Monday, July 21, 2014

Practical Magic Free Printable

One of my favorite movies growing up was (and still is) Practical Magic with Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. It was one of those movies that had a great love story, was just scary enough, and had magic. One of my favorite quotes comes from the end of the movie. Sandra Bullock's character, Sally, closes the movie saying, "But there are certain things I know for certain: Always throw spilt salt over your left shoulder, keep rosemary by your garden gate, plant lavender for luck, and fall in love whenever you can."

I've actually got two versions of this printable for you. My favorite is the chalkboard but I understand that it would take a lot of ink to print so I made one up on a white background.


You can download the chalkboard version of the printable here and the white background here.

Stay tuned next Monday for the next free printable!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Ever Mine Ever Thine Ever Ours Free Printable

I've really been into printables lately - primarily ones that are suitable for the gallery wall I have planned in my head but haven't executed yet. My only criteria is that they have to be free!

As I've been searching for them (here's what I've found so far on Pinterest), I began thinking that I could make my own. I've got a journal that I write down my favorite quotes and song lyrics in (it's a fun reference every now and then - kind of like a photo album). I decided to make my own printables and I wanted to share them with you - for free! This is going to be a weekly thing for as long as I can come up with them :) Join me every Monday for the latest free printable!

My first printable is inspired by the Sex and the City movie. In the movie, Carrie is reading a book called Love Letters of Great Men which didn't actually exist until after the movie came out. I've mentioned it before - if you're a long time fan, you'll remember I typed one up for an aged framed love letter for Valentine's Day last year. This printable is another quote that was mentioned in the movie and is in the book that was subsequently published ( Doyle, Ursula. Love Letters of Great Men. New York: St. Martin's, 2008. 106-07. Print.). It is 'Ever Thine. Ever Mine. Ever Ours.' and was in a love letter from Ludwig van Beethoven to his 'Immortal Beloved'.

  

You can download this free printable here! Enjoy and I'll see you next week with a printable from one of my favorite movies - Practical Magic!
 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Welcome To Our Fire Pit Sign and Tray

Last weekend, I had a craft night with my friend, Kelleigh. Kelleigh had seen an awesome sign on Etsy that she wanted to try and recreate. I thought the sign was so cute and I wanted to make one of my own as well. I knew my Silhouette Cameo would be a big help!

We knew we wanted to make this weeks ago but it took a really long time for us to find the perfect background. Initially I had wanted maybe a 10x14 slate sign and Kelleigh wanted like 12x24 but we couldn't find the slate. They only sold 12x12 singles in the hardware stores and we couldn't get it cut down. Online they had boxes of the sizes we wanted but there was no way we were buying an entire box of slate tiles.

I finally found this chalkboard sign online at Hobby Lobby for $5.99. I had a coupon and with shipping I paid $9.76. Not too bad!

Kelleigh finally gave up looking for the perfect slate. She ended up going a different route and found a tray at Michaels that she spray painted white. I can't remember how much she said it cost. Maybe $12?

I cut out my stencil using the Silhouette Cameo and once Kelleigh came over, I let her play around with it to cut hers just like she wanted. Here is my stencil cut out on adhesive vinyl.


It says: Welcome to our fire pit where friends and marshmallows get toasted at the same time! I lost the triangle for the inside of the A on toasted so I cut out my own triangle. I also lost the inside of one of the squigglies beside the fire so I just took them off.


Kelleigh's sign says Welcome to our firepit where family and marshmallows get toasted at the same time! She just changed friends to family and made firepit one word. While grammatically it's two, she thought one word looked better visually. I have to agree with her. Sadly, the Silhouette cut off her T on get so I re-cut it at the bottom and then she cut it out and moved it on top of the old get. It was a perfect fix!

We used sponge spouncers to apply the paint very lightly so it wouldn't bleed. Kelleigh stenciled her entire sign in black and then used dark brown for the logs of the fire and a yellow-orange-red ombre for the flames. I think her tray came out great!


I used white paint for mine and dark brown with light gold on top for the logs. I also used the light gold for the swirls. I did a red-orange ombre for the flames.


I think they came out great! We both did two layers of our paint coats one right after the other. Due to the bumpy nature of the slate, I did have a little bleed through but I'm still super happy with my sign and I know Kelleigh is really happy with hers!


After they dried, I sprayed them with a UV protector spray.


I gave my sign to my dad for his father's day present (he just got it a few weeks late). I gave it to him the 4th of July and he really liked it! The sign made him laugh which is what I wanted. Kelleigh gave the tray to her step-mom for her birthday and she said she loved it. Success!


Kelleigh's was fun enough to use props with. The tutorial for the wine charms can be found here!


Monday, June 23, 2014

Patriotic Star Mobile

Can I just say how excited I am to share this!? Why? Because it's my first craft post (besides anything cross stitch related) in months. I've missed crafting! The other night I was just sitting here and I got the itch to craft. I've had all these supplies sitting around for a long while and I decided it was time to figure out a way to use them. So, I made a patriotic star mobile for the 4th of July.


To make something similar, you will need:
-pack of mini wooden stars (6 of the bigger size and 14 of the smaller size)
-large wooden star
-fishing line
-red, white, blue, and light gold paint
-hot glue gun, scissors, paint brushes

To make this, I glued one end of the fishing line to the back of a wooden star. Then I used the hot glue gun to glue another wooden star to the other side so if the stars moved around, you wouldn't see an ugly side. Looking back, I would have painted the stars first probably.


I then glued the other end of the fishing line to the back of the big wooden star.

 

I staggered the stars so that there were five lines that had big star/little star, little star/little star, little star/big star, little star/little star, and big star/little star.



When I painted them, I switched up the red and the white and it ended up looking like there was a line of white, then red, then white stars like stripes on the flag. I painted the big star blue and I brushed all the stars over very lightly with a light gold paint. In person, it almost makes it look like it's metal.


It's a cute, quick, and easy decoration for the 4th of July which is coming up in just a few short weeks!


I'd love to leave it hanging up on my door to the balcony like in the pictures above. The only problem is, apparently, it's not only pretty to look at. It's also very fun...


Right now it's hanging inside my china cabinet. Violet still tries to play with it through the glass.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Cross Stitch: May

With the beginning of May came the end of classes. I thought I would have a lot of time to work on my cross stitch but I found I was very socially in demand for once. I had lots of activities to do on the weekends but I still managed to get some progress done - in fact, I got nearly all the progress done! I have finished the "background"!! All that's left is the detail work.

As a reminder, here is where we left off at the end of April.


Here it is on May 4th. I worked on trying to finish the upper left corner. I very nearly succeeded.


Here is the cross stitch on May 11th. I finished the entire left side (yay!) and moved back over to the right. The colors I worked with on the right are a little hard to see.


Here it is on May 18th.


Then I powered through Memorial Weekend and finished!





Here it is with a little bit of zoom so you can see everything better (I did realize later I forgot to finish a couple red petals on two of the poinsettias...whoops!).




And, of course, your month by month updates:





I've begun working on the details. This means more lines in her dress and you'll be able to see her face as well as many other things. The details are one string threads that go on top of the cross stitching to enhance the piece.

I technically began it at the beginning of June but haven't picked it up since (well, I was on vacation - I'll share about that later). It's going still slow going. Plus, I can't find the frame I bought a year and a half ago to match this one. It's put a little damper on it all and made me grumpy.