Time to Craft it Forward

I’m so excited to see how many people wanted to craft it forward!

Congrats to Danielle, Marci, Brittany, Beth and Jody! The powers of random.org selected y’all as the lucky 5 who will get something handmade from me (and an Etsy-er).

I’ll be emailing all of you shortly to get your addresses, so I can start crafting and sending things out! Thanks again That Wife for this fun idea. :)

Oh man, the power behind the needle!

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So, in Christmas 2008 (yes, 2008 you read that correctly), my grandma gifted me with a sewing machine. I’ve always been really curious about sewing and making all sorts of cool items! So, it sat in the box for a few months. I was really afraid.

Last summer, I got the guts to take it out and put it on the sewing table. It was beautiful…it powered on and I was done. Sometimes, I’d check on the machine to make sure it still worked. I did this until 2 weeks ago.

I was so scared of this machine that one of my good friends, Moonlight and Magnolias (aka Mrs. Crabcake of Weddingbee) sewed me this cute Buttercup Purse because I tweeted about how I wish I  knew how to make that purse. You are all sorts of awesome if you are reading this, by the way. LOVE that purse!

So, the hubs called his mother. He had some pants that needed to be hemmed because they were too long, and this domestic diva wannabe wanted to learn too! So, she showed me the ropes on doing a blind hem stitch. Ugh, that was a frustrating lesson.

After getting two pairs of pants done really well, I felt empowered. I felt like I could do it all..so, I got to my first project on my own: a clutch.

 Crafty Loves Smarty (aka Mrs. Yorkie on Weddingbee) showed me this project way back when. Back in the days of staring at my machine, flipping the switch on/off, and leaving it alone. Those intimidating days.

I was walking down the aisles of the Target that I wish I could boycott, and saw that they had placemats on clearance for 50% off, so I bought one. I finally sat down last night and told myself enough already, let’s do this!

So I got to work. My needle jammed a few times, I made HUGE knots of thread when I forgot to thread my needle correctly, and I might have said some choice words that I should have covered dear little Millie’s ears for. However, after two hours of struggles and hearing more “Stand Up and Get Crunk” replays than you could imagine (Saints’ Superbowl parade background noise) I had a clutch!

So far, this purse has no embellishments or snaps. I’m hoping to add a couple of cute ribbon flowers and a snap to it. :) It’s a little rough looking, but I’m pretty happy with myself for this being a first project! If I can finish it tomorrow, I am totally bringing this with me on our mini vacation to Houston that we are taking this long (read: Mardi Gras) weekend!

I’mma be…crafty!

Back in December, I entered a contest with Team CAC (Christian Artist Crafters) on Etsy for a huge giveaway basket of items. I couldn’t believe it when I saw that I won one of the baskets! I was SUPER stoked!! :)

After looking at the haul of things I received, I thought it would be fun to kind of pay this generosity forward to my readers, but I had no idea how I was going to go about this.

About a week ago, That Wife blogged about Craft it Forward. She generously offered her readers a chance to receive a handmade gift from her, and I found out this weekend, that I was one of the lucky 5! YAY!

So, I’m going to Craft It Forward too! I’m totally stealing That Wife’s idea and making it a random drawing to readers.

A bonus? Not only will you get a handmade gift from me, but you will also get a gift from the basket that I won from Team CAC! I think it would be kind of fun-hoggish (yeah, probably made up that word) to keep all the wonderful handmade things I received to myself!

Here’s the deets:

  • I’m randomly picking 5 commenters on this post to get a Craft It Forward package from me.
  • If you enter, you should Craft It Forward to 5 other people as well. It’s a chain thing, yo. I’m not going to twist your arm to do it, but I think it would be neat to keep this thing going.
  • Winners will get their stuff before taxes are due. That’s my personal deadline.
  • I do a lot of crafts. You could get anything from a scarf, to an apron, to heck, maybe even some decorated cookies! Yup, I’m random like that. I might even ask the winners a little about themselves to get a better idea of what might be awesome to send them!
  • I am by NO means a professional! That’s another reason why I’m including something from the Team CAC basket I won, just in case you hate my skills.

To enter, just simply leave a comment. Simple as that. This little nifty contest ends after I wake up from the king cake (carb/sugar) induced coma on Wednesday, February 17th!  You have PLENTY of time to enter! :)

Must Make This!

I live in Louisiana, so I know you might be laughing that I actually want something like this. However, I’m a big wuss. The minute the temperatures dip into the 40s, I am layering clothes on and shivering like crazy. So, when I was looking around Fossil’s website, I saw this.

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I love how simple it is! The gorgeous knitting held together with one big button. So cute! However, $32?!? That’s a little nuts! I can buy two tops for that much. So, I went to etsy on a search to find a similar pattern so I could knit this up myself!

