Here is what I ended up doing. They sell these jars in different color lids at World Market for $.99 each. I've made so many jars of these toothpicks now! I made a set of cinnamon, orange cream, and lemon for my husband and his twin brother for their birthday. I made a set of peppermint, butterscotch, and tangerine for my dad and my father-in-law for their birthdays. Last night I made a batch of cinnamon ones for my mom. I used half of the little bottles of cinnamon, and full bottles of the other flavors in the jars.
The flavor oils were hard to find locally, but I luckily found some. I asked someone as rosauers (local grocery store) and she told me that this is going to sound weird but to ask at the pharmacy. They can order them and they are in the next day. There are so many flavors to choose for. They are $.99 each for those really tiny bottles of flavor oil. I guess they had to move them back to the pharmacy because kids were buying the cinnamon one and burning their mouths and daring each other to do the same. Teachers and parents called and told them to sell it behind the counter. Strange, huh?
When my nephew was nearing two, he loved The Tick! He would walk around yelling "spoon!". So somehow I wanted to make him a tick themed shirt. I did some research and found that I liked the bleach look. It looked vintagy and cool but playing around with didn't yield the results I was looking for. That's when I found discharge paste! And I love it! I've made numerous shirts now and still have majority of it left. It takes so little to create something amazing! To make my shirts I make a stencil. I print off whatever design I want, trace it onto a plastic stencil sheet and then use my hot stencil cutter to cut out the design. I use either a spray adhesive or stencil adhesive to attach it to the shirt. I dab on the paste with a stencil brush, peel off the stencil (and all the crazy little pieces) and then iron! Done! Its recommended to wash the shirt before wearing. Now for lots and lots and LOTS of pictures! Yay!
The Seattle skyline for my homesick cousin.
The Seattle Space Needle for above mentioned cousin.
A shirt my husband requested for some inside joke. Yeah, he's a little weird. But weird in a completely awesome way.
Another Seattle themed shirt, this time of Pike's Place Market. Totally awesome place to be and one of my favorite places in Seattle.
Murloc! Ack! *attemps murloc noise and fails*
A little Twilight love for my best friend. Yeah, we are one of those.
This one is hard to read. Its so strange that the writing turned out green. The only thing I can think of is that the shirt was a cotton/poly blend. The discharge paste recommends that you use 100% cotton and for the most part I follow that rule. I didn't realize that this one wasn't and thus the strange outcome. I've used shirts from JoAnn's that are a 90% cotton, 10% polyester with great results. The designs always come out really clear and pretty white! The 100% cottons ones can look a lot yellower.
"Shake and Bake! That Just Happened!" from Talladega Nights (the movie). I got the design online.
A Baby Mario sweatshirt for my nephew when he was 3. I tell you, it is hard to find plain dark colored shirts for toddlers/babies. The best place I've found so far is the Children's Place.
Kung-Fu Panda for my nephew.
"The Tick" shirts!
I've made some others but I must not have taken pictures of them. Moment of insanity? I guess so! Thanks for looking!
My sister, mom and I went to a purse party early this year. They were also selling purse charms and I immediately thought "yeah, I can make those." Its a good feeling. ^_^ I made a bunch, most for my sister for her birthday. She is one of those girls who would actually change them out all the time while mom and I would just stick with the same one.
I call mine purse bling. ^_^ Now cometh the pictures!
Purse charms are so easy and fun to do! Its a great way to use up extra beads that you weren't sure what to do with. You can just throw on random beads. I had so many of those "I don't know what I'm going to do with you because I only have a couple" beads. That, and when I was younger I used to go to bead stores and just pick out of each bead that I liked. What was I going to do with one bead? Store in my jewelry tote until this moment arrived, I guess. The last few are hanging on a jewelry tree that I made for my sister to display all her purse bling. It can be found here! Thanks for looking!
Hi there everyone! A few years ago I posted on myspace (i know, myspace!) a craft that I did. Mom and I were out shopping and found some cute wooden pumpkin photo holders (it was nearing Halloween). I wanted them but mom said, "you could make those". I wasn't about to get into carving, but Fimo I could probably swing. I don't really have a lot of practice in Fimo work, but it was easy to do. A gal found what I did and asked me to write a tutorial for them. I love sharing, so I eagerly did so.
Here they are holding up pictures I took in graveyards in Scotland. SpoooOOooooky!
Later, I got to incorporate there little beauties into my wedding. I've been married for over a year now. The wedding was halloween colors (orange & black) with pumpkins. I call it elegant halloween. So here is a picture of them in actual use!
There were three head tables and I made a pumpkin placeholder for each setting as part of their wedding favors. I think I ended up making like 24 total for the wedding. (photo by Lynn Miller - Images of Life)
When I was little my mom use to make me curly ribbon (korker) hair clips. I had them in all sorts of color combos and wore them all the time. They touched my childhood. I now have a niece who is almost 2. She hates having her hair done. The slightest touch makes her say "ow". Silly girl. To help out her mom, who isn't great with dealing with hair, I made her some curly ribbon hair clips that are easy to put in and soft in her hair.
They are so easy to make. And somewhat addicting, as well. Once I made up a few colors of curly ribbon, I wanted to do all colors! I pretty much did, too. Each is on a metal aligator clip that I glued fabric ribbon on so it would be soft in her hair.
