How to Recreate Fat Amy’s ‘Private Dancer’ Tee

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Few characters are as quotable as Pitch Perfect’s Fat Amy, she’s right up there with Napoleon Dynamite in my book.

So to celebrate this hilarious character I decided to try to recreate the tee she wears in Pitch Perfect 2 when she is giving Becca her pep talk.

It didn’t turn out exactly the same, in order to do that, I would need to own airbrush equipment and be more talented! In any case, I am still happy with how this turned out!

The supplies you will need include:

  • A Baseball Tee (I found mine on Amazon here)
  • Pink and Purple Spray Fabric Paint (I used Tulip brand Color Shot Fabric Paint – purchased at Hobby Lobby)
  • Printable Transparencies with Adhesive Backing (I found mine at Hobby Lobby)
  • Exacto Knife with a SHARP blade
  • This Template

Private Dancer Final

Click the gallery below for each step or watch the video!

Beaded Birdcage Wind-Chime

So I have this big jar of beads I’ve been collecting for awhile. Most of them have imperfections, are one of a kind, or straight up ugly. They are the leftovers, never to be used individually.

Poor things….  they are just longing to become part of something pretty!

Glass Beads

I’ve been trying to figure out a project I could do to used up these beads. Even though they aren’t very pretty individually, they are quite pretty all together! So I had the thought, what about a beaded wind-chime! It’s a perfect springtime craft too! I love how it turned out!

Beaded Birdcage Wind-Chime

Here’s a list of everything I used to make it!

  • A mini birdcage (mine is from Hobby Lobby)
  • Lots of colorful glass beads
  • Invisible Cord
  • Plain Wind Chime (mine was $3 from Deals)
  • Birds and Bird’s Nest (mine are from Hobby Lobby)
  • Glue Gun
  • Twine

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Click the gallery below for a step by step tutorial or you can watch my video on Youtube!

If you want to HEAR it, definitely check out my video!

 

DIY Umbrella Flower Bouquet

DIY Umbrella Flower Bouquet

So I’m writing this like a week after posting the video tutorial, because I am just that together.

The inspiration for this came from, where else, Pinterest, but there was not a single youtube tutorial to be found. So that is where I come in! I didn’t actually research anyone else’s tutorial, I just figured this one out as I went along! Turns out it is a little more than just simply stuffing some flowers into an umbrella, which is kinda what I thought initially. However, after all is said and done, it’s still pretty simple. I hope you will find it useful!

For the project you will need:

  • Umbrella (I got a child’s sized off of Amazon)
  • Silk Flower Assortment
  • Wire Cutters
  • Scissors
  • Twine/String
  • Clothes Pin
  • Ribbon
  • Safety Pins

Click the gallery for a step by step guide or watch the video!

Washi Tape Dispenser and Organizer

 

DIY Shoebox Washi Tape Organizer and DispenserI have accumulated quite the collection of washi tape and it keeps growing! It’s just so darn cute, and I always seem to help myself to several rolls every time they go on sale!

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I’ve looked at many dispensers at the store and they are really expensive and they don’t even hold very much! So, I decided to make my own! While it doesn’t DISPENSE my whole collection, it does STORE all of it.

Here’s what you will need:

  1. A shoe box that is just under 12 inches wide
  2. Two 12-inch dowel rods
  3. Pack of two 10-inch hack saw blades
  4. Duct Tape
  5. Exacto Knife
  6. Glue Gun

Click through the image gallery below for each step or watch the full video tutorial below!

I also made a smaller one just for my holiday washi tape using a wax paper box!

Holiday Washi Tape Dispense - Wax Paper Box

 

For the smaller one you will need:

  1. Empty Wax Paper Box with Blade at top of box (not bottom-some are like this)
  2. Duct Tape
  3. 12 inch dowel rod
  4. Command Velcro Strips

I hope you found this useful! Hope you enjoyed! See you again soon!

 

 

Making the Monster Book of Monsters!

DIY Monster Book of MonstersThis was such a fun project! It combined lots of various crafting techniques that all came together to create an awesome creation! I’ve been thinking about making one for a while and I finally did it!

