‘Scrap’tastic Results

I hope you all had a marvelous week!  I forget how much time it takes to get back in the swing of things after a few days off. Especially when those days are totally awesome.  I’m just barely getting back with it since my friends left.  Poor family.  At least I did the laundry :)

Anyway, here are the results you’ve all been waiting for!

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And the crafter/project match up:

#1 – Scrappy Wallets - Amber R. @ Craft Me Perfect
#2 – Decoupaged Closet - Lacy @ Lavender & Lace
#3 - Butterflies in the Wind - Amber C @ The Craft Project
#4 – Scrap Fabric Juggling Bags - Charlie @ Attempting Aloha
#5 - The Game of Memory - Veronica @ Adventures of D & V
#6 - Coupon Organizer - Jess @ Spool & Spoon
#7 -’Scrap’tastic Table Runner - Malory @ Snips & Spice
#8 – Scrappy Wall Art - Heidi @ greendoodle
That gives Amber C @ The Craft Project her first win of the season!  Congrats Amber!
Butterflies in the Wind - Amber C
I totally love those butterflies, especially the ones flying off the corner up there.  So pretty and so fun.  I can’t wait for the tutorial so I can try my hand at it for Abi’s room.  Her walls are embarrassingly bare right now.
But we have to say goodbye to Lacy @ Lavender & Lace this week.  My only consolation is that I got an email from Lacy days ago  letting me know that she had some things come up and would be unable to continue in the season.  So if there had to be a week with this outcome, I’m glad it was this one for her.
Decoupaged Closet - Lacy
Be sure to keep up with her on her blog and leave her lots of love!  These ladies work so hard and I know they would appreciate a little love on their blogs in return :)

Vintage Jar Lighting {tutorial}

*Tutorial by Heidi @ greendoodle for her win of the Knock-off challenge of season 16*

Wow!  Thanks for the votes.  This project has elements of super frustration (cutting glass and photographing glass) and really easy rewarding elements (like coloring the glass).  If you can get past the bottle cutting phase you are sure to have a really cool D.I.Y. light fixture.

Supplies:

bottle cutter

large bottle/jar (can be purchased here)

food coloring

colored nail polish

Modge Podge

small paint brush

automotive chrome tape

medium base porcelain socket (hardware store)

desired length lamp cord

chrome spray paint (optional)

 

Step One: Cut

Research bottle cutting on YouTube.  Then research some more.  This is by far the hardest step. I am super cheap frugal, so I only bought a glass cutter and my husband rigged up a bottle cutting device.  His tool worked like a champ, but it is still very tricky to get a perfect cut.

 

Score the glass then slowly pour HOT water over the cut.  Pour cold tap water, then HOT water again.  The bottom of your bottle should fall off at this point. (Again, YouTube is your resource for this step).

Throw away the junked bottles and get ready to paint any that are to your satisfaction.  (I cut three bottles with one perfect success, and one that had a large crack.  When painted however, the large crack was undetectable).

Step Two: Color

Mix 3T hot water, 1/2 c Modge Podge and desired food coloring.  I used 20 drops of blue and 10 drops of green.  Your finished product will dry much lighter.  Add colored nail polish if desired.  This creates a seed glass look, however clear nail polish will be your enemy.  Also, color all of your glass from the same batch.  It is really tricky to recreate the exact color. Trust me.

Pour a small amount of glue mixture and slowly swirl. I found this part of the project to be really fun.  Keep turning the bottle until all the glass has been covered.

Set right side up on paper to drip dry for 5-10 minutes. Paint any handles with mixture.  Place in a warm, dirty oven (170 degrees) for about 30 minutes.

Step Three: Chrome it up

 

I was unhappy with my first attempt to trim the light with chrome.  I used a chrome tape from the auto parts store, the price was great ($4) but ended up bubbling and lifting.  My second try was more successful.  I still used an auto chrome tape – but this time bought the more expensive product ($20).  I used custom chrome flexible interior exterior molding and lays beautifully. I used 3/4″ but would have preferred 1/2″.  This tape is firm and covers any imperfections in your cut.

