Easter Series – Part 4: Plaster Happy

I love baked goods – store bought that is. BUT I can’t resist the cute silicone molds and themed cookie cutters that are in the store. It all started with the Valentine ice trays from Target. So for Easter, I bought a few more molds to see what I can come with my favorite craft material….Plaster Of Paris.

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Easter Bunny Ornament

 

 

1st up is my daughter’s bunny ornaments. each of us had 4 to just draw crazy faces. Can you guess which person drew which row?

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Spring Decor

 

 

 

2nd is a Spring decor inspired by the previous post. I wanted to make use of the silicone molds, and have the kids have something to do while I slave away in the kitchen.

 

 

 

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Photo Holders

 

Lastly, a photo holder. I used the cookie cutters as the base. Working on the last two projects, stay tuned….

Until then,

HAPPY DIY

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Easter Series – Part 3: Why buy when you can DIY

I obviously have a LOT of easter eggs left over, and I want to use them all! Looking for inspirations, took a trip at almost all the retail stores  for decorative ideas.

I found this @ Target: It’s a wooden egg decoration for $10.00.

 

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Easter Decoration

 

I would’ve recreated this if I didn’t miss days at work and bought the letters and base. But, I worked with what I have which are eggs, leftover garland, and some sorting pots.

 

 

 

Party City Egg Decor

This is @ Party City that sells for $4.99 + shipping.

So I made my own. It’s not brag worthy- I made this in one day, but I wanted to prove to myself that I can re-create it. Eventually [for next year] the eggs will be decorated, and the strings will be reinforced.

Stay tuned for a few more posts.
Until then,

HAPPY DIY

Valentine Series: Part 3b – A Craft Of Her Own

diy valentine picture frame

My daughter made it a point to say that she only helped with the painting for Andy’s ornaments, but it was Andy’s idea….so while I have more than enough plaster left, I decided make a heart for her to paint on her own. I didn’t really decide what it should be until the last minute. I had a choice of paper weight, hanging wall decor. I ended up making it into a frame so that she could give it to her dad the next time he takes her for a weekend.

2012: Year In Review

What a year it has been! What started out as a thought of not spending too much money for a $75.00 pc of jewelry that a-soon- to- be- 6- year- old- girl- wants- to- have, turned out to be my personal accomplishment of the year.

I named the blog DIY OF THE WEEK to push me into crafting something new and post on Sundays like clockwork. I guess craftiness, not to mention- TIME and BUDGET does not work that way, thanks in part with this life called single parenthood. I will admit that there were times that I could not get inspired or motivated to work on something even though I had planned it, and had the materials to do it. To this day, there’s a DIY Barbie couch sitting under one of my tables, waiting to be wrapped in decorative paper, photographed, and blogged about. My daughter has been using it the way it is on a regular basis, which is the whole point of the DIY project to begin with. Still, one of the many purposes this blog is to keep track of what I’ve done and to motivate me to do more.

I honestly thought that after the jewelry frenzy, and a couple of Barbie furniture, that this blog was done and over with. My head was stuck on just working with jewelry pieces that I lost sight of what the meaning of DIY stands for. With 3 followers, including me – it did kind of bogged me down a bit. If it wasn’t for my co-workers who decorated for Halloween and we all got a “little” carried away, I probably wouldn’t have been re-inspired to make DIY’s not to mention DIY decorations.

Thankfully, the ideas didn’t stop with the Halloween tree. Thankfully, my kids became interested and wanted to get down and dirty with the crafts I’m making. Thankfully, they didn’t want to stop doing DIY. If it wasn’t for budget issues, I most likely would’ve come up with some Thanksgiving décor too.

So, let’s take a trip down memory lane on how I just wanted to make a similar necklace, to realizing that my daughter has too many Barbie dolls but no furniture, to getting inspired with DIY Holiday décor.

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I would like to thank my children, Andy and Rinoa. If it wasn’t for both of you, my life would most definitely be boring. If it wasn’t for you guys asking for things I can’t afford this year, I probably wouldn’t have been inspired to try to make it myself. Thank you for finding what I do interesting, and want to be a part of it. Thank you for my co-workers who re-ignited my spark, and I was able to provide our department with a gift from my heart. Thank you for the 300+visitors that found this little blog, the bloggers who took the time to click on that like button. You guys [and gals] are also part of my motivation to keep crafting and blogging so that I have something to post on a regular basis.

Please keep checking in – there’s something always to DIY, ergo – it will be blogged!

Until then,

HAPPY DIY

102812: We Interrupt This DIY Blog For An Arts And Crafts Break.

We started this tradition Halloween last year. The original plan was to do this on all holidays. It didn’t quite pan out for the rest of 2011 due to some unexpected issues more like drama.  But, I’m making sure that it’s at least a Halloween tradition.

This craft was inspired by my daughter’s preschool. They helped the kids make a Christmas present for their parent. It’s a glass plate done as a picture frame. I totally loved it. Although, I never hung the plate in fear that it’ll fall and break and I can’t replace it.

This year, I have leftover plates, and napkins from last year. I found some confetti at my local 99c store, was able to get a new napkin design- the kids have grown and are excited about their costumes— we are ready to make our picture frame.

Here’s our finished frames.

Materials used:
Pictures
Clear plastic plates
Napkins or Halloween themed gift tissue paper
Confetti [optional]
Glitter [optional]
Glue
Wire or Fuzzy stick

1. Glue picture on plate face down.
2. Cut pieces of the napkins in any shapes, size
3. Glue napkins, confetti on the plate like a collage
4. Glue a final piece over the whole back of the plate
5. Cut a piece of wire/fuzzy stick and glue it on the back of the plate.

Happy Halloween!

102612 part 2: Recycling

Reeling from a decorating frenzy, my kids have been asking for more crafts to do.  I went to Micheal’s and purchased a foam craft for each of my kids to work on.
Andy craft Rinoa craft
While I was cleaning out the remnants of their craft, I noticed that a piece could be used as a frame of some sort. So, I purchased some more foam stickers, I have confetti from before and I also recently have new pictures from them.

Here’s the finished product….I do apologize for the quality of the scanner. I’ll upload a better version soon.
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