This week I got a good start on a project that isn't due until September, and another that I don't need until early August. Sounds pretty productive, right? The dark side of my little story is that I worked on those in order to completely avoid several other things that I need to get done very soon. Procrastinators unite…Read More
I'd bet money that just about every crafter has made a project that involved flowers. Even if you don't consider yourself a floral person, they often sneak in on fabric or as an accent. When spring comes and we're trying to pull ourselves out of a long, dark winter they're especially welcome. That's why I jumped at the change to review this book, Paper Flowers by Jennifer Maker...Read More
There are a few holidays that are a little difficult to know what to do with once you're empty nesters like we are, but not grandparents yet. Halloween comes to mind. Easter is another. I have zero excuse to dye eggs or make Easter baskets. I don't mean for that to sound so sad, because I know one day there will be little ones around again. The real issue is, what do we do then? We're actually thinking about some yard work, and maybe catching up on a couple of movies. I might even squeeze in a little time on a special quilt I'm making. My new Easter tradition = sewing...Read More
I have a confession to make: I still get a little thrill when I receive honest-to-goodness mail. I'm not talking about bills (I've happily gone paperless on those) or credit card offers or political junk. I mean the sometimes unexpected, pretty, makes-your-day kind of mail. I got just that very thing this week. I knew this was going to be fun from the moment I pulled it out of the shipping box...Read More
Since you're reading this right now, I feel like the chances are pretty good that you've tried your hand at quilting. Even if you've only given it a go once, I'll bet you've experienced both the joy and frustration that goes along with that particular craft. I'm always thrilled to finish a quilt, and it isn't just because it's pretty. Part of it is because I succeeded in not throwing it in the fireplace midway through. Let's face it - sometimes quilting makes you want to bang your head against a wall...Read More
My daughter's birthday was a few days ago, so we went out and spent the day shopping at the mall, something neither of us do often. Times have really changed, because her biggest purchases were made at the book store, while mine was the candle shop. Not a piece of clothing or pair of shoes between us. In fact, the one thing we both really liked and considered buying was something we decided we could make ourselves, and we talked about heading off to the fabric store...Read More
You know that feeling when you haven't made anything (that wasn't shop-related) for a while, then you get a minute and inspiration at the same time and start creating again? It's my favorite. I had that this last week with my newest hoop art. I also designed a little Christmas quilt for an upcoming challenge in my quilt guild and gathered the supplies to try a new thing I'm really excited about. More news on that soon...Read More
I didn't get to spend as much time in my sewing room this week as I usually do. I have a good reason though - I was learning new stuff! I took an online course from Abby Glassenberg of the While She Naps blog on how to write a better newsletter. It was an excellent class, and I'm looking forward to sending out my newsletter on a more consistent basis...Read More
It has been so hot here this week. As in, triple digits. On top of that, the wind is blowing from the north so we're living in a smoke cloud from a fire burning all the way up in Canada. It also hasn't rained for over a month and a half, so everything is very dry. Not exactly the carefree days you hope for in August, but it will all pass eventually and we can enjoy the last bit of summer...Read More
Ah, a couple of days out in the woods with no computer or phone does wonders for my busy brain. I'm back, and ready to jump back into the tornado of getting ready for the busy season. Because I specialize in vendor aprons and teacher gifts, that means September through mid-November. Yep, when you sell online you really do have to think about the holidays in the summer. I don't mind, as long as the stores don't start playing Christmas music before Halloween...Read More
I’m about to embark on the longest trip I’ve ever taken away from home, both in time and distance. It’s also my first time flying directly out of the country – the other times I’ve been out of the U.S. I was on a cruise ship. I’ve never been to Europe. I’ve never crossed the Atlantic. I’ve never spent an entire day flying. But all that isn’t even the most exciting part. I get to see my son again! The last time I saw him in person was at the Portland airport last May. I absolutely cannot wait. It's kind of a miracle I'm not already sitting at the airport right now.
Monday is the big day, and I'll be gone until late May. Since I didn't want you left with nothing new to look at all that time, I've scheduled a new Friday Favorites for each week while I'm away. When I return I'll be sharing some photos from my trip (which will hopefully include an Italian fabric shop!) and new projects and ideas that are already waiting in the wings!
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If you're like me, and love the look of a sliding barn door but don't really have a place to put one, Shanty2Chic has a solution for us. This nightstand has the style without the need for so much square footage.
