Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Gifts I don't want to give.

I'll admit I've done this before...found something perfect for a friend and realized by the time I got it home how perfect it was for ME. I feel guilty about it every time I look at that ring I gifted back to myself...

Nah, notsomuch. I love it. I'm sure what I got her instead was great. Can't remember.

Anyway, I'm having this problem again with some gifts I put together over the weekend. I heart them very, very much.

I started the first with this ugly old Goodwill item. It was $1.99 and I saw it's potential. Luverly, isn't it?



Ohhhh, dahhhhling, is that puke green you are painted with? Yes, I think so. I've been a little obsessed with trying to make my own silhouette of my son. I found numerous people online who I thought did them fairly cheap -- $20 to $30 each. Now I realize how that is highway-freakin'-robbery. (Kimba gave a great tutorial on this.)

All you need to do is take a picture of your subject from the side. (This is NOT an easy feat with a two-year old. Try it, I dare you.) Print out said picture, place black paper behind it (I taped it on) and then use an x-acto knife to cut it out. I am in love with the black and white linen scrapbooking paper right now. (ALERT!!! Hobby Lobby has all scrapbooking paper half off right now!!)

I spray painted the frame, touched up the raised parts with my bronzey paint, and I ended up with this...




A-dorable.

I did another one with a .99 frame from Goodwill -- spray painted it black, found a photo mat in the basement, enlarged the side shot a bit, and cut it out again:




I may put my son's name at the bottom with the date or year, but I don't trust my handwriting. Do you love it or what?? You can't beat the price, seriously. They both cost less than $3 bucks!!

So remember this post and this project I teased you with?



I saw this in my Christmas magazine and have been thinking about trying it for at least a month now. I painted the box white, then cut out this pattern they gave in the magazine and sized it to my size.


Traced it, then filled in with red paint on the top and sides. It was pretty darn cute by itself, but I wanted to make it even more precious:



Yet again, say it with me...CAAUUUUUTE!! What a great package for a gift! I have a plant ledge I put candy swirl stuff on, so I may make more and put them up there or I may use it for our annual ornament exchange. Close up it's far from perfect. And after doing one...I may not do more, or I will find an easier way to paint the red (spray paint.) Although it was quite a relaxing project to work on tonight while watching Biggest Loser. :)

There you have it...two easy gifts and a not-so-easy-but-cute package. All cheap!

P.S. There will be no more fall decorating on here till next year...sorry 'bout ya. I had it out in September here and here. Cry, stomp your feet, whine, beg -- no more. THERE ARE ONLY 36 DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS PEOPLE!!

P.P.S. Am I going overboard with the "cauute" thing? Please tell me. I'll stop if you tell me it's annoying. And I'll find an equally annoying word instead.

P.S.P.S.P. Hobby Lobby has SO MUCH half off right now -- even the craft puncher things!! Go I tell you!!

58 comments:

  1. OMGosh, that is too freaking adorable! A peppermint! SOOOOO CUTE!

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  2. i really like that! think I'm gonna use that

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  3. I have that same magazine....rofl...Better Homes and Gardens....it has a lot of awesome ideas in it this year. My friend was gonna do some of those and our stores are out of those boxes. cherry

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  4. So you mean all these yrs people who have done silhouettes and you always thought how talented they were and yet it was this easy!LOL!

    My fave is the box and never would've guessed what it was going to become in the before pic. The wrapping definitly "made" it!!

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  5. You crack me up.....I love the caaauuuuuuuuutttteeee! I always go overboard on my desciptions and Im sure people get annoyed by me being silly too. I LOVE THE peppermint...OMGosh...I want to copy.

    About Biggest Looser....was it not vicious tonight!Wheeeew!!!!!!!

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  6. But everything on here IS caaauuuuuuutte! So you're perfectly justified in saying it.

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  7. Both projects are awesome! Love them! Yes, I have been to HL and will probably be going 2 or 3 more times this week. I'm addicted!!!

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  8. OH MY WORD!!! Did I ever tell you you're my hero? You're everything I wish I could be! (sorry about the Bette Midler reference) Those two projects are so stinkin' CAUUUTE! Obviously, I have taken a liking to "your word"...definitely keep it. I want to make a whole slew of those peppermint box thingies. Where did you get the pattern? Also, you've inspired me to try the siloettes (can't spell). I have been super intimidated to try them, but I think I can do that! Plus I got some great 8x10 frames at a yard sale recently and need something fab to put in them. My 4 little cuties heads would be perfect. Although quite a challenge...2 of the 4 are under 3...aaahhhh. Hey, I'm up for the challenge.

