Monday, December 15, 2014

HOLIDAY DIY: Rainbow Feather Tree Topper

My colorful tree needed a topper. I was brainstorming for days until I remembered the pack of  large colorful feathers I've had for years. It dawned on me that I could use some leftover silver chenille stems to wrap the feathers around the tree top...and the perfect tree topper was formed! I used what I had on hand, but you could use any type of large feather in any colors you desire. For me it was important for the chenille stems to blend into my silver tree, so the feathers would be the star. Next year, I plan on adding other feathers or something else to fill in the space between the top and 1st row of branches. I'll be the one stalking that post-Christmas Michael's glitter stem sale.

TIME: About 15 minutes

COST: About $6-$10 depending on the kind of feathers you use. You can reuse all the supplies later for other projects.

  • Large colorful feathers - I bought this pack years ago from Michaels. I used about 20
  • Chenille stems (aka pipe cleaners) or wire - I mostly used silver ones that matched my tree, so they would blend in
  • A sturdy chair or stool - Handy for reaching the tree top, if it's much taller than you. I have long arms and could reach mine

1) I started at the very top and worked my way down. Wrap one end of a chenille stem around the top of the tree, about 2-3 inches down. Lay a couple feathers against the top section, with the feathers curving outwards. Wrap the chenille stem across the bottoms of the feathers. Continue wrapping the top, adding more feathers, until you reach your starting spot.

2) Wrap the remaining section of chenille stem around the tree top again, pulling tightly, but don't add more feathers with this pass. This helps bind the feathers to the tree. At the end, twist another chenille stem end onto that one, creating a longer stem. Wrap around the tree again to secure the feathers. Twist on another stem to the previous one. You will do this every time you reach the end.

Repeat these steps, moving each tier of feathers down to closer to the bottom of the tree top. I have 4 tiers. If you are using colorful feathers, try not to overlap matching colors.

3) To finish off, wrap the last tier with chenille stems several times, till you feel it's all secure. Tuck the end into the wrapping.

4) For the 1st row of branches, I attached some feathers using curled pieces of chenille stems. These were already on the tree. To make a curled stem, wrap it around your finger, creating a spiral. Stretch it out a bit, so the spiral is longer. Lay a feather on a branch. Twist one end of the spiral onto that branch, overlapping the feather. Press the end tightly, so it holds the feather on well.

That's all for this tutorial. It took me about 15 minutes to complete. This is pretty basic, so you can add lots of whimsical filler to it in the same manner. The chenille stems are basically fuzzy wire, so they hold well. If you don't have any chenille stems, regular wire will work. Floral wire works great for green trees, as it blends in. To see how I made other tree decorations, check out my Pom Pom Christmas Tree Skirt, Rainbow Beaded Garland, and Rainbow Snowflake Ornaments tutorials. However you decorate this year, have fun with it. Happy Makery!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

HOLIDAY DIY: Rainbow Snowflake Ornaments

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw my rainbow snowflake ornaments as I was finished painting each one. Most Christmas crafts are in the traditional red, green, gold, silver, and white. Not mine! I prefer to brighten up my house with rainbow colors. Christmas should invoke cheer, and honestly, I don't see enough of that around the holidays...mostly grumpy people. If you saw my Pom Pom Christmas Tree Skirt and Rainbow Bead Garland tutorials, you noticed an ongoing colorful theme, and this project is no different. Each of these ornaments uses the same colors, but in different amounts and patterns.

SKILL LEVEL: If you have a steady hand and like details, this is the project for you!

