Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Cards

Well I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!! Becky and I celebrated with lots of yummy food and good friends. We even ran to Michaels together to cash in on their black friday deals!!! This time of year always reminds me of all the things I have to be thankful for in my life. Of course I am thankful for my family, friends, Jesus Christ, employment, our health and so many other things. But one thing that makes the list this year is jujuB! I am so grateful for jujuB and how many new things I have learned through out the year. I love crafting. I love getting to be creative. I love learning new things. I am so grateful to have a great friend and partner work with. And thank you to all of you for your friendship and support!!!

Now that Thanksgiving is over, I've been digging out all our Christmas decorations. I love Christmas time! We are also so excited to be hosting another jujuB party. Here are our latest invitations. They could also work as beautiful Christmas cards. I just sent our pictures off to Costco and finished a photo shoot with Becky's adorable family!!!

This Christmas card is made out of red card stock. Then I took a piece of green polka dot fabric, a large piece of white lace, and a piece of Christmas ribbon. Then I sewed around the edge in white with a straight stitch. Hope you all are enjoying this Christmas season!!!

(heart) juju

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Christmas Holiday Collection

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!  Soon we will all be saying "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays"!  I LOVE Christmas Time!  Juliana and I came up with some really great stuff this year for the special season!  And there is TONS more where all this came from so be sure to check out our entire etsy shop. Shop for yourself or for a friend or family member! There is tons of goodies on every page of product;) Enjoy:)

Christmas Bell Gumball Necklace(there are lots of different styles of Christmas Gumball Necklaces, FYI)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Painted Signs

Thank you to everyone who helped make our jujuB party a HUGE success. Becky and I are working on our Holiday collection, so keep checking back to see all our holiday items that are coming soon to our Etsy store. 

We also are doing a GIVEAWAY over at Gwenny Penny. We are so excited to send this awesome giveaway out to one of you, so hope on over and comment on your favorite item in our Etsy shop. 

I love those gorgeous painted boards people have as decorations in their home. I put these together for our latest party. I love to paint and thought I would take a chance and try to paint my own. I went down to Lowes and bought a board that was 24 x 24 inches. Then I have them cut in half right there at Lowes. I went home and grabbed my handy sander and sanded all the edges. 

I love the crackled look!!! I love to crackle everything. So I did a crackle technic as my foundation for these boards. 

Go to your local paint store and grab some paint and a crackle medium. These are 3 of the ones that I used on the You Are My Sunshine Board. I used white as the base, then wait for it to dry. Next, apply a layer of Crackle Medium and wait for it to dry (or follow instructions on the bottle). It usually takes several hours for the crackle to dry. Then apply the top coat of paint and watch it crackle. 

On this board I have a grey as the base coat, crackle medium and white as the top coat. I tried to take a close up shot so you can see the crackle affect. 

Then I cut out some phrases using my Cricuit. Then I used this as a stencil and painted over the top. Afterwards I touched up all the insides of the letters. Then you are done!!! 

Here are some of the boards that I did!!!

I love this Christmas one!

(heart) juju

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Petal Flower Crochet Headband

For these crochet headbands there are 2 different basic headbands you can do, either a solid band or 3 small chains. Then you add a double 5-petal flower. Follow this basic tutorial to create your own headband. If you are unfamiliar with basic crochet stitches you can find a lot of videos on U-Tube to get your started.

Step #1. Start a basic chain, chain your first strand. Chain a strand long enough to go around your head plus an additional inch.

Step #2- Chain the second row. Do a Single Crochet (SC) in each stitch. 

Once you do a second row of SC for 2-3 inches then start chaining again and chain until to you are  2-3 inches from the other end. 

Then connect your 2 chains and start doing a SC in each stitch again. 

Step #3- Chain your third strand. When you get to the end, turn and start a third row of SC in each stitch. Once you reach the same point you started chaining before, start chaining your third row.  (I know this sounds a little confusing, but it's actually quite simple, hopefully the pictures help explain.)

When you get to the other end, connect the third strand and SC into each stitch. 

When you get to the end chain 4-6 stitches to create a loop, then SC down the other side. Tie a knot and tuck the ends into the headband to hide them.  Now your headband is all stitched! If you wish to create a headband that is a solid band, simply create 6-7 rows, by doing a SC in every stitch. Then once you have created a band that is thick enough, do about 6 stitches to create a loop and tuck in the ends. Now you can create your flower. 

Creating Your Flower

Step #1- Create a loop. Chain 5-6 stitches then do a slip stitch into your first stitch to create a loop.

Step #2- Create the base of your flower. Chain 3. Then DC 16 stitches into the loop. Do a slip stitch to  tie the final stitch into the beginning to close the circle.

For the second layer of the base, chain 2, then SC 2 stitches into each previous stitch. Then do a slip stitch into the beginning to close the circle. 

Step #3- Create the Petals- Chain 5, count over 6 stitches, do a slip stitch to connect to the base. Continue for all 5 petals. Make sure they are evenly spaced all the way around.

DC 2 times, Triple Crochet (TC) 3 times, and DC 2 times to create the petal. Continue in each hole to create all five petals. 

To create the smaller flower, use the same pattern. For the base of the flower do 12 DC, then for the second row do 2 SC in each previous stitch. For the petals, chain 4-5 to create 5 loops, then create the petal by doing 2 DC, 1 TC, and 2 DC. 

Step #4- Finish Your Headband- Hot glue the flowers together and to the headband. Then sew a button on the opposite end of the loop. Then you can connect the headband under your hair. To adjust the size, simply move your button along the headband. 

Enjoy your awesome headband!!!!

Purchase yours in our Etsy store. Contact us if you would like to custom order a different color. 

(heart) juju