Wednesday, January 30, 2013

It's a Party! #91


Hey, it's party time! We had over 140 links last week and I'm so excited to see what you all came up with this week! You never cease to amaze me.

Don't hold me to this, but I'm going to really try to start showcasing one of your fabulous creations every Saturday. I feature the Top 5 most viewed links on Wednesday, but I thought it would be fun to single out one project each week and spotlight it for all to see.

Are you ready? Let's party! 




Link up anything you want to share with us this week. It can be your fabulous craft, yummy recipe, giveaway, shop, etc.

I'll feature the Top 5 most viewed links next Wednesday.

I would love for you to follow A Creative Princess while you're here!

If you would like to grab an It's a Party button (on the sidebar) and post it on your blog somewhere, that would be great! Let's get the word out and grow this party.
The more the merrier!

We all love comments, so please visit other links and have fun!
 

Hits of the Party!


It's Hump Day! It's only hump day. This is becoming the longest week ever! What's up with that?

We had such a fun party last week with so many awesome links! Here are your Top 5:

 
 
Deby at So Sew Easy is creating a "go to" directory with A Gazillion Free Patterns. How fun!!
 
 
 
Serendipity refined created this darling Dollar Tree Wreath. Don't you just love the Dollar Store?!
 
 
 
 
Danni of Silo Hill Farm made this gorgeous Ombre Candy Glass.
 
 
 
 
The Dedicated House finished her Gallery Wall and it's amazing! I want one of these in my house. I just need to find someone to come do it for me!
 
 
 
 
Amber from Quilted Euphoria shared her recipe for Better that Canned Chicken Noodle Soup. Yes, I will be making this for dinner this week!
 
 
 
Thank you to everyone who linked up! Get your linky fingers warmed up, I'll be back later this afternoon to start this week's It's a Party.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

My Simple Front Door


During Christmas I had a huge pine cone wreath hanging on the front door. When I took it down a couple of weeks ago (yeah, I'm a little behind), I wanted something nice and simple to put back up.



That's it. A simple Valentine door. No bells, whistles, or bows.



I had the X and O (I must have bought it last year).



Painted them black and



mod-podged paper to them.



Our front door is metal, so to hang them, I just added magnets.



Now next year if I want, I can add all the little extra's to it and change it up a little.

This has nothing to do with anything, but I've told you before about our crazy Missouri weather. Yesterday it was actually 68 degrees here! It was so nice having the windows open and airing out the house. Today it's getting cold and supposed to snow tonight! Wow!

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Bottle Cap Necklaces


I guess I should say more bottle cap necklaces.



Because I've made necklaces before using bottle caps, but I found something at Hobby Lobby the other day that makes this so simple.



A whole pack of stickers made just for bottle caps! Brilliant!



They come in the perfect size to fit and all you have to do is punch them out.



Even though they're stickers, you have to glue them in.



On those caps, I only stuck them in and didn't glue them. When I added the Dimensional Magic, they "magically" started floating to the top. Fail! 



I glued these in and then added the Dimension and they stayed at the bottom.



These caps didn't have the little hole punched in them, so I added a bail to the back and a chain. I'm thinking Jordyn and Triniti are going to love them!

Happy Monday! This crazy flu we've had around here is still dragging on. I'm sure hoping this week that I'm going to wake up one morning and finally feel like doing something again. I don't know who trashed our house while we've been sick, but someone has!

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Friday, January 25, 2013

When you wish upon a star...


We all had such a great time at Disney World last year and I wanted to make Brandon and Christina a little something from the trip for Christmas.



I loved the picture we took of the two of them with the castle in the background and decided to use it.

I took a ton of photo's of this and that is the only one that turned out halfway decent. It's so darn hard to take a picture of a frame with glass! 



I've had that frame sitting in a closet for over a year and never used it. I could never find a photo small enough to hang it. Now was the time.



I cut the hole big enough for my 4x6 photo and mod-podged paper to it.



Then cut the letters and hearts out of gold vinyl with my Cameo.



The shirts are Here that they're wearing. I made them for all of us before we left to wear when we were at the parks. I'm telling you, when you're in a big group with little ones, they're wonderful. It's so much easier to keep track of everyone!

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

It's a Party! #90


Hey, look what time it is!
 



