New Social Icons!

Did you guys happen to notice my new social icons over on the right? Aren’t they cute? I love them. And no, I did not make them myself… I have absolutely no concept of how to do that. Believe it or not I actually won them during a giveaway hosted by Nellie Bellie a little while back. I linked up to the Bloggy Olympics she was hosting and was randomly chosen to receive custom social icons from Gwen at This Bold Girl. She sent me three different options, I chose one, and she made me five icons for different social websites. The RSS feed icon should be working properly. I linked the Pinterest one to my personal Pinterest and the email one will be functional soon! Gwen also made me icons for Twitter and Facebook, but since I don’t have either of those directly associated with my blog, I’m not going to use them as of yet. Hopefully, I will eventually. Thanks, Gwen!

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Reader Features at Take-A-Look Tuesday

One of my favorite blogs to read is Sugar Bee Crafts. Every Tuesday, Mandy hosts her “Take-A-Look Tuesday” link party and then on Wednesday lets one of her readers feature their favorites from the party. Guess what?! I got to be the one to pick the features this week! I thought it was very exciting. Anyways, if you want to see the amazing projects and recipes I chose as my favorites, head on over to her blog. 🙂

Scrapbook Paper Branches

I’m finally all moved in to my apartment at school! I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had time to write any posts, let alone actually post them! Here’s the scrapbook paper branches I finished before I left to come back to school. I’ll have quite a few of my other projects up soon!

When I saw this scrapbook paper tree from Two Girls Being Crafty, I knew I wanted to make one similar to it. It’s kind of like a plant (a little bit…), but involves no dirt or watering and it looks so cute! It would also be a great project to use up scrapbook paper pieces if you had them laying around.

I live in the land of palm trees and there are no trees near my house with easily obtainable branches that I needed for this project. Luckily, I visited my grandparents who have about eight oak trees in their yard and rummaged through their brush pile until I found a few perfect branches. Once I got home, I broke off the leaves, spray painted them brown to make them all a uniform color, and let them dry.

I made two leaf templates out of cardboard, a big one and a small one. Then I traced the templates onto a couple different colors and patterns of scrapbook paper and cut them out.

 

 

Cut a bunch of “stems” out of wire. I used 22 gauge for the larger leaves and 26 gauge for the smaller leaves, but it really didn’t make much of a difference. Once you have a big pile of leaves, paint the back of one side with mod-podge, lay a piece of wire onto the mod-podge and cover it with another leaf. I did matching colors, but mismatched ones would probably be cute too. Make sure you press down to make sure the wire will stay between the two sides.

 

After you get all your leaves made, you’re ready to attach them to the branches! Just wrap the wire around the branches and arrange the leaves however you want.

Then, I arranged all my branches and wired the bottoms so they would stay together, but all you really have to do is stick them in a pretty vase and you’re done!

 

Here’s a picture of where they are in my apartment! They’re at the top of the stairs on that cute yellow cabinet, which is the first thing you see when you walk in the door. I love them!

 

Puff-Paint Doily

As you guys know, I’m about to move into a new apartment! Over the past few months, I’ve been trying to make things that I can hang on the walls in my bedroom, like the chevron canvas, wire bulletin board, and window mirror I have already finished. I saw a tutorial for a puff-paint doily on Pinterest (of course) that I thought was creative and cute, but I didn’t really have any use for a doily, let alone one made out of puff-paint. Instead of using it as an actual doily, I decided to put it on a canvas!

Start by printing out a picture of a doily. I just Google image searched for one. You could also use a real doily if you have one, but I don’t have any. Instead, I printed out my picture to fit on a 9 x 12 canvas and put it inside a gallon-sized plastic bag, but I’d recommend using wax paper.

Trace the image with puff-paint and let it dry. I left mine overnight.

The next morning I tried to peel it off of the plastic, which was a little tricky and why I’d use wax paper next time. I painted my canvas with a light blue, pearlescent paint and then dry brushed it with navy.

I was going to leave the doily white, but when I put it on top of the canvas I didn’t like the way it looked, so I painted it navy. After that was dry, I mod-podged it onto the canvas and it was finished!

I love the slightly 3-D look the puff-paint gives the canvas. This would be a great technique to use for any design on a bunch of different surfaces. Let me know if you try it!