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Pinterest Craft Ideas 2.0

Hello Crafting Friends!

So since I know that the craft ideas I originally posted a long while back were well received, I decided to do another grouping of craft ideas brought to us by Pinterest.com! Enjoy and let me know what you think!

Summer Lovin’ Had Me A Blast:

Next week I am going to have a “Fall” installation of this from Pinterest, with a few nationwide activities to add in for Fall Festivals and Events! Hope you all enjoy these craft (food, kid & adult party fun) ideas as much as I enjoyed looking them up! Go get your craft on and let me know if you try any of these, and how they work out!

Craft You Later,
Beth

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Craft Meet Up: Letters To Our Troops

Hello Crafting Friends,

I have an idea that I have been tossing around for awhile now in my own mind. I think it would be super fun to meet at a local Park in Charlotte, as a group, and do a craft activity. I also think it would be awesome if said craft served a purpose other than just being fun. Like, say, being something we send to the troops before Veteran’s Day…. hmm? Hmm? Hmm?!?!!!

So I was looking around this place called the internet (you may have heard of it), and I found this organization called Operation Gratitude, which has a whole section of its services being geared towards volunteers writing letters to troops (active, and veterans of past conflicts). HELLO we have a winner!

operation gratitude handmade card marine troops

Handmade Cards to Troops

Because this organization is based in California, and I (we) am in North Carolina, I cannot organize anything to go volunteer at the actual volunteer events. However if you’re reading this in Cali, and want to get some community service in, go check out their volunteer schedule. Or if you’re not in NC nor CA and want to donate to the cause, you can do so here to help send care packages to military personnel overseas.

operation gratitude handmade card army troops

More Handmade Cards to Troops

Anyways, back to my plan. I would like to organize a meet-up for Sunday, October 28, 2012, in order to get a group together to get this started. I have a park in mind, but figure I will see how the date works first before nailing down a park.

Plan:
1) Get together at a specified date and time (Sun Oct 28 @ 3pm?).
2) Everyone brings a few supplies (no glitter!) to decorate cards (markers, crayons, stickers, colored pencils, pens, stencils, stamps, etc) for everyone to share.
3) I will supply a good amount of cream and white card stock cards (pre-folded), based on the amount of participants.
4) Make cards following these guidelines for the troops and veterans of past conflicts (your choice)! This includes possibly including your information for responses, if you so chose, or you can use mine.
5) Everyone gets together and shares in a craft activity for a good cause outdoors for ~1 hour, and maybe makes some new friends as well!
6) I will then ship the cards to the donation location for delivery to the troops, and pass along any responses that I get from OG or the troops to whom our cards are sent.

So… I really need your responses people, for real. Is this something you would be interested in doing? Is this something that sounds fun and crafty to you? Is this something you would actually respond to my blog with a “YES I AM IN!” at all?!? Responses appreciated sooner rather than later, but at least by Monday October 22, so I can plan and plot accordingly! Oh, and please include your email so that I can include you in our plans! (Yes, I am being optimistic here!)

Give me your thoughts, pretty please, and let me know if you would be up for doing this craft volunteer outdoor adventure together! We can adjust the date and time if need be, but please let me know about any interest you have in this!

Craft You Later,
Beth

House Project: Bathroom Painting Plan

Hey Friends,

So this weekend is a big little project for me. I am finally going to paint the bathroom connected to my bedroom. I’ve been meaning to do this for about 2 years now, and am finally hunkering down to do it! YAY! (Don’t judge me for this delay!!!!)

I bought this paint that I absolutely fell in love with for my kitchen (I finished that project on time!), and I am going to paint my bathroom the same color. Weird, you may think, but I’ve always adored blues and greens. I want a WAKE-UP color for my bathroom, and a calllmmmmmm color for my bedroom (to come later).

I am also in love with Lowe’s for projects, so of course my paint and supplies are all from there! As are my painting tips and inspirations!

So this is what I’m intending to do to my bathroom, currently all a shockingly boring white.

