Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Busy week means a productive week!

So, I had many things I had to do this week and most of them were for my first Craft Show coming up in February. I made the hair bow board, as you can see from my previous blogs, as well as some pricing signs. I think they turned out pretty well seeing as I had some cheap frames from wal-mart, I definitely classed them up. But I decided to take a break from Craft Show decor and display and made some super cute and adorable headbands! Check them out below.

Yes, I noticed most of the ones I made were some sort of flower, but Spring is near! So I thought I'd make some beautiful flowers for the children to wear soon! I especially love the ones with the jewels in the center, I just think it's an adorable touch and makes little girls feel more like a Princess! So that was my productive part of my week haha

I also managed to find 7 models for my Boutique!! They range from 7 months to 9 years of age, which is awesome! I love diversity! I hand selected each one of them, for different reasons, but above all they are beautiful girls that would make my products look amazing! I look forward to their shoots and the pictures that come from them. I am also looking forward to my new .com/.net website being built soon, so that I can post the beautiful pictures of the models on there as well!

Life seems to be getting better and better. I CANNOT wait to see what is yet to come for me and my boutique!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Texas Snow....

The title sounded unbelievable right? Well, it's true! We actually got some snow today in Texas! It was a nice, relaxing day at home for me of course. I try my best to hibernate during the Winter, because me and cold weather do not get along! haha I am hoping that it is much warmer by tomorrow, since I have to get out in the weather for work.

So I decided to post that Zebra Hair Bow Holder on craigslist and I have gotten MANY responses. I even posted it for $30! See? Just use my tutorial above, and you'll see you can do amazing things with only $12! I love college budget crafts!

I am going to be doing another craft tomorrow, so stay tuned for it! I think it's an uber cute display for my Craft Show! I'd love to hear all of your opinions about it!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Let's organize those accessories!

Ever look around and realize you have too much stuff all over the place? Need to get it all more organized? Well I have figured out how to do something to help organize your hair bows and accessories while making it look very chic and gorgeous with a Hair Bow Holder! Not your normal holder, because those cost you $25-$70! The one I made cost a total of $12!! Check out below how to make one like this:


Of course yours can be a different color/theme, I just went with this color and zebra theme, because this bow holder I'll be using at Craft Shows to display the hair bows I make! Check out your local fabric stores, Hobby Lobby and Wal-Mart and see which has the lowest prices in the fabric you like! (Right now, Hobby Lobby is having a 50% fabric sale, that's where I got mine!)

To start off, you'll need a few things!

Bulletin Board (I bought mine off Craiglist for $5!)
Ribbon (I got 4 yards and nearly used it all)
Thumb Tacks (Dollar Tree -- 300 for $1!)
**not pictured** Scissors (just incase you need to cut down your fabric)

Now on with the instructions!

First, Lay the fabric flat on the ground. (you should see the inside of the fabric, the part you want to show, should be facing down towards the floor) Next, put the bulletin on the fabric, face it upwards so that you can push the thumb tacks in it from this side. SEE PICTURE BELOW.

Now you're ready to get to folding! Fold the longer sides inwards and thumb tack down closest to the edge of the bulletin board. I used gold thumb tacks, because people wont see the back, plus it's a bit easier for you guys to see whenever I explain. SEE PICTURE BELOW.

Now you'll want to do the other side as well. Next, fold the ends in, just like you're wrapping a present and thumb tack down around near the edge of the board. SEE PICTURE BELOW.

Do the same thing to the other end. Now you can thumb tack around the edges of the fabric (for added security of the fabric). SEE PICTURES BELOW.

Now your board should look like this!

Turn it over and you should see this!
Gorgeous! Now we're halfway done! Next get your ribbon and place them wherever you'd like them to be placed then start tacking them down. (I used 3 thumb tacks on each ribbon) SEE PICTURES BELOW.

Do all of your ribbons the same, then turn over and do the other side, so that the ribbon goes across the front of the board and comes back to be thumb tacked down to the back! SEE PICTURE BELOW.

