Sunday, October 31, 2010

Monkey Hair Bow Holder

This is a gift set I did for a baby shower present. I made this adorable monkey hair bow holder, and you will see below, I also created some (ribbon works) monkey hair clips for baby Taylor too! So its a cute matching set! :)

 I started out (as usual) by sketching out my idea.
Then took a wood plaque and painted it white.
To help me with the name, I used some foam letter stickers.
And arranged them on the plaque how I wanted them:
Then I sketched out the cute little monkey. I ended up switching the side the tail was one, because there was more room on that side. :)
Then started painting the background pink!
once I did a few coats, and it was dry, I peeled off the foam letters.. you can see its not perfect. Thats fine though, because it will be easy to clean up.
I just continued on and painted in the monkey.
I used a q-tip to do the polka dots. :) I used white, to fix up the letters a bit then started outlining them in brown.
And here is the plaque completely painted. I will also cover the plaque with either mod podge or some acrylic sealer spray to seal the paint.
And here it is after I added the ribbon.
A closer look:
Check out the adorable Monkey and Banana Hair Clip set! :)
I again used velcro on the loop, making it easy to hold those baby bands or elastic headbands!
And here it is completely bare. It turned out soo cute, if I do say so myself! :)


I'll be showing of my work through these great linky parties. Be sure to check them out for other  fabulous creative ideas!! :)

~Maria-Isabel

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Clay Pot Pilgrim Hat Decor

A couple weeks ago, I was thinking about some fun fall and Thanksgiving decor ideas, while doing the dishes. :) On the window sill, in front of the sink, is a clay pot my daughter painted herself, filled with a beautiful little flower that she planted herself. It was a mothers day present. :) Then out of the blue it hit me.. I thought to myself; "hey that clay pot kinda looks like a pilgrim hat! That could be a cute idea for Thanksgiving decor!" *hehe*
 Thats when the idea set into motion. The next time I was at Walmart, I had to pick up a little clay pot, to bring my idea to life.
So if you want to make one for your home, here is what you will need:
Clay pot
Black foam paper
Yellow Foam paper
Black paint
 Gold Paint (optional)
and also a hot glue gun (not pictured)
Start off by painting your clay pot black. I did 2 good coats. It coated very easily.
I forgot to take a picture, but youre going to want to cut your black foam paper into a circle larger than the opening of the clay pot. The foam paper I had on hand was pretty narrow, so I couldnt make the circle as wide as I would have preferred. But it still worked! 
Anyways.. then you will use your hot glue gun to glue all the way around the open part of your clay pot.
Then center it on your black foam circle, and press down. Now you have the main part of the hat all done. :)
The finishing touch is adding the buckle. I used yellow foam, cut a square shape, then cut another square shape out of it:
And then I used gold paint over it. You dont have to do this, leaving it yellow will look fine.. But I just thought it would look better with a gold hue, rather than bright yellow.
Use your hot glue gun again, to glue the buckle to your hat! And youre all done!
Here is my pilgrim hat on my mantle.
Here is a pulled back view of part of my mantel. :) I will be doing more fall decor, as we move into November. So keep an eye out on my blog for more fall decor projects and possibly even some printables! :)
I love how the hat looks there! But I may be doing some rearranging.. who knows just yet! On a side note.. dont you just love that pumpkin "vase"?? I was inspired by the amazing Little Miss Momma! She has a tutorial if you wanna check it out! :)

Anywho... I will be linking up to some great parties.. be sure to check them out for other wonderful crafty ideas!!! :)

~Maria-Isabel

Sunday, October 24, 2010

{Ribbon Works} Turkey Hair Clip Tutorial

I know Halloween isnt even over yet.. but there has been sooo many wonderful Halloween projects posted lately by all of blogland! lol So I was in the mood for thanksgiving (heck, who am I kidding.. I ready for CHRISTMAS already! I even have a Christmas wall decor Freebie post all ready just waiting until the day after Thanksgiving to post!) How ever.. I wont go THAT far into the end of the year! So I figured for now, a fun tutorial perfect for Thanksgiving would be in order. 

Ive started a new line called Ribbon Works, by Agape Love Designs. Ribbon Works will be all my fun creations made from ribbon, that are not your normal flower or bow hair clip (for example like my ribbon cupcake)! Im excited for it. And Ive been experimenting with new things to create. And today Im going to share with you a tutorial on how to make a turkey hair clip. :)
I also have this little guy for sale in my shop {here} in case you are not a crafty diva and don't want to invest in the time and supplies it takes to make him. :)

Isnt he just adorable!! :) Im so loving him. 
Well onto the supplies:
Ribbon in the following colors: Brown, Yellow, Red, Green, Orange.
Hot Glue Gun/Glue Sticks
Alligator  Clip
And (not pictured) Googly eyes

So youre going to start by cutting 6 pieces of the brown ribbon. Sorry I didnt get any measurements.. I dont ever do measurements... though Im sure it would be easier! LOL I just play it by eye.. and go.
Anyways... you will have 3 different sizes.. as you see in the picture below. Two of the smallest size, three of the medium size, and one of the large size.
Take each of the strips and use your hot glue gun to create a ring shape.
Here are all 6 in their ring shape.
Next you will use one medium size ring, and both of the small rings:
Use hot glue around the edge of one of the small rings:
Stick it to the inside of the medium ring, like so:
Do the same thing with the other side. So you have the 3 rings connected as shown below:
After that you will do the exact same thing with the one large ring and the last two medium rings. So that you have two of the same shapes, one small and one big. The big one will be the turkey body, and the small one will be the turkey head!
Next thing you want to do, is line your alligator clip with the orange ribbon. This ribbon I used is a little smaller that the rest of the ribbon used.. Id prefer the same kind, but I ran out and used this one. It still works good.
Anyways.. if you dont know how to line a clip, its simple.. I just used my hot glue gun and followed the line of the clip. :)
After that you will need, all the same size, (again no measurements but you can get an idea of the size next to the clip) two strips of red, two strips of green, and one strip of yellow ribbon.
Fold and glue:
Do this to each strip:
Now you will start with the top "feather" use the hot glue gun to  place the yellow "feather" onto the alligator clip.
And continue on with the green...
And red.
Now you will take the turkey body and glue it on top of where the red :feathers" are.
Its starting to come together.. already looking so cute!
Now we will move onto the turkey's facial features. The gobble (as I call it.. not sure if thats what it is really called. LOL) is the little red dangly thing by his beak. For that, you will cut a strip of the red ribbon. Then cut that strip in half, long ways. You may want to use a lighter or something to "heat treat" the ribbon to prevent fraying.
Take one of the halves and fold and glue it like shown:
After that.. cut a triangle shape from the orange ribbon (again heat treating to prevent fraying), to use for the beak. Then glue them to the face!
Then bring him to life with some googly eyes!!
And lastly, glue the head down to the clip above his little body! And you have your own cute little turkey hair clip!! Another idea..would be to attach him to a pin back instead. He could be a little brooch to wear on anything to sport your holiday spirit! :)
Look how sweet he looks, modeled by my precious daughter, Kiah.



Definitely a conversation starter! And a fun way to accessorize for turkey day! :) Hope you enjoy!!
I will be linking up to some amazing Parties, be sure to check them out for other fun ideas!

~Maria
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