Thursday, October 13, 2011

My newest endeavor

Well, my next project was an experiment that turned out GREAT! Although I must warn you it was quite tedious. But, it was worth it because I just love my new wine glasses. I started with a coat or two of white enamel glass paint. This is the type paint that must be baked. The instructions are explained on the paint bottles. Then I took the scraps of black vinyl that I had left over from my cricut projects and cut out by hand small strips that mimic a zebra stripe. The glasses turned out better than I expected. I can't wait to make more. 

Thought you might like to see the sweet baby that the last shower was for. Welcome to the world Isaac Matthew.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Baby Fever cont.

So my next and probably not my last idea was the easiest, cutest thing I have seen in a while. I have been buying socks every chance I get in order to make... Project # 3 Baby Leg Warmers. Oh yes you heard me, the picture that I have posted is the experimental pair that I made from an old pair of my girls socks. (They are not happy by the way that I cut up their socks) but it was worth it. I found a tutorial on Youtube and couldn't believe how easy they were to make! I will post more pictures as I make them. If you look for these on Etsy or children's boutiques you will pay $10.00 on up for them. The socks that I am collecting are all $1.00 or less. There is no other supplies needed other than scissors and a sewing machine. My kind of project!

Baby Fever cont.

For my next project I was trying to get a little funky. I keep seeing onesies on t.v. and online with cute sayings and designs that are absolutely hilarious. So therefore the birth of Project # 2 - Funky Onesies. I have TONS of ideas to do for this but I would be here all night telling you about them so here are two. I really want to make them with band names. I mean how cute would it be for a little baby boy to be sporting a Red Hot Chili Peppers onesie? Anyway they are super easy to make with just a printer and printable iron on transfers.

Baby Fever

Well I have to admit with the new addition of my sweet new nephew Isaac I have been bitten by the baby bug. No new babies for me but that doesn't stop me from wanting to experiment on some cute little ideas that are scrambling around in my brain. Which can sometimes be a dangerous place to be. The first thing I tried actually came out pretty well. Project # 1 Baby Burp Cloths. I used a burpee cloth from a friend as a pattern  (leaving about a 1/4 of an inch around the edges) and picked out some modern fabric that you wouldn't normally associate with a baby. Use a soft absorbent fabric for the backing. They literally took minutes to make and I have been really happy with the final products. 

Friday, July 15, 2011

Lions & Tigers & Monkey's Oh My... Baby Shower for Baby Isaac

My most recent project was for a baby shower in honor of my brand new great nephew Isaac who is due on... My Birthday! (she says proudly) I didn't go to the great lengths on this shower because it was the parents wishes to have a small intimate toned down shower so I'll just show you the sweet little banner that I made for the cake table sporting Isaac's name and a few of the safari animals that will be the new theme of his nursery at home. The parents were later able to take the banner home to hang in his room. The second picture I can't take credit for. My sister, who is also a craft diva made the palm tree out of a cardboard tube and an umbrella. I finished it off with a monkey and a vine. I think small and simple was just the ticket here and the party was a great success. 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Redneck Wine Glasses

Redneck Wine Glasses, Southern Stemware, what ever rolls off the tongue the best is what you can choose to call them. I call them so easy to make. Local stores are selling them for as much as $16.00 a piece. Tell me what you think.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Going stir crazy!

I am off work all week and I have a million projects in my head that I want to make and do, I want to make new pillows for my couch, I want to redecorate my daughter's bedroom, I want to repaint my bathroom, I could go on and on. The problem is I don't have the cash to to all of the things that my head tells me should be done. If I had a bottomless wallet I could probably give Martha Stewart a run for her money. I did manage to make a new sign for my front porch though. Another cricut project...with the help of a little duct tape! : ) 

