Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Pencil Holder


I went in my daughter’s room the other day. She had pens and pencils laying everywhere! In my craft room I use old soup cans to wrangle my scissors, pencils, markers, etc… I figured it was time to make her something to wrangle hers…

I had some fabric and ribbon left over from this project:


So I gathered my supplies (soup can – washed and dried, fabric, scissors or rotary tool and mat, glue gun, glue sticks, lighter and ribbon) then got to work:


Basically, I just hot glued and wrapped the fabric around the can. Then hot glued and wrapped the ribbon around the top and bottom, covering the edges of the fabric. When I cut the fabric, I made sure I had a little extra to fold over the top. This covers any sharp edges that were left when you opened the can.

I had to add a cute bow to finish it off.


Quick tip: you can heat seal the edges of the fabric just like you would heat seal the edges of the ribbon. Using a lighter or candle, run the edge next to the flame. Make sure you don’t hold it to close or for too long…fabric can catch fire a lot easier than ribbon.

My daughter LOVED it. I think the best part was seeing her smiling face when she realized it was for her!



Monday, August 30, 2010

Rustoleum vs. Krylon - ORB


I’m sure you’ve seen ORB (Oil Rubbed Bronze) all over the web-o-sphere by now. I love looking at it’s shiny brownish black shade and how it turns the mundane into the magnificent. After searching for months for the Rustoleum version, I gave up and bought the Krylon brand. (HUGE mistake) Luckily, I found a can of Rustoleum before I had a chance to use the Krylon. (I’m going to say *R* and *K* from here on)

In a recent bathroom remodel, (this will be a post when the bathroom is finished) I chose to spray paint the fixtures instead of buying new.

Not that chrome is bad, (you may be into that sort of thing) I just don’t care for it anymore. Here are my victims:


And here is the glorious *R* in all her beauty: ( You can just hear the angels singing…ahhhhhh) 


Here are the marvelous afters:

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No, I don’t generally fold my toilet paper like that…you’re just special.

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I forgot to take before pictures of these, but you can just imagine a brushed chrome light switch cover and a funky blue register cover.

And so I can show you why I like *R* better than *K*:


I sprayed this gold basket with the *K*. The can is actually sitting to the left of the basket.

It came out looking like this:


A glossy black! Now, if I were going for “black” this would have been fine. The paint went on easy, good coverage, no problems there. I just DON’T like the color!!! Why did I use the *K* instead of the *R* to finish my bathroom project? Because, I ran out of the *R* and can’t find anymore!!! (Rustoleum if you’re reading this, we seriously need more of the ORB in my area!!!)


This should give you a better idea of the two colors. The toilet paper roller is in *R* ORB and the basket is in *K* ORB. Do you SEE the difference?!?! Insane isn’t it? Both are ORB and yet they are two TOTALLY different colors!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze and would use it again and again. In fact, if I find some more, I’m going to repaint the basket. Would I use the Krylon Oil Rubbed Bronze again, yes…if I want something to look black. If I want it to look brown…It’s Rustoleum all the way!

**For the legal stuff: I was NOT compensated in any way for this review…however, I’d be more than happy for Rustoleum or Krylon to provide me with some paint for a future project!!!

Hope everyone is having a great Monday! Time for me to get back to sewing!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Baby Shower

A friend of mine recently had a baby shower. She has a 10 year old boy and was surprised with a second pregnancy…a girl! Being me, I had to make all kinds of things.

Wanna see?


Baby diapers turned into burping cloths. Embroidered with sweet Caroline Julia’s initials, then trimmed out in the sweetest ruffles.


Embroidered onesie with matching brown and pink bows.


Another sweet embroidered onesie, to match her new…


Tutu!!! I loved making this. Think I’ll do a tutorial on this. Just have to buy more tulle. I think I may even start selling these.




Doesn’t the sweet onesie look adorable with the tutu? I can’t wait to see Julia wearing it!

I was giddy after making it…giddy for another baby. Still praying that God will bless us with one.





I just think this is the sweetest look! I wish I had made a matching headband for it. Think I will work on that. NEW PROJECT! Suh-weet!!!

IMG_9745 IMG_9747 Then there was the diaper cake! I couldn’t do a baby shower without one!


I used my Cricut to cut out her name. I think it added the perfect touch!

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I made sure the gift wrapping matched as well. If you look at the diaper cake, it’s sitting on a box. I used the Cricut to cut out “polka dots” since she was using the brown and pink polka dot theme in the nursery.

I had a blast making these items for her. This was one of those moments when you think…I should be doing this for a living. Hopefully….I will soon. Have to explain in another post!

My apologies for the dark pictures. By the time I finished the diaper cake it was almost midnight. I was trying not to disturb my sleeping family…bad lighting!

Have a GREAT day!