Friday, December 18, 2009

Crayons



So much fun!
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Crayons


I think I just finished my favorite craft yet! You guys have to try this! I made crayons! Awesome! I have wanted to do it for a while, but couldn’t find anything to put them in. And then I saw this post at Zakka Life where she used candy molds! Perfect. I went to Michael’s and all I could find that were the right dimensions (and weren’t roses) were Animal Cookie Candy Molds.  Pretty cute right?
I used up all of my saved old and broken crayons in my first batch, so I had to go out and buy more! I put the crayons in metal cans, but I think next time (and there will be a next time) I will use baby food jars. The bottom of the cans made marks in my pan.



Here are some things that I figured out if you decide to do this:

1. Don’t mix or move the cans too much

2. If you are like me and can’t wait, then you will need something long to push the candles into the crayons into the other hot wax. I used tooth picks held with tongs.

3. When you move the mold to the refrigerator, it helps to have it sitting on something. I used a cutting board.



4. As soon as I could tell that the crayons were hardened, but not ready to come out, I flipped over the mold and left it in the refrigerator. That way they could fall down on their own and I didn’t have to keep checking them. If you force them out, they get a waxy service.

5. You will need a rag to wipe the bottom of the jars and a mitten to hold them.

6. The best way to make the crazy crayons is to melt the crayon colors individually and then pore them into the mold. You can add extra swirls with a toothpick if you would like, but I don’t think it needs it.




And of course let me know if you try this!  I would love to see what molds you use!  I think crazy crayons would be perfect as party favors!  In fact I think I'm going to try and these for a pirate party.
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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Nativity


Regardless of the last post, Christmas is slow coming at our house. We have the advent calendar up, along with half of fall decor, and no tree. That’s right. We haven’t got up our tree. I’m hoping that will be concurred this weekend . . . if the weather will corporate. We haven’t begun to take our photos for the Christmas card. We have already received one in the mail. I think she is an over achiever (but I love her anyway!)

So besides having an advent calendar, is there anything remotely Christmas in our house? Yes, I finally found a nativity scene! I have looked for a couple of years to find one that I liked. The only one that came close wasn’t even an advent, it was a hand carved depiction of Noah’s Ark. It was WAY out of my price range. I wanted one that wasn’t too flashing. I’m not big on bright colors, and I really doubt that is what Mary and Joseph were wearing. And I had to have one where the manger and baby were two different pieces. Very hard to find. Also it had to be child friendly (ie not breakable). While doing some shopping at Target I found this one by Playmobil. It wasn’t totally ideal, but it fit my three criteria and it was only $17.

It did come with cute little pieces like the gifts from the Wise men, but I put those in a zip lock for later years so they won’t be lost. The stable part was made out of paper, so that stayed in the box. For right now I’m just using a basket that has been turned on it’s side.



I love this arrangement. It totally makes me laugh. It reminds me of that story with the five animals on top of each other. I guess I will have to Playmobile has a dog and a rooster. Or maybe they are just trying to see if Baby Jesus is here yet.



Here are the Wise men and camel patiently waiting



for someone to arrive Christmas day!

If you have a nativity scene (or many), please share!




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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A letter

Last week while trying to get into the Christmas spirit and looking up our local Christmas parade, I saw that our Public Library was doing a ‘cards for Soldiers’ drive. They were due Monday, so I only had about a day to work on them, but I thought that it would be the perfect Christmas craft. Since I only had about a day, I thought the easiest thing to do would be to print off cards to decorate. I was hoping that there were some printable patriotic Christmas cards, but I couldn’t find any. The one I picked was from Fisher Price. The Library said that is was using this website AnySoldier to find address for Soldiers. I know there are several organizations that try to send support care packages, and the program Let’s Say Thanks sponsored by Xerox is probably the easiest.

Even though we only got about fourteen cards finished that day (some budding artist got tired on me), I am really proud of during this and think that it’s super important. I hope you decide to do it too.



(done by budding artist)



(camo card by My Personal Shopper)



(inside the card)

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Green Akers Creations: Cars-To-Go-Carrier



It’s funny how some things hit you just at the right time isn’t it? A couple of nights ago I searched for a tutorial on making a portable race track/car holder. I know that I have seen some cute ones, but I couldn’t find any on my search. Well, low and behold the next day Samantha at Green Akers Creations posted about one she had made. I thought it was perfect! And I knew I had some Cars fabric bought on clearance in my stash. So I left a comment saying that I was going hunt my fabric and try to copy what she had done. As it turned out I had the exact same fabric with the roads on it! Samantha was gracious enough to email me with the dimensions and give the steps on what she had done.



Well, I have to say I finally finished it! And all though I am happy with it, there are a few things I could have done better. First, I added more garages then Samantha had. I did figure out the pleats, but that was a slow go. It was the first time I have ever done that. Because I added more pleats, I think I had to fold the carrier differently (go here to see what I mean), so even though I quilted the folds, they turned out not to be where I need them to be. And then even though I had pre-attached the Velcro I had to move it because it wasn’t in the right spot. So now I think I have to hand stitch it in place. I did use the iron on stuff, but it doesn’t hold at all.



