Monday, August 8, 2011

Mod Podge does rock!

So my goal is to attempt to do at least 1 craft project a week.  Last week, I did 2!  My recipe book and library bag.  I also started my pen holder.

I have 2 dry eraser boards in my kitchen.  One is my calendar and the other is half dry erase half cork board.  I have a ton of different colored dry erase markers now that are all scattered in my tiny junk drawer that also has a sfety lock on it to keep the kiddies out.  Well, I use that board at least once a day and it's annoying getting those markers.  I asked Paul if I could make a holder for them out of a plastic container and would he be able to scre it into the wall.  He said no problem and I went to work.

I been busy researching fabric and using mod podge.  My main sources is Mod Podge Rocks!  Amy is the guru of Mod Podge and has a great ton of info on her site.

My project was very easy (just like my last 2) but took a while because I allowed the mod podge to dry at least 24 hours if not more between coats.  Only 2 coats.  I used an old shirt, one of my favorite old shirts, but it either shrunk or I grew taller, cause now it's a belly shirt.  And, well, with 2 kids and not exercising in 3 years I'm not seen in such attire.

Here is what I used.  Not pictured: Mod Podge and paint brush.

Here is the finished result:

I was going to add ribbon, but I didn't like it.  Then I thought of a fabric flower.  I went to: my Sparkle.  She makes such cute stuff.  My flowers aren't as perfect as hers, but maybe with some practice!

Anyone else say Modge Podge?  I do.  I can't help it.  When writing this post, I really had to be slow with typing Mod Podge.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Trying to get my crafty act together!

So, this week I completed 2 projects I wanted to do.  Yes, TWO!  A library tote for when I take the kids to the library and a recipe binder.  Ok, one is kinda cheesey and I plan on adding more to it in time and when I get materials, but for now, I got what I wanted to get done.

I wanted a library tote.  I was looking at embroidery totes on My 31 or is it just 31?  Either way, that company and Lands End and a few others.  I just didn't want to spend that kinda of money.

Since I am trying to up-cycle my own stuff, I thought about what I had already.  As a baby gift, i receive this cute yellow bag.  All I wanted on it was "Library Bag", so I took out my Silhouette, the heat transfer material I got back in March and still haven't done anything with and cut my letters away.

In time, I would like to add a caterpillar reading a book.  I love that cute little image.  For now, we have this:

AND my recipe book.  I'm ok with how it came out.  I'm still learning my silhouette machine and modge podging.  It's getting me in the direction of organizing my home.  I'm proud of the fact that I designed the tabs myself.  I didn't buy any templates for any of the projects.  Yeah!

A bowl Full of Lemons Recipe Binder Challenge

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