TIME: About 30 - 60 minutes each, depending on the amount of details

  • Acrylic craft paint - I use the Michael's brand Craft Smart in Bright Magenta, Bright Yellow, Apple Tart, Pool Blue, and Purple. I used Apple Barrel in Pumpkin Orange. I always have large bottles of paint on hand in many colors
  • Unfinished wood snowflake ornaments - I bought a pack of 7 (gave a black version to my husband) from Joann. Mine had pre-drilled holes, but you can find wood snowflake cut outs that you can drill holes into
  • A small flat paintbrush - I used one that angled and a bit stiff, as I find large soft brushes lose bristles
  • A small soft detail paintbrush
  • Palette - I prefer old, paper, or foam plates, as craft acrylic is more liquidy than artist acrylic, and the plate edge catches shifting paint
  • A cup of water
  • Paper towels
  • Wax paper
  • Ornament hanger - This can be a piece of ribbon or wire, depending on what you prefer
  • Mod Podge Gloss and a foam brush - To seal the ornaments
  • A drill with a small bit - If your ornaments don't have holes for hanging, you will need to drill those before you start painting.


1) Lay a big piece of wax paper on your work surface, and one off to the side. This will protect your work surface and give the ornaments a place to dry in between coats.

2) I worked one ornament at a time, but you could basecoat all of your ornaments at once. Pour some of your desired paint color onto your plate. Using the flat paintbrush, evenly coat one side of the snowflake. Let the paint dry in between coats. Add more coats as needed, until snowflake is evenly opaque with paint in the front, back and edges.

If you are basecoating all of your snowflakes at once, repeat step 2, changing your colors as needed.

TIP: Use the cup of water and paper towels to clean your brush in between colors.

3) Pour a little of each color onto your plate. Using the detail brush, outline the edges of one side of the snowflake in contrasting colors. I followed the design of my snowflake, connecting the center points to create a star with one color, and outlining the appendages (I'm sure there is a technical word for "snowflake arms", but I'm not a scientist...nor do I feel like looking it up) with a different color. Go back over them as needed, if the color is too and yellow have that problem.

TIP: The longer the acrylic paint sits on your plate, the thicker it gets. This can be handy to make colors more opaque. To thin out the paint, add a little water.

4) With the small detail brush and other paint colors, add more details to the snowflakes. I kept mine simple, using various sizes and configurations of lines and dots. I wanted something complicated looking, but simple to do. I will note that the center stars can be tricky. Take your time. If you make a mistake, let the mistake dry. Then, cover it with a couple coats of the base paint color.

5) OPTIONAL: I love the matte finish this paint leaves. However, if you prefer a shiny finish, you can seal your ornament using Mod Podge Gloss and a foam brush. Two coats normally gives a nice luster. Let each coat dry completely before adding another. Seal the front, back, and edges.

6) Add your ornament hanger. If you are using ribbon, make sure the pieces are long enough to tie a knot towards the ends and fit over a branch. If you are using wire, slip it through the hole and cross it over itself. Fold the other end over a branch and cross it again.

I've been making a lot of ornaments lately. These are by far my favorites. I chose rainbow, but you could make them in any color palette you desire. To see how I made other tree decorations, check out my Pom Pom Christmas Tree SkirtRainbow Beaded Garland, and Rainbow Feather Tree Topper tutorials. However you decorate for this season, have fun with it! Happy Makery!

Friday, December 12, 2014

HOLIDAY DIY: Rainbow Beaded Garland

This year we (hahaha...just me) chose to have a rainbow of Christmas decorations. Our tree is silver, which I love, so it needed a rainbow of colors to go with it's unusualness. It was covered in mostly handmade ornaments and curled chenille stems, but it was still missing something to fill it with more color...and hide any ornament voids. I love the look of strands of beaded garland, but finding this in rainbow colors at a decent price, was impossible. So, being the creative gal and stalker of Dollar Tree that I am, I decided to look for rainbow party necklaces instead. The round beads are just like the strands of pre-made beaded garland, but in the colors I want. If you can't find these necklaces at Dollar Tree (mine were hiding in the party section) or want specific colors, Party City carries packs of single colors, for about $2 a pack. Make sure they are the round beads and not oval, or this won't work.


COST: $7 for 7 packs of beads from Dollar Tree. Cost varies based on color preference and size of area you are decorating.

