love mobile

Yup, it's another bird mobile, but with a little twist- a love mobile! The little heart is just two pieces of fabric, sewed together, stuffed with filling and sewed up (like the birds, but without the blanket stitch). It is hanging from invisible thread like it is floating over the birdies' heads.
The eye is a french knot.
I've been experimenting with different ways to hang the mobiles. So far, this is my favorite:
I use an old ring (in this case an old jelly ring-remember those?) and invisible thread. Each branch is different, so it takes experimentation to devise the perfect balance. Basically, I take very long piece of invisible thread  and knot it around the bottom branch and work my way up winding it around strategically at certain points, balancing as I go. Then at the top of the mobile, I take the ring wind the thread around it, tie a knot, and work my way down the other side as described above and tie it off. Make sense?
If you make your own, make sure to send a photo or link!


scalloped welcome banner

Check out this cute little welcome banner. I made it for upcoming craft shows to welcome people into our craft booth. It could also be used to welcome a new baby, or just welcome people into your home or for a party...I guess just about any time you want to welcome people...a picnic, a BBQ, a baby/bridal shower...you get the idea. :)
I just love the little pom-poms! Makes it so endearing.

I made this banner very quickly for our 15 year high school reunion we had last month.


oldie car shirts

I made these freezer stencil shirts for an upcoming car/craft show. I've never even heard of such a combo, but when you think about it, it's a great idea: husbands get to look at old cars and wives get to look at new crafts! win-win!
Our son loves this shirt so I think we'll be keeping it and I'll be making another for the craft show!
(yes, our little sweetie baby has a cast on his arm-covered by a sock with the toes cut out to keep it clean...sad).

Gettin' a little doggy huggy-love!

I think I'll be making a few more of these before the week is up!


photo hook board

I LOVE hooks! I would hang everything on a hook if I could. I love easy access to my stuff and I like to see it so I don't forget I have it. So when I saw Sweet Daisy Designs'  Photo Key Holder, I knew I would be making one soon. I actually made this one over a month ago, just haven't found time to post.

I had Lowe's cut my wood down to size after I bought these cute little 5"x5"canvases at Michael's to make sure I knew the canvases would all fit since I wasn't sure I would be able to find the right size canvases. I painted right over the darling little anchor (Michael's had the most adorable nautical themed canvases...hhmmm..I keep writing "canvases"!) Then I watered down acrylic black paint and painted the wood. Before it dried, I wiped off most of the paint so the grain would show through. This must be done in stages so the paint does not dry too fast, especially if you are outside, like I was.

 Next came "aging" the edges of the painted canvases with an ink pad (I had never done this before...I'm still deciding if I like it, although it doesn't matter now, it's done and it's staying up!) Then I Mod Podged the  photos on the canvases.
I wish I had a Cricut or Silhouette cutter, but sadly, I do not, so I decided not to risk free handing or stenciling letter. Plus I convinced myself I prefer it plain.

I bought the hooks already on a black backboard at TJ Maxx for only $7.99 which was cheaper than buying each hook individually at the home improvement store. I just hammered some nails in the board to hang the hooks--easy-peasy! I also nailed some little nails to hang the canvases. Sweet Daisy's idea of gluing them may be better, but I am impatient and I did not read her directions all that closely and also gluing takes time to dry and a nail does not!

These photos remind me that i realllllllyyyy want to paint our walls! blaaaaahhh!