A Little Bit of This & That

The Random Things We Love to Make and Do

Change is in the Air!! October 9, 2013

Hello there all of you “A Little Bit of This and That” lovers!  I’ve got some great news!  We’ve made a few changes around here, and we are now:

 

http://lizzandlittlebit.com/

(Cheers!! Applause!!)

 

We also have a whole new look, so I would love for all of you to come and take a peek around our new website.  And I would love even more to hear what you think about it!

 

For my fabulous e-mail subscribers… with this new site, you will need to come over and re-subscribe so you keep getting all of our great posts.  I have learned that this has not happened automatically, so you might have missed this cool wreath

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So pop on over, check us out, and re-subscribe for emails.  Can’t wait to see you over at lizzandlittlebit.com!

Lizz

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Spring Wreath April 24, 2013

Filed under: Art Projects,Crafts,Wreaths — Lizz @ 12:19 pm
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Those of you in the Chicagoland area know that we are currently going through what we all lovingly call “Chicago Weather”.  For those of you that are not experiencing this with us, allow me to recap the past week for you:

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Thursday: (high of 63 degrees) It rained so much that we had massive flooding in the area.  To date, a week later, there are still roads that are closed as they are under water.

Friday Night:  (high of 39 degrees) It snowed.  I had to scrape ice off my windshield.  Chicagoans never take the ice scraper out of the car.  Even in the summer.  Just incase.

Saturday: (high of 45) The sun peaked out

Sunday: (high of 53) A little more sun

Monday: (high of 66) Sunny, and I didn’t even wear a coat

Tuesday: (high of 59) Rain again, gloomy grey skies

Today: (estimate high of 49) might rain again tonight, or possibly snow.

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This weekend is supposed to get close to 70.  My allergies and sanity cannot take this much longer.

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As I dream about the nice spring weather coming our way (right?! please?!), and think about everything starting to grow, I went ahead and made something to make that dream feel like a reality:  A pretty colorful Spring wreath…

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I thought it turned out quite cute, don’t you agree?

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As some of you might remember, I made a white yarn wrapped wreath a while back, because I have a micro-sized apartment and don’t have the space to store more than one.  I like to put removable objects on the wreath so I can continue to re-use it. And that, my friends, is exactly what I did here.

(See how I made the yarn wreath) (Check out my sweet Halloween wreath)

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I went to my favorite craft store, Michaels, and found a really cool green yarn that looked like glittery Astroturf.  I also found some paper butterflies and clearance colored flowers.  Don’t forget your coupon! Random thought tangent…Did you know they have an app that you can get the coupon for them to scan right on your phone, meaning you never show up unexpectedly without your flyer again?  However, I found that they NEVER have good reception in the store and I can’t get the app to work, so now I open the app in the car and take a screen shot of the coupon before I go in.  Works like a charm…

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I wrapped the green yarn tightly around the bottom half of the wreath, so no white shows through.  This took one full skein, and I didn’t cut it at all.  When I’m done with this wreath I will be able to re-use the yarn (an other decorations) for other projects.  I secured both ends with a few T-pins.  Then I also used the T-pins to attach the flowers and butterflies.

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Simple. Removable. Reusable. Spring-y.

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So, what are you doing to make it feel like Spring really is here?

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Lizz

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Awesome Headband Holder April 17, 2013

Filed under: Accessories,Art Projects,Crafts — Lizz @ 12:00 pm
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So now that we’re back, it’s time to do a little spring cleaning.  I’ve been going through some unfinished posts and figured now’s the time to get them out there.  This first one I can’t believe I didn’t post, because it’s one of my favorite projects.  Basically ever little girl in my life has gotten one of these, because they are fabulous, functional, and totally customizable.  While I spring clean the blog, you can clean up your girlie’s hair accessories.  I present to you, the greatest headband holder ever!!!!

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Yes, these pictures are old but still…isn’t it so cute?!  Let me show you how to make this and then how it works.

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First gather your craftin’ stuff.

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  • 1 tall oatmeal tube, emptied and (quickly) rinsed out (keep the lid)
  • Mod Podge and sponge brush
  • Twine, string, or ribbon
  • Your choice of scrapbook paper, 2 pieces
  • Paper cutter (if available)
  • Razor blade and/or scissors
  • cutting surface (i.e. corkboard or mat)

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Once your oatmeal container is clean and dry, remove any paper from the exterior.  Some are printed directly onto the cardboard, which you would just leave on and simply cover.

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Cut your paper to size.  I found that scrapbook paper was not big enough to go all the way around, so I chose a plain complimentary color to use in the back, and my pretty paper for the front.  I used my paper cutter to do this for nice straight lines, but you could do scissors or a ruler and razor blade. Double check your cuts, since it would be very difficult to make changes once you start gluing.

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Cover a section of the tube large enough for the smaller back section of paper with plenty of Mod Podge.  Enlist a helper if needed.

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Stick the back paper to the tube, and smooth it out.  The repeat the process around the other part of the tube and attach the front paper.  I had my front paper overlap my back paper on both sides.

