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Please join us at our new, permanent home (with our new name) at
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The site is officially Twiddle-Thumbs.com (the domain name will be ours in February) and it looks AWESOME!

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Arrange-a-Frame

12 screws.  6 frames.  A big wall.  One woman.

Thanks to some random home decorating show on TLC (not one I was familiar with) and Pottery Barn’s catalog (my home decor study guide), I have a very nice arrangement of our recent family pictures.  The pictures are cute and the frames are satisfactory, but how do you hang SIX pictures to form a nice arrangement and keep everything aligned properly??  Let me show you….

First, trace the frames on some paper and cut out –do this for each frame you’ll hang.  (While you are tracing you can also make marks so you know where to pound in your hardware.)

Using  painters tape, hang them on your chosen wall and now you have a template!

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Once your arrangement looks the way you want, drill your screws or pound your nails right on top of the paper like so:

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Next, rip the paper off and hang your pictures.  Here is my final product: arrange-a-frame-003

Now if I could just figure what to put on either side on my new grouping…..

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Throw Pillow Slip-Covers

I never buy throw pillows (okay, hardly ever). I feel like I can make them quickly and inexpensively. I’m not a major sewer, but if you can sew straight lines, you can sew this!

The first thing that you want to do is measure your pillow.

My pillow was 19″ square. Then, I cut the fabric for the front of my pillow. You will want to cut your fabric 1″ bigger to allow for 1/2″ seam allowances.

The back of your pillow is going to have 2 pieces of fabric that overlap. This way, you can take the fabric off and wash it easily. To cut the back pieces, you will want them to be half the size of the pillow plus 2-3″. So, I cut my pieces 13″. Then, you will need to turn over one edge of each of the pieces. These are the edges that are going to show when you have your finished pillow.

The next step is to pin your pieces of your pillow together. You will want to lay the front of the pillow on a table, front side up. Then you will want to lay your two back pieces on top of that front sides down. You will want to have your turned over edges on the inside of the pillow, overlapping.

Pin all around the outside, then take it to your sewing machine and sew all around the outside edge. Flip your pillow right side out and stuff your old pillow inside!!!

This project takes less than 1 hr. (it probably took me longer to post this on the blog.) It also is quite in expensive if you already have a pillow that you are just recovering. All it costs is the fabric. For this one, I used just a little over 1/2 a yard.

Good luck and email me if you have any questions.

-Anisa

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Quick and Cute Bank

 

My mom bought these letters shortly after my daughter’s birth four years ago. I’m so glad I finally altered them. I really like how they turned out. After I was finished, I had enough patterned papter to make this cute little bank. 

 

First, I removed the paper label, ran it through the dishwasher, then cut a hole in the lid wide enough to fit a folded up birthday dollar bill.

 

 

 Supply list for bank:

  • One empty baking soda can
  • A few, I used three, sheets of double-sided patterned paper (this is Magical Moments by Daisy Bucket Designs)
  • Paper flowers (Sweet N Sassy Princess by Prima)
  • Rub-on letters (Making Memories Simply Stated Trademark in black
  • Adhesive (Zig Two-Way Glue and Scotch Tacky Glue)

Supply list for altered letters:

  • Plain white letters (these were purchased at Wal-Mart 4 yrs ago)
  • Same paper as listed above
  • Same paper flowers as above
  • Adhesive (Mod-Podge)
  • extras: buttons and rick-rack from personal stash

Quick crafts are great. The hardest part seems to be deciding on the best time to sit down and do them. I’m working on another craft right now that I’m really excited about. It isn’t quick AT ALL. I can’t wait to show it here. Soon!

–C

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Wings and Things

Halloween is coming.  And fast.  My sweet little six year old loves anything princess and detests anything not “pretty” costume-wise (i.e. witches).  I am growing tired of the Disney Princess road.   I was thumbing through various family-friendly magazines and websites and came across a few different ideas for fairy wings.  For my girl, it was love at first sight.  For me, it was yet another excuse to test my creativity. 

