Last Minute Orange!

What to do when it’s 8pm the night before “Orange and Black Day” at school, and you realize that you are seriously lacking in the orange department? You run into your craft room, dig through your fabric stash, come out with a sorry looking piece of orange felt and a small piece of orange broadcloth, and you start getting creative!

First, I used the idea from the pillow I made a couple of weeks ago, and used the piece of felt to make this little orange flower that I pinned onto my daughter’s black dress. I simply cut 5 large petal shapes, four smaller petals shapes and a one-piece petal thingy for the center, hot-glued the bases together, then hot glued them into a flower shape on a small circle of felt. Not sure that made ANY sense, but it didn’t to me at the time, either! I like how it turned out, though…

The next thing I did was take that piece of cloth, tear it into long strips, and twist and glue them into these little pretty rag flowers for their hair:

The nice thing about orange is, you only need a little to make a real POP! After making four of those (one for each girly!) I used the remainder of the fabric to make a wrap for TJ’s waist. I then searched through my jewelry and stickers to dress up the girls further. A little face paint, and voila! You can’t get much “orange and black” -er!

 Even daddy wanted in on the action – minus the orange and black, though. I don’t think showing up to help move a single mom dress all in orange and black flowers would go over well 🙂 Happy Orange and Black Day!


Count Down to Candy!

I wish I owned some wood working tools. A router, a saw, a sander, I want it all! My mom is the queen work worker, but I guess I never caught the bug. But, THIS project? I can do 🙂 It’s SO cute and I’ve wanted to make one for a while. It’s a little countdown calendar to Halloween (but just wait… I’m making a Christmas one, too!)
You will need to get some square wood blocks. Easiest way is to go to your local Home Renovations store (i.e. Home Depot) and ask them to cut them for you. Usually they will do it for free. Just buy a post and have them cut them into squares for you. You will also need a base. You can just get a piece of ply wood, or you could use your post and just have them cut it double length for one piece. Make sense?
Now, you’ll need 12 different pieces of patterned paper, cut to 1/4 inch smaller than the face of the square blocks. My blocks measured 3″ by 3″, so I cut my papers to be 2.75″ square. 
You can skip this step if you want to, but I inked the edges of the papers.
Choose a paint color that matches your papers, and paint around the edges of the block, about a half inch in or so, on all sides.

Now all you have to do is mod podge the papers on, add number stickers ( or cut some with your die cutting machine) and adhere them. There is a specific order you need to add the numbers, though, so pay close attention to this:

Block #1:

2 (top)
                           1   3   5   0  (around the sides)
       6 (bottom)
Block #2:
0 (top)
                           1   8   7   2  (around the sides)
        4 (bottom)
Now you’ve got your blocks! For the base, paint in a matching color, then add your saying in letter stickers or vinyl! Voila! You are ready to start counting down! It could also be used like a calendar to just count UP to a date, too.

I sprayed mine with glimmer mist to give it some shimmer, and added a couple of vinyl shapes to add some interest. I love it! Now, my next project will be my Christmas set! Yippee!