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Once the paper is in place, put a layer of Mod Podge over the entire surface of the paper, including the top and bottom lip.  This not only gives it a cool shiny glow, but it will also protect the paper from being scratched by the headbands.  Since the top and bottom were Mod Podged, I used our paper towel holder to allow the tube to dry.

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While that’s drying up, take the lid for the tube, and make 4 small cuts toward the outside with the razor blade.

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Then using your twine, string, or ribbon, run a piece through 2 of the holes and tie it off on the inside.  Repeat for the other 2 holes.  This doesn’t need to look pretty, since it should be covered.

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Now you can use these little strings to attach some fun clips, bows, or flowers.

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You can also store all of your extra bows, clips, and flowers inside the tube.

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Once dried, put the top back on the tube, attach something fun to the strings, and place your headbands around the tube itself.  It’s the perfect size and most headbands will clamp on tightly.

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Have a fab Wednesday Everyone!

Lizz

 

 

Chalkboard Wine Glasses April 25, 2012

Filed under: Crafts — Lizz @ 12:11 pm
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For this past Christmas, my sister came up with an awesome idea of exchanging handmade gifts.  I had such a good time putting my crafty skills to work, and the gifts were so personal and unique.  I (obviously) couldn’t post them before the holidays, so I saved them for a bit.  With Mother’s Day approaching, I thought now would be a good time to share.  And I will be starting with the gift I made for my mama…chalkboard wine glasses.

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I went to the blue and yellow beacon (more commonly known as IKEA), and got some simple wine glasses, and one of their cardboard glass holders to wrap them in later.  Since I planned on only making the base of the glass into chalkboard, I used masking tape to tape a nice straight line at the bottom of the stem.

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Then I used some saran wrap to cover the top of the glass completely, and taped that as well, leaving only the base exposed.

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Then next part has no photos since I was by myself, spray painting.  But it’s pretty easy.  Get a can of chalkboard spray paint (available at hardware and craft stores).  Hold the glass by the top (I recommend wearing gloves and long sleeves), and spray the base of the glass on both the top and bottom.  Be sure that you are holding the can about 12 inches away from the glass, and spray in short spurts, so you don’t get runny parts.  Place the glass upside down to dry completely.  Do a second coat.

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Once completely dried, peel off all of the tape and wrapping.

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They turned out great!!  Now nobody will lose their glasses during a party!

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I seemed to not have taken a picture of the wrapped product, but I just put a few pieces of chalk and curled ribbons into each glass, and Skylar made holiday chalk drawings on each of them.  I put them into the cardboard glass holder and put the whole thing into a bag.  Very cute!

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Have a wonderful day everyone!

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Lizz

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Paper Earrings March 28, 2012

Filed under: Art Projects,Crafts — Lizz @ 11:00 am
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I don’t know about all of you out there with 6-year-old girls, but mine is currently obsessed with dangly earrings.  For a while I wasn’t allowing them.  Kids play hard, and I am always nervous of a long earring being ripped out.

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A little while ago, Skylar took matters into her own hands.  Using nothing but paper, scissors, and her existing stud earrings, she make herself some lovely dangly earrings.

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I was very impressed!

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So now, I do occasionally allow dangly earrings, but not for school or playtime.  Paper earrings however, are always welcome.  Can’t wait to see what design she comes up with next!

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For those of you whose girls do not already have pierced ears, you could have them cut out their designs, and use glue dots or some other adhesive to let them have a little fun.

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Have a great day everyone!

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Lizz

 

St Patty’s Revisit March 15, 2012

Since we did so many St Patty’s Day projects last year (and I couldn’t finish my project for today’s post!), I thought I would show you some of those projects again. If you are looking for a fun last minute project, we have lots for you to try!

(just click the photo to see the original post with instructions)

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Make your own St Patrick’s Day shirt using freezer paper

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Make a leprechaun sundae

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Make a leprechaun trap

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Enjoy a St Patrick’s Day muffin tin meal

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I hope you found something you might want to try!

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Make sure to come back tomorrow for a special St Patrick’s Day themed Gluten Free Friday!

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Have a great day everyone!

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Lizz

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Make a Shamrock t-shirt

 Leprechaun Sundae

 Leprechaun Trap

 St Patrick’s Day Muffin Tin Meal

 

Quick Thanksgiving Centerpiece November 23, 2011

Filed under: Crafts — Lizz @ 10:57 am
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With the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner (as in tomorrow), I thought I would share a pretty fall centerpiece I made.

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I’ve been wondering what to do with all of those gourds we somehow collected around Halloween.  They have such lovely fall colors, it seemed like a shame to not reuse them somehow.  So I took a wide clear glass vase, arranged them inside, and added some fake fall leaves I had.  Ah ha!  Quick and easy centerpiece. 

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I think this would look nice in a clear shallow bowl as well.

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Good luck to everyone in their cooking/traveling/holiday preparations.

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Lizz

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