Friday, October 14, 2011

Halloween 2011

For some reason- Halloween seems to be the consistent season of crafting. We had two really fun ideas and both turned out great. One was found on Pinterest, from "Not So Idle Hands," and another Sara found that was quite a pleasant surprise. Lace-covered, spray painted pumpkins.

First was the glow in the dark one, using a pizza pan, multiple paints, and cut out glitter-foam bats, or witches. Many layers of glow in the dark paint were necessary to get it to show up, but with a black light- those babies shine like the real thing. Tonight I'll put the light on it and take a picture, so stay tuned for an update. But here it is in normal daylight:

Super cute, and looks good day or night. Then, we did the pumpkins. I can honestly say I didn't put my best foot forward, but after seeing the result, I wish I had. But still, look how cool:

So go out- get some pumpkins, spray paint, and lace- and go nuts. Send pictures.

Happy Halloween!

(Click on link "Not So Idle Hands" to get info on how to make the first one.)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Jam Project

Two Bags of Frozen Raspberries

3 or 4 Plums, Peaches or Pears.

One box of Sure Jell Pectin

6 Pint Jars (they come in packs of 12, so we can split them)

Lots of Sugar (but not too much, we are doing low-sugar jam)

One orange or lemon for juice and rind

Estimated cost:

Raspberries $8
Pears/Peaches/Plums $2
Sure Jell $2.50
Sugar $3
Orange/Lemon $1
Jars (if halved) $4
Total: about $20

Put berries in a large pot and break them down. Cut up other fruit and add it and sugar. Once boiling, add pectin and lemon juice bring again to a boil. When the mixture has reached a "syrupy" consistency, and coats a metal spoon, then it is ready to be canned. Pour (Carefully!) into the sanitize jars till 1/4 inch from the rim. Wipe rims and put the lids that have been warmed in almost boiling water then tighten the ring to ALMOST completely shut, leave a little wiggle room. Put the jars into a boiling water bath till they are submerged, and leave for 25-30 min. Carefully- remove jars and tighten lids. When you hear popping, you know the lids are sealing correctly. Jam has a shelf life of 2 years, and if opened and refrigerated, 2 weeks.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


I did this all summer long. Some bracelets I got the ideas off of Craftgawker, and others I just plain made up. This one, (shown in blue above) is made up. Here is how to do it-

1. Cut a line of hemp that is three times as long as the length you want your bracelet around your wrist. Pick 2 or 3 colors of embroidery floss and cut them 2 ft long. fold in half, so the loop of hemp becomes the top (and later to be the button hole) and make sure the embroidery floss is even. Tie a knot at the top, and make sure it fits around your button.

2. Keeping the hemp lines parallel, weave the embroidery floss in and out, from one side around to the other. You'll feel like you are braiding, except not- because you are weaving the floss around the stationary hemp lines.

3. As you go, squish the thread up so the hemp is covered, and keep going.

4. When you get to the length you desire, tie the bottom in a knot, then snip the ends of the embroidery. Then, thread the hemp through your button, knot, and cut. Now your bracelet is removable. And you are quite finished.

note- some of the bracelets on my wrist above, I didn't squish the thread on, and left the hemp visible. Just for contrast.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Copy of a Copy

I came across THIS post, and though I think she did a great job (especially because painting straight lines is nearly impossible..) I was still more impressed with the original. Which, by the way, is digitally produced. So I took a crack at it, and this is what I came up with:

If I had maintained the patience to be more cautious of the straight lines, it would have turned out better.

But still..

Friday, August 5, 2011

A Bit of my Summer Bracelet Craze

If you REALLY need a tutorial, I'll give one. But I made these up and it's a pretty simple concept.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Summer Craft Result

We did a small, informal night of crafting for the button monograms. They all turned out great, I didn't have my camera to capture everyone's, but here is my finished product. The problems that arose were:
-the trace lines of the letter being visible
-the paper warping
-the buttons causing issues with glass plating

Other than those teensy (yet humongous, the warped paper is driving me nuts...) problems, I like the completed product.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Summer Craft Night Nominees

4th of July wreath courtesy of First Lady of the House. You can never have too many wreaths, (that should be the motto of "Craft Night") but this one would be strictly Holiday, whether it be Memorial Day, or during the July patriotic days, it is cute, fun and I have a feeling everyone's will look different due to each person's creative abilities...

(Courtesy of spearmint baby)
This is cute whether it be for your own name, your last name, or your kid's name. I love it. It's bright and colorful, which are two things that always make my list. We'd have to buy the frames, which are most likely 10-15 bucks at IKEA. Then all the buttons. You can buy bags of random buttons at craft stores, then she also uses brads, and other miscellaneous do-dad's.

