valentine sun catcher.

SUNCATCHERFINAL

I saw this project on the land of nod blog and thought it would be an easy, fun project to do with milo. And I had just enough contact paper left over to do it. I had a ton of scrap paper already cut up from my card making days, but milo had fun using the hole punch and making little confetti circles to add to the contact paper.
Here’s what we did:

First, cut out scraps of paper – use different sizes, shapes, colors.

SUNCATCHERSHAPES
Next, cut out a big heart out of contact paper.

suncatchercontact
Peel the back off the contact paper and affix the shapes you just cut on the sticky part. If you use letters, remember to make them read backwards.

SUNCATHERAFFIX

Then you can take the sun catcher and stick it directly on the window, like they did in the original post. I was paranoid if I did this, it wouldn’t come off my windows for some strange reason, so I cut out another heart, the same size, out of contact paper and put it on top of the other one, sealing everything in place. Then I used a hole punch to make a hole and add string to hang it.

home.


home
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This is another embroidery project I worked on over the course of two days. I started it one evening and finished it the next. This was really fun and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. And it was some good embroidery practice!

I typed the word “home” in illustrator to size and then taped the fabric to the computer screen and traced it. Then I fine tuned the tracing and got to embroidering, using lots of colors from my stash. I hung it right by the front door and I think it works great in our living room.

Home sweet home!

Here’s some progress photos:

progress

fabric scrap bunny.

BUNNY

My good friend had a baby boy this week, so I made him this little bunny out of some fabric scraps! I just traced the shape of the bunny on the fabric, embroidered the little bunny face, and sewed them right side together, leaving about a 2 inch hole at the bottom. Turned it inside out, stuffed the little guy, and sewed up the hole. I made a red one for his big sister too!

358. clay ornaments.

ornaments

Milo and I made these clay ornaments using a recipe I found on pinterest. We rolled out the dough, cut them out using cookie cutters, and then baked them and let them dry. We painted them, used sharpies and glittered them. We had alot of fun doing it, and are giving some as christmas gifts.

1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup baking soda
3/4 cup water
In a medium sized pot combine the cornstarch, baking soda, and water. Stir this mixture over medium-low heat. You are going to stir this mixture until it is smooth and no longer feels stuck to the bottom of the pot. Stir constantly, after a couple of minutes, the mixture will begin to thicken. When it looks like smooth, thick mashed potatoes, remove the pot from the heat. Spoon the ball of dough into a bowl. Cover it with a damp cloth until it’s cool.

When the clay has cooled, knead it on a smooth surface dusted with cornstarch. To avoid cracking you need to make sure the clay is well kneaded before rolling. Knead in a little more cornstarch if it feels sticky. Store the clay in a sealed bowl or bag. It will keep for a couple of weeks in the fridge. Bring it to room temperature before you use it.


Line the baking sheet with waxed paper if you want to let them dry naturally. Turn them every day to avoid curling. This just takes longer than drying them in a low temperature oven.

Preheat oven to 175 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out clay to 1/4 inch thick on a surface lightly dusted with cornstarch. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Transfer shapes to the prepared baking sheet. Use a straw to poke a hole in the center top of each decoration Place them in the oven for about an hour, turning them over halfway through cooking.

351. holiday ornament crafternoon.

ORNAMENTS copy

I had a few friends come over for a holiday crafternoon.

The idea was that everyone bring an ornament to make, and we all make it! We made five ornaments total.
Not pictured is the fabric scrap ball I made earlier in the week (which was a hit!)

1. Then we made sequin ball ornaments…which I am OBSESSED With. Im going to be making a bunch more of these once I get more sequins! Here is a tutorial on how to make them.

2. We made another ornament where we took a christmas bulb shaped ornament and put glittery pipe cleaners and colorful beads inside.

3. We made something similar with a glass ball ornament where we wrapped twine around the top and stuffed it with shredded paper.

4. And lastly, we made these little bird nest ornaments. We glued an egg carton holder to a clothespin, glued grass inside, glued a puffy ball inside that, and glued eyes and a popcorn kernel for a nose. These were intended for the kiddos to make, but they were not interested, so we made them instead.

This was a super fun afternoon! Thinking of doing them a few times throughout the year, and definitely annually!

349. fabric scrap ornament.

I saw something like this at crate and barrel a few weeks ago for $10. Using a styrofoam ball and some fabric scraps, I made my own. And iI like mine better!

Here is a tutorial on how to do it. You need a styrofoam ball and fabric scraps. Basically you take fabric scraps and cut them into about 1-2 inch squares. I used a broken chopstick to shove my scraps into the ball. I’m having some girls over for a crafter-noon on sunday, so I think this is the craft Im going to have them make! Can’t wait to see everyone’s variations.

338. holiday card wreath.


One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is sending and receiving holiday cards! Mine are already designed, printed, addressed, stamped, and ready to be sent out. Don’t worry, I’m going to wait a few more days before sending them out…

I never really know how/where to display them. I saw something like this on pinterest and decided to make my own variation of it. I used the largest embroidery hoop I can find and instead of painting it, like I saw in the example (I didn’t feel like going outside in the cold to use spraypaint), I wrapped mine in yarn. I hot-glued little clothespins to it, and as the cards start to come in Ill clip them on the wreath. Looking forward to those cards coming! Kind of nervous, since we moved, we won’t get as many. And I always seem to send WAY more than I receive, but I love sending mail!

333. animal ornaments

 


I turned some little plastic toys into instant ornaments using spraypaint, eyelets and fishing line.

329. yarn trees.

 


now that we have a mantel, I’m working on ways to decorate it for the holidays. I made these simple yarn trees by wrapping a styrofoam cone with yarn!

311. knitted cowl.

This is what I did to get through the stressful election night. and yes I completed this in one day!  Probably about 4 hours to complete.
I used this as my pattern,  but  I added a few extra rows at the end. I’ve been knitting for about 9 years or so, and this is one of the first projects I completed in the round! I haven’t had much luck with knitting in the round in the past. This is a great pattern for beginners too, because its just knitting and purling complete rows.