Thursday, September 22, 2011
Today I was playing outside with Ezra and we were trying to work on his soccer skills. He always wants to throw the ball instead of kicking it, soooo... I told him that he needs to karate kick the ball. This is the result of my instruction...
Monday, September 19, 2011
Just click on the images below to enlarge then save to your computer and add photos and text to your heart's content.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Some of you may remember that a few years ago Michael, Ezra and myself participated in the North TX AIDS Outreach Centers Annual AIDS walk. It's one of the many fundraisers that they do to ensure that they can provide to relief to those affected by HIV/AIDS in our area. This year the AOC will be participating in "A Day of Giving". Basically you donate a certain amount over 12 hours and a percentage of that amount will be matched by corporate sponsors. Click HERE to learn more.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
I had this bag of sticky letters in my crafting closet just waiting to be used for something:
I used a red sharpie to color each letter:Once they were completely dry I stuck them on to the shade in a haphazard way. I would have liked to have used smaller letters but this is what I had on hand and didn't feel like dragging 2 sick kiddos to the store so I went with it:
This is what it looks like lit up: I still plan on painting the walls and I need some bedding and wall art, but this is what I've got going on thus far. Now you can see what the headboard I made looks like with stuff in front of it.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Click HERE to make your own monogram.
Just click on the images below to enlarge then save to your computer. All of the files are saved pre-sized so all you have to do is add text and click print.
Here's a sample:
(save the image below to your computer)
Fresh out of the printer (sorry my camera is crap):
To add a 3-D effect I added some mini clothespins (buy them HERE) and some pink and white baking twine:
I'd used a scallop punch to cut the little tea pots out to create a fun garland or you can just add text to make place cards or for gift bags. The options are endless:
For this larger teapot I used a large circle punch to create another option for adding a 3-D effect to the cards or they can be used to label goodies on a treat table or to label different types of tea:
Here's another option for creating a 3-D effect with the large circular cut out:
Here are the other files that you can edit to your heart's content!
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
This is her finished product:
The headboard she created was perfect for what I was envisioning for Libby's room.
Though the tutorial was GREAT for how to apply the foam/fabric, etc., it didn't say anything about actually constructing the board itself. I decided that I wasn't going to spend the extra $ for a contractor to do something I could do myself. That's not to say that it's perfect but I had fun doing it and learned a lot along the way.
So here's how to go from this:
You'll need a circular saw, jig saw, handsaw (maybe), utility knife (box knife), MDF board, high density foam, quilt batting, and flat joint plates.
And don't forget to wear your safety googles:
Notice the glisten of sweat on my skin. I'm doing this working in our garage in 108 degree heat!
I based the shape of my headboard on the template found HERE and just adjusted the measurements as needed to fit the dimensions I wanted.
Once I got everything calculated I used a sharpie to draw the outline onto the MDF board:
Because my headboard was going to be super tall I needed to use 2 boards of MDF (~2 inches thick) so I had to use metal joints to fuse the seam b/w the 2 boards. I screwed in 4 plates on each side of the headboard in opposing spaces to make sure that it wouldn't bend at the middle:
After I cut out the shape of the board and screwed in the plates I then followed the tutorial found on the site mentioned above to apply the fabrication to the board. I ordered 2 inch thick high density foam online that was 52 inches wide and 108 inches long. I had to use 2 rolls to cover the board. Total cost for the foam was around $50.00. The fabric I had on hand. I bought it for $6.49 a year ago at a fabric store on sale! The quilt batting is $7.00/bag and I used 2 bags. The MDF board is around $27.00/board and I used 2 boards. The metal plates are $2.25 each bag and I bought 2 bags.
Because the MDF is very easy to break you have to be VERY careful when you're moving the headboard. I found this out AFTER I broke off both legs. Luckily I had already applied the fabric and batting so they were just dangling there. I just quickly cut some pieces of wood and screwed them into the MDF to give the legs support.
The headboard isn't meant to stand on it's own. You hang it with a long metal hanger thingy that you will see on the tutorial on Design Sponge. It worked out great and I measured it so that it looks as though the headboard is free standing.
I'll post more photos of the finished product once I get Libby's room looking the way I envision it in my head.