TIME: This goes faster with friends. This took me about an hour total, including decorating.

  • Strands of party necklaces with round beads - I used 7 packs to cover my tree
  • Scissors

1) Each strand of beads should have a section where two beads are fused together. If they don't, well lucky you! Use the scissors to separate these beads. This should be easy. If you don't have a fused beads section, just trim the string between any two beads. The beads are fused onto the string, so don't worry about any falling off.

2) Take two necklace ends (from different strands), cross them over each other and twist. You might hear a snap. This locks the ends together. To unlock them (say to switch out the color order) carefully untwist them. I made strands that were 8 necklaces long, for easy use, locking the joining ends of those long strands, as I added a new one to my tree.

3) Drape them on your tree, stair banister, mantle, porch, balcony, or where ever else you want colorful beaded garland. I draped them on my tree, securing the swag by wrapping them around the branch each drape intersected with. This fills in more color and gives a neat loopy look.

TIP: To store them, unlock your strands into shorter lengths. Wrap the strands around pieces of cardboard, so they don't get tangled. Store them in a big shoe box. It's much easier to untangle shorter strands than larger ones, should you need to.

You can use these for any sort of celebration. This just happened to be when I needed a rainbow garland. If you already have a beaded garland (we have a silver one which would just blend into the tree), you can jazz it up by tieing on fabric scraps and ribbons, attaching old jewelry, or maybe colorblocking them with plastic spray paint. To see how I made other tree decorations, check out my Rainbow Feather Tree TopperPom Pom Tree Skirt, and Rainbow Feather Tree Topper tutorials. However you decorate this holiday season, have fun with it. Happy Makery!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

HOLIDAY DIY: Pom Pom Christmas Tree Skirt

This pom pom embellished Christmas tree skirt is the right amount of vintage inspired and quirky for our holiday decor. My husband bought us a silver tree, last month. I've wanted one for as long as I can remember. I like that it's a non-traditional tree which hails back to the 1950s with tinsel trees. I've always felt that I didn't belong in the time period I was born into. I feel like I should have been a kid in the 1940s or 1950s and been in my twenties during the 1960s. Since time travel is out, I openly embrace vintage things from the 1940s to 1970s. I was born in 1980, to give you some perspective. Anyway, back to the tree skirt. I've been making a lot of colorful ornaments, so having a cheerful custom tree skirt needed to happen. Ok onto how I made this delightfully tacky creation happen...

TIME: About an hour of gluing the design. 2-4 hours for the glue to fully dry


COST: About $10 if you already have fabric glue on hand. About $18 if you need to buy all of the supplies.

  • Red felt scalloped tree skirt - I bought mine for $5 + tax from Target
  • Pom poms - I used 4 packs of 80 pom poms, purchased at Dollar Tree. This was decided based on a calculation of how many total pom poms I had (I had purchased 7 packs) divided into how many scallops on the skirt, which gave me how many pom poms I had available per scallop
  • Alene's Fabric Fusion glue - Most craft stores should carry this
These are affiliate links to either the same or similar products. If you make a purchase using any of the links, I will receive a small compensation. This always goes back to making fabulous things. I Love To Create sent me the glue I used, because I'm a Master Maker with Fairfield World.

1) Pour out a bag of pom poms and separate them by color.

2) Apply a dollop of glue (about pea sized) to the back of one pom pom and press it firmly onto the felt. Repeat this for every pom pom, going around the edge of your tree skirt. I used repeated color pattern, because I like patterns.

TIP: I found that laying the skirt on the floor helped a lot. I will warn you, the glue does take about an hour to be stuck well and about 2-4 hours to completely dry. If you leave your tree skirt unattended in the presence of two cats (say to locate the bigger bottle of glue), this might happen... They are so helpful!

3) Once I finished the border, I added pom poms to the center ring. Then, I added some triangles to the scallops. Then I added pom poms in rings outward. There is the same amount per ring, but they are spaced out more as the ring gets bigger. If I could do this again (this glue is on there for life), I wouldn't do the triangles.

