Tuesday, July 30, 2013

What Time is It?

I went to Michael's Saturday afternoon with the intention of finding a craft to do. I plan to spend my summer crafting for my room in the sorority house and practicing for my little. When I am at a craft store I normally make my way to the wood section because there are always simple pieces that you can do something with, so while I was there I decided to make a clock! At first I was kind of hesitant because I didn't know how it would turn out or if I would even use it, but I did it anyways, and now I am sharing!
Wood Piece (should have a hole in the middle, can be found in the wood crafts with clock making)
Clock Parts (comes in a pack in the clock making section)
Mod Podge
White Paint
Pink Paint
2 Pieces of a printed pattern (I choose the pattern that matched my new bedding for the house)
Paint Brushes
X-Acto Knife or Scissors

The first thing you are going to want to do is paint the entire wood piece white, this way you wont see through the paper when you mod podge it on, it also acts as a primer for any other painting you choose to do.

Second, paint your border. Some wood pieces may not have a border, but mine had a lip and I choose to paint it pink to match the pattern that I choose. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of just the border and white, but you will get the idea based on the final picture.
Third, mod podge your pattern on. There are multiple ways you can di this...
1. Print off 2 pieces of paper (you will have creases)
2. Take one piece to FedEx, Office Max/Depot and get it blown up to fit your piece
If your wood piece is small enough to only need one piece of paper then great! I choose to use 2 pieces of paper simply because this is the first time I have ever done this and I did not want to spend a bunch of money if it wasn't going to work! Now, there are also 2 ways you can cut the paper to fit...
1. Place the paper, flip the piece over and trace the out line, flip it back over and cut the outline with scissors or an X-Acto knife
2. Glue the paper on with one layer of mod podge on the wood, then flip over and cut the paper away with an X-Acto knife.
I choose to do the second option, simply because I had just purchased an X-Acto knife the same day and wanted to use it...but you do not by any means need an X-Acto knife to complete this project. While mod podging your paper to the wood you will need to use at least 2 coats and make sure to put glue directly on the wood so that it stays in place, this also helps from running.
Once you have secured your pattern on the top trim up any of the sides, fix any paint on the border etc. it is time to put the clock part of the clock together! On the back of your clock parts kit there will be a picture explaining how to assemble the parts. You might have to cut some of the wood out of the circle in the middle if your clock back does not reach high enough so that you can secure it on.

Note: You can also paint your pattern.
After this, you will need to put numbers on the clock. turn your clock arms to the spot where you want 12am/pm to be, this is where you will put your 12. Then turn the long hand around clockwise once, wherever the short hand stops will be 1am/pm, turn the long arm clockwise again and this will be 2am/pm. Do this until you have painted in all 12 numbers, or symbols.
The last ting is to put a battery in the back and there you have it...your very own handmade clock! If you are nervous to paint in numbers the clock can also be a decorative piece that you simply hang on the wall.
Sorry for such a long post, enjoy your crafting!

When you're bored...CRAFT!

Hey everyone! This weekend I was home all night Saturday, with nothing to do...so, my sister and I decided to craft! I made a quick little craft that is cure as ever and very simple to make.
Canvas (any size you want) - I used a 11inx14in
Paint brushes
Computer and printer
First thing, paint your canvas whatever color you would like...I choose pink!

Next step is to pick the quote, monogram or image that you would like to paint on your canvas. Type it into word processor and change the font and everything to the style you would like. After you have printed it shade in the back of all of the letters and then trace over it onto your painted, and dry, canvas. This is a neat tracing trick I learned from Pinterest. When you trace it the graphite from the pencil will bleed through from the pressure and the outline will be on your canvas. You can use this method on coolers or other materials as well.

The next think I did was fill in all of the letters with white paint, you can obviously use whatever colors you would like. Now, to make this extra special I filled in the word "shine" with silver glitter, I felt that it fit the quote so perfectly. Then I added a top and bottom boarder of rhinestones to add a little extra flare.

Once I was done with mine, my sister wanted one. I completed hers on a smaller 8in x 10in canvas so I did not put rhinestones on hers. Here it is...

I hope you enjoy your crafting!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Senior Gifts

I am about a month late with this post, but I was going through my phone and deleting some pictures (I am almost out of space) and realized there were a couple crafts that I meant to share and never got the chance.

My Grand Big graduated in May and I did a small craft for her, a chevron canvas with her monogram.

Blue Painters Tape
Paint (colors of your choice)
Paint brushes
Monogram Pattern to trace
The first thing you want to do is measure your chevron pattern on your canvas. I used a canvas that was 8in x 10in which was hard to measure accurately. I recommend finding a canvas that is a square, or be able to do math down to the millimeter. Make the cris-cross pattern on the canvas and then tape off every other row. I forgot to take a picture of just the penciled on pattern, so here is the canvas with the tape, you can still see the outline though!

