Wednesday, December 28, 2011

What I Wore: Date Night Outfit

This cute outfit was worn when the weather was a LOT better, but I still wanted to share.  I really enjoyed the comfort of my ensemble and loved the way it looked on me.

I got my hair did that day.  I LOVE my stylist!

Floral tank - Kohl's
Cropped cardigan - Lane Bryant
Denim pencil skirt - Old Navy
Wedge sandals - Payless

And here is Mr. Diva and I before heading out on our date:

{Crafting Diva} How To: DIY Card Holder for Hospital or Home

If you have been reading my blog posts since August, you will know that my father-in-law was diagnosed with leukemia.  He has had to spend long weeks/months in the hospital for treatment.  He receives a lot of cards and well wishes, but there isn't a lot of surface area to display all his cards.

Some were taped to the wall for a little bit, but the humidifiers he had going in his room made the tape not so sticky.  I wanted so much to be able to do something to help my in-laws in some way, so I designed this card holder for them to hang up while they were stuck in the hospital.

I certainly don't hope that you have ill relatives in the hospital, but if you do, I hope this is a fun craft project you can make to give them some cheer.

DIY Hospital Card Holder Tutorial

You will need:

- 4 Wooden dowels (I don't remember the measurement, but they were thin enough the clothes pins fit around them)
- Wooden clothes pins
- 8 Large, flat-backed, clear glass marbles
- 2-inch wide ribbon in your choice of color
- Coordinating glitter in your choice of color
- Felt
- Mod Podge
- Foam paint brush, scissors, wire cutters, and a glue gun
- Heavy decorative wire
- 2 Heavy duty magnetic hooks (found them at the hardware store.  They hold 15 pounds each)

I started with a thin coat of Mod Podge on the flat part of the large marbles and sprinkled them with glitter.  They need a decent amount of time to dry completely.  So set them aside while you work on the rest of the project.

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Measure the dowels for the width you want.  I believe mine were about 30 inches.  Clip off the excess.  Next decide how much room you want to leave in per row.  This is the area where the cards will hang.  I think I measured out 9 inches for the height of each row.  Measure out your ribbon accordingly (40 to 45 inches depending on how long your want the extra to hang down on the last row.)  Fold the ribbon over to double the length.

I used the magnetic hooks on my door to hold my first dowel.  Use some hot glue on the edge of the dowel and slip the middle of your ribbon onto the end.  Do this for both sides.

DIY Hospital Card Holder Tutorial

DIY Hospital Card Holder Tutorial

Use the wire to create a big hanger depending on the ceiling height.  I eyeballed how tall I thought the hospital ceiling was and measured out my wire.  I wrapped it around each end of the dowel and curled the ends to make it look pretty.

Next, measure the 9 inches down to your second row.  I cut two slits in the ribbon and poked the end of the dowel through like so:

DIY Hospital Card Holder Tutorial

Add some hot glue to the back to secure the ribbon.  Do this for both sides and continue down however many rows you have chosen to go.

After your dowels are secure, it is time to put some felt on the back of the marbles.  Make sure the glitter is dry completely.  Using the glue gun, adhere a small square of felt to the back of each marble.  The felt helps the glue grip to the dowel and not disturb the glitter when you apply the marble to the dowel.

DIY Hospital Card Holder Tutorial

Hot glue the marble to the dowel to cover the areas where the dowel shows through the slits.

DIY Hospital Card Holder Tutorial

When you are all finished, it should look something like this.

DIY Hospital Card Holder Tutorial

Add your clothes pins to hold the cards.

DIY Hospital Card Holder Tutorial

DIY Hospital Card Holder Tutorial

DIY Hospital Card Holder Tutorial

The hospital had metal borders on the ceiling between the tiles.  The magnetic hooks simply stick to the metal border to hold the card display in place.

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Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Review: Stretch Canvas

Mr. Diva and I finally had enough canvases and time to get some pictures up in our bedroom recently.  We ordered 8x10 stretched canvas pictures from ArtsCow over the last year or so. (I only order them when they are on special sale with free shipping.  They ship from Hong Kong and shipping can be crazy expensive if you don't do the free shipping deal.)

