ETSY SHOP UPDATE :: Still Crafty After All These Years

sneak peek of what is ahead

 

Something New and Different

This photo is a bit “over-exposed” on purpose.

I don’t want to give it ALL away, but I want to let you in on a little secret.

While I’ve been blogging a LOT about food lately (especially low-carb and Paleo food), I still have the ‘crafty gene’ thing going on.

Seriously.

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Patriotic Mini-Windsock

Mini Windsock Supplies

As I promised in this post, I am going to show you how I made my Patriotic Mini-Windsock.

With just a few standard supplied, I came up with a red-white-and-blue craft for Memorial Day.

First:  paint a bathroom tissue tube blue.

Cut one strip of construction or scrapbook paper (white) 1″ wide  x 6-1/2 inches long.

Cut one strip of construction or scrapbook paper (red) 1″ wide x 6-1/2 inches long.

Glue each strip around the tube as shown in the photo.  Hold the paper to the tube for a few seconds to be sure it stays where you want it.

 

 

Mini Windsock Step 2

 

Cut red and white strips about 1/2″ wide by 8 inches long.  Glue to the inside of the tube.

Punch two holes near the top of the tube.

Feed the ribbon into the hole and tie a knot in each end.

There!  You’re ready to hang your windsock!

 

Finished windsock

Get Ready to Craft! Memorial Day Projects on the Way!

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In preparation of Memorial Day (May 27), we’re gearing up for some quick and easy craft projects.

My son Matt is going to be helping out with craft projects this summer.  Once school is out, he’s going to be my official “assistant”.  He’ll be helping with online research, gathering craft supplies, taking photos, etc.  It’s going to be a fun summer!

To kick off the summer season, we’re going to feature three projects:

  • Pretend binoculars (for the little ones)
  • Mini-windsocks (for kids of all ages)
  • Patriotic fabric coasters (for the older kids and grown-ups)

We wanted to give you a heads up so you can gather your supplies. :-)

 

Interested in making a pair of kiddie binoculars?  Then start saving up your empty cardboard bathroom-tissue tubes.  You’ll need two to make a pair of binocs; and one for each mini-windsock.

Binoculars:

  • Two toilet-tissue tubes
  • About 4-5 Popsicle sticks (or craft sticks — the small ones)
  • All-purpose glue
  • Craft paint in your favorite color
  • Paper punch
  • String, ribbon or yarn (about 24″ long)

 

Fly your American Spirit with these sweet little windsocks.

Mini-windsock:

  • One toilet-tissue tube
  • Assorted patriotic themed scrapbook papers (scraps of paper will work fine for this project)
  • Craft paint (optional)
  • Scrapbook stickers (stars would be great for this project!)
  • All purpose craft glue
  • Paper punch
  • String, ribbon, or yarn (one piece that measures about 20″ long)

 

Show off your patriotism (and your sewing skills) with a set of coasters (like these):

Set of Four Coasters

Fabric Coasters:

If you’re up for an easy sewing project, then sort through your fabric stash (or make a quick trip to your favorite fabric store or Walmart)  and pick up the following:

  • 1/4 yard of your choice of some awesome red-white-and-blue print fabric (cotton please)
  • 1/4 yard of a coordinating cotton fabric (for the backside of the coaster) [Hint:  red, white or blue!]
  • 1/4 yard of basic, white  cotton flannel
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Iron + ironing board
  • Cutting board, rotary cutter (or scissors)
  • Chopstick or other similar blunt-end tool

 

Pick a project (or two or three) and gather up your supplies.

Complete instructions will be posted next week.

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Now…your only other assignment:  Have a fantastic weekend!

 

Valentine’s Day Project — Bookmarks

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With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, I chose a quick and easy project.  You probably have most (if not all) the necessary supplies at home already.

Here’s the list of what you will need:

  • Precut, cardstock bookmark blanks (5-1/2” x 2” is a good size) You can buy them at Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, Walmart, Etsy, etc. – or you can cut your own from heavyweight cardstock (very thin cardboard works too.)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick or all-purpose glue
  • Scrapbook paper in your choice of patterns or colors.  Yes, this is a Valentine’s Day project, but that DOESN’T mean you have to go all “hearts-and-cupids” on it.  You can go green and ‘re-cycle/up-cycle’ on this project too.  Scraps of paper work just fine.  You don’t need a whole sheet of paper unless you’re making several bookmarks.
  • Paper punch
  • Ribbon, yarn, or string (about 10″ long)
  • Embellishments of your choice (photo, stickers, buttons, etc.)
  • Colored pencils or felt-tip markers

Bookmark making supplies

 

I was a bit pressed for time tonight (what else is new, right?) so I went the easy route on the two bookmarks I made.  Once I had all my supplies pulled together, it only took about 15 minutes to make both of the bookmarks.  The pink one will go to my Aunt Barb, so I’ll add a little personal note on it.

The three-stamp version is one that I’ll tuck in my ‘finished project’ box for another gift-giving occasion.

The process is pretty simply.  I placed my store-bought bookmark on the back of a piece of scrapbook paper and traced around it.  Then, I cut out the shape and glued it to one side of the bookmark.  This became the ‘back side”.

I repeated that process with the paper that became the ‘front side’.

The heart had an adhesive back on it.  So it was simple to peel off the backing and place it close to the ribbon hole.

For the the brown bookmark, I added a second layer.  I found some vintage-looking paper and cut out enough of it to fit nicely on the brown background.  I think it looks nice.