Favors for the Shower

I wanted to made more that one favor for the shower and as you know I didn't want to spend any money. So I decided that I wanted to make some bookmarks and at the same time bring everyones attention to the meaning behind the baby's name. Because I work in a doctors office I come home everyday with at least 10 paper clips in my scrub pockets. So I decided the easiest way to decorate them would be with a punch that I had in the shape of a flower. Easy squeeezie I punched out the flower, a regular hole puncher for the center, a little glue stick and ta-da! A handmade bookmark party favor. Next I typed up a little explanation of the meaning behind the baby's name and clipped the bookmark to the paper. The best part of the project was seeing mom and dad read the little note attached. It proved that spending a lot of money isn't what makes an event, it's the thought and love behind all the little details. Hope you enjoy this project.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Diaper cakes are awesome their possibilities are endless. I have made diaper cakes with themes of frogs, cowboys, Gamecocks, and this one is the theme of a princess. Mama wanted a tutu somewhere in the shower. Tulle is about as cheap as you can get so I thought why not. If I tell you how cheap I went with this one you'll probably laugh me out of this blog but I have to admit even I out did my own self on the cheapskate scale. So I was trying to find a pedestal to put the diaper cake and I just couldn't find anything so after looking around at everything I started gluing styrofoam cups together. Three high and three bundles all glued together to make a sturdy stand for my circle cut from the side of a box to rest on. I covered the circle in wrapping paper, then glued the tulle to the edges until I had a tutu. I added a little ribbon to hide the imperfections added my diapers and tada a princess diaper cake stand. I think this was my favorite project. (You cant see it in the picture but the top of the cake is the most adorable toy princess crown found at (you guessed it) the dollar store. 
Finish up your table with a table cloth from the dollar store and a strip of wrapping paper going down the center as a table runner.  I have found that it takes 1 whole roll per table unless you cut it down the center like I did then you get 2 tables to a roll.  The candle were made from used baby food jars thanks to my little friend Isla who saved me her empties. I cut out an "a" and modge podged it to the jar then I covered it with a pale pink tissue paper ripped into small pieces. Once dried and lit the "a" shines through the jar. Just make sure that you use a dark color paper to make the letter you want shinning through.  I also did this project for a wedding shower using regular glass candle holders from the dollar store and spelled out "love".  You'll also notice that I added a picture of both mama and daddy to the tables to add a little fun to the tables. Guests loved looking at each table because no two were alike. 

Baby Shower Ideas

Since I was decorating for this shower with practically no money you will see that a majority of the items are made of paper or recycled materials. All of the centerpieces were made with only the cost of tissue paper. Well, I take that back you may have to buy some of the items that I had on hand like wrapping paper and gift bows but I assure you everything that I did have was still only purchased for around a dollar each so you will still be doing extremely well on budget with any of these ideas.  So, I started out with boxes that I brought home from work that had a lid (envelope boxes). I wrapped them with wrapping paper and glued ribbon to look like a gift. I stuffed the bottom with newspaper and covered that with tissue paper to look like an opened gift. Now you can fill them with what ever you want, baby clothes for mom to keep would be cute that was my original intention but the little preggo mama's turned out so cute I had to use them somewhere. Now you may not want to invest the time in them that I did but believe me when I tell you that this was completely therapeutic for me and I enjoyed every minute of it. If you are interested in using this idea just follow same instructions as before by tracing over pictures found online and making a pattern. I glued all my mama's to skewers and arranged them in the boxes. The skewers hold nicely in the packed newspapers. Add more tissue popping up and there you have it, a centerpiece for pennies.  For alternating tables I used smaller boxes with the letters of the baby's name sticking out.
One of the biggest impact the room had was a big piece of wall art made out of wrapping paper, and poster board. The babies name attached to the wall was worth every second it took to make it. I simply cut out the letters of her name on a piece of poster board, cut them out and covered them with wrapping paper. To give it a more sturdy feel I "laminated" each letter with packing tape. Works like a charm.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Infamous Babyshower

I thought I might start talking about the baby shower projects that I had mentioned before. There are so many that it will take me a while to talk about all of them. When I was planning the shower I relied on blogs a lot. There seemed to be endless ideas from people just like me that loved to put that personal touch on things and didn't want to use store bought decorations. First of all let me tell you that the shower was for my closest friend Regina and her husband Scott. They have been married for about 15 years and this was their first baby. They were expecting a baby girl who actually decided to come early and was in the NICU while the shower was going on. So there was no way I was going to let them have an average run of the mill baby shower from the party supply store. I think you all can see why.
So lets get started, the guest list was quite large so I had to come up with ideas that were practically free. The first project on the list was favors. I decided on a couple but the favorite of the day was the "Baby Bootie Favor".  You start out with plain white 8 oz styrofoam cups. Cut about an inch off the top. Cut two slits from the top of the cup to about an inch from the bottom. Make slits about 1 1/2" apart. This is the tongue of the shoe. Next use hole punchers and punch two holes on each side of the "tongue" (Not too close to the edge but not too far back.)  Take clear fingernail polish and paint over holes.  This keeps the "shoelaces" from ripping the styrofoam. Once the polish is dry take a strand of ribbon in the color of your theme and just simply lace your shoe. I added a "thank you" note to my bootie and added a small package of candy inside. I used Good & Plenty's because they matched my theme so well. LOL. The booties were a huge hit, everyone loved them and gingerly took one home as a keepsake. I also added in a pic of the personalized water bottle favors. These can be printed but I made them myself with scrap paper because as it turns out I'm better with my hands than I am with a computer. I think there were adorable. So many times favors are thrown into the bottom of a purse or left on the table when the guests are all gone. Not this time, I can honestly say that each guest truly appreciated all the hard work that went into them. The best part about them is that it gave all of the girls who were throwing the shower an excuse to get together and have a glass of wine, craft, and enjoy each others company. Even the mom to be made some. Hope you enjoy this project.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

