Friday, February 27, 2009

Placemat Purse

My mom is a gifted seamstress and very creative. One of her latest obsessions is making placemat purses. As I was surfing the Internet this morning, I came across Small Fry and Co. and a super-easy tutorial for these purses, allowing me to take an ordinary (but cute!) placemat and turn it into this: Perfect for spring! I thought it was a great, quick project. The cost was minimal-a placemat that cost about $4 and some ribbon which I had on hand. (Gotta love projects that you can use your stash for!) I could quite easily become addicted.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

In like a Lion...

I was contemplating crafts for March and trying to think of some St. Patrick's Day crafts.  Then Cami mentioned that she was sick of clovers... "why can't we do lions and lambs or kites instead."  So, I got thinking about Angie's cute candy hearts and came up with this cute idea for a March craft.  
  These were super easy to make (I'm not sure if my husband would agree) and they were fairly inexpensive.  We bought some wood at Lowe's and my husband used our jig saw to cut out the kites.  We also cut out the little stands.  Then we drilled holes in the bottom of the kites and in the stands to put the wooden dowel in.  I painted, sanded and stained the kites and then just hot glued the ribbons on the back.
Oh, and don't forget about our GIVE-AWAY!  You have until next Wednesday to leave a comment and be entered in the drawing.
- Anisa

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

One Craft 3 Ways.... Applique

One of the great things about starting this craft blog is that we have deadlines. I have been wanting to make this applique pillow for almost a year to match my guest bedroom. But it just kept getting put on the back burner. Then when we decided to do applique for our "One Craft 3 Ways" I was excited that I would now have a deadline to get it done.

What I did.... First, I went fabric shopping (my favorite part). Then I cut out the fabric for my throw pillow. If you would like to see a tutorial on how to make a throw pillow similar to this one, go here. Then I traced my designs on paper. Next, I cut out my fabric about the same size that I needed for my shapes, but I did not cut out the shapes. Then, I ironed on the heatNbond to the wrong side of my fabric. Then I cut out the shapes (you see, this way I don't have to cut out the shapes twice.) Then I ironed the shapes onto my white pillow fabric. Then comes the hard part. I set my machine to a tight zigzag. Then I zigzagged around the outside of the shapes. It was somewhat difficult to make good corners and such. If I were to do this again, I would use a different type of stitch. Then I finished up my pillow. During the process, I would probably have said I would never do it again. But it is so cute finished, that I think I will. I will just learn how to do it better!!! -Anisa

Deadlines...yeah, this is our third and final deadline for this post. :) It is nice to get something like this done.This applique wall hanging measures 11" x 13". I'm framing it and hanging it in my little girl's room. It was a lot of fun doing the embroidery by hand and using several different stitches and styles to complete it all. --Cami

I have been wanting to do some applique on T-shirts for my kiddos for sometime now. I found an uber-cute skirt at The Children's Place and decided I could make a cutie-pie shirt to go with it for my littlest princess. Would I do it again? Maybe. I thought the knit fabric of the tee was hard to work with. I'd definitely be willing to try it on something not quite so stretchy, though. I do love the overall look and am contemplating what else I might like to do for some added embellishment. Happy crafting!


Monday, February 23, 2009

Craft: mag

If you haven't entered our give-away yet click here after reading today's post.

This is the current issue of Craft Magazine. In this issue is featured instructions to help you creat the perfect mixtape for any party, make a keepsake wedding book, design beautiful invitations and make customized plates and coasters, fancy hats party cakes and cake toppers.



I love this magazine.

I REALLY love this magazine.

Anyone who got me a subscription to this magazine would be my friend for life... ...but I digress.

Craft magazine is so fun.

It is filled with crazy craft ideas.

It has repurposing.

It has tutorials.

It has patterns.

It is never-ending goodness.

It has stuff to make for kids.

It has stuff to make for adults.

It is FULL of stuff to make for adults that think they're still kids.

It is funky and current.

It is always checked out at the library.

It is available for purchase at Hobby-Lobby. Here is a link to their blog: blog craftzine Here is a link to projects on their sight: Projects --C