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Paper Bunting

I wanted to make some bunting to replace the Tibetan prayer flags that flanked our living room window. I loved how colorful the flags were, but frankly I felt they belonged more in the house of a 19 year old stoner boy. So I made bunting out of 6 various scrapbook papers. I just drew a template (basically a triangle with a tab at the top to be folded over) and traced it onto the paper and cut them out, then taped them onto some white yarn left over from my Valentines Day yarn wreath.

paper bunting

It was impossible to get a good photo since it is so dreary outside in Portland recently, and also my living room doesn’t have much in the way of lights to begin with. That aside, I love the way they turned out and want to make paper bunting for everywhere in my house now!

xoxo, emma

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Sequins

I’m easily amused. Like a squirrel, drawn to shiny things.

sequins

I dumped my huge bag of sequins out into a bowl and I’ve been sorting them and playing with them for at least an hour now. <sigh>

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Craft inspiration

A string of houseguests, events and putting in more hours at work have meant that I haven’t had as much time as I would like for craftiness.  I’ve slowly been plugging away at some cross stitching though (of course) so I will have pictures of that to show you soon.

Meanwhile, here are some crafty projects I’ve seen around the blogosphere that I want to tackle:

BEADED DOLPHIN WHALE

Just what is a dolphin whale? I couldn’t tell you, but I do want to make a few of these for our guest bathroom which is decorated with a whale painting I did AGES ago.  The whole bathroom is a mix of dark jewel-toned purples and blues [yes, my l0ve for all things rainbow and bright-colored means I’m terrible at having restraint when it comes to color in interior design, but frankly I couldn’t care less 😉 ]  I’m thinking I’ll bead a few up and hang them from a piece of driftwood, like a mobile.

TIN CAN TEALIGHT HOLDER

I just think these tealight holders are so cute, and would make perfect Christmas gifts [yes, I am already thinking about Christmas! I blame it on the changing seasons, all I can think about is Halloween and Christmas.  I definitely plan on making all my Christmas crafts soon, because who knows how long it will take me to prepare our first little Christmas in our tiny Portland house–also our first Christmas where we are too far away to visit family 😦 ] And if you haven’t seen the blog What I Made you must check it out right away…it is run by a crafty GUY named Scott and is chock-full of crafty inspiration.

STICKER WREATHS

Thanks to my lovely mother [who not only fostered a love of crafts and creativity in me throughout childhood but continues to this day to enable me in filling up my craft room with a bazillion craft supplies] I own both the Martha Stewart circle cutter and flower stickers needed to make these lovely paper sticker wreaths.  Yes I know that this craft is aimed for children, but in my eyes Ms. Martha can do no wrong…I want to make one of these wreaths for the door of my craft room.  Heck, I want to make one for the door to every room in my house!

That’s all for now, ta-ta!

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I Have a Problem…

I have a serious problem with craft supplies.  They are coming out of my ears yet I keep getting more…sometimes I get craft supplies I don’t even know what to do with!  Take for instance, this bag of pom-poms I got at Goodwill.  It was a dollar, about the size of a sandwich, and I didn’t own any pom-poms so I picked it up.  Well it turned out to contain 4500 pom-poms, in 13 colors (and multi-colored)!!! Why on earth did I buy these?

pom poms

I think I’m going to take a thin needle and some clear beading thread and make them into an itsy-bitsy colorful garland.  The theme of my living room right now is pretty much “rainbow,” so it’ll fit right in.  Haha.  Come to think of it, thats the general decorating scheme in my craft room as well.  I just love multiple colors, they are so bright and inspiring.  Thats why I love Heidi Kenney (of My Paper Crane)‘s house.  So cute!

