I finally got around to scrapping my daughter's pictures from last soccer season. I'm not really fond of scrapbooking, but I do want my kids to have more then just photo albums when they're older, so I do really basic pages, and that happy medium works for me. Both kids have huge albums that I add to, so there are only three pages of soccer not a whole album. Please feel free to offer advice, and yes that is my cheesy hand drawn soccer field.
I made a few things to help clean up the mess that is my purse, a credit/store card holder because I have way more then my wallet will hold, a checkbook cover, and a feminine care product holder. The checkbook cover and card holder were my own creations, I just measured and cut two pieces of fabric, put some interfacing in between and sewed. The tute for the feminine care product holder I got from here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/manicbutterfly/sets/72157601049839097/
About a month ago a friend asked me if I would make her a plastic bag holder. I said sure no problem and the thought oh no it needs elastic. Elastic and I don't get a long, many projects have been redone over and over, just because they use elastic. Never the less I said I would do it so I did, what would have been an hour or less for most people, became about 3 hours, damn elastic, but it is done!
I had a glass jar with a lid (Yankee Candle) and a bunch of miscellaneous game pieces with no home so I put them together to make more clutter for my home . I etched a fitting quote on the jar first "It's only a game... as long as your winning." Not very happy with the way it came out and had I bothered to read the boards here rather then just the back of the etching cream container, I would have learned that using just contact paper doesn't always have the best results. But never the less it was a learning experience. And here are the pictures:
Empty, you can see the etching better:
And finished, only need a few more pieces to fill it:
I have had these patterns for few years now and every year I say I'm going to make them for myself and then I get wrapped up in making Christmas presents and they never get done. So, I added them to my 50 projects in 2010 list and then realized that if I did then now they wouldn't get pushed aside come holiday season. Both are done on 10 count plastic canvas with embroidery floss. Thanks for looking!
I'm not very talented when it comes to paper crafting (mainly because once you glue it's really hard to take it apart and fix screw ups), so to challenge myself I joined an adult themed altered notebook/scrapbook swap. Here are some of the results of all my hard work:
The first page when you open the book, pages cut from an old dictionary with sexual terms circled like a want age page:
I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but it didn't seem to fit in any of the other sewing sections.
I'm still learning to sew and create my own items, not using a pre-made pattern, and this was my attempt at something basic and easy or so I thought. The first picture is of them open and flat, the second picture is closed the way they would look around the strap.
The one with the skulls was my first attempt, I made the front and the back out of two separate pieces, with felt inside for padding, and then sewed them together on one side, with Velcro tabs on the other side. The one with the flames I sewed the two different fabrics together with felt in the middle and then sewed two creases legnth wise to make it fold into thirds and placed Velcro on the back of the first third and the front of the last third.
I like the way the flame one looks better, but I like tabs on the first one. The next time I make one I'll have to combine the two ideas together!
My mom had painted a small wooden table in Mary Engelbreit style/design and I loved it, so when I saw this chair that was my first thought, it would look so much better bright and colorful, so I set to work.
My before chair:
This was actually a dumpster find, so cost nothing except for the price of the red paint that I didn't already have on hand. Not the best before picture, you can see that it had started rusting and was cracked down the middle. I sanded off 3 layers of paint, a peach, a cream, and the original white. After sanding I repaired the crack with wood glue and sanded yet again. And took the whole thing apart so I could clean the rusted parts for hours on end ( no pics). Then I painted it energy red:
The red wasn't enough for me so I added some black accent stripes, which I neglected to take a picture of, and then set to work painting the seat:
The detail that I wanted for the back (not sure what the technical name for this part of the chair is) was beyond my painting skills so I decoupaged pictures pictures on to it:
Many coats of varnish, and I have a great garden chair!
We started our Halloween decorating this weekend and I wanted to share. Since money is tight, I'm doing a lot of handmade and recycling/re purposing this year.
Dinning room overview:
Life size witch scene, I found the pattern for the witch online (Martha stewart), but the other items (shelf, cauldron, spider) were freehand:
Our creepy table:
The "yucky" eggs, blown egg shells dyed with tea and some fishing lure maggots:
Care for a drink?, labels (all of them, seen next pics) were made by crumpling then smoothing out the printed pages and then dying them in tea for aged look. The blood is just corn syrup and food coloring:
More pics of the specimen jars:
Frank & Jack, made from plastic canvas:
Two window scenes:
There are also paper mice and black cat shadows scattered around and some more plastic canvas things that I didn't remember to take pictures of. Now what to do next...