Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Decorated Card

One of Tony’s cousins got married a while back, and in their invitation they sent a card, asking each guest to decorate it with some advice and send it back. I thought it was a really neat idea, and had fun decorating. This was really the first time I’ve used chalk on a project. I couldn’t find paper that matched their silver theme, so I just chalked the background paper and paper flower silver. It was great fun, very messy, which is just the way I like it!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Strap Cover

A couple months ago (was it really that long?! time flies!) I got tired of seeing Cadence rub at her neck every time we put her in her carseat, so I made covers for the straps. It was pretty simple. I just took a piece of lightweight, soft felt, made it double the width of the strap plus ½ inch for seam allowances. As I hemmed it I tucked some low-loft batting into it to pad it a little. Then I put a strip of Velcro and – Viola! Strap covers that are soft and comfy without being too hot, and are super easy to put on and take off.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Reversible Jumper

I loved making this jumper for Cadence – it was so easy and fun! Only one and a half naps (Since with count everything in naps now, rather than say, minutes or hours…) The directions that went with the pattern somehow got misplaced, so I had to call Mommy and have her talk me through the facing and such, but it’s a very simple pattern so it wasn’t too hard. After she explained the facing to me I thought, Hey! I could just make it go all the way down, and then it would be reversible. So here is the result:
Close-up of pocket:

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Thank you for my birthday gift Kristina!

I love my new serving tray you got me - it came in really handy for our turn to take snacks to our prenatal class, and I'm sure it will come in handy many times in the future. It is very pretty!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Apple Creek Stuff

I had a ton of fun making stuff and doing bulletin boards while I worked at Apple Creek. We were always doing some fun new project that let me use huge sheets of brightly colored paper... scissors, glue... tape... lots of tape!!!! I think elementary school was a little taste of heaven for me :D

This was for a Valentine's Day board where lots of teachers wrote their favorite books and decorated hearts - mine of course was Pigeon.
This was the second half of a progressive bulliten board - in April I had rain drops gushing across the board instead of flowers.

This was another ongoing board, out in the hallway to advertise what genre we were doing in our "Passport Throught the Genres" program that month. I love geometric shapes!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Kristina's Wall Hangings

Last year for Christmas, I made Kristina a wall hanging to match her living room. She asked for a matching one for her birthday, and I gladly made it for her. Here are the (as Tony calls it...) 'complimentary' wall hangings.

It's hard to see some of the colors because of the way the camera was, but you get the general idea :) The frames were about the same color as our coffee table, for those of you who have seen our coffee table. ( I did not make the frames myself - just the stuff inside )

Curtains for Cadence's Room

Well, I finally got to make curtains for the baby room. I just went and bought a sheet that matched, cut it to size, hemmed it all around and hung them up - I love easy projects! :) I also love velcro (have I mentioned that a thousand times yet?) which I used on the ribbon tie backs so I wouldn't have to actually tie and untie the curtains.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Liner Holders

I have never been able to bring myself to use trash can liners, because I hate how the liner (or in my case, Wal-Mart bag) falls down inside the trash can anytime you throw something in there. Well, the other day, after discovering a rich love for velcro, I invented a liner holder.

It looks nice, the ribbon color matches our bathroom and everything. Not only that, but if you push on the bag, the ribbon just get tighter, instead of letting the bag fall in the trash can! Tony took one look at it and said "That's really pretty, but you're never going to untie and tie that pretty bow every time you empty the trash." I turned it around and said "Tah dah!" It velcros! So all I do is pop the bag in and velcro the ribbon shut. I've done this several times now, and it works great! I love it!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Christmas Present Scrapbooks Continued from a Whole Year Ago...

Ok, like, a year ago I said I would post more pictures... here they are :) I can't seem to find all of them, so this is a sampling.

Jake's was a train theme to match his room. I had a lot of fun designing and cutting out all the train cars. That was definately a challenge for me, but like I said, I enjoyed it!

Karlea's was a flower theme. I had just gotten my Crikut (Spelling?) for Christmas, and loved playing with the different ways to cut out flowers :)

I can't find any pictures of Rylea's! I may have to see if Kayla still has it so I can steal it and take pictures. It was a "cute as a button them" and I loved the color scheme (it was kind of white and pale blues and pinks, so it was right up my alley). Anyways, that's all the pictures I could find for now.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Hair Basket Organizer

A while back I got tired of digging through my drawer for hair stuff, so I threw it all in a basket. It helped considerably, but every time I picked up the basket for a closer look, all the stuff fell through the loose weave. So I made a liner for it. That helped even more, but my clippies always got buried underneath the scrunchies, so I had to dump all my stuff out to see it all. So, I pulled the liner out and added a ribbon, stitching it at a few strategic spots to hold it in place while still allowing barrets to slide in behind it. So far, it works great! I love it, it's pretty, and it actually keeps things where I can reach them.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Daddy Diaper Duty

I made this for Tony as his gift at the shower. I've never had so much fun with tissue paper and ribbon in my whole life!!!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Christmas Projects

This year for Christmas I made the three nieces purses made out of old worn out jeans. The first one took forever because I had to just kind of make it up as I went, but after the first one they were really fun to make. Since I was unfrustrated by the time the last one was done I went ahead and made quick and easy (literally - they took like five minutes - thank you Mommy for showing me how) coin purses to match the lining of each purse.

I drew Connie's name for the Chancellor Christmas, and I had no idea what to get her, but someone said she needed a mail organizer. I'm not sure how well the one I made will work, but it was fun to make and looked cute at least :) I put a gift card in one of the pockets in case the mail didn't actually fit in the pockets or some other such disaster :D
The last thing was trying to figure out what to get the girls at church for Christmas. We like to exchange small gifts, but I needed something that would fit in our budget... so I made bookmarks to go in their Bible (or other random book) They turned out to be fairly quick and easy, so I made one for all the girls I was giving gifts to, and one for my own stocking :D Just in case you were curious, simple beading projects are really easy, they would be great for kids too.