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Name Cutout Scrapbook

8 Sep

I love scrapbooking, but don’t make a lot of time for it. I don’t have a lot of room to keep my supplies out all of the time, and I feel like it is a hassle to get everything out, make a few pages, and then put it all back. That being said, sometimes I just get the urge to do it anyway.

The other day I had the urge, and decided to make a little decorative scrapbook with our name cut out. I just kind of made it up as I went, and what ended up happening was that I cut the letters out of cardboard and covered them in scrapbook paper. I then glued them on the edges of chipboard that was all cut the same width. Once the letters were glued on, I cut down the length of the chipboard pages so that they lined up on the left side, and the letters overlapped a little on the right.

Now all I need to do is add some pics of our little fam, which consists of me and my husband. Then I’ll probably display it on our coffee table for awhile.

I Heart Chalkboard Paint

26 Aug

I bought an old window at Goodwill several months ago, and had been cleaning it up and deciding what to do with it for awhile. I decided to chalkboard paint one of the panes, and hang it in my kitchen to write our weekly menu on (making a weekly menu, and following through with cooking is one of my goals to accomplish before the end of the year). I used Rust-Oleum brand chalkboard paint that I bought at Home Depot. It took about 4 coats, but I was cool with that…because the end product is totally worth it.

I haven’t decided what I want to do with the other pane yet…I’m considering a decal of some kind, or putting some kitcheny fabric/scrapbook paper behind it with some pictures. Not sure yet, but I do know that I want to be able to change it…so nothing too permanent. Anyway, without further ado, here’s a pic of my pretty new menu window.

I’m also considering putting some little hooks along the bottom to hang little cutesy kitchen things on.

p.s. don’t mind my photog skills (or lack of)…like my reflection in the window?

p.s.s. I am coming along very nicely with my goals, if you were interested…we are now into week 2 of meal planning, and it is working out wonderfully (I use the kraftfoods website…it rocks). I also have done a little closet cleaning out/reorganization.

Meg’s 4 Simple Goals

16 Aug

Elsie from A Beautiful Mess did a 4 simple goals challenge a few days ago, and I jumped on the bandwagon. So, without further ado, here are my 4 simple goals to accomplish before the new year…

1. Eat healthier – I don’t necessarily eat that unhealthily right now, but I would like to get some more fresh fruits and vegetables into my diet.

2. Make weekly menus – I think this will help in accomplishing my first goal, but I probably only cook one meal a week simply because I don’t plan ahead. I would like to start making a weekly menu on Sunday afternoons in order to save money, eat healthier, and make my husband happy. ( Also, I hate going to the grocery store, but Luke said that if I make a menu and grocery list, he will do the shopping!! That’s some major incentive for me.)

3. Downsize the amount of clothes and shoes that I own – I’m really not a pack rat when it comes to anything besides clothing and shoes, but when I look through my closet, I try and justify owning everything in there (even if I haven’t worn it in a few years). I always say, “but if this situation came along, then I would need this outfit.” Not OK…I need to do some downsizing. Not to mention, we don’t have a very big closet, and it’s bursting at the seams.

4. Visit the dentist and eye doctor – All I have to do is look up the phone numbers, and make the appointments. For whatever reason, I am really bad at doing things that require a phone call and an appointment. I actually enjoy going to both, and we have insurance so there won’t be much of a charge. I just can’t seem to remember to pick up the phone and make the appointments.

So there they are…I will try and keep you all updated on my progress. In the meantime, go visit Elsie, and consider taking the challenge as well.

She’s Baaaack!

14 Aug

Sorry friends for the lack of posts lately. Emily has an excuse…she was gone on vacay, but I have just been doing some serious slacking in the blogging department. No worries though, I’m back this afternoon with a post about my latest craft.

Emily’s sister got her the book “One Yard Wonders” for her birthday, and I was totally jealous. Emily, being the good friend that she is offered to let me borrow it anytime, and I gladly took her up on the offer.

I just randomly chose a project, and am not sure what I will do with these now (you guys can help me out with suggestions, right?). I have two of them…both the same. In the book, I think they are called mailbags…but I don’t really need them for that, so leave a comment and tell me what you think I should do with them.

Anyway, the project turned out great, and I would totally recommend the book. While we’re on the subject of craft books, I’ll also say that I got these two little goodies for my birthday, so watch for some projects from them coming soon.

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Duvet Cover tutorial

20 Jun

I am in the process of a full-fledged bedroom makeover, and am loving it. A couple weeks ago, we got a down comforter…I had been wanting one since about the day after we registered for our comforter set for our wedding ( which was 2 years ago). After getting the comforter, I went in search of a good, cheap duvet cover. I looked a couple of places, but didn’t find anything that suited my fancy. I did, however, find a set of king sized sheets on clearance at Target for $19.98. The print on the sheets was just what I was wanting, so I decided to make a duvet cover out of the sheets. Couldn’t be too hard, right?

So, come along and join me on my first tutorial writing adventure, and soon you’ll be making your own duvet covers.

