Saturday, March 26, 2011

Crochet Scarf

I finished it! Its a winter scarf that I had planned on having done before winter ended-oops.  At least here in Utah we still get snow in March and April.  Now if I can only figure out how to wear it.  I've avoided scarfs in the past because I have no idea how to tie them or how you're supposed to wear them. But they look so cute, so I guess I'll give them a try :)

Pattern found in Reader’s Digest Crochet in No Time

blue crochet scarf

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring Wreath Tutorial

I've been seeing these super cute spring wreaths everywhere, but I think they are way over priced.  So I decided to venture out and make my own wreath from scratch!  I did not buy a single thing for this project.  I just used things from nature and stuff I already had.

Here is how I made it.

1. I went for a walk around the neighborhood and clipped some vines.  They were hanging down into the street by an abandoned house, so I don't think anyone will mind :)  Then I soaked them in water (the vines were long so I stuck them in the bathtub) for about 30 minutes to make them more pliable.

Vine Wreath

2.  I bunched the vines together and curved them into a circle.  I tied the ends together with braiding cord.  If you don't happen to have braiding cord, twine or any kind of heavy string should work fine.
Vine Wreath

3.  I wrapped the cord around the vines to hold them together.  After winding all the way around, I tied it off and wala- a wreath is formed!

Vine Wreath

4.  Next I gathered up some acorns lying around my complex.  I washed them, painted them, and sprayed them with Krylon Matt Finish to protect them.

Vine and Acorn Wreath

5.  To finish it off, I hot glued the acorns and some ribbon on and hung it on my door.  And there you have it, a spring wreath that cost me absolutely nothing!  Yay!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Flowers in a Vase

pencil drawing flowers in a vase

 Yesterday I got out the good old sketchbook and had some quality drawing time.  I was in serious need of some drawing practice.  Back in my college days it was easy to keep it up because I had assignments due every week.  I had deadlines and motivation and time.  

Now I'm a stay-at-home mom and my time to sit down to draw is very limited.  I had forgotten how much I love drawing.  I don't ever want to lose it.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Simple Magnets

little car magnets

 Here they are... the easiest magnets to make in the world! 
Here's what I used to make them:
  • Magnetic Buttons
  • Chipboard Circles ( I found these at Michaels for $1)
  • Tacky Glue

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Winter Flowers

Pink Azalea Flowers
Pink Azalea Flowers
Pink Azalea Flowers
Pink Azalea Flowers

ahhhh, flowers! These make me so happy!  My husband gave them to me for Valentine's Day and one month later, they are still alive, mostly.  They don't get quite enough sunlight in my dark apartment.   I prefer potted flowers any day to cut flowers.  They last so much longer. 

Things have been super slow around here, as you can tell.  I've started a few projects, but have been unable to finish them.  I'm still working through health stuff, which seriously stinks.  At least I have my flowers!