Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Eeyore's Birthday 2013: The 50th Anniversary!

I hopped over to Eeyore's Birthday at Pease Park on Saturday to check out the fun and festivities with a few friends! It's a wonderful party that benefits non profit groups, and is a great excuse to put on a silly outfit and get a little weird. I've gone almost every year for the last 13 years or so. I absolutely love it, and love seeing some of the same characters year after year. Here are a few of the faces we saw on Saturday.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013

Personalized Champagne Flutes

A dear friend of mine came down to visit recently, and came baring gifts. She is so sweet. She ordered Keith and I these darling champagne flutes with our initials and wedding date etched into them. They are just the cutest things, so I had to share. How sweet are these?!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Embellished Tote Gift Bag

My niece just turned seven, and I really wasn't sure what to get her. My fall back gift is always a goodie bag. Who doesn't love opening a present, and for things to just keep coming out? I decided to paint a little tote for her to take her favorite things with her when she goes to Grandma and Grandpa's house, and then fill it with fun stuff. I also made her a matching card and envelope.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

My New Business Cards!

I am over the moon for these little guys! I decided to go with Vistaprint, because it is a great place to get affordable printing done. I found the cute design for the front among their stock, but wanted something special for the back, so I whipped up a fun little drawing to make the back pop. I drew it on a note card, scanned it, and plugged it in to the layout. So easy. I tweaked everything a little bit, because I wanted it to look like a luggage tag, and already planned to do a little DIYing to them when they arrived. I clipped the edges to make them look like tags, punched holes, stuck on some colored in reinforcements, added heart stickers, and a little ribbon. Now look how cute they are! And with the little ribbon sticking out, they won't get lost in someone's wallet!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Thought Bubble Message Board

I saw this adorable framed thought bubble on Pinterest, and decided I need to do this, but with my own little twist. I love leaving little messages for my husband, and what a cute way to do it. It was incredibly simple. I drew the bubble and cute little guy on a piece of cardstock, used double sided tape to mount it to another piece of colorful cardstock, then stuck it in an old frame I picked up at Goodwill. I bought a pack of dry erase markers, and just set one on top, so that we can leave our personal messages whenever we want.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Crafternoons: Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Some friends and I have decided that we need to have weekly crafternoons. A day of cooking, baking, crafting, talking, laughing, (maybe drinking), or whatever strikes our fancy. Yesterday, we decided it would be fun to make bacon chocolate chip cookies. With the crazy bacon trends going around, we thought we'd try our hand at it. Chocolate covered bacon was the inspiration for this concoction. We just made some tweaks to a typical chocolate chip cookie recipe by adding a little chopped bacon, bacon grease, and a dash of Maker's Mark. Honestly, the bacon flavor wasn't as prominent as we had hoped, but they were delicious none the less. We thought a little more salt sprinkled on top before we baked them might have brought out the flavor a bit more. Oh well. We had fun!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

DIY Bota Box Cover

My husband loves to buy Bota Box wine. I don't have a problem with that, because it's tasty and a good bang-for-your-buck wine. My only complaint is the way it ruins the aesthetic of my bar. I have all of my beautiful vintage decanters and pretty bar ware, and then there is that big cardboard eye sore. A while back, we saw that they actually make neat wooden covers that the box slides into. I happened to have a cheap little wooden crate from the craft store that it fit into, and stuck it in there so that company didn't have to see it. Keith had the idea to actually cut a hole out, so that we could leave it in there. Perfect! Here's how we did it...

We put the box in to mark off where the hole should be.

We finally got to use the Jigsaw that I bought Keith for Christmas.

We used a glass to trace a hole, and cut away.


We put it back in the bar, and viola!

I love it! What do you think?

Monday, April 15, 2013

Map Anniversary Gift

I am so excited about this project! I've seen so many adorable anniversary and wedding gifts on Etsy and Pinterest that involve maps. Some marking the place where a couple met, where they were married, where they got engaged, or where they lived. Most of them are framed. I wanted to try something a little different. I wanted to use some of the wood slices I got from my Mom, and I wanted to give the wood burner another spin.I also made a matching card and envelope. Let's look at how I did it!

I found a map of the place where they were married, and printed it up along with
the date of their wedding, and a heart.

I sanded down the wood slice so the images would transfer better.

I used a trick I found on Pinterest, using newspaper to transfer images.

I used a jigsaw to cut out the heart. I actually had to drill a hole in the center
first so that I could cut with the jigsaw.

After I cut the heart out, I burned in the wedding date.

Apparently, I was a little rough, and had a few breaks, which I tried a 
little super glue on.

I cut the map into a circle, then a slightly larger piece of cardstock to go
behind it. 

I used a staple gun to attach them to the back. I put in a few extras where
the breaks were to try and give them more support.

And the final result! 
I actually decided to add more staples to the top and sidesfor support,
 but made it look like a little extra embellishment. 
(Shhh! Don't tell!)

Here is the card with it.