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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Recycled Bike Basket DIY

My little Miss has a bike, a tricycle and a scooter.  Funny thing is she only likes to ride the scooter and tricycle.  Originally  her tricycle had a little plate cover on the front of the handlebars.  It broke off and left that area vacant. I remember having a fun basket on the front of my bike.  I loved to put my favorite toy in the basket and go for a ride.  I saw my my orange juice container and had an idea.  Who needs to buy a basket when I can make one for free. I started with an empty Orange Juice container.

I cut the top of the orange juice container.  Just below the handle.
(In hind sight I would have punched 2 holes along 1 long side of the container.  I did mine later and it was hard to get the holes cut)

Take your fabric and measure it around the container and measure the height. 

Begin by painting a layer of modge podge onto your container. Start wrapping your fabric around the outside of the container.

Glue the edge of the fabric down.  Paint a layer of modge podge onto your fabric.  Give it a really good coat.

Fold the top fabric down to the inside.  Glue it down.
Let is dry for a while. You may want to do a second coat.

Now for the bottom. I place a lot of glue on the plastic and spread it around.   

Then start and fold it like the end of a package. Fold 2 sides and press down to stick to the glue.  

Lay more glue down and fold your last two sides down.  Cover in modge podge. Let dry

At this point I punched my holes.  I wish I had done it before covering in fabric. Measure your bike handle bars for hole placement. I also stapled around the top to secure the fabric to the plastic.  I used pom fringe to hide the staples.This would go great for a little boy and make it a super hero basket or cowboy or space man.  Whatever your little boy is into.  Fun for everyone!

To hide any graphics from the container I glammed it up.  Pom fringe and some flower cut outs. Red ribbons to tie it onto the bike and your finished.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Bloggy Birthday Giveaway Winner

Thank you all for visiting during my Bloggy Birthday.  It was a great week. Thanks to my bloggy Friends.  I love all your tutorials.  If you missed any go check them out.

Vintage Button Bracelet from Malinda

Birthday Printable  from Girl Loves Glam

Photo Coasters from Those Crafty Sisters

Rain{Bows} from My Sister's Suitcase

All of these ladies are super fun.  I am so glad to call you my Friends. Thank you for helping me celebrate my Bloggy Birthday.

As for a winner of the Prize Package.

The winner is......Chrissy Schultz Sparks

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Thanks to all who visited.  Please come visit in your Free Time.  Lots to see and do this summer!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Rain{Bows} from My Sister's Suitcase

Happy Bloggy Birthday Adrienne!! Nat and Holly here from My Sister's Suitcase. Adrienne is a great friend and one of our very first blog followers! We are excited to be here to celebrate with her today. We're sharing a tutorial for one of our favorite EASY hairbows for the darling girls in your life...
The "mini" felt bow.
Aren't they cute?

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Photo Transfer Tiles from Those Crafty Sisters

The giveaway is posted below.  Please be sure to checkout the other  Birthday posts. 

Today's post is from Linda @ www.thosecraftysisters.com

We've all seen tile coasters, either decorated or painted or decoupaged with photos.  Maybe you even created some last year for Christmas as a kid.  I really thought I'd exhausted the different ways to make a coaster from tile, but when I read about creating tile coasters using iron on's, I couldn't wait to try it!

What you'll need:
  1. 4" x 4" Tile:  This works easier with unglazed tile , but colors are brighter with glazed.  (I sanded the glazed tiles before transferring the photo.)
  2. Photo transfer paper
  3. Iron
  4. Water-resistant sealer
  5. Cork or felt tabs, if you are going to make the tile into a coaster

1.  Print your photo on the photo transfer paper, following the manufacturer's directions.  Cut around your image leaving a 1/2" border.  Tape if upside down to the edge of the tile.  This will help to keep the photo from slipping.

2.  Preheat the iron using the highest setting (don't use steam!) and fold the photo back away from the tile.

3.  Heat the tile:  working on a protected surface, and using gloves to protect your hands from the hot tile, place your iron onto your tile for 1 minute.

4.  Carefully flip the photo over onto the tile.  Since the transfer paper smears easily when hot, you need to tack the transfer first by lightly gliding the tip of the iron across the back two or three times.