I wanted to show you what the canvases look like because ArtsCow is having another stretched canvas deal through December 31st.  You can visit their Facebook page to get other deal news.  I have custom photo cosmetic bags, coin purses, eyeglass cleaning cloths, and more from them.  They have all turned out really good.  I've been very pleased with everything I have ordered.

Right now they are offering 4x4 all the way up to 12x16 stretched canvas prints from $7.00 to $16.00.  You can see photos of the cosmetic bags and coin purses here.

PS - I am not being paid to tell you about the site or their products.

Here are our canvases on the bedroom wall.  I have ordered more from ArtsCow previously.  I have some of my dogs, a couple canvas concert photos, one from my sister's wedding, etc.

And close-ups, so you can see better:

Happy designing your canvas!!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Happy Holidays!

I know it is a late greeting, but the scheduling of the post did not work correctly.  So....

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

All hats are from Etsy.  The doggy hats are from Shaggy Chic.  The human hats are from KJCreations2.

{Crafting Diva} How To: DIY Paper Trees

I saw these paper trees on the Better Homes and Gardens website a couple months ago.  This post comes too  late for Christmas, but I wanted to share nonetheless.  I am planning to make some cute non-Christmasy trees for decoration.

DIY Paper Trees Tutorial

I made one as a gift for a friend.  I started with a paper mache cone and painted it with some acrylic paint.  

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 I decided on bright, rainbow patterned paper that complimented each other.  I cut 1 inch by 2-1/2 inch and 3/4 inch by 2-1/2 inch strips from the paper.  Using scissors with decorative cutting designs, I cut one of the short edges of each strip.  Then I curled the strip around a pencil to give it some swoop.

DIY Paper Trees Tutorial

You can use hot glue, but I knew I would burn my fingers too much if I did it that way.  I chose to use glue dots for adhering the strips to the cone.  You can find the glue dots at craft or scrapbooking stores (or the craft section of Wal-Mart or Target).   I tried to stagger the layering of the strips the best I could.

DIY Paper Trees Tutorial

Before I finished, I cut glitter paper into a star shape (you need two stars) and glued them together with a piece of wire inside.  I stuck the wire through the top of the cone and taped the wire down inside.

DIY Paper Trees Tutorial

To finish it off, I wrapped a small strip of paper around the top and secured with a glue dot.

DIY Paper Trees Tutorial

 I added rhinestones with small glue dots to act as ornaments.

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DIY Paper Trees Tutorial

DIY Paper Trees Tutorial

 It still needed something, so I added a small, gold star garland.  I secured it at top and bottom with hot glue.

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DIY Paper Trees Tutorial

DIY Paper Trees Tutorial

 Glitter glue went around the star just to cover some of the paper backing that was showing.

DIY Paper Trees Tutorial

DIY Paper Trees Tutorial

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Our Christmas Tree

I was really inspired by Ashley's post over at Domestic Fashionista, where she talked about how her Christmas tree tells the story of her and her husband's life together.

Every year that my husband and I have been together (including the dating years), we have made a new ornament together each year.  It is always a picture ornament and continues to be a fun tradition for us to design our ornament and figure out how to make it.

 2005's ornament was a little rough around the edges.  Using an iron-on on felt wasn't the smartest idea because the picture is all mottled-looking.

 2006 was the year we got engaged, hence the obvious bling.

In Fall of 2007, we went to Georgia to attend my sister's wedding.  I was a bridesmaid in a lovely persimmon-colored dress.

2008 is when we got married.

Okay, 2009 was a lazy year.  I was way behind on things and had no idea what to do for an ornament.  I found this cute guy at the store and added the date and rhinestones to him.

 Not our first Christmas card picture with the furkids, but the first time incorporating our card picture into an ornament.

I'll definitely share 2011's ornament when I get it made.  :-)

This ornament is from 1986.  I've always enjoyed arts and crafts.  This picture is of me and my little brother.

I bought this Froggy Bride in 2006 after we got engaged.

This cute Hawaiian girl was purchased during our honeymoon in Maui.  Our hotel had a small handmade crafts bazaar in the lobby during our stay.

  My friend Norm made this for me a couple years ago.  We are huge NKOTB fans and have spent the last few years attending many shows together.

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