Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Just A Little DIY with the Mama

When Becky posted about a monthly DIY I got all giddy inside. I love being crafty, but often don't put the necessary pressure on myself to get it done, so a deadline and theme (provided by Becky) was the perfect mix for me to spend too much money at go toddler free to Hobby Lobby, grab some materials, and get crafty.

The afternoon would only have been better with my Pito Ali (whose birthday it was by the way) and a drive-thru daiquiri (ahem--Pink Panty Dropper--scandalous!), but I had a wonderful Saturday afternoon starting some projects while the hubs caught up on 40-odd something episodes of The Wire. Good luck with that. For the gamblers, let's take bets on who finished our respective "projects" first. I've only got a few things done, but it's enough to share. Baby steps. Baby steps.

One project I really wanted to finish was a DIY "I love you because.." frame that's floating around Pinterest. It's not enough for me to use the printout and a regular frame. Nope, not going to settle.
I bought all of the necessary materials and now (Monday afternoon) am all armed with my spray paint and embellishments and (in my best Sawyer from Lost voice) Sonofabitch! The dang frame doesn't have glass which defeats the purpose just a tad right? Guess who needs another trip to Michaels and free weekend afternoon?

Moving on to some success.  I had to make the most of my time so I got my craft face on for some DIY LOVE!

I first went for some pizzazz provided by Every Creative Endeavor. The finished product is below. I love it, but I'm just not sure where I want to put it year after year. I think we need a couple of Valentine mailboxes to put on the shelf as well as seen here for sweet notes to each other. Or perhaps someone will bring home roses or chocolates or candles or maybe just a heartfelt card.... ahem. Kidding husband. I'm not so much into the whole flower thing, so diamonds will be just fine. ;)

The original site has great play-by-play instructions, but here are mine:

I grabbed these letters from Hobby Lobby for 1.99 a piece (I think. They might have been cheaper.). I placed the letters touching each other and sealed them with hot glue. 

However, they aren't too stable that way. ECE used a short staple gun to connect, but apparently the one at our home only houses large staples and when I asked the hubs if we had a smaller one, he said, "We have a stapler." Thank hon. So I improvised with lots of hot glue. This may or may not last very long!

And then I took the kids outside to play.  Oh hi Glitter Blast fun! 

As directed, I applied a red coat first to hide any brown. The glitter spray is pretty awesome, but you might want to do a test pass over some cardboard first to get in a groove. It came out pretty quickly and my coats are a bit uneven. 

And here they are all finished and with my other endeavor:

How sweet is this tiny banner! I'm a terrible blogger because I can't find the site where I found them! If anyone is interested, let me know and I can search some more.

The pictures aren't the best, but I can't wait for our little Valentine's nook to grow!

In other news, I FINALLY took on some of our growing collection of corks and made monogram for our front shelf or really anywhere I can find a place for it.

Juts a few of the corks we have. 

 I bought an extra "L" when I purchased those for the L-O-V-E sign and lined up my corks and went to work with the hot glue gun. So simple.

And there you have it.

 I cannot wait to see everyone's craft! I better carve out some blog hopping time for Tuesday night! Go check it out!


Mrs. Mama said...

OOOOMMMMMGGGGGGGGGGGG. you are amazeballs. seriously.

1. That "love" sign looks like you bought it at the store! i didn't even realize they were separate letters until you showed us how you did it. So this is a must on my list now.

2. The banner is too cute for words, I can totally pull that off too!

3. And then that L? Um.... I need to get to drinking!

Katie @ Chronicles of KT said...

so cute!! I love the cork L I may need to drink some more wine so I can make one!!!

Anonymous said...

WOW!! that LOVE sign does look like you got it from the store!!! it looks amazing! and i super love that cork one!!! i am drooling with so much jealousy of y'all's craftiness!!!

Jeremy and Megan said...

I agree with Becky! That LOVE sign looks like you bought it at the store!!

LOVE LOVE your wine cork letter!! I need to make something like that! :)

Am I Really Grown Up? said...

So very cute! I have so many Valentine's decoration ideas but I'm not sur eif I'll get to them. Maybe I'll just skip ahead to Easter:)

Happiness Is... said...

I love the wine cork project - I made a wine cork board with ours but they are accumulating again, and the letter is a great idea!

Miss67C said...

omg i NEED to try this cork project. I LOVE wine, and this would look perfect in the kitchen.

thanks for the inspiration.

Erin+Josh said...

I love your crafts! I'm collecting corks too, perfect

Lauren said...

New follower! I linked up too! :)

Love your crafts!


Nicole said...

Um, My birthday is coming up soon. Well, July, but I'm just giving you some time to think.

Love everything. I was just thinking that my hated mantle is going to be seasonal. Not my dream, but at the same time, with the kids, it will be a nice reminder of what season it is. Now I have something to make that the kids will enjoy.

And maybe I can find the old corks from our wedding, I love the cork initial.

Amy said...

Just started following... I linked up too! Love the corked letter, I need to start saving some to making something like this :)

Natalie said...

Wow you did a great job! I need you over at my house!

nicole. said...

i LOVE this. no pun intended ;)

i wish i had a hobby lobby in my town