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Rosette Banner Sneak Peek

27 Jan

I’m working on a banner for a friend, and I’m getting excited about how it’s turning out.   Here is a sneak peek of what I’m working on:


Magnetic Medicine Cabinet Makeover

26 Jan

So I was perusing the internet during class yesterday, and saw an idea for a magnetic board for your makeup.  It was a magnetic sheet covered in fabric and the makeup had magnets glued on it.  I was all set to make a magnetic board with fabric and a frame, but when I came home I realized my old “vintage” medicine cabinet is actually made of metal!! I stuck some magnetic tape that I had lying around onto some of my makeup but that was not strong enough.  I had to wait until today, and I scurried to Wal-Mart during my lunch break to buy some magnet “buttons”.  The cashier asked me if I was working on crafts, and when I told her what I was scheming, she looked at me like I was a genius.  Lady I had the same look on my face yesterday when I came across the idea.

I started working on my project as soon as I got home.  I should have been reading for my classes I have to go to later this evening, but who cares about school anyway!  People that take law school seriously have issues.

Here is what the package of magnets looks like in case you were wondering:

52 buttons!!!! I can hardly contain myself!  (FYI-I’m mocking the person that added an exclamation point to a package of magnets.)

My makeup before I magnetized it:

My makeup after:

Here is my medicine cabinet before its makeover:

Please don’t judge me.  I already know I’m a pig.

My makeup was constantly on the precarious brink of taking a four-foot tumble onto the floor.  I lost quite a few eye shadows and blushes to that cabinet.  But my days of powdery messes are (hopefully) over!


I even put an empty magnet on the side of the cabinet to catch those random clips and bobby pins that my cat likes to swat off the counter.

I also used a little of the magnet tape to glue on my tweezers to keep them from getting lost.  I need to keep those pesky stray white eyebrows in check at all times!

I still need a lot more organizing to do in that bathroom, but nonetheless, this felt like a small victory in my never-ending battle with clutter.

DIY Printables on Picnik

13 Jan

I discovered this tutorial about how to make your own printable using Picnik.  It will be something I will add to my arsenal of activities to help me procrastinate.  Not that I needed any more, but variety is the spice of life as they say.

I am helping my friend decorate her last wedding reception.  Yes, I said last.  The girl has gotten more married to one person than anyone I know.  Two ceremonies, two dresses and two receptions.   I guess if you have to spend the rest of your life with one person, you might as well go out with a bang, or two.  🙂

She is understandably on a budget, so there are a ton of projects that we I want to make.  I will have more posts on all those projects in the future.  I used Picnik to create several versions of the couple’s monogram that I plan on using (if the bride likes it).  Is it still called a monogram if it is just the initial of your last name?  That doesn’t sound right, but let’s go with monogram for the sake of simplicity.

This is option 1:

Option 2:

Option 3:

Option 4:Option 5:

I have no idea if she will like any of them, but if she doesn’t they can be edited very easily.  I hope you try this awesome free program and would love to see what you come up with!

Baby Shower Virgin No More!

6 Jan

Over the winter break I hosted my first baby shower ever.  My family and I had a small baby shower for my brother and his fiancé, and since the baby’s sex is still unknown, we settled on a rainbow palette with a button theme.  I would have liked more time (and money) to prepare, but you don’t always get what you want.  I also had finals and Christmas shopping to worry about, so needless to say I was preeeety stressed these past few weeks.

After picking a color palette and theme, I designed some invitations on Publisher.  I had planned on sending the invites out in a postcard, but after I printed them out, I was not satisfied with the result. 

My mother also informed me that she would be handing out most of the invitations, so I decided to doctor them up since I would not have to worry about mailing them.  Here is what I came up with for the invitations that were hand-delivered:

It has the original postcard invitation inside the envelope, and a real button on the upper right hand corner.  The invitations that I mailed out had a paper button instead.   The colors aren’t exactly rainbow-hued, but I couldn’t find any paper pads that were appropriately rainbow-colored.

As for the decorations for the shower, I knew I wouldn’t find anything in my color palette or theme, so I had to make everything myself.  I used my Cricut for most of it, and it really made me wish I had the Expression instead of the Create.  If I had to do another shower like this, I would definitely invest the $250 and buy the bigger machine.  I think $250 isn’t much to pay for the sake of my sanity.

The banner I made (I have a previous post with the full banner) says “Cute as a Button”.  In retrospect I would have only put two holes in the “button” circles instead of the four I used, because they sort of look like bowling balls!  It bugged me to no end every time I looked at it.

