Christmas Gifts All Prettied Up!

December 30, 2011

So, I still don’t have a picture of all of my handmades from the holidays yet (I know!!  I let them out of the house without a picture!!  The horror!!  But, I will!).  But I thought I would show you some goodies and then some awesome hubs handiwork!

I went a little more simple on my wrapping and I love the way it looked!  Found it on Pinterest, of course… well at least it is inspired by.

Fun, right?  Some even more simple.

I really loved the stamping too!  But, just a little FYI… duck tape = awesome… duck tape brand clear everyday tape = horrible!!  Not even kidding.  That stuff wouldn’t hold anything.  Who would have thought it?  They got the whole industrial duck tape thing down and it’s awesome, so why can’t they get clear tape.  No idea.  Weird.

I also made of few of these cuties from Pinterest.

I will share the rest of my handmade coming up in another post, but I have to show you what the hubs came up with.  I’m kicking myself that I didn’t get a picture of all of them because the one I missed is amazing, but I can still get it since my brother has it!  Anyway, he wanted to help shoulder the whole handmade thing and so he decided to make some wood cut outs.  Our pastor (fabulous, wonderful, miss him so much pastor) made us some cut outs for all of our kiddos when they were born and we HEART them big time, so he thought he would try his hand at it.  That’s right… he’s never done this before.  First time.  No practicing even.  Sick.

I mean, right!!?

If I didn’t love him so much, I’d hate him for how easy things come to him.  Amazing.

Here he is working on the one I told you was the most amazing and yet I don’t have a picture.

Don’t let the picture fool you.  He did use a scroll saw for most of it.  Just chiseled away at the fine details.

Ummm… stand back ladies… he’s ALL MINE!!

Back in the studio today, so can’t wait to share more.

How was your Christmas??  Hope Christ and His AMAZING saving grace was and is with you.


Pinterest Finds

December 9, 2011

So, I know I have shared how much I LOVE Pinterest right now… so I thought I would share some of my latest finds and how they turned out in real life in case you wanna try some of them out!

Let me start a minute talking about Pinterest.  Oh how I love thee and how you suck time out of my day if I’m not careful.  You too?  I love the idea of having bookmarks with pictures.  Yes!  Now I don’t have to search through my bookmarks guessing what they might be.  The picture reminds me of how awesome of an idea it was.  But… some of my issues with Pinterest.  First is it is a little buggy.  Things don’t always load.  I would guess that they didn’t realize how popular it would get so fast and they don’t have the infrastructure to handle the volume.  Just a hunch.  Also, please please pin wisely!  Some people pin pin away and yet aren’t careful about the links they are creating and whether they work.  Sometime the link goes to a home page on a blog and not the actual page with the project and then sometimes it is just impossible to find the project.  Here is exhibit A of that…

First off is this pin.  Loved this little project!  But, I couldn’t find the right link to save my life (okay… the true story is I only looked for a minute or two, but that’s all you get with me before I’m movin on!).  So, I improvised and made my own pattern.

It turned into a birthday girl for a sweet little girl I know.  It was fun and quick… only took me just over an hour to make the pattern and the project.  I work well under pressure!

Otherwise… I just think Pinterest is a gem of a find.  Here are two other projects…

This pin turned into these cuties.

So very fun, but a quick project they are NOT!  But, I think well worth the effort assuming I can keep the paper from getting totally destroyed year after year… hmmm.  I will have to think that one through when putting them away.

The littles are the cutest ones to me!

Okay, then I made these from this pin.

I really do love these.  After I put a hole in the tops of them, they will adorn my Christmas gifts this year.  Found these fun shapes at AC Moore.  But I will say that I have a love/hate relationship with chalkboard paint.  Is anyone with me?  I love the idea.  I love the function.  What I’m not totally in love with is the (I know this sounds crazy) chalky-ness of it.  I just want a crisp, clean black slate to work with, but after you “prime” your project, you get this…

I know, it’s crazy.  This is what a black board looks like, but I’m just like that!  Oh well.  Still cute!

