Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Valentines Day

I spent the past week getting all my Valentines crafting done.
I made wreaths for my front door with rolled felt flowers and a big felt bow on each one.054
Kennady got a new V-Day shirt.061
Since I don’t have a mantle, I decorated the top of the piano.094
This frame is one of the easiest things I have ever done, but I am in love with it’s simplicity. 096
I saw this fabulous idea for mason jars on Pinterest and had to “borrow” it.078
The garland is made out of old book pages. My kids were astonished that I would do such a thing to a book (the school librarian has obviously been effective when teaching about how we should treat books), but it was really old and falling apart anyway. I have to admit that I cringed a little bit when I started cutting out the first page.089
Finally, I made a felt “Be My Valentine” pillow. The hearts are machine appliqued on and the wording and string for the hearts to hang on are embroidered. I have never done much work in embroidery before and this project made me realize that I could really use some practice. 118
I think we are all ready to show some love around here, that is if my kids would ever stop fighting.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Pinwheels and Prairie Points

A really good friend of mine back in Las Vegas is getting ready to welcome a new baby girl into her family. I am so sad I can’t be there for her baby shower, but I enjoyed spending some time these last few weeks making her baby gift. Here is the coordinating onesie, skirt, shoes, and burp cloth I sent her.
Gotta love the shoes!
Here is the blanket/quilt I made. I don’t know if I can technically call it a quilt because it only has a top and a backing, but no middle batting layer. I used a nice warm fuzzy backing so I didn’t think batting was necessary. The top is pieced and I bound the edges like I would do a quilt.
I have never done prairie points on a quilt before and I absolutely love them on this quilt. They were definitely worth the extra effort.
Her baby shower is a book shower and everyone is supposed to bring books for the new baby. I love the idea, especially for a mom who is not a first timer. Although I never pass the opportunity to make fun baby items for my friends, I also wanted to stick with the theme of the shower. I found this vintage book from 1960 at a little bookstore near downtown Orlando. I loved this story as a kid and it didn’t hurt that the colors/fabrics in the quilt totally remind me of Raggedy Ann and Andy. Other than a little wear on the corners it was in amazing condition, there is no writing or torn pages in the book, and the colors in the photos are still vibrant. It was an awesome find!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Baby Shower Decorations

These onesies and bib were made to be hung on a clothesline bunting at a friend's baby shower. I can't be there since it is all the way across the country, but I am so happy to be able to be a part of it in a little way. The baby's colors are light pink, bright pink, and grey.
Check back in a day or two to see the actual gift I made her.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Quick Valentines Decoration

I usually don’t do much for Valentines Day as far as decorating the house goes, but my house feels so empty after taking down Christmas that I think I’m going to start working on a few projects to make it extra sweet around here for V-Day.

My first, and only, decoration so far was really quick and simple. I use this same frame for every holiday and just switch out what I have in it. I found this printable art online (she has it in a bunch of different color combos), printed it, cut it out, and inked around the edges. Then I just glued it to some cute Valentines paper, added ribbon and jumbo ric rac to the bottom. It needed a little something extra so I just made a ruffle flower out of a strip of old pink t-shirt and added a button to the center and glued it to the strip of ric rac. So easy.