Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Felt Finger Puppet Nativity

Okay, I think I am done with felt this season- I am putting it away now. Here's my last little project. We had a present exchange at our small group tonight, so I whipped up these finger puppets. I love the way they turned out- I will definitely make more next year when I have more time.
Here's Mary, Baby Jesus, & Joseph...A shepherd & sheep...
The wise men...

More Lickety Split Bags

I am making more Lickety Split bags for Christmas presents (get the Made by Rae pattern here.) I really like this pattern and the bags really do come together quickly. I liked how the pale blue and green fabrics look against the dark brown.

Felt Breakfast Food

A couple of weeks ago I had a booth a local Christmas bazaar- I mostly had felt food and barrettes and some embroidered onesies. The food got a great response- here's some highlights... donuts and pancake breakfast.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Felt Bird Cage Ornament

I made this for an ornament exchange at MOPS today. I think it is SO cute- I am making one to keep for myself. I found the tutorial here.

Monday, December 14, 2009

I've got lots of Christmas crafting going on... here is a little owl I made for my niece. I loved these owls at Pottery Barn Kids- I think my version needs some tweaking. Both my kids have requested one, so it looks like I'll be making owls in January,too.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Clothespin Cake Topper

After seeing some clothespin cake toppers online (at homemade by Jill here and lollipop workshop here) I had to have one for D's birthday. My mom did all the hard work- painting the face, making hair out of embroidery floss and creating the arms. I basically just dressed her. I think it looks just like D- before I cut her bangs, of course.

Felt Crown

I wish I could claim this handiwork as my own, but all the credit goes to my mom. This is the felt crown she made for D for her birthday. This is adorable!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Little Fleece Vest

Little vest I made for D to wear this fall. Unfortunately she hates it and has only put it on twice for about 2 minutes each time. Several times I've asked her to put it on and she just runs away screaming. Apparently we are not a vest family. I thought it would be a quick, easy, and cheap project. Cheap-yes (the fleece was super cheap at Wal-Mart). Quick & easy-not quite. Using a pattern would have helped a lot. Buying the right zipper would have helped, too. In the end I just finished it without a zipper or pockets. Probably not worth all the effort considering she does NOT want to wear it. Now I am looking for a project for the yard of pink fleece I have left.

Here she is posing for a catalog- hand in pockets. ANTM here we come!

Cord Skirt for Mom

These pants were too short, so I've been wanting to recycle them. I tried this skirt using the bottom of the legs as panels in the front and back. I think it turned out okay, but it still looks, well, recycled. Any thoughts?

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Cord Skirt for Fall

I've been holding onto this fabric for awhile, wanting to do somthing fun for D with it. It's a baby wale corduroy, so a skirt for fall seemed appropriate. My first attempt ended up too long, so I had to chop off the top. The second try turned out much better.

Felt Barrette Cover Tutorial

So here's my first go at a tutorial. Let me know what you think!

Cut out all your pieces. You need a top, a bottom, and any embellishments.

Make sure your top and bottom pieces are the same size, slightly larger than your metal barrette. Attach embellishments using embroidery floss. I think the simpler the better, then your embellishments aren't getting in the way when you sew the cover together. (For this barrette I used French knots to attach the flowers.)
Cut your bottom piece in half where the barrette will hinge.
Using a running stitch, sew the longer bottom piece to the top piece. Make sure to hide your knot in between the top and bottom pieces for a clean look.
Once you have stitched all the way around the bigger bottom piece, reverse your running stitch to finish attaching the piece.
Slip your metal barrette between the top and bottom pieces.
Attach the smaller bottom piece using a running stitch.Pay close attention to to the top of the barrette so your running stitch misses your embellishments.
Finished piece from the bottom.
Finished piece from the top.

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Craft Exchange

My friend Marci recently organized a craft exchange, and I was so excited to be included! It was fun to try to work on something I hoped my friend would enjoy- and super fun to get beautiful craft surprises in the mail. This is what I received from Riki (as you can see, the lady is TALENTED!)- perhaps the cutest purse ever...
And a fabric bowl that goes great in my living room...

Thank you SO much, Riki. I LOVED everything!
This is what I made for Marci- a "Lickety Split" bag (find the Made by Rae pattern here) - book bag/ stroller bag/ reversible carry-all. I never did get a good picture before I wrapped it, but this gives you a taste of my handiwork.

Thanks for organizing this, Marci. I can't wait to do it again!

Felt Barrette Recipe

These plain barrettes +
this stash of felt+
these scraps of felt+ this stash of embroidery floss=
Cute felt covered barrettes!

They are nice and grippy- not slippy!

Monkey frames

Wal-mart frames covered with monkey scrapbooking papers for a friend who is having a baby (and a monkey-themed nursery)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Finally something new

I have been absent from blogging forever... I was absent from crafting for awhile, but I am finally crafting away again! We expanded our house and I was busy with all the hoopla that created. Both of the kids' rooms were expanded in the process, and I have been working on putting D's room back together. Everything is still pink and brown- I am trying to use up crafting supplies that I have left over from our pink & brown wedding 5 years ago. Here's a couple of things I've been working on...
Painting this brown border. I thought it would go fast, but it is very, very slow. I didn't like it at first but it is growing on me- looks a bit like a string of beads...
Flower pillow- I still have a gazillion of these fake flowers from the wedding, pulled off of cherry blossom branches...Little apron for D while she plays in her kitchen- from fabric leftover from the window valences...
New dress- this time I actually used a pattern. Sewing goes a little faster when someone else is making up what to do!

I have a bunch of projects in the works- more to come soon!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring Dresses

Here's a couple of cover-all dresses I whipped up for D and a friend of mine. Still trying to use up that fabric!

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