Thursday, May 31, 2012

Jewelry Box Redo

I bought this jewelry box at Goodwill one day for really cheap.  It's the perfect size.  However, it was really boring on the outside.  I contemplated painting it, but then I decided it needed to be a little more unique.

To make my "stencil" I printed out a flower on just regular paper, then I covered the back of the paper with chalk.  I laid the paper on the box, and then drew around the outline of the flower with a pen.  It's hard to describe, but the above is how it looked.

Then I just painted the flowers and did a little yellow in the middle.

I love it!  It looks so good in my girly bathroom.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Crocheted Business Card Holder {Free Pattern}

I just got my business cards for my new Etsy shop and of course I needed a card holder.  So, I decided to make one.  And why not crochet one?  You want to make one?  Here's a free pattern just for you.

Yarn (I used cotton, but you can use whatever you prefer, but something you can use with a small hook)
4 mm crochet hook
Buttons to match

ch- chain
sc- single crochet
st- stitch
FO- finish off

Row 1: chain 16
2-21: ch 1, sc into each st. (at the end of the 21st row put a st marker)
now the flap- 22-26: ch 1, sc into each st.
27: ch 1, sc into the first 2 st, ch 2, skip next 2 st, sc into the next 6 st, ch 2, skip 2 st, sc to the end (the ch 2 and st you skip are to make a button hole, you can make them as big or as small as you need)
28-29: ch 1, sc into ea st, FO
Fold in half so the first row comes to the st marker, then sew up the sides, turn inside out, then add your buttons

And there you have it!

And hey, check out my store: Add a Little Color.
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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Crochet Projects

I have been trying to keep up with blogging, but I seem to forget about it.  That's why I love that I can schedule my posts to post at a later date.  It's so great for us forgetful people.

Anyway, when I'm not blogging, I'm working or crocheting...A LOT!  I've been working on a lot of different things.

I've asked some of my friends to send me some requests.  Then I either send them off as gifts or, most of the time, list them in my Etsy store to make some money :)

Here's a taste of what I've been working on:

 Baby girl elf hat for a friend to give to her niece

 Newborn booties for the same friend for her niece

 Newborn booties to list in my shop

Hammock for my cousin (used for photography)

I also made some monster baby booties I forgot to take photos of and now I'm working on a Yoda beanie with earflaps.  It's SO cute!  I may sell it to my brother-in-law for his nephew.  Then I'm going to crochet a monster beanie.  Then a pillow.  I'll take photos and share with everyone.
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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

My Dad's Doll

My dad, Tom, is the coolest dad.  He and my mom divorced when I was about four, but he always made it a priority to spend time with us on Wednesday nights and weekends.  Since then, my sister and I have tried to stay close to him even though we don't all live in the same town anymore.

(Yes, I look just like him)

Well, my step-mom sent me a package the other day and sent me some things that were my grandma's and she sent me my dad's doll from when he was a little guy.

Yeah, he's not the cutest doll.  But, for being 60 or more years old he looks pretty good to me.  His name is Stevie.  And was made by my great-great grandmother (my grandma's grandma).  I'm glad to have him.  I hope I have kids one day and I can display him in their room.  Right now, I think he's going to go into my "hope chest" with the other items until I have a home for them.

** My great-great grandma had some serious crochet skills :)
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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Recylced Art

I follow a blog called "A Beautiful Mess."  She has some great craft/repurpose ideas.  I stumbled across this not too long ago, and decided I had to try it.

So, I dug out an old painting I did (something I did for fun when I was in high school).  Then I got some letter stickers at Michaels and some white paint.

It was kind of a pain in the butt because when I took off the letter stickers there was paint underneath of just about every one, so I had to try to get it off.  But, it still looks pretty cool.

Basically, you just place the stickers on however you want your words to flow.  Then paint over them with the white paint, and then peel off the stickers.  And that's it!

I'll probably try again with another painting I have and with some bigger letters.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Living Room Craft Nook

I posted a photo collage of some of the things I had made for my craft nook.  I had to give you a little sneek peak of what was to come.  Well, now it's all finished!

The table on the left is dedicated to Nan's scrapbooking, which she frequently uses. 

Then on the right are my sewing things.  I have a Serger and sewing machine. 

Then the cart on the right I got from Ikea and it has all of my fabric wrapped around cardboard to make it look like the bolts of fabric found in the stores (and it's a lot easier to find stuff). 

The boxes under the table on the right have paint, ribbon spools, and other odds and ends. 

Then there's the cake tin stand I made

And on the left side of the table is the lamp I made

On the shelf above the table are jars full of buttons as well as the bottles I wrapped with yarn

Then there's the tie rack I repurposed into a spool rack. 

And the embroidery hoops with various fabrics.  And the "S" is all buttons, and appropriate since my name is Sarah and Nan's is Shirlee.

I think that's it.  I haven't sat there in a while, since I've been making a lot of crocheted baby items, which I can make watching TV.  But I will get back to it sometime.
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