Wednesday, February 29, 2012

DIY - Barefoot Baby Bloom Booties

Pin It Here is a SUPER CUTE little craft I found from I Can Dabble's Blog. I wish I had a little girl to make these for! I don't think little man would be too happy ;) These would be a perfect accessory to your little baby girls Easter dress!




DIY - Barefoot Baby Bloom Booties


Try saying that three times fast!

Aren't these the cutest!? They are super soft, and super cute! Make one in every color to pair up with a little cute outfit. LOVE!



What you’ll need: (Note: I made this pair to fit just right on Jules (2.5 months). So you’ll need to adjust the measurements for your kiddos feeties)
  • T-shirt (I used one purchased from Michael’s, on sale for $2)
  • Glue Gun
  • Coordinating Needle & thread
  • Coordinating felt (you only need a little for each shoe, so go digging through your scrap pile!)
For this project, I wanted to do AS LITTLE sewing as possible, so for the straps, I trimmed off the finished hem of the t-shirt (be sure to cut as close to the hem line as possible). Each shoe will need two-3 inch straps. 

Cut out a coordinating felt circle (approx 2.5 inches) and sew on both straps (I think the picture better describes the process)

Next, create a 5 petal flower template on a piece of paper. My flower ended up being approx. 2.5 inches.  Pin the template on your t-shirt and cut out 18 flowers (9 for each shoe).


Take one petal and fold it in half. Then fold it in half again. Do this with 4 petals. Arrange each petal onto your felt circle so that the corners meet in the middle. Now hot glue the puppies on. You’ll want to also hot glue each petal fold to itself… again… the picture probably describes it better than I can.


Now take your next 4 petals and fold them the same way. This time when gluing them on, rotate your felt circle so that the new petals are lying across ½ of 2 bottom petals (yes, yes, just look at the picture)


Take your last petal piece and fold it in half. Roll one corner into the other, kind of creating a cone shape. This will create the bud of the flower. Hot glue the bud to the middle. Take the top layer of petals and add a dab of glue to the center and adhere it to the bud. This will give your flower more fluff and body.


And there you have it! SOOOO adorable! I could probably make 10 pairs outta 1 XL youth t-shirt! Less than $0.20 a pair!




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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Root Canal

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It has been a rough start to the week so far... luckily one thing I was dreading went so well. I haven't had to have dental work done before except for some sealants and a tiny cavity or two. I had to go in for a root canal which I was nervous about. The dentist who did the procedure was pretty amazing. The shot itself didn't sting too bad and after that I felt nothing. I didn't even take Tylenol later in the day! *whew!*

Something that was funny/sad was little man when I picked him up from the child care center who watched him while I got the dental work done. I had brought his blanket he loves in case he had a hard time there, which they had given him. They tied it in a little ball so it wouldn't drag- which was a good idea, but the tag was tied in the center. He loves the tag and holds it to his nose when he sleeps. So when I went to the room he was in, I saw him crying and turning the blanket over and over looking for the tag. Poor little guy. Luckily he wasn't crying long. Next time I will be sure to point out his need for the tag  :)

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Blogging

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Friday, February 24, 2012

At The Vets

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Well our fluffy boy Bobby had to go to the Vet, poor scaredy cat hates trips. Little man would go up to him and talk to him every time he cried out - it was pretty cute. Bobby has a small growth starting the vet is concerned about, so we have a few estimates/options.
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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Giveaway! - K9KnitKnots (Ended)

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Another Thursday - Another Giveaway!

This weeks giveaway is from K9KnitKnots! They are giving away your choice of a dog collar (You can even create a custom one!). Now is your chance to get your pooch something special  :)
Read ahead to learn more about this talented shop, and see how to enter for your chance to win!


When did you start getting into crafting, and what did you start with?
I was a knitter to start. I began knitting when I was in my teens - mostly scarves. I still enjoy it and currently have been working on some colorful knitted dog collar covers that I hope to add to the shop. I've also done traditional rug hooking, needle felting and polymer clay work then I discovered knot work and really love it.





