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Button B on Made It Monday!

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A few years ago I worked at the consignment shop on our Air Force Base. We had an entire room dedicated to uniforms that were donated to the store. The room was filled to capacity, and we had to get rid of some of the older or worn out pieces. We were directed to destroy the uniforms, so no one could grab them and impersonate a member of the Military. Before dumping them, I removed the buttons.

I just knew that eventually the right idea would jump into my head. I used a few buttons on a few projects… a pony tail holder, necklace and earrings, etc.

Finally, that big project jumped at me! I used the buttons to make a “B” for our wall! I LOVE it! I want to paint (maybe a dry rub) around the border, but B likes it the way it is. I am sure I will win, in the end!

 


I painted a board (leftover piece of shelving) in a blue that was as close as I could get to the uniform color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While the paint was drying (and for the next couple of hours) I pulled, poked, cut, beat up, and anything else I had to do, to remove the shanks from the back of the buttons. Some snapped of very easily, and others took 20 minutes or more. I have no idea what those were made of.

To be brutally honest, the next day, my hand was killing me. I could barely close my hand, and I could not grip anything for a few days. Luckily, I cut with my right hand, and write with my left!

I printed a B that I liked, and traced it onto the board.

Finally, I hot glued he buttons into the outline of the B.

 

And… for your viewing enjoyment-

 

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Thinking About Christmas

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I know! I know! It is still September! Though, in fairness, it is almost October. And, to be honest, around the first of July, I start thinking of Christmas. It dawns on me around that point that we are officially closer to the next Christmas, than the previous one. That is an exciting time for me! I love Christmas. I love what it stands for. I love the music. I love the lights. I love the presents. Getting them is great, but I LOVE finding, or making, the perfect gift for someone. I love that our family figures out how to get together and celebrate, even if we have to do it in shifts, because it is the In-Law’s year to have Christmas day. I love decorations. I love decorating. The only thing I don’t love about Christmas is having to take it all down!

A few years ago, when B was preparing to retire from the Air Force, we were planning to move to NC to build our dream house on the family farm. While we waited for that to happen, we were going to live with my parents. Part of that was that we were going to have to get rid of a lot of our extraneous stuff. In the end, we did not move. We realized just how bad the housing market was, and we decided to stay put for a few more years. However, in that preparation, one of the sacrifices made was about 1/2 of my Christmas decorations. Because, honestly, if I was going to be living with my parents for a few years, I could certainly merge my decorations with theirs, and get rid of a lot of the duplicates. I sold or gave away a ton of stuff. You know those giant plastic bins? I emptied 3 of those! Aghghg!!!

However, last year, I started rebuilding the stash. I started with lights. Lots of lights. Because I am not kidding when I say that last year, the tree had wads of lights, that did not work, shoved in the back, because I did not have enough complete working strands. We were broke, and B was not down with spending money of Christmas decorations.  This year, there will be working lights.

This year will also see participation from B. He is typically not into Christmas. Sure, he likes opening gifts, but that is about it. He has no use for the songs, or the decorations, or the shopping. However, last year, we struck a deal, and I held up my end. So, his end was that he would start participating in Christmas.  I feel certain that if he will just participate, he will have fun!

Thanks to Pinterest, here are some of the things I have on the brain to make or decorate with.

 

From A Diamond In The Stuff.

I am not sure either of my dogs would sit for this, but it would be so cute for a Christmas card!                                 This picture is  from Natural Pet Shampoo on Etsy.

 

 

I want these iced branches all over my house!

Thanks to Make Them Wonder for showing us how to make them!

I am looking forward to spending a couple of days making my house all warm and cheery this Christmas. And, I will probably take them down  before spring!

Happy Christmas planning!

J.

Ten Things Tuesday- Things I Love in My Craft Room!

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For my first installment of Ten Things Tuesday, I bring you 10 craft supplies that I love. Something you should know about me, I use what I have on hand. When I have some money to spare in my craft budget, I go out and buy some things. However, when times are tight, the craft budget is among the first to suffer. So, I make do with what I have.

 

My 10 favorite things in my craft room, in no particular order.

  1. My Computer.  For the first time in almost 10 years, I have a desktop computer. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVED my laptops. However, I dropped a bowl of milk (post cereal) on the last one. And, well, the computer just did not like all of the milk fat and cereal sugar up in all of its parts! So, we raided my cash stash, which we had been saving for something else, and purchased the most computer that the $400 could buy. And, when it comes right down to it, $400 buys a lot more desktop than laptop. So, here I sit, with a desktop computer. I have discovered that I rather like having the keyboard again! And the USB ports! Without adapters, I can plug anything I want into my computer!
  2. My craft table.  I was using a drafting table for crafts, but I also had 3 kids trying to do art projects and homework around it. I desperately needed a bigger table. So, I grabbed my Bestie, and headed off to a school auction. I could easily catch the auction bug. It was my second trip to a local auction. I loved it. I got this table. It is 4×4 feet, and folds up practically flat to the wall to make floor space. The best part? I paid less than $25!

