Friday, September 30, 2011

Gift Card Necklace

I'm knee deep in Fall and Pumpkin projects and needed a little break from orange and black.



So I decided to start playing around with old gift cards again.



I had this left over from the Gift Card Bracelet that I did Here and that word "crafts" kept jumping out at me. Let's not talk about the fact that I still had that little piece of plastic, okay?



I cut out "craft" using my scrapbook scissors.



I used Dimensional Magic on the front and glued a bail on the back.



Love it! The good news is, I still have more of the cut up cards so earrings should be next!

Back to the pumpkin patch!

I'll be linking Here this week.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

It's a Party! #21

It's Thursday, let's party!




Link up anything you want to share with us this week. It can be your fabulous craft, yummy recipe, giveaway, shop, etc.

I'll feature the Top 5 most viewed links on Saturday and randomly pick one of you lovelies to feature next Wednesday.

I would love for you to follow A Creative Princess while you're here!
It's just the nice thing to do!

If you would like to grab an It's a Party button (on the sidebar) and post it on your blog somewhere, that would be great! Let's get the word out and grow this party.
The more the merrier!

We all love comments, so please visit other links and have fun!

Let's get this party started!


Feature: One Artsy Mama

Today's featured blog from last week's It's a Party is Amy from One Artsy Mama and if you haven't met her yet, she really is "One Artsy Mama"! She can do a little of everything and does a beautiful job of it. She has an adorable 3 year old (Noah) and if you're looking for crafts to do with your children, just go visit Amy. Let me show you just a few of the things you'll find when you go visit her.



Hobby Horse



Little Chef Apron



Fall Wreath



Candy Train



Painted Garden Signs

Please stop by and see Amy, she always has such fun things going on!

It's a Party starts tonight, see you then!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Special Shout Out and Photo Bloopers

I have a special shout out that is long overdue. My blogging friend Kate from craft whatever linked Stella's Cuff Bracelet to It's a Party a couple of weeks ago. As you look at the picture, keep in mind that Stella is 4!



Stella wanted to learn how to sew and Kate (being the good mommy she is) let her sit at her machine and use the decorative stitches. She had to help her with the foot pedal because she couldn't reach it, but for the most part, Stella made it herself!! Beautiful job, Stella! You just keep on craftin'!

That little 4 year old girl has inspired me! You see, my Serger I bought about a month ago, is still sitting in the box because for some reason, I'm scared to death of it! If I could find that innocent and "no fear" attitude of a child, I'm sure I could be using it soon!


Now on to something completely random.

I thought it would be fun to show some of the photos that never make it to this blog.

The photos I post of the grandkids always look so cute, but...


Sometimes my little model isn't always so cooperative!





Remember when I posted about my Kitchen Towel Rag Quilt?


Somebody was watching Dora and I was bothering her!



I had started laying the quilt out in my craft room and the same little "somebody" wanted lunch!
It was 10:00 AM!


Trying to take a picture of an I-pad because you don't know how to get the photo off of there is not an easy task!


Oops, got the tree and my hands with camera.



Well now you've got your whole body!


And last, and most certainly least...



Do these sunflowers make my butt look big?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Hair "Pretties"

Triniti and Tierni call anything you put in your hair a "pretty", so I thought I should get busy and make them some more "pretties".



Every now and then I come up with a brainstorm and this time it was to make headbands and barrettes using elastic thread. For the headbands I cut a 7" x 2" strip of fabric and the barrette was 4" x 2".



Using the elastic thread you sew a straight line down the middle. If you've never used this thread before you have to hand wind the bobbin and use regular thread on the top. I put my stitch length on the longest one possible. You can see it starts to pucker already.



To make it really pucker, you shoot it with steam. I used my little portable steamer, but you can use an iron. It's fun to watch, the minute you shoot the steam it starts shrinking up.



Turn it over and sew a little strip of felt on the back.



Then just glue the felt to a clip or headband.





I know I'm their Grandma, but look at those little faces!!

Have a marvelous week!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Super Saturday!

We had another great week at It's a Party! I just love seeing what all you talented people come up with! How do you think up these awesome ideas? Do you sleep at night? Without further ado, here are our top 5 most viewed links.



Classic Apple Crisp
Seriously, who doesn't want to take a bite out of homemade apple crisp and ice cream?!!




