Currently Crafting: Felt Succulents & Glitter Hoarding

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What’s everyone been crafting lately? I want to see!

Since Ruthie was born, it has been kind of hard to get back into the swing of things on many many levels, but especially creatively. I went for several solid months there doing absolutely nothing, getting caught up in exhaustion and yadda yadda. I couldn’t figure out why I felt so bleh until it dawned on me that I had no creative outlet. Man, I really didn’t realize how much art affected me until I wasn’t making any!

Anyway, last year I started playing around with watercolor and I really enjoy it. I’ve never taken a class and don’t get a ton of time to practice, but every once in a while during nap time… oh it’s on like Donkey Kong. It’s quite therapeutic, actually.

I used to do a lot of felt projects, as seen around here in the DIY section, so recently I busted out my stash and decided to try something new that I’ve been wanting to make for a few years…

felt succulents

I love how they turned out, but I’mma be real… they took for-freaking-ever. That was like 6 hours of hand-cut felt adult labor right there. A few hours in, I remembered why I had hidden the stash of felt in the garage.

this took forever

I saw these labels on Etsy and thought they were appropriate. Eh, who am I kidding, I’ll make more felt succulents at some point in the near future. I do love them.

glitter stash

The other thing I’ve been weird about lately is buying chunky glitter just because I can. I have absolutely no plans for this stuff, but you know how it is when you’re at the store and something just calls to you.

Morgan, buy me.

Morgan, hold me.

Morgan, glue me on stuff.

glitter bottles

I mean. Those bottles with the little corks! Would it be weird to display them in my house? Like on the shelf in the living room, next to photos of my children? I bought these at Target in a 4 pack and… oooh dear Lord, just checked Target.com they have more sets in other colors. Come to mama.

Okay this is getting weird, even for me. So yeah. What are you making lately? I really would love to know!

Crafting Fail – “Nailed It”

Sooooo, yeah. Jack and I tried crafting today. Armed with my best intentions and a glue gun, I set out to recreate this little Pinterest classic, Melted Crayon Art (with a Batman theme). Because Jack hearts everything superhero and we had precisely 1.5 hours until the littlest Gable girl woke up. Seemed like a good idea at the time!

The inspiration:

There are tons of examples floating around the internet and also a few nice warnings thrown in there to fellow crafters that THIS DOES NOT ALWAYS END WELL. We tried anyway.

First of all, to use this specific technique, you are supposed to peel all the paper off the crayons before putting them in the glue gun. “One pinner says” it is a good method because the crayons fit perfectly into the glue hole and you don’t have to deal with as much of a mess.

Lesson 1: Don’t trust anyone who says to stick things in a ‘glue hole’ that clearly do not belong in a glue hole.

The crayons don’t fit perfectly, actually. They do, however, cause hand cramps as you’re trying to shove them in the God-forsaken glue hole. Shavings everywhere, dramatically clutching your arm in pain — the epitome of a First World Problem. But I persevered, yes I did! Jack had long given up by this point and was finding something much more significant to do with his life, meanwhile I was experiencing each stage of grief as I pressed through to the other side of this craptacular project.

And here is the finished masterpiece:

So do I get my award now, or

DIY Toilet Paper Pumpkins – Round 2

A few years back, I did a tutorial on how to make Toilet Paper Pumpkins for fall decor.

So earlier this morning as I was about to start folding laundry, I looked around my living room and realized I didn’t have anything remotely seasonal out and I decided to do what any procrastinating person would do — ignore the 5 foot tall laundry pile and go on a crafting adventure.

This is basically a reboot post from that original tutorial with a minor tweak, so feel free to check back and see exactly how I did it here.

The supplies list isn’t much different than last time, other than the use of more modern fabric. Oh! And also instead of, you know, trespassing on neighbor’s property to steal sticks from their yard, I opted for the more lawful approach — cinnamon sticks.

I wasn’t kidding when I said this was going to be a reboot… there’s not much left to explain after that other tutorial!

I do love my little awkward pumpkins though. They brought a sprinkling of fall into my home in a pinch!