5.  Iron it down:  Using firm pressure, (and being careful not to move the transfer) iron the paper to the tile.  Go back and forth, pressing firmly around all the image.  Make sure to do the edges really well, because that's the area that seems to have the hardest time with the transfer.  When you are finished, set the timer for one minute and do some deep breathing or something.  You don't want to take the paper off too soon, but you also don't want to leave it on too long or the paper will get stuck to the tile.  (If that happens, heat the paper again and you should be able to get it off.)

You can see that the edges do not come off sharp and crisp, and the image has sort of an aged look to it, but I think that only enhances the end result.

6.  Wait till the tile completely cools (at least 10 to 15 minutes), then seal the tile using 2 to 3 coats of sealer.
7.  Attach cork or felt to the bottom if using for a coaster.

I just love the look of this!  I can see a whole row of tiles lined up across a back splash or several grouped together in a frame.  I'm planning on making a tile planter for a friend, and I'm definitely going to incorporate this technique.

If you like this project idea, you would love the book that I got the idea from.  There are 50 projects, and they're not your regular run-of-the-mill projects either!  Just a few I plan to try:  mirror frame, plexiglass accordion frame, rice paper screen and even a shower curtain! I don't usually purchase real hold-in-your-hands books for diy stuff any more, (that's why we have the Internet, right?) but in this case I'm glad I broke down and got it.

In celebration of Free Time Frolics' Birthday, one lucky reader will receive a copy of  Photocraft, Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love (which is my new favorite how-to book).

Thanks for looking, and Happy Bloggy Birthday to Free Time Frolics!

~Linda (aka, Sister #2),

Here are a few popular posts from there blog!

Recycled crafts:  before and after repurposed suitcase
Printed fabric dolls created in Photoshop: smiling girl squeezing doll

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Birthday Printable from Girl Loves Glam

Don't foget to enter the Bloggy Birthday Giveaway! (Entry below)

Happy Bloggy Birthday! I am McKenzie from Girl Loves Glam. I love to create, spend time with my family, and explore new trends!

I love birthdays! Everything about them. The cake, the ice cream, the presents, and decorating for them! I made you guys a little printable so that you can use it in your next birthday party decor. I hope you enjoy!

Just right click on it, save it, and print it off for your next party!

Thanks so Much McKenzie for your adorable Printable.  I will have to use it for my next Party.
Don't for get to come back tomorrow for a wonderful tutorial from Those Crafty Sisters and enter my Bloggy Birthday Giveaway!

Here are few of my favorite posts from Girl Loves Glam!


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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Vintage {Button} Bracelet

Today's Post is brought to you by my Girlie Malinda.  She is a crafty Momma of 5 girls.  She loves to craft and try new things.  From the beginning we were a match. She is great to bounce ideas off of and make girlie things with. Enjoy this quick and easy tutorial.  She made this beautiful vintage button bracelet in under 30 minutes and for less than $10. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Bloggy Birthday

Free Time Frolics is turning One and your invited.  The time has gone by so quickly.  It seems like just yesterday I started my little blog.  Each week it has been fun to work on something new to share with all of you.  So this week some of my bloggy buddies have stepped up and have some awesome tutorials in store for you this week. I am so excited for you to share my Birthday week with all of you. 

Let's Meet the Girls!

First up is One of my Girlfriends.  Malinda. She's a crafty Momma with 5 girls.  She guest posted last year at Home for the Holidays.  She loves to craft and her latest love is  jewelry.  Come back tomorrow to see what she has in  store for you!

Three crafty (and sometimes crazy) sisters chronicle their adventures in crafting. Whether its recycling an item that was headed for the trash, upcycling a product that had outlived its use, or creating a knockoff of an otherwise overpriced or outside-the-budget brand name, these sisters are always up for the challenge.

I love to create new things for our home and my Etsy shop, Artistry By McKenzie G. I stay at home with my daughter, Harper learning new things everyday. I work once a month at a salon as a cosmetologist and I am so blessed to have that option.
I have a wild, out of control, exciting, crafty, overly organized life and I love to share it with others with my blog! Thanks for stopping by!

We are sisters and best friends, living 462 miles apart. We only get to see each other a few times a year, so in the meantime we share everything on our blog, My Sister’s Suitcase. We feature Home Decor, Printables, Upcycling, Kids Crafts, Seasonal projects, and more. We hope you’ll join us in our LDCR {long-distance crafting relationship}. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for more tutorials and original ideas!

