2014 Poster Calendars are Here!

CALENDARS ARE BACK! 2014 Poster Calendars are up in my etsy shop with some new designs and some old favorites. Enjoy!


More 2013 Calendars are up

More new calendars are available in my online shop here.


New Poster Calendars Are HERE!

Here are the new layouts for the 2013 Poster Calendars. Etsy doesn't allow drop shipping (shipping direct from the printer to the customer) so I have had to sell them on my website instead. You can buy them here. I'm trying to decide if I should bring back any of the old designs or not since people seem to really want some for the new year. Who knows.


paintin' up some chevron curtains

So, the windows in my office face west causing it to get really bright and hot in the afternoons. Since I am a night owl who pretty much is only awake after noon, this causes problems for me. I knew that I wanted to put up some simple curtain panels like I had previously done for privacy in our bathroom but I just couldn't find a fabric that I liked and wasn't over $15 a yard. That's too much for me to comfortably spend on fabric since I am not a big sewing/fabric person. Then I saw this blog post and I knew that I had to do something amazing like this instead of some fabric anyone could buy. After much effort (and several fabric stores and online shopping) I picked a good muslin fabric from Joann Fabrics. I was looking at acrylic craft paint when the sales girl basically said to us "No, No, No. You need FABRIC paint." Well this put a damper on my project because the whole point was to use paint that I already had and would match perfectly to my office walls and be hella cheap since I already own it. I wanted to only spend the $6 for fabric and be done with it. So I made the choice to listen to her and spent $26 on stupid fabric paint that I would have to mix to get the right colors. I was just not okay with this when I got home and got online to do some research. I found out about textile medium that can be added to acrylic paint to make it fabric paint and it just has to be heat set with an iron. Eureka!!! So I took the fabric paint back and bought the textile medium. Still $7.99 a bottle but less that the fabric paint and I could use my wall paint to get an exact match. I bought two bottles just to not have to make another trip to the craft store (I have since made 3 trips in 3 days and have to make another since the sponge rollers I bought for cheap do not, in fact, actually roll, because they are so cheap and I want my dolla bills back). So, after doing the best job I have ever done with some Stitch Witchery I had some great little panels to start with. I then mixed way more paint than I ended up needing (better safe than sorry and un-matching), taped those suckers up and went to painting town. After they dried for 24 hours, they got heat set with the iron and now they are done and looking amazing. I was worried the paint would seep under the tape but it didn't and I am loving them.

Sorry for the lack of a step-by-step but they were very labor intensive (My husband is complaining about his back hurting after helping tape a panel. Some men just aren't built for crafts!) and I just wanted to get them done so as not to spend my entire weekend working on them when I could be goofing off. Enjoy and feel free to ask any questions and I will do my best to help out since I was a novice with fabric painting before this project.

Below is the view from outside. You can see how the paint is slightly visible (it only bled through a little to the other side). At night it will look really cool because of the light from inside making the chevrons show up more. I like to let the neighbors have something nice to look at as well :)


it holiday wreath time once again

I have been REALLY wanting to change my Christmas decor colors (normally red and pink on our white tree) for a few years now but it's just too expensive and we don't have the storage space for any more holiday stuff in our little townhouse. So this year I decided to change things up by making a ton of paper ornaments from kraft paper and old book pages, both of which I have plenty of to use. And I can also use the champagne colored ornaments I already have to add some sparkle to the decor. So I am super excited to get this party started. Let the crafting begin!

Thanks to this great tutorial over at See You There I made this great toilet paper/paper towel roll wreath. Apparently this is the year for wreath making since I am also going to be making a book page wreath in the next few weeks. Both of these wreaths are super cheap and easy so definitely try them!


stringed ampersand

i was super bored because my husband is traveling and wanted to do some art but something super simple so i could still pay attention to the movie i was watching. i'm not sure if i want to do any more for my etsy shop or not or just have this as a one-of-a-kind thing. i do really like how it turned out and so i adorned my letters with it.


calendar time once again

it's time once again to create new calendars for the etsy shop. i don't normally do it until october but people seem in a rush to get 2011 over and 2012 on the walls. so here are the first two for the new year. these along with all of my quilling and pantone magnets can all be purchased in my etsy store here.