Saturday, October 31, 2009

Spool Dolls

I saw similar style dolls at a friends house and thought Avery needed some.
Heck, why not personalize them a little and make Jeff and I and the grandparents.
Should have done the lips a little darker... First time.
Kinda silly, Kinda fun!
Avery seems to like them... banging them on everything in sight that is:)


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Ornament Wreath

I saw this beauty last year on Eddie Ross and put it on the "to-do" list.

A few weeks ago Melissa and I found these beautiful ornaments at... get this...
The Dollar Tree!
Seriously, go there today and buy them before they are all gone!
(this is why we crafters have to plan ahead!)

I followed this tutorial and it was looking SO PRETTY! I went to hang it up on the door and take a picture to share with you when I slipped and ...
opped it!

Half of the balls broke off and I screamed and tried not to cry.

So if you'll excuse me... I have a date with my hot glue gun.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Skipping October

October has been a cRaZy month. We started the month out in Idaho and ended it in Florida.
I do not have one Halloween decoration up in my house...
not one.

So, I thought I would share my SPOOKY banner and glitter pumpkins from last year.

At this point I don't think I will pull out my fall decor either ( can you say party pooper?).
I'm thinking Christmas.
I know, I know, it's only October but when you're crafters like us you have to plan ahead right?!
Christmas crafts here we come.
Oh, and we have a GREAT friend/ neighbor Christmas gift idea for you!

Monday, October 12, 2009

My Special Day Chair Cover Tutorial

Okay, here it is in all it's glory...

My Special Day Chair Cover Tutorial!!

First things first my friends.

1. Measure the back of the chair you will be using. Be sure that you measure the height from the seat up and the width on the top and bottom. This is the most important part to assure that your chair cover will fit nice and snug when you are all done.
Add 1/2 inch to all sides for your seam allowances.

2. Trace your letters on to your iron on adhesive paper (heat n' bond or such).
We found a font we liked on the computer and printed it off for our letters.
Don't forget to trace them backward on to the paper side of your adhesive, then iron on your fabric and cut them out.

3. Iron on your letters one at a time and then sew around it.
We went with the couple times around messy look since well, the once around was pretty messy and didn't look nearly as cute!

REMEMBER: Don't get ahead of yourself, make sure you are sewing your letters on before you sew anything else together. Trust me on this one... it will make your job MUCH easier!

4. Now for the 'MY'... We used a 5/8 in grosgrain ribbon and folded and tucked it to add dimension.

Take is slow and just continue to fold and adjust the ribbon while you sew till you get the look you like. Lower your needle into the fabric then lift the foot and you can turn your fabric every which way.

5. Cut your fabric for the back of the chair the same size as the front PLUS enough to overlap at the center and to add hook and loop.
About 1 1/2 inch added to the middle of both back pieces should give you enough to have 1 inch overlap and 1/2 in seam allowance.

6. Sorry, no picture: Sandwich, right sides together, the front piece, ric rac and the back of your chair cover (after you have finished off the back center and the bottom 'hem'!) Sew around the outside edge of your sandwich.

If you haven't already added your hook and loop, do it now (you could have also sewn it on when you finished of the back center edge).

Could it be any cuter?


Sunday, October 11, 2009

My Special Day

Been out of town... now I'm back. :)

This is one of my FAVORITE things Melis and I made while she was here.

We got the idea from Little Birdie Secrets, here.

You can use it for any special occasion... who wouldn't feel special sitting in that chair?!!!

Seriously, so so so fun to make!

I got to be the first to use it on my birthday (while eating my favorite pumpkin dessert, YUM). Let me tell you, I felt sPeCiAl! ;)

What do you think... Want a tutorial?


Monday, October 5, 2009

Don't be cheap and lazy like me: Glass Etching

Well, Melissa is gone and even though we still have a house full it seems so quiet around here. We ALL miss her and baby Avery (especially her little... okay, not so little high-pitched squeals ;).

Back to life I guess which is kind of a bummer for me but hey, fall is here and I LUUUVVV Fall.

Time to start sharing all of our crafts, wahooo! We were soooo busy and have a lot to share with you.

I thought I would start with my first attempt of glass etching.

I wanted to do a scalloped edge around this raised bowl. So, I followed this tutorial at Create Sudio. Well, I kind of followed it up until it said "dump a ton of the Armour Etching Cream on to your stencil" at which point I thought -This stuff costs $12.00 I'm not wasting it- so I laid out a thin layer of etching cream and lived to regret it.

After washing it off it looked terrible! Needless to say I had to do it again to try to even out the mess I made. In the end it turned out fine but next time I do this make no mistake, I will follow the directions instead of being cheap and lazy (oh, and she says you can reuse the etching cream so it is not so wasteful... so there you go).

ANyway, here is the result:

Not perfect but hey, it was my first try. ;)