Keeping it Simple: April 2012

Monday, April 30, 2012

Mother's Day Gift

Mother's Day always seems to sneak up on me.  It's in less than two weeks!!  I'm going to be on top of things this year, and you can be too.  This is a super easy gift, plus it only cost me $2 (for the frame from Ikea).  I got the idea from here.  

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This is how I made it:
1) Using the glitter sketch pens and my CAMEO, I made the words.  It was super easy and took about 5 minutes to do.  For a full tutorial on how to use the sketch pens go here.  
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I inked the edges of the paper with a turquoise stamp pad and then glued it onto some glitter paper (because who doesn't love glitter?).
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I made some rosettes with fabrics, put some tulle behind it and then glued it onto the frame.  
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And that's it!!  I hope that my Mom and MIL like it because I think that all of these words describe both of them!!
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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Motivate Me Monday #120

Hello everyone!!!  I hope that everyone is doing well.  I have spent the majority of the weekend sleeping.  After my run on Saturday, the adrenaline kicked off and a cold kicked in.  So I didn't do much at all, I was wiped out.  I have way too much to do this week, so hopefully I will feel better tomorrow.

As always I loved going through the links.  You guys are truly awesome!!  So much talent out there!

Flower canvas art by Creative Passage
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Dyed sweater by Kammy's Korner
Bottle Cap stamps by Vixen Made
 Paper Earrings by Crafting in the Rain
Paper cup earrings by Saraccino
Pencils by Making Memories
T-shirt bracelets by Real Southern Living
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And now for the party!!!!




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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Color Me Rad Race

Today I got to go down to Orem and run the Color Me Rad Race.  It was awesome!!!  So much fun!  I wish that all racing were this much fun!  I loved the energy of the race, it was so laid back.  Everyone was super happy, dancing around.  I've never been to  a race like this, it was awesome!


 I think that pictures do all the talking, so here they are:

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 Staci and me all white and clean.  
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Leanne, Emilie and me all clean! 
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After!!  All colorful!
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Good thing I was wearing those sunglasses, they throw it right in your face!
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I met up with the girls that are going to Breathing Space retreat next week.  They are a FUN group of ladies!!!
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We had to mimic the truck
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Aly is awesome,  I loved her wig!
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Friday, April 27, 2012

Guest post: Coach house Crafting on a budget

 Hi, my name is Linda and I blog over at 'Coach house Crafting on a budget'.
I love creating items for the home and garden using scrap or recycled materials. If I see something I like at the garden centres or online then I find a way to make something similar with as little cost as possible - preferably no cost at all.
Following is my tutorial showing you exactly how I created this lovely bench planter from scrap wood, in just a couple of days and making it up as I went along,


But first I would like to take this chance to thank Kaysi for giving me the opportunity to guest post on her fabulous blog. I'm sure you guys already love her blog and follow her regular so I hope you enjoy this tutorial and bench planter I created just for this post.

This planter with built in seat was amazingly easy to build and can easily be completed over a weekend.
With just a few adjustments you can adapt it to be able to use whatever scrap wood you have laying about or can scrounge. As it happened for me my husband saved a load of lengths of 5"x2" from a wood workshop he demolished. I'd been wondering what I could make with the wood and that's when I happened upon this idea and I still have enough lengths left to build a picnic table for the garden too (tutorial on my blog soon).

To start with you need to collect all your tools and materials. I tend not to do this and always regret it later on when I'm hunting around looking for what I need and usually find I don't have it.
You'll need:
  • Wood. I didn't calculate what I needed and never work from plans but it's obviously going to be more convenient to measure beforehand. You'll need wood for the main construction and the seat, battens for a base ledge, slats to create the base and wood to make the top rim.
  • Screws/nails.
  • Tape measure & pencil
  • Hand saw or Cross cutter (electric all the way for me).
  • Dewalt drill or similar.
  • Plastic if you want to line the planter.
  • Fence paint or exterior varnish.

OK, first I decided how long and how deep I wanted the planter.
Next, using the cross cutter or the hand saw cut 6 pieces at the correct length and 6 pieces at the correct depth.
On a flat surface take 2 length pieces and 2 depth pieces and nail them together to create an oblong (You may find it easier to pre-drill the nail holes first):


Repeat that process with 2 more lengths and 2 more depth pieces Creating another oblong and sit it on top of the first one:


Cut 4 pieces of batten and screw each one into  each corner to start connecting the two oblongs together as I have done it the above image.
On the next level we need to create 3 supports for the bench so you need to measure the width of the piece of wood you intend to use for the actual seat - mine was 8", then  cut the supports at the same length as the side pieces you cut earlier plus a further 10". (This extra 10" allowed me to attach the 8" seat width 2" away from the front of the container.


