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Happy New Year My Basted Friends!

4 Jan

New year! New ambitions, aye?

Well let me be that typical lazy blogger and say for one:
I WILL BE BLOGGING MORE.

(or at least I say I will…)

I am going to try to make some changes. I didn’t do too bad off last year. I lost weight, which I gained back. Oops. I did blog a little bit more, but not enough for my liking. I created my new etsy shop!

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On Viva La Stitches, I have 4 items for sale.

4X4 custom

Kinda silly, but hey! They are there! I have plans of what to add onto the store. Some original pieces will be fun! I know I need to add so many things on there. However holiday hours at my work kicked my ass. Not enough alcohol could make up for 4am wake up calls!

With that, I promise to post more tutorials! Since my wedding was mostly DIY I will be making posts relating to those. I have the mini-veil tutorial one, but my wedding based tutes are seriously lackin’! I’m also sure I still have a 3rd installment of knitting gauge waiting to be written. Oops. Okay, that’s it! I am seriously putting some focus on this blog!

I also plan to be more organized. That includes tearing out and re-doing my closet! That should be fun. My whole life needs organization. I have all the apps and planners to do that. I have the resources..and some money to help with my physical things. And I have all the supplies in the world to make millions of product for Viva La Stitches! Now time to just do it!

I would like to thank everyone for their everlasting support! I truly appreciate it! All the follows, likes and comments I’ve gotten brighten up my days immensely!

Now to drink more coffee and Bailey’s while I make a way too long To-Do list!

Best,

Bre

Where did you get those Wine Bottles!?

23 Oct

I don’t know why I am mentioning this again, but we allll know I love crafting, and the occasional alcoholic beverage.

And sometimes I like to mix these two awesome things together…but not in the usual “pop open a brewsky while I stitch” way.

So also with my love of crafts and alcohol, I love to participate in some sweet themed parties. We did an Edgar Allen Poe party for my birthday, a sweet Prom themed party in June, and last weekend for my close friend Sam we pulled together a ridiculously fun King Henry VIII Party. If you don’t know what I’m referring to, feel free to hop on Netflix and enjoy some of The Tudors.

Anywayssssss, she loved my Raven wine, and the other one I made…and I stupidly didn’t take pictures of. We whipped up some for hers, and I’m gonna give you the rundown on what you need to do this. That’s right! A tutorial on how to make your own wine without having to actually own a winery.

I swear it’s super easy!

What you need:

  • Wine – Duh.
  • Label Paper or just Paper. The first time I used just normal paper and a glue stick.
  • Printer

To make things simple I used PicMonkey to edited my picture. It was super easy with this program! I actually didn’t do any “real”editing. I literally made 2 changes: I rounded off the corners of the picture (I used classic painted portraits of each queen) and added text. I like to have fun and make so called witty names for each wine, and used the year they died as the vintage year.

I was Jane Seymour. We named her wine “Seymour Sons” since..she..had a son. And was the only wife to have a son. Damn me and my addiction to play on words.

When I printed my pictures, I did it directly from the folder. I have Windows 7, and it was pretty simple. On the top of the opened folder there’s a bar that gives you options. I clicked the “Print” one.

I chose the one that prints 4 pictures per page, and unclicked “Fit to frame”.

I’m sure y’all appreciate my sweet MS Paint skills. 

Once printed you just cut them out and stick them on. Well, first you want to remove the other label first. If one is stubborn, just stick in some warm water. Or I’m sure you can just stick it in that cold box for a while. (Disclaimer: Warming or cooling wine may alter the integrity of the wine, but hey, I’m fine with that.) When I glued then I just rubbed the glue stick all over the back, and slapped it on.

There are so so so many things you can do with this! So be creative and have some fun!

And for your viewing pleasure, I thought I’d include a picture of my husband.

Oh did I forget to mentions, it’s of him wearing my corset? What a sport!

Happy Drinking!

Bre

PS: If anyone can get why I named each of the bottles as I did, then a giveaway will commence!

Tutorial Tuesday: Mini Veil. Featured on Offbeat Bride!

23 Aug

Onto wedding tutorial #2!

This week I have for you my mini veil I wore to my wedding:

I got tons of compliments on my veil, which I greatly appreciated since I did make it myself!  So popular, that this tutorial was actually featured on Offbeat Bride! (Where you can also check out my wedding!) It’s actually extremely easy to make. Today I bring you a video tutorial for this easy peasy head decor!

