Lego Belt – Everything Is Awesome!

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Hi Everyone! I miss you! I’m still alive and still creating. I just haven’t had any time to tell you about it. There is so much catching up to do. You will hear from me for a few weeks and then I will most likely disappear, again, for a while.

I just find when I have the option of living and enjoying my life, or writing about it, I pick the first!

So here’s a little something to get your interest back again! I mean, EVERYONE loves LEGOS…but especially my nephew. When I found this on Pinterest, I knew he had to have one. I thought this might even encourage the act of buttoning his pants. Hey, he was like 6-7 at the time. There are better things to do than make sure your pants are on properly!  I know grown men that, giving the right beverage, have the same problem!

I had been collecting “Pins” throughout the year for Christmas ideas. That years goal was to do ALL handmade gifts.  I did it, with a few little store-bought things here and there and I don’t plan on ever doing it again.  It’s a bit overwhelming.  I’m already thinking about this Christmas, just one handmade thing per person will do!

It was so simple.  Just get a plain belt with a flat buckle (or as flat as you can find). Glue some foam between the buckle and the Lego piece that’s about the size of your buckle.  After that, I went to the Lego website and found some neat small pieces that could be used on the belt. Too cute!

Everything is Awesome!

Everything is Awesome!

Inner Peace

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Hello all my loves!

I’ve been busy working on some projects but mostly just busy enjoying the lovely life I am blessed to live.

I wanted to share some results with you for the Craft Challenge Poll.  Thank you to the 12 that voted.  It’s nice to have feedback on the projects you create!  The winning project was the dress with 50% of the votes (sounds better than 6)!  The beach bag came in 2nd.

Thanks to all of you who support me through the blog, facebook page and especially those that have to deal with me in real life! :)

Lately, I’ve been noticing how destructive our minds can be when we let them run rampant  How all those ridiculous, unconstructive thoughts can get the better of you and steal away your inner peace.  I came across this article and wanted to share it with all of you.  I try to keep this blog mostly craft related but looking at the world in its current state, I think this is an article we could all use to read!

I know in a lot of circles of family/friends in my life, women especially, are looking to remember themselves, love themselves and find an inner peace and a simple happiness to life.  There are so many things we have no control over.  The only thing we have control over is ourselves (and I’m sure we can all agree, even THAT is hard at times).  Maybe you are feeling that way too!?!

Together, lets boost each other up…to be the people and society we were all meant to be.

Check out this article on How to Quiet Your Mind by Tina Su.  I think there is way more to gain from this information than a quiet mind, but a happy and wholesome life as well.  If you don’t have time to read it, keep these 4 points in mind:

  1. Say what you mean.  Mean what you say.
  2. Don’t say to anyone unless you can say to everyone.
  3. Don’t say inside, what you cannot say outside.
  4. Don’t say unless it’s true, useful or kind.

With Love,

Rhianna

Craft Challenge Poll

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So here’s what I want to know…which one of the Craft Challenge projects was your favorite???

Need refreshed?

First, I did the Necklace…

 Finished Necklace

Then, the Beach Bag…

 Finished Instagram

Then, the Hat…

 hat

Then, the Dress…

 Finished Dress

And finally, the Shoes…

 Finished Flipflop

Please tell me your favorite by casting a vote!

With Love,

Rhianna

“Wrapped In Love” Scarf for Christmas

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Finally!  The last of the Christmas projects!  Just in time to start working on this year’s Christmas presents! Haha!

I found this project on Pinterest, or a blog, but probably both!  It looked so easy…fabric marker, scarf and inspirational words.  Seems simple enough!  WRONG!!

I don’t know if it was because I got one of the Pashminas they sell at A.C. Moore a.k.a. not the right material?  Not sure but Mom wanted a Pashmina (which at first I thought she just spelled ‘pajamas” wrong on her Christmas List).  I ended up switching over to the fabric paint I use when I make freezer paper shirts.

Truth is, I love the look of it.  It’s so cool to know you are wrapped up in words of inspiration or love.  When it’s all wrapped around you, it just looks like a cool pattern.  I just have to find a simplified method or, well, I guess I found that, but one that works for me!  I also wish I had better huge handwriting.  Maybe a freezer paper stencil would have been the way to go?

Scarf Collage

Anyone else out there ever try this?

With Love,

Rhianna

Project 5 – Shoes

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Think back…way back…like a year ago.  A lovely lady was changing her blog and giving herself a Craft Challenge (with herself).  4 out of the 5 projects were completed and posted…number 5, well, it was hibernating.  Summer ended and the idea I had for “Shoes” seemed a little less practical.  I can’t wear flip-flops in the snow!

Summer is here again…the 1 year anniversary for my blog was the other day…I think it’s time to wrap up the Craft Challenge!

