Monday Made It

Hey hey! It's time for another round of Monday Made Its.  Do you like how this has become a noun?
Now for my first Monday Made It-one of my very favorite gifts to make.
I made this for a friend to bring to a wedding shower.  Stick a couple of dish towels or recipes and cooking utensils in, and you've got the best gift ever.
I make the cutout on my Silhouette and then place it on the dish.  I use etching cream from Hobby Lobby.  I dab it on with a small foam brush.  It only takes 5 minutes to set.  Wash it well before removing the vinyl, and you're good to go.
Monday Made It #2 is something I have zero use for at this exact moment, but it was too cool not to share.
A friend of mine is decorating her classroom using a Dick and Jane/chalkboard feel and wanted some frames to go on her baskets.  I made her some frames (and I loved them so much I'm planning some chalkboard/back to school mini sets), but then I thought about what a HUGE pain it would be for her to cut them out.  I decided to see if my trusty Silhouette would come to the rescue.  And it did.  Of course.  Here's a quick video tutorial on how I used got my Silhouette to recognize a png file and then use the print and cut feature to cut it out.
Monday Made It #3 was inspired by my new luggage.  Let's take just a minute to admire it, okay?
I really love how the bag has this cover flap thing on the back, so you slide it directly on your rolling suitcase handle.  I threw the coffee cup in so you could see how big this bag is.  It's a beast which is great since I'm a chronic overpacker.  It came with a strap, too.  And it's pretty.

I loooooved the colors of this set, so I decided to make a mini set using similar shades.  You can find it in my TPT store.
Now you MUST head over to Tara's blog to see what she's got going on for her Monday Made It's.  Check out the linky to get more fun crafty ideas.

Happy Bloggy Birthday to Me!

Happy blogging birthday to me!  Two years ago I started this blog.  That was after contemplating starting a blog for six months.  I'm a look before you leap girl.  Real conversation with my husband that summer:

Me: Awesome!! I'm up to 10 followers!
Husband: Next stop 50.
Me: (screaming) Stop putting so much pressure on me!
{Husband retreats to another room.}

If you've been on this blog a few times, you know how much I love making mini sets for my TPT store.  They're fun to make and an inexpensive way to build a digital stash.  So, here's a mini set giveaway for everyone.  

Monday Made It!!!!

Whoop whoop!  It's time for my first Monday Made It in a loooooong time.  I love this linky because it gets my crafty butt in gear.  So excited Tara is making it weekly again because that means SUMMER!

And how cute is that new button?  I might be a little biased-wink wink.  And now, on to the good parts, the made its.
I really wanted a small ottoman to go with the couch in our formal living room.  We don't use it as a formal living room.  It's where my girls watch tv, play on the wii, do cartwheels, . . . .  But it is one of the first rooms you see in my house when you walk in, so I wanted it to look night.  I knew what I wanted.  I also knew I didn't want to pay for it.

Have you seen the prices for cute ottomans?  Not cute.

I bought this little naked guy from World Market and a curtain from Target.
I used this tutorial for covering a cushion and kind of made up the rest as I went along.  If you look closely, you'll can tell.  But you know what?  Nobody looks closely.
My door was looking a little naked after Easter, so it was time to spruce it up.  I found this wreath on Pinterest.  I couldn't find a white and navy striped fabric, so I alternated with yarn.  Just sit down and watch some HGTV while you wrap.  It takes about 30-40 minutes to do this.  I measured sections ahead of time because this girl is super type A, but I doubt anyone else would have noticed.  I made some fabric and felt flowers and bought the little white flowers.
And now for the digital made its.  I'm a better digital crafter than real life crafter.  It's easier to clean up, and there are no hot glue burns.  I have a magnet board over my computer, and  I like to put quotes on it to inspire me throughout the day.  I've had some big "coincidences" this year and am feeling God's hands all over the place.