Saturday, July 31, 2010

Inexpensive Night Shirts

I have been a busy bee lately! I have lots of projects to show you of all the things I've made lately. But here is one that has been in my brain for a while, just needed to be made (shouldn't it count if you just thought of it?)

Well, with it being so hot out, my daughter doesn't sleep well, can you blame her? So I went to the old Walmart and got a package of men's undershirts, size Small (didn't take a picture of them as I figured we all know what they look like.) I then used the same technique as I did with her Dinosaur Shirt and cut the sleeves and cut the collar off. The only difference I made was I didn't use my serger along the outside hem, nor did I use the bias tape. I simply folded the hem and put the elastic through. It was super easy! I made 5 of them in a night. The hardest part is getting her to wear something other than these shirts! She loves them! And they are so comfy for her!

These were the best pictures I could take as she was being her typical stubborn self and wouldn't sit nice for me. Its like herding cats!

Don't you just love her mad scientist hair? Lol

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Decorating on a Shoe String Budget Part III

A few posts ago I talked about how I got some cool garage sale "Cast Offs." They were free to me, but the fact that no one bought them was shocking to me as I would have scooped them up instantly! This is one of the two sets of wooden shudders I got from my mother-in-law. They were marked at $2.00!!!!! Why no one got these was crazy, but their loss is my gain!
Now the paper bag wreath I made looked a little lost on the wall I hung it on. It needed a little something extra. So I took my handy-dandy spray paint and painted it pink.
Then I sanded it down and made it look old and wonderful!

And finally I hung the wreath on the shudder! Now that looks better, don't you think?

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Decorating on a Shoe String Budget Part II

Remember the canvases I did for my son's room? Here's the Tutorial if you missed it, but I had one canvas left over. So I had my creative juices going, changing my mind several times in what direction I wanted, then taking the plunge and made this little ditty!
Here's what you need:

*Canvas, whatever size you want
*Paint for the canvas (I spray painted mine with a soft pink called "Ballet Slipper")
*Picture of birds (I found mine from my favorite vintage picture website Graphics Fairy and here is the picture I used)
*Fabric or Paper
*Glue Gun
*Modge Podge
*Little Silk Flower (Optional)

Step 1: Paint Canvas. Then cut out your birds using your picture as your stencil. I used Fabric for mine, but you can use paper as well. Then Modge Podge the back of your paper/fabric and stick to your painted canvas.

Step 2: Glue your branch onto your canvas, making it look like your birds are perched on the branch. Now, I thought that the canvas looked a little bland, so I glued little flowers and leaves from a stem of flowers I had from our wedding 7 years ago. Kind of makes me happy to use those flowers for things for my daughter.

And Ta da! A simple, sweet picture. I love it and catch myself stopping just to look at it.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Decorating on a Shoe String Budget Part I

I guess, technically, this should be Part II with the canvases for my son's room being the first installment. However, this one was almost so cheap it was silly! I found this tutorial on making a wreath with paper lunch bags. I loved it! However I didn't have the fun paper cutter that she had, I had to get a little creative in what I used. I took the lid to my Crystal Light and traced it, then cut out the circles. I layed each bag out and stacked them, so I could cut out many at a time. Now she says to use 8-10 paper bags, I, on the other hand, used about 30. I guess I figure that if you do something, might as well go big! Lol I also used the Dollar Store wreath like she did and her template for the butterflies. This project cost me... (drum roll)... $0.00!!!!!! I already had everything that I needed! SWEET!!!!! Hope it inspired you!
My next post will be about our "wonderful" carpet experience. And by "wonderful" I mean holy smokes of a nightmare! That's why I haven't been posting lately. When I am in a bad mood, I stay away from blogging because I tend to be really negative, and who wants to read anything from a crabby mom? Not I!!!! Hope you all are enjoying your summer so far!

Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special


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