Monday, February 4, 2013

Giveaway Winner and Book Initial

Congratulations to Ashley who is the winner of the giveaway!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered and thanks to Laura Frances Designs for giving away some of her super cute cards! I myself bought this one and can't wait to give it to my luvah on Valentine's Day!

Today I am going to share a gift that I gave to my father for Christmas. (Yes that's right, I am still posting things I made at Christmas)

As loyal readers may know I have a history of repurposing old books into art/gifts/random things for my bibliophile father. See some of the things I've done here, here and here.

This time, after being inspired by Mandi over at Vintage Revivals, I decided to cut the letter "M" (my father's initial) out of an outdated baseball book.

Below are some process pics but to be honest this one was pretty easy. I sketched out the letter on the book, then placed some screws in the book in the spaces I was going to remove (to keep the book together while I sawed) then went to work on the band saw. You could also use a jigsaw for this but I was lucky enough to use the band saw at my godparents house who have an entire workshop (of which I am very envious).

That's all for today folks.
Until next time,


Monday, January 21, 2013

Valentines Day Card Giveaway from Laura Frances Designs! ::CLOSED::

Today I am so excited to bring a wonderful giveaway to all you readers! I am totally obsessed with all the fun handwriting and "modern calligraphy" prints I have been seeing around lately. It makes me want to practice on transforming my messy boyish handwriting......but until then I will just stare in awe at the beautiful prints created by Laura Frances Designs!

Laura has offered to give away a set of three of her adorable Valentine's Day cards to one lucky reader! Keep on reading to see how to enter to win!

 To enter you must be a follower of Creations by Bonnybee (do this through the "join this site" button on the right hand sidebar). Leave a comment below for each one of the following entries you complete. Make sure to include your email so I can contact the winner!

- visit Laura Frances Designs on Etsy and tell us your favorite item in her store
(this entry is mandatory)
- share this giveaway on facebook
- pin the image from this entry to your pinterest board
(make sure to tag @bonnybeedesigns and leave us a link saying you did it!)

This giveaway will be open until Saturday, February 2nd at midnight. 

Thanks for the great giveaway Laura!


Monday, January 14, 2013

DIY stuffed animals

For Christmas I made some stuffed animals out of cozy flannel snuggle prints for two of the little ones in my family. They were super easy and fun to make so I thought I would share them.

1. To prepare I chose my fabrics, sketched out the animals on posterboard and cut out the front and back pieces.
2. I sewed on eyes and a nose made of felt to the front of the owl.
3. Next I sewed together the front and back with right sides facing, leaving a few inches open.
4. I stuffed the owl with pillow stuffing and stitched up the opening.

I also made a whale the same way.

Giving them out on Christmas was really fun and extra special because I made them myself. Tim's niece has already named her new owl friend Sherman! Check out the adorable photos!

Aren't they the cutest?!


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Painted Dishes DIY

A few weeks ago I ran across some gorgeous illustrated juice glasses from Anthropoligie. My fiance, Tim, is always leaving a cup next to the bathroom sink so he can grab a quick glass of water whenever he is feeling parched. I tend to absentmindedly pick it up and take it into the kitchen which leaves him "cupless". I decided to get myself a new craft toy and play around with some bare dishes and ceramic/ glass paint pens.

Here are the first of my designs ----

the nom nom plates

the narwhale "glug glug"glass

The process was super easy (much easier than taking a good photo of a glass...oh how I wish I was a decent photographer, sigh). I simply doodled, waited 24 hours then baked them in the oven according to the directions. So far they have been through the dishwasher once and are looking great!

Now I am going to go get a glass of water because this has made me thirsty. 


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy 2013!

Hope everyone's holidays were filled with lots of love and cheer! Ours were busy but oh so fun. I usually don't make New Year's resolutions but after some thought Tim and I are doing our own sort of challenge.

We have decided to set two goals each month for things we would like to focus on that month. One will be a health/fitness goal and the other will be a social/ethical goal. After hearing about things like the burpee challenge and mile-a-day challenge I was drawn to try them out. The second goal will help us to live more mindfully and incorporate changes into our lives that we want to do but never get around to. Some goals I have in mind are only buying local produce, not eating fast food and even perhaps even some DIY adventures like starting a compost?

So for January we will be doing pushups everyday and increasing the number by one each day (this is my way of preparing my notoriously weak arms for the burpee challenge). For our second goal, we will be environmentally conscious by only using our reusable shopping bags (we are starting off easy this month). We have many reusable bags but forget them much too often so this month we are vowing to not bring home one plastic shopping bag!

Want some reusable totes of your own? Here is a tutorial I did last year on how to make your own!

So wish us luck and I'll let you know how our challenges go!
Anyone wanna make any predictions on how long our resolutions last?
Any suggestions for goals we should make?
Any of you make any resolutions this year?