I wanted to post a picture of the monogrammed ornaments that I spoke about earlier. I finally found the computer chip that I had taken pictures of them on. These were Christmas gifts that I had made for pennies and everyone seemed to love. It was also the very first project that I made with my Cricut.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

My final post for the night is another Mother's Day project that I did only for the Grandma's. I took pictures of my girls holding up letters spelling out LOVE. I then found the PERFECT frame at the Dollar Tree to present my pictures. If you decide to do this project a word of advice is to take the pictures both Vertically and Horizontally so that your pictures fit no matter which way the frame goes. Good Luck to you, for now this blogging woman is going to bed I'm all crafted out!

Mother's Day Ideas

I kind of skipped over Mother's Day but I do want to show you what I threw together for gifts. I have 4 older sister who help me with my 2 girls, a mother-in-law, mother, and a sister-in-law. This Mother's Day was a poor poor pitiful time in the Little household but I couldn't bare to not have anything to give to all those people who mean so much to me. So I trekked town to my local dollar store (yet again) and I bought wine glasses for those who drink wine, regular drinking glasses for those who don't, and a special coffee cup for my mother who ONLY drinks coffee. I cut out the first letter of each of their names and several size circles with my cricut in vinyl stickers that I ordered a while back on Ebay. Each person had a little gift from me and I was able to show them that even though I didn't spend a lot of money I did put a lot of thought and love in their gift.

Here is a shot of both pieces on my front porch. My neighbors don't quite know what to think of me right now. But at least I'm giving them something to look at as they drive by.

Dollar Store Decorating pt. 2

I wanted to hang something on my door but I didn't want to have to drive all over town looking for a wreath and the store bought ones in my price range are usually just hideous. I kind of stayed in the hideous category with this next project but at least it was different. I guarantee no one else will have this on their door. I mentioned earlier some other supplies that I purchased while at the dollar store. They were, about 5-6 bunches of the red, white, and blue carnations and a piece of white foam board. I already had ribbon here at home. I cut out the letter of our last name "Little" and covered it with hot glued carnations. Sounds horrible doesn't it. LOL! Well, you be the judge. I added some ribbon at the top and here is the final project. Tell me what you think.

Dollar Store Decorating

Hi guys, so I recently purchased a Christmas tree at a yardsale that is meant to go outside. I brought the tree home and put it on my front porch. There it sat for several weeks waiting for me to put it away. After being asked a hundred time why I had a Christmas tree on my front porch I decided to do something with it. Since my garage looks like an episode of "Hoarders" I decided that it just couldn't take one more thing to be stuffed in there. So, I pulled out my easter eggs, white lights, and went to town. I really wish I had taken a picture of it because it really was cute. I actually was sad to have to take it down. So I started thinking about the next big holiday to come. Since Memorial Day and Fourth of July were next I headed to my local dollar store. There I purchased (2) rolls of Red, White, and Blue ribbon; (2) pks. of stars wire decoration, and a pack of pipe cleaners. I also purchased some other things that I'll talk about later. I made a bow (2 separate ones that I tied on back to back with pipe cleaners) for the top of my tree and just strung the stars garland all around. Then I took all of the red, white, and blue pipe cleaners and wrapped them around a pencil to make curly coils and just affixed them to the branches. Here is the final result, please comment and tell me what you think.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Here is another quick idea with paper. I made name plates for my girls rooms. Very simple to do, I used my Cricut and used the same process as I did with the paper ornaments that I posted about earlier. Have Fun!!!

