Monday, January 25, 2010

Crafting away...and if I weren't too lazy to find my camera cord, you'd see a lot more of it :p

Wow, I've got a lot of catchup to do here....As you can see, this first one is from before we got our tree down...though it was AFTER Christmas....

This is the best picture I could get of them...I know, it's hard to see past those big blue eyes...but check out those clipies! I'll have to do some more and get a better picture soon. They are buttons on a felt leaf. I think they turned out so stinkin' cute! Why hadn't I made clipies before, you may ask? Well, because for ages now, I've been saying "It sure would be nice to have a hot glue gun..." to my husband...with little more then a grunt of response. I mean, seriously!! Who has a craft blog, but doesn't have a hot glue gun???? So, New Years day, we are clearing out a bunch of boxes and he comes across his hot glue gun that he used to have with his work tools...I knew he had it...but boy was he holding out on me...It's a WAY NICE that you can actually unplug and take where you need it, and has it's own stand so it's not all percarious on a paperplate. now I finally have a hot glue gun...if only I had some glue sticks.... photo...(ignore the messy counter please...I was in the middle of getting this kid off to school...)

I've been watching this blog on refashioning clothing...And I've been inspired. My girls have a TON of pants with knees ripped out. This skirt, used to be the sweetest pair of corduroy pants...then someone tripped and the knee ripped out...then the rip was extended to most of the way up the thigh....yeah, not something they could wear. I cut it just below the zipper, then used whatever panels from the legs to make the first part of the skirt...which wasn't long enough, so I added the ruffle. I'm pretty happy with how it turned to move on to the rest of the stack of ripped up pants....

This is my version of a Valentine advent calendar inspired by this fun site. I used a heavy piece of cardboard from a pack of scrapbooking paper...(I would have liked a peice of wood, but with one car and a husband who is gone from before I get up until 8 at night...I make due with what I have on hand.). I used mod podge to put on the scrapbook paper and paper heart. Then made little pockets out of other scrapbook paper and taped them on. I wanted to add ribbons to the top of the slips of paper...but I don't have a hole punch (ok, I'm now totally dis-credited in the crafting community, I'm sure!!!) The cardboard is a little bendy, but I'm not going to worry about it at this point, as the only one that's going to get a closer look then this is my husband, and I don't think he'll mark off too many points for that. ;)

Talk about an instant gratification project that totally made me smile today! Here is where I got this from (and the tutorial she links to) and it took me all of 20 min! Right now, I kinda like it hanging on this light, but It'll probably find a new place as I get more valentine day stuff going.

Aren't these little guys the cutest ever!! There is a free pattern here that I used for these. I'm making some for me, and then enough for our nursery at church too. They are going to be so cute! Eventually I'll find a branch to put them on and hang them up...but for now, I think I'll call them "love birds" and use them in my Valentine's day decorations :)

Monday, January 11, 2010

I see a snow fairy!

I've been wanting to make one of these adorable tutu' I picked up tulle while at the fabric store on Saturday...figuring it would be another month or so before it got done...But I was really on top of things and got to it TODAY! I thought I had plenty to make skirts for all three girls, but I guess I like them fuller then most directions call for. My plan was to keep my older two occupied this afternoon, so I cut up the tulle into strips and made one for Katie to see if it was something Aimee and Betty could handle...totally something they could do with limited supervision...but I ran out of tulle! So, you get a cute photo shoot of Katie for now. I spent an hour with a search engine and read several tutorials, so I really don't have a link to post, but when I do this with the older two, I'll take pics for one. It really is super easy! Just type in "easy no-sew tutu tutorial". I used elastic and just tied a knot in it for this one. I saw one that called for using and adult size headband thing...I may try that next time as the elastic was a little wonky. Also, for this one, I used almost 3 yards of tulle. I absolutely LOVE it :)

*Photos by my talented brother