I also didn’t get the tab centered where it should be, but it’s close enough. Samantha recommended Heather Bailey’s Quilt Binding tutorial, but I just couldn’t figure it out. Apparently I’m just not good with following directions. So I did it the Lula Bell’s way. It ain’t pretty, but it’s attached.



Now that I know what I’m doing (except for the binding apparently), I could totally make another one! Thank you Samantha for helping me and sharing your Cars-To-Go-Carrier! I just wish I could sew as well as you!

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Folding LBD's version of the Green Akers Creations Cars-To-Go-Carrier


And here is how you fold my version of the Green Akers Creations Cars-To-Go-Carrier. . . .









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Friday, December 4, 2009

Thanksgiving Turkey Hand Print


I know this is late, but really I didn’t get everything I wanted to get done last month. I still thought it was a great idea so. It’s a turkey handprint plaque made from salt dough!

I found the inspiration for it at that artist woman. Actually, it was a mix of two of her projects here and here.



Here is what it looked like before the oven.



And here is the after. I kind of think I baked them too long.



I love the idea of a handprint turkey, but I wish I had a different material. I vaguely remember making these in elementary school. I used Plaid Craft Paint, but some of scratched off. I still have to fix it and then apply a varnish. I realized after making it that I didn’t have anything to set it up with so I made a stand from floral wire. A few twists and couple of bends and there you have it.




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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Snowflakes



You guys HAVE to go check this out! It’s a website where you can cut snowflakes! It was lots of fun. Here is one of the few that I made. It looks a lot cuter on the site. I think I’m going to have to try this with paper. Apparently, I have been folding mine wrong.

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Monday, November 30, 2009

The Mother of All Giveaways . . . for Mothers

When I saw Jerusalem post about this giveaway I had to enter. Oh. My. Goodness!!! I want all of it! Go here to see what I mean:   TodaysMama


1. What 5 items are on your holiday wish list this year?

     - Martha Stewart’s Cooking School

     - The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook: The Original Classics

     - A special necklace

     - No traffic or lines!

     - A simple holiday filled with love and family!


2. What is your favorite handmade gift you have received?

     My baby blanket from my mom


3. What handmade gift have you always wanted to tackle?

     I have a big list, but I still have a fleece vest from two years ago that I haven’t started yet.


4. What was the best Christmas gift you received as a child?

     My Cabbage Patch kid! She was such a surprise!


5. What items are on your kid’s wish list this year?

     We are still working on a list.


6. What is your favorite holiday food?

     Christmas Roast


7. What will you be hand-crafting for the holidays?

     Stocking bags, but sssshhhhhh don’t tell!


8. What is your favorite holiday movie?

     I really don’t have one . . . that’s sad since I have a degree in film!


9. Favorite holiday song?

     Silent Night


10. Favorite holiday pastime

     I don’t really have a favorite pastime, but I’m hoping to start some new traditions with my family!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Project Runway Season 6: Finale (Spoiler)

So I just finished watching the finale of Project Runway. I’m a little sad. Sad that it’s over and sad that none of my favorites won! I’m not surprised that it was Irina, especially since she won so many of the competitions. I just was hoping for an underdog. It was a given that I would like Carol Hannah, especially since she was a cute southern girl. And she did amazing! I wish I could have seen more of Shirin and Louise. I really enjoyed their design esthetic.


The one thing that I don’t like about Project Runway is that a contestant can be voted off if they screw up one design. I thought that Shirin had preformed really well throughout, but Christopher makes it to the last four?

I’m so glad that this was brought to Lifetime. Now when does season 7 begin?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Who want's a play kitchen anyway?

While working on our wishlist to Santa, I saw this giveaway over at Melissa & Doug! Totally don't go and check it out. Really, it's not that cool of a giveaway anyway. I mean who would want this play kitchen? Serously!
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Kiddy Pillow Two-fer


Here is one of my older projects that I have been meaning to share. It's a kids pillow!



I was looking for a small pillow at WM, when I realized that buying a regular pillow was cheaper. So what to do? Buy a regular size and cut it in half of course. And viola'! Two pillows for the price of one!



Making the pillow cases were really easy too. I just used the pillows to figure out the size. I know that there are tutorials, but really you don't need one for this.



I decided that this one needed a little something extra, so I added a fabric edge that matched the blanket. The second pillow was covered with a ducky flannel. Instead of adding a different fabric like on this one, I just folded the fabric over twice and stitched. Although I didn't use a hem stitch, it was pretty much the same idea.


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Friday, November 13, 2009

Felt Needle Book


Do you ever have problems trying to find the right sewing needle? Well I have. Well, I use to. Until I finally finished my sewing needle book!



The design was embroidered without a pattern. The back is two pieces of plastic waffle board (not sure what it is really called) sandwiched between two pieces of green felt. There is one plastic board on the front and one for the back. Brown felt is used for the pages. I decided to use yellow card stock to distinguish between the many different kinds of needles.



To keep some of the needles from catching in the felt, I used velum between some of the pages. Now every needle in it’s place, and a place for every needle!


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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Trick or Treat Bag


Need a trick or treat bag fast? Just stitch together some felt and glue it to a canvas bag. Easy peasy!
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thank You!



“It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.”
Norman Schwarzkopf

Real heroes are not actors, or athletes, or authors. Real heroes are those that fight for our chance at freedom. And for that I am so thankful.

To all the Veterans and their families who serve, thank you!

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