3’ x 3’ Local Farm Sign

Hi everyone! I realize it’s been a while since I’ve posted and my Facebook and Instagram have been pretty much devoted to my wood farmhouse signs. I wanted to post an update here because if any of you come to this blog, it has a lot to do with diy projects and not much else.

I started making Farmhouse Signs back in February when an old classmate of mine reached out to me. She was opening up a home decor and design store in her hometown, Roxbury CT called The Little White Cabin. She wanted to see if I could make her farmhouse signs and modern farmhouse decor items. I was intrigued and said yes!

Fast Forward to a few weeks ago when I was contacted by a local meat farm in Canaan, CT. Howling Flats Farm was looking for a custom sign to display at their entrance. I was ecstatic! This was my biggest Project yet and I was ready to tackle it!

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Blank Canvas – Just Getting Started

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First Coat Done

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Sanding and Distressing

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I had some help from this cutie!

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Taking a break

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Loving how this sign is coming out!

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How cute is my little helper?

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It’s coming along

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It’s 10:30 at night and I am still at this…. zzzz……..

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PIG!

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Finished Project. I am in love!

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3′ x 3′

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I’m very proud of this project!

 

I hope you enjoyed this journey with me and I can’t wait to show you what’s next!

 

Until then,

Stay Fashionably Crafty!

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My Gym Bag Essentials

Hey all,

I wanted to share with you my perfect gym bag essentials. There truly is a craft for packing just the right amount of equipment and supplies that you need for the gym without overpacking.

Since my first day back to the gym since before I had my son is tomorrow, I thought it the perfect time to share with you What will be going into my gym bag!

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  1. Goomee Hair Ties – ladies, I cant stress enough how important it is to get your hair up and out of your face while working out. There’s something about sweat on the back of your neck that I just do not like and being able to get my hair up is a major requirement for me to feel comfortable at the gym.
  2. Blender Bottle & Protein Powder – this is personal preference. I am on a high protein diet due to bariatric surgery I had back in November. I need to get 70+ grams of protein in a day and there’s no way I’d be able to without my quest protein powders. They come in so many wonderful flavors and my blender bottle makes it so there are no lumps!
  3. Eos Lip Balm – this is my favorite lip balm by far! Provides the most moisture and hydration for my lips and lasts for my whole gym time without having to re-apply!
  4. Good Sneakers – this is by far the most important piece you can put in your bag. If you don’t have adequate sneakers, you won’t have a great experience at the gym. Sneakers can make or break a workout so make sure you invest in good quality ones!
  5. Your actual gym bag – You can use whatever you want, but something that has a designated space for your shoes and a big enough space for your clothes is a great option to have! The one pictured above is on my wish list. It will be mine in the next couple of months, but for now I am using a zip up tote bag which works great as well.
  6. Active-wear – Who doesn’t love to look cute working up a sweat? These tops are definitely on my need-to-buy list. But you don’t need active shirts with clever sayings like the ones above. Ones that fit and that let you move is all you need! And don’t forget the yoga pants!!!
  7. The Right Bra – To have a great gym experience, you need to have the right size, fit and control bra. I cannot stress this enough – IF YOU ARE RUNNING ON THE TREADMILL AND YOUR BRA DOESN’T FIT RIGHT, YOU WILL GET SMACKED IN THE FACE!
  8. Post Workout Makeup – You do not need to leave the gym with a full on face of makeup, but, you probably should apply a light bb-cream with sunscreen, like this one by e.l.f. especially if you are heading out to work right after!
  9. Rinse Free Cleansing Water – I love love LOVE this cleansing water by Yon-ka! Its made with botanicals and  leaves your skin feeling soft, cleansed and refreshed! Use pre-workout and post-workout for the best effect!

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  1. Your Favorite Water Bottle – My personal favorite is by Contigo. I have 3 of them that I alternate between. The oz. on the side keep me going and let me know how many ounces I’ve drunken already and how many I have to go.
  2. Lock – This is a no-brainer. You don’t want your stuff stolen do you?
  3. Headphones & iPod/phone – If you’re like me, your only motivation to actually move is music. So make that playlist, download that music app like Spotify or Pandora, and get moving!

Whatever you put in your gym bag, make sure you keep moving your booty!

Until then,

Stay Crafty!

 

New Year, New Projects!

Hey all! It’s been quite some time since my last post but believe me that doesn’t mean I haven’t been my usual craft self! I’ve been finding it harder and harder to find the time to write down these posts. I take the photos, have all the right intentions, but where do I find the time? From taking care of my little man to keeping house and working full time, it’s almost impossible.

My New Years resolution: Make The Time!

I always find it funny when you are looking on Pinterest, and one minute you are looking at “gym bag essentials” and you wind up watching tutorials on “how to diy dye yarn”. How did I get here? Not that I mind, because it got me interested in hand dyeing my own yarn.

Whenever I go into this fancy yarn stores, I am enthralled by all the skeins of brightly colored hand-dyed yarn. But as soon as my eyes read the price tag, back it goes, intimidates to even try anything with them for fear of wasting $20+ of yarn on something that won’t come out right.

My first project of 2018 was easy, affordable, and really fun! I hope you enjoy reading about it here ——–>DIY Hand Dyed Acrylic Yarn

Until then,

Stay Crafty!!

DIY Hand-dye Acrylic yarn with Acrylic Paint

Back in my New Years post I talked about how looking at Pinterest for “gym bag essentials” lead me to “diy hand-dyeing acrylic yarn”. I’ve always loved looking at the beautiful skeins of hand-dyed yarn at my local yarn store but the price tag always scared me away. I am so happy my pinning lead me in this direction today!

