Tuesday, November 30, 2010

more paper crafts

paper deer
I've fallen hard for paper crafts it's official! I found this little deer on flickrChristopher Bonnette is the deer creator! He has a very cool website here, go take a look!
paper deer
I put this deer together while watching the Macy's Thanksgiving parade! Pretty cute huh!! 
paper deer
Take a peek at my newest paper craft obsession here! You should give it a try! ;) 
Hope your Tuesday is awesome! Do you all know any great paper craft sites! I'd love it if you'd share in the comments! 
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Monday, November 29, 2010

My Weekend

It was an extra long weekend thanks to Thanksgiving! Both my brother and sister were in town, which always makes me happy! Lauren and I took the little bit to Busch Gardens, which I haven't been to in years! We had a fun time and the weather was perfect! My aunt Jackie cooked the MOST incredible Thanksgiving meal, as usual! ;) Brian proposed via scrabble!!!! So wonderful! Still have a goofy lovey dovey grin! We did some cleaning, sleeping in, online shopping, snuggling with Mickey, and hanging out with family! It was pretty perfect! How was your Thanksgiving and the rest of the weekend!?
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Crafter Discounts

Today only! 50% of your printing order at SonicPrint.com just for crafty gals and guys!
Need awesome business cards? Or maybe cute postcards for Christmas!? Well use the code StrumpetsCrumpets when checking out and we will take 50% off your order! 

Here's the rules, because there has to be rules ;)
*Place an order on our website Monday Nov. 29th and receive a 50% discount off of any one product for a maximum savings of $50. This promotion is strictly for online orders placed during this Holiday weekend. Orders placed prior to, or after this time do not apply. If you don't have your artwork ready you can place and pay for the order online and we will honor the special when you are ready to print. This offer is not combinable, nor does it apply to custom quotes, postage, or other services besides printing.
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Sunday, November 28, 2010

the Elf on a Shelf

This is such a wonderful gift for a special little one and their family - the Elf on the Shelf book
elf on a shelf
Eli's grandma gave us our little elf and book! It's pretty darn cute! The book about an elf who watches your kiddos actions before Christmas for Santa comes with a little elf that "moves" around the house, because the elf reports to Santa at night while everyone is sleeping! My dad said to put him in crazy places like the fridge ha!! Oh Larbear! I will don't worry! Our elf's name is Pitt :) Pitt the Elf haha! Cute!
Leave comments with your ideas on where the elf should "move". 

Tomorrow I will have Farley Thanksgiving photos - always fun ;) 
Thank you ALL again for your love and sweet comments on Brian and mine's engagement
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holy smokes!

Your comments and emails have been so incredibly sweet! They mean SO much! Thank you so much for each and every one of them! Brian and I have read through them all! He still can't get over all you gals and your kindness!! This weekend has been like a dream! I promise I will reply to all my emails tomorrow!! :) Right now I'm off to sleep! Thank you again!!!
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Friday, November 26, 2010

We're Engaged! Triple Word Score!

This Thanksgiving was a keeper :)
After the Farley gang ate and we were all sitting around chatting, we decided to play scrabble! Brian was messing with the camera, but that's normal, so I didn't pay much attention. He did seem overly excited to play scrabble, though he is very good at Words With Friends, still his enthusiasm was surprising. He started shaking up the bag and picking out letters - I told him, "No taking the good letters when I'm not looking! -wink" My sister went first with a three letter word, then I went, but I wasn't feeling to completive and a bit ADD-ish so I played a three letter word too. Not too many spots for Brian to go! So on his turn he seemed fluster and he was taking longer than normal, then he put down WEDRING, but I only noticed that NS didn't make a word and started saying, "you can't play that" I take the game very seriously haha!  Then he got down on one knee and showed me the most beautiful ring I've ever seen!!!! I was SO surprised! My heart skipped a few beats! It was the most amazing special moment!! He got me good! I had NO idea! It was just so perfect! My family went bonkers and so did I!!! ps He had been messing with the camera because it takes video and he captured the WHOLE thing - it's hilarious and incredibly sweet all wrapped together!!! He is the BEST!
I have been on cloud 9 ever since that game! Oh what an incredible Thanksgiving! 
Aunt Jackie's cooking was wonderful too ;)
We are still smiling SO big! He's been calling me his fiancĂ© all day and telling me how excited he is, it's pretty darn cute! It's the best feeling! 
I just love him so much! I have so much to be thankful for and now even more so! I just had to share our excitement with you all! I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving too!! 
ps just SO happy! Marriage proposal via scrabble wins my heart all over again! ;)
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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Give Thanks

