Friday, December 7, 2012

Spotty Dotty Paper

Last year I made my own Chevron wrapping paper and I loved it.  But my lungs did not... I inhaled more spray paint than any person should.  Therefore, I decided to do something different.

I wanted to include Peaches McGee, but wasn't ready to give up complete control and let her have free reign on the paper.  My solution: give her a pouncer paintbrush where she could put simple dots on the paper.  It turned out so well and I can't wait to wrap all the presents in it.

Things you need:

  • Contractors Paper (I bought mine at Lowe's last year - see this post)
  • Red, White, and Green Acrylic Paint (or whichever colors you want)
  • "Pouncer" Paintbrush (similar to these, but I bought mine at JoAnn's near the stenciling items)

I placed a squirt of each paint on a different paper plate (can't mix those colors), and then let Milla "pounce" away with her paintbrush.  She didn't really understand spreading it out, so our dialogue kind of went like this:

Me, "No, honey.  You need to spreeeeeaaaaadddd around the dots like this." Trying to do a good example and not become the controlling OCD mother that I am.

She places a million dots over one other.

Me, "Like this honey.  No.  Like this."  

Peaches, "Like dis?" Putting multiple dots in the same one inch diameter again....

"Oh forget it; it'll be extra special now." *sigh* 

Can you spot Peaches' spots?

Finished product!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Clutch Shot

Life has been busy (but hasn't everyone's)?  Well, when my life gets out of control, I like to craft.  Do I have time to do it?  Probably not.  Should I do other things?  Maybe.  But, it’s my form of therapy and Lord knows I need a lot!

I realized that I neglect my blog because I don’t have the time (or rather, I don’t want to give the time) to writing instructions, etc.  Then I realized that the reason I created the blog was to journal my journey while experimenting with crafts.  It was originally for Martha Stewart crafts, but she bored me and I moved on to Pinterest.  Below is a kickoff to many more posts to come... I have almost ten projects that I plan to document!

But first... my proudest accomplishment... the clutch, the coin purse and the iPhone case (sorry, can't find this instructions for the iPhone case (besides, it wasn't all that cool)).  If you like them, give them a shot.  I'm going to make a bunch of the coin purses for Peaches' little girl friends for Christmas along with a little trinket inside them :)

Front of clutch
Back of clutch

Coin Purse

iPhone case