Not only did I have all the supplies on hand, but it really only took me about an hour to complete and then 5-8 hours of drying time!

Supplies:

  • 1 skein white or cream acrylic yarn
  • Plastic solo cups
  • Plastic spoons or popsicle sticks
  • Large bowl
  • Water
  • Acrylic paint – your color choice(s)
  • Rubber gloves

Step One

Start by wrapping your skein of yarn around two chairs like the photo below. This will make it long enough to do a stopping effect with the yarn if you wish to do. When you are done, wrap 4 strands around the ends and middles and tie a loose knot. This way, your yarn won’t become a tangled mess.

Step Two

Take your yarn and soak it in a bowl. Make sure it’s nice and saturated to allow the “dye” to soak all the way through. Pick it up and squeeze the excess water out. You can dump the bowl and put it away, we won’t be needing it anymore.

Step Three

Mix your colors. I forgot to get a photo of this step, but all I did was pour it halfway full with warm water, then squeeze in a bunch of acrylic paint. Mind you, your finished colors are gonna be a lot lighter than what you see in your cup.

Step Four

Place your yarn in the cups like the picture below. I used a spoon to distribute some of the colors up and over the edges of the cups. But in the drying phase they will blend together too. Leave your yarn in the dye for 30 minutes.

Step Five

Slowly take your yarn out carefully, and dump out your paint dye. In this process I accidentally got some pure paint that hadn’t mixed on my yarn but I like it. Makes it unique! I put some rubber gloves on my faucet to protect it and I hung my yarn to drip dry. I also put a cup underneath since I didn’t want the paint to stain my sink 😋.

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e hard part. Waiting for your beautiful yarn to dry! I have tried to use a hairdryer to speed up the process but didn't get too far with it. The only true way is to just wait it out. But I promise, the results are worth it!!

As I wrote this, I am still waiting for my beautiful hand-dyed yarn to dry and I cannot wait to make something out of it!!!

Until then,

Stay Crafty!

Easy Salt Dough Ornaments! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re like me, you LOVE to give handmade gifts for Christmas. They are easy, relatively inexpensive, and you know they will be cherished forever!

I made these salt – dough ornaments for Christmas 2015. Kaleb’s first Christmas! Back when my baby had little tiny feet and squishing them into dough was easier.

These salt – dough ornaments are really easy to make and fun to decorate!

Supplies Needed:

  • 1/2 Cup Salt
  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Warm Water
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Flour
  • Wax paper
  • Baking Sheet
  • Wriggly Baby Feet (optional)
  • Cookie Cutters (optional)
  • Rolling Pin
  • Straw
  • Twine or Ribbon

Directions:

  1. Set your oven to 250 degrees F
  2. Mix salt & flour together in mixing bowl.
  3. Slowly mix water together with salt-flour mixture with a spoon until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Roll out dough on a flat floured surface with the rolling pin, about 1/4 in. thick.
  5. Choose your shape cookie cutter and press down in the dough gently but firm.
  6. Wiggle the cutter around a little bit to break it free from the edge of the rest of the dough.
  7. Carefully pick up your cookie cutter, if the dough cut-out didn’t lift up with it carefully pick up your design and place it on the wax paper on a cookie sheet.
  8. Repeat steps 4-6 until all your dough has been used up.
  9. Take the straw and poke a hole near the top of your ornament so you can later add your twine or ribbon hook.
  10. Place your baking sheet with your ornaments in the oven for 10 minutes. Keep watch as oven temperatures vary.
  11. When your ornaments hard you know it’s time to take them out of the oven.
  12. Take them out and let them cool.
  13. Decorate however you want!!!!
  14. Gift them to your family and friends for a one of a kind keepsake!

Variations:

  • use your child’s footprint or hand-print and decorate
  • use your pet’s paw-print (just be careful to wash their paw after as too much salt is bad for animals)
  • use objects you can find around the house to add extra texture to your creation
  • the possibilities are endless!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay Crafty!

Loom Knitting

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but it’s because I am just so involved with my new projects I barley have time for anything else (please excuse the laundry pile that keeps growing 🤦🏼‍♀️).

The other day I decided to pick up my knitting needles again after almost a year of not making anything. But my project was progressing slowly as I am not a fast needle knitter. So like usual, I took to YouTube and Pinterest and searched for “how to knit faster.” My results? Showed some really fast knitters with incredible hand speeds, and something called loom knitting. I wasn’t completely unaware of loom knitting since my sister in law had a few round looms that she would make hats with. But I thought that’s all you could do.

Every video that I watched got better and better and I just could t stop! The next day I went to my local Hobby Lobby and purchased an adjustable long loom and some sugarwheel yarn by YarnBee.

I started my project last Tuesday night, and I finished it by Sunday! I can’t believe how easy and fast it was!

As soon as I was done with this blanket, I went on to making custom scarf orders! These and more projects can be found in my Etsy Shop!!!

Check out my Etsy Shop! I accept custom orders!!

Watercolor Name Gifts!

I have recently picked up a new art form. I have loved watercolor for years but never was serious about learning it until now. With our new house, came a great big attic space to stretch out and have space for all my craft & art needs. I'm still working on my space but love the energy in it already.

I have done a few small paintings to get my brush wet (no pun intended) and have also started to combine hand-lettering with watercolor. I've made and given a few gifts already and love the response I am getting from them! A co-worker even told me I should start selling them!

Here are a few examples and I hope you enjoy!