Here in Central Texas we call them Cascarones because primarily they come from Mexico and that's what is written on the carton. However, I made my own, we drained out the egg goop, then dyed/decorated, filled with birdseed and closed them up with colorful tissue paper. Then we got to smash them all over each other. Good times!
Well, here's my trees - kind of pic heavy so I put in thumbnails instead. My husband is a huge Texas Longhorns fan, so I wanted to do a burnt Orange themed tree to celebrate our team's trip to the National Championship bowl game. It is decorated on all sides. This is a 12' tree with 2,000 lights, 100 yards ribbon, 500 ornaments (including 400 various shaped balls, ~100 Orange glittery Christmas picks, and collectables), lots of tinsel and a burnt orange tree skirt, that is way too small. There are two matching table centerpieces and two smaller ones for end tables. I'll bring in more tables for Christmas dinner.
I've also got all my older Christmas stuff which is Red in the other living room. It has all the collectable ornaments and sentimental ones that my kids have made. There are two matching table centerpieces and a bunch more red glass elesewhere in the house. I usually decorate the staircase but found all my bows from last year were crushed. I don't have the engergy to make new ones this year, so that's all I'm doing
I am hoping to find a matching tree for the right side of the fireplace for next year, and hope to get it on clearance at the end of the season
I also have a candy cane wreath on the front door which I did not get a picture of.
I hope you enjoyed my trees, and I hope my trees show how much I love Jesus.
This is Davy Crockett. I was on a very tight budget this year, so the entire costume cost me $5 to make We were in a pinch for time because it was for a book report that coincides with Halloween. He changed the topic the day before it was due, which sent me fabric shopping at the last minute (and up til midnight). I had to call in the reinforcements (aka my mom) to help with the book report (and the baby) while I went to cutting and sewing.
I found this fantastic material at Walmart for $2 a yard, its terry cloth (they called it robe material) but it looks like suede. Then the coon-hat was made from 1/4 yard of faux fur I got at Joann's for $1. It was a solid color, so I had my son take a sharpie and color the stripes on it to make it look striped. I typically don't use patterns, so I kind of winged it and made him stay up late to keep trying it on over and over. He was a hit at school and with the teacher, and very excited to be Davy Crockett.
I made this for my neighbor's son's birthday, intended to be size 3T, as modeled by my 19 month old daughter (so its huge on her). This is truly an action shot, I had to chase her down the hall. The cape is made of this shiny stuff I got at Walmart which was only $3 a yard. Ribbon tie, and "A" is for "Addison" was made from two colors of felt. Made template for the A with cute font.
Here's a quick Tut, so easy!
For toddler size, you just need a half yard of whatever material you are using. A yard of ribbon Two colors of Felt for the emblem (optional)
Make your emblem with the felt. It helps if you can't free-hand to make a template on the computer and print it out. I just found a font that I liked, cut it out and put it together.
Take your piece of fabric and sew the emblem toward the center top of the fabric. Fold it in half right sides together Sew up the sides, so that it looks like a pillow case with the opening on the selveges Turn right side out. At the top, fold in the raw edges and stitch closed Now you want to go about 2-3 inches from each edge and put in a one inch pleat, pin. Then sew the ribbon over the top of the back, covering the pleats (make sure your ribbon is centered).
I found this darling valentine's fabric for only $2 a yard at Hobby Lobby, hooray for clearance!! I'm not used to sewing with patterns, but they had these on sale for .99 cents each at JoAnn's awhile back, I bought a bunch of them. I had to get my mom to come over and explain what all the stuff meant on them... hmmm what the heck is nap? lol I know now.
My mom thought the ruffled collar would be cute, but I think its kind of big and goofy... not to mention it was a pain to sew and hem it. I think I'm going to do the pattern again but with out the huge collar next time. I also made a ton of bias tape for this one. All in all, it was worth the hours I put in to it. I'm not that great at sewing, so it takes me a long time. The pattern also has a hat, but I think I'm going to do that with some solid contrasting prints because its just a bit much.
My daughter is so small and petite, I had to take 4 inches out of the capris to get them to stay on. They fit great now, although a little bit long. I love the little slits up the sides with the rhinestone hearts.
My lil one is having a birthday on March 10th and I wanted to make her something girly, shiny and pink! I was inspired when I went to Hobby Lobby and discovered their shiny tule on sale for only .99 cents a yard!
She isn't walking yet, so its really not practical, but she will grow into it eventually.
Close up of knotted detail...
I used approx 4 yards, each strip was 6" wide, 24" long, I looped two strips together for each knot. I will probably make another one that is not so long, perhaps not soo foofy, but I had so much fun with this one. Cutting the tule took about 20 minutes with kids constantly interrupting, and about 15 minutes to tie the knots.
My sister gave me a bunch of clothes she didn't want anymore, when I saw this, I knew I had to make a baby dress. Size is approx 12-18 months.. made up the pattern as I went along... Stayed up Waayyy too late! I did hong kong seams on the inside because I don't have a serger, which I think made the underarms a little bulky for a baby, but they look nice. Knife pleat is store bought, it took forever to make all that bias tape out of the scraps that were left over.
I had to add this opening in the back after the fact because do-do me didn't make the neck opening big enough. I closed it with a snap and added a pretty heart rhinestone over the top. You can't tell from the photo, but since this was a fitted "girl cut" scrub top, there is some elastic gathering that I positioned at the top of the back.
This is the scrub top before I started clothing surgery.
Hopefully I can get some action shots tomorrow when lil one wakes up.
I found this pretty fabric at Wal-Mart for really cheap. I thought it was really pretty, but my mom saw it and says "oh look at the hippie bag!" What do you think? Hippie or not? I made 4 purses, two from this fabric and the other two got gifted before I could take pics. I included some pics of my Palm treo so you can see size reference.
If I had to do it again, I think I would shorten the handles a bit, or maybe use bamboo handles instead. It really is a fun purse to make.
My son's fish tank pump died and we decided to get rid of the aquarium... However, as my husband was taking it out to the trash, I rescued some "craftables"... We had a perfectly good scene setter (that is the plastic photo-realistic piece that people put at the back of the aquarium to look like the ocean..) and some tubing. The only thing that didn't come from the aquarium is the grommets and thread for sewing.
By the way, the scene-setter and tubing can all be had at your local pet shop. They had the scene setters $1.99 a foot on giant rolls. The piece I used was about 28" long.
Let me know what you think!
By the way, if you decide to make one of these... the straight stitch will just perforate the plastic and cause it to tear apart. There's a setting on my machine that looks like a zig zag, that does two stitches diagonally in one direction, then two in the opposite direction. This worked great. I am not sure what the stitch is called, but I think its used for elastic. Anyhow, it was a fun project.
I made these with my nieces a couple weekends ago. They made picture frames and attached them, but would look cute as a magnet or gift embelishment, scrapbooks, whatever..
So easy to do. You find some old lids to containers that don't have matches anymore. Take a dry erase marker and draw your flower shapes on them. Cut them out, and rub off any of the dry erase marker still left. use a hole puncher to punch a hole in them.. Fasten them together with a brad.