Thursday, November 17, 2011

Breaking Dawn Fever!! Literally >:(

Well, as any Twilight fan can tell you, tonight is the premiere of Breaking Dawn 1. I am a Twilight fan, and not only because of the books, and the movies...but also for the CRAFTING!!
I was supposed to board a plane yesterday bound for my old stomping grounds in Florida for a Breaking Dawn Extravaganza with 15 other great girls. But instead I am stuck here at home with bronchial pneumonia. Major BUMMER!!!
The best part of this Extravaganza was that each gal was making a Twilight themed craft for everyone. My task was to make charm bracelets, similar to Bella's with a wolf charm and a crystal heart charm. I had already finished all the bracelets before getting sick, so I mailed them to FL, and hopefully they will arrive in time!

I also added an acrylic charm made with either the Breaking dawn cover image or a picture of Edward, Bella and Jacob. I used Tim Holtz acrylic Fragments and Glossy Accents to make them.

I also made special pendant necklaces for me and my bestie:


I made little purse boxes with paper rolled roses for each bracelet:

Well, at least my bracelets will make the premier party, even if I don't.

I'd invite you to my pity party, but I'm probably contagious! LOL >:(

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Crafty Sistas!

My sister came to visit us this weekend and we did a whole lotta crafting in a short amount of was great!!

I wanted to try some pumpkin painting, so I picked up some medium sized black pumpkins at Mike's and we free hand painted them with fabric paints. The kind in the squeezy bottles.




This was fun, but time consuming...I had debated about buying the large pumpkins for this craft. Thank goodness I didn't or we never would have finished!

Then we made some bird cage pendant necklaces using Tim Holtz bird cages. I love how these turned out! I put an owl in my cage and my Sissy put a raven in hers. Then of course we added some dangle charms too.



I named this owlie Timmy ;)


It was an awesome weekend that also included bowling, fall festivaling and movie watching at home and at the theatre! Love having visits from my sister, miss you Jay! xoxo

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Art Journaling!

My first completed layout from an Art Journal Club I went to today. It was a MUCH needed outing for me and I had a blast! I didn't know a soul in this club, and everyone was very friendly.

We used the Distress Stains and stamps from the Dylusion Stamps line.

On the right page I added an envelope I made journaling tags for. I really liked the stamps, and I could see wanting all those Distress Stains too, the colors are beautiful!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Quilt Along Week 2 Done!!

Better late than never! ;) I was a day late with getting these done. We lost our a.c. over the weekend and the last thing I wanted to do was sew and press seams with a steamy hot iron.

I am fairly happy with these, although I am running out of the black and white polka dot seen in the left black/white square. I am having to sub with some other polka dots I have. Hopefully it will all look okay in the end.

I also wish I hadn't used so much red in the background of the middle red/white square. But there is no way I am going back and redoing it! LOL

So I have yet to work on the new squares for today, but plan to do some cutting tonight and sewing tomorrow. Trying not to get too far behind, wish me luck.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Quilt Along Week #1 Done!

Finished my quilt along squares for the week, and I have to say it was fun and easy! Here they are:

They were so fun and easy in fact I decided to also make a black and white combo quilt...

And then I decided to make a red and white combo quilt...

Hopefully I can keep up the pace for the next 3 weeks. But how nice will it be to have 3 quilt tops made when I am done?! Woot! :) If you want to join along you can do so HERE.

Monday, July 11, 2011

The quilt along starts today! And these are the fabrics I've chosen:

I've decided this quilt will be for.....


So I made sure to add in some Chocolate Lollipop (second in from the right) by Anna Maria Horner. I have used this fabric so many times in so many ways, but what can I say, I love it! I think this quilt will pretty much wipe out the bits and pieces I have left of it. :(

I will also be using white, and the background and back of the quilt will be white.

The first square is the Star of Virginia, pretty appropriate since we are fairly new residents of the state of Virginia. You can find the tutorial for the square HERE and info about the quilt along HERE.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Perfect Summer Quilt Along

Yippee!! Just saw this link for a summer quilt along that you can find and join HERE and HERE and this is the amazing quilt you will be making:

We'll be making 3 squares a week, so over 4 weeks you'll have a 12 square quilt top.

I am especially excited because about 5 minutes before I found it, I was just sitting here thinking that I need to start a new stash-busting quilt. So this is it! Lucky for me it will all be planned out for me, gotta love that. :)

I know some are buying fabric collections to make this quilt but for me it will be a stash buster and my plan is to not buy any fabrics for it.
Wish me luck, and join in!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Teacher Totes Yay for Summer!!