Hope your day is full of fun, family, and friends! Remember to tell the ones you love how thankful you are to have them in your life!! Thank you wonderful readers and friends on Strumpet's Crumpets! You all are so incredible!! Thanks so much!
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Magnetic Chalkboard DIY

Magnetic Chalkboard DIY

Over the weekend I made this magnetic chalkboard for the little one's bedroom! We cleaned up and fixed up his room! He even has his very own toy shelf now! I really like how it turned out! He wanted an entire wall in chalkboard paint (me too honestly) but the grownup in charge said no! ha! Maybe one day! 


So here's how I made it:
1. I found the Magnetic Board at Ikea for 5 or 6 bucks, 
but you could use any light weight metal square/rectangle.
2. oh these aren't completely necessary - vinyl stickers - Plants VS Zombies is awesome and we couldn't put them on the iPad so they got used here!
3. Chalkboard spray paint (found at Home Depot or Lowe's)
I turned old legos and alphabet blocks into magnets (I love my hot glue gun)!
Let me know if you make one! I'd love to see it!! 

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Strumpet's Ornament Swap Partners Picked

I emailed all you Swappers last night! Nothing bounced back, so I'm hoping you all got an email! But if you didn't email me right away please! strumpetscrumpetscrafts(at)gmail.com 
I can't wait to get started! I've had a BUNCH of ideas! So email your swap bud, ask them their favorite colors, holiday hero, interests, etc! Ready, set, go!!!!
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Monday, November 22, 2010

Recycled Pinata

Check out our new friend, Mr. Pinata! He has no name yet, but the little one will come up with something soon! I saw this recycled pinata idea over at Katie's very cute blog Skunkboy Creations and just loved it so much! The pinata we mounted on the wall is from my sister's birthday a month back! It'd be weird/creepy if we would have mounted the Halloween pinata ha! 
I had a piece of wood from Michael's, painted it, put a gator hook on the back, and couldn't find a staple gun that worked so I just took the screw driver and tiny screws to put the pinata head in the wood. 
I'm not one for hunting, I mean I get it - controlling over population, blahblah, but I can't imagine killing an animal for sport. But smacking a pinata til the goodies come out and then saving the head and hanging up is a-okay! 
Pinata Mount
Turned out pretty darn cute!
 Thank you Katie for the awesome idea!!
Pinata Donkey Hunting
Who's birthday is next? Uncle John's!! He for sure needs a pinata!!
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Strumpet's Ornament Swap Partners

Today you very crafty gals who joined the Strumpet's Ornament Swap will be receiving your swap partner via email! If you haven't received an email yet no worries you will by the end on today!
Ladies, remember to join the Strumpet's Crumpets Craft Flickr group (flickr is free ps if you don't have it!)
 Hope everyone's weekend was great! Mine was! I crocheted, saw Louis CK live (I LOVE him so much), cleaned, played pinball, ate alot ha! Be back later with photos from the weekend! What'd you do over the weekend!? Do you love Louis CK too? 
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Saturday, November 20, 2010

More Paper Crafts - the Mickey edition!

If you are new to Strumpet's Crumpets, you may not know that I have a fat little Maltese named Mickey. He is the goofiest pup and I love him so much! So much in fact I turn him into arts and crafts or I ask my talented friends to! Here are just a few odes to Mickey- here, herehere, and here! He has his own Flickr set called Puppy Love. I understand how nutty making your dog into to art is - trust me, but I don't care! ha! Once the very sweet and very talented, Steph Dillon design this Mickey illustration! She gave it to me in the sweetest way possible - read here! So I took that awesome illustration and put together a Cubee Mickee!! He turned out pretty darn cute (helps that Steph is an amazing designer)!

