  :)

I'm new to this whole blogger conference thing, but apparently we'll be passing out a lot of business cards to the brand representatives and other bloggers.  I wanted mine to have a little something extra, so my friend, Kaylyn, helped me design the cards so I could add some hand-stitching around the ribbon.  Perfect for me, right?  I feel so official!

Notice that National Nonwovens logo on my card?  They are sponsoring part of my trip, and I'm so grateful to them.  I already love their felt, so it was a perfect fit for me!  Give them some love and follow them on Facebook if you get a chance.

Well, that's it.  I leave for Utah tomorrow, and I'll be sure to give a full recap when I get back.  Follow me on Instagram if you want to see what I'm up to at the conference.  I'm sure there will be lots of fun photos to share!

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Buffet Table to TV Console

We did it!  We finally joined the 21st century and bought a flat screen!  When we could no longer read the words at the bottom of news casts, we decided it was time.

I knew I wanted the TV mounted on the wall with the cords hidden, but then the question of what to put under the TV arose.  Eventually I decided that a buffet table would make the perfect TV console.  Lots of storage, perfect length, and it doesn't stick out too far from the wall.

After searching craigslist for a couple of days, I came across this beauty and sent my husband, Joe, to go pick her up.  Thanks Love!  The previous owners said that there used to be a hutch on top of it, so keep that in mind when you are searching for your perfect buffet.  Here's a nice before and after.  Huge difference, right?!

DecoArt sent me some of their new Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint to try out for this project.  (DecoArt sent me the paint for free.  No other form of compensation was received.  All opinions are my own.) I chose the color Yesteryear, which I thought would be more gray, but it ended up looking pretty blue in my house.  Works for me though, because you know I like blue!

For a piece this size, you will need two 8 oz containers of the paint (I used about 1 1/2).  Just a few of things that I really like about this paint: 1. No priming! 2. You can buy it in small quantities (who wants an entire quart of one color?!) 3. You don't have to go to a special store to buy it (available at Home Depot and Michaels)

I painted two coats of the paint to get good coverage on the dark wood color and then did a little sanding on the edges to distress it.  To protect the paint job, I applied the Americana Decor Creme Wax with the special waxing brush and then buffed it with a rag.

I originally tried to find some cute glass knobs and pulls, but all the drawer pulls that I found looked like they belonged in a bathroom.  I decided to just paint the ones that were already on it

Remove the hardware from the buffet, paint it with the same kind of paint (different color), and wax just like you did for the main piece. 

It came with no knobs on the doors, so we had to pry open the doors with a butter knife.  Not good.  I got some dark metal knobs and painted them white to match the pulls.  I also painted the hinges white.  So much better!

The back of the buffet is that weird cardboard-type stuff.  I didn't feel like painting it, so I got some cute shelf liner and put it up.  Joe cut some holes in the back to feed the cords through, so I could hide the DVD player and X-Box.  Now we just open the door when we want to use them.

The drawers are great for holding the remotes, DVDs, video games, and other random stuff that needed a home.

Do you love it?!  I definitely do!

Now I just need to decorate the top of the table.  Suggestions?  I'm so bad at that sort of thing!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Egg Cups

Spring break is here, and I'm sure we're all looking for ways to keep the kids busy.  Oriental Trading Company sent us these ceramic egg cups to play with ( I was provided the egg cups free of charge by the Oriental Trading Company. No other type of compensation was received for this review. All opinions are my own.)  Did you know that they sell craft supplies?  Awesome!  This was a perfect little craft for Easter!

Before the kids started painting, I put a letter sticker on their cups.  "A" for Audrey and "L" for Leah.

Let the kids go crazy with the paint.  Look at that concentration!

Wait until the paint is completely dry and then peel off the stickers to reveal the white letters.  Use them to hold Easter eggs, or do like I did and find some cute egg-shaped candles.

Yay!  More Easter decor to keep my bunny company!  

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Sharpie Easter Eggs

I haven't been feeling especially crafty lately, but an idea to make Sharpie Easter Eggs popped into my head when I was thinking about decorating them with the kids. 

