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9.17.2013

How to Make a (Duct Tape) Barbie Apron

I recently had the opportunity to work with Scotch Colors and Patterns Duct Tape.
 I jumped right on it because I love working with unusual materials to create fun products and to stretch my creativity, and duct tape is one of those materials that challenges my imagination.
 
Scotch Colors and Patterns Duct Tape Barbie Apron by 504 Main
 
Of course duct tape is great for jazzing up notebooks, accenting vase,
frames, and making wearable accessories....and so much more!  
 
Using the Scotch Colors and Patterns Duct Tape in Glamtastic and Doll-lightful - oh how I love Barbie! - I created  a very simple apron that can be used for cooking or crafting. 
 

8.08.2013

Back to School Lunch Purse featuring Scotch Colors & Patterns Duct Tape

When Back to School time rolls around,
we are always on the hunt for a new lunch box or bag.
Unfortunately we almost always end up needing a different one soon after the school year starts. The quality of the lunch box either does not hold up…or more often, the lunch box is too small. My kids pack a large water bottle every day, and we rarely use plastic bags in the lunch. Instead we use reusable containers…and they take up extra space.
Back to School Lunch Purse by 504 Main
(P.S. with a few adjustments on the dimensions, a change of Scotch Colors and Patterns Duct Tape, and a flap, this easily can become a great Lunch Bag for a Boy)
With some thought and Inspiration from the
I have created a fun and stylish lunch “purse” for my daughter (everyone girl loves a new purse, right?)…that fits all of her items…looks great…and with the strength and quality of duct tape will last a long time! 

8.26.2012

Retro and Rad Duct Tape Vest


OK, I admit it...I am late to the game on the Duct Tape craze.
Truly I thought, "How fun could this be?"
Well, my answer is too much fun!

My first creation was an envelope/dress up clutch for a birthday party...
It was a super fun way to wrap a giftcard!


Now I have moved on to some other projects. It was really hard to decide where to begin...my daughter was in Duct Tape Heaven looking in that big old box Scotch Duct Tape sent me.



I did a few projects, including a handbag and a coin purse.
(tutorial coming very soon!)


Scotch Duct Tape has a fun  Style that Sticks Quiz over on their site.
A quick (like 30 second) quiz leads you to your
personal (Duct Tape) style and patterns and projects that fit that style!
Just for fun I headed over and took the quiz.

Just so ya know..."I put the glam in glamour" when I took the quiz.

If you take the quiz..you will not only get to see some cool projects, but can also enter to WIN a free combo pack of Scotch Duct Tape!

I am also working on a necklace and hopefully fingers crossed some cool party decor!
Yes, I am getting a little carried away...but this is just pure FUN!

I almost forgot...I am using the Scotch Duct Tape Scotch Duct Tape to jazz up composition books and binders - it is Duct Tape after all...
nice and strong...but now super stylish too!


Now...on to the vest! 
I did not refer to any books, blogs, or websites (for projects) when working with the Duct Tape and coming up with my projects - there may be easier ways to do things...but this is what worked for me (and it was not hard).

SUPPLIES

  • Scotch Duct Tape 1 Roll of Scotch Duct Tape, Violet Purple*
  • Scotch Duct Tape 1 Roll of Scotch Duct Tape, Retro Tiles*
  • Hole Punch
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors or X-ACTO Knife
  • Cutting Board - I used a self healing board that has 1" guidelines.
  • Scotch Blue Tape, 1" (optional)
  • To make patter: Scrap paper, pencil, t-shirt
  • NOTE: *You will not use the entire roll, but a lot of it!


STEP #1: Make a pattern:
  • The easiest way to do this, if you do not own a vest already, is to use a (loose-fitting) t-shirt:
    • Fold it in half; line up the center/fold of the shirt with the edge of a piece of paper and trace off the neck, sides, and bottom. This gives you a basic shape of a garment.  There is NO NEED for seam allowance.
    • From there you can design the necklace, hem, and draw the armholes in. You will need to add a 1" extension or overlap in the front if you want the vest to "close."
    • Keep in mind if you keep the side seams straight, it is super easy to tape together...I realized this after I curved my side seam (it was not that hard to tape it together but straight is super easy!).
    • For the back, use the same pattern shape, but make the neck higher and round (no need for a v-neck in the back!), the hem slightly shorter, and cut the back on the fold.  You need to check your pattern - match up the front and back at the side seams, shoulder seams, etc. to make sure they match up. 

