Tuesday Tutorial: Canvas Quote

 

 

Up until recently I had only used canvases for the base of my bow boards.  But thanks to TONS of inspiration from Pinterest, a few months ago I wanted to try something a bit different with them.  While I love making tiles with quotes and verses on them, they aren’t the best for hanging on the wall.  At the craft shows I was doing before Christmas, this was a constant question I had…  how do you display them.  If you don’t have someplace to put a stand, then the tile just doesn’t work.

So I began thinking about other things that would work.  While wandering through the canvas aisle at Michael’s one day, it hit me.  Put the vinyl on canvas and then it can be painted any color as well!

I had my first opportunity to try this out for my sister-in-law.  Recently they were blessed to adopted 3 sweet children!  I had pinned a few adoption “creed” type saying on Pinterest and she also had one she loved.  So instead of cutting it to put directly on the wall, I designed it to go on a canvas.  Come see how easy and yet stunning these turned out!

 

Tutorial: Canvas Quote

Materials

-canvas, any size (I used 16×20)

- paint, 2 colors (one for the base which will end up the color of the letters, one for the top)

- vinyl lettering or alphabet stickers

- foam brush

 

Begin by painting the entire canvas in the base color (the coloring you want for the letters).  You might need to do a few coats.  I left it pretty streaked as I wanted that more aged look for the final project.

Paint the base color on the canvas

 

The next step is important (and of course I didn’t take a picture of this step in my excitement to get the canvas done):

Put the vinyl onto the canvas! 

Once the base coat(s) is dry, paint over the top with your main color.  Again I only did one coat as I LOVED the way the brown was coming through the pink, but you can do a few coats if you want.  You can’t see it but the vinyl lettering is there underneath all that pink.

Paint second color over the vinyl

See, I told you the vinyl was under there.  Here is a close up just so you can be sure!

Close up of the vinyl under the paint

Once the paint has dried, carefully peel the lettering up (yes, that’s right the vinyl will end up in the trash, but the finished product is totally worth it).

remove vinyl lettering

I love the imperfection in the canvas.  It makes the final project look a bit more weathered and tattered.  LOVE that.

close up of lettering

Here is how the final product turned out!  I love it, my sister-in-law loved it, and I can’t wait to make more!

finished canvas

 

Here is another one that I did for her little boy’s room.  He is the big brother and he needed a special canvas to remind him just how important that job is!

This is the canvas with the vinyl still on.  I used a very thin blue paint and I LOVE the way you can see the strokes of the brush!

 

Another canvas with vinyl

Here it is all finished with the cream paint underneath.  I WILL one day be making these for my boys (just not sure where I am going to put it yet!)

Finished canvas

 

What is a verse or a quote you would want on a canvas???

Simple Easter Canvas

 

Ever since making my Christmas canvas I have been so excited to make more.  Something so simple and yet it can make such an impact for holiday decor.  So one day at Michael’s I stocked up on a few different sizes of canvas.  I knew I wanted to make a few smaller canvases for the upcoming spring holidays.

Easter is an amazing time of year and I wanted a constant reminder for my family about the true reason for the holiday.  It isn’t bunnies and eggs.  Easter is the time of year when we can truly think and reflect on what Jesus Christ did for us over 2,000 years ago.  HE IS RISEN!  While He paid the ultimate sacrifice and gave His life for our sin, He also conquered death and rose from the grave!!!   Mom's Busy Crafting: Easter Canvas

 

Three simple words and yet they mean so much!  I LOVE how this turned out and it was only about 20 minutes of crafting.

Look Whoooo’s Expecting

My husband is blessed to have 5 sisters (which means I am even more blessed to have 5 sisters-in-love!).  That means lots of bridal and baby showers have happened since I have been in the family.  I consider it to be a HUGE blessing that I get to help with these bridal and baby showers.  Remember the sweets themed shower I helped with for my sister-in-love a couple years ago?  Or the sweet and sexy bridal shower I helped my  sister-in-love throw for her best friend?  There are have been many more that I just never blogged about for some reason.  I love throwing a themed party and so when my sister-in-love, Ashley announced she was pregnant I couldn’t wait to help with her baby shower.  Imagine my excitement when it was a girl too!  Something new to this mom of 4 boys and aunt to 3 nephews (a niece was born in September and then another nephew and two nieces were just adopted into the family but I didn’t get to throw those showers).

