Pom Pom Hearts: Fun, Fuzzy, & Unforgettable

Pom Pom Hearts: Fun, Fuzzy, & Unforgettable

Do you have yarn in baskets, bags, boxes or tucked away in the closet of your craft space? Pom pom makers (Click here for a four pack.) are the perfect way to transform that random yarn into something beautiful. I recently hosted a craft day with some of my favorite people; where we created some gorgeous pom pom hearts to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Check out my YouTube videos on how to create a stunning heart for your home. Supplies Needed: Variety of yarn Pom pom makers in two sizes Plastic canvas 5 mesh Ribbon Misc. Tools: Scissors, sharpie, thin crochet hook (optional) Basic Steps: Create the pom poms for your heart. View video 1. Cut the plastic canvas to the designed shaped. The numbers below are described in the video. View video 2. 29 up 2 over 10 up 1 over 5 up 9 on the diagonal 11 over 9 on the diagonal 14 down Repeat for the other half Tie the pom poms to the plastic canvas. View video 3. Hang with a ribbon. End of video 3. Check out some of the hearts that were made during the craft day. Thanks ladies for letting me share your amazing creations.   Talk to you...
Cricut Iron-On Vinyl Tote Bag

Cricut Iron-On Vinyl Tote Bag

Have you ever been going along, enjoying life, crafting, sewing and baking, thinking to yourself, you are up on all the latest things… and then WHAM you get smacked in the imagination with something AMAZING! I was searching for craft ideas when I ran across cutting vinyl with my Cricut©.  There was a short 2 minute video on YouTube about how it is done so I watched it.  Next thing I know I have opened my Amazon account and starting ordering rolls of vinyl to get started. Well that was the beginning of my Vinyl Obsession.   Sometimes I think I can eat just one Oreo and then a row is gone. Well that is kind of how it feels when ordering vinyl. I started with just one role and soon I found myself wanting more. As you can see from my pile of empty cardboard rolls a couple really wasn’t enough. I wish I could say that was all I bought but it is not. I found a company online, vinylsupply.com, that sells a ton of great colors in permanent, removable and iron-on vinyl. They also sell chalkboard and dry erase vinyl for a reasonable price compared to the prices on Amazon. I have tried several different products from this site and they have all been great.   Tips for using Iron-On Vinyl: If you are like me and just starting out using iron-on vinyl, here are a few things you should know.   Wash Your Article First: I did not wash my first bag before ironing my design on it and when I did wash it the bag shrank almost 2 inches. This made part of my letters fall...
British Sewing Bee Inspires Me

British Sewing Bee Inspires Me

I have recently started watching the British Sewing Bee with a friend of mine. It’s so charming and creative! I am loving the use of words such as unpicking (using a seam ripper) and haberdashery (a place that holds sewing notions, fabric and trims). The show consists of three sewing challenges, pattern, alteration and one they had time to practice. It is kind of like the Great British Bake Off. During the pattern challenge the participants get handed a pattern they have never seen before. They then have 2-4 hours to create things like shirts, skirts, dungarees (overalls) or jackets. The second challenge is taking something off the rack and altering it. Could be a plain wool skirt, an oversized t-shirt, a suit or even a wedding dress. The participants usually only have 90 minutes for this one. It is always amazing to see what they do in such a short amount of time. The third challenge is something they had time to practice. It’s usually a full garment and complicated use of fabrics and patterns. The ones I have seen so far have made all kinds of amazing garments. Needless to say watching the show has put me in the mood to sew and luckily for me, I know how to! For our August craft day, we spent time making a small wall hanging. Here is our basic layout:   A few years back I picked up a book with 6″X6″ quilt block patterns. Each lady, who came to craft day, choose a block or two to make for the center of their quilt and then we started...
Cardboard + Felt + Yarn = 1 Charming Basket

Cardboard + Felt + Yarn = 1 Charming Basket

  I was strolling through Michaels one afternoon checking to see if they had any new yo-yo makers, because I am obsessed with them, when I stumbled upon a Clover basket template. I grabbed it off the hook and looked it over and thought this may be fun, so I took it home. When I got home I ripped open the package like a two year old with a new toy. Then I got down to business. I read through the directions and looked at some examples online and the next time I was near a craft store I bought a variety of yarn, cord and raffia to start creating. As I worked through the basket making process, I discovered a few tips and tricks that may help you as you try it out. Tip 1#: Material I have used a variety of yarns and cords and some work better than others. Here is a tip or two on choosing material: I liked variegated yarn it really makes your basket look amazing. The thicker the yarn the faster your basket goes together. Fuzzy yarn works well as long as it is not bulky. You can see from my two examples below that a thin fuzzy yarn makes a great basket and a bulky fuzzy yarn makes a great nest. I made one basket with green cord and used a raffia top. I think this basket looks the most like a “real” one. In fact, most people I showed could not believe I made that basket. This material comes in great colors and is just as easy to use as yarn. Tip 2#: Process...
Whoever Has the Most Paper When They Die Wins!

Whoever Has the Most Paper When They Die Wins!

If you’re a paper crafter as I am then I’m sure you can relate to the title of this post. It seems like we will go out of our way to buy paper, find a good sale, search through shelves of clearance and locate that one special piece of paper that all too often sits on a shelf for months…maybe years! A few months back I was wandering around the paper aisle of my local Hobby Lobby. I was looking at the pads of paper. There are some for boys, some for girls, some for weddings and some for pets. Some of the pads are made of chalkboard paper, some white board paper and some of burlap. I was just checking out each one thinking I could use this to make invitations or I could make this one into an art piece for some frames I got on sale for the guest room. Oh, this one is cool I could use this for my decoupage projects. Then I picked up that $20 pack of paper and I thumbed through it and I found a piece of paper that sparked a memory. I love it… its perfect… its bright and colorful and remember how when I was little and my parents got me a new View Master for my birthday! This is it… I LOVE this paper.   Then the inevitable happens. The paper ends up in my cart and then my craft room and then six months later I stumble across it when I’m cleaning up my Christmas projects and I think, what was I going to do with this?...
Valentine’s Yo-Yo Tea Towel

Valentine’s Yo-Yo Tea Towel

I recently fell back in LOVE with yo-yo crafts! Partly because I got some amazing yo-yo makers for Christmas and partly because they are so stinking cute and versatile. My first yo-yo project was a Christmas clown kit that my sister’s mother-in-law asked me to make, for the annual Christmas festival in our small town. I sewed yo-yos while watching TV, while babysitting, and while riding in the car to church. I can’t quite recall how many yo-yo’s I needed but I was determined to finish the project in a week in order to get a new project during our craft time on Saturday mornings. I remember the clown being made of multiple sized yo-yos and in vibrant colors and patterns just like any self-respecting clown would wear.   The memory of my clowning around (pardon the pun) spurred in me a need to sew some tiny little circles of fabric. First things first, research. While I was researching I found some simply, snap together yo-yo makers. These tools allow you to quickly and easily make yo-yos in different sizes and shapes including circles, hearts, flowers, butterflies and clovers. I know it sounds like a Lucky Charms commercial but there really are some wonderful templates out there.   To get us started with the yo-yo tea towel we are going to need the following supplies: Sharp Scissors Thread and Needle Valentine’s Day fabric – You can use multiple prints or just one. Each extra large yo-yo will need at least a     5 ½ inch square of fabric. The butterfly maker needs about 5 inches and the small maker needs at least 3 inches. Yo-Yo Makers...