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Thursday, April 26, 2012

I Choose...

I think I've mentioned it before (more than a few times, I'm sure) that I work with the youth in the church I attend. They are such great kids. Well, one of our leaders is leaving soon. So in secret we've gotten together to create this gift for him. He will be receiving it at a surprise party which is being thrown for him coming up in the very near future. I'm nearly 100% sure he has no idea I have a blog so don't go sharing if you  know who I'm talking about, OK?
We would have loved to have gotten him a nice authentic gumball machine but the price was waaaaay outside of our budget (See Congress, this is how it's done... you don't just buy on credit all the time!.... Stepping off the soap box now.) So, we decided to go with the idea of creating our own gumball machine using a bubble bowl and some terracotta pieces. Inside the machine, the cellophane wrapped gumballs are individually wrapped with a personal message from one of the youth along with a picture to go with their message.

Since a big part of leading and guiding youth is encouraging them to choose wisely, we thought the chew-y gumballs was a fun way to let the departing leader know that the kids intend to continue to follow his example in making good choices. And since he's first and foremost a guy and secondly, an attorney by profession, we decided to not go too cutesy or silly with the design ("choose" instead of "chews", no fluff or extra swirly bits, stuff like that). I kept it simple, just adding a few coats of varnish over the red paint to give it some shine. Tied around the center a scrap of striped ribbon, which will eventually have a gift tag hanging from it. "I choose" lettering was added using white vinyl to the bottom rim of the gumball machine.

Overall, I'm really happy with how it turned out. Hopefully the recipient will like it also.
Well, that's it for today. Hope you all are having a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by to take a peek.

EDIT: I don't know who originated the idea but you will find a couple different ways to create them just by searching the web. Honestly, I don't remember where I saw it first. When the lady that needed the gift came to me and wanted to use gumballs and "I Choose" and a gumball machine, I explained to her the idea of creating the gumball machine using terracotta and a bowl due to the cost of purchasing a real gumball machine being cost prohibited. My apologies if you feel like I stole your idea and didn't give you credit. I sincerely don't know where I first saw the idea. So, in an effort to give credit to whomever may want it, here are some links that I found by typing "gumball machine terracotta" into a search engine. I can also honestly say, after visiting all of these sites I don't remember ever seeing any of them before writing this addendum.

Faux Gumball Machine by Jane Lake (2006) 
eHow: How to Craft a Gumball Machine (2012)
eHow: Crafting Using TerraCotta (no date)
Make a Gumball Candy Dish (2005)
I{heart}NapTime: DIY Candy jar (October, year?)
Crafting With Intention: Gumball Machine (2011)
Roberts Arts & Crafts: Gumball machine (no date but likely 2009 due to feature on ABC4News
Home Confetti: Gumball Machine (2011)
Gumball Machine by Kara Allen for HGTV (2011)
Dandelions and Dustbunnies: Bubble gum Machine (2011)
CJaneBlog: Christmas craft (2009) ***this one I had pinned on Pinterest but had forgotten about***

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Robot Thank Yous

Hope you're week is off to a great start. Yesterday was all about my little boy's birthday. First cupcakes for his class and then a handful of friends and his cousins for a wee birthday bash. So, of course being the terrible mom that I am, I'm making my son write thank you notes. (Mwah ha ha ha!)
 I found the cute little robot stamp at Stampin Bella. His name is GigaWatt. The sentiments that came with the set didn't fit with what I needed so I just wrote in Thank you by hand.
I colored the robots using some Copics that I had that matched the papers I chose. Instead of ribbon I used some silver tone wire to tie in the metal from the screw head brad.

Ooops.. forgot to include the T-1 gray, which I also used, in the picture above.

The papers came from a DCWV mat stack called Fun in the Sun Summer stack.

Well, time to run. Have a fantastic week! Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, April 9, 2012


Happy Monday! Made a little card from acetate today.

Stamped the background using the large plaid background stamp from the WMS set Gingham & Co.
"Celebrate" came from the WMS stamp set Say It Loud
I hand cut the grass and the banner pieces. I used my tiny hole punch from Fiskars (purple handles) to pop the holes in each pennant piece and also at each side of the acetate card so I could string the banner across.

Papers are all DCWV scraps. The green floral I think came from the Glitter stack and the banner and interior of the card came from the Spring Mat stack from a couple years ago.

Thanks for visiting. Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Easter!

Hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend with your loved ones.

The rabbit is a creation by Dustin Pike that I got a year or two ago. Colored it with Copics.
A couple weekends ago I took a Standard Copic Certification class.

 The teachers were Lori Craig and Marianne Walker. It was so much fun! And I learned a LOT. I've already told my hubby that when they schedule an Intermediate class that works with my schedule I want to go to that one too. (With the commute, it's easily a 12 hour day so it's quite a commitment.)

Enjoy your weekend! Thanks for visiting.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Here comes Peter Cottontail

I ask you.... How cute is this face?

And check out the fluffy tail!
(ooops... slightly off-center. I'll have to fix that.)

I found this darling idea on Pinterest. Followed the link to a free pattern from Lion Brand yarn.

I'm not a Super Crocheter but this really was a fairly easy to create. In fact, I was seriously debating whether to finish the rabbit or to possibly alter the original goal. Do you see it? No?  Need a hint?  I have this niece that is completely enamored with a little white kitten? Wouldn't this be adorable as a Hello Kitty basket? I'll have to put that on my to-do list for sure. :)
I was truly concerned that I wouldn't be able to accomplish the rabbit because so many of the crocheters that attempted to make the basket said they pulled it all apart because the rabbit ears flopped. One crocheter even said that the basket was inverted. (Really?) I know my skills aren't great but if I can do this, anyone can do this.
That being said, even with floppy ears, the basket is still adorable. Don't you think?
OK... time to run. Just wanted to share. Special thanks to my son who encouraged me to have some Easter decorations. As you can see from the pictures, I don't even have any of those crazy cheap plastic eggs in my house. I guess I better hit the dollar store and stock up on some.

Oh, and for those that may be interested, I did NOT use the Vanna yarn that was recommended. I used what I had on hand: Red Heart Super Saver worsted, 4 ply.

Have a wonderful day! Thanks for visiting.