Home Address Plaque TUTORIAL

I am excited to share this easy tutorial with you to help bring a little more curb appeal to your home! Have you ever been searching for a house and can’t find it because the people don’t have their freaking house number anywhere to be found? It is a pet peeve of mine, and I realized that I WAS one of those people! It had to come to an end. And fast. This is what I have now…
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Isn’t it so cute? I love it! A few months ago, I got the Lowes Creative Ideas magazine in the mail and they had one of these plaques in it but for what they used, it was going to cost $68 and that just wasn’t ok with me. If you want to spend the money, go on their site and they have instructions there. This is what theirs looks like.
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I love it! Just not the price. I did want to give them my business because they came up with the idea, so I did buy everything you will see me use at Lowes. Dave and I went to Lowes to find some cheap lumber to make our plaque when he saw this.
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It is a wooden plant caddy with wheels on it. It was the perfect find and the perfect price! I had to take a picture of it while we were there. Dave is thinking “I am trying to make posing with a plant caddy (whatever that is) in the middle of a hardware store look natural”. He’s a total natural.
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I got the numbers for about $2 each and the spray paint for about $3 each. That makes it a grand total of about $31! That is less than half of the other one. You will need spray paint, primer, wooden plant caddy, house numbers, saw, hammer, screws, and a drill. Your first step will be taking the wheels off and sawing off the 5th row of wood. We want a rectangle, not a square.
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Then prime this puppy. I love the spray primer. It doesn’t take long, and it isn’t messy! Then paint your boards the color you want them.
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Next, spray your numbers with primer and paint.
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Place them where you want them to be on your board and nail them into the board.
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Find someone to help you hold your board up to your house and screw this baby in!
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It is so cute from the road now! I love it! Happy creating everyone!
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Embellished shoes you can change up!

Enter the CURRENT GIVEAWAY before it ends on June 2nd!

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I am so excited about my new shoes! I made a pretty lame-o tutorial for you. Let’s just say you will have to use a little of your IMAGINATION! (if you have seen that episode of Spongebob, you can see my hands flying in the air like a rainbow when I say that)

Anyways! I found these lovely white flats at Wally World for a whopping $3! They were perfect because they are in a neutral color and can match just about anything.

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The first thing you’ll do, is snip those interesting bows off. They are looking better already!

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Use a hot glue gun to glue a strip of Velcro to the toe of the shoes.

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Make embellishments to put on the toes of your shoes and put the opposite side of the Velcro on the back of the embellishments.

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I made these by cutting strips of fabric and sewing a stitch through the center. Then I pulled the string to make them ruffle. I glued a piece of ribbon over the stitching to make the ruffles lay flat. I used plastic rhinestones and glued them on creating a design. The most time consuming part was putting all of the rhinestones on, but it wasn’t too big of a pain. I really like how they look on the shoes!

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The other embellishment I have for my new shoes came off of a pair of shoes that were too big for me.

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I have plans to make more embellishments for my shoes including some rolled roses and tulle! I will post some pictures as I make them. Go find some cheap shoes and make them pretty!

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Stenciled Curtain Tutorial

In our bedroom, we have little cubby areas that are great for storage. We don’t have many storage areas in our house, so this space is extremely valuable! The only problem is that you can see all of your ugly storage all of the time! This had to come to an end. That is why I decided to make some curtains! I will teach you how I did it.

Ugly before pictures…

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What you will need…

*Burlap (as much as you need for your area)

*Paint (Nothing special, just the cheap stuff in whatever color you want)

*Stencil (I got mine for less than $5 at Walmart)

*Foam paintbrush

*Broken down box (This is used to protect your table. You can use anything else that will work to keep the paint from getting on a surface you don’t want to be ruined)

As far as sewing them, of course you will need a sewing machine and thread, and then you will also  need a curtain rod to suit your needs. I just got little spring rods for about $3.

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#1 Look at your fabric as a whole and decide the general areas of where you want your stencils. I kind of wanted mine to be at random, so I got a very general idea and just went with the flow.

#2 Set your stencil on your fabric (you can tape it there, but I decided that it took too much time). Dip your brush in a small amount of paint and start tapping the paint onto the stencil. It is best to start with a smaller amount of paint and add more.

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#4 After you have stenciled all of your fabric, let it dry.

#5 Hem all sides of the burlap. This stuff frays like CA-RAZY! Make one thick hem on top of your curtain where your curtain rod will go through.

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Easy as pie! I love them now!

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They are the best way to cover our nasty storage areas!

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Pottery Barn Moss Letter Tutorial

I have the most talented momma!

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This picture was taken on my senior trip at the Mall of America! We have changed a bit, but it is one of my favorite pictures. My mom made a tutorial for us today! I am so excited to show you.  Did you know that Pottery Barn is now carrying live plants? My mom saw these and fell in love.

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I love them! Well here is her version.

