Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Doggone Dirty Craftin Linky Party

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Linda @ Paper Seedlings has some great techniques to improve our paper crafting.  
It's Americana with class.



Check out this super adorable mannequin pin cushion that Mad for Fabric made and linked up.  There's even a link to the free pattern to make your own.  Loves!

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!


Enjoy the BBQ, fireworks and random acts of patriotism this Independance Day. This is the newest edition to our RB family, Dino. We just happened to be at a dog festival that had a flag background. What luck!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Doggone Dirty Linky Party

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There is a fantastic tutorial over @ Before the Clock Strikes Midnight. Tiffany used a no sew technique to make this super cute headband. 


Make it easy crafts posted a great tute for napkin rings and coasters you could easily whip up this afternoon for tomorrow's festivities. 

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Media Console DONE!

Mr. Biscuit couldn't hold his tail still cuz he's so happy with the new cabinet.  He asked me to hide treats inside.
I started this crazy project over two years ago. (You can read two other posts about it here and here.)  It has since been sitting in my garage waiting for the final three or so steps to be accomplished.  Totally normal right?  I got the plans off Ana White's website.  This is called the Apothocary Console and the plans were pretty easy to follow.    Well I had a day off with nothing particular scheduled so off I went.  The base of the cabinet was totally done with the exception of adding the back panel which I also needed to drill a couple holes in for the cables to run through.  The only other thing missing was the top three boards which were already stained just waiting to be attached and coated with poly.

In true Anita fashion these couple of steps took much longer than I anticipated but in about 6 hours I was done.  Thank you, power tools.  I added an additional coat of poly the next day to make it three layers and let the cabinet cure in the garage for the prescribed 24 hours.  The result?  For my first piece of furniture I'm really happy.  It's not perfect but I'm pretty proud I made the whole thing myself.  It is a huge change from the Target piece we had before.  Tons more storage space, almost double actually, it fits the space so much better and it's about as sturdy as a rhino.  I'm super excited about having a large space to display holiday decorations since we don't have a mantle.

Any big projects waiting to be finished in your garage?  I'm sure I've still got a couple hiding in there but I'm glad I can check this one off the WIP list.

Build on!
Anita

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Doggone Dirty Craftin Linky Party

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Marysia @ My Travel Affairs has the sweetest story about a piece of cake written by Manouk from Bunch of Backpackers.  She proves that a smile can make friends, no matter if you speak the language or not.

I don't know how, but Nancy from Skinny Kitchen found a way to make Skinny BBQ Chicken Stuffed Pizza Melts.  Sounds yummy.
 
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A rather huge addition to our family...at least in numbers.

Two weeks ago there was a call out from a work friend about some guinea pigs needing a new home.  As guinea pigs are often used as starter pets for kids many of them end up in shelters when kids don't want to care for them anymore.  No more starter pets people, the pet is not your childs responsibility, its yours.  A parent had bought one guinea pig thinking this was a good way to teach responsibility, the problem is when you buy a guinea pig from a store there is a decent chance you are going to get more than you bargained for. Yep, she was pregnant.  So you now have four guinea pigs and need to care for two cages.  The problem was with her three little ones all born of the male persuasion unless she is alone in a cage you end up with multiplication tables again.  Well she was kept with a male and got knocked up teen mom style.  Time to get rid of the pigs.  This is where I come in.  When I heard it was a "we have to get rid of these pigs one way or another" situation I assume the worst and agreed to take them.  I wanted the momma to give birth in a calm setting and not be jostled into a big shelter who might not know what to do in an emergency or have the time to offer the care they need.  

We got the guineas all set up in my craft room with the plan that after she gave birth we would contact Critter Corral to get them into foster homes.  The Critter Corral is a great guinea pig shelter in our area that we adopt from when room in a cage opened up after a loss of a little friend.  That was a Wednesday, when I had not contacted the shelter by that Saturday, I was in fact waiting to see what the sex ratio of the little ones was going to be in case we could keep a few girls, my wonderful husband told me that we should go ahead and buy the cages and items we needed to keep them all.  This was a great stoke of luck as I saw a post on the Critter Corral rescue Facebook page stating that they are at capacity.