Link up anything you want to share with us this week. It can be your fabulous craft, yummy recipe, giveaway, shop, etc.

I'll feature the Top 5 most viewed links next Wednesday.

I would love for you to follow A Creative Princess while you're here!

If you would like to grab an It's a Party button (on the sidebar) and post it on your blog somewhere, that would be great! Let's get the word out and grow this party.
The more the merrier!

We all love comments, so please visit other links and have fun!
 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Favorite Books Wall Frame


This is a guest post that I did awhile back. I'm sorry for the "rerun" today, but Greg and I have the flu. You know the one, the "knock you on your butt" flu!

I'll be back tomorrow afternoon to start It's a Party and I'll do double features the next week.

I hope this stuff stays far away from all of you and for now, I'm going back to bed.



I have always loved the Little House on the Prairie books and had the whole set when I was growing up.


I even bought the set for my daughter when she was young.



Can I tell you how thrilled I was when they actually did a show with that cutie Michael Landon as Pa?!! Made me go read the whole series all over again!

Oops, sorry, back to the craft I did.



My husband brought me home some grids from windows he had replaced.
Perfect for this project!



I cut foam board to the size to fit for the grids and marked the openings.



Then mod-podged paper to each of the spaces...



and then glued the grid piece to the top of it.



I added velcro to the back of the books to adhere to the frame. I didn't glue them because I wanted to be able to take the books off if I wanted to take them down and read them again on a cold winter's night.



It still looked a little plain, so I added jute around all the edges.



Now those "feel good" books have a permanent home in the kids' play room. I'm so sorry that photo is bad, it's been gloomy and rainy here for days!

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Monday, January 21, 2013

2 Minute Hair Clips


Literally, it only took me about 2 minutes to make some quick little hair pins for the girls.



As usual, I was working on something else and found these...



that I must have bought on sale last year because they weren't even opened. They're little scrapbooking brads.



I clipped off the prongs with my jewelry snips.



Then glued it to the bobby pin with E-6000 glue.



Two minutes. Tops.

Happy Monday!

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Patchwork/Faux Chenille Quilt


Sometimes I surprise myself and come up with a really great idea for a Christmas present and actually see it through.



I made this quilt for Brandon and believe it or not, finished it before Christmas!



The back of the quilt is faux chenille. I made my first faux chenille here and there is a link on that post to a detailed tutorial of how to do faux chenille in case you haven't tried it before. 



I love the look and feel of it, but it's a lot of work. I mean, A LOT! I really don't mind all the cutting, but sewing all those lines drives me crazy! 

I'm working on place mats and a table runner using that same technique. I must really be mad at myself!



Here's what I'm so excited to tell you about, the front. The patchwork is made out of Hawaiian shirts.

Okay, let me explain.



Our youngest son, Brandon, played football and was a lineman all during high school and college. When he graduated from college we took him to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. When we're in Hawaii, we have to stock up on all the Hawaii clothes, lei's,... well, let's just say, anything we can find from there.

Here's the part that's going to knock your socks off. After Brandon graduated and wasn't playing football anymore, he lost over 100 lbs in a year! Just one of the many reasons that we are so proud of him!



Our kids, Josh, Krissi, and Brandon now. (Love you, kiddo's!)

Needless to say, Brandon needed a whole new wardrobe.



He gave most of his clothes away, but hung on to his XXXL Hawaii shirts. 

I found them one day in the back of a closet and pulled them out and ask him if he wanted them. He told me he knew he could never wear them again, but don't throw them away.

So I did what any mother would do, I ask him if I could cut them up. He looked at me like I was crazy, but I promised him that he would get them back and to trust me. He did. Good kid!



I cut as many 6" squares as I could get out of each shirt and partnered them with solid green. And yes, I did save all the little leftover pieces from the cut up shirts to use for something else. Don't know what, yet, but something.



The mother in me is coming out. I'm getting teary eyed writing this silly post and looking at the pictures.



Brandon is such a sweet kid. When I'm wrapping, I grab any box I can find that I start saving in November. I crammed his quilt in that coffee cup box and when Brandon unwrapped it, he didn't open the box, but thanked me for the coffee cups and said they were just like ours. He was so surprised when he opened it and saw what was really in there. He loved it!!



Aloha!

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