Sunday, December 18, 2011

"Where the BLEEP Have you Been?" (and Christmas Wreath Tutorial)

Wow. Has it really been nearly a month since my last post?! There's no denying it. I officially went AWOL. Where have I been? One things for sure, I have not been taking a break from crafting! So many good things have come from and been the result of this little blogging hiatus. I was able to finish a bunch of projects that had been looming over my head just waiting for a number of uninterupted hours, and I was able to start a bunch of others. The time off also allowed me to reassess and revisit my goals for DIY or Don't! 

Sometimes you just need to step back and take a look at the big picture in order to decide what you're next step should be.

So what are these next steps? Well, DIYOD will be getting a face job! There will be more details (very visible ones:) shortly, but for now, please accept my up-front apology that the site is (and will continue to be) a bit disorganized with limited functionality as we make the transition. It shouldn't affect content much, but some of the extra functions may be missing or glitchy.

In addition to a new look, DIYOD will have a bit of a new feel too. When I first started the blog, my goal was to unite the world of great tutorials with fantastic options for purchasing the finished product. As I started blogging regularly, I got caught up in the actual crafting and sharing of my own stuff and let my own projects dictate the content. As much as I love sharing my own projects (and I think you guys appreciate it too) it doesn't really highlight the type of depth and variety that I was hoping to depict on here. I'm going to start highlighting the awesome tutorials that many of you create as well. Be prepared to see lots of features of tutorials (and products) created by others.

Unfortunately, my little vaca coincided perfectly with the Christmas crafting season so I've largely missed the opportunity to chime in with all the fun and festive holiday projects. With the Thanksgiving/Christmas season being my favorite time of the year, this is super disappointing, but I think I managed to get back on the wagon just in time to share a couple of my favorites before the season ends. 

This weekend, aside from all the Christmas gift projects I have going on, there is one specific holiday project I'm working on. I'm making an ornament wreath! While the idea came to me while taking stock of the mind-boggling quantity of ornaments we had that won't fit on our modest sized tree, I found the actual tutorial on Tip Junkie (one of my favorites!) I decided I really should share the find:) 
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As usual, should you not be inclined to undertake this project, but are interested in procuring the finished goods, I've got you covered. Dottiegray makes some beautiful ornament wreaths with some of the most reasonable prices on Etsy. Plus, in case you're looking for some additional team spirit, she creates ornament wreaths with team themes! My hubby would love that Tennessee wreath...

COLORFUL CHRISTMAS Ornament Wreath

P.S. Did I mention how HUGELY appreciative I am to have such loyal and dedicated readers? Despite my vanishing into thin air, you guys stuck by me and patiently hung in there. I won't forget it!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

{Do it Like a Pro} Working with Felt!

As you may have noticed from my post Roundup post on Tuesday, I'm really loving some of the awesome things one can do with felt! So, like any good crafter does, I jumped on Etsy to see what the Pro's are going with felt. Imagine my utter delight when I stumbled upon Cole Franke! Cole creates some of the most beautiful felt flowers I've ever seen! Take a look:


Pretty amazing huh?! Well, if sharing this wonderful find with you guys wasn't enough, Cole agreed to share a couple of her tricks of the trade! (Be sure to thank her by visiting her Etsy shop!)

Tip #1- Skip the cheap synthetic felt and go for thicker wool blend felt. The better the quality the easier it's going to be to cut, shape and manipulate when you are crafting. Wool blend felt is much sturdier so you don't have to worry about it unraveling and its available in a large variety of colors.

Tip #2- I encourage all big crafters to invest some money in a good pair of fabric cutting scissors. Especially when working with thicker felt. I spent months working with cheap scissors and when I finally made the switch I realized just how much time I was saving by using a good quality pair. And how much more detailed I could get my petals to look.

Tip #3- Practice, practice, practice! It took me months of playing with felt to develop my own crafting techniques. Have fun playing with the felt. There are so many great felt project tutorials, With quality wool felt, a good pair of scissors and a little patience you make so many felt-tastic crafts. Speaking of tutorials- Check out my fall wreath tutorial in Better Homes & Gardens Holiday Crafts Magazine on newstands now until Dec 27th.

