Sunday, November 23, 2008

Countdowns for the kiddies!

Woooeeee, I am modge-podged OUT! I started one project tonight I just couldn't wait to show you and finished one I couldn't wait to show you. :) First, the finished...


I got this vinyl design at Uppercase Living (you saw it here) -- and I got it FREE! I hosted a party, sold quite a bit and got three items for only $14. I was eyeing this one for weeks beforehand, so I had plenty of time to figure out what I was going to do. In the catalog, they put it on a pizza pan. Umm, OK. Cute, but not for me. Instead I got a table top from Lowe's, painted it with my leftover magnetic paint, then spray painted it white.



The magnet is a little itty bitty tree from Hob Lob that I got for about 30 cents. Painted it, put a magnet on the back, there you go.






Added fun ribbon from Micheals and it finished it off perfectly! I even spray painted an easel I already had to make it work better. So really, this whole project cost me less than $13 -- for the table top, ribbon and the tree.




I really, really LOVE this thing. I think it is just plain PRECIOUS. I swear, I should get commission from Uppercase Living for this stuff.


So the modge podge overload (now I have modge podge hand instead of spray paint finger - argh!) came from this project. I cannot remember where I saw it -- tell me if it was YOU or if you've seen it somewhere. Where ever I saw it, she did it for Halloween. I thought I would have to start on Halloween to get this started by December 1, but it is going much faster than I thought it would. **Edited to add that I saw this at Just a Girl -- thanks for reminding me ladies!


I started with a trillion 24 cardboard boxes, painted the sides of the lids, then glued the tops to my scrapbook paper. I was trying to be all thrifty and used wrapping paper at first, which did NOT go well. It is way too thin.



I cut around the lids with an x-acto knife, then on some, added more paper around the container, some I painted. (I heart the painted ones. EASY.) I modge-podged like mad, then added some cute foam stickers and numbers to the top. (You should be able to enlarge this one.)



The other 12 of these will be in green. I'll show you the finished product soon! By the way, your craft kitchen table will look like this:


Pepsi? Check. Remote? Check. Phone? Check. Happy Chick.


Sorry, gotta say it...caauuuuuute!!! But the numbers are a thorn in my side. Has anyone ever tried to find nine chipboard 1's? Impossible. (Well, without buying nine packages...not happening.) So I'm just cutting the letters out with the x-acto knife and that is about to put. me. over. the. edge. Help.

Anyway, I think they are both adorable. When I saw the little containers in blogland, she put magnets on them, but I'm not sure if I will do that yet. I thought it might be fun just to hide them somewhere for every morning for the Bub to find. Ideas? Maybe the elves leave them? Is that a recipe for him freaking out about elves sneaking into the house at night?? Tell me these things, I'm only two years into the Christmas tradition thing. :)

I'm whooped. Off to dream about modge podge scrapbook paper Christmas traditions!

36 comments:

  1. Don't you just love uppercase... They are amazing they have a websire don't they? It's super cute!!! kEEP UP THE GOOD WORK...

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  2. Both adorable ideas. I am a sucker for an adevent calendar. I love to count down until Christmas.

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  3. Oh! I love them both! But I am REALLY loving the boxes!!

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  4. very cute and crafty!

    I'd just set the boxes out by the Uppercase circle you made one by one. That way Bub can move the tree and then open the day's box for the surprise.

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  5. Oh, that is so cute! I really like it! I'm having a difficult time understanding that it was a tabletop. LOL Such a fun project!

    Wasn't it Chris (Just a Girl) that did the boxes/advent calendar? I can't remember. I know I saw it somewhere too. haha

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  6. Dang cute! And if your town has a resource center for the schools, the public is usually allowed to use it for free. They have all kinds of cool stuff - die cuts - you bring in your own paper or foam and cut to your heart's content! Check into it - it will save you alot of time. And my kitchen table looks like that most of the time - LOL!

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  7. You ROCK! I just can't say it enough!

