Thursday, September 22, 2011

Karate meets soccer

Today I was playing outside with Ezra and we were trying to work on his soccer skills. He always wants to throw the ball instead of kicking it, soooo... I told him that he needs to karate kick the ball. This is the result of my instruction...

Monday, September 19, 2011

Fun fall digital freebies

I have been dying to have some time to do some digital designs lately. With the new baby it's pretty much impossible to sit still for 5 minutes let alone a few hours. This morning I got a little respite since Libby took an early morning nap and I created some digital goodies for you guys. I hope you like them! Some of the pages I made from scratch and others I had the background already and I just added some elements.
Just click on the images below to enlarge then save to your computer and add photos and text to your heart's content.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

How you can make a difference in the life of someone with HIV/AIDS

Some of you may remember that a few years ago Michael, Ezra and myself participated in the North TX AIDS Outreach Centers Annual AIDS walk. It's one of the many fundraisers that they do to ensure that they can provide to relief to those affected by HIV/AIDS in our area. This year the AOC will be participating in "A Day of Giving". Basically you donate a certain amount over 12 hours and a percentage of that amount will be matched by corporate sponsors. Click HERE to learn more.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Christian Siriano love

So I'm an uber fan of Project Runway and I fell in love with Christian Siriano when he appeared on the show. I just had to share some of my favorite pieces from his Spring 2012 collection with you guys.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

What I made today

I bought this lamp from IKEA b/c I fell in love with the shape and I planned to paint the base a bright red or green. Then I saw this cake on pinterest and was inspired by it to decorate the lamp shade instead. If I decide I hate it later on all I have to do is peel off the sticky letters and paint the base as per my original plan!

I had this bag of sticky letters in my crafting closet just waiting to be used for something:
I used a red sharpie to color each letter:Once they were completely dry I stuck them on to the shade in a haphazard way. I would have liked to have used smaller letters but this is what I had on hand and didn't feel like dragging 2 sick kiddos to the store so I went with it:

This is what it looks like lit up: I still plan on painting the walls and I need some bedding and wall art, but this is what I've got going on thus far. Now you can see what the headboard I made looks like with stuff in front of it.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Very cool site to get a free monogram

I found a really cool site where you can just enter your names and marriage date as well as chose the colors you want to make your monogram and presto! Just save and use as you wish. I didn't want to input our date so instead I found a font similar to the one used and tweaked it a bit and just added our last name.

Click HERE to make your own monogram.

Free printable onesie baby shower invitations and add-ons

Libby look a long nap today (thank the Lord) so I was able to do some crafting. I created these little printable baby shower invitations. There are 3 options - boy, girl and of course one for little LSU Tigers!
Just click on the images below to enlarge then save to your computer. All of the files are saved pre-sized so all you have to do is add text and click print.

Here's a sample:

(save the image below to your computer)

Fresh out of the printer (sorry my camera is crap):

To add a 3-D effect I added some mini clothespins (buy them HERE) and some pink and white baking twine:

I'd used a scallop punch to cut the little tea pots out to create a fun garland or you can just add text to make place cards or for gift bags. The options are endless:

For this larger teapot I used a large circle punch to create another option for adding a 3-D effect to the cards or they can be used to label goodies on a treat table or to label different types of tea:

Here's another option for creating a 3-D effect with the large circular cut out:

Here are the other files that you can edit to your heart's content!

Another sneak peek at Miss Libby

Little feet:

Little hands:

Sweet kisses:

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A little mention...

Just wanted to let you guys know that Jessica from Two Shades of Pink mentioned the blog on her blog today and featured some of my school freebies. click HERE to check it out. I LOVE her blog and I'm sure you'll be happy you did :)

Monday, September 5, 2011

How to build a custom fabric covered headboard

I recently luckily came across a wonderful blog called "Design Sponge" and there was a video posted on how to create your own custom fabric headboard.
This is her finished product:

The headboard she created was perfect for what I was envisioning for Libby's room.
Though the tutorial was GREAT for how to apply the foam/fabric, etc., it didn't say anything about actually constructing the board itself. I decided that I wasn't going to spend the extra $ for a contractor to do something I could do myself. That's not to say that it's perfect but I had fun doing it and learned a lot along the way.

So here's how to go from this:

To this:

You'll need a circular saw, jig saw, handsaw (maybe), utility knife (box knife), MDF board, high density foam, quilt batting, and flat joint plates.

And don't forget to wear your safety googles:

Notice the glisten of sweat on my skin. I'm doing this working in our garage in 108 degree heat!

I based the shape of my headboard on the template found HERE and just adjusted the measurements as needed to fit the dimensions I wanted.

Once I got everything calculated I used a sharpie to draw the outline onto the MDF board:

Because my headboard was going to be super tall I needed to use 2 boards of MDF (~2 inches thick) so I had to use metal joints to fuse the seam b/w the 2 boards. I screwed in 4 plates on each side of the headboard in opposing spaces to make sure that it wouldn't bend at the middle:

After I cut out the shape of the board and screwed in the plates I then followed the tutorial found on the site mentioned above to apply the fabrication to the board. I ordered 2 inch thick high density foam online that was 52 inches wide and 108 inches long. I had to use 2 rolls to cover the board. Total cost for the foam was around $50.00. The fabric I had on hand. I bought it for $6.49 a year ago at a fabric store on sale! The quilt batting is $7.00/bag and I used 2 bags. The MDF board is around $27.00/board and I used 2 boards. The metal plates are $2.25 each bag and I bought 2 bags.

Because the MDF is very easy to break you have to be VERY careful when you're moving the headboard. I found this out AFTER I broke off both legs. Luckily I had already applied the fabric and batting so they were just dangling there. I just quickly cut some pieces of wood and screwed them into the MDF to give the legs support.

The headboard isn't meant to stand on it's own. You hang it with a long metal hanger thingy that you will see on the tutorial on Design Sponge. It worked out great and I measured it so that it looks as though the headboard is free standing.

I'll post more photos of the finished product once I get Libby's room looking the way I envision it in my head.