Supplies Needed Include:

  • Cardboard (Mine was up-cycled from an Amazon box!)
  • Hot Glue ( Lots of it!)
  • Sharp Fabric Scissors
  • Furry Brown Fabric (1/3 yard is more than enough)
  • Poly Fiber Fill
  • Brown paint (if desired)
  • Brown Vase Filler Stones x4 (rounded on one side and flat on the other)
  • Red and White Polymer Clay
  • Printouts of Title and Paper Edging (below)

Monster Book of Monsters Printable Paper Edging PrintableWatch the tutorial in my video!

For Your Keys!

DIY Key OrganizerI’ve been meaning to make this for forever. I’ve been hanging my keys on command hooks, which are functional of course, but not that pretty. So I thought it was time for an upgrade. I ended up being really happy with how this turned out and it looks great in my living room! Hope you find it useful!

Supplies Used

  • Wooden Plaque
  • Mug Hooks
  • Acrylic Paint and Paint Brush
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Glue Stick
  • Sandpaper or Nail File
  • Command Picture Hanging Strips
  • Chipboard or Sticker Letters (or any desired accessories!)

Steps (Click Pictures to Enlarge)

As usual you can watch my video tutorial below!

How the Craft Room Came to Be…

A Five+ Year Evolution

As I write this, I am sitting at my desk in my craft room, something I used to never do, because I couldn’t get to it, or it was buried under huge piles of clutter.  When I moved out of my parents house 5 years ago I didn’t have enough stuff to fill up 2 bedrooms. I had a crappy twin bed, this desk, and a dresser. I slept in this room my first year in my apartment because I didn’t want to put it all in the master bedroom to then have to move it all out when I bought “real” bedroom furniture.

My room when I first moved in in early 2009- What is now my craft room!

Since I could only afford either a living room set OR a bedroom set when I first moved out, I chose to buy a living room set. This was because I technically already had a bed, even though it’s springs were basically sticking out. So, for my whole first year on my own I had an empty master bedroom aside from a bunch of random clutter that gradually accumulated. It became the dumping room, where I would throw clutter quickly in the even of guests or whatever.

After a year, I managed to pay off my living room set, so I gave myself permission to then go ahead and finance a bedroom set. By this point I slept on my couch more than my twin bed because it was more comfortable. Ha!

It was so exciting. I bought this beautiful queen size sleigh bed, a new chest of drawers, a desk that I converted into a vanity by mounting a mirror on it, and a really nice (expensive) mattress. So in order to make room for the new bedroom set, I had to move the big mountain of clutter out of there and into the second bedroom (what I now call the craft room). Then over the course of about 2 years this room went from being a second bedroom, to a scene straight out of hoarders. I knew I wanted it to be a craft room/office, but I worked so much, and was also too tired and oftentimes, depressed, to really ever make any progress on organizing the room and purging clutter.

I would occasionally put a dent in the clutter and manage to organize some things, but I never could get things to stick, and I couldn’t maintain it because I had no system, and no real reason to keep it clean and organized. In retrospect, I had no clear purpose or goal for the space. So, for 3-4 years it was just that door you never opened. Sometimes, you literally COULDN’T open it.  It was out of bounds for guests. Like…NO! NO! Don’t go in there! Ahhh! NOOOOO!

If I ever did crafting projects, I would dig out the supplies I needed from this mess of a room and do the project in the living room. That’s where the TV was too, so I would marathon through TV shows on Netflix while making jewelry, or working on my dollhouse, or scrap-booking. All the while,  I was trying not to think about the ginormous mess that was this damned room.

Fast forward to July 2012, when I decided I was really gonna try to tackle this room. Partly because I was getting my first itch to start blogging. I wanted to blog about crafts, but I knew I would need a usable craft room to do that. So I wrote this blog post, where you can see what this room looked like at the time. It.was.awful. It gives me anxiety just looking at the pictures.

The “Craft Room” in 2012 -OMG! :-O

Well, I did manage to purge quite a lot at that time. I discovered the magical convenience of the Goodwill, I even wrote this blog post about it! However, it wasn’t until I decided to do youtube in late 2013/early 2014 that I finally got motivated enough to really get this room together.

The excitement to do YouTube FINALLY gave me strong incentive and it also gave this room a clear purpose. Not only did I need a functional craft room, I needed a studio. I wanted to have a consistent background for my videos, I wanted my craft room to be “blogger-level”. Having these goals in mind I was able to develop an organization system that would work to accomplish my goals.