Disclaimer, this is as close to what my bathroom layout looks like as I could find, so when I finally get this done and post pictures next week, it will look slightly different!

lowes paint green beige paints

Bathroom Planned Project!

So the colors are going to be Gentle Pasture (6003-4A) for the cubby-area walls, Homestead Resort Cameo White (7002-21) for the other main walls, and Bistro White (7006-4) for the doors and moldings!

So what do you think? Bright enough to wake you up and still nice enough not to drive you insane in a few short weeks? I am super excited to get this done, finally, so bear with me as I get a little excited about this!

Craft You Later,
Beth

Pinterest Crafting Desires

Hey Crafting Friends,

I’ve been not-so-crafty lately, but have found some things that I intend to try out in the very near future, so I thought I’d share those with you today! I was looking on pinterest.com (addicting, amazing site) recently and found a slew of ideas! So many ideas, so little time and space!

1) So this pinterest link led me to this ‘Pat and Lindsay’ wonderful Scratch-Off craft idea for Valentine’s Day, but really any day!

diy scratch off card idea

I fully intend to try these for birthday and parents’ day cards!

2) This pinterest link led me to this genius idea for spice storage.

hidden diy spice organizer

I have already enlisted my brother to help me set this up in the kitchen!

3) This pinterest link led me to this PermanentKisses idea for storing non-shared bathroom itemsand probably other areas as well!

individual organizer bathroom toothbrush towel holder

I already know what and how many times I want to do this idea – bathroom, entryway, kitchen – look out house!

4) This pinterest link inspired me to try something similar for storing clean clothing and other items, not just sorting dirty laundry!

wall storage laundry clothing sorting

So many ideas inspired by this unique setup!!!

5) This pinterst link prompted a great idea from MoffattGirls for attracting birds to come enjoy breakfast!

bird feeder toilet paper roll peanut butter birdseed

I plan to put some in front and back of the house to enjoy the birdies!

…and finally…

6) This pinterest link which comes from some friends’ at TwoDelighted, two sisters who are uber crafty, has inspired me for decorations!

vellum paper garland twodelighted

I have some great holiday ideas for making this garland spruce up the festivities!

Hope you enjoyed these ideas courtesy of these inventive bloggers and pinterest’ers! I will keep you posted how these projects turn out over the next few months! Let me know what you think of these, and go check out these bloggers’ pages for other great ideas!

Craft You Later,
Beth

Having Fun With Hair Chalk

Hey Friends!

A few weeks ago some friends and I were at a beer event (with the Charlotte Beer Babes) and we decided to play a little bit and act like goofy delinquents. Okay, fine, that is what I myself decided to coin the phrase for our acting, and it was not a group consensus for the title! But I stand by it – we were acting plain outright goofy! And it was a blast!!!

Hair Chalk Fun!

So one of the friends is the rest of our hair stylist, and she just happened, by chance, to have in her purse some different colors of hair chalk. Muahahaha. Daaaangerous!

I could have the brand wrong, however I am pretty positive they were from the Donna Bella Hair Chalk product line. We had blue, green, yellow and purple hair chalks to chose from, and everyone got to pick one color and have it added to their ‘do!

Well, aside from me (pictured above), who was standing there minding my own business and then felt a tug upon my ponytail. This was followed by a quick “Don’t move woman!” stage whisper in a wannabe-teacher scolding voice, which was completely ruined by all of the giggling by everyone else, which of course was causing the speaker to try not to giggle as well while ordering me to stay still. Being born before the proverbial “yesterday”, I had my suspicions, but decided to stay still and plot revenge possibilities in case they were needed. (Spoiler: they weren’t needed!)

So back to everyone else… Tober actually started the shenanigans when he mentioned he used to have black hair with blue stripes. Teesah then mentioned she had hair chalk in her purse, so did he want blue hair again. This was the result of that:

Blue Tober!

