27 05 2011

a.k.a. Crafts & Spirits 🙂

My friends and I had a get together last night with good food, good crafts and good wine.  We started by etching our wine glasses with a saying from our teaching escapades. As we ate, we looked through the scrap bin and found paper for our washer necklaces.  We put the dimensional glue on our washers to dry and moved on to the giant scrabble tiles.  We only made two sets, as the other two of us couldn’t decide what to make.  We finished our washer necklaces and laughed and crafted until 1:00 in the morning.  I love nights like that.

I took pics of us working, but they are blurry 😦 much like the last photo.  Oh camera, how I miss you!  Next GNO planned for June. Woohoo!

dollar store plate =

23 05 2011

fun summer decor.  I loved this yellow plate at Dollar Tree (I also loved the lime green one a didn’t get it.  KICK, KICK) and bought it with this project in mind.  I used the font julesgirltalk for the sun and ? for the words (it happens as we get older!)  I wish I had cut the words in the same layout that I had on the screen, but I wanted to conserve vinyl and just cut them in a line.  They aren’t spaced as well as my original design. Oh, well! The Mr. T walked by on the way to the mailbox and said “well isn’t that cute.”  That’s as much of a compliment as I’m going to get. If you like the plate and would like to make one for yourself, here is the link to my file.  You may have to find the font I used for the words.  Sorry.



displayed on my entry table

Schools out, summer’s here! Yea!!!

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On the first day of summer break

22 05 2011

…my good friend made with me, etched wedding gifts and practice etched summer candy dish. *sung to the tune of 12 days of Christmas*

Gotta love that Silhouette machine! Word of advice, practice on something less important first.  This was my first try and I’m glad I used the candy dish first (the dollar store bowl and candle stick glued together with e6000.) Also, I set my Silhouette machine to a thickness of 1 and a speed of 5 to cut the contact paper. Watch out, it’s addictive.

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I’ve been copied

19 05 2011

And I say that in a good way.  Kristol shared her link to the snappy top teacher bags she made.  How awesome.  She did state in her blog that the last step is a doozy.  I agree. I have found some tricks along the way and I will be updating the tutorial with the tricks I have found to make it better.  Will let you know when I get that done.

Two more days of school and I will be blogging more often, crafting more often, cleaning more often, … I can’t wait!

Mother’s Day Gifts

11 05 2011

I delivered the gift to my MIL today, so these are now safe to post.  I made my mom a marsupial using fabric from a vintage sheet and thrifted linen pants.  I put some nail clippers, chapstick and a Tide pen inside.  I know mom’s have to say they love their gifts, so I hope she does. ( I took pictures for a tutorial along the way.  I’ll get it posted soon.)

My Mother-In-Law really liked the white wooden bowl, so I found the necessary supplies and made her one.  We fell in love with the shape of this wooden bowl, and it came with smaller salad bowls, so I can’t wait to make smaller versions of this one.  It’s awesome, my favorite of the bowls so far.

Two great gifts for two great ladies.

fabric for projects

8 05 2011

I have wanted some fabric from Moda’s Sunkissed by Sweetwater since before it was released.  When I found the scrappy quilt idea (just like the baby quilts I love to make) I knew I had to get a jelly roll before it was gone.  I ordered it from (one of the only placed I could find that still had this fabric) and it shipped quickly.  I ordered the backing fabric from the same line at, one of my favorite places to order fabric, and it shipped even faster. And since I ordered $35 in fabric, shipping was free.  I got a couple of pieces for my sisters baby boy who will be arriving in September. Check back for the quilt and the stuff for my sisters baby boy (we call him bean.)

Snappy Top teacher appreciation

1 05 2011

I’ve had this idea rolling around in my head for appreciating the teachers of T3 & T4.  I was inspired by this etsy site (Pilo.) Ok, I LOVE this Etsy site so check it out.  I started with my snappy top bag tutorial an cut some muslin to the 7×9 size in my tute. I sewed a pink line down the side at 7/8″ and then marked lines an inch from the top and then every 1/2 in. after that until I had 1 in. from the bottom and sewed them blue.  I wrote Mrs. Brown’s name and then used my rusty embroidery skills and embroidered her name.

I assembled the bag per my tutorial with a cute orange polka dot fabric inside.  I’m going to put a pack of gum, some chap stick and maybe some cute alligator clips or pens in the bag.  I still have to make the bag for T4’s teachers, but I wanted to post this first.  I was very excited with the result.

I will also try for a better picture when T1 gets home with her good camera.  Love my iPhone, but the camera just doesn’t cut it.

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