- Our Thanksgiving dinner was wonderful! I hope yours was, too.
- My mom flew in on Friday to visit for the week and I'm loving having her around! So is a certain 3 yr old.
- My house is scattered with bins filled with Christmas decorations waiting to be displayed.
- Our tree is up, patiently awaiting it's decorations. A certain 3 yr old (the same one who's loving having Grammie here) isn't so patiently waiting. Apparently she remembers putting the candy canes on the tree last year and has adopted that as her official holiday assignment. She's eager to fulfill her duty.
- Blogger is totally frustrating me! My layout is totally messed up! When I try to change it around or add buttons to my blog, or blogs to my blog list in my sidebar, Blogger either deletes some things I've already got in my sidebar or rearranges my layout! I want my blog list on the bottom of my right sidebar, I want my photo and profile on the top left of my blog and I want all my "I was featured" buttons on the left sidebar. At this point I've been featured on One Pretty Thing, The Crafty Crow and Craft Gossip -- Thanks for featuring my projects :)!!! So, when you visit here, just envision the beautiful layout I've described. At some point I'll take the time to try sort it out.
- Mom and I hit Kohl's yesterday for their Thanksgiving weekend sales. Mom got me some adorable Christmas decorations, and some micro-fleece pajamas that I am absolutely in-love with! (Tip- if you wish your spouse was more cuddly in bed, get these pajamas!)
- My pantry is stocked full of holiday baking essentials and the aroma of sugar cookies will soon fill our house! Yummy...
- Have I mentioned I love the holidays??? ;)
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
WOW! When I said I couldn't get in the groove, I didn't think I'd be taking such a long blogging break! Well, I've been crafting for the past week, but I kind of have crafty ADD. I'm starting lots of projects and finishing very few. But I have finished one skein of my wrap that I'm knitting. And I've made lots of progress cutting felt food pieces that will become yummy play treats for Taylor for Christmas...
And, I started 2 sewing projects, actually feeding my fabric through the machine. Problem was, the upper thread kept breaking, leaving me completely frustrated during the first project, so I ditched it, started a second project, had the same problem and finally realized my thread tension was too high. Interesting parallel between my crafting and my life right now...tension...LOL.
I've got pieces cut for a 3rd sewing project, too. I'm making my first quilt. It's not a traditional quilt, but I've saved all of Taylor's knit jammies from her baby and toddler years. I cut up my favorite ones and am sewing them into a quilt as a Christmas gift for her.
I've got some other random projects that I need to add some finishing touches to before I can call them complete and wrap them all!
Of course, I'm still stumped as to what to make some people on my list. My sister is particularly difficult to make things for. My niece, on the other hand could have a whole house full of gifts from me! At 9 yrs old she has an incredible artistic side. She's very good at drawing, has an eye for photography and wants to get into scrapbooking. I think I should kidnap her and adopt her as my own! Maybe someday she'll at least come to visit!
What are your projects in progress?
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I've got several gifts to make for Christmas and for some reason, I just can't get in the groove. I don't know where my craftiness has gone? I have a head full of ideas but lack the motivation to follow through on the creation...perhaps once I perk up this morning I'll be able to finish a project I've started. It's not difficult and I've made one before, but for some reason it's just taking me forever to complete it. I've also got a gift on my list that I'm excited to see the finished product, and give it to the recipient, but I'm a little intimidated by the process of making it. Again, not something that's terribly difficult, but the project uses some techniques I've never tried so I'm not feeling super confident about the endeavor...I think I just need to jump in and get 'er done!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
This is what the top of the armoire looks like in our living room right now. All decked out for fall!
What are your favorite fall decorations?
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Taylor made this picture frame for Daddy's birthday back in September and I'm just now getting around to posting it.
I know I say this about most of my tutorials, but this is a super simple, easy, fun, inexpensive project. My daughter LOVES to play with glue. I have been known to give her a full bottle of white glue and some paper and other bits and have her sit at her table in the craft room, and empty the whole bottle and just play with it however she chooses (keeping it confined to the table, of course). It drives my husband crazy but is one of the best ways to keep her occupied!
Anyway, I knew she would love decoupage with her love of glue! So I decided this was the perfect project to create for Daddy.
Set up: Tear bits of tissue paper in desired colors. Pour white glue or Mod Podge into a small container.
Process: Have your child brush glue onto the frame,
then press tissue paper onto the frame, then brush another layer of glue.
It doesn't matter how "messy" it looks, the finished product will look beautiful!
These are on our holiday gift list, too!
Monday, November 9, 2009
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Sunday, November 8, 2009
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Thursday, November 5, 2009
First, my apologies for these pics. It's really hard to photograph artwork behind glass, but I wanted you to see the finished product in the frame.
Taylor and I made this gift for my mom for Mother's Day, but I never got around to posting it. With the holidays approaching I thought now would be a good time to share this project with you.
To create this gift, I had Taylor press her hand into a puddle of acrylic paint and then I pressed her hand onto white cardstock. Tip: With little ones, it really helps to have 2 adults help with this. One to hold the child's hand still on the paper, while the other presses down firmly to ensure even coverage. Then lift the child's had straight up off the paper to ensure the image doesn't smear. We repeated that with each color shown. I then cut out each handprint.