Since getting the room organized, I have accomplished more in the last 6 months than I did in almost 5 years. While it does get messy sometimes, it has yet to get disorganized. There is a big difference!

Messes are just a side effect of productivity. As long as the organizational system stays intact, messes are easy to clean up. You simply pick up and put things back in their home.

This room is now my favorite room in my whole apartment! It inspires me and reminds me of what I am capable of. I can look at my beautiful Harry Potter shelf and reminisce, and absorb the bright colors and eclectic nature of the room, which just breeds inspiration.

Yay!

Yay! It’s nice and organized! Finally!

The craft room tour video is the final product after years of failed organizing. I used to think I would literally never find a way to organize it. There were times I thought it would be disorganized mess forever. This video is proof, at least to me, that with hard work and some clear goals, you can accomplish seemingly impossible tasks.

Watch the tour below! I am just so, so proud of it!

 

For Your Chewy Balls

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So I made a cute dish that looks like a gumball machine! I saw this idea on pinterest a million years ago and I finally made one! I think it turned out super cute! This is easy and a great project to do with kids or adults! I have had several people tell me they have re-created this after seeing my video tutorial.

 

Supplies

  • SuppliesBasic Terra Cotta Pot – Mine was 3 inches at the Bottom
  • Terra Cotta Pot Saucer – Mine was 4 inches
  • Basic Round Bowl Dish – Mine was 3 inches at the bottom (found at the dollar store!)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Accessories as Desired!

All you have to do it paint the pot in your desired color. I used PINK because…I dunno…unicorns? I also added a layer of glittery Mod Podge to the whole thing because….again…unicorns.

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After that, just hot glue the pot to the glass dish.gluing

 

 

 

 

Just fill up your dish with delicious gumballs and you are all set! I staged mine with unicorns….duh! staged

For a step by step tutorial, check out my youtube video!

Father’s Day Trophies!

This craft was based off a craft I did last year for father’s day, where my cousins and I  used paper cups and little boxes from the dollar store to make trophies that we decoupaged. They turned out super cute and I still love them.

Paper Cup Trophies

Paper Cup Trophies

My Decoupaged Trophy

I gave the trophy I made last year to my grandfather, and he loved it!

But…my own  father didn’t get one. :-/.

This year I wanted to fix that little problem, but I wanted my dad’s to be EPIC.

So I went to the dollar store. Duh!

In the glass section I found a glass vase, candlestick, and dish that all fit super well together!

Dollar Store Glass Things

Big Vase

 

 

 

 

 

See? Perfect!

See?  Fits Perfect!

Just spray painted the “base” black, and the hot glued together candlestick and vase gold!

Hot glue it all together and you get the trophy! Pretty legit!

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All that was left was accessories!

I did a windsor knot with black ribbon, added music note stickers, and wrapped some gold ribbon around the bottom, and that’s it!

My dad loved it! I was super happy with how it turned out!

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Smaller DIY Trophy

 

 

 

I also made a smaller version with a tin can and a dollar store glass water goblet! Super cute!

 

 

 

For a more complete tutorial watch my youtube video!

TFIOS Crafts!

In preparation for the movie release of The Fault in Our Stars, I decided to do some quick and easy crafts to celebrate and prepare (hence the tissue pack).

I knew I would need some tissues during the movie, and I couldn’t find any portable tissue packs around the house, so I decided to make one themed after the book and film. All I needed was some felt, glue or thread, and tissues! Super simple and cute!

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1.Fold felt around stack of folded tissues with a slight overlap on top

2.Cut to Size

3.Glue or Stitch Edges Shut

4. Cut out felt clouds and glue in place

 

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1. Use Sharpie PAINT Markers to Draw Clouds in Black and White

2. Ensure the clouds dry COMPLETELY before writing OK/OKAY on them.

3. Fill in around with favorite quotes.

TFIOS Earrings

 

1. Cut 2 White and 2 Black cloud shapes from craft foam

2. Glue Jewelry Pin in between 2 cloud shapes

3. Attach earring wire hook to pin.

 

For a complete visual step by step, check out the video tutorial below from my youtube channel!