Tomorrow is the last day of school for my son. YiPpEe!! He has been in school since August 16th...moving from Florida to Virginia in the middle of the school year will do that to you. So I guess you could say he has been over educated this year!

I made his teachers each a big tote/beach bag using the Lands End type bags as my inspiration. I have always wanted one of those bags with my initials embroidered on it. Someday....

Anyway here they are:

I can't even really say how long it took me because I made 4 more bags for my family, so 9 total...seems like it took weeks! hahaha

A fun diversion was making the tags to go with each bag, love paper crafting!!

So tomorrow we will deliver the bags and get ready for summer, hallelujah!!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Cuff Love

I have a LONG list of crafty ideas and things I want to try and create, but do I ever have enough time??? No. :(
About 2 months ago I bought 12 two inch wide aluminum bracelet cuffs with the grand idea of making cuff bracelets for my Etsy shop. Well, hasn't happened yet ;). But, I saw a cuff bracelet swap on Craftster and joined knowing it would get me started!
Let me tell you I had so much fun making this bracelet!! Can't wait to make many many more, in fact I ordered 12 more cuff blanks.
Here is the cuff in action:

My swap partner likes butterflies and the colors blue and purple, so I am hoping she loves it.

I covered the aluminum cuff with fabric interfaced with heavy interfacing and fleece interfacing. So it is very comfortable on the wrist, and you can still bend the cuff to make it the perfect size.

The flower was made with batik fabric that I fused to itself and then cut with my Big Shot die cutter to make all the layers. It is hand sewn together with glass beads

My partner hasn't received it yet, so I am a little nervous. Creating these bracelets is very addictive, and I have 3 more in the works for my shop. Wish me luck! xo

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Hangin' With My Peeps

I decided my Easter plush project for gifting this year would be little chicks.
My first little chick was super cute but very small and needed to be hand sewn. I decided that because the plan was to make and send several the pattern would have to be bigger so I could machine sew them. Much faster that way!
And in the end I think they turned out pretty darn cute.

Here is the whole peep party:

Sent a couple to my parents:

Me and the hubs (notice I get the pink tutu and rolled fabric rose! teehee):

All this peep making has tuckered me out, time for a nap in the hydrangeas:

One of the tags I made to go with the chicks:

Some of the other tags read, "to my peeps" "to my favorite chick" "to one cute little chickie" and so on.

Here's a little chick package ready for mailing:

They should all arrive by Easter and I hope everyone enjoys them! Happy Easter!! xo

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Bright Blooms

Just completed my Mini Art Quilt for Round 4 on Craftster, and I was sorry to see it go! But I am really hoping my swap partner will love it too. :) She wanted something in the tree theme so this is what I cam up with:

My partner is also an owl fan so I added a little owl nestled in the leaves.

I sewed each leaf individually, then turned them right side out, tacked them on the tree and then added a button. It meant for a lot of hand sewing, but I wanted the tree to have that texture.

This is the back side:

The quilt measured about 18x25 when it was done I think.

And speaking of being a fan of owls....
Looky what my Mommie found for me at Goodwill for $6! A beautiful ceramic owl lamp:

Now I know this might not be for everyone, but I just love her!!! I named her Olivette and she perches in my entryway. She makes me happy :) it's the little things right?

Monday, February 28, 2011

Trying to find my MOJO ;)

There have been some big changes in my life over the last few months...the biggest being my family moving from sunny Florida to the Northern Virginia/D.C. area. I could go on and on about it but I am trying to move onward and upward, so no pity parties here!
But, with all the change I feel like I have lost my creative, crafting, sewing mojo...
In an effort to get it back I headed to a good source of inspiration: CRAFTSTER.ORG and joined in their mug rug swap. In case you are unfamiliar with a "mug rug" it is basically a small quilted place mat used to put your coffee or tea cup on. AKA a mini quilt. I figured this was something I could handle and it would get me sewing again.
I signed up for 2 partners and got to work!

Mug rug #1

This partner is a nature/owl fan, loved using my wood grained fabric! I also sent both partners a little goodie bag of tea bags and Starbuck's Via and made a matching tag.

Mug Rug #2

This partner likes kawaii, and I have had this cute fabric in my stash for a while and knew it was too perfect!

Here is a shot of the backs:

Luckily both partners loved their mug rugs, woot woot!

Did my plan work?? I think it did! I had a lot of fun planning and sewing these mug rugs. And it has motivated me to finally get my sewing closet organized and orderly...more on that later, yes I typed "sewing closet". I am not quite ready to photograph yet. ;)

I hope to keep my rear in gear, I appreciate everyone who reads my blog, thanks for sticking with me! xo