DIY projects

Making Miniatures

Hello! It’s been a while since I posted any projects. But not for lack of projects though…

My BFF, Kerry and I are on a mini adventure. Dollhouse miniatures actually. We have been making miniatures for a year now, and we finally got the courage to open an Etsy store. We are calling our store “2 Stinkin’ Cute Minis“.

It all started last year when I wanted to make a miniature bakery for Kerry. She loves to bake (and she’s really good at it!) and has dreamed of having her own bakery business one day.

Since I couldn’t give her an actual bakery, I made a mini one for her. It was oodles of fun!! Never did anything mini before, but I loved everything about it… playing with clay, creating accessories and making furniture.

Once Kerry received her mini bakery, she was hooked too. So for the past year we’ve been experimenting, thinking, and making. Now my favorite part of making miniatures is the furniture. LOVE it! LOVE! I like to find pictures of furniture pieces as inspiration and make a mini replica. Kerry loves to make miniature accessories and decorating the furniture pieces with them. We’re a perfect team!

So I will be sharing some of our creations with you soon. Until then, here are a few pieces already completed.

 

 

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Gift Giving… Go Quirky!

Sunday was my birthday. What did I do? In the morning, I had Dunkin Donuts and coffee with all my Peeps, then I took a really long nap in the afternoon. It was my day after all. What more could a tired mom ask for? 😉

One of the gifts I received for my birthday was this Salt and Pepper Spoon Man. OMGosh! Looovve It! My BFF and I saw this Spoon Man at a post office/gift store weeks ago. I went coo coo over it! How clever was the person who made this?!?

Now I have one. 😀

My BFF and I always spend a day together for our birthdays. We were out shopping at Ikea and I mentioned to her I was on the look out for salt and pepper shakers. I needed some, but I wanted to find something “cool and different”. Kerry told me later, that if I found any shakers at Ikea, she was going to tell me they were hideous and to put them back! Ha! (What are friends for?) Little did I know my Spoon Man was in her car!

Giving and receiving quirky, unusual gifts is so much fun! This one is certainly entertaining. You never know when a Spoon Man will make a friend smile!

Spoon and Fork salt/pepper shaker holder

The company website is www.ForkedUpArt.com. (I love that name!) I did some google searching and discovered this company has an Etsy Store too. Here is the link for that…http://www.etsy.com/shop/ForkedUpArt. Check it out! So much cool stuff there.

Hmmm… I think a Spoon DIY-er girl would be a big hit too! 😀 Just sayin’.

 

DIY Projects & Decor, Tutorials

Key Fob Tutorial

key fob rowsI’m sure you all have seen key fobs.  They are those cool wrist straps you attach your keys to.  Do you know how easy and inexpensive they are to make?

I will show you in just a sec…

I buy the webbing and key fob hardware from sellers on Etsy.  That is the only place I have ever seen supplies.  (Which is perfectly ok ‘cuz I love Etsy!)  The fabric used is simple cotton/quilter’s fabric.  You could use ribbon as well, but I prefer fabric.

FYI – they make fabulous Christmas gifts for teachers, school faculty and bus drivers.  You can use them as stocking stuffers, gift exchanges or even an attach one to a bow on top of a present.  (I have made the ones below to sell at a Christmas open house a friend is having.)

webbing cutting2
Cut the webbing 10 inches
10 inch strip
Cuts strips of cotton fabric 2 inches wide by 10 inches long
iron in half
Fold in half and press with an iron lightly to make a crease.
folding edges
Unfold and bring both side to the center crease. Iron flat.
stitch witch
Stitch Witchery
stitch witch 2
Tear or cut Stitch Witchery the length of webbing.
ironing fabric to strap
Place fabric strip (folded side down) on top of Stitch Witchery and iron.
sewing fabric
Sew a straight line down each side of the fabric about 1/8 inch in for the side of the fabric.  I used clear thread so I didn’t have to keep switching thread color.
fray check
Fold the key fob in half and sew the short end together. This doesn’t need to be all the way across, just enough to hold it together.
I use Fray Check on the ends of the webbing and the fabric and about 1/4 inch down the sides of the key fob. Not a necessary step, but it prevents the material from fraying.
pliers
Use pliers to pinch the key fob hardware shut. Make sure you wrap a towel or some sort of material around the pliers or around the end of the key fob to prevent scratches or dents.
key fob finished sample
The finished product.
key fobs circle
All of these, and then some, were made for around $25.00.  😀