Ashley’s hubby is in the Army so we first wanted to throw a pink camo baby shower.  Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and JoAnns must not think that is a good theme, however, since I could find NO pink camouflage paper anywhere!  So after a quick text conversation with my sister-in-love it was decided owls it would be.  Off I sent her to pin away on Pinterest the cute ideas she wanted at her shower.  (Some of them I pinned on my Shower the Love board, so you can check them out for yourself!)

 

In the midst of the planning and creating of invitations, banners, water bottle wrappers, and cupcake toppers – I got a text from my mother-in-law asking if we could make these cute toliet paper roll owls too.  I managed to fit in time to make two (I might have been able to make a few more but my husband had recently exited our bathroom with about 10 empty toliet paper rolls  and a confused look on his face.  Upon questioning whether or not I was saving them for a reason {which at the moment I was not} he threw them out. BUMMER!

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My sister-in-love, Kim and my friend Kayla (the mommy-to-be’s best friend) helped me craft up all the decorations one day.  There is nothing like crafting with friends to make it all more fun!  I was going to take pictures along the way so you would know how to make your own banner and water bottle wraps but we were in a rush to get it all done.  There will be another party I am sure and then I will take them time to show you all how to create your own party decorations!

Welcome Sign

Welcome sign – it didn’t go on the front door since it was way too windy.  We put it in the entry way where guests were asked to address an envelope for thank you notes.

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Entry way, just look at all that pink and purple!

Here is a look at the food table.  We had lots of yummy treats!

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Banner

Cupcakes were topped with owls that were the same as on the invitations.

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Banners finished off the decor and I always put the circles together with brads so they fold up and travel really well.  Plus this way they can easily be saved for future parties (if generic) or can be put up in the new baby’s room!  My sister-in-love, Kim has gotten really good at making banners so I put her in charge of cutting these out on the Cricut.

Winter Decorating

I LOVE decorating for holidays!  I feel it just makes the house more festive and who doesn’t need a little something extra to celebrate these days?!?!  My garage will attest to my love of holiday decorations as I now have TWO garage racks packed with all my Christmas, Valetine’s Day, Easter, Fourth of July, and Fall decor (NOT including my ever growing collection of wreaths I am working on!)

I wanted to create some sort of Winter mantle and some winter wreaths for my doors since everything looks so dull once Christmas decorations are put away.  So off to Pinterest I went in search of some simple DIY ideas.  I still haven’t made anything, printed, or decorated my mantle but I hope to one day add another bin to my collection that is labeled WINTER.  In the mean time, here are a few of the ideas I was pinning to offer you some design ideas (unless you are like a large majority of my Facebook fans that say they go straight to Valentine’s Day after Christmas).

Source: mycomputerismycanvas.blogspot.com via Allison on Pinterest

Could this mantle be any cuter???  Here is my ONE problem with “winter” decor… As much as I love the colors and the snowflakes, I live in So Cal so it just seems strange to hand a banner that says “Let is Snow” or the like when it is so warm here (now this winter is very chilly, but there is still no snow in my backyard – ya know what I mean!)

There are so many cute printables in Pinterest and I just love the Bucket Lists for the seasons you can find on there.  Here is a winter one that I found that I wanted to add to my mantle but I don’t happen to have a spare picture frame hanging around. The bummer about these is they are usually dated.  This one still works just fine for me!

Source: katieballa.blogspot.com via Allison on Pinterest

Last but not least, I did make some more yarn wreaths for my door.  I didn’t necessarily want to make another yarn wreath since my Candy Cane Wreaths were just up, but I couldn’t think of something better for the time being.  I got Christmas picks and ribbon for 70% off to decorate this wreath and I used a 12″ straw wreath instead of an 18″ wreath but I like the smaller wreaths.  These are perfect for the month between Christmas and Valentine’s Day and I just love them!

Winter Wreath
So what about you? Do you put up something for winter or just wait until Valentine’s Day to decorate your home?

Year in Review: Top Posts of 2012

 

Well here it is the end of 2012.  Can you believe it?  I sure can’t!!!  Where did 2012 go?!?!

It has been a busy year.  One in which I starting {trying} to keep my blog more updated, began my business and started making my creations for you, participating in a few craft fairs, and continued on with homeschooling and my life with my 4 boys.

My goal for this next year is to be more on top of my posts (which means much more preplanning and getting projects done EARLY!).  Crafting is always going on over here it just doesn’t always get photographed and written about.

