Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Instructions for This Week's Craft

Crock pot candles!!!! I've wanted to try this for a long time, so I'm hoping it goes well.

Two tutorials on this projects are located at Apartment Therapy and Jen from the Block.

Necessary materials:
  • A glass or ceramic container; smaller is better
  • Wax, soy or regular is fine. I'll have some extra but if you want more than one candle, or you want a certain color, bring your own
  • A crock pot, I know ALL of you have one, so bring it!!
  • Candle wicks will be supplied by moi
  • Bring any dye or fragrances that please you

I'm not opposed to using a double boiler for this project, but I sort of assumed nobody would have one, and I wasn't about to buy one. If you've got one, though, feel free to bring it!

This week craft night has a special guest: Alexis Kubiak!! I guess she's sort of subbing for Rana, who is on another vacation! Can't wait to her back with us next week. :)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

July Calendar

July 1st @ 8:00 - Mosaic Mirrors (or whatever) @ Jessica's. I will be supplying the grout , tile adhesive, and some colored glass. You will need to bring whatever it is that you will be mosaic"ing" :) . Also please bring some form of glass/ tiles to contribute. Anything will work, hobby lobby sells pre cut glass chunks for I believe 4.00 or so for like 16 little squares but to add DAMES uniqueness to the project I think old plates/ tiles/ glasses to be shattered on my porch with a hammer is much more appropriate.

Week through the 18th: Not observed, so bummed about this :(

Week through the 25th: DIY Trays @ Tyler's. Materials and instructions have already been posted.

July 29 @ 8:00 - Crockpot Candles in Teacups (or whatever small glass or ceramic vessel). Need extra crockpots, so bring 'em if you have 'em. Don't worry, we won't actually melt the wax directly in the pot, but inside the candle containers in the pot. You'll see!

Let's get the August calendar going!! The order is now Adriana, Jess, Tyler and Katie for that month. Pick your crafts now!  My craft will be either 3 tiered serving trays or knitting simple, thick cable scarves in honor of the upcoming fall months.

Crafty Roundup: Mason Jar Ideas

Just some things I picked up around the web. Instead of recycling, why not re-purpose? Any more ideas, ladies? Next post: wine bottles!

Mason Jar Organizers from Ohdeedoh and Martha Stewart

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser from Apartment Therapy

Cluster of Mason Jars Hanging Lamp from Design*Sponge

Single Outdoor Mason Jar Lantern from Apartment Therapy

Mason Jar Table Lanterns from Martha Stewart Weddings

Instructions for This Week's Craft

Poor Abandoned Blog!! It's been two weeks since we last updated this thing! Very sad. Even though it seems like everyone's a bit too distracted by summer to stick to the craft night schedule, I have a lot of hope that we'll get things back on track soon. In that spirit, I present y'all with the tray instructions; this craft is meant to be enjoyed at Ty Ty's lovely home, so I'll let her decide what day and time. Happy crafting!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

These are a few of my fav-or-ite siteeeees

These are the blogs and websites I visit every week to look for material and inspiration for my interwebs articles. I figured I'd post these here for y'all for future craft night inspiration. Happy crafting, lovelies!

Casa Sugar
Make Magazine
Craft Magazine
This Old House
Bob Vila
Thread Banger
Martha Stewart
Design Sponge
Ready Made
Apartment Therapy 
Home and Garden Television
Better Homes and Gardens
House Beautiful
Country Living

Sunday, July 4, 2010

This week's craft

Instructions for this week's craft: Mosaic Mirror Frame
Items needed:
Plates or tiles of various colors that you would like to use
Hot glue and gun
Apoxy glue (provided)
Flat surface to mosaic on - picture frame or current mirror
Mirror (hobby lobby) to fit your frame
Grout (provided).. I will be providing white grout..if you'd like any other color please let me know or bring it!! :)
Hammer (provided)
Pillow Case (provided)
A Good Time (PROVIDED)

I have found basic instructions on this weeks craft on various DIY websites but it's going to be up to ya'll to decided to what it is that you want to actually mosaic and colors to use. I just figured out the basic technique. I am planning on having ben cut me a basic frame out of some MDF at work and i will just tile on that and place a mirror behind it. (that is the goal..however, it may change). Feel free to bring any picture frames or various surfaces you'd like to tile. I have seen globes, frames, table tops, anything really! The fun will be in smashing the glass. Hob Lob sells precut tile squares but I think it will be more interesting to smash up some beautiful plates and colored glass. So save the bottles and pick the trash to find any glass with beautiful colors and/or designs. The instructions i found said that you can use hotglue to adhere the glass however, I think that if the glass is transparent then you'll be able to see the glue globs , that is why i will be getting apoxy glue, which dries clear as well. Please bring glue guns and glue!!! I think this will be a great craft to go glam!!! and get creative with the glitz!!! Another idea i had was to mix glitter in with the grout!! The possibilities are endless!!!!

Friday Night @ 8 - Jessica's House....