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Hey guys…things are still crazy around here.  We are finally starting to get things put back together in our home. Yeah! But we still have a LOT of work ahead of us.  I hope to share an update later in the week if you are interested.  But, in the meantime, I wanted to share with you a fun idea for making a fun Photo Block Puzzle.

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These have been around for a while but I was reminded of them when my mom made one of these with a group of her church friends.  Hers was much larger and the blocks are about 3 inches (I think) each. I thought it would be fun to make one on a much smaller scale and  make one of them for my kids or to give as a gift to someone.

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So I found some 1 inch craft blocks at my local craft store.  They came in a large package of several of them for just a couple of dollars. 

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Then I found a box that measured 2 inches x 3 inches. So that six 1 inch blocks fit almost perfectly into the box.

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Then I found 6 pictures that I wanted to include on my block puzzle.  One photo for each side of the block.  So you have essentially 6 different photo puzzles.  I loaded the photos into my photo program and cropped them so that they measured 2 x 3 inches each.

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I tried to make sure that the lines I would be cutting on would not cut through any important details of the picture.  This will help it so that the final picture will not be distorted.  Then I glued the pieces on the puzzle with Matte finish Mod Podge.

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Then I simply rotated the blocks all in the same direction and then added another photo.  I continued that process and tried to make it so that the photos were on the same plane…if that makes sense.  Either way it will work out.

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When you are finished, every block will have one piece of each puzzle on it.  And you literally have six fun photo puzzles to play with in a nice little box.

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These would be a great activity for your little ones in church with faces of the people they love.  Or a fun way to ask someone to a dance…do they still do that in high school?  Or to give to someone as a small gift idea.  There are so many fun ways these could be used.

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What would you make one for and for who?

*And I would like to thank Kristen Duke for our fun family photo.  It is from 2010 but is still one of my favorites!

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video tutorial—tissue paper rosettes

I have gotten a lot of emails and comments from several of you who were having a little bit of difficulty making their tissue paper rosettes.  The word “twist” was a bit confusing and it is hard for me to explain how I was twisting mine.  So I went ahead and made quick video tutorial for Tissue Paper Rosettes.

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Now I must warn you…this is not a high quality production. I simply propped up my cell phone between some cracker boxes and had my son push record and stop when I gave him a cue. He he! But hopefully you will be able to see how I am twisting the paper. I tried to get in as close as possible so you could see the tissue rosette in as much detail as possible. Hope this helps you.

 

 

For the original tutorial you can go here: Tissue Paper Rosette Kissing Balls

I also made some of these and hung them in my daughter’s room which you can see here: Crepe Paper Flower Balls

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These are the perfect decoration for Valentine’s Day and they are really inexpensive to make.  They just take time.  I would suggest making these when you sit down to relax and watch television or a movie! 
 
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It’s Valentine’s Week! Every day this week we are sharing some great ideas for Valentine’s Day. We kicked off the fun filled week yesterday with the Pink Lemonade Pie! And a GREAT giveaway from The Paper Cupcake Etsy Shop! Today, Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage helps you decorate for the holiday. She will also have a giveaway, you won’t want to miss it!! Be sure to head on over and check it out.
 

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Mr. and Mrs. Sign

Learn how I made this Mr. and Mrs. sign…

So…as some of you may know…if you follow The Idea Room FB page, that I have been painting and sprucing up our Master Bedroom which has been the same since we first moved into our home almost 9 years ago. And for me, who grew up rearranging her bedroom every few months, that is a LONG time with no change.  With the new paint color, we had to get a couple of new décor items.  I thought it would be fun to make a sign that was unique to our wedding date.

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I was inspired by a wedding photo I saw where the bride and groom were each holding their respective signs.  I knew I wanted to use some weathered wood and had the perfect wood to use.  We “inherited” this old beat up garden swing when we moved into our home from the previous owners.  It was broken but I always had plans to fix it up and use it.  But it never happened.  We had slated it for the garbage man and the morning it was to be hauled off I knew I had to rescue it.  So before my husband left for work he rescued it out of the garbage can.  Phew…disaster averted.

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We cut the wood off the swing using a reciprocating saw.  Then I took 3 of the wood planks and glued them together with some left over wood scraps on the back. 

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Then using my new Silhouette Cameo machine, I cut some vinyl for the Mr. and Mrs. using the ChopinScript font.

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Carefully add the vinyl lettering to your sign.

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Then, I added a thin coat of Mod Podge (Matte finish) to the sign.  I did this because the paint was peeling off.  I did not want to lose any more of the paint or have it shed in my room.  I also wanted to keep it just the way it was.

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I really like the personal touch it gives our Master Bedroom.  And I have a few more pieces of the weathered wood that I hope to find some fun projects for.