These girlies are a- mazing!  So clever and crafty.  I love that I know these ladies and can be associated with there blogs.  They have some great tutorials this week to share with you.  Make sure to come back each day to what they created.

Now for the giveaway.  I have a great list of Items just for your winning pleasure!

1. Vintage Button Bracelet
2. Rain{bows} from My Sister's Suitcase
3. A few Crafties from my PYP stash.  Oh, there good too.  You will love them. Earrings, necklace and hairpins to name a few.
3. Photocraft Book from Those Crafty Sisters
4. A couple of scented lovelies from Scentsy.  My favorite smell, My Dear Watson!
5. $25 Gift card to FabricNest.com
6. $25 gift card to the store of your choice. Joanns, TJMaxx, Michaels, or Target.

Please follow the giveaway guidelines below and have fun. Please visit these blogs. These ladies have fantastic blogs, full of inspiration. They will not disappoint.

Friday, May 18, 2012

{Pin}Tastic Friday - Monterey Chicken

Its {Pin}tastic Friday.  I love Fridays.  The weekend is here.  I get to spend time with my family and sometimes get a little time to myself, in my craft room.  I found this pin through a friend.  And I am sure glad I did.  It is delicious.  Every person in my family loves it.  And that is saying something.  All of my kids are picky.  There are very few things they agree on.  This is one of them.  The first time I made it I served it over a bed of spinach.  Talk about yummy.  It was like a healthy salad.  The second time I made garlic mashed potatoes.  The kids prefered the potatoes.  Who wouldn't.  Either way it is a {Pin}tastic dinner especially for summer.  I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine.
The original source for this recipe is over at All Things Simple.  Lots of goodies over there check them out sometime. 
And noe, what you have been waiting for...... Monterey Chicken!

MONTEREY CHICKEN4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 c. bar-b-que sauce ( I use Bull's Eye)
1/4 c. real bacon bits
1 c. colby and jack cheese, shredded
1 14 oz. can Rotel tomatoes, drained (canned with green chilies added)
sliced green onions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pound out chicken breasts to flatten. Season with pepper. Grill chicken until no long pink (we used our George Foreman grill) and place on baking sheet covered with foil. Top each chicken breast with one tablespoon bar-b-que sauce, 1/4 c. cheese, 1/4 c. tomatoes, green onions and one tablespoon of bacon bits. Place in oven and bake until cheese is melted (about 5 minutes).
This is Kim's reciped from her site.  I used a different BBQ sauce.  All the rest is the same. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Covered Corkboards

Next week is Free Time Frolics Birthday.  Make sure come back and check out some great guest blogger and a fantastic giveaway!

On to this week.
Teacher Appreciation was last week and I am a little behind.  I have had this one in my cue for a while needing 1 picture.  I finally got it done.  So here is a quick easy teacher gift you can do with afew supplies from you home and a couple of dollar store items.

Piece of Cork
Spray paint (optional)
Spray Adhesive
Buttons to Cover
Fat quarter or enough fabric to cover your cork
E6000 Glue
Glue Gun w/ Glue
Frame backing or foam core
2 or 3 fabric scraps (2x2 squares) for tacks

Start by spray painting your frame is you are changing its color.  This can be drying while you make the inside.

Start by Cutting your cork to the inside size of your frame.  Take fabric and cut it 1 inch larger around cork.  Iron your fabric nice and flat to get out wrinkles.
Spray adhesive onto wrong side of fabric.  Layer cork and frame backing onto fabric. Flip over to ensure the fabric is nice and flat.

Glue fabric around foam core and cork. On Wrong side. 

Your inside board is done. Now for the tacks
 Use the buttons covered found in the sewing accessories in the fabric department.  I chose the smaller size but you can use whatever you want.  Follow the instructions on the back of the package to cover your buttons.

Once you have made your buttons you need to cut off the button shanks to give you a flat surface to glue the tacks on. 
Glue your tacks on the backs of your buttons with E6000 Glue.  They will need to dry over night. 
Place your wrapped cork into the frame.

Add your tacks and your done.

This is a quick project you can make in an hour or so and easy for the kids to help.  Wrap it up and your ready to go. Use it for a teacher gift, kids bedroom, family command center or anywear you need to cover some space.


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