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Saturday, 22 December 2012

TOP 10 AWESOME DECORATIONS FOR KIDS

Hi everyone!! Sorry I've been a little MIA recently. Work and the run up to Christmas have been nuts!! Officially finished work yesterday, with a bottle of Bacardi, a note of a job well done, a promotion and a RAISE!! Merry Christmas to me!! Its really good to know that if you work really hard, it will be noticed.

On the blog side of things, I am just a hair away from 30,000 page views! I cannot believe it! I started this blog in June, hoping that one day I would get to 5,000 page views. That was honestly my goal for the end of this year. I am super happy that people are actually reading my blog and hopefully, going out and giving their own projects a go!!

This top 10 list is dedicated to one of my favorite parts of Christmas; Handmade decorations! I love that you can make just about anything into a Christmas decoration for the tree. Theo and I have been looking up the best kid's decorations (cartoon characters and all) to share with you on this list. I hope you enjoy.



1. Amy at While Wearing Heels has a kick a$$ tutorial for Star Wars ornaments. Go check her out, the entire blog is fabulous.



2. Annie at MsTapioca made the most gorgeous bunch of decorations for her family, including a Hello Kitty ornament. Perfect for the girls.



3. Theo LOVES Adventure Time. If you've not seen this show, go YouTube it! I love it too ;-) Instructables has a great tutorial for some Finn and Jake decorations.



4. Andrea at Its The Life has made Theo the happiest little man with her Super Mario ornaments.



5. Jessica at A Little Gray brought me back to my childhood with the most amazing Charlie Brown ornaments. Also made me want to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas really bad!!



6. Obsessively Stitching has a great post on Angry Birds ornaments that any Angry Birds fan would love. Go give her some love! And while we're on the Angry Birds topic, LydiaOutnumbered also has her own spin on Angry Birds....spoiled for choice!




7. Happy Looks Good on You has a great set of Muppets ornaments. This set would make a great Christmas present.



8. Theo is obsessed with Lego (I think I may have mentioned this before). Check out this simple but very effective Lego ornament.



9. Anyone like SpongeBob??? Go check out Goodsmiths with the SpongeBob ornament. I'm going to try this myself for a certain little someone ;-)



10. EcoCreo is a cool blog where there are tonnes of images of Hama / Perler bead projects - My fav's are the Mario related ones.... I wonder why??!?



Well guys, I hope you like this round up and that you're now sufficiently inspired to go and try something you've never done before! I made this little guy for Theo the other night. Its the little things that make all of the difference. This took me a night or two to plan, cut out and stitch but it was worth it for the smile it got.



Happy Holidays peeps!!

Friday, 7 December 2012

DIY SMASH BOOK / FELT ORNAMENTS



This week marks the crazy run up to Christmas. Rushing around, shopping, Christmas plays at school, Christmas party with work, etc etc etc. I’m tired already!!  

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m trying to do a “Handmade Christmas” this year and making at least 1 gift for everyone in my family. I’ve decided that handmade ornaments are the way forward this year!!

So far, I’ve managed to turn my hand at:

Russian doll
Orson the Christmas Reindeer

Gunter the Christmas Penguin

Wreath


I’ve gotten a request from my Bestie for a cuter reindeer….I'll post later about that project!

While I was working on that, Theo and I were talking about Christmas presents. He’s heard me mention to his Dad countless times about a Smash Book...this is definitely on my Christmas list this year. If you’ve not seen these before, go and check them out NOW!! 

I love organization and this book is genius.

I guess the word Smash book has been in Theo’s subconscious for weeks now ‘cause he asked me the other day if he could make one for himself….How awesome is this kid????
He wants to make something himself. *cue proud mom*

We collected all of his outdated Annuals from him room and started cutting out all of the images he liked. I was amazed at how precise his cutting skills were. He’s only 6.

 After we’d cut all the pictures he wanted, we got out the Mod Podge.  We used a spiral note book that someone had given him for his birthday as our book.




Theo arranged the layers of images as he wanted and even found the T H E O for his name!

He now has something super personal that he created, to fill with anything he wants. He’s become quite the little artist recently….

We love this project and it was great to spend time together, crafting. 

Saturday, 1 December 2012

CHARITY SHOP CHAIR REVAMP - UPCYCLING!!

If you go in to any (or most) Charity / Goodwill shops, you can find at least one loner chair. A chair that's lost all his mates and is in need of some serious attention. A chair that looks like it may have had a life once, like in the '80's. A chair that you would otherwise avoid at all costs. Well my friends, don't avoid BUY IT!! 'Cause you can turn in into something wonderful.

In my post about Theo's Comic Book Chair I mentioned that I got the chair in a charity shop for £3. At the time, I bought 2 chairs. One, I knew I would use for the comic book project, and the other for £5 that just had a lot of charm.



Pretty cool, huh? I thought it needed love but nothing a little paint and some fabric couldn't fix, right??

Step one: Strip it down and sand!!


Step two: Paint!






Step three: Find fabric you like and have your trusty staple gun handy!


Step 4: Put the seat back in and you're done!!


