Monday, May 31, 2010

Ribbon Necklaces

First, I would like to say how thankful I am to the men and women who have served and who currently serve our great nation!  :)  ...and a big thank you to all of you who have family in the military!  You are rock stars!

We all have a ton of long necklaces that have seen better days.  Don't retire them just yet.  Give them a face lift by simply adding some ribbon and embellishments.  It's super simple and EXTREMELY versatile!  Take a look!

Here's the finished product:

And here's how I got there:
So what do you think?  I think the best part is that you aren't actually changing the first necklace.  You're just making it better...and you can always change it back by removing the ribbon!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Tissue Paper Boxes

Good morning, and happy weekend! I'm so excited to show you these super duper cute paper mache boxes that I covered in tissue paper!

I'm working on accessorizing my office, and found these guys begging to be dressed up with paper, ribbon, and they were 50% off at Hobby Lobby! Woowho!

Here's the finished product:

And here's how I got there:

Lessons learned:
1) If your paper doesn't need to match up on the corners, then fold your tissue paper in fourths so you can cut out all the sides at the same time.

2) Put the lid on your box before you add the embellishments. My polka dot box got a little too close for comfort.

3) Be gentle when smoothing out the bubbles, you are working with tissue paper.

4) You don't notice the little you? :)

Think about all the fun places you could use these storage boxes. I'm thinking my next set will be for my little guy's bedroom...right next to the changing station!


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Office Mural

Well, here I am! I'm so excited to make my very first post to my Crafts & Sutch blog. I've been truly inspired by so many crafty women in my life, and just recently discovered the craft blog world. Wow! I want to be a part of it too! :)

My first post has been a labor of love and has taught be sometimes Plan B is way better than Plan A. This past year I started to work from home and I needed a space that I wouldn't mind spending a lot of time in. I decided to paint a mural on one wall. I'm not an artist, just someone with a crafty bone and who isn't afraid to try something new.

I found an image on Google images of some modern flower silhouettes. I came up with my color scheme, and printed out my image. I borrowed a projector from my mom and traced the image on my wall (you could rent a projector from a teacher supply store or ask a teacher friend). I painted it with your normal, run of the mill craft paint and simply filled in the lines! Easy peasy!

As soon as I painted the swirls, I knew they were way too busy and needed a softer appearance. I took the wall paint and dry brushed over the swirls to give them a distressed finish (Plan B).

I love how it turned out! The total cost for this project was $6.97 ($2.98 for three bottles of craft paint and 3.99 for some paint brushes)! Not too shabby for a work of art!

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