Saturday, March 27, 2010

T-shirt Appliques.

I recently have has so much fun trying to figure out how to do some appliques onto Rawlins shirts. He is going to need some summer clothes. Here (Puddle Jumpin Designs)is the link for the truck appliques, she has several others and was so awesome to put up the printable pattern for all of us. Jenny you rock. I think her blog has the cutest name!

pattern for easiest boy shirt

First of all you catch him doing this. YES, its time to do a crafty something.
I pulled out this pattern I made. I cut up a stained T-shirt he had, that still fit. I traced it onto a plastic dollar store table cloth. Which is much better than newspaper or tissue paper. It will last forever. you will need teh front, the back, and a sleeve pattern.
these are my pieces I cut out of 2 of my old shirts, Now you can see how simple it is to put together. First sew the 4 shoulder seams.

Then pin up the sides and sew them, you are amost done. Since I used 2 of my shirts I used the botton seams so I have NO HEMMING TO DO. The ribbing is all we have left.

For the ribbing sew the ends together. fold it in half. and pin it around, it will be smaller than the neck hole, this is why pinning is important. You need to stretch it while you sew, and pinning will help make sure it comes out even. I don't explain things very well. Are there any questions.

I used the same pattern for this shirt. I like this one better. I am going to be making quite a few of them out of some awesome adult shirts I got on clearance of marvel characters. I am going to remake them to fit the little boys. They are so excited and the shirts were only $2. Pretty cool for some one of a kind super hero shirts.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Cabinet Face-lift.

I thought I would post a picture so some of the things I will miss most about my house. Lets just get it over with before I get all emotional a couple months from now.
We redecorated EVERYTHING 4 years ago when we moved in. No huge remodeling the house was only 8 years old but it was NOT our style at all. So here is our kitchen before.

The walls got painted and some wierd trim got taken off the top of the cabinets.

New light fixtures, I LOVE these pendulum, it feels so reastauranty.Refinishing the cupboards is much easier than I imagined. If you are ever debating wether to refinish or buy new. It is totally worth it to try first. It is fairly inexpensive and we did it in one weekend. As far as the stain glaze mixture I would recommend you talk to a cabinet maker or a painter you trust, The color mixture is never the same, since you have to consider you starting color AND the color you want the for the finished look. My favorite things in the kitchedn are my new Jars, they are huge. and the radio I can't cook without it. we kept waiting for the stove to break so we could finally have all stainless, but it never happened.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Fabric flowers Tutorial

This is the project I worked on last week. I turned this huge womens XL Tunic into a dress for McKinley. It really didn't require much work except making it fancier and shortening the shoulder straps. I did a tutorial for the Rosettes on Floral Showers Check it out.
Plus a Little Flash back friday before I leave on my "GIRLS WEEKEND" oh yeah. Don't be jealous, if you knew how much I needed this you would feel sorry for me.
I wish my mom would make me another shirt like this in my size now. I can't believe we are starting to repeat the 80's?!?!? WHAT?!? This picture is 1983 or 84.

Have a lovely weekend! Thanks to my Hubby for letting me have some GIRL time and for even booking me and my bff's a hotel room?? at the Hilton.... Love ya sweetie. and good luck with the monsters.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

A few new things.

The Abigail Necklace. I wanted something springy. This necklace may be young. So I made it 25 inches. so it would be the longer style on a young lady or shorter style for a more mature woman. (ha that meand old in polite language right?) I think I will make the earrings smaller. hmmm. This will be in my shop soon.
The Kate Necklace. shorter style can be lengthened. The chain itself is only about 20" Anything you purchase in my shop can be altered in length for a minimal fee. Sometimes for free.
This necklace I LOVE LOVE LOVE. I had to name it the Kristin Sue. she will know exactly why. although I think Sunnie already has dibbs. I will be making more in this style. Adding fabric flowers to jewelry is so much fun. It is all over at the NAME brand websites too.
If you have any requests of something you would like to see in my shop or a custom order I can happily take them at any time. I will only be doing custom orders for the next two months, after that I may have to take time off for moving. ((YIKES))

I will be adding MANY things to my shop later today. Including several beaded watchband kits.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Meet My new crafty friend.... Anne!

