October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Hey guys, Happy Halloween! I wanted to share my costume with you- I'm Katniss from The Hunger Games this year and every part of my costume is handmade!

 (In the photo above, I did totally photoshop myself into district 12.)

Fort Worth was having a spooky bike ride with the mayor, so we dressed up in costume and headed out on our bikes! The ride stopped at the cemetery!
Below you can see my costume, and my Mom and Dad dressed up as well- My Mom is Arachnia, the Spider Queen and my Dad is a Tweed English Man. :)

Over all, I was extremely pleased! During our ride last night, people kept yelling out "Katniss!" and giving me the 3 finger respect hand symbol.

Are you dressed up for Halloween? If so, what as??
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Book Review- DIY Mason Jars

I recently picked up this book, DIY Mason Jars, on clearance at Half Price Books (one of my FAVE stores!). I love finding awesome crafting books, and finding them for less than $3 is even better, right?

I have an entire shelf on my bookcase filled with mason jars, some restyled and some not, so I was excited for this book. Here's my review of it:

First, a little bit about it from Amazon: "With DIY Mason Jars, you'll find everything you need to make one-of-a-kind creations with everyone's favorite jar. Featuring step-by-step instructions and four-color photographs, this book will kickstart your creativity with thirty-five imaginative projects that will add a pop of fun to any room. It also includes darling label designs that turn ordinary containers into whimsical centerpieces and gifts you won't be able to find anywhere else."

What I like about the book is that the project categories are separated up, like "In the Kitchen" and "Around the Home" and "Useful Jars". The first section of the book, Mason Miscellany, gives you extra info about the classic mason jar, history about jars and the types of jars.

While I think the projects are all adorable, a lot of the projects are geared more towards beginner crafters. Which isn't a problem but if you're looking for crafts with a lot of steps this isn't the book for you.

Some of my favorite projects in the book are the Mason Jar Magents, Mason Jar Oil Lamps and the Potted Succulents. As a doodler, I also love the illustrations in this book.

You can pick up a copy of this book on Amazon, here.

*I was not compensated in any way for this post, I just like to share my thoughts of fun craft books.
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October 30, 2014

DIY No Sew Gift Bags

Today I'm on the Helmar blog these easy gift bags I created. Want to know a secret? There's no sewing involved when making them! Just Helmar's Fabric Glue!

Since it's *almost* Halloween, I decorated them with spooky stamps and colored them in purple, black and orange but you could make these for any occasion! Just change up the theme!

Happy (almost) Halloween! -Katie
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5 Fox Themed Projects to Make

If you're a regular reader of my blog, you may have noticed I have a slight obsession with woodland animals, specifically foxes.

I've done a number of fox themed projects so I thought I would round them up here. You know, in case you have a fox obsession too.

I posted the DIY for this leather journal. I painted a fox on mine.

I created this Fox Art Journal page for a Hazel and Ruby project.

Restyle a notebook with this tutorial- Foxy Notebook.

I used fox fabric to make this Fox Leather Glasses Case.

Stitch up a Fox Softie with my tutorial and pattern.

These have all been pretty recent (with the crazy fox trend), but a couple of years ago I shared a free foxy iPhone background and scrapbooked about the fox hat I crocheted.

So, do tell- What does the fox say?
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October 29, 2014

All about the Pink

Today I'm up on the Hazel and Ruby blog sharing this project!

Halloween is just a couple of days away so I've been seeing a ton of pumpkins, witches and other Halloween inspired projects. October isn't just about Halloween though,it's also Breast Cancer Awareness month. With that in mind, today's project is very pink instead of orange! :)

While I didn't make something about breast cancer I did use a lot of pink on these 2 restyled trunks I made. I already had the trunks, I got them at a scrapbook convention from Queen and Co. I decided they needed a new look though, so that's where H&R products came in!

You can go to the Hazel and Ruby blog to see my process and get the full tutorial.
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October 28, 2014

Rustic Painted Frame DIY

Hey guys, today I wanted to share the tutorial for this rustic frame I painted! What's so special about it? Well, I used a new product I hadn't tried on it before- Deco Art Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint.

I've actually wanted to try chalk paint for a while now! Since I haven't used it before though, I decided to start with something small, like a picture frame.

If you haven't heard of chalk paint yet, it's really neat. It's not actually "chalkboard paint". This paint is a matte paint that requires no priming or waxing before using. I hate priming, so I love that you don't need it with this paint.

Anyway, here's how I made it:

Supplies: Wooden Frame, Paint Brush, Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Rustic and Inheritance (yellow), Cream Wax, Sand Paper, Picture

1. Gather all of your supplies. I just used a cheap wooden frame from the store.
2.Paint your frame using rustic chalky finish paint. I painted the front and then went back and painted around the edges.
3. Let it dry.

4. Once your paint has dried, you'll want to get out your wax.
5. Using either a paint brush or a cloth, apply your wax on over your paint.
6. Let it dry. You can add a second coat of wax if you want. Rub a piece of cloth over the wax to buff it.
7. Take a piece of sand paper and lightly sand your frame. I tried to stick close to the edges for my distressed areas.
You can actually distress before or after the wax, but doing it after cut down on the mess.
8. I wanted to add a bit more embellishment to my frame so I painted on some arrows using Chalky Finish Paint in Inheritance color (yellow).

I printed out a photo from my recent trip to Garden of the Gods to put in my new frame. It went perfectly!
Have you used chalk paint yet?

*I am a blogger for DecoArt and received free product for this post, but all of the opinions expressed here are my own. For more information on the DecoArt products, click here.
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