Next came Tober’s wife Kat, who wanted purple added to her lovely red locks:

Purrfectly Purple!

Followed by QCBB, who decided that green was the only color acceptable for her stripe of hair:

Sassily Green!

And finally came Mr. Tall, who was guilt-forced into submitting to a hair color addition to his ‘do by his lovely wife, QCBB. Observe the yellow-ness of his make-over:

One Tall Bumblebee!

So what do you think of our lovely ‘dos, my dears? Any takers? Also, as a note, Teesah told us if you take hairspray and spray — from far away — the chalk, it will stay in your hair until you wash it out. Otherwise, it will somewhat come out throughout the course of the day. You are now warned! Now, hope you have some fun with this idea, let me know what you think of this fun stuff!

Craft You Later,
Beth

Anniversary Gift Acrylic Painting

Hello Craft Friends,

I apologize for how long it’s been since I’ve done a true “craft” post, it’s been a bit crazy trying to find something to do that I think others would like. And to be fair, this idea (actually going painting) was actually my friend’s idea, not mine.

However we saw a Groupon deal for a company called Wine & Design (Charlotte location of course), and we decided to go painting one evening together. Now, we didn’t indulge in the wine part, however this is a place you can bring your own snacks and bottles of wine to enjoy throughout the class. It was a really cool concept, really fun class, and we will be doing it again for sure!

Anniversary Painting – Two Love Birds!

That all said, once we decided to do the Blue Love Birds class, we had our date chosen, and now we just needed to figure out what we would do with our paintings. My friend had a wall in her house in mind, while I decided that it would make a perfect 33rd Wedding Anniversary gift for my parents! So there, we had our plan all done, woohoo!

We get to the class early, as instructed, and got setup with our aprons, acrylic paints and brushes. We got to chose our stool to sit on, and decided to go by the windows so we could have the sun with us. It is a second story location, so it’s a pretty view into the neighborhood it’s near. Now to paint!

Start with your blank canvas on the easel, and paints & brushes nearby!

Paint your canvas completely black to set the background up!

Outline everything with white, then color in the white-for-good parts with more detail!

Detail your blue, pink and purple as desired, and finish up your correction touches!

…and voilà! A gift that just needs a frame to complete it!

Because I am real shy, I asked the people at the studio about frames, and they said they actually have some wood frames that they sell from a guy who makes them locally. Since I figured that it would cost about $250 to frame it at a fancy place, and the frame was very cool looking, I decided to spend the $35 and get one from the studio. What do you think?

Framed Paining Anniversary Gift

My parents, the ultimate ‘love birds’, absolutely loved this work I did. Granted I get my craftiness from my mom, so they are both pro-homemade gifts, however…they still liked it! 😉

So try something like this out for a ‘fancy’ craft project, and check out your local art studios for frames before you buy a canvas – to make sure you can frame it in your price range and your canvas fits in alright! 🙂

Craft You Later,
Beth

A Little Glass In The Class

For Christmas this year, I had absolutely no clue what to do. I wasn’t going back to Michigan for Christmas, so needed simple, ship-able gifts for everyone there. Easy peasy lemon squeezy, right? Gift cards. And done. But that is such a cop-out gift for people who live in driving distance, that you will see, and so that was the real rub. What to get the coworkers, the personal friends, the family that will look at a gift card and sniffingly say “You can and should do better than that!” Well, okay, I really seriously doubt anyone but my mother would say that to me. But hey, it worked with getting my crafting on, so we’re going with it! 😛

I started plotting, because that is my favorite thing to do for gift-searching for my friends. I am a pretty darned good plotter, too, I must say. I decided that I like crafts, so I would do a craft of some sort. Then I started perusing the aisles in Wal-Mart, Target, Kohl’s and wasn’t really inspired until a friend & I went to the Southern Women’s Show and found a veritable craft heaven. I heard angels playing harps, choirs tra-la-la-ing, and even heard a light bulb turn on in my head. Somewhere. Okay maybe it was <b>all</b> in my head, but work with me here. Pretty please, with sugar on top. I decided to make personalized wine & pint glasses for all my peeps (no not the marshmallow kind). With a personalized candle holder or two thrown in for good measure.

