Friday, November 13, 2009

iDiY L Letterpress Giveaway

Here's a chance to win an L Letterpress from iDiY. It's a great blog for ideas and inspiration for DIY weddings. I'll keep you updated on more great L Letterpress giveways as they happen!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Latest and Greatest Craft Tool

My friend just texted me saying she was watching a demo of the L Letterpress on Studio 5. It was part of a Latest and Greatest Craft Tool feature. It's fun to actually see the product get into the marketplace. She called it the hottest craft item this Christmas.

Here's the link to the Studio 5 website feature.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

[kids focus] indian headbands

Last week, Elle and I focused on an Indian celebration of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. She became my Little Talks-a-Lot and Liv was renamed Little Smiles-a-Lot.

For one of the activities, we made headbands using cardstock, QuicKutz dies (dots and bracket ) and scissors. We die cut the dots border twice and glued the strips together to create the headband. We then die cut the bracket shape to create two feathers. We just cut off the ends and center of the bracket and rounded the ends to make a feather shape. You could of course just hand cut strips of paper and feathers, but I love the finished look of using a die cut. Plus it's fun to see what alternative uses you can come up with for products you already have in your collection. Elle loves to use scissors so we tried to make the feathers look more realistic by cutting small snips all around the edge of the feather. Finally, just glue the feathers to the headband, place on head and spend the rest of the day pretending to be a little Indian girl.

Blurry pic of Little Smiles-a-Lot to show Grandma her 2 new teeth.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

michaels contest

Michaels is having a handmade holiday contest where the winner can win a trip to the Martha Stewart show in NYC. Two of my favorite things...New York and Martha. You can submit a project up until December 20th. I've got to start thinking about that perfect project....
Plus, the background pattern Michaels is using on the website looks like the QuicKutz Holiday Gift Set box design from last year. I love that diamond stitch pattern in a deep, rich red.

speaking of Ikea...

I just spent 4 hours ordering cabinets for my basement workspace-through tomorrow you can save up to 20%. I'm going for an all white look. I'm hoping it turns out the way I'm envisioning. I've taken remodel pics along the way so I'll post before and afters when the project is done.

Monday, November 9, 2009

toy storage bins

I'm working on creating a toy room in my basement. I have an Ikea Expedit bookcase I can use, and I want to find some cool storage bins that could go in the squares to store toys. I'm having trouble finding what I want. I had originally envisioned metal bins, and I'd love for them to look distressed/vintage. Anyone know of a great place to find metal bins? Or any other ideas??