Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 in Review

I've haven't even been blogging for a year yet...but I'm so grateful for this little space that I have. I love being able to share what I make and see what others are making as well. I started with just me and some ideas that I wanted to I have followers...real people that want to follow this blog. Crazy.

I put together my top 10 favorite posts in 2010 in no particular order:

1. Foam Chair Slipcover

2. Pier 1 Knock Off

3. Minnie Mouse Costume

4. Ruffle Tree Skirt

5. Painted Chevron Pillows

6. Best Whipped Frosting

7. Silhouette Shirt

8. Hanging a Photo Collage with Foil

9. Padded Steering Wheel Cover

10. Anthro Inspired Necklace

It's been a heck of a year filled with ups and downs, and I'm so glad I have a place to share it all. Thank you so much to anyone who has visited, commented, or follows. I appreciate you all so much and I can't wait to see what is to come next year!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Felt Flower Embellishments

We promised our daughter that we would go up north and play in the snow this year. We have absolutely no appropriate clothing for such when I came across this hat and glove set at Joann the other day...I had to snatch it up for our cold day of fun! They were on sale for $2 each...but they looked a little plain.

I used this tutorial from Tatertots and Jello for easy felt flowers.


9x12 piece of felt (for one large flower)

hot glue gun

1. Cut out six "flower" shapes from your felt...along with a round circle to glue all your petals to.

2. Put a dab of hot glue in the center of your flower and fold in half.

3. Place another dab of hot glue in the middle of the bottom of your half flower and fold in half again.

Here are all six of my petals:

4. Glue five of the petals around the edge of the circle.

6. Now, you can put a bead in the center of the petals...but I chose to glue the last petal in the center, straight up, to make the flower more full.

That's it! Super easy, right? You can also add leaves, like in the original tutorial, but I like it plain like this.

I glued it to my winter hat to jazz it up a bit. My husband liked the hat better before I added the flower...but he just said, "I don't know why I expected you to wear it plain!". Exactly. He knows me well!

Finally, I took a strip of felt and rolled it up to make a little rosette. I glued it to the left "ring finger" of the glove.

I love my new hat and gloves set. I have a hat and gloves set planned for my daughter out of red hopefully I can get that done before next week.


hat/gloves: $4.00

felt: $.29

Total: $4.29

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Ruffle Heart Pillow

I went out to Joann yesterday...and spent the most I have ever spent at any craft store...I spent $25! I almost choked when I heard the total. I did manage to get everything I need for my daughter's baby clothes quilt and the materials to make this it wasn't wasted money. I'm just normally always the one pulling down the shopper's spending average with my normal $.89 purchases:)

This was the first craft that I have attempted in a few weeks. My daughter saw a plain heart pillow at Target...but I was too cheap to spend $10 on a plain pillow. I went to get started on this pillow...when I realized that my house looked like this:

...and this...

SO...since I can't happily relax until my house is clean...I folded the 4 loads of laundry, put it away, cleaned the bathroom, the floors, and the dining room. Then I was ready to get my craft on!


fleece (I had a 1yd remnant)

matching thread

pillow stuffing

TIP: Always make sure to check the remnant section of the fabric store. Most of the time there is nothing wrong with them. The store has to make remnants once there is less than 1yd on the bolt. You can save a lot on more expensive fabric this way...especially if you don't need much. I got this remnant (which was almost one yard) for half price of half price. Remnants are 50% off of the current price for that the fleece was normally $9 a yard...but it was on sale for $4.50 a yard. So my remnant was again half of that making it a little more than $2.50. Make sense?

1. Cut out two heart shapes in the size you want. I made the bottoms a little more rounded than pointy so it would sit nice on the bed. In hindsight, I would have added more of a point than I did.

Also, draw out where you want your ruffle strips to go. I chose two.

2. Cut out the ruffle strips from the rest of your fleece. I cut them about 1" wide. I cut out about 7 and only ended up using 5.

3. Sew the strips into ruffles along the lines that you had drawn on. To learn how to ruffle on the sewing machine, check out my Ruffle Tree Skirt.

4. With right sides facing, pin and sew around the edges of the heart panels, leaving an opening to turn it right side out.

5. Flip right side out and stuff. Sew the opening closed.

That's it! I have to admit...I don't love it. The heart shape wasn't exactly what I was going for. It is growing on me. Does anyone ever finish a craft that they hate one night, but then it doesn't look so bad in the morning? Anyways, I know my daughter will love that's all that matters. It helps when your recipient is 2:)

My edges (where I sewed both pieces together) is a little puckered in certain I may glue on some more ruffle strips along the seam. Ruffles fix everything, don't they?

I also made this larger than the one at Target. Its about 5-6" smaller than a standard pillow. I thought it would look so cute on her big girl bed...whenever we get around to moving her into it. She keeps promising me, "I will stay in it...I promise!" Does anyone else have trouble believing a toddler?

So, that's my first craft. It felt good to be sewing again. This time of year is especially hard right now. I was so sure we would get our first ultrasound, put it in the 4th picture frame stocking holder we have, and move on our merry way. This is probably the first year I am ready to get through to the new year. I really am trying to stop and enjoy this time of year, though. It's still so magical to see it through my daughter's eyes.


fleece remnant: $2.37

pillow stuffing: $1.50

Total: $3.87

Better than $10, right?

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