"Lines Across": March 2012

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Felt Spider Mums




These felt spider mum flowers (chrysanthemums) are so easy to make. All you need is felt, scissors, and glue.
What you do:

1. Cut strips of felt. I cut across the short side of a piece of felt so that the strips are 8.5 inches by 1.25 inches. You can play around with different sizes to make smaller or larger flowers. (Also, did you know that you can use a good paper cutter to cut felt one sheet at a time? HUGE time saver!)

2. Cut small slits all along the strip of felt. Cut them to the width that you like. Make sure that you don't cut all of the way through the felt or get too close to the edge. (Don't worry too much, if you cut through you can just glue the two pieces together. Once the flower is rolled you won't be able to see it.)

3. Start at one end and tightly roll the strip into a flower. Add a few dabs of glue (I used a hot glue gun) along the inside base as you go.

4. Glue a thin strip of green felt along the outside of the base of the flower. Make sure that the base is flat and secure.

5. You are done. It is quick and easy to make lots of these flowers in different colors.



Fluff out the petals for a fuller look.


To finish and secure the bottom of the flower (you may not want to do this if you are using these flowers in another project), glue a small felt circle to the bottom of the flower.

To make the center of the flower stick out a little higher than the edges, slightly push the middle part of the flower in before you attach the felt circle (As in the flower on the left in the picture below).




Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Embroidered Letter Canvases




I have been wanting to play around with embroidering onto canvases for a while now. These mini canvases are perfect for this little project and I love how my R H initials turned out. They will fit perfectly in my new little craft space.

First pick a font that you like (I used Bebas Nueve), print it off of your computer, and cut it out. Because I didn't want to paint the front of the canvas at all or deal with erasing markings, I traced the letters on the back of the canvases. 

I love the look of writing words or letters with negative space (Like my first embroidery project that I made for my daughter). I also wanted a little variety in the lines so I didn't try very carefully to keep them perfectly parallel.


It is a little difficult pushing the needle through the canvas, and if you aren't very careful, you can tear through parts of it. I found that it was easier to poke the holes first and then come back and stitch through later.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Cure for the Common Monday #33

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There are no features this week, but I will select a few from last week to be featured next Monday as well.



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Everyone is welcome to join this link party. Share something crafty or creative. Share a recipe or a household tip. There are three simple rules.

1. Follow Lines Across My Face (I also will be sharing some of my favorites throughout the week through FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest).

2. Post the Cure for the Common Monday button somewhere on your blog (or link back to Lines Across My Face).
3. Visit and comment on at least one link for every post you share.
 


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Cheap Washi Tape at Target

Target has this awesome new line of office supplies that are so cute and very affordable.


My favorite finds were this little pink tape dispenser and this very cute washi tape. It came in sets of reds, blues, and greens. The best part is, it only cost $4 for the 4 pack. That's the best deal on craft tape I've ever seen.


I will probably be trying out some of these fun washi tape crafts in the near future.


They call it "printed paper tape" and it works and feels like washi tape and the roll is the right size to fit in a regular tape dispenser. (I couldn't find this tape online but I just got it in store a couple of days ago).

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Decorate Your Erasers


 This was a really fun and simple project. I am very happy with how it turned out.


All you need is scrapbook paper, glue or mod podge, scissors, and of course erasers.
I love these Pentel Hi-Polymer Block Erasers.

1. Choose the scrapbook paper you want to use. I found that thin paper worked much better than card stock. Cut a strip of paper to the exact length of the eraser cover.

2. Glue one end (I used mod podge and it worked very well) to the edge of the existing eraser cover. Fold the paper carefully at each edge before you glue the rest of the paper. Trim the paper so that it folds back over the first edge.

3. Brush on a light layer of mod podge around the entire eraser cover. Press and smooth and wipe off any excess glue.

4. Let the covers dry and put them back on the erasers.


Monday, March 19, 2012

The Cure for the Common Monday #32

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1. Embroidery Hoop Namesake Art from The Brilliant Crafty Type


2. Spring Flower Candy Cups from Live Laugh Rowe


3. Bow Tie Wristlet from Sunny Vanilla


4. Spring Burlap and Fabric Flowers from Craftionary


5. Stenciled Magazine Holders from The Stonybrook House


6. Little Ladybugs from MeiJo's JOY




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1. Follow Lines Across My Face (I also will be sharing some of my favorites throughout the week through FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest).

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Sift Sand to Find Sand Rocks

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This is a really fun activity that Benjamin, Lyla, and I have been doing lately when we are playing outside.


