Wednesday, December 28, 2011

How much would you pay for

  • 18 used T-Shirts (to make a rag rug for the play house)
  • 4 vintage pillow cases (for a patchwork quilt)
  • 1 brand new set of designer cloth napkins (to make some cute aprons)
  • 1 vintage set of lace curtains (I’m thinking dresses for the little girls)
  • 1 used book (just because)
  • 1 brand new Battleship game still in the cellophane wrap (because Hailey begged for it)

I went to two different Goodwill stores in town looking specifically for t-shirts and sheets or pillowcases and I came home with all of the above for only $35 and some change. Best deal ever! Time to get crafting…just as soon as I finish washing it all.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Sweet Shop playhouse

Several months ago, I saw a pattern for sale for a card table playhouse that looked like a bakeshop. I knew a card table sized playhouse would be nowhere big enough to fit my youngest girls and I also knew that I could easily do it without a pattern. I bought the fabric back in September and started working on it by October. I finally finished the day before Christmas Eve. It is 54 inches tall and 58 inches long on each side.

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One side has ice removable ice cream cones that are attached with Velcro.005008

The other side has cupcakes attached the same way.010012

I also made them matching chefs hats, oven mitts, and aprons.118

They tell me it is the best Christmas present ever and have spent every ounce of free time playing bake shop. They have already come up with menus, order tickets, and have even thrown a grand opening party, which you had to “pay real money to get into, unless you have a coupon.” Luckily they were kind enough to give me and their dad a coupon to get in so we didn’t have to fork out the cash.


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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Card Wall

I have had a big empty wall in my living room ever since we moved in and I decided that I would fill it, at least for the Holidays, with some Christmas cards. Either the wall is way too big or I don’t have nearly enough friends (at least ones who send cards) to fill the whole thing with cards alone so I found a few ideas online, combined them with my own and came up with my Christmas card wall. I still want to get a star to put up above it all, but who knows if I will ever get around to it so here it is, for now.
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For the big sign in the middle, I cut the letters out of vinyl and put them on a canvas. I spray painted red over the entire canvas, waited for it to dry, and peeled off the vinyl.
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For either side of the canvas, I printed off some old looking Christmas music and mounted it to foam boards that I had wrapped with festive scrapbook paper. I punched a couple of holes in the top of each board, threaded ribbon through them, and tied the ends of the ribbon.
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Once the canvas and the songs were hung, I strung some twine in the shape of a manger around it all. Finally, I attached my Christmas cards to the twine. I can’t wait to watch it fill up as we get closer to Christmas.

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Mary Poppins Cake

My twins wanted a Mary Poppins cake for their birthday. We didn’t have a party, but we just finished reading the book by P.L. Travers before their big day and they are all excited about watching the movie this weekend. I think they will be shocked at how different the movie is from the book. I have seen the movie, which I LOVE, many times but after reading the book, I was annoyed at how different the two are. I know movies are always at least a little different from the books, but I found the differences here extreme. The book had lots of fun adventures that never made it into the movie. In the book, Jane and Michael also have younger siblings who are twins, which my twins thought was pretty cool. Even though they played a very minor role, I’m sure my twins will be disappointed when there aren’t any twins in the movie. 

The silhouette I made was based on the cover of the book.




Friday, November 18, 2011

Fort in a bucket

For my sister’s kids’ Christmas present, I made them a Family Fort Kit. I wanted to do something that they could all enjoy together and help build memories. I loved building blanket forts as a kid (who didn’t?) and thought it would be fun to put everything they might need for their fort in a big bucket and send it off to them. 010003006

I included vinyl tablecloths, twine, clothespins, suction cup hooks, binder clips for building their fort and games, books, and popcorn for enjoying in their fort once it’s built. I used my Cricut to cut the vinyl lettering for the lid. Now I just have to get it shipped.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Baby Girl Gift and Chevron Striped Quilt Top How To