Pear-Raspberry Jam. Oh yumminess. Would make these the REAL way, with pressure cooking and all, or- we could just make freezer jam and put them in plastic containers. It's SO SO good, lasts for SO long (either way, freezer or shelved jars) and it's really easy. Items needed would be raspberries (frozen work fine) and sugar, pectin and jars. Bada-boom. Domestic Goddesses.

If you have more ideas, send them to me and I'll post them here. Then we can decide what our summer craft will be.....

Friday, April 8, 2011

April 2011: Easter

These bunnies were created from an internet search of "felt bunnies." I came across lots of ideas, some included sewing machines, or needle felting; things I did not want to do. So I reinvented the felt bunny and used felted wool, the blanket stitch and cotton ball tails. Simply cut out two pieces of felted wool in bunny shape, then use embroidery thread to make little eyes. Then, blanket stitch around the two pieces put together, starting below the bunnies tummy at the bottom corner. Stitch up until about a half inch up the ears, then separate the ears and continue up the side of just ONE ear. When you get back around that ear to the same spot that you separated at, cross over- and go up the other side of the OTHERear, so when you get back around you will put the pieces back together and continuedown the bunny closing the felt together. The ears should sit kind of floppy. Then, stitch on the tail, and fill your bunny with batting (or and easter egg...)

Even Jack, the french bull dog had a good time.

(They sit gathered together, above my easter egg garland, found here)


Felted Wool
Fabric Scissors
Embroidery Thread
Cotton ball tails

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

In the meantime...

I came across this idea on one of my favorite sites but sadly I am not chic enough to have my own book of Pantone paint chips. I finished my OTHER Easter craft, and with the leftovers, I decided to make my own magnets. So this is what I came up with. I LOVE them... so much. I may make a million more.

I used wooden discs that I bought, all ready cut for me. I used them to measure the cut outs for the paint chips and the magnetic sheet. I glued the chips on, then used paper glaze to make them shiny and almost edible looking... then glued the magnet to the back. I'm pleased. Anything colorful makes it on my to do list. I have a feeling there will be many more paint chips in my future...


Small wooden discs ("Woodsies")
Elmer's Glue
Paper Glaze
Paint Chips
Magnetic Paper

Cut out your circles, glue them to the disc, glue magnet to the BACK of discs, then glaze and let dry. Hang on anything metal, prevent kids from trying to eat them..

Monday, March 21, 2011

Easter Craft

I promise to get a better photo up... but this little bunny was the prototype, so he was captured by my phone. You get the idea.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

January: Valentine's 2011

I'm trying to figure out if this is really aValentine's Craft or not..It doesn't really matter. Everyone showed up (and then some) and all their wreaths were beautiful. We did two types, one was burlap and the other fabric flowers. This night was particularly special because it was our first Craft Night at Sara's new house. It was the perfect amount of space. Thank you again, Sara, for allowing us into your brand new home.

These fabric flowers are so fun to use for any number of these, not to mention pretty easy to put together. It's just a matter of twisting, keeping your fingers on the flower and using the Liquid Stitch to keep it together. After many, many flowers, your fingers do tend to get sticky, so washing them now and again will help prevent the flower from sticking to your finger instead of itself.

Obviously, the more fabric you use, the bigger the flower, but these strips of fabric are about 2 inches wide and ranging from 1-3 feet long. IF you finish a flower and want it to be bigger, just glue more of the strip onto the back and continue twisting. Some girls made HUGE flowers and they turned out very pretty.

We had quite a lot of fabric and everyone shared and exchanged, making the options limitless for our end results. In regards to the burlap wreath, some used the traditional beige burlap and others had black, red and dark brown. They added a whole new look to the original craft and it was fun to see people do what they wanted.

The burlap does shed, so be prepared to have it all over you.
For our little 14" wreaths we averaged about 40 of the "burlap flowers" per wreath and it came out just right. People used different kind of brads and everyone's turn out great according to their original style.


Fabric Flower Wreath
Grapevine wreath
Liquid Stitch
Hot Glue

Burlap Wreath
Green Wreath Form
Hot Glue
{Burlap wreath found at Tatertots and Jello}

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

December: Christmas 2010

Again, Martha contributes to my life bringing joy and frustration. I learned how to do these snowflakes about 6 years ago. But they are always impressive and I love how they all turn out differently. Using 12-14 white paper lunch sacks, you trim about 1" off the bottom of the bag (while still folded flat.) Then you tape the sides of the bags together with three pieces of scotch tape, and do the same to the other side. Once all the bags are taped (creating a sort of lunch bag accordion) you may start cutting shapes out. I usually go 2-3 bags at a time, depending on how strong your scissors are. Cut in the spaces between the tape and when finished, bring the bookend bags around till they touch each other and the accordion forms a big, round snowflake. Tape those two bags together on each side, and display. Then cut those pieces again and fold back up to store.

(If you are interested in more detailed instructions, email me. This is involved..)

14 white paper bags
Scotch tape
1-2 hours of your time