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The past two months have been SO BUSY with preparations for the Art Star Craft Bazaar in Philly. And now that it’s only 3 days away (I can’t believe it!), I’m so extremely excited for it. I have no idea what to expect which makes me nervous and excited and happy all at the same time.

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Yes, I Am Alive.

This post is going to be the mother of all updates! How long have I been MIA now? …Where to start? Ok, well, a lot of my time has been taken up by sewing. I applied to be part of the Art Star Craft Bazaar in Philly this Spring (which is a juried craft fair) and actually made it!

Art Star Craft Bazaar

Not that I’m not confident in my work but I try not to get too hopeful about things because, as much as I hate to admit it, I can let defeat get to me sometimes. I’ve been saying for YEARS that I wanted to be a vendor there. Steve and I discussed it and decided that if I really want to take the next step with this business venture of mine, the investment would be worth it. It could go extremely well or horribly wrong; I’m not really going into it with any expectations because, like I said, I let defeat get to me. I’d say I’m pretty neutral about the whole thing which I guess would sound bad to some of you but I’m neutral erring on the side of positive. Ha!

After I found out I was accepted I went on a hunt for fabrics to create all new bags for the show (same designs– with one new one to be revealed at the fair– but different colors and prints). My mom, who used to hand sew things back in the day, told me about this gem of a fabric store. Needless to say, I scored big time when we went there!

fabric warehouse

I’ve been working on the new pintuck bags and bow clutches to get all of the smaller stuff done and out of the way.

Pintuck pouches

Le Petit Hoot tags getting sewn on

I’ve made a decent amount of progress but boy is it HARD trying to prepare for a craft show with a (nearly) 15-month old who is now interested in walking and is zipping around the house and getting into everything. Suffice it to say, I get pulled away from projects midway through to tackle him down before he dumps the cats’ water bowl all over the floor or unrolls the entire roll of toilet paper.

Sewing progress for craft fair

Because it’s becoming harder to cut fabric and sew during Caleb’s waking hours, I’ve been allocating that time to work on smaller, less involved things. Like displays for my booth, which is number 62 if you’re planning to stop on by.

Tissue Tassels

I’m sharing my booth with the lovely Sarah-Maria from Meerwiibli. I can’t wait to meet her in person, she’s been so lovely to speak to through email. She makes super fun clothing and you should check out her site. She’s also from Switzerland, which has THE BEST chocolate in the world and just makes her even more alluring than she already is on her own.  😉

The Art Star Craft Bazaar is taking place on Mother’s Day weekend at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia on May 12th and 13th from 11am to 6pm. If you live in the area, or will be visiting the area that weekend, stop by! It’s truly an amazing fair and literally gets better and better every year. Come stop by booth #62 and introduce yourself! I’d love to meet you.

ASCB photo via. All other photos are from my Instagram feed; if you’d like to follow me as I microblog my adventures, my username is lepetithoot.

I’m So DIY: Glitter Push Pins

Yay! It’s time for another installment of I’m So DIY. Today, I’m sharing how I turned my boring clear push pins into gold glittered push pins. I felt like my bulletin board needed a little pizzazz. (Yup! I just used the word pizzazz.)

Here’s what you’re going to need:

  1. Mod Podge (or some other clear drying liquid adhesive)
  2. Glitter
  3. Sponge brush
  4. Push pins (white or clear)
  5. A scrap of cardboard or those green foam blocks from the craft store (basically, something you can push your pins into)
  6. Newspaper to cover your surface (glitter is messy!)

Glitter Push Pins DIY

The first thing you want to do is gather all of your materials and set up your workspace; lay out the newspaper to cover a large area [1]. You never know when you might accidentally spill a ton of glitter. I used a small postal box to push my pins into. I pushed the holes in BEFORE I glittered them so it would be easier to gently push them in to dry [2]. Once you have holes for your pins to sit in, doing one pin at a time, use your sponge brush to apply some Mod Podge [3].

Glitter Push Pins DIY

When you’ve got a good coat of Mod Podge, dip the pin into your container of glitter [4]. Gently put your pins into the holes you made previously to allow them to dry [5]. I repeated the Mod Podge-ing and dipping and after the second dipping dried, I applied a coat of Mod Podge to the pins to finish and seal them (this will keep the glitter from coming off onto your fingers).

Glitter Push Pins DIY

Here’s a close up of one of my pins in use on my inspiration board. I love them so much. It’s such a quick and easy project but they really bring something a little extra to my inspiration board. If you end up doing this project, leave a link in the comments so I can check it out! Hope you have fun and happy crafting!