I’m not gonna lie.  I started this project that involved weaving bamboo coasters together to make a natural weave bottom.  I don’t really like plastic flip-flops.  I like the natural bottom.  Old Navy had maybe 2 summers where they made them and that was like 5 years or more ago.  It’s impossible to find them (for me)…so why not make my own?  Let me tell you why not – no one should spend hours and hours of their life on a pair of flip-flops.  They are just flip-flops.  I still need a shoe project though…hum…(light bulb)!

Look at these sad, very loved flip-flops.  They weren’t made with the best quality bottom…so gradually, I ended up walking on what felt like paper.  Time to give these flip-flops an extended pass at life.

Before

I started by ripping off the old, thin sole.  First with an Exacto knife, then just ripped.

I glued down the thong and sides to the bottom and held them in place with some office supplies.  I let them dry overnight.  The glue I am using is fast bonding, water and weather proof.

Straps glued

Next, I took my new, white, plastic Old Navy flip-flops ($2.50) and cut off the plastic straps.

Top to Bottom

I applied glue to half of the plastic flip-flop…I began placing my old flip-flop on top.  Matching everything up as best as I could.  I applied glue to the second half and press everywhere.  The nice thing with the fast bonding glue is you only need to take a few minutes pushing everything together before it holds.

My flip-flops didn’t match up EXACTLY, especially at the toe.  Once both were glued and dried overnight, I took my jewelry hand saw and cut off the end.  Then, I got out my dremel and smoothed down where I had to cut.

I think they look pretty good.  I may clean up the ends where the white has been scuffed off the front with some paint or something, but other than that…my flip-flops live again!

Finished FlipflopWith Love,

Rhianna

Tutu Time!

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RLNanny

 

One of my little princesses is about to have her 1st Birthday!  SO EXCITING!  She is one of the most beautiful and happy babies I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and loving.

In doing this project it made me feel two things:

1) I miss being a little ballerina.

2) I want my own little ballerina.  (well…maybe…someday…)

 

Yes, that’s me…little ballerina me with the GREATEST Nanny (on earth and heaven) EVER!!! 

 

 

One of the things I have in common with the mom (or Queen to the Princess) is our love of dance.  We both took dance most of our lives.  It’s a given that if you’ve done that, your daughter will at least take the beginners ballet and hopefully more as the years go on.  I don’t think 1 is too early to get your first tutu!

This project was so easy, which made me love it even more.  You can go online and find a whole bunch of different ways to make tutus but I think this one is the best.

What you’ll need:

  • Rolls of Tulle (I found mine at Jo-Ann’s in the “wedding” section.  I bought about 5 rolls for mine, 2 white, 2 soft pink and 1 bright pink)
  • Ribbon or Elastic (I went with a soft pink satin ribbon, about 2 inches thick)

That’s all you HAVE to buy.  I opted to also get some thin, iridescent, bright pink ribbon and some little flowers.

You’ll want to cut your tulle to double the length of your tutu.  I followed a color pattern (but I have OCD).  The girl who’s blog I read said she chose her colors sporadically.

If you are using elastic, you probably want to sew your ends together before you start.  I cut my ribbon to the length of her waist plus about 10-15 inches extra on each side.  I wanted it to be able to grow with her.

You’ll put the elastic or ribbon around your thigh, wrap a piece of tulle around it and tie a knot up at the waistline.

Tutu tyingTutu tying 2

Do this over and over again until you’ve reached the desired fullness.  I might’ve gotten a little crazy on the fullness…we may lose the baby in the tutu!

TutuNote To Self: Check what’s in the background of your shot.

When the tulle part of the tutu was finished, I went back through and added some of the thin bright pink ribbon with some of the little flowers attached at the bottom…just to give it a special something.

Tutu Ribbon Detail

I also added flowers to some onsies to complete the package.

Tutu and Onsies

I wanted to make one for myself.  But really?  Where can I wear a tutu?

With Love,

Rhianna

I Want That…Sleeveless Shirt with Sleeves

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Happy 1 Year Anniversary With Love, Rhianna!  I can’t believe I’ve had this blog for a year already!  It’s been such a great year.  Thank you to everyone that’s supported me.  I’m so excited to see what the future has in store.

Pinterest, have I told you lately, that I love you?  I do.

What a wonderful collection of great ideas and positive inspiration!  While “Pinteresting” one day, I came across this shirt and fell in love.

Pinterest Shirt

It instantly went on my “IMMA MAKE THAT” board.  And guess what…I finally did!

As always, it’s a little different from the original design but I think pretty spot on still.

My first attempt at the shirt was more square.  When I put it on…I don’t know…I just knew it needed some adjustments.  It was just too full of fabric in the bust area.  So I made some adjustments (see the pink lines…I took it in there)… Shirt with Sew Lines

Whatcha think?

Sleeveless-Sleeved shirt

With Love,

Rhianna