Friday, December 31, 2010

Last Post of 2010

Thought I'd get in one final post for 2010. I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends. One of my nieces surprised me with her craftiness. She and her finance' (newly engaged) love to go for bicycle rides. So, with her mother's help, she made him a wallet from a bicycle innertube. She got the project from Instructibles http://www.instructables.com/id/bike-innertube-wallet/ . It was awesome. I just love homemade and happy to see another crafty generation. Her finance' is also crafty.

Today I spent a good bit of time making cd jewel case desk calendars. I found several places on the net to print the calendars out. One of my favorites was http://madabella.typepad.com/blog/2010/12/gifted-day-12-.html . I also printed one from http://www.prospectpark.org/about/jewel_case_calendar . The only thing about this one was that it gave only the month number. I knew my DH and DS would not care for that. But, it had the instructions for disassembling the jewel case and reassembly into a calendar stand. I haven't taken any photos. Now if I could just remember where I put the new wall calendars I bought a few months ago.

Wishing each of you a blessed new year!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Journal Jars

I had the opportunity to finish up a couple gifts for my middle sister and her hubby. I made them each a journal jar. I have made several in the past and they were hits. I used the journal prompts from Organized Christmas. I love this site. http://christmas.organizedhome.com/
For each journal jar I printed out the 38 pages of prompts (6 prompts per page) and then made a few of my own. Then came the chore of cutting each of them out. I used my paper cutter to do this. Then, I folded each one. It was unbelieveable that I could fit that big pile of prompts into those jars.


I bought journals and included a glue stick in the jar. That way they can glue the prompt at the top of the page and journal below it. OrganizedChristmas even included a label with instructions.

It seems I almost didn't get the tops of the jars in the photo, but here it is. I used a floral fabric for my sister's journal jar and added ribbon. For her husband's journal jar I used a piece of Western themed fat quarter by Moda that I received in an online swap years ago. I don't know the name of the design. He loves to read Westerns and this fabric always reminds me of him.


These gifts and the pillowcases for my daughter are now in the mail!

Snow Birds

When we have the rare snow accumulation (2"-3") here in Middle Tennessee, everything stops! This past Sunday afternoon was typical. A few inches of snow wrecked havoc on our roads. When it started getting bad I was at Joann's Fabrics buying 1/2 priced fat quarters and a beautiful piece of white Egyptian cotton with a 50% off coupon. What a deal!

But, I was bored Sunday evening and it was obvious that I probably was not going to get my gifts sent to my daughter on Monday. So, I dug out a set of king-sized pillowcases that were pre-stamped in a simple hummingbird design by Jack Dempsey Neddle Arts. The embroidery went very quickly. I just love hummingbirds.


I also worked on some ornaments that I intend to give The Book Bag ladies of my book club. This month I chose the book for us to read. I chose "A Redbird Christmas" by Fannie Flagg. I had already decided a couple months before to make these really cute ornaments from tiny flowerpots. I found the directions on FaveCrafts http://www.favecrafts.com/ . I bought some tiny birds but they were not red. After I had read the book I actually found these little redbirds at Michaels. I don't know what made me check again at Michael's because they did not have these redbirds available a when I looked before. Perfect!


I had bought the makings for this craft a little at a time and stored in a plastic shoebox until I had them all together. A few items are missing from this photo. Last minute I realized I had not bought the red glitter for the edges. But, I just happened to have a 50% off coupon for Michael's. Yay!!!

Here is the finished product. The silver ribbon looks lavender in this photo, but shows true to color in the first photo. The directions called for painting the inside of the flowerpots, but I like them better without it, especially with the floral moss for the nest. I got the package of moss at The Dollar Tree for a dollar. Really like the red glitter (Martha Stewart fine glitter) around the rims. I also picked up some very small gift bags at The Dollar Tree to put them in. Book club meets tomorrow at a members condo. We are decorating her tree, too. So, I can't wait to give these.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

What Happens at Grandma's...

We just returned from a several days visit to see my mother. The day before we left home I got a call that the Christmas present I made for my youngest sister was framed and ready to go. Sometimes I worry that I am not being fair to all my friends and family when it comes to homemade gifts. But, I love to see and make something for someone that really just makes me think of them specifically. It's so much more personal. I guess it will work out evenly, eventually.

I made my sister this cross stitch by Waxing Moon Designs called "What Happens at Grandma's". My sister has one grandchild who turns 4 years old soon and other daughters who have not begun their famlies yet. When I saw it, I just had to make it for her.The cross stitch has tiny wooden buttons sewn on it (chocolate chip cookie, ice cream, jelly beans, cupcake, etc.)  I stitched it on 28 count pale yellow linen.  I would think she would hang it near the kitchen table. My sister's kitchen cabinets are white and so is the frame. The frame has tiny blue borders that pick up the blue in the design. I sure hope she likes it.


Friday, December 3, 2010

Socks and Underwear - The Pillow

Yesterday I went to Jo-Ann's in hopes of finding the perfect Christmas print fabric to make a pillow for my friend. I wanted to attach the "Socks and Underwear" cross stitch to a pillow. I did find the perfect fabric and it was half price, too. It is a Debbie Mumm design. And, the red and green are exactly the right shades.


And, here is the finished product. I really like the way it turned out!



Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Southern Belle Pillowcases

Last year my daughter requested that I embroider her a set of southern belle type pillowcases where the case ruffle is the bottom of her skirt. I reminded DD that she has a king size bed with king size pillows. She said, "I'll make it work." I think it would look pretty to have a set of these standard size pillows in front of the king size ones. I ordered the pre-stamped pillowcases right away and put them aside. With working full time and then a fall that resulted in a torn rotator cuff, I never got started on them. Then, the surgical repair of the rotator cuff and subsequent recovery put me further behind. As soon as I retired 3 months ago (6 months post surgery) I pulled them out and started the embroidery.

But, then I saw the cute "Socks and Underwear" cross stitch for my friend and got side-tracked. I'll bet most of you crafter/needleworkers can relate to that. LOL Then, I finished up a UFO I had started last year for one of my sisters. It is now at the framers. So, back to the pillowcases. I am now working on the second one.



Years ago, when my 2 younger sisters were teenagers, I found pattern for a set of these type pillowcases in a needlework magazine. The girl was embroidered and I think she had a parasol. The skirts were machine appliqued in a small gingham check and the ruffle was of matching gingham checks. Somewhere over the years I lost the magazine. But, they were cute.


Here is a photo of the first pillowcase. It has a LOT of french knots. But, it really is pretty. Just this week on Facebook, my DD informed me she would still like a set of these pillowcases. I said, "Sorry, I'm already in the middle of making a gift for you." Yeah, I'm sneaky like that!