Saturday, August 31, 2013

These Words Make Mr. Who CRaZy...

"But I was going to use that!"

As an avid crafter, recycler, re-user we I save just about everything. I make Mr. Who stop on the side of the road to pick up all kinds of things. Even the kids have gotten into it, we call it "treasure hunting". I love it when the neighbors drop by bags and bundles of goodies. I seriously don't know what is wrong with these people, throwing out perfectly good wine corks or great bottles. 

This is what my beloved office looked like after Mr. Who decided to evict me from the garage. Seriously?!?! I am wondering why I don't have my own garage too! He gave me a challenge. Anything that I couldn't come up with a project for right away gets...I can't bear to even say the words...TrAsHeD! So I worked like a beast man an put away everything that has a place and found things I have been looking for forever. Quite honestly, there were a few things even I was like "What in the world was I thinking". I will NEVER admit that to Mr. Who though! 

That being said, I think I have proven myself to him in the "Hey that was a good idea" department, if I do say so myself. Need I remind him of the bottle cap collection? 
Now he loves it when we use these candles for "Date Night" out on the back porch!

Or...Rock collection? 
Tale of Tales! We have had SO much stinkin' fun recording the Little Lou~Whos
making up stories with these guys, hours of fun making them AND they are a big hit at our etsy shop as well.

Now I do have a few items left from my "collection" aka stash that has given me a bit of a challenge, I think I am up for it though.

Too bad you can't see the BIG BLACK television stand there!

Here is what I was thinking...The BIG BLACK television stand (there are actually three) is going to be used for a base for the Halloween Yard Signs I have in mind that are freakin' AWESOME! The bags with the black velvet hooks and orange screw thingy are going to be sitting out on my desk today while I frantically look for something to do with them. Spanish Moss! Perfect packing material for shipping! Bada Bing! There you go...AWESOMENESS!

I bet you have TONS of ideas and great uses for everyday items too!
Give 'em to me! I can handle it!

Heather~Lou Who signing off..till I find something to do with these silly orangy screwy things! 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

FREE Business Cards

I know! I can hardly believe it myself! These little beauties were 


Don't you LOVE it when a project turns out better than you expected?!?!
Today I was on the hunt for free printable business cards (on pinterest, of course!) and couldn't find anything that was perfect...other than being free, that is. I decided to raid my craft stash drawer for inspiration. Recycling / upcycling is our way of life! Unfortunately...the stash pile racks up daily. Fortunately! I had quite a bit of nice things to choose from for this project. 

It started out like this

I used the covers of the big books of card stock I am always buying for other projects (I KNEW THEY WOULD COME IN HANDY SOME DAY!) for the actual cards. I chose this particular pattern from my cricut cartridge splish splash. I used pieces of scrap papers / gift bags / greeting cards for the back layer for the cutout, I printed out my name and information on used copy paper and the twine was from some box or gift I received and had been saving...Prob for THIS! 
I am SO proud of how they turned out! I promise NO one will have business cards like these...or yours!

A few tips you will need...

Go ahead and print out / cut out everything you need. This actually took the most time. 

Spray adhesive works best but is the messiest. It isn't wet and dries beautifully! Because it is messy I suggest you do it outside (my office has bits of sticky stuff on everything). A very light coating will go a long way. Try to work with 5 cards at a time, have everything set out for it and spray all 5 items at once. Assemble as you complete each spraying. 

Never let your Mr. Who see you in the middle of the project as you are telling him how stinkin' proud of yourself you are for coming up with your FREE business cards by using ALL recycled material you HAVE ON HAND. My Mr. Who smiled his cute little smile and said "You used the spray adhesive?" Well that wasn't recycled". REALLY? Now I HAVE to come up with a clever way of doing that too! Not that I will ever use it but just to prove him wrong! LOL! 

Next best thing...I / you could use these for just about anything! 
Gift tags
Love notes to your loved ones
the possibilities are endless!

Your Business cards don't have to be like everyone else's. It makes you and your business stand out. Hopefully the recipient of my business cards will use them as gift tags and pass along my information to another lucky soul. 

Have a Lou~Who kind of day!