Chloe + Corinne's House

A single girl living with her little dog, trying to navigate the world.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Getting crafty

I've been seeing beautiful wreaths made out of pages from books for awhile now.  I've always thought they were beautiful but couldn't bring myself to spend around $40 (usually more, especially with shipping involved) for something that I was sure I could replicate myself.  After a lot of searching on Google for just the right tutorial, I found this one over at Blue Cricket Design.  I made a few tweaks, as noted below, but I'm in love with the end result so much!

 I only had to pick up the 7-inch styrofoam circle and straight pins.  Some people prefer to use tacky/craft glue to attach the book pages, but I went with pins since I didn't want Chloe trying to eat the glue.  It's also a lot easier to correct any mistakes with pins!

 First I ripped the cover off the book and pulled about 300 pages apart.  Then, after tying on the ribbon, I would poke a pencil into the center of the page being used and twist it around.  You can pretty much do whatever you darn well please when it comes to the folding and placement of the pages.  I did some tight folds and placed the pages very close together so that it appeared fuller, placing the pin towards the tip of the folded page.  It's also best to start on the outside edge!

 Completed outer edge.  Once that's done, do it again!  I did three circles to get a very full look.

 Ta da!  The finished product!  I haven't settled on it's future home, but I'm leaning towards my bedroom or the kitchen, in place of my grandfather's painting.

The end result was a really cool wreath that's a little over a foot wide.  I really love this.  There are so many things you can do with this project too, such as stamping the book edges to make the ends darker, spray painting, adding colored paper.....It's extremely easy to make this your own.  One final tip - use a book with thin pages.  In my researching I found that many people preferred paper that was tissue-like, such as those old college textbooks with paper so thin you could see through to the next page.  I used an old book from high school.  I get the feeling that my AP European History would be shocked to learn that someone still had that book and also put it to some sort of use!  I've had a couple people ask me to make one of these wreaths for them, but I'm first going to do one for my grandma out in Cape Cod.  I might just use a different book though....

Speaking of books, if you want a really great (albeit long) read, get yourself a copy of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  I have all seven of the books in the Outlander series and am only on the very first one, aptly titled Outlander, but I'm in love with it.  It's a wonderful cross between historical fiction, romance, and time travel.  Don't let the absurdly long length of each book keep you from at least checking it out.  The shortest book is just under 1000 pages.  No biggie, right?

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

summer time

And once again, I've been BUSY!  Chloe has been enjoying the summer weather, spending as much time as possible outside or at doggy day camp (sometimes both).  We did take a week-long vacation down to southern Maryland to visit my family for the holiday, where all sorts of fun was had.  It was nice to take a break and visit with people I hadn't seen in close to a year.  My parents' dog, Tug, didn't get along with Chloe, so they took turns going to the kennel down there.  Neither dog seemed to mind too much!  I did fail to really take any pictures.  Oops!

My full-time job has been very busy recently, and there are some changes currently going on that require me to spend time doing extra things on my computer at home.  But hopefully it will all be worth it in the end!  I was also asked to be a sub for a friend's volleyball team in mid-June, and after a couple games, I was asked to be on the same friend's team for the Summer II session.

 Not my team!  We were on a different court and a different night from when this was taken by the Columbus Dispatch for a great article on things to do out here in summer.

The team did terribly during the first session, but the second session should be much more fun and exciting.  It's been great just being out there doing something active and hanging out with everyone.  This year seems to be turning into a much more social and interesting year than my first one back here in Ohio.  I think this is the most social I've been in years, now that I think about it.  I guess having a regular Monday thru Friday job is working out quite nicely!

No new house projects recently, but plenty are in the works.  I'm planning to start saving up for an addition to the house too!  Eventually I think I'd like to expand on the back and add a bathroom on the first floor, which would mean my kitchen and dining areas would both be expanded as well.  Maybe I can get a butcher block countertop island?

I'm in love with Dana's kitchen in her old house.  Photo from House*Tweaking.  Totally check it out for some amazing inspiration and all the DIY work on the new house aka The Underdog.

That's all for now, folks!  Off to go practice a few more things and rescue Chloe from getting wrapped around the seating area on the porch.

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