Les Elephants

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Earlier today, while taxing a break from preparing my families taxes (yes, another had to add to the overall task list that I accomplish for my family), I turned on the boob tube, and saw an amazing documentary via Netflix on African elephants. This program reminded me of my undergraduate years a few moons back (six years ago to be exact), as my college sororities mascot, was in fact an African elephant, and so I decided to show a blog viewing of some of the cuties/crafties/happies that I made during my undergraduate years.

What’s so great about undergraduate, sorority cuties/crafties/happies? I’m so glad you asked, cuties/crafties/happies are amazing as they tend to be budget friendly (most items came from the Dollar Tree and my imagination), easy to prepare in a short amount of time, contained items that could be re-used and deconstructed, etc. Simple touches like sponge painting characters on basket wrap, metallic pen designs with song lyrics on ribbons, cute or inspirational canvas prints, hand painted tote bags, all show a homemade touch and a personal flair. Though most of these items were created for my “little sisters,” the ideas could translate to many other areas and occasions. Looking back on these items, it reminds me that perhaps even today, it would be nice to create a small, cute gift basket, a handcrafted canvas print, or a nifty wooden-letter tag for a child or nursery room setting.

Of course, as a side note, the pictures also remind me of the sixty pounds I have lost, snaps! So, here’s to the African elephant and cuties/crafties/happies everywhere!

Cheers!

 

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Felt Flower slipcovers

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     For this past Autumn, I decided that I was to start undertaking making pillow slip covers for my sun porch. The first set of pillow covers made were heather-ed tan base covers, with burnt caramel and yellow flower patterns adorning them. The original tutorial for the pillows followed a simpler pattern, which came from Sewing Gossip featured this craft tutorial, which they original saw created by Alison of Cluck Cluck Sew , who writes craft blogs for V and Co.. The tutorial was divine, but the more I began laying the flower petals out, the more that ended up on the final product. The end product for me was fantastic! I was greatly pleased, and this project was the inspiration for the other items of that season, such as the wreath above my hanging swing. The materials for the project, for me, cost under fifteen dollars for the four slips covers, and a little over two hours to make them; keep in mind that the pillow forms were already on hand for me, but cost nine dollars each, and were 18×18″ in size. 

 

These were great pillow forms, and I was greatly pleased to make them!

 

Cheers…

Valentine’s Day Crafts, Part One

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For one of my graduate school classes, I am undertaking a home decorating class, centered on holiday decorating. For Valentine’s Day, I am decorating my sun porch, which is fully screened in, and leads to my car port. The space is 12’x30′. So far, I have planned about two dozen crafts for the holiday, and thus far have finished several. As they are completed, I will post pictures online.

Here is part one.

  • A wreath for the living room door.
  • Smaller wreaths and wrought iron wreath holders on car port.
  • Foam wreath above wine rack on porch, with festive, holiday glasses.
  • Je T’aime burlap pillow form, slip covers.

Cheers!

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Diaper Cake

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For the first tier, you will need about 35 newborn or stage 1 diapers.

Unfold 17 of them and, one at a time, roll them up tight, starting from the front of the diaper and rolling it to the back. The tighter the better. Place a rubber band around the center after you roll each diaper up to hold it tight. These are the inner diapers for the cake.

Take the cake platter and place the 8-oz baby bottle or large bottle of baby lotion in the center. Then place about 5-6 diapers around the bottle and put a large rubberband around the entire ring of diapers.

Next, form a 2nd ring with the remaining 11-12 diapers by placing them around the 1st ring of diapers. Complete it by placing a large rubberband around the 2nd ring.

Now for the final ring of diapers for the 1st tier: Take 18-20 diapers, unfold each one, roll them up tight like before, but instead of a rubber band around each one, tie a thin, 1/4 inch piece of ribbon around the middle around each one. Then place them around the second ring to form a 3rd ring. Now take a large, 1/2 to 1 inch wide ribbon and tie it around the entire tier to hold them all together in a circle shape.

(Note, you could use just rubberbands around each diaper for the 3rd ring if you have opaque ribbon to hold the 3rd ring together. The important part is that no rubberbands are showing when you are done.)

The second tier is made much the same way, only instead of 3 rings, you will only make 2 rings of diapers. Just like the 1st tier, the inside ring will need about 5-6 diapers. Part of the 8-oz bottle will be sticking out of the 1st tier, so place your 5-6 diapers around it to form the 1st ring of the 2nd tier. The 2nd ring will need 11-12 diapers. Place a ribbon around each one of those 2nd ring diapers and hold them all together in a circle with the 1/2 to 1 inch wide ribbon, just like before.

It is probably easiest to assemble this tier on a table and then place it on the rest of the cake after it is assembled. So, take a 4-oz bottle and place it on the table.

Then take 5-6 diapers and roll them up like before and tie them with the thin ribbon.

Then place them around the 4 -oz baby bottle and tie your wide ribbon around it to hold it together tightly in it’s shape. Take the top tier and place it on the top of the cake.

Add little baby items like Pacifiers, bottles, lotion, bibs, receiving blankets, miniature stuffed animals, baby towel, onesie, wash cloths, baby hygiene products, toys, etc. Place them between the folds of the diaper, tuck the larger items into the outer layer of ribbon.

Add stickers and decorations to match the baby shower theme.

Place a stuffed animal, pair of baby shoes, or something else on top to match the baby shower theme.

Voila, a diaper cake.

As she sees it…

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Hello, world! My name is Nicole, and I full-time at-home student and clerk. I am also a pet-parent of two dogs, two cats, a guinea pig, two dwarf hamsters, four fire-bellied frogs, and a betta fish. I am a daughter, friend, significant other, and  political aficionado. I also volunteer locally through several organizations. Beyond this, my true passion, is my artistry and crating. I am an avid crafter. I simply love crafting. I cannot express how much I truly love crafting!

During my teenage years, many moons ago (not really, as I’m heading for the dreaded 3.0 next year), I was able to study abroad in Normandy region of France and in Paris proper, and the city with all its great charms heavily influenced by thoughts and desires, and moreover my crafts. I will

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try to incorporate these notions into my blog as well. I will be devoting this blog, and its daily posting to this passion and pursuit.  To all whom may come across my blog, that you for reading my thoughts and ideas, and please feel free to leave comments as such!

As she sees it…

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