cheaty mc-cheats-a-lot

As far back as I can remember in school, as long as they gave you any choice in your class schedule, I choose art classes.  Art history, art appreciation, ceramics, drawing, painting, etc.  Always.  All through elementary, middle and high school.  Even community college.  All art classes.  
When I got to Radford, for some dumb reason, I thought it would be a great idea to branch out and try something new.  Break away from my art mold and do something different.  
Music appreciation it was.  Never-mind that I have NO natural rhythm or any kind of musical knowledge.  I was in big girl college now and was going to branch out, ok!?

Fail.  Big fat huge fail.  I was terrible at it (surprise!!).  The basic class structure required me to be able to hear a selection of music and be able to name the composer, genre, etc.  
I am certain that I have never studied for a class more. 
In fact I know it.  My entire educational career required very little studying on my part. 
If I showed up, took good notes and paid attention...I could pretty much just review my notes come test time and do great. 
Hours and hours I spent listening and listening.  Only to fail miserably at exam time. 
I was doing my best and still failing.  This would not do.  I would not compromise my awesome GPA for some dumb elective class.  But I was at a loss for how to do better.
Then one day I was talking to a friend, whose mother had gone to Radford and taken the same class.  And had the same troubles.  So how did she get through with an A?
Turns out...that she memorized what songs were on which records and the order that they were in.  So come test time, when the professor would grab the red record and play it...she knew the order of the selections.  Great idea.  Except the class I was in came with two four CD sets. 
I had to work a little harder at it.  But in the end I aced the class.  
I was awesome at THAT kind of memorization.  I knew the play list of each CD, sat at the front of the class and could see which CD he pulled from come test time.  He would put it in the CD player and then I would count the forward clicks.  Hello A.  Good bye bright ideas and back to what I

So cheating or not? What do you think?  Not exactly one or the other, right?
I wasn't copying answers or anything like that.  I took advantage of the system.
And that was the closest I have ever come to really cheating on any test.  Ever.
I think this "quilt" is a little like that. 
Not quite quilt, not quite mass produced.
But the result is awesome and desirable.
Even if the means to get it weren't exactly what you would expect.
Eventually I want to make a quilt for my bed...but this lovely will do until then.  I imagine the boys will both be long in school before I actually get to that project.
So I thought outside the box...broke some sewing rules...and got what I wanted.
Something pretty, somewhat handmade and lovely.
All I did was sew some squares on a down comforter we already had.

And I will sleep well under it at night knowing that sometimes you just have to work a little differently to get what you want in life.


UPDATE!:: Here's a link to how I did it! :) Go here to learn how to make your own cheaty quilt!

20 minute crafter. easy peasy silhouettes.

Hellooooo!  It's crafty time!
Today's 20 minute crafter is 
Chrissie Grace...artist, author, mommy and more. :) 
You can visit her HERE.
Enjoy and think Mother's day...

 Hello! Welcome to my edition of "20 minute crafter."

Like many of you, Little Bit Funky is one of my very favorite blogs, so I am so honored to be sharing one of my projects over here with you!

This has got to be one of the easiest craft projects I've ever done...

Everyone knows that silhouettes are still super hot decor. 
If you haven't done one for your kids yet, you have no excuse now!:)

Supplies that you'll need:
~camera and a printer
~wooden plaque (I bought mine at Michaels for 79 cents)
~white paper (I prefer cardstock)
~Modge Podge
~black paint and a paintbrush
~hot glue gun

The first thing you need to do is take your picture. I have four little ones, so I put them on the same white wall one at a time, backed up about 2 feet, and got on my knees so that I was at their level. Don't worry about shadows or anything like that. Then just snap a few...

The plaques that I bought measure about 4 x 6, so I printed my photos at 3 1/2 x 5. I prefer to use cardstock, but if you only have regular printer paper it will work.

Cut out the profiles. I think it's much more interesting to get in all those pesky hairs! 
Cut away from the shadows if you have any...

Turn your silhouette over and paint it black. As you can see in my photo, the paper will curl a little, but after it dries, it should lay back down. Let it dry completely.

Using a thin layer of modge podge, glue your silhouette down. Go slowly to prevent bubbles. Use your finger to smoosh out any bubbles and to get it nice and flat. I also put a coat of modge podge on the top as well. Let it dry.

Cut a piece of ribbon about 8 inches long. Using hot glue, adhere it to the back.
Voila! You are done! Now hang it!