Tutorial – Flower Crown

Dang, how long has it been since I posted a tutorial? Like 3 years prolly. I’m a bit rusty, but I’m ending the sabbatical with this little guy…

I’m all about those hair accessories — y’all know this. Ever since these floral crowns started getting big a few years back, I’ve been refusing to buy them in the store because of a little thing I like to call Crafter’s Pride. You know, that thing that comes on you when you see something in the store and you stand there in the aisle for 10 minutes inspecting it, taking pics on your phone and vowing to yourself to make it ‘for so much cheaper!’, but yeah it usually never happens. Well BOOYAH, it happened! Here’s my take.

Oh, you wanted to see a picture of the actual headpiece? Sorry, I decided to just show you my face. No, but seriously, if you even KNEW how many selfies I took to even get this stinkin’ thing while the kids were shrieking in the background… I just had to give up and make them lunch so they’d shut their pie holes. I mean, how daaaare they interrupt my day to ask me for FOOD of all things? What do I look like, their mom or something?

Sheesh. Kids.

Supplies you will need:

  1. Floral Wire
  2. Assorted fake flowers (use that Michael’s coupon!)
  3. Floral Tape (I would highly suggest a thin ribbon of your choice)
  4. Your trusty glue gun
  5. Felt (just a small amount used for backing)

Step 1  – Assemble the base

Okay, so I didn’t exactly get a picture of this step. I know, I’m already making a sterling case for myself here!

  • You’re going to take your floral wire and measure the circumference of your head. I actually measure it around mine twice because doubling it makes the crown extra sturdy. It won’t need to be exact and it’s actually better to measure it a few inches larger for twisty purposes later on.
  • Cut the wire. I was a savage and bit it with my teeth, but you can use wire cutters if you’re more of a lady.
  • Fold the looong wire in half so it’s back to the original measurement of your head, but is now double-stranded. Twist the ends together (you left a few inches of length for this). This is the part that you’re going to just go with until it feels sturdy and secure enough.
  • Now take the floral tape or ribbon and begin wrapping it around the wire, gluing every so often to keep it in place. If there are any weird looking spots, don’t worry… we’ll cover them up with the flowers.

(I personally didn’t like using the floral tape because it’s not really sticky enough to stick to itself, and not really thick enough to use glue without burning the snot out of my hand. So ribbon would be my personal preference.)

(Okay I know this seems really complicated, but it’s really very simple! I just tried to explain it thoroughly to make up for the fact that I failed miserably on the photo portion.)

Step 2 – Add the flowers

Arrange your flowers ahead of time to get an idea of how you want the headpiece to look. You could go around the entire frame of the crown with flowers as well. I’ve done it before and it really creates quite a statement! It says, “Hi, I’m fancy. Wear me on your hippy wedding day or something.”

Hot glue them in place.

This is where the felt comes in. After I glued the flowers to the wire, I went back and glued small pieces of felt to cover the backs as well. This step is essential and will hold them in place so they’re not all flopping around, actin’ a fool.

And there you have it! 58 simple steps to create your handmade floral crown you could’ve purchased at Target in half the time!

But it’s cute tho.

“Craft Crap”

A few years ago my Great Grandma Mary Jo said she was cleaning out her garage and I told her I’ll take whatever craft supplies she had. Little did I know she would soon be supplying my every crafting need, past, present and future.

She’s actually the one that coined the phrase “craft crap”, which I think is hilarious. It’s not all bad though! A few years ago I posted on Instagram about some boxes of brooches she dropped off. I was expecting a few in a ziploc baggy and she brought like 3 boxes of fun stuff…

Sometimes she brings over McDonald’s Happy Meal toys from the 80’s and 90’s and gives them to my kids. So cool. I’m not gonna lie though, as soon as she leaves, Justin and I are like SWOOP – our turn! Sorry kids, our childhood is calling and I gotta get my hands on that Muppet Babies Miss Piggy car, man.

I know she said a few years ago that she was going to be cleaning out her garage, but woman. How big is your garage that you’re still finding this much stuff in it? And where does it all fit?? It must go underground because the craft crap still be flowin’. I love it though and seriously have the best time going through this stuff.

The most recent drop off included a giant tackle box and Goody hair pins from 1975, among some other things. Anyone recognize this little doll?

Thanks for the crap, Grandma!