4/22/17

Baby Shower Diaper gift...

I went to a baby shower this past weekend. The mother-to-be requested baby diapers as a gift.... I thought I could pop onto Pinterest and find a quick cute idea to follow to do a diaper cake or something like that. Wrong. I couldn't find anything that I thought was cute.... so I came up with something on my own. A diaper bath! Now this is caute! 
I used a plastic laundry hamper as the base of the baby tub. I pulled curling ribbon between the hampers slats using a crochet hook and then wrapped the curling ribbon around each little diaper to hold it in place. Just for the base alone it took eighty diapers....
 I used Sesame Street diapers around the rim....
 For the top of the baby tub, I cut a cardboard circle to fit inside the hamper so I could stand some diapers inside the bathtub as well. I lost count after 40ish... I also cut a hole in the cardboard for the little baby dolls feet to fit through so it sat a little lower in the tub.
 Lastly, I added some iridescent gift shred to the top and a little rubber ducky to finish off the bathtub look. Ahhhhhh.....
 
I had bought a little light up/musical Seahorse to give the new baby too. These are my favorite little toys for babies. Instead of decorating the gift bag-- I used double sided tape and taped the baby themed stickers to the bag itself. This way the new Momma can use them however she wants.
I also made gift tags to put on the gifts. I pulled out my paint and made what I hope looked like bubbles... Once the paint had dried, I went to Avery.com and used the free templates they provide and printed onto the painted cardstock the sentiment...
 I cut and glued the painted/printed card stock onto some blue card stock and added some curling ribbon to finish them up. Easy peasy.
I am happy to report the new mom-to-be liked the gifts I gifted her with....
It has been a fun-filled day~
big hugs,
Cheryl

4/18/17

New Jewelry Displays

I created two new spinning jewelry displays today. The majority of these pieces have been in my pirate backyard for a few years... the vintage wheel, the two wooden spools and the metal light cap were all in my yard.
I covered the two spools with some burlap that I simply stitched in place.

These spinning necklace displays were easy to make. I bought two four dollar ball-bearing-spinny-things from the hardware store and screwed each one to a circle of plywood. I drilled a hole in the center of the plywood circles and fed a threaded rod through the wood with a nut on the underside to keep it in place.

 Then it was just a matter of feeding the wooden spool onto the threaded rod....

Next, I put the vintage wheel onto the rod...
 Then added another screw and tightened that to keep everything together.

I kept the threaded rod long on purpose to help hold the finial on each piece. This finial is my favorite....
This one, not so much, but it does the job for now. I want to replace it once I find a better looking finial.
Here are my two new spinning display pieces.
 I had made a bunch of lucky penny necklaces recently so I added them to one of the spinny displays. *Technical term*

I like to tie a ribbon around each spool to keep the necklaces from getting unruly while being transported.
 I recently bought a little spool for .25¢ I'm sure sooner or later it will peek my interest and be transformed into a smaller version of the larger spinny displays.
But for now, it will sit in my studio to gently remind me not to forget about it!
big hugs,
Cheryl

4/11/17

Bowling Pirates

I was wanting to create a little bowling game for my Pirate backyard... and boom... I found a wooden bowling set with a matching ball for a buck at a yard sale. Mind blown. Of course building the alley for the pins cost a little bit more. I think in total this cost me about $25 bucks with some wood left over for another project. *wink*
Aren't the little bowling pins adorable?
 I stenciled circles onto the bowling alley with gold paint so it will make it easy to put the pins back where they belong after each strike. When I have some free time I'm going to add some moss and fabric and other do dads and chachkies to make the bowling game a little cuter.
I was also wanting to create a skeet ball game... and you guessed it. "Boom"... found it at a yard sale.
 Yes, yes... yes... a bit mangled and broken up... but the potential is there! I see it...
big hugs,
Cheryl