Saturday, March 28, 2009

One Craft-3 Ways: Decorative Pillows

Our topic for 1 craft-3 ways this month was... decorative pillow. I copied these little guys from Pottery Barn Kids and made a little owl to match my pillow from our applique last month.
To make it, I hand drew a pattern on paper. I used my light yellow as my main fabric. Then I ironed on the other fabric pieces and did some machine applique around the pieces. It was a lot of fun and it turned out really cute!!!


I've been reading about print-making and thought it would be fun to incorporate a print of my favorite poet onto a pillow for the couch where I often do my reading.

This pillow was the first 'quilting' I've ever done and was probably waaaay over my skill level, but in the end I learned a lot and I'm quite pleased with the result. It measures around 18" x 18".

The print is actually an iron-on created by me using a photo of the poet which I manipulated/enhanced in Adobe Photoshop Elements and printed on ink-jet iron on transfer paper.


About a month ago I found a pillow pattern by Amy Butler that I just had to make. Needless to say, I was excited our "one craft, three ways" post was pillows. When I found this basketball fabric, I knew I definitely had to make one and it had to be for my basketball-obsessed little guy. Using this pattern:

I secretly made this pillow:

I left it in his room after he had gone to bed. The next morning I woke up to, "Mommy! Thanks so much for my new beanbag!!" (Which it's not-totally a pillow, but why argue?) I will definitely be making more of these.


P.S. Finished size is about 18 inches across and 9 inches high.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Spring Photos

Crafting or decorating with spring photos should not go unmentioned. It's a great way to lift your spirits, especially if it's snowing outside (like it is here). Make a photo collage: Print them small and use on a scrapbook page as embellishments: May be you could print out a huge window cling at a copy center and plaster it to your windows so that it looks like spring outside... :)

Wood Craft Classes

I'm really sorry that I dropped the ball on the wood craft classes.  On Tuesday night when I was coming home from my class, I remembered that I hadn't posted.  There is still time, if you want to do the classes this month.  She still has one class on Tuesday the 31st. Contact Shannon at  if you are interested.
Easter Sign $15 Bunny $18 Wreath $20

Monday, March 23, 2009

Peachy Cheap

Everyone likes a good deal, right?  I think for me, it's more the temptation.  I like to be tempted just to see how strong I am.  (By the way, I'm not that strong.  I am often on the phone with Cami...."tell my why I shouldn't buy this.")
Anyway, I love the website  Every day they have a different scrapbooking deal.  A couple of weeks ago, I bought both of these garlands.
On Tinkering Ink's site, they are each $8.  I bought both of them for $8.98 including shipping.  It's so hard not to buy their product every day.... today's is especially tempting for me.  Go check it out!!!
By the way, go to Little Nanny Goat and you will find a tutorial for a banner.  That is what I plan on doing with my garland.... they are so cute!!!