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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Found some extra Jeans - so I made a BAG!!!

While cleaning up my bedroom I found some old jeans that I don't wear any more.  Thought about donating them to Goodwill, but then, hmmmmm, I could create SOMETHING from them!!!  
Checked out YouTube for something to inspire me, and came across a Quilt as You Go video.  This was the first one to get me thinking, and this second one shows how to start with a piece in the center of the project and work around it. 

I started with the pocket and worked out and around that shape.  It isn't perfect but the final project is ok.  
This is the back view.  Wanted to make it different from the front.  

Handles.  

Finally, this is the inside of the bag.  Looking at it now, I don't love the fabric I chose to line it. 


Thanks for looking, have a great day, 
Cathy

Saturday, July 25, 2015

50 Cheers for 50 YEARS!!!

My bestie turned 50 this month and I wanted to do something special for her big day!!  So I made her a cake we could DRINK!!!!  I wanted to keep it!   We have been friends for more than 20 years and have had some wild days in our youth!!  This was the perfect cake for her!  

I'd like to say I came up with this idea myself, but I'm pretty sure I saw it on PINTEREST and filed it away in my brain and some how thought of it for her birthday.

It was pretty much a guessing game of how many cans of beer to get.  I bought a 36 cans of beer to start with and a bottle of wine.  Knowing the bottom layer was the biggest, I had to use the most cans there.  

I started with 21 cans of beer.  Seemed like a good number.  BUT, I forgot to keep in mind that I have a bum arm and can't lift much weight!!  21 cans of beer weighs A TON to me!!  FYI - if you need to transport the beer cake to a party it needs to be built in layers on trays.  And, on this picture you can see I forgot to add the cardboard circle under the cans - GRRRRrrr!!  From the picture of the final cake you can see that I cut out cardboard circles to support each layer and covered the circles with aluminum foil to make them look nice.  

The middle layer had 9 cans in it.  I added the cardboard in the middle so that one can wouldn't move around when transporting.  

 Finally the top layer had 6 cans and a large bottle of wine!!  I changed that later because I ended up buying some small bottles of wine as accents. 


  I added ribbon to each layer. 
And made some easy ribbons to decorate.  
Cute! 

Final cake!!!  The lifesavers on the table were supposed to be confetti!!!  

 Besties!!! 

It was a huge hit!!! She loved it. 

Thanks for looking, 
Have a great day 
Cathy

Friday, July 10, 2015

Casserole Carrier

A little while ago, I was watching one of my favorite YouTubers (is that an actual word??), The Crafty Gemini, and she was showing how to create a casserole carrier.  Check out her tutorial here.  It was so cute, I loved the material she was using.  I thought - Cathy you can do that!!  

So I gave it my best effort.  I used the measurements she gave and her exact directions.  It didn't turn out quite as nice as hers, but it is OK.  I think I may try another one to see if I can't make it a little better.  





Not sure if you can tell or not, but mine is also reversible.  But I still think her fabric colors are much cuter.  

It was fairly easy to make, pretty sure it took me less than an hour to complete.  I didn't do all the quilting that she did but on my next one I will add those details.  

Thanks for looking.
Cathy


Monday, July 6, 2015

Hail to the Redskins....

My husband loves the Redskins!!!  He is a northern Virginia native and has been a fan for years.  Recently I watched a great video on YouTube showing how to make fabric baskets.  Whitney Sews show how to easily make a clever little basket.  I loved the idea.  So I tried to make my own using a bandana I bought from 5 Below when they were going out of business.  I think this bandana was less than $1.00!!  And, the inside of the basket is from a white bed sheet from Goodwill.  YEA, I love a bargain!!  



I used slightly different dimensions than the ones Whitney used.   I used a rectangle 13 inches by 18 inches.  The corner cut out was 3.5 inches.  

 

The video shows the instructions on how to complete the project.  it was pretty easy and I finished in less than an hour.  


I really like the way the Redskins emblem ended up right in the middle of the basket!!  There is no way I would have been able to do that.

Pretty cute!!  


I know I'm going to make more of these because they are so easy to do.  

Thanks for looking, 
Cathy

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Showing some School Spirit!!!

