Thursday, December 31, 2009


So I found 3 of these lovely ladies at a yard sale a while ago....I think I may have paid $1 for all 3! They have been sitting in my basement collecting dust until I could figure out what to do with them. I originally thought I would cut a piece of wood to fit in the bottom, but there was no "ledge" to hold the wood in place.

I decided to sew liners for each. I used some Laura Ashley drapery fabric from my stash of "oooh this is pretty fabric, & it is cheap, so I must have it" fabrics. I sewed a simple reversible box and added an elastic tube at the top to fold over the edge of the server! I measured the length/width/height of each box and added one inch to each measurement. So I ended up with 2 bottoms, and 8 sides. & Viola!! I think they turned out pretty cute!

Find #2. I picked up this little silver (ish) tray for $0. 25! I cleaned it up and added a J using a stencil and acrylic paint! I wanted to add a Christmas word and hang it from the tree....but my daughter insisted on a "J"! Not sure where it will land isn't exactly my style, but it sure is cute!

# 3 Antique Frame. This was a freebie from my MIL. No glass or backing. A friend added eye hooks for me and a few rows of wire. We hung pictures using teeny teeny tiny clothes pins. I love the way it looks, just didn't realize how much I hated the paneling. I have seen something similar using screen in the frame and using it to hang earrings.

I wonder if I can find a yard sale on New Year's Day.....? Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Fabric Roses

I have found a great blog, love her ideas....and I have copied a few (well some) (OK a lot). So here is the link to her Tattered Fabric Roses Tutorial http://http// Unlike the tutorial directions, I used ES 6000 glue and straight pins to hold my flowers together, removing the pins after a few minutes. I used the ES 6000 because the fumes are so much better. Just kidding, I can't find my glue gun.

Such a fun project. Another easy & fast one! I also made a necklace. The back is awful, hopefully no one will ever see it! I wore it to a party & it stayed together! I guess I did something right? I am going to attempt a fabric covered bead necklace with roses...maybe tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Well the Christmas Production is over and it was a HUGE success. The play was based on the book Tales from the Manger, adapted by our drama teacher . The kids did a great job and they are sooooo proud. Thought I would post a picture of the costumes I made for grades K-5. The kindergarten and 1st grade were baby sheep and mice, gray & white t-shirts, ears, and simple skirts for the girls. No tails, for obvious reasons. The older kids...grades 2-5...were the manger animals. Each animal had a (very) simple apron and a ski cap with ears of some sort. My favorite was the rooster! I sandwiched a piece of card stock between layers of felt and stitched it onto the hat. The kids looked great! However the donkey and the sheep, that looked like a dog, (played by my son) are still a little angry with me. ;)

Teacher Gifts

Just waiting until the E-6000 (I LOVE that stuff) dries, so I can wrap these babies up! I made each teacher this year a fabric covered button ring, necklace, bracelet, and matching fabric flower! I tried to match their tastes-hope they like them! The necklaces actually have pin backs on a large button back, so they can be worn as a necklace or pin. I purchase all of my supplies on Etsy from Fiddlers Creek Designs)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Oven Mitt Tutorial

OOOOh! Just found this tutorial, so I am posting the link...just in case!
I think I can get a few in in 10 days?! These would be so cute with some tea towels, baked goods, or homemade jelly in a basket...

I love this website & they have tons of free to get my machine going!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Pumpkin Muffins

My friend Shelia gave me this great recipe and I make it A LOT. My kids love them and I like to think of them as nutritious. (Please don't comment & tell me that they are indeed not nutritious) is the box of chocolate cake mix (I use devil's food) and one 16 oz. can of pumpkin. YEP, that is IT, 2 ingredients! Mix them together, it will look like you do not have enough liquid, keep stirring. When everything is sufficiently mixed, fill mini-muffin pan cups 2/3 full, then bake 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. You can also add mini-chocolate chips if you like! EASY, EASY, EASY!

20 Easy Aprons & A Pretty (but SMELLY) Christmas Tree

I currently teach a 2 year old preschool class at my children's school. I decided that I would make aprons for each of the 2 & 3 year old students for Christmas.....SO EASY! Not sure where I found a tutorial or if I read this somewhere...? So I will tell you how I did it!

I purchased $1 dish towels at the Dollar Tree. They were kind of long, white with a red stripe. I began by folding the towels 1/4 of the way up, and sewing vertical pockets for untensils. I then cut "holes" for the arms. I zig zagged the arms & attached white ribbon for the ties at the neck and sides. I also purchased 4 wooden untensils for $1 per pack. I plan to include 2 untensils with each apron. I will also include a child friendly recipe on cards that I found on Microsoft online. Tied with a pretty ribbon & VIOLA...cute, homemade gifts for my class!

OK now on to the SMELLY TREE. I am afraid I am going to be taking benedryl for the next few weeks. My nose is running & I am sneezing like crazy! I have no idea what kind of tree we purchased at the tree farm today? I loved the blue color, I was cold, and the kids were making me VERY nervous with the saw. I really just wanted to get out of there and get home to decorate! I definitely do not have the fresh pine smell in my house!

I am without my camera so I can not include a picture of the stinky tree or the STINKING CUTE aprons! Maybe later ;) !

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Take Two & A Busy Weekend

35 Loaves of Banana Bread DONE & 15 or so more to go! My daughter tells me it is delicious, I will take her word for it! I will be happy not to see or smell another mashed banana for at least another 12 months.

I have successfully (at least I think so) completed 24 fabric flowers using my friend Shelia's curtains! The remainder of the curtains will be quilts for my children's school auction. But, SIGH, I will save that for a later post. Back to the EASY. I simply ripped one inch pieces of fabric, the width of the fabric....I think it was 40 inches or so? I like the frayed edges of the linen fabric. I then gathered one side and "shaped" the piece into a flower. I stitched an X in the middle of the flower and glued a fabric covered button or something from my stash in the center. I then glued a pin onto the back and VIOLA! 2 dozen flowers!

I also finished my MERRY banner for my fireplace first decoration to go up. I found the freezer paper stencil tutorial on the Everday Chaos Blog (link at the bottom). I also made HO HO HO for a friend. I have tried different methods to attach the burlap letters to the jute cord, I have decided that E-6000 is the quickest & easiest. Have a look....!