Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday #4: Guest Book Pens

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Hi friends. It’s another Tuesday which means I have another tutorial for you! I wasn’t able to post last week’s favorite things, and for that, I am sorry! But, I have a good excuse – I’ve been in Orlando/Disney World since last Wednesday and ended up not having wifi like expected. But, this morning we had to stop by a Starbucks for one of my fellow travelers to do some schoolwork. So, I decided to take advantage of the free wifi (and an iced mocha – mmm!)

This week’s tutorial is wedding related, but it can be used for most anything, really. I’ve started focusing on the details I want and I started with the easiest thing I could think of. Guest book pens. 

Kind of lame, but slightly important. I knew I didn’t want the store bought guest book with the fancy pen that sits in the base, but I don’t really know why I decided to make them the way that I did. I just figured it would look pretty. So, this is how you make your own.

2 Papermate black ballpoint pens
Hot glue gun
Two floral stems

*Before I began, I ended up spray painting my twine so it would be brown (to match my wedding colors) instead of tan. The tan twine gave them a “rustic” feel, which, at this point, isn’t exactly the look I’m going for. I don’t even know what to call my wedding style, honestly. DIY? Crafty? Make everything wedding related on Pinterest? I don’t know. And I don’t care. As long as looks decent, I’ll be satisfied. 

Anyways, after spray painting my twine and letting it dry, I dabbed a spot of hot glue on the side of the pen at the very top. I stuck an end of my twine in it and began wrapping the twine around the rest of the pen. Easy, right? I dabbed a few more spots of hot glue as I wrapped it around and then finished it off at the bottom of the pen. Then, I cut the entire stem of my flowers off so that I was just left with the bloom. I then used the E6000 to glue the flower to the top of the pen. (E6000 holds better and doesn’t risk pulling off easily like hot glue does). And, there you have it. The easiest wedding project ever made. 


Hope everyone has a great week! Happy crafting! 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday #3: DIY Kitchen Decor

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Another Tuesday is here yet again. Summer is going way too fast. Today's project was supposed to be last weeks. I finally got around to going back to WalMart to get hooks to hang these babies. Also, this project is so simple, I almost feel like I'm cheating you. So instead, I'm going to tell you how I made both parts to my kitchen wall decor.

The EAT was ridiculous how simple it was. It honestly shouldn't even count as a craft because I don't feel like I did anything. Basically, I went and bought 3 chipboard letters at the Hobs Lobs, used some black spray paint I already had, and sprayed away. I think the hardest part was waiting for it to dry. Sad, right?

I used a small sawtooth photo hanger on the back of each letter and hung them with a nail to give my final project.

The framed silverware was a project I found and completed a little over a year ago when I was first getting started with my crafting obsession and hadn't started medical school yet. It was right after Pinterest had first gotten started and I pretty much made every little craft I could find. Literally. I did two months of "a craft a day." You know, sort of like everyone does that "photo a day" thing. Now I don't have the time or the money for that. Sad day.
But, back to the framed silverware. I bought 2 forks, 2 spoons and 2 knives at the dollar store and spray painted them red. I did the same thing to the frames tht were also snagged from the dollar store. I bought 8.5"x11" damask scrapbook paper and glued it to the cardboard back that came with the frames. I used some E6000 to glue down the silverware to the paper and it's been holding steady ever since. I wish I had thought to spray the paper with some sealant before gluing down the silverware, but I guess it wasn't crucial since they still look as good as the day I made them.

And there you have it. Another Tutorial Tuesday has come and gone! Hope everyone has a great week. Happy crafting!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Fave Things Thursdays: Pillows

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It's time again for some weekly Pinspiration. Today's fave thing is something that has been a big project on my to-do list for quite some time. Pillows! There's only one problem. I have not the slightest clue how to use a sewing machine. Teaching myself to sew is also on the to-do list. I am in desperate need for new couch pillows for our future apartment and there's so much great diy inspiration out in craft world that I would feel like I was betraying my love for crafts if I just went and bought some plain, boring, store pillows. Just saying. So, to get on with my post, here are a few a bunch of my favorite diy pillow ideas!

Word pillows


Stenciled pillows

Ruffled Flower pillows

Pleated pillows

Fringe pillows

Rosette and Burlap pillows

Bow pillows
My love for bows would probably be considered a problem to most people

Fabric flower pillows
Words cannot describe how beautiful I think this is!

And because nothing is complete without a little chevron print
Chevron pillows

 Well, that's all I have for today's fave things post! Hope everyone has a great weekend!


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