Okay, so one of my favorite things to do is host parties. I always do a little something for my kids birthday even if it's only having family over for dinner. I try to make each one special for them and I don't always have a lot of money to spend on store bought decorations. One very inexpensive option is with balloons and crepe caper. For about $3.00 I can turn my dining room into a birthday party that looks like I've spent weeks planning. Start in the middle of your ceiling and twist two coordinating crepe paper colors. Go from the center to all four corners, then go to the mid point of each corner. Once you have all of your crepe paper hung then pin about 3 balloons to each end. In the center where all the paper starts you can hang as many balloons as your heart desires, keep them bunched together and tie them together with twirling ribbon.

Another option that you can use is hanging tissue pompoms. It use requires a little more work but still costs very little. You can purchase about 5 packs of tissue paper. (Buy about 2 or 3 coordinating colors). There is a tutorial on Martha Stewart's website that will tell you how to make them but be sure to make them no more than 2 days in advance because they will get damaged. Here is the website: .

I have also used the same method in a little different way but basicly the same process. When your making pompoms you pull the tissue out on both sides to make a circle. If you pull all the sheets of tiss
ue out on one side you can make tissue flowers and make a centerpiece. If your hosting a shower where you have lots of different tables to decorate this is a great idea to use. Just
attach the flowers to a stick and ask around for recycled flower vases. I don't know anyone who doesn't have a few of those stashed under their sink. I have also made them in a smaller version and made a tissue flower covered monogram. Check out the picture of one that I made recently using foam board from the dollar tree as a base.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Peace, Love, and Paper Ornaments

Another "paper project" that I have recently worked on is Personalized Ornaments. For Christmas I made every female member of my family an ornament in the shape of the first initial of their name. They all seemed to really enjoy getting something that had their name on it and for only pennies they made really cute gifts. For my daughter's 14th birthday recently I made each girl that attended her party a peace sign ornament. My husband helped me to calculate the dimensions of the pattern and I'm sorry I don't have any idea what they were but I'm sure that if you Googled "peace sign" and then chose "images" you will have an ample array of peace signs to choose from to have a pattern. Once my peace sign was traced and cut out (two sided paper is a definite must on this project) I laminated it with do it yourself laminating sheets that I had left over from another project but can be purchased from Wal-mart. When you laminate the peace sign (or initial) make sure that you rub the edges very well so the two sides are firmly pressed together. Also, leave yourself a good little lip along the edges so that they don't come apart later. (And they will if you do not do this!) Once the peace sign is laminated and cut out the next step would be to add the bendable wire to hang it with. Find something sharp to poke a hole big enough for the wire to slip through, bend wire to attach, and start putting beads on the wire to the length you would like the ornament to hang. After the beads are hung and the wire is attached firmly, tie a couple thin pieces of ribbon in a little knot on the side to add a little dimension. Alright what are you waiting for? Go get those scissors to work!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

This is the finished product of the paper owl, I am so computer illiterate that I could not figure out how to add it to the earlier post. I will get it eventually just bare with me people. LOL!

My favorite material to craft with is paper. I love the patterns, the textures, the colors, and most of all the price. Something that I have been doing a lot of lately is finding pictures online that catch my eye and using them as patterns. I'm not sure of what the proper name would be for this technique but I'm sure I'm not the only person who does it. Now this may not be the most simple of projects but I don't always do things the simple way. In fact I have been known to take that all too bumpy path of going all the way around my butt to get to my elbow. Find your own form of easy, do what you feel comfortable doing. When I was planning the baby shower I used this technique on all my centerpieces. I would find cute pics of pregnant women, hold a clear piece of paper up to the computer screen, trace it out, cut it out, and then retrace the pattern on the color of paper that I wanted to use. I know it sounds complicated but I have had so much fun doing this. The centerpieces turned out so cute (I will post pictures when I talk about the baby shower) The picture above with the owl is an example of where I get my ideas. I can use the owl to make a cute greeting card or a piece of art for a kids room with their name or monogram on it.

First Blog, Crafting for Cheapskates

So I am not quite sure what I'm doing here but I have always wanted to start a blog. So far so simple. I knew I could do it! That's me and my sweet hubby in the picture. He pretty much supports my crafting habit as long as I don't overdo it. (Which I have been known to do, you'll find out all about that when I get to the baby shower posts.), my favorite thing to do in the whole world is craft. I am constantly looking for something new to do and something that I've never seen done before. Having said that I do have a few rules that I abide by. I'm a world renowned cheap skate. If it costs a lot of money I am not into it. I have tons of ideas that I am anxious to share with everyone and at the same time keep a running record for myself. So maybe this is something that your interested in following, maybe not. I look forward to getting any feedback and comments that you all are willing to give me. So for now, fellow cheap skates... let's get crafting.