12 março, 2011

Super Cute : para meninas*****

Felt Princess Tiara Tutorial

The birthday party planning is in full swing for my lil gal (I can't believe another year has flown by. I just want to keep her tiny for a few more years)! She's requested a princess party... so bring on the pink, glitter & tons of tulle!

I didn't want to buy plastic store bought tiara's for each of the girls, so we made a felt version. Want to make one for your princess? You'll just need:
glue gun
felt squares
rhinestone crystals

Here we go...

First I made a template (freehand) for each piece

Using the templates, cut out tiara pieces

Wrap your large felt piece around the headband. Run the glue along the center of the headband and press to hold the felt down. Next match up the two ends of the tiara and add glue to hold it in place. Glue down the rest of the tiara and cut off excess.

Glue down the smaller piece of your crown and add rhinestone crystals

She couldn't wait to try on the first finished tiara!

I love how each guest will get her very own & original tiara!


Inspiração para as Alices (do País das Maravilhas)

Teacup Clock

This has been the longest project of my life. I have been working on it off and on since april. It just wasn't ever right.
Do you brilliant minds ever have stuff like this?
But finally it got done. I wish I could say that I as the creative genius behind it but alas I am not. Erika @ Retropolitan Hip is. Her blog is awesome and she is my partner in crime in many an idea/business venture. She is probably the funniest person that I know and I love her so much! The inspiration piece:

Cute right? Its like $400.00 from Umbra

This lovely is Erika's version:

And this is mine:

The teacups were all found at antique stores, thrift stores, or TJ Maxx.

So do you want to make one too? Here are the steps:

1. FIND A CRAPLOAD OF CUPS! I have probably 6 more sets that I didn't use. You have to play with them and get them in the right spots so that it flows. It would be much easier if you were only doing a few colors but who likes to do things the easy way???! pfssh not this girl. After you have it set up the way you want number them!!! That way you wont forget!!

2. I got the wood at Homie D's. It was months ago so I don't remember how much I spent. Its just particle board. I stuck a pin in the board and attached a string and pencil to it and drew a circle. Then I had Macho cut it out for me.

3. I modpodged paper onto it. I hated it. So then I modpodged tissue paper onto it. eeeh. So then I painted it white. Much better.

4. Of course I covered the center mark. Awesome. I had to rediscover the center so I measured the width and marked the center point at a few different angles and it looked like this:

Then Macho drilled a hole for the clock mechanism. I just used one off a clock that I already had but I am sure you can buy stuff if you want to go the "expensive" route...ha ha ha.

5. I used Gorilla Glue Epoxy to epoxy all of the teacups to the saucers and then the saucers to the wood. Seriously this is the strongest stuff on earth. period. end of story. Dont even try to use something else...you may regret it.

6. Then I had Macho mount it to the wall. This thing is freakin heavy. I was kind of worried about it falling off and killing someone so I had him screw it directly through the clock face into a stud. Then I painted the screw and you cant even tell.

There you have it! This treasure cost less than $50.00 and I LOVE it!


08 março, 2011

A Fada "Tic Tac" - a fada que vive nos relógios

Fairy Nursery Wall Clock

Fairy dust abounds in the nursery where this clock resides...

Made from scrap lumber, bead board, a dollar store picture frame and a vintage thrift store clock this nursery wall clock is 36" tall from crown to toes.

The door to the small cabinet "body" was made out of the picture frame and opens to accommodate baby's keepsakes. The arms, legs and head were cut from a scrap of 1x10 pine and attached to the body with eye bolts so they dangle. The cabinet back and whimsical wings were cut from a single piece of bead board left over from another project.

I cut all the parts with a jigsaw.

Then assembled the tiny cabinet.

Meet Dewalt Brad Nailer -- the best $300 we ever spent!

I added textured paintable wallpaper around the outside.

This was my last "during" picture. I had to stop taking pictures and get to work so there would be "after" pictures.

It's decorated in a quirky, vintage-y style with brightly colored scrapbook paper and paint, old book pages and a sweet reminder to
... "always kiss me goodnight".


07 março, 2011

Estojo para lápis ou bolsinha...

pencil bags


about 1/2 yard each of 2 different fabric

1- 7 inch zipper

sewing machine and thread

1. Cute one piece of fabric 7 inches wide and 4 inches long. Cut the contrasting fabric 7 inches wide and at least 10 inches long.

2. Lay the zipper on the right side of one of the pieces of fabric with one edge lined up with the middle of the fabric.

Fold the fabric over, pin zipper in place and using a zipper foot sew about 1/4 inch from folded edge.

This is what it will look like after being sewn

3. Turn right side out, press with iron and sew about 1/8 inch from edge.

4. Repeat with the contrasting piece of fabric and it will look like this.

5. Lay the zipper side onto some fabric. Use it as a template to cut 2 pieces of fabric of the exact same shape and size. (For instruction purposes we'll call these pieces "backings")

6. Stack the pieces as follows: backing right side up, zipper piece right side up, backing upside down. Stack them directly on top of each other, lining up edges and trimming any excess fabric.

7. Starting about 1 1/2 inches from one of the bottom corners sew around edges at aboput 5/8 in. Be careful not to sew over zipper. End stitching so that you have about a 2 inch opening at the bottom.

Cut corners and turn right side out. Press.

8. Fold raw edges on bottom in and sew about 1/8 in. around edge. Optional: attach charm or ribbon to zipper pull.