I made my first diaper cake, and it too, could have turned out better, but what can I say, diaper cakes are not my thing.  It will hopefully be the first and last diaper cake I make.

Those eyeball looking things were supposed to be flowers.  Yeah, fail on the flowers.

My mom made the huge button at the top of the cake with some type of homemade clay/dough.  It is made with cornstarch, glue and vaseline and it hardens with time.  The letters on the button were a biotch to get off the page they came on.  Each little crystal is glued to the next, so if you pulled too hard you could say sayonara to the letter.

My mother also made the favors, which were decorated cookies.  These cookies gave my mother palpitations because the royal icing just would not dry.  The icing dried for a day, yet was still tacky to the touch.  We put fans on them, used a blow dryer (on the cool setting of course) but nothing would get the tackiness to go away.  In the end, my mom dipped them in sugar and we were able to package them without ruining the bag or the cookie.

I made the tags to close the bags with (I also have a previous post on them), and my lovely friend Bree helped me put the embroidery floss and buttons on them.

I also made some mint matchbooks to go on the favor table.

The back of the matchbooks said “Thank you for celebrating with us.   It “mint” a lot to us.”  Nothing like a corny pun to celebrate new life. 🙂

My mom’s friend was nice enough to make chocolate covered Oreos.  These were really yummy!

Here is the gift table:

I made the card “box” which was really just a basket with a “Cards” sign stuck in it.  My boyfriend called it the “Carlos” box because he kept thinking that is what it said.

I also made some “Well Wishes for Baby” and “Advice for the Parents To Be” cards for the guests to fill out.  I will bind the responses into a book for the parents to be.  If I ever procreate, I want someone to do this for me because you get some really touching and hilarious responses from your guests.  I will post about the finished product when I finish it…hopefully before the baby is born.

Here are the tables with the centerpieces and button confetti on them:

We had guests use the buttons we scattered on the tables as bingo markers.  Thankfully, nobody hurled buttons at anybody else as I had feared.

My friend Marisa was nice enough to lend us her mom’s custom-made cupcake stands, and help me set up the cupcakes.

I did not have any ribbon that was wide enough to replace the polka-dotted ribbon, but I still like the look of the whole thing.

All in all, it was great to see friends we had not seen in years.  My childhood friend was able to stop by and she brought her newly hatched son!  She graciously let my brother practice his daddy skills and carry little Jaxson:

Too bad he didn’t need a diaper change because I’m sure my brother could have used the practice!

Faux Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend

4 Jan

I desperately needed a break from the baby shower madness that has consumed my life, so instead of doing something productive, like clean the pigsty I call home, I decided instead to do something crafty.  I know, big surprise.  I knew I wanted to make my boyfriend’s niece a birthday card since we are going to her birthday party today.   I made her a castle shaped card on my Cricut, but like many things in my life, it did not turn out as expected.  It ended up being about two inches wide by three inches tall.  Waaay too small, even for a four-year old.  So it’s going to be a gift tag instead.


To make up for the inadequacy of my birthday card, I decided the birthday girl needed a tiara.  I mean, what girl doesn’t need a tiara, especially on her birthday?  I cut out all the pieces for the tiara on my Cricut, and as I was about to put the faux paper jewels on it, I remembered my secret stash of real faux jewels and used those instead of the crappy paper jewels I was going to use.

Once again I apologize for the lighting, but there is only so much light available during the winter months in northwest Ohio.  Bleh!  I really like the end result, and I hope the birthday girl does to.  If she doesn’t then tant pis, as the French would say.  I’ll just keep it for myself, and wear it when the tiara wearing mood strikes me.

PS.  Tant pis = oh well

Baby Shower Banner

14 Dec

I have been working like my behind is on the line, in order to get everything I need to get done in time for my brother’s baby shower.   I was cutting out shapes on the Cricut yesterday, and had a sudden moment of being incredibly overwhelmed.  It seems every time I work on a project I come to the sudden realization and think to myself, “holy crap, am I really going to get this done, or should I buy everything and have a cookie cutter party?”  I usually choose to finish my projects, but that moment always scares the crap out of me.  I decided to call my two friends Jen and Bree, to see if they would be willing to help me finish up some projects for this shower.  They thankfully both came to my rescue, and helped me finish up a ton of stuff.  Love you guys!!  Here is a peek of what we worked on:

The banner says “Cute as a Button” but it’s hard to make out in this picture.  I should have waited until there was daylight, but I’ll do it later.  It is still missing a couple of details but for the most part, it is getting crossed off the to-do list.