This is so exciting for me. (I know I get excited easily) but I decided I really wanted to do some blog swaps and get to know other crafters who I feel like I have a lot in common with. So I asked Anne first, and guess what she said yes. I love the tutorial she did for us. I mean really, I love it. Just to prove how much we have in common, I actually got stuff out to make clippies sat, and then realized my daughter is to old. but I think she would really love these small and sweet little hair accessories.

So without further ado. Meet my new craft blog buddy ANNE


Hi to all the readers at Becky's Craft Closet!!!

I am so excited that Becky wanted to blog swap with me today! My name is Anne and I blog over at I am pretty much a craft fanatic...I especially love to crochet and sew (although, I don't like sewing anything too complex---sleeves, zippers, that kind of thing is not exactly my forte. :-) I am the mother of 2 cute kids, and the wife of a super hard working and handsome guy. And I think I am addicted to blogging. I'm trying to cut back----but we'll see how that goes.

So today I thought I would share a simple tutorial on how to make felt flower hair clips. (I have been on a bit of a flower kick lately so that's what you get! he he.)

So here is what you will need:

* Felt circles cut into various sizes and shapes (and of course you will want lots of colors)
* Buttons
* Alligator Hair Clips
* Ribbon
* Needle & Thread
* Hot glue gun (not pictured. ha ha.)

1. After you cut out your felt circles, hand sew them together to form a cute little flower:

Then cut out and sew up a few more :-)

2. Then hot glue coordinating ribbon onto your alligator clip: (The flat side is the side that will go against your head...and if you are making this for someone with fine hair, you may want to leave this side "ribbon free" as it will help the clip not fall out.)

3. Now all you have to do is glue your cute ribbon covered alligator clip onto the back of your cute flowers

and then Voila! You are done! How easy what that!?!

Here are a few other tutorials I have on my blog that you may be interested in checking out! Make sure you say hi, and let me know you came from Becky's Closet!

How to Make a Ribbon Flower

How to Make a Baby Shower Wreath (Also, check out the baby wreath that Becky made using my tutorial!)

Thanks again Becky for letting me post on your awesome blog!!!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Washer Necklaces tutorial

This is the first type of washer necklace I made. Its not quite as easy as it sounded, so I am here to give you some pointers on what I learned.
The metal stamp kit was only 5.95 at Harbor Freight and washers are about a quarterish?? but buy way more than you need. You will have many mistakes trying to get it just right. But the first step is the most important.
1. Take some Ibuprofen for the headache you are about to get from all the pounding!!

2. Hold the stamp toward the bottom. Double check to make sure it is right-side up etc. I tried to stamp all of my kids names in a circle. For some reason I have never been able to get the w to work...ever..? and I had to abreviate McKinley to Mck. Well she is used to that anyway. Hammer it 5 to 10 times, or a couple of times HARD. Experiment with this.
3. The last step is to color the whole thing in black permanent marker, a few minutes later wipe it off using hairspray.

4. To hang it I wrapped the washer in wire, and attached a jumpring to the wire, and the ring to the necklace. Then I hung a bead from the wire using a head pin. I got many compliments on it.

The other thing I did this weekend was make a few headbands. I have finally convinced McK. that big flowers are cute in her hair, but with her short hair they need to be on a headband. I will show more on the How to later, but I needed somewhere to put them and found that a skinny mouthed vase works best. I pulled this out of the back of my cupboard and was so happy, now I can display this vase I bought from and artist on the beach in Costa Rica. It makes me smile. :)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Seriously Slimey

The recipe from Kid concoction is right HERE.
The kids had WAY too much fun at preschool on this day. FYI - if you leave the mixtures together longer than a minute it will be more like flubber and less like slime. Its tempting to leave it in there because its still seems like glue but just pull it out and start working the mess out on the table. As you can see we moved class up to my kitchen on this day. It was fun to clean up.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Trash to treasure

Here is a project from last summer I just came across the pics. Someone was actually throwing this out. Well as I looked closer, maybe they had a point. It had been COVERED in pen and marker. Even the fabric boxes were all drawn on.
One can of spray paint and one spool of ribbon later....... I cut off the leather handles and replaced them with black ribbon. Then I used no sew glue to attach ribbon in the shape of rectagles for labels. leavinga gap to slide paper in.
I love they turned out. I like storing toys vertically since we are always in need of space.

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