Monday, January 31, 2011

Baby, Binkies and Blocks

Okay now isn't she cute?  She is modelling a valentine's day binkie clip that I can now cross off my TO DO list.  I didn't just make one.  You know they get dirty and also you can never have enough binkie's around.  So I made 4.

Two have the same pattern on one side but a different matching pattern on the other.  I found the tutorial at Sew, Mama, Sew!  My only change was I used a snap instead of the Velcro.  I think it will stay together better, especially since Esther loves to pull it out occasionally.

I also test ran a pattern for baby blocks.  I had some left over material that seemed perfect for baby blocks.  Full of texture and different colors.  Don't know if she likes them yet - the jury is still out.  (Although Kirsten and Peter can be found playing with them.)  There is a pretty good tutorial on Flickr by London mommy.  I didn't really change anything on this except I made one with 4 inch squares and one with 5 inch.  I'm not sure if it is my stuffing job or just the stuffing that makes them so round looking.  I know that the black fabric is a bit stretchy.  Oh, well my kids will play with them and probably never notice.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Nursing Cover

I didn't re-design this. I followed a GREAT tutorial. LOVE how easy it was and how cute it turned out. You can find the tutorial HERE. I followed her directions exactly.


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

just add a little felt....

I love before and after posts. I love to see the difference between what was and what could be. I wanted to change out my boring old candles so I made these super cute felt covered balls. They were so easy. {a little time consuming, but I've had a lot of time how with a sickie!} I love them. I was going to just use them for Valentines Day, but I might just leave them up all year round. The original idea and tutorial can be found HERE. I used the same idea and made Christmas trees at Christmas time {I guess I forgot to post them! oops.}.

Here are the Christmas trees...{found on my 365 blog here}


Friday, January 14, 2011

The TO DO List

I'm a list maker, always have been, always will be.  (It helps me not be so crazy.)  My husband tolerates it, my kids aren't aware of it yet, and my mom and sisters always tease me about it.  But it is just how I am.  So, since I am wanting to check something off my never ending list that I put up in my last post - I made these.  It was actually nice to get back into the craft room (no matter how messy it still is) and make something.  I have been on a hiatus because of vacation, birthday and Joy School preparation.  I spent a couple hours putting this together the other night and LOVE IT.

I thought of the idea after seeing Liberty's post on her Project 365 blog about her white board at Christmas.  She had all her Christmas TO DO's listed and had checked almost all of them off (or maybe it was all of them.)  Then I saw this POST at eighteen25 and remembered I had a couple of frames that I had picked up at our churches swap we have twice a year.  I decided I didn't need to spend money on a white board when I had these perfectly good glass frames to work with.  With a little fabric (from my stash), Ribbon (from my stash) and my Cricut machine I made these.  This picture is pretty fuzzy - probably the diffuse light I was getting from the hidden sun and the angle I was taking the picture at.  {This room is on the side of my house where you don't get that much sunlight.} 

I used the cartridge Storybook for the lettering and the scrollwork behind it.  The scroll work is number 7 with the Tall/Border option on.  The letters are the standard using the shadow behind them.  I think they turned out pretty cute.  {I'm pretty embarrassed that my list are on there and you can see the number of things I want to do - but that is how I am.}

Here are some better pictures of the frames individually.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A New Year - Time for those Resolutions

I have to admit, I do it every year.  Make resolutions.  I tried a couple of years ago to stop doing it, but it didn't work.  I ended up starting my list- just later.   It's like a drug.  It makes you feel all excited and then over time it wears off.  It's just going to happen ever year - I have to get over it. 

So Liberty and I were talking about our goals and we have a similar goal in relation to our creative endeavors, IE, our never ending list of things we want to make.  Our collective goal is to accomplish 2 or 3 unfinished projects before we can actually start a NEW project.  So what do we have on that list????  Do you really want to know???  I don't want to keep you in suspense . . .  BUT here is OUR short list.

To Do:
  •  Finish our Nativities we started before Christmas
(needs to be sanded and fix glue in spots and maybe another coat of mod podge - and Liberty has to print hers out and do the above.)
  • Cut out and Paint wood nativity pieces like this one

  • Put paper and embellishments on our Easter wood letters we bought last year (do this by March)
  • Make one more wood project with 2x4's for Valentine's day
  • And to be truthful - here is the link to my vi.sulize account and to Liberty's for the never ending projects we would like to do - some day (not actually on our list yet - BUT SOON!  We have to complete 2 or 3 of the above)
But to be fair, here is the short list of what I want to do and a picture of the new boards I am going to make all pretty for the to do list in my craft room.  (I was just testing out how they worked before I did everything and didn't love how the pens wrote on them - or something like that.)

Amy's list in no particular order:
  • To Do list white boards (see above)
  • Diaper bag
  • Binkie clip
  • Print project 365 pics from end of 2010 and journaling from both 2009 and 2010
  • Make window covering for Study
  • Hem and put up Family room curtains
  • Peter's baby book
  • Advent calendar wall hanging
  • Make birthday and thank you cards
  • and on and on and on  ( I have more but I'm a bit embarrassed to admit how many things are on my want to do list.  Some have been on there a long time.)


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