Monday, February 23, 2015

Surprise Package with Liberty of London fabrics

I received a fun surprise package from one of my dear friends last weekend. It is always such an exciting feeling to find a package on my door step, and when I opened it up it was filled with Liberty of London scraps!! If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know I treasure my scraps especially my Liberty of London scraps... You can see some examples of how I used my scraps; even the tiniest pieces in the past; like mod podge mini tree, wooden spool necklace and wall art.

Obviously, she is a kindred spirit... she kept tiny and skinny scraps. How sweet of her to pass that on to me with a sweet card saying "I thought you might use these tiny bits & pieces in you crafting!..."

Yes I will!!

Look how pretty they are even as scraps.

These strips will be perfect to make more of the spool necklace or connect them together to make twine to do some knitting. I am going to have a procedure soon, that will be perfect thing to do in bed while recovering.

I can use them to do mod podge projects or piece them together to create something.

More and more strips...

Organizing them well gives me an idea of what I have to work with. They are like paint colors when I try to create wall art.

I am working on other projects right now, so I can't get my hands on and play with them yet. Meanwhile... they are on my desk sitting pretty and giving me a happy thoughts. Thanks C for your thoughtfulness and generosity! :)

Friday, February 13, 2015

Anthro Pillow Inspired Canvas Flower Wall Art

Hello everyone! I am visiting Bev at Flamingo Toes to share my tutorial. She is hosting a fun event called Scrap Busting Extravaganza at her blog Tuesdays and Thursdays for the next 3 months. If you need great ideas of what to do with your scraps you should go check them out.

I hope you will enjoy my tutorial! :)

Monday, February 2, 2015

Epson LabelWorks Printable Ribbon Kit Review

I received a really fun package one day... Have you heard about Epson's LabelWorks Printable Ribbon Kit? This is a perfect handy gadget for printing personalized satin ribbons for crafts, decorations, gift and much more. There are 14 font types and 10 font styles to choose from. You can store up to 30 label designs and print up to two lines of text. This particular model accommodates tapes from 1/4" to 1/2" wide. Usually I have a hard time with any techie things, but seriously, everyone, it was easy enough that I was able to figure out the way around, right away! Once I start playing with it, ideas started popping in my head; here are some of the things I did...

I wanted to print customized ribbons for each of my kiddos. I am going to tie these onto their Valentine's day gifts. I bet they will LOVE to see their own names on the ribbons!

I also have been wanting to have labels for my sewed items(that's right! I washed it and the letters did not fade or come off!!). I experimented with different fonts to see which one I like better...

My favorite are these two. I am going to fold the one with just "T" in half to sew in to the seam of bags and pouches.

While I was away, one of my boys printed himself one while giggling. It read:

I am glad to find out he has quite the self-confidence. :) Well, I mentioned Valentine's day at the beginning of the post... these words popped in my head as well and I had to type them out.

There are so many people around me that I adore very much. "Adore you" is such a simple statement, but I feel like it says a lot, wouldn't you agree?

I can think of many other ways I will be using this label printer. You can find them at Office Max, Amazon and Staples. What would you make and say if you had this awesome label maker?

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Finished Quilt and Many More Projects...

I bought a pattern for this quilt, but I cannot find it anywhere in my house and I don't remember the name of the pattern either. I just wanted to make sure that you know this is not my design. When I saw the sample quilt on the wall I fell in love with it and really wanted to make one. It is rare for me to buy a pattern for a quilt, but this one I had to! I pieced this quilt right away which was years ago but I didn't know what I wanted to do with it after words. It was just sitting in my sewing room. I hand quilted for years and years but there are so many quilts I want to make and there are not enough time to do hand quilting for all the quilts I make. Also, I was too afraid to do machine quilting. I felt like I spent all that time invested in piecing the quilt top, and that I would ruin it by machine quilting it myself.

But... one day I just did it. I thought to myself, "you gotta start somewhere!" It was not the prettiest quilting; there were uneven and skipped stitches all over, but I did it! I am learning and because I don't do it that often my progress is slow, but it is getting better.

I have a few more quilt tops that need to be quilted in my closet that I pieced years ago, and I want to complete them this year! I am trying to clear out my sewing room and finish the projects that I have started. It feels good to complete them and move on.

Because I am a girl with (too) many interests, I have refashioning, jewelry making, painting and sewing projects in progress all the time. It is almost scary to think about how many projects I should be working to finish. How many projects are you working on? Have you finished something lately that you are excited about?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Two Tone Modern Baby Quilt

I posted this quilt I made for a family friend for Christmas a few weeks ago...

I had some left over blocks and I was playing with them the other day. I figured out a layout and decided to make two other quilts with them. The one, which is still laying out on my sewing room floor will be a wall hanging and this baby boy quilt...

Remember, the quilt I made was for our male friend... so I was thinking about that when I was designing the quilt. I went with a color scheme which I don't normally use (but I ended up really liking it!). When I make a quilt for a baby boy, I usually go for more pastel blues and greens or crisp red and blue. This one is a bit different. I am not very confident about my machine quilting skills, but I came up with a design I can manage and that is unique too.

Because the quilt top has darker matte colors, I chose crisp white & gray houndstooth fabric as a backing and added more colors with bias tape. Hoping to make the quilt a bit more playful and lively.

This was an unplanned project but I am pretty happy with the result. I am working on several quilt projects right now, I can't wait to share the others soon!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Wooden Spool Necklace

A while ago I shared a Christmas ornament made out of wooden spools. Because I love them so much I decided to make necklaces for some of my friends (I kept one for myself too!). I was talking to someone about the necklace today and realized that I totally forgot to share the pictures of the necklace on my blog. So, there they are...

I didn't paint the spools this time and kept the natural wood style. I threaded some pastel pearls to the twine and added scissors as a charm. I ran out of the scissors but I want to go get some more, because there are a few more friends that I want to make this for. Wouldn't this be a fun gift for someone who loves to sew and quilt?

I have been working on lots of projects right now, and some exciting things are coming up. I can not spill the beans yet, but I can't wait to share with you when the time comes! Have a wonderful weekend my friends, thank you for stopping by. ;)

Monday, January 12, 2015

Liberty of London Mod Podge Mini Tree

I had ambitious plans for projects that I was going to make before Christmas. Did I get to all of them? The answer is "no".

One of the projects I was going to do was to make a mini tree with Liberty of London fabrics. I saved scraps for this project; even the tiniest pieces! My Christmas decorations are all put away, but I still wanted to make this tree for next Christmas.

All you need for this project is a little wooden tree, white paint for the base if you decided to paint it, fabric scraps, little bit of Mod podge, and a brush. This is such a easy going and low key project. If you are going to try this, my advice to you is just go with the flow... cut, paste, look at the color combinations and cut, paste... so on.

I covered all the surfaces of the tree; even the bottom part.

I hear that many people say January is kind of depressing because all the excitement of Christmas has passed. I figured that it doesn't need to be that way... many of the things that make the Christmas season so special can stay with us year around; being charitable, forgiving, loving, inclusive, being thoughtful and so on and so forth. I have decided not to put away this mini tree. It will be sitting pretty on the shelf in my sewing room year round to remind me of all the good things about Christmas.

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