Linking up here:

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Spring Wreath with WhipperBerry

Hello all, this is Heather from WhipperBerry and I am soooo excited to blog swap with Amy today!

I have been desperately needing a new wreath for my front door. My Valentine red burlap wreath was still up and yes, I know it’s MAY! Time for something a little more spring and a lot more summer. Enter… some super cute sheets from Ross, a square wood frame, clear hair bands, hot glue and a little Lisa Leonard bling!

If you haven’t ever thought of sheets as a great fabric alternative, now’s the time to add them to your crafting arsenal! I found this great set of California king sheets at Ross for $15.00 I have no idea how many yards that translates to, but it’s way more fabric than you can get at the fabric store for that price!! I tore the sheets into 14 inch wide strips…

…using the clear hair bands I created two rows of gathered puffs down the center of the 14 inch wide strip leaving about an 1 1/2 on either side to glue to the frame.

Once the puff strip was complete, I glued it onto the frame leaving the edges free to wrap around to the back of the frame and glue on the back as well.

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I know it’s not pretty, but really… who’s looking at the back of your fabulous wreath anyway?

I did find that after I had completed all four sides that it lacked a little oomph, so I created a single row of poofs with a 6 inch strip of the fabric…

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… I then glued that onto the inside of the square to create a third row of poofs {technical word I know.}

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I embellished the wreath with a Lisa Leonard Pennant Banner which I have fallen madly in love with!! Thank you Lisa for creating a home décor line!!

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Isn’t it lovely?! Now I have a fabulously fun wreath for my sad little front door. Thanks Amy for having us over to your place today, you’ve been an amazing hostess!!

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Fabric Interfacing with Silhouette—Monogrammed Hand Towels

 

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I recently received some of the new ”Sewable” Fabric Interfacing from Silhouette America to test out in my Silhouette Machine.  I have been wanting to make some Monogrammed Hand Towels since making this stenciled hand towel for Valentine’s Day.  I was initially planning on stenciling them but immediately changed my mind when the sewable fabric interfacing arrived.  This project literally took me about 15 minutes to complete and I had all the products already on hand…Love it when that happens!

 

It was a really easy process.  First I simply made an “H” in my Silhouette program using Times New Roman font, 4 inches tall.

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Then I took a large rectangle of some black and white polka dot fabric that I had left-over from another projects {found at JoAnn’s a couple of years ago}, and ironed it directly onto the fabric interfacing {on the opposite side of the paper}.  Make sure the right side of your fabric is facing up.

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Then I took my scissors and cut out around the material and folded up the unused fabric interfacing and saved it for future projects.

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Peel away the paper layer from the back of the material.

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Then for the best part.  Cut out your fabric with your Silhouette Machine.  This is seriously so awesome!  I think it has to be one of my favorite features of the Silhouette America machine.

 

To cut the fabric, simply place the fabric and the interfacing onto the Silhouette cutting mat.  I cut mine with settings at a speed of 3 and a thickness of 33 and it  cut the fabric perfectly!  Oh man!  I LOVE this feature!  Where was this when I was cutting all those circles for The Heartfelt Wreath??

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Simply peel away the outside fabric so that you are left with your letter.

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Carefully peel your letter from the Silhouette Mat.  Then I took a white hand towel that I found in a two Pack from Wal-Mart.  I folded the hand towel in half lengthwise so that I would know where the exact middle of the towel was.  Then I gently folded my letter in half and placed it on the lower half of the towel to get a good centered placement.

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Hold your letter carefully in place and unfold your towel and you should have a good centered placement of your monogrammed letter.  Iron the letter into place on the towel.  This is a temporary hold so that you can sew it into place.

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I sewed around all of the edges with some white thread so that the stitching would stand out a bit and made sure to back stitch to keep it on the towel permanently and securely. 

 

And that is it!  Super simple right?  If you don’t sew on a sewing machine, this would be just as easy to do with some simple hand stitching!  And if you don’t have a silhouette machine, you could simply stencil them with fabric paint or cut out your own letter by tracing onto your fabric and cutting it out with a pair of scissors.  Because it is one letter it shouldn’t be too difficult or time consuming.  These would be great wedding, shower, Christmas or even birthday gifts! 

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I like them so much I want to make one for the kitchen and some other bathrooms…and why not all my friends.  This project cost me a total of $1.25…or the price on one hand towel…Not too bad…ehhh?

 

And guess what?  As a Silhouette affiliate I am able to offer my readers a special promotion good only this week, March 21-27th! What is this great deal? Use the promo code IDEAROOM at checkout when you purchase a Silhouette SD, you will also receive one package of each fabric interfacing (clean cut & sewable) and a roll of white flocked heat transfer material for only $229. If you already have a Silhouette, use the promo code IDEAROOM at checkout to receive a 25% discount on fabric interfacing.  But hurry it is only good through March 27th. Silhouette Electronic Cutting Tool

 Click on button if you are interested in this promotion and it will take you right to Silhouette’s site.

