Thursday, April 10, 2014

In the Loop and Co. Giveaway!

Spring is finally here! One week it was cold and snowing then I blinked and there were blossoms, green grass, and flowers everywhere! I've decided to team up with my friend Megan to celebrate with a giveaway!

Megan and I have been friends for about five years now - we met at my old job. She recently started her own Etsy shop, In the Loop and Co., where she sells the cutest headbands and hair clips for little girls.

 Here is a peak at some of my favorites:



Megan is giving away this Easter Bunny Felt Bow which can be placed on a headband or clip (winner's choice).

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This giveaway will be open until 12:00 AM EST on Friday, April 18th. It is open to US residents only.

Megan is graciously offering a 10% discount to all fans of Craft A Spell for her Etsy shop! All you have to do is use the code BUNNY at checkout. You can use this coupon on all purchases of $5 or more. This coupon is good through April 30th.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Coffee Filter Flower Wreath

I'm here to celebrate spring! I love winter but I'm ready for flowers. I decided my apartment door needed a new wreath to welcome spring so I decided to make one out of coffee filter flowers.

You will need:
-For Dying: bucket coffee filters, pie pan, water, food coloring (red), rubber gloves, old towels
-For Making Flowers: scissors, stapler, tape (I used scotch)
-For Making Wreath: wire wreath form, large but sharp needle, floral wire (I used 22 gauge), wire cutters, hot glue gun (optional), ribbon

I made my coffee filter flowers from a combination of two tutorials. When dyeing the coffee filters, I used a tutorial at Homemade Serenity and to turn them into flowers I used a tutorial and video at Two Shades of Pink (although I only used 5 coffee filters and cut them all together).

I hope you'll check out the tutorials above for how to make the flowers. But in case you want to make them just like I did, here's a quick run down of my steps that differed from the original.

I dyed between 10-15 coffee filters at a time. First I did 3 drops of red food coloring, then 6 drops, then 10 drops. I put each set of coffee filters into the pie pan (filled with 1/2 cup water and food coloring) and let them sit for a few minutes. Then I would wring out the coffee filters (while wearing rubber gloves), separate them some to dry, and rinse the pie pan and start over so I would always be dyeing my filter batches with the same amount of food coloring.

Once I had finished, I separated the coffee filters (they had been sticking together) even more and they dried within an hour or so. I was left with this (I had run out of the coffee filters that I had on hand from an old project and bought more, not realizing they were different sizes. I only used the large ones).

I was a bit disappointed with the coloring. I liked the brownish tint in the tutorial pictures. These were very pink and there wasn't too much variety between them. However, I kept going. For each flower, I did two light, two medium, and one dark. I folded them all together in half then quarters and cut a scalloped edge. Then I followed the rest of the tutorial's instructions. I ended up with about twenty of these.

It took me a little while to figure out how to attach them to my wire wreath. I knew I wanted to use floral wire somehow. I tried just tying them around the nub at the bottom of the flower but it didn't work - it just slipped off. So I poked a hole in the bottom of each flower with a thick but sharp needle.

I cut 10-12 inches of floral wire and slipped it through the hole.

Then I wrapped the wire around the nub and glued it just in case (you don't have to do this but I just wanted to be safe!).

Then I wrapped the floral wire around the wire wreath, securing it in its proper place.

Here is how the first one looked. You might have to do some positioning to keep it center so you can't see the wire wreath behind it.

I kept going until I had filled the entire wreath. I used 13 flowers (which translates to 65 coffee filters) and secured it to the door using white ribbon. I thought about cutting the trails off but I kind of like them hanging down.

I'm really happy with how it came out! The colors even work well against my gray front door.

Happy spring!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Cross Stitch: March

For once I can say I had pretty good progress on my cross stitch and that ain't no joke (Happy April Fool's Day!). In March I had spring break so I didn't have to worry about reading and class work for a whole week. I also had a couple of snow days so I could work on the cross stitch (winter can't seem to let it go - as I type this on Sunday the 30th it's snowing AGAIN).

I've only got about a month left of spring classes (where does the time go??) and I'm taking the summer off since there weren't any classes I found terribly interesting. I look forward to time for crafting! I have been feeling creatively deprived. I've got a project scheduled to be in the works this weekend that I hope to share as soon as its done (and turns out pretty). But let's get to this first.

As a reminder, here is where we were when we left off in February (this was technically March 2nd).

Here it is a week later on March 9th. I began working on the bottom left corner. I'm not sure why, but for the life of me, I can't get this picture to show up horizontally. When I edit it, it is right but uploading it, it keeps switching. Sorry for your neck!

Here it is on March 16th. I continued my work in the corner.

Here it is on March 23rd. I was able to pretty much finish the corner and started moving over to the bottom right corner.

Here it is Sunday, the 30th. I did a lot more than it looks like. One of the colors I worked with is almost the same as the light gray/blue background material I'm stitching on so it's hard to see.

I've very pleased with my progress this month!

You can see my month by month progress below.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Cross Stitch: February

Despite a couple of snow days, February was pretty slow on the cross stitching front. I've been busy in my free time with work for my classes and have been dealing with a continuing bit of health problems with my kitten, Violet. There are been lots of back and forth to the vet for some chronic upper respiratory problems. I don't want to jinx anything but I'll give an update in Cross Stitch: March. But, needless to say, there's not a lot of time for the stitching, or crafting of any kind.

Here is where we ended at the end of January:

I didn't work on it much after that. It wasn't until February 16th that I started again. I've removed the cross stitch from its larger frame and am using a smaller hoop so I can finally get to those pesky corners. I worked on the upper left corner.

Here it is on the 23rd. I worked on the upper right corner. I'm going to have to iron this thing, I think.

Here it is at the end of the month (technically this picture is from March 2nd but I'm going to count it since February is so short and I haven't made much progress). I continued my work in the upper right corner.

As a reminder, here is the month by month progress.

Hopefully March will be better!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Washi Tape Wall Decor

Remember the Valentine's Day Washi Tape decor I showed you? Well, I made it reversible.

On the other side of the mat I cut (see the original post for instructions), I used St. Patrick's Day Washi tape. I used a clover tape and a green chevron tape that I got as part of a Christmas pack, both from Pick Your Plum. I just laid it on top and trimmed the edges.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a four leaf clover and layered the design in the frame.

Very easy!

Now I can just switch them back and forth and don't have to use two frames!