Another friend is getting ready for the arrival of a baby girl and I’ve just finished her gift. I did a simple burp cloth and onesie and made a couple of headbands too. My favorite part is the chevron striped quilt I made. I love the way it turned out.
So cute, right? I did a scrappy back because I didn’t have enough of one fabric to do a solid one. I just used the fabric strips I had left from the front mixed in with some white flannel that I had lying around and I think it turned out really cute too. You can kind of see from the back that I just outlined the chevron stripes for my quilting.
I didn’t have a pattern for the chevron stripes, but they are really easy to do. Here is a basic rundown on how I did mine if you are interested and already familiar with the basics of quilting. It would be an easy beginner project.
  • Cut your fabric into 4” strips, then cut the strips into 4” squares. Obviously you can make your squares bigger or smaller if you want bigger or smaller stripes. You will need at least 2 different contrasting colors of fabrics.
  • Cut your squares in half to make half-square triangles.
  • Sew the light triangles to the dark triangles, right sides together, along the long side of the triangles. Press your seams toward the darker fabric.
  • Arrange your newly sewn squares into the layout as show in the photo below:
  • Sew the top two squares together for all of your blocks. Then sew the bottom two squares together. Press the top seam in the opposite direction that you press the bottom seam.
  • Sew the top rectangles to the bottom rectangles, press the seam, and you have your finished quilt squares.
  • Sew your squares together to make rows. Make sure you keep the squares all facing the same direction when you do this or the pattern won’t turn out right. Press all your seams for each row in the same direction, but alternate the direction of the seam for each row.
  • Sew your rows together, again making sure that the rows are all facing the same direction, press your seams anyway you want, and your quilt top is done.
Now the real work of actually quilting and binding the quilt begins. Have fun!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Double Nine Patch Quilt

I bought the kit for this quilt over three years ago from a quilt shop in Kansas. I pieced it shortly after getting it but then it sat unfinished for quite sometime. About a year ago, I decided to finish it and got the top, batting, and backing all pinned together and ready to be quilted. Unfortunately, the actual quilting is my least favorite part of quilt making (mostly because I really don’t have the right sewing machine for the task, especially on a quilt this large) and so it sat for another while just waiting to be quilted. I gradually quilted a little at time and finally finished the last bit of quilting and started binding it yesterday. Today, I finished the binding and am so relieved to have finally finished my quilt.
This is the first quilt  that I have made just for ME and maybe that is part of the reason why it took so long. Every time I thought of a project for someone else, it would get put on the back burner and forgotten. 
It is a reproduction of a vintage quilt that belongs to the quilt shop where I bought the kit. While I love all the modern quilt patterns and fabrics that are available today, I really appreciate quilts that have a story and some history behind them. I don’t know if it gets cold enough in Florida to use it much, but I sure like looking at it.

Baby Girl Gifts

I made some simple applique onesies, a cap, and my first pair of shoes ever for a friend who is having her 7th (yes, you read that right) baby. She is an amazing person and I wish I could be half as good of a mom to my 4 that she is to her 6, almost 7 kids. 002

My husband was very skeptical of my ability to pull off the shoes, but I think they turned out cute and he admitted that, despite his doubts, they actually look like shoes. I used the pattern found here to make them. 008

I just winged it when it came to the cap and, since I don’t have any babies at home, am hoping that it fits like it should. 006

I got several more friends who are expecting baby girls so there will be more girly stuff to come.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Halloween Frame

I have been finding so many fun crafty ideas on Pinterest lately but haven’t had much time to do any of them. It doesn’t help that my sewing machine is in the shop either. Yesterday, I had a little spare time and I decided to whip up a cute Halloween frame that I had seen and wanted to make for the twins’ Kindergarten teacher.
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You can buy cheap unfinished wood frames at Michaels for $1. I spray painted mine black. Then I glued on a whole bunch of googly eyes.  Once they were all on, I glued the ribbon around the bottom. The letters are a chipboard stickers that I bought at Wal-Mart. It was a whole page of them for just under $1. I used some scrapbook paper and another chipboard sticker from the same page as the others for the center section. It’s a super cheap, super fast, super easy, and super cute way to wish someone a Happy Halloween.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Ruffle Cake

