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TTMT #432 – Lions, Friends, & Cosplay!

The overlays in today’s video are completely off, but I’m leaving it because, well, I’m human like that. I hope you don’t find it too distracting!

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TTMT #358 – The Good & The Sick

I come to you today feeling quite horrible, but that doesn’t stop me from recording! The video is fairly short (for me!) and includes CUPCAKES.

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We’re Doomed

C3P0 Cushion

 

I have the great fortune of being surrounded by people that love many of the same things I do. When I began to contemplate the birthday of my brother-in-law, I knew I wanted to start with my C3P0 stitch that I designed earlier this year for The Summer of Stitching.

Enter this fun pillow, made with an 8 1/2″ center, 2 1/2″ & 3 1/2″ borders plus triangles to make it interesting. The pillow front is backed with muslin and I used some straight line stitching to give it a quilted look.

I gifted this pretty yesterday and couldn’t wait to share! Look for it tomorrow on Talk To me Tuesday, along with a giant pile of blankets I’ve been working on for The Linus Connection!

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A Little Happiness

Smile Every Day

I love to make gifts to my friends, especially when that friend is someone I have not seen in quite some time.

So, when presented with the opportunity to see a friend from my childhood, I decided to embroider a little something just for her.

I adapted this free pattern so that it would reflect what I wanted to say with my gift.

Stitch up one of these for yourself or a friend, just as a reminder to smile every day!

You can get my version of the pattern for free right here.

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All that practice on The Project of Doom has come in handy…

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Birthdays and BFFs

Birthday 2010 - My gift from Jewells!

Just over a week ago, I got to do something that I look forward to all year around – see my best friend, Jewells.  We live hundreds of miles apart and with our kids still in school, we’re lucky to get one visit a year.

I’ve talked about Jewells here before, when I shared the quilt I made for her 2008 birthday.

Jewells always shares amazingly thoughtful handmade gifts.  She’s knitted socks for me, made “snowballs” for my kids (who rarely see snow here in Texas) and just generally shared her talent, creativity and thoughtfulness with my family.

Due to a variety of circumstances beyond her control, my birthday gift for this year was belated.  Parts on back-order and such created one delay after another for her.  Due to the delays, she was able to do something that I can’t remember happening in many years – hand deliver my birthday gift!

I’m so excited to share this truly wonderful gift here.  This gorgeous perpetual calendar was an idea from a craft store flier than ended up morphing into a whole new design that Jewells made especially for me.

She pieced, stitched, stamped, glued, stenciled, covered buttons, crocheted and oh my gosh, I don’t know what else!  Look and be amazed.  I am truly a lucky girl to have had such an amazing friend for almost half of my life.

Oh, and?  It was her FIRST QUILT ever!

Jewells talks about this project here and even more here!


The whole Kit And Kaboodle!  Why coffee?  Because it’s been one of our favorite past times since our time as college roommates and we still enjoy sitting over a cup o’ Joe and chatting the day away.



The months are stamped on felt which sticks right to the velcro.  Each month is customized with coordinating ribbon!



The months have their own nifty little pouch for storage.



Each date was stamped on fabric, which was then used to make custom velcro-back buttons.


The set includes the calendar and two pouches (one for the months, one for the days).  Even the back is coffee themed!

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I repurposed a cafe rod and hooks for hanging this beauty in my foyer.  The cafe rod and hooks were cream and brass and have been primed and spray painted black.

Thank you, Jewells, I can’t even express how much I love the time and thought that went into this gift.  Even better was getting to open it in front of you!

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Recycled Gift Bags from, ehem, paper wine bags

Recyled Paper Bag

The holiday head cold has grabbed me with both hands!  Fortunately, I finished my gift making and wrapping before I could spread cooties along with my Christmas cheer.

I did something I almost never do and *gasp* bought pre-made gift bags for holiday treats.  When I opened the packages, they all had a bottle neck.  After I forced my eyebrows down out of my scalp, I realized the cute little bags were practically useless unless the entirety of my holiday giving included M&Ms.

Without any time to spare, I started digging around in my “keep just in case” drawer and came up with a stack of paper wine bags that I’ve been holding on to forever.  Jackpot!

