Tuesday, November 29, 2011

i heart faces - bust a gut

I am entering the I Heart Faces challenge this week! The theme is "bust a gut" You can link up HERE.

This is my submission:

Saturday, November 26, 2011

advent printable

My very favorite time of year begins tomorrow. Happy New Year church!!

Click to download, save, print, use as wallpaper, whatever you like! It's free. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

holy night printable

WARNING TO TEAM TURKEY! I am posting something Christmas before Thanksgiving. I cant help it! I hope you like the print!

As you might have noticed with my last printable I have changed the way I am uploading and now when you click these they are offered in google docs for download. hey are large files so you can resize or they make very nice wallpaper for your desktop. I am open to suggestions on ways to make these better for everyone!


Sunday, November 13, 2011

turkey day necklace

Can you guys believe it is almost Thanksgiving? I really love this time of year and I am trying to get festive in any way I can. It is helping to bring me out of this funk. So I am focusing this month on being thankful and also anticipating Advent. Which is, of course a great season of hope and expectation for Christians.

In my attempt to get super festive I started digging through the craft supplies with no real ideas in mind. That is when I saw some small wooden hearts and it hit me! TURKEY NECKLACE. (dont laugh. you are a crafting freak who thinks like this too.)

Isnt she CUTE????

I didnt do a whole tutorial or anything but you get the idea. I just used some fine tip sharpies, ribbons, teeny tiny ric-rac, wooden hearts, a ball chain, and hot glue

I started by drawing a turkey face on the front of one of the hearts

They I just glued it all together. I didnt even bother with a bail. I just added a teeny loop of the ric-rac behind the feathers and put the chain through.

Look at my little turkey! Love her!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

thanks printable

a new printable for you!! :)

click. print. enjoy!

Shabby Apple WINNER!!!

I am so excited to announce the winner of this amazing Shabby Apple Lost in Wonderland necklace!

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The winner is MARIBEL! You can check out her SUPER cute, spankin' new blog THE CRAFT HOPPER.

Congrats MARIBEL!! I have sent you an email!

If you are not Maribel DONT WORRY! Shabby Apple is STILL offering and EXCLUSIVE 10% discount for taidye original readers for the next couple of weeks! WOO HOO! Just use the code "original10off".

Monday, November 7, 2011

i heart faces photo challenge - black

this week's challenge is "black". Made me think of this fun picture of e-bot when he was just 3. He still loves this guitar!

submitting to the i heart faces challenge! :)
Photo Challenges & Photography Tutorials

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Shabby Apple Giveaway!!!

Ya'll I am so excited to write this post! I was contacted by the wonderful, amazing Shabby Apple because they want to give a GORGEOUS piece of jewelry away to one of you!!! I wont lie. I am totally jealous that one of you will be getting this beautiful (my favorite!) Lost in Wonderland necklace.

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lost in wonderland

Isnt it amazing? A lot of you may know Shabby Apple for their amazing selection of women's dresses, little girls dresses and maternity dresses... 

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but I really adore their vintage jewelry and accessories. ESPECIALLY the vintage jewelry. swooooon. Some of my other favorites:

unlock the queen's castle

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through the looking glass

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the white rabbit's time keeper

Shabby Apple is also offering and EXCLUSIVE 10% discount for taidye original readers! WOO HOO! Just use the code "original10off". 

Excited??? Here it is again! One of you will win this amazing Lost in Wonderland necklace!

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Here is how to enter:

1. (Mandatory) like Shabby Apple on facebook in order to get in on special promotions and exclusive discounts - leave a comment below that you did

for bonus entries you can do each of the following (leave a separate comment for each thing you so)

*Follow taidye original (public follower with GFC) - all the cool kids are doing it :)

IMPORTANT!! Please please please include your email address on each entry!! I must have a way to contact you if you are the winner.

This giveaway will be open all week. I will draw a winner at 11p.m. this Friday night, October 11, 2011!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

the mustache printable

I have noticed one of my favorite older printables has been getting A LOT A LOT A LOT of traffic lately. And I have a sneaky suspicion this is because it is  MOVEMBER!

If you are having an event, want to help spread awareness or just love a sweet mustache here is the printable again for you!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

mummy key chain tutorial

Here is the deal. I must be insane.

I am volunteered to bring goodie bags for Lauren's preschool Halloween Party and I am also signed up to do the craft for E-Bots Kindergarten "Harvest" Party.

I am still slightly amused that my daughter goes to preschool in a CHURCH, they are having a HALLOWEEN party and wearing costumes. My son goes to PUBLIC school. They are having a "HARVEST" Party with NO costumes.

Dont get me wrong. I am TOTALLY cool with it either way. Just seems funny to me.

For the kindergarten craft I decided to go with a mummy theme again. I went to Hobby Lobby and purchased some small (I think they are 1 1/2" or so) wooden peg doll thingies and some tiny eye screws. These are super easy to make. I love him!

Here is a quickie tutorial for a super fast last minute Halloween project.