Okay, so if you take away the drying time between coats, this project literally took me 1 day and £5 for the chair. Most of you have paint kicking around the house and fabric pieces in abundance, right? Why not go any try this one? It's super easy ;-)




Monday, 26 November 2012

EMBROIDERED SONG LYRICS - FRAMED GIFT

When we went to NY this Easter, I got to spend some serious quality time with my God sister and her daughter. My niece is the most amazing little nugget of cuteness, you have no idea!

Anyhow, she told me that she's been singing "All of My Love" by Led Zepplin to her, since birth. If you've never heard the song, go and check it out. I love that she's passing her great musical taste along to Pia. She's gonna be a rock star when she grows up, for sure.

When we got back from visiting them, I wanted to make something special for her and knew that I wanted to incorporate the lyrics, somehow.

I have a piece of a charcoal pashmina in my fabric stash that I knew would be perfect for this. Neither Mom or daughter are overly girly but both have a beautiful soft side. I think this suited.



 I found a peachy-pink embroidery thread for the wording....A little bit of cuteness. :-)


After finding a font that I liked (just using Word, nothing special) I printed it out in the size I wanted and put some carbon paper beneath the page and traced it directly on to the fabric. I love this method, its much easier than trying to freehand. 



The font looks like I could have written it myself...Gives it a bit of a more handmade feel, I think.

Next thing was figuring out how I was going to present it. This was how the conversation went in my head:

I'll make it in to a pillow! But my stitching isn't that neat on the back and would never sit the way I want it to. Hmmmmm

I could frame it? Then what's the point of having the soft pashmina fabric??? geez, this is harder than I thought.

Keep it in the embroidery loop? Naw, I need this one for other projects....

Ahh, I know, stretch it across a canvas!!

And off to the bargain shop I went.



Look at this bucket of cuteness?!!?!?! As cute as it was.....It was being covered up.


 This is why I bought it. Strong wooden frame. Perfect for my bestest friend.....


This staple gun is my prized possession. It actually belonged to my parents. Let me just say, that's not yesterday....


Next was the positioning and the stapling into place. Pictures are self-explanatory, really.




I tidied up the edges and folded them all in to keep it neat. Sorry, I forgot to get that photographic proof!!!





It's super personal, took very little time (in the greater scheme of things) and I'm sure it will put a smile on her face. I think; MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.


Saturday, 17 November 2012

TOP 10 HANDMADE GIFTS FOR UNDER $5/£5

Happy Saturday everyone! I'm trying to get back in the swing of things these last few weeks. We had a great time with my cousin from Canada visiting. Tooters fell in love with her and was gutted when she left. It was so great to see them spending quality time with eachother.

Anyhow, I have been up to my eyes in craft projects recently (Christmas is right around the corner). I mentioned in a previous post that I really wanted to give it a go with a whole "Handmade Christmas" thing. Well, I've got a few projects under my belt so far, but sooooooo many more to go.

Keeping with the same homemade spirit, I thought I would dedicate my TOP 10 this month to Handmade / Homemade Gifts. As money seems to be elusive to us(and most of our friends), I thought I would make this list Handmade Gifts Under $5/£5

Thursday, 1 November 2012

SUPER COOL VIDEO GAMER BATHROOM MAKEOVER

Its been a long time since I’ve posted anything!!

Things have been super crazy here. Work is nuts, (as usual when it gets cold), its half-term break from school for Mr. Tooter and I had an unexpected (but super cool) visitor come stay with us from back home. Which brings me to a very important “fact” about me……I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned, but I am Canadian! (now living in Ireland)

I’ve not seen this friend for 8 years and it’s been so great to catch up on life for the last few days. Unfortunately, I’ve not been able to take any time off work but hubbers has kicked in and is entertaining until I get home. *Love him*

Since her visit was very unexpected and last minute, we had a lot of “project finishing” to do before her arrival. About a month ago, we decided to strip the downstairs bathroom (aka Theo’s bathroom) and re-do it. So much has come up time-wise and financially in the last month that we hadn’t had the opportunity to finish the project. Well, it’s amazing what you can accomplish when you know you’re having company for a week!!

So here’s how it went down…Got the call that she was coming on Thursday; this is how the bathroom looked:


Wednesday, 17 October 2012

WHAT WOULD YOU DO WEDNESDAY # 3

Its Wednesday again! Can you believe how fast the weeks are going?!? Its almost Halloween and before you know it, it'll be Christmas!! Time's flying....

I'm really very grateful for the comments that you guys have left for my What Would You Do Wednesday's posts. You all have such great ideas and I can't wait to try some of them out and follow your suggestions. Thank you very much.

So, here is the latest addition to the WWYDW file....PLUSH!! Once again, my work has provided me with crafting bounty!! I've been given huge 40 cm x 40 cm swatches of plush faux fur in loads of colours and patterns.











I had a thought about this one.....I saw this bag in a store window. I thought maybe I can do this (or something like this)? Not too sure if this would be the right project to tackle with these swatches....what do you think?

Do you have any suggestions for these guys?

What would you do?

Can't wait to hear from you ;-)