So here is my year in review: my top 4 posts and a few categories on my blog that are visited quite a bit.  Thank you all so much for taking the time to read my posts and can only hope that they have helped you make your own beautiful creations!

Mom’s Busy Crafting

Top 4 Posts of 2012

Top4Posts

1. Candy Cane Wreath Tutorial

I would have to say this project probably got the most talk on my Facebook page so I am not surprised that this post was the most popular.

2.  Crayon Roll Tutorial

These quick and easy project is perfect for just about anything and everything: birthdays, stocking stuffers, party favors.

3. Burlap Wreath

Love this versatile wreath and how it can be dressed up or down for any and every holiday!

4. Pillowcase Dress Tutorial: Simple Version

If you have a little girl in your life these are perfect for them!!!  And since they only take about an hour to whip out you can make LOTS of them ;)

Some popular categories that were searched quite a bit were my tutorials, my iron-on vinyl posts, and my Cricut category!

I’m looking forward to all that 2013 will bring!  Not sure what the future holds but I do know it will be full of fun with my boys, my hectic and wonderful life, and LOTS and LOTS of crafting!

Happy New Year!

Tuesday Tutorial: Christmas Canvas

OK, So this will NOT be the best tutorial ever!  I didn’t take very good step by step pictures along the way.  1) I just was really excited to get this done and 2) It was around 11pm in the evening when I STARTED working on this!

So here you go!  I’m going to give you the run down of what I did.

 

Christmas Canvas Tutorial

Materials:

- artist canvas – mine was a 22″ x 28″ canvas from JoAnn’s that I snagged for 60% off!

- black acrylic paint

- foam brush

- white indoor vinyl (I get ALL my vinyl from Expressions Vinyl)

I started by painting my entire canvas with my black.

Wait for it to try and then paint on a thin layer of Mod Podge over the paint.  A pin on Pinterest said that this would help the vinyl to adhere to the canvas easier.  This was NOT the case for me.  It *might* have had something to do with the fact that I was dying to get this project finished and didn’t allow it to dry overnight!

While the paint was drying, I cut the vinyl on my Cricut.  I saw this pin on Pinterest and that was the inspiration for this project.  For the vinyl, I used the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge for the stable, the Opposites Attract cartridge for the ADORE, and then Lyrical Letters for all the other lettering.  I can’t remember which cartridge I found the star on.

Mom's Busy Crafting - Christmas Canvas materials

Since I didn’t wait for the Mod Podge to fully dry I had to fight with the vinyl a lot to make it get onto the canvas.  Almost wished I hadn’t put the layer of Mod Podge on.

Here is the final product, all lit up by my Christmas tree.  I am in LOVE with how it turned out!

Mom's Busy Crafting - Christmas Canvas

Mom's Busy Crafting - Christmas Canvas close up

Tuesday Tutorial: Candy Cane Yarn Wreath

We all love Pinterest for holiday decorating ideas.  Since I was now in need of TWO wreaths for my front door I started searching for wreath ideas.  That is when I found this wreath!

Source: etsy.com via Allison

Isn’t it beautiful!  It looked super simple and easy so with my Pinterest App on my iphone in hand, off to JoAnns I went in search of the wreath form, yarn, and the sprigs to add for decoration.  Much to my dismay,  I found the yarn and the perfect sprigs but NO wreath form large enough.  I have two very TALL front doors to two little 12 inch straw wreaths weren’t going to do it.

Again, being a big fan of Pinterest, I had seen MANY times over the pin about using pipe insulation from the hardware store (or a pool noodle – not easy to come by in November!) as a wreath form.  I was trying to save some money and still get a HUGE wreaths for my front door (remember I need TWO now).

I bought some pipe insulation at the hardware store and with the help of a friend’s hubby (I was crafting at her house for a wreath making night and came TOTALLY unprepared – mama just needed to get out of the house ASAP! haha) shaped the circle.  All was good, I was happily wrapping the red and white yarn while chatting with friends.  I didn’t have enough white to start on my next wreath so I decided to leave with at least one finished.  I had bought an assortment of decorations to add to the side of the wreath so with my friend’s help I added a bow and the sprigs I purchased.  THEN the problem was discovered…  the weight from the decorations was totally making the very light foam and yarn wreath hang completely crooked! Notice in the picture that my son’s hand is holding the up the right way.  OPPS!

