Thursday, January 12, 2012

Hanging Art Display

It's been awhile. I was going to show you how to make this super cool shirt out of an old shirt. I wanted to do this because my boyfriends parents gave me a shirt for Christmas that was a size Men's XL and I unfortunatly am a size Woman's small-medium but I really wanted to be able to wear the shirt! Oh and my mom got a new sewing machine for Christmas that I have being dying to use :P. (Side note: I'm not even sure if the shirt would fit Josh. He's your average guy.) Anyways somewhere along the way it went awfully bad! I'm not sure if it started when my mom and I got a pin stuck in my arm or when I cut the neck to big. It might have started when my little helper (not so much helper) Pey started helping me.
She was soooo helpfull she deserved a snack! But in the end the shirt wasn't worth making a toutorial for because I am still not sure how I ended up with the finished project!
         Today I had a whole day to just stay inside because we went from no snow and 50 degree weather to 4 inches of snow and -8 degrees weather literally overnight. I crafted all day! I have so many things to show you! Today I am going to show you how to create a hanging art display. My mom runs a daycare and needed something to hang the kids' crafts and worksheets up on so parents could pick them up in the evening. This is what I came up with.
This project cost me $1.56 excluding the clothes pins and glue gun! I picked up a square wooden dowel from Hobby Lobby for $1.25 and some remnant ribbon in the clearance section also at Hobby Lobby for $0.31. I found some clothes pins in the laundry room and I invested in a glue gun at the begining of break.
First glue down the clothes pins. I started at by glueing one at each end about an inch in. When glueing the clothes pins on I found that it's easiest to opperate when glues on to the dowel right where the hinge starts. Once the end clips were attatched I glued one on each end about a glue stick length apart from the last clip. I kept doing this until my clips met in the middle!
Because I bought remnant ribbon I didn't have one peice of ribbon that was quite big enough so I tied two peices together!
To attach the ribbon to the dowel I hot glued it around rather than tying it. It seemed to hold better.

And there you have it! This took me a total of about 10 minutes to make. Although after the fact my mom decided that maybe she wanted it to me painted to Rust to match her shelves...

Sunday, January 8, 2012

visiting boyfriend=watching video games

The title speaks the truth :P To be completely truthful this doesn't happen often. He's usually pretty good at putting the xbox controllers way while visit so I'll let him play his round while I search the web for new creations to recreate! And trust me I already have a list way to long to finish while I am on Christmas break. I also needed to get a break from watching a marathon of Dance Moms. (I am super addicted!) I thought I would just leave you all a little note before I go to bed and head out on a day trip tomorrow with Mr. Boyfriend! Night :)

Ohh Sunday

Today was busy busy! We had to go to church, run errands and go out to eat for my birthday and also so I could see some of my aunts and uncles! My brothers even surprised me with a very frosted, heart shaped chocolate chip cookie. SO much of it was frosting that I could only eat about 4 bites before it was to much. I promised I would eat more later but it seemed to be gobbled up by one brother when I wasn't looking. But somewhere along the way I noticed that its January and there is STILL no snow. This is IOWA, it's starting to get freaky!
 I took this pic this morning and see no snow! (Please ignore the dead looking garden and the gigantic pile of wood. Trust me it gets bigger the closer you get to the wood burner. I guess Dad and Joe haven't finished chopping yet!)

Saturday, January 7, 2012


Today I took a swing at making coasters. This should have only taken at a maximum of 2 hours, but I had the brightest idea to make twelve to make as Christmas/Birthday gifts for my friends back at school. So it this project ended up taking me all day, and my whole trying to speed the process up idea only made it take longer. BUT I had fun and it was a pretty cheap project.
Supplies: Felt, Clear Waterproofing spray, tiles(these can be bought at Menards for 16 cents each) super fine glitter, scrapbook letters, scissors, Mod Podge, paint brush(I like to use the foam paint brushes. Mostly because you can get 6 for 99 cents at Hobby Lobby so I don't feel bad throwing them away afterwards.), scrapbook paper, and something to use to set your project on - I used computer paper that was in the scrap bin. You don't really need all of these, you can decorate your coasters how ever you would like! (PS, like my tiny scissors? I guess that's what happens when you live in a house that holds a daycare. :p)
First trace out tiles on the felt. This will be the bottom of the coasters so they don't scratch the surface they sit on. I had to use 3 pieces of felt for 12 tiles.

Apply Mod Podge to the back of the tile and then press the felt onto the tile back. Make sure you press hard so the felt doesn't fall off.
Cut out the scrapbook paper if that's how you are going to decorate your coasters. The paper can be cut out to cover the entire tile but I thought it looked cuter when I cut the birds out.
Now cover the tile in Mod Podge and place paper on top. Be sure to press the paper firmly on to the tile so it stays on. Then cover with 2-3 layers of Mod Podge.
Ooooooo glitter coasters!!!! How I love glitter! This is where the super fine glitter comes in hand. It covers more evenly than the chunky glitter does and I think it looks prettier! And I just love glitter!
I discovered that when putting scrapbook stickers on, it helps to a layer of Mod Podge on and then let it dry COMPLETELY before putting the letters on. Also be sure to let the glitter layer dry completely before applying a Mod Podge layer or else the glitter just scrapes off.

After each coaster has been coated with 2-3 layers of Mod Podge spray it with 2-3 layers of the clear waterproofing spray (clear acrylic spraypaint) and walla!!! Now you have your very own custom coasters!

Friday, January 6, 2012


Welcome to my blog! I'm new at this so give  me a chance to get adjusted to it! I am on Christmas break at the moment so I will have plenty of time to create some new ideas and post them. I have plenty planned and will have a something new posted hopefully by the end of the weekend. I am not sure yet what you will all find here but I do know you will find plenty of craft/project ideas! As for the name Auby, well it is a nickname given to me by a friend and I needed a name for my blog :p Have a happy Friday!