TIP: Lay out your design in sections, before committing to gluing it in place.

4) Let the pom poms dry completely before moving the skirt over to the tree. If any pom poms fall off, it's likely you didn't glue them at all. Get your skirt arranged around your tree. Glue any fallen pom poms in place. Don't let your cats touch them while drying.

Here is what our finished tree skirt looks like with some of our tree decor. The metallic curls are pipe cleaners that we wrapped around our fingers (and a paint brush handle) and twisted around branches. The pipe cleaners are from Dollar Tree and Michael's (blue and purple). They pipe cleaners can be easily removed from the branches and stored flat in the off season...or used for other projects.

To see how I made other tree decorations, check out my Rainbow Feather Tree TopperRainbow Beaded Garland, and Rainbow Feather Tree Topper tutorials. However you enjoy celebrating and decorating for your chosen holidays, I hope they are merry! Happy Makery!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

TRENDS: Pantone's Color of the Year 2015 Marsala

Pantone released that their color of the year 2015 is Marsala. This is a dark red named for the red wine. It's from their Spring 2015 color palette, En Plein Air. You can read my report about this color palette, on Craft Test Dummies. This color palette is inspired by nature, through scenery and foods. The color palette is divided between womenswear and menswear, but Marsala is in both palettes.

As a fan of dark colors, this one is already in my wardrobe. It's a rich red that is classic for goth clothing, and looks elegant with my pale skin, where as bright red can be too strong. Though this color is intended for 2015, but feel free to break out your dark red clothing as a nod to Pantone's color choice. The upcoming season is about layering lush fabrics, prints, and textures. This color serves as a nice color pop that can be paired with the neutrals in the palette, Toasted Almond, Glacier Grey, Sandstone, and Titanium.

This release makes me want to break out my lush dark red velvet vintage Betsey Johnson dress and wear it tomorrow. Below is a sampling of fabrics, clothing, and accessories available in various shades of dark red. This also highlights some print, fabric, and style trends for the upcoming year. This color was shown in a few Fall/Winter 2014 collections with some overlap into Spring/Summer 2015. You should see more of the Marsala color pop up soon, as 2015 is weeks away.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

HOLIDAY DIYS: 15 Ugly Christmas Clothing Projects

I grew up with my great aunt and grandmother (sisters) wearing tacky sweatshirts every Christmas. As a crafty person, I've always likes those sweatshirts. However, when I worked at a fancy department store, they always carried ugly Christmas sweaters. These were expensive sweaters and cardigans, covered in bells, sparkle and intricately knitted designs. I never really understood the appeal of those. I preferred the more lux options with beads, lace, and maybe snowflakes. Recently, there has been an embracing of the abundant Ugly Christmas Sweaters, and there are parties to wear these fashion atrocities. To make it better, there are a lot of great DIY projects from just a little tacky to over the top. For you all in need of a tacky Christmas outfit for your holiday festivities, here is a roundup of projects to inspire you. The tackier the better!

1) Erika Lindquist on I Love To Create - Glittered Christmas Tree Ugly Sweater
2) The Modern Austen - Festive Reindeer Sweatshirt
4) Pattie Wilkinson on I Love To Create - Ugly Tie Christmas Sweater
5) One Artsy Momma - Ugly Christmas Sweater
6) We Use Coupons - Tacky Sweater Situation
8) Really Awesome Costumes - Ugly Christmas Tree Sweater
9) Sew Woodsy - Baby's 1st Ugly Sweater
10) Simply Dream and Create - Tree Skirt into a Real Skirt
11) Cassie Stephens - Tree Skirt to Lady Skirt
12) Sarah Belle - Christmas Bow Skirt
13) Live Love DIY - Ugly Christmas Dress
14) Crazy in Crafts - Ugly Christmas Dress
15) Tiffany Style - Tacky Holiday Dress

I couldn't find many tutorials, but the internet is full of inspiration photos. The tackier the better, for the best ugly holiday outfit. I'd love to turn a vintage tree skirt into a wearable skirt. It would be perfect for our Christmas eve festivities. I hope what ever holiday you celebrate, that you have a wonderful time! Happy Makery!