Candy Cane Wreath FAIL

So back to the drawing board I went.  After sadly pouting over my wreath for a couple of weeks, I finally went to Michael’s in search of two larger straw wreaths (since JoAnns is apparently agains having large straw wreaths in stock).  That evening while my hubby sat beside me watching his “man” shows as I call them, I sat for several hours unwrapping the pipe insulation and rewrapping my  18″ straw wreaths.  Every so often my husband, who loves me dearly and smiles at my crafty quirks, would look over at the and say, “That looks boring.”  Well thanks Babe ;)

After about 3 hours, my wreath was complete.  This time with a much heavier weight to hold the decorations I have added to the side.  Now to complete one more.  This time I took pictures along the way so you could make one too if you like!

Candy Cane Yarn Wreath Tutorial

Candy Cane Yarn Wreath Supplies

Materials Needed:

- straw wreath

-red and white yarn (I made mine into balls so it would be easier to wrap them around and around)

- ribbon

-picks and sprigs for decoration

- zip ties

To begin, I just took the yarn and began wrapping it around the wreath.  There was no need for a knot, I just wrapped over where I began to hold it in place.  I wrapped about 4 inch sections at a time moving all over the section (You could wrap it super tight and make all the strands line up next to each other, but I wanted it to look more “rustic”).  When I would finish a section I would just tuck that color against the back of the wreath and wrap over that yarn with the next color.  By doing this I didn’t have to keep cutting my yarn, I just had a really long piece.

Wrapping the yarn

This part will take you an hour or two so make sure to settle down on your couch with your favorite Christmas movie or TV show while you work!

Once your wreath is done, just decide on where you want to place your decorations.  I wanted mine on the sides like the one I pinned from Pinterest.  I found some berries and snowflakes that were just perfect and then I was given some fun ribbon by my friend to use to hide where all the picks were placed into the yarn (I just shoved them all in!).  To hold them in place I used zip ties.  These babies are amazing and I found them at Dollar Tree in a pack of 60!!!

Zip ties

Sprigs zip tied on

Then it was all finished!  Time to hang it up (and finish the other one – I ran out of white yarn! opps)  LOVE the way these turned out and I can’t wait to hang them up year after year!

Mom's Busy Crafting - Candy Cane Wreath Tutorial

I’m still crafting… just been busy

Have you been wondering where I have been?  Blogging has had to be pushed to the side thanks to life getting a bit hectic.  I have been working on orders, getting fabrics cut and ready for orders and for my own Christmas presents that need to be created, and just trying to stay on top of homeschooling (one of my sons got a bit behind).

I have still been creating some projects for you.  Here is one that I am STILL working on thanks to a major FAIL.

Foam Wreath FAIL

I have a couple other recent projects to show you but you will have to wait until I can write a post about them!

December will be here on Saturday so stay turned for  my December Celebrating Fun post!!!

Tuesday Tutorial: Napkin Pillows

In an effort to do a simple update to our family room decor, I have been on the hunt for new pillows for the couch.  The ones we have are VERY old and have been washed and rewashed hundreds of times.  Needless to say, they have seen better days.

However, in seaching for the perfect pillows I discovered a big problem!  The price of pillows is OUTRAGEOUS!  Seriously, $20 for a pillow, ONE???  Really?!?!  I don’t think so.  Even the “clearance” prices were not something I was willing to pay.  So I had to come up with a better solution.

By now I am sure you are all thinking, “Ummm, hello Allison!  You sew!  Make your own!”  Well, yes I could make some, but home decor fabric isn’t cheap (especially the ones I end up loving).  I do have some put away for Spring and Summer pillows but since it is currently fall, they just won’t work.

So when I came across an idea for making pillows from napkins I was thrilled.  After seeing this post on House of Smiths about using napkins to make simple and easy pillows, I was on the hunt for napkins that I could transform.  So one evening while strolling the aisles of Target I found these!  They went perfect with family room colors and were only $7!

Mom's Busy Crafting: Napkin Pillows

Napkin Pillows Tutorial

Materials needed:

  • napkins
  • coordinating thread
  • Poly-fil – for stuffing the pillow

Sew seams

I didn’t want to fight with the already hemmed edges on the pillow, I kinda liked the idea of the flat edges going all around the pillow, and I really don’t like hand sewing things closed.  So I simply pinned two of the napkins – wrong sides together – and sewed along the existing seam.  Make sure you leave about a 3″ opening so you can stuff your pillow.

