28 December 2010

Making a change for the New Year!

Among many of the same resolutions for every year, I am also making a HUGE goal for myself! Resolutions are on the backburner for now. It always consists of me losing weight, and although I know I need to and I will... eventually... I want to do something that I LOVE! Because we all know I don't LOVE to workout. :)
So my goal is starting a new blog and being the crafty person that is hiding inside of me. I want to be a well known blogger, a well known crafter, well in the blog/craft world at least. I don't ask for much.  I really have the want and the drive for it. So come January 1, 2011 I will be going full force on this and I will be moving to a new blog, I've created "CRAFTIFIED!". If you go to the link, you can see it is in the VERYYY beginning stages. I hope to have it all done ASAP! I want everyone to be able to send me their craft ideas, I'll be having giveaways, sponsors, highlights, guest posts, and I showing all my ideas and well... the possibilities are endless!
Crafting can mean soooo many things so I'm including them all, sewing, scrapbooking, stamping, art, and anything else you can think of. I'm open to ideas!
So PLEASE join me (in my non-begging voice)! Help me complete my goal for 2011! I am thinking positive and I hope it's a wonderful year for everyone!

Happy Crafting to you all, and happy holidays! See you in 2011!

08 December 2010

A Happy Little Present.....

Today is our "Company Lunch" and we do a gift giving/taking game... I figured I would MAKE my gift this year! I can't even remember what I gave last year so anyway I think it came out great, so great that I almost wanted to just keep it and give them a gift card!  :) Just saying.....

Okay so I started out with more supplies than I needed, or that I ended up using. I always get so excited going into the Dollar Tree and I have all these great intentions and then it goes out the window. So total cost for this was actually $2!!! I started with this....
 1 plain wreath, wide white ribbon (that I already had), really narrow red ribbon (that I also had), a little white frame (take a good look because this is the ONLY picture I took of the "before" of this frame), some red canvas material, and snowflake embelishments (which I didn't end up using).
Ok, so above is the wreath alone, she is the star of the show, she's a beauty! Orrrr not yet anyway...She needs a major face lift!
OH and by the way... I'm soooo not good at tutorials like this, while uploading pictures I realized that I forgot to take pictures of several steps, bear with me and imagine... :) Above you can see more of the unused embellishments, I will use them later in cards and other decorations I'm guessing. So anyhow, I used the wide ribbon to cover the entire wreath, I just tacked it down from time to time with some hot glue in the back, make sure you pull the ribbon tight to keep it from "bubbling" in places you don't want. 
 Here is the finished white ribbon wrap. Not too shabby eh?
 Apparently it doesn't lay flat but I won't worry since it wasn't meant to lay flat in the first place :) By the way.. this is where I start missing steps.
 So start imagining.... imagine that that little red flower is NOT there and I'm still showing you that I'm wrapping the narrow red ribbon over the now covered white wreath. Ok. Got it? It's really simple, just wrap the red ribbon, tacking every now and again and ta-da!
 Ok, now time for the "flower" which I feel horribly about because I saw this flower being made on a blog somewhere and I don't remember where, and since I blog hop ALLLLL the time I lost track of it somewhere, so if it's your idea, let me know and I'll link you up! :) So I started out with fabric circles like above....
 Imagine me folding this circle in half, tacking it together with hot glue, and then in half again, and more tacking with the hot glue.  After doing that with about 3 circles, I glued them all together at the tips to creat a "flower/pom-pom" effect that I thought looked nice. I used a total of 3 circles for each flower, so a total of 12 circles, I used the inside circles of a masking take roll to trace out the circles. I hot glued them all to the wreath to make a full little bunch.
 Ok, so remember that frame I told you about at the beginning... yeah that one, the white plain one... I figured it needed jazzzzzing up. So I cut out some of the same fabric I used for the flowers and I covered the frame, not completely though, the fabric hangs over the top edges so you can still see the white sides of the frame. It's all about imagination here... Maybe I should rename this blog to Imagination Station???
So anyway, I got this "Happy Holidays" tag from my Cosmo papers, I just cut it out and put it on some white card stock that would fit in the frame.. ta-da. I got these little sparkly embelishments a while back, so I don't know the brand or where I got them from. So the silver ones I put on the frame and the red ones you can see I added to the wreath itself.  
I added white ribbon to the back of the frame and hot glued the ribbon to the back of the wreath, then added red ribbon to the top of the wreath so the recipient can hang it :)
So there it is! It didn't take long and I love it! And most of all it only cost me $2 so I'm happy! :) I hope they like it!