Sadly when I recorded this, I didn’t realize til after that the audio didn’t record. So I just captioned all the directions for you. Plus you get to enjoy the song we used for our First Dance at the reception (Sam Hart – Mario Cart Love Song.)

For this tutorial you need:

  • Veil material – I used a sheer curtain fabric (that I bought from Beverly’s), you can used tulle, birdcage, lace, or another sheer material. For the lace/curtain panels you want to make sure the free end (on the bottom of the veil that isn’t glued) has a finished end so it won’t unravel. The sides didn’t do much, so I left them unhemmed.
  • Hot Glue Gun 
  • Hair Comb – You can find these at Wal-mart, or Target. Most placed that have hair accessories.
  • Ribbon

by Richard Fusillo

Yep! That’s all you need. Also, it really doesn’t take that long to make. For other tips:

-You may have to trim the square of fabric down to fit your face, and poof right on the comb.

– Don’t go too crazy with the glue, you don’t need too much.

– BEWARE OF THE HOT GLUE! I totally burnt myself a couple times with the stupid thing. ha.

If you have any questions, feel free to let me know! Hope this is helpful!

Happy Crafting!

Bre

|Tutorial Tuesday: Decoupaged Trays|

16 Aug

Richard’s sister has a cute little tray she put on the chaise part of her couch to hold the clickers, cups, snacks for little Morgan and more and I adore it! So I decided I wanted to make one or more of my own.

We went to the flea market and I picked up two darling little trays for .50! They had a pretty horrendous image already decoupaged on them, but thats the amazing thing about decoupage… you can cover anything up, just about.

I also have extra music sheets from the origami flowers I made for Breana’s wedding and since Richard and I love to play music, I thought that would be perfect to cover up those ugly beach images on the trays.

Im going to tell you the process to make your own, which really doesn’t require much. It was a very quick craft!

Materials:

  • Tray{s} of any size and color
  • Pictures, paper, music sheets – anything paper that you want to cover the trays with
  • Modge Podge
  • Paint or sponge brush
  • Scissors
Procedure:
  • Cut your paper to size.
  • Make sure you wipe down the surface of the tray you will be pasting on – any debris might make it harder for the paper to stick. Let the surface dry and then apply a thin coating of the modge podge.
  • Place the paper on the tray and then apply another layer of modge podge on the top of the paper.
  • Wash your brush.
  • Let the tray dry at least 24 hours before use.
  • ENJOY!
See…. SO easy to do and it only took me about 10 minutes total. Go try it out!
Happy Crafting!
~Ashley

Thank You Post Card Tutorial

26 Jul

Since majority of my wedding was do it yourself, I thought the thank you cards should be as well. I wanted something cute and very crafty. If you look for thank you cards, they can become very expensive. Especially if you were spoiled as my husband & I and receive many gifts, those cards add up.  So I decided I’d make my own postcards, so save on paper and postage.

What’s so wonderful about this project is it can be used for more than just thank you’s. Everyone loves getting a mail, as long as it isn’t a bill. These are great for Birthdays, anniversaries, thinking of you’s, announcements, just because, and so on. You might want to just make up reasons to make these guys!

I made about 50 of these suckers:

Each one became a personal thank you in design. I thought I’d make a little tutorial on the basic of how I made these suckers.

Implements of Post Card Crafting:

  • Blank post cards – I bought some 4.25″x5.5 cards on Amazon. Cost me about $15 (with shipping) for 400 cards! I didn’t realize how many I bought until after. Other options are pictures, cardstock, and index cards. Just make sure they follow the measurement rules for post cards. For USPS this is: Minimum 3.5″x5″ and Maximum 4.25″x6″, with a thickness of .007″- .016″. Other wise, if they are bigger you will be paying more for postage.
  • Rubber Stamps – I bought my from Paper Source in Portland. Such a fun selection!
  • Ink pad – or paint if you’re so talented with it. I also bought this at Paper Source.
  • Decorative paper. I got some wedding scrapbooking card stock from Michaels.
  • Glue. I used 2.5 glue sticks for this project. However I recommend a stronger clear glue.
  • Scissors – I had a pair of decorative edge scissors like these: Kraft Scissors and normal kind.
  • Other: Ribbon, Tulle, Fabric, whatever other cool things that’ll glue. Be creative with this.

