Projects on My Plate

  • Veda's Birthday Party
  • Sienna's Birthday Party
  • Sienna's Pencil Skirt
  • Pencil Skirt
  • Wardrobe re-do
  • Floral Skirt for Mommy
  • Breck's Bedding
  • Sienna and Veda's Bedding
  • Apron

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wall Art for Sienna's Room

First off, let me just say, I really love photos printed onto a canvas. Really. I knew I wanted a set of them in Sienna's room, but as most of you know, we are still students so our decorating budget didn't exactly cover printing four 8"x10" photos onto a canvas. It's pretty darn expensive for just one let alone FOUR!!! I had seen a few ideas online about getting pictures printed out, then just mod-podging the picture onto the canvas, and sanding the sides a bit, which I liked, but I still really wanted that "printed on canvas" texture on the picture itself. Then, while looking around online one day, I found out that you can actually print from your computer onto tissue paper! *Brilliant!*

Thus, my idea was born. I would print out four pictures onto tissue paper, then mod-podge it onto the canvases! The tissue is thin enough to where the texture of the canvas comes through, and I was very satisfied with the end results! Are you curious now? You want to try it? Well here's what you do:

What you need:
Canvas (however many you are using, I used 8x10's)
White tissue paper (I only needed one regular sized sheet for four pictures)
Printer *with ink* :)
Regular printer paper

Take a piece of printer paper. Place it on a corner of the tissue paper, and cut out around it. It doesn't have to be perfect, but will need to be trimmed up later. Cut the length one inch longer than the length of the printer paper.

Step 2:
Trim up the side of the tissue paper so it's the same width as the width of the printer paper.

Step 3:
Put printer paper in the middle of the tissue paper so there is one half inch overflow on each side. Fold each end over, and tape. I used double sided tape underneath, but regular tape on the edges will work fine too.

Step 4:
Perform a test on your paper in your printer, if you don't know what side it prints on. I drew a star on the side that I was going to put in face-up. I printed out the word "test" to see what side it printed on. It printed on the opposite side of the star, so I knew when I fed the special paper through, I would need to make sure the tissue side was down. If you already know how your printer feeds, ignore everything I just said.

Step 5:
Print off your picture to however big your canvas is, stand there while it prints to make sure it feeds through right.

Step 6:
Separate tissue from printer paper, once ink is completely dry. I just cut along the fold where I folded the tissue paper over.

Step 7:
Mod-podge a layer onto the canvas.

Step 8:
Very carefully, lower the picture onto the canvas, making sure the sides all match up. Then starting with the middle, gently rub the tissue down in a circular motion with your fingers to get it to adhere to the canvas better. Start in the middle and move your way out until the whole picture is glued.

Step 9:
Cut the excess edges as close to the canvas as the scissors will allow you. mod-podge just under then, and gently with your fingers once again, rub the edges down onto the mod-podge. You won't be able to see a definite line (except for where the picture ends and the white begins, but that's normal for the regular photo canvases too).

After that, you are pretty much done, unless you want to embellish them. I put a couple of ribbon embellishments on mine!

*And it totally has the canvas texture on front!*

Here's how I displayed 'em.

Monday, February 22, 2010

My Amazing Dad

So I just want to take a post to brag about my awesome Dad. My mom has joked "Between you and your dad, you guys have a completely handmade house!" Ummm, yeah, but I can only wish that my stuff was half as cool as the things my dad makes! He just whips up furniture, just because he feels like it. But I just wanted to take a post to show you some of the amazing things he has made for us. This doesn't even include everything he's made, just the things he's made us.

My Hope Chest
My graduation present when I was a Senior in high school.
(sorry no picture!)

Our Dining Room table
A place of many fine feasts!

The Kiddie Table
A place of refuge for the kids for coloring, crafts, puzzles, book, and occasionally, snacks.

Hall Clock and Hall Shelf
Yes, he made BOTH of these!

Recipe Box
He made this box, while my mom got all of our classic family recipes printed off to go inside!

Breck's Bed
Yes...I said the BED...He actually MADE it!!!

Sorry for the lack of decor in the room...we're working on that...


Friday, February 19, 2010

Lamp Cord Cover

Photo courtesy of Ballard Designs

I saw this idea in Ballard Design's catalog, and really wanted them. Except for the fact that they are 30 dollars a piece. I made mine with under half a yard of fabric for about 2 dollars. Right on. Here's how:

What You Need:
1/2 yard of fabric
Sewing Machine

Step 1:
Measure your cord. You want your cord cover to be at least 2 times the length.

Step 2:
lay out your fabric and cut out several strips of fabric that are about 3-4 inches (or just big enough to allow the end of the cord to feed through, plus hem allowance) wide. My cord measured about one and a half of these strips, so I cut three strips to make twice the amount. If I were to do it again, I would probably do closer to 3 times, but it still looks nice and uses less fabric when you use twice.

Step 3: Attach your strip together by sewing.

Step 4: Hem the ends BEFORE you sew it in a loop.

Step 5: Sew in half length-wise (wrong side of fabric facing out) and reinforce hem.
Step 6: Now all you need to do, is turn it inside out (to reveal the right side of the fabric), feed the cord through it, and you're set with a very classy looking lamp cord! Yahoo!


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Featured at Tip Junkie Today!

Well, this is pretty much the coolest thing ever. I started this blog over a year and a half ago, not really knowing that there was a whole community of craft-bloggers. When I started looking around at the different blogs, Tip Junkie was my absolute favorite, and one that always got my creative juices flowing!

Well what an honor it is to be featured on Tip Junkie today!!! Laurie, the writer, has graciously featured my "Painting Scallops on a Wall" tutorial! Wahoo!

If you guys haven't been on Tip Junkie before, i highly suggest you do it now!!! You will love what you see!

Thanks again Laurie!

Monday, February 1, 2010


I've been trying for FOREVER to get a button with the scroll box for my blog. I am proud to say that I have officially FIGURED IT OUT!!!! So if you want to let your eyes wander over to the sidebar, you will find my button with a code if you would like to display my button on your blog. Thanks for all your support!!!


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