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Tutorial: Fridge Dry-Erase Board

12 Jul

Luke and I have been trying to find a solution to our grocery list for awhile. We find Post-It notes are perfect to jot down what we need and take with us as we go in and out of stores. However leaving the little sticky pieces of paper all over the fridge to write down what we need as we notice, wasn’t really working for us.

So I turned to my old friend raffia (which you might remember from the Raffia Bowl Tutorial). While I was at the Dollar Store stocking up on more raffia I found a package of three sheets of dry-erase board. There were 3 11×14” pieces. Now these were much too big to be putting on the fridge, but once I cut them in half they were perfect!

Looking at the 5 left over pieces I decided to make a frame for the dry-erase board that I could slide them in and out of. That way once one board is past its prime and no longer looking very nice I can easily replace it with another one.

I love the bright colours the board adds to my kitchen, I even made a little holder for the post-it-notes so that we never have to go searching for them. Now as we notice we are low or out of things we can quickly jot it down on the dry-erase board and when we go out to run our errands it only takes a moment to write out what we need to get on the post-it-notes.

Materials:

1. Mod Podge

2. Play-Dough

3. Raffia

4. Baloons

5. Wooden Dowels

6. Post-It Notes (for size reference).

7. Dry-Erase Boards

In case anyone uses the Post-It Note system that I do here’s the instructions on how to make the little holder for them.

Let it dry completely, you can add another coat of Mod Podge to stiffen it up. Add some magnets on the back and call it a day. Wax paper works great for drying anything covered in Mod Podge, its easy to peel off.

I didn’t cover some of the basic parts involved in using raffia in this way. If you’d like a little more direction check out the Raffia Bowl tutorial, it’ll tell you all you need to know.

Anyone else use Post-It notes for their errand runs? Different methods? What works for you?

On the List: Vintage Stitches & Stenciled Dishes

12 Jul

Oh the goodies I have found online this week! It’s an exciting mix and I’m going to get right to it.

Vintage Embroidery Pattern

I stumbled on this adorable pattern from doe-c-doe early in the week. My embroidery skills are still in their infancy and it’s cute little details like these that has me motivated to get to the next level. There is just something about vintage images that melt my heart.

Soap Making

I don’t know why but as soon as I realize something can be made from hand at home I can’t wait to dive right in. Judging from the popularity of all DIY topics I can tell its something a lot of us share.

When I saw this review of a book about making soap from Craft Critique I had to tell myself not to jump the gun. I just picked up a book on another hand made project (more about that later) and I have to tell myself, often, that you can only do so much at once. So making soap is now on the list.

Trick out Your Blog

I’m always on the look out for ways to improve Off the List. When I decided to start up a blog I knew there was a lot of work in store. I am now just starting to see that working on the blog’s appearance and layout is an on going thing.

My 3 Monsters did up a post with tons of advice and links for different aspects you can put into your blog to make it stand out and make a statement.

Using Martha Punches for Pillow Stencils

I’ve always been a bit of a Martha snob. I didn’t really GET why everyone was so excited about the whole Martha empire thing. Slowly I’m being converted to the dark side. I started peeking around The Crafts Department and came across a little post about stenciling. I didn’t find it all that exciting, same old information about using freezer paper, but then I saw these pillows.

Those punches are flipping expensive. Even when you pick them up on clearance. But they do have some amazing design and detail and now that I have another great use for them (other than just paper craft) I can justify spending the money a little easier.

They also have a little post about using the punches in a similar way to add very pretty details to glasses using etching cream. Such an easy way to dress up plain dishes!

A great week of crafty finds.

I had a little splurge shopping at Michael’s this week and Luke pointed out a whole section of clearance books. I picked up one on paper making. Its filled with a lot of detail information about the scientific aspects as well as pages and pages on the history of the ancient craft.

As much as the nerd in me loves reading that kind of stuff I’ll admit that I breezed past all of it the first time to get to the step-by-step process. I can’t describe how excited I am at the possibilities. I’ll have a full post up later to share all the info so be sure to check back!

