Shey B

February 15, 2015
by shealynn
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Weaving Loom – a tutorial

So I’ve been seeing pictures of woven wall hangings all over Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook… I know they’re kinda 80’s, but I love them!  Every year for Christmas I try and find something for my older girls that will make them use the creative side of their minds.  I got Zoe a weaving kit and on Super Bowl Sunday she decided to give it a try.  But she was having such a hard time with it and honestly, I found it a bit complicated too.  So of course that made me turn to the internet and see if I could make homemade weaving loom.  And of course I could.  So, because my husband is amazing and almost always indulges me when I have an idea (haha!!), he went to Home Depot and bought the supplies I needed to make my own weaving loom to help Zoe weave.  Except I haven’t shown Zoe yet… LOL!  I will… I swear.  ;)  Anyway.  So I decided that I would share the how to with all of you incase one of you wants to make one too.  Promise to share if you do, okay?!  Seriously- this tutorial is so easy.  So, let’s get started!

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—  1/2″ thick plywood.  Whatever dimension you want.  My husband got me 2’x2′.  But do whatever size you want.  I like the big board because I can make it smaller if I want without having to get more wood.  I will likely get smaller wood sometime, though.  ;)

— finishing nails

— hammer

— ruler

— spray paint (optional)

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Start by measuring out and making 1cm marks across the top and bottom of your wood.

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Then hammer in your finishing nails.  Make sure you don’t hammer them all the way through, though.  You just want them hammered in enough that they don’t move.  Notice how many marks are on my board… I messed up and had to redo mine.  Make sure you measure accurately.  ;)

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Once you’re done hammering, then you can paint it like I did!  Or not.

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I’m on a gold kick, so I primed my board and then painted it gold.

 

 

 

 

 

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And now you’re ready to start weaving!!  How easy was that?!  Here’s how I started my weave…

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Seriously love this craft, you guys!  And it’s so easy!  I can’t wait to start doing more complicated designs…

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I can’t wait until it’s done and hanging on Brooke’s wall.  :)

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I hope this tutorial came across clear and simple!  If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to comment and ask!  I’m trying to get a tutorial up weekly, but sometimes life happens.  My kiddos needing me and stuff.  ;)  So, I’ll get them up as often as possible… how’s that?  haha!

Have a great Sunday!

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January 30, 2015
by shealynn
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Pom Pom Flowers – a tutorial

Here in Arizona we don’t really have winter.  I mean they call it winter, but it’s not really.  60-80 degrees during the day really is more like spring or fall to everyone else… including me.  ;)  Not that I’m complaining, because, honestly?  While most of the country is bundling up, shoveling snow, scraping ice off their windshields and just basically freezing, us Arizonians are out in short sleeves playing at the park, going for walks and drinking smoothies.  In January.  The point to all of this is that I thought it might be nice to share a tutorial that could brighten up your home during the rest of winter!  Sure, you could go to the store and buy real flowers to brighten things up… and you still can!  But why not add a bright bit of fun to your home that won’t eventually die?  :)  And thus, I give you the pom pom flowers!

 

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Yarn (whatever color you prefer)

Hot Glue

Pom Pom Makers

Sticks

Floral Wire

Scissors

 

This is a seriously easy project.  And you’re going to want to make a million pom poms… so be ready to be obsessed!  haha!

 

Start by wrapping your yarn around your yarn maker… wrap and wrap and wrap.  Then switch to the other side and wrap and wrap and wrap.  Then fold in the yarn maker and cut in the middle.  (see pictures below)

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Take a spare piece of yarn, wrap and tie the middle of the yarn maker.  Then take apart the yarn maker as shown on the yarn maker packaging.  Once your pom pom has been set free, trim it so it’s all uniform around.

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Now go on and make a billion more…

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Once you have the amount of pom poms you’d like, grab your sticks and/or your floral wire, and hot glue gun.

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Now, I squirt (I hate that word but there’s no way around it) some hot glue on a piece of spare cardboard, paper towel etc and then dip the end of your stick or floral wire in the hot glue and push it into the pom pom.

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Make sure you’re careful so you don’t get hot glue all over the pom pom.  You don’t want to see the hot glue.  And honestly?  THAT IS IT!

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Takes literally minutes to make these!  But it’s so worth it, because look how happy they are!  Make extra and send them to a friend, your mom, grandma, aunt… or you can put them on a present to spiff it up!  Endless are the possibilities of the Pom Pom Flower!  :)

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I hope this tutorial doesn’t seem silly.  But I just love these!  :D

 

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January 27, 2015
by shealynn
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Create

I’ve been kinda itching to start a business again.

I’m itching to make things for people again.  I don’t miss the stress of owning my own business though.  I don’t think people realize how stressful owning your own business truly can be.  But my biggest hiccup with starting a business right now is because what I remember the most about owning my own business was the time.  The hours spent sewing, emailing, buying new supplies, prepping, cutting, ironing, etc.  The times I missed out on doing things with my family.  SO many things I didn’t get to do because I had to sew.  I loved my business.  Truly loved it.  And maybe someday I will start something.  Maybe soon, maybe not.  Who knows.

While I was nursing Brooke this morning I was thinking about this subject.  Thinking about my increasing want to create on a regular basis.  I was brainstorming and trying to figure out a way I could push myself to create on a regular basis for fun.  Not for a business.  And that’s when I decided.

From now on, I am going to create something at least once a week and share the tutorial here on my blog with all of you!  Kinda like what I did in May of 2012.  But instead of one daily, it’ll be weekly… sometimes more than that.  This will fulfill 2 things for me.  It will give me a reason to blog regularly and it will get me creating regularly like I want.  It will also fulfill that need of starting a business as well except I won’t be making money, but that’s ok.  I’ll post a new tutorial every Thursday.  This way if you decide you want to make what I have shown it gives you the weekend to do so. If I have the time then I’ll post other tutorials or stories, etc.

Anyway.  I’m excited about this!  I’m excited to put my blog to use again as well as my hands!  Maybe I’ll even do video tutorials sometimes too.  Especially since I no longer have a DSLR.

I’ll also repost my most popular tutorials from May of 2012 as well for you guys starting next Monday.

 

I’m baaaaaack!!!  ;)

 

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