Monday, February 22, 2010

Look what I found!

While I was out in the yard this weekend, I saw a quick movement from the corner of my eye. It took me a minute to try to figure out what it was. It was so small and moved so very quickly I had a hard time catching it.

Once I had the little guy, I brought him in to show the girls. They loved him immediately and wanted to keep him. I don't know if they are illegal to keep in Missouri, but we will keep him for a while then let him go.  I made a little safe haven for him and put him up so the kids don't bother him too much.

We've named him Seamus.
I've been giving  him beer to drink.  As for food, I figure some Lucky Charms would do.  Aren't they always after me Lucky Charms?
I found some gold on him and I know there is more.  Just got to get him to tell me where it is.

 His habitat will get a nice little bow whenever I find my ribbon.

Ok.  I confess.  He's not really real.

I know!!!  Fooled you right?? 

The girls and I were playing around with salt dough this weekend when I made him and his mushrooms.  After he dried I painted with acrylic paint. 

I've got a few more projects I'll be showing you this week.  

Stay tuned.

I'm in with the in-crowd.

Monday, February 15, 2010

The little drummer boy that would not leave.

If you ever saw the movie "Trilogy of Terror", you are sure to remember this guy.

You know the little doll that came to life and tried to kill Karen Black's character?   No matter what she did to him he would come back and go after her? That's how I started to feel about the Little Drummer Boy.

He took 1 can of primer, 1/2 a can of white spray paint and a few coats of acrylic paint.  It was scary how he
would keep showing  up after each coat.  Like he was taunting me.  Finally, after warning him he was about to get sanded off, he vanished. Never to be seen again.

I ignored the child labor laws and put my three year old to work.  She helped me with some painting

Don't you always paint in your Dora panties, headband and My Little Pony ankle bracelet?
When all was said and done, I had this:
I bought the letters at Michael's on clearance for 99 cents each.  The flatware was snagged at a thrift store for 25 cents each.  I may end up painting  a black border around the ridge of the board, but for now I'm leaving it be.
It will go somewhere in my kitchen of course, but I have no idea where.

Here is a little better shot.

What do you think?  Like it??

I'll be with all the cool kids over here ===================================>

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

 V-day cards we made for the girls' classmates. 
Plus a kitty foot. There usually are kitties in the pictures.
The mantle.  The banner turned out HUGE!!  
I also put the x's and o's backwards!

This was in entry way.  I was never really happy with it.


I hope your day was better than mine.  It snowed here and the girls were driving me to drink.  How do people with a lot children do it?  I'd be such a better mother if I didn't have kids. 
 But they sure are cute!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Let me know when the librarians stop screaming.

I love books.

I always have and I always will.

When I was a child I would get to pick out a book if I behaved.  Some kids get ice cream or candy.  Me?  I got a book AND a bookmark.  I would be so excited as I stood in front of shelves filled with stories by Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume.  It would take me hours trying to pick out the best one. 

That's what I did yesterday.  I went to my favorite used book store.  When I say they have a ton of books, I'm not lying.  The place is jammed packed.  Floor to ceiling.  Basement to Attic. PACKED.

I spent hours there exploring the shelves and giving some love to the resident kitty.   I didn't find anything that sparked my interest, but I did find some very cheap old children's books in the bargain basement.  They were in poor condition, but I just wanted them for the pages anyway.

I'm pretty sure librarians, all over the world have been put on medication to calm their nerves. And it's all because the craft people in blogland.  Every day I see tons of beautiful things that have been made out of old tomes. Wreaths, banners, purses, you get the picture.

Today I was going to start making Lindsey's wreath.  I sat down in front of the t.v. and got to work.  About a quarter of the way through I ran out of glue sticks, so I changed up.

I took the discarded hardcover jacket and made this.

Just a little journal to jot ideas down.  Maybe tape pictures in it of projects I want to do someday.

I cut some scrapbook paper and used Mod Podge to make new end papers.


For the blank pages, I took some of my daughter's drawing paper. I trimmed it a bit short but it still works for me.