Happy Sunday.

Tutorial: Dollar Store Raffia Bowl

14 Jun

I love the Dollar Store, but really who doesn’t? But I know exactly why I love the Dollar Store.

Raffia.

Oh sure there are lots of other great craft supplies and random treasures that help fill my shopping basket, or two or three, but it’s the irresistible raffia that draws me back time and time again. The colours! The versitility! I could wax poetic about this string all day long.

Instead I’ll give you a tutorial on one of my favorite creations to craft this amazing raffia into.

Materials:

  • Balloons (round shaped)
  • 2 Colours of Raffia- you will need about 1/2 a roll for each 8 inch diameter bowl.
  • Glue or Modge Podge
  • A bowl to put the glue/modge podge in
  • Scissors
  • Something to protect your work surface- I use a piece of poster board
  • A very patient husband to take pictures while your hands are covered in goppyness

1. Blow up the balloon until it has a diameter of about 8 inches. Fill up the bowl with a good amount of glue/modge podge. You will be using alot of it. Smear a 2 inch wide strip of glue starting about 1/4 of the way down the balloon.

2. Unwind 8-10 inches of raffia at a time. Run it through the bowl and cover with glue, wipe off the excess with your fingers.

3. Start to wrap around your balloon, making sure the rows are tight together. Keep a hold of the balloon, it will roll away if you let go! Try and tidy up your rows as you go. Keep unwinding the raffia in 8-10 inch lengths and running it through the glue as you wind it around the balloon.

4. Continue with the first color of raffia until you have a band 2 inches wide or so. Cut off the string of raffia and unwind 8-10 inches of the second colour of raffia. Run the new raffia through the bowl of glue. Twist about 1 inch of each colour together, tuck the tail under the row above.

5. Continue with the second colour until you have a band about 3 inches wide. Change back to the first colour, twisting the ends together and tucking the tail in under the previous row. Continue with the first colour all the way around the balloon. The bottom can be a bit tricky, it helps it you hold down the rows with your fingers as you wind the next one.

6. Smear a generous layer of glue over all of the raffia. Lightly go over it with your finger to remove excess.

7. Tighten up the lines, try to make sure you get glue into any holes left between the rows.

8.  Use a wire hanger to create a hanging device. Poke one end of the hanger through the nipple of the balloon, wrap the middle of the hanger around a curtain rod and tack the other end to the ceiling.  Ignore the looks of disbelief your husband will cast your way.

9. Wait 6-8 hours, and the outside will have mostly dried. You will be able to tell because it will look clear instead of white. Take the bowl down.

10. Pull the balloon out. Sometimes you have to pop them, sometimes they will have started to deflate (like mine). Tidy up any extra bit of dried glue. You will be able to see that the inside is till wet.

11. The weight of the raffia will have pulled down the shape of the bowl. This works perfect for our project. Rest the bowl on a work surface and press down gently. Your aim is to flatten the bottom so that the bowl will sit nicely when dried. Leave it a few days to fully cure and then enjoy your gorgeous new bowl!

I use mine in my craft room as a little catch all. When I’m in the middle of a project I like to throw all of the stuff I’m using in one place and put it back into its proper home later. That way I don’t have to stop what I’m doing and loose my crafting mojo, plus if I need it again (which is usually likely to happen) it’s right at hand.

You can also use the same method to create a simple fun mobile. I made this one for my niece when she came to visit.

Blow up three balloons of different sizes. Cover the whole balloon with the raffia. To keep the shape dry these resting on their side on a garbage bag at first, be sure to turn every now and then to stop it from sticking. String together and secure to the ceiling.

Kimmy loved watching this above her crib. I keep it in my craft room now, it matches the colours and looks like a mini art piece.

Here’s another great project tutorial using Raffia to add colour and texture to a magnetic Dry-Erase board.