One of my dear friends from the school I substitute at left our school this year.  Her husband has been transferred to South Africa!!  Boo Hoo Hoo, I miss her so much. 
As a going away gift I wanted to give her something to help her remember all her friends from her time here in Northern Va. 
I found one of my daughter's old t-shirts
and carefully cut out just the school mascot. 
Next I made a cute little bag out of the cute little dragon.  My friend needed something she could easily take with her, and it was easy to fold up to put in her purse if needed. 
Love it.  I bought the green matching fabric from Joann's Fabric.
The inside is just white fabric.  This is actually a white cotton sheet that I bought at Goodwill!!!  Works perfectly for so many of my projects. 

My friend loved the bag and said she had many uses for it. 

Thanks for looking.
Cathy



Thursday, June 11, 2015

Repurposing a Man's Neck Tie


I have a new fascination with zippers!!  Not sure how this happened but I've been looking on Pinterest and YouTube for any ideas that use zippers.  One that I came up with was to re-purpose a man's neck tie to something else. 

I started out with this Virginia Tech tie I bought at Goodwill.  It was about $3.00

Next I opened up the tie from the back.  I forgot to take a picture of this part, but it opens up to a rather wide piece of fabric.  Iron it flat and added some interfacing to make it a little stronger.

The end product was a small wallet that is almost big enough to hold my husband's iPhone 6.  I forgot to add some extra length in the zipper end so it didn't open up wide enough for the phone.

This is the inside, added some orange fabric that I had in a stash!






Tadaaaaa the final product!! It turned out pretty cute.

Thanks for looking
Have a great day.
Cathy

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Wedding GIfts

A lady that I work with is getting married this summer and moving away.  So sad, she is such a sweet person.  I will miss her dearly. 

Unfortunately I don't know any colors in her house, made it hard to make personalized gifts that will match her house, so I made up my own colors for her!! Hope she likes them.  

First I made (what I call) a DRINK PILLOW.  I saw something like this in a store and thought "I can make that myself!". So I did.  Right now I don't have any directions on how to make it, but that is my next project.  
I use my pillow when relaxing in front of the TV and don't have a table near me to put my drink on.  

 This is the top of it, you can see the "holder part" right in the middle.










This is the back side, I used a contrasting color.



And, this is what it looks like with a refreshing drink being kept safe and cold on the couch.  
 Cute!!

Next I made some BOWL COZIES for her microwave safe bowls.  This is the bowl heat protectors idea I used.  It was very helpful.  I didn't use the batting to make it stronger and heat safe. My idea was to use a 100% cotton dish towel and the protector.  I just cut up an old towel to fit the bottom of the bowl.  I found that there was too much bulk when sewing the 2 sides together.  I tested them in the microwave to make sure they didn't catch on fire or ruin my microwave.  Works perfectly. 



Cute!!!

Next, I went to my friend's FaceBook page and saved a couple of her engagement pictures to my computer and made a few coasters.  In the past I printed out on tissue paper then Mod Podged them on to the coasters, but my printer has been giving my problems.  So I thought - hmmm wonder if I could use the pictures.  It worked!! 



Again, Cute

Next I used one of the pictures to make a personalized clock.  I'll post directions for this one - I promise!




She is so adorable! 

Finally, I found this AWESOME tutorial on how to make fabric bowls.  I thought it would be neat to have a couple to use throughout the year.  And, once I made one I couldn't stop!!  Started with a Valentine's Day bowl.
Next was a Memorial Day/ July 4th bowl. 
A couple different styles for Halloween, she has to be able to put the candy in something cute!


The tall Halloween one is almost the same as the Memorial Day one.  The Crafty Gemini has a basket tutorial I used, just didn't add the handle.  She shows how to make the basket with the corners inside. 

Finally a Christmas bowl.  Also made some TEENY TINY bowls with scraps.  You can see how small they are next to the thimble.  




Sorry but I can't get that middle picture to turn the right way!! Frustrating. 

Then I made a couple extra-cute baskets just because I was on a roll and couldn't stop.  






The pink and yellow one has a cardboard square on the bottom to make it a little stronger.  

I hope she likes everything.  

Thanks so much for looking. 
Cathy