Monday, December 27, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
I'm blessed to have friends that completely overestimate my crafting skills. However, it does encourage me to stretch myself a bit. My newest challenge is creating puppets for a puppet ministry at church. I found this very helpful series of videos online. What I love about this guy is that he thinks and explains things the very same way I would. I know it drives left-brainers crazy, but he provides just enough foundational information to let you experiment.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
I've seen several blogs and websites with instructions about dying noodles. I decided to make some for the kindergarten and 1st grade classes at VBS, and they loved them! I divided up the noodles in plastic veggie trays, so the kids could reach them.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Well, I decided to make a smaller monk's bag. I love the first one I made, but I had some fabric I wanted to try. I made some throw pillows for the guest room bed out of the floral. My husband claims it has a Korean design influence. I'll take his word for it. He's the one with the Asian History degree. I used three kinds of fabric. The floral and dot printed fabric are Alexander Henry designs from Jo-Ann's. The red is a poly-cotton blend I already had with a little stretch to it. The inside strap is the dot fabric. I do like it, though it is flashier than what I usually wear. I added pockets to the outside and inside, four in total. These are really easy bags to make.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Deuteronomy 31:6 (New International Version)
6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
Joshua 1:9 (New International Version)
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
See here for another example. Some folks have been telling me I should make and sell these on on etsy or something. I actually think that would be fun, since they are quick and fun to make.
I made this and a taggie blanket for a very sweet expectant mom. It's so lovely to make pretty things for wonderful people, isn't it? After two boys, she's having a girl. I decided to go with a bug theme, using the butterflies on the invites for inspiration. It's a gender neutral theme, too. The baby shower was so much fun. I was so glad to be a part of it.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
A few years back, my husband and I agreed we needed a Christmas tree skirt. I bought a simple red felt one for 5 bucks. He bought a nicer red and green velvet-type one. We use his. The red one's been languishing in the bottom of a box of holiday decorations until recently - when I got the idea to make capes out of it. It took me 15 minutes to make 4 capes for the boys.
I began by cutting four equal wedges out of the tree skirt. You'll notice it has some decorative edging, but I didn't really mind that. I like felt because you don't have to worry about finishing edges. I knew there was a pretty good chance these would be destroyed in a couple of weeks, so I gathered some old ribbon from a gift we received some time ago. The ribbon's yellow with red writing that says "thank you." I figured that was appropriate for a super hero with all the rescuing they do. You can also add embellishments like initials or emblems, but I haven't gotten around to that yet.
I took the point of a cape and folded it over about 4-5 inches. I created a channel about 2 inches wide for the ribbon to slip through.
It is a great size, because it's not too long and it fans out... very cape-like.
Voila! Here's Tater modeling it...
Monday, May 10, 2010
Friday, April 30, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
We moved into our home 5 years ago during the late winter, before the azaleas' bloomed. We were surprised a couple of months later to discover that previous owners planted four different azalea bushes in the front beds in four different colors: coral, lavender, fushia and purple. I love color, but it might have annoyed someone who preferred a simpler color scheme in her flower beds. The rest of the year they are evergreen shrubs, but in early spring, they bless us with a dazzling array of color.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
We had a couple of larger boxes that served as the fire station. I swear Monkey spent 30 minutes moving the fire truck in and out of those boxes. Tater observed that any decent fire station had an ambulance. So he set to working painting another moving box, but he puttered out by the time he got to the third side. Our fire truck lasted about 2 days before they started ripping things off. A day and a half longer than I thought it would.
1 reduced fat graham cracker crust
1 (4 servings) package sugar-free lime gelatin
1/4 cup boiling water
1 (8 ounce) container fat-free whipped topping
2 (6 ounce) key lime pie yogurt
1. In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water.
2. Stir in yogurt with wire whisk.
3. Fold in whipped topping with wooden spoon.
4. Spread in crust.
5. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Monday, April 12, 2010
My mom sent me a camilla bush for my birthday last year. I planted it in the front, since it likes shade. It took a beating with the snow, and I had to cut some broken branches. I was afraid it might not make it, but it put out a few beautiful white flowers. I cut one for the mantel. I can't decide between the camilla or peony as my favorite flower, but I certainly appreciate the resiliency of the camilla.
A dear friend just had her second child, so I decided to make him a little taggie blanket. I had about a yard of black watch tartan fabric that I had purchased a while back for some reason. I guess I just liked it. Being a child of the 80's, I've got a thing for plaid. Being Scot-Irish helps too, I suppose.
I cut a 22" square piece of fabric (pre-washed, of course). I cut 4 inch strips of ribbon. I folded them in half and pinned them to the fabric. I lined the raw edges of the ribbon up with the raw edge of the fabric, loops toward the center. I stitched all around the edge about 3/8" to secure the ribbon.
I cut out a wonderfully soft minky dot fabric 22" square. With right sides together, I sewed around the edge using a 1/2" stitch. This hides the ribbon stitches. I left about a three inch gap to turn it inside out. I pressed the edge so the fabrics lined up nice, then stitched around the it again with a 1/4" stitch. The finished blanket is about 21 inches square. I also made a matching burp cloth using the same technique.
I hope baby A enjoys it. My boys loved tags. I even made one for Monkey.