Thank you Cole for these awesome tips! We can't wait to read your upcoming tutorial!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

{Tutorial Roundup} Felt!!

You guys know that I love paper. Shortly after I started working with it, it quickly became my favorite medium. There are just so many things that you can do with paper, It's hard not to be a fan. However, I was casually browsing around the net this weekend and I think I might have discovered a new love for... Felt! Like paper, it's super versatile, comes in lots of colors, is easy to work with, etc. So, like I always do, I want to drag you along on my "new medium" journey! I have collected some great felt tutorials along with some fantastic Etsy shops where you can find them for purchase.

Felt Fortune Cookie!

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WHOLESALE LOT of 20 Felt Fortune Cookies Embroidery Ribbon Cute

Felt Flowers

Felt Flower Bouquet Mixed Tutorial

Take me to the beach bouquet

Felt FOOD!

Felt cupcake delicious

French Macaron play felt food or decoration set of 4

Felt Hair Pieces


NOVEMBER SALE FLORA hairband / headband/ fascinator - felt with hand embroidery

Monday, November 7, 2011

{Manic Monday} Weekend Craft- Crocheted Coffee Coozies

Ok, so it's been a while since I've posted about my new adventures in crocheting. For those of you who have not picked up a craft such as knitting or crocheting, allow me to inform you that the first few "projects" you attempt will be utter crap. I've spent hours working on things just to have to pull it all out for embarassement of the misshapen form, but it's all part of the process. I'm learning and I've come to find that I really enjoy it! I've learned the following things about crocheting:

1) It's the best travel craft ever. Taking a car ride? No problem. Taking a flight? Go for it! Waiting in the waiting office at the doctors office? Good thing you have that little baggie in your purse with your yarn and hook. Seriously, it's better than my Kindle!

2) It's a no-fear craft. By "no-fear" I mean you don't have to worry about making a mistake and then not being able to fix it. Unless you cut that string (and you rarely ever need to unless you've finished the project) you have infinite opportunities to get it right. What an eco-friendly craft!

3) It's hubby friendly. Most crafting happens with me at my desk and Hubs on the couch. If I'm cutting paper, sewing, painting, etc. I have to be at the desk surrounded by my many tools and supplies. With crocheting, I just need enough elbow room to move my hands which means we can sit close and semi-snuggle while watching TV or chatting.

4) It's a sllllooooowwww process. The majority of projects that I undertake usually take a couple hours or a couple evenings at the most. With crocheting, you're looking at hours, days, even weeks! It makes it hard to create things for posting as it would take weeks just to create something worth posting about but you guys are in luck today because I have something for you!

This weekend I created a couple of coffee cup coozies!


As this is my first finished project and I didn't use a pattern, I'm hesitant to even attempt to provide a "tutorial" but I will say that I started by creating a chain that wrapped just shy around the largest part of the cup like this:


From there I alternated between rows of single crochets and double crochets. Each coozie has a different combination of single and doubles so be creative and change it up! To finish it off, I went around the outside of the entire coozie with a single crochet stitch, and when I was halfway down one shirt side of the coozie I chained about 15 and then single crocheted it back to create the loop that hooks around the button.


I'm thinking these are going to make great Christmas gifts for my office mates:)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

{Tutorial by Arline}- Vintage Fabric Book

Ladies, Arline has prepared quite a treat for you today. These books are just beautiful! My mother, admirer of all things lacy and vintagy, would absolutely adore these pretty little books. Just look at these sweet vintage pictures!! Arline has shared with us instructions on how to recreate this project:


How to Make





Materials
Muslin
Sewing machine
Iron
Freezer paper
All types of lace
Material: dotted swiss, cheese cloth, crenoline etc
Fabric Glue
Fabric flowers
Pearls
Chiffon flower strip
Rotary Cutter-optional
Self healing cutting mat-optional
Buttons, old jewelry, ribbon, seam binding


Instructions
1) Cut pieces of muslin to 8 ½ x 11.
2) Take a sheet of freezer paper and iron onto the muslin. Trim close to the paper size and make sure that the muslin is free of bubbles or creases.
3) Select the image that you want to print and load your muslin sheet into the printer. Note: Do one sheet at a time so the printer will not jam
4) Print the image.
5) Use a self healing mat and rotary cutter if you have one. Cut muslin to 6x12 strips. You will need 6 panels.
6) Sew lace along all 4 sides of your panels. Take larger pieces of lace and sew to the center of the panel.. You can layer different laces, cheese cloth, dotted swiss, crenoline etc
7) Before decorating your pages, sew pages with the sewing machine at 6” down the back of the book. Each panel is 6” wide. Sew strips of chiffon flowers down the back of the book.
8) Start adding your images. Decorate around photos with bits of lace, pearls, flowers. Have fun! There is no right or wrong way to decorate this book. It is whatever you want!


