Saturday, January 29, 2011

Our little cowboy turned 2!

Yes he turned 2 in September, yes I am just now blogging about the party! ahem. Still too cute not to share.

This little guy was obsessed with all things horses. His rocky horse, his bouncy horse, and his play horses.

His cupcakes were made to look like ponies playing in a pasture.

The decor was barn stars, decorated canvas frames, and little horses playing. I used levi jean legs to cover bowls and the base of the cupcake platter.

And what birthday is complete without a birthday banner? Paper triangles, with letters cut with the cricut and strung on raffia.

Thanks for checking out Mikey's second birthday!

His and Her Pillowcases

Recently I have started a quest to make my bedroom more romantic, more peaceful, more spalike. I decided it would be a fun little additon to our bed to have His and Her pillowcases. I have seen these in catalogs but decided to make them myself. (of course) When we bought our bedding set that I love, actually I picked it out and my Mom bought it for me, it came with a bed skirt. (of course) Well we have no use for a bedskirt since our mattress sits inside a water bed frame. Yes we have a regular box springs and matress. So I have been using the bed skirt fabric for a couple fun projects. This being one of  them. I cut the lettters out with my cricut. Iron on the fusible web first. Then place on your mat and cut. This fabic is silkier than cotton and did not cut as crisp as the cotton does. (as you can see from the photos)

I used the George cartridge and size 4". I also had to speed up the cutting after the first cut and use about a 4 on pressure. Don't be afraid to play around with settings to get the best cut. Sometimes your machine will suprise you.

I asked my hubby what he thought and he said. "Yeah I like it, now I know where to sleep!" OHHHHHH boy! (rolling my eyes) but I do think he likes it!

And I like it and that is what really counts, right? RIGHT!

(now if he will just give me his blessing to paint that headboard!!!)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Packets of Posies Seed Wreath!

I entered this wreath into the So You Think Your Crafty Audition last spring so if you have seen it before that was where it was! Alas I did not win, but I STILL think it is super cute!

This wreath has been a bit of a work in progress for evolving work of art if you will. The idea came to me while clearing the table after a family night of planting window boxes, I had these all these little seed packets left over! They were just too pretty to be considered trash!

The whole project was  almost free too.  That is always a plus! The wreath form is recycled from another wreath. And I used my favorite stuff in the whole world to age and distress the seed packets, can you guess what I  used? Old English furniture polish! Fabulous stuff!

The flowers are strips of an old sheet, and they are stuck onto the wreath with straight pins that I can reuse if I take them off. I put them on next. The colorful heads of the straight pins are like the bright centers of flowers! And they add a little shot of color to the white on white flowers!

The Welcome sign is actually a little chalkboard that can be personalized to spell out whatever fits the situation! I can't wait to show you what the back of this sign says! LOL! I used some chalkboard wallpaper that I bought at the dollar store.

If you were to ask me my favorite part of the wreath I would have to tell you that it is the fact that it can be switched up so easily! The seed packets are held in place by clothespins and can quickly be switched for the different seasons. I can totally see this wreath surrounded by birthday cards in August when we have three birthdays at our house! Or proudly displaying our Chrismtas cards in December. I also think this would be grand holding fall leaves picked up after a crisp day at the park. Or how about little Valentines Day notes tucked all around? I am getting super excited thinking about all the possibilities. How about you, this litte wreath whips up so easily, will you be making one for your house?