Mickey likes car rides to Starbucks, not going for walks, but rather be carried on walks, he loves to snuggle and get all the attention he can! Oh and treats! 
Cubee Mickee
I've been really loving paper crafts for the past week, so I decided to go through my Flickr and make a Print & Paper Craft set, here it is

Pretty simple cube art! Just print, cut, score, and build! 
Paper Crafting
Daniel at my office has already made a bunch of these, but now Dave put this fellow together -see his added touch here! We want to make a giant cubee craft using the large format printer and cardboard! I hope it happens! What other paper craft ideas do you all have!? I want to hear em!
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There are 63 gals signed up for the Strumpet's Ornament Swap!! That's so awesome!! I'm very stoked about this swap, it's gonna be a good one! If there is a gal out there who wants to sign up we have an odd number and we need an even number to pair up everyone, so comment here!!! Tonight I will pick partners! I'll email you all by Monday with your partner's name and email! I would like everyone's address to send you something sweet, so you 62 ladies email me here: strumpetscrumpetscrafts (at) gmail (dot) com :) I hope you all have a lovely Saturday! I'm going to the Dunedin Craft fair with my very lovely aunts! If you're in the bay area you should go! I'll be back later!! :) 
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Friday, November 19, 2010

Strumpet's Ornament Swap - Signup!

Strumpet Ornament Swap!
If you haven't yet, there's still time! Signup here!
 We need your craftiness so you better signup!
Remember to join the Strumpet's Crumpets Craft Group on Flickr!
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Thursday, November 18, 2010


Hello! I am StrumpBot!

For work I made a Super Sonic Print Bot, who loves CMYK! (ps if you're a design and want free business cards-signup for this contest at SonicPrint - the best printing company ever!) 
I decided to design a StrumpBot for Strumpet's Crumpets! You can download her and put her together yourself! Or you can hop over to CubeeCraft and check out all the crazy paper crafts they have - they are very awesome! 
My StrumpBot was inspired by my favorite pinball game Bride of PinBot! She's one hot Bot! ;) 
My bot has tattoos because they're cute - one says, "Beep bop Boop," which in robot speak means, "I love you!" and she have Bot Life on her belly - hehe! Nerdy bots can turn her on ;) too much?
build-a-bot! Strumpbot!
You can download the 11x17 300dpi artwork here, print it out, and build-a-bot too! If you do build her please post her here at the Strumpet's Crumpets Craft Flickr Group! You like her?! If you want an 8.5x11 12pt (thick card stock) printed sheet of her to build on your own just email (becksorange (at) gmail) me your address, subject line StrumpBot and I'll send you one! But you have to build her! :) Deal!
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

gifts for girls

Last year I don't think I went in a mall once for a Christmas gift and this year I plan on doing the same! Last night I was making my Christmas gift list, I start with the easiest people first - my sister and close gal friends. Things that glitter will make them smile! 
I know Lauren would love a pair of these Glided Herringbone Toms - why because we talked about it and she specifically told me ;) 
I am in LOVE with this necklace, how could you not be!? It's perfect for sisters and special friends! -family if you were wondering I LOVE this specific necklace ;) just making things easier for you!

Things that are handmade with LOVE and care! 

Skunkboy Creatures will be having an ornament update very soon! I hope to get this lil guy for someone I love or for myself ;) 
I love every single thing from Illustrated Ink's etsy shop! Think you will too!
  Leila's blog is very awesome ps!

Maybe a warm and cosy afghan for a perfect gift!! 

What great gift ideas do you have for sisters or buds? Maybe gifts for their kitchen!
Very pretty dish towels by Anna Maria Horner - she's my favorite fabric designer!
Also her VERY perfect pillows are on sale!! 

Ok so let me hear your ideas! 
Oh if you haven't yet - go signup to swap crafty ornaments with me and the girls here
Hope your Wednesday was a good one! I'm still wishing there was more day light in the day! I get out of work and it's dark and I just wanna go home and put pjs on! Are you all having this problem too!?

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Krampus Tee; the perfect holiday gift!

Thanks to Lisa I now will be receiving an awesome Krampus tee in 5 to 7 business days!! She just let me know they are on sale over at Tee Fury today only! Go get one! They're great for Christmas gifts for that rotten tot in your life! ;) Here's my I Love Krampus post if you haven't seen it yet!
Thank you again Lisa
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Santa Says