Here are a few of the colors schemes I've done so far:
I made my sister a bunch of purse charms (that I fondly call purse bling) this past march for her birthday and I wanted to make her something that she could display them, some kind of jewelry hanger. I found some cute ideas on the internet for a jewelry tree, which is essentially a thick tree branch screwed onto a base and varnished (or painted). So, without further ado I give you my sister's jewelry tree:
My husband and I found this branch. We evened out the end that would attach to the base (my husband was super excited to get to use his power tools!) We sanded it down, sanded the base down (we got the base from Home Depot. It was nice and thick!) We screwed the tree into the base and then applied the vanish. Its a dark reddy brown. To girly it up I made some flowers (tute from here, thanks barbolot, they were the perfect touch!) and hot glued them on. My sister's bedroom is red and black, so it fit in perfect!
Here is a downward view of the base and the flowers.
And here it is doing its job, holding my sister's purse bling.
I love how knobby this branch was! Perfect for its purpose! Hubby loved the end result so much that he wanted to keep it. I guess he will just have to live with visiting rights.
This last valentines day I wanted to make my husband something. I scoured for ideas here and other places and in my inspiration ultimately came from Martha. My original thought was to do something with reason's I love him. A long time ago I gave him a bag full of Riesen's candies and each had a tag hanging off of them had "reasons" I loved him. Get it? Reasons on Riesens? Anyway. So I kinda wanted a throw back of that idea. I wanted to do something that hung off the ceiling in the living room in our tiny apartment. Ultimately I decided on this:
They are hearts made from wax paper with shaved bits of crayons melted in between from an iron. I got the crayons for really cheap at Michael's and I only used the pinks, purples, reds, grays, silvers and whites (you know, valentine's colors). The tute from Martha is above. On each heart I wrote things I loved about him and us as a couple. BTW sharpies are really difficult to use on wax paper. The wax paper kinda ruin's 'em, too. Perhaps a paint pen would have worked better, but I'm not sure. I measured the height of our sliding window and taped 10 hearts onto a strand of fishing line, leaving extra line to tie to the top. I made a little sign and attached it to the top. Wa-la! Its done!
Here is a close-up of the sign that went ontop.
Some of them read: "our differences", "reading together"
And: "That you love me"
And: "Being a nerd w/ you"
The sun was shining brightly when I put them up. They looked really pretty. Kinda like stained glass hearts. After each sheet of melted crayons I would hold them up towards the window and smile. So pretty! I hope you all like them and they bring you inspiration! Thanks for looking!
I <3 The Stray Sock Sewing book! They have such wonderfully fun and easy to make ideas in there! It is also just a fun read as well. It has great pictures and descriptions. Someone had fun making this book! I also have the Stray Sock Sewing, Too book, but I haven't had a chance to make any of the ones in there yet. Here are a couple darlings from the first book that I made for my niece's birth.
Here we have a zebra, kitty, and pig. They are made from kid's and baby's socks.
The kitty was made with a pair of adult ankle sock that I got at JoAnn's. Everyone once in awhile they have a pair of socks in there for a dollar, generally in the line for the registers. They had some great animal prints and I picked up all the styles. You need one sock for the entire body and then another for the arms.
The zebra is made with the above mentioned ankle socks from Joann's. I used one whole sock for the body and one whole sock for the head and had to use a little white from another random sock to make the little arms. She has buttons for her nose and eyes and some soft pink yarn. In the book they cut the yarn so it is spiky, but I really like the looped look so I left it.
The pig was made from a kid's sock that had sparklie stripes and hearts. This was one of the bigger pigs that I did. I made a set of them, this being the mommy and she had like 4 or 5 babies. I don't know if I took pictures of all them (must have been going crazy!) so I can't post 'em. The set turned out really cute. I used baby socks for the baby pigs. They were so small and cute! They are my favorite of the stray sock animals to make.
I'll post pictures when I get around to doing some from the second book! Thanks for looking!
I made my first machine quilt about 7 years ago. I'm not great at sewing, but somehow I managed it (with the help and advice of my wonderful mother). Oh, and WARNING, picture heavy! I like me some pictures! Just because you aren't great at sewing doesn't mean you can't make a beautiful quilt! You just need to be able to sew squares together!
For my first quilt, I went large since I was making it for my boyfriend at the time (now ex-boyfriend)! I decided I wanted to do a king-size quilt made out of old jeans with a thick fleece backing. Crazy? Indeed! So this quilt I used lots and lots of old pairs of jeans from my family and friends. I cut up a lot of jeans! I had a square cardboard that I used to trace the square onto the jean and then just cut each out by hand. Not very precise, but it worked! (For later quilts I got a cutting mat, quilter's ruler, and rotary blade. Sooo much easier!)
Here is the trusting sewing machine and all the squares I cut out by hand stacked up!
I then sew them into strips. Look at me go! (Wow, old picture! :p)
Then I ironed open the seams to make sewing the rows together easier.
Sewing rows together! Tra la la!
Sewing the backing on!
Putting in the stuffing. Please tell me other people also climb inside their quilts to do this. o_O I had a kitty friend to help me!
And here it is! Ta-da!
All stacked up nicely!
And a closeup of the embroidery I put on it. This was a first time doing embroidery, as well. The star is an applique I got from the local craft store. I lurve stars! And yes, were were Jack & Jill. It was cute while it lasted. ^_^ So there it is! You got to see my first quilt come together! It was quite the heavy beast when it was done, too. Thanks for looking!