Category: Crafting

Creating a Mini Vase from a Double Shotglass

 

I love having flowers in the home!  I especially love being able to just grab flowers from the yard or from walks.  Generally though, when I’m grabbing flowers from the “wild” I end up with pretty petite bouquet and struggle figuring out what to put them in.  (I’m told a small bouquet of flowers is actually called a “nosegay,” go figure!)  Today I found a solution for how to house them!

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I was searching through our cupboards trying to find a glass that they wouldn’t look lost in.  Too small for a wine glass, definitely too small for a drinking glass.  Then I saw it and a light went off!  A Buffalo Bills double shot glass… it was the perfect size!  But c’mon, I don’t want my flowers to be seen living in some sports memorabilia, that’s not my thing (unless maybe it was a Portland Thorns shotglass).

Mini Vase Materials

I found a super easy and quick solution.  I can never figure out how to keep the bouquet together, but I had the genius idea of using masking tape.  Way easier than trying to use a rubber band and I knew it wouldn’t bee seen as long as it was low enough on the bouquet.  Then I covered the shotglass with some pretty scrapbook paper.

Mini Vase In Progress

Again, I turned to my good friend Ms. Masking Tape.  I put some on the inside edge of the paper, sticky side down in the above image, that way all I had to do was roll up the shotglass and laid the overlapping paper over the tape.

Mini Vase In Progress

Mini Vase In Progress

Once it was taped down, I just trimmed the excess.  For funsies I added a black ribbon to it too.  It probably would have looked better with some twine, but I couldn’t find any and the black ribbon was handy…  I never said I wasn’t lazy.

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Dinosaur Tree!

Hi Internet, how were your holidays? I don’t really care so much what you celebrate, but I hope you do celebrate something so you can make time to get together with your family and loved ones.

My Christmas was pretty awesome, and I used it as an excuse to bring glitter into the house (literally), despite Tawyna’s loathing of it. She swears that it multiplies and gets everywhere and that you can never get rid of it, like fleas. Now, I’m not claiming that it’s not true… but I don’t see it as such a negative.

You know what else is really cool? Dinosaurs.

Put them together and you get…
Glitter Dinosaur Tree Ornaments

Nothing shows Christmas spirit like sparkly dinosaurs hanging from your Christmas tree!  They were such a hit that different relatives kept requesting to take one home for their own tree.  The herd may have dwindled, but the individuals are staking out new territory.

The recipe for fab dinosaurs is pretty simple.

Step 1: Acquire dinosaurs from dollar store
Step 2: Acquire glitter (the finer the better)
Step 3: Paint a thin layer of glue on dinos.
Step 4: Give them a glitter shower (or bath, if you have enough glitter, which would probably make the process a lot faster)
Step 5: After drying, rinse (tap/shake) and repeat until fully covered in glitter
Step 6: Use a hot glue gun to attach an ornament hook (or why not use a paper clip?)

The cats absolutely loved having a tree in the house too, they were our first presents under the tree.

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Presenting Presents

Presenting Presents

With Christmas right around the corner I thought it would be a good time to explore the art of gift giving, or, more specifically, the art of presenting your gifts.  I’m one of those people who feel it necessary to put at least as much time wrapping the gift as I do in figuring out what to get my person, especially because I generally don’t spend a lot (if any) money on the actual present.  Hey, it’s the thought that counts, so make that thought golden!  Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

    1. Make their card!  Nothing says “I care about you” like making a card specifically for them.  There are so many ways to make  cards (see my Christmas card from last year or consider drawing them a card like I did for my MIL above) that you can always give them something completely unique.
    2. How about a cool gift tag?  They’re quick and easy and super cute.  The one I made above was created cutting out a gift tag shape from card stock with scissors, hole punched for the ribbon and punched on the corners with a cute corner punch, and drawn on with pen and marker.  You could also create one using an awesome stamp, or find some to download and print, like these crazy cute freebies.
    3. Make unwrapping the presents into a game!  I pretty much get the same presents for my wife Tawnya every year.  That makes her both really easy and really hard to shop for.  For her birthday this year, since she already knew she was getting movies like she always does, I wanted to make it more fun for her by giving her hints as to what movie was inside the wrapping.  I wrapped them using brown paper bags so that I could easily draw on them and just taped little flaps over the drawings of her clues.  Everyone had a lot of fun trying to guess what movies she got!  It also made me feel like less of a loser.  Getting the love of your life the same present all the time (even though it’s what she asks for and really does want) is kind of lame, but this definitely made it more unique and gave me more of an opportunity to put effort and love into it!

