Monday, January 6, 2014

Not sure if I'll be blogging anymore and Instagram

Hello dear friends!

In case you haven't noticed, this will be the first post since August! I LOVE blogging and sharing my crafty and DIY ideas with you, but I am finding I don't have time and motivation for it this year.

I am focusing more on my special education blog, Breezy Special Ed, so if you are interested in special education, feel free to follow me over there!
Breezy Special Ed

Also, many of the fun things I do, I post on instagram. Feel free to follow me @BreezyBrieJoy if you would like! Today, I posted my new mouthwash bottle :)

And you'll see a lot of post of my puppy (Oreo Cookie Sandwich is her full name!)

Oh how we love this little puppy!

Well, maybe I'll be back, but if not, I hope to see you around :)



Monday, August 5, 2013

DIY coasters + wine and stuff = cute bridal shower gift

I found this cute bottle opener / wine cork set at a garage sale. And knew there was a themed present to be made! Add a nice bottle of wine (I chose a pink moscato from Trader Joes) and some homemade coasters and it all makes a great combination.
Homemade themed wedding shower gift
I thought about getting their wine glasses (or at least some of them) off their registry, but they had already been bought. Also, you could get a pair of wine glasses and etch "Mr." and "Mrs." on them to complete the gift. Wouldn't that be cute?
DIY coasters + wine and stuff = cute bridal shower gift
I thought about doing a tutorial for these coasters, but I think it's just about the most well known tutorial on the internet...

Basically, the tiles are 4x4s from Lowe's for 20 cents each, I cut out scrapbook paper and mod-podged them to the top and did a few more coats over the top, and added black felt to the bottom. If you have any questions let me know, but they are super easy to make!

 You could easily make them personalized by using photos or by adding a monogram. (However don't print something out and expect to use it with mod podge - it probably won't work).
And that was the last of 3 bridal showers for my sister-in-law! YAY! Now it's wedding time come this weekend :)

Monday, July 29, 2013

Seasonal Blocks - a word for every season!

I have been wanting to make a set of seasonal wood blocks for a very long time. Seriously, like before pinterest even came out. I found this fabulous idea from Kierste at Simply Kierste who got the idea from Little Birdie Secrets. I finally made a set (and then I gave them away...so I will have to make another set soon!)
Anyway, they are super cute and they can spell a variety of words because there is a letter on each of the four sides. So you can leave them up all year if you want to.
I went to Home Depot to get a large 4x4. And then I had them cut it into squares. TIP: A 4x4 post is actually more like 3.75x3.75, so measure first to know what size the cuts should be in order to make squares. I now have a gazillion blocks. And you only need 7 blocks for this project - so I will be coming up with more creative ways to use them soon.

I painted my blocks white with some leftover wall paint. The wood really eats the paint up, so spray paint is not your best option. I also used leftover wall paint for the letters.

Then I thought about cutting out letters with my cricut, but that seemed like an awful lot of cutting and placing to do, so I bought a pack of 3 inch stencils instead! They worked well. I watched about 8 episodes of Cake Boss on Amazon Prime while stenciling away.

Here's the letters that go on each block:

Block 1: H, Y, E, D
Block 2: A, C, R, S
Block 3: R, P, E, T
Block 4: V, N, L, O
Block 5: E, O, M, D
Block 6: S, M, K, I
Block 7: T, F, B, W
BLOCK 1- H, Y, E, D
BLOCK 2- A, C, R, S
BLOCK 3- R, P, E, T
BLOCK 4- V, N, L, O
BLOCK 5- E, O, M, D
BLOCK 6- S, M, K, I
BLOCK 7- T, F, B, W - See more at: http://simplykierste.com/2009/09/seasonal-wood-blocks.html#sthash.zjnlTgnE.dpuf
BLOCK 1- H, Y, E, D
BLOCK 2- A, C, R, S
BLOCK 3- R, P, E, T
BLOCK 4- V, N, L, O
BLOCK 5- E, O, M, D
BLOCK 6- S, M, K, I
BLOCK 7- T, F, B, W - See more at: http://simplykierste.com/2009/09/seasonal-wood-blocks.html#sthash.zjnlTgnE.dpuf

BLOCK 1- H, Y, E, D
BLOCK 2- A, C, R, S
BLOCK 3- R, P, E, T
BLOCK 4- V, N, L, O
BLOCK 5- E, O, M, D
BLOCK 6- S, M, K, I
BLOCK 7- T, F, B, W - See more at: http://simplykierste.com/2009/09/seasonal-wood-blocks.html#sthash.zjnlTgnE.dpuf
 And here's a few of my favorite words!
All of the words that you can spell are:
Harvest, Welcome, Friends, Faith, Family, Spooky, Winter, Freedom, Blessed, Snow, Home, Hope, Monster, Mother, Madre, Dream, Easter

How fun is that? Go make them and then show me how they turn out!
 
BLOCK 1- H, Y, E, D
BLOCK 2- A, C, R, S
BLOCK 3- R, P, E, T
BLOCK 4- V, N, L, O
BLOCK 5- E, O, M, D
BLOCK 6- S, M, K, I
BLOCK 7- T, F, B, W - See more at: http://simplykierste.com/2009/09/seasonal-wood-blocks.html#sthash.zjnlTgnE.dpuf

Monday, July 15, 2013

My Chevron and Birdie Initial H

Michael's has been having AMAZING clearance and sales lately - so I got my craft on and made this beautiful chevron H :)
I picked up this letter H for $1.99 and these little birds for about $.19 or $.29 each - I don't exactly remember. I also grabbed some for a friend.
I have been loving on the chevron lately and I had the purple border pictured that I used as a stencil. (The unpainted letters were cheaper, but they were out of H's, plus now I get to skip a step!)

Step 1: Trace the chevron stencil onto the letter. I used pencil.
Step 2: Paint in the chevrons. The color I ended up using is Americana, called Mississippi Mud. I did two coats, then debated about fixing it up and doing another coat...and then decided it looked just fine from a little distance away! Just don't look closely!!

Step 3: Paint the little birdies.

Step 4: After trying about 15 different placements for the birds, give up, and just go with your first idea. I glued them one with some Elmer's.
Step 5: Display!
Well, that was a fun and easy project! I love adding new items to my shelf.

Remember how I said I picked up materials for my friend too? Here's how hers turned out. I absolutely love the gray and blues! Too bad we don't have the same initial or I might steal it! :)





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