Archive | October, 2011

I am Thankful

31 Oct

At Thanksgiving we would make a turkey out of paper and then write the things we were thankful for on paper feathers and add them to the turkey.  Well as children do, mine are now young adults and where I still want to write down what we are thankful for I need a more grown up version.  At Hungry Heffy Crafts they have done it for me.  They have a very pretty journal card that you can download and print out.  So this year I am thankful for wonderful crafters that share their talents.

Sock Snowmen

30 Oct

If you have children you have probably at sometime made snowmen out of socks.  I thought this one from Then She Made was a cute way to make them with style.  It is a fun project with your young ones.  We have ones that got dressed like football players (with little plastic helmets) that still get put out every Christmas.

Beautiful Quilts

30 Oct

I love quilts!  Whether you are all curled up in your favorite quilt to stay warm or admiring the wonderful colors and designs ,quilts are part of our lives and history.  Here are some beautiful quilts I found at Melinda Quilts ETC.  Hope you enjoy Maria Elkins talent as much as I do.

Washer Necklace

29 Oct

This is a lot of fun to make and you will amaze your friends when they find out how you made them.  A few washers, some pretty paper and dimensional glaze and you are on your way.  By the time you have finished your necklace you may have spent about $5.00 (minus the glue).  This tutorial comes from Little People Wealth. I would add one more step to the instructions to sand and clean washer before you begin.  Most washers have an oil coating and it will mess up your work.

Christmas Gifts from Your Kitchen

29 Oct

The hard thing about making Christmas gifts is knowing if they are going to be well received.  Just because something is homemade doesn’t mean it was inexpensive to make.  Really put some thought into who is going to receive this gift.  Food gifts are great and fun to share.  Here are a few ideas from Southern Living

Hand-painted Purse

28 Oct

I have a couple of old pursed in my closet just waiting for me to do something with them.  I like this! Thank you Mel Designs.
Make sure to check that the paint you use works on the fabric content of the purse.

Button Bracelet

28 Oct

This is the time of year I start thinking about what I am going to make family and friends for Christmas.  Most of my gifts are homemade.  Sometimes I find something that works for a lot of people so everyone gets the same thing, but that is not my favorite way to work.  I get bored easy.  So I thought I would put some of my ideas in my blog and share.  This one is for a simple bracelet made with a band of elastic and pretty buttons.  Lillyella shows us how.

Game Tile Coasters

26 Oct

I am going to have to go back to the craft store. (such a shame)  I saw these little tiles on the clearance rack.  Now you could buy this at Incredible ThingsBut I grew up in a family that always said “I can make that.”  With a square of cork, tile game pieces, good wood glue and sealer for the top, you could make up your own coasters.  Will probably take me longer to come up with the words to use than to make the coaster.  And if you really want to go crazy have them spell words both directions.  Don’t want to use word tiles, how about making one that looks like the side of a Rubik’s cube.

Art Gallery Display Board

26 Oct

I found an other idea for keeping my craft room organized.  This one is from Crate Paper Blog.  I am always looking for a place to keep my instructions when I am sewing.  This will keep them handing and looking pretty.

Gift Wrap

25 Oct

I am planning of doing something different with wrapping Christmas gifts this year.  And yes I have all ready started.  Maybe a bit ahead of myself since I don’t have the gifts yet, but anyway.  I have been collecting brown wrapping paper from the dollar store.  It looks a lot like brown packing paper, but with small designs.  Then using the ideas I found at Bugs and Fishes I am going through my craft room and coming up with different ideas for bows and gift tags.

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