Do you work outside of your Etsy shop? If so, how do you find time for both?
I do. I work full-time 9-5. I do my craft work in the evenings and on weekends but throughout the day I'm always thinking of the next new craft project to start on.



How did you learn about Etsy?
I stumbled upon it about 3 years ago.

When did you start your shop?
I opened my shop in November 2010 but only had a few collars listed and didn't really focus on it. I eventually started making more collars and started to add more items late last summer.




Where does your inspiration for your items come from?
From my 3 cocker spaniels, Beau, Belle & Ben! They even agreed to model a few collars in my Etsy shop (for treats of course). I've always been a collar collector and really like unique dog items. The more colorful the better! Dogs and crafting are two of my favorite things so my collars were fun to make and ended up being very functional too. My dogs wore their collars for over a year before I started selling them.



Do you have advice for any shops just starting?
Great photos. I'm still working on mine.


Do you have a Facebook fan page? Twitter?



Fun Questions to Get to Know You:

What is the furthest place you have traveled?

Tulum, Mexico (I'm from Canada)

Do you have any pets? If so what are their names?
I can't leave out or 13 year old cat Liz. She rules the spaniels.


If you could get back a lost item from your past, what would it be?
My significant other gave me a b-day gift our 1st year together when we were young & broke. It was a beach pebble (from where we met) and poem & it was lovely. I lost them both :(  That was many years ago...(ahem - 30) This year I got an iPad...(yay!)

What is your favorite food?
Seafood....anything but lobster.



* What You Can Win *


A choice of any collar in my Etsy shop or a customized collar with your choice of sizing and available color combos of cording and beads. Collars come in two widths: 3/4" and 1".


Value:
$14.50 (Small - Under 14")
$17.50 (Medium - 14" to 19")
$22.50 (Large - Over 19")


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Personal Fire Pit

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I love coming across unique and crafty blogs... this one falls in that category! Not only are there amazing crafts like the one I am about to share with you, but instructions and tips for doing things around the house - such as fixing leaking pipes! There are even some delicious recipes too   :)  

So read on, and also check out The Art of Doing Stuff









How to Make a Personal Fire Pit
For Cheap!

by Karen on September 6, 2010
My name is Karen and I haven’t lit anything on fire in 5 months.  I’m sure I deserve some sort of a chip or something for that.
You see … I’m a bit of a pyromaniac.  Technically I’m not a *real* pyromaniac I guess.  I mean, I only light things on fire that should be lit on fire.  Like kindling and hardwood and pretty much anything with Hello Kitty on it.  And of course all of  Rush’s 1980′s albums where they dabbled in “New Wave”.
We light fires in the fireplace every night here in old Casa de Karen from October until March.  6 face cords every year go flying up that chimney.  But as deep and strong as my love of the log runs, I can’t bring myself to get an outdoor firepit. Once the season for fire rolls around I want to be inside laying on the couch with a hot chocolate and a plate full of cinnamon toast on my chest.  Not outside being bitten by the limp stingers of aged mosquitos.
So what’s a pretend pyromaniac girl like me to do in September?  When it’s cool out, but not cool enough to trap myself in the house all night with my cats, convertor and fire tongs?
The Answer … The Personal Fire Pit.  (as designed by my sister … I saw hers and then immediately came home and made my own exactly like the one she made.) It’s easy and inexpensive to make plus it’s wayyyyyyy nicer than any fire pit I’ve seen for sale in actual stores.
Here we gooooooo …

Materials You Need


marine silicone - $5

cheap glass frames - $4

small rocks - $2

any kind of metal mesh - $2

gel fuel - $4

any metal planter with a lip (edge) on it - $8 (on sale)
Step #1

once you buy your planter, you need to find cheap frames with glass that will fit around the edges of your planter. i used glass document holders from the dollar store for $1 each.
Step #2 – Making a Glass Box


you need to make a glass box. so ... run a thin bead of silicone along the edge of one glass panel.