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This is what she had to say about her very first tutorial…

“I really think I did it the hard way though. It would be so much easier if you just found a cut out letter and covered it with sheet moss. Also, it would take a lot less moss. I used half a box on mine because I stuffed the chicken wire tube with it too. You can get sheet moss from most florists. My cost was $35 for a banana box full so I figure I only have about $20 into it. I think making a “P” would be tons easier!   I know you could easily do it with sheet moss, spray adhesive and a little wire. It would look more finished with a firm letter backing too. Good luck!”

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I’m so lucky to have my talented momma! I need to make of of these too!

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Island in the Sun Cupcakes

We went to an island themed party last week. I signed up to bring an island themed desert. This is what I came up with.

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Now you can learn how to make them too!

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My Phineas and Ferb (Perry) Cookie Tute!

Dave is a 3rd grade teacher. After hearing his students talk about Phineas and Ferb so much, he decided to watch it himself. Well, we are hooked now! It is so funny! He just turned 24 last month and of course I had to make him some Phineas and Ferb themed cookies. What else would a 24 year old want? Lucky you, you get to learn how to make them too! Just a warning, this post is long!

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This what they look like. If you aren’t familiar with these characters, these cookies might be a little on the hideous side, but I LOVE them!

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This is what you will need:

Sugar cookie mix (or if you are more of a go getter, do home made), shredded coconut, food coloring, frosting, wafer cookies, black gel frosting, Sour Patch Kids, square and triangle cookie cutters, and frosting eyeballs.

I have to direct you to Karen’s Cookies to get these adorable frosting eyes. They made the cookies look so good! I got the bigger ones, they are only roughly $3 for about 80 of them! I also got the cookie cutters there. They are great!

I had to make quite a few cookies so I baked them and here is where you go from there…

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Dump your frosting in a bowl and add food coloring to start creating your teal color for Perry the Platypus. Now this will show how much I really do like the show, in their Christmas album, there is a song that describes Perry as “A Lovely Shade of Teal”. So I had to find a great shade for that. I used the regular food coloring colors, along with the neon ones and came up with this after a while.

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I would say that looks like a pretty “lovely shade of teal” myself!

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Now frost all of your square/rectangle cookies in the teal color. Now you are creating a Perry!

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My favorite part of these cookies are Perry’s tail. I took the yellow/orange wafer cookies and broke them in half. Then put them on the end of Perry.

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Now for Perry’s mouth. All I did was put an orange Sour Patch Kid across from his tail and up just slightly to create a Perry mouth.

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It is time for Perry to grow some feet! Cut yellow Sour patch kids in half and add them to the bottom of Perry to give him some feet.

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Now you can use your super cute frosting eyeballs that you got from Karen’s Cookies and he comes to life!

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Now it is Phineas’ turn!

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Add food coloring to more frosting to create a nice flesh color.

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Frost all of your triangles.

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Put some shredded coconut in a bowl and mix it with some orange food coloring. This is going to be his hair!

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Add a little bit of coconut to the corner of each triangle. Phineas is starting to come to life!

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Add two more of your eyeballs to your cookies just barely down the edge from his hair. This part I had to use a picture of him to be sure I got the angles right. Just think of the top edge as the bridge of his nose.

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Now take your black gel and give him a smile! All you have to do is add a little bent line at the bottom!

You are done! All of your kiddos (or husbands) will love them!

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Winner of our Giveaway! And cupcake tutorial!

Well first of all, I have to say I am sorry about bailing on you yesterday! It ended up being a little bit nuts! We found our dream house! Today we are going to put an offer on it! Wish us luck! So here is the moment you all have been waiting for. The winner of our EveryPrettyThing giveaway is…
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Congrats! I am totally jealous! Please email me at artistrybymckenzieg(at)hotmail.com and let me know what your address is so that you can get your cute pillow!
Because you didn’t get a post yesterday, you get 2 posts today! Right now, you get a tutorial! I made the cutest cupcakes yesterday! Here they are!
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They were a huge hit at our family Christmas party last night, and were so easy to make. Make them for your Christmas parties coming up! Here is what you will need…
*Mini Oreos
*Pretzel twists
*Chocolate chips
*Chocolate cake mix
*Chocolate frosting
*Black decorating gel
*Christmas M&Ms
*Cupcake baking cups
Step 1: Bake the cupcakes as directed on the cake mix box. Let the cupcakes cool
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Step 2: While your cupcakes are cooling prepare your pretzels. Snap pretzels in 1/2 then snap the tops off of them. This will make them look like little antlers. Put them on a plate and set them aside.
Step 3: Separate the Oreos and keep the halves with the cream on them. Set aside.
Step 4: Frost your cupcakes once they have cooled. I used the Betty Crocker Whipped Chocolate. It goes on so well! I would suggest using the whipped kind.
Step 5: Put 2 Oreo halves on each cupcake towards the top. They will be the reindeer eyes.
Step 6: Use the decorating gel to make the reindeer mouth. Make a “J” shape and then a backwards “J” to create a mouth shape.
Step 7: Put a chocolate chip on each Oreo to finish the eyes.
Step 8: Put a red M&M in the center of the cupcake at the top of the mouth. This is your red reindeer nose!
Step 9: Now you get to add the antlers! Poke 2 pretzels into the top of the cupcake and you have a completed reindeer!
Aren’t they so cute?
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Jingle all the Way Wreath TUTORIAL!

