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Making a Fabulous Thanksgiving Table November 12, 2013

Posted by Sindy in Fashion, Holidays, Home Decor.
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So Thanksgiving is fast approching, and (almost) any crafter is feverishly looking for the perfect Thanksgiving table craft. I found a couple great videos to help you with that:

simpleDIYs has a great series testing Pinterest crafts. In this video she tries the “Decorate a mug with a Sharpie” tip. Result: Use an oil-based paint Sharpie, not your normal Sharpie, but it does work. Also, draw on the outside of whatever dish you’re decorating (not the eat-from side), and put the mug into a cold oven. I can’t wait to make some of these myself!

Mark Montano is one of my favorite YouTube crafters. This video on thestylishvids channel shows how to make a Thanksgiving table so easily that even the macho Thanksgiving-bird-carver can do it!


If you liked those plates Mark did, you have to check out these other plates. I think they are FABULOUS!

And I just can’t do a post about Thanksgiving crafts without this awesome video, again from Mark Montano.

Decorate a Filing Cabinet – Super Easy July 23, 2013

Posted by Sindy in Home Decor, Tutorial Tuesday.
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I think I mentioned a few weeks ago that I got a new file cabinet. Well, it was looking a bit sad and blank so I thought I’d fix decorate it.

This is a quick and easy tutorial, and I can almost bet you have all the supplies already.

Plain filing cabinet   Finished, decorated cabinet

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Two Weeks – Ornament, Hat, Nails, Terrarium, Jam, Stand, and Plushie – Phew. July 22, 2013

Posted by Sindy in Fashion, Holidays, Home Decor, Journal, Toys.
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Today is WIDTPTW! Got that? (i.e. What I Did The Past Two Weeks.) Let’s start with the family reunion.

Since we had 8 long hours of travel, I got a couple, large, portable projects done. I had bought a foam Christmas ornament and was somehow able to draw on it in a bumpy car. Took forever, but I’m excited to start the next one.

Foam snowman ornament

I also made this funky hat with ruffle yarn. Looks like a giant shower poof on my head.

Poof hat

Next (when we got there) I did my nails with all the different things we’d be doing during the reunion (sort of). My cousin just returned from his mission (thus the bike and the suit), we were going swimming (without the fish), and we were going to play games (it’s hard to tell, but it’s supposed to be water balloons, badmitten (uh, no clue how to spell that), a trampoline, and a pile of balls). I mostly talked with my cousins instead of playing the games, but we sure laughed (mostly from me teasing my younger cousins).

Reunion nails - left

Reunion nails - right

Back home, I went to an activity where we made crocheted necklaces (sorry I don’t have a photo, but I hope to do a tutorial) and I made my first terrarium. I rather like how it turned out.

Terrarium

My Mom taught me how to make and bottle strawberry jam. We tried a new pectin called Pomona’s pectin. Wow was it fast and easy, and hardly needed any sugar! It’s a little expensive, but it’s fantastic.

Strawberry jam

My Mom also made me a glue gun stand. It has a little tile to catch the hot drips, and it keeps the gun upright so it’s easy to grab.

Glue gun stand

And I rounded out the past two weeks with a little chocolate chip cookie plushie. I’ve been watching some plushie tutorials by Tammy Hallam on YouTube, and I just haaad to try making one. I think it turned out really cute. And although it took a while (esp. with all the chocolate chips) it was really easy.

Kawaii Chocolate Chip Cookie Plushie

Alternative Uses for a Scarf July 2, 2013

Posted by Sindy in Fashion, Home Decor, Sewing, Tutorial Tuesday.
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So the other day I was talking to my sister’s grandma-in-law and she mentioned that she has so many allergies that it’s uncomfortable to wear scarves. She commented that there are so many beautiful scarves, and people keep giving them to her, but she just can’t use them. Besides wishing that everyone could use essential oils (it’s sad how many people are allergic to them), I thought I’d do a tutorial on some of the things anyone can do with a scarf (okay, many people).

Scarf collection

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Learning Nail Art & Mending Button Holes May 27, 2013

Posted by Sindy in Home Decor, Nail Art, WIDTW.
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WIDTW (What I Did This Week) – Well, mostly I’ve just been working on a bunch of mending. Now that I know how ridiculously many unfinished projects I have, I need to get going on them. Don’t worry, I’ll still be doing Tutorial Tuesdays, I’ll just try to do tutorials on projects I need to do or finish. (Might as well get two birds with one stone – post to blog and finish projects, right?)