Arline, you continue to amaze me with your beautiful vintage inspired projects! I'm in awe of these lovely books, thank you so much for sharing it with us!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

{Wedding Wednesday}- The Lawyer Wedding- Table Dressings

Ladies and Gentleman, we have a venue!! Kuddos to the couple for powering through this daunting (and often frustrating) task! This awesome accomplishment means we can move forward with all sorts of important details such as Save the Dates, caterers, and table decor! Ok, so table decor may not seem too important in the scheme of things, but I'm a detail person! Adding to the importance of this detail is that the tables at this venue are PICNIC tables! I'm a big fan of picnic tables, but I've been challenged with the task of keeping this event super-budget friendly so linens are most likely out of the question. So, my post today is a collection of picnic table options without linens. Here's what I found:


I'm loving these rustic tables coupled with simple checked napkins and plain white plates! Added bonus? This table has no flowers:) Lady Lawyer- I'm really digging the tinted jars on the table too! You likey?


Sweet and simple! Just a simple white table runner, I can envision some nice napkins and some plate ware on the table and this would be a pretty classy setup!


Ok, so this table is riddled with flowers, but I like the way the napkins add to the table by hanging over the edge. It may negate the need for a table runner...


Now, I'm under no illusions that we'll be sneaking cushions into the budget, but how awesome does this simple print look?

I'm still searching for additional images ladies so if you stumble upon one, please forward it on!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

{Totally Pinteresting Tuesday} No-Sew Window Treatments

So here's the deal. I am in need of new window treatments in our re-done master bedroom. To start this process we did what any normal person does in these instances and reached out to a company that specializes in window treatments. Seems reasonable right? I mean, I've been to the JC Penny's curtain section enough to know about what curtains cost.

Boy, did I get a surprise! Let's just say that the quote we received was not within our budget. But, hey, they're just curtains, right? I can totally do this! First stop? Pinterest! You can find these links, along with all the other Home related DIY projects that I pin on my board Home DIY. Feel free to follow! I follow back:)

Here are some easy no-sew curtain projects that I found:

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I love these with the pattern and the fabric ties!

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No-sew grommet curtains?!? Love.

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I'm leaning towards this awesome no-sew option for my living room...

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This is no sew?! Oh yes, my friends, it is! Fabric and an cardboard box!

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I'm loving this sweet and simple valence.

SO many choices! And these are just the no-sew ones! Perhaps I should start by finding a fabric I love...


Monday, October 31, 2011

{Manic Monday}- Master Bedroom Makeover Continued...

I have come to realize that this master bedroom makeover is going to be a step-by-step process dragged out over many weekends. I envy the bloggers out there that set their mind on a project and, while feeding a gaggle of needy children, maintaining a spotless household and never missing a blog post, manage to bang out an entire room renovation in a measly Saturday afternoon. That, my friends, is not me. Hell, I barely managed to do the laundry this weekend and my husband feeds me. I did, however, manage to finish one more piece of the master bedroom and I'm pretty much stoked with the results.

Before I reveal, allow me to preface the project with the statement that I fully expect the quote above our bed to mean absolutely nothing to you guys. I spent more time than I'd like to admit trying to find the perfect quote, and I couldn't find anything that really resonated, wasn't 20 words long or that seemed appropriate for above our bed. Then, out of the blue (like it usually does) it hit me!

Back when I was a child and there were the three of us girls sharing a bedroom, we had a little bedtime routine where my parents tucked us in. (I assume all parents have one of these). Here's how it originally came about:
Parent: "I love you."
Child: "I love you more."
Parent: "I love you most."
Child: "I love you most times 10!"
Parent: "I love you most times 100!"

