Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Swarm of Bats

I saw this idea on MADE, but decided I wanted a different style of bat.  I wanted a little more of a kid friendly shape instead of a more realisitic one.  And I already had the template from making my banner last year.  Here is the link to this bat if you want it.

After cutting out about 8 small bats by hand, I was done with that technique.  I traced the bat shape on my computer and imported it into sure-cuts-a-lot to cut it out on my cricut.  WAY faster!

Since we've moved into this house (almost a year ago) I still haven't figured out what I want to do with the huge vaulted space above the tv. . . so for now, it's home to a lot of bats.  I even wrapped them around the corner and down the hallway a little bit. 

Any bets on if my husband even notices them when he gets home?  :)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Spider Web Table Runner

I made a Spider Web Table Runner using the template and idea from here.

I didn't have any felt-by-the-yard on hand - and the kiddos were asleep, so I opted for what I had on hand since I couldn't go to the store (and it's fun to make things from what I have lying around - essentially making it free).  I used an old, white flannel sheet. 

But that meant that it would have fraying raw edges, so I added a bit to the measurements when cutting so I could fold the edges under and use a decorative stitch around the edge in black thread.  I also mitered the corners so it would lay flat - using this tutorial I found online.

In the end, I do wish I had just waited and bought a little bit of felt so it would last a bit longer.  It's pretty delicate and gets a little beat up when the kids grab it off the table.  But all in all, I'm happy with it.  I may back it with black fabric to make it last longer, but that means another step, and I have other projects I'm dying to finish . . . and a Super Saturday to get ready for - so no time this month.

***this took FOREVER to cut out and I had several hand cramps along the way.  So this isn't a "one day" or "one nap" project ***

Friday, October 15, 2010

Giveaway Winner!

Using an online number generator the winner is . . .
Suzy, I have emailed you for your address, please contact me within 24 hours, or I will need to draw another winner.

Halloween Scarf

I saw this idea on Ruffles and Stuff (she's done blogging, but her blog is still up to view past posts). She used cute socks to make her daughter a scarf.

I used some of my old Halloween socks to make an adult Halloween scarf.Since I had crew style socks, I had more usable pieces of my sock - which helped make it adult sized. The orange and black on the left are skeletons, and the green ones and black one on the right (has silver, sparkly stripes) are not Halloween, but the colors went well with the other 2.
Since they are holiday socks, I only wore them a couple times in the last 5-6 years, so the foot part was in really good shape and looks new still.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

More baby blocks

**Giveaway closes tonight - click on the button in the side bar to enter**

My cousin had a baby earlier this year, so I made another set of baby blocks. His name was shorter than the date, so I added his height on the side this time.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Felt Flower Hair Clips

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I saw a picture on a blog where someone was showing a shirt or dress that they made their little girl, but what caught my eye was the flower clip in her hair. I don't know if she bought it or made it, I just knew I had to have one - or several. I had to play around with different sizes since I was doing this on my own.

Here is the first one I made - out of pink felt with a pearl in the center.
I used a circle template in the 1", 1.5", 2", and 2.5" sizes and then drew scallops around the edges. I'm pretty proud of how even and perfect they turned out. :) I made these out of thick cardstock so I could use them as a template several times. I've since made 4 of these.Once I cut out the circles, I sewed them together and attached the sew-on pearl at the same time. Then I hot glued it to a hair snap clip. Since my 10 month old daughter has no hair to clip them into, I can clip it on a head band until hair decides to grow in.

Here are the 4 I've made so far. The brown one is made out of corduroy (didn't have any brown felt on hand). It's pretty flimsy and I don't think it will hold up very well in her little hands. But maybe I'll get one use out of it before it's destroyed. I made the black and gray one in hopes it would work as a Halloween hair clip. I can't seem to find any orange or lime green felt that's not ugly neon shades.
I made the white one right before church on Sunday since I couldn't find an existing hair clip to match her outfit. It only took about 5 minutes to make. And we were still on time for church - even though my husband was rolling his eyes at me since I just had to make it when we were already ready to go out the door.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Some Halloween Ideas

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Here are some of the crafts I created last year - I've added the link to the posts from last year for more deails.

Paper strip pumpkins Nutter Butter Ghosts

Friday, October 8, 2010

Giveaway!! From The Original Scrapbox


I am hosting my first giveaway EVER!! Exciting times!

We're celebrating Back to School with an awesome new product-- The Paper Tower! This is the perfect storage solution for paper lovers and scrapbookers everywhere and The Original Scrapbox is giving one away!

The Paper Tower was designed as a companion to the Workbox and Craftbox line of brilliant storage solutions from The Original Scrapbox.

There are so many possibilities with the Paper Tower. It can be used for any type of crafting storage from quilting to beading to stamping. Store your material, paper, stamps, accessories, anything your heart desires. The see-through totes make organizing a snap and I love the handy velcro storage bags on the inside of the door!

Enter to win a prize package worth $50.00 and one entry into the grand prize drawing for a Paper Tower of your choice of color. You can win:

Kodak fashion neckstraps/bracelets for cameras or cell phones

Deluxe Kodak canvas camera case, lined, with accessory pockets

If you are selected as a preliminary winner of the prize package, you will be entered into the grand prize drawing held on RachelleWrites on October 18, 2010. On that date, Rachelle will select a winner from all of the finalists to receive one Paper Tower (value up to $545.00) in the winner's choice of color/style of wood*.

*The contest is open to addresses in the 48 contiguous United States only. Announcement of winners may be delayed due to health circumstances out of Rachelle's control.

Giveaway open from October 8, 2010 to October 14, 2010 at 11:59pm MST.

Giveaway Rules:
*You can only enter under one name
* It is possible to win more than one preliminary prize (by entering at different blogs hosting this giveaway), which means it’s possible to be entered into the grand prize drawing more than once.
*All winner’s addresses must be stateside US addresses
*You must complete the required entry to be eligible to win

*Winner will have 24 hours to respond with their address once announced to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen.

Here's how to enter: Leave a comment for your required entry and if you wish to add extra entries, please leave a separate comment for each one.

*Required entry: You must visit The Original Scrapbox website and leave a comment here telling me your favorite item and what you would use it for.

Extra Entries:

To receive 5 extra entries, you must do the following 2 things together on your blog post and please leave a link back to your blog post with your comment (leave 5 separate comments for this entry). *Link back to this contest, so that people know where to enter.

  1. Blog about the contest WITH a picture of The Paper Tower in your post and link back to this post, so people will know where to enter.

  2. In your blog post link the phrase "The Paper Tower " to

You can enter the preliminary giveaways with a chance to win an entry into the grand prize drawing at the following blogs:

Pink Cricut
Rashelle Workman
My EyeQ Sue Neal
Elizabeth Mueller
Marvelously Messy
Nap Time Crafts
Priscilla Styles
Brown Paper Packages
Mod Podge Rocks
Rachelle Writes

*Disclosure: I received a free product from The Original Scrapbox to host this giveaway. All rules must be followed and correct contiguous U.S. address given for prize to be awarded.