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brown paper packages: August 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

{rag bows}

My girls have the cutest A-line haircuts, but that means I'm always on the lookout for bows and clips to dress their hair up. I'm a simple bow girl--usually a thick grosgrain ribbon tied in a bow attached to an alligator clip works perfectly, or a flower that I've adhered to that same alligator clip (where would I be without them??).
My friend Lei made these bows quite awhile back, and I really liked the concept. They are SO easy, and are just a little different from the usual bow. You know what I think would be so cute? Burlap. I think I will try that next.


-fabric of your choice, torn into strips: approx. 1 1/2 inches wide and 7-8 inches long
-alligator clips (check beauty supply stores)


-Tie three strips of fabric onto the top part of the alligator clip, using a regular knot. That's it!!

Monday, August 3, 2009

{adorably easy burp cloths}

For all you non-sewers (like me) this is a very simple, but adorable project. It literally just consists of sewing strips of your favorite coordinating ribbon down the front 2 sides of white burp cloths. For the girls, I chose the pink gingham and brown dot ribbon, and for the boys a blue stripe and the same brown dot. If you can sew a straight line, you can do this project!!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

{canvas board/tissue paper frames}

This project came about by accident--it started out as one thing, and turned into something else completely. I started out by wanting to find scrapbook paper to cover 11x14 canvas boards for the nursery. I looked and looked, but nothing stood out. Then I decided to try the fabric store, and searched through my favorite designers to no avail. I loved a lot of the things I looked at, but nothing seemed quite right.
One night I had some tissue paper that I gift had been wrapped in laying by my bed. It was darling--white with large, brown polka dots. I was hit with sudden inspiration, and decided to try it. It could have gone either way--tissue paper is really fragile, and I wasn't sure how it would do with Mod Podge in this certain circumstance, but it was worth a try.
It ended up turning out exactly the way I imagined, but I soon realized that it wouldn't work with the vinyl letters I had planned on using on top. So, I decided to make it into a picture frame instead, and it ended up being the perfect thing for the nursery!


-Art canvas board (I used 11x14)
-Tissue paper of choice (Make sure you have enough to cover canvas board and overlap the edges by an inch or two. You can always use scrapbook paper as well.)
-Mod Podge and foam brush
-Photo of choice (I used 5x7, I wanted a large border.)


-Apply light layer of Mod Podge to canvas board.
-Gently lay tissue paper on board, and smooth from center out. (My tissue paper was already crumpled, so I squished it into a ball, then smooth it out so it would look like it was meant to be crumpled---just gave it a slightly different look.)
-Apply another light coat of Mod Podge on the top of the tissue paper, going slowly and being very careful not to rip the paper.
-Using scissors, trim the edges of the tissue paper to the edge of the canvas board.
-Taking your brush, use a small amount of Mod Podge to smooth any rough edges made by the scissors.
-Let dry completely.
-Mod Podge your picture to the center of the board and let dry.

{photo tiles/coasters}

I am always on the lookout for fun ideas that will display pictures of my children. I was super excited about this one, and really love how they turned out. They are easy-peasy (you'll be surprised at how simple!), totally inexpensive, and a great gift idea.


-your choice of 4x4 tile or stone (I used a crumbly stone)
-Mod Podge, brush
-Matte presentation paper for photos
-felt pads, 4 per tile


-Decide which photos you would like to use, edit, and crop them. Consider what kind of tile you are using, and the look you are going for when deciding which photo effect to use. I went with the sepia tone, because I wanted it to match the stone I was using, and have more of a vintage feel.
-Print them out on the presentation paper. You can use regular photos if you choose, but using the the thinner paper makes it look like it's more a part of the tile.
-Cut the photos to fit the tile; depending on the picture, you may need or want more or less of a tile border. Some of my pics took up the whole space, and others didn't.
-Using your foam brush, apply the Mod Podge to directly on the tile.
-Carefully place your photo so it is centered on the tile.
-LET THE MOD PODGE COMPLETELY DRY before adding the top coat. If you don't, the photo paper will crease and wrinkle immediately. Once it's dried, then apply a light top coat. Don't be alarmed, the Mod Podge will cause it to slightly change colors.
-Apply felt pads to bottom four corners of the tile.
-Groups of 3 or 5 work really well for displaying, as well as for gifts.
-If you want to use these as coasters, you will need to use a protective finishing spray to seal out the water/moisture.

{about me}

{hello}...I'm kierste!

 I’m a busy stay-at-home mom to five kids, including two sets of twins, and they are the inspiration for most of my projects. I love creating, crafting, and making our home an organized, beautiful,
and fun place to be.

I love to create! I'm all about creating and decorating on a budget, and making old things new again. I gravitate towards wood, tile, and other building supplies, and love fashioning home decor out of them. I believe in creating projects that anyone can do--simple touches make the biggest difference in any home.

Some of my favorite things:

*Running: Ran my first marathon this year, and I'm training for 3 half marathons in 3 months--in the winter! 

*Sports of any kind, but especially volleyball--I play once a a week and on a league.

*Reading: My goal is to read 75 books this year!

*Music: I've played the piano since I was 4 years old, and love it! I also teach piano lessons, and love being able to share my love of music with my students & children.

*Treats:  Anything lemon, milk chocolate, Red Vines, English Toffee


I'm so glad you stopped by...see you soon!

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