*this goes on until someone finally said:
"I love you most infinity!"
From that point on the goal of this little routine was to be the one to say this phrase first and to add "Goodnight!" on the end because the first one to complete the whole sentence, "I love you most infinity goodnight!" was the winner. Once the winner was declared, nobody was allowed to talk until morning. Thinking back I realize that the only true winners in this game were my parents for somehow convincing us that winning at this game was worth refraining from further conversation :)

The memory of this little bedtime routine is such a fond one, I thought it was the perfect quote for above our bed (even though hubby was as confused as you all when he first read it). Here's how it turned out!:


And the best part of this project is that if next week I decide I want to change the quote, I just pull it down and switch it out! It's not on, it's just card stock that's fixed to the wall with a spray adhesive! Here's the tutorial:

How to Make

Materials:
Cardstock (I used 9 sheets)
An electronic cutting machine or a pair of scissors
Paint
Glitter
Glue
Spray Adhesive
Level, ruler and chalk to make sure you're fixing it to the wall straight.

Instructions:
1) Pick out a quote and cut out the letters using various fonts, or the same font.

note that the word "Infinity" is a different font here. 
I changed my mind halfway through:)

2) Decorate the letters! I painted the work "Most" with a blue fabric paint (it's all I had in that color) and then when it dried, put a coating of glue and then glitter over top. On the word "Goodnight" I just used glue and glitter. I left "I Love You" alone because I thought the letters were plenty fancy.



3) When dry, turn the letters upside down on some scrap paper or cardboard and then apply a coat of a spray adhesive. I used 3M's Super 77 spray adhesive.

4) Using the level and a ruler make lines where you want to place the words. I also found that using chalk to make these guidelines keeps you from having to erase pencil marks because they just rub off!


What do you guys think? Does it inspire you to stick a few words around your house? ;)

Where to Buy:
decorexpressionsThere are so many great shops out there on Etsy that have quotes and other vinyl decals you can buy. I found that I loved the selection from decorexpressions. Take a look at their shop here.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

{Wedding Wednesday} The Lawyer Wedding - Cake Centerpieces?

It's my 100th post!! How crazy is that?! And how better to spend it than on wedding brainstorming?!?

So, remember that no-flower rule? Well, I was pretty sure it was going to be a major obstacle when it came to centerpieces. All my favorite ideas incorporated some sort of flower accent! But, it turns out that Ms. Lawyer had already figured that part out! She wants cakes. Cakes!! I would NEVER have thought of putting cakes on the tables, but it's actually kinda perfect! Surprisingly though, I wasn't able to find many examples that we're super formal or floral, but I did find a few. Here are some examples of this cute idea:

This couple used cakes photo 2998220-5

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Picture of Mini Chocolate Cake Centerpieces Recipe

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Phew! Ok, maybe I found more than I thought :) My favorite (considering this is a low-key, outdoor, summer wedding) is the second one from the bottom here. Yes, the chocolate one (duh). I like how there is variety, and height variations in the display. 

What do you ladies think? Which is your favorite? Do you know of any other examples? I'd love to see what else is out there!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

{Totally Pinterested Tuesday}- DIY Craft Supply Recipes!

If you ladies are anything like I am, you can walk into a craft store and walk out 15 minutes later with a $100 worth of supplies, easy. There is just something so exciting about all those raw materials just begging to be something greater! But how often do we actually have that luxury of going into the craft store and dropping $100? Not. too. often. So, I decided that I would help all our pockets by searching Pinterest for some of the best DIY craft supply tutorials! You can find these posted (along with TONS of other favorite diy projects) on my Pinterest Board: Potential DIY Projects. Should you care to follow me, I'll follow back!

DIY Puffy Paint
I'm not going to lie, I'm kinda super excited about diy puff paint...

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DIY info provided by  delawarecountymoms.com

Mod Podge
That's right, there IS a cheaper way to craft your life away! This recipe will save you some serious dough!

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Another Fantastic Recipie at Remodel This House

DIY Labels
These could come in super handy! So wonderfully simple you'll wonder why you didn't think of it ages ago!!

DIY instructions provided by tutorialadventures.com

DIY Chalkboard Paint
I've got the perfect place in my kitchen to try this out...