place another piece of glass over the siliconed edge

press edge into silicone and hold for a few minutes

silicone the 2nd edge, propping both sides up with anything to keep them straight until they dry.

once the silicone on the 2 sides has dried flip the box over so it looks like this.

run a thin bead of silicone along both exposed edges of glass.

gently place the final piece of glass between the 2 siliconed edges being careful *not* to smear the silicone.

now you have a box. a glass box. wasn't that easy? let the silicone dry for 15 minutes or so. go have a cookie.

don't be alarmed if your silicone squeezes out like this. clean it up with a razor once it's dried.

run a final bead of silicone around the entire edge of the glass box.

flip the box over then place siliconed edge on top of metal planter, making sure there's enough edge near the centre left over for some metal mesh to rest on it.
** DISCLAIMER!  I have used my picture frame glass over and over in this firepit WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS AT ALL!
It is sudden temperature changes that causes glass to break, not necessarily heat.    So if you were to take your  hot, hot fire pit and throw it in the freezer, chances are it would break.  Uneven heating and cooling of the glass is the secondary cause of breakage because it puts stress on the glass.  Thin glass is LESS likely to be susceptible to uneven heating and therefore less likely than thick glass to break.  This is not my opinion, it is scientific fact.
However, if you’re still frightened by this then go to a glass cutting facility and have tempered glass cut to size for your fire pit.
Also, I have purposely made this fire pit large to keep the glass away from any direct flame.  Remember to do the same.**
Step #2 – Making the Pit

now that you have the structure, it's just a matter of tweeking it a little so you can have fire.

cut a piece of mesh (i used a cheapo grill grate from dollar store) to fit *exactly* inside your glass box. it will rest on the lip of the planter.

place your opened can of gel fuel in the centre of the planter.

place as much mesh as you need to cover the entire surface of the planter, resting mesh on the small edge of planter you've left inside the glass box.

it'll look something like this.

cover mesh loosely with rocks (you need some space in between the rocks to allow for oxygen so the fire will stay lit).

you're almost done

firsty ... admire what you've done for $25.
Step #3 – Light your fire

clear the rocks away from above the gel fuel can and carefully light the gel fuel. i use an advanced technique. i light the end of a piece of spaghetti. whole wheat of course.

i would rule on survivor, provided i'm allowed to bring a piece of spaghetti.

there you have your fire pit! $25. plus as an added bonus, depending on what type of fuel you use, you can also use this fire pit *indoors*!!!
What makes this fire pit so amazing is the glass. The flames reflect against it creating dancing flames all over the place! Before I get to the final pictures with the fire pit in it’s rightful home in my back yard I wanted to let you in on a few tips.
1.  Make sure you buy gel fuel that’s meant for gel fireplaces.  Gel cooking fuel will not work because it usually only creates heat, not an actual flame.
2. Like I said, if you use a proper gel fuel (Real Flame for example) you can actually use this fire pit indoors. Be careful to place it on heat resistant fabric so it doesn’t scorch your furniture. The metal conducts the flame heat a lot!
3. Make sure your rocks are heavy for their size. Rocks that are light are full of air and may explode!
4. You can use any metal planter for this. This was on sale, so this is the one I got for this little fire pit experiment. Black metal square planters that are probably on sale at garden centres right now would look fantastic with white rocks.
5.  The gel cans last for about 3 hours, if you’d like to stop the flame earlier, just place something non flammable over the glass box to snuff out the flame.  Cans can be relit at a later date or time.

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That’s it! That’s all it takes to make your own personal fire pit. $25, about an hour, and a piece of spaghetti. Oh … and a beautiful, golden, flaming match. Heh heh.






Are you going to give it a try?
Go check out the other amazing articles at The Art of Doing Stuff!

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