STEP #2 - The "Fabric"
  • Now you need to make your "Duct Tape Fabric" - the size of each sheet will depend on the size of person you are making this for. 
  • Working on my mat with the guidelines made it SO EASY to know how big my piece of "fabric" was and to keep everything lined up.
  • The main thing to remember about making sheets of duct tape is that one side is horizontal and the other vertical
  • I made my sheets by ripping strips of Duct Tape long in Purple Violet. Because I am a messy crafter, I lined up the strips of tape along the guidelines and then used Scotch Blue to tape down the ends (sticky side of the duct tape is UP!). I lined up my rows, secured them, and moved on to tearing strips of the Retro Tiles.
  • To complete the "fabric" tear a piece of Retro Tiles in the appropriate length. Line it up to you vertical guideline and place on top of the sticky side of the Purple Violet. Continue to tear strips of Retro Tiles and place side by side (the Purple is horizontal and now you are placing the Retro Tiles vertically to make the fabric). Once you get the first vertical strip down it goes quickly.
  • Once your "fabric" sheets are done, cut out the pattern. I fit the 2 fronts (cut two, one facing each way) on one sheet and folded the other sheet in half and cut the back from their. Now double check your shoulder and side seams.
  • Now it is time to tape it together...I used matching tape. Line up the side seams and using the matching tape, tape together (there is overlap on each side). Again I had curved side seams, so instead of y garment being flat, I rounded it over my thigh and taped it together. Repeat with the shoulder seams.
  • Turn "inside out" and repeat the side and shoulder seam connection with the matching tape.

  • TRIM the tape in the armholes, neck, etc. using an X-ACTO knife or scissors.
  • You can finish off the hem or front of the vest with more tape; press half of the tape down on one side of the pattern and fold over the other half, trim again if necessary.
  • For the tie, use a single hole punch and punch one hole in each front of the vest (line them up!). Then take a length of ribbon and knot it a few times on the back side of the vest. Repeat on other side.

Super fun, no?!
Scotch Duct Tape has over 10 colors, 16 patterns
and 10 combo packs of Scotch Colors and Patterns Duct Tape

Be sure to take the Style that Sticks Quiz
over on their site and enter for a chance to win!
Connect with Scotch Duct Tape!

Have you created anything with Duct Tape?
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This post is a collaboration with Scotch Colors and Patterns Duct Tape, whose celebration of unique personal style led to this post.  Get started to win some free samples. 

10.05.2011

Mommy Makes A Mess...My Couple Speak Video

I went almost all week without
posting, commenting...or anything!
I fought real life and real life won!
Whew!
So much to do so little time!
I did manage this however...
(and tickled Pink will happen tomorrow)
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I DIY all the time when hubby is gone.
When we first moved here 6 years ago we had tons to do on the house.
I was always up on a ladder or under a sink.
My son helped with the easy stuff...
but whenever I did something "major" I made sure he knew the rules...
"if anything happens, first the dog goes in the crate and then walk next door and tell them or have them help you call 911"
(I am slightly exaggerating...I only did CRAZY stuff when hubby was home)
This all leads to a special kind of Couple Speak my kiddos and I have.
They surely have "my number" when it comes time to DIY or craft.
This video give you a little insight to that.
This video is my submission to the Couple Speak Video Contest
that I shared with you before.
There is a little time left (like a day) to try your hand at a video
and for you to enter your own video.

Contest end 10/6! 

WARNING: I have no idea how to edit or really even use my video camera much less the software that is supposed to make my movie pretty...BUT I tried.
Be kind...no children were hurt in the making of this video.
Feel free to give our little ole video "Mommy Makes a Mess" a "LIKE" on FaceBook!
(If you do not have FB, you can watch it on YouTube)

"LIKES" do not matter in the voting, but it shows support and makes me smile!
(wink, wink)
How to view on FaceBook:
LIKE 3M Frameworks page
Click on Contest: Couple Speak on left sidebar
On the new screen, click on "Latest"
Click on Mommy Makes a Mess LIKE it!
(You must click on my video and have it appear in the viewing screen, for the "Like")
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9.06.2011

3M Frameworks Giveaway...the Right Equipment for the Job!