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Recipe from craftathome.com

DIY Natural Furniture Polish
This may not be a crafting supply, but since I craft on a wooden table top, I often have to oil it down, I thought it might apply to some of you as well:)

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DIY recipe from naturesknockout.com

DIY Brush Cleaner
I could seriously use some of this to prolong the life of the brushes I use with my mod podge!!

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Recipe from allurabeauty.com

I hope these recipes will save you guys some extra cash in the coming holiday months when we're all frantically crafting our hearts out! 

Do you guys have any favorite DIY craft supply recipes? If so, I'd love to hear them!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

XTMAS TREE POP UP CARD

Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to the next member on our design team! I'm super thrilled to have Joan because she is a genius with paper! I'm so excited about the project she has for you today! Before I turn it over to her, I want to share with you the introduction that she wrote about herself:


My name is Joan, and I’m 43 years old. I live in Puerto Rico with my husband Miguel and my three “gilrs”. Two cats named Cremora and Merengue and one African Grey parrot named Lola. I have a full time job in the Accounting area and this hobby is my stress relief . I am so happy to be selected as part of the Do it Yourself or Not Creative Team Member. I was introduced to this fabulous world on 2006 when a friend invited me to a Creative Memories Party but it wasn’t until 2007 that I started making cards and stamping and since then I hardly make scrapbook anymore. I have a passion for this hobby and love to learn new techniques and work with different materials and textures. I love to work with bright colors and love to paper piece and add layers and texture to my images and cards. I love to make my own embellishments and find new and creative ways to use the things I have in my stash. You can find more about my work visiting me at my bloghttp://mirincondepapel.blogspot.com/.

Now, without further interruption, I pass you over to Joan! *******

Hi!

I am so glad to be here sharing with you a little of what I have been learning for the past few months.  Today, I want to share a Pop Up card tutorial.  For this card I used a digital stamp from Stretch & Bubbles name Trees with Bird Digital Stamp.  Honestly, I love digital stamps fro this type of cards since you can easily manipulate the image and create a mirror effect of it.  

I have wanted to make this as a video tutorial, but I’m still in the process of learning how to edit my videos so instead I took tons of photos of my work in process in an effort to show you my creative process.  I hope you like this card and hopefully learn how to make one of your own.

Step 1 – Making the Pop Up base:

Using Photoshop or other similar program, draw a card base slightly smaller than your actual card base.  For example, if you’re making an A2 card, the rectangle you will draw should not be larger than 4” X 5.25”.  Open your digital stamp and align the image on the top of your rectangle, making sure that the image fits inside it.  Once you are satisfied with your Pop Up base, merge the two layers and duplicate it.  Flip horizontally the second layer so it looks like a mirror image of the first one.  See that my two images are "looking" each other.

Steps 2 to 6:
(2) Print your image.  (3) If you wish, print the tree on two different DP cardstocks to add interest and color.  You can skip this part and simply color your image with your markers or preferred medium.  (4 &5) Cut both images.  They should be in a mirror effect so you can glue them together and have a two side effect.  See photo (6).

Steps 7 to 10:

(7) For my card I made a mask out of copy paper to be able to stamp a wood grain background on the tree trunk.  (8-10) I sponged brown ink on the tree trunk keeping the mask to avoid staining the Pop Up base.

Steps 11-13:

(11-13) Cut the two trees printed on DP paper and divide each section.  Glue the sections to the Pop Up base alternating the prints to create interest and dimension.

Step 14:

Decorate the image making sure that both are finish and looks alike.  For this card I used acrylic paint, India Ink from Faber Castell, water coloring pencils, black pen, zig zag stitch stamp and clear glaze to seal the image.

Steps 15-18:

(15) Prepare your card base. (16) Glue the opposite sides of the image together (like the step #6).   only on the image part.  (17) Then glue both pop up bases to the card base making sure they are aligned.  (18) Your image will Pop Out once your card is opened. 

If you want to see more detailed photos of the finished card, please visit me at my blog >>Mi Rincon de Papel<< where I will have a little blog candy for those who leaves me a comment.

Have a great day!!!
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Thank you Joan, for such a fun project! I love the idea of pop-up cards! Make sure you stop by her blog and leave a comment to enter her fun giveaway!
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