Among these projects I’ve been working on I have an old vest. It started as a wrinkly mess. The vest had shrunk while the facing hadn’t so it didn’t lay right at all, the button holes had lost their stitching and the fabric was unraveling, and there was a bug-chewed hole right in front. I’m sure most people would have tossed it without even blinking. Even a seamstress would have thought twice about rescuing it, but I wanted to learn how to do ALL kinds of mending so I took it over my Mom’s. It’s still a work in progress, but I’ve been learning how to use a pressing cloth on polyester, how to do an invisible hem on the facing, how to hand-stitch a button hole, and even how to readjust the facing without taking the vest apart and re-cutting the piece. Phew! A lot of great lessons, and the vest is starting to look so much better.

And while I was at my Mom’s, she did a little wood project for me (since I don’t have woodworking knowledge – yet). She made me sword hangers! Yay! I’ve been wanting some for years, and now I have them. They’re a nice simple design too. I was thinking they’d be thinner (my swords are just wood anyway), but this is the scrap wood she had.

Sword Hanger

Sword on hanger

Um, what else did I do this week? I put buttons on some of my sister’s kitchen towels so she can hang them on her oven door. I bought and painted a closet door that my Mom was going to use as a wing on my sewing cabinet/table, but she decided to use something else (oh well – it was at a building thrift store so it was cheap). And I painted my nails again. My nephews helped me with the pink part (except for a little over-painting, not too bad for a 3-yo and a 4 1/2-yo). The diamond pattern on them didn’t turn out very well though. After watching a bunch of videos by CutePolish on YouTube, I think the problem was that I let the polish dry too much before removing the masking tape (aka stencil). BTW, dollar store makeup is hit and miss, and I think I’ll just use the pink as accent from now on.

Silver diamonds mani

Well, back to mending and I’ll see you tomorrow with a project you’ve asked for and I’ve been meaning to do anyway.

So Much Crafty Fun! :D May 20, 2013

Posted by Sindy in Home Decor, Jewelry, My Original Ideas, Sewing, WIDTW.
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This week was busy and fun! I got lots of crafting done. I think I’ll show you in order of completion:

1. Ruffle Yarn Necklace

I had some extra ruffle yarn left over after making a scarf for a customer (which usually doesn’t happen, but this little bit wasn’t tied to the rest of the skein), so I made a necklace. Turned out kind of fun! Sadly it’s not my colors, so if anyone wants to buy it… 😉

Ruffle Yarn Necklace

2. Black Ice Cool Necklace

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Display your beautiful fabrics, then reuse them when you find the perfect project April 30, 2013

Posted by Sindy in Home Decor, Jewelry, My Original Ideas, Tutorial Tuesday.
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Like many people who sew, I collect fabric. And, of course, that collection mostly consists of beautiful fabric that I’m either waiting for the perfect project to use it, or I don’t want to waste such a lovely piece. And then, there’s my box full of frames that never got finished, and a grocery bag full of extra 5×7 picture mats that I found at the dollar store years ago (and no, I don’t have frames to go with them). What in the world can I do with all this stuff?

Now, I’d show you the photo I found that led to this tutorial’s inspiration, but I’ve sadly lost the link. I’ve seen the idea before – take an artist’s canvas and cover it with fabric. This time I had an “aha!” moment – Cover my unfinished frames and extra mats with fabric. No one can tell the difference, and you can even reuse the fabric for a project after enjoying it on your wall. This would also work for display beautiful scarves, hankies, etc. PLUS you can use it for your jewelry too!

Fabric Frames

Supplies:
– Empty wood frame or mat big enough for you fabric, but small enough so the fabric wraps nicely around the frame (note: the frame must be wood if you want to use the first method shown below)
– Fabric, scarf, hanky, doily, etc. large enough to wrap around your frame, but not too big so it’s bulky in the back
– Thumb tacks
– Needle nose pliers (not pictured)
– Hammer (not pictured)
– Double-stick tape
– Jewelry pieces like pins and earrings that match your fabric

Fabric Frames supplies

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