      Make it a game

    4. Bows and stuff!  Seriously, there are so many many things you can do!  How about using some live plants?

      Wreath Wrapping

      Wreath from Odessamay Society

      DIY-Fresh-Flower-Gift-Tag

      Live flowers from Sugar & Cloth

      I bet they smell wonderful! You could use cinnamon sticks, fresh pine, holly berry twigs, mistletoe or pine cones for a nice winter holiday touch.

      Felt Dahlia

      Beautiful felt dahlia from NotMartha

      crochet star

      Adorable Twinkler Stars from Cherry Heart.

      Or how about putting some of your crafting to use to create a cute ornament like a felt flower, crochet star or let’s not forget about our paper flowers!

I’m getting pretty excited about making things for Christmas and winter decorating in general.  My newest find that I want to try out today?  These crazy paper woven ornaments. 

Bridal Party Painting 3 of 4

Mermaid Painting

My absolutely favoritest sister requested a mermaid for her painting.  She’s convinced mermaids exist, so let’s not talk about it too much lest we disillusion her.  It was really fun playing with all the colors and I kind of want blue hair now, not gonna lie.  Only one more left!

10×10 Acrylic on Canvas (again)

American Flag

American Flag from a mini pallet

We celebrated my sister’s birthday last night.  It was a super fun get together out in the country, which was the perfect setting for giving Tina her gift!

A little bit ago Tina sent me a picture from Dishfunctional Designs of an American Flag made out of a pallet saying she would love something like it.

The link to the original post was broken, so I decided I would wing it and make it my own way.

I made a bit of a smaller version, using a miniature pallet which my local grocery store was nice enough to give to me (the bigger pallets have to go back to the vendor I guess, but the smaller ones they are happy to give away).

Materials:

  • Mini pallet
  • Hammer
  • Sand paper
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes (bristle and foam)
  • Wood sealer
  • Short nails (1/4 in in length should be good)
  • Mending plates (Example here)
  • Thick string or wire to hang

I tore up the pallet gathering 5 of the boards, doing a light sanding just to get the biggest rough spots out.  I probably looked like a crazy person spreading all of this out on the sidewalk in front of our house.  We live on a really busy street, and don’t have a yard at all (one of the downfalls to renting a townhouse).  It’s really fun to take a hammer and go to town, though.  Just HULK OUT and pry those boards apart with your hammer (wait a second… Thor’s the one with the hammer)!  I brought my phone out with me and was listening to the show “Once Upon a Time” on Netflix while I was working.  Wearing ear phones makes it easier to ignore people walking by 🙂

Tear pallet apart

Line up the boards how you would want them to look.  I particularly went for the boards with character because I wanted a rustic and weathered look.

Align boards in prep for painting

You really only need the three paint colors.   (Ignore the white, I decided not to use it).  I used a light beige color instead of the white so it wouldn’t look so new.

Paint stripes

I watered down my brush quite a bit and did one layer of really watered down paint to sort of act as a stain.  Then I dry brushed on top of it.

Tape off corner for blue square

Make sure to tape off the blue square.

Blue square painted

I created my own stencil of a star using a note card and used a foam brush to apply the paint.

Star stencil

Almost there!

Hold your horses, I know you’re excited, but you are not done yet!  You’ll reallllly want to make sure you put some kind of finish on your wood, especially since we used a pallet.  That pallet has probably gone through all sorts of nasty stuff, and you want to protect your home from it.  I used a spray-on finish.  Next time, I would use a paint-on one instead, just because I inhaled way too much of that crap and I want to be able to control where it’s going better.  Use whatever method you are comfortable with.

Here’s where you’ll have to use a bit of your imagination.  I realized after finishing all of this, I had no way to hold the boards together.  Basically, I used thumb tacks and some finagled metal pieces and a huge dose of luck to hold it together.  I will fix it for Tina as soon as I get the right supplies.

What you will want to do is, on the backside of the boards, connect them together using mending plates and nails.  I bet you could find one long mending plate… ?  You will also want to attach a string to the back with nails to hang the flag with.  Here’s my fancy diagram.

American Flag back diagram

Crochet Pet Home (aka Crazy Cat Lady Crafts)

Pet house

I admit, I’m teetering on the edge of crazy cat lady.  There are probably only two things that keep me from finally falling into the abyss of fanatical feline fandom, and those are: 1.  I do not live alone/am not single  2.  Equally important, I have been told that only two cats are not enough to cross the line.

Now that I have my defense in place… let me tell you what I made!  A crochet house for my cats!