So for  a quick idea for something fun, girly, and not Disney for your little princess, try these pretty little fairy wings.

Materials needed:

  • 4 wire hangers
  • wire cutters
  • pliers or very strong hands
  • 4 knee high nylons
  • duct tape
  • spray paint
  • glitter, fabric paint, etc.
  • 2 yards grosgrain ribbon in coordinating color

  

Step 1: Using the wire cutters, cut the hook part off each hanger.

 

 

 

 

Step 2: Gripping hanger like a bow (as in bow and arrow) and pull.  This will give you the diamond shape you see below

 

Step 3: Bend the neck of the hangers 1 and 2 enough that you can duct tape them easily together.  Repeat with hangers 3 and 4.

Step 4: Duct tape 2 hangers together.  Once you have 2 sets of wings, duct tape the two sets.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5: Slip one knee-high nylon over each wing and tie in a knot.  At this point, I chose to tie those ends to each other

 

 

Step 6:  Spray paint your desired color.  Give it a good coat and you shouldn’t have to do more than 1.  (I didn’t even have to spray the backside and bonus, it dried very quickly.)

Step 7: Add your embellishments-glitter spray, fabric/glitter paint for details, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 8: Cut ribbon into two pieces, 1-yd each.  Fold in half.  Hot glue loose ends to where you’ve duct-taped the hangers together.  Make a loop and glue the folded ended on top of the loose ends.  Repeat with second strand of ribbon.  These are the arm holes.

Step 9.  Cover the center with flowers to hide all the knots and duct tape.

Voila!  A simple, inexpensive set of wings for your little fairy!

**UPDATE** 

The top wings kept flopping down by the 3rd party/event we went to.  To fix, use a little hot glue to adhere a small portion of the shoulder straps to the wings. I did it maybe an inch or 2 above were the hangers all come together. We haven’t had a problem since!

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Playroom Project

For the past two weeks I have been busily working on my kids’ playroom. I wanted it to be fun and whimsical, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money.  One of my main goals was to have a place to display my kids’ artwork.  I had thought of several different ideas, but none of them really seemed right.  Until a couple of weeks ago when I was at my sister-in-law’s house.  She had a strip of wood painted red with white clips on it.  It clicked!!!- That was what I wanted to put in the playroom.  So I went to Lowe’s and bought some pine that was 1″x4″x48″.  Then I painted it black.  Then the hunt began for the clips.  I tried Lowe’s, Robert’s Crafts, Walmart, etc.  I could not find them.  Finally someone told me that they would be an office supply product (duh!).  So, I headed to Office Max.  For your information, they are called Bulldog Clips.  Office Max had these really cute colorful ones.  They came in packages of Red/Blue or Green/Yellow.  Well,  I was making 4 boards, so I needed 16 clips.  The Office Max that I went to had only one package of Red/Blue and tons of green/yellow.  So, I headed off to another Office Max.  Luckily they had tons of Red/Blue.  After a whole lot of running around, I finally got my boards put together.  My sweet husband screwed the clips on and hung the boards on the wall for me.

Part 2 of my project was to paint these circles on the wall.   I love to browse Pottery Barn magazines for decorating ideas.  Whether or not I can afford to buy anything from there, I still love their ideas.  And a lot of times, I can do it myself.  I loved the idea of painting circles on the wall.  So, I made myself a compass.  I took a piece of string and push pinned it into the wall.  Then I tied a pencil on the other end.  And voila!- a circle.  It was rather difficult to paint 3 circles in such bright colors, but 4 coats later, I love the finished look.  I also loved this clock from Pottery Barn.  But, once again, it was too expensive.  So, I found a clock at my local craft store- Robert’s Crafts.  With my 40% off coupon, it was under $20.  I used my Cricut to cut out the vinyl numbers for the clock (the clock came with some, but I did not like them).  And here is my finished product.

Part 3 of my project was to put alphabet letters on the wall above my clipboards.  I used my Cricut to cut out vinyl letters in varrying sizes and fonts.  It was really fun and I love the finished look.

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