Friday, July 31, 2009

Petites Fraises

For this one I did use a pattern. The tutorial was from mrmonkeysuit, and they were super easy. However, after making the first two I realized that I wanted them a little bigger so I cut a bigger circle. Also, I didn’t attach the tops the same way. I sewed the tops one without going all the way thought the green felt. That way you don’t see the stitches. I think these are the cutest though.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Pommes De Terre

I think this one turned out the best of all. I love how the eyes work. They are french knots pulled tightly to make little potato-y indents. I think I used a reference online for this, but can’t remember now where it was. I’m sure that I didn’t use a pattern. I did this one after I got home because I used the sewing machine.

And here is probably my worst attempt. I call it free hand mashed potatoes. I also used the sewing machine on this one, but the shape didn’t come out like I had in mind. I can’t remember now exactly what went wrong. The brown on top is supposed to be gravy. Oh well, it works for play food right?
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Le Bacon

If that really is the French word for bacon. I know this one didn’t turn out as well as the others or as good as the ones online. I just didn’t have the right colors. I think others must have used wool felt that was in a more realistic color. I’m only able to buy felt in either polyester or recycled material locally. I buy both because they come in different colors and the textures aren’t the same. The Eco felt red has sort of a shimmer that the polyester doesn’t.
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Monday, July 27, 2009

Le poulet ou les ouefs

I have been seeing a lot of great examples of handmade felt food lately and had put it on my LONG to make list. I then found myself away from home and in need to make something. Felt crafts came to mind straight away because it the only craft I can thing of that needs virtually no special tools and very little supplies. The only things you really need are embroidery floss, a good needle (one with a large eye for floss to go through but that’s sharp and sturdy enough to push through several layers of felt), and of course felt. Well and a project. Other things like felt glue, embroidery hoop, and water soluble pen are helpful but not necessary for a good quick project.

Here are my first two pieces.

The chicken drumstick came out a little large and looks more like a turkey leg.

The fried egg turned out well except I didn’t have the right color floss to match the yolk.

To make these two pieces I used some images I had seen online for inspiration, but made the pieces free hand. I just started cutting felt. I added extra layers of felt for stability on blanket stitched around the edges.

And by the way the pan came from a cooking set from Ikea. We don’t have one near by so when we were going to be close to one recently I begged my husband for a detour. He grudgingly agreed. I didn’t waste time (although I’m sure he would disagree) heading straight to the kiddy section. I scored the set of pans, cooking utensils, and eight cups which all together were under $20. Everything is pretty gender neutral which makes me very happy! The dishes were in pastels but they weren’t over the top. I still decided to pass though.

Hopefully (it’s on my LONG to make list) I can put together a kiddy kitchen to show soon. I have been seeing tons of adorable ones that look way better the plastic kinds you can buy. And I have made a few more pieces and I will be sharing those later.

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Card Printables

Homemade by Jill posted some great printables yesterday and it got me thinking. I totally forgot about the card I made for my Personal Shopper. I didn’t even take a picture! How thoughtless of me! If anyone used anything I made to make something I would want to see. So I decided to make another one for my niece.

I really like the templates that Spotgirl gives because you have three different options, birthday, thank you, and congratulations. And they are the best kind of handmade, kiddie handmade! Love it!
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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Antique Market Milkglass

This past weekend I actually got to visit an antique market. They had lots of great things. I realized too late that I should have brought the camera, but really I was too busy looking any way. I was trying to look for galvanized things especially storage, but apparently I’m too cheap. And obviously my reputation is well known because the two ladies I was with both bought me something. Why? Because they were afraid that I would come back empty handed.

See the cute little tray. Love the detail.

And what about this piece? It’s Fenton and really heavy. Usually I don’t like hobnail and I think it’s because when I usually find hobnail pieces they are surround by lots of others and it’s just too much. It looks really good with my other pieces though. Adds texture.

This is the piece that I bought for myself. I actually bartered for it! First time ever. It was priced $8 and I paid $6. See big spender. It has wonderful color to it and I love the urn shape.

I kind of kept expecting to turn a corner and see Eddie Ross though. I even sort of looked around and tried to find things that I thought he might buy. I don’t know why it’s hard for me to branch out into other things. I kind of get tunnel vision for old cameras and milk glass. I’m trying though. And I got a funnel cake! All in all it was a good trip.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Backyard Melody Maker

A few months back I saw a instructions in Family Fun magazine for a Backyard Melody Maker. I thought it might be pretty cool to make one. And then I saw it posted on Chasing Cheerios and that confirmed it.

