3.31.2010

59 cent shoe makeover!

 We have the best consignment store in town.  It's the best because they are dirt cheap!  I picked up these cuties for 59 cents!
They are just the perfect fit for Nadia and just in time for spring.  The patten on them was cute, but the toes were pretty warn down and for the steal I got them for I decided to experiment a bit.  Here is what I turned them into.

Aren't they cute and sparkly!  My husband refers to them as the Wizard of Oz shoes.  The best part? They don't leave a spec of glitter behind on the floor, I know, your saying yeah right, I'm serious people.  I'll tell you what I did.

You will need-
White glue
Fabric paint
Paint brush
Glitter
1 long zipper
Clear spray paint

First I removed the bows, which actually came off much easier and cleaner than I expected.
I use plain old puffy paint fabric paint with a brush (if you brush it on it isn't puffy).  Put a couple layers on as a base in case you have any sparse glitter areas.
Once dry use a paint bush again to put a thin layer of white glue in small sections at a time and apply glitter liberally.  Let it sit for a few seconds then shake off the extra and put it back in your jar.  Once all covered, shove a plastic bag into the shoe to protect the inside.  Take them outside and spray a liberal coat of clear spray paint.  This will keep you them from shedding glitter everywhere and does not dull the glitter as some other methods do.

For the zipper ruffles I used this tutorial from Craftaholics Anonymous.

3.30.2010

Please welcome I Am Momma- Hear Me Roar!

 I first discovered Cheri's blog when photos of her amazing play room started to circulate around blog world.  How could you not fall in love with this room, seriously! As a fellow roaring mama I'm thrilled to introduce you to her today. When your done here skip over to her blog where I'm making fabric egg hunt/trick or treat bags!

I'm super excited to be posting on Taylor's blog today.  As you already know, she has some amazing ideas and talents.  I am Cheri from I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar.  Here's a couple pics of my recent projects:

I love making all kinds of stuff, but today I'm going to show you how to make a cool boy t-shirt (inspired by Hurley, Volcom, Quiksilver, etc.) using bubble wrap.  Bubble wrap?  Oh yes, that's right.  We're also going to do a little freezer paper stenciling.  Here's the end product:


Here we go:

1) Start with a blank tee.  I like to get them at Wal-mart for $3.50.  Cut out a chunk of bubble wrap.  Spread some paint on a paper plate.  Use the bubble wrap like a stamp.  Dip it in and stamp it wherever you want on the shirt.  I covered the center with an oval because I didn't want to stamp the area where I was going to write "Bosco."




Here's my chunk of bubble wrap with light gray paint on it, ready to stamp.  (Use the bubbly side.)




Stamp as much or as little as you want to.


2) I got on the computer to make a design for the front.  "Bosco" is my little guy's nick name.  Here's what I printed off:

3) Create a freezer paper stencil.  (Using an exacto knife, cut the stencil.  Iron the stencil to the shirt to seal off the area.  Shiny side down.) 


4) Paint the area using fabric paint.


5) I wanted a little more texture, so I did a little more stamping on top of it with a darker gray.



6) Optional:  I also added some embroidery floss along the neckline for fun and to bring out the green.


...and the final test?  Yup.  He likes it.

Thanks for having me, Taylor!  And of course, you are all welcome to stop by my blog anytime.  - Cheri


I love bubble wrap and the texture it made on the shirts so I WILL be trying this!  It's very motocross dirt bike boy looking!  And isn't her little guy adorable!  Too cute.  Thanks Cheri!


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3.29.2010

Embroidery Sampler


Time to share some more sampler pics from my stitchalong project.  So many of you have mentioned that you would like to maybe try hand embroidery.  I think the only thing I have every actually been shown (and not just figured out myself) was a french knot, which my grandma showed me.  And I didn't have a huge interest in doing any embroidery until I found the book Doodle Stitching (by the way, the author even has an etsy shop where she sells patterns!).  I learned that you don't need to use tiny threads like I had always thought, and you don't need those old lady patterns they sell at the craft store, you can doodle your own!  Or use other peoples doodles if you don't doodle yourself.   So here are some more squares, I need to fill in the border in some spots, but I only have a few squares left to go!
I doodle my ideas in by pencil.  Here is an example of some squares coming up.

3.27.2010

How to keep your sanity (and your house from being destroyed) with three toddlers

First off I would like to say I am NOT getting paid to tell you this.  I have no affiliation to this company or product, I purchased it myself, use it and LOVE it.

I'd like to introduce you to one of my BFFs
It's probably the closest I will ever come to having a housekeeper.  It's an iRobot vacuum and what my husband calls the "best invention EVER".  We've had this little beauty for over a year now and could not be happier with it.  We don't have any of the fancy accessories that make it turn itself off and on and go back to a charging station and charge itself, we actually unplug it when we want to use it and plug it back in when we are done, so we are doing sooooome work, Ha!  But I have fallen even more in love with it lately......