I’m So DIY: Chalkboard Jar

I’m introducing a new weekly post that will be appropriately titled “I’m So DIY.” Each week, most likely on a Friday, there will be a post of a craft, sewing project, or home DIY. My intention is to chronicle some of the things I do here in my home to either have some simple fun and/or make things cheaper than if I had purchased them from a store. But I’m also putting them here for others to enjoy! Most of the projects I plan on posting about will be things that you can accomplish on a weeknight or during the weekend (which is why I’ll be posting on Fridays). If you end up doing any of these projects, or do your own version of them, let me know! I’d love to see what inspiration comes from this!

So…for this week’s first DIY: I’m so DIY, I made a chalkboard jar. This is a super easy project. If you’re on Pinterest, I’m sure you’ve seen a TON of crafts using chalkboard paint. I’m sure this is where I found inspiration for the project but unfortunately there wasn’t one particular project or pin that I can refer back to.

Materials:

  1. A jar or container (plastic or glass will do)
  2. Chalkboard paint
  3. Sponge brush
  4. Glue stick
  5. Stencil
  6. Paint brushes for touch ups

I got my container from Target for about $8 and Martha Stewart chalkboard paint from Michael’s (with a 40% off coupon which brought it to $3.60). The sponge brush and glue stick I already had on hand and the stencil I hand drew on a piece of paper and cut out myself. You could always browse the internet for a stencil, print it out, and cut out the shape, too.

Chalkboard Jar Tutorial

First, gather all of your materials [1]. Then, use your glue stick to put a little bit of glue around the stencil to keep it in one place on the glass [2]. Put a line of the chalkboard paint along the edge of your sponge brush [3] and paint inwards from each edge (left and right) [4]. This will help keep the edges sharper.

Chalkboard Jar Tutorial

After you’ve painted the first coat, gently and carefully remove the stencil to keep from smudging the paint [5]. You don’t want to leave the stencil on to dry because then you’ll have issues getting the extra glue off of the jar. Carefully, use a paper towel or q-tip to remove the excess glue. My glue stick is water soluble so the glue came off really easily. At this point, you need to allow the paint to dry for an hour before you put on the second coat of paint. At least two coats is suggested. Once it’s dry, paint over the shape again with a fine brush cleaning up any edges as you go [6]. When dry, rub a piece of chalk over the entire painted surface to cure it and rub the excess off. Fill up your jar with whatever (flour, sugar, etc.) and write a label on the chalkboard [7]. And you’re done!

I filled my container with homemade lavender laundry powder. How do you make homemade laundry powder you ask? Stay tuned next week for the tutorial! Have fun and happy crafting!

IKEA Bulletin Board Hack

Stephen got me a new table for Christmas for my sewing space (more details on that later). I wanted to continue the trend of organizing my workspace and making it a more efficient area to complete projects, so I decided I wanted to get a bulletin board.

I can write lists all I want but the fact of the matter is that I often times put the notebook away somewhere in an effort to keep the house tidy. Whatever to-do list I may have written gets lost and a lot of what I want to accomplish is forgotten, since I have a horrible memory. I’ve come up with a process that may be a little redundant but I think will help me get more accomplished and still keep my space neat. And to do so, I couldn’t use just any old bulletin board. I needed something…INSPIRATIONAL!

Image found on IKEA (since I forgot to take a photo of mine before I started working on it)

DIY Fabric Covered Bulletin Board

I purchased a $6 bulletin board from IKEA. Totally a great price but so, so boring. Blah! I taped around the wooden frame (on the actual cork part) and painted the untreated wood white with some acrylic paint (1). After the paint dried, I measured the space of the cork board and cut a piece of fabric to size (3). I chose a mod polka dot print (Sunspots in Midnight from Amy Butler’s Love collection) (2). I love the blue tones. I know it’s simple but I still think it’s so fun. And I thought with the white frame, it would really make the print pop.

DIY Fabric Covered Bulletin Board

I lined the fabric up along the edges of the board frame (4) and used some fabric glue on the perimeter of the fabric to adhere it to the cork board (5). I put the glue on as close to the edge as possible to keep the fabric from lifting. I also pinned the opposite corners to keep it from shifting (6). I let the fabric dry overnight and the following morning prepared it for hanging.

The bulletin boards from IKEA come with hanging hardware and string but I wanted to hang it like you hang a picture. I had other hardware on hand and attached the bar with the teeth (not sure what the technical term is) to the back of the board, right on the frame (7). And I may or may not have hit my finger half a dozen times trying to hammer that tiny nail in. I hammered a hook into the wall and viola! Fabric covered bulletin board complete (8).

DIY Fabric Covered Bulletin Board

As for my to-do process: I have a notebook that I’m keeping a running list of goals and things to accomplish. I’m prioritizing the items on the list, writing a few at a time onto post-it notes, and tacking them to the board. Once a task is complete, I’ll consult my notebook, cross that item off the list, throw the post-it away, and replace it with a new task/goal to be completed. Hopefully, this will keep things neat and, more importantly, not forgotten.