I searched "ornament" on my own flickr - here's what came up! I'm get very excited about the Strumpet's Ornament Swap, so if you haven't signup you need to please!! Santa says we need your craftiness or he's sending in the Krampus!! :) I'm stoked to see the turnout so far - even crafty non-blogger wootwoot!!!! For you bloggers, blog about the Strumpet's Ornament Swap, tweet, spacebook it - tell all your crafty buds!! 
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

the pretty type

I came across this fellow, Seb Lester awhile back and instantly loved every piece he made! I also love his love of typography! He makes beautiful things, isn't that what life's all about! Go take a look at his pieces! I think you may fall in love too! Hope your Tuesday is wonderful! 
Look below and signup to swap ornaments with some crafty gals!
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Strumpet's Christmas Ornament Swap

ornamentswaparoo coming soon :)
Who would like to take part in the Strumpet's Ornament Swap!? 
Hopefully everyone! The more the merrier! 
So here's the scoop: ANYONE, anywhere can participate in the ornament swap! You will only have to make one AWESOME ornament to swap! Your ornament will need to be completed by Dec. 3rd, so you partner can display it on their tree or in their home. If you'd like to participate all you have to do is comment with your name and email and how stoked you are to swap ornaments! You have til Nov 19th to signup, which is this coming Friday! By Monday the 22nd I will pick your swap partner and email you! Then you email your partner letting them know who you are and ask for their address! So you'll receive a very awesome ornament  and have a new crafty friend! I met Erica (blog bud) through a craft swap! She's awesome! You do not need to be a blogger to participate, I know there's a bunch of you out there (I use to be one)- come on! Comment! Play with us! :) Your ornament can be any medium; crochet, sewn, felt, buttons, paper, fabric, ribbon, string, etc. Now since you are only making one, make it extra awesome! I think that's it!! If for any reason you are not able to meet the swap date let me and your swap partner know, things happen just let us know so they can get a new partner! You can post your progress and finished ornaments here at the Strumpet's Crumpets Craft flickr group! Ok spread the word - Strumpet's Ornament Swap - ready, set, sign up!!! :) 
ps thank Brittni for coming up with this wonderful idea :) Thank you, thank you Brittni!
This has definitely put me in the Holiday mood! Also if you don't join the Krampus will get you!
When you join grab the widget and add it to your blog!

Strumpet's Ornament Swap

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Bok Tower Adventure

Bok Tower Gardens may be the most beautiful place I've ever seen! Not to sound braggy, but I've seen gardens in Morocco, mountains in Colorado, churches in Paris, Belgian Castles, but this place was almost magical and very odd. Bok Tower is in the middle of Polk County, which is a very rural area in central Florida. You drive a half a mile from the main road to reach the front gate, then you walk through these amazing gardens (you could walk for miles)! The day we went the weather was so perfect, especially for Florida (I couldn't imagine going in the summer - the heat would kill you). There's orange trees and giant grapefruits and flowers in ever direction, I felt like I was in Alice in Wonderland or the Secret Garden and the Tower looked like it was from Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings! I was waiting for the dandelions to start singing to me! You could fed these GIANT koi fish - they were the biggest I've ever seen! There were swans you could feed, but I didn't because birds are a bit unpredictable in my experience! 
The tower was so out of place and so beautiful all at the same time! It played the prettiest music -  I could have stayed all day! Oh and the flowers - their  fragrance was so so strong, it was unreal! Brian and I walked throw the gardens holding hands, smiling, and joking while Eli ran up and down the paths - he was just so excited - like I said not to sound cheesy, but it was so magical! I tried to name all the flowers I could, thanks to my grandmother I knew a bunch! Here are some of the photos I took! If you are ever near Lake Wales, which is near Orlando in the middle of Florida you need to go to Bok Tower Gardens! It's very special!
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wonderful weekend


This weekend we went down south to meet up with family! It was a great little trip! I crocheted on the drive down  (and the way up while listening to Outliers for the second time- read that book!), we walked on the beach, ate tasty Cuban food, played pool -which I'm terrible at, there's so many rules, played shuffle board (I have an old soul - I LOVE shuffle board), just had a wonderful weekend! We also went to Bok Tower, which is the most beautiful place I've ever seen! I've been wanting to go for awhile now, and this weekend we went!! I'll be back later with those photos and information on the Strumpet's Christmas Ornament Swaparoo! Get excited!!
 What did you do this weekend!?
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Friday, November 12, 2010

You better not cry, Better not pout I'm telling you why..........

