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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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Leaf Hurricane

I found this craft last year at Salt and Chocolate and saved it because I knew it was something I would want to try. Although Mary Beth used regular mason jars, School in ‘R Home (which originally shared this project via The Crafty Crow) used small votives. Well, all I had was a ginormas pickle jar and an olive jar from the recycling. I decided to go with the pickle jar. I have no idea why I had this, but I had been keeping it back for a while.

We picked our leaves. I dried them for a day between parchment paper in my heavy atlas. They were still flexible though, and not crunchy at all. I decided to glue the leaves myself, because I was afraid that they would be torn. I just used regular school glue. We weren’t able to start back onto the project for a few days, which was ok, but the leaves were a little dry. Also the school glue wasn’t strong enough to hold it in places so I had to go back with a hot glue gun. For time, it probably would have been better to start with the hot glue.

Finally onto applying the tissue paper. I just ripped the paper into manageable sheets. We used water down school glue for this. I know that it is a little thick in places, but it looks beautiful with a lighted candle. And with my pickle jar I can use a big candle. I wonder if it wouldn’t have looked better if I had cut the paper in squares, but such is the joy of crafting with kiddoes!

Let me know if you try this! I would love to see what you decide to cover!

Shared at A Soft Place to Land's DIY day.  Go here to check out more share your own DIY!

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Bag Coverup

I found this great canvas bag for $7.99 and I couldn’t pass it up. However, I hate branding. So I had to figure out a way to cover it up.

I decided to make these two cute brooches. By making brooches, I can unpin them when I need to throw the bag in the wash, or change them out when I want something new. But I don’t see that happening for a while.

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Friday, November 6, 2009

So You Think You're Crafty

Have you guys heard of this?  It sounds sort of like Project Runway for crafts!  And you know I like me some Runway!  I voted!  Have you?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Sunflowers and a Spider Web

I guess I’m still not finished with Halloween! I thought I would share the center piece for the ladies lunch I hosted on Halloween.

You have to have flowers when you're lunchin with ladies! ; )
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Porcupine and Martian Picasso Pumpkin

Here are some pumpkins that were entered into a local contest. I thought these two were too cute not to share!

This one is too ingenious. The alien’s body is a basket. Reminded me of Picasso. I wonder if that is ever been said about a pumpkin sculpture before?

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Spider Mask

This year I decided to attempt this costume from Martha. I think it came off pretty well. (I’ll try to share a picture of the web part of it later!) I decided not to use socks, and instead used the legs from this Martha pattern.

Halfway through making the spider costume, I decided that it was missing something. While long black spider legs are currently very spooky spider, I just thought it wasn’t spider enough. Maybe it was because of my run in with this. Anyway, after remembering finding some sparkly see-through fabric from the remnant section, I decided what it was. A spider mask!

I decided to google spider eye patterns and found the perfect reference site. I decided to model the mask from the male Western Black Widow (Latrodectus hesperus).

I think this turned out really well. And even though it wasn’t worn over the eyes, it defiantly could be. And since I already had the pattern made up, I thought it would be the perfect project to share! I know it’s a little late for Halloween, but I think it would be great for dress up.

And without further adieu

If you have any questions or comments about this project, especially if anything is unclear or seems missing, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment.

Also, if you do use this pattern, please leave me a comment letting me know.


Shared this at A Soft Place to Land's DIY Day!  Made something cool?  Then go enter in the DIY Day, or go check our what other crafters are up to!

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

And the winner is . . .

The new proud owner of the tuxedo scarf is . . . .

Lera from The Sky is Pink! Thank you guys for all your support, for both the comments and for adding me.

And a big very special thanks to Samantha at Green Akers Creations for a record 4 entries! Thank you so much for posting about the giveaway on your blog!

This was really fun! In fact I might be planning another one soon!

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