Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!

Hello!  I have an awesome project for you today!  Let me preface this by saying that this is a gift for my little sister, who absolutely LOVES anything Tim Burton.  I make most of my gifts for her.  She is hard to buy for and it's just easier for me to make something than to think for hours on what I should buy her. 

Over the years I have made her a Nightmare Before Christmas zipper pouch. She loved it.  Jack Skellington ornaments, a Jack Skellington candle using my candle tutorial, you can find it here.

As you can see there is a pattern.  I have done all I can think of for Nightmare Before Christmas so I thought I would move on to her other favorite Tim Burton movie, Beetlejuice.  

I loved Beetlejuice when I was a kid.  I could not believe that was Michael Keaton, my Batman, as Beetlejuice.  I love the movie even more as an adult because now I can understand most of the jokes.  Ran into that with Wayne's World too.  

So, here is my project for the day.  A wooden Handbook for the Recently Deceased. 




Here are my supplies: Images ( I pulled them from Google), a wooden book ( Hobby Lobby $1.99), Modge Podge,  brown and white paint, scissors, assorted brushes, and some felt.

Start by painting your entire book the brown color and cut your felt to fit the secret compartment in the book spine.

Next, paint the "book pages" a cream color. I achieved this color by mixing a touch of the brown paint in with the white.   I don't have a great picture of that because honestly I forgot. 

Next, take your images, cut them out and using Modge Podge put them into place.  


Go over them with the Modge Podge to make sure they're on there good.  ( Just so you know, I am not the best at using Modge Podge.) Make sure to smooth out any blemishes and bubbles. 

You're done!  I love how it turned out and I know my sister is going to love it. 




Hope you all liked my tutorial.  Also, if you are my sister and you are reading this, stop by and pick this up when you can :)

j.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Reuse and Recycle

Hello all!  Hope you have been having a great week.  It's been so cloudy and rainy here for the last week.  I am hoping after this next storm moves out this weekend we can finally have some nice weather before it gets super hot.

I have a tutorial of sorts for you today.  I recently purchase a new wallet. I haven't had a new wallet in 8 years!  I wanted a wallet that was sort of a wristlet too.  I am going all the time and needed something that I could just grab without having to take my whole purse.  Well, I found that wallet at Maurices and fell in love!  The only problem is that it didn't have a place to put my cards.  So, I decided that I would reuse and recycle my old card slots from my old wallet and make it work for my new one.

( Let me begin this by saying sorry for the poor photo quality.  It did not occur to me until after I started to do a tutorial so, I just grabbed my phone for the photos.)

Here we go!  Here's my new wallet:

And here's my old one:

I know it's a sad sight but when it was new, it was very nice :)


First, I started by seam ripping out the card slot I wanted to use. 

Then I cleaned it up a bit and had to shorten it.  To do that I cut a bit off the top and then I just stitched it back together using my sewing machine.  I would not hand stitch this.  It was a little tough.  

Next, I took my card slot and found a fabric that I liked.  I ended up using this beautiful blue damask fabric.  It matched the brown really nicely.  I cut the fabric down, with a half inch seam allowance on all sides. Then I folded it in and ironed it into place.


Next, I started sewing.  I did a back stitch where I started my seam to give it a little strength.


I really like how it turned out!  It fits the wallet perfectly and I am able to hold all of my cards.




I hope you like my tutorial and if you have any questions just let me know.  Remember, if you can recycle something old and turn it into something new and fabulous, always go that route.  It's better for you, saves money, and better for the planet.

Hope everyone has a great Mother's Day weekend!

j.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Bottle Cap Images

Hello all!  See, I said I was going to try and be more active on my blog.  And do I have something really cool for you!

My sister does a lot of bottle cap art.  She does hair bows, necklaces, and belts.  She was planning on making her daughter a Sonic the Hedgehog bottle cap belt but could not find any for sale or on some kind persons blog.  She asked me if I could help because I'm a little computer savvy.  Not great but not horrible either. 

I started by looking for my images.  I wanted them to be cohesive and be within the same art theme.  It took a bit to find it all but I feel like I did alright.  I found a great blog that had a bottle cap template and instructions on how to put together your own images using PicMonkey.  Her name is Erika and her blog is called Fizzy Pops.  You can find the tutorial here.  


Now, I know that everyone doesn't have the time to do that and that's cool.  It took me over an hour because I really had no idea what I was doing.  But it got easier the more I edited and started putting my images on the templates.  

My sister loved what I did and my niece LOVED her Sonic belt.  I started thinking about all the parents who just want to do something nice for their kids or something they could use as cupcake toppers for a birthday party and I decided to offer the Sonic bottle cap images here!  


Now, this is my first time doing an image for copying for my blog but if all goes the way I think it will you should be able to "right click, save"this image to your computer and print it off as a 4x6.  If it doesn't work, just let me know.  Also, to be fair please don't steal this image for resale.  It's rude.  

Hope you all have a great day!

j

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Big Block Singsong Day!

First off, Hello!  I know I haven't posted in a long time and for that I am sorry. My kids keep me on my toes and working on my etsy shop has taken up a lot of time.  Also, I started homeschooling my daughter this year, so we have been super busy.  I do plan on sharing some great home school ideas through here so keep checking back.


My post today is about Big Block Singsong.  My son LOVES it!  I don't mind it either.  It's one of the few discs I can listen to in the car with the kids and not want to rip my hair out. The other two are the Tinker Bell soundtrack and the Rainbow Rocks soundtrack.  They have some pretty good songs. :)

Back to it, my son loves Big Block and his birthday was at the end of March.  I decided to to a Big Block party knowing that I would have to do majority of it on my own as they do not have any merchandise.  **Note to the makers of Big Block, if you did have merchandise I'm sure you make many children very happy!** 


I started with my idea for gifts.  I decided to make him a Super Stan doll, a Eats guy pillow, and a toy bag featuring counting bags with the clown block on them.  These are his favorite characters. I think they came out pretty good and he was super happy when he saw them.  I don't have a photo of that moment because I was so engrossed on whether or not his eyes would light up.  They did and he gave me a hint of a smile.  My little guy isn't one for the theatrics.  His sister is though and she was super excited about the Big Block toys.  


My next task was a cake.  I thought I would do a regular cake in primary colors so that it would be easier to get decorations.  I'm a Dollar Tree fan and I buy majority of my party decorations there.  No need to spend a ton of money on something that ends up in the trash in less than 6 hours. I had a friend who is a wonderful cake artist make me a fondant Big Block guy.  We chose the clown because that's one of his favorites and fits the birthday theme.  



Simple, but super cute and everyone really liked it.

I also decided to take an old box and paper it red to look like a Big Block guy.  He's so cute and such a big hit that now he is sitting in my daughter's room because she just loved it.

Because of the colors I chose it was super easy to pull this party off.  I only needed a few Big Block items to pull it together and show that it was themed with Big Block in mind. 

Last but not least, I ran to the store and grabbed a white tank and some transfer paper and made him a Big Block shirt.  He really liked this! Made one for sister too because she wanted to match.  



All in all it was a great party!  My son had a blast and everything ran like a dream.  Now, my next challenge, a Power Puff Girls party for my daughter in July.  Wish me luck :)

j