Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Birthday Gift Bag

For my mother-in-law's birthday I wanted to make a FUN gift bag. She turned 81 last week and thought it would be great to make her a special gift bag for her gifts.

Started with a white bag from Michaels (I have a stash of them in my craft room for just this occassion). Then worked with different "matching" papers to make it look festive.

Finally added the buttons to hide ribbon ends and they are just my favorite embellishment! I like to add them to almost everything I create.
Made a matching envelope for her (handcrafted) card too, but, in my haste forgot to take a picture! Bummer!

Thanks for looking, and have a great day!


Friday, August 27, 2010

Quote for the Day

If A equals success, then the formula is: A = X+Y+Z, where X is work, Y is play, and Z is keep your mouth shut.

~~Albert Einstein

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Quote for the Day

Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby.
-- Ruth Renkel

Monday, August 23, 2010

Quote for the Day

Saw this on Facebook.. .
If outside is going to feel like an oven, then outside should smell like brownies.
Made me giggle!!


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Back to School!

How cute is this idea!?!?! Wish I had thought of it myself. Can't believe it is time to meet new teachers again. Found this super-duper cute idea to start off the new year. Someday Crafts posted this idea to share with other crafty moms hoping for a great school year. I love this one and will be trying it before the year starts. Might try it with the silicone cupcake liners, may be too "mushy" though. I'll let you know how it goes.

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Have a great day

Monday, August 9, 2010

Quote for the Day

Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.
-- Jessica Guidobono

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

I Thought it was a Good Idea...

In June, I promised my 9 year old daughter that should could do a tie dying project and at the time it seemed like a FUN idea!! Yesterday we finally got around to working on the project. However, I didn't think it all the way through. My grand idea was to tie dye a set of sheets for her full size bed. I didn't anticipate the mess it would make to do such large pieces. When applying the dye to each piece, it dye on the grass, then we had to walk around, and sit in the grass to finish each one. Forgetting that the grass was mess, we both got it on the bottom of our feet and on the back of our shorts! OOPS, but my shorts were black, so it didn't show up but hers were ruined. Oh well, live and learn!

These are the four pieces that I used rubber bands for the designs. There are 2 pillow cases, a flat sheet and a fitted sheet. I used 4 different patterns for the whole set. I added a YouTube video for each folding technique because I didn't take pictures of each piece. Didn't think that far ahead! Hope it helps, each video shows the technique used, there is also some other info about dying but it does not reflect my procedure.

She was very excited to get her gloves on and get ready to start dying!
This first one is the top sheet and I used a basic spiral to tie it up. You can check out the procedure here to see how it is done. Just an FYI - I found this person on YouTube, I don't know him just thought he did a good job of showing the technique.
This is one of the pillow cases. I just crinkled up the case, then put rubber bands at various places. That was the easiest one to do because it was so small.
This is the second case. The technique used to fold is found here, then used the squirter bottles to add the dye.
Finally, this is the fitted sheet. I used the concentric circles folding technique to make this one. You can see the procedure here. Again, I used the procedure then used squirte bottles to add the dye.
** Notice I used a tie dye effect with the font color!! :-)

The next post has pictures of the final project. Check it out!!

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Monday, August 2, 2010

FINAL Tie Dye Project!!

We finished the sheet set tie dying project and opened each piece up. It was very exciting to see what each piece would look like. The top sheet started like this one...
And, after opening up - the pattern looked like this..
Next, the first pillowcase. It was tied up like this...
After opening up the case ....
This is the second pillowcase folded up...
And, the second pillow case opened up...
Finally, this is the fitted sheet! It turned out great, my personal favorite of the entire set. Started out folded like this....
This is the "backside" to show the part with elastic -
The front side -
Pretty darn cute!!
The big TA-DAAAA!! Sheets on her bed! It doesn't exactly match her Princess wall border, but it is still cute and she likes it. I didn't put the top sheet on so you could see the "bullseye" from the fitted sheet.
Thanks so much for looking,
Have a great day