hey! i'm miken and this is my blog to show what i've been doing lately as far as creating, homemaking, etc. this blog may be feast or famine with regards to posting so follow to make sure you don't miss anything!

Friday, December 11, 2009

homemade chistmas stockings

Inspiration: MarthaStewart.comHere's mine:
Eddy's came first

Then mine

Remember how they are taped to my shelf? Classy huh?
Eddy doesn't like that mine has 1 more tree than his... best for last :)

What you need:
Basics: needles, thread (green and white), fabric scissors
Felt (white or off-white and a few shades of green)
Zig zag fabric scissors
Time to spare

Monday, December 7, 2009

christmas is coming

We got our first Richmond Christmas tree Saturday night and we LOVE it! The scent, the holiday cheer it brings, everything! We settled on this beauty from J & T Trees. It was a screamin' deal compared to the other lot we went to that wanted $70 for the same tree basically. Um - no thanks! I would have absolutely loved to get a flocked tree - maybe next year!!

Here it is just after the spider on it attacked me...
My Martha Stewart ornaments and ribbon - yes, I am obsessed!
All decorated
My Mom gave me this on Sunday - love it!
Christmas books my Mom has given me throughout the years
The holiday decorating is complete - almost! I just need to finish MY stocking and I'm DONE until January.

diy glitter paper star ornaments

Inspiration: MarthaStewart.comHere's mine:

What you need:
Scrapbook Paper
Paper Scissors
Glue/Glue stick
*Instructions are at the Martha Stewart link at the top

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

christmas stocking project

So far I've completed Eddy's stocking. See?! I have yet to start my own but this only took 1 night to do. Very simple but the zig zag fabric scissors? Not cheap! I will post more when both stockings are done and hung :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

christmas decorating

My work is very festive when it comes to Christmas, and by very festive I mean overboard crazy festive! There are SO many decorations we don't use even after covering every table, corner, nook, and cranny. So, I was able to swipe some for myself! Thanks EMG :)

My Work
Here's just by my desk

My Home
Here's some of the decorations I got to take home

And these are just some presents I already have wrapped - I'm so on top of things!

Eddy and I are fans of real trees so probably this weekend or soon after we will go get one and then our Christmas decorating will feel more complete. Projects are also being completed so more will be coming soon.

"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more." ~ Dr. Seuss

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

picture garland

Inspiration: ApartmentTherapy.comThe Making Of:
It took me a while to find bulldog clips. I searched a few different stores and NOTHING. I finally found and bought them on Amazon.com. Phew!

I ordered pictures on Walmart.com and had them shipped to me. It was nice that everything came to me - no hassle! Until then, I threw the line up, threw some pictures on and voila!

Boring right? I thought so too.

I started working on making flags to put behind the pictures from left over scraps of fabric I had from other projects. This portion of the project took the longest. I love hand sewing but it does seem pretty tedious after a while!

Finished Project:
The Walmart pictures came and up they went!

Added the finishing touch - covering the nails with a couple bows.

What you need:
Bulldog clips (I used 1.5 inch ones found on Amazon.com)
String (I used Jute)
Fabric Flags
2 pins or nails

Monday, November 16, 2009

homemade silhouettes

Inspiration: apartmenttherapy.com

love it.

The making of:
1st attempt: I tried to outline his shadow on the wall but the shadow was too big!
2nd attempt: I took a picture with my camera.
Next, I photoshopped the image using the filter gallery to end up with this. I opened word, inserted the image and made it the right size then printed it out.

Here's mine:
finished project
What you need:
black paper/posterboard
white posterboard

Thursday, November 12, 2009

december craft club

Craft club will focus on Christmas this next time! We have decided specifics and they are a ways off but knowing sooner isn't always a bad thing!

When: Saturday, December 5 at 12 o'clock noon
Where: Kelly Jacobsen's (my sis) apartment in West Jordan (contact me for her address)
Who: all craft clubbers and feel free to bring a friend/friends

If you don't already have something to work on here are this month's ideas:
Felt Christmas stockings

What you need:
Basics (needle, thread, scissors)
Decorative items (buttons, wavy ribbon, regular ribbon, etc. - optional)

Paper stars
What you need:
Glue or gluestick
Scrapbook paper (2-sided would work best)
Glitter (optional)

*I will have instructions and insight on each of these projects and I will have some zigzag scissors!

Please let me know if you plan on coming and if you have any questions just shoot me an email, call me up, or text me.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

"it's a good thing."

Inspiration: I've always been a big fan of Martha Stewart. I even used to watch her tv show every day in the summer when I was in jr. high and high school and sometimes record it on videotape while I was at school to watch later. That and Trading Spaces :)

I know what it's like to have a good idea about decorating but to constantly and consistently think up hundreds of awesome design ideas; that's simply incredible. I'm fascinated at how creative she is whether it's crafts, design, gardening, cooking, and more. She built a multi-million dollar empire herself. She is amazing!

I love Martha's website and it gives tons of great ideas for craft items and that's where I get a lot of inspiration for the style I like and the projects I want to start.

I saw this picture of her on a design site I follow - never knew what a babe she was!

Coming up: some Christmas project ideas I've gotten from her.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

fabric initials

Inspiration: my parent's neighbor joy.
Here's mine:
the making of...
frames from the D.I.

m cut out and ironed on with pelon
time to start sewing!
done with the m
I love this fabric

done with both...
finished project with the & symbol added

What you need:
basics (needle, thread, fabric scissors)
iron/ironing board
pelon iron-on fabric adhesive
wooden & symbol (try Robert's - Michael's and Joann's don't have them)
paint (optional for & symbol)

Friday, November 6, 2009

plaid pillows

Inspiration: apartmenttherapy.com
Here's mine:

What you need:
Basics (fabric scissors, needle, thread
Batting (or old boring pillows like mine to re-cover)
Buttons (optional)