Hey hey, everyone! Don’tcha just love a good BOGO? Well, I guess technically you’re not buying anything by reading my blog, but you are getting two for one today!
I was just a big ‘ol copycat last weekend. As previously mentioned, my husband was out of town so I spent evenings after the kids were in bed crafting my little heart out. I made two things for our newly freshened-up living room, which now has a white mantel and bookcases re-vamped for $2.99.
I’ve had my eye on making a version of this idea from the May 2012 issue of Country Living:
They suggest buying the butterfly clip art, but there are so many wonderful free-for-personal-use images on the web, I just decided to print off my own. So that’s just what I did.
I bought a shadowbox for 50% off from Jo-Ann’s, covered the back wall of it with some linen I had on hand, and then printed out some butterflies. After carefully cutting around each butterfly, I arranged them and then stuck a pin in each one to keep them in place. This way, they look more like specimens, in my opinion. I love the way they make shadows on the linen. See?
Craft one: check!
This will make the second idea I’ve ripped off from her…the first was my key art. (Thanks, Jackie! Love the new look, by the way…) Anyway, I headed out to Jo-Anns again to buy some embroidery hoops. I bought two 8-inch ones, and two 4-inch ones. (You need 4 circles for each sphere, but each embroidery hoop separates into 2 hoops, so 2 sets of each size is all you’ll need.) Again, I had the fabric already, which was a bonus. So I just cut strips from various coordinating patterns, and started wrapping. I used Fabri-Tac to keep the ends in place, which works great and bonds immediately, so you don’t have to use clips or anything. Here’s how mine turned out:
Craft two: check!
So there you have it…two crafts for a very modest price tag. I think I spent about $11 on both; six bucks for the embroidery hoops and $5 for the shadowbox frame. Oh, happy day.