Now these are super easy to make, and the idea is to just be really creative:

  1. Get your post card out.
  2. Stamp it! My advice is to stamp on something hard like a table surface. I was using books & the box my postcards were in. I also stamped the “thank you” on the card as well.
  3. Add Decoration. For this one I added first the tulle. I glued the post card itself where the tulle was gonna sit, put the pre-cut tulle over it and used a paper to rub on top to make sure the glue stuck to the tulle.
  4. Glue on decorative paper. I pre-cut this paper with my awesome edging scissors. Put the glue on the back of the decorative paper instead of directly on the tulle. Your tulle will otherwise slide around and not participate.
  5. Tie a little bow, trim excess ribbon. Now glue that sucker on!

This one, I added an extra strip of decoration on top to add a bit more, pizzazz!

There you go! One post card down. I made quite a few, So I guess I’ll show you some of my favorites!

For this one I stamped on a piece of paper first, cut it out, glued it on. Then I cut 2 strips and glued those on, then the ribbon. Many times I cut the pieces a little longer than the post card and cut off the excess.

Why yes, that little thank you does have a mustache! I used the edge scissors to help create the outline of the mustache, and fixed it with my normal scissors.  I first glued on the ribbon, and added the craft paper. For the edges I carefully cute them out with the edge scissors.

And now, for the grand finale, ALL OF THEM! Well, in one picture, spread out:

Click the picture to zoom!

I really enjoyed this craft, and want to look more into making cards also. I’ve seen post card specific rubber stamps to put on the back, and I’m looking into buying a kit for future post cards and make them more authentic.  Also a tip, is I bought my postcard stamps online. It was much easier than going to the local post office, and they came in 2 days.

If you see a specific one that you want me to explain how I made it, feel free to comment, and I’ll dish all the details.  Now to finish filling them out and send them out! Whew.

Happy Paper Crafting!

Bre

Do It Yourself Wedding Tutorials

15 Jul

by Richard Fusillo

Well hello there crafties.

After a lot of planning, decorating, stressing, and help from friends and family, I am married to such an amazing man. Now I can put Mrs. before my name, and flaunt my ring.

by Richard Fusillo

Lucky for you guys, majority of my wedding was D.I.Y. So now you get to benefit from the multiple tutorials I will be revealing through out the next weeks. Here’s a list of things that I (or someone else who helped) made for my wedding.

  • Mason Jar Decorations
  • Origami Flowers
  • Candle set-ups
  • Boutonnieres
  • Veil
  • Feather Hair Accessory
  • Mixed CD’s & Cases
  • Garters (future Guest post)

Now I’m not sure what everyone wants to read about first. If anyone has a suggestion of what they want to see, feel free to comment and I’ll do my best to move it first in line! Now for me, I better get my married butt moving crafting and taking pictures.

Cheers!

Breana

*pictures features were taken by Richard Fusillo. Which some of you know as Ashley’s beau.*

|Craft Time: Earring Holder Tutorial|

29 Jun

We decided to move my little ‘sewing area’ into the spare room and completely turn that into our office. Richard will now edit photos entirely in there as well as use one wall as a small studio space and I will now sew, cut, craft, and brainstorm entirely in there as well; though I am blogging this from the couch sitting next to him while we watch Stan Lee’s Super Human show on Nettflix.

In moving all my sewing supplies, table, machine, etc. I decided that I would reorganize everything once again. I came across some picture frames that I scored at the Goodwill for super cheap that I plan on using for a current art project. I don’t plan on doing much with this project so I took one of the frames and got an idea after looking at a fabric scrap left over from a canvas artist roll up brush case – make an earring holder. It’s really simple to make if you have the right stuff. Here I’ll give you the jist of it all and how to make one for yourself.

Materials Used:

{1} 5x5in frame, but you can use any size frame you want to fit your needs

{1} piece of scrap fabric, lace, or any other pierceable material cut to size – make sure the fabric shows only in the frame

{1} staple gun

{1} hammer

Procedure:

Take the glass insert out of the frame and detach the back {the part that allows you to stand the frame up on a table or mantle} so you just have the frame itself.

Place the fabric across the back of the frame making sure the right side of the fabric is showing in the front of the frame.

Staple the four corners of the fabric to the frame, stretching the fabric at each corner before you staple.

Next place several more staples in, stretching the fabric as you go along.

Hammer the staples in all the way so theyre flush with the frame and dont stick out.

Trim any fabric that shows if necessary and trim fabric around the hanger hardware so you can hang it on the wall.

Put your earrings in, hang it in your bathroom, bedroom, hallway, or wherever, step back, and admire!

See, super easy! And it really only took me 5 minutes, including the idea popping into my head!

{Thanks Richard for letting me use the staple gun and hammer, even though you had a questioning concern in your voice when I asked you where they were}

Happy Crafting!

~Ashley