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This pattern is from brightcraft’s Etsy shop. It’s an inexpensive pattern, and I figure the yarn will not cost that much either to make this happen. I can also adapt the pattern to just have the one button on it. The only thing I need to learn is the cable knit. I’ve never done it before, but I think I can EASILY learn it on YouTube or some place similar. I found a visual tutorial from Lion’s Brand yarn, but I’m hoping to find a video. I learn the best by watching. :)

The catch? I already have a craft project that needs to be done first. See, I promised a dear friend who was expecting that I would make her a baby sampler. This dear friend had her baby two weeks ago, and here’s my progress. I’ve known about her pregnancy since she was at 6 weeks and didn’t start until she was at 30 weeks! Procrastination at its finest, folks!

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Ignore the fact that the animals have no eyes. I’m rusty on my french knot and want to do those last!

So, I need to finish this up quickly. My goal is to do a square each week. If my progress goes as planned, I can get this to her before Christmas! :) I told my husband that if I’m watching TV without a needle in my hand, he needs to remind me to work on this little project!

I think I’m a Pack-Rat

After about a year of not scrapbooking and the projects piling on, I decided it was high time to dig in the closet and get out ALL scrapbook stuff into one place.

A few months back, I bought this organizer set at Tuesday morning for less than $20. It was still in the box until last night. I’m not completely done with my organization, but let’s just say that I don’t need to buy greeting cards, note cards or scrapbooking supplies for a while.

It doesn’t completely fit on top of the chest of drawers in there, but, at least I can display it now. :) I might be moving this somewhere else, but for now, this is its resting place.

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QUITE a while at that….

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I must make a vow to avoid Michael’s, Tuesday Morning, Target and Dollar Tree’s scrapbook section until further notice.

It does feel good to get some much needed organizing done in the craft room.

DIY Fall Wreath

Since it’s now September, I decided to venture off to Michael’s and get inspired for the Fall season.

I didn’t really have a plan, but when I saw plain vine wreaths, I immediately thought that I needed to make a wreath for our door.

This is my first time ever making a wreath, but I saw a bunch of inspiration in the floral section, where they were charging $50 plus for a wreath! Eep…that’s a little pricey, especially in hindsight, knowing how much I spent on supplies! (see receipt below)

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Supplies you will need:

  • 2 bunches of fall flowers
  • 2 bunches of fall leaves
  • hot glue gun (I prefer low temp)
  • hot glue sticks
  • vine wreath
  • scissors
  • 1.5 in. ribbon (2 yds.)

When it comes to buying supplies, I find that cheaper fake flowers/leaves are best. They will get rained on and are seen from a distance, so there is NO need to splurge here! Each bunch for me was on sale for $1.79.

What you first need to do is separate all flowers and leaves from the bunch that they are in, using scissors, leaving a little bit of stem space for you to glue with.
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Then, just start placing leaves and flowers on the wreath until you find a pattern that you like. The great thing about vine wreaths is they have little openings for the stems to fit in perfectly, making arranging super easy.
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Once you figure it out, start hot gluing the stems to the wreath, making sure that they are securely glued. Go all the way around the wreath, leaving a small opening wherever on the wreath you would like for a bow to be placed.

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Now, take your ribbon and make a wreath bow. Once it’s finished, hot glue it in the gap.

Ok, ok. Here’s a good YouTube video on how to make bows. :)

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When you’re done, let it set for a few minutes. Then, hang on your door and allow your neighbors to get jealous of those wreath skills!

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Pardon our door. We are in the process of painting our house hehe!

A fun painting adventure!

A couple of weekends ago, I treated my mom and I to a fun way to have a girl’s night! For Mother’s Day, I told her we’d go to a painting class at a local business called Corks And Canvas, but she had to choose the painting. My mom is really into New Orleans looking houses, but those sell out quickly, so we had to book WAY in advance.

We ended up choosing a painting called “Mellow Yellow”, which was a 3 hour class. My mom painted years ago, so I knew it would be no trouble for her. However, I never was good at art, so I was a little worried.

I had little fear when we got to our station. The Corks part of the business involves bringing alcohol and drinking the night away, so it seemed very relaxing and chilled out.

They started us off by sketching basic outlines on the canvas.

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Then, step by step, our instructor would tell us what areas to paint, what colors to blend with, etc. Here’s my mom with her mad blending skills!

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After all of the painting was done, we had to outline everything. Let’s just say I’m not very good at outlining hehe! You can tell my mom has a lighter touch, but I still think it looks really good! Can you guess which one is mine? (pretty easy…)

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Mom and I had so much fun with this class that we plan on coming back for more! I definitely recommend a class like this if you have one in your area. :)