Saturday, May 14, 2011

A gift for Baby Wyatt

Today I attended a baby shower for a wonderful expectant mom. All along I knew I wanted to make her gift but I didn't get started on it until last night. Yes, I am a pro in the procrastrination department.I ran to Michaels in between doctor appointments yesterday to pick up the toy box. I painted the base paint on and didn't have a clue what was going to be stenciled on it until about 10:00 this morning. The shower was at 1:00 so it was pretty much a rush job from that point on. I sprayed the last coat of sealer on it 10 minsutes before leaving for the shower. Whew...

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Just a little Easter gift for co-workers

Last night, I decided to put together a little Easter gift for my co-workers. I had some little decorative jars from Hobby Lobby, so I made some flavored molded chocolates and filled the jars. Then I printed this image from the graphics fairy in 2 different sizes, one larger than the other. I cut a circle out of the larger one using my nestibilities to fit the top of the jar. The smaller one I used as a tag. I tied a piece of seam binding around the jar and attached a Prima flower and the tag with a mini-safety pin. Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone has a blessed Easter.

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Jute Silverware Holders

I have 50 yards of jute webbing. The majority of it has the black stitching in it and the rest has the red stitching. My original plan was to incorporate it into some pillows. And although I have seen several bloggers do that with great success, somehow I haven't got around to that yet. But recently, one day I was holding a strip of it in my hand, thinking there has to be something else I can use this for. I knew I was limited by the width of the webbing, but as I played with it, these cute little silverware holders were born. I didn't take any pictures while I was making these, so I will try to give you easy directions .

Cute a 13" length of jute webbing.
Fold the jute over towards the top front about 2/3 of the way up
If you are going to add lace (my first choice would have been a little box pleated strip of osnaburg) do that now. I stitched it on with my sewing machine.
Now measure how much room you have to add a patch with a graphic on it.
Print your graphic on a piece of fabric that will blend well with the jute.
Machine stitch to the front of the holder. After you have stitched it on, fray the edges all the way around..
I then machine stitched up the sides as close to the edge as I could as to not make the inside of the holder any smaller than I had to.
The last step: Fray the top of the back piece of webbing by pulling the jute that goes from side to side. Just keeping pulling it loose until your happy with the length that will be frayed. Reserve that string you just pulled out. To get it to have a soft frayed effect you will need to help it along a bit. First just rub your hand back and forth over it and then I took a whisk broom and briskly brushed back and forth.

Okay, now go find a large eye needle and thread it with that piece of jute you saved.
Cut another piece of webbing about 7 or 8 inches. Fold it in half, and then start stitching about 1" down from where the two ends meet. Then fray the 2 ends just like you did on the silverware holder. And.... you have a matching napkin ring. The possibilities are endless for embellishing these, but I left mine plain.
So what have you made with jute webbing. Please share your ideas!

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Primitive Lavender Sachets

I am very proud to be a sponser for Shelly's Card Blog. Shelly is participating in a blog hop. Go to her blog and see how you can join in for the chance to win some prizes. The winner from Shelly's blog will get a set of 6 lavender sachets, hand stamped by me on osnaberg fabric filled with organic lavender buds. I have attached a jute hanger to each one so that they can be hung on hangers in your closet to keep your clothing smelling fresh and clean. You can hang them on a hook or door knob or just anywhere you wish. Hang one from the mirror in your car or tuck into a gym bag. Keep one inside your luggage and hang one in your linen closet. Lavender is a natural moth and insect repellant and also has the most relaxing effect not to mention the wonderful scent. If the lavender scent begins to fade, you need only squeeze the sachet, kneading the buds to make them release more of their natural oil. Now, I'm off to check out all the blogs participating in the blog hop. Good luck!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Ryder Field


I made this baseball themed plague for my grandson Ryder. It hangs like a shadowbox and was made out of a 12 X 24 piece of plywood which had some molding added to all sides even with the top of the plywood. The molding is a little wider than the thickness of the plywood so it created a bit of a ledge for it to hang by. I first paint the wood then stenciled the design on it. After distressing I added some walnut stain to give it a more aged look. Sorry about the glare on the picture. I had given it to Ryder without taking a picture so his Dad took this picture with his cell phone. Thanks for stopping by and please come back again soon! I'm linking up to Donna's FJI
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