Just as I promised, here is your first “gift” of Christmas! A new tutorial!
 Isn’t it so cute? Let’s get started.
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Ta-dah! You are done!
After I finished this wreath, I had it sitting next to the doorway. My hubby walked in and litterally gasped and said “Woah! Do we get to keep this?” I had been making lots of things to sell at the open houses I had coming up. He was impressed! That is even coming from a “Manly Man”. It must be pretty breathtaking!
Happy Crafting!
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Holiday Ruffle Scarf TUTORIAL!

The Holiday Ruffle Scarf
I can’t even tell you how excited I am about this tutorial! It is so easy, and it looks so elegant! Here are the materials you need:
* 11”x60” piece of satin
*sewing machine and matching thread
*scissors
*measuring tape
*white crayon
Step 1:
Cut your satin to size. The size I used is a rough estimate. I had a lot of scraps of satin in different colors that I have been making these scarves with. Each of them are a few inches different, but they all end up looking pretty much the same!
Step 2:
Measure and mark spots 2 to 3 inches apart (I have three marked lines, the more you do, the more ruffles you will have). Mark with your white crayon all the way down the back of your fabric.This is where your ruffles will be.
Step 3:
Sew along the lines you have drawn with long stitches.
Step 4:
Pull one string from the stitch and make the satin ruffle. Pull to make ruffles even.
It should end up looking like this…
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With right sides together, fold in half (lengthwise) and pin. Also pin one of the ends as well.
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Sew along your pinned edges with your normal sewing straight stitch (be sure to adjust your sewing machine back to the smaller stitch after using the long stitch earlier).
Step 7:
Turn your scarf right side out.
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Sew your open side shut with rough edges folded in.
Even out your ruffles again and…
you are done!
It can be worn without a knot…
 Or with a knot! They are both beautiful!
Happy creating!
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Beach Bag and Towel all in 1 TUTORIAL!

 
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I thought it was time to give you girls a new
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This beach bag is just perfect! It is not only super cute, but extremely useful!
Here is what you will need…
*Beach Towel (I got mine at Old Navy)
*Hand Towel (for inside pocket)
*Wash Cloth (for outside pocket)
*2 different styles of thick ribbon (mine is 1 1/2” thick)
*Thinner ribbon

The first thing you need to do is take both of your thicker ribbons and measure them out to be about 6” wider than the beach towel. Cut them to that length and sew a line right down the center of the ribbon with stitches that are far apart.

Next, scrunch the ribbon together by holding one of the threads on the end of the ribbon and pushing the ribbon down. Ruffle the ribbons to be the same width as your beach towel. Fold your beach towel in half, and pin your ruffles about 4” and 6” from the folded edge of the towel. This will end up being on the bottom part of your bag.

Now, sew your ruffles onto your beach towel.

Now, take the hand towel and fold it in half (hamburger way). Then sew 1 line right down the center to create 2 pockets.

Pin the hand towel to the inside of the beach towel. Sew along the side edges, and the bottom piece to create 1 large pocket and then the 2 smaller pockets in the front. This will be a pocket that will be in the inside of your bag!

Next, create ruffles with the thin ribbon. Sew it to the bottom of the small wash cloth.

Pin the wash cloth to the front of the towel, a few inches above the wide ruffles. Sew the 2 sides and bottom of the wash cloth to create an outer pocket.

Lay the beach towel out and take the thick ribbon and lay it out on the edge of the towel. Fold the towel over and pin it so that it is wide enough to go over the ribbon. Take the ribbon out. Do this on both sides of the towel. These will be your straps. The bag will cinch on the sides.

Sew the sides that are pinned.

Melt the edges of your ribbon so that they don’t fray and put a safety pin on the end and feed it through the sides of the towel. Do this on each side.

Pull the ribbon and tie it together in a bow. Tie the two front pieces together and the two back pieces together. These will make your front and back straps.

Here are my inside pockets! I put the smaller items in the small compartments, and my book in the bigger compartment.

This is my outside pocket. Full of the things that I will need to find at a moment’s notice! Like my keys and phone!

The best part is that you can just untie the straps and it turns right back into your towel! You don’t even have to pack a towel! Then when the swimming day is over, put your wet swimming suit in the towel part and it won’t get your treasures wet that are in your other pockets! The nice thing about having the straps cinch on the side is that your items won’t slip out of your towel!
You will be totally styling at the beach, pool, or just wherever this summer!
Please send me a link or email of pictures if you make this !