Also, I spray painted the lid chrome (but don’t love it).  The original pendant reminded me of an oil dispenser so I grabbed one from the dollar store.  The look is similar, but unnecessary.

Step Four:  Electrical

This step varies for each bottle.  I experimented with a pendant kit ($15 Home Depot), but found the fixtures to be too big for this bottle.  I ended up using lamp cord and a porcelain keyless light socket.  This part was not hard, but will you will need to customize the electrical for each bottle.  Best of Luck!

Interview with Rebecca @ There Is Beauty All Around

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1 Tell us a little about you and your blog.

I graduated from Brigham Young University in 2009 with a degree in
painting and a 3 month old baby girl. I started channeling a lot of my
creative energy into making things for my sweet girl, and the blog
just evolved as a way for me to share what I had been making. My
creative interests span a wide range of media and techniques, and I
always love learning and trying new things.

2. How and when did you start crafting?

I started making things when I was a little girl. I always had some
project or other going, and I would keep a constant rotation of
library books on all sorts of different arts and crafts.

3. how often do you craft?

At least once a week.

4. where do you get your inspiration?

I usually look to nature for my inspiration. I love looking at
different leaves, trees, flowers, and rock formations, and there are
tons of new things to see living in the Galapagos. I also look to art
history and the great master artists for inspiration.

5. what is your favorite medium to work in?

I love felt. It’s so versatile; I am always finding new ways to use it.

6. what is your guilty pleasure?

Cookies and Project Runway. Best taken together.

7. what makes you smile?

My little girls.

8. what is your favorite thing to do other than crafting?

Snorkeling and exploring our Island.

‘Scrap’tastic {week 3}

How was your weekend?  Do anything fun?  I had these awesome ladies come visit me.  I meet the redhead in 2nd grade and the brunette in Preschool and miraculously we stayed friends until now.  We even lived together during college and survived :)  In fact, the brunette and I married brothers so now we’re forced to be sisters ;) .  Thank you ladies for coming to visit, and thank you husbands for letting them!

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Now onto the good stuff.  This weeks challenge is a fun one – ‘Scrap’tastic!  The contestants had to come up with a great project that would use up their scraps. And they did a great job!

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Knock-Off Results

Well, I hope you all have a great weekend planned!  My two best friends from growing up are flying in to visit (and one is now my sis-in-law and is bringing my 3 month old nephew for me to meet!) and I’m so excited!  But before we can get on with all our fun plans, I know you’ve been dying for the results of the Knock Off challenge this week :) hopefully

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And the crafter/project match up:

#1 – Bel-Air Bedding Knock Off - Veronica @ Adventures of D & V
#2 – Pandora Knock-Off - Amber C @ The Craft Project
#3 – Stacking Wood Trays - Jess @ Spool & Spoon
#4 -Vintage Jar Lighting - Heidi @ Green Doodle
#5 -Anthropologie Caridad Ruffled Dress Knock-Off - Malory @ Snips & Spice
#6 -Knot a Pillow - Rebecca @ Beauty All Around
#7 – Mizone Florentine Bedding Knock Off - Lacy @ Lavender & Lace
#8 – Banana Republic Knock-Off Skirt - Amber R. @ Craft Me Perfect
#9 - PB Teen Ruched Bedding Knock-off - Charlie @ Attempting Aloha
That makes Heidi @ Green Doodle our winner again! Congrats! This lamp would look perfect right over my kitchen counter ;)

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I’m excited to see how she pulled this one together. Be sure to check back next week next week for the tutorial.
But I’m really, really sad to have to say goodbye to Rebecca from There is Beauty All Around.
knot a pillow - rebecca
Be sure to keep up with her on her blog.  I know I will (I’m totally fascinated with the fact that she lives in the Galapagos Islands!).  She has some really cool stuff over there (she sketched a self portrait everyday for a month, and I’m still loving (and want) her SYTYC audition piece) and I’m sure there’s more in the works :)  Thanks for all your hard work Rebecca!

 

I’m Crafty Party! #40

Welcome to the “I’m Crafty!” party!  Were you inspired to be crafty this week?