Monday, November 24, 2014

SEWING DIY: Makeup Brush Roll with Shield and Smooth Interlinings

I created this makeup brush roll is great for traveling, when you only want to take a little makeup. I used Shield Interlining, which helps prevent moisture and allergens. I used Smooth Interlining to make the roll more stable and help support the thin Shield Interlining. There are slots for different sizes of makeup brushes and necessities. There is a nice sized velcro closed pocket for makeup. Over the brush pockets, there is a protective flap which helps keep them contained when the roll is closed. Without the shield interlining, this roll could be used for crocheting, as the brush pockets can hold hooks and scissors. The pocket can hold small projects, tiny hooks, stitch counters, wire, tapestry needles, beads, or any other small materials and tools.

This project is part of a Handmade Holiday Blog Hop. To see the other projects and enter the giveaway, head to the bottom of this post.

DIFFICULTY: Intermediate

TIME: It took me about 5 hours to finish, and that was with me being very careful about the stitching. Time is relative to sewing experience and how intricate you make your design.

CARE: Handwash and hang to dry.

  • Shield Interlining
  • Cotton fabric - A print and solid or two coordinating prints, about 1/2 yard of each
  • Matching or coordinating thread
  • Black 3/4" hook and loop tape
  • Sewing machine
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Clear drafting ruler
  • White chalk, disappearing marker, or pen
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Straight pins
  • Seam ripper
  • Chopstick
To make this exact project, you need to cut fabric according to my measurements. If you are excellent at patternmaking, feel free to alter my design as you see fit...add more pockets, make it longer/taller, etc.

From the print:
Outer - 23" wide by 10" tall
Flap top - 16" wide by 10" tall 
Ties - 24" wide by 2" tall

From the lining (black):
Lining - 23" wide by 10" tall
Flap back - 16" wide by 10" tall 
Long pocket - 16" wide by 7" tall
Side pocket - 10" wide x 10" tall

From Shield Interlining:
For Lining - 23" wide by 10" tall
For Flap back - 16" wide by 10" tall 

From Smooth Interlining:
For Outer - 22" wide by 9" tall (one inch smaller than outer fabric)

Hook and Loop Tape:
For the side pocket - 8" long

1) Using your ruler and marking implement, to measure out the project pieces according to the above guide. Cut them out with the scissors.

2) Center the Smooth Interlining onto the back of the outer piece, with the rough side down. The rough side is the adhesive. Flip the layers over, so the fabric is face up.

3) Set your iron to Cotton. Carefully iron the layers together, working from the center out, making sure they smoothly adhere. Move the iron around, so it doesn't burn the fabric. Check the edge of the Smooth Interlining to make sure it's fully adhered. Iron more if needed.

4) Match up the Shield Interlining to the back of the black lining and flap pieces. Pin in place. Baste stitch  around 1/4" from the edges, making sure to smooth them out. The Shield Interlining isn't adhesive (I tested it), so it needs to be basted into place.

5) Topstitch across the lining, at 1/4,  1/2, and 3/4 of the way on the fabric (dividing the fabric horizontally in fourths. This will keep the Shield Interlining flat.

6) Time to crease the pocket hems. Fold one edge of the square side pocket over 1". Iron flat. Fold it over again 1" and iron flat.

7) Fold over one long edge of the long pocket over 1/2" and iron flat. Fold that edge over another 1/2" and iron flat. 

8) On the sewing machine, topstitch the pocket hems in place, slightly away from the folded edge. 

9) Place the long pocket onto the lining, with the hem face down. Match up the bottom right edges together. Pin in place.

