Wednesday, December 3, 2008

More embroidery & felt barrettes

Holiday gift time- so I am doing more embroidery. With the strawberry onesie and butterfly shirt I tried my hand at a matching barrette made out of felt. They turned out okay, but I want to work on them a little more- maybe make some for D's stocking this year.

Beaded Earrings and Christmas Trees

As a general rule, I try to avoid my local bead store because it is incredible, and I always want to spend every cent I have. But I found myself shopping there this week for Christmas presents and couldn't resist picking up some new findings. I put together some sparkly earrings that I would wear to a fun Christmas party if I went to things like that. All of these are made with pressed glass or Czech glass except for the red ones. Those are made with a faceted coral that I've had for awhile that I just love!

After pulling out all my beading supplies it put my in the beading mood. I think I will make another beaded tree like these that I made a couple of years ago.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Advent Wreath

I had been looking for an Advent wreath for awhile and never really found anything I liked. Our decor leans toward the contemporary, and I wanted to find something less traditional. No luck. So it was time to get crafty. I found this gold wreath at Hallmark, spray painted in silver, and added silver star tinsel from Walmart. I like the result- we start lighting candles tonight!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

recycled skirt

Here's a skirt I made for D from the pant leg of an old pair of jeans that never fit right. I wanted a ruffle at the bottom to make it a little more feminine- it was kind of tricky and ended up having to do it my hand. Here she is modeling it. She's hard to get her to stand still for photos- I don't think she has a future as a catalogue model. She's the cutest, though!

Sunday, October 19, 2008


New cards... This one is an unbelievably belated wedding card- hopefully the pop-up inside looks like a wedding cake! I used die cut leaves from the Martha Stewart collection at Walmart. They would be fun on a lot of things this time of year!

A birthday card for my daughter with random pink and brown scraps I had laying around. I think at least half of my crafting supplies are pink and brown.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Play Money

My son is really into pretend play now- he especially loves playing "store" with his fake food and cash register. I made some play bills on the computer and then laminated them with packing tape. The coins are wooden disks from the craft store painted with metallic paint and decorated with a Sharpie.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Pumpkin Cake

I saw this pumpkin cake in the latest Williams-Sonoma catalogue... doesn't it look cute AND delicious? Having eaten a lot of Williams-Sonoma products (that's what happens when you work there) I know it would taste amazing.

SO I was inspired to make my own little chocolate pumpkin cakes using my mini bundt pan. It was a total disaster! I promptly ate my not-so-cute pumpkin so no one would have to look at it. Then I made Bronco cupcakes with all the left over orange frosting.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Polkadot dress

Yet again Project Runway is inspiring me to sew, so I whipped up this dress for D. I'm really surprised how well it turned out. This is left over fabric from the valances I made for her room. I didn't do the best job cutting fabric (as usual) and ended up with a seam across the front, so I added the pink ribbon. I was hoping it would be big and she could grow into it, but it ended up fitting just right. I think I'll keep it.

Birthday Banner

A birthday banner for D's first birthday- pink and brown of course. I glued pretty paper onto 3 1/2" paper coasters (I got mine from Blockhead Paper Arts), punched holes on the edges with a hole punch, threaded 1 1/2" satin ribbon through each circle, and added chipboard scrapbook letters to spell out the sentiment. I was going to add more embellishments, but I kind of lost steam and the paper was pattern enough I think.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Felt pepperoni pizza

A little more felt food- this pepperoni pizza didn't really turn out exactly like I had envisioned it. It also took a LOT longer than I thought it would, so in the end I just finished it off instead of playing with it make it look better. The kids are still have fun with it.

I've been looking for a tutorial on how to make felt food to post instead of writing about my process (since I'm not really great at explaining my haphazard crafting), but I can't find one! So when I have more time I'll try to write something up.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Ballerina tutu

I decided that D will be a ballerina for Halloween this year. I have been searching for the perfect tutu on etsy to buy for her birthday coming up, but then decided to try and make one myself after spying some tulle on sale at Hobby Lobby. It came together faster than I thought it would. I sewed a length of fairly wide elastic to fit her waist, then tied lengths of tulle and satin ribbon around. I thought about sewing the tulle instead of tying it, but I'm lazy and wanted to sit in front of the TV to do it. It seems pretty sturdy for playing dress up for awhile, but we'll see how it holds up.
**** I just found a tutorial on how to make a tutu that is pretty much exactly how I did it. I guess I wasn't too crazy when I was making this up. You can see the tutorial here

Baseball backpack

The backpack I was going to buy for I's first day of school was sold out so I threw together this little baseball backpack for him. I've been meaning to use this fabric for valances in his room, but who knows when I'll get around to that project. I meant to put the seam in the back, but then the drawstring wouldn't have worked right. He didn't seem to mind.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

oh baby! card

A new baby card... a simple tri-fold. I posted it because I LOVE the sticker I used (in the middle picture). The whole set really makes me laugh, especially this one with the kid chomping on the dog's ear. They're from Stampabilities. I tried to find them on-line so I could post a link, but I can't find them. I got mine at Hobby Lobby.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Felt Food

My first attempt at felt food.
Watermelon, carrot, plum and banana. The banana didn't turn out so well, but at least Isaac recognized it as a banana.A Bong family favorite-blueberry muffin
Chocolate cake with pink icing. I like the way it turned out, but Isaac said it was a cucumber. Go figure.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Tattoo card

Here's the card I made for Matt's birthday this year. I didn't get to work on it very long, but I like the result. I was looking for some sort of skull graphic, but the dragon works pretty good for the tattoo theme.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Cute enough to eat!

Isaac is really into playing kitchen and grocery store lately- my mom made him this felt turkey sandwich. How cute! If I finish some projects I might try to make him some other food since he enjoys this so much!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Cherry Blossom Onesie

I might be in a bit of a crafting rut, but I'm really enjoying this embroidery now! I love the way this onesie came out- now I wish I had done something like this on the bedding in D's room. I tried to do flowers that actually looked like cherry blossoms, but they ended up looking not so cute. I did a chain-stitch daisies instead- here's the result...

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