Necklaces made from yarn can get a little warm to wear, which is why I think this one from Chabe Patterns is a perfect transition piece for spring.
Fruit pizzas are one of my very favorite desserts (and that's saying a lot). I particularly love that Hungry Happenings used strawberries and kiwi to make this one look like a watermelon.
I've made homemade tortillas before, although not as often as my husband would like. I've never thought to make them flavored, but thanks to Amanda's Cookin', now I know how.
You can find these, and my previous Friday Favorites, on my Crafty Staci’s Friday Favorites Pinterest board!
I'm currently sniffling my way through my first cold of the year, so I didn't think I'd have anything new to share this week. Sneezing and crafting do not go well together. Not only do I not feel up to it, but if I tried to make something right now I can guarantee that I will make lots of mistakes. As luck would have it, a project I finished several months ago was just published on the site I wrote it for, so I've got something to talk about after all!
I made this for Cut Out and Keep, using products sent to me from Canvas Corp. I selected the products, so I chose a canvas table runner, canvas ribbon and a variety of scrapbook papers. If you don't have these available, you could certainly make it with some medium weight canvas fabric instead.
To go with that, I purchased some vinyl. I cut the vinyl into squares and made a frame for each piece with the ribbon. I sewed those in place, leaving one side open, and fringed the edges.
The fun thing about this table runner is that you can swap out the paper under the vinyl to suit your mood or the season. I originally made this near Valentine's Day, so I used some papers appropriate to that season, adding some cut outs under the vinyl on top of the paper.
I also tried it out with a calendar page underneath and filed in the dates with a dry erase pen right on the vinyl.
Once that holiday was over, I switched to a nautical theme.
With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I thought it was time to dig deep into my Irish roots for a project. Actually, those roots might be more Scottish, but since there’s a question mark I go ahead and assume my ancestors came from a little further South. Especially in March. I don’t usually decorate for St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s a holiday I enjoy, so why not? This banner was pretty quick to make, but also a good size so it looks like I tried harder than I did. Between you and me, those projects are kind of my favorites.
This one is easy. Print out these four pages on card stock.
Cut out all the pieces with a good pair of sharp scissors. Punch holes near the top of each letter or shape, making sure to put two holes in the top of the L so it will hang straight.
Cut a piece of baker’s twine, ribbon, cord, string, yarn, or whatever you have to work with that’s six feet long. String the letters and four-leaf clovers on and space them out evenly.
Tie a loop in each end and hang it. Done. Don’t you feel a little bit Irish now?
On a side note, I can’t WAIT to show you March’s Hot Pad of the Month – look for it next Wednesday!
I came here today to share some colorful, cheery printables, but I have a bit of breaking news first. I heard from Mary, the winner of the Uncommon Goods gift certificate in my recent giveaway, and you HAVE to see what she made! If you’re thinking “Made? I thought Uncommon Goods sold ready-made items, not supplies,” you would be correct. However, that didn’t stop Mary, who made some adorable quilts using tea and coffee themed towels. She was kind enough to send me photos, with her permission to show them to you! This is the coffee quilt:
And the tea quilt:
In case you missed those corners, check out the adorable paper-pieced coffee cup:
And tea cups:
She has one more towel, with a beer theme, that will also become a quilt with mug corners. I love that a handmade project unexpectedly came out of this giveaway. My thanks to Mary for letting us see her creative idea!
Back to our regularly scheduled program. I made some printable to-do and shopping lists a couple of years ago, using this great padding compound from Chica and Jo (Amazon affiliate link). I thought it would be a fun thing to include in the giveaway but when I sat down to print them out, I couldn’t do it. Miss an opportunity to play around and make something new? Not me!
I’ve mentioned before (or many times) that I love a list. I have different sorts all over my house. I don’t know if I make lists because I can’t remember things, or if I can’t remember things because I’m so used to making lists. Hmm.
Anyway, I’ll start with the do-to list. I made it to include in the DIY giveaway set, but I think I might need one of my own. I used a rainbow of colors, and inspirational words. You know, to keep you moving when you’re crafting. You can find the printable here, which consists of 7 sheets, for a total of 28 lists.
I used the same technique as before, cutting a piece of medium weight cardboard to fit the size of the pages and clamping it all together with large binder clips. I slipped a wide popsicle stick under the clips to prevent them from denting the pages.
