Monday, February 28, 2011

Vinyl Obsession

I LOVE craft vinyl! I think it is one of the coolest inventions and the craft medium I reach for most often. Hopefully, you love it as well...or maybe you will grow to love it, because I promise-you will see it alot!

Here is my newest vinyl creation. It's a project I've had in my head for quite some time, though I've never mentioned it to my husband. So I thought I would surprise him with it when he came home from church last night. From start to finish, it took 2 hours. And that includes the 5 different ways I designed it in Cricut Design Studio before finally narrowing it down to my favorite one.

The coloring in this picture makes the name look pink, but it gives you an idea of the size & positioning on the fireplace.
   Vinyl used: OhMyVinyl in Peanut Butter, Cherry Red, and Walnut
   Cartridges used: Home Decor, Plantin SchoolBook, & Wall Decor and More

I have a few more vinyl home decor projects planned. Hoping to work on another one this afternoon if the kiddos will nap!

Happy Monday, everyone!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Birthday Cookies

I made some birthday cookies this week for a dear friend of my Mom's. They were by far my favorite to decorate, and I love the finished product. The design is not my own, it was taken from my favorite cookie maker, Sweet Sugarbelle. Her creations are AMAZING, and my inspiration to get into cookie decorating.

I have 1 more set of cookies to make this coming week for a friends bachelor party. Then, I am moving away from cookies for a little while. I have a table full of new craft supplies I am dying to dig into!

Bright, Colorful & Cheery!


Close-up detail. The pink one on the right is my favorite in the whole batch

Lily's conversation with me- "I not gonna eat 'em? They not for Lily? They for Nanah's friend. I just gonna pretend, Momma!"

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Quick Recap

Just a quick post to re-cap the projects I have done the past few weeks. I know this posting is long overdue, but hopefully now that my household is healthy again, I can get back into a routine.

Steelers cookies for my family for the Superbowl

Valentine from Lily...using stamps and her fingerprints

Another handmade Valentine using fingerprints

This Valentine idea is not original by me, but I honestly don't remember where I came across it. It is such a neat idea for loved ones far away. I drew and cut out Lily's handprints and had her stamp on them with acrylic paint/sponges. I cut a piece of ribbon the length of her outstretched arms and attached it to the back of the handprints. Using small circle velcro pieces, I attached the handprints to the paper. I wrote out the saying and attached it using pop dots. (I wish I would have taken the time to type up the saying, but by this point Lily was so done with craft time!) The idea behind the valentine is the person can detach the handprints and wrap them around themselves for a special "Lily hug" from far away. :)

Hope you are all enjoying the day! It's a gorgeous one here in VA, hoping for some outside playtime with the kids on this long holiday weekend.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sweets for my Sweets

I can't believe it's been almost 2 weeks since my last post! I have had a very sick household. Thankfully, I have managed to avoid most of it. That has been a huge blessing since I have been busy taking care of everyone else! My husband has had a cold for weeks, my daughter has a sinus infection & brochitis and my baby boy has a cold & bad ear infection. It's scary & heartbreaking when little ones are so sick. :(

Needless to say, I haven't had a ton of time to craft. I do have lots of pending projects filling my craft table at the moment. And I'm expecting 2 shipments of goodies by the end of the week! Now if I can only find the time...

For now, check out these Valentine's cookies I made for my sweet family!

I made these mini's for Lily.
They are the perfect size for little kiddos.
But I'll admit, the mini cookies are my favorites to make!

I thought they looked like the Conversation Hearts, so I wanted to give it a try.
Not bad, but needs some tweaking.

Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! I'm off to attempt handmade Valentine's cards with Lily. If all goes well, I'll post them tomorrow!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

5 minutes, $5

Gotta love fast, inexpensive projects!

Here are some pictures of a few hairbow holders I made over the weekend.

Hope you all are having a great day!