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

 

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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Do you love this so much you want to pin it on Pintrest? Go right ahead…

 

I was featured on Momnivore’s Dilemma! October 20, 2011

I’m so excited!  I have been featured on this week’s Creative Juices over at Momnivore’s Dilemma!

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It seems that the lovely Nicolette (who also writes about some gluten free stuff for those who are interested) really like the wreath I made.

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I hope you all get a chance to check out Momnivore’s Dilemma, and see the other goodies over there today.

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Have a great day!!

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Lizz

 

Spider Web Wreath October 13, 2011

Filed under: Crafts,Wreaths — Lizz @ 10:36 am
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I have officially made my first wreath!

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I showed you in *This Post* how I created a nice white yarn wreath.  The possibilities are endless for decorating it!  I also love the fact that I can change the decorations as the holidays/seasons change.

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Here is the first one, made with an obvious Halloween theme:

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I am so happy with the outcome!  Here’s what I did:

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The whole idea for this wreath started when I found this little guy at one of those temporary Halloween stores that pop up this time of year.

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I certainly could have made this myself, but it was a buy one get one free deal that ended up costing me about $2 each.  Sounds like a deal to me!  If you can’t find something like this, you can take two styrofoam balls (one slightly larger than the other), and glue them together.  Then wrap them with a tinsel of your color choice.  You will need some wired tinsel for legs, and googley eyes.  That’s it!

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For the web, I used the same yarn I had used to create the wreath itself so it would blend in.  To create the frame I used 4 lengths of string to create a pie-shaped crossing.  I tied each one on the backside of the wreath with some tight double knots and trimmed the ends.

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To make the little web connections, I took a long length of yarn and started by tying it to one of the frame strings in the front of the wreath.  I made sure to choose a starting spot where I would be placing the spider, effectively hiding my knot.  Then I wrapped the web string around each frame string once.  I was careful to not pull to tightly or the frame would move out of place.

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I continued wrapping in a spiral shape around all of the frame strings.  Once I got to the middle, I tightly tied off my string on the backside and cut the ends as short as possible.

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Now it looks like a web!!

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I glued on a few pieces of velcro (the harder grabby side) to the body and a few legs of my spider, and placed it onto the wreath (making sure to hide that starting knot).  The velcro grabbed right on to the yarn.  Now when I’m ready to change the wreath decorations, I can just pull the spider off and cut the web!

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I love this and it looks great on our door.

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I hope you’re all having fun getting your place ready for Halloween.  Have a great day!

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Lizz

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I will be sharing this cute Halloween project at these parties:

DIY Thrifty Thursdays @ Thrifty 101

Creative Juices Thursday @ Momnivore’s Dilemma

100 Ideas Under $100 @ Beyond the Picket Fence

Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple

Halloween Link Party @ Momnivore’s Dilemma

For the Kids Friday @ Sun Scholar’s

Feature Yourself Friday @ Fingerprints on the Fridge

Made by You Mondays @ Skip to my Lou

Craftastic Monday @ Sew Can Do

Inspire Me Mondays @ Singing Three Little Birds

Playdate @ Beneath the Rowan Tree

Made It Myself Monday @ You Had Me At Craft

 

White Yarn Wreath October 11, 2011

I keep seeing all these lovely wreaths all over the internet, and I’m been chomping at the bit to try one.  My current favorites are the yarn wrapped ones.  Since we have very little storage around here, I cannot make a new wreath for every occasion.  But I want to!

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So, I’ve come up with a way to make one wreath where I can just change out the decorations!  Problem solved!!  First, I needed to make the base wreath.  I will show this step today, then later I’ll show you how we decorate it.  I started by grabbing the few things:

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A styrofoam wreath, white yarn, and a glue gun is all you will need.  Everything can be found at your local craft store.  I had a coupon (of course) to knock down the price of the styrofoam wreath to about $4, but *here* is another idea to do this even cheaper.

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Since I want this to be a frequently used wreath, I decided to take the extra step to create a little loop in back for hanging.  I simply cut a length of yard, and glued it to the wreath, leaving an unglued section up, like so:

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Now it’s time to wrap.  This took me some serious time (like an entire Sunday, since I kept taking breaks).  It would have been easier if I had purchased white styrofoam, but I didn’t like the shape of the ones they are offering at my local store.  I really wanted this completely rounded one, and not one of the wreaths that are flat in the back and/or front.  I got green knowing it was going to take some effort.

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I started by gluing my yarn anywhere on the wreath, and wrapping it around.

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(here I started wrapping over that string used to make the loop)

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Because of my green foam, I needed to make sure that every wrap around was pulled tight, and then VERY tightly shoved together so nothing showed through.  Every 20 or so wraps around, I squeezed a drop of glue and wrapped a few times over it to hold everything in place.  Doing this allowed for a few breaks to rest the fingers, and insured that you didn’t lose any progress already made.

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(see my glue dots?)

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Another little trick I figured out helped solve the issue that the inner part of the circle is smaller than the outer one.  In the picture above, you can probably see that it looks like sometimes the yarn is sticking out.  After every 10 or so wraps, I would wrap one layer of yarn over the top of the last one, but only on the inside of the circle.  This helped make sure all the angles were right.

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Once I (FINALLY) got all the way around, I used some glue to make sure that last bit of yarn would not unravel.

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(this pic shows how I wrapped around the loop, and on the left you can sort of see the glue to finish off.  Don’t worry, this is the back and nobody will see this part)

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So, was all that effort worth it?

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Oh yeah!!

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And I cannot wait to show you the amazing (removable) Halloween decoration we made for this.

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Have you seen/made a wreath like this one?  Do you have any suggestions for upcoming holiday decorations?  I’d love to hear them!

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Have a lovely day!

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Lizz