Mod Podge Rocks

You can find my glasses case redo featured there today.

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Are chandeliers lamps?

Remember my New Year’s Resolution?

I’m not sure how many new things I’m really trying, but I’m ROCKING it in the literal sense.

I snapped a couple of pictures last week and realized how ridiculously high and tiny my old dining area fixture was.

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See?  And I’ve lived with it like for SIX years!

So we made a Saturday trip to Lowe’s.

And with the help of two lovely preteen assistants….

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And when I asked them to throw out the box, I found this:

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Which, sadly, is better than the time the other one’s mom found them like this:

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Freezer paper & bleach

You’ve probably already seen this ALL over the internet, so I’m not going to do a detailed tutorial.  I am, however, going to tell you what worked for us and what I learned along the way.

One of Macy’s BFF’s has a birthday coming up.  We wanted to make her something unique.  (Side note:  Kristine, don’t let Ashlie read this!)

First we found a font we liked and typed out what we wanted the shirt to say.  I printed it, enlarged to our desired size.

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Macy traced it onto the non-waxy side of the freezer paper and then I cut it out with an Exacto knife.

I ironed it on to the shirt.  Don’t move the iron side to side, you’ll catch small details and rip/remove them.

I put a piece of cardboard inside and put the whole thing on an old towel.  I folded the bottom of the towel up over the bottom of the shirt so we wouldn’t have any incidents with wayward bleach.

I made a 50/50 bleach and water mixture and put it in an old hairspray bottle.   I misted the stenciled area.  It didn’t do much, so I dumped it out and put straight bleach in the bottle and then misted it again.  Go with the straight bleach.  You’ll be able to get away with a lighter coat and have much less chance of it bleeding.

Then, after the letters were noticeably lighter than the shirt, I stretched it open and had Macy yank the cardboard out quickly.  I immediately shoved the whole shirt (freezer paper still attached) into a sink full of OxiClean water.  I’m not sure if this step is actually necessary, but we did it.  The OxiClean is supposed to neutralize the bleach.  Or maybe it just makes an explosion….whatever…worked for us.

I peeled off the paper and rinsed the shirt out well and then threw it in the washer for a regular wash.

End result?

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

My pal Sabra (she really is my pal…we slept in the same bed once) over at Sew A Straight Line made this to celebrate:

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See her tutorial here.

And I like the Easter one even better!

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St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

Do you do anything festive?

As long as I can remember, my mom made corned beef and cabbage and Irish soda bread for St. Patrick’s Day dinner. She moved to Florida when I was a newlywed and my brother came to live with BC and I. As St. Patrick’s Day approached, Blake (that’s my brother) asked if I was making our traditional dinner. I said no, because I didn’t think anyone actually liked it. He said “THAT’S UN-AMERICAN!”

Yes, really.

So, I hit the store and we had dinner, just like my mom always made. I even colored our lemonade green. However, I still don’t have a green gingham tablecloth like she did.

Here’s my mom’s soda bread recipe!

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Irish Soda Bread

3 c flour
1/4 c sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 c buttermilk
1 1/2 c raisins

Combine all dry ingredients. Stir in buttermilk to make a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface 5 minutes while adding raisins. Pat to flatten into a 9″ round 1 1/2″ think loaf. Place on greased pan. Cut a cross 1/2″ deep and gently open with finger tips. Glaze with egg white if desired. Bake 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees. Tap on bottom to see if done. Should be a dull thud. (I use my Kitchenaid for all of the mixing/kneading.)

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Winner!

(Shabby Apple winner at the end of the post)

Have you enjoyed all the giveaways the last week or so?

Do you like free stuff?

Feeling lucky?

Check out TodaysGiveaway.net!

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They give away stuff ALL the time.  For example, you could enter to win either of these beauties, by going here.
 
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Or, you could go here to win a free pattern from Dainty Couture.
 
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What about a Blush Topless Undershirt?  (I wish I’d know about these before I hacked up one of my own shirts last time I was pregnant/nursing)
 
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And please don’t enter this one, because I want it for myself.
 
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The site is super easy to navigate, and they spotlight some cool crafty blogs from time to time as well (hint: me).
 
