Category: crafts

Leaving on a jet plane…or 3!

Megduerksen.comYou guys, I’ve been keeping a pretty big secret. Partly because I still can’t believe it’s real and partly because I don’t like thinking of what it’s going to take to reach it.

I am going to Whatever Craft Weekend in Kansas!! For a maker-geek like me this equals winning the lottery. In fact, I did win their lottery to get my space. I leave today and will be home very late on Sunday. Twelve ladies gather at the Newton home of Meg Duerksen to craft, eat, go antiquing, craft and eat some more. Friday night involves sewing an adorable ruffled apron and the rest of the projects are a surprise.
If you have no idea what I’m going on about, enjoy checking out links to Meg’s blog and the craft house details until I get back with a FULL report.
imagePlease wish me luck for the 3 flights and 12 hours of travel each way! I do not fly well. Keeping my eye-on-the-prize of just getting there! Bon voyage friends!

Top two photos by Meg Duerksen, used with her permission.

Olliblocks – just for fun

Olliblocks DIY This is the cutest project I’ve done in a very long time. Of course, there’s a little story behind it. About a year ago, I stumbled on these adorable toy blocks on Pinterest. I purchased and printed the files and it ended there. I was so reluctant to cut them up!
These graphics, and many more options are available from the Caravan Shoppe. You can purchase them on-line and have them emailed within minutes. The designs are gorgeous, full of detail and charm. I’ve ordered calendars and two block designs so far and am really happy with them all.
Olliblocks DIYBut back to the project at hand. I had the blocks on my ‘to-do’ list and when my niece asked if she could come hang out, I knew exactly what we’d do! We picked up wooden blocks from Michaels and got to it. Here’s how we made a set of 9, 1 1/2″ blocks:
1. Cut out 3 sheets of the graphics, making one pile for heads, one for bodies and one for legs.
2. Brush a light layer of modge podge onto one side of the block and attach one graphic. Repeat. You want one block that has all heads on it, one with all bodies and another with all the legs. We made 3 blocks of each for a total of 9 blocks. Let them dry.
3. Brush on a light top coat of modge podge to seal. Let dry, overnight is best.
4. Play and display your new Olliblocks!
Olliblocks DIYThese would be an ideal project for a craft night or girls get-together. They’re easy enough that you can chat while making them and the results are so darn cute! What a great gift for kids!
Olliblocks DIYOlliblocks DIYNow, Sydney and I are both a bit old to actually play with these but we’re pretty smitten with them. Next up for us….the Valentine’s blocks!

Just to be clear: I have not been sponsored or paid by the Caravan Shoppe (I wish!). I’m simply sharing a project I loved.

Tidy books

tidy books DIYHappy new year! The ‘urge to purge’ has smacked me upside the head and turned into my overall resolution for 2014. I, of course have other resolutions but this one is kinda big. I’m going to get organized – at home, with finances, with schedules and with stuff, in closets, in kitchen cupboards, everywhere! My tiny home is getting cluttered and it has to stop. This new goal is already changing my way of thinking and motivating me.
Here’s a little project that tidied up the pile of magazine clippings I’d accumulated without even trying. As fully disclosed previously, I love magazines and subscribe to several. I used to hoard keep the entire magazine but have recently allowed myself to tear out the odd page and pass on or recycle the rest.
tidy books DIYI found the perfect bound sketchbooks at Opus art supplies to house all these loose bits. They have 160 pages and measure 11″ x 14″ so a full magazine page or a collage fits easily with room for writing. I’m using two – one for home decor eye candy and the other for everything else including fashion, reading lists and interesting articles. I’m not making a big art journaling project or categorized album here, simply glue-sticking in the pages I can’t live without. I used a Sharpie marker to label the covers and spines.
tidy books DIYtidy books DIYBaby steps, but these fit tidily on my bookcase and are close-by when I’m looking for a little inspiration. The clutter is gone and for the price of a magazine each, these books are giving me a little sense of accomplishment. I’m giddy about tackling bigger projects and you know I’ll keep you posted!