20 minute crafter. valentines day cards.

Welcome to the newest feature of the Little Bit Funky Blog!

I HOPE to feature a new, fun crafter every week...and not only that...each crafter will be showing YOU that you DO have time for creating beautiful things.
Each Tuesday will feature a fun new craft tutorial that takes about twenty minutes or so.

Are you ready?
Well this week you're stuck with me...
wanna make some cute Valentines cards for minimal cost?
Here's what you need:
paint color chips
invitation sized envelopes (or whatever you have)
sewing machine (or needle and thread)

First, trim your cardstock in half so you have two 4 1/4 by 11in pieces.
If you have standard invite sized envelopes this will give you
TWO cards from each piece of cardstock.
If you have a different sized envelope you can adjust cardstock size as needed.
Fold in half.
Using your sewing machine and contrasting colored thread...
...stitch a heart shape on your paint chip.
(you CAN do this by hand but it will take longer than 20 minutes).
The paint chips that I had (from Lowe's) were the perfect size without trimming but you may need to trim yours. If you would like...you can lightly trace the heart shape on first.
Stitch over and over for a sweet effect.
Switch stitch types if you're feeling crazy.
Glue your heart paint chip onto your folded cardstock and add some cute buttons.
A cute Valentine for pennies!

Someone made an anonymous comment about my use of paint chips and how they felt wrong about my using them for craft purposes, even if they are free.
If you have been following this blog for very long you would know two things...
1) I shop at Lowe's A LOT.
2) I buy a lot of paint from them. I do not feel bad about taking several paint chips in various colors when I am trying to find the right color or shade. What I would feel bad about is just throwing them away when I have made a paint decision.

monarch butterfly cupcakes.

I'm so excited to show you these.
I made them for a friends baby shower.
And you know what?
They were easy.
Time consuming, but easy.
I had the perfect stand for displaying them, too.
You can find the how to in Hello, Cupcake.
Don't be intimidated.
You can do these.
I have never worked with food stuff in this way but was happily surprised at the ease of it all.
My only tip...be sure your kids are asleep for the night. Not just in bed.
Just saying. You are working with melted chocolate here.
No time for going up and down the stairs to get your 3 year old back in bed.
You should have a baby...and buy me a plane ticket...and I will come make some for you.
I'm thinking if I make enough...maybe spring will come sooner?
Happy Friday, peeps.
What are you up to?

how to make a photo ledge.

Ok, you guys.
Are you ready for my ghetto fabulous "how to make a photo ledge"?
I am far from a carpenter...but I love how they turned out.
And it sure beats paying $40 for ONE of these bad boys.
Ready? Go.
Here is the lumber.
1- 1in by 4in by 8ft.
2- 1in by 2in by 8ft.
3- 8ft piece of crown molding that I liked the look of.
You can get simple or ornate...stick to around 3-4in in width.
4- piece of molding the is 1/4in by 1in by 8ft.
This piece will go on the edge of photo ledge to keep the photos from sliding off...so you can get other variations if you see something you like.

You CAN get it cut at Lowe's...I think the first cut is even free.
I bought all of them the same length for less cutting and less work.

I took each 8ft piece and cut it down to 4ft pieces...because I wanted two 4ft shelves.
You could buy 10ft pieces too...or cut them down to whatever size you would like to have.

You will also need:
wood screws 1 1/2in long
brads (tiny nails)

I started by pre-drilling my holes...
make an L out of the 4in and 2in piece of wood...like above.
I drilled holes on each corner...then every foot or so.
Screw together.
Then...I nailed on the crown molding...nailing near the edges.
You could also add in some wood glue if you wanted.

Then I nailed on the 1/4in piece.
Then painted.
Attach heavy duty photo hangers on the back.
I would do one on each end and on in the middle.
And hang.
I bought all my supplies at Lowe's.

The whole process took very little time.
I plan on making more. :)
Enjoy free range photo arranging...without all the holes in your wall.
Have a question?
Please start a discussion over at the blog frog community on the right. :)

word up.

January is like a holiday to me.
The whole month.
It's like one giant excuse to clean, purge, repaint, organize and refresh...
...every single surface, nook and cranny in my house.
Lovely, love it.
This year my word to live by is simplify.
Basically an organizers dream word.
It has already brought beautiful messes to my house.
Like...organizing all of my fabrics into colors.
Just look at all the coordinated color goodness.
Then each basket got labeled with a paint chip sample...LOVE!
The paint chips were picked up as I bought sample paint colors to repaint the living room and dining room. So far...the middle swatch(called "crystal aqua"!) and leaving it the same color are winning...what do you think? Either way the walls are in dire need of a fresh coat of the most boy durable paint I can find.
I'm also vowing to be better about NOT beings so late with my birthday gifts and greetings.
Since Aaron was born you were lucky if your birthday card or gift arrived to you in the same month as your birthday...and anniversaries? Fuggetabout.
So this year...on December 31st...my MACbook and I had a date.
We went through and put in each and every birthday and set an email reminder to go out 15 days before each birthday.
Then I bought this pretty calendar from HERE to keep track of all the appointments.
She has another lovely shop HERE.
The sweet owner has given me permission to give away one copy of the calendar to one of you...
...so if you would like one just leave a comment and I'll choose one of you later this week.

I just love a new year and a new start...I've got a good feeling about 2010. :)

how to ruffle...with or without a foot.

Here is a quick and simple way to cute up anything...jacket, shirt, skirt, bag...anything.
I did this cute cozy jacket I picked up from Baby Gap for $10.
You can almost use scrap fabric...if your scraps are big enough.
Step 1: Measure the length of where you want to put a ruffle.
You will multiply that length by 2.
Since this is a jacket and I wanted ruffles on each side of the zipper...
I had to cut two of each length.
So...my fabric strips were 14in by 2in and 12in by 2in and I had two of each.
(disregard that top piece of fabric in the photo)
Step 2: Make your ruffle.
If you have a ruffling foot...I don't think I need to tell you how.
If you don't have one...I highly recommend getting one.
The photo above shows my ruffle foot fabric strips ready to go.
If you don't have a ruffle foot...set your machine to the longest stitch length...and using a straight stitch...sew all the way down the length of the fabric strip...stay as close to the middle as possible.
When you get to the end of the strip...be sure to leave a couple of inches of thread at the end when you trim it off. Ever. SO. Gently pull on either the top or bottom thread and push the fabric down...work that ruffle down the strip and go back to the top...repeat until you get your ruffle down to the size you want it. Your thread may break...this is why a ruffle foot is awesome...you can pull out the stitches and start again when the thread breaks.
Step 3: Once you have your ruffles made...pin them in place where you want them to be.
Step 4: Sew on your ruffles...I stitched down the middle then off to either side about a half inch or so. If you just sew down the middle the ruffles will curl up too much when you wash them.
All done!
You can either give it as is...OR if you are worried that the person you are giving it to will freak out over frayed fabric goodness...you can wash it first. :)
Be sure to trim the frayed goodness with scissors and never pull it!

Now go ruffle.

I will try to answer questions in comment form on THIS post. :)
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