Springtime

I’m still not feeling that great. But I’m trying to do things to keep me distracted and help me maintain my sanity. My mother-in-law made this BEAUTIFUL piece at Christmas out of jewelry pieces she’d gotten from her mother, grandmother, and mother-in-law.

I fell in love with it and decided I wanted to make one. I decided to go with a flower instead so that I could keep it out all year round. I also decided to make it on a smaller scale since it was my first time to make one and I didn’t have quite as many pieces as she did.

Supplies:
Various jewelry pieces and beads (the more color, the better)
Shadowbox Frame
Felt (You could use any color, I used black)
Glue gun
Pliers
Scissors

You start with a shadowbox frame like this one. I got mine at Ikea for $9.99.

I removed the mat and wrapped my felt around the back board tightly and glued. Then I took a piece of paper and laid out my pieces in about the way I wanted to glue them. This can be kinda tricky and you’ll probably have a hard time getting exactly the way you want, but it’ll help you get a general idea of your layout.

Now GET TO WORK! I just began with the center and started gluing the pieces in the basic way I’d laid them out. I noticed more “holes” once I got it onto the black felt so I added some small beads in those places to fill the gaps.

When you’re done gluing, just put the back piece back into the frame and you’ve got a pretty little art piece to display. I think mine turned out pretty good!

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 1 Comments | Filed in Craftsy

Nesting?!?

Though I still am feeling yucky, I can’t explain this need I have to GET THINGS DONE. I can’t really describe it. It’s not so much that I have more energy, it’s just more drive I guess. I’ve washed all of the baby clothes and the various covers for chairs, bassinet and car seat.  I’ve gotten completely caught up on laundry for the rest of the family. Yesterday I actually cleaned and organized the bathroom! Say what???

In the midst of my craziness, I’ve actually been able to do some crafty things. I love to make stuff and be creative. I am often either just too lazy or can’t find the time to make it happen. But I stumbled upon a website - www.homemadebyjill.blogspot.com - and I fell in LOVE! She makes some of the neatest stuff and even had a tutorial on homemade burp cloths.  So I thought I’d try to make some and then I was hooked. I made 16 burp cloths for our baby boy and they turned out awesome! They’re extremely soft and very absorbent. So I made 8 more for my friend who just had a beautiful baby girl!

Then, I found another tutorial on her website for a “car caddy” and I thought it was such an awesome idea. Especially because Holden loves cars so much and we often have to take several with us anywhere we go. I had no other choice but to make one for him. Again, it turned out amazing.

So I re-vamped the idea a little and made a “color caddy” for Lakyn to carry when we go someplace. I think hers turned out great as well and they both love them! They carry them around everywhere.

Lastly, I found a link with an incredible idea for a button flower bouquet. It was pretty easy and only took a couple hours to create from start to finish. It’s nice to have some color that I don’t have to water.

I posted some pics so you could see the finished project but if you’re interested in making any of these things, the links are probably your best bet. They give really great step by step instructions.

Needless to say, I’ve been like the energizer bunny. I can’t explain it except to say that maybe (please!!!) I’m nesting and labor is coming soon. I sure hope so…

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 0 Comments | Filed in Craftsy, Handy Things, Kids, Play Time, Pregnancy