What are you doing this New Year to keep yourself organized? I’d love to hear what you’ve got going on to get inspired.

Checking In

Wow, this Christmas season has been quite the whirlwind! I can’t believe Christmas is next weekend. And, surprisingly, this year I’ve been doing very well with keeping on top of everything. In previous years I’ve been ambitious when it comes to being half (or mostly) handmade and it hasn’t always worked out. But this year it’s going great! I still can’t share the things I’ve been working on though. ::sad face::  As soon as Christmas day passes though, I’ll divulge all!

I’m feeling so inspired this Christmas by plaid.

Found via Pinterest

Found via Pinterest

Found via Pinterest

I made family stockings for Steve, Caleb, and I (which I shared on the blog last week). They weren’t hanging up yet because we were in the process of completing a fake mantel. But now that the mantel is up and the stockings are hung, I’ve got some piccies.

Plaid Flannel Stockings

Plaid Flannel Stockings

It’s hard to see them at night in the soft glow of the tree so I included the shot of them during the day. The Christmas tree doesn’t look as magical though during the day.

I’m also in the process of working on red plaid flannel dinner napkins for Christmas dinner. We’re going to Steve’s parents during the day and then we’ll be hosting Christmas dinner for my family later in the day. Once those are done, I’ll be able to share those. I’m thinking about machine embroidering snowflakes on them. So excited! I’ve also completed two flannel skirts: one for Christmas Eve and one for Christmas day. SUPER excited about those! Will share those once I’ve got the whole outfit complete.

What are you up to this holiday season? Have you been getting all that you wanted to done?

The Belated Pinterest Challenge

Yes, I was supposed to reveal my side project on Friday but I didn’t actually complete it until Saturday afternoon. So, yes, it’s a few days late but the reveal is finally here!

One of my favorite design slash home blogs, Young House Love, was hosting a Pinterest Challenge a few weeks ago. I’ve been using the weeks since we’ve been home to catch up on work and housework, because Steve, Caleb, and I were in the Outerbanks. I didn’t get around to reading the post for some time. I mentioned Pinterest the other day but I am VERY obsessed with this site. Very. I currently have over 400 pins. That’s kind of ridiculous. I came across this pin a few weeks ago. Pinterest Definition I laughed when I saw it but then also thought that it’d be pretty easy to fall into that habit. Just keep pinning but never partake in some actual doing. So when I saw the Pinterest Challenge on YHL, I thought, “Yes, Jill. It’s time to actually start doing some of these things you find so inspiring.” (Except I didn’t talk to myself in the third person. That’d be weird. “Jimmy’s pretty sweet on you!”) So, I went through my inspiration board to revisit my pins and came across this little ditty. coaster pin I was up for tackling something small to start with. And as we could use some new coasters, I thought this would be perfect. (Our current coasters are getting a little worse for wear.) I’m also looking to gradually swap out the color scheme of our living room. I’d like to go with charcoal gray with pops of teal and citrine. And as I had some pretty cool Amy Butler craft paper already on hand, I was about a third of the way there. I just had to get eight cheap tiles from Lowe’s, some Mod Podge, and get to work. Just as a reminder, this was the little preview I posted on Thursday. I didn’t want to give too much away.

Coaster preview

After I cut the paper squares out of the craft paper with a mat knife for a nice clean edge, I Mod Podge-d them to the tiles. After a few coats of Mod Podge on top (with drying time in between, of course), I applied a very thin coat of Minwax Water-Based Polycrylic finish. This was to keep the surface of the coasters from being sticky as Mod Podge can have that affect. After all that, I glued felt squares to the bottom of each coaster to protect the table surfaces they’ll eventually rest on. Once that was complete, I came out with these beauties.

Finished coasters

Finished coasters

Finished coastersCurse you, dreary weather! The quality of light isn’t the best because it’s awfully cloudy out. The colors of the coasters are a bit lighter and a lot more cheery. And… I forgot to take “in-the-process” pictures as I was working on multiple projects this Saturday. (Such as, painting a test cabinet door for our kitchen cabinet refinishing project and also painting the wall where the hubby removed the heating register, also in the kitchen.) I haven’t used the coasters with hot beverages yet as it takes a full month for the Mod Podge to cure. I imagine the Minwax sealer would solve that issue but just to be safe, I’m waiting. I’m quite pleased with the outcome though and so excited that it only cost me $7 to make eight coasters (as I already had the craft paper, Minwax sealer, and felt on hand). I just adore these coasters! The only thing left is to find something to house them in so they’re not sitting willy-nilly on the end tables in the living room. Perhaps I’ll make something out of wood and stain it a nice, rich color. In any case, my first Pinterest Challenge is officially complete! And I can’t wait to tackle my next one.