Archive for May, 2009

Hobby Humpday-Baked Good Birthday

The kids are invited to a pool party on Thursday for a little girl in Piper Ann’s class.

I made this apron for her with a felt cupcake on it.

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I love the sprinkles.

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It will keep her clean while serving these. If you scroll down to the end of that post, the carrots are mine!

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Link here if you’d like to play along.

May 27, 2009 at 12:44 am 3 comments

Giveaway Day is Here!

MayGiveawayDayThanks for stopping by!

I’m not really sure what to call what I’m giving away. Its a wooden block that you can hang on the wall with a felt sunflower on it. The center of the sunflower has french knot “seeds” and is stuffed with some batting for a little more 3-D action.

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To be eligible to win this, leave me a comment and let me know what you think I should call this sort of thing! I will leave the contest open until May 31st at 8:30 pm cst. I will draw numbers at random.

Also all purchasers from my etsy store between now and May 31st will be entered in a drawing to win this “thing.” I am offering free shipping to all participants of Giveaway Day. This includes bloggers and commenters. Just let me know at check out and I’ll refund the shipping.

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May 26, 2009 at 6:16 pm 85 comments

Teacher Gifts

Tomorrow is Piper Ann’s last day of school and Nathan’s is on Wednesday.
This is what I made the teachers to thank them for teaching my kids.
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I’m also giving a similar one of these away for Giveaway Day. I will put up the post tomorrow, even though Giveaway Day doesn’t start until Wednesday morning, the 27th.
Here is a sneak peak at what I’m giving away…

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May 25, 2009 at 10:33 pm 2 comments

Works for Me Wednesday-Shade Planters

We’ve got two giant oak trees in our backyard that provide us with the much appreciated shade.

However, it doesn’t allow for much creativity in the gardening department. Anything that requires full sun will not survive on the deck.  Most annuals that you’d put in a planter require full sun.

I’ve been experimenting over the last two years with what works in the backyard.  I’ve had success with some safe bets like caladiums, Impatiens, begonias, and even sweet potato vine works well.

Some advice when doing some container gardening is having something that gives height, something that drapes along the side of the pot, and something to fill in the middle.

Here’s what I have for some containers this year…

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I’ve got some Dracaena Spikes for height, purple Impatiens for filler, and Alyssum and Purple Heart for some draping down the side.

I’ll keep you updated as to how it fills out.

May 20, 2009 at 12:41 pm 5 comments

Hobby Humpday- New-Old Medicine Cabinet

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I got this medicine cabinet from Goodwill for $9. I decided that it would be really cool decoupaged in some great paper.

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My biggest challenge was creating a template for the doors.

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I took lipstick and drew around the edges of the doors.

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I then put it on a piece of paper and rubbed it along the edges.

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The lipstick was transferred to the paper. Then I just cut it out!

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Here’s the finished product.

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Now I just have to redecorate my whole bathroom around the new cabinet. I’ll keep you updated on that!

Play along!

May 20, 2009 at 1:36 am 4 comments

New Planters

My front stoop was in need of a little extra something. Something with a little height as well.
I’ve seen this idea in magazines before, so I thought I’d give it a try
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I wanted to take pictures of my step by step process, but of course my camera battery was dead… both of them.
I had the large pots on the bottom. They’re fiberglass and were originally a light gray color. I primed and painted those pots along with 4 other terra cotta pots black to go with my new door mat and other planters in the front. Plus, I think it makes the colors really pop.

I filled the large planters with plastic containers and soda cans from my recycling bins to fill some of the space. Then I filled them with potting soil up to the top.

Next I stuck a dowel rod into the center of the pot all the way to the bottom. I took a terra cotta pot and inverted it and slipped it over the dowel rod. The next terra cotta pot was slipped over the dowel rod right side up so it butted up to the previous pot.

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Now I just need a new door with a window and a wooden screen door!

May 18, 2009 at 9:45 pm 2 comments

Sidewalk Sale

Etsy Twitter is having a sidewalk sale. Click here to see a list of sellers.

May 18, 2009 at 5:14 pm Leave a comment

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