Launching craftXcraft - a new type of craft event!

I am SO thrilled to share this with you! I've been working on it for a few months now and I hope you'll find it as exciting as I do!

Introducing craftXcraft!

Have you ever wished you could make time to spend with friends while working on one of those Pinterest projects, but are worried you don't know what supplies you need, or even the right steps to take? Well, now you don't have to worry!

I am launching a series of events with a different craft to take home every month (let's face it, the painting parties are SUPER fun, but who has room to hang 15 canvases?). The projects will vary from things for your home to lovely things for gifting and you don't have to worry about shopping for supplies or doing the clean up!

I will walk you through each project and be on hand to answer any crafty questions you might have! Then, at the end of each event you will walk away with a fun project, an evening spent in good company, and hopefully some new crafty skills!

This month we will be making a darling 6 ft. long Valentine's Day garland. This sweet 9 heart strand announces your love for anyone who happens to pass wherever you hang it! You do not need mad skills to make this! If you can cut and paste, you are ready to go!

This first event is limited to 16 seats - I hope you can join me! Purchase your ticket today in the Shop!

It’s beginning to look a whole heckuva lot like Christmas!!

Y’all. I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but when it comes to Christmas crafting – you have to hit the stores EARLY! If you are looking to make some things for your own home or to give as gifts, make sure you start scoping out what’s available sometime in October, then hit the sales as soon as they drop in November! You will be surprised at how picked over everything becomes by the first of December!

People seem to wonder why places like Michaels, AC Moore, and Hobby Lobby start putting Christmas supplies out in the middle of summer, and it’s exactly so that crafters have the materials they need to make goods for all the Holiday Craft fairs!

On that note, here are a few Christmas wreaths I recently put together for a good friend of mine – yes, in the middle of November!

If you haven’t decorated a wreath before, I recommend starting with a grapevine wreath as your base. They can be a little messy, depending on whether or not the manufacturer left a bunch of leaves attached, but the tightly woven grapevine can hold your decorations without the need for massive amounts of pinning or tying, and has enough give to adjust everything, should it get askew.

For this wreath (inspired by the one found here), I started out purchasing different faux floral Christmas pieces, knowing that I wanted the top of my wreath to mirror the bottom, so purchasing my pieces in sets of two. The thing to remember is layering – make sure you purchase enough floral pieces to cover the section of wreath you want covered, but also that you have enough to layer – everything is more interesting with layers!

Some of the larger floral pieces had such large stems, it’s fairly easy to push the stems into the grapevine wreath and have enough tension so that they won’t fall out. For the smaller pieces, I recommend using either a hot glue gun or tacky glue (I like Aleene’s – a classic!) on the stem to make sure that it adheres and sticks to the wreath.

Once I had all my floral pieces in place, it was time for the bow and the monogram! I used a pre-cut letter in the size I wanted and painted it white. To attach it, I figured out the placement of where I wanted my letter and used a pencil to mark spots that would be stable against the wreath. I then used my staple gun (watch your fingers!) and put a staple in each of those spots. After the staples were in place, I threaded floral wire through each staple, fed the wire through the wreath, then twisted the two ends of the wire together on the back side and tucked the excess back into the wreath.

For the bow, I found ribbon that I liked and pulled this simple box together, threading floral wire through the back and then attaching it in the same way as the letter. However, you can find lots of pre-made fabric bows (even in the gift wrap aisle!) that you can turn into a decoration for your wreath!

Christmas wreaths are such a festive way to add a little cheer to your front door! What are you planning on putting on your front door this season?

P.S. Here’s another wreath, almost identical, that I also did for my friend as a gift for her to give!

Off the Chain

I just wanted to share this little sneak peak of some charms I’m putting together! There are a few parts I’m still waiting on to arrive – ARGH International Delivery! – but I couldn’t wait to show you! I designed all the inserts, with odes to some of my favorite things – Pinup Girls, Open Roads, Rustic things, Southern things, Dr. Who, Firefly – you know, what’s important in life! Let me know what you think of them so far!

When the Rum's Gone | Part II

After making my tabletop torch out of an old Sailor Jerry bottle, I had this metal cap left over that had an awesome anchor printed on it in gold. Being the craft hoarder that I am, I didn’t want to just throw it away – so I decided to turn it into a necklace! I used a craft knife to cut the very top part of the cap off (be careful and wear gloves – both the knife and the cut metal cap are sharp!). I hammered the edges in so that it wouldn’t be sharp, found a cute piece of matching craft paper and used ModPodge to glue and seal the paper on the opposite side of the anchor. Once everything was dry, I used my metal punch to punch a hole through the new medallion, and then added a small jump ring and a ball chain to finish it off!

Now I have a little bit of the sea life to take with me!

When the Rum's Gone...

When the rum’s gone, make tiki torches!

So, I had seen all these posts on pinterest about making torches out of wine bottles and I’m not much of a wine drinker. I do, however, like rum! I decided to try my hand at putting together one of these bug repellent bottles for myself! If you’d like to try, here are a few tips!

What You’ll Need:
Empty bottle of your choice (wash out thoroughly!)
Washers (the size will vary depending on the width of the mouth of the bottle and the interior hole will need to be slightly smaller than the width of the wick you use. Mine was about an inch in diameter with about a half an inch diameter for the interior hole.)
Wicks (I found mine at the local hardware store – technically they are called replacement wicks – but you can also find them online)
Citronella Oil (Again, I picked this up at my local hardware store)
Funnel (This will make it a lot easier to get the Citronella Oil into the bottle! You can usually pick up a cheap one in the kitchen section or the automotive section of a supply store.)

The first step is taking the cap off of your bottle. Make sure there is no plastic anywhere near the bottle opening – you don’t want that melting! Mine had a metal wrap around the top of the bottle, so I left it on and it hasn’t affected anything.

Next, you’ll want to use your funnel to fill the bottle with the citronella oil. You don’t need to fill it to the brim, just high enough to give the wick a good few inches to soak up the oil.

Once you’ve determined the size of washer you’ll need based on the size of the bottle and the wick, pull the wick through the washer – you only need the end you’ll be burning to stick out a little less than an inch. Then, insert the long end into the bottle, wait for the wick to soak up the oil, and Voila! You are ready to combat bugs with your own personal style!

A Little Shelf Space

I needed a little shelf to sit over my dvd player so that I could display a few things and not lose counter space. I measured the dvd player, cut wood to fit around it, glued and screwed it together, and waited for the glue to dry. After that, I found some leftover paint, used some painter’s tape to make chevron stripes, and went at it! A one-hour project, a little elbow grease, some paint, and now, a new place to put my record player!