Two pet stores and an Amazon shopping trip later we have a huge new cage and lots of pigloos for everyone to be happy in.  That next Tuesday momma gave birth, in less than two hours mind you, to three adorable little piggies, two boys and one girl...I think.  We have a few weeks of nursing before cage reshuffling begins again as we will not have another pregnancy.  We now have nine guinea pigs and one bunny giving me the business every time I'm in the room trying to craft...let me tell you the little one can really give you the business if they think treats are not coming fast enough!

Introducing the small mammal house residents......

Mr. Bun
Libby, one of the original two pigs
Oreo, the other original piggy
Special Agent Phil Coulson
Director Nick Fury
Bucky Barns
Poundcake, the momma
Fluttershy
Dashie
Daring Do

I have all these cute little lives depending on me for good food and love.  Our veggie bill has quadrupled but all the happy squeaking and purring make it all worth wile.  Always remember Adopt, don't shop!

Kelly








Saturday, June 21, 2014

Wall Collage DONE!

Another couple huge projects are getting ticked off my list this week and one has been sitting in the corner of the craft room for close to 6 months.  We've lived in our house for over 4 years now and have never had any framed pictures on the wall in our living room that whole time.  Now this is not for lack of artwork to hang, just shear laziness in assembling them into some kind of presentable display.  I even went so far as to accumulate enough frames for everything, spray paint for the one's that were the wrong color and hanging hardware but it all still sat in the corner.  Well enough is enough I tell you.

The first step was to make sure I had a solid game plan for what artwork was going in what frame.  Then came the painting.  Oh the painting.  I should have sanded a couple of the frames before hand but at that point I wasn't prepared to add an additional, all be it important, step in the process of getting all this stuff off the ottoman in the craft room.  I decided a while ago that I was only going to use white or grey/silver frames for some continuity.  A couple cans of spray paint later and my backyard looked like this.  

Then came the acrylic.  Oh the acrylic.  So I had a couple square frames from Goodwill that didn't have any glass but I really needed to use them cuz they are the perfect size for two pictures I have.  How hard can it be to fix that?  I stopped at my local Menards and grabbed a couple pieces of acrylic and a hand cutter.  I decided on acrylic instead of glass cuz it seemed safer and cutting glass on a straight line kinda scares me.  I even thought enough to buy the anti glare kind that the display said was good for frames.  WRONG!  I cut the pieces, which took a little trial and error, and when I was ready to put them in the frame I pealed off the protective film to find that anti glare really means frosted.  What the H E double hockey sticks!  So then came another trip to Menards and another piece of acrylic.  This one I made sure was completely clear before leaving the store.  I cut it into the two pieces for the frames in question but then I broke one of the pieces trying to jam it into the frame.   (I had cut it just a hair too big.  Lesson: Don't try to force acrylic with a hammer.)  I barely had enough left of the sheet to cut a piece big enough for the second frame.  I was NOT going back to the hardware store.  

So I had all the frames assembled, sitting in the living room, staring at me.  Daring me to actually put them on the wall.  I did a little trial run on the floor and then got to hanging.  I used a combination of 3M hooks and good old-fashioned nails.  This part took a lot longer than I expected because I actually used a level and measured where each nail needed to go.  If you are going to undertake a project like this I suggest getting one of these handy picture hanging tools to make it easier.  My other tip is to add little felt dots to the bottom two corners of frames.  This keeps them from going out of level as easily and allows for airflow.

TADA!


OMG look at Gider's tongue sticking out!
It did take much longer than expected but I love the end result.  That tree drawing in the middle is actually from our wedding.  I even had a few pieces that didn't fit so they are going up in the craft room.  Stay tuned for my next big reveal.  I'm widdiling down that WIP list faster than you can say Rhinestone Beagle.

Craft on!
Anita