All you need is play sand and a sifter. Sift the sand (it needs to be dry sand) and you are left with all of these little sand rocks. It is a great exercise to help build fine motor skills. This is also a great way to show kids that often there is more to something than meets the eye. You just have to look a little closer.


Lyla loves to help and loves the sound that the little sand rocks make when you dump them into the bucket.


Benjamin wants to work hard to sift and collect lots of sand rocks in his bucket. He has a lot of patience for a 2 and a half year old. Of course Lyla tries to grab and dump his collection.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Simple Stamped Gift Tags

Stamps are such a fun and easy way to decorate and embellish projects, like these simple stamped gift tags.

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What you need:

Brown craft tags (Or cut your own from card stock)
Flower stamp
ABC stamps
Ink (I love these Clearsnap Colorbox Pigment Paintbox)
Ribbon or twine


Each color of ink in the box separates. You can then use the pad to dab ink onto the stamp.



I used red ink for the flower and then used the alphabet stamps to spell out THANKS in black ink. I love the way the letters look stamped and crooked.







Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Cure for the Common Monday #31

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This past week I've been getting organized... FINALLY. I also got a new camera (Canon EOS Rebel T2i 18 MP ) and I absolutely LOVE it. The pictures are amazing and I am so excited to learn how to do even more with it.

This is the first picture I took with it... on full automatic settings... of my notebook and pencil sitting on my lap... at night... no flash. I also haven't edited this picture at all.



1. DIY Rustic Wall Storage Bins from Remodelaholic


2. Knit Rose Headband Tutorial from The Little Giggler


3. Photoshop Tips and Tricks from How to Nest for Less


4. Strawberry Birthday Party from Desperate Craftwives


5. Map Page Bows from Twigg Studios


6. State (Where My Heart Belongs) String Art from Balancing the Dream





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1. Follow Lines Across My Face (I also will be sharing some of my favorites throughout the week through FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest).

2. Post the Cure for the Common Monday button somewhere on your blog (or link back to Lines Across My Face).
3. Visit and comment on at least one link for every post you share.




Friday, March 9, 2012

Floating Tea Tin Organizers (It feels so good to get organized)

I am so excited to finally have my own work space! I attached empty tea tins to the side of my shelf to use as organizers. My pens and pencils, scissors, and markers are easily within reach but they aren't sitting on my desk taking up valuable space. Plus they look really cute.


I used a level and a ruler to mark where I wanted the tins. I then attached them using Heavy Duty Mounting Tape. They seem to be very sturdy, but should be relatively easy to take off in the future.



For the past year, my family has been living with my Grandmother (who has somewhat advanced dementia and can no longer take care of herself) in her home. Most of our furniture and things have been sitting in our townhouse about 30 minutes away. We were originally only supposed to be staying here with her for a month or two, but now it has been over a year and we are still living here.

My Great Grandparents built this house and my Grandmother has been living here for over 20 years. I even have pictures of my dad sitting out in front of the house when he was only 2. It is really fun living in this home full of so many wonderful memories. It is also a lot of fun spending so much time with my Grandmother.

That being said, it is also really hard sometimes. Because we didn't know we would be here this long, we didn't bring much stuff of our own over, and we have been hesitant to make changes. It is sad to take down a picture that my Granddad (who passed away 10 years ago) hung on the wall. However, now especially that I have a 1 year old and a 2 year old, I really want a place for my family to feel at home; a place with our pictures on the walls, colors that I picked out, and furniture of our own.

We still aren't sure how much longer we will be living here. For the first 6 months, Benjamin's room was an office with a queen size bed and his crib pushed in the corner. I regret not fixing it up sooner. For the first year that we lived here, I only ever used my laptop on my lap in bed. My work space has been the dining room table, and my craft organization etc has been a few cardboard boxes in the garage.

About 6 months ago, I decided that I didn't care if we moved out a week later, I was going to make Benjamin's room into a real room. I took out the desk and the bed, and I got him a little table at Ikea.

About 2 months ago, I decided to paint over the dark red walls we all knew and loved as my Granddad's study. It was a little sad, but I am so glad that I did. It looks and feels amazing and I am finally feeling like I am living in my own home. Benjamin deserves his own room and space, and he really loves it.

About a week ago, I decided I needed a desk and work space. I have gotten so sick of being spread out and it is a little sad not having a space of my own. I bought a $30 desk at Ikea, drove up to the condo and got my old set of Ikea cubes, and spent about 12 hours reorganizing and sorting my things. I'll post more pictures of the whole area later. I am so thrilled to have this place of my own.



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