How well do you collaborate with others?
Can you and hubby DIY together?
Can you craft with a friend?
Can you build something with your Dad?
I attempt to do all of these things and for the most part it all works out.
BUT, there is a special brand of communication that happens when 2 people work together.
That's Couple Speak - that special way of communicating - or not - when working together. Sometimes it's funny, sometimes silly, sometimes it leads to a brief moment of tension, but in the end (hopefully) it all works out.

Here's a sample of the current Couple Speak at our house:
Me/Hubby
Me: "We should paint the family room"
Translation: Grab a bucket and brush buddy!

Him: "Why? What's wrong with white?"
Translation: Go for it...I'm in the middle of a good book.

Me/Joe
Me: When do you want to paint your room?
Translation: Are you going to help?

Joe: Later.
Translation: You can do it while I am at school.
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No matter how we translate one another, thankfully the one thing we have all learned about DIYing is that the right products and proper preparation and safety precautions are necessary.

3M Frameworks has amazing products for safety and function:


I recently grabbed my 3M TEKK Protection and the Pro Grade, Sandblaster™ and went to work on my deck railings.

We had the deck power-washed and sealed only last year, but the weather has been especially wet and miserable...and it looks like it has been YEARS since we have even gone outside! Scary, right?
 Oh yeah...and it is a BIG deck. Guess what I will be doing for along while.

I used the 3M Sandblasters in  and I am well on my way to reviving the beauty of my deck. First Green fro stripping paint and old finished,
and then the red for sanding bare surfaces.
 TA-DA!
 Much better, right!
Still some work to be done...but on the right track!
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ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape
I LOVE painting stripes and all kinds of things on my walls - this is a must have.
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3M™ TEKK Protection™
From my own mistakes and those of my Dad too, I have learned that protection is of the utmost importance. I once spray painted chalkboard paint inside a small playhouse...wish I would have been smart enough to use the right protection then!
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Scotch® Tough Duct Tape
It is Duct Tape...what more do I have to say!

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3M™ LeadCheck™
This is especially important to me as I live
in an older home and have kiddos. No lead for me please!


These products are so amazing and really make completing any DIY job safer and easier.


3M is celebrating these Frameworks Products and the "joy" of Couple Speak 3 ways.
Number #1
You the chance to win $5K by making a video for the Couple Speak Video Contest.
Show us how you communicate, how you work together (or not), and how you get it done.
Then ENTER for a chance to have your Couple Speak win you $5,000.
TWO videos will be selected (based on pre-determined criteria) to win!
Enter your video here!
(and get all the rules and details!)

This is one of the videos to get your creativity flowing
(this is so me and my hubby...assuming he ever painted anything!)


You can click on one of those sidebar ads to be taken to see more videos!
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Number #2
You can also join in the fun for "What's Your Couple Speak?" weekly drawing for $250.00 This is a he said/she said take on typically home improvement scenarios. It is simple to enter...go to the 3M Frameworks page on Facebook, give it your best shot at translating the latest scenario, keep it short funny, and clean (all the rules and details are on the page).
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So, what do you think?
Ready to WIN a great package of
3M Frameworks Products

NUMBER #3
You can win a package of these fabulous 3M Products:
2 3M LeadCheck Swabs
1 Roll of Scotch Blue
3 Stages of Sanding (green, maroon, gold sandpaper)
1 gloves, respirator, eye wear


How to Enter:
ONE ENTRY PER PERSON - IT IS A 3-STEP PROCESS
1) Participate in the translation sweepstakes being hosted on the 3M Framework Facebook Page. You must LIKE the FaceBook page too.
2) Comment HERE on this post - telling me participated.
3) The comment must include their translation (you posted on the 3M page).

Winner will be selected on Tuesday 9/13/2011 at midnight PST


And you can SHARE this opportunities with others too:
Share on Facebook or Share on Twitter!
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Please visit the Couple Speak page for full contest rules and details.
This post brought to you by 3M. The opinions/stories are my own.

