Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Kid's Stuff

These were fun toddler crafts.

The fish is stuffed with newspaper, stapled shut, and sprinkled with mashed Cornflakes.

I loved this idea, but would use sturdier paper next time, maybe even cardboard. The licorice is just taped on the back, but hot glue would work best.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Nativity Sign

I've been seeing a lot of sillouhette nativity scenes recently, and completely fell in love. I kept thinking they were pretty - and then I thought "Oh! That would make it so incredibly easier!"

 And it did. This may be my favorite sign so far. I especially like the way the stable scene seems to light up when the light hits it at night. Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Fall Sign

I wanted to do a sign for fall, but I wanted one that could last all season, even through Halloween and Thanksgiving, so I decided to go with pumpkins instead of say, "Welcome Fall" or a turkey.

Turns out, I am not so great at painting circles. This sign did not turn out the way I was envisioning, but I wound up liking it ok anyway. For the "leaves" (that don't look like leaves... the pumpkins were supposed to be nestled in a pile of leaves... yeah...) I cut little stamps out of foam and just squished them on over and over. Happy fall a little late everyone! 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Applique Pillows - A Beginner Project

These pillows were my first experience with Applique. Be kind! They were fun, and turned out to be a good starter project. If you are looking for a first project, here are some tips:

1. Find a shape with straight lines only, or very few gently curves.
2. Also choose a simple shape, the larger the easier.
3. Always use an iron-on tranfer, like Wonderunder, to make applique easier.
4. Knits and other stretchy fabrics are hard!