December 21, 2011

Antiqued Signs

I made two signs for my friends for them to give as Christmas gifts. I tried a method of antiquing I never had before (Barker) and I love how it turned out!  So much actually that I'm currently in the process of making a tutorial for you on how to do it.  I also did a sign the old fashioned way (Ozancin) where I just painted, stained, then put vinyl over it and sealed it with mod podge.  Come back later for the tutorial on how to make the Barker sign.

December 20, 2011

One of our favortie things

A favorite game in our house is called Hands and Feet.  We love playing it and it is so fun to play with anyone.  (We have a 91 year old grandma and a 3 year old boy that play with help)  However, holding 22 cards or more in your hand is extremely challenging.  A few years ago on valentines day my husband made cardholders so that we could play card games hands free, which is fantastic for kids and moms with new babies.  These are a coveted item in our household so this year for Christmas we made each family a set of their own so that there are no fights over who gets the six cardholders we currently had when playing games.

I made a set of six for each family and put scrapbook paper and names on the front and back of them.  Hopefully everyone loves these for Christmas this year!


December 17, 2011

Crayon Rolls (Tutorial)

I made a version of crayon rolls that I like more than the previous ones I've done. It has a hair tie as the opener since not many toddlers know how to tie a bow. Start out with two or three coordinating fabrics. (Ignore all the different fabrics in my pictures.  I was making four of these at once and so some pictures have different fabrics in them.)  Cut them as follows.

2 pieces 5 inches by 16 1/2 inches for the inside and outside
1 piece 6 inches by 16 1/2 inches for the pockets where the crayons go
(you can also add a piece of fabric in the middle to make it thicker...i would pick white though.)

Iron the six inch piece in half (so it makes it 3 inches by 16 1/2 inches.  Find the middle of this piece and make 1 inch marks from the center line.  I used an erasable marker found at hobby lobby or any craft store for this part.  Put the outside piece aside and pin the now 3 inch piece and the inside piece together.   This is what it will look like at this point:
Sew along the lines with a straight stitch. 

Take a cloth and erase the marker after you have sewn all the lines.
Take a hair elastic and sew it to the end of one side. (Make sure it is turned in so the majority of the elastic is facing the pocket  holes you just sewed.)  Sew it on there REALLY good.
Next I like to make a ric rac border but it is not at all necessary.  I just pin ric rac all the way around my border.

Put your outside piece on top at this point making sure the right sides of the fabric are facing each other.  (The sides you want to see at the end should be in the middle.)  Sew alone the outside making sure to leave a spot where you can flip it inside out.

Flip it inside out and iron it flat. 

Pin the hole that you used to flip it inside out and stitch all the way around the outside as close to the edge as possible.
Sew on a button about four inches away from the elastic on the outside piece.
And you are done...insert crayons and begin fun!
These are the four I made for my friend for her stocking stuffers for her four girls.  I love love love them, I hope she will too.
These are the insides of them.

I hope that tutorial made sense...if not I can try and clear up any questions you have if you want to leave a comment.

December 16, 2011

Feature You Friday

I don't have time to do features today so I will double feature next week!!! So sorry.

On to this weeks party:


1. Please make sure you are a follower of my blog and please if you can leave a link on your post back to my blog so that everyone can join in on the fun.

2. Please only link to your post and not your actual blog.

3. Please no etsy shops or giveaways.

Let's have some fun!

*I will try to comment and look at everyones links*
Please spread the word
*Also by linky to my party you give me permission to post your creations on my blog if so desired with a link to your blog*

December 14, 2011

Christmas Advent Calendar

My Christmas advent calendar is finished.  Just in time for us to be able to use it for a few days.  I love how it turned out.  I pinned a pin on Pinterest that had the idea for this advent calendar with detailed instructions on how to sew it together.  I changed up a few things, I put my numbers on the pockets. I also did a large bow on number six and a train on number twenty two instead of the designs she had picked out.  Check out the advent either on my pinterest where you can follow me or on her website Family Ever After Blog.

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