8.01.2011

Your Couple Speak Could Win You $5,000

DIYing is a regular occurrence at our house. Everyone jumps in to the mix (in their own way). I thought when I started DIYing I would be left alone to "do my thing," but that was not the case. Apparently, it is very exciting stuff...especially for the kids.
(don't worry safety measures are in place)
And EVERYONE has an opinion -
their own special way of conveying what they want done.
 That is Couple Speak.
 Well, 3M wants to know how do you DIY in your house?
Is is smooth sailing?
If so, PLEASE share the secret HERE  - I need any advice I can get.
If it is not such smooth sailing, 
tell us about your Couple Speak.
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Here is how Couple Speak happens in my house:


The HUBBY
I have finally learned that hubby has a lot of opinions...
but in many cases it is better to do it and ask for forgiveness later.
That does not mean I am going to remodel the bathroom or demo the kitchen, but I will paint, repair, and decorate without looking back (this is the man who agreed to painting the living room purple after all).
Good or bad, hubby's Couple Speak is now something more like this....

Me: "The deck needs to be redone"
I mean: The deck needs to be redone...want to help?
Him: "Yes...it does."
He Means: When do you have time to do that?
Silence.
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The KIDS
They even have their own special brand of Couple Speak.
 
Example #1
I painted her room lavender with large flowers and bees all over my daughters bedroom (pretty cute too) and guess what she tells me constantly...
I don't like bees.
I like blue.
Not so subtle, but is that a hint?
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Example #2
Before my daughter was born my son wanted to redo his room (yes he really asked for that). He wanted rocket ships.
"Mommy, please paint a rocket ship...right THERE!"
Guess what I did. I tried to surprise him.
He came home from school and I showed him the rocket ship...
and there was no love for mommy...
a full on tantrum and to this day he still reminds me of this.
Apparently I did not translate
"Paint a rocket ship...right THERE" correctly.
In his 5 year old mind he meant
"I want to paint a rocket ship right there."

Just wait until you see and hear the discussion about the new room redo...WOW that kid has opinions that may or may not coincide with his mothers plans!

So, you see Couple Speak extends beyond spouse in my house!
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If this sounds all too familiar,
make a video for the Couple Speak Video Contest.
Show us how you communicate,
how you work together (or not),
and how you get it done.
Then ENTER for a chance to have your Couple Speak win you $5,000.
TWO videos will be selected (based on pre-determined criteria) to win!
Enter your video here!
(and get all the rules and details!)

This is one of the videos to get your creativity flowing
(this is so me and my hubby...assuming he ever painted anything!)


You can click on one of those sidebar ads to be taken to see more videos!
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You can also join in the fun for "What's Your Couple Speak?" weekly drawing for $250.00 This is a he said/she said take on typically home improvement scenarios. It is simple to enter...go to the 3M Frameworks page on Facebook, give it your best shot at translating the latest scenario, keep it short funny, and clean (all the rules and details are on the page).
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No matter how we translate one another, thankfully the one thing we have all learned about DIYing is that the right products and proper preparation and safety precautions are necessary...probably because mommy may have attempted one or two projects without these things in mind...and guess what they were bombs or it took me weeks to repair the damage. It is too painful to talk about anymore.

3M Frameworks has amazing products for safety and function:
3M™ LeadCheck™
This is especially important to me as I live
in an older home and have kiddos. No lead for me please!


Pro Grade, Sandblaster™
If you read here regularly, you know I like to sand and distress just a bit. And it is perfect for all that old furniture I try to save.
Or perhaps to redo my Deck!

ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape
I LOVE painting stripes and all kinds of things on my walls - this is a must have.

3M™ TEKK Protection™
From my own mistakes and those of my Dad too, I have learned that protection is of the utmost importance.

Scotch® Tough Duct Tape
It is Duct Tape...what do I have to say...one of the best inventions ever!
So, what do you think?
Do you Couple Speak with your spouse? Your Kids? Your dog?

When you DIY what is your number one safety or prep tool?

Now...don't forget
The 3M Couple Speak campaign let's you SHARE
your DIY stories for a chance to win $5,000...

And you can SHARE this opportunities with others too:
Share on Facebook or Share on Twitter!
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DISCLOSURE:
Please visit the Couple Speak page for full contest rules and details.
This post brought to you by 3M. The opinions/stories are my own.