Before attaching the 3 bench supports I used the cross cutter to angle one end on each piece at 22.5 degrees. This angle isn't necessary but I prefer the look - the choice is yours.
Once you have attached the side bench supports and have centred the middle support correctly you then need to cut 4 pieces that fill in the gap to the front and the back:
(This next image shows the side pieces I also attached for the final layer)



The next step is create one more oblong frame on top of the bench support level to create this:




In the above photo you can see the battens I used inside the planter to screw everything together. I also nailed each side piece to the front and back long pieces using extra long nails and pre drilling the holes first to prevent the wood splitting.

Next cut your wood for the actual seat to the correct length and position it on the supports with an approximate gap of 2" between the rear of the seat and the planter front.
Attach the seat either with screws or nails - I used 4" screws pre-drilled for ease.
With that done we need to attach a batten support inside the planter. Cut the battens to the correct length of the planter and screw them approx 3/4 of the way down. I sometimes make the batten support and then use galvanised fencing to make the base but with this one I used slats of wood to form the base.


The slats of wood sat on top of the batten frame I made and were drilled into the batten frame from inside the planter.

The next step is to line the planter with plastic - I used some leftover plastic I had from covering the polytunnel.
Tack the plastic to the top of the planter but remember to make sure the plastic fits in all the corners properly first then cut off alot of the excess. The final trimming will be done once the wood top has been attached so there's no need to take too much off at this point.


Next measure the finished planter length and width and using suitable framing wood cut 4 pieces to the correct lengths.
I couldn't find wood the correct size so I cut in half lengths of 5"x1/2" using a jigsaw (I'm too scared of the table saw to use it)  to create 21/2"x 1/2" wood. This was then perfect to fix to the top of the planter, hiding the plastic I tacked to the top and creating a 1/2" overlip.
I then used a stanley knife to cut off the excess plastic under the 1/2" lip created by the top plate:


The final stage is to give it a good couple of coats of your chosen exterior paint or varnish, fill it with compost, plant it up and enjoy!

I truly hope you enjoyed this tutorial and hopefully it has given you a little bit of inspiration to create your own garden seat or planter.
The one I created is truly a sturdy piece and I'm looking forward to having it all planted up ready to make use of in the summer!

Enjoy!


That is awesome Linda, thanks for the tutorial!!
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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Kiwi Crate Winner

The winner of the Kiwi Crate giveaway is..............

#49!!!
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Congrats Maryanne!!!  Shoot me an email with your address and crate you want.  


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Paper Coterie

Have you ever heard of Paper Coterie?  
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I just heard about them a couple of months ago.  They are fun company that specializes in photos, calendars, photo books, cards and more.  

Mother's day is coming up and what mother doesn't love something with a picture of their children or grandchildren?  I know I love it!!  

Here a few ideas that you can get for your mother:
Calendars
A Touch Of Color Floral Flutter Time Of The Season Hard Work

Photo book:
Grandma Is My Mom  Ever Thankful 

Canvas:
Love You Because Of You

Right now you can get 60% off of your entire order!!!  Just use code RECOGNIZEMOM at checkout.  You can also get a $15 credit now until May 14th, use code GIFTFAVES.  

I made myself a little photo book, it super easy!!  All I had to do is put in the pictures, I didn't have to think of the layout!!  I love easy!!
This Was The Year

Hurry and make something for you mom today!!  Go to  Paper Coterie and start your creation today!


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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Glow in the dark shirt

You know how much a I love heat transfer right?  I especially LOVE it for my boys because it's not as easy to make them a shirt as it is a girl.  They love it when I put their name on something, or a fun design.  I love the regular colors of heat transfer but I also love that Craftvinyl.com has a TON of different patterns!!
Dresses from Shabby Apple
Here is just a small sample of the patterns them have: zebra, camo, plaid, houndstooth, glow in the dark and much more.  You need to go check out all of the patterns they have!

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 I was planning on using cheetah print for the writing of the shirt, then I went to my facebook page and asked if people thought that it was too girly.  As I feared, everyone said that it was.  That's what I expected, so I had to start over again.   So I decided to go simple, but awesome.  I made the words glow in the dark!  And of course my 7 year old loves it!!

This is how I made it:
1) I took two shirts.  The yellow one I bought for myself one day at a garage sale, not sure why.  I'm not a fan of Snoopy... I thin it was $.25 and it fit, so why not.  
2) I loved how the layered number on my other son's 3 shirt turned out, so I did that again for this shirt.  I cut out two layers of fabric and one layer of fabric interfacing.    
3) I ironed on the first layer of fabric onto the interfacing and then I ironed it onto the shirt.  
4) Next I pinned the second layer and sewed it onto the shirt.  
5) Next I cut out the glow in the dark t-shirt vinyl from Craftvinyl.com.  This stuff is totally awesome!! :)  I cut it out with my CAMEO.
6) I ironed that onto the shirt.  It's so cool, it glows when you iron it :)
7) Then I ironed on the drums.  I asked my son what he wanted on his shirt, and he said drums....
And here is the shirt all finished.  
And here it is in the dark!!!  So cool huh?  Sorry for the blurry picture, it is really hard to focus the camera in the dark!
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