Next, I cut the flower pot shape out of brown felt. Then I cut the stems out of grossgrain ribbon and cut the leaf shapes out of green flannel scraps that I had. I machine stitched the ribbons to the 12x12 piece of cardstock. Then I stitched the leaves so that the stitching resembled the veins of a leaf. Next, I added a very small amount of stuffing to the back side of the felt flower pot and stitched it to the cardstock. Finally, I adhered the hand prints to the top of each stem with "pop dots" or 3D foam dots. (people call 'em different things). As a finishing touch I added a distressed piece of cardboard along with the saying "Happy Mother's Day 2009, Love Taylor".
Sunday, November 1, 2009
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I know it's a little late to be posting a costume tutorial the day after Halloween but Taylor was so sick this week, we really didn't even know if she'd go out trick or treating. And although she's been telling me since the summer she wanted to be a tiger for Halloween, she came up with several other ideas once October hit so I held off on making her costume. (Seriously, how the heck was I supposed to make a DOLPHIN costume??? And, Friday night I was trying to convince her to be a ghost so I could just throw a white pillowcase over her head -- Oh, come on, I'd cut holes so she could see and breathe!) In the end the Tiger won out and I was frantically sewing this together Friday night and Saturday afternoon/evening. So, here's how I made this really easy, budget friendly costume:
Supplies - Orange Fabric (I bought a shower curtain on clearance for $10 - it was 72"x60" and I used about 1/2 of it to make a size 3T costume.
Black Fabric (I used black T-shirt that I got for free at a seminar last year)
Pipe Cleaners, Thread, Elastic band (optional for waist)
For the Pants, I used this tutorial as a guideline. I didn't make an elastic waistband, the pants fit her pretty snug, and then I just added a safety pin at the waist. Again, I wasn't even sure she'd be wearing it this year so I wanted it to be big enough to use for Dress Up play and to wear next year if she wanted to.
For the shirt, I used the Sienna Dress pattern as a guide. In cutting out my fabric I narrowed the bodice and shortened it so it was more like a long shirt than a dress.
AFTER CUTTING all my pattern pieces and BEFORE SEWING, I cut long strips of the T-shirt fabric. Don't worry about the width of the stripes. Random and MeSsY is GOOD in this step of the project :). mine varied from about 1/2" to 1" and I cut them so some of them were narrower at one end and then thicker at the opposite end.
Arrange your stripes on your orange fabric so they look like tiger stripes. Pin and then topstitch them to the orange fabric. Then sew your pattern pieces together.
For the ears, I cut out ear shapes from the orange fabric. I sewed black strips of fabric to the ears -- before sewing them together-- then I put 2 ear pieces right side together, and sewed 1/4" around 3 sides of the ear, leaving the bottom open. Then I curled up a pipe cleaner (loosely) and stuffed it into the ear to give the ears some stiffness. I did the same for the other ear. Then I sewed the ears to the strip of black fabric and simply tied a knot in the black fabric to make a headband.
I also made a tail that isn't shown in the pictures. I simply cut a long strip of the orange fabric (about 2 1/2 " wide), sewed on black stripes and sewed along the edge and one end of the tail. Then I wound together pipe cleaners, end to end to create a wire the length of the tail. I used multiple pipe cleaners to thicken it up (does that make sense? I held about 3 pipe cleaners, then I wrapped those to the end of 3 other pipe cleaners, so my finished wire was about the thickness of 3 pipecleaners).
For the nose, I cut out one section of an egg carton, painted it black (actually had hubby paint it black because I was working frantically on sewing the rest of the costume!) then poked 2 holes in the bottom section so she could breath through it, and 2 holes on either side of the egg carton. We used a strip of black fabric, cut in half and tied it through the one of the holes on each side, to be used as the strap to secure the nose to her face. We pushed 3 pipe cleaners through each of the other holes on the side, tightly folded the ends to avoid any sharp points, and we were DONE!
Of Course we had to snap some pics and she had to practice her ROAR!!!
The Fine Print: As mentioned, this was a last minute project, no pinning was done in making this project and the quality of the craftsmanship is much less than excellent. The finished product does not do justice to the patterns/tutorials used and cited herewithin. The ears could have been much better constructed. My sewing machine was very cooperative through the entire process of making this costume, but toward the end, it sensed that I was becoming waaaay too impatient and sewing much too fast. It also decided it DID NOT like sewing through pipe cleaners and it just wasn't gonna do it. So, I respected that and opted to use a safety pin to attach one of my ears rather than risk breaking my beloved sewing machine. Hence, the ears look a little funky. The first photo shows a better picture of the ears.
Other ideas for creating a Tiger costume...
Paint black stripes on orange fabric instead of sewing the stripes on.
Use black face paint for the nose/whiskers. (My daughter has very sensitive skin so I intentionally opted to NOT use face paint)
Make a square hat and tie 2 knots on top for the ears.
I hope you all had a rip RoARing Good time on Halloween...what were your costumes?