Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Just For Fun

I thought I'd share a couple of songs I've been digging lately.

Guess there's some country blood in this Idaho girl after all.

First Day of School

Took the girls to school today and there were only minimal tears (M) and a couple from me as I walked away with A.  But we came home and started making cookies, and that makes anyone feel better!  

I know the girls were excited because they each had their first-day outfits lying on their floor last night in the shape of little people.

I stuck these little notes in their lunches too.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Boy's Tie from a Man's Tie

More wedding attire! 

This time, for the dude.  I had been sent a regular tie that I needed to turn into something my 2 1/2 year old could wear.  I found this tutorial from Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky! and it was just perfect.  I followed each step (and actually got to skip the "skinny-ing" step because the tie was already narrow enough that it would still look great on him)

I admit it was a little scary making that first cut into the tie, but it was worth it! 

And I have to tell you, this guy was such a ham--he loved the camera and all the attention from all the family members we had around.  Unfortunately my photography skills are mediocre at best, but I can't wait to see some of the shots the real photographer got!

To give you an idea of what I'm talking about, check out some of his moves from the day before.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Dyed Canvas Shoes

Please tell me I'm not the only one who "experiments" with new techniques or projects when there's a deadline!  

I needed shoes for the girls to wear to the wedding, and missed out on all the sandal sales.  It was too late in the season and stores were mostly out, and I didn't want to deal with online shopping.  I found clearanced white canvas shoes at Walmart and snagged them up (got the last size left for Emily)   I also purchased a bottle of black Rit dye.  I was hoping to find gray, but they didn't have any.

And then the experiment.  Sure, I'd seen pictures of dyed shoes before, but I was just hoping I could use the black to get a gray color.  I lucked out!  But not after a couple of scary moments.

I used a bucket in my bathtub to do the dying.  I poured in some hot water and some of the dye and dropped the shoelaces in.  I figured they'd be easy to replace if something disastrous happened.  After about 15 minutes they looked pretty gray so I pulled them out, rinsed them, and they turned into a light lavender color.  Hmm, not what I was going for.  I poured in a little more dye and added the shoes.  They soaked the color up really well and were only in the dye for about 2 minutes before I pulled them out.  I rinsed them, and they looked great!  It took lots of running water to rinse them out, but when they didn't seem to be losing any more color I set them outside to dry (after squeezing as much out as I could with paper towels)

I put the laces back in and left them for nearly an hour.  They picked up a little more color, but not as much as the shoes.  They looked great though, and totally worked with the outfits! 
(Want to see how I made the skirts?  Go here)

Have you dyed shoes before?  How'd they turn out?

Friday, August 19, 2011

Old Sweater Pin Cushion

Last month I shared this at Not Just Paper and Glue and Nap Time Crafters.  If you didn't see it then, here you go. It's a simple pin cushion made from a sweater I've had tucked away in my closet for a few months. 

What I used:
  • felt
  • sweater
  • invisible thread (any thread in matching colors would work fine too)
  • poly fill (I have tons left over from when I made a bunch of play food a few years ago)
  • plastic lid (mine is from Costco milk)
Measure a piece of fabric to fit around the lid, and as tall as you want it (you could also use more felt in place of the sweater knit)
Cut two felt circles--one the size  of the lid, one a little bigger.
Sew the sides of your rectangle together, then sew on the smaller circle.  
Stuff your lid down into the cushion.

Put some poly fill in.
Sew the larger circle around the top, leaving a hole to stuff in more poly fill.  Stuff and stitch the hole closed.

To decorate it, I cut one zigzag out of felt long enough to wrap around the cushion.  I just "free-cut" it.  Then I stitched it around the cushion.
Then I cut a circle into a spiral shape and rolled it into a flower.  
I liked how it looked from the other side, so I turned it upside down and stitched it to the zigzag.  And there ya go!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

There's More Where That Came From

I've always thought it was more important to actually *do* things than to blog about them.  And I know I've at least held to that during this last month.  I've been so busy!  There hasn't been time to take pictures (or at least edit them) and then write up anything about them.

Not that you've been wondering where I've been, but here are a few quick pictures of some of my recent (and current) projects that you may see more of once I get around to the blog portion of my mass of hobbies.

Satin Bloom Clips

Painted Dresser

Stenciling Dresser Top

Wedding Card

And Not Pictured...
....Boy tie from man's tie
....My skirt for the wedding
....Dyed canvas shoes for the girls

So, keep your eyes out for details on all these things later!  It will give me something to do when the girls start up school.  (In between all the fabulous mommy-son time I'll get to have!)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Denim Rosette Necklace

Last month I shared this at My World Made by Hand during Jessica's Red White and Blue round up.  If you missed it over there, here it is again!

You'll need:
  • Denim (mine came from the bottom of some jeans that I got paint on once, so I cut them and turned them into long shorts)
  • Red felt
  • White fabric 
  • Pearl or bead
  • Invisible thread and needle
  • Glue gun
Cut 5 strips of denim and make 5 rosettes, securing with hot glue.
Lay flowers on another piece of denim and glue down in the shape of your necklace.

Sew rosettes together where they touch using the invisible thread. 
 Trim extra denim backing so none of it is showing.
Cut a small flower from the red felt--you can do this anyway you like--here's how I made mine.  Cut 6 slits into a circle of felt.  

Round 5 of them into petals and cut off the 6th.  

Pinch the flower together and sew with thread.  (At first I tried making the flower with hot glue, but it kept getting everywhere and messing up the flower)  
Sew your pearl or bead into the center of the flower.

Sew tubes using white fabric then turn inside out (to make tie straps) and glue one end of each to the back of the necklace.

Glue felt flower between two rosettes and you're ready to go!

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