October 30, 2014

Embroidery Hoop Yarn Spider Webs

Well, I know I am getting this just under the wire but here is a quick and fun idea that I shared over at Eighteen25 a few weeks ago.  This great project is quick, kid friendly, and REALLY versatile.  I had a bunch of empty embroidery hoops of various sizes (just hanging all lonely like) in my craft room closet. And I started thinking that they would make the cutest little spider webs! I played around with the best way to do it and here's what I came up with... :)
1. First, grab some hoops, yarn, and scissors. 
2. Tie a piece of yarn around the center of your hoop like a gift.  *Now, you can change it up a bit here. I am giving directions to do this craft with kids but if you want to add a hot glue gun, just glue the ends of a single piece of yarn and hot glue on the outside of the hoop. It won't have this doubled string look. I just did it this way to omit hot glue.
3. Wrap your inner hoop vertically, then horizontally to make a plus sign. You do this by just tying it off at the top.  
4. Then do it diagonally to the left and then diagonally to the right to make 8 pie piece sections with your yarn. You can look it like spokes of a wheel. *Again, you can do this with single strands and hot glue.

5. Now put the outer loop back on and tighten to start weaving. Take the end of your yarn and tie a knot in the center. (You can also start on the outside and finish it in the center with a knot too)
6. Now make a tiny little ball of yarn so that you will have enough to continuously weave it around to create your web.
7. At each line of yarn you will tie it in a knot to create your web. This will bring the two strands together to look like one strand.
8. Do this until you get to the very center and cut off the extra. Pretty simple, right?
I added a black pom pom spider with yarn legs to complete the look.  When you go to tie off your pom pom just use 4 strands of yarn instead of one and it will create 8 floppy legs.
You could also use a felt ball with wire legs, a tiny ball of yarn, or just buy a creepy crawly plastic spider.

I love the versatility of hanging this on your wall or window, using it in a vignette, or on a mantel. Plus your kids will be so excited that they were part of decorating for Halloween.

Happy Halloween sweet friends!  xoxo

October 1, 2014

Yarn Ghost Garland with Speech Bubbles

Hi Friends! 
I am so excited to share this adorably cute ghost garland with speech bubbles!  I shared this over on Eighteen25 for their Spooktacular September. I actually took this idea off of another Spooktacular project I did (these adorable Monster Cupcake Picks) but expanded on it to make this ghost garland.

September 26, 2014

Decoupage and Painted Milk Bottles

Oh my sweet goodness!  Pinch me I'm dreaming because I'm beyond stoked to be a Creative Team Member with the one and only Eighteen25 Girls! Whaaaaaat?  These girls have been a blessing to me for years and a constant encouragement and source of inspiration. I shared this project a few months back but wanted to share it here as well.
The idea for these pretty bottles came from perusing Pinterest one day and seeing a picture of some pretty spray painted bottles that I am pretty sure were decoupaged with some cut out flowers.  It was one of those times where you whiz by something while scrolling Pinterest on your phone and then poof...you can't find it again. It seemed simple enough so I decided to just try it with scrapbook paper I had on hand and some old Starbucks iced cappuccino bottles that I bought just for the bottles and not the drink. :)

July 21, 2014

cupcake liner cookie pouches

I have wanted to try this little idea for like a year now.  I have been obsessed with cupcake liners for like ever.  They are so pretty but when you actually bake with them, they end up washed out and faded so the presentation falls kinda flat.  I know about the ones that stay vibrant but I cant find them as easily with all the pretty designs. Soooo...I  buy them and hoard them. Then I thought... 
cupcake liners + cookies =
I think it's a match made in baking heaven. 

July 15, 2014

Working on Opening an Etsy Shop....Someday

Well it's been quite some time, hasn't it?  I assume my readership has decreased drastically and I have no one but myself to blame.  But honestly...blogging is just not that important to me anymore. Wait...scratch that.  I actually LOVE blogging.  I love creating.  Taking photos of what I create. And posting them to share with wonderful YOU. 

May 11, 2014

A Mother's Day Post: For Those Who Find Today Not So Happy

I'm sitting here in tears. Just crying in the lobby of my church banging out this post on my little phone. My eyes are bloodshot and I keep spontaneously erupting in tears because my emotions just keep bubbling to the surface, threatening to ruin the makeup I frantically put on this morning to get here on time.

April 21, 2014

DIY Confetti Tape

Let's talk about the happiness of confetti for a moment, shall we?  Now I know not everyone is a fan of that invitation that you rip open over that rug you just vacuumed 8 minutes prior and out comes this microscopic sized confetti with some heavy duty static cling thrown in there for good measure.