Saturday, April 20, 2013
1. Spider Web Doily
2. Easy Lacy Crochet Doily
3. Pretty Pineapples Doily
4. Doily #7123 (vintage pattern) - currently in progress
Saturday, April 13, 2013
To keep my mind on positive thoughts, I'm planning to make a few new travel accessories for both of us. There are so many lovely ideas on Pinterest. Here are just a few tutorials and patterns that caught my eye:
1. Portable First Aid Kit from Positively Splendid
2. Lined Drawstring Bags from In Color Order
3. Jewelry Roll from Fiberosity
4. Earbud Pouch from Erin Erickson
5. Flat Iron Holder from Creative Juices
6. Quilted Journal Cover from Sew Me Something Good
7. Passport Wallet, pattern from Craftsy
8. Fabric Envelope for holding travel documents - In Color Order
9. And, of course, a new tote bag! Pattern from Elizabeth Hatman
If you're looking for ideas of your own, the Travel Handmade board on Pinterest is a great place to start.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Mom called late Friday to say a cousin had a bumper crop of apples and offered as many as we wanted if we'd help pick them. So off we went with sume buckets and tubs. I figured we'd come home with a bushel or so but we kept picking...and picking...and picking.
We're going to be making applesauce for weeks!
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
I made up two of these Chocolate Spa Sets to send to friends for Valentine's Day. They each have a large container of Chocolate Lavender Bath Salts, Chocolate Walnut Body Polish, Chocolate Mocha Facial Mask and Chocolate Peppermint Foot Soak Salts. Yum! I think I got as much benefit from smelling all the goodies while I was making them as my friends will when they use them!
Everything was easy to make, especially the body polish, and I had most of the ingredients right in my kitchen cupboard.
I started with this recipe from Herb Companion magazine and modified it slightly because I didn't have walnut oil. Instead, I used:
• ½ cup sugar
• ¼ cup safflower oil*
• 1 tablespoon finely chopped walnuts
• 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
*I use safflower oil with vitamin E. It has added benefits for your skin and the vitamin E acts as a preservative for the scrub so you can store it longer.
Just mix all the ingredients together and store it in an airtight jar. To use it, hop in the tub or shower, scoop out about a tablespoon or so of the body polish, and massage into your damp skin, avoiding eye area. Rinse well with warm water. If you let your skin air dry instead of towelling off, you'll leave a nice, light layer of moisturizing oil behind. You can also pat dry very lightly to still leave some of the oil.
One word of caution: This mix makes your feet and tub SLIPPERY! Be very careful in the tub and stepping out onto bare floor. I stand on a washcloth in the tub and put an old towel on the floor in front of the tub for when I step out.
Monday, January 31, 2011
This is the wallpaper border in his room, put up just two weeks before he was born. He's 7-3/4 now, so this statement wasn't entirely unexpected. And the rest of his room has been a mishmash for a while, with space posters, a Snoopy nightlight and an odd fleece blanket that he likes because it's soft, but it didn't match anything else in the room. See?
We started browsing catalogs and web sites to come up with a new theme. I had two rules: 1) no licensed characters, and 2) no red walls. He lobbied hard to change my mind on the second rule, but I don't like painting well enough to tackle red!
So, after much debate, he decided on an outer space theme and picked out this border:
Next, we headed to Joann's, 50% off coupons in hand, and he picked out this fleece:
To humor his request for "lots of red" (his favorite color), we picked red binding for the blankets and plain red fabric for window valances.
This week we started stripping off the old border and tested some new paint colors for the walls.
It's going to take at least another week or so to finish, but I'll be back to show off the finished project!
Sunday, January 30, 2011
So, I raided my craft stash and found these little bags:
Then I got on Google and searched for Snoopy images, spent 30 minutes in PhotoShop, and voila! - our own version of Snoopy treat bags. Never underestimate the power of an aggravated, crafty Momma!
I thought I'd share a printable version in case you'd like to make your own. But since Snoopy is copyrighted and I don't want my little blog to go to jail, I made another version with free clip art (found here, in case you want the original artwork).
These will print out with 4 different tags on a single sheet of 8-1/2 x 11 paper. Just cut them out, fold them in half, write the "to" and "from" names on them, and staple them to the top of your bags. If you use them, please come back and post a comment. I'd love to see them in action!
I'm sharing this on a couple blogs:
Friday, January 21, 2011
And look how nice it looks on the new couch! :o) It's now packed away with the rest of the Christmas decorations, all ready for next year's festivities.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
After estimating yardage to make my own and pricing upholstery fabric (and subsequently picking myself up off the floor when I figured out how much 16 yards of fabric would cost), I found an online coupon for cotton duck at Joann's - it was a great deal IF you bought a full 20 yard bolt. Sign me up!
A few things I failed to take into consideration at the beginning of this project:
- Cotton duck shrinks. A lot. And since washability was a huge part of the whole slipcover deal, the fabric had to be prewashed. 20 yards of canvas is heavy. 20 yards of WET canvas is really heavy. I spent one full afternoon wrestling it around the local laundromat.
- There is no flat surface or floor space in my house big enough to roll out more than a few yards of fabric at a time. So cutting out the pieces meant rolling out a small area, ironing it, drawing out the pattern, cutting it out. And then repeating that process about 17 times.
- Upholstering (which I've done before) is, at least in my book, easier than slipcovering because you don't have to fiddle with the fit as much. Folding and stapling is a lot more forgiving than actually sewing a removable cover.
I started the project the week of Christmas and finally finished today. I LOVE how it turned out, and I'm just proud enough of my work to share the whole ugly process.
1. The before photos. Note the lovely chewed corners on the throw pillows. My dog apparently has a taste for polyester fluff.
2. The first glitch in my plans - there were no inside covers on any of the cushions, so taking the covers off meant completely unstuffing them. I ended up making permanent inside covers for all of them out of assorted fabrics and mismatched sheets. Not pretty, but it worked and it will make it much easier to remove the new covers to wash them.
3. Work in progress. Since making the inside covers had a side benefit of letting me really fine-tune the fit before I tackled the canvas version, I decided to make a test version of the main slipcover the same way. My mom came over for an afternoon and helped with the figuring on this. Thanks, Mom!
4. And finally, after nearly four weeks, a little swearing, two broken needles, multiple spools of thread and three pin-related injuries, it's done!
Still needs throw pillows but I haven't decided whether I'm going to buy them or make them. And now that I see how close the color of the cover is to the color of the walls, I'm thinking of painting the living room...