Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Craft OFF: Stapler Edition

Went to Target this morning with daughter # 1. She wanted to get a stapler for a friend.
She was hoping to find one that was all bling-a-fied (Daughter #2's word). No such luck.
She did find 2 clear acrylic staplers for $2.08 a piece. Score!
I told her I had some ideas of how to cute it up, so she got them.
We decided that we would have a Craft smack down and see who could redo the best stapler.
Ok, after an hour or so later, here are the results.
Stapler Y

Other side of Stapler Y

Stapler X

Other Side of  Stapler X
Vote for the one you like the best in poll to the side! You have a week to vote! Comment on which one you like best and why!

Mr. Goodwill Hunting

     Hey, fellow bloggers out there. I thought that I should blog since it's been a while.
Everyone has such great ideas and so many cute crafts to do. Where to start?
If Maren will show me how to link to some of my absolute favorites, stay tuned.

     Because I haven't figured out how to do the pinterest that is so popular, I always bookmark everything. Then I get on an organizing kick and think I should do some deleting. It's so hard to decide which ones still make the mark. Anyone out there have the same problem?
      It takes me forever because I have to open them and see if I still want them or not. Then I get side tracked looking at the creative ideas.
   So, I have put on my brave hat and just randomly deleted ones that I think I don't need. I figure I can always find them again if I want. Sound crazy? We'll see.

   I have a huge crush on Nate Berkus. He is on NBC.  Can I say that he is so yummy?I love that last week on his show, he had a guest on that only shops at thrift stores and redecorates people's homes with his great finds.
        This super hero's name is  Mr.Goodwill Hunting. His mother calls him Rashon Carroway.  The budget is $300.00 and sometimes he comes in under budget. Any clients dream come true.
On this episode Goodwill Hunting found at the Goodwill (hence his name) a sideboard (in mint condition) that at Bakers Furniture retails for $17,000. No that's not a typo, that's right $17,000. Nate was so impressed.
      Want to know what Mr. Goodwill Hunting paid for it? He paid $74.25. It was marked at $99.00 but he asked if the guy would come down in the price and he got 25% off just for asking.
It pays to ask.
      Then he takes all the treasures back to the workshop, where he and his crew repurpose's, repaints everything. 
The tip he gave that I loved is when shopping thrift all that matters is that the end products are cohesive. Don't be afraid if there are nicks or scratches in the furniture, most can be sanded out and fixed. Hate the color? No problem, repaint it.
Mr. G.H. found a chair that he redid the fabric, I loved that chair. I wanted that chair so bad!

You know you did a good job when the client shakes and cries at the same time in the reveal.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Sweet Hand-Sewing: Sock Softies & Cupcakes

Hey everyone,
       Here's a cute hand-sewing project I love to make, Stray Sock Softies and stuffed cupcakes.
The cupcake is made of felt and fabric. It has sprinkles that spell out sweet, that are beads. The swirl of frosting is just circles of felt layered on top and the little cherry is made of felt.
      My cute little frogs are made of socks ( here's the awesome book that teaches you how to make them) and fabric.
I hope this inspires you to go out and make some sweet creatures of your own!
~ Maren