Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My First Pennant Banner

I've said it once, and I'll say it again: " I am no scrapbooker." In fact, the thought of paper crafts overwhelms and scares me a bit. This may come as a surprise to some because of the giant crate of scrapbook paper I have in my arsenal of craft supplies, but 'tis true. So, when I decided to make my first paper banner, I found the task a bit, well, daunting...

I started making one back in November for Thanksgiving with my friend, Jamie. She had made a few before and they turned out just amazing! But, when the business of the holidays kept us from getting together, I never finished mine. THEN, I kept seeing some more fabulous pennant banners online and out in BlogVille. I HAD to make one! (and finish it...)

So, I pulled out some paper I had, and after spending hours in Hobby Lobby and Michael's trying to coordinate this and that, (and probably over thinking the whole thing), I came up with this:

What do you think?

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Magnet Chalkboard

My friend Tiffany moved to New York the day after Christmas. ***silent sobs*** And although she will be missed immensely, I know this will be a great adventure for her and her family!

Well, because she is moving all the way across the country, she had to get rid of a lot of stuff so they won't have to move it all. She was nice enough to let me have first dibs on most of the stuffs she was parting with in exchange for doing whatever she needs for her hair for free. A pretty dang good deal if I do say so! I'm all about bartering! I got 3 wood saws (these will def come in handy for some ideas I've had in mind), a Dremmel tool, some home decor stuff, a refrigerator, just to name a few. Thanks Tiffany!

Among all the stuffs was this picture frame.

There was no glass in it, but I loved the details in it. I wasn't sure about what I was going to do with it until I remembered my dad has a ton of sheet metal scraps. He and my brother build custom chopper style trikes and always have scraps of sheet metal. So I had him cut a piece down to fit the frame.

I was just going to make it just a plain magnet board, but changed my mind and wanted it to be dual purposed. So the sheet metal got a couple coats of Rustoleum chalkboard spray paint:

Then the frame got a coat of black paint:

Then a couple coats of Heirloom White,
distressed the details a bit with sandpaper so the black would show through just a tad:

Put it all together, and I have a super cute magnet/chalkboard!(sorry...not the best picture...)


The best part is, I did it all for FREE! (I had all the paint on hand.)

Don't you love projects like this??? Cheap/free and easy!

I even made some cute bubble magnets to go with it:Oh, joy!!!

What have you been working on lately?

Linking up:

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Sunday Reflections

"A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell."
~C. S. Lewis

A glorious Sunday to you~

Thursday, January 6, 2011


Okay, so I had this nice post started about my latest project that I was going to post this evening. BUT, as I was making dinner I got a ring-a-ling at the door. Expecting one of the little neighbor girls coming to ask if the Diva Princess could play, I had her answer the door.

Diva Princess: "It's someone at the door".
Me: "Who?"
Diva Princess: "A someone."
Me: "Ooookaaaay...."

To my pleasant surprise, it was the UPS man. He had a very special delivery for me:
Do you see that return address???

Aaaaahhhhhhhh!!! At last! After entering numerous contests and trying to convince the Hubs that I needed one, I am the proud owner of my very own Silhouette-SD! Words cannot describe how excited I am, but I'll try...

I'm sorry, but I really am excited!!!

Thank you to Stephanie Lynn over at Under the Table and Dreaming for the wonderful deal! I can't wait to incorporate this awesome little machine into my crafting and stuffs!