Sunday, February 23, 2014

One Pair of Old Jeans - Two Craft Projects

I had one pair of my daughter's old jeans, and thought I can make 2 different crafts from these!!  Not sure what size they were, but the definitely didn't fit her any more.  First I made a cute little purse.  I bought a bunch (that's how they were selling them in a big bunch for about $3-$4 - love a bargain) of old belts from Goodwill last year and used one of them for the handle.                         
 This is the back of the purse.
 And, the front.
Tried to match the inside fabric with the colors on the outside.
 Finally, I put a cute little "belt loop" round the spot where the belt handle was attached to the side. 
This is the opposite side of the belt handle.  

The second craft project was a reusable snack bag.  This turned out so cute.  I used the bottom part of one of the legs of the jeans, from about the knee down to the bottom seam.  All I did was sew up the cut off part of the jeans to seal up the bottom, and add a liner.  I found the clip on an old key chain.  Thought it would be great on my snack bag.   
The lining on this one is a little more colorful.  
Turned out pretty cute. 

Thanks for looking. 
Have a great day, 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Quote for the Day

"There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle, or you can live as if everything is a miracle." 
-- Albert Einstein

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Teachers' Christmas Gifts 2013

This year for Christmas I was inspired by some things I saw on Pinterest.  That is currently my favorite site - I spend entirely too much time there looking around.     
 Each teacher received a Hand Santa-tizer and a second small gift.  One female teacher received a small basket of 15 handmade cards.  I love making the cards, and she seemed to really like them. 
 My son has 2 male teachers (they are so difficult to find the perfect gift for), and these easy-peasy
glasses of "ginger ale" (I didn't want anyone to think I was giving the teachers a beer!) were an awesome idea.        

Super cute!!

The glasses and hand sanitizer were all from the dollar store - my favorite place.

Thanks for looking
Have a great day!

DIY Pillowcases

 I saw the cutest idea on You Tube that I had to share.  The Crafty Gemini has a great (and easy) tutorial on making pillowcases.  Check out the video here to see how to make your own personalized pillowcases using only 3 simple seams.  

I found this idea just before Christmas so I HAD to make some cases for everyone!!  Took a picture of each one, I thought they turned out pretty good.   Tried to make something that each person would like.  My sister in law has a ton of butterflies, so I made her one with butterflies on it.  CUTE! 

Owls, my favorite fabric.

 I think my favorite is the owls!  They are super easy to make, and everyone loved them.

Thanks for looking,
Have a great day.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Just a Thought.....

Maya Angelou is such an inspiration!!!  I love reading  her thoughts on Facebook.  This one really made me think, something I want my daughter to know and understand.
Dignity—the word itself—has come to mean different things to different people, as many words do. It doesn't just mean always being stiff and composed. It means a belief in oneself, that one is worthy of the best. Dignity means that what I have to say is important, and I will say it when it's important for me to say it. Dignity really means that I deserve the best treatment I can receive. And that I have the responsibility to give the best treatment I can to other people.

Friday, August 16, 2013

iPad Carrier

I wanted to make my own IPad carrier to use when substituting.  I started with a book that I found at Goodwill for just $2.00!!  Love that bargain.  Make sure the book is a little bigger than the IPad so there is some extra room to protect the IPad.  This was a perfect size.  
Next I used my rotary cutter to take out all the pages.  This made quite a mess, so I would advise doing it outside or doing this over newspaper or something like that. 
Next I just measured the book and cut the outside fabric for the carrier.  I also added an old kitchen towel to the inside as some extra padding.  Unfortunately I didn't take a picture of that step.  Just trim and hot glue the towel inside and you're good to go. 

Next I added the inner fabric to cover the towel.   I also sewed in a small pocket so I could carry my Smart Board adapter.  
Finally, the handles.  I needed a way to keep the IPad securely in the holder and had a handle attached.  This was my solution.  Not sure if it the best way but I like it.  The strap around the sides hold it securely in the holder.  I can easily take the IPad out without unbuttoning the side straps too.  

I like the final product.  So cute, and the other teachers are so jealous of this!!!  LOL!
The final cost of the project was about $2.00, I had the fabric, and the old kitchen towel on hand. Only had to buy the old book.    
Thanks for looking, have a great day.

Flowered Broom Handle

I was in search of a new broom for my kitchen. Apparently my family didn't understand when I explained that I didn't like to use my kitchen/house broom outside in the garage or yard. They of course thought I wouldn't find out!! But as we all know, Mom finds out everything!  So I went to Target in search of a new one to keep in the house.  I found this rather boring broom to keep IN THE HOUSE.  My next challenge was to make it obvious to the rest of the family that this is the house broom and it is to be kept in the house.      
I immediately went to my superiszed bottle of Mod Podge and fabric scraps.  I cut 2 inch strip of this fabric and just started the wrapping process.  It was very easy to apply the Mod Podge and wrap strips of fabric around the handle.  

Taa Daaaa!!!  I think it turned out pretty nice.  I like the colors (yellow is my favorite color.) and the green goes with the green bristles in the broom. 

