Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Awesome Things Tuesday


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Welcome back to another week of Awesome Things Tuesday! This week's features are all about everything I love about fall. Halloween, comfort foods, spooky decor...let me just say we have some really awesome features today, is one of them yours?

And don't forget to check out this month's 31 Day Challenge of Crafting with Wood!

Make sure to follow my Crafting with Wood Pinterest board too!

This week's features!

Randi's Pick - Monster Pretzel Rods from Spot of Tea Designs
Quick and Eay ‪#‎Halloween‬ treat: Monster Pretzel Rods | spotofteadesigns.com

Ashley's Pick - Vegan Soba Noodle Bowl from Cooking with a Wallflower
Vegan Soba Noodle Bibimbap | Cooking with a Wallflower

Lindsay's Pick - Fallfetti Party Mix from Written Reality
Fallfetti Party Mix

Amanda's Pick - Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels from Craving Some Creativity
Seriously Addicting! Easy dessert or snack mix for parties. Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels with white chocolate drizzled over themCinnamon Sugar Pretzels with white chocolate drizzled over top

Dee's Pick - Halloween Shadow Box from My Paper Craze
Zombie Shadow Box - My Paper Craze

Danielle's Pick - Fall Subway Art Pumpkin from Canary Street Crafts
Easy DIY Fall Subway Art Pumpkin! {Canary Street Crafts}

And the most clicked link from last week...

Bone Appetit from Crafty Journal
Bone Appetit Napkin Ring by Crafty Journal

Go ahead and grab a button folks!

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Now that you've seen last weeks features go check out these other amazing women and what they've been up to!
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Ashley Emmett - My Craftily Ever After
Lindsay Fekitoa - Frenchie Wraps
Amanda Corbet - Krafting Kreations
Dee LeBrilla - Cupcakes & Crowbars
Danielle Cole Reeves - Busy Moms Helper

We've also created a Pinterest board dedicated to the awesome things you link up each week! Make sure you are following it because we will be pinning ALL of our favorites links, not just the features!

Please read and follow the rules before adding your link.
  1. You may link up as many projects as you would like. They need to be YOUR creations and projects.
  2. Link directly to your post and NOT to your main blog.
  3. Please no giveaways, promotions, items for sale, roundups, or posts that do not belong to you.
  4. Please make sure to click and check out the other projects linked up!
*By submitting your link you are authorizing me to post your projects and pictures as a feature and on various social media websites along with links to your post. I have the right to delete links that do not adhere to the rules.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Wooden Gift Tags

On one of my "window" shopping days, I stopped in this local scrapbooking store and found these wooden gift tags.  Hello!  They were wood, and super cute, and like $2.  I couldn't not buy them right?

See around these parts, I try to make fancy little gift tags to put on the gifts to the kids from Santa.  I tell Lucy that it's to help save him the work of coming up with fancy tags...plus, then we can keep them and reuse them every year.

Originally I was going to spray paint them with chalk board paint, and heck, I still might do that, but for this particular idea, I wanted to use washi tape...another of my most favorite things in the whole crafty world.

After I put some tape on them randomly, I strung them up with some glitter thread.

And TA-DA! Seriously that simple.

What I like the most about washi tape is that it's not a very tacky tape, so if I decide I hate how they look, I can always just take off the tape and put new tape on.

Or I could add more tape to them, maybe a piece of chalkboard tape so that I didn't have to worry about actually painting them.  Either way, they are super cute, easy and reusable.  I can decide to change them every year, or simply leave them like this for as long as they will last.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Wooden Checkers

If you live in the Seattle area and have not been to the U-District yet, I suggest you do! It's a super nice outdoor mall with plenty to look at, plenty to buy, plenty to keep the kids busy, and plenty to eat...It's the best.  We don't go often because it's a little bit of a treck for us, but it's nice to go there periodically!  A few weekends ago, my friends and I went to the U-District and were wandering about window shopping.  We stopped by the fabulously remodeled Land of Nod and I fell in love. I just love everything about that store, it's so fresh and fun!  I wanted to buy everything, but seeing as I didn't have an extra half mil laying around to drop, I didn't buy anything.

What I did walk out with was inspiration!  They had a display out of a wooden checker board with wooden pieces.  I knew right away that I could make it, and it would be just as great if not better AND I knew I could make it for FAR less than the $32 price tag on it.  

So I hit up my, you guessed it, scrap pile of wood at home and found a dowel rod and a piece of pressed board.  I used my miter saw to cut the dowel rod into 24 pieces, about the same size in thickness.  

When they were dry, I sanded them a little and then used a gold paint pen to draw little crowns on the black pieces and I used my wood burning kit to burn little crowns on the red pieces.

When I was done with that, I went out and spray painted the pressed board using Krylon Gloss Banner Red spray paint.  When that was dry, I measured my board and taped it off using some washi tape.

For the black, I used Krylon's Black Chalkboard paint.  I simply love everything chalkboard paint...It goes on super easy and evenly.

I had a mental block though, while doing this project about making the checkered board. I simply could not wrap my head around how to do it right...turns out, it was way easier than you would think. I taped it off one way, let it dry and then taped off the other rows and it worked out perfectly.  

As an afterthought, I decided to paint the sides of the board with chalkboard paint also, that way you can keep track of your score while you are playing!

Naturally, I had to look up the directions on how to play it also since it has been YEARS since I played last.  Lucy was super excited to sit down and learn too. She picked up pretty fast too and got really mad when I wouldn't let her win.  When Matt got home from work though, he sat with her and he got really into showing her how to calculate each move.  Right before we ended that game, Matt went to give Dexter a bath, Lucy was almost beating me, she had 5 pieces and I had 2.  She made a wrong move and I was able to take two of her pieces, but then she trapped me, all on her own and beat me! She was super proud of herself and now can't wait to play every night for another chance to beat me again!

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