Here are the finished products:

 

heart bookmark finished

 

three stamps bookmark

So, there you have it.  A super-easy project that you and your kids can work on together.  In fact, the kids can make these bookmarks simply by drawing on them with crayons or markers.  You can punch a hole at the top and loop some ribbon or string through.  Bam!  A cute little gift.

Are you making gifts for Valentine’s Day?  Let me  know by adding a comment below.  Thanks!

Valentine’s Day is Thursday!

Wow!  It’s almost the middle of the month, already.  This year is off to a roaring start.  And, in case you didn’t already know, Valentine’s Day is THIS Thursday.  Are you ready?

Family Fun Magazine

Family Fun magazine (shown above)  suggests you have a stay-at-home Valentine’s Day this year and spend time with the kids.  I love that idea!  Hey, did you know that Family Fun is now part of the Parent’s Magazine family?

Speaking of ideas, I’ll have a crafty project idea tomorrow.  Stay tuned!  In the meantime, gather up your glue sticks, scissors and your other craft supplies.  We’re going to make some AWESOME book marks.

 

 

Mya’s Keepsake Box (Birthday Gift)

myaskeepsakebox “Handmade is the best …”

That was the comment made at Mya’s birthday party last Sunday.

One of the guests was oohing and ahhing over the gift I made and said that her favorite gifts are those that are handmade.  Amen.  I agree 100%.

The keepsake box took longer than I thought it would. No surprise there, right?  Doesn’t everything take longer than you expect?  But it was truly a labor of love.

It has been SO long since I’ve actually designed and made something.  It felt good to gather up the supplies and get to work.  ‘Making things makes me happy’.  If you’re a crafts-person or artist, feel free to Tweet that.

The best ‘thank-you-I-love-it’

It’s pretty amazing to me that with a little ingenuity, you can transform a paper mache box into something wonderful.  It made me smile to see four-year old Mya walking through the house with her arms wrapped around the box.  That was the ultimate compliment.

Here are some more photos of the box:

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Your turn:  I will appreciate your honest feedback on the box.  And…I’d like to know what YOU’RE making these days.  Please:  leave a comment below!  Thanks!

 

 

A Soon-To-Be Birthday Gift for Mya

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Sometimes, the Creative “Bug” Bites Hard

It’s been a long, long time since I’ve completed a craft project.

My cousin’s daughter (Mya) is turning four this week.  My wife and did some traditional birthday gift shopping last weekend.  We’re all set.  Well…almost.

I decided that it was time to put the creative juices to work — once again.  I had a paper mache box tucked away and thought it would be a perfect gift.  The box has 3-4 coats of Bubblegum Pink paint on it now.  I promise to show you the project when it’s all done.

According to her mom, Mya loves pink and princess-y stuff.  So…a quick trip to Hobby Lobby and we’re good to go.

It felt really good to make something again.  In fact, while I’ve tried to push the creativity aside, it just can’t stay away forever.  It’s part of me.  And always will be.

I need to be okay with that.  And make (no pun intended) the most of it.

Your Turn:  What projects are you working on these days?  Share your story in the comments section below.

Crafty Saturday Morning :: Glycerin Melt-and-Pour Soap

Soap setting up in the molds.

Soaps are out of mold and continue to set up

New Projects in the Queue

Fancy Key Fobs

Here’s (more than) a sneak-peek at some upcoming projects.

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Crafty Dad’s Must-Have Craft Tools

Tools and supplies are an important part of crafting.  I dabble in all kinds of medium (fabric, paper, etc.).  Most of my projects involve fabric, so I thought I would share with you the tools and supplies that I find most useful when working with needle and thread.

  • Good lighting.  If you can’t see what you’re doing, add more light to your area.
  • Sewing machine
  • Steam iron + ironing board.  I found a nice heavy, metal iron at Goodwill a few years back and it works great.  For convenience, I keep my iron in my craft space.  We use a different iron for pressing our clothes each morning.
  • Pressing cloth (used mostly when I’m working with fusible inter-facings like Pellon’s Wonder-Under Fusible Web).
  • Spray-bottle of water close to my ironing station.  I use this to help get out tough wrinkles and also to dampen my pressing cloth when working with fusible inter-facings.
  • Reading glasses.  So I can see the eye of the needle in the sewing machine.  A great help when it comes to threading the machine!
  • Self-healing cutting mat
  • Rotary cutter
  • Quilt ruler (to use with the cutter and cutting mat)
  • Sharp scissors
  • Sturdy, flat, smooth work surface for cutting fabric. My cutting table is a drafting table that I found at the thrift shop for less than ten dollars.
  • Thread snips.  I found some at Walmart a few years back and love them.  They are much handier than scissors when it comes to snipping the ends of threads once you’ve pulled your work off the bed of your sewing machine.  I look for them every time I’m at Walmart and apparently they don’t stock them any more.  I found a similar version on Amazon (affiliate link).  Feel free to check them out.  For less than 2 bucks you might give them a try.
  • Walking foot for my sewing machine.  When working with three layers of fabric, a walking foot is a fantastic tool to help keep the layers together.
  • A source of background music (Radio or CD Player of iTunes or Pandora).  My favorite radio station on iTunes is KDFC found in the Classical section.  Yes, I prefer Classical music.
  • Patience and a creative attitude.  There’s no way I can be productive if I’m in a hurry or have 100 other things on my mind.  I have to go to my creative space knowing that I can spend the hour or two (or whatever) uninterrupted.  Sometimes that means getting up at 5AM on a Saturday to get things done.  In fact, I’m writing this blog post at 5:30 on Saturday morning.  There’s a lot to get done today, so I’m budgeting my time wisely.

So, that’s my list.

What does your list of tools look like?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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