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  9. That's like the greatest idea ever with the silhouette! Thanks for sharing!

    Not that a crafty lady like yourself needs the BH&G Christmas Ideas Mag, but I'm giving one away on my blog if you'd like to come enter to win :-)

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  10. I love your website. You and several others have inspired me to do the same. I have so much to learn about this. Can't wait!

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your creativity! I look forward to coming to your site often. Thanks for all the great ideas and inspiration!!

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  11. those turned out great! if you get the southern living mag. check out the silhouettes they have displayed in it. great job:)
    ~nicole

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  12. For me the silhouettes would be more difficult than the candy.
    I love how you find so much potential in things and then follow through on the projects. I find the potential and just hang on to the items without the follow-thorugh!

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  13. Oh, wow...I LOVE the silhouettes!! I am definitely going to have to try those! The way you've displayed them in the frames is the perfect finishing touch, too!

    I, also, LOVE the giant peppermint candy you made...too cute! Hobby Lobby, here I come!!

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  14. Oh, wow...I LOVE the silhouettes!! I am definitely going to have to try those! The way you've displayed them in the frames is the perfect finishing touch, too!

    I, also, LOVE the giant peppermint candy you made...too cute! Hobby Lobby, here I come!!

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  15. The silhouettes are fabulous! I had one done of my children many years ago. I've tucked them away but I may bring them back out now that they are in style again.

    The candy package is adorable ~ what fun!

    Jo

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  16. Ever since I say NieNie's if anyone hasn't heard of NieNie e-mail me NOW) silouhette wall of her family I've been wanting to do it. See! I told you MORE tutorials...I constantly need to hear it's okay to buy an ugly old frame and spray paint it. That's a hard concept for me for some reason. The box is cute...a friend of mine uses colored celophane (sp) and covers those cheap styrofoam rings and circles. That'd be cute on a candy ledge too.... Have a good day! Oh and I did get profiles a few nights ago of two of my kids watching "MONSTER TRUCKS" on TV. The Baby and the Oldest! It was TOO funny...I'm planning on posting them... THANKS!

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  17. Love these things...I wouldn't want to give any away either! I have been spending way too much time at Hobby Lobby. I think I need to stop preparing for Christmas and get a jump on Christmas shopping! Thanks for the award...I am a little behind this week but will post about it soon.

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  18. http://nieniedialogues.blogspot.com

    If you havn't been GO!

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  19. Huh-neeeee! When I saw that first Goodwill puke green thing I was squealing because it was crying out with potential! Glad to see you did it a great service. Silhouettes are sweet. My MIL had a lady do all three of her children way back when and the things are so good they even have eyelashes! Eyelashes, I tell ya! The peppermint candy thing was genious too.

    p.s. I like your cauuute - makes me giggle cause I can imagine someone saying that outloud. ;)

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  20. OMG those are BOTH Caaauuute! LOL

    I was at HL the other day, but didn't have much time to spend there
    I. MUST. GET. BACK!!!

    ~Tidymom

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  21. Wow, those are super cute! I wonder if I can convince my 3 year old to sit still for the silhouette project. I may have to try this! :)

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  22. Girl, you absolutely ROCK!! I never would have looked at that first frame and seen the potential you did--it turned out awesome!!

    That peppermint is to die for! Love it!

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  23. OMG - I am in LOVE with both ideas!! That peppermint had me at...hello?!?

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  24. Love it! The peppermint is so cute!

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  25. Ok, so I am in love...in love with your site! You are so creative. Thank you for sharing; I'm always looking for new ideas! I think I may head to HL today and try to find something that will work for the peppermints...I LOVE them! They are so CAUUTE! (BTW the cauute thing is awesome...kindof a signature for you.) I have one question on the pepermints...how many coats of red did it take you to cover the white?

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  26. Great ideas & yes, they are cute! I've seen lots of the silhouettes done lately & if I had a little one, I'd have to try it too.

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  27. You just induced a mini panick attack in me. 36 days?? Fo' realz?! Geezy-kreezy.
    I love both projects! Really though, the candy thing was on the difficult side? Dang. I may try anyway.
    Hearts!

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  28. Peppermint cuteness doubled when you wrapped it up! What a great gift idea.

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  29. Oh I LOVE it all! I know a certain little granddaughter that will soon become a silhouette real soon...if she'll be still long enough for the photo.