Leave an opening to stuff your pillow

Now it was time to stuff!  I had almost a full bag of the poly-fil left over from a previous project so I used that.  It took up the entire bag which is why I only got one pillow done.  Will need to make another trip to the fabric store for more to make the second pillow!

Add stuffing

Pillow all stuffed

Once the pillow was stuffed, I sewed the opening closed.  Now I had to do something about the hemmed edges that I left exposed.  To make them lay flat as one piece I decided to sew them together with a zig zag stitch.  I made my stitches wide so the zig zags would look a bit more decorative.

Need to sew closed

Zig Zagged edges

And there you have it.  A quick and easy (not to mention CHEAP) way to liven up your couch in a matter of just a few minutes!  Can’t wait to get more stuffing and make the second pillow.  Now to keep hunting for home decor fabric to make winter / Christmas pillows!  Or maybe I will just find more napkins ;)

Finished pillow

Happy Sewing!!!

Tuesday Tutorial: Simple Curtains

We recently moved and our new home as several of the high windows without blinds.  So at certain parts of the day, the sun comes shining in quite brightly! I LOVE the sunshine, don’t get me wrong, but when it is 5pm and you are trying to cook dinner, being blinded by the sun isn’t very helpful.

So off to JoAnn’s I went to find a solution.  Lucky for me, there was lots of home decor fabric in the clearance section one day and when I saw this fabric I thought it would look quite nice in my new kitchen.  There wasn’t much left on the bolt but thankfully there was just enough for what I needed (and for only a few dollars!!!).

So without further ado, here is a quick and simple curtain tutorial.

 

Tutorial: Simple Curtains

Mom's Busy Crafting - Simple Curtains Tutorial

Materials:

  • fabric (I used a little over a yard of home decor fabric, which is thicker so it would block more light)
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • curtain rod
First I began by opening my fabric up and cutting it in half to make two narrow panels.  I need width more that length.  I wanted the stripes to run vertically for these curtains so I had to fold it the opposite way that it came off the bolt.

Cut fabric in half to make the width double

Take one of the panels and cut it in half along the strip.  I didn’t want a seam right down the middle of my curtains so I did this so the seams would be on either side of the long panel.

Cut one panel in half

Pin the panels together and sew them together.  I then serged the raw edges to finish them (and keep them from unraveling).  This step isn’t necessary but does help them hold up better especially if you are planning to launder your curtains often.  (NOTE: If you don’t have a serger, you can use an overlock stitch on your machine.)

Pin smaller panels to either side of the long panel

I then top stitched each of the seams toward the center panel to flatten them down.  Here is a view from the back.

Back view of top stitching

I then serged all the edges all round the sides to keep the fabric from fraying and to allow me to only press the sides twice.  If you don’t have a serger then simply fold the sides in a 1/4″ and then turn them again and press so that the raw edge is completely hidden.  Press each side and the bottom.

Turn hem 1/4 inch along sides and bottom

Pin pressed hem into place and then sew around the sides and bottom.

Pin into place

Now to create the rod pocket.  Press the top 1/4″ down.  Then turn the fabric down again measuring it to make sure it will fit onto the curtain rod. I was using a narrow rod so I turned it down only 2″.  Sew the rod pocket along the bottom of the fold.

2" Rod pocket

Now my hubby had to help a bit.  The curtain was done so he needed to hang the curtain (first the rod had to be installed).

Hubby hanging curtain rod

See how the left side of the window the so bright, that is where the sun would come in.  This time of day (right about time to make dinner) the sun is like a spotlight on the stove!

Kitchen BEFORE -

Kitchen - before

Kitchen AFTER -

Mom's Busy Crafting - Simple Curtains Tutorial

 

So much better, the curtains were barely long enough to cover the window and a little bit of light still comes in but this is a HUGE improvement!!!  I was working with clearance fabric so for just a few dollars this was a perfect fix.

I LOVE the added bit of color the curtains add to the kitchen! While sitting in the family room today, I kept admiring how nice the kitchen looks now with the little bit of color above the window.

 

***To adapt this for any window you will just need to do a bit of math.  My window being one of the high decorative types was only about 2 feet high by about 6 feet wide.  To make this work for you, measure your window, then add an inch to the length for the bottom hem and about 4″ for the rod pocket depending on the size of your curtain rod.  For the width, you will need to add an inch on either side for the hem.  After that, it just depends on the width of your window, whether or not you want one panel or more, and how much you want it to bunch.  (I realize that isn’t very precise but all windows are different.)