You’ll want to start by getting a set of sheets that are a size bigger than your comforter. Our comforter is a queen sized, so the sheets I got were a king sized set.

Next, you’ll want to rip out the corner seams of the fitted sheet, and take out the elastic band. Once this is done, it will lay flat, but have cutouts at the four corners.

I then layed everything out on the floor. Flat sheet on bottom, comforter in the middle and fitted sheet with seams torn out on top.

It will look something like this. As you can see, the right sides should be facing in towards the comforter. Also, the fitted sheet (on top) won’t completely cover the comforter, but have no fear.

I lined up all three layers in one corner so that two sides were all even. On the third side I pinned it even with the comforter. I left what I am going to refer to as the top, which is the side where the fitted sheet doesn’t quite cover, open. Then I sewed up the other 3 sides.

The most difficult part of this project was the sewing, simply because of the size of the sheets. However, all in all it wasn’t too hard.

After I sewed the three sides up, I cut off the excess fabric. I cut the extra off the fitted sheet to make it a square at this time, however, this could be done in the beginning if you wanted to. Once the extra fabric is cut off, turn the whole thing right side out. Lay it out on the floor again, and put the comforter on top to determine what size your flap needs to be.

My pictures from here on out will have my fabric turned right side in, but that’s not the correct way…If you leave it right side in, your flap will end up sewn the wrong way. So, disregard that small detail in my pictures, and make sure you turn your fabric right side out before working on the flap.

As you can see in the picture, there is a lot of excess from the flat sheet that can be folded over to make the flap where the comforter can be put in and taken out. If you look closely you’ll see that the fitted sheet is about one square down on the comforter, which means your flap will need to go a little further than that to close everything up nicely.

So, with fabric turned right side out, you’ll want to fold the excess over so there are about 3 inches of overlap of the flap and the fitted sheet. Once you have it folded over, you’ll just need to pin up the sides, and then sew along both sides. Insert your comforter, and you are almost finished.

Now all that is left is to make your ties to keep things closed up nicely.

For the ties, you just need to use some of your excess fabric to make about 12 tubes that are about 1/2 inch wide and 3 inches long. You can make these by cutting a rectangle of fabric that is about 1 inch x 3 inches. Then you’ll fold the rectangle in 1/2 lengthwise with the right sides together. Then turn it right side out so you have a little strip. Take your strips and pair them up sewing one along the top of the flap, and one along the inside. Tie the two strips together, and you’re set.

And here, my blogger friends, is the finished product.

Remember me?

3 Jun

So, I promised I’d be back with a post about my dress making, and I am. At the time, I thought I may possibly done soon, and would post the finished project. That, my friends is not the case. I am far from being done.

This is me, ripping out a seam for about the MILLIONTH time. So frustrating, but then again, I brought this on myself. I think I was getting a little ambitious thinking I could make a dress, but I’m going to see it through. Who knows what it may look like in the end, but oh well. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Right? I haven’t spent that much money on it up to this point, so no biggie.

Anyway, there will be another post about the dress to come soon. Really, the only thing I have left is to put in some elastic at the waistband, and then hem the bottom, so hopefully that won’t take me too long, we’ll see. For now you’ll just have to get by with this little sneak peek of the pretty fabric. Me likey! (don’t mind my pastey white legs in the foreground. My internet connection is not my friend right now, and I couldn’t get the photo cropped).

I also have a couple other projects going at the moment. I’m really bad about starting too many projects, and getting overwhelmed. My goal is to finish them all (there are 4 right now) by the end of the summer. I’m sure I can do it, as long as I don’t start anything else. We’ll see.

Until next time,

Meg

Grand Entry

13 May

Greetings, friends of Licking Lollipops! I’m excited to be doing some posts for Emily here. I have a few craft projects going on at the moment, but I’m going to use this first post to tell you a little bit about myself. So, here goes…

I like crafts, kids, reading, sports, my family, deep and meaningful friendships, my church, summertime, cows, and the color pink

I am seriously scared of  birds!!! and for no real reason except that I think they are nasty little creatures.

I work at a preschool, and really enjoy it. Everyday is something new, and the kids constantly keep things interesting. So, this week at school is something called “The Week of the Young Child,” which basically boils down to MASS CHAOS everyday! Today was a family picnic, and it had to be moved inside due to severe storms in the KC area. Close your eyes and imagine a room filled with 100+ kids and their families. It was crazy, not to mention that most of the staff were working 12 hour days. Nutso, but that’s part of what I love about my job…it’s never boring.

Now, for something that will give you a good laugh…tomorrow at school there is going to be a special guest. It’s Clifford, The Big Red Dog!!!

And guess who is going to be wearing the suit…that’s right, muah! I don’t know if I mentioned it, but I’m like 5’10”. Apparently you have to be tall to wear those crazy suits, and I got roped in. I might allow one picture to be taken of the event, just for you guys. We’ll see what happens.

My next post is going to involve a sweater that I am refashioning, so get ready for that goodness!

Until next time, much love.

Meg

 

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