So off Hubs went with my shopping list to the hardware store. It took all of 2 minutes to put together when he got back and then I realized . . . . where are we going to hang this? I wanted it on our deck but it’s higher than the rails. I guess we could shorten it, but that’s beyond my skills. So until then I hold it as little one plays with it. But it is super neat. If you have little ones and a place to hang it (not next to your house because I know it will be swung and hit the house) then I highly recommend making one of these!
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Happy Birthday Personal Shopper!

Here are the cupcakes made for my Personal Shopper’s birthday! I decided to attempt animal print as a sort of inside joke, as she’s a wild party animal. Not really, but that’s why it’s an inside joke.

The cupcakes were supposed to look like zebra print. I used black jell and white icing on top.

The tags had tiger print that I found online printed on the bag. For some reason I didn’t think to print a front page and a back page and glue them together like I had done in the past, so you could see the tooth picks that I had glued on the back to hold it in place. I used Elmer’s glue because it’s non-toxic.

All in all I think they went well. Happy Birthday Personal Shopper!
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Friday, July 10, 2009


Apparently the news didn’t get out that I was though with animal visits. This is what was found next to our front door. (No telling what the pizza guy thought.)

If you need explanations go here and here.

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Message for the 4th

I hope that it is ok that I share this with you. I tried to find a copy on the website, but could not.

Dear Friend of the USO:

A few days from now, Fourth of July celebrations will be held in smalltowns and big cities all across America. Bunting will be everywhere.Parades will feature bands, antique cars, kids on bikes, and veterans ofmany conflicts... all marching proudly to show their patriotism and loveof country.

At the same time, halfway around the world, 170,000 brave young men andwomen will demonstrate their patriotism in another way: by putting theirlives at risk to defend everything America stands for.

As we gather in our backyards for cookouts and picnics, our troopsoverseas will grab an MRE and head out to patrol crowded streets andback alleys where insurgents continue to lurk.

As we play softball or watch a parade, they'll spend their afternoons inharm's way: a "place" where rounding any corner can mean a deadlyambush... where stopping any car or passerby can trigger an explosionand sudden death.

As we "ooh" and "aah" at fireworks displays, they'll duck live roundsand remain alert for the sudden rush of an incoming rocket-propelledgrenade.

Today, the nation's economic concerns continue to push the ongoingviolence in Iraq and Afghanistan off the front pages; some Americans mayeven have forgotten about the brave men and women who are doing theirjob overseas, but counting the days till it's their turn to share thehome-town celebrations with their loved ones and friends.

However, the USO hasn't forgotten; we've already geared up to provideextra services to our troops... not just for July 4th, but throughoutthe weeks and months ahead.

As Americans, we count on them. They count on us. I hope we can count onyou.On behalf of those we serve,
Sloan D. Gibson
USO President

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Library Bag

After I made the Party Bag, I was thinking about making a book bag for us. I started thinking about the perfect bag to take to the library. See I always take my books back late, mainly because I can never remember when I am supposed to return them. It’s ok with me though, because the fines are low and it is a very small town library. I thought the best bag for us would be one that had a pocket on the front so that we could put the little slip in it that you get when you check out books. That way when it’s time to make a trip to the library I will have a list so I can make sure nothing gets left at the house. Also, I will always know where to go to check on the due date.

So here it is, a revamp and much larger version of the Party Bag.

I decided that I wanted the final size to be 12” by 14” which I decided was the best size to hold library books. I cut out two pieces of fabric 13” by 16”. The straps I decided to make from denim so I cut out for 3” wide strips and sewed two of the strips ends together to make two very long straps. I then folded those in half; good side folded in, and sewed down the side. Then I turned it out, which took FOREVER.

When I made the pocket, I just cut around the back pocket of my jeans. I then sewed some left over bias strip from the Sling Sack onto the top. I laid it onto the top of one piece of fabric and decided where I wanted the pocket to go and where to place the straps. I sewed down the inside of the straps and that is what attached the sides of the pocket. The bottom of the pocket was attached when the bottom of the bag was sewed together. I thought that the heavy weight of the denim pocket made the bag pull down to one side so I decided to add a layer of matching brown fabric to the inside of the bag. I didn’t exactly add a liner as just added an extra layer for weight. I also sewed little corners in the bottom to make it hold books a little easier.

Here is the gratuitous sew in the pin shot. I used Barn Dandy’s by Robert Kaufman, old pants, left over brown fabric, and a very bright yellow Gutermann’s thread Color 1661. And there you have it!

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