You may have noticed that I never painted my wooden plaques. I preferred the look of the light wood. You could vary this project by painting the background different colors, painting your silhouette a different color, or incorporating scrapbooking papers into the mix. I hung ours above our bed, but I think it would be a great idea to make them for scrapbooks too. 
Wouldn't it be cool to make one at the same time every year to document change?
Thanks for joining me on this little crafting adventure. I hope you have fun making some:)
xo, Chrissie


finally.  months ago my sister in law sent me some fabric to make
a curtain for her bathroom.  she sent me some photos for 
inspiration but pretty much left the design up to me.

i took months because...well i wanted to have the design figured out 
before i cut into the fabric...and i am so glad i waited. 

i love it!  so much so that i now want to make brighter tones of course, 
for my kitchen window.  all i needed from her was how wide she
needed it and her fabric choices.  the result is adjustable...made stable
by some dowel rods inserted into pockets along the front. 

check being intimidated by curtains off of my list. :)
and, as more wreath in the shop...this one
with a sweet little bird nesting in it.  :)

I am overwhelmed by the number of you lovelies who 
want to send me a yard...i tried to email who i could, but for 
some of you i couldn't find an email...if you didn't hear
from me, could you send me an email? 

thanks and happy weekend!

vol. 1-blog printing.

for almost a year now i have been researching ways to get my blog printed.
a huge reason that continue to blog is to document the lives of my kids...
not just on the special days but on the day to day.
to me, it will be so cool for my kids to get to read these
entries when THEY are 30.
i am not a scrapbooker, nor a diligent journaler...this blog has
been the best way for me to document all the things i want to remember.
many of the ways that i had found were either unnecessarily
difficult, too expensive or did not work with blogger.
i can't tell you the number of hours that i spent
researching and trying to find the best way to do it...
in a way that would be nice, durable and affordable.
and then i was sent to Blurb.
from step one it was easy...worked with my MAC and blogger.
included color photos and looked like a REAL book.
the pages are glossy and thick.
you can even add a photo to the cover.
this is my first volume. it is 275 pages and cost me approx $60.
at first that number may seem high, but believe me that is a great deal.
other places, this exact book could run me more the $200 and up.
and if you think about it...this is like our scrapbook...
and imagine the cost for all the supplies i would spend on that?

because my blog is so wordy and has so many photos,
i plan on doing a new volume every six month/two per year.

so if you are looking to print your blog,
i did the research for you and
Blurb may be the best bet for you.

we lived to tell about it.

we lived, we lived!
here is a photo from the set up where i wrote this post.
aaron ended up taking a two hour nap...which
meant a two hour recuperation time for me.
the trip to the aquarium went pretty well considering that
both boys ended up with symptoms of sickness...
Moses loved seeing the sharks and enjoyed
pointing out all of the characters from Nemo.
the next night, while much improved, was still mostly bad.
aaron's fever spiked pretty high and he cried off
and on through the night...though mercifully moses
slept through it all...even ANOTHER late night call to our hotel room.

in the end though,
the hassle and nightmarish nights were worth
it for the few precious hours we got to see
our family.
i came away from this weekend with two blaring thoughts:
1) i am SO thankful that my boys can each have their own rooms. i don't know how we would do if i had to worry about them waking each other up every night...though i assume they would eventually get used to it...i am thankful that for now, at this age, we don't have to worry about it.

2) i have NO IDEA how anyone can survive having a family know, where everyone in the family sleeps in the same bed. i need my sleep and space...on the second night we brought aaron into the bed with us in order to get the few minutes of sleep that we could. he was SO wiggly and squirming and SO demanding of space for a guy so little. more than once i woke up to a kick in the ribs or a tiny bum in my face.
since we are still getting our act together, there will be no 20 minute crafter post.
so sorry...we will resume next tuesday. :)

20 minute crafter. chalkboard mugs.

Hello happy crafters. :)
Today's 20 minute crafter is Fawnda from
Fireflies and Jellybeans

She is here to show us how to make some adorable mugs...I saw these
and my first thought was how perfect these would be for teacher gifts!
Because summer will be here soon, right?
And technically this a total of 20 minutes of crafting
and not 20 minutes all at once. :)

I am so excited to share this project here on a Little Bit Funky!
This is one of my favorite blogs and Crystal has amazing projects and posts!
These CUTE chalkboard mugs will be perfect for any party! AND they are SUPER easy to make!

Here is what you will need:

Mugs (either new or ones you already have!)
Painter's tape
Sand paper (Optional)
Primer (not pictured)
Chalkboard paint (you can get this at most hardware, or craft stores)

1. Tape off your mug where you want your chalkboard rectangle to be.

2. Prime you mug in the area you taped off. Let primer dry according to the label.

3. After the primer is dry, paint on your first layer of chalkboard paint.
Let dry according to label.

**Some primers suggesting sanding inbetween layers**

4. Paint on your second coat of chalk board paint.
Let dry and cure according to the label.

5. Remove the painter's tape.

6. Rub some chulk all over the area you painted and wipe off to set the chalkboard paint up.
Invite your friend over for some nice warm drinks!

Or you can write the name of the drink on the mug...

Or write your blog name!
Thanks Crystal for having me today on:
**Note: these mugs are now HAND wash only***
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