Thanks for looking and have a great day.  


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Virginia Tech Clock

Go Hokies!!  My husband is a HUGE Virginia Tech Hokies fan, he graduated from there "a couple" of years ago!!  For Easter I made this cute clock for his office.  We had some leftover stickers and I bought a 12x12 inch board from Michaels.  It turned out pretty cute.  I like it. 

Thanks for looking, 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Teacher Gifts December 2012

This year for Christmas gifts for my kids' teachers I was inspired by PINTEREST!!!  Now, I would love to say that all these ideas were MINE, but in reality PINTEREST motivated me to make a couple of little gifts for each teacher.
 First I took a quick picture of each kid holding their hand out so they could present their teacher with a candy cane.  They wrote a holiday greeting on the back of the picture. 
**Sorry the pictures are so blurry, not sure what happened. 
I LOVE this next idea!  There were many examples of this on PINTEREST, so darn cute!  I knew I had to make a couple!  Easy peasy too!  Gotta love that.  "Hand Santa-tizer"!! Still makes me giggle!!  
This one says "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!"  Cute, cute, cute! 

I wanted to give everyone a week off from doing the dishes!  The note says -
"Don't let the dishes pile up this busy holiday season!
Let us “do the dishes” this week!"
Merry Christmas!"
A little snack - "Twizz the Season to be Jolly!"
Finally, this one cracked me up when I saw it.  Had to include an extra funny one- 
"This Christmas you deserve the best...
...a present unlike all the rest.
We considered a new car or exotic cruise,
but decided on something you could really use!
Finally we found a gift to admire,
we hope you like your new washer and dryer!
Happy Holidays!"

Again, these are not my ideas, I borrowed them from the "real creative" people on PINTEREST.  Thanks so much!!  

Monday, January 14, 2013

Quote for the Day

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is life, fight for it.

 -- Mother Teresa

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Quote for the Day

Let us cry for the spilt milk, by all means, if by doing so we learn how to avoid spilling any more. Let us cry for the spilt milk, and remember how, and where, and why, we spilt it. Much wisdom is learnt through tears, but none by forgetting our lessons.

- Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burt

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Jelly Roll Quilt

I finally completed my first 'jelly roll' quilt!!  Yea ME!!  This is what a 'jelly roll' of fabric looks like.  It is a bunch of 2.5 inch strips of fabric in a roll.  The colors go well together and end up making a quilt topper.   

This was a bigger project than I expected!  Started off with a full size jelly roll and made the "front" (in my mind it is the front!) side of the quilt.  I saw this on YouTube and  got inspired to make my own.  I've seen the jelly rolls at Tuesday Morning and always wanted to make something out of it, but never had an idea of what to do with it, but now I've made my own EASY quilt!!  ...again YEA ME!!!

This is my daughter playing "Vanna" and displaying the front of the quilt.  The green border around the quilted strips is a $5.00, 200 thread count, twin size sheet from WalMart. I just sewed the quilt on top of the sheet.  Much easier than sewing a border around the sheet.  Phew, after I did that I felt like I saved a couple hours of measuring and pinning and sewing.    
You can see the green border much better in this view.

Alina is now chill-axing on the backside of the quilt!  She was exhausted after showing off the front of the quilt.  This part was a bunch of scraps sewed together to make a quilt for the back also.  It isn't exactly the picture I had in my head, but turned out pretty good.  The final touch that I wanted was a soft border around the entire quilt.  I wanted the same feeling I had when I was a kid, a smooth, satiny, soft trim around the blanky! 
I found some bright pink and brown satin at JoAnn Fabric. 
Both sides of the quilt were sewn around an old blanket that once belonged to my daughter.  It was a win-win situation for me, covered a blanket that would have otherwise been thrown out, and made a cozy "new" quilt for me to use on a cold winter day! 

Quote of the Day

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. 

 -- Thomas A. Edison

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Addition to Shower Curtain Rings....

 An addition to a previous post about a bathroom update!!!  After updating the shower curtain rings I thought I should improve on the shower curtain.  Click here to see curtain ring update.  The white one we had was about 15 years old.   It wasn't very exciting and just needed a slight kick in the pants!!!  LOL.  So I found a bunch of fabric scraps that I had around the house and "quilted" together a new curtain. 

You can see the flowered rings and my new curtain.  I'm glad you can't get too close to it to see all the tiny mistakes that I made!! 
 The white scrap in the middle of the picture below is the old curtain.  Thought it wouldn't be bad to reuse a piece of the old one. 
 The white fabric at the top (that the rings are hanging from) is my old curtain.  I used that so I didn't have to add all the button holes!  Made it a lot easier. 
Also, I use an extra curtain rod to hang towels from.  I like it better than having the towels over the actual curtain rod, I feel like the bath towel doesn't get totally dry if it is touching the wet shower liner.  
I know what you are thinking - she is really weird!!!  Guess so! 

Thanks for looking, 
Have a great day,