It involves very few tools:

  • Crochet hook
  • Yarn
  • Wire hangers
  • 2 needle nose pliers
  • Slightly loose screws in head

Create a large flat crochet circle, big enough for your cat to lay on.  To keep its shape, take apart a wire hanger and carefully bend it into a circle.  This is where those two needle nose pliers come in handy.  Use them to help twist to two ends of the circle together to complete the circle.  Attach the wire circle to the outside of the crochet circle by enveloping it in a row of stitches.  This is the bottom of the house.  To create the dome portion, crochet the same number of stitches as the outermost row of your circle.  I did about three rows to give it a slight lip at the bottom of the opening to the house.  Your next row won’t go all the way around, stop it at how wide you want your opening.  Continue on, slowly decreasing the number of stitches in each row to slowly start curving the dome in.  Eventually you want to start making the opening taper in as well by adding stitches onto the ends of your rows.  You should end up with a fairly floppy house.

Now it’s time to go tent style!  Grab another wire hanger and create two separate semi circles.  Slip them into the house crossing at the uppermost point of the “ceiling.”  I attached the ends to the base by twisting/hooking them around the wire circle.  Use some of the same yarn the house is made from to secure them to the ceiling, and about halfway down the walls to keep them from slipping out of place.  I ended up needing to use one more wire support for the back of the house that stopped at the ceiling and hooked into the ‘X’ of the other wire supports also secured at the middle and top with yarn.

It’s a pretty sturdy little thing.  The rabbit actually spends more time in it than the cats, but they like it too.  Here’s an awesome low quality video of Mustafa playing in it.  Lex likes to pounce on top of it and crush it, but it’s super easy to bend back into shape.

Am I a crazy cat lady, or is it just that I wanted to crochet but didn’t know what to make?  Perhaps a little bit of both my friend.

Wedding

semi-DIY wedding

I have now been married for a month a day!  As you know, I had been spending a lot of time working on things for the wedding.  I wanted to share a post showing how all the work came together.

The flowers (with some minor size variations) from my previous tutorial were used a LOT.  I ended up spray painting all of the flowers I made to match the colors for the wedding.

The bouquets turned out great, which was a huge relief.  I was super worried about them because the first time I tried to put them together I was really unhappy with them.  I had one of those crazy panicky moments where I felt like I was a huge failure and I was super stupid for trying to create them myself.

I ended up using styrofoam balls, and then cutting off the top 1/3 or so as the base.  I stabbed the flowers, along with some feathers and yarn pom poms (de ja vu?) that I had attached wire to into the styrofoam ball.  The “stem” part I created by hot gluing a wooden dowel to the bottom of the styrofoam.  I hot glued sticks all along the outside to hide the dowel, then wrapped it with some pretty lace.  The bottom of the white white styromfoam was showing through and was blaringly obvious to my eyes (even though you could only see it if you were under 3.5 ft), so I painted the bottom the same color blue as the big flowers for camouflage.

I used some of the smaller flowers to create the boutonnieres along with some more feathers.  Then I wrapped them in fabric that matched my dress, and created a two-tiered bow with blue ribbon.  Here’s my beautiful wife and brothers showing them off.

I don’t really have any good pictures of the centerpieces.  The reception space was pretty dark, but you can get the idea.  I attached my flowers to some pussy willow branches, stuck them in a vase and dumped in some dollar store rocks.  Then classed it up with some lace ribbon.  By this point I’m sure the only thing the guests care about as far as their tables is whether or not they have food and booze on them!

Now for the dresses!  I ALTERED MY WEDDING DRESS.  I was shaking, literally.  I had it in my lap and had the scissors in my hands and I was just praying that I’d be able to put it back together and make it look decent.  Here is a before shot, before the dress met my scissors:

The top picture is me trying on the dress and the bottom is from the David’s Bridal’s website.  It’s actually a bridesmaids dress.  I was getting really frustrated by the whole shopping for a dress thing.  It was honestly stressing me out a lot.  I felt like I was just playing dress up.  I look terrible in white, don’t really like pouf, or beading… I was a difficult client.  The lovely woman at David’s Bridal recommended checking out some of their bridesmaids dresses instead.  The combination of not actually being a wedding dress, and also not being hundreds of dollars, made me so much more comfortable.  I know, I was a head case.  Anyway, I digress.  I chopped up the neckline, and took away the sleeves.  I created a sweetheart neckline, and added some lace ribbon for straps.

For the bridesmaids, I was emphatic that they not have to spend a lot of money.  I ended up going with some jersey dresses from Old Navy that were just over $20 and just added little embellishments.  Apparently they don’t carry the same blue anymore, but this picture will give  you a good idea of how they looked before:

I created sashes out of fabric that matched the fabric of my dress, and inserted some lace on top of fabric for the deep v.

I was really excited to finally wear my shoes out too!

Aww, look at that cute couple.

It is such a huge relief to have it all done with, and I am so happy and thankful for how everything turned out.  So many friends and family members helped out and I cannot be grateful enough to them.