This is one example of the centerpieces I plan on using at the baby shower.  I don’t know the setup (table-wise)  yet, so I figured my best bet would be to make a lot of small centerpieces.  These are not done, but they give you a general idea of the direction I’m heading.  I tried incorporating my button theme and using rainbow colors on everything.  The button on the binky looks like it’s black, but it’s a deep purple.

Overall, I had a great time crafting with my friends, and I feel like I got a handle on things.  I rarely get to craft with my friends, so it was a nice change of pace.  Thank you Jen and Bree!

Button Favor Tags

9 Dec

Now that finals are almost over, besides feeling like the weight of the world is no longer on my shoulders, I have to work on finalizing the items I need for my brother’s baby shower.

I was originally going to make round favor tags, but after going through several prototypes, none of which I liked, I settled on this.

I cut the “Thank You” with my Cricut, and then ran each.and.every.single.word through my Xyron machine.  Thank goodness I have the five-inch machine, because putting all the words through the small machine would have made me lose my marbles.  I’ve got to hang on tight to the few I have left.

On a side note, watching Teen Mom 2 makes me want to throw marbles at my TV.  If I had a child, and they called me a “stupid bitch” on national television, I would wonder where the hell I went wrong.  Seriously though, Janelle, the one that’s been arrested a couple of times, should have gotten a good spanking when she was a child.  Or at least a bar of soap in the mouth.

Back to the Xyron.  We have a love/hate relationship.  I love the fact that I can turn anything into a sticker, but I hate that if you don’t trace around your object, you will end up with pieces of adhesive around the shape.  The adhesive equivalent of a stage-five clinger if you will.  Because I loath these little adhesive clingers, I will burnish around the shape.  Repeatedly.  It took foreeeever to burnish around forty thank yous.

I finished off the tag by wrapping embroidery floss around the tag and tied a button in the middle.  I will staple/tape these puppies to the top of the favor bags.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that these look good in the end, because it was a lot of work for these favors to end up looking crappy.  TTFN!


Beach Themed Bridal Shower Cont-Cupcake Stand and Toppers

7 Dec

I saw this tutorial and wanted to make a stand just like hers, (it’s so damn cute!) but I could not find any candlesticks like the ones in her tutorial.  It forced me to figure something else out, and that’s when inspiration hit.

I used a long piece of threaded rod to separate the tiers on the cupcake stand!  I found the three-foot long rod at Home Depot, and had my bf cut it down to size.  I estimated that I would need about 5 inches between each layer, but I woefully miscalculated.  I didn’t realize how off my estimate was until the day of the shower, when it was too late to fix it.   I failed to take into account the height that the cupcake toppers would add to the cupcakes.  There’s a reason I’m in law school, and it’s mostly because I am very challenged when it comes to math…and common sense…and people skills, but I digress.

I picked out a knob from the cabinet section and made sure that the diameter of my rod would fit the knob.  I screwed the knob on at the very top of the threaded rod so that no one would poke their eye out on it.  I knew there would  be several other future lawyers at this shindig, so I couldn’t afford to have such a big liability on my hands.  Which is also why I didn’t cook anything.

I also picked up a can of berry spray paint, which was the perfect shade of hot pink.  I shopped around for four round melamine plates because I figured melamine would be easier to drill through.  I painted the plates with several layers of my cute berry spray paint.

After your paint dries completely (and don’t let your impatient boyfriend convince you it’s dry enough, you will regret it), you will need to find the center of the plate and drill a hole the size of the diameter of your rod.  You will also need some bolts and washers to keep the plates in place on your threaded rod.  If you don’t know what the heck I’m talking about, just ask one of the friendly men-folk at the Home Depot.  They’ll find it for you.

The bottom plate would not lay flat on the table because of the bolt under the plate.  My solution to this problem was to set the whole stand on a glass bowl.  I thought about other solutions to this problem, it didn’t come to me until after the shower.  Don’t you hate when that happens?? I will post my solution to this in a later post.

Anyway,  I filled the glass bowl underneath the stand with turquoise rock beads to add some color to it.  I bought some one inch pvc pipe for a different project, and used some of the leftovers to cover the threaded metal rod between the plates.  I found some wood paper at Micheal’s and glued that around the pvc pipe so it would look more finished.

For the cupcake toppers I designed a round topper that had the couple’s name on it.  I punched out the design with a circle punch and used another punch to make some scalloped circles to mat my design.  I glued the circle to the scalloped circle, and then hot glued it all to a bamboo skewer.  I used bamboo skewers because I didn’t have toothpicks the day I made these.  Don’t you love improvisation?!