 

 **I did not get paid any compensation for this post. I did however receive some Sewable Fabric Interfacing to keep for my own and review.  All opinions are mine and mine alone.

DIY Pomander "Kissing Balls"

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As promised, I have another project to share with you today from the recent makeover of our daughter’s room. I hope you are not getting tired of all the decorative kissing balls {like these tissue paper rosettes and the felt kissing balls} that I have been sharing lately. With Valentine’s Day and three daughters…well, that explains it…right?

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These adorable kissing balls are not my creative genius…I wish I could claim them because they are really fun and springy. These beauties are the creation of Paula of Frog Prince Paperie. Paula shared her tutorial for how to make them over at Pizzazzerie.

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But before I made the pomanders…I had to make a tray to hold them in. I found this little gem at the Thrift Store {DI} for .75 cents. Yep! I loved the shape and the two side edges of the wooden tray.

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I added a fresh coat of white Krylon Spray Paint…and sanded a few edges to give it some character. Doesn’t it look so pretty?

Then I took a piece of scrapbook paper and cut it to fit into the bottom of the tray. Then I covered the bottom with a Matte Mod Podge and then let it dry. Then I added a layer of Mod Podge to the top.

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When I looked for ball head pins, I could not find one single package of pins that were not multicolored. I saw some pearl pins in the wedding aisle, but they were a bit too expensive for my budget. So I simply took a pack of pins I already had on hand and spray painted them white. Spray paint is your friend :)!

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This was just after one coat. Make sure to wear a glove and then move the pins around as you spray to get the pins at all angles. It took three coats to cover them completely. Next time…I will push the pins almost all the way into the styrofoam so that paint does not get on the pin itself. It will make it easier to push into the ball.

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My daughter’s begged to help out with the next steps and I gladly welcomed their help. They took turns punching and folding up the petals for the top flowers. They also took turns getting the pins and putting them into the flowers. We place a flat flower first and then a folded flower.

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Then the girls would set the pinned flowers in a pile and I pinned them into the styrofoam ball. It was a really fun girly activity to do together. But they are a bit time consuming. Watch a chick flick and grab a friend to help you. Each ball took about one hour with my little helpers!

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Pretty easy right?

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I really like how they turned out and they bring some fun color into my daughter’s bedroom.

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What do you think?

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Sea Glass Candy

Have you heard of Sea Glass Candy?  It has become fairly popular with weddings and showers lately but I remember it as a kid. I have been wanting to make some for a while now, simply because the candy is so pretty.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 – 1 tsp. flavoring oil
  • Powdered sugar (to coat cooled candy)

1.  Lightly grease jelly roll pan.

2.  Pour sugar, corn syrup and water in a medium saucepan. Place over medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves.

3.  Without stirring, boil the mixture until a candy thermometer reads between 300 and 310 degrees. (about 20-30 minutes.) Drop a small amount into ice water. If it separates into brittle strands its ready.

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5.  Remove from heat and let boiling subside.

6.  Measure flavoring oil and pour into candy mixture. Also add food coloring if desired. Blend with a wooden spoon.  **Be very careful when adding as it will let off strong smell and steam.

7.  Pour onto greased cookie sheet or cake pan. Let cool.

8.  Cover with wax paper and hit lightly with a hammer to break into smaller pieces.

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Take the pieces and coat them lightly with some powdered sugar.

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Package up so that it is pretty and give it away to a friend!  I flavored mine with an orange flavored oil.  Yum!

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Wedding Shower Advice Book

My laptop has been sent to get some minor repairs including the letter “C” which mysteriously came off after my daughter borrowed my laptop to watch Barbie and the Diamond Castle. Hmmmmm! So, I am having to use my dinosaur of a desktop. It is as slow as molasses! I am going to stick with the short and sweet posts until its glorious return…I don’t know how I am going to survive! For those of you who have giveaways and blog swaps in the next couple of weeks with me, no worries, I had planned for its absence and we are good to go!

Are you planning a bridal shower in the next little while? I had one for a friend a couple of weeks ago and thought it would be fun to have everyone in attendance leave a little advice for the soon to be married couple. I took their picture from their invitation and made a little chipboard book with scrapbook paper and some embellishements. Then had each guest write down a piece of advice or something they had learned from their experience with marriage that could help out the newlyweds to be.

They took a couple of minutes and wrote something down and then held on to their cards. When the couple was opening their present, they read the couple their advice. We then gathered up all of the cards and put them into the book. For the guests who were not married they shared something that they hope their spouse will do for them to show them they are loved and appreciated.

