V-Day Project #4

Perfect project inspiration!


Here's my $4-$5 version! The letters are from Hobby Lobby. I'm not a huge fan of the shape of the letter "O" here but it was my only option. I just wish it were rounder. That's the perfectionist in me! But it still works.

I bought a package of 150 popsicle sticks for $1 at The Dollar Tree. I really only needed two sticks! I cut up two popsicle sticks and hot glued the pieces to the back of the letters to hold them together.

Now, what to do with 148 popsicle sticks?? :)

V-Day Project #3

I started seeing holiday-ish specimen charts back before Christmas so I finally jumped on board with my own Valentine's Day 'heart chart.' It was pretty much the same procedure as the framed button heart I made (project #1). 8x10 frame, fabric, and felt hearts are all from Hobby Lobby.

Cute?? I think that's a yes!

V-Day Project #2

Big red plastic plate! Price: $1.99

Heart image I found on the internet.

White vinyl from Wal-Mart. Price: $9.99 maybe?

Wish I had a Cricut. But I don't so I did everything the old fashioned way. So I printed out the heart image, cut it out, traced it onto the vinyl, and cut that out. All this took a steady hand and lots of concentration, especially since I was watching Erin Brockovich. I love that movie!

But I digress...

Peeled off the backing and stuck the heart on the plate.

But I didn't like the white so I dug out some black acrylic paint and added at coat of Modge Podge for shine.

Not my favorite project, maybe it's the shape of the heart. But it will still be displayed proudly. :)

V-Day Project #1

One of five Valentine's Day projects is complete!

Here's the 5x7 frame from Hobble Lobby. I love this frame.

Next, I cut a piece of cardboard and covered it with the fabric.

I almost went with burlap. But I found this nicer burlap look-alike.

Into the frame it goes. The glass is behind it.

The buttons, from Wal-Mart, were $.78 per sheet. I bought 4 little sheets.

It took me a while to get it the way I wanted. I used hot glued to attach the buttons. But being the perfectionist that I am I kept pulling up the buttons and regluing them. But look how cute it turned out!

Tah-dah! One down, four to go :)

Makin' Stuff

If my favorite store in the whole world is Macy's, then my second most favorite store has to be HOBBY LOBBY! It's a shame that the nearest store is 2 hrs from Spencer. But I got to go there today and did I have a good time!

Here's what I got!

That's most of the supplies for five different Valentine's Day projects. Not that I'm a huge fan of V-Day but I am a huge fan of makin' stuff. :)

Everybody always has to see what's going on.

Looks like I've got some work to do!

My First Sewing Project!

I made an apron in my 8th grade Family & Consumer Sciences class and that's been about it. Jess' sewing skill level: 3.8

But eveyone out there in the crafty bloggys makes their sewing projects look/sound so easy! So I decided I needed to broaden my craft horizons.

So here's my Goodwill sewing maching. :)

Hattie wants to learn, too!

Silly me. Once again, I forgot to take pictures stage by stage. Basically, I started out with two scarves, sewed them into one long scarf, and bunched up the fabric as I sewed (complicated, I know).

And here's what I got!

Cute scarf for $1.60!

Look out, world! Here comes another beginning sewer! :)

Beautiful Snow

Oh! The snow, the beautiful snow,
Filling the sky and the earth below,
Over the housetops, over the street,
Over the heads of people you meet
--J.W. Watson

Winter Decor

Remember how much I love Christmas? http://engineeringdomestically.blogspot.com/2010/12/deck-halls.html
I really do. And once it's all over it's hard for me to put away all the fun decor! Parting is such sweet sorrow. There's always a bit of an empty feeling once the house is back to 'normal.' So, instead of going back to normal I transitioned to winter! Normal can wait. :)

Thanks to this buffet that my mom was willing to part with, I have lots of nice display space! Pictures above the buffet are from our wintery yard.

I think I'm developing a thing for milk glass!

I so love this piece of furniture. I managed to keep out some winter colored Christmas balls (blue and silver). Oven safe serving bowl from Wal-Mart.

Pine and berries aren't just for Christmas since I can still see pine and berries from my windows.

My polar bear that sported poinsettias for Christmas now displays some piney sprigs.

Snowmen and snowflakes in white and silver.

As you can see, MoBear approves of the new winter decor.

Yay for winter decor!

Second Hand Stuff

My mom informed me that the last blog I posted was Christmas stuff so I should get a new one up :] So here you go, Mom!

After just a little rearranging in our living room we decided we needed some more cabinets/tables/furniture to fill up the empty wall space. Here's the cabinet we found at a second hand shop for $20. We still have about 7ft of space to fill on the other side of the TV but we're working on it!

(sorry the picture's a little dark. I didn't like the glare the camera flash was causing)

I hit up Goodwill today for the first since October! I managed to walk out with only 4 items.

I love the pair of shoes I got! They look like they might be old(ish), plus they (kinda) fit if I ever found a reason to wear them. :)

Another post coming tomorrow--yay!!

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