Krampus is coming to town!!!!!!! To collect all the bad boys and girls!! 
Well with Halloween over I've been a bit bummed, but that's all changed since I've learned about Krampus, thanks to Miss Larissa Bree!!! Thank you again ;) 
So the Krampus helps Santa with the bad kids! Just look at him!! He's a lil demon! Ha! Some crazy adults thought this was a good idea to keep kids in line?! I love it! Oh so I found this awesome paper toy, printed it out, and put him together!! Please note the terrified child in his wicker basket!!! Bahahaha! 
Krampus Christmas!
Dave at my office was nice enough to print out a huge Krampus mask for me!! So stop threatening your kids with Santa not coming, threaten them with the Krampus coming if they don't watch it!
Photo Booth fun with the Krampus Mask
Well now I know what I want on my Christmas cards this year - The Krampus! I can't wait! ;) 
Hope your weekend is wonderful! Did any of you know about this Krampus fellow and not tell me? lol He's my new favorite Christmas icon! :)
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veteran's Day

Today is Veteran's Day, take sometime to remember those who have served for us. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of my grandfather who serviced in the AirForce. He passed away when I was a year old from Leukemia, more than likely a result from agent orange, which was used to kill the thick vegetation during the Vietnam War. I wasn't able to know him, but boy do I feel like I do! I've heard so many stories from my grandmother and family.

He was a bit of a rascal (that's the nice way of putting it)! He was 6'5 and looked like a movie star! In the AirForce he traveled all over the world. He had more hobbies than I could list here! When he was very sick with cancer and I was only a year old, he realized I didn't have a rocking chair. So he went out to his work shop and built me one - right then, sick and everything!! He has a super hero status in my mind.
 Oh and he was amazing talented in wood working (something he passed on to my dad - along with his super heroness ;))! These photos are from Vietnam, this is what he did to pass the time. Last Christmas I took all his slides from my grandmother's house and used a slide scanner to put them on a DVD for my family (there were thousands of slides). Slides on flickr.

You know who we should also remember today - the spouses of the Vets! My Nanny raised 3 kids while my grandfather was overseas! How crazy would that be?! She's a real super hero! I've asked her how she did it and she just says, "You do what you have to and everything turned out great!" 
Thank you Papaw and thank you Nanny! 

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Custom Afghans

Little Frankenstein Blanket
This custom afghan is for the lovely Fancy Lady - go check out her cookies ;) 
She asked me to make a custom giant granny square blanket for her and I was more than excited and happy to! She picked out these four colors above; purple, lime green, white, and black. I still have Halloween on the brain and those 4 colors together reminded me of a great Halloween Hero, Frankenstein, but a sweet cute little Frankenstein - hence the name I gave it! I love it so much!
Would you like a custom afghan? I am able to take a few more orders before Nov. 20th, so if you're at all interested email me right away - becksorange (at) gmail.com! Tell me how many colors you want (I have ALL the "I Love This Yarn" worsted yarn colors), how large you want it to be, how quick you need it, etc. and I will get back to you super quick! Here are some of the afghans I've made.
I hope your Wednesday was wonderful! Mine was good, though my eye hurt all day - weird huh? Sinus pain may? It's just one eye, the right one. Maybe I should wear my glasses more ;)
Ok so email me tonight and tomorrow if your interested in a blanket! 
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Doing something good!

We have a Turkey Trot here locally and Olivia is doing it!! Go over and donate some monies for an awesome cause! If you can't donate, just get over there to see all the wonderful things she's making and give her words of encouragement for her run!!!!! :)
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Monday, November 8, 2010

What's in this gal's bag

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What's in my bag? Oh so much stuff! First my bag is from the very wonderful ModCloth.com! They have some great bags ps! So I was sick a few weeks ago, and the doc put me on some medicine, and the bottle opened in my purse -boo- so I decided it was time to clean out my purse (and find all the medicine). 
So here we go: film (used & not used), moo stickers, bobby pins, tide pen (never used ha!), wet ones (for the kiddo), strawberry gum (my favorite), wallet, lotion, Dramamine (I get motion sickness), pens, chap stick, headache and bellyache meds, nail file.....
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The note book was given to me by Miss Carly (I love it and probably use it everyday!), iPhone, receipts, business cards (Steph Dillon's on top!), keys, address book, makeup pouch (fix your face), is that everything? So much! Geez! Sometimes is so heavy! Sometimes there's legos and crochet hooks in there. 
But my bag is NOTHING compared to my sister's! I think she's gonna have back problems from her purse - Lauren, you are!! If we're out at the store and she hands me her purse so she can hold up clothes or something, I can't for very long because it's gotta be 30lbs - seriously! 
So what about you what's in your bag?! If you blog about it put the link in the comments or add your photos to this Flickr Group! Are you a huge heavy purse gal or a tiny clutch gal?
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