The “I’m Crafty” linky party is where you can link up any project you’ve made because I know you all don’t just think you’re crafty, you are crafty! It doesn’t even have to be a new project!

 A few things to remember:

  • Link to a specific post, not your blog in general.
  • Please only post your ideas, not round ups or guest posts.
  • Only link up 2 posts.
  • Think outside the box – a craft, tutorial, recipe, anything you want!
  • Grab the handy dandy button in the side bar (or a text link it you like to keep things simple) and put it on your blog so people know there’s other great stuff linked up here to see.
  • Visit other links and leave them some love – everyone likes appreciation :)
  • Join me on Twitter & Facebook.  I’ll be sharing some of my favorites there throughout the week.


Easter Dress {tutorial}

*Tutorial by Heidi @ Green Doodle for her win of the Spring challenge of season 15*

First off, thank you to Missy for hosting SYTYC and giving me the chance to test my creative limits. Next, thank you for supporting the Twirly Girl Easter Frocks.  These dresses were very rewarding to make, and with a few pattern modifications you can make a dress (or two) as well.

The dress was made from McCalls 5033 with a few changes.  I raised the arm and neckline, added pintucks for visual interest and omitted the zipper – using bridal button looping instead.
The jackets were from Simplicity 1723 with a shortened sleeve and an added peter pan collar. As I have learned most of these techniques on the web, I’d rather share a technique I experimented with on my own. [Read more...]

Interview with Chrissy @ FullCandy Jacket

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1.Tell us a little about you and your blog.

I started my blog to be able to share with my family and friends the fun things that I had been creating. More specifically I had become quite infatuated with creating fun and interesting cakes for my friends and family for holidays. I remember sitting on the couch one day watching a cake show on food network and thought to myself….”I can do that!”. I looked up a few things on the internet and I was on my way.

2.How and when did you start crafting?

My mom helped my sister and I start crafting at a VERY young age, I would say 5 or 6. I loved to glue things together and paint them fun colors. I remember buying craft kits and thinking I would be able to sell the “treasures” I made for money and become a millionaire. I think that early art classes and even girl scouts concreted my love of art and crafting. I still to this day have a unicorn t-shirt that I painted with puffy paints when I was about 7, to this day it is still soooo cool.

3.How often do you craft?

I love to craft and bake as often as possible. I would say that I easily craft at least once a week if not more. There seems to always be something calling to me to try and make or create. I have even gotten to the point now where I need to keep a list of ideas on my cell phone to keep track of them.

4.Where do you get your inspiration?

There are many places that I get my inspiration from! First would be my friends and family. I love to create things for people that are specific to their love and interests. I also love to read craft books and scour the internet for new and fun ideas. Most recently I have found myself visiting art museums and being in awe of the talent and patience, then wandering home and attempting things in my own way.

5.What is your favorite medium to work in?

I love love love clay, however it is a little too expensive to work with for just fun projects. I have found fondant and chocolate an excellent replacement for my sculpting needs and everyone is willing to take part in eating whatever odd projects I have created. I also love working with fabric of all kinds, to this day is still amuses me how you can take a flat piece of fabric and create it into so many things.

6.What is your guilty pleasure?

Oh man…..that’s a broad question. I am not sure I can just pick one. Glee, crab rangoons, and shoes.

7.What makes you smile?

Everything makes me smile, I am often referred to as “irritatingly perky”…..in the best way possible…..so to name a few things: Family, friends, cats, dogs, unicorns, soccer, softball, Alana, pink, unicorns, cookies, costumes, kids, trampolines, stars, boots, snow, leaves, grass, clouds, lemonade, pizza, tiny note books, guitars, music, coffee shops, haircuts, flowers, fresh vegetables, balloons, warm blankets, snuggling, a good book, cartoons, car rides, swimming, jumping off things, gardening, apple picking, movies, glue sticks, spray paint, take out….and the list could go on and on.

8.What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting)?

I love to play soccer on my local co-ed team. No matter how grumpy I show up to soccer, I leave in a fantastic mood.

Thanks so much Chrissy!  You can learn more about her on her bio page.