A Little Bit of This & That

The Random Things We Love to Make and Do

String Nest April 27, 2011

Filed under: Art Projects — Lizz @ 12:18 pm
Tags: , ,

Before we get to today’s fun, I wanted to announce our total from the Online Flea Market that was held on Friday.  As most of you will remember, all the money raised has been donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.  Are you ready for the total??

.

The Flea Market Raised an amazing $566!!!

.

Thank you so much to everyone that bid on all of the wonderful items, and I especially would like to thank the three lovely ladies that purchased my flowers:

Kelly from Cedar Park, TX

Wendy from Wheeling, IL

Kelly from Morton Grove, IL

.

I hope you all enjoy your flower clips as much as we do!

.

If you missed the flea market but want to contribute, there is still time! The PurpleStride Chicago 2011 5K run/walk is this Saturday.  I will be walking with Team Ripple, in remembrance of the wonderful Steve Omilinsky.  If you are interested in making a donation to help our team raise money for this worthy event, please *Click Here* to see my donation page.  Remember, every little bit helps!

.

.

Okay, now on to the fun part of the day…Making a nest out of string!

.

First, gather your stuff.  I know I always say that, but in this case, it’s important.  Once you get glue on your hands, you aren’t going to want to rummage around for anything.  Trust me.

.

(I also have the items for chalkboard eggs in this photo)

.

You will need:

  • A bowl about the size that you want your nest to be (width wise. It’s okay if it’s taller)
  • Clear plastic wrap
  • String or twine
  • Mod Podge
  • Another smaller bowl (to hold glue)
  • Newspaper, or table covering
  • Scissors

After you cover your workspace with the newspaper (and marvel at just how “busy” those supermarket ads really are), you will need to make a glue solution.  I didn’t measure this, but it’s easy to eyeball.  Pour some Mod Podge into your smaller glue bowl.  Add a little water and mix it up until it’s the consistency of milk.  It will look like milk too.  Don’t drink it.

.

Next, take your nest-shaped bowl, and turn it upside down.  Cover it completely with plastic wrap.  Grab your string and you will be ready to go.

.

.

You may notice a lack of process photos for the next few steps.  Remember how I said you won’t want to touch anything when your fingers are gluey?  That includes fancy cameras.  This is probably a good part to have the kids do, and I probably shouldn’t have done it myself at midnight.  Insomnia…grrr…..

.

Anyways, I digress…Cut the string into long pieces.  You will have to judge this one on your own.  You don’t want them short, but too long is hard to handle.  Take your cut string and submerge it in your glue solution.  Give it a minute or two to soak.  Then, find the end piece.  As you pull the string out of the glue, run it through your pinched fingers to squeeze out the excess liquid.  Then lay your string all over the plastic wrap covered bowl.  Repeat this process until you get a nest-looking thing like this:

.

.

Let this dry overnight.  The next day, you can flip the bowl over, and peel off the plastic wrap.  You will be left with this:

.

.

A nest!

.

Now you have a lovely place to put those amazing chalkboard eggs I showed you yesterday.  Did you miss them?  Check them out *here*.  I think this nest would look lovely with just about anything in it.  If you try this, let me know what you put in it.  I would love to see it!

.

Have a wonderful day everyone!

.

Lizz

.

I will be submitting this project to the following link-up parties:

(Please click the links to see the other amazing projects too!)

.

DIY Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty 101

Creative Juices @ Momnivore’s Dilemma

For the Kids Friday @ Sun Scholar’s Blog

Link and Learn @ No Time for Flashcards

Made by You Mondays @ Skip to my Lou

CraftOManiac Mondays @ CraftOManiac

Inspire Me Mondays @ Singing Three Little Birds

Craftastic Monday @ Sew Can Do

I Wear My Crafty Pants on Monday with Miss Craft Pants
Tip Me Tuesday @ Tip Junkie
Tuesday Time-Out @ Reasons to Skip the Housework

Too Cute Tuesday @ Funky Polka Dot Giraffe

.

Advertisements
 

Chalkboard Eggs April 26, 2011

Filed under: Art Projects — Lizz @ 2:31 pm
Tags: , ,

I showed you all a little preview of this craft a few days ago.  I know it’s already after easter, but I think this could very easily be adapted to make it work all year round.  I think it even works as is!  I’m going to show you how I made the eggs today, and how I made the nest tomorrow.  I don’t want to overwhelm.

.

As always, you will first need to gather your supplies:

  • Chalkboard spraypaint
  • Chalk
  • fine sandpaper (if needed)
  • Something disposable to hold items (i.e. empty egg carton)
  • Craft Eggs (oversized not-real eggs) – this is where you could adapt this project.  You can use anything made out of wood or plastic that you want to make into a chalkboard.

.

Once you have all these things, you will need to find a safe and appropriate place to do your project.  As I live in an apartment building, I decided to go out into the grassy area in the parking lot.  Remember, since you are using spray paint, grassy/dirt areas are better than concrete, as to not create spraypaint outlines of your egg carton.  Also remember that if you do this in your apartment’s parking lot grassy area, you will get lots of curious questions like “What are you doing?”  and “Why are you making black eggs?”.  Don’t worry.  They will be very impressed later.

.

Now, take your eggs, and put them into the empty egg carton, leaving space between them. If your items have a smooth surface, you will want to use the sandpaper to rough up the outside a bit before spraypainting, so the paint adheres better.

.

.