My three kiddos have decided that it's the most fun thing to run away from.  PLUS they know we have to pick up all the toys before we can run it.  So when I want the toys picked up I ask if they want to run the "robot vacuum" as they call it and I get three excited kids picking up all their toys as fast as they can!
  So when we're all done not only are the toys picked up but the floor is clean too!  A few things you  might be wondering about~ when we first got it we had ZERO carpet in the house.  I never swept, it does a great job on wood floors.  Yes it goes beautifully over rugs, even at different heights.  See in the picture the dark rug with the candyland rug on top of it?  It goes from the carpet, onto the dark rug, onto the candyland rug with ease at all different heights.

Something to put on your Christmas list people!  I highly recommend it (and so do the two other familiy members I know who have one too!).  Just thought I would share that with you.

3.26.2010

Tea Party Dessert from Galoshes

Looking for the perfect, not to sweet, great with a good cup of tea or coffee dessert?  My Mom (Galoshes), of Sommers Breeze Antiques, is here today to share a recipe.

Since Taylor is a mom of three under the age of three, I thought I would snap a few pictures as I tried out a new recipe. This way when a day was over loaded with 3 kids, 160lb dog, substitute teaching, board member of The Mothers Of Multiples, wife, Artist, Etsy Shop owner, blog holder and just Taylor, this would give her a back up blog post. So I am Galoshes, {Lisa, Taylor’s mom} 

I found this recipe and thought it looked wonderful. I tried it and found that it is suited for people that prefer desserts with a less sweet side. {this rules me out, as I generally like things much sweeter than the general public.} So if you prefer to have a dessert that is not overly sweet, this would be right up your alley.


Chocolate Chip Strawberry Shortcakes:
Prep time 20 mins Bake @ 375 for 20 mins then cool.
A: 3 Cups sliced, fresh strawberries
B: ¼ Cup sugar
BISCUITS:
C: 2 Cups all-purpose flour
D: 3 Tablespoons sugar, divided
E: 3 Teaspoons baking powder
F: ½ Teaspoon salt
G: 1 Cup heavy whipping cream
H: ½ Cup + 1 Tablespoon melted butter, divided
I: ½ Cup chocolate chips {the recipe called for mini semi sweet, I just regular chip size milk chocolate chips}
J: Whipped Cream, if desired.

In a small bowl, combine A & B Cover with plastic and put in the refrigerator, this creates a juice.
In a large bowl combine C, 2 Tablespoons of D, E and F.
In a medium bowl combine G and the ½ Cup of H and stir into the dry ingredients until a thick batter forms. Gently stir in I.


Drop by 1/3 Cupfuls onto a well greased baking sheet. Brush with the remaining 1 Tablespoon butter. {H] and sprinkle with the remaining sugar { D}


Bake @ 375 for 20 minutes or until golden brown {time may vary 18-20 mins} Remove from baking sheet onto cooling rake. Allow to cool.


Cut biscuits in half horizontally, spoon strawberries onto the bottom halves. Top with whipped cream if desired, replace biscuit tops. Serve right away. Makes 8 Large sized desserts.

I like home made whipped cream and I added a twist for this dessert by adding strawberry extract in place of vanilla.
Whipped Cream:
Put your metal bowl and beaters in the freeze to get them nice and cold. When cold, add 1 1/3 Cups Heavy whipping cream, 1 teaspoon strawberry extract, 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon cream of tartar. { there are other recipes for whipping cream, or use canned or tubs.
If you like things on the sweeter side like me, add more chocolate chips, and use frozen pre-sugared strawberries for the extra juice.

3.24.2010

Fabric covered binder clips (and some very exciting news!)

Although I didn't use the tutorial, I did get the idea from this post at My Favorite Things. Just wanted to put that out there.

So, today I'm going to show you how to fancify (yes, sometimes I make words up) your binder clips, as well as do a little shameless self promotion because I have big news!
What you need-
Binder clips (I call them bulldog clips, I don't know if that's a universal name or not)
Mod Podge (or white glue will work just fine)
Foam paint brush
Fabric scraps
Small, sharp, scissors

Cut a scrap a little larger than the surface area of your clip.  Apply mod podge, or glue, to one side and the top of your clip.  Smooth fabric over and trim extra.  Apply mod podge to back side of clip and finish wrapping your fabric trimming the final side as you smooth it out.  I found this was the best method for me, but you could make yourself a template and cut all your fabric to side ahead of time.
Now for the very exciting news.  I was contacted yesterday by a very popular home magazine for a product from my Taylored Arts shop on Etsy to be used in their June issue!  I'm a bit hesitant to mention which magazine as I was supposed to be in a copy of Mary Englebreit's about a year ago and they went out of publish just before my issue was due out :(  But stay tuned, as soon as I have my June issue in hand (it's even a magazine we subscribe to!) I will be shouting it from the rooftops.  Now what are you still doing here, go to Taylored Arts and get some bookplates before I become super famous LOL.


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3.23.2010

Galoshes Day


Some pictures from my most recent trip to the Columbus Antique Mall.  I wanted to give you guys an idea of the size of this place so I took a shot of part of the building.  I know the big sign says museum but that's because of some of the lobby area and one small room they have set up with museum stuff.  Trust me, it's more than 95% shopping.

This ones of my mom's new booth.  She has an etsy shop too if you like her style.
This is one, of I don't even know how many, rooms in this building.
It's starting to look like spring!