You need:

Wooden peg doll thingies
Small strips of fabric
School Glue
Eye Screws
clip thingies

Use a teeny drill bit to predrill into the heads of the dolls

Use jewelry pliers to screw in the teeny eye screws

like this

I bought this bag of assorted findings and used the small hooks 

Draw on some eyes with a sharpie and add some glue to the doll. Then wrap the doll up with the small fabric strips

I really like him! I will take this clip with me and help the children each create their own at Elijah's party this week. I predrilled and added the eye screws and clips to all of the pegs, then I placed the peg with attachments and a few small strips of fabric into snack sized ziplock bags. It will be a fast project for all 20 kids and they can leave with a little mummy clipped to their book bags! I really hope they like the project.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

sweet scallops tote

I have been singing the praises of the wonderfully amazing Kate from see kate sew the last few weeks. I cant help it! The girl is dripping with awesome!!

Kate just had her bloggy birthday and celebrated by offering a free pattern and tutorial for the most adorable tote bag EVER. THEN she announced a sew along and now has a linky for everyone to share their bags made with her super cute pattern.

Sooooo of course I signed up and yesterday I finished my bag. It was fast and simple. Just the reason I like Kate's fun patterns. Yep. this project rocks like fraggles. You can click here to view the tutorial and get the pattern or here to join the fun and link up!

Here is my creation!

These colors are very much my style. I love the bright fun girliness!

I added a scallop detail with my machine just to go with the theme

Other than that I made no real modifications to the pattern. I do sort of wish I would have put pockets inside. I was way to excited to get this finished though so I skipped that idea

What do you think? I am in love! AND I am slightly concerned that Kate lives in my head and fishes around in there to piece together stuff she knows I will love. THEN she is awesome enough to create the patterns which saves me tons of work hahaha!

Kate has even inspired me to start designing some of my own patterns and possibly open a shop. I am still thinking about it. I have some ideas though and with winter coming fast in Ohio I imagine when Christmas is over I will have plenty of winter nights to try to create some patterns of my own!

Friday, October 21, 2011

a big change for me

HAIR! I have never ever ever in my entire life had short hair. It has always been a MINIMUM 3 inches below my shoulder. Until I was 13 I had to pull my hair over my shoulder just to pee!

But today?

Today I turned 29.

Last year in my twenties begins today. An honestly? For a YEAR I have pretty much hated my hair.

So today...I had it allll chopped off! And I dont know what I was waiting for. This is awesome!

Hopefully tomorrow when I attempt to style it myslef I will still feel the same way. Since my stlyist refused to come and live in my bathroom. What is up with that?

In other news I finished my bag for this sew along at see kate sew! I cant WAIT TO SHOW YOU! But I need to wait for daylight to take some pretty pictures!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Please Vote!

Hello Friends!

Are you followers of the awesome blog Crafterhours? It is one of my all time FAVES! A few weeks ago Crafterhours announced a super fun contest to win some custom printed labels. I have a lot of fun creating a design for my labels. Crafterhours has posted all of the entries in their facebook album and 2 of the winners will be chosen by popular vote. So…..here is my shameless plea for your vote! Just click the image below and vote! Although I would love for you to vote for me I do hope you will vote for any of the designs you like. There are so many good ones! You can vote for as many as you want! All you have to do is click like under the graphic you want to vote for. Thanks for checking it out!

And don’t forget to check out and follow Crafterhours! You certainly wont be sorry!

Monday, October 17, 2011

make a mummy necklace!

Hi! It's Monday again! WHEW!! THis month is flying by!
Today I am hoping to give you a little inspiration to make a sweet little Halloween necklace!

Here are the top three reasons this project rocks like fraggles:

1. It is FAST. We are talking less than 15 minutes. yessss.
2. It is cheap. Mine was totally free since I had all of this stuff around. You probably have all or most of it laying around too
3. It is a great necklace for boys and girls alike

You will have to excuse this flash (GASP) photography. I have NO good lighting in the house at night and let's face it. Most craftin' 'round these parts takes place at night.

Well, you want to make one dont you?? 

Here is what you need:

A square or rectangle piece of wood from the craft wood section
(is that a real thing? craft wood section?)
A ball chain
(or ribbon, string, whatever)
google eyes
jump ring
jewelry pliars
(or thumbs)
A drill or dremel tool

and the secret ingredient???
yep, I am talking about that stuff your husband puts around thread on a pipe before he puts the new shower head or faucet on

Start by drilling a small hole in the top of the wood. Or ask hubby to do it because he is super posessive of his stuff. Whatever.

add some glue to the wood

Start wrapping the thread tape around the square. This stuff is a little tricky to work with. It isnt sticky but it sticks to itself like really thin plastic wrap. Just go slow. After you get around the middle sto and glue on your google eyes

Then keep wrappin'

and wrappin...  this photo is where I started noticing during the editing process that the little dude has his eyes following me. HA!

Add some glue to the back and kinda sqish it down. I rubbed a little glue all over the back to help seal it up.

next use a tooth pick to find and poke through the hole you drilled

See him looking at me??

twist the jump ring open. You should never pull the ring open . twist it like this so the ring is easy to close and you dont weaken it. You could probably pull it apart with your thumbs. just be sure to twist like this

Add the ball chain and you have yourself a mummy necklace!

Please excuse the pictures of these little weirdos. If you met their dad you'd understand...

boy child seems to think wearing a mummy necklace means you MUST act like a mummy

yeah, he is so strange.

Happy Halloween!!!! I hope you like my little tutorial! :)
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