Tuesday, July 31, 2012


I don't know if you've seen any of these or not. I've seen these about all kinds of things, but I think the craft ones are the funniest.

Maybe because I relate to them the most?

They just make me laugh.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Old to New

I've seen other examples of this several places on the internet.

I had a print that had been done on a really heavy paper.

I stretched the print over some canvas stretchers. Then I used some vinyl letters I got at Target (money saving tip: I got the letters in the teacher supply section - across the aisle from the craft section - for about half the price of the stick on letters in the craft section and I got about twice as many letters.) to  put my chosen saying on it.

After that you paint the whole thing (I chose white) and let it dry. Then remove your letters.

I ended up with this:

I think that at the very top I'm going to attach a family picture. I chose my saying because that's how Dax and I met. I asked him to dance.

I wonder how often he questions his sanity for saying yes to that dance. LOL

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Back to school

I'm trying to get some things done for back to school before the craziness starts.

I made this bag for Kirsten. It's not big enough to be a book bag, but all three girls like to have something to carry around school during the day. (They're not allowed to carry their backpacks from class to class.)

 The strap just ties at the top so that she can adjust the length to her liking.

And it's reversible!

The fabric in the first picture is some I bought a couple of years ago to make a bag to surprise her with. Since they come into my sewing room when I'm in there and snoop around, I hid it so that she wouldn't find it. 

I just found it again myself!! I tell you, when I hide something, it's for real! LOL

She's gone right now to her grandparents' house so she hasn't seen the bag yet. I hope she'll like it.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A little organization

I spent some quality time in my sewing room this weekend.

While I was out there, I managed to get a little organizing done.

And I do mean a LITTLE.

I got most of my ribbon in order.

I used a hanger that is designed for multiple pairs of pants. Each row (except for the very bottom) opens so that the ribbon spools can slide on and still be able to turn if you just want to pull off some ribbon and cut it.

This is such a welcome change since before this my ribbon was all in a bag. Well, that was before. I was looking for some ribbon one morning and I was in a hurry and got so frustrated that I had just dumped it all on the floor and that's where it remained (just keeping it real here.) So you can imagine how happy I am to have it up, organized, and out of the way. WooHoo!!

Now if only I could do that with the rest of the stuff in the room. LOL

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A Daisy'll do....

Over the weekend I had a few hours of time to myself (thank you mid-life hormone freak out that lets me sleep for only 4-5 hours) and I needed something quiet to occupy my time. Especially since I finished reading my book.

I had seen this pattern before and since I had bought some cotton thread I decided to look it up again and give it a go.

It worked up pretty quickly and I think it's cute. Which, of course, means I'll probably never use it to wash my dishes.

I did have a little problem making the instructions for the final round make sense in my head (but that is very likely just me.)

If you give it a try, I'd love to see your results!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Upcycled Goodies

I have three teenage daughters which means we have lots of hair accessories. They all share one bathroom which usually looks like a tornado has been through it. I'm always looking for any small way to help contain some of the mess.

Somewhere or another, I saw a container made from a used chips can and decided I could do something similar with a recently emptied oatmeal container. I headed to Hobby Lobby and bought a couple of sheets of 12 X 12 paper and then dug out my bottle of mod podge.


I coated up the oatmeal container with mod podge and wrapped the paper around it. I only did a little at a time to help keep the mess to a minimum.

After I got the container covered and gave it time to dry, I folded a little part along the bottom under and glued it into place to give the whole thing a cleaner look. I also cut a circle from the paper to cover the center of the lid.

The purpose here is for the girls to put their hair clips and pony tail holders inside the container and head bands fit perfectly on the outside.

Here's the finished product.

I hope they'll actually use it. LOL