10) If it helps, you can draw the segment lines with chalk and the ruler. Topstitch the segments. I made 2 for larger brushes, 8 for smaller brushes, and 2 for a small mirror and products. You could make the larger segments to fit a thin eyeshadow palette.

11) Stitch the 
11) Line up one side of the hook and loop tape along the side seam of the long pocket. Pin in place if needed. Sew the hook and loop tape around the edges.
12) Line up the matching hook and loop tape strip with the back of the side pocket hem. Pin in place. Sew around the edges.

13) Line up the side pocket pieces, according to the hook and loop tape matching. Pin in place. Baste stitch the sides down, 1/4" from the edge. When you are done, the front and back of this, but with the side pocket basting stitch too. (One side of the shield interlining is missing basting, because it was bunching when I topstitched the layers and I had to undo it with a seam ripper)

14) Back to the flap! Line up the edges, noting which way the print is going! Shown in the below photo, the top edge is what will be attached to the pocket area. The fabrics should be right sides facing. Stitch around the sides and bottom about 1/4" from the edge.

15) Cut the corners at an angle, making sure not to cut through the stitching. This helps shape the corners. Turn the flap inside out, pushing out the corners with a chopstick.

16) Iron the flap, making sure the edges are neat and crisp. This prevents the two fabrics from shifting while topstitching.

17) Topstitch around the 3 seamed edges.

18) Topstitch horizontally across the flap. Same as before, the additional topstitching helps keep the Shield Interlining in place. I followed the print segments, to better hide the stitching on the top.

19) Baste stitch the top of the flap about 1/8" from the edge.
20) Fold the ties in half. Iron flat. Fold in the edges towards the center. Iron flat.

21) Topstitch down the ties slightly away from the folded in edges, making sure to catch all the layers.

22) Fold in two ends and hand stitch them closed. This will encase the raw edge and make for durable ends. (Not shown in this photo)
22) Center the other two ends by the long pocket end, making sure their length is laying across the pocket. Pin in place. Stitch them in place, about 1/4" from the edges. (The below photo shows their placement and finishing...we'll get to finishing in a bit.)
23) Lay the flap in place across the pockets. Pin the top edges together. Sew them together about 1/4" from the edge, along where the previous basting is.

24) Fold the flap in so the loose edge are away from the lining edges. Lay the ties inside, so they are contained.

25) Line the outer fabric edges up with the inner section edges. Pin in place. The side with the ties will remain partially open for turning.

26) Stitch around the edges about 1/2" from the edge, so it surpasses all the basting stitches. Leave about 4-5 inches of the ties side without additional stitching.

27) Clip the corners at an angle, making sure not to cut the stitching. Turn the project inside out. Use the chopstick to shape the corners.

28) Iron these seams flat, so the fabrics aren't rolling at the edges.

29) Lift the flap up away from the rest of the makeup brush roll. Turn the open seam inwards, to match the rest of the seam. Pin in place. Topstitch around the final edges, making sure to close the open seam.
The makeup brush roll is designed to close in thirds, vs actually rolling, like traditional versions. To close it, fold in the side pocket. Fold in one more time. Wrap the ties around in opposite directions and tie. This is a nice flat design which will fit nicely in many carry-on bags and suitcases. Even inside a big purse if needed.

I intend on using my makeup brush roll for an upcoming trip. Would you use this for makeup, or perhaps other needs? Would you make this for yourself, or a friend? These make great gifts. I might make a different version for jewelry, which I will share if I feel it's easy to explain. Happy Makery!


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Ultimate Crafty Wishlist

I was daydreaming about what my ultimate crafty wishlist would be. Here is what I came up with. There are many different crafts I'd like to learn, and many are currently too expensive for me. However, I figured a wishlist would be a good way to put this request out into the world. Maybe someone will be awesome and send me some of this, or at least it's a good goal shopping list.