To make your own holiday gift bags/wrap from recycled wine bags, you’ll need:

  • paper wine bags
  • tape or glue
  • hole punch
  • ribbon
  • iron
  • something to cut the bags (paper cutter, rotary cutter, decorative or plain scissors)
  • stamps, stickers or other embellishments

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If your bags are like mine, they’re likely to be in all different states of crumpled-ness.  So , first things, first, iron those bags!  Medium heat works.  Ironing on a paper bag will also clean your iron, so you might want to start with a sacrificial bag, just in case your iron has any Ghosts of Craft Projects Past lurking around.

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Much better!

Recyled Paper Wine Bag

I happen to have a snazzy wavy blade for my rotary cutter.  You can use something similar, a straight rotary or paper cutter or just plain scissors.

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Each wine bag will make 2 gift bags.  Determine how big you want each side to be, leaving about 1″ for folding for each bag. Recyled Paper Wine Bag

Bottom and top (L-R)

Recyled Paper Wine Bag

The top bag is open on the top and the bottom, so it’ll need to have the bottom sealed up.

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Glue works fine for this, but so does tape or a cute sticker. This is a good time to embellish your gift bag with stickers, stamps or drawings.

Recyled Paper Wine Bag

Top finish off, fold the top down and punch two holes through all layers.  Insert your gift and tie a ribbon through to close.

Recyled Paper Wine Bag

Repeat the steps for all bags.  The bottom half of your recycled gift wrap will only need the tops folded and punched since the bottom is already sealed.  I stamped mine, but you can embellish your bags any way you like. Now, fill with holiday goodness and gift it!  If you’re stuffing your gift bags with edible homemade goodness, I suggest wrapping it in plastic or wax paper before placing it in the bag.

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Candy Cups for Giving


Candy Cup for Christmas

Shared by my aunt, Amy, several years ago, Candy Cups have become a gift-giving standard for me.  I’ve made them for Christmas and birthdays and with all sorts of candy.

They’re easy, inexpensive and make gorgeous gifts for the hard-to-shop for.  Think teachers, friends and anyone that likes candy.  Have a diabetic in your life?  Sugar-free candy works, too!

Once all your supplies are gathered, it’ll take you about an hour to make one candy cup.

You’ll need:

  • Glass or Mug (I prefer clear, but any kind will work, the heavier the better!)
  • Candy with loose or twisted wrappers (example used approximately 40 oz. of peppermints)
  • Styrofoam ball (size depends on your glass or mug)
  • Filler for the cup – recycled paper or candy
  • Bamboo Skewer
  • Scissors
  • Hot Melt Glue
  • Greening Pins (also available at the hobby store with the floral accessories)
  • Ribbon
  • Cellophane

supplies


Push the bamboo skewer into the Styrofoam ball, all the way through the top. Put it in the glass to and push down until the ball is snug in the glass.


Snip off the excess skewer with your scissors.



With the skewer still in the glass, fill the bottom of with candy. Ideas are M&Ms, Hershey Kisses or Peppermints (though you could really use any candy). Another option is shredded paper, but the candy on the ball will make the cup top-heavy, so having a heavier filler keeps it from tipping over and gives the gifted a sweet bonus.



Place a small dot of hot melt glue on either side of the rim of the cup.  Gently press styrofoam ball onto glue, holding in place until it sets.

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Use greening pins to add candy to ball by poking pins through the loose end near the twist of the candy wrapper.  Depending on the candy, you can get two or three on each pin.


Start at the bottom and work up to the top, going in circles.

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first round, from the top



second round done



second round from the top



third round done


third round from the top



Fill in any holes with more candy & greening pins.

Final round complete, all the holes filled in.

Wrap in cellophane and embellish with a bow or ribbon.  The cellophane is optional, but it provides insurance that your candy will get from point “A” to point “B” intact.

Gift it!



Variation with M&Ms and Coca-Cola glasses

Variations by Amy Maxey – toffee coffee & bubble gum soda glass.

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This is part of my “Way Back Craft” series; patterns, crafts, tutorials and general crafty memories before the days of this  blog.