Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Crafty Chicks Quiet Book

Tonight in my blog wanderings, I found this amazing quiet book:

And if you know me, you know how much I ADORE quiet books. She has some really cute pages. Definitely worth checking out if you are wanting to make one some day.


My little girl would have SOOOOO much fun with these cupcakes. They are adorable!


I've never attempted finger puppets, but she makes them look and sound easy. Isn't this barn to die for?! I am in love!


This gal did a great job. In fact, she makes me want to add to my books. Seriously. Go check her out! And since I don't know how to do fancy links, here are the cut and paste links:

http://craftingchicks.blogspot.com/2009/09/quiet-book-i.html
http://craftingchicks.blogspot.com/2009/09/quiet-book-ii.html

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Happy Fall, Yall!

The weather has been a bit of a roller coaster lately, but it is officially Fall even if it isn't cooling off yet. So here's my one table and ode to the changing season. It's pretty simple.

1. Framed stitching. I just used fabric and did a little bit of stitching to make a little pumpkin that says "Happy Harvest" underneath. Seriously so easy. But I like the rustic feel of it, especially for Fall.
2. A little Fall dish someone gave us as a wedding present. I thought it was random at the time, but I really appreciate the dish now.
3. Books tied with an autumn ribbon that I got on clearance a few years back. I didn't want to cut it up too much, so I folded the extra ribbon and shoved it under the books.
4. That pumpkin is really just fabric wrapped around a roll of toilet paper with a fabric leaf sticking out the hole on top. My friend, Rachel H. gave it to me eons ago. Thanks, Rachel!
5. My lovely silver candlesticks that I got at a yard sale for 50 cents a piece. I just tied more ribbon around them (sorry, you'll have to cut the ribbon to do this. haha). The leaves are from the dollar store. I hot glued them to a strip of computer paper and taped them around the bottom of the candles.
6. The red and gold table runner is actually for Christmas, but it looks beautiful with the autumn tones. It was a couple bucks at one of my favorite stores ever-- Kirklands-- which went out of business. Sad.

And there you have it folks. Easy, cheap, work-with-what-you-have fall decor. In a few weeks, I'll change it out for Halloween stuff, then put it back up until Thanksgiving.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Halloween Countdown Calendar

Hello, fellow crafters. I just noticed that it has been over a month since my last post! Bad, blogger. Bad! To try to make up for it, I have a very fun project I've been working on... a Halloween countdown calendar! I had so much fun making them for Christmas, that I had to do one for Halloween also.

I started with a framed dry erase calendar that was also magnetic. I picked it up at a yard sale for 75 cents, but didn't have a good place to use it as a calendar. So it got a makeover. I covered the background with Halloween paper, and added glittery foam words, ribbon and rick-rack. I decided not to put numbers on it for now at least. I think the main reason is that I was feeling lazy. Maybe next year. :)

Then I covered an old can from the kitchen with more paper and added rick-rack. Gotta have a place to store the pieces, after all.



Then I spent what felt like an eternity cutting and gluing little paper-pieced figures. How did I make these, you ask? Well, first I brainstormed 31 different Halloween related items and spent a few days sketching out what I wanted them to look like. Then I got out my cardstock scraps and went to town. I added details with Sharpies, googley eyes, acrylic paint, and art chalk. Each piece has a magnet on the back so that it sticks to the board.
If you are interested in making a Halloween countdown like this, but don't want to spend the time paper piecing, you could check at your local craft stores for those little wooden shapes they put out in the holiday section. I saw them at Joann's, Michael's, and a few other stores this year. Then you'd just have to paint them. The only hard part would be finding 31 different shapes. Most stores I saw only had 20 or so. But I'm sure you could improvise! Also, I know they sell tin sheets framed in unfinished wood at several stores here. Those would work perfectly for the background if you don't have a magnetic white board lying around.
Anywho, here's the finished board in all it's glory. I am so excited with how it turned out. It was definitely one of those "live and learn" projects. I now know that I can make ANYTHING out of paper. haha.
Now the hard part is waiting for October so my little girl can start counting down to Halloween!
Oh, and if you've made a Halloween calendar or have seen a cool one somewhere, leave me a comment with the link. I'd love to see other versions!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

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