Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Teacher Thank You Gift

I made gifts for some my son's teachers. Because we all know how tough it is to teach middle school.
I traced graphics from The Graphics Fairy onto flour sack towels from Target. 
I printed the reverse of the images onto embroidery stabilizer. The stabilizer has a sticky side so I stuck it onto the back side of a towel and then held it up to a light (either the window or a plastic box with a flashlight inside) and traced the lines with a Sharpie pen.
The more detail in the image, the more difficult it is. Also, if there are words, don't forget to reverse the image before you print it.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Learning to Read: Use Closed Captioning


Do you have a little one who is learning to read?  One easy thing you can do is use closed captioning on the television.  Here is a link to a great article my brother wrote on this topic.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Before and After: Coastal Chic Dresser

I bought this hot mess at the thrift store with the plan of painting it and selling it to make a few bucks.  Note the plastic barn knobs.
When I was done, I couldn't part with it.
Now it has brass starfish knobs. Much better.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Before and After Drum Table


Here is a before and after of a drum table I found at the thrift store.


I painted it with Amy Howard chalk pain in Kembel, sanded the edges, rubbed it with stain and rubbed it with Annie Sloan furniture wax.  I painted a little gold in the grooves, too, but it's hard to see in the morning light.


Love it!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Baby Rag Strip Quilt

 I recently made this rag strip quilt for my niece.  It is flannel and soft and I love how it turned out.
 The embroidered label was an afterthought, so I stitched it on top, but in hindsight I would have pieced it into the quilt.  The handwriting on the label is my daughter's.  How much more special does that make the label?!
 This is the flat side of the quilt:
I had never done a quilt-as-you-go quilt or a rag quilt, and it was very easy.  I used the tutorial for this quilt at Do It Yourself Divas:
I used the Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial for machine binding a quilt.  They have great tutorials and quilting fabric.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Crafting Baby Shower

I recently went to a baby shower for a baby boy.  Instead of playing games, we crafted.  I couldn't finish in time, so I took mine home to finish up.  

We each made a scrapbook page and painted a onesie.  Here is the scrapbook page I did.  It has the Bible verse "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Creator of the sun, moon and stars, who does not change like their shifting shadows." James 1:17

I used Paper Studio's Woodland Retreat paper, and I stuck the page in my sewing machine and sewed a border around the page and the frame.





 Then I drew this little hedgehog from the paper, and embroidered the design on the onesie (Because I don't paint!!).
I had to add a bow tie on the little guy.  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

Friday, July 18, 2014

I Sewed an Apron


 I made this apron as a thank you gift for a friend.  She made a delicious meal for me after I had surgery.  I used this tutorial from the blog Stitches in Play (thank you!).

 I used some Heather Bailey floral fabric.  It was pretty easy, and I think it turned out great.
Also, the farm chair is a trash item that I painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.