    And am loving the peppermint! What fun that will be to have around.

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  30. This would totally be a great gift for grandparents! And love the new take on wrapping gifts!

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  31. Lovin it, I totally am going to do that with my sweet little boy. Cuuuuute!

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  32. Girl, you amaze me with your creativity! Great job on all of these....caaauute!!! ;o)

    Hugs...Anita

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  33. I know whatchya mean about selecting/making a gift for someone and then wanting to keep it. Last year I made clear glass ball Christmas ortaments for some people. I loved them so much that I wanted to keep them!! This year, I made more and vowed that they would be all mine.

    Loved the candy box idea!! I think I'm going to snag that!

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  34. Oh my, what great ideas...and it's a good thing we don't have a hobby lobby within 100 miles or I'd be there! :) Thanks for sharing all your caaaute ideas (and I like the word)!
    Nicole

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  35. Those silhouettes are A-mazing! Love them! And the candy. . . .ca-ute! love, love!

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  36. oh my gosh! That little mint candy you made out of the hat box is so stinkin cute! I love the silhouette picture too! You are just too amazing! Please do tell me where you find all your creative time!

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  37. Cute I love the peppermint I kinda do a candy theme in my kitchen at Christmas! Oh did you get my email?

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  38. Wow!!!! You are so creative! Love these projects.

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  39. Oh My Goodness...we must be craft project sisters. I went to our local Goodwill yesterday during lunch and found to large cute wooden plates (with an u-g-l-y design of course) and I purchased them for 99 cents each to do a silhouette of my daughter for each of her grandmothers for Christmas. Great minds think alike! I wouldn't blame you for keeping the top one for yourself though - too cute!

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  40. Both projects are just adorable. That peppermint is superb!

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  41. I am cracking up at you.... You did an excellent job on the silhouette of your little guy. I am so impressed. I have a two year old little guy too. I think I will try this. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Leslie

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  42. Okay...I'm a fellow Indiana mom who found you through Blogs around the World...and can I just say I LOVE THAT PEPPERMINT?????
    TOOOOOOOO CUTE!!!!

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  43. Glad you enjoyed my moment of insanity! =)
    Actually, my daughter is my BFF most of the time...she's an insanely good kid without much of an attitude until Mr. Nokitov shows up ;)
    BTW~ we're about 20 miles south of Bloomington... in Bedford (south-central part of the state)

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  44. Fabulous!!! I hope you'll join the party on friday!

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  45. Stupid old me...I paid $36 + (got extras for the grandparents) to have one of those done about 5 years ago...just imagine how much money you saved now. I love the frames too & the peppermint box too! A-dor-able!!! You can use caaute however many times you want, I agree & it doesn't bother me!:O) A store owner once told me that she scrunched up that plastic stuff you have around the box & put it all over her tree. It reflected the light and was beautiful, so she said. I thought it might be a fire hazard?! Have you ever tried it? And by the way, anytime you're on the east coast, I'd be happy to go shopping with you. I could go everyday....even if it's just to thrifts! LOL!

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  46. Ran across your blog today by way of SITS. Love, love, LOVE your blog!! Can't wait to see more! Keep it up!

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  47. Love the ideas on your blog! Keep them coming - they are tooo CAUUTE!

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  48. 1. i have hobby lobby 1/2 off love. never buy anything full price there.
    2. in total love iwth the frames and sil's...too much!
    3. love the cauuuuute! don't stop.
    4. i want to decorate for christmas this weekend...i'm still talking hubs into it!
    5. i love easy fun and cheap...my kind of gifts.
    6. gotta head to s's nursery. she's up and fired up!

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  49. Son of a gun! If that isn't the cutest thing I ever saw. You are so darned creative. :-)

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  50. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE oh and LOVE both projects!

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  51. Thank you for stopping by my blog & the kind words :)

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  52. That $1.99 picture is amazing sprayed painted black, oh my adorable!

    I am in love with that peppermint, gift box. I'm seriously thinking about doing that for my girls!

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  53. I AM SO GLAD I FOUND YOU!!!!
    You can say "CUUUTE" as much as you want as far as I'm concerned, because your things are cute, (and it's one of my fav. words too.)

    More to see!
    Barbara Jean

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  54. I love the peppermint candy box! You mentioned you traced a pattern, do you still happen to have the pattern? I looked online but couldn't find the craft to get the pattern. Yeah, I am so bad I can't even draw a swirl!!

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