When I received the packet of items for Christy Nelson's August Craft Challenge, I ripped open the envelope, dumped out the contents, and said -- out loud -- "What in the WORLD?" I was not prepared for the random assortment enclosed: some black tulle/material; a baggie of blue beads; a baggie of random hardware; some super sticky, "extreme" adhesive squares; and a brown parchment-type paper with random, oddly named animals... and little details (in Spanish?). (Am I out of the loop here? What ARE these things!?!?!)
At any rate, I placed the craft items in a cabinet for storage... and started thinking about what I could possibly create with those things. After weeks and weeks, nothing came to me, so I finally pulled the items out the other day and left them out on the kitchen counter, where I was sure to see them... and think about them... and hopefully figure out what I would make!
Today, an idea finally hit me: I could make a frame!
Now, I have no clue where I got THAT idea, but I just went to work! I grabbed an unused, inexpensive, plain, black metal frame and a few extra items (some black and white giraffe-print fabric, string, and Mod Podge), and I started cutting out the little animal squares and making small strips of fabric.
Then I strung some of the beads. I pasted a large square of the black fabric on the cardboard that came in the frame, and I arranged the little parchment animals around the edges. I added some of my black and white giraffe fabric (with those AWESOME adhesive squares) and arranged the blue beads on the top and the bottom edge. I also tied fabric strips to the top of the frame and glued on some of the hardware pieces, along with a small strand of blue beads, just for some added color and decor! :)
When I put the frame back together, I was quite pleased!
I even tried it out with one of Iain's latest photos (that needed a frame, anyway).
Hooray! I met the challenge for this month.... AND I got a really fun and unique frame out of it! It's now sitting on the dresser in Iain's room! CUTE! :)
(You can see my post about June's challenge HERE! And you can get in on the crafty fun by visiting Christy's etsy store, HERE!)
Looks like another one of my "LoveTubs" made it to an etsy treasury entitled "Fun, Football and Tailgaiting!"! But I am a bit torn on this one. While it's great that my "Roll Tide" tub is featured, I feel like I have betrayed my team. Sorry, Auburn. Looks like Alabama is already on a roll....
You can visit my etsy store and see MORE LoveTubs and other crafty doo-dads by clicking HERE!
I'm going to have to do some back-tracking here soon, since I've missed out on some important posts, but I still wanted to capture the official "first day of school" photo... and actually post it on the first day of school!
So..... here she is: my little third grader! Wow. And here's to a great new school year!
I am a full-time wife to an amazing husband and a full-time mom to a beautiful daughter, little boy and baby girl... and I have a home-based business with Uppercase Living and work part time to help keep our lawn business up and running. (Yes, if you are out and about, that's me, the tall blond on the Walker mower!) In a nutshell: I am a busy -- but VERY HAPPY -- gal! :)
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So... if you're bored with your blog, make yourself a note that I do a little bloggy design work on the side! For a small fee, you pick the colors and/or scrapbook elements, and I can put together the background, main header, buttons, etc.! Here are a few examples (besides my own personal blog, of course)! * Oaklyn Hills Event Committee Blog * The Neat Get Neater