    And I went out and got these chocolate advent calendars for $3 at walmart for my kids...now I feel like such a slacker. You really do make me look bad!

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  8. You are soooo creative, what a great idea! I don't think he'll mind the elves sneaking in the house, hehe...if Santa can do it, why not the elves?

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  9. I wonder if you could go to a scrapbook store and use a #1 die cut. might save you some time. Your boxes are wonderful! I'm thinking "no" on the elves sneaking in...lol. Laurie

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  10. I love Mod Podge and now I love your site. Very cute ideas. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. OMG you have no idea how happy I get when I see a new project from you! I am SO stealing your/other peoples ideas! Thank you thank you thank you for this site!!!!!!!
    Nancy P

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  12. Oh these projects are both just too amazing. I can't handle the cute! I am going to have to start saving to make these incredible ideas myself someday :) The modge podge hand is definitely worth it!

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  13. Love your Blog--just became a follower!! I recently went to Uppercase Living party and wanted the advent calendar, but decided to start with "Everything's better in Pink" for my daughter's room. Love how you used the table top rather than the pizza pan!

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  14. Ok, I really love both of those projects. I wish I weren't knee deep into Christmas presents to take on another home dec. project.

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  15. Cute cute cute! I love Uppercase Living and your project turned out so cute!

    I think it was Chris from Just a Girl who made those boxes.

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  16. I think I saw this project at My Insanity... I think.

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  17. thanks for stoppin by my blog:)
    i would love to sell those frames but i dont have much time to make them.... and i went to joanns last night to find that christmas paper but was out of luck!! however, i may try and do some the week before christmas with different paper...if i do ...ill put you on my list. i may even do a tutorial on my blog- after finals of course :)

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  18. love the christmas days left so cute,,,busy busy busy,,,I know the feeling...hugs, lisa

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  19. Ok, seriously, that is so precious. And, let's say it together...CAAAUUUUTE! I LOVE my blogging buddies and all their fantabulous ideas!

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  20. i need a friend like you, but only I need you on the same street! I love, love , love these kind of things.

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  21. Wow!!! I love the countdown project. You asked where I got my wreath.... at a interior decorating store here in Tulsa called Windsor Market. The place is awesome.

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  22. Both of them are just darling!

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  23. They look soooo--- can I say it??---- I'm gonna say it---- CAUUUTTTTEEE!!

    I especially heart the first one. What a GREAT idea! And magnetic paint?? Never heard of it, but loveit!

    Yay for another AWESOME, THRIFTY, and COMPLETE project! w00t!

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  24. So cute! I remember Chris at Just a Girl doing those boxes for Halloween. She hid little goodies in them for her kiddos. Love your blog!!

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  25. Okay I swear you have the cutest Ideas EVER.

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  26. Maybe just leave them under the pillow and it would just be a surprise every morning.

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  27. Very cute love the little boxes!

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  28. I love these ideas! So dang cute. I need to check out Uppercase Living for sure!

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  29. I just found your site & I am hooked already. I have found so many things that I love! You are craft genius!

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  30. It's nice to meet you...thank you for stopping by my blog!

    Love your projects...very inspiring! I just need to get through Thanksgiving and then I can focus on Christmas!

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  31. Oh that count down is so adorable! You also have a new follower, I too hate that term, but I am not opposed to following!

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  32. Adorable~ In our house, we have a magic elf. I purchased this stuffed elf doll for my daughters first Christmas. This elf magically moves around the house-- sometimes she would find it hanging from the ceiling fan on bookcases etc. One year, the little elf put up and decorated the Christmas tree. (that was the year she got scared of him lol)Some times she would find the little elf sitting with a package in its lap-- which she got to open early. Fun times I tell ya-- I highly recommend getting a magic elf! Just think of the help it would be to you! lol ~Cheryl

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  33. omg- they all look great- i'm totally with you on the mod podge hand but it's worth it, ain't it??

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  34. so cute! I second the motion about going to the scrapbook store and just die cutting the number 1. I may have to do that today to finish my advent calendar.
    You're so creative!

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