Friday, April 29, 2011

Quote for the Day

It's better to be an optimist who is sometimes wrong than a pessimist who is always right.

-- Unknown

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Too Cute Umbrella Wreath

How adorable is this wreath!! Makes me think of a Jimmy Buffet concert - "cheeseburger in paradise... salt, salt, salt..."
Wish I would have thought of this beauty, thanks to Camilla at Family Chic for sharing this one. Check out her stuff there, so cute.
Thanks for looking,
Have a great day


Friday, April 15, 2011

"Springy" Teacher Frames

I've had this itching feeling for the past couple of weeks that I should do something for my kids' teachers for Easter. I know that I can't assume (everyone knows what happens when you assume something!) that everyone celebrates Easter so we decided that it will be a "Springy" gift! My idea was to use some Easter-y stuff that I had on hand and create something they could use. Of course my hot glue gun would be involved! Love that thing! I used my idea from a previous post, from Valentines Day. And, another frame here. The project started with a couple bags of $.50 bags of jelly beans,

a couple packages of peeps,

and a raw $1.00 frame.

My kids painted the frames for their teachers and I chose yellow (my favorite color) for my frame. Then just hot glued the accessories on. Easy peasy! They turned out pretty nice, if I do say so myself!

Total cost for each frame - less than $1.50!!

Thanks for looking.

Have a great day,


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

One Pair of $3 Pants - 3 Projects

OMG!, I can't believe it is April already!!! I've been so lazy in posting to my blog. Unfortunately life has become extremely busy for me here and the first thing to go is my creative outlet! I miss it so much! Sorry for letting this go by the wayside. Recently, I found a pair of $3.00 courdoray boys pants that had a hole in them....immediately I knew there were going to be some craft projects for these poor tattered pants. Unfortunately I didn't think ahead when creating these projects. From the 2 pant legs I made these cup holders. It was pretty easy, just had to cut off the legs and sew up the bottoms. Buttons were added on the sides to make the bottoms flat. Finally I used old belts as the straps. Too cute. I love them because I added quilting inside of each to help keep beverages hot or cold. There is enough room in each one to use a blue "feezey thing" to help keep drinks cold. a>
This is a quick shot of the inside of each cup holder. The sunflower has quilting under the cotton material. This was the first one I completed. There isn't any additional material to cover the quilting - BORING!! :-) After visiting JoAnn Fabrics and fishing through their remnits bin I found the cute sunflower material. Thought that would look a little "happier" than just the blue quilting (which was also from the remnits bin at Joann's!).
My second project was to take the top part of the pants and make a reusable shopping bag. This was pretty easy to do also. I wish I had taken pictures of each step, but I'm not that good at recording each step - I promise to work on that! I started by cutting off the legs and sewing up the bottom of the bag. Used a hot glue gun to prevent the zipper from coming down, and to flatten down the flap of material in front of it.

Finally, I found some old belts to use as straps! That is my favorite part! Had to use bottons to help keep straps sewn on the bag. This was harder than I thought! Turned out pretty cute though.

This is an upclose view of the buttons holding the straps on, had to use one on the inside and one on the outside of each strap. A quick view of inside of the bag, used striped material to go along with the stripes from the courdory. I thought is was kinda cute! You can see the "security" buttons on the inside here. Overall it is pretty cute, and I love using it at a store! When checking out the cashier always comments on the bag. Thanks for looking! Have a good day. Cathy