So, what about you?  Any favorite finds?


Coin Purse Tutorial

December 3, 2011

So, I realize how lazy I am on this blog recently, but I know some of you are still out there and so although I haven’t posted very often, I’m going to try to at least post lots of goodies when I do.  Okay??

So, today I have a tutorial for these fun little coin purses…so exciting!

So much fun!  Okay, so there are two shapes you can make from this pattern…

So, one is sort of a little more poofy and the other one is more flat with a flared out bottom.  You choose!  There is just one more step to the poofy one than the other one.  Nothing crazy!

So, let’s get started, shall we?

Let’s first talk about the purse frame.  This pattern is for THIS frame.  I’m going to show you a little bit about how to change the pattern if you can’t find this frame, but I got the frame at Joann’s, so you should be able to find it fairly easily, I would think.

Next print out the pattern.


I like to trace mine onto freezer paper so I can then press it onto the fabric and have it stick while I cut it out.  Just make sure to trace the side marks onto your freezer paper pattern.

Now, here is the trick if you have a different frame.  First trace around the outside of the frame.

Now, add about a 1/4″ seam allowance around that and then I just free handed the shape from that.  The further out you go on the sides the more poofy it will be.  Does that make sense?  You also have to mark your hinge marks like in the picture below.  Mark where they are and then mark about 3/8″ down from that for seam allowance.

Alright.  Now that you have your pattern, press it onto the wrong side of your fabric shinny side down.

If you aren’t using freezer paper, just cut out 2 pieces from your main fabric, 2 pieces from your lining fabric and 2 pieces from fusible fleece.  Now, a word on interfacing.  On the plaid one above, I used fusible fleece and on the other one I used medium weight fusible interfacing.  I think I prefer the fusible fleece because it adds a little bulk to the purse which helps when attaching the frame, but either one works!  Fuse your interfacing onto the OUTSIDE fabric.

Make sure to transfer your markings onto the wrong side of your fabric.  Using a 1/4″ seam allowance and right sides facing, sew from each of your two marks backstitching at each end.

Add notches to the curved edges

Now, if you want the flatter and flared out purse, skip this step.  Pinch the corners of the purse, lining up the bottom seam with the side seam and mark and sew a 1 1/2″ line.  Do this to all four sides (2 on the outside purse, 2 on the lining)

Turn the outside of the purse right side out and you should now have this.

Place the outside of the purse inside the lining of the purse with right sides of the fabric facing

Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew all around the top leaving a 2″ opening on one side of the top

Notch around the curves

Turn right side out and press well.  Press the opening closed and top stitch it closed.  This doesn’t have to look perfect because the frame with hide any imperfections.  Yay!

You now have this

Now on to the glue.  I used E6000 and it worked great!  You can probably use something else.  I found this at Walmart, so it should be easy to find.  I did try super glue craft formula first with an epic fail.  It seems to me that the gel type glue works better.  So, get your glue and lay down some plastic (I used a ziplock bag) just for a place to work.

Working one side at a time, add a line of glue to the inside of the frame

Then, using your fingers and then something sharp (like a pair of scissors), manipulate the purse into the frame

Make sure it looks good on both sides and that you push it as far into the frame as it will go

Do the same to the other side and voila!

You really need to let it sit for a few hours or over night before it will have a firm hold.  On the first one I made, I took some flat head pliers and crimped it closed.  If you do that, make sure you use a piece of felt or other type of thick cloth between the pliers and the frame so you don’t leave marks on the frame.  I didn’t find it necessary on this purse since I let it sit a few hours before testing its hold.

Look what you just did!  Way to go!!  Another fun purse!

If you are in my family and see these in your stocking… act surprised, okay?

So, what fun things are you sewing up this year??  I need some ideas.

Ta, my bloggers!