Use all of your good spraypaint techniques (like keep the can 8-12 inches or so away from the object, and spray in short burst, so you don’t get drips) and cover the top half of the eggs. (or in this case the bottom since I started with them upside down)  Be aware of the direction of the wind, so the paint doesn’t fly back onto your clothes.

.

.

Wait for them to completely dry, flip them over, and cover the rest.

.

.

While you wait for them to dry again, admire your ability to only get a little smudge of paint on your finger.

.

.

Then walk around your parking lot taking other photos with your new camera that you plan to show off at another time.  Or whatever you want to do.

.

You will now have this lovely looking centerpiece: (umm…once I do the tutorial for the nest part)

.

.

But just wait…it gets better!

.

.

Tada! How fun!!

.

The best part about these is that the chalk can be wiped off, and re-done as many times as you want.  My kiddo immediately erased my (ahem) professional-grade artistry, and created her own awesome designs (which I didn’t photograph. Bad Blogger!).  She loves the fun of these as much as I love how beautiful (and easy) they are.

.

I would love to know:  Is there anything you are thinking about turning into a chalkboard?  Leave me a comment and let me know!

.

Have a great day everyone!

.

Lizz

.

I will be submitting this project to the following link-up parties:

(Please click the links to see the other amazing projects too!)

.

DIY Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty 101

Creative Juices @ Momnivore’s Dilemma

For the Kids Friday @ Sun Scholar’s Blog

Link and Learn @ No Time for Flashcards

Made by You Mondays @ Skip to my Lou

CraftOManiac Mondays @ CraftOManiac

Inspire Me Mondays @ Singing Three Little Birds

Craftastic Monday @ Sew Can Do

I Wear My Crafty Pants on Monday with Miss Craft Pants
Tip Me Tuesday @ Tip Junkie
Tuesday Time-Out @ Reasons to Skip the Housework
Too Cute Tuesday @ Funky Polka Dot Giraffe
.

 

Muffin Tin Monday – Easter April 25, 2011

Filed under: Food — Lizz @ 8:03 am
Tags: , , ,

Happy (belated) Easter Everyone!  I hope you all had a wonder holiday yesterday.  For those of you who do not celebrate Easter, I hope you are having a nice Passover, or I hope you are having a nice Monday.  I think that covers it.

.

This week’s theme sort of created itself, as a weekend holiday always does.  It was simple, cute, and loved by the kid.

.

.

Top Row (left to right): Easter Egg, Grapes, Jelly Beans

Bottom Row: Ham and Cheese Flower, Bunny Face, Yogurt

.

The Easter egg is a peeled hard-boiled egg that I used our food safe color markers to decorate.  The cute bunny picks came in a set with some Easter themed muffin cups (dollar store!).  I used said muffin cups to create a mini Easter basket to hold the jelly beans.  I used a strip of paper and a smidge of double-sided tape to complete it.

.

The bunny face is probably my favorite part of this tin, because I love the cheeky look on his face.  His eyes and nose are chocolate chips, his mouth is a bit of fruit strip, and his whiskers are dried spaghetti noodles.

.

If you want to see the other great tins created this week, go to Muffin Tin Mom’s site.

.
Muffin Tin Monday at Muffintinmom.com

.

Have a great week everyone!!

.

Lizz

 

Happy Easter! April 24, 2011

Filed under: Art Projects,Hair Styles — Lizz @ 12:22 pm
Tags: , , , ,

Happy Easter Everyone!!

.

I hope you are all having a fun day (even if you are not celebrating the holiday).  We’ve had a great day so far.  Skylar got her Easter basket from the Easter bunny. She hunted for eggs that he hid for her. And she had lots of fun with the last-minute Easter craft that Mommy (aka the world’s biggest procrastinator) finally finished yesterday.

.

These chalkboard eggs turned out AMAZING!!  I will be putting up a tutorial this coming up week, so be sure to check back.  I know it will be after Easter, but this is easily adaptable to non-holiday decor.

.

Speaking of last-minute…Did you see our post the other day for an easy last minute hair accessory, the Easter Egg Headband?

.

.

No?  Then click here to check it out!

.

We are off now to enjoy 2 family gatherings.  Have a wonderful day!

.

Lizz

 

Easter Egg Headband April 23, 2011

Filed under: Accessories — Lizz @ 5:52 pm
Tags: ,

I came across this super cute and super easy headband over at Sweet and Simple, and I really wanted to give it a try.  If you are in need of a last-minute Easter hair accessory, this might be a good one for you.  Start by gathering your materials:

.

(I would like to mention first that my new fancy camera was not at home when I started doing this project, so the process pictures are not the best…but I digress…)

.

.

  • Hot glue gun
  • Piece of felt
  • Variety of Easter colored ribbons
  • Old headband (or a $1 one from the craft store)
  • Something egg-shaped to trace (I used a cookie cutter)
  • Scissors and a pencil

.

Start by tracing out 2 egg shapes in the felt.  One should be slightly smaller than the other.  Cut these out.

.

.

Next, use the hot glue gun to secure strips of ribbons across the larger egg-shaped felt piece.  Make sure there is excess ribbon on both sides.

.

(front)                                                                                     (back)

.

Then take the extra ribbon and fold it over on the back side.  Do this so the egg shape shows in the font.  It will look something like this:

.

.

The egg will look like this in the front:

.

.

The last step is to attach the egg to the headband, using the glue gun.

.

.

As a finishing touch, glue the smaller felt egg to the back, to cover all of the ribbon ends.

.

.

Now give it to a happy little girl who loves the idea of having an egg on her head

.

.

.

Have a Happy Easter Everyone!!

.

Lizz