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Hi, I'm Cameron (aka Iffy), a stay at home mother to 4 beautiful children. My family is my life! I am not crafty by nature....but I am learning =D I will share my experiences with you(good & bad) with crafts, DIY, cooking, and life. I say what's on my mind, and remain honest, it's just who I am. Love it or leave it =D So follow me and see my progress as I document my journey, and If All Else Fails....at least you have gained a friend and gotten some great tips or maybe learned something new along the way!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter/Spring Wreath-redo

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Happy Easter guys!!

I've had 2 children down with strep this week.....no fun at all, because it's both my girls.
Sydney got it Tuesday & missed 3 days of school & took Michaela to the Dr yesterday and yep now she has it too. I'm crossing my fingers that Jackson & Landon don't get it. 
So Easter will be celebrated with Amoxil-poor guys.
Here is my latest crafty decor piece-finished before the sickness crept in the house

I wanted to quickly post my Easter/Spring Wreath before Easter is gone.
 I saw a wreath I fell in love with over at the adventures of nick and jessica but there was no tutorial to go along with it so here is what I did:

First I started with a winter wreath from Target I've had for 3-4 years and
 I wanted to update it for the Spring.
I used
an old wreath
plastic eggs
latex paint
foam brushes
paper plate
small paint brush

First I removed the berries & frosted sticks that were glued into the wreath.
 So it looked like this

Then I took 3 oops paint samples(.50 each woohoo!) that I had purchased from Home Depot.
There was brown, blueish gray, & a cream color paint.
I painted 1 layer of solid color on each of the eggs with a foam brush & placed them on a paper plate to dry over night. You will get paint on your fingers btw.

Then I repeated that process again, touching up any spots that had dried to the plate & peeled away.

At this point I thought all of the paint would end up peeling off and revealing the colored, plastic eggs beneath.
I decided to keep going and just see how things turned out.  I suppose if I had more colors of spray paint on hand I would've tried that as it would have eliminated the peeling of the latex paint.

Then I was ready for my accents,
all I did was dip the narrow, wood end of my thin paint brush into an opposite color and either put dots or 

just swept back & forth over the egg, depending on the look I wanted.

 I left a few solid, & some I even went back and put some more paint of the 3rd color in the same manner.

I really love how these were looking!

I took pieces of raffia and started weaving it through,
piece by piece into my wreath.

Once I achieved the look I imagined with the raffia, it was time to add some eggs!

I carefully opened the eggs and placed a piece of raffia at the hinge and snapped it back tightly.

I tied the raffia with the egg attached on to the wreath, spacing as desired.

I thought the opening of the wreath was a bit too open & bare, so I added a cluster of eggs.

I did this by attaching 1 egg to the raffia, as described above,
making sure it was in the center of the piece of raffia.
Then I crossed the raffia & added 2 more eggs in the same fashion. and tied that to the wreath, leaving some length in the raffia so it could hang freely.
I took the extra length of the raffia (after I tied each egg to the wreath)
and weaved that through the wreath as well.

Finally I took a bunch of raffia and just tied a bow at the bottom of the wreath


I was going to add some purple silk flowers but didn't have any on hand, then thought a purple bow but since I have not learned how to make a bow from ribbon yet
I opted for the raffia.

Very earthy and a completely different look from what I started with.
And After:
And see how it fills that empty spot over the mantle so well =D

Do you like it?


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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Crafting Kiddies Sunday #2~ Spring Blossoms

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  Are you ready for a really fun, easy, family project that looks great on display?
Well grab your kiddies and some supplies and  let's begin!
This was  another craft we completed over the weekend, and I am really pleased with the results. 

I came across   this craft over at  Sew,Craft,Create
Such a cute little blog, check her out.
 First you will need:
 2 colors tissue paper(1 sheet each)
& a hot glue gun

I used 1 purple & 1 yellow for my colors.

Then I cut assorted sized squares from the tissue paper,
I put the purple sheet on top of the yellow so I would have matching sizes.

You can then either fold your second color in half forming a triangle,
or you can cut it in half from corner to corner to make a single ply triangle.
I folded mine.  
Now for the helpers
They loved this part!

Lay your triangle on top of your square & 
 hold a pencil(tip side) up
then place your 2 pieces of tissue paper(square on the bottom)
so that it's touching your pencil tip.
With your other hand pinch the tissue paper around the tip & twist slightly.
Take it off the pencil & twist just the bottom to secure your flower from unfolding.
Look at that concentration. 
While the kiddies made the blossoms,
I put a dab of hot glue on my twig where I wanted the blossom to sit.
For me, I wanted my blossoms at the fork in the twig.
Then quickly place the blossom in the hot glue
You may need to hold it until the glue starts to cool 
& you may want to twist it to make the blossom how you want it.
Then Michaela had a quick fit because I wouldn't let her have the hot glue gun......

Then she found a small twig

and used it as a brush

Here's how the finished project looked
In a vase(colors in this picture is how it looks in person)
with natural light
A single twig on the mantle is simple & pretty
Once I played around with the placement of them
I decided I liked them both on the mantle
Don't mind the empty space above....
that's where my next craft is gonna go.
I'm in the process of that one at the moment =D

The longest part of this craft was figuring out where I wanted them to go.
I'm a tad bit indecisive...I'm a Libra what do ya expect? Hehe

Isn't this just sweet & simple?


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