Craft Room Reveal
I really need to move my craft room to the top of my priority list. Don't you just love taking a peek at everyone else's awesome rooms?!




DIY Pumpkin Baskets
These are just too cute! I really wish I had thought of that!




Under $200/month
Kammy has the proven method to only spend $200.00 or less a month at the grocery store. Thank you, Kammy, for sharing your tips with us!!




DIY Perlers Beads
What a great idea! I am so going to do this with the grandkids! We would always buy the beads at Hobby Lobby and now we can just do it here at home with the straws.

Thank you to everyone who linked up and if you were featured, be sure to grab a button!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 23, 2011

My Fall Fireplace

It's finally getting cooler here in Missouri and now I'm officially in the mood for Fall! The problem is, it's here now and I'm slowly decorating for it. Why do I always put things off?



I started with the fireplace last week. Please ignore all the cords in the pictures, I need to do something about that! I just can't right now, I'm kind of busy with pumpkins.



I got the inspiration for this from Choose To Thrive. I used wine bottles instead of jars like she did and then used vinyl for the letters. I ripped pumpkin fabric in strips and wrapped it around the top.



That is an antique lamp post shade that Greg and I got from a barn a long time ago. I had to sit it in that old metal pot that I was lucky to find because it's actually upside down and won't sit flat.



That poor little girl is one of those projects that is so cute, but you only do once because it was so painful you can't go through the agony again! I made her probably 20 years ago and my mom and Greg thought I was nuts because everyone wanted to buy one from me. I told them that unless they had a million dollars, forget it!! Now that I think about it, I made an Annie doll for Krissi that was the same way!



I would show you the top of the fireplace (mantel, as some people call it), but it's not done yet!

I'll be linking Here this week.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

It's a Party! #20

It's Thursday, let's party!




Link up anything you want to share with us this week. It can be your fabulous craft, yummy recipe, giveaway, shop, etc.

I'll feature the Top 5 most viewed links on Saturday and randomly pick one of you lovelies to feature next Wednesday.

I would love for you to follow A Creative Princess while you're here!
It's just the nice thing to do!

If you would like to grab an It's a Party button (on the sidebar) and post it on your blog somewhere, that would be great! Let's get the word out and grow this party.
The more the merrier!

We all love comments, so please visit other links and have fun!

Let's get this party started!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Feature: Creative Passage

Our featured blog from last week's It's a Party is Ellen from Creative Passage. I'm so happy to be featuring her because she does a little of everything and it all is fabulous! She also is a fellow Missourian and just lives a couple of hours away. Here's just a small sample of all the things she does.



Button Bracelet



Doily Brooch



Felted Acorns



Zipper Flower



Bandanna Blanket

Stop by and say "Hi" to Ellen and have fun looking at all her creations!

See you tonight for It's a Party!

We have a winner!

The winner of the UPrinting Rolled Canvas Print is:





Congratulations, Judy! Shoot me an e-mail and I'll get all your info to them!


Monday, September 19, 2011

Tissue Cover

Allergies have been so bad around here this year and we are still having runny noses & itchy watery eyes galore! Greg really should buy stock in Puffs!

 I found a tutorial for fabric tissue covers at Sew Much 2 Luv and knew it would be perfect for back packs and purses.



She called it Easy Peasy and believe me, it was!

Today is the last day to enter the Giveaway, so be sure to enter if you haven't already done so.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Super Saturday!

Hi Superstars! I hope you're all having a fun weekend! Here are our Top 5 most viewed links from It's a Party (in no particular order).



Touches of Fall
If I've said it once, I know I've said it 100 times, I love Fall! Thank you for such a "feel good" post!




Laundry Room
I swear if I had this laundry room I would happily do it every day! In fact, I might even do the neighbor's laundry, too!




Candy Corn Topiaries
These are just too cute!!




Boo!
I've never seen anything like this, love it!




What are these old utensils?
I've got a whole box of these type of things in the basement from when my Grandma died. I need to bring them all up and start decorating the kitchen with them. Thank you for the reminder, I had forgotten they were down there!

Thank you to everyone who linked up on Thursday to It's a Party! I can't wait to see what all you creative people come up with next week!

If you were featured, be sure to grab a button if you like.