I brushed a heavy coat of padding compound across the top and hung the pad up to dry for about a day.
I especially love the shopping list. It was included in the Kitchen Set, but I can’t wait to try it myself for ease of weekly menu planning.
On each printable page there is a shopping list and a matching menu page. The file includes 12 pages.
I hope these bright. easy-to-make pads make the beginning of your week a little sunnier!
We knew there would be lots of little ones in attendance at my daughter’s wedding. She really wanted to include them, but we were a little worried they might get bored. We bounced around ideas like some yard games, but they really couldn’t do that during the ceremony. We found a couple of cute kids’ coloring books for weddings on Pinterest, and once we decided to seat everyone at tables for the ceremony, we knew that would be a perfect way to keep the young crowd entertained.
My talented niece Keely drew the photo for the front to represent Codi and John. I love the way it turned out!
I made a word search using wedding and Codi and John-specific words for the first page on the inside, using this website from Discovery. I probably should have used fewer words because the letters were pretty small, but I figured it would be a good challenge for the slightly older kids.
The next page was just a simple cupcake outline, since that’s what we were serving at the reception, that could be decorated however the artist chose.
Following the cupcake was my favorite page, Wedding Guest Bingo. I was kinda busy at the reception, so I don’t know how the kids did on this, but it was fun to make.
The Wedding Mad Libs was a tricky one, because you don’t want the participant to see where the words are going when they choose them. I went with a brief description and lines for the words on one page…
…and the Mad Lib itself to fill in on the next.
I found this fun website that has mazes for all the letters of the alphabet in both upper and lowercase, so I chose an S for the newlyweds’ last name. I also added their little heads to show the start and finish points.
The back of the book had a spot for the artist to write his or her name, but I was stumped for a while on what else to add there. It finally occurred to me it would be fun to decorate the getaway car! They were taking my daughter’s Kia Soul, so I found a photo and traced it to create the cartoon car.
It would have been easy enough to just lay these on the tables, but we really wanted to take it a step farther. We put each book in a yellow bag and added a box of crayons, a small lollipop and a couple of glow stick bracelets for when it got dark later. I made labels with each kid’s name on them and a second label for the bottom with their table number so whoever put them out would know where each one should go.
It was kind of nice to have that pop of yellow scattered around on the tables.
These bags were a big hit with the kids at the wedding, and none of them were left behind afterward. I’m pretty sure those coloring books saved a parent or two’s sanity, if only for a few minutes!
With only a couple of weeks to go, I’m working on wedding stuff like a madwoman. However, after that’s over we have another big event coming – a trip to Disneyland! We’re celebrating a marriage, a birthday, two high school graduations, two college graduations and just life awesomeness in general, so it’s kind of a big deal. But behind all the fun and sparkle are the unsung heroes of Disney Mousekeeping. That’s right, the fantastic people who keep us from living like not-cute, not-cartoony farm animals while we’re staying at the Happiest Place on Earth. And boy, do they deserve a tip when we leave.
You might remember Mickey from a couple of years ago.
But I added an option for the fans of his girl, Minnie.
Using a craft knife, cut around the ears and hat above the pale yellow line. Also cut the two black lines near "For Mousekeeping."
Fold in along the pale yellow line and where the yellow meets the red or blue.
Slip the cash inside and tuck the tabs into the slits.
Now I just need to decide who's going on our Disney trip in September - Mickey or Minnie?
I just finished booking a family trip to Disneyland for the fall, so I’m definitely in a Disney mood. With all the talk about the new Muppet movie, "Muppets Most Wanted," my thoughts immediately turned to my favorite in the cast: Kermit. I grew up with Sesame Street, and hearing the song Rainbow Connection will still make me a little misty. Even though he claims it's not easy being green, I think my favorite frog makes it look pretty good. This Kermit the Frog craft will help keep your place and bring a smile to your face every time you see it.
To make this bookmark, you'll need this pattern, a piece of white cardstock, a flat magnet (like a magnetic business card or calendar), a 2 1/2" piece of 1/4" wide ribbon and glue. I used a hot glue gun, but you could also use basic school or craft glue.
Print Kermit onto the cardstock.
Cut out the front and back of his head around the outer edge. Cut the magnet into a shape that will fit within the shoulder area. Glue the magnet and ribbon onto the back side of both pieces as shown. Be sure to leave a slight gap between the heads when gluing the ribbon so it will fold over a page comfortably.
