You've probably seen these type of "our family is" or "we are" wall art everywhere. I've seen this type of wall art online, at craft stores, art shows, at friend's places, and seemingly everywhere.
They were plenty of cute ones, but the words just didn't describe what I want my family to be. So, I made my own with adjectives describing how I want my own family to be. I made one to match my white photo frame. Here it is.
Maybe it'll give you ideas to make your own? I used mostly free fonts, and just made a random layout of words... surrounded by a calligraphy border. It's a pretty quick project, and you could do it with a number of free photo editing programs. You could even add a photo background of your family, then overlap words onto that.
Here's a photo of my hallway. I put black and white photos, surrounding the "our family is" wall art.
I wanted to festive-up (yes, that's a word) the kitchen table, but I didn't want to have to buy an expensive Christmas centerpiece. So, I used a centerpiece bowl I already had and added ornaments and ribbon to it.
I wanted the whole place to feel festive, so I even decorated the chandelier.
I even decorated my dog... she didn't quite like it.
When I was in middle school, my grandmother commented on my love of old things and she knew I would treasure and take care of this old quilt. It's a pinwheel quilt my great-grandmother made. We think my great-great grandmother might have helped make it. It's not evenly sewed (I get my inability to sew straight from her!), so we think it's one of a mere few quilts she ever sewed. She used to sew her kids clothes, so the fabrics in this quilt were scraps from the kids clothes she made. Maybe she was sentimental, or resourceful.
It's super old.. maybe even 70 years old. It's all hand-sewed.
I love bright, fun Lilly Pulitzer prints. I also love Moleskine pocket notebooks. Combine Lilly + Moleskine = y perfect notebook. I had an old Lilly Pulitzer agenda where the months were divided by Lilly prints. I tore them up, collaged them, and modge podged them. It was a quick way to reuse an old Lilly agenda and make a boring black Moleskine into a cute, girly notebook. I added a few craft jewels/sequins to glam it up. The result: A Lilly Pulitzer Modge Podged Moleskine
I know this isn't elaborate or a how to or anything even unique... but I thought I'd share it. Modge podging is so fun, especially for people who aren't good at the average craft projects like me. If you have a Moleskine notebook and want to decorate it in an easy and quick way, this is a quick and fun way to do it.
During one college break, I wanted to try to learn to sew. Fabric is kind of expensive, so I didn't want to go buy a bunch of fabric just to practice sewing on. I decided to clean out my closet and make a quilt in one go, using some raggedy old clothes for the quilt. I used an old blanket as the backing and border. I just cut out squares of old shirts, sewed them together in a patchwork pattern, then sewed that to the old blanket. It's pretty soft with all the raggedy, worn out old clothes and the fluffy store-bought blanket. I didn't quite get the edges even where I sewed the patchwork squares to the blanket, but, overall, I like it. It matches better than most of my sewing projects, didn't take too long, and the thing is sewed straighter than most of what I make (I can't sew straight for nothing). It has some old stuff in it, too: a burgundy plaid shirt I wore in my high school senior portraits, old green cargo pants from 11th grade, pajama pants from my freshman year of college, and random old stuff. It's a good free project if you have some old worn out clothes and want an easy, quick sewing project.
I just finished a game board quilt, and am too excited (to be done) to wait to post another project.
My latest sewing project is a game board quilt. It has 20-something games and activities on it, perfect for kids to play with or for a fun afternoon picnic. I saw these cute Candyland, Monopoly, and Scrabble game board fabric panels, and knew I had to make something out of them.
I wanted to combine as many games and fun little activities into one quilt as possible. It might not be a pretty quilt, but it's pretty fun! For the first time ever when sewing, I pinned the fabric together before sewing it. I forgot to stretch out the seams that gathered up when sewing... oops! So, the quilt is not evenly sewed and you have to iron it with your hands before playing. It's probably not even a quilt- just game board panels sewn together, then the whole quilt top sewed onto an old bedsheet for the backing. I'm pretty sure I used 5 whole bottles of fabric paint, too. Most quilts would have sewn the Tic Tac Toe and other panels. But, I don't know how to quilt, and I wanted to make this quilt game board quilt/blanket in just one afternoon... or so. I like crafts and sewing projects... if they're quick. I'm not the most patient person ever with crafts. This project is fun to play even though it didn't quite turn out how I wanted- I thought I could have sewed it straight. But, it was a quick project and I love board games, so it'll be a fun one to have around.
I posted a bunch of pictures, but I'm not sure how to embed them here, so here's a link:
I came across an old colorful childhood quilt I made in 4th or 5th grade. For some reason, I chose to use felt squares. I mean, who wouldn't want to cuddly up with a (un)cozy felt quilt? At one point, I used it as a nightstand tablecloth in high school so it got a bit worn and stained. When I found this felt quilt a few years ago, I decided to finish it. I cut the good patches out, and sewed it on pink and black polka dot cotton fabric. It only took an hour or two to finish it out, and now it's a bit more useable than when it was just plain felt squares. Even that isn't a real "quilt" since it's not quilted, but I still call them quilts. It's obscenely colorful.
Ok, I probably should be too embarrassed to post this "quilt" (blanket?) anywhere, let alone on a quilting forum. If I ever learn how to sew, I'll probably giggle at this one. But, it was a fun project to finish off. In elementary school, I made this "quilt" (well, I thought it was one at the time) out of felt squares. I found the old thing a few years ago and decided to finish it off by cutting out squares of the 'good' parts and sewing them onto real fabric. I was pretty excited to find an old project I made so long ago.. it's been a while since 4th grade. Ha! Anyway, I didn't have a sewing machine at the time, so it's all done by hand. It was one of the first things I tried sewing in college. I know it's not particularly cute, and it's definitely not well made, but I like seeing what other newbies/non-sewer make, so.. here it is.
Did you make any quilts as a kid? What was your first sewing project? I'd love to see it.
Two years ago, I searched online and asked about yo-yo quilts. Finally, I finished the thing. It's a flower pattern with pink backing and a polka dot border.
I used some craft store fabric, and some old blouses from different family members. There's even a silver shirt I wore as part of a Halloween costume when I was 5 years old, blouses from my grandmothers, craft fabric I had from elementary school, old sheets, antique store vintage fabric, and a random collection of fabric. The backing/border is a polka dot sheet.
The picture shows it just before I sewed the backing and border together.. but, it's finally done! It's a lot brighter than this in person.