Tuesday, June 30, 2015

4th of July Banner

Need a quick 4th of July decoration?  Here you go!

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This banner is very much like the other banners on my blog here, here and here.  Simple  supplies, simple to put together and  maybe an hour or so to assemble.  Who could ask for more?

Start with different patterns of paper.  I chose 4 patterns - 2 red and 2 blue.  You can do all different ones if you like!  There are no rules!!  How often does that happen??

Then, choose coordinating plain card stock.  I chose blue, red and cream.  Buy enough to have a couple of layers.  For example, I had print paper, red card stock, cream card stock, red card stock under each letter.

Speaking of letters, I just found a font I liked and printed up the letters to be about 2 inches square by trial and error.  Cut all your letters and card stock in the same sizes.  Mine were 5 inches for the first color, 4 inches for the second, 3 inches for the third and 2 1/2 for the letter.  The banner base was 6 inches in width and about 8 inches in length. 

I folded over about an inch at the top and glued it down so that the twine wouldn't rip through the paper when it was hung.  I also created a template for the punch holes so that they were the same on each flag.

After assembling all the flags, I strung the twine through them and decided on the placement.  The small clothespins from Michael's were perfect - they looked cute and clipping them to each flag made sure they didn't slip around on the twine.

Here's the final product!  Can't wait for the 4th!

Let's Celebrate the 4th of July!!

Here's an easy craft you can do for your 4th of July decorating - even with only days left until the celebration!  

All you need is a clean jar or bottle (or two, or three!) and some craft paint, sand or epsom salt, little flags and some ribbon!

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 I bought these plain bottles for 99 cents each at Michael's.  You can also use Ball canning jars or maybe any jar you happen to have handy!!

Start out by painting the jar with 2 - 3 coats of paint. 

After it's VERY dry, take a small grit piece of sandpaper (or nail file) and distress the bottles. 

Tie a bow around the top and fill the bottle (using a funnel if needed).  Add a flag or some flowers (sparklers maybe?) and you're done!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Chalkboard Clipboards!

While perusing Pinterest awhile ago, I saw a chalkboard clipboard that I loved.  It had "REMEMBER" painted on it and I thought that would look really cool on a wall so that stuff could be written on it.  After thinking about it a bit, I thought perhaps the writing should be at the bottom rather than under the clip, like the original, so that if you clipped something to it, the writing could still be seen.

As the end of the school year came to a close, we needed going away gifts for some of our staff.  I thought that these would be great gifts.  I made a few and we clipped gift cards to the top.  

I had a few clipboards left over and thought they'd look good on an empty wall in my family room - they would fill the space until I had enough money to get some favorite paintings framed (which will be awhile because that's a big budget thing!).  

Here is the original idea - I added decorative fibers to the top of the clip.

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Here are the ones I did for our wall:

I painted them with two coats of chalkboard paint (NOT spray paint).  Use sandpaper to distress the edges when the paint is dry.

I then used craft paint to do the lettering using the same process I do for chalkboards (directions on the Craft Project Instructions page).

Add a few lines or dots on the edges (or not) and then rub chalk across the board and wipe with a soft flannel cloth.

I thought it would be fun to switch out pictures and write things we need to remember.

Just think of all the different clipboards that would be useful:  Grocery List, Honey Do List, Receipts... the ideas are endless!!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Lacy Baby Blanket

It's baby shower season!  If you're looking for a "somewhat challenging to start but okay once you get the hang of it" pattern, this is a great one to try.  I have to have a little bit of a challenge when I crochet or I literally fall asleep.  This one kept my attention.  I found the pattern here on lacycrochetblogspot.com.  I did it in a gender neutral yellow.  One large skein was all it took.  The pattern calls for a steel hook, size 1, which was different.  Usually patterns note size H, I, or J.  It was fun to use the really small size.  I also LOVED the edging.  I had never done a crab stitch before and it was a lot of fun.  (A crab stitch is a backwards single crochet.)  I'm always insecure about how the corners look, so I added tassels to each.

Please click on the link above to find the pattern and thanks to Lacy Crochet for sharing!!

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The pattern is (thankfully) repetitive.  I love the alternating "feather" and "cluster".

Here's that lovely edge!  The crab stitch wraps around the outside of the last row of double crochets.

Tassels!!  Ta da!!