Saturday, July 31, 2010

And the Winner is...

I recently entered my daughters bed into
The CSI Challenge

There Were Many Many worthy Entries
Some of my favorites included

Beautiful wall art created from Scrap wood
(they won top ten)

Apple green Chalk board desk
Perfect for kids

The Top Project in the Challenge was
This beautiful dresser, that was missing a drawer

All Wonderful and inspiring entries...
But the winner was..
The bed used to look like this
and i hand painted it
now it looks like this
Check out my original posts
1, 2

I am so honored to have even been considered.. but to be chosen..WOW!!
I'm almost speechless ( obviously not completely because i cant stop saying wow!! lol)

And a HUGE Thank You to THE NESTER 
 who was the guest judge this week

 The Prize is a 50$ gift certificate to Dimple Prints
 Dimple prints offers  beautiful digital party packages, invitations and card designs
Check out their Website
They also Have an Etsy Shop

If you would like to enter one of your own projects
Check out

Friday, July 30, 2010

Origami me

My husband has gotten me in the mood for origami.
i found  really cool looking flower, called a Kusudama, online and
 he learned how to make me one
( its huge!!)
but so pretty!!

anyways, while watching him make it, i realized it wasn't to hard and decided to try it myself

I started by cutting 6 pieces of 1x1 pieces of paper
( mines a mini version)
Fold one corner to the opposite corner to create a triangle
Next fold the left and right corners up to the top point
this will form a square
Fold that same point down
line up the inner crease to the outter part of your square
Next open up the flaps you just created and flatten them
next fold down the top corners
i tucked mine into the inside
Now fold the triangle flaps in half
do this with both sides
Next add a dab of glue
add where pencil is pointing
clip closed until the glue is dry
do not crease the outer part.
this forms one petal
Fold 4-5 more of these.
( amount of petals can vary depending of the fullness of the flower you want)

to connect all of the petals,
glue outer sides together in circle
hold until dry and
a  beautiful Kusudama
keep an eye out later to find out what i do with these

If my 'tutorial' didnt work for you, check out these other sites

Unique Twist

Looking for a unique way to display your earrings?
Ive got one idea here....

recently while surfing craft blogs, i came across
Well while in Spain she found a clever display idea
and used it.

here is my take on her project

1-2 liter soda bottle
Wide ribbon
dry erase marker
Box cutter
Key ring

mod podge
decorative paper
paint brush

Start by removing the label from your bottle
Next i wrapped my wide ribbon around the bottle
( mine is actually blanket binding)
this is so i could get the cut even
using the dry erase marker draw a line following your ribbon
after the first few rounds
you can just line up your ribbon and trace it
this is how it should look after your lines are done
Next use your box cutter to remove the bottom of the bottle
(on my bottle there was a slightly visible 'seal' line)
next use your scissors to cut your bottle along the lines
you can cut all the way to the top if you so choose.
 i stopped where the bottle started the upward curve
this is my top ending
Here is what it looks like hanging
The next step depends on whether you are going to leave your display clear or decorate it.

If you choose to leave it Clear:
Gather your tack and keyring
(I'm using a piece of a foam place mat underneath)
poke your tack into the top to
create a hole to loop your key ring through
this is how you will hang your display
next step is to poke the holes in which you will hang your earrings from
to keep mine evenly spaced (well, kinda)
i like to used holes poked in my mat
to line up with
Do this through your whole 'twist'

If you choose to decorate your twist:
gather your materials
i cut my paper into strips then cut those strips in half
 to make it easier to decoupage onto the twists
start on one end and work you way to the other
i added modge podge on the back of the paper the placed it onto the plastic.
after adding on all of the paper, i then added a layer of Mod podge
 to the outside and used my fingers to try and
smooth the wrinkles ( there will be a few)
I continued to decoupage the outside and inside of my twist
next make a small hole in the top and add your keyring
poke holes along the outer edge to hold your earrings
i added a bead to the bottom to help weigh down the twists and open them up a bit
here it is hanging
And now you have a unique 'TWIST' on displaying your earrings
This one is a smaller version.
i used the same size bottle but used most of the bottle and created a larger one for my craft area
it hangs a little over 3 feet
I left it clear
and because of the length there was no need to add the bead to the bottom

Thanks for looking and have fun crafting!!

On a Side note-
Ive entered this into
The CSI Project Challenge
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