Wednesday, April 29, 2009

DIY Wednesday

Hi Everyone!
We have started finals here at the law school, so I haven't had the chance to make any new projects. I did make some projects before finals and here is one of them. One of the girls I am going to photograph in the near future is pregnant. (yipee for preggers pictures!) I got her some adorable soft monkey straps for a car seat (so the straps don't rub), and I made these burp cloths. Nothing too exciting or complex, but I'm in love with the fabric. They are waiting to see if the baby is a boy or girl, so I was hoping this fabric was unisex enough.


Friday, April 17, 2009

Therapy Sacks

I made some therapy sacks for a staff member here at the law school. She'll be leaving the school at the end of the semester, I wanted to do something special for her as a thank you for her cheerful smile after a hard day or final.
I got the idea for the sacks from:

Here are the sacks sewn on three sides ready for the rice. I mixed the rice and cinnamon apple scent oil together in a bowl before I filled the sacks.

Here are some customized labels I made. I got the idea from Whimsy Love:

Here's the final product! They smelled amazing. I hope they smell just as nice when they are heated up. I added the poem Brassy Apple had on her blog with a ribbon tied around it.


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

DIY Wednesdays

Hi There,

Here's another craft project I did a few months ago. I wanted something to cover up my Kitchenaid mixer, but didn't really want to spend the money to go buy something (especially when it wouldn't be hard to make something). So, I grabbed some scrap fabric I had sitting around and made this cover. Nothing too special, but it does the job and holds some cookbooks.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

DIY Wednesdays

Here's my DIY Wednesday post from last week on my Krista Marie Photography Blog.
So, here's another installment of my DIY Wednesdays. I am in the middle of a rather large project that I'm excited to post next week, but until then, I thought I would post a mini-DIY project: decorating my house. I am by no means particularly awesome at home decor. I simply don't get colors at times. However, I have noticed that the more I do with my house, the more it seems to be coming together. When I first painted my house, my parents didn't get it (an orange kitchen?!? A grey living room?!?!) Apparently, the vision in my head is a bit more coherent than I give myself credit for.

My recent purchases: a couch, a chair, curtains for the living room and new lamps, curtains and comforter for the bedroom. The pictures are less than stellar, but that's what you get with a point and shoot that's five years old. :)
If crafts actually interest you (I'm an old lady when it comes to this type of stuff, so I don't really expect normal college kids to be interested), you can check out my crafts blog at

Here's Spencer modeling our new couch. Do you like the nice mess on the poor coffee table. My husband's grandfather made the coffee table. (He was EXTREMELY talented)

Here's the chair. Interesting print...and very comfy!

Here's the lamp I bought for the bedroom. Each nightstand has one. Simple, but with the blue walls, I thought that was the best.

One more picture of the can see the new curtains and the new artwork I did. (you can't see the other canvas. I did two and hung them side-by-side)

New Fabric!

Shopping for fabric always gets me in trouble. I don't know if I have ever walked into a fabric section without finding at least one print I love. As many other crafters know, if you see a fabric you love, you must buy it! So, I now have a closet full of fabric and no idea what to use half of it for. I think I'm going to use my latest purchases for a couple different projects. I'm going to try to make therapy sacks, coffee cozies, a baby shower gift, and coasters. I used the polka dot pattern for patching up my poor down comforter. My dogs have ripped it to shreds. So now, it's got these awkward patches all over it. At least the patches are fashionable

I love how spring like this print is! I think in addition to some coffee cozies, I might try to use this fabric somewhere in my kitchen.

These two prints are going to be used for therapy sacks. They are brown and pink..quite girly.

I think this fabric is going to be use for coasters since the colors match my living room colors.

This fabric is AWESOME! I just love it so much. I am trying to figure out a bit project to use it for. My bedroom is blue and brown, so I might use it for a cushion to go on my ceder chest. I already used a big chunk of it patching up my comforter.

This are two samples of fabric I might use to make cushions for my living room. I recently got a new sofa and chair, which I love, but since we went from a loveseat to a chair, we lost a bit of seating. I host parties quite often, so I'm thinking about making a stack of floor cushions for these get-togethers. The couch is more like the solid fabric, but the dots are so much fun!

The reverse side of the dot fabric.


Saturday, April 4, 2009

Signs & Frames

My husband teases me about it, but I love to label things. I find that objects find their way home when there is a label involved. So, I created a few labels for around the house.
I have a laundry sack full of old towels for our dogs by the back door. It's especially helpful this time of year when the backyard is a huge mud puddle.

I found that there was a miscommunication when it came to dirty and clean laundry. So I created these signs for each basket. I printed them out, laminated them (I absolutely love my heat laminater) and added the Velcro to each side and the baskets. I also created one for our dishwasher since we have to prewash our dishes and it's sometimes it's hard to tell.

I have this odd wall in my kitchen. Well to be honest, my entire kitchen is odd. It's very difficult to arrange the room because of the odd shape. Anyways, I wanted to find a place to put pictures of each of the dogs.'s the wall before...
Here's the after. I took some pics of the dogs a few weeks ago, printed them at 5x7 and matted them into 8x10 frames. To be honest, I'd rather have printed them at 8x10 and matted them to 11x14; however, the store didn't have the frames I wanted, so I settled for some 8x10 frames I already had. Nice project for 10$
I made this sign for our front door. This is the side of the sign that is showing most of the time. I used some scrapbook paper for the border and laminated the entire thing.
This is the back side. Since I do intimate sessions at my house, I created this side of the sign for anyone that might feel the need to come knocking during a session.
I bought some AWESOME fabric at Hobby Lobby today. I also got another canvas to paint for my craft room....but I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do with it yet. So, hopefully I'll have some fun fabric projects to show off soon! Plus, Monday my new knobs come so I can finally post my before and after of my dressers!!! Yipee!

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