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S.C.R.A.P. Jackpot

I dropped by S.C.R.A.P. again today, and am sure glad I did! I really lucked out on getting a ton of items–I got 11 items for $5.75! (And one item was $4 itself, so 10 items for $1.75…amazing!Tiny Embroidery kits

I got 5 tiny embroidery kits for 10 cents each.  2 of them come with their own little frames, and one is another embroidery kit that comes with a tiny hanger to display it on.  I think the cow and chicken ones will belong in my planned kitchen embroidery display wall, the other ones I’m not sure what to do with yet.  But they were just so adorable, and perfect little quick projects to do while I watch a movie with the BF.

Bear ornament and sachet

I picked up a bear 3D ornament kit.  He comes with the batting to stuff him with and gets embroidered with the enclosed yarn instead of thread.  I’m accumulating quite the stash of Christmas ornament kits, which I can’t wait to decorate my house with this winter, as it will be our first Christmas together in our own home. 🙂  The kit on the right is a beaded sachet kit.  It has flowers and hummingbirds that you embroider with thread, and a blue background that you embroider with little seed beads.  It even comes with the potpourri to stuff it with.  I’m excited to complete that kit because I’ve wanted to learn more about beaded embroidery.

crewelpenguins

The next kit I got is a little 12″ by 5″ Penguin crewel embroidery kit.   I only have done crewel once (with another kit for a pincushion that I picked up at the San Francisco SCRAP) so I’m excited to try this one which looks a bit harder.  My sister has always been obsessed with penguins so if I’m happy with the outcome of this project it will probably be sent to her.

St. Nicholas

This is a huge needlepoint kit (10″ by 14″) that you embroider with tapestry yarn.  Another Christmas one!  It comes with a lot of metallic threads which I love.  I haven’t done any “needlepoint” which I think is basically embroidery with yarn instead of thread…but this one looks amazing.  And it comes with so much for only 50 cents!

Googly eyes and bird

Two small things I got are a pair of the biggest Googly eyes I’ve ever seen, and a pretty little red bird to go with my owls.  I’m not sure what people use these little creepy/cute birds for…perhaps floral arrangements?  I just think this little red cardinal is adorable.  I will either find somewhere for it to perch year-round, or maybe put it on my first Christmas tree this year.  Wow, it really MUST be Christmas in July because I sure have the holidays on my mind.

Needle Punch kit

And now for my big $4 item….a Needle Punch Starter Kit!  I didn’t really know what needle punch is, but I’ve been researching it online since I brought my kit home and I’m so excited!  The kit comes with 15 designs.  I’m stoked for a standing unicorn design and a couple of mushrooms.  The kit includes everything and smells good, exactly like a grandma’s house.  It smells like a mix of lavender/cigarettes/makeup.  I might be weird for thinking that smells good, but whatever. 😉

The kit comes with a catalog for the company’s other patterns…great ones like creepy Santas, alligators playing golf, Mason and Moose Lodge crests, and sayings like “We interrupt this marriage to bring you the football season.”  Haha!  I love it.  Yarn colorsIt even comes with 15 colors of yarn.  The photo on the cover shows you can do it on towels, so that’s what I hope to use the kit for.  Hopefully the BF doesn’t mind if I needle punch a teddy bear holding balloons on his  bath towel…;)

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S.C.R.A.P. Haul

I’ve mentioned before how much I LOVE S.C.R.A.P. It is the absolute best craft supply store/non-profit.  I was driving past today and couldn’t resist popping in for a quick look.  I headed straight to my favorite bin, where you can get full embroidery kits for less than a dollar.  I ended up picking up two items, totaling only 50 cents!

My Scrap Haul

I picked up a tiny little embroidery kit which includes everything, even the kitschy mini wire hanger to display the final project on.  It said 50 cents but I got it for only a quarter!  My favorite items to get from S.C.R.A.P. are all their kitchen/gardening/cooking embroidery kits.  One day I hope to display them all on a huge wall of kitsch above my kitchen table.  The second item I picked up is a cool mounting board for finished embroideries or any other type of fabric art.  Just what I need to display one of my already finished kitchen embroidery pieces! I love that I picked up these two cute things for only a measly 50 cents.

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