This may not be a pretty sight, but turn it around ;)
FINISHED! Beautiful board for $12! Now you can hang those gorgeous hair bows so they won't get squished! This would also be great for pictures (but you'll have to do ribbons across, then cross other ribbons into it, making X's to stick pictures in). I'm going to be adding some pretty black flowers with jewels on the corners of this board, to give it that extra UMPH! But you can leave it as is, add letters or your name. Whatever you'd like to do to make it your own! Of course you could space them closer and add a 5th ribbon but I ran out of ribbon, so I just did 4! Just base it off the spacing and the size of your board!

P.S. Here is mine with a few bows on, they are 2" pigtail bows I made, so bad example since they are super small, but it's just so you see how it looks with stuff on them!

Feel free to comment with what you created from my instructions, I'd love to see them!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Finally the weekend!

I am glad it's finally the weekend! My niece is spending the night tonight, kids really wear you out! I could easily go right to sleep right now, but too much on my mind to sleep! I actually did pretty well on my Final Exam for my Government class tonight, was pretty proud about that! Hopefully I do pretty well this semester, it's going to be rough with so many hours, plus my job and the boutique stuff! I'm ready for it though, I can take on anything!

I've also been busy all night with craft projects for displays and such for my FIRST Craft Show! I bought this pack of 10 black photo frames for $8 on Black Friday from Wal-Mart so I thought it'd be nice to actually open them up and use them for something. I decided to use them as pricing frames for my items at Craft Shows. MUCH cuter that signs taped everywhere, why not just put them in frames and set them up on the tables? They actually turned out pretty great and it only cost me about $11-$12 for all of them together! ($8 for the frames and $2-3 for the paper) Check them out below, tell me what you think!

I had to take it without the flash because it would reflect off the glass, so the colors are a bit more dull than in real life. (The pink is BLINDING!) But I think they turned out pretty well. Much better than what they could have been haha

I'll be busy tomorrow working on a bow holder (for my display at Craft Shows as well) so be sure to stay tuned for that, I'm sure those will turn out pretty interesting as well!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

2 hours surely makes for a long day!

So last night was a rough one, I only got 2 hours of sleep! Though it will be a rough day, it was a pretty productive night! I literally was laying in bed from 11pm-2:30am and could not sleep, so I got up and organized my boutique items in my second bedroom. I actually made an awesome progress! All of my tutus are ready for a car ride to the craft show on February 12th, my hair bows were organized into a plastic organizer rolling container and my headbands are organized in another box! I have been procrastinating way too long, so I am somewhat glad I could not sleep, since I got what needed to be done finished! Sadly the lack of sleep means I will be dragging today, so I won't be as productive as I was last night!

I am going to be very busy the next few weeks! I have the craft show coming up on the 12th of February, lots of stock to make for it and making displays/decor for my booth. Not only do I have that but I just started selling on Etsy (, have my own website selling products ( and doing sales from my Facebook page ( So life is a bit hectic at the moment, but I cannot complain, I brought it all upon myself and I'm loving how busy it's keeping me!! Plus, I work 40 hours a week. My college classes start again in a week, got to love being a Full-Time college student! I really am thankful for everything I am blessed to do, so I cannot complain! I just handle it the best way I know how and keep going on with my life! Nothing can hold me back now, I'm here to make a name for myself!

So after that long speech.. (I felt like I was rambling and decided to cut it short!)... new subject!

I am going to try to post at least ONE craft project a week. For the most part, I will be giving instructions for you to be able to do it yourself! But some will remain as mysteries! (That will be few are far between!) I am very bad at telling all my craft secrets. I'm sure I'll be posting one tomorrow or Saturday, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

First time for everything...

So I noticed everyone these days seemed to have a blog. I felt a bit out of the loop. I knew I'd have to step my game up and get one of these things! So here I am, ready to take on the world one blog post at a time. I may be a boring college kid in a not so big town called Denton but I'm always ready to take whatever life throws at me and make it pretty awesome! I am not sure I will be posting DAILY, as I do take 13 college hours and work 40 hours a week plus have my boutique business on the side. So I am going to do my best to post whenever I can and keep you guys updated and entertained! I will be posting about my business, craft shows in my area, crafts I'm doing and stuff like that. It's pretty much a crafty blog, but I'll throw in random things here and there! I might even throw in some delicious recipes! You know me? Melany of all trades! Keep your eyes peeled for amazing things yet to come!