My grandparents were coming down for Thanksgiving, a first-in-6-years event for me to share with them, so I really wanted to make them something that was easy to drive back but something they’d actually use. So I decided to make them a wine carafe & goblet set. They can use it for juice, wine, milk, water, whatever their hearts desire. Not something they’d buy for themselves, but would definitely use when their ***cough*** favorite granddaughter makes it for them. Hee. Hee. Okay, fine, when their first grandchild makes it for them. Even I couldn’t stop laughing at the absurdity.  Sue me for trying.

Next is my Aunt Donna, who always gets me such cute and unique gifts. What to get for an almost-graduating PhD from NC State?!? Why how about an NC State home-painted Mug, you say? Don’t mind if I do… Thank you for the thought. Go team.

And finally something for my Mom so she won’t feel left out. Dad would be fine, but Mom likes to get gifts (and really who doesn’t) that are home-made (okay maybe we don’t all on that distinction, but she’ll take yours if you don’t want them!). As a note, I get my craftical nature from my mother, who insisted on having a craft room while we were kids. Thank you Mom, I still think that saved my sanity many a day….and maybe yours too. So for Mom, why not a candle holder, something she can have on a random table (of which she has many) as a decoration.

I bought glass products from a variety of places (and I do mean variety), swiped them down with rubbing alcohol (again, dust bunnies may live there now, but not when I’m through with them!), and decided to get my paint on! ***does the painting dance*** (Use your imagination, if you’re still reading this by now, I’m sure you have a good one.)

So Okay, the remote. I can explain that, truly. I was watching a movie called “Beauty & The Beast” by this company called Disney. Maybe you’ve heard of it/them?!? Yeah, thought so… it’s a good’un. Especially when you’re trying to get your craft on, trust me.

So now to think up ideas. My grandparents LOVE flowers & birds, so that was a no-brainer. My aunt is at NC State and also loves flowers, and my mom (like me) is a good, loving Catholic mom. I also like drawing, freehand mimicry of a picture on a computer screen or book is a personal favorite of mine. Freehand is always preferable to tracing, but I have no shame in tracing when necessary. So I trace a lot of outlines and freehand a lot of innards. It works pretty well. Or so I thought. What do you think? Let me know!

G&G’s Carafe Set

Aunt Donna’s NC State Mug

Aunt Donna’s Candle Holder with candle (from Michael’s)

Mom’s Candle Holder with candle (from Michael’s also)

Next up: CoWorker Gifts! In the meantime, time for this crafty chica to hit the hay and catch some ZZZZ’s! Hope you enjoyed this, would love to hear from you! Thanks for reading, and playing along!

Craft You Later,
Beth

Starting off with a song…

So I am reknowned for getting songs stuck in my head. Annoying ones. Like the Smurf’s theme song. Or (all night last night while crafting) Eartha Kitt’s Santa Baby. But usually if I’m trying to think of something and a song pops into my head, it’s a good sign. Right? That’s what I thought. So when I was trying to come up with a blog name that wasn’t “Hello I am boring”-esque, and “You better shop around” popped into my head, I knew I had to run with it — and so, with the approval of a few friends, YouBetterCraftAround was born!  Here is “the song” if you want it stuck in your head too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4gDQEnHcaU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Whew. That first step, picking a name – that is crucial, and no laughing matter! I now understand better why new parents take so long to do the final boy-girl choice, and ask everyone and their neighbor’s mother for their opinion! You are stuck with a name for at least a few weeks, until the personality is established. And a name is crucial. Thank goodness a blog name is so much less long-term, though. I would hate to have my blog hate my name for it as it grows older, haha. Okay enough with my goofiness. Though you have more of this to look forward to in the future, so you are forewarned, I will leave you to ponder this for now! 🙂

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