The next thing is to paint the lines that are not taped, use whatever color you would like. Let it dry and then do at least 2 more coats, this insures that the pencil marks are hidden, and that the paint is dark. 

After this, let the paint dry completely and pull the tape off. I decided to do black on the opposite lines, she will be attending the University of South Carolina for graduate school in the fall so I thought it would be perfect! In order to do the opposite spaces first outline it with a thin paint brush, that way you don't get as much on the red. If you mess up, don't worry once the black dries you can paint over a couple coats of the other color and it will look perfect!

Once I was finished touching up all of the parts I let it dry completely again. I printed off a monogram from this website, you can select your style and from there print and cut it out. I traced it onto the canvas in the center, painted the letters white and the circle black. I then outlined the circle with a gold paint which showed up really nicely.

The last thing to do was to add a ribbon to hang (thanks James for holding it), I was trying to make sure it was even before I glued it on!

There you have it, A chevron canvas fit for ay dorm room, or apartment!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Sweet 16

So, my sisters 16th birthday is today, wow...crazy, and she is beginning to become more appreciative of crafts and things like that! So in making my decision on what to get her I was trying to think of something that she would use on a regular basis and that would come in handy. She is on the swim team in our neighborhood and last season I remember that during the swim meets there were never enough chairs for all of the swimmers and parents/family. So I thought "I will get her a foldout/bag chair", but I added a little twist...I decided to decorate it to make it her own so that if won't look like anybody else's and she can never loose it. Here's how I did it...

Camping Chair
Acrylic Paint
Paintbrushes (multiple sizes, depending on what designs you are doing)
Acrylic Rhinestones/Jewels
Hot Glue Gun
Acrylic Sealer

First, pick out your chair. I used a simple blue chair from Wal-Mart. You can use any color or size that you would like, just remember that the larger the chair the more space you have to cover when painting!

The first thing I did was decide what kind of pattern I wanted on the arms, I choose chevron. After making the decision I drew the pattern out on the arm rests (it is hard to see but it is there) and then painted them in white. You can obviously use whatever colors you would like. I painted about 3 coats of white, letting each coat dry almost completely before starting the next one. If you let it dry completely you will be able to better see where the lighter spots are.

Here are the finished arm rests.  
The next step, is to paint/design the back of the chair. I choose to put my sisters monogram on the back with a pink anchor for a pop of color and because she is a swimmer so I thought it was appropriate! The first thing I did was the monogram, and then the anchor. I outlined it first, and then filled it in. I also did 3 coats on the back, letting it dry almost all the way in between each time so that you can see the light spots better.

The next thing I did, to add a little bling was outline the cup holder with he acrylic rhinestones. I simply glued them down with how glue and let them dry, I went back and pulled at some of them to make sure that they were all glued on and wouldn't fall off.
The last thing I did was hot glue a ribbon now in the right corner of the chair. I know your thinking... "why, it will fall off" and what not but if you glue it down well it should be fine. It also looks really cute!

The very last thing you need to do is seal all of your paint with an Acrylic Sealer, this will keep your paint from falling off and will give it a shiny look. You could also spray the chair with water proofer if you plan on having it our in the rain!  
So there it is, her own personal camping/tailgate/swim team meet...etc. chair!!
Oh and I also got her a pair of Platinum Jack Rogers, what 16 year old doesn't have these in her wardrobe!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Bows on Bows on Bows

My new crafting favorite is making bows. I watched a video tutorial on how to do these very simple boutique bows and I just fell in love. I ended up making them for all of the seniors in my sorority. I made about 24 in 3 days so I am a little bowed out but I thought what  a perfect time to blog about them! So, here's the "How To"...

What you will need:
  • (2) 8" strips of 1.5" wide ribbon
  • (1) 4" strip of 3/8" wide ribbon
  • (1) strip 3/8" wide long enough to cover the back of your clip
  • 1 clip, you can use any you prefer (alligator, clasp...etc.)
  • Hot Glue
  • Scissors
  • Lighter
The first thing you want to do is take your lighter and burn the edges of the ribbon so that they do not fray, you will be able to feel if the ribbon is burnt enough, it will feel rubbery.

Take you 8" strips of ribbon and fold them in half to make a crease.

Fold one side over and stop at the crease you made, put a line of hot glue right beside the crease and fold one side over.

Now do the same thing to the other side.

Now, do the same thing to the other 8" strip. You should now have 2 pieces that look exactly the same.