Once finished, I noticed my binding machine had an instruction manual.  It has a guide of cover width to inner page size ratio.
Who knew that an instruction manual would be so handy?

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, February 8, 2010

Keep Calm

I love the posters with "Keep Calm and Carry On". That's the mantra I have been saying under my breath all week.

The flu bug has finally hit our little hive. Three down and one to go. The youngest has yet to be taken down. I think it's because the flu is afraid of my tiny terror. I know I am. :)

Anyway, I wound up in the ER with dehydration and a middle ear infection, so I didn't get much accomplished this week.

I did end up finishing one project inspired by Design-Aholic, a bulletin board for my new craft room.

I bought a 12x16 frame at Hobby Lobby on clearance for $10. It was banged up in the back, but you couldn't really tell by the front.

I covered a foam poster board with cork board since the cork was so thin.  The back of the frame did not have any hardware too keep it all in place, so I took soft mallet and hammered in some nails.

The next part was the most frustrating for me.  I know I wanted to use the "Keep Calm" graphic that I had downloaded from The Graphic's Fairy, but I had to figure out a way to get it on there.

Long story short, I used Picnik to invert the color and to make a mirror image.  Then I printed the graphic on transparency paper.  You know, the kind that they use for over head projectors?  Anyway, while the ink was still wet, I flipped it over onto the cork board.  The image was very light, so I used a black sharpie to fill it in.


I'm not exactly pleased with it.  I had many forces to over come. Kids, cats, vertigo and the likes all were getting in the way.  But, I'll live with it.

I also picked up crown thumbtacks that were on sale for $2 at the Lobby.  They were a weird rusty, bronzey color.  I spray painted them silver and used the black sharpie to hi-light the image.

They still are a but too shiny for me, so I'll tone them down when I get a second.  Thanks Amy for the great inspiration! And thanks to The Graphic's Fairy.  If you haven't checked out their sites.  Do it now!  After you leave me a comment of course. :)

I am now working on this.
That is one UGLY Drummer Boy.  I'll tell you a secret.... I was really embarrassed to buy this at the Thrift Store. It reminded me of buying my first box of feminine hygiene as a pre-teen. I felt as if people were staring at me the whole time. 

Have any of you every had the feeling of being judged for buying something you knew could be marvelous, but it was so butt ugly?  What was it?  Please tell me in the comments. I'd love to hear about it!

I'm linking up with all the usual suspects.

The Girl Creative


Keeping It Simple

Creations by Kara

Monday, February 1, 2010

Lots of changes going on 'round here.

It's been quite busy here at the ol' hive.

We are in the process of remodeling the basement. We are putting an office/craft room for Steve and me. Yea!! I'm tired of making stuff on our kitchen table.
This is all of my craft stuff.  I have to dig around to find the things I need.

Look how big my part of the room is!   

There is also going to be a HUGE room for a kids playroom. Double Yea! I'm tired of my living room looking like a daycare.

My oldest daughter, Harper, loves to paint and draw.  Normally she scribbles things, but this week she drew an actual person.

She drew her daddy.

I was told that children draw how they percieve things.  Look how big his mouth is!  The funny part is that I'm the loud one in the family.

We also had some snow.  It was Hadley's first time out playing on a cold blustery day.

She didn't like it much.
Friday the girls go to school and I get the day off.  I went thrifting and found some treasures.  I'll show you some of the great finds I got in a later post.

I also started a few projects but only finished one.  It was a no brainer. 

My husband is very disorganized, especially in the morning.  He usually leaves the house and comes back in 2 or 3 times to get things he forgets.  I thought he needed a little special place to put his wallet, keys, ID badge etc.

I bought this on sale at Hobby Lobby for $3

Cute. Not my style. 

and took my Mod Podge and Silhouette SD machine and turned it into this.
Easy Peasey Lemon Squeezey!

I have some other things but I'll post later this week.

Here's a  little sneek peek.


I'm linking up with some fantastical sites.  Make sure to check them all out!

The Girl Creative