November 30, 2010

Holiday Special

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November 29, 2010

What I did this weekend.

Sorry for the lack of posts this past weekend. We were busy with family and friends!  This time of year I don't have time for crafting so you may have to bear with me until January. We did put up our Christmas lights:

We are switching over to LED lights - all the white and blue ones over the garage and front porch.  Those cost us $75, so we will continue the switch next year because we'll need about the same amount to finish the rest of the house.  Even thought it looking a little funky - whatever, the kids love them, right?
I also made another quiet book for my Godson for Christmas.  He is getting a couple of other (Buzz Lightyear) items, but he is a busy body and I thought this would be good for him!  I made this during naptime on Saturday.

Here is a run down:

(The envelope holds the pieces for the face).

Lastly, although I didn't help, my daughter, sister and mom put together this HUGE Gingerbread house:

November 26, 2010


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If you aren't hitting the stores today, maybe you want to still do some shopping - online!  I must admit I love to shop online.  I love looking for the deals, I love getting money back via ebates and... well, I just like it, OK!
Canvas People has an amazing Black Friday sale going on today {and until December 3rd}. 50% off a canvas PLUS free shipping!  Just click HERE for the deal.

And no worries - you can still get a free 8x10 canvas HERE.  I haven't ordered mine yet, but I'm hoping to do so by next weekend... it is for a Christmas gift so no sharing yet.

November 25, 2010

What are little boys made of? #35 and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!  Hope you are enjoying good food and good company!  What are you most Thankful for?  Me?  My family, of course.

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November 24, 2010

Sugar & Spice #34

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OK, last week's post made me laugh, so creative!
Kara's Korner made these little diaper babies for a baby shower she is hosting on Friday... and she needs your help!  Stop by and let her know - cute, or creepy?!?
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November 23, 2010

Friendly Tuesday :: Creations by Kara

Hi seven thirty three fans! I'm Kara from Creations by Kara. I like all things crafty and creative. From furniture refinishing, to family friendly recipes, to dollar store decorating, I try it all!

Today I am going to share a simple project that would make a great Christmas gift for any of the jewelry lovers on your list. Girls of all ages will love these cute and unique rings. I saw something similar at a local quilting store, and just had to give it a try. You can use any color or type of fabric you like. The one on the right was made from an old pair of jeans.

Fabric Rosette Ring Tutorial

-Strip of fabric about 1" wide and 24" long
-Scrap of white felt cut into a tiny strip, and a 3/4" circle
-A small hair elastic
-Hot glue

Take your strip of fabric. I tore mine so it would have a nice shabby edge. Pull off any loose threads and lay it out on your work surface.
Fold one end in half, wrong sides together.

Fold the end in diagonally, and hot glue it in place.
Next start rolling the fabric up, from right to left. Use tiny dabs of hot glue to secure it in place.
It will look like this from the top:
Now just start twisting the fabric and wrapping it around the spiral center:

When it is the size you want, cut the fabric, leaving a small piece to attach to the back.
On the back side, you should have a roll of fabric sticking up.
Cut it off. Then fold the end of the fabric to the back and attach it with hot glue.
Then take your tiny felt circle and glue it to the back. (Sorry, I forgot to photograph that step.)

Now take your elastic and put it in the middle of the circle with the little strip on top of it. Basically you are going to sandwich the elastic between the two pieces of felt. Attach the strip on both sides with a small amount of hot glue.
It will look like this when you are finished.
And here it is from the front:
That's it. Thanks so much for having me Kim!! Hope you will all stop by and visit sometime. :)

November 22, 2010

My {Crooked} Quiet Book


Don't forget to visit me over at twelve crafts till christmas today!  I am sharing one of my families traditions.

I finished my quiet book on Friday night.  It turned out really cute and my kids love it.  I've already test-drove it at a restaurant!  My mom, my 13 year old sister, 10 year old daughter and 4 year old niece and I went out for a girls lunch so I brought the book along.  It kept ALL of us busy!  I incorporated some fun game pages (tic tac toe and Hangman) that the older girls loved (me included) and the 4 year old loved the farm page.  The only change I might make the next time around is to not actually bind it into a book.  The only reason I say that is it would be nice for the older girls to play with the tic tac toe page while the younger one can play with another page.  My idea would be to create pages and then create a closable "book" encasement to hold them all together.  So my tic tac toe page would have an envelope on the back so it is one contained page.  Make sense?

I must say it really wasn't as time-consuming as I thought it would be... but as I said here, I went into the project knowing it wasn't going to be perfect and being OK with that.  The next book I do I will take a bit more time and add some detail... maybe some button and snap action for my younger two.  I even took a short-cut with the cover and used puff-paint.  Alright, enough blabbering, here is the result:

 As you can see I made it all out of felt.  The pages are 8"x8"... to make it even easier I would recommend 9x9 since the felt is 9" wide you would just have to cut off 3" of length.

After creating all the separate pages I sewed two together along the edge, wrong sides together.  Once I had all the pages sewed together, but not yet bound into the book I did the following: 
Cut a piece of felt about 6 inchs wide and 8 inches long.  I lined it up with the left edge of the cover and sewed a straight line down. (the blue is the front cover, the pink is the spine).

 Now flip it over and do the same with the back cover - see image to see how to line up (you want the seam to be hidden).
 Set this aside and take your first two pages.  Sew them together down the left side.  Do this again for the next two pages and so on. 

Now it is time to bind into a book. The spine is too thick for the machine, so get out your needle and thread.

It is hard to describe how I did the spine, but I placed the pages into the book and then folded the spine down and around the pages.  Make sure the page edges and cover edges are all lined up on the left and then just sew down the length of the book.

That's it!  You're done.
To make the finger puppets all I did was cut the shape I wanted and then sewed them shut.  No flipping inside out or anything.  Very simple, very easy. I then hotglued on the faces and, for the cow, the spots.  Took about 1 minute each!
I may even endeavor to make a more detailed book, but for now, the kids love this one and don't care that everything isn't perfect.  I received tons of comments in the restaurant and my SIL has already mentioned how her kids would love one.
Happy Sewing!

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