December 28, 2010
December 23, 2010
They were so easy to make. I painted the front and back of the wood pieces with a brush and a light coat of eggshell white acrylic paint. Normally when I paint, I do several coats to completely cover the wood. For these ornaments, I wanted a more distressed look, and one light coat allowed the wood grain to show through. I stamped the ornaments with various Christmas stamps and StazOn ink. I sanded the edges to get rid of the rough spots and distress it even more. A few little holes drilled in the top, some craft wire, a quick coat of matte sealer, and they're done! I'm going to use them as package toppers for my Christmas gifts this year. The ones that turned out less than perfect will find a home on my Christmas tree. Thanks for looking!
December 18, 2010
this year i will be making a few of these as gifts! they are soo cute!
Thanks for everybody for participating in my giveaway and sharing all of the fun gifts you are making for Christmas this year!
December 12, 2010
--except they will be made out of different fabric from thrifted sheets. (I promise the material I use will be like brand new. I'm pretty picky about the thrifted items I use to make my bags.) I'll post a picture of the completed bags when they're done.
To be entered to win, just leave a comment on this post (one comment per person and US residents only) about a handmade gift you have made or plan to make for somebody this holiday season. (If you have a link to the tutorial or a picture of your completed project, I would love to see them. I'm always looking for new ideas!) If you're not a crafter, leave a comment about the best handmade gift you ever received. I will use random.org to choose the winner(s) from all comments left by 12 midnight CST on Friday, December 17, 2010. I will ship the item(s) by December 20. Be sure to leave an e-mail address if I can't contact you through your comment. Thanks for participating!
December 8, 2010
The cardstock is cardboard I rescued from the trash at work. I have a thing for saving kraft-colored stuff, and some of the cardboard has a really beautiful texture to it. I embossed the bottom using my Cuttlebug. The "Merry Christmas" paper, corrugated green cardstock, and twine are all from my stash so my cards were pretty much free. I'll add a computer-generated sentiment inside, print off my address labels and cross cards off my to-do list. Thanks for looking!
December 7, 2010
I also have a clay pot set my friend made me for Christmas several years ago. I put it on my almost 4-year-old son's dresser.
December 1, 2010
I've considered buying more every time I'm at a craft show, but I decide not to since I could make one myself. I finally bought a 1" x 2", had my husband cut it in small pieces and made this--
I painted it with Ceramcoat acrylic paint (barn red and lime green) and used foam stamps to stamp the sentiment. I wasn't that happy with the paint job on the words until I sanded them a little. It distressed it just enough to make it look good. (Not that you can tell from the horrible picture.) Now to make about 10 more before Christmas!
November 30, 2010
Gather some acrylic paint, foam brushes, and foam stamps--
November 22, 2010
insistent his monster have just one eye. We had a lot of fun with our project, and I'm sure there will be monster friends in the future.
November 17, 2010
The pants have this cute little contrasting panel across the back--
. The reverse side--
October 25, 2010
- long-sleeved yellow plaid button-down shirt--This garage sale Gap shirt inspired the costume. It was hanging in my son's closet, and I thought it would make the perfect Woody shirt.
- blue jeans
- cow-print vest--I made a pattern for this by tracing the basic vest shape around the shirt. I lined it with muslin and trimmed the edge in bias tape, but you could easily use fleece fabric and not have to finish the edges. I was thrilled with how well the vest turned out, and it will be fun for dress up after Halloween. (On a side note, I thought I was buying cow-print fabric until the lady at the counter handed my cut fabric to me and said "Here's your doggie fabric." Apparently I had picked out dalmation-print fabric.)
- cowboy hat--I purchased this foam hat at Hobby Lobby for $2.99.
- suede lace for the cowboy hat brim--This is optional. I punched holes along the edge of the brim then strung the lace through the holes.
- red bandana
- sheriff badge and belt buckle--unfinished wood shapes purchased at Michael's, painted with gold spray paint, stamped with alphabet stamps and StazOn ink, attatch a jewelry pin to the back
- cowboy "boots"--My son doesn't have cowboy boots. I made these by sewing tubes of felt that would fit over the legs of his jeans. I cut the tops to look like cowboy boots and tacked the fabric to his jeans so they wouldn't slip off. When paired with brown shoes, they really look like cowboy boots!
- belt and holster--belt is a strip of brown felt cut long enough to fit around the waist and pinned in the front. I also made the holster out of felt and sewed a loop to the top which the belt goes through.
October 18, 2010
The recipe was in our local newspaper and included instructions for frosting it to look like a pumpkin. I decided simple was better and just made a basic icing.
October 12, 2010
The best part is he had so much fun, he keeps asking me when we can do more craft projects. I love it!
October 5, 2010
September 24, 2010
I haven't posted in awhile because I haven't had time to make anything lately--lots of things on the to-do list but just no time. Fortunately, Roo at Nice Girl Notes is hosting a "what's in your bag" linkup so now I have something to post about.
- very large wallet with a broken zipper--I haven't purchased a new one yet because I'm cheap
- three pens
- Hancock Fabrics ad
- small wet bag with fem hygeine products
- fabric I'm going to use to make my friend a blanket for her baby--who knows when I might find the perfect coordinating fabric and need to match colors
- two sets of keys
- two morsbags
- calculator--for figuring yardages and such
- folder full of work stuff--schedules, days off requests, employee availabilities, etc.
- wintergreen Icebreakers
- empty watch face package
- ChapStick All Natural
- empty bottle of hand sanitizer
- random key--I have no idea what it goes to
- nail clippers
- peppermint Dentyne
- post it notes
- Dum Dum wrapper (cream soda)
- mini photo album--the most recent photo I have in there is almost two years old
- coupon folder with a broken closure--too cheap to replace this, too
- cell phone (not pictured because it was still sitting on the kitchen table from looking up phone numbers last night)
That's actually pretty clean and organized for me. There's usually a mass of receipts and expired coupons in there, too.
September 6, 2010
September 1, 2010
I think the idea is to use menswear fabrics, but I recycled some actual menswear to make this little guy. The main fabric is from a thrifted wool suit jacket (a total bargain at 99 cents). I only had to use one sleeve to make this bunny so I'll be able to make a few more from the rest of the jacket. The (lopsided) ears are from scraps leftover from a men's dress shirt used for another project. I hand-embroidered the facial features and the heart. (I need to work on my embroidery skills.) My son wanted this bunny so much I had to give it to him. It's such a simple project I know I'll be making more for easy and adorable baby gifts. Thanks for looking!
Linked up to Tea Rose Home Link Party #22.
August 16, 2010
August 11, 2010
I would like the outline to be a little darker, but haven't figured out how to do that yet. My son used markers to color in the letters.