I was not 100% happy with the end product, but it was my first attempt at making a cupcake stand, and I definitely learned a lot in the process.  I think the cupcake table ended up looking acceptable, even if things did not go according to plan, but such is life.

Low Cost Damask & Hot Pink Centerpieces

3 Dec

A friend is having a wedding reception in January, and her colors are hot pink, black, and damask.  I know damask isn’t a color but you understand what I mean right?  She put together three different versions of centerpieces.  These centerpieces are a low-cost option since the vases and the black river rock are from the Dollar Tree, the flowers are from Michaels, and the candle used in one of the centerpieces is from Scentsy.  The Scentsy candles part isn’t cheap, but you could substitute  it for any pillar candle.

This is the Dollar Tree vase that she used:

I love this vase because it is sleek, simple and can be used in many different ways.  See my post on how I used these vases.

She originally wanted to use hot pink gerbera daisies:

(I apologize for the quality of these pictures but they were taken on a cell phone.  Ick.)  This version was too bare for her taste, so she added some white filler flowers:

She didn’t like this version either, so she chucked the flowers all together and stuck a pillar candle in the vase.

This was the version she liked best:

She deliberated whether to have white, black or silver candles in the vases, but in the end she settled on hot pink.  Yay for hot pink!

I suggested using scrapbook paper around the vases to jazz them up (and keep costs low).  She picked out this paper, and the grosgrain ribbon from Michael’s.  On a side note, we spent a good three hours on one of the expeditions to buy the supplies for these centerpieces, just to find out our coupons were not valid until the next day.  D’oh!  Note to self, check date on coupon before going.

The flowers on the ribbon are from the scrapbooking section at Michael’s.  The jar they came in had a pretty flower all put together, but in reality you have to put these suckers together.  It was a pain in the ass to assemble 12 of these, especially the stamens.

This centerpiece, without the candle, probably cost about $4.  The total cost would depend on what candle you go with.  Michael’s always has 40% coupons, so if you  don’t mind pillar candles from Michael’s, this might be a lower cost option for these centerpieces.  I know they have pillar candles at the Dollar Tree as well, but I have never been a fan of them.  They just look cheap.  Which they are, but unlike other things from the dollar store, these really do look like they came from there.  But that’s my humble opinion.

So what would you have picked??

Beach Themed Bridal Shower

2 Dec

I had typed up a long detailed post of my friend Jen’s bridal shower, but something happened and none of the content of the post showed up.  So, now I am going to take a short cut and do a picture heavy post.  Picture heavy = Not a lot of writing.

My friend Jen is having a destination wedding in the Bahamas at the end of this month.  Her wedding colors are “malibu” and “watermelon”, the names that David’s Bridal gives to good old hot pink and cerulean blue.  With that in mind, we decided on a beach themed bridal shower, using her wedding colors.  I also used starfish throughout because her invitations and a lot of her wedding stuff has starfish on it.

I made the banner out of paper and ribbon-this was the easiest project ever! The pink fabric in the back is actually the curtains from my living room.  They are held up by a pvc pipe contraption, and I think it did a fabulous job of hiding the hid-e-ous fireplace behind it.  The table is covered with linen curtains from Target.  I had some blue “dupioni” silk fabric that we cut into a square to brighten up the table.  It is actually made of polyester (I think) but it has the look of dupioni silk at like, a quarter of the cost.  Jen, I love ya, but dupioni silk was not in the budget.

I also spray painted a frame in pink, and made a little sign for the card bucket.  Yup, card bucket.  I taped a strip of burlap around a pink ice bucket, matted a blue square, and stuck a white starfish on it. 

The tables were decorated with some hurricane vases with sand, shells and a candle.  We wrapped some raffia around the rim and called it a day.  Jen had some leftover disposable cameras, so we put those on the table as well.  The cups hold pens for guests to fill out the “How Well Do You Know the Bride” game that was on the table.  The table cloths were, you guessed it, curtains.

I spray painted some bigger picture frames so that we could decorate the walls with some of the couple’s engagement pictures.

I also created a Wordle for the couple.  I had the bride-to-be send me a list of words that had meaning to both of them as a couple.  Somehow “rage” is one of the words in the list, right along with “loving”. 

I will save the food and favors for another post.  I realized it would make for a post the length of a thesis if I did it all in one.  And no one wants to read a thesis. 

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