Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Completed Wedding Presents!

A while ago I posted pictures of the wedding presents I have been working on. For the next stage, I picked out quotes or phrases I wanted to stencil on the wood. I used stencils I found in the Office supply area at Target. Here is a photo of the first two that I stenciled.

Here is the story that I am attaching to the present about where the wood came from...
 This piece of wood might not look like much, but it was picked with love from a stack of wood in my (Leslie’s) Grandpa’s workshop. My Grandpa would spend hours whittling, taking pieces like this and turning them into masterpieces. I “borrowed” this run-down piece of wood and transformed it into something new, something personal just for both of you. I hope you enjoy it because like this piece of wood, you have started a new adventure together. We wish you both happiness in your life together.
I think the best thing is when you can give a personal gift for occasions like this. since the weddings were for people who are close personal friends or family, I thought it would be a simple, thoughtful gift. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

5 weddings and a.....

So I've got five weddings this summer....5! amazing, wonderful, celebratory, unbelievable love, wow! I am not into buying boring presents, so I've decided to make a home-made gift for each couple. These pieces of wood tell a story. My grandfather passed away last summer and he left a pile of wood that I took when we cleaned out his woodshop. I know that he had a plan for these pieces and I wanted them to find a home with a purpose. I will be turning them into some signage with the couples initials or last name or a quote. I'm not 100% sure yet what they will turn out to be, but that's the exciting part right? Phase One: Staining- Complete!

Friday, December 19, 2014

DIY not so Ugly Christmas Sweater!

So for this holiday season, I want to round up a list of my christmas DIY's that I finished! Most of these posts will show presents i made for other people, but this one was just for me!

DIY OLAF sweater

Love Frozen? me too! Lately I can't stop singing "Do you want to build a Snowman" so when my work ugly christmas sweater day was approaching I knew what I wanted to make

-Hanes Sweatshirt in blue but any color will work other than white ($5.98)
-3 pieces of white felt ($.29/each)
-brown pipe cleaner, orange pipecleaner, and black pipecleaner ($.99 a pack)
- fun styrofoam glittery balls from Michaels ( $3.99 before my 40% coupon)
-black fabric paint, white fabric paint ($.99 each)
-Fabric Glue (Tacky Glue, $1.99)

1. First I did the back of the sweatshirt, I wrote " Do you want to build a snowman?" with white fabric paint. Let this dry completely before moving on to the front
2. Then cut the white felt into olaf like shapes, I googled olaf to find an image to base it off of.
then I glued the pieces down, layering them on top of each other.
3 Next I drew his face in with black fabric paint, and I glued the pipe cleaners down for his arms, nose and "hair"
4. I drew in the lumps of coal with black fabric paint

Next I glued styrofoam balls and drew a few snowflakes in with white fabric paint. You can add as many embellishments as you want!

Let everything dry, it may take a while depending on how thick your paint is.

Done! Cheap, cute and fun sweatshirt to wear this holiday season!


Front completed:

Merry Christmas!!! Check out my other Christmas DIY's that I will be posting soon!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Wedding DIY or die trying

wow, so i haven't posted in a while but i have been working, going to grad school and planning my wedding, crazy right?

my wedding is a mix of vintage and modern elements, and it was important to me to make a lot of it myself, i think many brides feel this way.

my latest project was a guestbook, i had seen this guestbook on etsy and it was beautiful!

i knew i wanted something like it but the price tag was wayyy too steep for me, i am trying to do my wedding for about $8,000.

so this is what i came up with:

in total it cost me about $60 to make including the shadowbox frame (which i bought a really nice one for $30). guests will hopefully sign the leaves, and i will have a little sign that says "leaf your name for the bride and groom" or something like that.

i believe that it is possible to have a nice wedding without breaking the bank! i hope you do too!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Craft Fair Tips

I have sold at four craft fairs in the past year. I'm not saying I am an expert in this, however I do have some tips for you if you are interested in selling at a craft fair.

What to Bring: (this list may vary depending on what you are selling)

Tape, Glue, Scissors

Sewing supplies- pins, needle, thread

Things to prop things up/weights

Notepad and pens- good for custom order taking and tracking your sales

Money bag with change

Something to wrap up the items in such as tissue paper

Bags (decorative or at least bring some plastic bags because many shoppers will ask for one)

Snacks and water

Something to do (I like to knit or read magazines, but always pay attention to people who stop by your booth), or if you can make things you are selling people like to see the "process"

A friend/helper to join you, I am lucky enough to have my Mom help me.

Think of how you will display your items and bring props accordingly. I use shutters, old suitcases, baskets, and a drying rack with hangers and shirts to display my scarves in a fun way. It's important to think about what your display will look like because an interesting display will attract A LOT of people!

How to act:
Be polite and make conversation with everyone who visits your booth, BUT DON'T crowd them, if they're going to buy something from you they will, no one likes to be pressured.

What to Wear:
*Wear something that you are selling! if possible, I always get compliments on the scarf that I choose to wear everyday at work and at the sale. If it's something you can display on your body, it will sell better!

Also dress comfortably in layers, you never know what the temperature of the building will be like or how much you will be moving around. I find myself constantly sitting then standing over and over when I am greeting people etc.

Other tips:
1. Know your market, what type of crowd can you expect at the sale? if you can talk to the organizer of the sale or other crafters who have been there in the past.

2. This goes along with the above tip but PRICE: price your items accordingly, really think about this beforehand because i have been to a lot of shows in which things seem overpriced which has kept me from buying it. Sometimes People will ask themselves "can i make this"  or "is it worth it" before they buy something.

3. Be friendly and courteous to crafters around you. It's a dog-eat-dog world out there for crafters, but it doesn't have to be! Support those around you by complimenting their work or offering to watch their booth if they need a break.

Things you can't control:

1. Your location in the building, but you have to make the best of it. Can you move or modify your display to make the location better?

2. Some days people just aren't buying. Don't get frustrated if you don't sell much. Try to enjoy the day regardless. My goal is always to make enough to cover my booth fee.

Above all, try to have fun, if you enjoy what you do and have passion and enthusiasm about it, the money will follow!

Above are more pictures of my display, thanks for reading! :)

Monday, July 9, 2012

DIY-Decorative Brick Critters

My newest DIY project using decorative landscape bricks from Menards (58 cents each) and paint! super fun and easy, all it takes is a bit of creativity!

Materials needed:
-Landscape bricks of various shapes, shape determines what you can make!
-Patio Paint (bought a Michaels near they terra cotta pots) you use this pain because then it can be outside without wrecking the paint
-spray sealant (indoor/outdoor semi-gloss spray)
-any additional items to make the creature, wire, wood pieces for wings, glass beads for shell etc

-Add 1-2 coats of paint depending on the color, for lighter colors I did two coats

Finished Turtle!

Finished bee!

Ladybug my mom did that started the idea for this project!

What other creatures can you make?

Snowmen, Pumpkins, Easter Bunny and many more!

Monday, March 26, 2012


the world is repinning my work! i love it. this is the first time i actually did something i saw on pinterest....

the how-to is super easy, you just need a glue-gun, tp tubes, ( i saved for 2-3 months) it depends on how big you want the piece to be in the end. and the last thing you need is paint/spray paint, i used acrylic craft pain because i already had it, and it matched my table (previous post)

check it:

again the design is completely up to you, i've seen a lot of different ones, it just depends on how many tubes you have! happy diy! :)

update 4/24/12 what the tp art looks like on the wall.