    Folding Table

    Old school cafeteria table became my new craft table!

  3. My TV. I have this completely old TV. It is a Sanyo, and I rescued it when my parents sold their beach condo. It serves a decent purpose, in that I can watch craft / home shows while I work. Or, I can just have something mindless on in the background!
  4. My Dremel. That little tool has drilled more holes and buffed more pieces than I care to think of! I love it!
  5. Sewing Machine. I am a crappy sewer. I would love to learn to sew, but classes are just not in the budget right now. One day, I will learn. In the mean time, I sew very basic things. I have hemmed pants and curtains. I have made a couple of basic tote bags and purses, and a bunch of little plush monsters and dolls. Most are ugly, but I love that I am finally able to travel down a road to making some different things.
  6. Nail scissors. Yes. Nail scissors. I have probably spent hundreds of dollars on scissors over the years. Especially when you consider all of the ones I purchased when I thought I was going to scrapbook our wedding and honeymoon. For the record I did one page, and wanted to pull my hair out! I might have been a stress case back then!! Ha! But, I digress. Nail scissors. They cut itty bitty precise little cuts. Try them. You will love them! Dollar store nail scissors work great for me!
  7. Binder clips. Bulldog clips. Whatever you call them. I use them everywhere. I use them to bind things, hold glued things together, hang things, I even use them as picture holders!
  8. Fabric stash. Like I said, I do little sewing. But I use fabric in so many crafts. And, frankly, I just think the colors are pretty and inspirational, sitting there on the shelf!
  9. My wand. I have a wand, inspired by that magical school we all know and love so well. When I am having brain block, I pick it up, and wave it around. It helps me remember that imagination has gotten people past their worst blocks. And frankly, sometimes, it is fun to pretend like one of those spells could actually happen!
  10. Label Maker. Because, seriously, who doesn’t like to label our stuff?????

What are your favorite things in your craft space???

 

Craft on!

J.

Sticking With the Owl Theme

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While my nieces were here for a week, we were burdened with some bad weather, and spent a lot of our time crafting. They went home with a gallery (literally, they created a gallery to tour their parents through) of projects.  Some I did with them, others I just helped them with.

One of the ones I did was this owl. We purchased $3 picture frames, and painted on the glass. We used acrylic paint. We printed drawings that we liked, and taped them to the frame. The hardest part of this project is making sure that you paint things in the right order. Think of it like layers of color, making sure that you paint the outlines and details first, then do the backgrounds and bigger spaces later.

If I had better color walls in my house, I would have left the glass clear, and let the wall be the back drop. However, we have very dull color walls, and my owl looked bad in front of all of them!  So, I painted it blue, and hung my owl in front of my owl fabric on the wall.

 

So, enjoy. 🙂

If you have questions, I can try to answer them!

Craft on!

J.

 

Change Is In The Air

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Well, our life is full of changes. For the last year I have been taking care of 3 kids, but my time with them has come to an end. I am sad to not see them every day. But, I am looking forward to reclaiming my art room as a space for me, rather than a shared space for them.

Another change is that after a fabulous year of pretty much being on my own schedule with those kids, I now have to go find a “real job” again. Again, sad.  But, on the up side, I am looking forward to getting back to a job that will let me be around adults again!

I am trying to quit caffeine. I have been a Diet Dr. Pepper drinker for years. It has been primarily the only thing I would drink on any given day. And while caffeine free DDP does exist, it is hit or miss whether I will find it in a store.  So, I have gone to water and decaf tea.  I think I was a witch the first 2 weeks of this process! The mood has finally stabilized!

Hubs has started college. After 20 years in the Air Force, B is returning to school to complete his bachelor’s degree. This is, by far, the biggest change. Schedules are wonky. We are waking up early. Eating at crazy times. Hopefully, we will get used to this new schedule!

But, amid all of this change, I am embracing the “Keep Calm and Craft On” mentality. I don’t think the cell phone camera does this color justice.  I altered the look of the original “Keep Calm” to fit the materials I had on hand, and the decor scheme in my room. The sign, added to the craft room wall will help me to remember to relax, amid the chaos, and to do what I love best!

 

Craft on, Friends!