I cut these little bunnies out of vinyl with my Silhouette CAMEO.  If you don't have one, maybe you could find some stickers to use.  (The bunny design is from the Silhouette Online Store - assorted bunnies by Jamie Koay.)

Put the bunnies on some hard-boiled eggs.

Take a sharpie and make little dots around the sticker.  Start close together and then make them further and further apart.

Peel the vinyl off and bam!  You've got a bunny egg.

So fun and easy for the kids... if you trust them with a Sharpie. 

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration! Spring Cleaning - Custom Canisters I Love Paris In the Springtime Etching for Sping - Mug Personalization for the April Silhouette Challenge WHEELY excited about spring No-Sew Fabric & Burlap Peter Cottontail Banner Narwhals, plus friends Gold Fern Easter Eggs Mr and Mrs Easter Egg Head Easter Bunny Plate Welcome Spring - A Sign From Tile Paper Flowers Wall Art DIY: Bunny-Stamped Goodie Bags for Easter Inspirational Window Now We Have Everything Nursery Art Spring' and Flowers Paper Banner Glitter Jars with a Happy, Hoppy Bunny Made with the Silhouette + Free Cut File! Mother's Day Wreath Decorate A Watering Can With Vinyl! April Showers Sketch Pen Printable Spring Wreath Burlap Garden Flag with Heat Transfer Vinyl Pretty Little Herb Pots Peter Cottontail Door Hanger Spring Has Sprung Spring Has Sprung - Subway Art Bloom And Grow Sunflower Bouquet for Teacher Appreciation Sharpie Easter Eggs Tear Open Easter Egg Cards Look what's Blooming! ~ Silhouette Challenge Everblooming Paper Bouquet Silhouette Challenge: Spring Polish Swap Card [B] is for Bloom: Scrap Lumber Flower Vases Tulip Time - Fridge Magnets Neon Paper Pinwheels {tutorial} A Happy Spring Card Sketching Just Got Easier! Spring Bunny Baskets Bird Nerd Easter Eggs Easter Peeps Treats with {FREE} Printables and Cut File Garden Bench Update
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Friday, April 4, 2014

Eraser-Stamped Easter Bunny Shirt

Since you all loved the eraser-stamped St. Patrick's Day shirt that I made for last month, I decided to whip up another version of it for Easter.  I might just need to go a little crazy with this idea and make one for every holiday.  They are so easy and cute!  I even let Audrey help me with it a little.  Really, if you don't care about perfection, it's one that the kids could easily make themselves.

Here's what you'll need to make this Easter shirt:

- bunny pattern
- white shirt
- Freezer Paper (I got mine at the grocery store)
- fabric paint - pink and green
- pencil with an unused eraser
- x-acto knife (optional)

I wanted to get a little more creative with this one, so I cut the eraser tip into a flower shape.  You could just leave it as a circle, but I think this made it look a lot cuter!  Just draw a flower shape onto the eraser and cut it with an x-acto knife.  It doesn't need to be perfect... mine certainly wasn't.  Test it out a little before you stamp on the shirt, so that you'll know if it's working right.

Trace the bunny silhouette pattern onto the non-shiny side of some freezer paper, and cut it out.

Iron the bunny, shiny side down, onto the shirt.

Dip your pencil eraser stamp into some paint and start stamping!  Don't get too much paint on the eraser or you will end up with a blob instead of a flower.  You're also gonna want to put some freezer paper on the inside of the shirt to keep the paint from leaking through.

Make sure the stamps are close together around the outline of the bunny so you can see the silhouette.  Just like on my clover shirt, I faded the stamps out as they got further away.

Let the paint dry and peel off the freezer paper.  Follow the instructions on your paint to heat set it (usually this involves ironing or throwing it in the dryer).

Ta da!  (P.S. Isn't Audrey's new hair cut adorable?!  I love when her hair is short!)

Here's a nice pinnable image for ya.

And make sure to check out the eraser-stamped St. Patrick's Day shirt too!


