Friday, January 23, 2015

{In The Shop} :: Daria Cross Stitch Patterns

Inspiration can come from the strangest places.  Sometimes it's a good walk through the park.  Sometimes it's a powerful quote.  Sometimes it's from Pinterest.

In this case, inspiration came from a bundle of sarcasm by the name of Daria.

If you don't know who Daria is, I highly suggest you familiarize yourself with her on HuluPlus.  Here's your basic rundown.  She started off as a character on MTV's Beavis and Butthead.  When MTV realized her genius and pure awesomeness, they gave her the spotlight.  Five seasons and two major motion pictures later, Daria lives on as a legend for being the most lovable, sarcastic realist you'll ever know.

Obviously, I love her... and her attitude.  Thus, I've turned her into three cross stitch patterns.  Truly, what's a greater sign of love?

Each pattern is beginner level.  Simple cross stitch, only four colors each.  They are all designed to fit in a 5" x 5" frame and are only $3.50 each.   Here's where to find them:

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Easy Monogram Christmas Wreath

Front Door Wreath

I bought a simple green wreath on sale at Michael's for $4.  I also bought the decorative sprigs for 50% off.  Total price for this project was roughly $10.

I created the "E" out of a prepped white wood letter, Sharpie paint pens, pencil and ruler.  I used a 2" ruler to create the diamonds and just filled in with the paint pens.  It's secured to the wreath with hot glue.

Simple, quick and easy.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Ribbon Tree Garland

Ribbon Tree Garland
This was my most tedious but favorite project of the season.  Taking a tip out of Martha Stewart's book, I created this simple tree garland.  Though she recommended using ribbon scraps or leftovers, I am a fan of symmetry and patterns so I used new rolls purchased on sale at Jo-Ann for 50% off.

Scissors (strong and sharp ones for smooth cuts)
Rolls of 2" ribbon of your choosing*
Hot Glue Gun

*I found an assortment of wire ribbon and standard ribbon worked well.  Also using opaque designs rather than sheer will hide the crafting evidence.  Wire ribbon was easier to work with and will hold its shape over time.

1. Cut your ribbon into 6 inch strips.  They don't have to be exact so don't measure every single strip.

2.  Figure out your pattern.  Will your ribbons follow a certain pattern?  Will it be random?  Decide this ahead of time.

3.  Now, hold your first ribbon in your hand face up (design up).  Bring the two ends together - face to face - and staple.  You will want to staple because if/when the hot glue gives out on you, the staple will hold the link together.

HOWEVER, if you prefer to just hot glue, make a hot glue strip across the top ribbon piece and press together.

4.  Hot glue the ends down.  When working with wire ribbon, I found it easier to fold the ends over first to shape the wire.  Then I would add the hot glue and press down.  Regular ribbon is much easier to fold over. 

5. Flip the ribbon right-side out and you have your first chain.

6.  Feed next ribbon through the chain, and repeat from Step3.

**Please be extra careful and patient with this project.  It's extremely tedious and very easy to burn yourself.  Because hot glue can leak through the ribbon, I applied it to the ribbon and blew on it before proceeding with the step.  This greatly reduced the searing heat and made it easier to move quickly and safely.

I actually sold this garland a year after the original post.  Below are the listing photos for a better view.

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