December 31, 2011

I think I have a sickness…

It’s “make presents” sickness.
Every year I try to tell myself not to make some gifts, and then I find a gift to make and do it. Thinking it will be EASIER for me to do this than find things to purchase and give; so I relent as always.
I did a few things this year, making earrings was one since I have so many supplies and didn’t need to buy anything. But not everyone could I give earrings to, and some people had recently received earrings….

So I went in search of another idea.

Finding a cute one I thought was very fun, would be easy to execute, and very inexpensive. 
Why would I keep looking right?
Here’s the original idea: (Click on the image to go to the blog post. I totally admit to not reading it... so maybe you'll want to. I just saw the photo on pinterest, pinned it, and ran with it.)

Here’s what I did:
I went and bought a bunch of hand soaps, peeled off the labels, and cleaned up the sticky residue using adhesive remover. I will say the goo-gone was better than the un-du for this.

Then with clean bottles I started on my sticker.
I needed a border. This border was not a digital border, it’s the border of a stamp I have, so I scanned it into photoshop.
Then I found some fonts I liked and a saying.
Measuring the face of the bottle, I determined the size it needed to be.
When I finished the image, I put multiples on one sheet in illustrator and created a pdf. Then I went over to Kinko’s with it and had them print me two sheets of my image onto clear sticker paper. I would not want to print this myself as I only have an ink jet printer, and obviously, a soap bottle sticker is going to get wet!

I came home, got out my concentric circles Coluzzle template and cut around the image.

Attached the stickers, and tied a bow!

A fun suggestion, if you want to have an image showing through from the back… create an image, invert it before you make a pdf and print it. Then attach the sticker to the back of the bottle, and it will read correctly from the front.
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December 4, 2011

Time again for a Christmas tree…

Decorating a Christmas tree isn’t the most exciting project in my house, not by a long shot. But it has to be done.
I put the tree up and fluff it ready for lights, husband does lights, and then I decorate it. On Natty’s step1 of getting it up she failed to get it to stand straight and had to go asking for help.  Asking for assistance is not my strong suit, especially when it’s something easy I should be able to do myself, but I got myself all angry and ready to put the tree back in the bloody box, so help it was.
Within just a couple minutes tree was straight and I was underway.

Since I was so happy with my tree last year, I didn’t really fancy coming up with something totally new this year. I wanted to do it mostly similar, but incorporate some blue. Last year it was all green and white.
First thing I did was buy some of those berry clumps. I tell myself that berries look like polka-dots, so my tree needs them.
Then I made some “icicles” out of beads; mixing blue with a hint of green. They were a cinch.
I got out 3” headpins. (I was fully prepared to use wire and just make eyepins, but since I had the long headpins I didn’t bother)
Pulled out various beads, strung them from small to large. 
Then bent the end of the headpin to the side. This is a crucial step:
Using round nose pliers bent the end into a simple loop.
Hung with a curly wire.
Here are the other decorations I added. (again, most from last year)
I added a few mismatched odd balls too. (I've managed to delete the pic of my glittery snowballs, so there's a bunch of them also)
The blue isn’t obvious from a distance I realize, but that’s ok. I’m happy.

A friend in Norfolk said she put a kitten on the top of her tree... I've been on the lookout, so if I find an angelic white kitten, he's mine!
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