Thursday, January 22, 2015

Stitched Safari #1

I got this book a long time ago (over a year ago) but never did anything with it because it was a copy of the Japanese version. I got it out before Christmas and made 4 as ornaments and 1 as a gift. I hated the Japanese version because it was a copy, it was not a very good one and the patterns sheet was MANY pages you had to tape together not one big one like the one that comes in the English version. So I got the English version. I made some from the new book (to be shown later) and so has Emily. She is really really enjoying hand sewing and surprisingly so am I! They are all a bit Frankenstein looking with the wonky stitches but I still love them. I just wish I had taken better photos of them and now they are in storage with all my Christmas stuff.
I used Holland Wool Felt from This is hands down my most favorite felt. I have bought bamboo felt and "wool" felt from etsy sellers and they all are crap. They pill easy and are thinner and just not as nice. I'm afraid to try other sellers since I wasted a lot of money on the bamboo and then some supposedly wool felt on etsy. 

Below is the ornament I made Jenny B. She has a puppy Pug named Luna.
I found the Japanese version to be easy to follow (looking at the pictures) and the English version even better. Emily who is 9 can do these on her own with only me helping when she really needed help. She just misunderstood the pattern a couple of times and I had to show her how to sew the seams together but that's all.
Next up will be the cow, penguin and dolphin

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Handmade ornaments and decorations

More Christmas decorations! For these I used a jar from Target, trees and bear from Michaels and little pine cones from outside. Everything is super glued to the lid.
For these above and below, I got these super cute small cake stands with lids from Michaels (they have a couple different sizes and are in with the miniature furniture and accessories--at least at my nearest Michaels). I used the Glitter snow as glue on the bottom and stuck everything in when it was wet. I then super glued the lid on. Below is the other side.

Below is the same thing but a lot smaller. The stump with squirrels is from Michaels. 
This little tiny ornament is also from Michaels. The bottom comes off and you can put things in it. It comes in two shapes and is very delicate! I broke 3!
Below is the same as the one with the stump in it. Everything from Michaels.
These would make super cute and easy gifts!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

If I Lived in a Snow Globe Craft

We are doing this craft in Ava's class next week so I helped Emily make one as a sample. 

"If I were trapped in a snow globe"
"If I lived in a snow globe"
Google that to see all the cute ideas for it. 

The teacher had the kids bring in snow jacket, hats, mittens etc. and had them act out something  Ava chose running away from the Abominable snow man  and Emily chose being scared of the Abominable snowman although in her story she said she'd be friends with him:) Some kids wadded up paper and acted like they were throwing it (snowballs).

I used baby blue printer paper and glued the whole thing to cardboard (I want to keep this forever). I also used clear plastic plates from Smart & Final because the ones at the grocery store had a weird "scalloped edge, These plates are 7".

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Gnome and Deer Clock

I took a clock from Joanns and made a little winter scene. Here are the details:
1. Clock: Tim Holtz Ideaology collection (from the scrapbooking section at Joanns)
2. Bottle Brush tree from Joanns
3. Mushrooms (comes in a bunch on stems) from Michaels
4. Deer: from Michaels
5. Sparkly snow glue: Michaels
6. Gnome: Germany but you can check etsy, ebay , etc.
7. Background scrapbooking paper: stuff I had but I'm 
sure you can find something at Joanns or print something from the internet
8. I painted the inside blue with spray paint 

The back comes really easy so you can get in there and 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Painted Logs Yule Love

Painted logs inspired originally from here but then I found these!  How adorable are his logs?? He's genius. Just genius! I mean come on, look at the bearded guy! If you live in the UK the price isn't bad but living in the states it would be $39 for one log. I wish shipping wasn't so expensive. So what do you do when you can't afford something? You make it yourself!
I found the logs at Michaels and I think they are Birch (?). They were long so I had my dad cut them in half. I think they are so cute tied in a bundle under the tree or next to your fire place. I plan on making more out of different wood. I used acrylic paint. Easy as a Sunday morning.

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