Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Secret Project.....

I have a Christmas project... and I can hardly wait to work on it!! It's one of those "after hours" projects, though -- so it's going to have to wait until bedtime.

It involves fleece -- in lots and lots of colors.

Hee hee! I can't wait!!!

Monday, November 29, 2010

QUICK Stocking Stuffer Ideas!!

I've been updating my buttons on the right sidebar (finally!), and have come across so many great projects I had completely forgotten about. So many of them are perfect for STOCKING STUFFERS -- so I decided to throw together a quick Stocking Stuffer Roundup!

Most are very quick projects, and all are very inexpensive.

Hope this helps you come up with some ideas for your Christmas project list!

Itty Bitty Oven Mitt Magnets

Juice Pouch Coin Purse

Rhinestone Bracelets from Shoelaces

Mini Duffel Bag

Monday, November 22, 2010

QUICK Fall Leaf Garland

Three sheets of 8.5"x11" cardstock in orange, yellow and red + leaf hole punch + variegated thread =

A 4 yard length SUPER cute leaf garland!

I love fall!!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

I-Spy Swap FIVE -- Swap B!!!

The final fabrics for Swap B!!

from Allison
I *LOVE* the pies and utensils!

from Audra
I love the cows & fences, and my daughter will love the paw prints!

from Carol
Peppermints! Chocolates!!

from Holli
I love the acorns and ruby slippers!

from Jennifer
Those SHOES are fantastic! And I love the monsters!

from Rebecca
LOVING those ducks and sock monkeys!

from Susan
I love the signs and dinosaurs!

from SwapBmaster Susan :o)
I love the fireworks and mosquitos!!

and from little old moi
YAY for hotdogs and cupcake making supplies!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

MY I-Spy Quilt -- Serious Progress!!

Well... I finished sewing borders around all 357 I-Spy squares necessary to make my queen-sized I-Spy quilt. And I didn't get tired of it until the last group of ten! Amazing. It helps that every square and every border is from a different fabric -- and it also helps a little to be Just Plain Obsessed. :o)

I learned after the last sad, sad attempt (what WAS I thinking??) at this quilt that it is a REALLY good idea to do a test run, so here it is. And I LOVE it! I mean really, really *L*O*V*E* it! And it's easy to do, too!

I just have to post this little picture of my piles of scrap strips. It has been SO fun to go through all my scraps, and my mom's, and remember which quilt each fabric was originally used for. And I get to have all those memories sewn up in one quilt -- for me! Meeeeeeeee!!

Must. Sew. More!!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Snowflake Embellished Scarf

Today's Dollar Store Craft is an embellished fleece scarf. Don't let that snowflake applique scare you! It's actually not as hard to do as you probably think!

What you need:
~ fleece dollar store scarf
~ white fleece scraps or another dollar store scarf
~ tissue paper (feel free to recycle it -- I did!)
~ printed snowflake motif (mine was 6" wide)
~ thread (I'm using a sparkly silver thread!)
~ pins

STEP ONE: Lay a sheet of tissue paper over your snowflake image and trace around it using a pencil. You will need to trace one for each applique.

STEP TWO: Layer a square of white fleece on top of your scarf with your tissue paper snowflake pattern on top, and pin all layers in place. Avoid pinning directly on any of the pencil lines.

STEP THREE: Sew directly on all the lines. I use a free-motion foot, which makes it MUCH easier, but you can accomplish this with a regular sewing machine foot and lots of turning.

(Look! It's even cute on the back!)

STEP FOUR: Tear away the tissue paper. I like to start on the outsides...

...and then tear away the insides.

STEP FIVE: Using finely pointed scissors, snip away the excess fleece near the stitching lines. I like to tuck my fingers underneath the excess fleece and push the scarf fabric away, to help avoid accidentally snipping the scarf.

All you need to do is repeat for the other side, and that's it!

Bring on the cooler temperatures!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

I-Spy Swap FIVE -- More Fabrics!!

The final fabrics for Swap A!!

from Tara
I loooove those bugs, and of course the kitties!

from Carrie
Those pirate ships RULE, and I love the strawberries and cherries!

from Michelle
Farm animals! And I love the beach print!

from Milica
That circus print is to die for, but -- HEATHER ROSS VW bugs!! :o)

from Robyn
I love the pirates and the red farm print!

from Susan
Cute shoes! And fireworks!!

from me!
Those owls make me inexplicably happy, and I couldn't pass up the sneakers and lions!

Hooray! Fantastic fabrics, all sorted, bundled, packaged, and SENT!
Enjoy, ladies!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Tiny Stuff for Tiny Pets

My niece T is celebrating her birthday over the weekend, and I have had grand plans for her gift for months now! Like me, her mom collects tiny little stuffed animals. As for T, she has one specific pet that is special beyond any of the others: her pet cow she named Nostril.

Now. Nostril has all KINDS of creative adventures. Recently Nostril put on a tapdancing show for a bunch of little friends, who were all seated on tiny chairs. (The chairs are from the Jenga-like stacking game called "Chairs." The stage is a Littlest Pet Shop thing.) I also hear that Nostril enjoys wearing a little grass skirt, and a "night cap" borrowed from a Littlest Pet Shop. Nostril also enjoys going camping, sleeping in a sock sleeping bag.

Well, everyone knows I am a sucker for tiny things. So of course I had to make some little accessories for Nostril and pals! I started with some little sleeping bags -- no more sock sleeping bags necessary! -- and some party hats.

Then I raided my Barbies and picked out some glasses. They fit these little guys perfectly! Then I found some sparkly, ruffly sheer elastic trim stuff and created a tutu. Doesn't this ensemble look lovely on Ms. Hippo?

Teeny tiny! :o)

I had to get out some cocktail swords, which fit perfectly around the little pets' appendages. And then of course they needed eye patches! I simply folded tiny ovals of black felt over some small hair elastics and hand stiched them in place.

And then winter gear! Yeeeeeeeears ago, I bought a stripey lambswool scarf on clearance, not knowing what I would ever do with it. I never wore it; it just sat in the closet. A couple years ago I cut into it and made some hats and scarves for my freaky tall dolls, which was perfect. Well, it turns out that the scale of the stripes is just perfect for these little pets, too!

Last but not least -- T loves Red Riding Hood, and even dressed as Red for Halloween. What could be more perfect for Nostril than a tiny Red Riding Hood cape??

It was super simple to make -- I just whacked out a shape, sewed around it, added some ribbon trim and ties, and VOILA!

Oh, how I wish I could be there when T opens her package!