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Sunday
Oct282012

Quick DIY Halloween Costume

Do you need a last minute Halloween costume? This quick DIY will have you looking spooky in no time!

What you'll need:
        Witch's Hat (I got this one at a craft store for $0.99!)
        Glue gun and glue sticks
        Assortment of fake flowers, garland, and any other funky pieces
        Newspaper

First, crumple up some newspaper and stuff it into the point of the hat.  We are going to make the hat pretty heavy so adding some newspaper will add some stability. Next, find a flower with a long wire stem.  Pull the flower off the stem and put it aside for later.  Slide the stem up into the hat and use some glue to secure the stem to the inside of the hat. I set the stem along the seam of the hat, the stem will act as a "backbone" for the hat.  I also added a few drops of glue to keep the newspaper ball in one place.
 Grab your glue gun and start gluing flowers, grasses, and other decorations to your hat!
 A little hint about fake flower bundles:  An individual stem from a bouquet can be made into a fuller bunch of flowers simply by sliding up from the bottom of the stem.  I did this for most of my pieces so that each piece had more body.

All ready to pass out candy!

Have a crafty Halloween!

M.

Wednesday
Oct172012

DIY Wedding Guestbook


October is the best month to get married. Yes, I am bias because I got married in October, but it's true.  The leaves changing colors, the cool air helps keep the bride from being a sweaty mess, it's the perfect time of year for nuptials.  We had a DIY wedding. It was time consuming, stressful, and messy, but I am SO glad we did it because it represented us and and everything we love!
One of my favorite DIY projects for our wedding was our guestbook.  We didn't want a traditional guestbook and we wanted the signing process to be creative, fun, and efficient.  We decided to make cards.  The card allowed multiple people to signs at once and once the wedding was over, it was a joy to go through and read what people wrote. 
My amazingly talented husband designed the cards and we brought the file to our local Kinkos and had them printed on a heavy card-stock.  We fit two cards to a page, saving money and space, and all we had to do was cut them and buy a nice pen!

To keep our cards safe, we found a vintage tin book at a thrift shop that fit the cards perfectly! It was the perfect piece!
Even a year later, opening this up and flipping through the cards brings a smile to my face.  It is such a special memento of the most amazing day!

-M.

Tuesday
Oct092012

It's Etsy Time!

Well folks, I finally made it happen. I have opened an Etsy shop! For those of you who aren't already spending hours browsing Etsy for all it's vintage and handmade wonders, you really should! Etsy products are posted and sold by the artist or owner.  All products are Vintage or Handmade.  Warning: Once you start browsing on Etsy, it can be really hard to stop browsing! Who knows what treasures you will find!

You Can view my Etsy store here:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/SeeMollyCreate
You can also click on the links below!

Friday
Sep212012

Creative Cat Door



Meet Betty, a cute, cuddly, ball of feline fun.  I ADORE this cat.  So what's the problem? Her litter box. Specifically, the fact that wherever we put the litter box, our darling dog manages to find it and indulge in a snack...

To summarize: 1) we LOVE our cat 2) our dog enjoys eating "kitty crunchies" 3) we need a litter box solution

The solution was to put a cat door in one of our closets.  This could have been a quick fix of cutting a hole in the door and installing a prefab cat door, however, we have these beautiful solid wood doors in our home that we could not bear to chop.  Solution: Buy a cheap, hollow door for $20 and chop a hole in it!

Before my husband and dad cut the hole in the door, we creatively measured the size of our slightly obese cat.  Once the hole was cut we were able to stain the door.
This MinWax PolyShade stain in Antique Walnut was the closest match to the other doors in our house.  Make sure you give the stain at least 6 hours to dry before working on the door.
 Starting to look pretty good!  Now it's time to make the cat door.  I went to home depot and bought a piece of decorative trim and asked my dad to cut four sides to make a frame for the door. I used a spray primer before adding color.
 I found this awesome decorative paint by Martha Living.  I wanted something funky and decorative but not too bold that was an eyesore.
Once the paint was dry it was time to attach the frame to the door.  Because the cheap door was hallow, we decided to use glue instead of nails because we did not want to splinter the wood.  Elmer's Carpenter Wood glue worked great. 
***Make sure you do NOT attach the top piece! We will need it later when we attach the fabric flap!
Set the frame in clamps so that the glue dries while the frame is tight. While you wait for the glue to dry it's time to make a cloth door!

Disclaimer: I am NOT a seamstress! My sewing skills are minimal. My stitches are not straight. But hey, this is for a cat door and I don't think little Betty will judge me.  

I chose a fabric that was complimentary with a dash of character.  After measuring the size of the door opening, I added a 1/2 inch and folded over.  After I had ironed the folds, it was time to sew.  
Once the flap was done, we used a staple gun to attach the fabric flap to the top frame piece that we did not attach earlier.  Once the flap was stapled, we just had to glue the top piece to the door. 

Once the decorative door is dry, all that's left is to attach the new door to the door frame.  We used the hardware from our old door so we didn't have to buy any new hardware.

My work here is done.

M. 

Tuesday
Sep112012

Easy Organization for the Unorganized Artist


This DIY is for the busy crafter.  A quick & easy DIY that will take your art space (playroom, office, garage, etc.) from boring and blank to bright and colorful!

You'll need:
   Plastic bins
   Spray Paint
   Chalkboard paint
   Painter's Tape

I had these boring, clear, plastic bins that I got for about $1 each.

If you have read other posts that I've done, you know that I am a firm believer in the power of Spray Paint.  For this project, you'll need a spray primer and some fun colors.
Grab your drop cloth and start spraying!
Once the paint was dry, I taped off a section with painters tape.  Once the tape was down, I sprayed Chalkboard paint to make a space to write labels.  Once everything was dry all I had to do was fill the bins and place them on shelves! Viola! Insta-Chic way to revamp your space!


Just check out the difference this quick project made in changing the feel of this space:

Have fun!
-M.