Monday, June 15, 2015

Catch the Re-Launch!

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Summer Rebranding

As I'm sure you've noticed...Pinstrosity has been a little thin and scarce lately. Few posts, little time given to it, not much going on. We have run out of Pinstrosity steam. Again. Pinterest is still popular, but it's not the frenzied craze it once was. Pinterest Fails aren't novel any more. It's all just kinda ho hum. Add that to the fact that Emilee and Marquette are both working like crazy to pack up their homes in Silver City, NM and move on to the next adventure (one to Arizona, the other to Utah). There truly is not brain power to devote to Pinstrosity. But...we are talking ideas and plans in the bits of spare time we get together.

What are we scheming? We're looking at rebranding. Pinterest use has changed. The interest in blogs has changed. We've changed. We're ready to stir up the pot a little. (update in response to some questions we've had: We will keep all the previous posts and comments, and the Pinterest Fail aspect of the blog will continue. There will just be a new...spin on things, a new approach.) But first...we've got to make sure we know where we've packed our pots...and spoons, and hope they all get to our new homes intact. 

We're excited for our new life adventures, including the new direction for Pinstrosity in the Fall. We're hoping to be able to pop in every now and again on the blog during the summer, so if you have some epic Pinstrosities through your summer fun, send them our way!

Catch you all later! 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Show and Tell: May Gift Projects

The theme for the monthly Pinstrosity challenge in May was Gifts! Check out how these pinners used Pinterest to find and make gifts for people in their life:

Hi! I am Veronica . I live in southern Utah. I am a high school senior who is graduating with my associates degree at the same time as my high school diploma. Due to me graduating 4 times between April 22 and May 21, I was bound to receive a few gifts. One of these gifts was from my violin teacher who has been amazing and is an important part of my life. She gave me a beautiful bracelet and, to thank her for every thing she has done, I wanted to make her a canvas based off of this saying. 

This is my step-by-step guide to a mod-poge paper/vinyl canvas.
Step one: Go to Joann's to buy a canvas. Only buy canvas because you are sure you have paper and modge podge at home.
Step two: At home, pick out paper you want and find mod podge.
Step three: Realize you don't have mod podge and head back to Joanns.
Step four: Prepare canvas using this pin: 

*I didn't paint the edges because I like my edges "raw". I just painted mod podge onto the canvas.
Step five: After prepping the canvas,  mod podge the paper you chose onto the canvas. Do this quick to minimize bubbles. Massage bubbles out. Whisper sweet words to the very stubborn bubbles to coax them out. 
Step six: Apply two top coats. In between each top coat massage as needed. While drying, place books or heavy objects on the canvas. *I used textbooks because I am a college student. Might as well get some use out of them, right? 

Step seven: Freak out at how many bubbles there are. Massage and rub even more.
Step eight: Wait. Bubbles eventually subside.
Step nine: Apply vinyl. I used my mom's cricket to cut out saying and music notes. 
This is the final result. I rather like it!

Next up, Robynne! 

Hi Pinstrositeers!
I managed to complete the monthly May challenge! Yay me!

My brother and his wife are having a baby (Born May 28th! Woohoo!), but I couldn't make it to the baby shower. I was pretty bummed, and wanted to make up for my absence. I figured a hand-made-with-love gift would do the trick.
However, I decided all of this on a Friday, and the following Sunday was my last chance to get it to somebody who was going to the shower. So I had a wee bit of a time crunch.
My inspiration came from this pin, but I actually used the instructions from several different websites.
My first project was four of these burp cloths out of minky and coordinating quilting cotton. 

Then, since I had leftover minky, I made one of these changing pads, with a few modifications. I used bias tape to tie the change pad closed, rather than velcro, and I used minky instead of terry. 

Next up, I made two adorable reversible bibs from here.

I loved making all of these. The bibs took a little bit of mental power, but the rest of it was quick, easy and fun. I managed to finish all of it with plenty of time left over.
Thanks for inspiring me to turn to Pinterest!