After the glue is dry, simply place the front and back on opposite sides of a page and let the magnet do its job.
When it's time to put down the book so you can go check out his new movie, Kermit's the guy to help you keep track of where you left off!
Every year when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, the rainbows start showing up. There was even one behind my house a couple of days ago. Unfortunately, it didn’t come with a Pin It button, so now it’s gone.
If I use the last viable bit of a piece of fabric, but there’s still a scrap left that measures at least a couple of inches in each direction, I stuff it into a box. My intention is to one day make a quilt from it using little squares, possibly in a rainbow. Every time I see something like this Rainbow Migrating Geese Quilt from Sew Create It I think of that box of scraps.
I think I mentioned my Mother of the Bride Diet recently. It’s pretty high tech. If I eat something, I count the calories (using an app), keeping my total under a designated number each day. I think I could work in this Rainbow Chicken Salad from Pinch of Yum.
These Rainbow Heart Transparencies from Twig and Toadstool would be a fun way to share a rainbow with the little ones.
I have to try this Rainbow Sandwich Bread from The Artistic Farmer. How fun would it be to make sandwiches with this?
This Rainbow Sunshine Plushie from Chez Beeper Bebe looks easy to make and would be a great gift for a new baby.
How cute are these edible Rainbow Cupcake Cups from Tablespoon? I had no idea it was that easy to make fondant!
This Rainbow Streamer Party Backdrop from Creative Juice would be great for a St. Patrick’s Day party, but would also work for a birthday or baby shower. How about a Wizard of Oz themed party?
This Origami Crane Mobile from A Piece of Kate’s would be pretty in a little girl’s room.
This Rainbow Stripe Crochet Blanket from The Crafty Mummy is just so bright and cheerful.
Here’s another recipe I’d be willing to fit into the calorie budget. The beauty of this Rainbow Veggie Flatbread Pizza from Gimme Some Oven is that if there’s a vegetable on it you don’t like, just replace it with another.
I hope you’re not tired of rainbows now, because all this is leading up to a project I’m going to share with you next week. Another hint…it’s coffee-sleeve-of-the-month time!
Before we get into today’s Friday Favorites, won’t you come join me at the Craft Warehouse blog? You’ll find me there talking about the project I just made for them from the book Fabric by Fabric One Yard Wonders. That’s right, a cute bag from only one yard of fabric! I’d love to hear what you think.
Now, about those favorites - Valentine’s Day is coming up fast, and there are so many fun things you can make for it, I decided it deserved two Fridays. This week, I’m sharing a round-up of Valentines you can make for everyone you <3.
There are lots of Valentines out there that incorporate Smarties candies, but I really like this 3-D version from Tip Junkie.
Valentines can include food without it having to be sweet, as proven by these Nacho Average Valentines from Skip to my Lou.
These Fruit Roll-Up Valentines from She Knows actually look super easy.
This Bubblegum Valentine from Project Denneler is so clever.
These Valentine Arrows from Creative Capital B are a fun change from the usual flat cards.
Housing a Forest shows how to make several animals from cut-out hearts, but I especially like this owl.
I haven’t seen the movie Frozen yet, but from what I hear I really need to. If you’re already a fan, try out these Frozen Olaf Valentines from One Creative Mommy.
If you and I were in the same classroom I would give you a Sock Monkey Super Hero Valentine from Over the Big Moon.
You’re going to need something to put all those Valentines into, so how about this cute Valentine Pocket from ThermoWeb?
Visit me again next Friday for some Valentine’s décor!
My family attending a wedding a week and a half ago that was a milestone, of sorts. The bride’s mother and I have been friends since we were in kindergarten. When my husband was first hired as a reserve (that means unpaid volunteer) police officer, it happened to be at the same department as her husband, before we knew that was where he worked. They’ve been there together ever since. Our kids went to the same schools and we live in the same little town. The milestone I’m referring to? This is the first wedding I’ve attended of a childhood friend’s child. I may be getting up there, but I still remember what it was like to get married. Money is a great gift because it can be used to fill in the holes left by things you still need after all the other gifts are opened. I decided to give Sam and Jeremy cash, but I couldn’t just put it in the card and leave it at that. In hindsight, that probably would have been the smarter way to go. And the card did turn out pretty cute after all…Read More