Our Trunk or Treat was so successful. I should have taken more pictures but I always forget once I start having fun! But before it started I did manage to get a shot of our car's decorations. Looks like this guest has been waiting a long time for room service!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
What do you think? Does this sound like a place you would want to spend the night?
I saw something similar to this sign in a magazine and decided to change it up a bit. The wording is cut out of vinyl on my Cricut and were so much easier than painting or stenciling! The wood was an old piece that had paint splattered on it, but a coat of white and beige brought it back from the trash heap! The bracket is from an outdoor light that we had leftover. Diana
Monday, October 25, 2010
At our church we have a Trunk or Treat night where children can come for a safe night of fun! We decorate our trunks and the competition can get pretty stiff. This year I was asked to provide the prizes for the three best trunks. Here is what we will be awarding to the scariest ones! I got these jars from Walmart and filled them with "good candy". The images are from Graphics Fairy and are printed on label paper. I inked the edges with black or white. The jars will be presented in the matching bags, tied with orange ribbon. This label is one of my favs!
Saturday, October 23, 2010
I know you have seen candles with images heat embossed onto them before, including ones on this blog, but this candle is a little different so I thought I would share it. I trimmed a Halloween napkin down to fit all the way around the candle and as tall, minus about 1/4 inch. The candle was from Walmart and was pumpkin colored and scented. Remember to use only one layer of the napkin, the one with the image on it. I then wrapped the napkin around the candle, then a large piece of wax paper. Use a heat gun to melt the napkin into the candle. You will know when it is hot enough because everything changes into deeper colors. Use a brayer to smooth the surface of the candle while still warm. This only took a few minutes and the results are so satisfying.
Friday, October 22, 2010
What to make today.... I picked up this fabric from Amy Butler at the quilt shop some time ago and I had an apron pattern with an option I hadn't tried yet.... And who doesn't need another apron!!! Each layer is cut on the bias and in the shape of a "C'. They drape so cute and look very girly!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Have you heard of Squinkies? If you have little girls in your family you have! I bought some for my grand daughters and thought they would make great little soaps. Here are the finished tiny soaps and let me walk you through the process.But first, I needed a way to give these to my girls. I put these in pretzel bags. They would look cute back in their original packaging too.
These were sold as a bracelet and ring set with four little Squinkies in balls. The fifth ball holds fasteners. I carefully pried open the packages and removed the little toys from the balls. I then replaced the empty balls back in the packages and glued it all back together.
This is the little plastic ball the toys come in. They remind me of the gumball machine toys.
I poured a bit of clear soap base into the bottoms of a special 3D ball ice cube tray. Then, once the soap has thickened to a gel, I stuck one toy into each ball.
Let these set up.
Next fill the tray with more melted soap and squeeze on the top of the mold and allow the excess soap to overflow.
Place a weight on top to keep the mold secure. I used a press.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
This time around I did a little machine applique! I found this cute ear of corn at Planet Applique http://planetapplique.com/ They sell it for just $1.50! And it didn't take nearly as much time or thread changes as the chicken. Same fabric as the previous post.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I saw bags like this at a little Amish store here in Ohio. Of course they were a lot plainer than this one. The Amish don't really go for bling. Not even when it is a country chicken waiting for the corn to cook. But I like chickens. A lot. You use these bags to cook corn or potatoes in your microwave. And you can also heat tortillas in them. They are a simple envelope bag with a sewn in flap. There in a muslin lining, cotton batting and a pretty all cotton fabric on the outside. Each fabric is cut at 22x10 that is folded into an envelope and sewn with 1/4 seams. Easy.
Look what a little paper clay and paint can become! Holiday jewelry! I rolled out a bit of clay and cut several pie wedge shapes out of it. After they dried, I painted them orange and dipped the tips in white and the bottoms in yellow. I then sprayed them on both sides with a matte finish and let them dry completely.
Monday, October 11, 2010
While I was on a business trip with my husband this past week, I didn't have the opportunity to craft! But my mom brought over this cute little candy jar and I thought I'd share it. Olive jar! That's right, look how great it looks when filled with candy and spiders and decorated! Plus she did all this with just one hand. (Broke her shoulder and arm a while ago and is still recovering from major surgery) Jar with candy, a perfect gift for a daughter.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
I am so sad that I missed this trend with my kiddos! I think that baby leg warmers are so cute and practical, too. Luckily we have nieces and nephews being born. I found these cute little socks at Target for only $2.oo. It took me about 10 minutes to make these, and I am so glad I did. First I cut out the socks like this. Make sure that you leave the top of the sock intact. It will be the foot opening for the leg warmer.
Now take the smaller portion off of the foot area and fold it in half-right side facing out.Attach this to cuff to the longer portion of the sock. Make sure that you attach it to the raw edge with the right sides together. I used my serger, but I don't see why you couldn't hand stitch or use your machine.I was worried that I would have to explain what I had made to the new mommy, but instead with a little cute packaging I no longer have to explain. I made a hooded towel from THIS tutorial to go with it. The only adaptation that I made was using a towel that I purchased and cut up rather than the terry cloth from a fabric store. I was not happy with the fluff factor of the fabric store terry cloth, and my store bought towel was perfect.