Thursday, June 30, 2011

Oh My Buttons!

Oh My Buttons! I absolutely love them, especially when they are involved in crafts!

So today's fabulous craft is no other then. . . (drumroll please . . . ) A Button Monogram!!!! 

Not only can this craft be a future piece of decor in your home, but also would be a fabulous gift for any occasion!

The original tutorial is from American Crafts Studio, but here's how I did it!

Supplies Needed:
  • Frame without glass (Hobby Lobby $6.00)
  • Bag of Buttons (Hobby Lobby $5.00) added to my collection! Remember to check around the home for spare buttons lying around or get some off of clothes you never wear anymore! 
  • Brads (not pictured Hobby Lobby $2.00)
  • Cardstock, Glue Gun, & Glue Sticks (Part of My Essentials)
  • W initial (typed and then enlarged in word document)

3 Simple Steps:

1. First cut cardstock down to frame size. Then plug glue gun in and trace initial on the cardstock.

2. Begin placing buttons inside letter! Here is a tip: start with the big buttons and work the way down to smaller ones. I used my brads as my fillers towards the end of the craft. Still wondering what brads are? ;) Check out the picture below.  I also glued as I placed them on so then if the craft accidentally got moved I wouldn't have to start over! Continue to fill up initial until it's full :)

3. When initial is finished pick all the glue goobers off and place it in frame to enjoy!

Of course I took this idea one step further and did this:

A Heart! Adorable...right?!

Wondering how it turns out? Check out my next post dedicated to baby shower gifts to see! :) 

~Wishing you creative bliss~

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

No-Bake Oreo Delight

Here's the deal. I am not the best cook in the world (I leave that up to my husband), that's why my blog is about crafts & decor! However, when an simple recipe comes my way (like this one) I am up to giving it a try! There are three reasons why I love this recipe:

1. It's no-bake
2. Involves 3 ingredients
3. Can be whipped up in about 15 minutes!

  • 5 cups large marshmallows
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 16.6 oz package of Oreos
1. Open up the bag of Oreos and place into a food processor (blender works too) and pulse until ground.

2. Melt marshmallows with butter in microwave for 1 1/2 - 2 minutes. 

3. Pour mixture into Oreo bowl and stir. 

4. Line an 8x8 inch baking pan with foil and  then transfer the Oreo mix over to it. Let it set for 10 minutes.

5. Pull out foil and cut Oreos to squares. 

6. Finally. . . Indulge!!! Doesn't matter how many calories...just enjoy ;)

My hubby Ryan enjoying his Oreo Delight :)
~Wishing you creative bliss~

Monday, June 20, 2011

Transforming That White Wall: DIY Wall Decor

My one pet peeve when it comes to decorating is leaving a wall completely white and blank. A solution to this is a DIY (do it yourself) Wall Decor project that is:
  • Inexpensive 
  • Time conscientious 
  • Wall transforming :)
  • Chic & Fun!

Materials Needed:

  • Embroidery Hoops 8,6, and 4 inch
  • Fabric (I got 1/2 yard of each and had extra for another set)
  • Scissors
  • Spray Paint (optional)
  • Hammar/Nails
Steps I took:

1. (Optional Step) There are two pieces to the hoop (inside & outside piece). Take the inside piece out and with some old newspaper on the ground spray paint the outside of each hoop.

2. While the outside pieces are drying take the inside pieces to measure how much fabric should be cut. Cut the fabric about an inch around the hoop.

3. Lay down the inside piece and put the cut fabric on top of it. When the outside piece is dry loosen the knob at the top and place it on top of fabric and inside piece. Tighten the knob and pull fabric so it will be nice and secure!

4. Cut off any extra fabric. This is what the back of mine looked like. Repeat steps 2-4 with the other hoops.

5. When you are finished transform your wall by hanging up your new wall art!

Here is my blank wall transformation:


Super Cute!!!!

Closer Look :)

I love this DIY wall decor and can't wait to do more with my extra fabric! 
Remember the more the merrier :)

~Wishing you creative bliss~

Monday, June 6, 2011

Unique Beaded Serving Set

June is the most popular month for weddings, and you know what that means?! It's gift getting time!!!

When Ryan and I got married some of our favorite gifts were the unique, handmade ones! So, my friends Kelly and Julianna gave me a great wedding gift idea. . . a unique beaded serving set

This gift is practical and inexpensive :) Here's what we used:

  • Serving spoon, fork, and cake cutter ($3 .00 Dollar Tree)
  • Beads (we found necklaces that never get worn and used the beads from them!)
  • Beading Wire ($2 .47 Hobby Lobby)
  • Wire Cutter/Scissors

Beading the serving set is simple and quick to do!

1. Cut about a foot of wire (probably will have extra, but that's okay). Grab one end of the wire and begin by wrapping it (choose any of the three serving pieces) three or four times around the handle. 

3. Select a bead and thread it through the wire. Repeat this step until you feel it's complete :)

4. Both the beginning and the end wire on the back handle should be secure by wrapping it a couple times through the wire. 

Back Handle

5. Repeat the steps and do the other serving pieces!

Kelly & Julianna making their set!

Kelly's Set

My set :)

Make the next wedding gift you give be personal and unique. . . just like this serving set :)

~Wishing you creative bliss~