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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Framed Monogram on: March 20, 2011 04:51:07 PM
I made this the other day, a final addition to my living room walls. Done, yay! I painted and glazed a thrift store frame, but my favorite part was painting the glass from the frame using Rustoleum hammered brown. It makes the glass look like tin! There's a tutorial and step by step photos here >> Framed Monogram

I didn't like it at first, but everyone else in the family does. it's growing on me though LOL Smiley

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Cardboard tube lamb - and a video! :) on: March 19, 2011 10:46:08 AM
I have JUST started delving into making video tutorials. I made one for this little cardboard tube lamb. Made from 1/2 toilet paper roll, cut up cotton balls, felt and glue. Smiley VERY easy for kids! I didn't see a separate section here anywhere for kid's crafts, so I'm posting in Easter instead. Is there a kid's craft section here?

I basically cut a toilet tube in half, covered it in glue and then in cotton balls. I did cut up the cotton balls into pieces first. I cut the head and ears from black felt and used a black pom pom for the tail. The legs are made by cutting two black chenille stems in half then coiling them around a thin paint brush. I attached them with a hot glue gun Smiley

The supply list and printable tutorial are here --> Cardboard Tube Lamb There's also a video tutorial in that post. Smiley

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Decoupage Family Photo Plaques on: March 19, 2011 06:29:45 AM
I have been wanting to do this project FOREVER. I've been saving scraps of wood and picking out photos. I finally did it and am so happy with it! I ordered the prints from Walgreens after changing them to black and white in Photoshop. I got some 8x10s, some 5x7s and some 4x6s. Then i used paint and a sander to distress all the pieces of wood, then decoupaged the photos onto the boards. Added hangers to the back then hung them all on the wall! I made the "family sign" that's hanging above them too. Smiley

You can see the complete tutorial with step by step photos here -->> Decoupage Family Photo Plaques

and I did a tutorial on the wooden letter family sign too, which is a knock off of something I saw on Restoration Hardware.



4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Distressed Family Definition Sign on: March 19, 2011 06:23:20 AM
I had an old piece of plywood laying around, and I bought a piece of vinyl (24"x24"!) with the definition of family on it. So I trimmed the plywood then painted and distressed it with my sander. When finished, I applied the vinyl, made a hanger for the back and hung it in my living room. I really love how it turned out and it was the perfect size for that empty spot on my wall! I did a full tutorial with step by step photos showing how to distress the wood. You can see that here Distressed Family Definition Sign



5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Cardboard tube bunny family for Easter! on: March 19, 2011 06:18:54 AM
I just made these a little over a week ago. I love all the colors, so fun! Smiley To make these just cut cardboard tubes from paper towel and toilet tubes into different sizes. Then paint cardboard tubes with different colors of acrylic paint. I also cut the ears from the cardboard tubes and flattened them, glued them shut with hot glue and attached them inside the top of the body tube. I used mini pom-poms for the noses and cut the bows and bow ties from felt. I used a Sharpie to add the eyes and whiskers.  There's a printable version and step by step photos here --> cardboard tube bunny rabbit family

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Hand print Easter lamb on: March 19, 2011 06:16:03 AM
Looks like I'm the first to post for Easter this year! Hope to see a bunch more! I actually made this hand print lamb several years ago, but it's fitting for the season so... Smiley it's just construction paper, a black hand print, and cotton balls! The kids love it. There's a printable version here --> hand print lamb

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / My wall of plates :) on: February 14, 2011 08:15:07 AM
I have a dining room rather than an open floor plan like most of the newer homes. This is an older house, so it's separate. That means even more walls to decorate! LOL I had been in a funk about how to decorate the wall and have seen several "plate wall" ideas out there, so decided to do one of my own. I'm really happy with how it came out! I have a full tutorial on my blog explaining how I hung them http://www.craftsbyamanda.com/2011/02/my-plate-wall.html

I got just about everything on the wall at a thrift store!

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Kitchen Utensil Holders from beanie baby plastic boxes on: February 11, 2011 06:05:17 PM
I've been making quite a few things for my kitchen. I bake and cook a lot, so naturally I have way too many utensils. Ha! They definitely don't all fit in one crock and have started taking over my drawers. My husband brought home a case of old plastic containers for beanie babies that someone at his work was going to throw away. i have him trained to look for stuff! LOL!

Anyway, I primed and painted them then printed some words and graphics on my Silhouette and wrapped some fabric (old tablecloth) around the rims. Finished them off with some twine. I love how they came out and they are proving to be very very useful! Smiley I have a full tutorial on my blog here
http://www.craftsbyamanda.com/2011/02/diy-kitchen-utensil-holders.html

Thanks for looking, hope you like them! Smiley



Here's a before shot Smiley



9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Valentine Cookie Pops on: February 10, 2011 01:42:11 PM
There's a recipe that's been all over the internet for play dough cookies. They are soooo colorful and so cute I just couldn't resist making them too! I decided to shape some of mine into hearts. Once I made the round cookie, I inserted the stick them pinched the dough together near the stick and dented the top to make the heart bumps. I have a step by step tute here
http://www.amandascookin.com/2011/01/valentine-play-dough-cookie-pops.html

These are really good too and I experimented to see how long they would last. Wrapped in plastic wrap they were still very good after 7 days! By then no one could handle the pressure any longer and they were all eaten LOL So who knows how long they would last. Good to know if you are shipping though!



10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / DIY Numbered Plates on: February 08, 2011 04:59:31 AM
I found a set of 4 small plates in the thrift store, the border colors really caught my eye. They matched perfectly with the accents in my kitchen, so I bought them. I wasn't so crazy about the rooster and crest design on them, so I decided to paint over the design and cut out numbers to decoupage onto the centers of the plates. They are now hanging above my stove! There's a step by step tutorial on my blog here
http://www.craftsbyamanda.com/2011/02/numbered-plates.html



Here's what they looked like when I bought them


I'm really happy with how they came out, thanks for looking! Smiley
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