Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Valentine Magnets

Okay....Okay....I know.  This is the, like, 50th craft Ive done with my little circle punch.  Let me just say, in my own defense, I am not a one trick pony.  I do have other crafts that Im working on.  Crafts that in no way involve the little circle punch.  I promise.  Its true! 

These magnets were actually an accident.  I was sitting with Daughter #3, helping her make a garland for Valentines Day.  She is 2 and LOVES to get crafty with Mama.  So I had a lot of craft supplies out on the kid's table.  Scrapbook paper, stickers, and my trusty circle punch...you know...just in case.  You never know when you will need such a versatile tool.

Daughter #4 was crawling through the kitchen at the time, headed for her favorite play area....the fridge.  She loves all the magnets we have.  An 8 month old is easily amused sometimes.  Sometimes. 

Somehow, one of the boring grown up magnets got pushed down in to the fun magnet kid area, so I picked it up and....It hit me.....We need Valentine Magnets in this house!  Cute little magnets in festive colors to hold lots of little love notes.... Hand written terms of endearment...Beautifully romantic letters of adoration. 

Or, in reality....grocery lists. 

I used the circle punch to punch out a few circles from a free magnet used for advertisement.  Not the first time I have used these for crafts.  I also used them for my Gingerbread Invites.  This particular one is for our local Mosquito Control Department.  I honestly have no idea where I acquired this magnet  Or why I would have it.  I have never felt the need to call them..And I hope I never do.  Especially now.  Because their number is covered with scrapbook paper and stickers.  Lucky for the mosquitos, I guess.

After I punched out the magnet, I punched out some paper circles and glued them to the magnet and added a few foam stickers.  Except the black one.  He got a shot of spray paint because I didnt have any black paper.  Sure.  I could have put that cute little love bug on red or pink paper.  But he deserved so much more.  I really wanted him to stand out.  Sometimes, you just gotta go the extra mile.  And, in the end, Im glad I did.  That black background is just the right amount of  'pop' against the stark white of my grocery list.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Love Rocks

I was really in the mood to make  Valentine crafts but I didnt have the time, or spare cash, to run out and buy anything.  So, I started digging through the craft stuff and found some clear glass rocks and red paint.  Now, I know that these marble thingys are not actually called glass rocks.  But I wanted to call them rocks because I needed a cute name for this post and "Love Marbles" did not sound nearly as cute as "Love Rocks".  So, for this post,  at least,  rocks they are.

I put little red blobs of paint on the back (flat side) of  18 of the rocks and let them dry.

I gave a 5x7 picture frame a coat of the same red paint and let it dry, too.  Then I arranged the rocks in a heart shape and, one by one, glued them to a piece of white card stock and put it in the frame. 
Not bad for a free craft.  I mean, sure, I did buy the frame at the Dollar Store, like, 5 years ago and I also got the rocks there, but, since I had them on hand, I didnt spend any money to make this 3D beauty.  Stay tuned to see the project Im working on to use the glass that I left out of this frame.   

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Luxurious Baby Washcloths

I wanted to make a few more gifts for my cousin's shower,  in addition to the fancy wipe cover and her cake (I plan on doing a post about the cake next week).  When I saw these super soft washcloths, I knew they would be perfect. 

Kara, at Creations By Kara, has a great tutorial for the washcloths.  I just cant believe I had never thought to make a washcloth out of softer fabric.  It makes so much sense!  Washcloths are never soft enough for my skin, let alone a newborn.  And the baby washcloths you buy in the stores are so thin and flimsy.  These are so thick and soft, perfect for a new baby.  Or for yourself.  I have 4 daughters so Im going to be making LOTS of them. 

They were so easy to make.  They were also my first real sewing project.  I was kinda nervous because I had not used my sewing machine yet.  It was a gift for my birthday and I wanted to take a sewing class at JoAnns before I tried to make anything.  But Kara made it look so easy that I actually made them first. ( I did take the class this past Wednesday, by the way,  and it was great!)  Check out her tutorial for the easy instructions.

I just love the softness of them and I cant wait to make more for my girls .  A big THANK YOU to Kara for such a great idea and for making it so simple.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Fancy and Functional

I have a Baby Shower to go to in a few weeks and I wanted to make something special. Something other than the standard onesies and receiving blankets.

When I saw the tutorial over at Creative Mommas for their wipes cover, I knew it was perfect. For the details on how to make it, check out this tutorial. It is so easy and you can customize it for just about anyone. This is my version but I LOVE the one they made, too. It makes something functional so very pretty. Now I want to make one for everyone I know!