I’ve seen ruffle cakes all over the internet lately and finally had the opportunity to make one. My oldest daughter turned 11 and I needed something quick and easy. The ruffle cake was just that. I found this tutorial on YouTube if you are interested in making one yourself. It seriously only took me about 10 minutes. My hand was sore when I was done because I had to use a stiffer frosting which meant I had to squeeze the pastry bag pretty hard to pipe the ruffles. I tried to use a thinner consistency at first, but the ruffles just melted into each other. I’m blaming the Florida humidity. Hailey's 11th Birthday 008
The day before, I made a pennant banner for a topper out of scrapbook paper, floral wire, and a couple of thin dowels. Hailey's 11th Birthday 014
She loved it!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

“We’ve moved” cards and a cheesy thank you idea

We have been in our new place for almost 2 weeks, but I’m finally settled enough so I got to work this weekend.
First, I made some cookies and “Thank You” cards for the men at church who helped us move. I hate asking for help, but my hubby and I did 99% of the work and there were just a few large items (piano, hutch, and an elliptical machine) that we couldn’t do alone. I made them very basic hand-shaped sugar cookies with a card that said, “Thanks for giving us a hand.” My husband thought it was too cheesy but I didn’t let that stop me.
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I also got my Cricut back in action and made “We’ve moved” cards. Because I had to make a few dozen of them, I kept them very simple, but I like they way they turned out.
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I just used paper I had on hand and didn’t have enough of any one type of paper to make them all the same, so I picked a color scheme and stuck with that. If I can get them all filled out and put in the mail in the next few days, I will be happy.

Friday, August 12, 2011

OWLways thinking of you

Before I left Las Vegas, a friend mentioned some owls that she had seen in the Pottery Barn Kids catalog and told me that when she saw them, she thought, “Christina could easily make those. “ So of course I had to check them out and I thought, “I could totally make those.”
Here are the PB owls:
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I drew up my own pattern and made my owl with fabric leftover from this blanket and some other scraps I happened to have on hand. Here is my much funkier version:
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Since the owl is for a little girl who is going through more than any little girl her age should have to, I made an owl themed card to go along with it letting her know that even though we can’t be with her, we will “OWLways”  be thinking of her.
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Hopefully it will make her day a little brighter when it shows up in the mail.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

I packed all my cake baking/decorating supplies yesterday and today I started packing up my craft room. What a mess! I am guessing that that one room takes me at least 10 hours of focused work to get it packed up. I am sorting through everything and getting rid of a bunch of crap. Hopefully when I get settled in Florida, I will have the will power to keep it organized and not let it get out of control like it did here. Anyway, I won't have any projects for a while. Time to focus on packing!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Hudson’s Birthday Gift

My favorite 1 year old has his birthday today, but we went to his house last night to celebrate. For his gifts, I made a stuffed bear from a pattern that I got from a book and a reversible hat. Making the bear was a bigger pain than I planned.  The darned thing would line up when I pinned it together, but when I actually sewed it together, it would get out of line. After undoing and redoing it a couple of times, I just made do so its nose turned out funny and its ears are out of line. Cameron told me it looks like an armadillo. The kids say it looks like a pig. Whatever it is, it was a pain in the you know what and it’s a good thing that Hudson is only one year old and doesn’t know the difference. I thought the reversible hat would be the tricky one, but I whipped that thing up in no time from a tutorial I found here and think it turned out cute. At least you can tell what it is supposed to be anyway.

Happy Birthday Hudson!

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Pink and Brown Birthday Cake

This cake is for my cousin’s girls who both have a birthday this month. It’s extra special because the older one is getting baptized tomorrow too.


Birds and Bikes Baby Gift

I guess technically they are scooters, not bikes, but birds and scooters didn’t sound as cute. I made this set of coordinating onesies, burp cloths, and a bib for a friend that is having a baby girl this summer. 002