The top of my list is the Silhouette Cameo digital cutter and Wacom tablet. I want to learn how to turn my drawings into digital artwork and digitally replicate designs. I hand cut everything currently, so it would be great to easily resize and digitally cut them for big projects! I also love the look of laser cutting, so this could make that happen for me much easier than only using my craft knife. Some of the big items...the 3D printer and embroidery machine are more fantasy craft tools. I love making jewelry and fancy costumes, so both of these could be awesome at helping me do that. Everything else are various price points and either handy tools (the Dremel stand) or artforms I would love to learn and use for jewelry design.

What is on your crafty wishlist?

Cosmic Shimmer Embossing Powder Set Bright Mix 12 x 10ml Pots

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Friday, November 21, 2014

HOLIDAY DIY: 9 Waterless Snowglobes

Ever since I was a little kid, I've been mesmerized by snowglobes. The way the glitter and snow swirls and falls is magical. However, the idea of making my own has always been daunting. The solution? Making waterless snowglobes. You get the look of a real snowglobe without adding messy water. Many of the tutorials below are reuses of easily found things...jars and glasses. Two use clear ornaments that can be easily found at craft stores around Christmas. This is a great way to have a long lasting snowglobe and do a kid friendly project. I'm going to try some of the jar ones.

1. My So Called Crafty Life - DIY Vintage Bell Jar Inspired Ornaments
2. All Things Heart and Home - Easy Snow Globe Ornaments
3. Domestic Fashionista - Snow Globe Inspired Ornaments
4. Project Wedding - Snow Globe Ornaments
5. My Desert Cottage - Waterless Snowglobes
6. Something Sweet Design - Waterless Snowglobes
7. Michelle Smith - Green Glass Snow Globes
8. The 36th Avenue - Looking Glass Snow Globe
9. Anyone Can Decorate - Mason Jar Snow Globes

These are great for gifts too. You could make several for a stunning centerpiece, table scape, or mantle spread. You could go more traditional, or funky, depending on your style. Whatever you choose, enjoy the creation process and final magical snowglobe. Happy Makery!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

UPDATE: Life or Something Like It

When I'm busy working on several big projects at once, sometimes I let my normal blog posts slide. Honestly I haven't felt very inspired to write about fashion stuff. That's perhaps because I've been doing that for many years and though I still have some material left to cover nothing has really grabbed me. I do have some ideas drafted, waiting for supplies to arrive or the mood to strike. Just one of those things I guess. However, I have been busy working on projects in conjunction with Craft Test Dummies, Fairfield World, and a blog hop. Here is a peek at what I've been up to lately.

On November 4th, I took Alex to our voting poll like normal. It's at an elementary school, so we took advantage of the playground. She did most of the playing.

I made this bag for the Robert Kaufman Fat Quarter Face-Off. It didn't win, but I'm ok with that.

In conjunction with a Mod Podge Furniture product review for Craft Test Dummies, I made over two matching nightstands. They don't match anymore, other than structure, but they do make the bedroom a bit more special. One is silver and glittered...mine of course.

For my husband's nightstand, I decoupaged crumpled and torn tissue paper onto it, painted it black, and sealed it, for a faux leather finish.

I reviewed the Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe Gloss for Craft Test Dummies. I made a few fancy gift items. I'm hoping they hold up to the dishwasher. They have to cure for about a month before I can test them further. A follow up post will happen in a few months.

For Veteran's Day, I shared this photo of my grandfather's WWII uniforms, that my parents recently gave me. He was in the army.

Of course, I can't forget my kitty helpers. Here is Pippi in an empty box of Poly-fil. She's a fan of boxes she can fit in, as she's a large cat.

Sophie kept me company while I was finishing this mug warmer wrap for Fairfield World.

She also kept watch of my interlining for the makeup brush roll and bag that I created for a Handmade Holiday Gift blog roll that's coming up next week. Below is a peek at the outside of that roll. The tutorial for this will be on Monday.

That's all for now. Back to working on projects and writing tutorials.
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