Sunday, November 25, 2012

Crafty Sunday

Hi all!  Happy Sunday!  I know it's hard to be happy about Sunday evening...the last evening of freedom before the ole 9-5.  This Sunday though has rocked!  I called off from my ukulele lesson and just lounged.  For hours.  Seriously.  :)  I stayed in my jammies and crafted to my little heart's content.  I worked on my embroidery, stitched some stuffed animals, and made yet another bird mobile!  This cutie is now for sale on my etsy shop:




Saturday, November 24, 2012

Holiday Tree Skirt DIY

I wanted to share a quick tutorial with you all today!  If you're anything like me, you cringe at the price tag that comes with the store bought tree skirts.  That's why I decided to make my own this year!  I wanted something quick and inexpensive.  My first thought was to use oilcloth fabric but then I came across a round vinyl tablecloth for less than $4!  It was 60" which was way too big...so I just cut it down to size.  I can't give you an exact measurement because I just eyeballed it.  :)  Here are the supplies I used:  vinyl tablecloth in a festive holiday print
scissors
bias tape
fabric glue


Step 1:  Fold the tablecloth in half.  Cut out a semi circle from the center of your folded material.  This will be where the tree will sit.  


Step 2:  Unfold your tree skirt and cut a straight line down one side, clear to the circular portion that you cut out in the previous step.  


Step 3:  Slip your bias tape over the cut edge of your fabric so that the bias tape sandwiches the fabric.  Squeeze a thin line of glue onto your fabric and press the bias tape firmly down.


Step 4:  Continue gluing the bias tape, a little at a time.  


Step 5:  Turn your tree skirt over and glue down the bias tape along the back as well.  


Step 7:  Allow the glue to dry and then place the skirt under your tree!


Sit back and enjoy your beautiful tree!  :)  

Holiday

How was your Thanksgiving?  
Mine was rather quiet, but nice.  My parents came for a visit but sadly my sister couldn't make it (living in Japan makes it difficult to get home for the holidays)!  
We had a yummy vegan feast.  
Field Roast Celebration Roast
Roasted Asparagus
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Le Sueur Peas
Apple Stuffing
and 
Pumpkin Pie (not pictured).


My Mom got a new puppy!  She brought her along!  I am so in love with this little dog!  :)  


She doesn't have a name yet.  Although Suki is on the table!  I think she looks like a Matilda but Mom hates it!  ;)


I don't really do Black Friday.  I'm not a fan of crowds, cold weather, or getting out of bed before the sun.  I ventured out to the fabric store in the afternoon.  It was still rather crowded....but doable!  I stocked up on some lovely new fabric.  My favorite is the sunflowers on the left...so cheerful!  



 Last night I put up my holiday tree!  I love pine trees...the smell has already filled my home!  :)  So far none of the kitties have attempted to climb the tree.  We'll see how long that lasts!  

I need more ornaments.  I bought four this year...but it's not enough!  I made a few more last night...some of my stuffed trees and a couple of hearts.  I may have to do some Etsy shopping today!  ;) 





Tibet and Spike admiring the tree:



I'm not completely done with my decorating...but it's a start!



When will you put up your tree?  :)  

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Bird friends!

I've been hard at work on a new creation! I finally finished it this week! My festive bird hanging! The first time I make something new, it's always trial and error. That's how we learn...or at least how I learn! For example I thought I'd zip through the birds on my sewing machine. However, the eyes (buttons) I used were too big. Next time, smaller buttons and no hand sewing! :). I'm excited to make a new one! I think this guy will be for a swap I'm participating in. I'll make some new ones for the shop soon!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Wish List

I have been trying to find one of these for the longest time!  However fate hasn't been kind to me.  :(  If any of you stumble upon one, please send me the link!  :)  You'll officially become my best friend!  


Cute doesn't even begin to describe these little darlings!  Perfect stocking stuffer, in my opinion (they even have a kitty  version)!  


I've been a huge fan of Ryan Berkley's prints for so long.  I finally broke down and purchased this cutie at Wholly Craft this morning (well mine is actually framed already..so even better)!  I can tell that I've unleashed a monster because I've been on berkleyillustrations etsy shop for the past ten minutes lusting after so many things.  :)  

Now I want this one:

and this one:

I also have some of his designs as an embroidery pattern, so I think I'll be whipping up something soon!  :)  

What's on your wish list this year?  


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Giveaway Winner!

Hello lovelies!  Just wanted to pop in with the winner of my little tree giveaway.  :)  
I used the random number generator over at Random.Org. to choose the winner.  


#1 Cameron

Congrats Miss Cameron!  Your tree will be headed your way this week!  :)  

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Sewing Up A Storm!

Despite feeling like death warmed over, I have been in a very crafty mood this weekend!  This morning I worked on a couple of new projects while also finishing off some older ones.  First up, a set of fabric coasters.  I just love this mod looking bird fabric!  So festive. It makes me smile.  :)  





Feeling inspired by Cameron over at Paint Myself Pretty, I decided to try my hand at bookmarks.  Or should I say bookmark, as I've only made one so far!  




I finished stuffing and sewing a few more tree ornaments!


I especially love the mini tree on the end!  


All of these goodies are now listed and available in my Etsy shop.  


Friday, November 2, 2012

November Madness + Giveaway

Happy November!  
I'm feeling a little under the weather right now.  I'm no doctor but I'd say I've got a cold and laryngitis!  
Being sick is nature's way of telling me to slow down and take care of myself.  I find that hard to do!  I'm always taking care of others (both human and fur kids) and inevitably I find myself coming in last place.  So when I came down with this bug I knew I'd have to put myself first.  I took the day off and lounged in bed until I couldn't stand it any longer.  Then I moved a few feet so I could sit in front of the sewing machine.  Lol.  I churned out a couple of holiday ornaments before my energy faded (I got very little sleep the past two nights).  
So I'm not 100% sure yet but I may be participating in my first craft show next weekend!  I'm still waiting to hear back from the woman in charge.  I contacted her a few weeks ago and she finally called me back yesterday.  We've been playing phone tag since then.  Since time is of the essence, I'm operating under the assumption that I will be doing the show.  Therefore, I've got to get my crafty bum in gear!  I have 1 week to get enough merchandise together.  That's a lot of crafting in a short amount of time!  Factor in that I'm also participating in National Novel Writing Month (1,667 words per day) and holding down a 50+ hour a week job...I'm not even sure how I'm going to do it all!  ;)
I have will-power on my side...and my ability to work extremely well under pressure (that's how I got through college...I still tell the story of how I wrote a 30 page term paper in 1 night)!  So fingers crossed!  I will keep you all updated!  :)  

On to the giveaway!  I will be gifting one lucky winner with one of my holiday tree ornaments.  :)  Here's how to enter:
1. Follow my blog.
2.  Leave a comment telling me your favorite holiday memory.
Additional entry:
1. Blog/Twitter/Facebook about this giveaway.
That's it!  I'll randomly choose a winner on Sunday November 11th.  Good luck!



Craft stores are evil.  There, I said it.  Every single time I walk into one with the intention of purchasing one item, I walk out $60 poorer.  Today could have been worse.  My total was $80 and I forgot my coupons!  Thankfully a sweet lady in line behind me gave me one of her coupons.  I saved nearly twenty bucks!  Thanks stranger...you really made my day with your kindness!  :)  
I'm excited to work on some new creations!  

What got you excited today?  :)