Friday, March 12, 2010

Buggy Birthday Invitations

My littlest guy's 3rd birthday is coming up and we (read: me) are planning a bug themed birthday party! Here are some pics of the invitations I made (though my boys hand picked each bug to go with them!).

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Puzzle Blocks

These puzzle blocks were easy to do and turned out very cute!

Supplies needed:

9 Wooden blocks (I used 1 3/4" unfinished blocks, and lightly sanded them)
6 pictures of the right size (mine needed to be 5 1/4" square)
Mod Podge and foam brush
paper cutter or scissors
craft knife

I laid out my blocks, I originally thought I would make a 4x4 puzzle but ended up deciding on a 3x3 puzzle instead.  I bought these unfinshed, so they needed to be lightly sanded.also be aware that they may not all be perfect cubes, many of mine weren't.

All of my pictures came from this book. It was exactly enough for two puzzles.

I made a rough template that was 5 1/4" by 5 1/4" so that I could use it like a 'window' to get an idea of which of my pictures would work.

I knew my blocks were 1 3/4 inches so I then used the paper cutter to make them into squares.

Once that was done I simply Mod Podged them onto the blocks.

You may notice that some of your picture pieces hang off the edge. 

Nearly all of mine did, at least a bit.  I used a craft knife to cut off the excess, and later even scissors, I found that either way worked just fine and it wasn't a problem.  though when you are applying your pictures try to make sure that the excess parts are not the really important parts, like the face.

Continue this process until all of your pieces are applied.  I found that all of them needed an additional coat of Mod Podge.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Baby Blocks

My husband and I decided to do a homemade christmas this year and I have been busy the last few weeks trying to get as much done as I can before we go visit for Thanksgiving. 

These blocks were simple to make, though time consuming waiting for coats to dry.  I ordered unfinished 1 3/4" blocks online, it was much cheaper than buying them from a craft store.  I lightly sanded them and painted them a cream color.  I mod podged on some fun scrapbook paper and sanded some more.  I think they turned out pretty cute!

Monday, October 19, 2009

refurbished bookshelf/desk

Here is the before shot of the bookshelf/desk.  Not bad looking, but not what I wanted.  (Isn't my son a cutie?  He insisted on being in the picture.)  I tried sanding it a little, but it isn't real wood and that wasn't working out so well, and wasn't doing much, so I did two coats of primer instead.

 Then two coats of white paint in a semi gloss and about a yard of Mary Engelbreit fabric and Thrifty Decor Chick's trick  for the back of the shelves!  I think it turned out SO cute!  I wish this was for our home, but sadly, it has somewhere else to live.  Luckily it is already out the door, or I may have changed my mind.  I just love it!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

mod podge jewelry box

I made over this sad sad jewelry box with Amy Butler paper and Mod Podge. This is for a my 10 year old neice, do you think she will like it?

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Thrift Store Treasure!

Like many of you, I love thrifting!  The other day I about DIED when I found this bag of "potpourri" at the local DI for ONE DOLLAR! I was so excited, it was such a rush and so cheap, practically felt like I was stealing!   It was such a fun find!  I have lots of neutrals in my home,but no purples or greens, I don't know what I am going to do with those.  ---did you see those purple balls? how cute are those?? I need to find some where to use them! hmmm, maybe another giveaway? what do you think? should we have a vote?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Month to Month Blocks

This is a project I did about a year ago.  I made enough blocks to be able to spell out each month.  There are a total of 27 blocks and they are 5 1/2 inches square, and 1 1/2 inches deep.  I thoroughly sanded each block (this part took the longest). Then I painted each block and distressed all of the edges. I mod podged a letter on each block. (though in hindsight I would probably do a letter on each side to cut down on the number of blocks, but that would take a lot of figuring out which letters you never need together!) This is an easy project, but it is time consuming.  If you want to try this yourself you may want to do a month at a time and build up your 'collection' as you go.  

break down of the blocks you need

A 2    B 1    C 1    D 1    E 3    F 1    G 1    H 1    I 1    J 1    L 1    M 1    N 1    O 2    P 1    R 2    S 1    T 1    U 2    V 1    Y 1  total 27

I think this would be cute with some scrapbook paper behind the letters too.  My taste is more simple, and that is why I chose to do it this way.  If you do attempt this, please email me pics, I would love to see your version!