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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Easter Candy Jar - Trend Fest 2014

What happens when you put some bloggers into a group and we start talking about craft trends?  Trend Fest 2014, that's what happens!  We thought it would be funny to try and throw as many trends as we could into one project and still make it look good.  Today is April Fool's Day, which is perfectly fitting, since we are totally making fools of ourselves by showing off these projects!

I had a really hard time coming up with something for this!  In the end, I settled on an Easter candy jar to hold my yummy Easter treats.  Now if only these things could last more than 24 hours in my house!  "Hi, my name is Jessica, and I'm addicted to Cadbury mini eggs."  Hey, at least it's only a seasonal problem.

Ok, now for the trend count.  First of all, it's a mason jar.  If those aren't trendy right now, I don't know what is.  I wrapped the lid with baker's twine, so that's trend number two.  And just for good measure, the baker's twine goes from red to, dark pink, to light pink so that it has an ombre effect.

Then we've got washi tape... and not just any washi tape... chevron washi tape!  That makes two more trends!  Kinda looks like a big Easter egg, right?

To top it all off (literally) I took some chalkboard vinyl, cut it into a circle, and stuck it on the lid. 

mason jar
baker's twine
washi tape
total trend count: 6

Now for the fun part!  Go check out all of these other super trendy projects from my friends and vote for your favorite!  The winner of the Trend Fest will be dubbed "Queen Trendy" for the year.  How exciting!  Haha!

And what's a contest without prizes for you?!  One lucky voter will win six trendy pencils!!!  One decorated by each of us participating in the Trend Fest. You know, because the perfect prize for April Fool's Day is trendy pencils.  Here's the lovely pencil that that I made for the prize pack.  Yep, it's dipped in GOLD... gold paint anyway.  Good luck!

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Cross-Stitch Bunny Canvas

My house is seriously lacking in Easter decor.  Now that I think about it, we don't have any!  I'm sorry, but for a craft blogger, that is just unacceptable.  I decided to take my love of hand stitching and turn it into this cute cross-stitch bunny on canvas.  Yep, I stitched directly onto the canvas!  How cool is that?!

To make your own little bunny, you will need:

- 8" X 8" wrapped canvas
- 3 skeins of embroidery floss
- embroidery needle
- free cross-stitch bunny pattern (PS I made the pattern by shading in cells on an Excel spreadsheet.  Just an idea for ya in case you ever wanted to make your own.)
- optional: brad setting tool

Let's get to work!

Print out the pattern and tape it onto your canvas.  Poke holes on the corers of every box that is shaded in.

I used this brad setting tool that I got from We R Memory Keepers, but you can just use a large needle.  (This isn't my monthly post for We R, I'm just telling you because it really did save my hands. If you do decide to buy anything from shopwer.com, you can get 20% off your order by using code CUTESY at checkout.)

You don't want the holes to be huge, so if you are using the brad setting tool, don't poke all the way through. Painting canvases don't heal the way fabric does when it's pierced.  Great for marking out a pattern, but bad for mistakes, so be careful!

Tie a knot in the end of your embroidery floss, bring it through the back and start cross-stitching.

When you get to parts that are blocked by the wooden frame in the back, just angle your needle and slide it under.  I was worried that this would be difficult, but it wasn't bad at all.  Look at the front of the canvas and move the needle around until you find the right hole.

After lots and lots of stitching, you're bunny will be done.

The canvas looks so cute on top of the piano next to our globe.  There... now I have an Easter decoration.  Check that off the list!

Here's a nice vertical image for all of the pinners in the house.  (Did you know vertical images get more pins?  Now you do.)

And make sure to go check out the super creative Easter ideas from my blogging pals.  I'm inspired just looking at the photos!  Bring on Spring!!!

1) Cadbury Mini Egg Easter Sundae by Whistle and Ivy
2) Tangram Bunny Art by Persia Lou
3) Fall Wreath Transformed for Spring by Homemade Ginger
5) Baker's Twine Carrot by Keeping it Simple
6) Cross-Stitch Bunny Canvas by Cutesy Crafts
7) Twine Wrapped Easter Eggs by Cook and Craft Me Crazy

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