Monday, December 17, 2012

Vanilla & Olive Oil Labels

One of our homemade Christmas gifts this year includes homemade vanilla & homemade rosemary infused olive oil.

We are pairing them with other things, and I'll share some of the "whole gift" photos and details later, but what I really wanted to share today is the super cute labels I made for the bottles.

I found this fabulous pin last week just before I was going to buy printable stick on labels.

It was my first time printing on fabric and let me tell you I was NERVOUS.  I attempted to print directly on wax paper one time after seeing a tutorial about how you could easily transfer words to canvas or wood or something and it was a huge fail for me.  Maybe my printer wasn't the same as in the tutorial but regardless, I was sort of envisioning having to buy a new printer after spray adhesive and fabric going through it....

The fabric I used was a simple muslin, leftover from my DIY toddler dress forms.

I cut a piece of muslin bigger than my cardstock and ironed it.

Then I sprayed my cardstock with Elmers Craft Bond.  I left the cardstock sit for about 5 or so minutes so the craft bond would have a "temporary bond."  Then I spread my muslin over it, smoothing it out with my hands.  I left it to dry for a minute and then trimmed the muslin right up to the edges of the cardstock.

I created my labels in Microsoft Word, using the Labels template and making my own custom size label.  This made it really easy to "fill my page."  In case you've never used this method here it is step by step (Using Microsoft Word 2007).

1. Go to the Mailings tab in your blank document.
2. Go to Labels, a pop up will appear.
3. To make a custom size, go to Options.
4. Select the New Label button
5. Enter your dimensions/number of labels per page.  You might need to do a little math, but it will tell you if your chosen setting won't fit on a page.  For my vanilla I used Height 1.8 and with 1.9 with 3 across and 5 down. I had some leftover room on my page but I was okay with that.
6. Select Okay when you have finished your settings and named your label.
7. Select Okay again.
8. Now in the "Address field" type your desired wording.  To change your font type or size, highlight what you want to change and right click.
9. Select Font.  Make your font changes (size, color, type, bold, italic, underline etc) then click okay.  You will need to do this for each "seperate" change you would like.  For my vanilla I wanted the title larger, so I only selected Homeade Vanilla, changed my font and size, then repeated for the other wording.
10. If you want to change the alignment of your labels (left, center, right) highlight all your wording, right click and select paragraph.  Make your edits and then click okay.
11.  When you have your fonts how you would like them you can do one of two things:
Go straight to print. This will print your label but you won't be able to save the file in case you want to print more later, you will have to do all the above steps again.
Select New Document.  This will open another Word file where you labels are all filled in.  Now you can save your file for future use.  You can also make edits to each label one at a time if you want.
12. Print.

After I printed my labels on fabric, I did a little dance of joy that it worked and did not break my printer, yay!  

I let them dry for a few minutes, then cut one out.  It peeled right off the paper.  The fabric wasn't too sticky, the cardstock was still tacky.

I "frayed" my edges a bit (love that look!) then laid my little label down and sprayed it with the craft bond again.  I immediately smoothed it on to my 2 oz bottle (permanent bond).  Then I grinned like crazy because it was SO cute (in my opinion at least) and called my husband to tell him how awesome I am and how Pinterest is the best.  He is now walking around saying in a dramatic voice, "Pinterest is the 4th best thing that every happened to me.."  LOL

Here's our first filled bottles with labels!  Exciting!!!

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The Chicken Chick

Monday, December 10, 2012

Ruffled Tree Skirt

Only 14 more crafting (and shopping) days before Christmas, oh my. Really, I should be upstairs in my craft room at my sewing machine or doing something craft-wise. Or out finishing up my shopping but I just had to stop by the blog and share this fun and cute project I finished and gave away.

 My little monkey goes to one of my friends houses a couple of days a week when I go to work. He loves it there and I love sending him there because she rocks. She is also completely nuts about Christmas decorating. She has multiple Christmas trees including a cute little one in her bathroom. So last week she asked if I had any Christmas material she could wrap around the base for a tree skirt. I didn't but I mentioned I had some Christmas-y colored fabric and felt and I'd bring some with this week.

Well, on Friday I got to thinking about those cute burlap ruffled tree skirts I've been seeing on Pinterest. Like this one here.  And I thought, hey why not give it a try?  I had just picked up some cotton in red from the Walmart remnant bin (for like $1.23) and I've had some burlap around for awhile as well as a ton of felt.

So I started off by cutting a circle out of felt, and cut a slit and hole in the middle.  Well, it wasn't a perfect circle but it had the general idea.  :)

Then I cut my burlap & red fabric into strips.

The next step was pinning on the first row of burlap.   I originally thought I was going to hot glue this, but after pinning it I decided sewing it would actually be easier, less messy and hold up much better.

I sewed the first row and then pinned down a row of red so it just slightly overlapped the burlap, sewed it and repeated alternating the red with the burlap.  To make the ruffle just pinch up a bit of the fabric and then lay it sideways, pin and repeat down the row.  If you need to add another strip of fabric just do the pinch and lay it sideways overlapping the edge of your last piece.

I loved how it turned out and even better, was really excited that she loved it!  

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Cardboard Tube Crafts

I've been hanging on to most of my empty tubes when I finish a roll of tulle because I just knew I would use them for something... (ps I do this with A LOT of stuff, boxes from Aldi, most small scraps of fabric or tulle, empty jars... the list could go on).

 Well last week I gave my craft room a good clean up and clean out in preparation for some Christmas gifts I have to get working on. So I finally decided I was just going to throw out the cardboard tubes I had... it's not like I'll won't ever have more (as a long as I am making tutus that is).

 Of course they only made it as far as the landing at the bottom of the stairs (along with some other boxes heading for the garage). And of course my little guy found the box and opened it and started playing with them. So as he's zooming some around tonight I had the fabulous idea for him and I to jazz them up and make them into rockets!

 I brought down some paint, some scrapbook paper, ribbon, a glue stick and ribbon (and headed back up for my glue gun!).

 For the "tops" of the rockets, I cut out a piece of red cardstock and fashioned a pointy birthday hat type

 One rocket we painted (my little man LOVES to paint) and the other we covered in red paper (less wait time to play).

 Little man drew "windows" on his rocket while we were waiting for the painted one to dry.

 I cut some orange ribbon and glued it on the bottoms for flames and we had a couple of pretty awesome rockets (at least in the little man's eyes)!

 Then it was time for a pair of "noculars" (aka binoculars). First he colored two tubes.

Then I just hot glued them together and hot glued some ribbon on for a strap.

 Then it was off on his safari looking for animals and at the moon. :) Love crafting with my little man, it's so much fun!

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