Monday, December 20, 2010

Eye Candy for the Wall

I took some of this 
Garden Party by Anna Marie Horner for Free Spirit
 and an 18" x 18" canvas and with a little help from a staple gun, turned it into this...

Now all I need is some paint, thread, and beads.

This project is going to a while for me to do, but I'll try to keep you posted on the progress.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Flouncy Bag for my Sister

If you need any last minute gift ideas may I suggest One Yard Wonders...this book is the BEST!!

I made the Flouncy Bag for my sister, with not some, but a LOT of changes. Why?? Well, I've made this bag once, which I didn't know that there was some corrections

My Changes: (1) The D-Rings I bought were on the small side, since the directions don't tell you size to get, so I adjusted the width of the strap to fit the D-Ring better. (2) I didn't like the opening size of the bag, the book says the bands need to be 10" long, but the corrections say 11" and I made it 12". (3) Since I made the bands longer, I needed to adjust the Lining size as well. (4) I also had to adjust the bottom of the lining. (5) I used a coordinating fabric for the lining.

And, finally.....I added an inside pocket! Not just any pocket, but a zipper pocket, which I had to figure out on my own, since I do not have any books that explain how to do one. There was a LOT of thread ripping going on, at least 4 attempts that I can remember...I started to lose track...but after 4 hours I finally got it!

Considering this is the first zipper I've ever attempted, I think I did a great job!

Well, I hope my sister likes it....she's already seen the fabric, but she didn't know what I was going to make with it.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Mug Rugs Continued...

After the first 2 mug rugs that I made for my step mom, I got to thinking that 2 is not enough, so I thought 4, since there are a lot of items that come in a 4-pack...but for some reason that didn't work for me either, which led to 7, one for each day of the week.

Without further a due, here they are...
Set of 7 Mug Rugs

 Mug Rug#1

Mug Rug #2

Mug Rug #3

Mug Rug #4

Mug Rug #5

Mug Rug #6

Mug Rug #7

All of the single shot photos have an insert of what the back looks like.

And earlier today, I got to see my step mom open them and SHE LOVES THEM!!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Mug Rugs....

I've been sitting around all week trying to figure out what to get my stepmom for Christmas....she's practical kinda gal, so nothing fancy or useless for her. 
Then I thought to myself, why don't I make her something, but what?? 
Off to browse the many books of ideas and as I was looking in one book I saw coasters, which told me to make her a mug rug...they're popular right now and she's an every morning coffee drinker!! 

Mug Rug #1
Made with scraps left over from this quilt and kona solids.

Mug Rug #2
Made from the same as above.

Sorry for not having photos of the backs, but my camera ran out of battery life and I wanted to get this posted before the end of the day. I promise to get more photo's...maybe with my stepmom holding them up. And first thing in the morning I'll be finishing the binding.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Trim the Tree....Ornaments Rec'd

Here are the 3 ornaments that I received from the Trim the Tree Handmade Ornament Swap.....

This little birdie came from spottedstonestudio.....and she sent that great looking handmade glass snowflake!

Winter Mitten from piecefulchaos!
Made from leftover quilt batting, which she sprayed with something that had glitter in it to make it a little stiffer.

Bella the Christmas Dotee from magicjessnrach!
She came to me all the way from Australia!!!

I love all the ornaments that I received from my swap partners....they all look great on our Christmas tree, which is already a hodge podge of handmade/craft ornaments!