And now….the winner of the Shabby Apple giveaway….
 
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Sarah or someone like her, who said “Oh man! I’d have to say it’s a toss up between G Cooper and Moss and Ivy – I love them both!”
 
Congrats, Sarah!  Email me at [email protected] to claim your dress.  HUGE thanks to Shabby Apple for the awesome giveaway and don’t forget, everyone gets 10% off with code “crapivemade10off” at checkout!
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Be glad I’m not YOUR mother

Don’t worry…I’ve already made a donation to the littlest one’s therapy fund.

And the Shabby Apple giveaway ends tonight at midnight.

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Spring Has Sprung @ Blue Cricket

I’m still digging out from under the post-trip laundry (10 loads so far) and trying to get my house back in order.  It didn’t help that we got home after midnight and BC got up to leave town for work at 5:15 the next morning.

Thanks to Lindsey for guest blogging about their co-ed craft party.  How awesome are some of their creations???

I’m slowly but surely answering emails.

In the mean time, I thought I’d mention something that Becca over at Blue Cricket Design is doing.

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Every Thursday (started yesterday) through the end of April, she’s got someone guest blogging a great Spring project.  I’ll be there April 8th.  I’ve got some ideas in my head…hopefully one of them works out!

And if you haven’t already, go enter the Shabby Apple giveaway here!

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Reader Request Results

***Don’t forget to enter the Shabby Apple dress giveaway here.***
 
Who had the best idea for a co-ed birthday party craft? Who now can do a victory dance? Why, it’s Jen over at One Project a Day…!
Don’t worry, many of you were really close behind!
Hi, I’m Lindsey and I am a blog-aholic. I am pretty much obsessed with reading, book-marking, and following every single craft blog link I can find. (Can I get an Amen!?) I have a for-fun blog called (pink) elephant in my pocket, where I take the crafts I make from others’ ideas and tutorials and post pictures of my finished projects… along with the links that the idea originated from. I also post about my relationship with my best friend, I brag on my 2 beautiful babies, and I stand on my soap-box every now and again.
I really loved a lot of ideas, but had to consider – if an idea: 1) had to be accomplished outside, with windows opened, or during daylight, 2) needed power-tools, 3) or involved purchasing more than $20 of supplies… I just couldn’t swing it.
The second place runner up was the simple, but sure-to-please, magazine magnet phrases (Hi Adrianna! Yes, that’s you! I bought the supplies for a future gathering! Can’t wait!).
For the guys in our group, I figured it was best to stay with the simplest and least fru-fru idea… and believe it or not, I still got some groans!!! (One from my hubby – WHO GOT SMACKED afterwards!) So be prepared, if you want to try this in the future – boys will be boys – and will find a reason to… well, you know.
The winning idea is an art form that mimics Terry Border’s clever and pretty much AMAZING Bent Objects.
We had each couple bring random things from their homes
with no idea of what was to come. When they arrived
ready for the surprise of the evening, I dumped
contents on the floor including wire and
props. I also printed a few of Borders’
magnificent pieces of art as
examples. After everyone
finished giggling, we
all set to work to
create our own
bent objects!
It was pretty much pure awesomeness how clever some of the ideas were! Check them out…




here are the fantastic creators and some of my very best friends…
and here is the lovely birthday girl herself (hi em! don’t shoot me!)…

thank YOU crap i’ve made and crap-py readers for helping me out!

thank YOU Jen for your fabulous submission!! i hope you enjoy that camera strap!

and thank YOU Terry Border for your brilliant artwork! we had so much fun pretending we were half as clever as you are! (All you readers out there, do take a second to visit Terry’s site, look at his work, and maybe even pick up a copy of his book. Make sure you look really close because a lot his images contain some pretty funny, not-entirely-obvious messages.)

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Random Follower Ruffled Camera Strap Winner

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And then I clicked through 39 pages of followers (39 X 24 = 936)and counted 9 more…

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Congratulations Embellished Bayou!

Edit: I’m TOTALLY giggling that someone was a follower when I did the drawing and then removed themselves when they didn’t win.

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