We had some really funny tips, some really profound ones and some sweet ones too. It was also a fun way to get to know the guests a bit better as well. Plus, the couple can take home the book and look back at it from time to time. I also took a few pictures at the shower and gave them to the bride so she could place some in the book as well.

Oven Hand Mitt Tutorial

Doesn’t the onset of cooler fall weather make you want to bake something yummy? I have been doing a little baking which inspired me to finally make a cute oven hand mitt I had seen recently in a store. I came up with a tutorial so that you can make one too! I love how easy they are to use. Plus, they are a lot more functional than those big, thick akward oven mitts.

I have provided you with a free downloadable pattern, click here to print it (select the large size; it should fill a 8.5 x 11 in. paper). After you have it printed you will be able to use the patterns to cut out your material and get started.

You will cut 2 large ovals in your fabric choice A (use 100% cotton fabric). Then using the same pattern you will cut out 2 patterns of your Insul-Bright (found at most fabric stores), and 1 pattern of quilt batting (also use 100% cotton batting).

**Edit–After using my hot pads several times now, I have noticed that I am beginning to feel some heat through the hot pad. I think it would be better to add two layers of Insul-Bright instead of the one layer I had first suggested. The pattern you download will say cut 1 of the Insul-bright, but you should cut 2 to provide extra heat protection!

Place one of the fabric pieces right side down on the table. Then place 2 layers of the Insul-Bright on the fabric. Next lay down the batting layer and finally top with the other piece of fabric.

Pin together all the different layers. Sew around the entire thing using a 1/8 inch seam. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of your sewing.

Next, you will need to cut out 4 half-circle pieces of your fabric B. Iron the flat edge down 1/4 inch. Cut out 2 half-circles of the quilt batting and place them on the fabric. The fabric should be facing right side down like the picture. Be sure to place the batting up under the folded edge so that it does not show through the material.

Now add the other piece of fabric with the right side facing up and pin together. You will repeat this process with the other 2 pieces of fabric and the other piece of batting. These will be the finger and thumb pockets for your oven mitt.

Now sew along the top flat edge of each pocket.

Take your coordinating ribbon (or ric-rac) and sew it onto the top flat edge of the pocket. I used a thread that matched my ribbon and sewed it right onto the edge on both sides of the ribbon. Do this for both pockets.

Now pin your pockets onto the top of the larger oval shape you have already sewn. **Make sure that the layer of Insul-Bright is under the batting so that it will be the first to contact the hot items. This will ensure proper insulation from burns. You can tell by looking for the silvery material as opposed to the batting.

Now sew around the entire oven mitt.

Take your bias tape and also sew it around the entire mitt. I sewed close to the edge but was extra careful to not miss the tape on the other side.

And there you have it! Easy huh? I have found these are much easier to work with when pulling things out of a hot oven. They would make a perfect gift for the baker in your life this holiday season.

**The fabric was purchased at Hobby Lobby. It is labeled as 2008 Brother Sister Design Studio B24-R-P07.

Personalized Embossed Candles

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Make some super easy personalized embossed candles. These are perfect for a personalized gift for Christmas (which is what I made them for a few months ago), or a wedding/anniversary gift or for your girl friend who loves taking a bath by candle light.

All you need is a fresh, new candle (older ones do not melt as smoothly), a stamp, stamp pad (in your color choice), vinyl letters or scrapbook letters, tissue paper the same color as your candle and an embossing tool. I borrowed my friends embossing tool, but they can be found at any major craft supply store.

I tried embossing colored candles and found that they were much more difficult to get a clean professional look because the dye tended to bleed and discolor the candle. So I prefer to use white or cream colored candles.

**I have wondered if a really hot hair dryer will work instead of an embossing tool, but I have not tried it. You could always experiment on a candle you don’t care about ruining and see if it works well enough to give a nice smooth finished look so that you don’t have to get an embossing tool.

Then take your letters or picture stamp design and stamp them onto your tissue paper.

After the ink has completely dried (to prevent smearing), cut around as close as possible to the edges of your lettering or picture.

Place your tissue paper on the candle exactly where you want it to be. I wet my finger and touched it to the tissue paper in a couple of spots and stuck it onto the candle. Then carefully and evenly move embossing tool over the tissue paper. This will melt the candle wax which will then cause the tissue paper to stick to the candle. If you are careful enough this will create a seamless seal and the tissue paper will melt into the candle and appear as if the lettering is directly on the candle.

**I would practice on a practice candle several times before doing the final run on your gift candle. This takes a bit of practice so as not to melt your candle too much in different areas.

As soon as you get a hang of it, it is really simple. I made some also with scrapbook letters which can be seen on the left candle in the picture above.

If you don’t have any one who needs a candle for a gift, make one to enhance your own holiday decorations.

Go on and give it a try! And remember, I love seeing pictures of any and all of your finished projects.

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