Thursday, October 27, 2011

Time for Christmas Crafting!

It's official...time to break out all the craft supplies for some fun Christmas decorations! Today I made a couple of Christmas decorations and wanted to share one of them with you.
Snowman and Mitten Garland
Like I did with my Give Thanks banner, I used a wood base for the mittens. 
Very playful snowmen at each end of the banner 
I need (want) a new camera so bad, this one just isn't cutting it for taking pictures! The center of each mitten has a silver doily and there is glitter galore on the mittens, but you just can't see the glitter, bummer. 
Then snowmen crack me up! 
I love the white glittery garland on each of the mittens too. 
Well, I am sure that this is the first of many Christmas crafts that I will work on this year!

Happy Friday!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sneak Peak...

While I am still in the mood for fall decorating, I decided it was time to change up the UGLY pillows that came with our couches that we bought three years ago. I never liked them! I loved the golden tan color of the couches, and I knew that I could change up the pillows.

Here are the original pillows~
See, told ya...UGLY!

So, after three years of looking at these pillows, this morning I made up two to replace. I have to make 8 total, two at each end for two couches.

Here is the replacements.... 
I love them!!!!! I love both fabrics so much!
I used brown wool for the cute brown one. LOVE LOVE LOVE the ruffles! My dilemma with this pillow, I need to make three more brown ones, so do I do all of them the same as this one, or make all the brown ones different? I don't know. 
I am going to make one more big pillow for behind these two, I just haven't decided on a fabric yet for that.

I was just so excited about this change that I had to share!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Give Thanks Banner!

I know that the fall season has just started, but...oh how I wish that the fall season would last longer! I love to decorate our home with the fall colors. So, this last week I made a decoration for our home....
I love the addition of a new "GIVE THANKS" Banner!

I decided that I wanted to make the banner using a hard backing on it so that it would store away easy and not ruin. Sometimes paper crafts get ruined while being stored. 
So, I asked my dad to cut out each pennant of the banner with 1/4 inch backing board. (Not too sure if that is what it is called, but it is super smooth and super strong and works great!) 
I started to collect the embellishments that I thought I wanted to use. I was not too sure where I was going with the idea, but I knew I wanted both paper and felt on the banner. 
Here is what it is looking like with the paper layered up on it. I love the doily for the center! 
I used gold glitter paper for the letters. Trust me, the glitter is there! 
The banner would have been way too long if I used the word GIVE as well, so the word GIVE is on a small pennant on the "T" pennant. 
I love the bird punch from Stampin Up! 
And, here is the felt...I love this flower! I also used felt under each letter between the doily and the blue fan fold paper flower. 
I connected all the pennants together with brown w/ glitter tulle. I love this banner! I am truly grateful for this season.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Crafty Girls Weekend Retreat!

I know, I know, I hate it too. When you go to a blog and the owner of the blog does not update in FOREVER!!! I am so sorry! I was so busy getting ready for the cabin retreat, then as soon as that was over, I hit the road again with my daughter to check out a college...2 states away! As you may remember, Crafty Girls hit the road and held a weekend scrapbook retreat in Zion National Park in southern Utah.

So, all these Crafty Girls headed here....

This cabin was amazing! If you think this looks good in the picture, you should see it in person!

Ok, so here are the pictures....

To get to the cabin we drove through Zion National Park 
The cabin was on the other side of this fantastic mountain and the only way to get there was..... 
a very scary tunnel! The tunnel was very narrow and VERY dark! In the end, it was totally worth it!

The crop room in the cabin was in a finished basement area. When the Crafty Girls went downstairs they were greeted with the door prize! 
The bag is much bigger in real life! It was made for scrapping, able to hold a lot of what you would bring to a crop. 
I am sure a few cavities were born this weekend!

My favorite game of the weekend was the "Guess who the Baby is" game. It was so fun to see all these great ladies as babies!

Here is the view of the crop room before everyone arrived.

Little workstation

The first day's lunch was a cute brown bag lunch 
This cabin is literally at the top of the mountain. This is the view on the deck.

Scrapping away!

To be honest, we could have opened a retail shop with all of the supplies that were there!

You would never know everyone had their own 5.5 foot table!

Thank you ladies for making the weekend great!
(Barb with the girls)

Angela, Me and Marsha

Thanks Mom for coming the cabin and helping out!

But, most of all, I want to thank my dear friend, Barb. Barb and I decided to do this on a whim back in July...and at times, we thought we were nuts! In the end, we both agree, all the time and energy we put into this weekend, was worth every minute!

Now, time to get ready for the next Crafty Girls day crop...tomorrow!

Happy Friday!

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