Set these to the side and take your clip and the piece of ribbon you cut to fit over it. Hot glue the piece of ribbon to the back of the clip.
Set this aside, take the other piece of ribbon and pinch the middle in to make a pocket in the front.
(Front)                                                       (Back)
Put a small dot of glue in the pocket on the front side, do not glue the entire piece together, and then hold together until it sets (don't squeeze to hard, you might burn yourself). Do this to the other piece as well. The next part is a little tricky to explain, but I will try.
Fold back the 2 flaps on the front of the bow, like this:
On the back side you will have 2 more pockets, put a small dot of glue in those pockets as well and hold it until it sets. Again, don't squeeze to hard or you will burn your fingers. Do these steps on the other piece as well. You will end up with 2 pieces that look like this:
If your glue shows on the top a little, that is ok because the smaller ribbon will cover it. The next thing you will do is glue the two pieces together. Place one piece on top of the other....
And put glue in between the to, focus in the center, so that they 2 pieces look like the picture above. The next step is to glue on your smaller ribbon. One the back of the bow, place a small dot of glue and place your 4" 3/8" wide piece of ribbon in the center...
Wrap the piece of ribbon around once and then glue the clip on at the center of the bow...
Next, you want to open your clip and wrap the ribbon inside the clip to give it extra support...
Place a small dot of glue inside the clip and use a pen or a pencil to push it down. Continue wrapping your ribbon until it runs out, about 2 more times. Put another dot of glue where the ribbon ends and glue the tip down.
Your bow is now complete, yay!! Now you want to fluff up your corners and its complete.
You can use any color ribbon combination you would like and any size ribbon. I have made some with 2" wide ribbon and made them a little larger, it is all personal preference. Here are some others that I have done.


I hope you have enjoyed this post and that the instructions are easy to understand! As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments ! I love to hear from you, and would love to see some of the bows you are able to design! I will be posting more bow styles as I learn them! Have a great weekend everybody :)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Late Night Monograms

I received a comment today, and it made me so happy to know that my blog is helping people! I have not embroidered/posted in a while so I decided to take a break from school and monogram something! I decided to monogram my iPad sleeve, yay! Heres how I started...

This is the sleeve I started with, and I choose to use a bright lime green that would match and stick out!

Next, I placed the hoop on the sleeve, this took forever because the material is so thick, but I was determined and finally got it! I put the piece on my machine, set up the sizing and monogram how i wanted it...and it the green button! 

Because it was so hard to get the hoop on I watched it closely just to make sure that it did not pop off! Also, since this was thicker material i went over the monogram twice, as long as you do not remove the hoop this is not a problem. I find that with thicker material doing it twice allows it to pop more, and to cover any spots that may be loose or not covered all of the way. I also do this with my appliqué designs. Yes, I know this uses more thread but it is completely worth it! 

Here is my finished product!

It feelt awesome to take sometime and get back to my monogramming, glad I was able to mark something off of my list. As always, please let me know if you have any questions! 

Enjoy your week :) 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

My First Applique

So, when I got my Brother PE500 I wasn't sure of everything that it could do...so I started experimenting (and since I am sick I have had lots of time to do this). I wanted to see if I would be able to do an applique with my machine...so I looked it up on YouTube. I came across this video, so now I know I can do it, but the real question is can you do a monogram applique...well, the answer is YES!! I am so excited to share this with everyone!

I wasn't sure how applique fonts worked, so I just purchased one that was a good deal and would be perfect for me (I also didn't want to spend a lot of money if I wasn't able to do it! I ended up purchasing a circle applique font from an Etsy Shop. It was inexpensive and great for what I want to do! So, first I formatted the font with my software making everything the right size and the right spacing etc...

Now for the applique part of this project, it is kind of timely, but it is worth it! Doing the applique is more complicated with the monogram than it was for the woman in the video, who just did a small cloud, there are a lot more steps. Make sure you use self adhesive stabilizer so that your letters will stick   to your shirt when you go back to embroider the final outline (it will make sense later).  

The first thing you want to do is take your fabric of choice and outline your letters. You have to set your machine to do this by skipping the 2nd and 3rd step of the applique on each specific letter.

After you have done this step, cut all of the letters out.

Set your shirt/item up in the section you would like the applique to be. Now, if you remember the last time I monogrammed a shirt it was off a little so I adjusted the hoop this time to accommodate for the imperfections last time, not that there wont be any this time!

The next thing is for your machine to out line the letters for you on the shirt, I forgot to take a picture of this, I'm sorry! Once you have outlined pull the stabilizer off of the back of your letters and stick them to the shirt inside the outline.

Set your machine to finish the final outlines, and then let it go! 

Once your applique is complete take it off of the machine and pull the stabilizer off. Yay, your applique is complete!

The applique will take longer than a monogram because there is so much more work to do with it than just hitting the green button! I hope as time goes on my applique becomes more and more perfect so that I am not so nervous to do them for other people! 

Feel free to ask any question, I will try to help the best that I can!