Thursday, August 19, 2010

My version of a Look Book

I've been trying to put together a "Look Book" to send to my customers, but everytime I get down to it I get overwhelmed. So this morning I decided why make a full book, why not just showcase a few of my favorite items every few days. Not so overwhelming for me, or too much info to bore customers. This is what I came up with:
XY Factory Rockstar Look of the Day

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Beaded Pillows

I remember my mom making sequins, beaded pins when I was little. Hearts for Valentines Day, Christmas trees, Jack o Lanterns, you name the occasion she had a pin for it. She let me make a few every now and then. Recently I found the cutest fabrics, I wanted to make pillows with it but felt they needed a little extra something to make them stand out from the crowd. I pulled out a box of sequins and seed beads while cleaning my office and I remembered those pins my mom made. I sat down and started sewing them to the fabric. My mom was here last week, she helped me with beading the pillows. WOW is she fast, for every 1 I made she had finished 2. It's been fun and relaxing beading the fabric panels. I actually have so many more ideas I would like to bead. Here are some of the finished pillows. I'm planing a tutorial to be posted soon :)
These are currently for sale in my etsy shop http://www.Longoriagirls.Etsy.com 

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Wall Art

Of all the rooms in our home the master bedroom has seen the least love. I decided it is finally time to give it a makeover. Nothing big, we don't have time to paint the room, so I thought I'd make some art to hang over the head board. I had a couple of painted canvasses that were sitting in the garage, instead of buying new ones I decided to reuse them.
Here's a little step by step tutorial on how to make inexpensive wall art using old canvasses.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Happy Anniversary Honey

7 years ago today I married my husband. Happy Anniversary Aaron mi amor eterno. 
Can't wait to see what the next 50 years bring us.

I'm Back at Blogging


It's been a rough few months, I'm going to school full time now, raising two growing boys and running a business. I've wanted to blog but I can't ever seem to find the time. I'm back now, going to try to work in at least 1 post a week, whether it's how to, just showing off some recent projects or sharing my Etsy favorites, there will be a new post. I thought I would start off today by showing off my most recent project.

I bought this white mirror/ cork board combo at a garage sale a few weeks ago for 50 cents. This weekend I sanded it down, painted it red, added some red glitter paint and decoupaged loteria cards onto it. I finished it off by adding glitter details to the cards and glueing on some bling. I absolutely love the way it came out. I can't wait until my husband hangs it up in my office.



Friday, May 28, 2010

Happy Memorial Day

In honor of Memorial Day I'm offering free shipping until Monday http://www.XYFactory.etsy.com

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Scrapbooking for Boys?


A few months ago I thought that maybe the big scrapbook supply companies had opened their eyes and realized moms of boys want to scrapbook too. I found some cute pirate kits, and a whole line of boys papers All About Boys by DCWV. Even some rockstar papers were boyish, score! I was so excited to finally have stuff to work with on my sons books. WRONG. Though now I have "older" boy supplies, I still find myself stuck with baby supplies that just aren't right for my boys. I've decided to sit down and sketch out my own "baby boy" paper designs. I'll be heading to the hardware store later to pick up paint swatches to use as color inspiration. I picked up a new sketch book to devote entirely to Baby BOYS :) I'm thinking cute-ish dinos, argyles , stripes, bugs (not creepy, not cartoony, and not girly) , & zoo animals. I'd love to have some suggestions for baby boys scrapbook kits. If this is successful I hope to figure out how to upload the images for download use by you guys.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Back to Blogging


2009 was a long hard year. I've gone back to school, which has caused me to slack on things like this blog. I'm hoping to get back in the swing of things while I'm on break right now, and hopefully keep up with my blog on the weekends.

This weekend I've been taped to my work table (literally at times) working on duct tape projects for the teen trend class I'll be teaching the next few months. Some of the projects I came up with are a duct tape wallet, an iPod touch case, rose hair clip and a cuff bracelet. Working on these projects really took me back. In high school m cousin and I were obsessed with making things out of duct tape. Lucky for us her mom kept us stocked up with all the colors we could imagine. We made wallets, and belts, even tote bags. They were so much fun. Now I'm back making cute things out of something most people consider ugly. Here are some pictures of this weekends projects. The next duct tape project I plan on making is a guitar strap for my little cousin, she's excited and so am I.

iPod case
cuff bracelet
rose hair clip
wallet