You’ll find tons of crafts to use the raffia in. It does just as well as a supporting character. I used in it my Party Favor Baskets to add a bit of colour and texture.

What is your favorite Dollar Store find? Do you love the raffia as much as I do? Can you think of any other great crafts to use it in?

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Show & Tell: Birthday Bunting Banner and Party Hats

7 Jun

I’m excited and flustered…. and embaressed.

My basket tutorial was posted over at whip up (yay!) and people are stopping over to my humble little blog. But I’m so ashamed at how empty it is! It’s like moving into a new home and inviting the neighbors over, only I don’t have anywhere for them to sit because the furniture hasn’t arrived yet.

So to everyone who has come to welcome me to the neighborhood I appreciate your patience. As a new blogger it’s going to take me ages before my online home has any of the substance and finesse of you other fine folks.


In the mean time I’m going to finish up the subject of the Birthday Package that I sent for my neice’s birthday. The baskets were the last part, before them I tackled making a Bunting Banner and Party Hats.  Both of which I followed amazing tutorials from other bloggers, with a few changes of my own.

I have a confession… the Bunting Banner= my first sewing project. It took me about 10 minutes to thread the machine when I started, by the end I could do it with my eyes closed. Maybe with a little peeking.

When my sister was just starting to think of planning Kimmy’s birthday I had come across an amazing tutorial for a birthday banner at Pickup Some Creativity. I quickly swindled her into NEEDING a bunting banner for the party and offered to make it.

Follow the tutorial and anyone (I’m proof) can have a super cute bunting banner in no time.

I took my very first trip to the fabric store (Luke was very patient as I owwed and awwwed over all the options) and picked out some coordinating fabrics.

Then I got to work sewing all of the triangles.

Here is where I deviated a little. I wanted the letters to really pop (and I had found the cutest black and white fabric on a second trip to the store). So I cut 2 1/2 inch circles out of fabric and sewed those onto the triangles first.

And then I sewed on the letters exactly as instructed in the tutorial.
After completing all of the letters (I might have adhered the a’s on backwards the first time, which might be a warning to not try and do sewing projects late at night with out the appropriate amount of caffeine).
I started sewing them all onto the Bias Tape. Which I found after a third trip… or was it a fourth?… to the fabric store. In the tutorial all of the triangles are sewn onto one piece of bias tape, I decided to divide mine in two. I measured 12 inches of my bias tape, started laying out the triangles and measured another 12 inches at the other end for each piece.
I also didn’t do the basting stitch recomended in the tutorial. I did a regular old stitch on the inside as well as the outside of the bias tape. I just don’t like having to rip out all those stitches. It looks fine this way, really you can’t notice.
This was a great first sewing project. It was straightforward and so clear with the great instructions from Pickup Some Creativity. And so rewarding, look how cute it is hanging on my wall. I can’t wait to see pictures of it in all it’s glory set up for the party.
The party hat tutorial came from Crap I’ve Made. I didn’t have the party hat mojo flowing and I had an illogically difficult time with these. I ended up having to make my own templates, one for the fabric and one to cut out cardstock for the hats. I could have bought the hats premade like Char at Crap I’ve Made… but making them was faster than a trip out for me.

I added a special detail for the birthday girl’s hat with a 2 1/2” felt circle and 2 made out of the same fabric from the banner. The little party hat on the 2 is simply a small triangle of the pink fabric sewn onto the hat and a small tuft of green yarn glued on with Fabri-Tac.

The pom poms were made using this tutorial from Kids Craft Central. Simple enough, repetitive, but simple. Ignore the squashed nature of the pom pom in the upper left corner, that was from the 2 hat sitting on top of it.

Hopefully my small additions will make Kimmy’s 2nd birthday a fun filled day for her.

Thank you for stopping by and taking a look at what I have to offer so far.

Please come by and check out all the new Tutorials, Show & Tells, FYIs and On the Lists posts as the blog grows. I’ll do my very best to fill my home with lots of interesting and useful material for everyone.

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